Thursday, January 14, 2016

Our Little Tinies Receives the Liebster Award

I was nominated by Blythe Clifford from Thyroid Mom for the Liebster Award.  Blythe is a gorgeous, brilliant, and talented mom of two who also happens to have hypothyroidism.  Her sons have congenital hypothyroidism and her husband has Graves' Disease (hyperthyroidism).  The goal of her blog is to help educate others about the daily struggles of living with a thyroid disorder and to advocate for children with thyroid disease.  She writes from the heart--about everything from motherhood to doctors to motivation.  Check out her recent post about her son turning 10.  Make sure you have your tissues handy.

So, the Liebster Award is an award to be passed along from blogger to blogger.

Here are the rules...

  1. Add the award to your own blog
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Mention the rules.
  4. Answer the questions posed.
  5. Nominate bloggers for the award.
  6. Let the bloggers know so they can "accept" the award.

Here are the questions and my answers...
  1. Why did you start this blog?  I originally started my blog to share our "Wordly Wednesday" adventures, where my boys and I studied and cooked a meal from a different country each week.  Having "retired" from the classroom after the birth of our second child, I needed an outlet for my love of learning, teaching, and creating.  It grew from there!
  2. Tell us what excites you.  Reading good content, writing, pretty things, and order.  I have always loved to read, and when I was younger, my dad always thought I'd be a good journalist.  I like to research, learn new things, and write about them.  I also love to flip through a pretty magazine or children's book.  I love illustrations and photographs.  I love to label things and to look at a really organized closet or cabinet.  My house is full of labels and print.  In fact, if you use my powder room, you will come out with a wealth of new vocabulary words to impress your friends.  Our word wall lives in there.
  3. Why do you believe that comments and communication help bloggers?  My biggest fans are my family and close friends, and they frequently send messages or call to tell me they like a post.  Their feedback is so valuable and important to me.  When someone I do not know comments or asks about my blog, it really makes an impact on me as well.  Comments and communications from my family and friends, other bloggers or people who have searched and come across my blog are the fuel that feeds my desire to create.  And when I am creating, I am happy.
  4. What do you talk about in your blog?  Everything!  Recipes, crafts, my love of reading, exercise, my kids, fashion, motherhood, my faith...
  5. Have you created a friendly relationship with other bloggers?  Have you ever met in real life?  I was thrilled to be able to attend The Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia this past summer. While there, I met one of my favorite bloggers, Erin from Sunny Side Up.  She was so sweet and down to earth and reminded me that even the biggest bloggers are real people that got their start somewhere, when they were tiny blogs like mine.  I also bonded with a group of women who have become my besties in the blogging world.  We post together, encourage one another, and coach each other through the blogging process.
  6. How do you picture your blog in two years?  How would you like to see it evolve?  In two years I would like to have adopted a consistent posting schedule, with certain themes being "regulars."  My most popular posts to date are my fashion posts, but I feel like I have a lot more to offer than cute outfits.  My favorite part about blogging is the encouragement I feel like I can offer to other moms of tinies as we go through this parenting endeavor together.  I want to be real, authentic, and genuine about my own struggles in organizing and cooking, in teaching and modeling for my kids.
  7. What do you do best?  Share both sides.  On my blog you will find the behind the scenes, not just the highlight reel.  I'll share the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Because that's life and mine is a lifestyle blog.  My house is not always clean and organized, and my children do not always eat with utensils or use their napkins at dinner.  We live real, messy, beautiful lives over here.
  8. How long do you devote to your blog? Ohhhh, I wish this one had a simple answer.  I am ALWAYS working.  I actually have a paid blogging gig, for PetPartners.  I write 4-6 blogs per month for them.  So, I work on my posts for that blog while Camden is in preschool on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  I spend about 2-3 hours per post, give or take since some require more research than others.  For my own blog, I work quite a bit at night.  I am constantly snapping pictures of things my kids have done or meals I have prepared, never knowing what I may blog about later.  My kids have come to accept the fact that when they do something cool they will probably see their picture later on in a post and one of my husband's favorite things to say is, "Oh, the life of a blogger's kid..."
  9. How are your posts created?  I blog about whatever is going on at the moment.  I also blog about things I am passionate about.  Reading, spending time with family, exercising, cooking.  I do all of these things every day, so they are easy to write about.
  10. Wishes for the reader.  That my readers would feel connected to me in some way and that they would be encouraged by the fact that they are not on this motherhood/life journey alone.
And, last but not least, here are the blogs I'd like to nominate for the Liebster Award...
  1. Rachel from Architecture of a Mom Rachel and I bonded when we shared a hotel room at The Haven Conference.  She is such an encourager and I know I can call her with any kind of blogging question.  She is always willing to help with the technical stuff.  I have made too many of her recipes to count!  Some of my favorites that you will want to check out are her Cinnamon Apple (Pear) Sauce in the crockpot, her Tacos with Squash, and her Swiss and Bacon Mini-Meatloaf Muffins.  On the subject of hiding veggies in my kids' meals, she has taught me well. :)
  2. Laura Jo from Wildwood Vale I met Laura Jo at Haven as well, and was excited to learn that she is from Charlotte!  She even goes to the same church (different location, though).  If you need decorating inspiration, Laura Jo's your girl.  You should check out her Christmas tour--it is gorgeous.  I love her writing style and her posts are inviting and down to earth.  
  3. Sandy at Pink Tool Girl I want to say Sandy is sweet as sugar, but that sounds too cliche.  But the truth is, she just is.  Sandy is one of the most kind, encouraging, and beautiful (inside and out) people I have ever met.  We had a conversation at Haven (yep, met her there, too) that really challenged me to write about what I know.  And if you are into renovation, you will want to check out her kitchen redo and her amazing removable wall paper.
It has been so much fun pouring my heart out about one of my passions, blogging.  I can't wait to read my friends' answers!  Check out as many of the blogs I mentioned as you can.  You will be inspired.  And thanks again, Blythe, for the nomination.  This just may be the spark I've been needing to fire up the regular posting schedule again. 

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