Creative Blogger Award!

img_3267I have been nominated for the Creative Blogger Award by two lovely ladies!  Thank you Ashley @ Dear World… and Alina @ Radiant Reads!  I love both of their blogs and if you haven’t visited them yet, you should go do that!

The Rules:

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass these rules on to them

I had kind of a hard time trying to come up with 5 new facts since I’ve had to list some for other blog awards.  But I think I came up with 5 completely new ones!

1.  In addition to having a LARGE book collection, I also have a LARGE movie and TV show collection!  My shelves are literally overflowing.

collection2.  I enjoy vacuuming.  The sound of dirt getting sucked up into the vacuum is very satisfying and I love the way carpet looks right after it has been vacuumed.

3.  I love bright colors!  Green is my favorite but I also love blue, orange, yellow, purple, etc.  When I was a teenager I had what I thought was the coolest room ever in my parent’s basement.  They let me paint it however I wanted and this was what I chose!  Green, blue, and orange, zig zagged all over the walls and the inside of my closet was yellow.  These photos are over 10 years old and my room had changed a lot since then!  I was obsessed with rearranging my furniture and gradually acquiring “better” furniture.

bedroom collage4.  My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese.  Doesn’t matter if it is homemade, Kraft original, deluxe, store brand or white cheddar… I LOVE IT!

5.  One of my top 5 favorite places in the world is Mackinac Island in Michigan.  It’s located in Lake Huron, just off Michigan’s upper peninsula.  Cars or any other type of vehicles are not allowed – with the exception of an ambulance and the locals use snowmobiles in the winter.  You can bike, walk or ride in a horse drawn wagon or carriage.  There is an 8.2 mile bike path around the entire perimeter of the island.  Ethan and I went there on our honeymoon and had the best time!  I can’t wait to go back someday!

MackinacCollageI’m going to nominate the following!

Versatile Blogger Award

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Hello!  I have just been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Lu-Lu’s Rants and Reads and Ashley @ Dear World…!  I love both of their blogs and have a lot in common with both of them.  I am honored that they nominated me! 🙂

For this award, I am meant to thank the person who nominated me, share 7 facts about me, show the award on my blog and nominate 15 other people.

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I have a mega fear of heights!  I was in Paris in 2009 but was too scared to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.  Do I regret it now?  OH, more than you know!
  2. I am terrified of turbulence, no matter how small.  I try to tell myself it’s just like driving down a bumpy road… then I remember I’m a couple thousand feet in the air.
  3. I LOVE Chinese food!  I could definitely eat it for the rest of my life.
  4. My biggest dream in life is to travel to Ireland.  It has been my favorite country for as long as I can remember.  So beautiful!
  5. I have two cats, Nika and Enzo.  They are wild and crazy but have their cuddly moments when they are sooooooo adorable!
  6. My husband and I grew up in the same small town but did not meet until after I graduated college.  He is two years younger than me and we met while working at the same grocery store.
  7. I love love love anything Gone With the Wind.  Book, movie, puzzles, figurines, etc.

I nominate the following blogs because they are so awesome:

The Jolly Blogger Award

jolly-awardI have been nominated for The Jolly Blogger Award by Brin @ Brin’s Book Blog!  I just started this blog in September and so I haven’t heard about a lot of the awards that are out there but I am always super excited when I get nominated for one!  I love Christmas so this one is really great to keep up the Christmas spirit!

The Rules:

  • Answer the twelve questions that have been left for me.
  • Create twelve new questions.
  • Nominate ten lovely bloggers!

Here are the questions:
1. What is on your Christmas Wish list?
I have different lists for each family so I don’t have to worry about duplicates. Some of the things on my lists were Prince Lestat by Anne Rice, The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on bluray, Kenny Chesney: The Big Revival, Tim McGraw: Sundown Heaven, and some EOS lip balm.
2. What would be the perfect Christmas?
My favorite way to spend Christmas is at home with my family, relaxing around the tree, watching Christmas movies, playing games and doing puzzles.

3. What’s your favourite winter make-up look?
I hardly ever wear makeup anymore. When I do it’s usually just some mascara and eyeshadow.

4. Do you believe in Santa?
Not anymore.

5. What is your favourite Christmas food or drink?
My favorites are always the Scandinavian cookies that my grandma would make every Christmas. So good!

6. Will you be travelling for Christmas, if so where?
Tonight I’ll be heading maybe 20 miles away from home to my hubby’s dad’s side of the family. Then tomorrow another 10ish miles away to be with his mom’s side of the family. Then less than a mile to my parent’s house.

7. Would you prefer Christmas with or without snow?
Without! And looks like this year I get my wish! We were supposed to get snow but it’s been so warm that it has only been raining! All the snow we had before has melted! YAY!

8. Do you like eggnog?
Nope, not one bit!

9. What is your favourite winter clothing?
I have a big thing for hoodie sweatshirts and slippers.

10. Do you leave Santa cookies, if so who eats them?
No way! We can’t ever leave food out at our house or our cats would eat them all and weigh 20 lbs.

11. What was the best gift you ever received?
Probably Christmas 2008! The biggest part of my present was my month long trip to Italy and France for a college class and so many of my other presents were new items for the trip.

12. What is your favourite Christmas memory?
Some of my favorite Christmas memories are being out at my grandparents’ house in the Black Hills. They live in a gorgeous log cabin that my grandpa and other family members built from the ground up. It’s really beautiful out there during the holidays and it’s so fun getting together with all of my cousins, aunts and uncles.


The blogs I would like to nominate are:

Diaries of a Bookworm

A Kernal of Nonsense

It’s All About Books

Born and Read

Rather than create a new list of questions, I will just have you complete the same list I did!  You don’t have to participate if you don’t want to!  Just a fun little Christmasy award.

Merry Christmas to all!

Liebster Award Nomination

Wow, I am feeling loved this week!  Another award nomination!  Thank you to Lu-Lu’s Rants and Reads for the Liebster Award Nomination.  I have never heard of this award, or even the last one I was nominated for, but hey, I’ll take it!

UPDATE: I have also just been nominated for this award by KayCee K @ Wonder Struck!  Thank you so much!  I have added the answers to her 11 questions to the bottom of this post!

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Here are the rules:

  1. Link and thank the blogger that nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
  3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
  4. Ask the 11 nominated bloggers 11 questions and tell them you’ve nominated them

Here are the questions that Lu-Lu asked me to answer for my nomination:

1. Do you have a favorite reading spot? If so, where at and why?

When I’m at home, my favorite spot to read is my recliner that is in our office room.  It is right next to the window so I get all of the natural light and when it’s nice out, a good breeze.  I also love to read outside whether it be on our deck or at a park somewhere.

2. If you had a chance to meet an author right now, who would it be?

Hmm this is a tough one because most of my favorite authors are deceased.  I think I will have to choose Amy A. Bartol, author of the Premonition series, which I love.

3. Which book is the most worn out on your bookshelf?

From reading, Pride and Prejudice is the most worn.  My paperback copy of The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan because of the size and number of pages.  There are pages falling out.

4. Hardback or paperback?

Both.  I like hardback because they last longer than paperbacks.  Especially in the case of longer books.  In my experience, the binding doesn’t break as easily for really long books, like in the above answer about my paperback copy of The Eye of the World.  My hardcover copy is in perfect condition.

5. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past month?

Without a doubt that “honor” goes to Go Ask Alice by Anonymous.  This book was so completely uninteresting and a little inconceivable.

6. If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would it be?

I would have to say Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series.  I just feel like we have similar personalities, although I am much more laid back.

7. About how many books do you currently own? How many have you actually read?

My collection is up close around 500 I think.  I’ve probably read about 3/4 of them.  Some of the are children’s books that I grew up reading.

8. If you could be any character, who would it be? (I know, this is a repeat but this is a good question!)

I would definitely want to be Elizabeth Bennet.  She has such a free spirit for that time and knows her own mind.  Plus she gets to marry Mr. Darcy… can’t go wrong there!

9. What genre do you read the most?

Probably fantasy or romance.

10. What’s your favorite part of going to a bookstore?

I have two favorite parts of going into a bookstore.  First is the smell of the books, especially if it’s a used bookstore.  Second is finding that one book that I have been looking for all over the place and finally finding it!

11. What are you currently reading?

I just finished reading The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory and have just started Ruth’s Journey by Donald McCaig.

And now here are my questions for my nominees:

1.  Is there a book that you refuse to read?

2.  What is the last book that you attempted to read but never finished?

3.  If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose? (examples: Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Panem, Narnia, Westeros, etc.)

4.  How many books did you read last year?  Feel free to guess if you don’t know exactly.

5.  What are your top three favorite genres?

6.  Hard copies or ebooks?

7.  What is a book you would love to see on the big screen?

8.  What is a book you want to read solely based on what the cover looks like?

9.  If you could change the ending of any book, what would you change and why?

10.  Who is your favorite author and why?

11.  What are you currently reading?

And now for my nominee… yes, I just have the one.  All of the other book blogs that I follow have either been nominated already or have more than 200 followers.

Forbidden Books Club

KayCee’s Questions:
If you could live in any book for a week, what book would it be? and why?

I would definitely want to live at Hogwarts for a week!  Who wouldn’t want to attend a school for witchcraft and wizardry?!?!?!

Your blogging goal of the year?

I have two blogging goals for the year.  I would like to try and get 150 followers by the end of the year.  And I would also like to post a review for every single book I read.


A book you think would make a good movie?

Hmm I think I would definitely have to go with Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  If it’s done right, I think it could make for a very interesting movie!


Do have a favorite bookmaker?

I love the look of Signet and Penguin classics but other than that I don’t really have a favorite.


Your ‘guilty pleasure’ book?

People will probably think I’m crazy for both answers on this one but I would have to say Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight are my guilty pleasure books.  I know, I know… I just can’t help myself.


If you could have any mystical or magical artifact what would it be?

Oh boy… that is a good question!  I love it!  I’d love to have Hagrid’s motorcycle!  What could be better than flying around on a motorcycle unseen!


Your go to blog/website for book reviews?

I love scrolling through reviews on Goodreads.  Otherwise I just like reading the reviews posted by the blogs that I follow.


What book do you think will be your favorite read this year?

Tough question!  Right now I would have to say A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson but that could change by the end of the year.


What is your must play song right now?

I have been obsessed with listening to the soundtrack for History Channel’s show, The Vikings (great show btw!) so I will go with the theme song: If I Had A Heart by Fever Ray.


What’s your must see movie of 2015?

Without a doubt, Insurgent!  I can’t wait to dive back into the world of Divergent.  I need to reread the book first though.

Favorite social site?

I love love love Goodreads if that is considered a social site.  I just love seeing what other people are reading and getting ideas for my TBR list and talking about awesome (or not so awesome) books!

One Lovely Blog Award

Big thank you to Lu-Lu’s Rants & Reads for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award!  I’ve never been nominated for anything before so this is awesome!  Especially since this blog is so new too!

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The rules for this nomination are:

– Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
– List the rules and display the award.
– Tell us 7 facts about yourself.
– Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

Alright, here are 7 facts about me!

1.  I am obsessed with everything and anything Gone With The Wind.  Books, movies, memorabilia, etc.  Can’t get enough of it.

2.  I have two cats that are hilarious, stupid and frustrating all at the same time but I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.

3.  Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love the leaves and the crisp air.  If I could live in a climate that was fall weather all the time, I would.

4.  Probably the only girly thing about me is that I love nail polish!  I have so many colors and color variants it’s nuts.

5.  I am obsessed with house hunting and watching similar types of shows on HGTV and Discovery channel.  I love seeing all kinds of options that I’ll hopefully have someday in the near future since I’m not a big fan of the house I currently own.

6.  I’ve lived in the same town since I was 10, so about 18 years coming up this winter.  My parents live less than a mile away and my husband’s mother lives about a mile away.  He also grew up in this town.

7.  My biggest dream would be to travel to Ireland one day.  I’ve been in love with Ireland for as long as I can remember and want more than anything to go there.

And here are my nominations!

Colorado Avocado

It’s All About Books

born and read

Words Read and Written

Barda Book Talk

Great Books of the Western World

Thanks again for the nomination!  It means a lot!