Blogger Awards

Phew… I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster that never stops! Whirlwind vacation and now I’ve been back for a very busy week at work and my out of work life.

This week I’ve been nominated by 3 wonderful bloggers for 3 different blogger awards and of course I’m honored and humbled.

First up is the One Lovely Blog Award… nominated by MJ. I love her blog about life, kids growing up and her celebration as a naturalized American Citizen. Thank you, MJ for thinking of me!!

Rules of  acceptance:
*thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post – done!
*share 7 things about yourself
*nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
*contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

Seven things about me:

I played clarinet in middle school and high school…

I’m Facebook friends with most of the other people in this photo and share a birthday with one of them… how awesome is it to have life long friends?

2. My favorite vegetable is…

Grilled asparagus, lightly brushed with coconut oil and marinated with crushed garlic for a half hour before grilling… NOM!

3. I love reading crime novels and keeping notes of typos and emailing the author 🙂 I know… crazy stalker behavior, but I can’t help it… especially if I’ve spent the money on a hard cover… here’s the worst offender… yet my favorite author ever!

His character, Alex Cross, is my favorite book character… ever!

4. I’ve visited, according to my passport, 31 countries!

I had to add 20+ pages in it 2 years ago, and now there are only 11 pages with nothing stamped on it.

5. This year alone I have taken off in an airplane and landed 20 times! This is one of my favorite shots from flying…

Flying between the clouds…

6. I often wonder what it’s going to be like to move back to Florida and not be a rock star. Here’s a video of me in the news last year: and this is an awards ceremony… please note the music in the background… it is played frequently… … I feel like royalty 🙂

7. I’m sarcastic… I don’t think this is a big surprise to most people that know me!

Next up, I was nominated by buddy Anna for the Reader Appreciation Award. Anna just celebrated her 49th birthday yesterday and is like a soul sister… we have so much in common! We’re going to do our first triathlon together next year in Wisconsin, along with trigrandmatry and Sandra… who are my triathlon inspiration! Anna’s blog is about her home grown organic garden, her weight loss journey and life in general… check her out!

How it works:

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.
3. Nominate as many bloggers as you like, Or 10, you pick the number.
4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.

OK… 10 questions!

1. What is your favorite color?  Purple (same as soul sister, Anna!)

2. What is your favorite animal?  Koala

3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?  Um, no brainer, coffee!! (same as Anna!)

4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook

5. What is your favorite pattern?  Squares

6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents?  Giving

7. What is your favorite number?  13

8. What is your favorite day of the week?  Every single one my feet hit the floor (same, same)

9. What is your favorite flower?  Pink Carnations

10. What’s your passion?  LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST

And then 3rd up… Constance at becomingshehulk nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Constance is one of my Dukan heroes! She lost more than 110 pounds and has kept it off and is rockin’ her body with working towards competitions!!! She is an inspiration to many, many of us!

The questions to answer for the Kreativ Blogger award are the same as above.. woo hoo! Less work 🙂

Nominations… I’m going to do these in a separate blog because I want to do them right and not renominate people for awards they’ve already received 🙂 So give me a few days to work through it all and I’ll send out messages about that 🙂

Thank you to Anna, MJ and Constance for the nominations AND the support I’ve received from the 3 of you… my heart swells with appreciation!!!


Kreative Blogger Award


Sandy over at TheSandyTongue nominated me for the Kreative Blogger Award. I’ve totally been wanting this one and I’m glad it came from him! I’ve mentioned his blog several times before. Sandy says things the rest of us think and wish we had the balls to say. He’s rude, crude and politically incorrect and I laugh until I cry at most of his posts. He is honest and I love that about him. If you’re easily insulted, don’t click the link… If you want to have a good laugh and do some thinking, I encourage you to visit his blog!

Seven things about me:

1. I played softball as a kid and loved it. My mom was the coach and we celebrated whether we won or lost! My favorite co-player, Joy, grew up and married my favorite cousin!

2. I was a Rainbow Girl.
It instilled leadership values in me that I use to this day.

3. I’ve been divorced for 18 years and have had my ex-husband’s last name, not married to him, longer than I had my maiden name.

4. I have no fear of dying. None.

5. My favorite color is green.

6. I voted for President Obama, but have not lived in the States his entire term! Time to go home.

7. I’m very capable of multitasking, as I am doing now. I am at a marketing event smiling, nodding and typing a blog post 🙂

Seven nominees:

Anna who blogs about her diet, exercise and organic homesteading.

Tatjana who is a runner living in the UK, but travels all over for runs!

Cindy over at trigrandmatry. She inspires me to keep running and I’m committing to running a triathlon next year because of her and a few other runners like…

Sandra who has talked me into doing the Danskin Triathlon next year in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Can’t wait!

Cris at Lipomachia who was diagnosed with Type II diabetes and changed her lifestyle and is losing an amazing amount of weight on the process!

Cyn at ChunkyGoddess who cracks me up, uses the ‘F’ word more than me and just puts on her big girl panties and gets on with it! You go girl!

And MJ at Emjayandthem who makes me laugh, has wise words to live by and always lifts me up in her comments.

This list doesn’t even begin to touch the number of bloggers I could choose. There are SO many creative bloggers out there that inspire me daily!!!

Blogger Awards – Part 1

I’ve been nominated for several blog awards the past couple of weeks. It is humbling to me that others think what I write is worthy of such things. Part of receiving these awards is giving back and in honor of that I am going to take my time nominating others so that each one receives the attention it deserves.

I want to thank MJ from EmJayAndThem for the nominations. Her post the past week The Look will give you an idea of her sense of humor 🙂

Today’s featured Blogger Award is the Hope Unites Globally Award (HUG Award).

This is an excerpt from the web site:
The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness

I have 3 blogs that I follow that I feel truly deserve this award. Each one gives me hope in different ways and I encourage you to follow the links to their blogs and have a little read.

First up is Olive from OliveTwist. Olive has lived a very rich life, has lived through a lot of adversity and has an amazing and powerful positive outlook on life. She is also a gifted writer and I encourage you to spend some time going through her blog… her latest post Gandalf: A Sketch of a Lunatic is one of my favorites!

Next up is Alpha Miguel-Sanford of Aspire.Motivate.Succeed Her blog features daily inspiration, success stories and is motivating on many levels! I look forward to her posts in my mailbox in the morning to get me going!

And last, but certainly not least is Talin from TalinOrfali
Talin writes from the heart. She loves to travel and tells you about it from a really neat perspective. She also loves to blog about her homeland of Armenia and I’ve learned so much about it’s rich history!

There are 3 more awards to go… I will spread them out over the next week. I have so many awesome blogs that I follow that I want to spread the love ♥


The Sunshine Award

Words cannot even express how humble I feel by being nominated for the Sunshine Award by Olive. Olive is a brilliant writer and can her blog can be found here I found her site recently and work myself through a couple of posts an evening. Her writing is from the heart and I love that!

As part of accepting the nomination I am required to post the answers to the following questions 🙂

Favorite colors: Purple and Green (ironically those are also Olive’s favorite colors!!)

Favorite Animal: Cat

Favorite Number: 13

Favorite Non-Alcoholic Beverage: Skinny Cafe Latte

Prefer Facebook or Twitter? FACEBOOK

My passion: Lowering infant and maternal mortality through education

Prefer getting or giving presents: GIVING

Favorite Pattern: Circles

Favorite Day of the Week: Pajama Day 😀

Favorite flower: Gerbera Daisy

And now the hard part… choosing 10 bloggers to pass this on to. Oh My! I read SO many amazing blogs! This is a real tough one for me… I didn’t like to have to pick teams on dodge ball! Mel keeps me motivated to get out and run.. and she has an adorable dog to boot! Charlotte is the first Dukan blog I followed… I love reading her quippy posts and her honesty about struggling to stay on this program! Moonday’s Philosophy is permanently attached to my fridge! Sonia has done an amazing job on the Dukan diet! I also follow this amazing blogger who has great advise about Dukan and her success!
Cyn tells it like it is… I’m new to her blog, but loving it! She says what we’d all like to say, but are afraid to say it… LOL
She has some fabulous recipe ideas on her site… her Mega-Power omelet is amazing! Have Bag, Will Travel
Lots of great travel writing and PICTURES here!! I have just started to enjoy this blog and I’m glad I stumbled upon it! – Warning, some may find his stuff offensive… I find it raw, funny and he speaks his truth! And although they haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, this blog has some of the best Dukan friendly recipes on it. The pictures, descriptions and instructions make cooking delicious Dukan foods easy!

Olive… again, thanks!