Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My First Blog Award Ever

You'll never believe it, I received my first blog award yesterday! It was so graciously bestowed upon me by the lovely Sarah at Nature's Nurture. I feel very honored because her blog is way bigger than mine. She's famous on Pinterest. She has over 65,000 pins for her amazing homemade cooking spray. Maybe you already have that pin! I've had it pinned to my Pinterest board for awhile now. Anyway, I feel a connection to her and her very cool website. We both love homemade stuff.

As part of this prestigious award, I'm supposed to share seven interesting things about myself. I don't know how interesting they are, but here goes . . .

  1. I taught first grade for five years before I had kids. I sure loved it but let me tell you, that was one tough job! The amount of energy it took to keep almost 30 first graders listening, learning, and under control was insane! There was never a dull moment. Let's just say I really, Really, REALLY, admire teachers and all they do for our kids.
  2. My husband and I lived in the dorms with smelly 18 year old boys for a year. I was a hall adviser while my husband was finishing up his PhD. I oversaw three RAs and three buildings of college freshman. Definitely a fun, but crazy experience. My husband and I ate dinner every night in the dorm cafeteria. Let's just say we gained the freshman 15 along with the rest of the freshman.
  3. I LOVE to organize. It makes me so happy! I'm obsessed with containers and bags and anything that makes my life neater and easier. I could easily spend hours in The Container Store.
  4. My first car was a mini-van. I bought it from my parents. I had it from age 20 to 26, before I had kids. When it finally died, we bought a regular car and then had kids. Sounds backwards, huh?
  5. I LOVE curry and coconut. You put them together, add some chocolate, and you've got my favorite chocolate bar, straight from heaven. It's called the Vosges Naga Bar. It's pricey, but worth every penny (said while licking chocolate off my lips).
  6. Once I start cleaning, it's hard for me to stop. Maybe that's why I procrastinate cleaning as long as possible!
  7. I was the nerdiest-looking kid! This is me in eleventh grade after spending a good amount of time trying to look perfect for my school picture.

Now I get to choose seven other blogs to present this Kreativ Blogger award to. Here are some of my favorite blogs, in no particular order.

  1. eat sleep cuddle. Whitney creates the most amazing, yet simple vegetable dishes and takes beautiful photographs of them. She has a really cool vintage-esque style. She shops at thrift stores and somehow pulls together the cutest outfits.
  2. epiBloguer Cam and I share a love of books. She writes the most detailed, well-written book reviews. Head on over and she'll help you find a good book to read.
  3. Mel's Kitchen Cafe I use Melanie's delicious recipes all the time. Here's one of my favs, Oatmeal Pancake Mix. I keep it in the fridge and pull it out on mornings when I need something quick. I can't believe she just had her fifth kid!
  4. Our Journey to Self Reliance DeAnn and Carla's blog title says it all. They've got a lot of great ideas like making your own re-usable baggies. One re-usable bag at the store can cost $5-10, so I'm excited to make my own.
  5. Petit Elefant I love the name of this family lifestyle blog. Allison has a lot of great "how to" posts and I love reading about her travels. I can't wait to try her homemade pumpkin mask.
  6. Sunny Side Up I thought I was organized but Erin has taken it to a whole other level. She's got tons of great organizing ideas like the How to Get Out the Door list.
  7. olds ninety-eight Cathy cracks me up and has lots of fun activity ideas for kids. I especially love this marshmallow toothpick sculpture activity. And I'm going to attempt this book countdown at Christmas time.

Here are the rules for those nominated by me:

1. Copy the Kreativ Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
3. List 7 things about you that people might find interesting.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Kreativ Blogger Award.
5. Leave a comment on the blogs you nominate to let them know about the award.

Thanks again, Sarah! You made my week.


  1. Yay! I'm very happy to have met you just in time to pass on this award to you, because you really deserve it :)

    1. First grade eh? I can only imagine how tiring that was! The youngest I taught was 2nd grade and that was a handful and a half! My mom teaches KG and I have no idea how she does it year after year. God bless our teachers...such an under-appreciated profession.

    3. Ahhh! I love to organize too! I save and repurpose so many boxes, containers, bags, etc. I think it's definitely a tell-tale sign of some underlying OCD issues or something LOL; but I don't care, I totally embrace it :)

    5. I love curry and coconut too - and chocolate! But all 3 together? Never would've ever imagined such a thing. But I must say, you've piqued my interest!

    6. Eeesh, I'm a procrastinator too, but with EVERYTHING! But in the end, it seems I churn out my best work while under pressure, so it's a vicious cycle really; I can't stop procrastinating b/c the work quality is consistently good, so if it ain't broke, I just don't fix it LOL. And I get my cleaning kicks at the most odd hours of the night, so it's completely normal to find me scrubbing down the bathroom at like 2am - always been like that, even before I had my son.

    7. You are one brave lady for sharing your high school pic! I could never do that LOL. But looks like we could've been friends even back then ;)

    Well this was neat. I'm glad I got to learn a little more about you :) Now I'm off to check out those awesome blogs you've linked...

  2. Thanks, Kendra! As I remember, you were an awesome teacher! And what a cute little teenager you were. :o)

  3. thank you so much, kendra!! i feel honored! looking forward to checking out those other blogs you mentioned :)

  4. Kendra - where have I been? I didn't even know you had this wonderful website (sorry if you told me before and I spaced it). I've recently gotten into essential oils and absolutely love them and have been toying around with making my own cleaners (I've used homemade laundry detergent for a while now). I can't wait to look around and get some great ideas from you. Thanks!

  5. Hey Kendra! Thanks for the award! That was really nice of you. =) I've got to try out some of your homemade cleaners!

  6. Hi Kendra! Thank you so much for including me in your list! So sweet of you. LOVE your blog! And of course you know I LOVE that you love to organize. K - that was a lot of the word love. :) So fun to get to know you better in this post.

    Thanks again!!

  7. p.s I taught first grade for a year before teaching 4th and 5th and swore I would NEVER go back to 1st grade! You are right - sheer exhaustion. I can't imagine anything more tiring. Well - other than being a mom. We've clearly been in the wrong profession -- twice! ;)

  8. Congrats Kendra, also I loved reading the big seven I learned a lot. I hope this keeps you inspired with homemade project because I love it!

  9. Congratulations on your blog award! You deserve it! Your blog is so attractive and interesting.

  10. Thanks for passing the blog award on to us that was super sweet of you! We also put a link on our sidebar to your blog. Sorry it took so long to get back to you...life is really busy - preaching to choir I am sure ;) It was fun to read more about you. Your pic totally looks like my best friend when she was in middle school, crazy! Well have a good one!


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