I have been working on this post every night for the past week! That is so not like me. I can usually crank out a post in one night, MAYBE two. This has been a real challenge for me, but a welcome one.
Almost two weeks ago, Larice of the blog, Feeding Your Beauty, nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! I never expect this kind of thing to happen since I don’t consider myself a prominent member of the blogging community. I just do what I do and hope someone out there likes it. So really thank you, Larice, for taking notice!
I haven’t followed Larice for long, but from that short time I have gathered that she is a super sweet, caring person. She’s a mom to a beautiful little girl so we have that in common. She’s also a compassionate individual and she loves to share the knowledge she gained from the two degree she boasts- a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Bachelor’s in Therapeutic Recreation! She’s a smart cookie! Speaking of cookies, her blog is full of deliciously healthy recipes and mouth-watering photos. I can’t wait to give her Pumpkin Spice Empanadas with Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Filling a try. Does that not sound like perfection?! She puts me to shame, really. Another aspect of her blog that I love is her DIY beauty recipes. You’ve got to check her blog out for yourself!
So for being nominated for this award there are some things I must do. Below are the guidelines/rules for The One Lovely Blog Award.
1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you (mention your nominator in your own award post with a link back to their original award post, which would be this one).
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs (usually on their about page or contact directly if necessary) to let them know.
First things first, time for me to dig a little deeper and share 7 things about myself that I’m sure you don’t know.
1. I’m not much of a music person. Actually, I prefer silence. Music always seems to cloud my thoughts. So especially when I am stressed out and have a lot on my mind I can’t have music on or it will just make matters worse and raise my anxiety level. When I do want to listen to music it’s usually classical, jazz, swing, or maybe even some golden oldies. I can appreciate all types of music, but those are my favorite. My favorite composer is Camille Saint-Saens. Aquarium is the best! My favorite way to listen to music is on vinyl. My favorite records I have are of Gershwin, Tony Bennett, and Nat King Cole. I have quite a few records of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, too. I inherited a great vinyl collection from my grandfather.
2. I have three tattoos and my belly button is pierced. Most people find that surprising for some reason. I suppose it’s because I’ve tucked away my freak flag in a safe place years ago. I’m not the young, crazy and wild girl I once was. My husband is the only person that knows my true self and that’s the way I like it. All my tattoos are hidden under my clothes so no one would know unless they saw me in a swimsuit or less, which would never happen. This picture is from when I was 18 and getting my first tattoo. If I had the money to waste on non-important things I would have a lot more tattoos.
3. I was kind of a redneck back in Texas. I used to drive around town in a very large ’87 Chevy. Before that, I drove the big ’83 Bronco my brother passed down to me when he joined the military. I still miss my truck. I had to leave it behind when I moved to Colorado because it wouldn’t fit on the trailer since the tires were too big and I don’t think it would’ve survived the long drive. Once I settled in here I bought a dinky little joke of a car. It felt like I was driving a clown car compared to what I was used to. That one didn’t last long so I’ve been without wheels for almost two years now.
4. I’m not very good at expressing my emotions in person. Unless we are very very close, which there are only three (soon-to-be four) people in my life that fit that bill. That’s why I prefer writing. I’m much more myself on paper or behind this screen. Along the same lines, I hate letting people see me cry. I don’t even want my husband to see me cry. I want to remain a strong, composed person to everyone I know. Not some vulnerable mess.
5. I love books. I have a decent-sized eclectic collection ranging from educational to romance. I have a Nook that was gift, but I don’t use it all that much. I love holding a physical book. My favorite genre would probably be biographies, mostly the celebrity sort. I’ve read a lot of self-help books, too. I’m really not into suspense or mystery novels. After telling you all this I have a confession to make. I don’t really like reading. I hardly ever read, in fact. I don’t read because I would rather spend what little time I have working on various projects and also because it takes me forever to finish a book. I am SO MANY unfinished books on my shelves that haven’t been touched in years. It’s rare I find a book that holds my attention well enough for me to finish it.
6. I used to write poetry. I wrote for fun through middle and high school. Once I got to college I decided to enter some poems into a few contests. I actually got three of my poems published into two different books and an honorable mention award for one of them. That meant I had to go to the award ceremony and read my poems out loud to an audience. I have the most horrible stage fright so it wasn’t easy for me, but I did it!
7. Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test? I was curious about it 4 years ago when I was still in college. My result was INFJ. After learning what that meant there’s no question about it, it describes me perfectly. In case you don’t know what that means it stands for Introversion Intuition Feeling and Judging. In more depth, it means I keep to myself, my head is always in the future, I make decisions based primarily on my feelings, and everything that happens around me must be planned and organized. Yup, that’s me in a nutshell! Maybe I should have started with that…
That was more difficult than I thought it would be. Time to shift the focus off of me! I wish I had the time to really get to know each of these individuals. Truth is, I hardly read any of the blogs I follow. I know with a second baby coming soon that probably won’t change. Still, I enjoy the glimpse I do get from each of these lovely bloggers. Here are my 15 nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award…
1. BlissfulBritt – Brittany seems to have an infectious positive attitude. She’s the kind of person I would love to hang out with while she’s sipping her coffee and eating some form of chocolate. Her blog is as random as one can get. That’s not a bad thing though since everything she posts is lovely and 100% shines with her bright personality.
2. Live Blissful – This blog is written by a sweet lady that’s somewhat new to the vegan world. Yet she shares some wonderful recipes with beautiful photos. She just had her first baby last month, too! As a fellow mom I’m really digging the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies recipe she recently posted.
3. Vegan Flavorista – Melanie cooks delicious vegan food for other people as a personal chef! Need I say more? Okay, I will. She’s a professionally trained chef and was taught by T. Colin Campbell. All of her recipes are wholesome, nutritious, and full of flavor.
4. More Than Greens – This blogger is writing to you from London. Not only does she post recipes, but great reviews of books, products, and restaurants.
5. My Non-Toxic Life – Welcome Lauren to the veg side of life! She’s decided to make the transition 2 months ago and is sharing everything she’s learning along the way. She’s passionate about living as healthy as possible, in all aspects of life. Mind, body, and soul. She also posts recipes like Vegan Broccoli and “Cheese”. Who doesn’t love an easy vegan cheese sauce? I also love her tips on getting rid of things in your life that could be causing you harm like deodorant.
6. Lindsay Is Vegan – One word that comes to mind when scrolling through Lindsay’s recipes would be rustic. Honestly, she cooks the kind of food that I find so comforting. I wish I could go to her house for dinner from time to time. Take for example, her most recent post, Pesto Fiddleheads with Pesto Kale Salad and Cashews. I’ve never had fiddleheads and she makes me want them so bad!
7. Running on Vegan – I found Alison’s blog when she moved to my neck of the woods in Colorado. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her in person though. She is very involved in the vegan community and is outspoken when it comes to animal rights. She posts recipes and other things going on in her life, including the fitness aspect.
8. Veg Sole Sisters – This blog is written by two beautiful ladies. They’re big on fitness, food, and compassion. A lot of the recipes they post are raw. They recently posted a Bath Bomb recipe that I’m pretty sure I will be putting on my “DIY Christmas gift” list this year.
9. lots of nice things – Helen is a pretty rockin’ lady. This award nomination is nothing compared to what she has already received. She does just about everything I wish I was doing- freelance journalist, vegan chef and teacher, works with businesses to develop affordable vegan options, and she has a small vegan catering business. You could say I’m envious. Obviously, her recipes and the photos are amazing.
10. The Vegan Muffin Woman – Lauren is probably the most similar to me when it comes to blogging. Although, she bakes way more than I do. She’s a writer so her recipe posts often contain more about her thoughts on that given day and doesn’t always relate to the recipe. That’s fine by me! I do the same thing, a lot. Being the Vegan Muffin Woman you better believe her muffins are divine. I want a plate of her Cherry Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins right now! She has other baked good recipes besides muffins so have a gander.
11. Gluten-Free Vegan Me – Janie has been blogging a lot longer than me. She has SO MANY great recipes to choose from. All of her recipes are on the simpler side and don’t require a lot of ingredients. Doesn’t that sound fantastic? We love pasta around here and I’m always trying to find new sauces to try. I can’t wait to make her Guilt-Free Alfredo Sauce.
12. Live. Learn. Love. Eat. – Tiffany is an inspiration to me. She’s a SAHM and homeschools her three amazing girls. That sounds like my future! I love reading whatever she decides to share about their life. She even quotes “Alice in Wonderland” and Jason Mraz. This woman IS me, only a better version. Everything I want to be when I grow up. Besides all that, she has recipes too! Of course, all the foods we love around here. Sit down when you have some time and scroll through all her delicious recipes.
13. Vegan Rescue – I literally just started following Jessica, only because she found me first. She is new to the blogging scene. Jessica is a wife and a mother of two who loves to share her recipes. Her husband, who is also a blogger, was the one that started her on the path to veganism. I’m looking forward to reading more from her and trying her recipes.
14. Meaty Vegan – Eric specializes in satire. If you don’t like sarcasm or can’t take a joke, you probably shouldn’t read anything from him. The first thing I ever read from him made me feel like a gullible idiot and then it made me laugh. I was hooked and I knew from then on not to take him so seriously. He’s a really sweet guy though, and he just became a daddy for the second time! He posts reviews, interviews, and even some recipes of his own. He’s another gluten-free vegan so all of his recipes reflect that. He’s made himself pretty well-known, especially after launching his vegan consulting/marketing/design business, ThankTank Creative.
15. Another Hungry Vegan – Hey, I actually have met this blogger in person! Shannon is a new friend that I met through a vegan potluck I attended. I am amazed by all that she does. She’s just finishing her last semester of college and has a bright future ahead of her. She posts detailed reviews of products on her blog, as well as some amazing recipes. She focuses a lot on convenient transition foods, but has plenty of über healthy things to choose from, too. She is crazy for smoothies! Definitely keep an eye on this one.
That should do it. I hope you consider looking into some of these blogs and adding them to your reader. If not, at least you learned a few things about me. I wish you all a happy Mother’s Day weekend. Treat your mothers right! I will try to enjoy mine as much as possible despite little tummy’s surgery being on Monday.