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Beautiful Family, Friends, and Awards


Ok friends and family, I have some new and exciting news! I got my super cute, new business cards in the mail (photo to come) and since my cards have my website on it… I figured I should actually do some ironing out of it before handing them out! Ok, so I already started handing them out, and it’s a small amount of “ironing” that I’ve done… but still! Cards are here, website is client friendly at least! So… you should check it out, you know, just because you guys are awesome like that! And lastly, if you’re in my area… refer your pregnant selves, friends, and family to me! 

Also, I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by the lovely mama over at Going Coverless! Thank you, thank you! Mamas, papas, and everybody else (nursing, natural, wonderful) you should definitely check her out!

 In receiving this award you’re asked to nominate six of your favorite blogs to receive the Beautiful Blogger Award as well. Instead, I’m just going to give you the list of blogs that I read every time they post (usually via email) and think that you should also join me (again, that includes Going Coverless!)

  • Becoming Cliche   she is one funny, sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek mama… and she shares me love of turtles. I  love it!
  • Searching For Middle Ground she is one of those lovely ladies where you read their posts and you feel like you’re there with her, sitting and chatting over a cup of coffee. You feel like she’s talking to you and that you’re friends. She’s a doll of a lady!
  • Stuff I Can’t Put On Facebook   she is funny and life throws funny situations at her almost daily. And I love every moment of it! Seriously, through your posts you’ll feel like you’re chatting with your girlfriend at happy hour. It’s fantastic!
  • Windsomebella   she is wise, smart, an incredible writer and an amazing photographer. Seriously, you have to see her posts. I say see because the photos are breathtaking and the words thought provoking and they always go hand in hand. 
  • Somethingville she is also wise, smart, funny, and quick-witted who is also one of the top photographers ever. Plus she is an absolute sweetheart. Her current series on re-discovering happiness is a must read!
  • Confluent Kitchen funny and an awesome cook who shares my views on baking! Good thoughts, good foods, what more could you ask for?
  • Flamidwyfe’s Blog  she is so awesome I want to be her friend, or co worker, or even just a fly on the wall of wherever she is! Quick witted, says what she thinks, and lost 100lbs in the last year- this woman is amazing! And that’s not even to talk of her birthing love and support of mine! She’s inspiring and funny and someone I aspire to be like!

Ok, it is nap time for Littlest… but I have just a few more I wanted to add. If they all sound very similar (caring, funny, honest, inspiring… it’s because they are! Each of these woman make me feel like I want to be their friend and that they are! It’s an amazing family that I’ve found here in blog-land!) And here are the rest of the blogs and bloggers that I follow and love and are no less than amazing!

  • Party of Five Love (she makes the cutest bows ever, I have yet to try- but I will…someday!)
  • A Mom Inspired (she is so sweet and thoughtful and I love listening her thoughtfulness as she raises her children and lives life!)
  • We’re Jumpin (honest mama with a focus on her living the life God wants for her)
  • Delete Wheat with Christine Petty (recipes, life, love, and now weight loss- you go, lady!)
  • House of 34 (she has 34 bookshelves in her home and is a serious DIYer and is fabulous at it! I love her ideas!)
  • Mommy Man (I love hearing the daddy perspective! He and his partner have such love for their twins that it overflows the page is just beautiful… and he -and his kids!- is/are really funny!)
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They like me! They Really like me!


As Friday is normally the day I post about thankfulness, what better to start with than how thankful I am to the Domestic Recluse for awarding me this!  Be sure to check her out as well. She is an honest, outspoken woman with words worthy of reading! *ahem* But wait until you’re done reading my words, of course! I am always amazed by the array of people that follow along on this journey with me! Yes, my moms (both mine and hubbyman’s), are probably my most avid readers and supporters, but after them, the majority are people I would not have expected. (Except for you, of course I expected you!) 😉 But I am ever so thankful for each and every one of you!

There is great responsibility that goes along with every priviledge… and here are the responsibilities that go along with this award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you!
  2. Add the award pic to your blog post.
  3. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers and let them know about it!
  4. Share 7 random things about yourself.

Ok, well 1 and 2 can be checked off the list. Now I think I’ll skip to number 4, because I love the other blogs so much, I’m a little afraid you’ll skip right out of mine and forget to come back! (Kidding. But seriously…)

  1. My whole family, both immediate and extended, are filled with artsy, creative, talented people… somehow I did not get that gene.
  2. My husband has a lot of foods he “claims” to dislike. I take that as a challenge. And 9 times out of 10, he likes it, at least when I make it. Either that or he just wants to continue being fed. I’m choosing to go with my cooking is just that good.
  3. My children think the best form of entertainment possible is when I dance, and sing, and act out songs. It’s ridiculous but they love it. They frequently tell me, Mom, you should perform this for Daddy when he gets home. Or Want me to do a movie on the camera of your performance? I then bribe their silence with candy.
  4. I truly believe that life is just not long enough to drink bad coffee. That said sometimes I am just too desperate to do anything but drink that bad coffee. Hey, sometimes hubby’s super dark french roast is all that’s left and in those cases, well, you know, desperate times call for desperate measures.
  5. (Mom: Don’t read this!): Growing up, I despised the holiday season. Everything about it. Ok, maybe not everything, but lots of things. It is really only as I’ve been a mother that I’ve come to appreciate the season again. It’s hard to be all grinchy when you have three little people watching you who think Christmas and all that it entails is completely magical. I’ve even found myself listening to Christmas music. Don’t tell my mom, as she is the type to start listening to Christmas music in October, and you can be sure I’ve always given her a hard time about it.  I’ll never hear the end of it! (I told you not to read this, Mother!)
  6. Sometimes I hide from my children. Ok, technically I’m not actually hidden, but occasionally when I see them walking by, in obvious search of me, I just watch and don’t say anything.
  7. I am terrible about surprises. At least when it comes to my husband (I can’t help it- I always want to tell him things!) Or at least when it comes to gifts. Seriously. I got hubbyman the coolest gift, one that I knew he’d be super excited about! Only to tell him what it was within 24 hours of its purchase. He half guessed, and then laughed at me for quite some time at my lack of patience. I still intend to wrap it up though!

Ok, now onto the bloggers! Here’s what the Versatile Blogger Award Blog had to say about how to pick the blogs to pass the love along to:

”When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.  Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.  And, have fun!”

I love lots of blogs and love perusing through random ones as frequently as I can find the time. Here are some that I make a point (ones I’ve been following for some time and some that are still fairly new to me!) to check out!

Ok, I’m taking a quick shortcut here. Because I was awarded this award previously (here), and have already awarded some of my favorites, and the rest have all been awarded by others…. I’m just going to give you my go to list, in no particular order, and trust they know how wonderful I think they are, and hope you enjoy them as well! (If you happen to be one of these bloggers and have never been awarded this, and would like to be- consider this my official awarding- and pass it on!) 🙂

  1. Becoming Cliche (Funny, real, terrific)
  2. If I Were Brave (witty, smart woman who takes life one microbravery at a time!)
  3. Everyday Love, Unforgettable Joy (a sweet lady who posts things about life as a new mom to funny things students say)
  4. Living Is a Process (A lovely writer-lady living a unique life, taking it one step and one word at a time. Her posts are both thought and emotion provoking.)
  5. Stuff I Can’t Put On Facebook (she frequently posts things that truly make me laugh out loud!)
  6. Delete Wheat (Full of wonderful gluten free recipes and life as a gluten free household/person with celiac)
  7. Winsome Bella (Her photographs are beautiful, her stories epic. Reading her posts are always like reading a good book- they always leave you wanting more!)
  8. Lesley Carter (I just love her life. I imagine there are few people who wouldn’t feel slight twinges of *I wish that was me* reading about all her adventures and world travels.)
  9. Searching For Middle Ground (I share her love of pinterest! And she covers a wide variety of things- from home improvement, to how to maintain a healthy outlook on body issues. I genuinely enjoy her.)
  10. Not Ever Still Life  (she also had 3 kids in less than 4 years- I feel like we’d get along!)
  11. We’re Jumpin’ (wife and mother, we have lots in common!)
  12. Uniquely Normal Mom (a green living, money-wise, God-loving jewel of a woman!)
  13. Ragamuffin PC (pastor, writer, friend. His words and poignant and thought provoking.)
  14. Enjoying Healthy Foods (a sweetheart of a lady with wonderful, real life recipes. she is the go-to-guru when I’m not sure how to cook veggies, she’s always got great advice and ideas!)
  15. I wasn’t sure I could think of a 15th and now it turns out, I have like at least ten more that I want to share…. instead I will leave you with this one:  My Big Cloth Adventure! (It’s Brand new, but I guarantee it’s going to be good!!)

And there we have it… that took a lot longer than I thought it would!

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