honored // Sunshine award

flower with bees

Mona, at 22 Flowers, has nominated my blog for the Sunshine award.  I feel very honored to receive these blogging awards, not for the award itself, but for the knowledge that a talented blogger enjoys my photos and writings.

For this award, I am to answer the following questions…

  • Favorite colour? – at this moment, I am obsessed with mint green
  • Favorite animal? – dog, particularly my chocolate lab
  • Favorite number?  – 3
  • Favorite nonalcoholic drink?  – green tea with honey
  • Favorite alcoholic drink? – a glass of raspberry wine
  • Facebook or Twitter? – facebook
  • Giving or Receiving Gifts? I really enjoy giving gifts more, especially if a “perfect” gift is found for a particular person.

I am to nominate other blogs for this award.  There are so many talented bloggers that I follow; so many photographers who inspire me.  Participate as you wish, but know that I admire your work…


Sincerely, Whitney


Big Ganga Photography



I do not know the scope of being nominated for various blogging awards by fellow bloggers, but it puts a big smile on my face that other talented bloggers enjoy my posts.  I recently was nominated for two different blogging awards.

I would like to thank Delicatedandelion for nominating me for the Shine On Award and Gettingridofboredom for the Super Sweet Blogging Award.

For receiving the Shine On Award, I am asked to list 7 things about myself.  So, here goes…

1.  I love to be behind my lens capturing life as I see it.  I am inspired by the many talented, amazing photographers in the blogging world.

2.  I love to be outdoors camping and hiking and biking with my family.

3.  If my house is free of clutter, my brain is free of clutter.  I love organization and purging.

4.  Internet shopping is one of the best conveniences.  I prefer ordering from home and having the goods delivered to my  front door.

5.  The first thing I do in the morning is grab a coffee pod and place it in my Keurig.  Again, I love convenience.

6.  Running rejuvenates my soul.

7.  I often make decisions only after analyzing it from every angle.

For the Super Sweet Blogging Award, I am asked to answer some super sweet questions.  So…

1.  Cookies or Cake? Both? : I am somewhat addicted to sugar.  So, I will eat and enjoy both.

2.  Chocolate or Vanilla?    : I prefer chocolate.

3.  Favorite Sweet Treat?   : Pie.  A la mode, of course.

4.  When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most? :  Every evening while I am watching television.

5.  Sweet Nick Name?:  Often I call my lil’ guy or my husband “sweetie.”

Now, I am to pay-it-forward and recognize bloggers that I admire.  There are so many talented bloggers with thousands of followers. So, I choose to pay-it-forward to those with less followers who deserve to be recognized.

Sincerely, Whitney

A Day in the Life of Jennay

A Remark You Made

Baby Mama Juice

Beth Poe Project 365

Life is a Photograph

Naveed Dadan Street Photography

If these nominees choose not to participate, please know that I enjoy your blogs and am inspired by your posts.

It’s an honor…

I do not know the extent of what all of these various blogs’ awards mean, but I do know that when I receive a nomination, I feel so honored.  Recently, I was nominated for the Best Moment Award by 22 Flowers.  Mona has some amazing photographs of the flowers she encounters in nature.

As part of this award, I am to tell you 7 things about myself, and nominate other blogs.  So…

1.  I enjoy the outdoors.  My garage houses bikes, mountain boards, skate boards, scooters, sleds, hiking gear, skis, snow shoes, fly fishing gear, rock climbing pad, slack line, etc.

2.  I enjoy coffee in the mornings and looking at the world through my camera the rest of the day.  I especially enjoy that my 8 year old has recently declared himself a photographer.

3.  I love making my house feel more like a home for my family.  I enjoy adding new elements to our home to have it represent who we are.

4.  I have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar.  Or I should say I have always wanted to play the guitar.  I cannot seem to get myself motivated enough to do the actual learning part.

5.  I adore my chocolate lab.

6.  I listen to music all day long when I am at home by myself.  I especially enjoy the Brett Dennen channel on Pandora.

7.  I always strive to take just one more photo.

Now, to nominate some of the blogs I admire…

These photographers inspire me on a daily basis.




Naveed Dadan Photography


Stefano Scheda

Adrian Pym Photography


Ron Scubadiver’s Wild Life

My Lil’ Old Blog Nominated

I started my blog to give myself an outlet for my never ending thoughts, my photos, my design in making my house a home.  I started my blog to keep my family informed of the happenings around here.  What I have discovered is that there are so many talented people in the blogging world who have inspired me through their words, their photos, their art, etc.  One of these bloggers has an amazing blog called sincerely, Whitney.  She nominated me for two blogger awards, and I am so incredibly honored.

Her words have been playing on a loop in my brain for the past couple of days.

“i nominated you for the very inspiring award and versatile blogger award. im not entirely sure of the depth of these awards but i wanted to pass the love that someone blessed me with on to you because your pictures speak volumes. they are full of love, creativity, passion and your posts are full of depth. you inspire me all of the time keeping it versatile!”

For the awards, I am asked to share 7 things about myself, so here you go…

1..I love looking at the world through my camera lens and capturing the every day.  My dream is to take a picture that describes it as I saw it.

2..I think I have an addiction to sugar because I must consume some type of dessert every day!

3..I love to explore new places with my two favorite guys, my hubs and my sweet little boy N, but I do love HOME.

4..I have a few girl crushes, not sure I should admit, but oh well!  You may have seen these when I was nominated for the Liebster Award.

  • Whitney Cummings or at least the Whitney on her tv sitcom because of her quick wit and humor.
  • Olivia Wilde because she is gorgeous.
  • Anne Hathoway because she always seems so sophisticated and is uber talented.
  • Hoda Kotb because I would just love to sit with her and talk over a cup of coffee.
  • Katharine McPhee because if you watch the show SMASH, you don’t even have to ask.

5..I love Mumford and Sons.  They always put me in the right place.

6..I like to purge.  I do not tolerate clutter because it places cobwebs in my brain.

7..I love searching for new inspiration from other photographers, mothers, women, etc.

Now to share the love and pay it forward to those bloggers who inspire me:

Baby Mama Juice

Please Keep Me Safe

My Meandering Trail

Travel Photography by Dmitrii Lezine

Happily Skipping Thru Life

Photography by CallieC

LeanneCole Photography

I am honored just to be Nominated…

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when my friend, Amy, selected my blog to receive the Liebster Award!  She and her blog, Baby Mama Juice, are the reason I finally got motivated enough to start my own blog.

This award is presented from one blogger to another newbie blogger as a way to acknowledge and recognize their blog.  A little “shout out”, if you will.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:
1.  Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2.  Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, and then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to next.
3.  Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4.  Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5.  No tag backs.

OK.  Post 11 random facts that I don’t mind people knowing about me.  Ready, set, go.

1.  I adore sugar.  I eat dessert every night without fail.

2.  I am a monster when I am hungry.  Most, if not all, of my friends and family will agree.

3.  I can spend hours in front of the computer just perusing the web.

4.  Talking on the telephone is not my thing.  So, if I have not called you in awhile, don’t worry.  I promise, you are not the only one.

5.  I prefer shopping on the internet and having the goods delivered straight to my door.

6.  I am constantly playing with the ends of my hair.  My hairdresser does not like this!

7.  The first thing I do in the mornings is grab a pod from my kitchen drawer and make me a cup of coffee.

8.  I can talk myself into just about anything if I want it bad enough.  On the flip side, I can also talk myself out of something if I don’t really want to do it.

9.  Once I put a winter hat on my head, it does not come off for the entire day.

10.  I like to purge.  I do not like clutter.

11.  I love to take pictures!

Done.  OK.  Now to answer the 11 questions from Amy:

1   When and why did you start your blog?

  • I started my blog on February 19th of this year.  Yes, I am definitely a newbie.

2.  Who are your girl crushes?

  • Whitney Cummings or at least the Whitney on her tv sitcom because of her quick wit and humor.
  • Olivia Wilde because she is gorgeous.
  • Anne Hathoway because she always seems so sophisticated and is uber talented.
  • Hoda Kotb because I would just love to sit with her and talk over a cup of coffee.
  • Katharine McPhee because if you watch the show SMASH, you don’t even have to ask.

3.  What is your biggest pet peeve?

  • Not putting things back where they belong.  What is so hard about that?

4.  If you could have a second home, where would it be?

  • I probably should list some place far away and exotic.  However, since moving farther away from my family, I would like to own a vacation home near them.  We could spend the summer there, and family members could visit as it fit into their schedule.

5.  What is your favorite movie?

  • That is tough, since I don’t see many adult movies any more.  One that comes to mind, however, is Fried Green Tomatoes.

6.  Where is your favorite place to shop?

  • For clothes, Athleta.  For home, West Elm.  For both, Anthropologie

7.  If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?  What would you ask them?

  • I very much enjoy Kelle Hampton’s blog Enjoying the Small Things.  She has a huge heart, a great positive take on life, a sense of humor and takes amazing photos.  I would probably ask her for some photography tips.

8.  Would you rather take a vacation in the mountains or the beach?

  • I am a mountain kind of a girl.

9.  How do you come up with ideas for your blog posts?

  • My brain never shuts off.  It usually is a project that I have completed or something that just entered my life or thoughts for that day.

10.  Do you have a daily beauty routine?  If so, what is it?

  • I try not to have a strict routine.  However, life is life.  I wake up around 6:30, feed N, pack his lunch, get dressed, and walk him to school.  Once I get back home, I eat, peruse the web, write my blog, etc.  Run errands, clean house, walk back to school to get N.  Play with N and his friends until time to cook dinner.  Cook, eat, do homework with N, read with N, get N ready for bed.  Then, crash on the sofa with the hubs to watch T.V.  This is on days when I do not volunteer.

11.  If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

  • Not to care so much about what other people think.  

Done.  Here are my 11 questions for the blogs I am nominating:

1.  What do you want to be when you grow up?

2.  If you could splurge on one thing, what would it be?

3.  What do you do first thing in the morning when your feet hit the floor?

4.  What is a quote that you love and try to live by?

5.  What simply just makes you smile or makes you feel all warm inside?

6.  What is your favorite television show?

7.  Do you have a hobby?  If so, what is it?

8.  What is your drink of choice with dinner?

9.  Yoga, Pilates, Running, Biking?  What is your favorite way to exercise?

10.  What is one thing that you love about yourself and you hope never changes?

11.  What is your favorite blog to read?

Lastly, here are my 11 nominees.  Well, I only have 2 nominees because all of the blogs I follow have thousands of followers.  And I do not have any friends who have started new blogs except the ones listed below and the one who nominated me.

Taking the Shot

Please keep me Safe

Thanks again Amy!  Go check her out at Baby Mama Juice.  Keep up the good work ladies.