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Monday, September 9, 2013

Liebster Award Acceptance and Nominees

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by Kate at My2Owls! I've been seeing the Liebster award around the blog world the last few months. If you haven't heard the Liebster award is passed along to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers as a form of recognition. It has been said that the Liebster award takes its name from the German word meaning 'dearest'- is this right mom-in-law (she's fluent in German)? I was super flattered to be recognized and in return am supposed to nominate some fellow bloggers. I would more than love to recognize some other bloggers and though I think there are great parts to this Liebster award the 'chain-mail-esque' part of it make me a little uncomfortable... With that said I think I'll choose to spotlight five other bloggers rather than ask them questions then those bloggers can choose to do what they like with the Liebster. :) 

The "Rules" of the award are as followed:
(1) Thank your nominator by linking back
(2) Answer the 11 questions posted by your nominator
(3) Make a list of 11 facts about yourself
(4) Nominate 5 (or more) up and coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers Why put a number on it?
(5) Provide a list of 11 questions for your nominees to answer  I'm going to write a spotlight blimp instead
(6) Publish your post and contact the blogger who nominated you and the bloggers you nominated 

Questions Asked by Kate and Answered by Me! 

1.Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?
My mom for sure. She taught me how to love selflessly, cook, bake, and even passed down her artsy gene. 

2.If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why?

Ironically I have always thought it would be fun to be a bird- it's ironic because I'm a terribly flyer. 

3.What’s something most people don’t know about you?

In third grade I was pulled out of class once a week for a bit to do special "sessions" with other kids about how to toughen up. I never understood why someone wouldn't like me so it made me cry. Super embarrassing thinking back on it now. 

4.Would you ever sky dive or bungee jump?

I would LOVE to!

5.If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?
Oh gosh, hmmmm. I adore Sandra Bullock.

6.If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?

Laugh often and try not to take yourself too seriously. 

7.What are some of your favorite movies?

Dirty Dancing, 13 Going on 30, Catch Me if You Can, The Proposal, Ever After, Taken, The Prestige 

8.Have you ever met any celebrities? 

Haven't actually met any but did sit inches away from Natalie Portman in a restaurant in Ethiopia, totally random. 

9.If you could ask your future self one question what would it be?

Will I have any regrets?

10.Whats your favorite quote?

Oh I don't think I can narrow that down. I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to quotes

11.If you could have a full scholarship to any university what would you choose to study?

Ha! Don't get me started. Some times I think I'd enjoy being an Engineer, other days I think about getting a math degree, or becoming a social worker or maybe a school counselor or a realtor (though I don't think you get a degree for that)... it changes daily. I also have alway thought it would be fun to have a bakery/coffee house. 

Now, onto the 11 facts about me...
I tried to think of some pretty random ones since you already know that I am a wife and mother who loves Jesus!

  1. I wish I liked olives and mushrooms but I don't
  2. I pick my nails when I'm nervous or anxious
  3. I sometimes make scary faces at my husband half a second before he turns the lights out
  4. When I get laughing really hard I'm a silent laugher with a sort of gasp/wheeze when I take a breath 
  5. I'm a closet Kardashian and Bachelor/Bachelorette fan (I guess not any more though...)
  6. I'm blessed with having (practically) hairless legs
  7. I'm a tad bit denial that my vision is starting to worsen 
  8. I have traveled to 5 of the 7 continents
  9. I am a HUGE window shopper, even in grocery stores
  10. I've broken my noise three times
  11. When I'm nervous I speak in a Minnesotian accent
Now, on to my nominees! Like I mentioned above I have to pick bloggers who have less than 200 followers and I also tried to pick bloggers who haven't been nominated recently. (Click their name to visit their blog.) 

Samantha is in dentistry school! How impressive is that?! What I love is that she is super humble about it and is a sweet, very down to earth lady who enjoys food. Her husband's name is Paul and they met her freshman year of college- love that! Whether she's blogging about statement earrings, anticipating fall or the unwired weekend she had I always enjoy reading what she has to share.

Amanda is a stay at home mom and air force wife. Her sweet bundle of joy Harper is just 3.5 months younger than Gabriel so I love when she shares about her daughter. She's currently training for a marathon relay! She is one of the many blogging friends I think about when I am trying to motivate myself to get the next run in with a coach to half marathon program.

Andrea has the most heart touching posts going right now where once a week she shares one photo a day (from that week) of her life but most specifically of her daughter Evangeline. Andrea's photos are stunning and she some how captures some of life's most precious moments that you never want to rely on your memory to keep hold of. Andrea and her  husband Alex met in middle school! Like Amanda she is an air force wife. The more I learn about her the more I just absolutely adore her. 

Vanessa may look familiar, she was a feature one week on our weekly blog hop! Vanessa in my mind is a professional blogger- her photos are always nothing short of amazing and her eye for design and presentation is something I hope to develop. Currently her family is redoing their new home and she is so sharing all of it with her readers! To top it all off her and her husband have an adorable son and daughter who she thankful shares many photos of. 

If you choose to accept the award and follow the "rules" (or sorta follow the rules... I mean I deviated) here are the questions I have for you! 

  1. What's the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
  2. If you had to live this week over again, would you change anything? If so, what would that be?
  3. Which kitchen appliance could you not live without?
  4. Name a gift you will never forget.
  5. What is your earliest memory?
  6. Pearls or diamonds or neither?
  7. Favorite clothing brand?
  8. How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
  9. Do you like salty or sweet?
  10. What is your biggest dream/goal/aspiration?
  11. Coffee or tea? 

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  1. You've travelled to 5 out of 7! Amazing...also jealous that you have hairless can only wish!


  2. CONGRATULATIONS to you on the award! :)

  3. Thanks for the nomination, Lena! So sweet of you :) I always love your positivity!! I'll be following up with my noms soon to share about some of my favorite up and comers - V

  4. Thank you so much for the nomination, Lena! I'm so excited to get my post up and nominate a few others. One question, do I answer the same questions that you answered or make up 11 of my own? I've seen this award floating around on a few blogs and some of the questions were different, so I'm curious. Thanks again. :)

  5. Yes ma'am- all of them just sort of happened somewhat spontaneously. The Lord works in crazy ways!

  6. Thanks for reminding me! I totally forgot to add questions, yikes! I added them now- they are at the bottom of the post. :)

  7. Can't wait to learn about other bloggers from you!

  8. Love learning more about you through this post! [somewhat] secretly love the Kardashians, also a huge window shopper, and I just love 13 going on 30!

  9. also congrats on the award, and I love how you handled it:)


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