The Liebster Award Part 2


The super sweet ladies at Betrothed Babies Blog nominated me for this award and I have to be really really honest. I was having the worst day. A dig down deep into your soul and reach out for grace kind of day. So thank you ladies for bringing a smile to my face!


The Liebster award is passed from blogger to blogger to get recognition for new or smaller blogs. (Blogs with <200 followers)  When you’re nominated for the award, you have some rules to follow:

  1.  Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award
  2. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer 11 questions the blog give you
  4. Nominate 5-11 blogs with less than 200 followers you think are deserving of the award
  5. Let the bloggers know you nominated them
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer

So, I have been nominated for this award before, but I am totally going to do it again because I love it!


11 Random Facts About Myself:

  1. I love peanut butter! But only if it has no/low sugar. I don’t like sweet peanut butter.
  2. My big sister and I have birthdays one day (and nine years) apart.
  3. There are seventeen years between my oldest and youngest sister. Although it’s a big gap, I love the way our family is formed and it makes me really happy that we are now all in similar stages of life.
  4. I am a terrible swimmer. I can swim, but not much beyond enough to save myself.
  5. Christmas Eve is my favorite holiday. All the excitement about Santa is running through the air. There is just a certain magic about Christmas Eve.
  6. Growing up, my best friend lived on my street. Every day we met “halfway.” We’d spend our summers walking around the block talking about who knows what. We definitely walked well over 5 miles a day.
  7. My childhood dog was a Westie named Scooter. He was the laziest dog ever, but barked like crazy at every boyfriend I ever brought home – except my husband 🙂 Scooter approved of him apparently!
  8. I bake nearly every dessert from scratch. Except Funfetti cake. I just love Pillsbury’s version, no matter the chemical soup that is that recipe. I just love theirs best.
  9. I taught elementary school for four years. Those kids were my babies and I think about them all the time. We have since moved from that state, but oh I wish I could have watched them all grow!
  10. Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie of all time. I have a Wizard of Oz themed bachelorette party!
  11. I sing all day. I love to sing. I am not the best singer, but Cupcake doesn’t know that yet, so she asks me to sing all day. It’s the best!

Questions for me to answer:

  1.  If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? I’d eat pizza! So many different topping options which can totally make pizza work for everything from breakfast to dessert!
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory? It’s impossible to pick one favorite, but one of my favorite memories was going to see the Olympics in 1996. We went to go see track and field and during one part of it, they played the macarena on the loud speaker. It was amazing to be doing the macarena with people from all over the world! It was amazing.
  3. Describe the best vacation you’ve ever been on. The best vacation I ever went on was when Chris and I went to Puerto Rico. We got engaged during sunrise on our first morning. We spent the rest of the trip just the two of us going on some amazing adventures. It was perfect.
  4. Are you a dog or a cat person? Dog, but I own two cats!
  5. If you had to change your career, what would you pick? I don’t know! I loved being a classroom teacher, but also love being a work at home mom now. If I had to do something else, maybe I would be a children’s book author.
  6. Which famous person (living or dead) would you like to have lunch with and why? Jesus. I don’t think a why is needed.
  7. What’s your biggest pet peeve? Being late. I hate it!
  8. If you could have one super power, what would it be? To calm people down instantly.
  9. You had the worst day at work – what’s the one thing that will make you feel better? Chips and guacamole with my sweetie.
  10. If you had to lose one of your senses, which one would you pick and why? If I could maintain my sense of taste, then I would pick smell. My sense of smell is way off the charts and it’s actually really difficult as it makes me really sensitive.
  11. What’s the first thing you would do if you won a million dollars? Contact a financial advisor!

I am going to nominate the following blogs:

Ups and Bumps

Jamieson Diaries

Memoirs of a Running Mama

The Beautiful Life of Ms. Nealia Jade


Since I’ve been nominated for this award before, I also invite anyone who is reading to participate along with us! It’s a great way to get to know some new faces in the blogging world.


Here are the questions for them to answer.

  1. What was the last thing you ate?
  2. If you had to give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?
  3. You just won the award for being the best *blank*. What award did you win?
  4. What is your most prized material possession?
  5. Who is the best cook you know and what is the best thing they make?
  6. If you won an all expense paid vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  7. Where is your happy place?
  8. Are you more of a glass half full or glass half empty person?
  9. When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that you do?
  10. Which season do you like best?
  11. Where do you do most of your blogging from?

Hope you all have as much fun as I did! For anyone joining in, please leave your link here so I can read your answers!





The Liebster Award

A big shout out of gratitude to Cassie at Real Life Moments for nominating me for this award. She is a mommy blogger who shares her adventures with her husband and her adorable baby girl. I really appreciate it!



Here are my questions to answer:

1. How did you get started blogging?
When I was first pregnant with Cupcake, I kept a private blog that I would turn into a book for her. As I started reading other people’s blogs, I was inspired to start a public one of my own to share. I love writing and connecting with new people.

2. What do you like most about blogging?
I love the connections I can make. It is so cool to “meet” others with similar experiences. I love learning ways I can improve what I’m doing and sharing what works in our world!

3. What do you like least about blogging?
Sometimes I feel like I have nothing meaningful to say. It also requires me to be more open than I would naturally. One of my New Years Resolutions includes sharing recipes, even when they’re flops. I feel like some people try and paint the image of the perfect life they have. Mine is far from perfect, and sometimes it makes me nervous putting that all on display.

4. What would be your dream job?
Writing for a living. I have always wanted to write a children’s book and have completed a few. Now it’s just getting brave enough to try and get them published! I would love the opportunity to be able to write while staying home with Cupcake and any future children I may be blessed with!

5. What is your favorite thing about you?
This is a tough question! I guess my favorite thing about myself is how emotional I am. I know some would see that as a drawback, but it is actually my greatest strength.

I connect easily and quickly with people. I am quite empathic and find it easy to relate to others. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to have more control over my emotions so that others’ negative feelings do not rub off on me nearly as much. I’ve learned how to use my emotional side to my advantage.

6. If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to be able to give Cupcake and our future children the opportunity to reach for the stars. I’d like to have enough that they are not held back, but not be spoiled. Being financially able to provide would be wonderful.

7. What would your personal paradise be?
I absolutely love walking in the reservoir during the middle of the week when it is relatively empty. Being in the woods is so peaceful for me. I always feel recharged after connecting with nature.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
I love chips with guacamole and a nice cold Coke! Yummmm

9. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Flying! It would be so convenient and I imagine quite peaceful up there!

10. Do you have any pets? If so what?
I have two cats named Oreo and Styx. Oreo absolutely adores Cupcake and cuddles with her while we put her to sleep each night. Styx got her name after the River Styx from Greek mythology. She wasn’t so nice and kind of standoffish. However, she loved me! Styx used to be my little baby pre-Cupcake. She is slowly warming up to the baby.

11. Are you glad you are done with these questions?


11 random facts about me:

1. I have an unhealthy love for peanut butter. I consume an embarrassing amount! I am extremely picky, though, and actually prefer store brands over brand names because nearly all of the brand names add sugar to their “natural” peanut butter.

2. I got married on my little sister’s birthday! I loved the date (12/21/12) and thankfully she said it was ok!

3. I have my Masters in Elementary Teaching and taught for four years before Cupcake was born. I’ve taught first, third and fifth grade.

4. Although I loved teaching, all I really wanted to be when I grew up was a mom!

5. Most teachers have a hard time coming up with baby names due to former students. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl, so we went to the hospital with several names for both. Every name we had was also the name of a former student!

6. I love going to the movies.I watch movies at home all the time, too. It’s one of my favorite pastimes.

7. I was attacked by a dog when I was little. I still am a little skittish if a yellow lab gets too close.

8. We currently live in the same house my dad was raised in. I absolutely love that Cupcake’s nursery is the same as his. She took her first steps here, just like he did. I wash dishes in the same sink my grandmother did. I will be so sad when we move.

9. I have given up ALL dairy for Cupcake. She had horrible reflux that was greatly impacting her. Even with her medication, it was too much. I cut out dairy and within three weeks she went from getting sick several times an hour to only a few times a week. This girl reallllly loves her cheese and chocolate!

10. My favorite food is tacos. I can eat a ridiculous amount. When DH and I first started dating, he did not believe me when I said I could easily eat 6 tacos in one sitting. We ordered 12. I ate my six and felt great. A few hours later, I was hungry again. He got through five alright, forced the sixth, and had a tummy ache for hours. I win!

11. I love to bake! I wish I could just bake and eat all the yumminess all day. Alas, my waist line would not appreciate this.

Here are the blogs I am nominating!

Playing House

Brienne Jamieson

Madre Americana

more than just dumplings

A Pendulum World

Domesticated Momster

The Mommy Date

Another Day in Mommadise

Growing Up Mom

And here are my 11 questions for you to answer:

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. What is your favorite food?

3. What was your first job?

4. What are you having for dinner tonight?

5. Pick one word to describe your blog.

6. If you could go to any place in the world on a free vacation for a week, where would you go?

7. Who was your favorite teacher?

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

9. Who would you say has been the most influential person in your life?

10. If you had to be any animal for the rest of your life , what would you pick?

11. What is your favorite color?