Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Liebster Award

First, I have to give a shout out to MY person. Happy Birthday to my husband, baby daddy, best friend, partner in crime and love of my life! I can't wait to celebrate with you tonight. Enjoy your day off snowboarding and doing Rory things. I love you. (he will get his proper post on Friday) And also a special Happy Birthday to Jess (from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom)! 
Jennifer over at Jenuine Happiness nominated me for a Liebster Award. The purpose of a Liebster Award is to nominate bloggers (with less than 1,000 followers ) that you love to read, in order to help showcase the writing you enjoy within the blogging community. After starting this post, Leslie at This is for Keeps and Jessica from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom also nominated me for this award. So thank you ladies.

Jennifer is an amazing mom, writer and cancer survivor. I love taking a peek into her life with her son Ben, her husband Andy and her dog, Otis. Leslie has the cutest daughter Mila whom I love watching grow up. She writes about all the things I can't wait to do with my girls. Jessica and I have become great friends through blogging. I found her blog when reading helmet stories since my girls had helmets and Emmy had a doc band. We bonded over that and became quick friends. Please check out these ladies blogs. They are simply amazing.

They each gave me 11 questions to answer about myself, so I am going to answer some from each...

What is your favorite part about blogging? 
I love getting to know other woman who share the same passion for writing as I do. I have made some amazing friends through this blogging community and I am forever grateful for that.

What would your perfect day entail?
Sleeping in until 8 am without any interruptions, going out to breakfast with my family and then heading up to Lake Tahoe to enjoy a beach day. Once we were done, I would want to head back down to town and enjoy a huge Italian dinner complete with wine. Then after I snuggled my babies to sleep, I could relax with my husband before falling asleep and having another night of interrupted sleep.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Europe. I want to take at least a month to travel through Europe eating, sightseeing and taking in the culture.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a doctor.

What's your favorite meal?
Easy. Spaghetti with meat sauce. I have loved it since I was a child and still love it to this day.

Tell me about your pets, if you have any.
I have the best chiweenie (chihuahua and dachshund) there ever was and his name is Walter. We adopted Walter in June 2012 and he has left a lasting impression in our hearts. When we started searching for a dog, we knew we wanted to adopt. We searched for about 6 months and I wanted every dog. Rory was more picky. We went to Truckee for an adoption event and we were scouting Clifford. But when we arrived, he was nowhere to be found. I got bummed that he had been adopted. But he hadn't. He was inside because he was chilly. So we went to see him, fell instantly in love with him, he cuddled Rory while I filled out paperwork and we sealed the deal with a walk. We changed his name to Walter and he has been ours ever since. He was about 5 - 6 months old when we got him.

What was the last thing you ordered online?
Gifts for Rory!!

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. I love the lights, the traditions and spending time with my family.

What show can't you miss?
The Bachelor because I don't want people to spoil it. Grey's Anatomy because I am a die hard fan. Even though this season hasn't been the best. And Pretty Little Liars. Yep. I love that show and I am sort of embarrassed to tell you all that.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Non-famous: My grandfather because he died when I was 6 years old, but I idolized him. I still remember visiting him and I want to tell him about my life and what has happened since he left us. Famous: Ryan Gosling. I just want to stare at him the entire time. Sorry, not sorry.

My Nominees:
Melanie at Mel's Empty Journal 
Jen at nutcaseinpoint 

My 11 Questions for You:
What is your guilty pleasure show?
What is your least favorite food?
Where was your best vacation?
Where did your blog name come from?
If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
What is your favorite movie?
What is one thing you learned from blogging?
What was your first dance song when you got married?
What is your favorite dessert?
How did you come up with your children's name(s)?
What is your favorite sports team(s)?

The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award

Thank the Blogger that nominated you in your post and link back to their site.
Display the Liebster Award logo on your blog.
Answer 11 questions from the Blogger that nominated you.
Tell your readers 11 random facts about you.
Nominate 5-11 Bloggers with less than 1000 followers for the Liebster Awards.
Ask your nominees to answer 11 questions.


  1. Aww thank you for the birthday shout out! I'm so glad we connected over our girls. So special! Loved learning new things about you. Have a great day!

    1. Of course. You have a special birthday day!! I am very happy to call you my friend and bond over our girls. Have an awesome birthday!

  2. loved this post...i swear you are my blogging soul sister. my perfect day sounds a lot like yours and your favorite shows...all 3 are mine..can we please discuss PLL sometime...i'm always so confused and yet a little scared and i've been watching since day 1.

    1. Awe thanks. And yes lets discuss PLL anytime. I always have so much to say about the show. So glad I am not the only who has that show as a guilty pleasure!!! I have been watching since day 1 as well. My sister got me into it and I LOVE it.

  3. Happy Birthday Rory! And your perfect day sound delightful to me as well. Thanks for the nomination lady.

  4. It's fun learning about fellow bloggers! I've been a die hard Greys fan since day 1. I confess I haven't seen this season though. I think I was too heartbroken after the season finale last year. Ugh

    xo Jess

    1. I have been watching this season, but it hasn't been a favorite. I want the old days back when they had the originals! I was too heartbroken as well.

  5. I would have also said having dinner with my grandfather - he died when I was 9 and I felt the same way as you did about yours!! I hope you get to sleep to 8 sometime soon! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

    1. So rough to lose a grandparent so young. He made such an impact on my life that I remember so many memories of him in his short time with me. Have a good day!

  6. Aw, I loved reading more about you! I'm so glad we've connected too. I love following along with your family. That is so sweet about having dinner with your Grandpa. What a special moment that would be. I would love to travel through Europe too. What an amazing experience!

    1. I would love that time with my grandfather. More than anything. So happy for our friendship!!! I can't thank you enough for all the advice and laughter we experience together.

  7. Happy Birthday Rory! And ditto on grandpa dinner for me too, he died when I was 4. Thank you much for the nomination, I'll post tonight!

  8. Happy birthday to Rory!! And I totally did my Liebster post today as well! Great minds.

    I loved learning more about you! There were several things that I didn't know yet!

    1. Haha, I will check yours out! And I will let Rory know as well.

      So glad you got to know more about me. I love these types of posts.

  9. I would love to go to Europe as well. I've never been - I'd love to experience the food and the history all over Europe. I love your story about finding Walter - so sweet! I'm a big fan of Grey's too. I almost gave up on it when the original cast started dwindling more and more, but I'm glad I stuck with it. This season's been good! And if I had to answer the last question about dinner, my answer would've been the same! I was lucky to have my grandfather until I was 21, but we were very close and I miss him dearly. And Ryan Gosling - yes, please! Loved learning more about you, Danielle!!

    1. I have only been to London. I want to travel to so many other countries. Especially Italy! I wanted to give up on Grey's as well, but I have to stick it out since I stayed for this long. Walter is my favorite. I even gave him a shout out today for national puppy day! Seems like a lot of people want more time with their grandparents. I so wish I had that time.

  10. I loved reading your answers!
    I hope your husband is having a great birthday!

  11. I love getting to know more about you! My favorite meal has been since I was a little girl, too! Oh memories! Hope Rory had an amazing birthday!
    PS: I love PLL, too! ;)