Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Liebster Award

Earlier this week I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Brittany over at The View From Up Here. This was like seriously a flashback to the MySpace days. If only I remembered my username and password, I would totally go back and read my page! Anyone out there also remember using LiveJournal? I think I had one of those too! Ahh, memories!  At the bottom of this post, I've nominated a few other bloggers for this oh-so-prestigious award! Enjoy reading my answers!

1. Why did you start your blog? 
I've been blogging for a few years now. When I first started, I was solely focused on sharing tips for eating right and exercising. Since having a baby, I'm lucky if I eat three meals a day, let alone making sure those meals are healthy. So, I decided to focus on my everyday life - what makes it so full of love and joy. The majority of my posts are about my family - my husband and our beautiful baby girl. I also link up recipes and review favorite products. Oh yes and sometimes I get fancy in the kitchen and make up my own recipes - if it's a winner, I blog about it! 

2. Where do you get inspiration for your posts?
Ahh, there are so many blogs I read. They range from other mommies, to entrepreneurs, to women who are outrageously physically fit. Some of my favorites are Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, Mix and Match Family, and Momfessionals

3. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Me? Vacation? Psssshhhh - when you're on a teacher's salary there's not much leftover for vacation funds. But really, I love going home to Buffalo. No, it's not a fancy beach resort or a luxurious hotel in a major city. But it's HOME. Yes, I LIVE in Florida - but HOME will always, always be Buffalo, New York. You can take the girl out of Buffalo, but you can't take Buffalo out of the girl.

4. Do you belong to any bloggers associations? 
I belong to a few pages on FB - but I don't think they are officially a 'bloggers association'. If you guys have any recommendations, let me know! I'm dying to get my blog out there for more than just my two readers! :)

5. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 
Although I go to Target quite frequently, I typically don't spend a lot of money throughout the month. Yes, I have nice handbags and beautiful jewelry (I don't have a lot of costume jewelery - most of it is the good stuff) - but those are things I don't buy all the time. I'm actually pretty good at NOT spending money - not working this past fall after JB became very ill trained me well!  

6. What's your favorite memory from the last year? 
Welcoming our beautiful baby girl into the world on August 28, 2014 at 4:19am. It was the best moment of my life and one that I playback in my mind ALL the time. It was such a quick process, and I'm thankful for that, but it's one that I'll cherish forever and ever. 

7. What is your favorite quote?
I'm such an Emily Ley fan. I literally cannot wait to get my hands on the new Simplified Planner that is coming out in May. Ever since I've been following her blog and her Instagram page, I've come across a few quotes of hers that I absolutely love. A few months ago, I ordered a print from website with the quote: 
"I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection."
As a working mama, I find these words to be oh. so. powerful. Too many times there are working mamas who try to be the best at everything. I've learned to take it one day at a time and handle the moments as they come, gracefully. This is not easy, but it's something that I work on all the time.  

8. Guilty Pleasure?
Reality television. Honestly, I don't watch a lot of television anymore but when I do, I'm usually glued to The Real Housewives (any season but Atlanta), Dance Moms, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, etc... The list goes on and on!

9. Favorite movie/book?
Guilty---> I'm a reading teacher and I don't like to read. Well that's not entirely true. I read magazines and non-fiction. I just can't get into a good book. Summer is coming, so I'll take recommendations! But my favorite movie by far is You've Got Mail. I literally know the entire movie by heart. 

10. What are three words that would describe you?
Caring, hard-working, organized  

I nominate:
Go ahead and answer the questions below, create a new set of 10 questions, then pass the award on to 10 other bloggers that have less than 200 followers--making sure to notify them!

Here are your questions

1. What inspires you to blog?
2. What are your top three favorite blogs?
3. Favorite television show?
4. Describe the best moment of your life.
5. What is a quote that you always go back to?
6. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
7. What would your best friend say about you?
8. What's your go-to beverage of choice at Starbucks?
9. What are the essentials in your purse?
10. What are three words that would describe you?
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  1. Emily Ley's quote is my favorite too!

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