Posted in Awards, Blog

The Sunshine Blogger Award


Hello Everyone and welcome to another post!

First I would like to thank the three bloggers who thought I was worthy of this amazing award!

Lana whose blog is Welcome To Our Campfire is just an amazing person and has such a wonderful blog.

Laura is so sweet and is always such an honest writer has a great blog called All The Shoes I Wear.

And Glen from justabitfurther is always writing something fresh and unique.

These are all fantastic blogs and if you haven’t had the chance to check them out yet, you definitely should.

Next I would like to apologize to Lana who nominated me for this award last year. I just looked in my drafts and it seems like I had good intentions, but I only wrote half a post, never finished it, and never published it. According to the date in my drafts that was around the time I was going through all my baby stuff last year so I kind of fell off the face of the Earth because I really needed to process some grief and a lot of feelings.

So if you all don’t mind, I will try to hit three birds with one post and answer all the questions from the three bloggers who nominated me in one post.

Here are the rules if you are nominated…

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog
  • Answer the questions the blogger has asked you
  • Nominate 5-11 new bloggers and write them 5-11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post

Here are the questions I was asked by Lana:

  1. Twizzlers or Red Vines?
    Is it ok to choose both? I have two very separate moods and if I’m in a Twizzler mood, Red Vines just won’t do and vice versa.
  2. Favorite super hero?
    Thor, but only because Chris Hemsworth is so darn handsome.
  3. If you could live inside a book or game which one would it be and why?
    Bridge to Terabithia. I know this is a sad book, but I chose it because it is one of the first books I ever lost myself in and felt like I was part of the book.
  4. If you could travel in time, would you go to the future or the past and why?
    I would go to the past to the Roaring 20s just so I could drink bootleg liquor and dance in flapper dresses for 10 years. Then I would come back just before the stock market crashed and it became the Great Depression.
  5. Who is your favorite comedian?
    Robbin Williams. He can always put me in a better mood and was so good in everything he did.
  6. You are a huge success as a song writer… What type of music do you write songs for?
    Is Johnny Cash featuring Doc Watson a genera of music? If so, I pick that one.
  7. If you were in the 2020 summer olympics, what event would you medal in?
    I would love to say all of them, but to be honest I would probably just be featured in the Bloopers. I can swim pretty terribly so that would probably be my best chance to win a medal.
  8. If you could only drink one type of beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Water. I pretty much only drink water now. The only time I drink juice or tea is when I’m sick, and if I don’t drink soda.
  9. What is your favorite board game?
    SORRY! It is pretty fast passed and if you are petty, this is the game for you!
  10. If you were going to stumble onto a wild animal, what animal would you be most afraid of encountering?
    A mountain lion because they are silent and sneaky. How would I even know if I accidentally found one?
  11. What is your favorite post you have written and why?
    Dirty Laundry because this is the first post where I actually felt like I had done a good job. I felt like I finally started to find my voice as a blogger and this was the first post I thought someone besides myself would want to read.

Here are the questions I was asked by Laura…

  1. What are your hopes, plans and goals for your blog for this coming year?
    I feel like I sort of already answered this is my post 2019 Goals #NewYearNewMe, but I will answer it again. I hope my content and pictures are better, I plan on writing a new post every week, and my goal is to reach 500 followers so I can think about using my blog as a supplemental income so I can stay home when I have children.
  2. Describe a pivotal or epiphanic moment in your life. 
    I would have to say the biggest pivotal moment is when I moved to New Mexico to nanny for my sister when I was 16. If I finished high school in Alaska, I would have gone to College in Alaska; and I never would have met Mike, gotten married, or moved to Montana. I probably would have gotten married, but I definitely would not be living the life I am today.
  3. Describe one thing that makes you happy or smile and why?
    Is it even possible to just pick one thing? Our kitten and puppy always make me happy and can always put me in a better mood.
  4. If you could live inside a book or movie, which would it be and why?
    Since I already answered this one, I don’t think I’m going to again.
  5. Provide the link to one of your blog posts that you would like to share with us.
    Character Building Experiences. This is the first post I ever wrote, and it is the beginning of my husband’s and my journey. This will always be one of the most special posts I have ever written.

Here are the questions I was asked from Glen…

  1. Why did you start your blog?
    I tell everyone the reason I started my blog was so my family would be able to know what Mike and I are up to in Montana. But the real reason I started this blog is because I was having trouble adjusting to the expectations of married life and I didn’t have any friends or family close by that I could talk to about it. So I wrote about it and it really helped me sort everything out.
  2. Tell me about one of your favorite blog posts. 
    Recipe Review: Broccoli Beef. This is one of my favorites because the pictures turned out really well, it was one of my most favorite things to cook, and it was a blast to write.
  3. If you could interview one person for your blog, who would that be and why that person?
    Definitely my husband because I write about him all the time and even though I have talked to him about my blog, I would really love to know what he actually thinks about it.
  4. Savoury or sweet? Give an example of the perfect snack. 
    Definitely a savoury homemade quesadilla, and here is how you can make your own: Spread sour cream or plain greek yogurt on one side and guacamole on the other. Then fill that guy up with cheese and whatever meat you have lying around the house. For example, leftover ham, chicken or shredded beef. Then you just toast it in a pan until the cheese is melted, and you have the perfect snack!
  5. What is the best DIY you ever did?
    I’m famously not good at any sort of DIY, but I can knit a hat and they always turn out ok.
  6. Is there anything you’d like to do but you have never done?
    I would love to go to New York and see my family’s name in the book on Elis Island, I would love to go to Disney Land/Disney World, and I would love to go to Hawaii.
  7. Do you have a post that you hesitated hitting publish on?
    I have two posts that I went back and forth about publishing. Character Building Experiences because it was my first post ever and I was so nervous to start a blog, and Pregnancy & Miscarriage. Mike didn’t really want me to post it so I wasn’t going to, but I knew I had to because nobody would talk about it, at the same time I didn’t want to publish it because then everyone would know about it.
  8. Which features do you like most in yourself?
    I am 100% loyal. I am 100% forgiving. I have a strong faith. And I think I’m pretty.
  9. What is your go-to weeknight dinner?
    Spaghetti. It’s so easy and it’s almost impossible to make it taste bad so it’s the perfect thing for me to make!
  10. Dogs or cats? And why?
    Both! But if I’m being honest, I tend to prefer cats just because its easier to change a litter box then to go around the whole yard picking up the leftovers from your puppy’s bathroom breaks.
  11. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging?
    I learned to not measure my growth and success based on comparing myself with other bloggers. It honestly doesn’t matter how many likes, comments or followers you have as long as you are proud of your work.

My Nominees Are…

All of these bloggers are amazing and their blogs are wonderful so if you haven’t already, feel free to check them out.

In The Midst

Another Picture On The Wall

No Love For Fatties

Us And Noah

The Eclectic Contrarian

Questions For My nominees…

  1. What made you start your blog?
  2. What is your favorite post that you have written?
  3. Do you write for yourself or for your readers?
  4. What is your favorite book to read?
  5. Do you prefer movies/tv or books/reading?

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Posted in Awards

Liebster Award

I would like to thank two wonderful bloggers LEYE555 and BlottedInc for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I’m still catching up on my blog after taking some time off while I moved so I’m sorry for taking so long to post this!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Display and link to the award on your blog.
  • Answer the questions given to you.
  • Create more questions for your nominees to answer
  • Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
  • Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (optional)
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award the award.
  • List these rules in your post
  • Inform the people/blogs that you nominated

Questions from LEYE555

  1. What keeps you fired up to keep on blogging?
    One of the most motivating things about blogging is having someone like or comment on any of my posts or when someone new follows me. That is my biggest reward for blogging and that is my biggest motivation for me to keep writing new posts.
  2. If by some twist of faith you were to find yourself in some parallel universe where communication is only done through writing, would you miss this one?
    I remember passing notes in grade-school which was against the classroom rules and trying to be discrete so the teacher wouldn’t notice. If my friends and I were able to do this successfully, it was one of our biggest accomplishments of the day. So if this parallel universe had a law against talking, I probably would talk to everyone and hope not to get caught while feeling accomplished if nobody noticed.
  3. What is your favorite personal blog post?
    My favorite post I have ever written is Dirty Laundry because I enjoyed writing it a ton, it came together so easily and I think it is some of my best writing.
  4. How large do you want your blog to become by the year’s end?
    I started this blog without the expectation of a single person reading it except for me. My goal was to get one follower who was not part of my family. Now I have more than 100 followers and I am so honored that one person let alone 100 find what I have to say interesting. That said, I hope I will be a better writer by the end of the year and I hope that my writing is light-hearted enough for people to keep reading it.
  5. If the world ends tomorrow, what will be the last thing you would want to do today?
    I would want to watch Netflix with Mike. I know it sounds silly, but if the world was ending I would say goodby to everyone in my family and then spend the rest of the day eating pizza and wings. I would want Mike to take the day off to just hang out with. That way we would be relaxed, happy and with loved ones when the world ended.
  6. Have you ever sat in front of your site to make a post but you get so blank that you have to sign out and literally dump your pc or phone just about anywhere so you can feel better?
    I do this all the time. I have a brainstorm session every week of possible posts or topics to write about and I usually end up writing more than one post at a time because I either run out of motivation on one and move on to the next or I write the header and have nothing more to write about.
  7. What is your favorite song?
    I don’t think I could narrow it down to my absolute favorite song, but one of my favorite songs is “This Ole House” by Rosemary Clooney which was written in the 50s. Its about an old house that is falling apart with nobody to fix it. When I was little my dad used to sing it to my mom when she would ask him to fix something around the house. Its such a fun song that I will add a link to it on YouTube.
  8. If you become a famous author and you got one of the highest awards like Pulitzer for your work, then with whom will you share your prize money?
    I would either hoard it away somewhere just incase I needed money when I get old or I would give it all away to a charity, but I would not give it to anyone I know because I wouldn’t want people to be my friend just because they thought I was rich and famous.
  9. Did you ever think that you will someday become a blogger?
    Absolutely not. I used to think blogging was something that teens did instead of keeping a diary or journal. I actually saw an advertisement for WordPress and thought “I don’t have any children yet so maybe I need a hobby”. And that is the story of how Laundry & Dishes was born.
  10. What is the happiest blogging experience you’ve had?
    It was when someone liked my blog for the first time. I had published my first post about a week earlier and I didn’t know about the First Friday opportunity to share it so I had zero views. Then out of nowhere someone liked my post and I felt like it was one of the greatest successes of my life.

Questions from BlottedInc

  1. If you could dye your hair a certain color, what would it be?
    Auburn. I love how natural red-heads look but I don’t like the dyed hair look so I’m not sure if I would ever die my hair or not.
  2. Who would be your fictional best friend?
    Abby from NCIS.
  3. Describe your ideal house/vacation.
    My ideal house would be very open with a lot of windows and a big back yard so my kids and dogs can have room to play outside. I also would love to have a garden and maybe a small apple orchard.
  4. Who is the person you look up to? Why?
    I look up to my parents because we were very poor when I was growing up but I never felt hungry, I always had clothes and we were always happy. It wasn’t until I went to college that I learned they had a lot of debt and were living paycheck to paycheck to pay it off when I was growing up. When I have children I want them to feel as safe and secure as I did growing up.
  5. If you could write a book about anything, what would it be?
    It probably would be an biography because I have always been told to write what you know and I’m not sure I could be creative enough to write anything other than a semi-nonfiction account of my life.
  6. Dogs or cats, sunshine or rain, Coffee or tea?
    Dogs and cats. Rain with sunshine. Coffee in the morning and tea in the evening.
  7. Who is your favorite blogger on WordPress?
    I have way too many to count! Anyone I have nominated for an award is a blogger who is my favorite.
  8. Name your biggest pet peeve
    When its raining or muddy outside and someone doesn’t take off their shoes at the door. Especially if I have just moped the floors.
    Favorite sport to watch/play? If you have one, name your Favorite player.
  9. Hockey and baseball are my two favorite sports to watch and I don’t think I’ve ever had a favorite player. Maybe Babe Ruth?
  10. Do you have any siblings?
    I have seven.
  11. what is your biggest regret in high school?
    I’m not sure if I have nay regrets from high school, but I can say without a doubt that I am glad its over.

What makes me passionate about blogging?

I have always loved to write so I decided to try blogging as a hobby. I usually spend about an hour a day writing new posts and reading other blogs. I think what makes me passionate about blogging is that it is a hobby and not a job.

10 Random Facts about me

  1. I have 14 nieces and nephews with one more on the way
  2. I am less than 5 feet tall
  3. When I do my makeup, I just put on mascara and sometimes I fill in my eyebrows because they’re so blond it looks like I don’t have any
  4. My favorite number is 3
  5. I don’t have a favorite color
  6. I have blue eyes but when I wear green they look hazel
  7. Although I can cook, I don’t really like to
  8. My go to comfort food is macaroni and cheese and dinosaur chicken nuggets
  9. Folding laundry calms me down
  10. One of these days I would like to run a marathon

My nominees:

  1. The world of Joy
  2. Fit Chic Blogs

  3. Goodness Of Books

Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your dream job?
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
  3. What is your favorite book?
  4. Who was your favorite childhood pet?
  5. What is your favorite movie?
  6. If you were stranded on an island and could pick who was there with you, who would you pick?
  7. If you want kids, how many would you like to have?
  8. What is your favorite show?
  9. What makes you feel happy?
  10. Describe your ideal vacation

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Posted in Awards

The Mystery Blogger Award

List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
You have to nominate 10 people
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
Share a link to your best post:

“Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” Created by: Okoto Enigma via

First I would like to thank Laura who writes the blog All The Shoes I Wear for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. I’m very honored to be considered for such an amazing award! I would also like to apologize for unintentionally taking a break from my blog. We did not have WiFi set up in our new home until yesterday and I didn’t want to use all my data on my phone blogging so I only looked at it about once a day and now I have a lot of catching up to do!

I’m not really sure how to choose my best post, but according to my stats my post that has the most views is House Hunting.

Three things about me are:

  1. I am one of seven siblings and consider myself the sixth oldest instead of the sixth youngest.
  2. I would love to adopt because I think there are so many children who would benefit from living in a permanent loving home.
  3. My dream job is to be an Audiologist working with babies and young children who were born with any degree of hearing loss or deafness. I think all children need good advocates, but I especially think that children with language impairments really need advocates because they literally do not have a voice.

The Question I Was Asked:

1. When was the last time you felt pure joy?
I have been moving into a new apartment and I very recently finished unpacking and putting away the very last unopened box. I was immediately flooded with feelings of accomplishment, relief and joy because the process of moving was finally over.

2. What made you laugh until you cried?
I’m not sure if its because I’m a newlywed but Mike makes me laugh until I cry all the time. He usually does something goofy or tells a joke with an impressive amount of “Dad humor” and then I double over in a fit of giggles until my abs hurt and I have tears in my eyes.

3. What’s the silliest thing you do when alone?
I lay on the floor and look at the ceiling. When I was young, we stayed with some relatives who had a popcorn ceiling and I had some trouble falling asleep so I looked at the patterns on the ceiling until I was able to doze off. For some reason this still relaxes me and so it is sometimes part of my bedtime routine.

4. Whats the weirdest thing you’ve ever experienced?
Explosive diarrhea. My grandparents took us all out to the Golden Corral which our whole family calls The Hog Out. My niece was about 10 months old and was eating a healthy mixture of solid foods and breast milk. I honestly can’t remember what she ate but my best friend and sister in-law asked me to hold her which I did. Long story short, right when I picked her up her diaper filled to the brim and the contents began dripping down her leg onto me. So in the middle of an all you can eat restaurant we all dashed for the bathroom and did our best to clean up me and my niece.

5. Have you ever been to a haunted place?
No and I don’t think I would ever actively try to find one to visit.

My Nominees:

The bloggers I am nominating for this award are amazing writers and have the most wonderful blogs.

  1. lovesdeepwaters
  2. Muslim Misconceptions
  3. Baffledmum
  4. dreamnoiseblog
  5. empoweredeverydayblog
  6. dreamgoexplore
  7. honeydreamer
  8. Positive-circle
  9. WelpWriter
  10. pearlsandgrit

 Questions for My Nominees:

  1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  2. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go? Why?
  3. What activity would you like to try but are too nervous to do it? For example, I’d love to skydive but I’m terrified of heights.
  4. What is your go to favorite comfort food?
  5. What is something funny or weird that you used to do that you now are embarrassed by?


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