The Mystery Blogger Award #2

I was nominated by Janie @ Authentically 50 for the Mystery Blogger Award. I just did this award not too long ago, but why not do it again? I love doing these tags and have fresh answers with this one! Fun!

Thanks, Janie!

If you haven’t checked out Janie’s blog, please do. She has blog posts on various topics and I always find them thought-provoking.

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“The ‘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” ~ Okoto Enigma.

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate up to 10 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Myself:

1 – I’m totally psyched for fall!

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2- I love gardening!

 

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3- I love tea!

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Five Questions from Janie:

1 – What is one thing that is on your bucket list (or thing you really want to do in your lifetime)?

I want to ride on a Segway city tour and what better place than New Orleans!

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2 – How would you describe yourself in a few words?

Funny (I try), caring, and compassionate.

3 – What is your favorite book genre? Your least favorite?

This is hard, but I’ll go with non-fiction in general. I love a good memoir. My least favorite is sports, although, if it’s a book about the Patriots, I’m in!

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4 – Describe the perfect relaxing evening.

Hanging out with my family, watching a great show on Netflix, or reading.

5 -What is your guiltiest pleasure?

FOOD! I love to bake!

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Link to my best post:

I chose the YA book rating post last time because it was fresh and seemed to be a topic many people wanted to comment on. This time, I’ll choose my post regarding Carol Buckley. Carol is the founder of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and also founded Elephant Aid International. I did an interview with her and you can see the post HERE if you are interested. You’ll learn about her elephant Tarra and where she is now, as well as what Carol is doing to help elephants around the world.

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One Lovely Blog Award #2 – Music Edition

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I was nominated by TheOrangutanLibrarian for the One Lovely Blog Award. I admire the way this award was done as a “music” edition, and because I’ve done this award before, I thought I’d stick with the music edition and share 7 musical facts about myself. I’d like to thank The Orangutan Librarian for nominating me! If you haven’t checked out this blog yet, please do! You’ll find many book reviews, book lists, tags, awards, and more.

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THE RULES FOR THE ONE LOVELY BLOGGER AWARD

  1. Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves and then nominate 15 people.

~7 Musical Facts About Me~

#1 – When I was a kid, my room was pink and I despised it. I covered as much as I could with posters from my favorite bands along with other embellishments to try and make my room look cool. Music was pretty much my life and I enjoyed listening to it and creating my own.

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#2 – As you can see in the photo above, I had colored my hair blue. Of course, now, it’s nothing to see someone with colored hair, but back then it was still very rare in my community. My best friend and I used to love hanging out at this store in Chi-town called The Alley, which is where my love for hair dye started. I was the first person in my school to color my hair a different color and my band teacher was very upset with me because we had a concert coming up.

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Wow, she was extremely upset. Looking back now, I do feel bad about it! She was my favorite teacher and I really respected her, I just wanted to color my hair blue! She actually teaches at a local university and I ran into her a few times when I was in college. She doesn’t seem to be mad about it anymore. 🙂 Phew!


#3 – I listen to nearly every music genre, but my favorite will probably always be grunge and I’ve been told that I’m still living in the 90s.

A few favorites from the 90s:

 

 

 


#4 – When I was a child, my grandfather would sing songs to me out of this Reader’s Digest Songbook which I still have. I think this is where my love for music started.

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#5 – When I was in high school band, we went downstate for competition and I won various awards including this really cool Musicianship Award.

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#6 – I discovered a music group called Walk Off the Earth last year. I adore them and find them extremely creative. If you haven’t seen them before, check out this video! It’s amazing. They play a cover of the song “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye using only one instrument!


#7 We went to see Shrek the Musical a while back. It was amazing! It was my first live musical and I was in awe the entire time. We were able to take pictures with the cast afterward which was really fun for the kids to get to meet everyone. It was such a fun experience.

 

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Award: The Miranda Sings Award

I was nominated by Noriko@ BookFiendSite for The Miranda Sings Award. Up until seeing this on Noriko’s site, I’d never seen this award before. Please check out Noriko’s blog for awesome book reviews, tags, challenges, wrap-ups, awards and more.

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Thanks, Noriko! I appreciate you nominating me.

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Rules:

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

7 Things I love about myself:

I had a long paragraph written about why it’s difficult to pick out 7 things that I love about myself, but I deleted it and I’m just going for it!

I’m healthy –  Four years ago I wasn’t. I took control and healed my body. I don’t want to talk too much about this because I already have in previous posts, but I’m happy that I don’t have to feel sick all the time, I’m off meds, and mainly just deal with fatigue at this point.

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I can fix things – Since I was a child, I’ve always been a fix it Felix. I love to take things apart and figure out how to fix them. I have this old Halloween snow globe that stopped working a few years ago and I finally opened it up last year and fixed it. I’m really happy about it because it’s one I couldn’t replace.

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I’m a problem solver – I feel like I’m a fairly good problem solver and also improvise well. In a college computer science course, we had to figure out this complex problem involving the distance a fly traveled around a room and I was one in a small group of people to figure it out. That made me feel awesome and really boosted my self-confidence.

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I’m a good mom – I put my kids first and try to be the best mom I can be.

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I’m Creative – I enjoy creating things and have skills in sewing & quilting, crafts, drawing, painting, and needle arts like crochet and knitting. I’ve had my hands in most types of art and I love that.

 

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A wall quilt I recently made

 

I’m Unique – Everyone’s unique in their own way and this is something I love about myself. I love that I’m my own person, unique, and I don’t have to conform to be what someone else wants me to be.

I’m loving – I consider myself a loving person, caring, and compassionate to others.

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Award: Sunshine Blogger Award #4

I was recently tagged by Misty@MistysBookSpace for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’d like to thank her for nominating me! Please check out Misty’s blog for challenges, wrap-ups, book reviews, awards, tags, and more!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

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How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

 

Misty’s Questions:

Q: If you had to choose, would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? (Yes I am stealing this question from Irena because I am curious about what others would choose.)

A: Oh, that’s easy! Vampire of course!

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Q: What is your favorite kind of bookish merch?

A: I love bookmarks and bags mostly!

Q: If you could only be active on one social media site which would you choose?

A: Hands down -Goodreads!

Q: Do you have any pets? If so I would love to see some pictures of them.

A: I do have many pets. Here are some pictures…

 

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Q: What is your least favorite book of 2017 so far?

A: I’m beating the dead horse with this one, but The Happiest Mommy You Know.

Q: Who is your all time favorite author?

A: Totally unfair! I can’t pick just one. One of them is Jodi Picoult.

Q: Do you have any auto buy authors besides your favorite author?

A: Hmm, I mainly go with favorite authors unless it’s a series I’m reading. If it’s someone that I know that’s written another book, I’ll buy it.

Q: What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?

A: Book abuse. I can’t stand to see new books mistreated. I can deal with vintage books that have wear from the shelf and torn dust jackets because it’s to be expected, but not caring for new books is a big one.

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Q: How many books are on your physical TBR pile?

A: You really don’t want to know. On Goodreads, I’m pushing 10,000. At home, with what I have on my shelves, it’s probably 200 or so…

Q: What is your all time favorite movie?

A: It’s so hard to choose just one. I’ll go with Gladiator. I love everything about that movie and the soundtrack is beautiful. Russell Crowe, Richard Harris, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Neilsen, and Djimon Hounsou are all favorites. Here’s a summary of the movie that does have spoilers and it’s also fairly gory. I’ve never grown tired of this song with Lisa Gerrard. Every time I hear her voice, I’m captivated. You can hear the entire song during this recap of the movie.

Q: Villains or Heros? (Yes I kind of took this from Irena as well sorry she made me curious.)

A: I feel like you really have to like both, right? I always love a good hero though.

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Award: Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

I was recently nominated by Alex@coffeelovingbookoholic for the Mystery Blogger Award. If you haven’t been to Alex’s blog yet, please check it out! She has book reviews, awards, tags, you name it! I’d like to thank Alex for nominating me for this award. I’ve never received this award before.

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

This award was originally created by Maggie @okoto enigma

“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.

The rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • 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 – 20 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(s)

Three Facts About Myself:

1. I love fried chicken with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.

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2. I’m really excited about the upcoming holidays!

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3. Winter is my absolute favorite season.

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Alex’s Questions:

Recommend one bookstore you love and tell us why you love it?

I love used book sales, but my favorite (and only semi-local) bookstore is Barnes & Noble. I just love that place and I can get stuck there for hours. It’s about a 50-minute drive and honestly, most of my books come from Amazon Prime or local sales because of that.

What were the last three books you bought?

Wonder, Talon of God, Roar.

If you’d win the lottery right now, what would be the first thing you would do?

Right now, I’d be donating a huge portion to Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations in need.

If you could be any animal for one day, which one would it be?

If I had to be an animal for a day, I would choose a dog. I could be loving and supportive to my owner.

How would your perfect library/reading room look like?

I would say a dark, low-lit room with books from wall to wall. Sort of like the Beast’s library.

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Award: Unique Blogger Award 2 & 3

I was nominated by two lovely ladies, Roda@growingself and Darquedreamer@darquedreamerreads for The Unique Blogger Award last week. I hope that you’ll check out both of these blogs if you haven’t already.

Roda’s blog is very inspirational and has beautiful photography, recipes, life lessons, gardening, many posts that help guide us on our journey, and so much more. If you haven’t had the pleasure, please check out her blog today.

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Darque Dreamer is a wonderful gal that has a very unique and beautiful blog. You can really get stuck on her bookish photos, for real! She also has many book reviews and Saturday Chaturdays. I was just reading about her upcoming buddy read this morning with another sister blogger. Very cool! Please go check her out if you haven’t yet.

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The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

 


 

Darque Dreamer’s Questions:

1. What is one thing you feel is unique about your blog, or a unique idea you plan to implement later?

I enjoy doing my Lesson’s from Grandpa posts and I feel like those are fairly unique. These are lessons that I learned from my grandfather, some that I need to remind myself about often. I feel that these might help others as well.

2. Name a unique music artist. 

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So I’m going with Young The Giant because they are definitely unique. They have a crunchy and electronic sound and at the same time, I can hear undertones of other bands like Cold War Kids, The Lumineers, and even Coldplay. It’s quite amazing.

And if the world don’t break
I’ll be shakin’ it
‘Cause I’m a young man after all
And when the seasons change
Will you stand by me?
‘Cause I’m a young man built to fall

 

3. Tell me about a unique book you have read, or movie you have watched, and why was it unique?

Definitely, have to go with the movie Interstellar starring  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine. It’s definitely mind bending and unlike any other movie I’ve seen! If you haven’t watched it, try it out. You’ll be surprised…

Summary: In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home.


Roda’s Questions:

1. What would you describe as your perfect moment?

My perfect moment was the day I received my test results that showed that a serious autoimmune disease I had developed was in remission and possibly gone forever. All because I took my health seriously and did what I needed to survive. At that moment I realized that everything I’d gone through was worth it and I just needed to trust myself. At one point, my future was uncertain and I didn’t know if I’d be here to raise my kids or not. None of us are guaranteed time, but we can be in control of our health. I feel that I took control and learned how to truly heal my body which was an educational experience in itself.

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2. Describe the person you aim to be in five sentences or less.

I want to be the best mom & wife I can be, caring and compassionate to others, while being fun and positive to be around.

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3. What is the one thing you love most about YOU!?

I love that I’m “finally” strong-minded and have become much more self-confident. It took me like FOREVER to get this way and it’s a work in progress, but I feel good in knowing that I believe in myself.

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Award: One Lovely Blog Award

 

I was recently nominated by Jo-Ann@InspirationPie.com for the One Lovely Blog Award. I especially enjoy reading Jo-Ann’s Daily Walk posts and all of her tags and awards! Please check out her blog if you haven’t done so already. Thanks for nominating me, Jo-Ann! You’re such a sweet person and I’m glad to know you!

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RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination

Seven Facts about me:

1. I love to bake!

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2. I’m obsessed with growing pumpkins-

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Including giant ones!

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3. I love drinking plants.

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4. I love growing my own food.

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5. My favorite color is purple!

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6. I enjoy canning.

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7. I LOVE Halloween and decorating is a must!

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Award: Growing Self Blogger Award

A few weeks ago I was nominated by the one and only Jay@thisismytruthnow for the Growing Self Blogger Award. I’d never seen this award and was very touched after reading about its meaning. I’d like to thank Jay for the nomination as his words mean so much to me. I’d also like to thank Roda@growingself for creating such a meaningful award to share with this wonderful blogging community.

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What is the Growing Self Blogger Award? 

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals,  but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda @ Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs.  Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Give 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

 

I would like to nominate the following blogger:

Stephanie @ StephaniesNovelFiction

Your gifts to me…

Stephanie, you are most definitely a favorite sister blogger and friend and you have inspired me in more ways than you can imagine. Like me, you strive day in and day out to meet your goals and you are always willing to share your thoughts with me, plus you take the time to support so many other bloggers as well. Your reviews are amazing and inspire me to write better and to strive for literary excellence. I feel extremely lucky to know you and look forward to chatting with you every day! I want to say thank you for being there and supporting me along the way. ❤

Noriko @ DiaryofaBookFiend

Your gifts to me…

Noriko, your posts are so inspiring to me and you make me want to be a better reader and reviewer on everything that I read! You’re a sweet friend and make me feel great about the posts that I share and I’m always so excited to see what you have going on in your life too. I appreciate you sharing your culture with the world and can’t wait to see your posts every day. Your reviews, tags, and awards are always so detailed and interesting and I love the kind comments that you leave for others as well. Thanks for always being there and for all your wonderful thoughts and interest in what I’m doing as well as others! I appreciate you and I’m so very glad that we connected. ❤

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Award: Liebster Award #3

I was nominated by Heidi@BookLoverBlogs.com for The Liebster Award. Have you been to her blog yet? If not, please check it out. She has amazing reading goals with booklists! I was so impressed and inspired. I’m very glad to be connected with Heidi and hope that more will discover her blog. I’d like to thank Heidi for this nomination. This is my 3rd Liebster Award and I’m very excited!

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The Rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award
  2. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 11 blogs
  4. Notify them of the nomination
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer

11 Facts About Myself:

  • I have one sibling, an older brother.
  • Some of my favorite music artists of all time are: Alice in Chains, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Audioslave, STP, Faith No More, Neil Young, Creed, and so many more. 🙂
  • I graduated a year early from high school in an accelerated program.
  • I have a book addiction and can easily spend hours in the bookstore! Not only that, I have way too many books.
  • Denzel  Washington is one of my favorite actors all the way back to “Glory”, one of my favorite movies of all time. Also: Philadelphia, The Equalizer, Man on Fire, Training Day, Eli, Déjà Vu, John Q and so many more.

If you haven’t seen Glory, I highly encourage you to watch it. Here’s the trailer…

  • I love fried chicken so much; I wish I could eat it everyday.
  • I’m a mother of 5 wonderful kids.
  • I’m my children’s sole educator and have been a home educator since 2005.
  • I don’t like to fly in airplanes.
  • I really enjoy swimming.
  • I’m addicted to sweets,  especially birthday cake.

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Award: Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated by the ever so wonderful Nel@Reactionarytales.com for the Blogger Recognition Award. This is the first time I’ve received this award and I’d like to thank Nel for kindly mentioning me on her blog. If you haven’t checked out Nel’s blog, please do. She has book reviews, stories, tags and awards, endangered animal information and more. Nel is a fellow blogger that I truly appreciate and feel lucky to be connected with.

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The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

 

My Story

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I originally started ReadRantRock&Roll earlier this year to review books, do author Q&A’s, discuss health issues, and talk about the music that I love. I really wasn’t sure where it would go and I’ve sort of experimented with different posts since. What I really envisioned was sharing other people’s stories from the books that I’ve read and also talking about things that I feel passionate about. I also wanted to find people out in the world who are making a difference and share their story. I’ve done a few posts on films as well and eventually would like to add in some of my poetry and art. I have loads of ideas and hope that I can creatively express them all while maintaining an interesting blog.

So, here I am and I feel like everything is going fairly well. I’ve met an amazing group of people and feel super lucky to be here.

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My Advice

1. This is hard because I’m a new blog myself, but I’ll share two things that I think are important, and the first is to always respond to comments. I find it rude to not acknowledge someone who has taken the time to read and comment on your post. It’s an easy way to lose readers and I think this applies to any site that we use including Goodreads and other forms of social media. This is just my opinion of course.

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2. Another piece of advice is to take some time to check out some other blogs! There are so many amazing blogs out there and you can learn so much while meeting great people! I know its hard to find time with everything that we have going on in our lives, but it’s worth it.

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Award: Real Neat Blog Award 1 & 2

Recently I was nominated by two bloggers, Jo-Ann@inspirationpie.com and petrel41@dearkitty1.wordpress.com, for the Real Neat Blog award. I’d like to thank these two wonderful people for nominating me. I hope you’ll check out both blogs if you haven’t already. They are amazing and I feel very lucky to know them both!

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Here are the rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

 

Petrel41’s Questions:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

I think it depends on the post. The majority overall probably come from WordPress bloggers, but certain posts bring in a lot from external sites like Facebook. My recent post with Carol Buckley was viewed mainly by her followers being redirected from her sites.

2. What is your favourite sport?

To play-basketball and frisbee. To watch-football. Go Patriots!

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3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

Since I brought up the Patriots, I’ll say Superbowl 2017. I was falling asleep to avoid the anguish. Then, the unbelievable epic comeback when I thought all was lost. Amazing!

4. What is your favourite quote?

Two that I love and came across recently…

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” 
― Lady Gaga

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5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

Art and music/band. I ❤ band.

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6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

To appreciate others, live life to the fullest, eat healthy no matter what,  not worry about what others think, accept myself for who I am no matter what someone else says because it’s the way God made me and I’m unique.  We are all unique!

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7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

I play a handful of instruments including piano, guitar, sax, and more, but I could never play a brass instrument or the flute. I tried flute and cornet, but it just didn’t work out.


Jo-Ann’s Questions:

1. What is your favourite genre?

Hands down, non-fiction memoir/biography.

2. What is the last book you read that you gave 5 Stars and what did you love about it?35655943

It Starts With L by Cassandra Fear. I loved it because it’s a good story that reminded me of something I would’ve loved reading in high school. I enjoyed it so much. It was almost nostalgic.

3. Who is your favourite author?

I can’t go with just one, so how about Jodi Picoult, Anne Rice, Jamie McGuire, Gary Paulsen, Winston Graham, Luis Carlos Montalván, Tolkien, Jack London, Roald Dahl, Diana Gabaldon, Stephenie Meyer, etc.

4. What keeps you from attaining your goals?

Family responsibilities and my health occasionally.

5. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’m really not positive on that, but I do hope to have some writing done by then! 😉

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6. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Interacting with all of you, learning, author interaction, etc.

7. How do you start off your morning?

I start my mornings with coffee or tea either outside with the birds and fresh air, or inside catching up with updates before the sun comes up.

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Award: The Unique Blogger Award

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I was nominated by Claire@Brizzlelassbooks.com for this Unique Blogger Award! I was super excited as I haven’t received this award yet. I’d like to thank Claire for nominating me. If you haven’t checked out Claire’s blog yet, please do. She has many book reviews, tours and giveaways to explore. I feel very lucky to have met Claire and we have some things in common which I think is awesome!

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The Rules

  • Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

 

Claire’s Questions

1. If you could have any animal or mythical creature from a book as a pet what would you pick?

I admire horses so I’m going to go with unicorns. I truly lOVE unicorns and I’ve always been fascinated by them. I loved “Uni” from Dungeons and Dragons and also the movie “Legend” with Tom Cruise which had Unicorns in it. How awesome would that be to have a unicorn?

2. Which is one of your least favourite characters of all time?

Denethor from Lord of the Rings. I didn’t like the way he treated Pippin and I despised him for trying to kill his own son, Faramir. Ugh!

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3. Is there a supporting character who you liked far more than the main one?

Many of the characters in LOTR. Mainly Samwise Gamgee. I also loved Boromir, Gandalf, Aragorn, and others.

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Award: The Sunshine Blogger Award #3

I was nominated last week by Yesha@BooksTeacupandReviews for The Sunshine Blogger Award. If you haven’t been to this blog yet, please check it out. There are many book reviews, awards and tags, author interviews, and more. I’d like to thank Yesha for this nomination! Thank you! ❤

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Rules:

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions from Yesha:

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1. A quote or any saying that you love and follow.

Two important quotes…

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. –Margaret Mead

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. –Dr. Seuss

2. What life lesson took you the most to learn?

It took me forever to stop worrying about what other people think. I used to place SO MUCH importance on it and it makes me cringe when I hear younger people in the same situation. I wish I could shout out to them to not waste a moment of their life trying to please others and to live their lives for themselves and never let somebody tell you that you can’t do something or need to change. *Be yourself.*

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3. What do you love most about YOU?

As I mentioned in a previous award, I’ve been told I’m creative and I love that. I also love that I’m a mom & wife- hopefully the best one I can be.

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4. What personality trait are you currently trying to change or improve?

I’m currently working on keeping my mind at peace.

5. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I didn’t know. I don’t think I really started thinking about it until high school, honestly. I’ve always liked working with animals and creating things. At one point, I thought about opening a used bookstore. I can’t say there’s ever been one single career that stood out to me. I’m kind of like a “jack of all trades, master of none” type.

6. What courses were your worst and best in school?

I wasn’t good at math because I flat-out disliked it. I just couldn’t put my mind to it, until I went to college, then I straightened out. I was always best at art, music, and reading. The school library and art/music room were my favorite places to be.

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7. If you had to stick with one book genre for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Non-fiction. I love learning new things every minute of the day.

8. What is your superpower?

Fixing things and getting the job done. It’s something I feel I’ve always been pretty good at. I remember when I was a kid my grandfather brought home this tool set for me. I guess he saw something there. I’ve always been a tinker.

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9. What are you currently watching on tv (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc (that you would recommend?)

I’m currently watching the 5th season of The Americans, originally on FX. It’s a show about two Soviet intelligence agents who are a married couple with children that spy on the American government. It’s pretty good!

10. What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

I guess I’m going to say dandelion and other weeds only because many people are surprised when I say that I put them in my juice. Foraging is fun!

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11. TWO PIECES OF ADVICE.

1. *This is my opinion and I hope it doesn’t offend anyone.* Don’t take your health for granted! When you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. Once it’s too late, you may not be able to fix it and it’s possible you can lose your life. This is my experience and so I take it very seriously. I know that some people just want to live and not think about it, and that’s fine if that’s what you want. Everyone’s different. This is something I wish I would’ve taken more seriously as a teen and into my 20’s.

2. As I stated in my previous post Lessons From Grandpa #3, we need to appreciate what we have in life, especially our relationships. We can’t just recognize what we have, we need to show it now and every day.

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Award: The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

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I was nominated by Noriko@DiaryofaBookFiend for the lovely Sunshine Blogger Award last month. This is now my second for this award. I’d like to thank her for nominating me. Also, please check out Noriko’s blog. She has tons of book reviews, wrap-ups, Goodreads Monday and scads of awards and tags. I personally have enjoyed reading her “#tidbits on Japan” posts which have highlighted a few different recipes from Japan where she lives. I’m looking forward to learning more about her culture and I’m happy to have her as a friend.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Noriko’s Questions:

What is your ideal vacation?

I love just chillaxing wherever I am. I love being at home, hanging out at the beach, and being out in nature. Ideal is doing what I like and being where I want to be.

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What do you love about yourself?

I’m told that I’m creative and I love that. When I make something and someone says, “Wow, you made that?”, It makes me feel awesome.

What do wish you could change about yourself?

There are actually a few things, but I would choose becoming more self-confident as my first choice.

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What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Marcel Malone by Lew Watts and Beauty and the Beast by Vivienne Savage (audible).

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What keeps you blogging?

What keeps me blogging? That’s a hard one. I’m going to say interacting with people. I love learning about others. I’m going to mention a few specific people here that inspire me to continue blogging and that’s my mom (Starjustin), James, Nel, Stephanie, Vanessa, Claire, Noriko, Mohamad, Kim, Lana, Dani, Jo-Ann, Robin, Jennifer C, Dave, Donna, Misty, Kim, Christina, Anthony, MoJo and the list goes on. I also appreciate the authors that take the time out of their busy schedules to do Q&A’s with me,  I love that. I’ve learned so much and met some awesome people. That’s why I keep blogging.

You are having a relaxing evening.  What are you doing?

Either hanging with my family, having some tea while wrapped up in a good book, or simply listening to some great music.

Do you have pets?  

Yes, I have two border collies and a ton of outdoor cats. I love animals, and I wish I could give every single animal in the world a good life. Here are a few pics…

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Winston and Cynder

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Rambo The Wise

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We had 13 kittens in April.  I’ll do a post on them soon…

 

Favourite pizza toppings?

I try not to eat meat or pizza in general, but I’ll say Sausage, Pepperoni, Onion, and Banana Pepper.

Coffee, tea or wine or other?

Organic decaf coffee and I love tea as well. Pukka and Yogi are my favorite tea brands.

What is your favourite season? 

Definitely fall and winter. I don’t deal well with the summer heat and look forward to harvest time and Christmas.

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What is your favourite book genre?

I absolutely love memoirs and non-fiction in general. I love learning about people and their pasts, and what they’re doing with their lives.

 

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Award: The Versatile Blogger Award

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I was very excited to be nominated a few days ago @ caterpillars2butterfliesblog for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do. There are so many feel-good, inspirational posts here and I look forward to reading them daily! Great advice. Thank you for nominating me!

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RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

1.) Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
2.) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
3.) Also inform them about their nomination.
4.) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.


-7 Things About Me-

1. I can play a handful of instruments including: Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Lap harp and a few others.

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2. I’m very interested in people who have experienced NDE’s or Near Death Experiences. I used to spend quite a bit of time reading and studying them.

3.  We just had 13 kittens in April. Most have gone to homes. We have 5 left. Out of these 3 you see here, we have Ash left. Can you guess which one he is? Back left. His attitude fits his look. Every one of these kittens has a different personality.  I’ll post more about them later.

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4. Despite striving for a healthy lifestyle, I’ve actually struggled with food addiction since I was about 15 and continue to battle with it. I ❤ food, especially homemade baked goods like these cupcakes I made recently, or this organic Amish bread I make often. It literally melts in your mouth. Recipes to come soon.

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5. I have two border collies, Cynder & Winston. You may have read about them here on my blog. I love them very much.

 

 

6. I have an extreme joy for gardening and love growing pumpkins, including giant pumpkins for the Halloween season. Halloween is my favorite time of year. I’m super excited that fall is on the way.

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7. I can’t wait for the next season of Poldark in October! I’ve read the whole saga and loved the books. More Aiden Turner please. 🙂


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Award: Black Cat Blue Sea Award

 

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I was shocked yesterday to receive another amazing blog award. To me, this is such a special award. This nomination came from James@this-is-my-truth-now. James and I seem to have a lot in common and he’s become a BBB (best blogging buddy) who’s been there since I first got started blogging. I’ve learned about so many new blogs because of him as well. Please head over to visit this-is-my-truth-now to read countless book reviews, read his daily 365-day challenge and find out what’s happening with his new novel! There’s so much more. Loads of excitement! Thanks, James!

So, what is the Black Cat Blue Sea Award?

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.


Rules

  • anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  • the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
  • the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
  • if any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

Questions from James with my answers:

 

What would you like bloggers to do more of that they aren’t doing right now?

Umm, is come check out my blog a good answer? Totally joking!

I think bloggers are doing a wonderful job with their blogs and I enjoy seeing everyone’s different styles and ideas. I love that as of right now, I’m yet to find two blogs that are totally alike. The creative expression I’ve seen is inspiring and I enjoy being part of it. With that said, I just want to see everyone enjoy themselves and I’m happy to be here. So, please keep blogging!

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Tell us 4 things about yourself, one of which is not true… and see if we can guess.

  • I love animals – I’d be happy to spend the rest of my life around them.
  • I love housekeeping – Having everything in pristine order is a must.
  • Introvert alert! I don’t like parties, large crowds, or sitting in a packed movie theatre. I’m perfectly happy at home with my books, music, and nature.
  • I don’t really enjoy writing. I’ve never felt good at it and struggle just writing a book review. If I were to write a book, I’d have NO IDEA where to start.

Which one do you think is not true?

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Describe a perfect day that balances all the things you love.

This is difficult because it changes with seasons and I enjoy a wide range of activities, but since it’s summer for us, I’ll go with that. A perfect summer day for me would be waking up before dawn to enjoy a steaming cup of coffee with some fresh baked banana bread while catching up with updates on Goodreads & WordPress. Then, I’d spend some time outside listening to the birds as the sun begins to rise while enjoying a good book. Mid-day I’d throw together one of my favorite soups and have a few hours of reading time with my kids. Maybe we’d take a trip to the library in the afternoon and come back for a jump in the pool. I’d have dinner planned ahead and ready by 6pm, then on to Netflix for a bit before settling down with some good music in preparation for a good night’s sleep. In between all of that, I’d spend some time playing frisbee with my pups. Any day without stress is a good one!

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My Second Liebster Award Nomination!

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I was nominated by Rachel@ her blog paceamorelibri for another Liebster Award! I was so amazed by this. I’d like to thank her for nominating me first and foremost. ❤❤❤ Please check out her blog if you haven’t already. She has loads of book reviews, tags, awards, and amazing monthly wrap ups!

I’m excited to answer some new questions and present the award to some marvelous bloggers! Here are the rules…

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog ✔

2. Answer the 11 questions the person asked you ✔

3. Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know) ✔

4. Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions✔

 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Wow! I can’t believe how many blogger awards there are. This is amazing! I have to thank James @ this-is-my-truth-now once again for another nomination. James really deserves every blogging award available with as much work he puts into his blog. He’s a great writer. Please check him out if you haven’t already.

This is the best week I’ve had blogging and I have all of you wonderful people to thank for it. Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you!

This award nomination is for the Sunshine Blogger Award. 

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Rules

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

-My Q&A-

Which of the 7 deadly sins could you absolutely live with if you had to?

Hmm, this one is a hard question! I have to go with Gluttony which is an excessive ongoing consumption of food or drink. I ❤ Food and I could live with this if I had to.

Which of the 7 dwarfs are you most similar to? 

This is hard because I think I have traits similar to each one. I’m going to say I’m most like Doc. Doc has a personality in which he feels he needs to have everything in order and is protective. He is also a person of rational thinking and at times he flusters under stress. I think this describes me pretty well.

What state haven’t you lived in but would like to? 

Maine! I’ve always wanted to live in Maine, or just north in general. I can’t stand the heat and this summer is already killing me. The thought of living in Maine on the coast is like a dream.

Where do you see yourself in ten years that you believe you might actually achieve?

I’m planning on having a book written by then. I’m working on a book regarding healing foods and recovering from disease by using non-conventional methods. Many conventional treatments don’t solve the root problems and only cover symptoms. I don’t really consider myself a writer and this is a huge challenge for me. It may take me the full 10 years to write it, but I want to do it. I hope that it will help others dealing with disease. If it helped one person, it would be worth it to me.

Where do you see yourself in ten years that you hope happens, but don’t think it will?

I hope to be a little more stress free. By this time, I should have less stress, but I’m unsure of the future.

Who do you not know in person, but think you’d be best friends with?

Jim Gaffigan. He makes me laugh SO hard and most of what he says resonates with me. I would love hanging out with him too! He seems like a person who could really bring you out of the dumps.

What Greek or Roman goddess or god is your favorite?

Having to pick one, I would go with Cybele – The Greek goddess of caverns, mountains, nature and wild animals. She was also known as Mountain Mother, a mother over all wild nature. I love that.

When in time would you want to live that you have not been alive for?

I would have loved to live during the Renaissance times. I’ve always been fascinated with this time period and I actually used to make Renaissance costumes. I love the music, art and the fashion. I often think about living back in time when we didn’t have so much technology and wonder what it would be like. Less stress, more stress, who knows. 🙂

If you could only travel by 1 mode of transportation in the future, what would it be?

I get motion sickness very bad, like to the vomiting point. Of course it mostly comes on with car riding and boating. I’m not a flyer either, so I think I’d be happy to just ride my mountain bike everywhere. It would be a good way to stay in shape.

What website do you visit the most?

http://www.goodreads.com

How many cookies is too many cookies in one single sitting?

Hmm, that depends on the size! If they’re Girl Scout Thin Mints, I could easily polish off a box. Keebler Softbatch, an entire package. Anymore than that and I think I’d get sick.

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My Second Award This Week – The Entertainer Blogger

This is my second award this week and I was astonished to receive a nomination for The Entertainer Blogger Award. I’d like to thank James @ this-is-my-truth-now for nominating me. Be sure to check out his blog if you haven’t already because it’s mind-blowing. Every post is worth reading!

 

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The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

 

Questions with my answers:

 

WHY DID YOU START A BLOG IN THE FIRST PLACE?

I originally started blogging because I love reviewing books and talking with authors. I thought it would be interesting to do some author interviews to share with other readers like me.  I feel like I have a lot to say and hopefully I can maintain an interesting blog that others will continue to enjoy. I was affiliated with another blog, but now I just have my personal blog here.

I also love connecting with people like you and learning about other people and their stories, music interests, what they like to read, etc.  I didn’t have a clue what I was doing when I first got started and had no idea what blogging was all about. I have to say, I’m happy to be here and to be a part of this wonderful blogging community.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?

Seriously? I can’t just pick one! I’m going with my favorite book of 2017, and that’s A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I was so attached to the characters in this book and I still get teary when I think about it. I love books that pull me in and don’t let me go. This one held on even after I was done reading it. This is the one that has stuck with me this year and I know I’ll never forget it.

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I’ve Been Nominated for my First Liebster!

 

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I was nominated a few days ago by Caroline @ Foodieaffairnetwork for The Liebster Award. I’d like to thank her for thinking of me. She has an awesome blog, so please check it out! I was very excited to receive an award and the rules are fun!

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What is the Liebster Award?

“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.

For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.

Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger.  They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.

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The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award. groen-vinkje.png
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you. groen-vinkje.png
  3. Nominate 11 blogs. groen-vinkje.png
  4. Notify those blogs of the nomination. groen-vinkje.png
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer. groen-vinkje.png

My Q&A of 11 questions from Caroline and few from the blogger that nominated her.

1. What are you most afraid of and why?

I’m most afraid of dying before my kids are grown. I want to be here to raise them and to be the best mother I can be for them.

2. What is your most important possession?

My family- if you consider that a possession.

3. How do you handle stress?

When I’m stressed I like to listen to music, read, and exercise.

4. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse?

Definitely a country mouse. I used to live in the city and moved to the country 9 years ago. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love being in nature and there’s no place I’d rather live.

 5. What is your Superpower?

 I don’t know if I really have a superpower, but I’m going to say “getting the job done.” I feel like I’m a pretty hard worker and like to get things done.

 6.  Define Love in five words.

 Extraordinary feeling of profound affection.

7. What’s the greatest lesson that you have learned from your life?

 To say “oh well” and let stuff roll off my back. I’m still working on it… 🙂

8. Do you have a pet?

 I have many pets, some are inside and some are outside. We have many outdoor cats including 12 baby kittens which will be leaving to go to their new homes soon. My indoor pets are my collies.

9. How do you feel about your birthday?

  I used to be excited about my birthday when I was a child. I loved them. Sadly, I don’t feel like that anymore. In fact, I flat out don’t like my birthday. I’m pushing forty this year…

10. Where is your favorite place to be?

 This is hard. I love to be surrounded by my kids, but when it’s time for myself, I want to be in my bedroom listening to music or reading. I enjoy sitting outside and reading as well. Any of these are perfect…

11. When is the last time you stopped to feel the Earth under your bare feet?

Yesterday while throwing Frisbee with my collies.


I nominate: There’s no pressure to participate if you don’t want to. Just know that I enjoy your blog and want others to see you!

https://lifeofaliterarynerd.wordpress.com/

https://realjoeflair.wordpress.com/

https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/

https://edonlineblog.wordpress.com/

https://pocketfullofpagesblog.wordpress.com/

https://rufflesandgrace.com/

https://athousandlivesoffrankielovely.wordpress.com/

https://booksprens.wordpress.com/

https://bookfiendsite.wordpress.com/

https://cupofteaandarmfulofbooks.wordpress.com/

https://booksnall.blog/

 

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