Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I've Been Nominated Again......Thank You!

AJ from One Part Joy One Part Circus and Renee from Blissful Days Ahead nominated me for a Liebster Award. What a lovely honor it is to be recognized by fellow bloggers as an up and coming blog.  Here is a little more information about the Liebster Award from a previous award that I received.

The rules are the same from both of them: 
  • Tell 11 things about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions posed by the nominating blogger.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers. 
  • Ask those bloggers 11 questions that they will answer.
11 Things About Me:
1. I still do not have a personal Facebook page.
2. My favorite dessert is Cheesecake.
3. Because I have ADD, I am a walking oxymoron.  This documentary makes me feel normal.
4. I didn't want to be a stay-at-home mom until I saw my daughter for the first time.
5. I like writing a blog about products made in the USA.
6. I like addressing people in my blog and their blogs / websites by their names. 
7. I like using the phrase "member of our community" instead of "follower."  I like to think that this is like a {virtual} get-together and everyone is welcome to this community of fabulous minds.
8. I enjoy the weekly blog hop that I Co-Host because I get to read wonderful blogs every week and enjoy seeing people return week after week.
9. I like food.  All discussions lead to food.  That virtual dinner table is what unites us all.
10. Our wedding cake consisted of cupcakes in the shape and color of Tiffany boxes.
11. I was allergic to chocolate as a kid and only found out that I wasn't allergic anymore right before getting pregnant with my second daughter.

11 questions from AJ @One Part Joy One Part Circus to ME:
1. Best thing that happened to you in the last year?

My husband got better.  He was on medical leave for 6 mos.
2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate - I have a lifetime of making up.
3. Coffee or Tea?

Unmistakably COFFEE - decaf.  I am super ultra mega sensitive to caffeine.
4. Why do you love blogging?

It gives me a sense of purpose and it allows me the opportunity to raise awareness.
5. What would your dream job be?

Mommy.  I never thought I would be able to get pregnant so to have been to do it has been a blessing I never expected.
6.  Would you rather eat a bag of Cheetos or a bag of Sun-chips?

Sun Chips THEN Cheetos
7.  If money (and spousal opinions) was no object, how many children would you have/adopt?

5 or 6
8. If you had to live somewhere other than where you live, where would you move to??

Anywhere, as long as my husband and kids are with me
9.  Would you rather visit New York City or San Francisco? Why?

San Francisco - I've already been to NYC.
10. Would you go to prison for something you believe in?

I don't know of anything yet that I believe in that strongly.
11. What is your favorite song this month?

Christmas carols - all of them - I love it!

11 Questions from Renee @Blissful Days Ahead for ME to Answer:
1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
It gives me a sense of purpose and it allows me the opportunity to raise awareness. 
2. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
I am a genuine person.
3. If you could have a super power what would it be?
I have it - I gave birth to two girls naturally!
4. What state do you live in?

5. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Anything that has to do with my grandparents and being at their house, especially when they had their friends over and the family was together
6. What is your biggest fear?
That's the title of my favorite quote.
7. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would it be?
I'd go RV'ing across the U.S.
8. What is your favorite color? 
9. What is your favorite food?
Anything that someone else made
10. Do you do anything crafty? Tell us about it.
I'm not crafty at allI would like to be, but I am not.  I bake.  I once made the US flag out of cupcakes for a 4th of July party.  Does that count?
11. Name the top 5 things on your bucket list.
Go RV'ing across the U.S.
Get my nursing license.
Own a house outright.
I can't really think of anything else.  I'm sure as soon as I click Publish, the rest will come to me.

 My 11 Nominees:
1. Lucy @Design Fluff 
4. Jamie @ChatterBlossom (She has just over 200 followers, but she was kind enough to participate in our blog hop and leave a comment on last week's blog hop so thank you.)
5. Paula @Hopeful Future
7. Ana @The Lost Apron 
9. Meredith @The Laundry Can Wait (Love the new title - it's my mantra some days.)
10. Leslie @The Memory Nest
11. My fellow Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop Co-Host: Megan @Ephesians 5:33 Wife Congratulations on reaching 200 GFC Followers!

These blogs have all commented on my blog recently and for that I am thankful.
Here are the 11 Questions From Me to the Nominees:
1. What's the cheesiest thing that makes you laugh?
Duck from Word World (PBS cartoon) or 80s music
2. If you were coming to my house for Sunday dinner, what's an item you would like to see on the menu?
Dippy sauce - I love to dip my food.
3. What is your favorite beauty product?
Facial mask and moisturizer
4. Are you a saver or spender?
5. Name something that you recently purchased that was made in the USA.
Coloring books for my daughters
6. Age gracefully or Refuse to age (ie, nip/tuck)?
Age gracefully
7. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?  If so, what is it?
Proverbs 31, but any one that gives me direction for my issue at the time
8. What are you looking forward to the most this holiday season?
Watching the joy that this time brings to people's hearts
9. What is/are your New Year's Resolution(s)?
Ironically, I usually don't make New Year's resolutions, per se.  I just try to improve whatever I feel needs improvement when the thought occurs to me.
10. What kind of music do you listen to?
These days: Christmas carols.  Usually, it depends on my mood - I literally listen to just about every genre of music, even classical.  It helps slow down my brain.
11. Do you have a favorite charity?  If so, what is it or what/who does it serve?
I used to volunteer for Junior Achievement, so anything that educates kids.  I would like to do that again.  I also volunteered at the local "home" where patients' families would stay when they were in the hospital.  The home was designed to look like an old Victorian house that was converted - kind of like a bed and breakfast.  I also help support a local no-kill animal shelter.
Rules for the nominees:  I'll make it a little simpler.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Tell 5 things about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions posed by the nominating blogger.
  • Nominate 5 new up and coming bloggers.
  • Ask those bloggers 5 questions that they will answer.

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  1. Congratulations on yet another Liebster! Well deserved! Duck from words world cracks me up as well! Great pick!
    Katie from the simple lane

    1. Hi Katie,
      Thank you for the congratulations.
      I don't know what it is about that duck that just entertains me. He's just funny!


  2. Congrats on another Liebster! I always look forward to reading your posts, so its no surprise to me that you got another one.

    Thanks for nominating me! I'm so excited! I'm going to begin working on that post soon!

    Phylicia @ Hearts & Crafts

    1. Hi Phylicia,
      Thank you for your kind words about my blog. It really means a lot to me. Really, it does. I have another good one that I've been working on coming up tomorrow. Stay tuned.

      You deserve it. I'll be on the look out for that post.


  3. Thank you, Karina, for the nomination! I enjoyed learning more about you through this process, and I will link back up as soon as I can.


    1. Hi Meredith,
      You are welcome for the nomination. I'm glad you enjoyed getting to know me. I look forward to knowing more about you too.


  4. Thank you for the nomination. I just finished my post and hope some of you will have a chance to check out my nominations:

    1. Hi Heidi,
      That was a great post. I just went though it and it. was. funny. Thank you for making me laugh.


  5. Aww, thank you Karina!! This was so nice of you to nominate me. ;-)

    I love that your wedding cake was cupcakes that looked like tiffany boxes. That is such a cool idea!
    Thank you again!

    1. Hi Jamie,
      You're welcome. I adore your blog. You have such wonderful things on it.
      Thank you for the compliment on my wedding cupcakes. I'll see if I can dig up a picture of them and put it on Pinterest or here for that matter. They came out so lovely. I'm really glad that we did not go for a traditional cake. Besides, I knew if we had had a traditional cake, my husband would have completely smashed that cake in my face. He's funny like that.
      Thank you for stopping by again. Love having you.


  6. Karina, congrats on your nomination again! Thanks for nominating me the first time, here are my answers:
    Have a nice day!

  7. Hi Mariely,
    I loved your answers. This award, while it honors an up-and-coming blog, is a wonderful way to get to know our fellow bloggers. Thank you for sharing the link.