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Bloggy Award Extravaganza: And The Winners Are…

So I’ve been hoarding a bit of bloggy love, and then I got MORE bloggy love – and I thought I’d better pass some of this out before it gets ridiculous. Thanks to the wonderful bloggy ladies Scrappy Girl @ Serendipity and Meg @ Faith & Gasoline for the following bling. I’m going to post all three awards & their respective rules and then the handful of bloggers I’ve decided to award today. One award say to pass it on to 8 people, one to 10 people, one to 7 and one doesn’t appear to specify at all – I’m going to just completely toss that out the window and award 15 bloggy friends of mine the blogging award(s) of their choice – kind of a choose your own adventure. I probably stole this idea from someone far more clever than myself but my pregnant brain isn’t giving me any hints – if you’re the clever genius please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due and probably you should talk all four of these awards twice, mkay? Ready?

Here are the rules:

“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

The Lemons to Lemonade Award
The rules of the award are as follows:

  1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.
  3. Link to your nominees within your post.
  4. Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  5. Share the love and link to the person from who you received your award.

With this award you need to pass it on to seven blogs, which you really enjoy reading. Easy peasy.
This award appears to have no rules so I’m thinking you can just make shit up – that could be fun, no?
Alright – and the winners of the loot of their choice are:

Why yes, this is in alphabetical order. No, I’m not capable of winging things and going all willy nilly. Congrats to the fabulous fifteen and happy blog blinging!

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Thank You For Being A Friend

It’s no secret that in the blogging world comments are a precious commodity. We covet them, crave them and seriously appreciate every little one that we get. A sign of a well loved post is often the comment count. So it makes sense that the sign of a well loved blogging buddy might be the number of times they comment on your blog. I have a large handful of regular readers and commenters but there are some special blogging pals who consistently send me comments on a regular basis – sometimes on nearly every post I write (and that is an accomplishment in a half). So I was super excited when Jen @ Daily Mish Mash awared me with the Star Commenter award, not only because it’s fun winning awards and being appreciated, but because I was super excited to pass the award along to some of my truly fabulous readers / commenters. So with all that said, I’d like to award the following:

To the following:

I’m sure there are more of you that I’m forgetting, but seriously look at that list – it’s humongous! I’m feeling all proud and sentimental and girly just looking at it. You guys (and all my other readers, too) seriously rock my socks off. ::meep::

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Honest To Blog?

I’ve been waiting to use that line ever since first seeing the movie Juno. The loverly Jen @ Our Daily Big Top has finally given me the chance to fulfill that goal – because she awarded me with the Honest Award yesterday! How great is she?

So here are the award’s rules:

  • Write a post about the award, link back to the person who gave you the award.
  • Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
  • Add links to those blogs on your blog.
  • Leave a message for the nominees on their blogs.
  • Name 10 honest random things about yourself.

Okay so honestly…

  1. I am terrified of the dentist – I know that normal healthy people make it a habit of seeing a dentist regularly, but they unnerve me and I’ve had such awful dental experiences, some of which I am still convinced were more the dentist’s fault than my own, that I now avoid going as long as possible. Yet I plan to somehow avoid passing that paranoia onto my own son, don’t ask me how…
  2. I am not much of a housekeeper. I try to keep things modestly clean, but to be honest, I hate vacuuming, mopping, cleaning the bathroom – all the usual things – the only chores I seem to be good at doing regularly are doing the dishes, the laundry and general tidying up. Anything involving a deep scrub and I probably haven’t done it recently.
  3. I actually make dh clean our bathroom, because he was raised by a germophobe and I know he’ll do it right the first time.
  4. I don’t know how to whistle, roller skate, use a yo-yo, and several other things that most kids learn as, well, kids.
  5. I’m a terrible swimmer – and will not go into water where my feet can’t touch the bottom.
  6. I have probably kissed more boys than you. Sorry, but it’s true. I’d be really surprised if it wasn’t. I was absolutely boy-crazy growing up and infatuated with finding love, so I looked everywhere and considered pretty much every guy I knew my potential perfect mate – in retrospect, I kind of wish I’d dated less looking back now.
  7. Speaking of being boy-crazy, I was a huge teenie bopper as a tween / teen – my favorite all-time band for YEARS longer than I care to admit was the Backstreet Boys and I was pretty obsessed.
  8. I hate reading the news. That’s kind of bad because not too long ago I was the News Editor of my school paper and went on to become the Managing Editor and even Editor-in-Chief for awhile (I was a terrible EIC which surprised me, but I was more than happy to go back to Managing Editor after finding out). I can tell you it is really hard reading all those articles when they are slightly completely boring to you.
  9. I spend way too much time online – sometimes I know I should be doing something else, like playing with my kid, but it can be really, really hard to tear yourself away some days. You guys are addicting!
  10. I am just as terrified of this pregnancy as I am excited – I think maybe I’ve read too many bloggers’ experiences now and the fear of miscarriages or any other kind of complication are all too real. I was literally holding my breath waiting to hear the baby’s heart beat for the first time and I know I’ll be just as nervous at the ultrasound today.

Phew – that was actually kind of hard – I hope you guys all still like me after that! Well I know seven of you will HAVE to like me, because I’m passing this award onto:

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I’m Addicted to Fabulous & Spreading The Love

Jen @ Daily Mish Mash just awarded me, you guessed it, another bloggy award. These are like crack my friends – I cannot get enough. I thought about just awarding it and be done with it, as I feel like suddenly I get these all the time, but I don’t want to let myself forget how special all my bloggy friends are – how much I love the community I’ve found here – I want to soak it all in and celebrate each one while I can – before MM grows up and tells me there are more important things in my life to worry about – like him. So while he’s completely distracted with his toy maracas and PBS, let’s show off the newest bling addition to my bling family and then do the whole rules and awarding thing, kay?

Now Jen had like five different awards to give away and understandably decided to forgo the “tell five things” bit of the award process and just went straight to the thank yous and awarding. But you know me, I cannot pass up the chance to talk about myself, so I went to the page of her awarder to see what the rules would have been and it looked FUN so, here are the rules:

  1. You have to pass it on to 5 other fabulous blogs in a post.
  2. You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions in the post.
  3. You must copy and paste the rules and the instructions below in the post.

Here are 5 of my favorite addictions:

  1. Um blogging, obviously
  2. Wachusett Sour Cream and Onion potato chips – I have to ration them or risk inhaling 1,000 calories in one sitting.
  3. Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, America’s Next Top Model…
  4. Reading as many books as humanly possible and staying up too late doing so
  5. Playing silly games on Facebook like Pack Rat or Geo Challenge

And here are five fabulous bloggers that I cannot get enough of:

Congrats ladies! Have a fabulous day!

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Bling Special: It’s A Two-Fer

Patrice over @ Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman just awarded me with not one but TWO awesome bloggy awards – she must ❤ me like well a person who really ❤ ‘s another person, huh? Thanks Patrice, I ❤ you, too. So, who wants to check out my newest bling? Seeing as there might be something in it for you, I’m thinking you should take a gander at…

The rule for this cute little award is to give it to 10 blogs I love at least

<—–this——>

much, but I’ll let you in on a little secret, I love these bloggers even MORE than that – and let me also tell you, I thought this would be easy peasy, and then I made a quick list of my bloggy essentials – and there were thirty of you at least – so if you don’t see you’re name on this list and that surprised you, you can guess you were in my initial round up and know that it was with heavy heart that I eliminated you from the round up. Anyway here are ten (of the 30) bloggy friends who I’d either take a bullet for OR give this award:

But we’re not done there folks! The next award from Patrice is all about BOOKS – ooohhhh – now you know why I won it. First, here’s the bling:

I know all my book loving friends right now are swooning and going, “Pick me, choose me, love me!” Well before I do that, here are the rules: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences…The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!

Okay, so unfortunately none of the books I’m reading right now are anywhere near me, I’m trying to keep temptation at bay so I’ll focus on my NaNoWriMo novel (and you see how well that’s working out…) but I lucked out because for some reason when I was digging around the piles of stuffs on my desk I found a book and it’s interesting – like, “Darn, if I’d known you were here this whole time, I wouldn’t have had to go to the library last week…” But I digress, here’s a passage from the book I’ll be reading when I’m done with the three on my “nightstand”:

Around us, parents, kids, and teachers were shifting to stations that had been set up around the perimeter of the gym. Drama club, math club, surf club, cheerleading. And of course, the snack table. I wondered idly what kind of cakes Laura had brought, but it didn’t really matter. At the moment, all I cared about was my brilliant and accomplished daughter.

-From California Demon (The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom) by Julie Kenner

I know if you read the excerpt you’d never guess it came from that book, but that was page 56, sentence 5, so there you go. Sorry for the lack of stakings and action-packed-fun. If you’d given me looser parameters, I’d have cooked up something better for you. Something like:

She kept one hand tight around my neck, but to reach the drawer, she had to shift her weight off of me. When she did, I twisted, then managed to get my hand out from under her and around to my back pocket.

By the time she realized what I was doing, it was too late. I had the ice pick out and aimed. And in one snap movement, I drew on all my strength and slammed the thing home.

I know, I’m a cheater – but isn’t that a way better sentence to entice you with (from page 101 by the way)? Your welcome. Okay, here are the five people I’m choosing to play along to this fun game and claim the above bling as their very own:

Congrats to all you proud new-bling owners – use it well!

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Oh Pretty! Check Out My New Bling

My friend Scrappy Girl @ Four Seasons Farm just awarded me the pretty Butterfly Award. According to Scrappy, I must pass this on to 7 fellow bloggers. Easy enough, right? So congratulations to:

You’re a Winner!

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books & reading reviews

Children’s Classics: Newbery Medal Favorites

The big topic at 5 Minutes for Books this week is Newbery Medal winners. Have you read many of the books that have won a Newbery Medal? Do awards influence which books you will or won’t read? I think for the more official awards like the Newbery or Caldecott – or even the NYT bestsellers, having that recognition would definitely influence me to read a book if I’d maybe been the fence about whether or not to read it, whereas I’ve on occasion opted not to read a book if say, Oprah has it on her book list. Some hype is worthy, some not so much.

I’ve read a good handful of the Newbery award winners, some of which are high up there on my favorite books from when I was a kid. Here are some of my favorite Newbery Award winners:

If I were to make a list of my favorite books from that time period of my life, this would likely be it, so I’d definitely recommend any of them to a young reader or an older reader. I’d be extremely excited if my children chose to read these books someday and may read them again just to brush up on the classics.

Are any of your favorite children’s books a Newbery Medal winner?

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I’d Like To Thank My Parents, Caffeine, and RSS Feeds

I’m an award winner! My lovely bloggy friend Patrice @ Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman just awarded me with my very first ever bloggy award – how cool is that? So here’s it is, The Diamond Award:

Pretty huh? So the rules for accepting this award are pretty simple – first I mention it on my blog (check) then I award it to seven other bloggers! That should be both easy and hard at the same time – easy to think of seven brilliant bloggers, but HARD to narrow it down. But I’ll do my best.

  1. Jen @ Daily Mish Mash will be my first awardee. I am some kind of addicted to her Friday Eye Candy and love her blog in general. Brilliant blogger, yeah that would be her.
  2. Jenni @ Jiggety Jigg always cracks me up and has shown me at least one GOOD thing about Sarah Palin (which isn’t easy) – her SHOES. We can all appreciate good shoes, and Jenni is superb at things like that – you know, seeing the good in everyone and having fabulous taste in shoes. Brilliant.
  3. Karen @ Write From Karen hosts this weekly meme, Monday Mornings, which I always look forward to. She is funny and witty and so smart. She’s been very vocal lately about fact checking where this election is concerned which is so important. Karen is one of my very favorite bloggers and so deserving of The Diamond Award.
  4. Andrea @ Chocolate Fingerprints (formerly Simple Things): Andrea recently hosted this excellent Babywearing Carnival where she interviewed the makers of several fabulous baby carriers, charities involved in babywearing and even did giveaways! She also just got her own self hosted blog with her own domain name – which kind of inspired me to do the same. What better way to say thank you than give her this Diamond Award which she is so deserving of.
  5. Dana @ Supernanny Where Are You? is another of my favorite bloggers – you might know her weekly meme, Top 5 Tuesday – a few weeks ago she even let me choose the theme for that week’s meme which was so much fun if not completely nerve wrecking trying to pick a good one! She’s also always telling the best stories about her family and her job as a mail carrier – which is always always amusing, if you don’t believe me just check out this post. She recently switched to cloth diapers which I’m so planning to do with our next baby, so I’ve been loving all her posts about the transition.
  6. Kat @ Sunshine and Lemonade is one of my favorite blogs to peruse – she writes about everything and it’s always fun, hilarious and a general good time. Also, little known secret, I love her blog style. Sooooo fun and simple. Someday I hope my blog can be half as pretty as hers.
  7. Jennifer @ Snapshot runs one of my favorite blogs (in addition to her own) she’s the editor of 5 Minutes For Books. So everytime Tuesday when I’m blogging about kids books or classic books or what’s on my bookshelf, she’s basically the mastermind. And another Jennifer – seriously I think half my blogroll is comprised of Jennifers of some variety. Great minds have the same name?

So, in closing, thank you Patrice for this wonderful award. And thank you to my readers – you are my inspiration, my reason for blogging, and I couldn’t do it without you! (Well okay, I could, but it wouldn’t be as much fun…)