July 16, 2013

And the blogger award goes to…

Yes, you guessed it, ME!  I’m so excited an honored to have been nominated by the lovely Lanaya over Raising Reagan for this Blogger Award!  Apparently, there are a couple of rules once you’ve been awarded including: you must display the award button on your website, state 7 things about yourself, and nominate 15 bloggers and include links back to them!  Easy enough right?  I thought so until it was time for me to nominate people.  I wish I could have nominated just about everyone.  There are too many great bloggers out there that deserve this award!


the blogger award

1. I’m a bit of a smart ass.  I love to joke around.  I think laughter really IS the best medicine (with the exclusion of looking at my 3 year olds face which always makes me feel better) and I find a man with a healthy sense of humor sexy as hell (which it just so happens my hubby is).  Go me!

2. I had a seizure disorder when I was younger.  I had my first one at 13 years old and it scared the living sh#@ out of me.  I was told by my neurologist that it was common with the onset of puberty and that growing out of it was quite possible.  I struggled with it for 8 years and had my last one when I was 21 years old.  Even still, at almost 37, it petrifies me and will continue to haunt me for life.  There is always that question in the back of my head “will I have another seizure some day”?  Will it be in the car while I’m driving with Alivia?  Will it be when I’m holding her?  Even more horrific, will Alivia have a seizure disorder?  I pray to God every night she doesn’t. 

3. I have two annoying habits.  One is I love to twirl my hair.  Yes, I realize that it may come across ditzy, but that never worried me.  The people that really know me know I am anything but.  I also peel my lips often.  They are constantly chapped and I can’t deal with the feeling of dry skin.  Instead I’ll repeatedly pick at them until I bleed.  Yes, very attractive!

4. I have a couple pet peeves that drive me absolutely insane.  One is when I’m speaking to someone and they’re looking everywhere but at me.  Don’t they realize that it’s insulting?  Are you interested in what I’m saying or not?  Am I that boring?  Jeesh!  And two is when I’m singing a song and someone changes the station.  Now I know my voice isn’t all that bad so I can only assume it’s just them being completely oblivious to what’s going on around them.  If you paid a little attention, you would have noticed I was enjoying the song punk!

5. I only had 1 dog growing up and I came home from school on day to find my dad had given him away.  It was a day I’ll never forget.  It was a bittersweet moment.  Bitter because I had grown to love him but sweet because even then, at such a young age, I was able to put my own selfish feelings aside and understand he would have been better off somewhere else.  Without getting into too much detail, let’s just say my dad wasn’t exactly nice to him.  Trust me, it’s better to leave it up to you to interpret what “not exactly nice” may mean.  Yeah, my dad’s a piece of work.

Speaking of dogs, these two are my cousin’s dogs.  Meet Maggie and Morgan!  I can’t take credit for the photographs, my sister took them with my camera.  Yep, even that frog I randomly placed in the middle of the collage.  How beautiful are they?

Morgan and Maggie Dogs

And back to the remaining two things about myself.

6. I don’t cook much (with the exclusion of for Alivia).  Not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have much confidence in myself when it comes to the kitchen.  Besides, one of my favorite things to do is eat out!  With that said, I think it’s safe to say I’m in no real hurry to teach myself to cook.

7. Not many things gross me out, but as I was emptying the poop from Alivia’s diaper into the toilet a piece must have fallen out and into my slipper.  A fabulous surprise for me when I went to put them on.  What’s that smell that seems to be following me around?  Oh yeah, it’s me!  You are probably asking yourself what my slippers were doing at the foot of the toilet.  It’s not a question I can answer though, you may want to ask Alivia! Ahhhhh, motherhood!

For the nominees, I choose the following 15 bloggers:
A big CONGRATS to all of you ladies!!!

Janine over at Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic
Nancy over at My Eclectic Loft
Pia J over at PJM’s Closet
Karen over at Karen’s Soiree
Anne over at The Pink Momma
Skye over at First Time Mama First Time Blogger
Petro over at The Seaman Mom
Rachel over at Can’t Google Everything
Ellie over at Creative Geekery
Mrs. AOK over at Mrs. AOK a work in progress
Meg over at Happy Kids, Inc.
Barbara over at Summer Sensations
Paula over at Sincerely, Paula
LeiShell over at A Correll Collage
Heidi and Nicci over at Powerful Mothering

If you’ve been nominated, don’t feel the least bit uncomfortable about not passing it on.  I understand and respect your decision to choose what’s best for you and your blog!  I’m very realistic to the fact that not everyone chooses to participate in these types of chain posts and I support your decision either way!  So no worries, just know I think you are all wonderful bloggers!

If you missed my previous post, The Pinterest Incentive Program: A HUGE opportunity for bloggers, you should definitely check it out!  There is still time to sign up, but I’d hurry because spots are filling quickly!

Also would you like the chance to win some amazing things?  Yes?  Then, there are 2 giveaways you need to know about for tomorrow!  One, the Dog Days of Summer Giveaway, you will have access to over here, Janine's Confessions of a Mommyaholic, and at J9 Designs!  The other will be over at A Cat-Like Curiosity where you’ll have the chance to win a medium size ad spot on my blog!  Don’t forget to enter and good luck! 

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  1. Huge thank you for nominating me and you already know how much I love and value our friendship. And seriously you totally deserved this one and then some. And I very much loved learning a bit more about you here. So thank you for sharing!!! :)

  2. I love reading all the things about you. Your first pet peeves is right there on my list too. That is just rude!
    Peeling your lips? Girl ... we need to find you a good lip balm! I mean a really good one! LOL

    Thank you for doing the post!

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  3. Congrats Elena! Loved reading about you. I'm with ya on the listening thing ~ a real pet peeve here too!

  4. Congrats!!! And thank you so much for the nomination back : ) So sweet of you! Your dogs are so cute...my daughter's new obsession is dogs!

  5. Thanks for the nomination - this is my second one of these:)

    I'll add it to my page :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  6. WOW!! Are you kidding me... Thank you!!
    I loved your list, it's always fun to learn a little bit more about the people behind the blogs you're stalking :)
    Ummm... humor is big for me too!
    Many Thanks!

  7. I am laughing so hard...because I TOO twirl my hair constantly and peel my lips♥ So see you are in good company☺

  8. It was great getting to know you better!

    My mother had seizures when she was really young, they said she would grow out of it and she did. She understands always wondering if it's going to happen again.

    One of the co-hosts of Pin It Tuesdays has a recipe for a peppermint lip scrub. Might help with the lips :) It's made with Candy Canes! Search Peppermint Sugar Scrub on Pary Moppin's site.

  9. Beautiful dog pics! Simply stunning. I totally peel my lips too. It's the worst habit for me!

  10. Congrats on the award! I found your blog through the Hump Day Blog Hop. You have some great pictures on here. Such a beautiful family.

    Kelly @ www.theadventuresofthekeitzerfamily.com

  11. Congrats on the award :) Pretty dogs, we have three dogs and I love them! I hate it when people don't let at me when I'm having a conversation also. My husband does it to everything and it is so annoying!

  12. Oooh I had a German Shorthair pointer when I was 19 - they are beautiful dogs! I loved Woody! I've always had dogs - I grew up with dogs & cats (not a cat person though!) - and always had dogs in my adult life... they are nice companions. We bring Pepper with us on vacation and on weekend trips :)
    Great tidbits about yourself! :) I love hearing about my fellow blogger friends!
    I never used to cook much, and while we do go out to eat VERY often, I have become quite the cook in the last 4-5 years. I keep it simple though - I follow recipes but I don't go all out where I spend 2 days prepping food- that is insane. My mother in law does that, she spends a day prepping food for the next day's dinner. NO thanks. But to each his own I suppose.


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