Do you know about the Liebster Award? I didn’t know what it was either until I started blogging! It is an honor given by bloggers to other bloggers as a way to promote and recognize their new sites. It’s for blogs that have been around less than 2 years and have less than 1000 followers, and the hope is to connect with others in the blogging community.
Which by the way, the blogging community is awesome. I have made so many great connections with some awesome women and mothers in just the few short months since I’ve started this little adventure. And I’d love to thank Leila of My Little Keepers for nominating me and The Preserves Project!
Rules for the Liebster Award
- Thank the blog that nominated you on a post in your blog.
- Answer the questions asked by the blog that nominated you.
- Nominate 5-11 other new bloggers.
- Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
- Notify all nominees via social media.
Questions from Leila
Q. How many kids do you have and how many more do you want?
I am mom to 3 amazing kids: Marcus – 9, Maren – 7, and Mason – 2. My husband and I chose the names Marcus and Maren when we found out we were having our first baby, and we chose to keep the gender a surprise all 3 times (there is NOTHING like that moment when the doctor announces “It’s a —-!”) And since we had one of each to start, we just kept it simple and used those names, simply because we loved and agreed on them both. Then a few years later, after I finally convinced Adam that we should have one more baby, lol, everyone said you have to go with one more “M” name! So that’s how we ended up with our Mason…and he makes our family complete!
Q. Who inspires you?
I’m going to have to go with my mom. She is strong and smart and generous and fun. She means the world to my kids and my husband and I are so grateful for her daily support…we’d be a mess without her help! And she is the one who taught me the importance of cooking for my family. Not only is it healthier than eating out all the time, but I just love having my family help me prepare meals and gather around the dinner table to eat and laugh. Memories are made in the kitchen!
Q. What motivates you to blog?
I have read and loved blogs ever since I had Maren. That’s when I stopped working outside the home and reading blogs became a fun hobby of mine. So many that I read back then have since become “famous” like Young House Love & the Pioneer Woman…and some don’t even blog anymore…I LOVED twin sisters Darby and Erica of Fly Through Our Window and Urban Grace Interiors. Anyway, over the years I toyed with the idea and when I recently opened my Etsy shop, Preserves Designs, I finally decided to go for it and start a blog to go along with the shop. And I love it! Being a graphic designer helps with the technical aspects and I love to cook, so this site is just a happy little place for me!
Q. How do you spend your free time?
What is free time, lol!? With three kids, a part-time graphic design job and now a blog, there’s not a lot of time for much else. But my husband and I love to make popcorn and catch up on our favorite shows a few nights a week. And we all love sports. We’re always outside in the summer, swimming & boating.
Q. What is your favorite season and why?
Being from Connecticut where we have 4 distinct seasons, I have reasons to love them all. But Fall has been always been my favorite…I love football, sweater weather, and all things apple and pumpkin!
Q. Name a product you heard was good, but didn’t like?
I’m always getting recommendations for mascara because I have the shortest, sparsest lashes…but I can never find one that I absolutely love!
Q. How do you handle a stressful day?
I try to get out for a walk or a run, and then I always end a stressful day with a glass of wine (or two.)
Q. What is your favorite quote?
Sadly I lost my dad a few years ago, and his favorite quote became all that more meaningful to me: “The days are long, but the years are short.”
Q. What makes you smile when you’re having a bad day?
Snuggles with the kids, or chatting with my girlfriend…but no one can make me laugh the way my husband does.
Q. Do you make and keep New Year’s resolutions?
I always make them and I never keep them.
Q. What is the first thing on your wish list?
Currently it’s growing my blog! I really do wish and hope that I can build a community of people who love to visit this site to share recipes and stories about kids and parenting. It’s been a fun start and who knows where it will lead?!
Meghan at Two Came True
Andrea at Show Love Loud
Deanndra at Sunshine. Daisies. Messy Babies.
April at April Brooks Blog
Tineke at Working Mommy Abroad
Questions for My Nominees
- Who makes up your family?
- What motivated you to start your blog?
- What advice would you give another new blogger?
- Do you have any blog crushes?
- What’s something that your readers don’t know about you yet?
- Favorite dish to make or bake?
- What’s your favorite thing to eat?
- Coffee or tea?
- Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
- Fiction or Non-fiction?
- What’s the last thing you went shopping for?
Thanks for playing along!