Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Liebster Award

It was such an awesome surprise when I got the notification that sweet Aimee from Aimlessly Elegant had nominated my little bloggety-blog for the Liebster Award! 

What is the Liebster Award, you ask? It is a way for bloggers to promote other small, up-and-coming blogs to their know, just spreading a little blog love around the World.Wide.Web. I am so grateful to Aimee for the nomination {thank you, thank you, thank you!}...and quite frankly, I'm still in a bit of shock that people actually read the rants and raves I post in my little corner of the {electronic} world!

There are a few rules that come along with the Liebster Award:
  1. Acknowledge your nominating blogger. {I know I've already taken care of this step above, but you really do need to check out Aimlessly Elegant...she's got some pretty great home improvement and decor ideas going on over there.}
  2. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has listed for you.
  3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate up to 11 small blogs {fewer than 200 followers} that you follow and believe in promoting.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you've nominated.

Soooo...first things first, my responses to Aimee's questions:

1. What is your favorite food? 
Chips & Salsa...or maybe cake. Too close to call.

2. When you were 5, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you do it?
A doctor. I was going to be a doctor from as early as I can remember all the way up until college...when chemistry class {literally} made me sick!

3. What book should I be reading?
I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I'm not much of a reader {trying to change this if I could just find the time}. I did read "The 5 Love Languages" before we got married, and I do highly recommend better understand yourself as well as your partner. Recently I've seen lots of {positive} chatter about "The Antelope in the Living Room," so I think this would be the book I'd take with me if I was about to board a lengthy flight.

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Poor grammar tends to make me C.R.A.Z.Y! I'm not talking about accidental typos...just the repeated use of the incorrect form of a word and/or the lack {or overuse} of punctuation does annoy me.

5. What is your best skill?
I'm good with numbers. I may have been referred to as a "data junkie" once or twice in my life. 

6. What do you wish you were better at?
I wish I was more creative...but I must admit I'm better than I used to be. Hopefully my creativity will continue to grow with age!

 7. What was your motivation behind starting your blog?
My friend convinced me to start this blog to share products that I love {the "Leslie Loves..." series}. I also wanted a way to document our lives for memories. If I can't find time to read a book, I'm fairly certain I'm not going to get any scrap-booking done, so the blog fills that purpose.

 8. What is your favorite way to exercise?
Oh wow...I'm even more embarrassed of this response than my answer to #3! {You're killing me Aimee!} Other than walks around our neighborhood, I don't really workout. That's going to change though...starting tomorrow soon!

9. Which do you prefer: eating out or cooking in? Why?
Oh, this is totally a toss-up...depending on who is cooking. If I'm cooking, going out to dinner is definitely the best option. If Ryan is cooking, staying in is a good choice. The husband is a fabulous cook {it's ok if you're jealous...I would be!}. He's expanded my palate {I didn't even know what that word meant before I met Ryan} beyond belief. In other words, I no longer eat like a four-year-old child...well, most of the time.

10. What is your favorite weekend activity?
Sleeping in! I'm convinced that I'll never be one of those people that wakes up without an alarm clock or just can't sleep beyond a certain time.  

What is the next big decision you have to make?
The most common question we've heard over the past five months is, "when are you going to have kids?" I'd say that's a pretty B.I.G. decision {that hasn't been made quite case you're wondering too!}

And now...11 Random Facts about Me
  1. Champagne is my cocktail of choice {make it a mimosa if it's before noon!}.
  2. I don't really have a favorite color...something I learned about myself during the wedding planning process.
  3. I had two imaginary friends before my brother was born, Sissy and Judy. We had to set places for them at dinner, and I once burst into tears because my dad sat on Judy. Apparently they ran away when Landon was born...
  4. I L.O.V.E. songs that spell.
  5. I don't like hot liquids {coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc.}
  6. Online shopping is my favorite hobby.
  7. It is highly likely that I will be the aggressive driver at a 4-way stop. 
    Queen of strategic vehicular moves
  8. I have a sweet tooth that pretty much controls my existence.
  9. I am terrified of MOtels {you know, where the entrance to the room is outside}.
  10. I get emotionally attached to TV shows {"Nashville" is my current obsession}.
  11. I'm a fan of Big Texas Hair.
    Big Texas Hair

Next up...11 Questions for my Nominees

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. What is the most rewarding aspect of blogging? the most challenging?
  3. Of all the blog posts you've written, which is your ultimate favorite and why?
  4. What is your "must have" beauty/hair product?
  5. What is the best gift you've ever been given?
  6. What is the highest priority on your bucket list?
  7. Who is your style icon?
  8. What is your guilty pleasure?
  9. What is the best advice you ever received?
  10. If all jobs paid the same and you had the education/skills to do ANYTHING you wanted, what would you do for a living?
  11. Which U.S. city is your favorite to visit?  

And Finally...My Nominations: 

Courtney @ Business Suits & Riding Boots
Joclyn @ My Life, My Loves
Jourdan @ Nichols and Dimes
Ashley @ Perfectly Scrubbed
Ariel @ Pretty & Please
J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all

And one more big THANK YOU to Aimee for nominating The Martin Manifesto for the Liebster Award!

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  1. Could we be any more alike? haha I adore champagne at any time of day and songs that spell?? -Favorite! (I make up grammar though I think and love using - ) I also always seem to get emotionally attached to shows and can cry at the drop of a hat! :) Loved learning about you!

  2. I loved learning more about you! I love the 5 love languages, I use it all the time in training at work and my husband and I read it together before we got married. Nashville is great, right? I'm loving that show right now too, but I can't wait for Mad Men to start again this weekend! Thanks so much for passing along the love, keep up the great work!

  3. My college roommates used to tease me about not liking motels...until Dateline or 20/20 did a show on hotels/motels, and it turns out you are safer if the doors are on the inside of the building. :)

  4. Congrats!! I love reading your blog!! I love the Bigger the Hair the Closer to God. I have big hair myself. LOL

  5. Thank you SO much for this nomination!! You are too sweet! I loved reading your facts about you! :) I agree, I LOVE sleeping in and do not know how people just wake up at like 6 AM every day because "their bodies tell them to!" Haha.
    I will definitely be doing a blog post in return of this next week! Thanks again!!

  6. You are such a sweetie for nominating me!!! I love the answers to your questions above and I can totally relate to most of them. I used to hate reading too but one day I read a book my cousin suggested and I haven't stopped since! I think the fact that it gives me something to do on the subway when I have no service to do anything else down there! Haha! I can't wait to post my answers to your questions! And thank you again sweet friend! :)

  7. Dang, there are so many bloggers talking about chips and salsa today..and now I want to incorporate them somehow into my dinner. Why does that have to be the best combo in the world?!?

    You don't like any hot liquids?!?! GIRL...but hey, you do like mimosas! I'll take that!