Sunday, August 26, 2012

Really, 11 Things About Me, too?

Liebster Award, Take 2
Final Take

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I am shocked to say that after only 10 weeks of blogging I have, again, been awarded the Liebster Blog Award; on 8-25-12 by Dawn's Disaster, on 8-26-12 by Thoughts from a mommy, wife and friend and on 10-31-12 by Mommy Needs a Break.  Thank you for all the bloglove.

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The Liebster Awards is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers as a way to spread the word about smaller blogs who deserve a larger audience.  This award is an honor, but once nominated, you must earn it:

1)  You must list 11 things about yourself.
2)  Answer 11 questions put to you by person awarding you.
3)  Choose up to 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and list their questions.
4)  Go to your nominees’ pages and inform them of the nominations.

OK, first I want to say that 11 things about myself is an added requirement this time. If the requirements of this award gets any longer, it’ll be like writing “War and Peace”.   

 As if winning the Liebster again wasn’t great enough, I’ve also won another award, the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you so much Vicky of The Greek Housewife another great blog I read regularly. For this award I have to list 7 facts about myself and name 7 up and coming bloggers. 

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And just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be any more, Sarah and Jennifer of The Mommy Chronicles made me the recipient of the Laine Blogger Award on 9-3-12.  Wow, thanks Sarah and Jennifer! Josi at That Suburban Momma surprised me with another one on 10-30-12.  If all this recognition goes to my head, I know who to blame.

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Think that’s it? I did too, but on 9-21-12, The Sunshine Award was presented to me on by Rhiannon of Happy Little Feet. And again on 10-20-12 by Vicky of The Greek Housewife. And a third by my friend Meg at on 3-26-13. Amazing!

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Let me just tell you now that Award Season in Hollywood has nothing on me! On 9-22-12 I was awarded the Sisterhood of theWorld Bloggers Award also by Rhiannon of Happy Little Feet.  I am such a fan of both her creativity and of her as a person so this honor is very special.

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Another Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award honor came from Sarah at  The Mommy Chronicles.  Her blog started as her own and has now grown to a 4 person collaboration, a really interesting approach to blogging.And on 10-21-12 a third one from another talented blogger, Jenny at Cassandra's Corner.   On 10-30-12 Michele of Follow me home . . .also gave me Sisterhood Award.  Michele gave me my very first blog award and was my very first blogger friend who truly got me. Never met her but I that girl.

On 10-13-12, I was surprised by another award, the One Lovely Blog Award. This one came from  Marcia, who blogs at Menopausal Mother. As someone who tries to offer a humorous blog, I’m thrilled to receive an award from someone I consider a very funny blogger.

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I must have received every award in the history of blogging, now, right? That’s what I thought, but actually I was wrong again. On 10-23-12, Susan of Fashionably Saving on 11-1-12 April of 100lb Countdown and on 11-12-12 Jessica Marie of Boys Oh Boys honored me with the Beautiful Blogger
Award.  Susan’s blog is a place where she shares information about raising a family on a budget.  April offers honesty, advice and recipes for healthy living. Jessica Marie has a lifestyle/proud mommy blog.

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And, just to stand out in the crowd, on 11-14-12, Courtney of Chewylicious presented me with not one, not two, but three awards, the Liebster, the Laine and the Versatile. That woman doesn’t believe in doing things in a small way, and I’m grateful!

The New Year brought a new award, the Very Inspiring Blogger Award was a gift from The Insomniac's Dream on 1-15-13. And TWO more on 1-19-13 from my friends Sarah at The Sadder but Wiser Girl and April at First Time Mom and Dad. Two months later, on 3-19-13 I was awarded a fourth by the sweet and thoughtful Kristal of Clearly Kristal.

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And on 1-26-13 I received the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness from the ladies at The Momisodes. Never heard of that one? Me neither.  That’s because Sarah made it up, which makes me love it even more. On 2-27-12 I got another one from the funny and thoughtful Sarah, who blogs at The Sadder but Wiser Girl.

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Another new award on 1-30-13, the Inspiring Blog Award, came from Starr, of The Insomniac's Dream again. Our friendship started when our paths crossed on FB one night and we moved on to emails. The rest is history . . .

The second one came on 2-8-13 from Molley, another funny blogger at A Mother Life, and a third from my friend Marcia at Menopausal Mother on 2-21-13. She was the first person I trusted to do a guest post on my blog and she made the whole process painless, even fun. And then the very next day I was honored with another, from Darla at Mom's World. Another smile.
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 Another new one! A brand new award I'd never heard of. I'm so grateful to Arielle of Their World We Live In  for the Best Moment Award received on 3-28-13.

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So here goes, 7 things about me for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1) I've traveled to Israel, Hong Kong, Indonesia, England, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Hawaii, St. Croix, St. Lucia, and more!
2) I have para-sailed.
3) I love reading and mysteries are my favorite.
4) Favorite band (and first concert) Aerosmith.
5) I sing, loud, in the car and I don’t get the words right and I don’t care.
6) I love lobster and don’t mind cooking them myself.
7) I love ballet.

Plus another 4 for the Liebster:
8) I love the ocean, now live nowhere near one but have made sure my kids have gone, many times.
9) I love skiing and now live nowhere near a mountain, but have made sure my kids know how to ski.
10) I am so honored to receive these awards again BECAUSE they're awarded by other bloggers, but it’s a lot of work.
11) Honored or not, I’m not doing this again!

My answers to 11 questions:
1)  What is your favorite color and how many rooms in your house are painted it?
Blue (have to say that, I have 2 boys), only one room.
2)  Who is your favorite Disney movie character and are your more similar or different from them?
Ariel. I love to swim and I miss the ocean.
3)  What is your favorite blog (share link, please) and why?
follow me home . . .   because Shel was my very first blog friend and because she inspires me and makes me laugh every single time she writes.
4)  What kind of car do you drive and is it your dream car?
BMW. Love it when my son lets me borrow it.
5)  How many kids do you have and how many do/did you want?
I was pregnant 4 times with 5 babies and have 2 kids. I was grateful beyond belief after the first.
6)  What is the highest formal level of education do you have?
I graduated from college.
7)  Do you have pets?  If so, what type?
No pets.
8)  What did you do on your last "date night"?
Dinner out. I didn’t have to set the table, cook or clean!
9)  Chunky or smooth peanut butter?
10)  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip
11)  Big wedding or small wedding?
Small wedding just days before moving 1500 miles away.

My questions for the blogs I’ve nominated:
) How long did you think about it before deciding to blog?
2) Have you ever just completely taken a day off from all things blog?
3) Have you done guest posts on other blogs?
4) Have you or would you host guest posts on your blog?
5) Have you ever said anything in a blog that you wanted to take back?
6) What’s your favorite season?
7) What’s your favorite song?
8) If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
9)  Name one food you just can’t stand.
10) What’s your favorite secret indulgence?
11) What one thing do you dread the most?

My nominees, check out these blogs, they’re well worth reading:
Michelle at
The Head Peanut at
The Spring Chick at

Thank you again: Dawn, Janna,Vicky, Sarah, Jennifer, Rhiannon Marcia, Jenny, Susan, Josi, Michele, April, Jessica Marie, Courtney, Starr, Sarah, April, Molley, Darla, Kristal, Meg and Arielle. Love sharing the Blogosphere with you all.  I’m overwhelmed with the amount of support I’ve had in such a short time.

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  1. Yea! I LOVE smooth peanut butter, too! AND mint chocolate chip ice cream :D It's fate! Going to check out some of the people you nominated now...
    Visit anytime!
    {All follows are followed back}

    1. Thanks again, Dawn. I'm so happy you thought of me!

  2. This is awesome!
    Thanks for the nomination!
    You are too sweet!
    Headed back to my blog to make my post!
    Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks, it really does feel great because it comes from fellow bloggers.

  4. Thank you! Do I answer your questions in a blog posts? psst... can you tell I'm REALLY new at this!??
    Congratulstions on your award!

    1. Yes, do a post just like mine. In fact, copy and paste a lot of mine to make it easier. I'm REALLY new too, been blogging only 10 weeks and learn new things every day!

  5. OMG! OMG! (scream!) OMG! (scream again!) I can't believe it! Okay, it's just a nomination but I feel like I've won the award itself. I'm so honored and excited and grateful to you! I don't even know what the award is, I've seen it on bloggers' pages and that was all. I thought I was so far away from any such 'honors'. WOW! Thank you so much! I'll follow directions and get right to it!!!
    Thank you!

    1. No, as long as you follow the directions it's not just a nomination, it's yours! I just love that this award is from bloggers to bloggers. It's fun to get and just as fun to give.

    2. OMG! You have no idea what you have just done to my psyche! How you have uplifted me and recognized my efforts. Thank you!

    3. I felt exactly the same way, it's great to be recognized by your peers!

  6. I come over to to let YOU know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award and the first thing I see is your Liebster Award post! Lol So...I did, though and feel free to hop over and learn a little more about me, answers some questions about you, and hopefully gain a few more followers!
    I've only been following you for a little while and love your blog already! :-)

    Here you go:

    1. Thank you, Janna, for thinking of me. I'm honored. I've added you to my post and to the button on my wall. I'm really having a great week!

  7. Congratulations, Karen! You deserve this and I am so happy to see that you have received this award after such a short time blogging!! I just joined as a follower on your GFC so I will always get updates on your latest posts. Happy blogging!!

    1. Thanks for the great compliments. I'm hoping to hit 100 followers this week, appreciate the support.

  8. I'm going to St Lucia September 8th and I can't wait! I was awarded the Leibster award too but I won't give it to you since I know you've already done it.

    1. It's been a long time since I was in St. Lucia, but I loved it. We had a private pool just outside our room and started and ended the day there every day. Enjoy it. Congratulations on your Liebster Award!

  9. Congrats on receiving this award Karen! And thank you so much for nominating me. Now I know your not excited because October 30th is my son's birthday, so what gives? ;)


    1. Yup, that was it. Darn, you guessed, I was all excited about your son's birthday! Save the date, I'm not telling yet!

    2. LOL - I hadn't seen your response until today for some reason. Can't wait! ;)

  10. Hi Karen -- I am not the least surprised you are earning so much support so soon1 I think your blog is terrific, and I am so enjoying your humorous approach to all things crazy-making -- i.e. family!
    Loved your 11 things about yourself! :)

    1. Thanks, I really am so surprised to get it but it just makes me feel so good about having decided to put myself out there.

    2. You are absolutely enriching the conversations about life! :) WTG!!!

  11. congrats to you!! it is nice to be recognized by fellow bloggers... are a seasoned traveler..good for you!

    1. Thanks, each one is an honor just because they are given by other bloggers.

  12. Great Choices! I Loved reading you answers to the questions. You are a strong lady full of love.

    1. Your continued support is appreciated more than you can know!

  13. Woo Hoo! You are making a dent in the award categories!! You deserve all good things that come your way... :)

    1. Lucky for me no one seems to mind that I keep adding the awards to this same post. No matter what awards I receive, though, you'll ALWAYS be the only recipient of that coveted Prestigious Sweet Blog Award!

  14. Congratulations! That's amazing and not surprising that you've been blessed with all the awards. Well deserved. *hugs*

    1. Thanks, it really is amazing to be recognized in a community of such talented writers.


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