Walking on Sunshine

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Last Thursday as I was trying to recover from my chocolate cake coma, I received a message from Mark Bialczak stating he nominated me for the Sunshine Award,  “What a way to start off my birthday weekend” I thought to myself as I maneuvered my way over to his blog to see what the Sunshine Award was all about. “The award is given to those who  positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere” it stated.  Do I inspire others in a positive and creative manner? …well sometimes I hope so, but sometimes I just shoot for a smile. Thank you Mark for this awesome award!!

Directions for you to accept the award

To accept the award, the awardee must do the following:

1. Display the award on your blog.

2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.

3. Present 10 deserving bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”

4. Link to the awardees and let them know of the nomination.

5. List 10 interesting things about yourself.

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Ten things about me…..I’m not sure how interesting or creative this will be, it IS Monday!!

1.  Insomnia is kicking my lumpy forty-year old ass!!   Going on 3 hours of sleep …can’t wait for my head to hit the pillow tonight.

2. I am determined to step outside my comfort zone and introduce myself to the farmers across the street from me….because one of the cows just had a calf and it’s the cutest little thing ever and what an awesome post that would make. Up close and personal with a baby calf and it’s mommy.

3. I’ve lost 18 pounds since October….trying for ten more.

4. I’m a bookaholic

5. I’m rooting for the Seahawks to win the Superbowl

6. I have a secret mini girl crush on Little Miss Lola ~ but who doesn’t, she’s awesome.

7.  When I’m stressed or biting my tongue to keep me from saying something stupid, I pick at my nails or skin around them until it hurts. (my daughter noticed this past weekend….she gave me the look)

8. I saw a ghost in our house

9. My two favorite shows are The Big Bang Theory and The Andy Griffith Show

10. I am so proud of my children.

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The ten bloggers who positively and creatively inspire ME in the blogosphere are :

1. http://scottishmomus.wordpress.com/

2. http://steverebus.com/

3. http://missfannyp.wordpress.com/

4. http://steffiedotorg2.wordpress.com/

5. http://fatbottomgirlsaidwhat.com/

6. http://datingdramasofathirtysomething.wordpress.com/

7.  http://www.mommyverbs.com/

8. http://lisajohnsonsawyer.com/

9. http://1yearofsingle.wordpress.com/

10. http://healingyourheartfromwithin.wordpress.com/

 

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Blog of the Year Award

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Mark so kindly nominated me for the Blog of the Year Award. Please take the time to check out his blog you won’t be disappointed.

The instructions for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

I started this blog in March of this year and I have to say that I have read so many amazing blogs that I really can’t just pick one for the Blog of the Year Award…..Thank God there isn’t a limit to have many I nominate. Here are the blogs that have brought laughter, tears, comfort and intrigue into my everyday life.

Dating Dramas of a Thirty Something

Lisa Johnson Sawyer

Suzie81

The Psych Word

Ms. Lola I can’t thank you enough!!!

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I was so thrilled to get the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award” by Lola over at Dating Dramas of a Thirty something!!  For those of you that haven’t wandered over to her site you must do it now…..she’s not the “girl next door” she’s so much more!!  I can relate to her on so many levels, from dating disasters to dating triumphs-financial struggles-mother issues-the desire for hot steamy sex…….to …..well, go check her out yourself I swear you won’t be disappointed!!

With every award there are some rules to follow. First….the questions.

  1. Your favorite color : It’s purple
  2. Your favorite animal : (dogs) well hands down are my furkids but you can’t say the D (dog) word around them or refer to them as animals. They seriously get their feelings hurt…..no joke, Lily will give you THE LOOK and refuse to give you kisses and Dart will pretend he didn’t hear it.  ohhhh wait, I do LOVE penguins!!!
  3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink: well…..uhmmm…shit, I was going to say Bailey’s and Hot Coco, given it’s Christmas time….but Baileys is alcohol…..shhhh….ok……I guess I will say Dr.Pepper.
  4. Facebook or Twitter: both
  5. Your favorite pattern: Argyle (looking down at my purple/gray/black argyle sweater)
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents:  I love giving presents !!
  7. Your favorite number: 226
  8. Your favorite day of the week: Saturday
  9. Your favorite flower: Lillies
  10. What is your passion? : well I’m very passionate when it comes to keeping my marriage hot…..naughty/dirty the better!

now I am required to nominate 10-12  6 other blogs……so here you go!!!

Girl, Intoxicated

Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife

Suzie81 Blog

Lisa Johnson Sawyer

1 year of Single 

Not so Sex in the City

The Versatile Blogger Award

Last week, Girl, Intoxicated  nominated me for the Versatile blogger award….I was beyond excited to get this award!! If you haven’t check out her blog you need to…like, right now. Go ….I’ll wait….hmmm, I told you I will wait.

See……… you’re  a fan already!!

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These are the rules for The Versatile Blogger Award –

  • Display the award certificate on your blog
  • Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award
  • Link your nominees in the post and let them know about their nomination with a comment
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself

The 15 bloggers I nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award are :

1. Life everyone has one

2. 1 year of Single   (just another sign from the universe that you did the right thing)

3. Life with Lorelai

4. Delighted by life   (now eat some chocolate and celebrate)

5. Kissing a Fool

6. Belle of the library

7. High Heels Off

8. Molly Greye

9. A Newlyweds Journey

10. About a girl

11. Lisa Johnson Sawyer  (now you can test out what I showed you..haha)

12. Fat bottom girl said what

13. Life…a work in progress

14. Aly Hypothesis

15. Mums the word

 

Now the seven interesting things about me …. hmmmm….

1. I make a kick ass Manicotti

2. I’m right handed

3. I actually love coming to work

4. I actually got kinda sad when I found out Charlotte died, she stayed around for a month….her beautiful web untouched. This is the FIRST and last spider that I will get attached to…NEVER thought I would feel bad for a spider but I did….it’s probably because I named it. (yes I buried her, no I didn’t put her in a box…in case you’re wondering)

5. I’m a loyal friend

6. I make my husband lunch 5 days out of the week ….I’ve never did anything like this before…I was more like the type that would say “you have two hands make it yourself”….but not when it comes to him……he’s my world….urgh….I know. I know.

7. I’m a huge fan of the Shamy

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All in the family – Wordpress Family Award

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When I started blogging, I noticed the “WordPress Family Award” being given to fellow bloggers. Honestly, I didn’t really think much of this award at first. I thought this award was given to bloggers that focused their blogs on FAMILY, hence the picture of the family and the word “family” on the award…. it wasn’t until  I stopped and actually read about the award that I fully realized what it meant to be recognized in such a way.

Imagine my surprise when three wonderful bloggers Zooboo,Whimical eclecticist,Mostly True Ramblings nominated me for the “WordPress Family Award”…. I jumped for joy and felt extremely blessed, because really I’ve only been blogging on WordPress since May and in a way we are like family here at WordPress…..yeah some of you are a little bit crazy (not psycho crazy), you say it like it is, you make me laugh and you have also tugged at my heart.

I thank each and every one of you for making me feel like I am part of the Word Press family!!!

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My nominees for the Word Press Family Award are :

Imperfectly Perfect

Dating Dramas of a thirty something

Don of all trades 

Lisa Johnson Sawyer

Suzie 81

The Psych Ward

Cowboys and Crossbones

Life a work in progress

Life: everyone has one

Putting on my red dress and accepting my awards!!!

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I want to say Thank you to Mostly True ramblings for nominating me for the Liebster Award!!  She totally rocks!!  and Thank you Mommyverbs for nominating me for the Versatile Award….she always makes me chuckle with the things she writes about!! If you haven’t taken the opportunity to check out these two women’s amazing blogs you need to…….you’re missing out if you don’t!

To accept my Liebster Award, I must do several things:

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  1. Link back and recognize the blogger who nominated me.
  2. Answer ten questions given to me by my nominator.
  3. Nominate ten  5 other bloggers for the award.
  4. Create ten questions for my nominees to answer.
  5. Notify my nominees.

Here’s the 10 questions for my 10 bloggers:

  1. If you had an undo button, what would you undo?  Honestly, I think I would have never married my second husband.
  2. Why do you blog?  I blog because it’s cheaper than therapy and I feel as though I am being heard in this type of forum.
  3. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?  My nose….I hate my nose
  4. What is your “Super Power” that makes you different from all others?  Have no clue…I know that’s a cop out but it’s an honest one
  5. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a psychologist
  6. Have you ever cried because you were so happy? yeah….when the hubby proposed
  7. What scares you the most? deceit
  8. What impact do you want to leave on the world?
  9. Life is too short to tolerate _______________?  liars
  10. What are you procrastinating on right now? cleaning the house

My nominees for the Liebster award are :

Life everyone has one

Lisa Johnson Sawyer

Being Nenne

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Alicia Benton

For your ten questions ….. it’s simple…..answer the ten that are above!   

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 5blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 5 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

The nominees are  :

I’m going to say it anyway – Because you have the guts to say what I am thinking

Musings of a dancing wino -because without Caturdays my Saturdays would be boring….and her stories are amazing

Suzie81 – Thank you …..just Thank you!!

The Psych Ward – I wish I had your strength

Scottishmomus – because no one kicks ass at poetry like you do

Now … the seven things about me …..How about I switch that around and tell you seven things that I see right this very minute

1. Dart laying on the hubbys pillow

2. Clothes piling up in the laundry basket

3. Lily glaring at Dart for stealing her spot

4.  an empty doggie bed that I bought for $40 at TJ Maxx thinking they would love this one as much as the one I have to keep bringing to and from the bedroom every night and day!!

5. My water bottle that is on my dresser that I wish I had brought to my night stand.

6. My hubbys clothes on top of the dresser…I’m wondering why he didn’t put them away.

7. my toes …..they really need some attention!!  I may have to make an appointment this week!!

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Super Sweet Blog Award

Thank you Zooboo for your thoughtfulness in nominating me for the Super Sweet Blog Award anyone who hasn’t clicked on over to visit her…..please do it now, you won’t regret it!!

And here are the rules:

1. Thank the super sweet blogger who kindly nominated you for the award.
2. Nominate a baker’s dozen of other bloggers who you think deserve the award.
3. Whoosh over a comment to them to let them know you nominated them.
4. Answer five super sweet questions (I’ve done them below).
5. Now, SMILE! *reaches for the cookie tin*

Here are the 5 Q/As:

1. Cookie or cake?

Cake …..CHOCOLATE

2. Chocolate or vanilla?

Uhmmm….CHOCOLATE

3. What is your favourite sweet treat?

should I say it ……Chocolate

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

a week before I am suppose to start my period…….and when I’m stressing.

5. Have you ever had your dessert before your dinner?

YES!!

Here are my sweet nominees!!!

Amber Ever After

Mommy Verbs

Not so desperate in the city

Topic Spill

Waiting for the Karma Truck

 

 

 

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My 100th post and a Quintet of Radiance: Five Ennobling Awards

What a way to celebrate my 100th post!! I started my blog on May 13th and in just a few short months I have read so many blogs that entertain me and leave me speechless because the makers behind these blogs are so talented. I just feel extremely blessed to be part of such a diverse blogging community.

I want to thank Belsbror for thinking that I am worthy of such a grand award. I want all of you to go visit Belsbror and say hello and take a minute or two to wonder through the blog and read some fascinating posts! Belsbror is incredibly talented!!

At first, I wasn’t sure what this award was all about and what I had to do…but after reading about it on Belsbrors blog I decided to share what I read about this award.

As a recipient, you will surely shower your giver with much appreciation for thinking of you.

The idea behind the awards is to serve as  a constant reminder for our thoughts to remain Versatile to brighten up the dark pathways of the mind with Sunshine, respect our Inner Peace, bring about changes by being positively Influential, and make this pale blue planet an Awesome place to abide in.

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There was no mention on how many nominees you had to give this to so since there are five awards I will nominate five amazing bloggers who I look forward to reading daily and yes you may have just received an award from me but you five are truly amazing, confident, talented women who deserve this  !!

1. 1 Year of Single

2. Musings of a Dancing Wino

3. Suzie81

4. Imperfectly Perfect

5. Dating Dramas of a Thirty Something

Ohhh what a beautiful morning!!!

I was going to write this last night but after enjoying a delicious dinner and 2 glasses of wine I was a little tipsy, so  I thought I would save this for today. I didn’t want to have one of those moments where I wake up in a panic thinking “Ohh no what did I publish last night?”. I know, from experience to NEVER text or call someone while I am drunk so I stayed far away from my laptop last night.

I want to say Thank you to Mummy Flying Solo for nominating me for The Best Moment Award, if you haven’t had the opportunity to see what’s she all about you must!!! I also want to give a BIG THANK YOU to Scottishmomus ,who is hilarious and very talented….her poems are amazing and Andie Duncan  (I recently started following her blog but I am a fan already, go check her out) for nominating me for the Versatile Award. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I was to get nominated for this award. It really means a lot to me to be recognized by such amazing bloggers.

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The Rules for the Best Moment Award are :

1. Display the award logo

2. Link back to the person who nominated you

3. State 7 things about yourself

4. Nominate 15 (or however many you can) other bloggers for this award

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Seven random things about myself…..well I am just going to make this interesting and tell you seven things that I did this morning.

1. Woke up at 6:00 am to let the furkids do their business

2. Crawled back into bed and slept till 7:30am……the furkids will NOT let me sleep past this time, either they can read time or their internal clock tells them it’s time to wake up….therefore, they jump on Mommy at the same time!! “wake up wake up wake up!”

3. I took the furkids outside again ….. they see Daddy. The hubsters looks at me and says “Hello beautiful” this is his way of telling me Wow honey aren’t you just a bright ray of sunshine in the morning.

4. I try my best to focus and take a seat next to the hubby……with hair a tangled mess, he looks over and says “you still have your curls”….boy give him three cups of coffee and he’s full of jokes in the morning!

5. I made myself a Cinnamon raisin English muffin for breakfast…..topped with tons of butter!!

6. Sat down and wrote about my proposal

7. feeling blessed to be part of such a wonderful blogging community

Now for the 15  10 awesome nominees :   (listing ten because I am getting the “please make some banana bread” eyes from my hubby)

1. Cowboys and Crossbones  (just loved how her and Teddy celebrated her one year of blogging)

2. The Girl Who Blogs  (she just celebrated making her site her own!!)

3. Musings of a dancing wino (because without her Caturdays and amazing pieces I’m not sure what I would do)

4. Life with Lorelai

5. Whimsical Eclecticist

6. Write Naked

7. Stupid Cupid

8. The Coffee Lover

9. I’m going to say it anyway

10. A Ripple In culture

Now onto the Versatile blogger Award :

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1.  Display the Award Certificate on your website/blog

2.  Post 7 interesting things about yourself

3.  Announce your win with a post, including a link back to the kind soul who nominated you

4.  Present awards to 15  10 (remember I have to make banana bread) deserving bloggers, then comment on their sites to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post .

7 Interesting things about myself……

1. I can’t drink coffee because my stomach can’t handle it…………….although when I am feeling daring and can’t handle the craving any longer I will drive through Starbucks to get their yummy Cookie Crumble.

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2. I make a delicious Manicotti (recipe to come)

3. I met my first husband in 8th grade while in CCD….Catholic sunday school…..he asked me out freshman year, I turned him down. He asked me back out junior year and I said yes…….a few months later, we were pregnant with our first daughter…..ohhh did I mention he was an altar boy!!

4. I got told over the loud-speaker at Sea World to NOT touch the Dolphins

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5.  I can’t snow ski……..I found this out when after a two-hour lesson  after saying bye to the instructor I decided to go up the mountain by myself……I didn’t come down though. I had to be airlifted…..I ended up falling HARD and fracturing my pelvic bone in two places.

6. I snore and blame it on my furkid

7.  I was a cheerleader from 6-8th grade.

I feel so bad….I feel as though I should have called a stylist to come over to make me over and dress me up in a beautiful gown just to  present this award, but I’m sorry you will have to just accept that I am in baggy t-shirt, shorts and my I’m still sporting bed head!!

The Versatile Blogging award goes to:

1. Don of All Trades

2. Hot Moody Mess

3. Anna Lea West

4. Blame it on Disney

5. Crushes and Cocktails

6. Lisa Johnson Sawyer

7.  The Girl with the red hair

8. The Underground Writer

9. Where words fail

10. Is the coffee ready yet

Hope all of you have a fantastic day!!!

I am off to make some bread!!

Guess who thinks I’m awesome!!!

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Imperfectly Perfect  does …and I guess a few others, like my furkids…..children (well maybe one does), close friends and my husband….at least I hope he does…ohhh yeah I can’t forget my sister!!

Anyways, the other day Alicia otherwise known as Imperfectly Perfect gave me such a cool award, finally the Valley Girl is awarded for her awesomeness….yes I can hear some of you out there saying “ugg gag me with a spoon!!!” , to those grumpy gus’s …..that’s why you haven’t received this cool honor.

As a kid I don’t ever remember having my C or B papers hung on the fridge to be admired by my family, I don’t remember ever seeing one of my masterpieces that I made in art class displayed …… to be honest I wouldn’t display them either….I can’t draw or paint…..but that’s beside the point. As parents we should encourage our children and cover our fridge with pictures, papers and report cards right? I’m getting off point….I tend to do that when I’m excited. So without further ado……I’m displaying my award proudly for all to see!!

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OK so it’s NOT as big as I would have liked it….but it will do!!

Here’s how this award works:

1. [Proudly] display the Medal of Awesomeness on your page.

2. Give a shout out to your nominator.

3. Nominate one of your favorite fellow bloggers to receive the Medal of Awesomeness so he or she can be as awesome as you.

4. Tell us 20 song lines or lyrics that best describe you/your life.

5. Your lyrics cannot have any reference to cats.  None.

 

For the song lyrics I thought and I thought ……. and then a song popped in my head…… “uhmmm I guess that could work”

 

We are strong
No one can tell us we’re wrong
Searching our hearts for so long
Both of us knowing
Love is a battlefield

You’re begging me to go
Then making me stay
Why do you hurt me so bad
It would help me to know
Do I stand in your way
Or am I the best thing you’ve had

Believe me
Believe me
I can’t tell you why
But I’m trapped by your love
And I’m chained to your side

We are young
Heartache to heartache we stand
No promises
No demands
Love is a battlefield

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Now onto who I am going to pass this award off to…..

Today when I was reading the blogs I follow, I read something that really touched me ….(Donofalltrades get your mind out of the gutter) …. I related to her Daily Prompt post so much that at the end I knew that it was only fitting to give this award to Suzie81 because she is Totally Awesome!!

Please stop on over to visit Suzie81, I have a feeling that you could relate to the post she wrote today…..and if you don’t well read some of her other great pieces!!

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