Blogger recognition award

Today I was nominated for my 3rd blogging award, The Blogger Recognition Award, by the deliciously witty Agatha Chocolates. Of course,  I am incredibly honored to even be noticed by someone who can combine chocolate with mystery writing in such an amusing and yummy fashion. I actually used one of her posts “chocolate tears” to test the deductive reasoning skills of myself vs my 15 year old and 3 year old…… we don’t need to talk about the outcome…..

The rules are as follows:

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers who deserve the award.

So….. how I started my blog……

It was actually an experiment done for my sister, who knew I always loved writing and journaling life events. She was all hyped up on this “mommy blog” thing and convinced me that my humble experiences would not only be earth shatteringly interesting to the rest of the (blogging) world….. but that I would have offers of free services and products thrown at me by companies dying for my opinion about their stuff.

I am expecting a call any day now. Aaaaaaaaaany day now……..

Hey, Kim…….

Advice to new bloggers?

  1. It’s not all about YOU. I originally started writing these posts….and didn’t actively search out other bloggers. Followers trickled in, and I was always excited to see it, but didn’t initially think about following anyone else. Duh. Once I learned more about navigating word press, finding bloggers with similar and sometimes completely opposite interests, I found myself enjoying the experience so much more. I followed people, realizing I cared and wanted to know more about them, what they were going to say next. Now I feel I actually have virtual friends, blogs I follow and look for if I haven’t seen a post in a while. I want to know about that bad kid in the neighborhood who keeps sneaking into one persons house, I want to know how this other persons divorce is going to pan out, I want to know how many ways I can use cheese or chocolate to improve my life! So don’t just focus on your blog…. open yourself to the whole experience…THAT’s the fun part.

2. My second piece of advice is just to say that following a schedule didn’t work for me. I originally tried to post so many times per week….and it was too hard with this deadline looming over my head. I was supposed to have a format, posts planned ahead of time…which I find impossible to do. I tend to write off the cuff, often the day something funny or blog-worthy happens, I will sit down at night when the kids are finally in bed, and just plug away ’til it’s done. I probably won’t get “famous” this way, and perhaps this is why Dove is not contacting me-YET-to commit to an intensive blog review of each and every flavor of chocolate they offer…… so I guess I’ll buy my own damn chocolate for now. Unless  you want to send me some. And I will totally review it for you.


And now, for my nominations:

  1. Neat Habitat
  2. All in a Dads Work
  3. Deconstructing Doctor
  4. A mum in Spain
  5. God, guts, and glory
  6. Heather needs a nap
  8. The shameful sheep



Sunshine blogger award

So I was just nominated by Amanda at Just in Queso for the sunshine blogger award 🙂 🙂

I totally accept and also urge you all to check out her blog, it’s pretty irresistible…. kind of like a yummy, melty, cheesy slightly sarcastic but always in good taste bowl of queso.

So here are the rules for this award:

  1. Answer the 11 questions from the person nominating you.
  2. Nominate 11 other awesome bloggers, and give the 11 questions to answer.

Not too bad, right?

Here are my assigned questions:

1.What is your favorite snack?

So this is actually a really hard question for me to answer… because I am a shameless snacker and I don’t want any of my favorites to feel left out. Let’s say popcorn mixed with jelly beans or sour patch kids is pretty  high up there. All things chocolate of course, and homemade banana splits with plenty of m&m’s, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, peanuts, and whipped cream…. and a brownie… a brownie on the bottom.

2. Where is your happy place?

In my imagination…. it always beats reality.

3. What is a sound you enjoy hearing?

Am I too cheesy if I say something like “the sound of my kids laughter”? Also silence… I like the sound of silence a whole lot.

4. Tell us something weird/interesting about you.

Hmmmmm. In elementary school I once taped a cotton ball over my eye and kept it on all day to garner sympathy and attention from my classmates. Current weird problem is that I can’t stop swallowing my gum.

5. What is one thing you would change about yourself?

Probably my desire to change things about myself…

6. What is one of your strengths?

I’m going to say multi-tasking, and organization. God, that sounds horribly boring and depressing.

7. How is May going for you so far?

I feel pretty good about May so far…. it has seen my lose 3 lbs and let’s hope it doesn’t see me put it and more back on 🙂

8. What is your favorite thing to do with close friends?

Well this is definitely a “what if” question, as I never actually get to see my close friends. Last time I saw my best friend, we met up in the Starbucks parking lot so I could grab my girl scout cookies from her and then drive away, each on to our next duty. On the rare occasion our schedules line up… we usually spend the time asking each other what we want to do, until time is almost up and then we just go eat somewhere close and lament out inability to make decisions.

9. What’s the last movie you saw? What did you think of it?

The jungle book, I took the 2 youngest with me to see it. I liked it! Extra points for the movie popcorn mixed with sour patch kids and reclining theater seats.

10. What is your least favorite “adulting” task?

Waking up early, after I’ve stayed up reading far too late. And all the driving around crap….hate that too.

11. Tell us about a scar you have and how you got it.

Once I was riding my bike home from a friends house, maybe 10 years old. I had my bathing suit in a plastic bag on my handle bars. The bag got pulled between the fender and the wheel and instead of stopping, I tried to untangle it while I kept riding. Drifted to the side, and ran right into the back of a parked car. It’s a little hazy, but I ended up on my back with my chin bleeding. Had to ride home with a wonky front tire and blood running down my neck. I ended up with stitches, and a nice scar under my chin.

Here are my nominees, if they so choose to participate:

  1. parental ramblings
  2. single family asylum
  3. the shameful sheep
  4. the euphoric Iraqi single mom
  5. passports and pigtails

And the questions below 🙂

1.What is your first memory?

2. Who would you never share a fork with?

3. Are you a dog or cat person?

4. Biggest mistake you’ve made (yet)?

5. What have you done to get rid of the hiccups?

6. What’s your favorite joke?

7. What did you want to be when you grew/grow up?

8. What color do you look best in?

9. Best (untrue) excuse you’ve used to get out of something?

10. Would you ever look in the mirror and say “candyman” three times??? HAVE you??

11. Do you believe in psychics?

Ok guys… I’m looking forward to these responses if you find the time or interest to play along 🙂   Thanks again, Amanda from Just in Queso, an awesome blogger and cheese aficionado!