blogger awards

Versatile Blog Award

Well, cool beans, I was recently awarded with the Versatile Blogger Award!  I’m a total sucker for these awards too, in case you don’t remember from last time.:-)
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to Natalie A. for this honor.  It really, truly, made my day to receive this award, I will accept it very happily and gratefully!!!  By the way, if you like giveaways, be sure to head on over to her blog, as it is chock FULL of awesome giveaways.:-)
Here are the rules for this award: 
  1. Thank the person who gave you this award. 
  2. Share 7 things about yourself. 
  3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic! 
  4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award. 
7 Things About Me:
  1. I don’t like granola, but when I start eating it I have a hard time stopping.  It’s so weird tasting and dry, but there’s something in there that makes me want more.  I try to eat granola for breakfast most days, and I dread it, but come breakfast time, I have to keep myself from over eating!
  2. I desperately want to own my own business.  I’ve started up small businesses here and there SO many times!  I still remember fun nights with my newlywed husband making homemade candles.  I remember signing up for photography classes so I could make it a profession.  I sold on ebay for years.  I loved, LOVED having a house to fix up, rent and then sell!  My latest and greatest scheme will be coming soon, I’m sure.
  3. I love gardening.  I’m not good at it, but I enjoy it.  It’s like a therapy.  Just today I tortured myself and fertilized the whole thing with fish poop.  My entire backyard smells now…:-)
  4. I LOVE kool-aid.  It’s the perfect summer drink!
  5. I spend probably 30 minutes every night picking at my bed…I can’t stand feeling anything except smooth on it.  Before going to bed, I’ll rip all the blankets and pillows off and feel the entire bed with my hands to make sure I don’t feel dirt, crumbs, dust, or whatever.  I’ll pick at the lint UNDER the sheet on the mattress sometimes, because I can’t sleep with the slightest bit of lump!  As for big lumps like clothes piled on the bed, no problem!
  6. I love to can.  When I got a pressure canner for my birthday a year ago, I bawled like a baby.  I don’t think I’ve ever cried over a gift before.  My lil’ brother thought I was nuts, I’m sure. 
  7. Music is the way to my heart.  ‘Nuff said.  I LOVE MUSIC.
And now, the 15 blogs I have chosen to honor with the award:
  • Service Soapbox – This is actually a group of bloggers who have formed this group, and they’re all about performing local services to those in need! 
  • My Kids Eye View – This site is chock-full of frugal activities going on around the valley to keep your kids busy! (Salt Lake City)
  • Eat From Your Pantry – so many frugal recipes that taste WONDERFUL!
  • Love That Max – a blog about kids with special needs…the mom who writes this blog is amazing…
  • Tidbits from the Tremaynes – creative, funny, talented!!!  This blog is sure to put a smile on your face.
  • Speaking on the Spectrum – if you know someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, this blog is for you…all the latest news relating to Autism and those who suffer from it.
  • Party Perfect – Planning a party?  This is seriously the only blog you need.  I think there may be millions of ideas on here!
  • Lisa’s Gluten Free Advice – so much information if you have to eat a special diet.  The author really puts her heart into this blog.
  • Icy Violets – I’m a food blog sucker…and this one just happens to rock!  Her recipes are delectable and inspiring, and….YUMMY!
  • Dede’s Crafty Kids – this is my girl’s blog, but I swear I’m not picking it because of that.  This is a blog for kids, written by a kid.  My 7-year old daughter creates projects and then posts about them.  There are so many cute crafts on there! 
  • One Cheap Chick – matter of fact, to the point, this blog is a wealth of information regarding frugal living….she’s also my source for any recalls that come up. 
  • Favorite Family Recipes – I’ve made half a dozen recipes from this blog, and I’ve not ONCE been disappointed! 
  • Ink Dots – The gal who writes this blog also writes historical Christian fiction!  
  • The Thrifty Nifty Crafter – so many fun crafts for women to do!  And very thrifty, as the name promises:-)
  •  Everyday Living – from a stay at home dad comes weight loss tips with a dose of humor as he helps us get through the journey of every day living!

Congratulations to all those who won this fabulous award!:-)  And thank you again to  Natalie A. for passing it on to me.

    Blogger Award!!


    I was just given this amazing blogger award from Who Doesn’t Love Coupons! Her blog is a really wonderful one, you should definitely check it out.

    WOW…I’m touched. I’m flattered. I’m giddy. I would like to thank all who made this possible! (Would you ever guess this is my first award? hee hee) Seriously though, this made my day! Especially coming from such a gorgeous blog. Thank you so much!

    Now, to the official stuff:

    The rules for accepting this award:

    1.Thank the person that gave you the award

    2. Pass this award on to 13 bloggers you’ve recently discovered and whom you think are fantastic!

    3. Contact the Bloggers you pick to let them know they’ve won.

    4. State 7 Things about yourself!

    And to follow the rules, here are seven highly interesting (or slightly boring) tidbits about me:

    1.)I LOVE to read…it takes me to a new world, and I sometimes forget it’s not reality.

    2.)I love sleeping for the same reason. I’m a vivid dreamer, and I LOVE the excitement and magic that comes with dreams.

    3.)I just started going to school again after 10 years, and I’m stressed beyond reason, but I LOVE it. It’s so weird to be working my mind in adult ways again…I’m so in the “Sesame Street” mentality with kids, so it’s been good for me.

    4.) I LOVE music, all kinds. It makes my soul happy.

    5.)I also have an ongoing fear that the brakes in our car will go out. A mechanic mentioned it once, and ever since I worry. Going on the freeway is torture for me.

    6.)I HAVE to have a list for just about everything I do….if I go out and get the mail and didn’t have it on my list, I’ll write it on my list just so I can have the satisfaction of crossing it out.

    7.)My ultimate dream in life would be to travel to Africa and find a way to provide healthy, sustainable food for the people there.

    Here are 13 blogs I have discovered recently and love:

    1.)Writing the Waves of Motherhood – Just a feel good happy place blog!
    2.)Deeper Shade of Soul – ditto…reading this makes my day, and the design on the blog is SO cute too!
    3.)Blue Cricket Design – Okay, you want to be crafty? Check out the wonder woman of making your own stuff.
    4.)Saving Toward a Better Life – Great blog with saving ideas! I seriously love this site.
    5.)Seeking Sisterhood – A beautiful blog celebrating womanhood!
    6.)Navel Gazing at it’s Finest – In need of a good laugh? Here’s where to go.
    7.)Tech4Mommies – This blog is so unique, and it’s SO useful for those of us who are technically “un savvy”.
    8.)Adopt a ‘Do – This is FULL of CUTE hairdo ideas for girls!
    9.)Ink Splasher – Another fun read…just a great place to go when you want to get away.
    10.)Designing & Motherhood – SO many great ideas for designing your house and making things!
    11.)Prepared Not Scared – This is full of fantastic canning recipes…I LOVE them!
    12.)To the Max – A blog about kids with special needs….VERY inspiring! And for me, it hits so close to home:-)
    13.)Wonderful Ward Recipes – YUMMY looking recipes, people!!