Get To Know Me Tag

This is so incredibly wonderful, thank you Kranti from Sparkkling Thoughts for this tag. If you haven’t read her tag, you definitely should – and while you’re there, check out her blog. Thank you so much again Kranti, I enjoyed reading through your tag!

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Rules:

  1. Thank the Person Who Nominated You
  2. Provide a Link to their Website
  3. Answer the “Get To Know Me” Questions
  4. Nominate 10-15 Bloggers.
  5. Pass on the Same 10 Questions ( With an additional of 2 of yours, if you wish )

The Questions:

1 What does your name mean?

Ana M – I was named after Mary’s mother, Ana, which means full of grace.

2. Are you scared of heights?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes! I am definitely scared of heights. I mean take me up a couple flights of stairs and I won’t look down. No, thank you!

3. What is your best physical feature?

My best physical feature, seeing how my body has changed after having allmy babies who would have thought?! I wouldn’t say any physical features. I’d say my sense of humor, I love to laugh and love a good joke – anyone has a good mommy joke?

4. What is your favorite Music Genre?

I love anything from classical to opera to Spanish – seems I’m all over the place.

5. Are you a good cook?

Yes, I am! I also know how to follow a recipe, just perfected the Spanish Flan – you could say it’s similar to the custard – just better! Just kidding not really!

6. What is your favorite Ice-cream flavor?

Vanilla with the “Smucker’s Magic Shell” in Chocolate Fudge – and I’m not even a much a chocolate fan, but this is good. If you haven’t tried the magic shell for ice cream, you absolutely must! You can’t place it in the refrigerator for storing, you pour it on top of your ice cream and it freezes into a hard shell in seconds! It’s delicious and the kids are obsessed. You can find it in your local super market, where you would find the toppings for ice cream, say ice cream cones. You’re welcome!

8. What is your favorite festival?

Festival, I’ve been to one when I was young, it was the Jingle Ball and I was there to see Hanson – don’t judge! However, I love concerts, although in today’s world, don’t know if I’d risk my life that way. So sad. I’ve been to many concerts, I’ve seen Mariah Carey and Spanish artists like Marc Anthony (Jennifer Lopez’ baby daddy), Alejandro Fernandez, Aventura. I’ve also seen my share of plays/musicals like Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha) to Les Misérables and Fiddler on The Roof.

7. Do you have any allergies?

Ugh! Don’t remind me, I’m allergic to almost everything under the sun – from carpet, to dust, to pollen, to everything!

9. Which of your parents do you look like?

Mom but have my facial features, my eyes are like my dads – he has Korean background.

10. Who is your favorite Musician?

I’m so behind on my music, I feel like I haven’t heard music in ages! My oldest will take over the radio and she’s currently into Kelly Clarkson – she’s so good though, love her – amazing voice. And then when I’m home, I’m listening to Peppa Pig, Elmo and Minecraft! Haha, how mommy hood brings to you to the kids hood.

My Nominees:

Four Jordans

My Li’l Place

Simply Chronically Ill

Dorky Mom Doodles

Wonky Brain Blog

All In A Dads Work

Ms Graceful Not

Magic In The Everyday

A Life Less Ordinary With Saurabhavna

To my nominees, I absolutely love your writing, your posts and can not wait to read your answers!

Have a great Saturday!

A-

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The Liebster Award – 3

The Liebster Award

I want to thank The Pink Herald’s Blog for this nomination! It’s always such a great feeling knowing you are doing something remotely right that you’ve touched a fellow blogger enough to think of you. Thank you Lynn! If I can describe her for you in one word it would be, survivor! She’s a survivor! Get to know her, her blog, her story and how she created her blog in memory of her sister Kathi.

What The Award Is:

The Liebster is an award that is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you

Answer the questions about yourself provided by your nominator

Nominate 5-11 fellow bloggers with fewer than 1000 followers who you think deserve the award

Create a new list of questions for your nominees

List the rules in your post

Let your nominees know of your nomination personally

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Questions:

1. Who would you most like to meet (dead or alive) and why?

I would have loved to have met my paternal grandfather – he was Korean. My grandparents divorced and I only got a chance to meet my paternal grandmother that has been deceased for a few years. I saw her a few times on trips to Nicaragua. She was such a strong lady, so creative, so loving. As I grew up, either I was teased at school or was nicknamed for my Asian facial features, specifically my eyes. As time went by and now as an adult, we finally were told about my paternal grandfathers side of the family. It was such an amazing feeling knowing that even if only to have his Korean features – I’m happy to know something of him lives in me. My children also have my facial features and it just reminds me of how far our blood line goes – incredible!

2. Who is your favorite author?

One of a few, the author Lauren Weisberger that has written titles like The Devil Wears Prada – great by the way! I’ve been recently itching to read When Life Gives You Lululemons – have to get that!

3. What is one thing you would like to accomplish in your lifetime?

In my lifetime, to know that I’ve done a good job raising the children God has sent to me. I try to raise them to best of my abilities and pray that I can continue to lead them on the path to knowing the Lord as their one and only true Father. As my life will not last forever, but the love of Christ will live in their hearts forever.

4. What is your biggest regret?

Regret, I try not to look back at my life with regret. However, there are a few events, heartbreaks, friendships that I would have liked to have gone differently, maybe have been more honest. I would have wanted myself to have been stronger and able to have been willing to speak on what was in my heart, things have remained left unsaid – on my behalf. Isn’t that unfortunate, when you didn’t speak on something and would have liked to?! Ugh!

5. What is one thing you could start doing to make a difference in someone’s life?

Aside from living with chronic pain and spending most of my days on edge due to the pain. I try not to be snappy or disrespectful to people. I try but if you come to me with some nonsense about life’s hardships, to me – I apologize in advance for my lack of interest. It’s hard to want to make a difference in someones else’s life when I’m barely making a difference in my own. I do want to make a difference through this outlet – my blog. And outside of this outlet, I try to be a good ear to whomever needs one, be a good listener – not always a talker. Again, living with chronic pain on a daily basis can get in the way of trying to be a ‘good’ friend by societies standards, but I try my best. If I think of you, I try to reach out and take advantage of that moment and send a text or anything to let you know, I’m thinking of you. I can definitely start wanting to build stronger, better friendships.

My Nominees:

Four Jordans

Cole Campfire Blog

Parks & Recreation

Sparkkling Thoughts

Journie 2 Woman

My Questions:

(I’m going to borrow one here from Lynn, thank you Lynn!)

  1. Who is your favorite author?
  2. If you could recommend this busy mama a book that you think is worth the read, which would it be?
  3. When was the last time you did something for yourself?
  4. If you could only choose one, what would be the one quality you look for in a friend?
  5. How would you like to be remembered?

Thank you blogger friends for participating, I think your blogs are amazing! I can’t wait to read your answers!

Have a wonderful day!

A-

Sunshine Blogger Award – 2

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Hey everyone, how exciting to know I got nominated by the very talented blogger over at All Things Alexyss, she’s a makeup artist, writes about makeup, fashion and lifestyle – stop by her blog and say hello! Thank you Alexyss for the nomination, I appreciate it!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in the post and link to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions asked of you
  • List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post
  • Write a new list of 11 questions for your nominees
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award

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Questions from All Things Alexyss:

1. How did you first get into blogging?

I got into blogging, I believe in February of this year. After years of contemplating as to whether or not to do it, having a passion for writing but not believing I can do blogging, I finally gave it a go! And here we are. My main focus is to spread awareness for Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia it’s a rare congenital neurological disorder – phew! That’s a mouth full, yes, it’s definitely a fun task to have to explain this to people.

2. What motivates and inspires you to write?

As my therapist put it oh so nicely, it’s free therapy! Yes, I agree. I get to write about things from my family to things that interest me. If I don’t write about Chiari, it’s because I find myself in denial at times not wanting to face the music, not wanting to accept things, however when I do, it’s a release. Chiari can be like the ‘ole ball and chain, just following me, slowing me down and trying to get me to the lowest of the lows.

3. What is your favorite season/weather and why?

Summer. Although it’s technically Hurricane Season in Florida, Summer is when the kids are home from school, they can spend more time with the little ones without the rush of homework and other things that get in the way during regular school days.

4. If you had the opportunity to travel anywhere and stay where would you go?

How relaxing does Fiji sound?! To lay by the clear blue waters, having some coconut water, enjoying the nice view, the breeze and stay on those over-water bungalows, yes please!

5. If you could start over in life would you change anything?

I wouldn’t choose to start my life over. I know the ending of some events in my life brought me great sadness, like the end of relationships or initial diagnosis of my illness. But all that is inevitable. Things happen where either you learn from them, you learn through time to accept them, you keep them in your heart, but never allow them to hold you back from anything. From moving forward. My diagnosis was bound to come into my life sooner or later, and I think it’s best to always know, go to your doctor and know what’s wrong. So that then you can take the necessary steps to get you on the right track.

6. What is the one makeup product you cannot live without?

My OLAY Moisturizer  have used it for years and haven’t nor would I trade it for any other.

7. What is your #1 passion in life? Why?

I think it’s more like my mission in life. And that is to raise good people, good citizens and followers of Jesus. The Lord has granted me the blessing and privileged to care for the children that He’s sent to me. I struggle daily, I do something that shows the impatient mother in me, but He always has enough mercy for me to give me another day to make things right.

8. What are the three things you would bring with you on a desert island?

OK, this list is way too short, can we group my tribe aka family in one?! Thank you! 1. Familia 2. my phone because Lord knows if the tribe will be bored and 3. food because there’s always someone hungry around these parks, always!

9. If you were going to college right now what would you major in?

Criminal Justice. I’ve loved law since I first started to work in a law firm at about 16 years old and my heart just fell in love with it. I’m an artist by trait, but love law.

10. Favorite quote?

I love many but if I can apply one for today, it would be …

‘If life changes to be harder, change yourself to be stronger’

So, incredibly true, we can’t change life, the things, the breakups, the heartaches, the diagnosis that have been dealt to us, but we change our perspective.

11. Favorite genre of food?

I love Thai food. So, yummy – some of my favorite dishes are Tom Yum Gung – the lemongrass with mushrooms is delicious, Pad Thai and for dessert, not exactly an authentic dessert from Thailand, it was introduced by the Thai restaurants in America and labeled “Thai Donuts.” You must try these small fluffy biscuits drizzled with sweet condensed milk, so savory! This must be what those white fluffy things floating in sky taste like, it just must!

My Nominees:

Outside Air

My Li’l Place

Simply Chronically Ill

Questions: I’m going to borrow these from Alexyss because they were great! Thank you Alexyss!

  1. How did you first get into blogging?
  2. What motivates and inspires you to write?
  3. What is your favorite season/weather and why?
  4. If you had the opportunity to travel anywhere and stay where would you go?
  5. If you could start over in life would you change anything?
  6. What is the one makeup product you cannot live without?
  7. What is your #1 passion in life? Why?
  8. What are the three things you would bring with you on a desert island?
  9. If you were going to college right now what would you major in?
  10. . Favorite quote?
  11. . Favorite genre of food?

To my nominees, I hope you know that I love your blog and that I think you are amazing! I look forward to reading your answers.

Have a wonderful night!

A-

If I Could Only Keep One … Makeup Tag

I was tagged by All Things Alexyss and I’m so excited because this is my first makeup tag! She blogs about makeup, fashion, lifestyle and overall greatness, stop by there and say hello! I will say this before we begin, as a stay at home I normally am not wearing makeup daily, I will do my eyebrows and mascara every now and then. However, say I need to go on a ‘Target run’ or go out with the family, then yes, I’ll try to hide the dark eye circles that scream I haven’t slept since 2007! You know, try to let the world know I got six kids and still got my shish together – even if I don’t!

Primer

Two words – PRIMER WATER! I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water and spray it multiple times – it’s a must on our vacation days at the most magical place on Earth aka WDW aka hottest place on Earth. I spray it on my Beautyblender Sponge to apply my concealer, it helps set the concealer for a longer lasting application or you can use water – simply run your sponge under the water, squeeze the excess water out and use it to apply your concealer. However, the primer water will work exceptionally better, continue to spray the primer water as you continue to apply your concealer and/foundation and use the sponge in a dabbing motion.

                                  

Foundation

Even when I do wear makeup I try to keep light, fresh and as ‘natural’ as I can, so I try not to use foundation. If I do – which is rare, I’ll use the MAC Mineralize Foundation

Concealer

This here is a MUST, I get close to zero sleep, if it’s not something I’m working on, cleaning, organizing, my kids, it will get me to bed, LATE. I recently gave in to the hype that is the Tarte Shape Tape and YES, it’s lived up to it all! I’ve been having dry skin for a while and to find a concealer that won’t apply on my skin and make the Sahara jealous is a MUST! So far, so good!

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer - Light - Medium

Setting Powder + Powder

I’m by no means a beauty guru, I’ve tried the Laura Mercier and did not like! I know, I don’t know, did I use it wrong?! I’m not sure. I don’t use it too often, but I do have the RCMA No-Color Powder, it’s worked better than the Laura Mercier – I feel it doesn’t set in the fine lines underneath my eyes. And for my powder I use the MAC Pro Longwear Powder Pressed in Medium Plus have used it for years, it’s great!

3 oz RCMA No Color Powder   

Setting Spray

OK, this here is an absolute must, to know you’ve spent from 5 minutes to 30 minutes on your makeup and to have it run down your face in about an hour max, no! This Urban Decay – All Nighter Setting Spray will make my makeup last, as long as I don’t wipe it off. I take it in my travel bag for those hot vacation days to Disney World and my ‘everyday’ makeup routine if I happen to apply makeup at all.

Bronzer

I live for this, it’s such a healthier alternative for tanning under the sun, for this I use the MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden I’ve been so loyal to this friend of mine for so long! It’s the perfect bronzer with a hint of sparkle/shimmer.

Blush

I’ll usually be content with the bronzer alone – but I do have the MAC Pro Longwear Blush a great blush powder.

Highlighter

I love the Mary-Lou Manizer aka The Luminizer subtle with the perfect amount of shine, my go to, every time.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Eyeshadow Palette

OK, not to make you want to take out your violin here, but I’m going to be real honest, I.Don’t.Need.Eyeshadow for everyday use or I’m too busy to put it on. I mean, it could be anything. If I do put it on, it’s for, say a wedding or something fancy like that. So, for that my go to is the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palette

Eye Liner

This is going to be the Bobbi Brown – Gel Eyeliner in Pitch Black I can’t say enough good things about this gel eyeliner, goes on smooth and lasts! That’s all I need in my life!

Mascara

Here I use two, because I’m strange that way, I love them so much but I will say, if I must choose one, it would be the Benefit – They’re Real Mascara you must try this one! It lengthens in just a couple swipes and lasts all day, it’s Jet Black color is just perfect. The other favorite of mine, because you know I won’t leave you hanging like that, is the L’Oreal Voluminous Original in Blackest Black it works great, I do apply many coats because I do love that dark lash look however it’s still beautiful!

            L'Oréal Paris Makeup Voluminous Original Mascara, Blackest Black, 0.28 fl. oz.

Brows

This may seem strange but I always look at peoples brows. I know! Strange, I told you! I love nicely groomed, nicely shaped brows. I’ve been known to do them on some people and I love it. I don’t know if it’s the ‘artsy’ person in me, but I know what shape looks best on you – I mean just follow your natural brow bone and voila! And people, fill in those brows! Ugh, light brows need some color, they need to pop – try it, you’ll love it! I’ve been using this for years and years, the MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso (matte) YES I’m aware it’s an eye shadow and it works great on your brows and if you have a few hairs missing on your hair line – like me due to pregnancy, not pregnant now, then, you can even dab a brush on this eye shadow and apply it on your hairline! No one will know you’re missing a tiny bit of hair around your hairline. So, here’s what I use, the MAC Eye Shadow in Espresso (matte), the Anastasia Beverly Hills – #12 Duo Brow Brush – it has a brush on one end and a spoolie on the other and lastly to set the brows in place I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills – Clear Brow Gel  – you need this to act like a hair spray for your brows!

Just to give you a few pictures on how I do my brows and the last picture showing my huge little hair swirl – if it’s ‘bothering’ me too much that day, I’ll just get an eye shadow brush and apply some of the MAC Espresso shadow so that it isn’t too noticeable. That was long, I think this deserved a whole post on it’s own!

Lips

I’ve never been into lipsticks, I wish I was the red lipstick wearing kinda gal, but I’m not. So, I do a natural and shiny lip with lip gloss – love them! I have my favorite and that is the Dior Addict – Ultra Gloss  in the shade ‘169 Gems’ it’s clear with a hint of pink and they’re not sticky.

I really enjoyed this tag and hope you’ve gathered some favorites to try – you must! I’m going to tag ….

My Li’l Place

Invisibly Me

Magic In The Everyday

and if you’re reading and would like to join the tag, please do so, I’d love to read it and know what are your all time favorite makeup products to use! Thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful day!

A-

Questions I Asked My Kids: The #MyMomChallenge

Erika, The Dorky Mom Doodler set forth this #hashtag challenge on Mother’s Day and I recently read Stomperdad  #MyDadChallenge which was great! So, I wanted to do the challenge with my oldest daughter and my third child, my son, to know what my little ones would say to these rather ‘normal’ questions. Thank you both for this challenge, we got a good laugh on these! And Stomperdad I spoke too soon – me not liking to clean came up in mine! I may not like it, but I get it done! Haha 🙂

1. My mom is _____ years old and weighs _____ pounds.

My 10 year old: 33; 175
My 6 year old: 108; 150

2. My mom is good at cooking _____ and is not so good at cooking _____.

My 10 year old: Fried Chicken; Nothing
My 6 year old: Baking Pie; Grapes

3. If my mom were a superhero, her name would be ______ and her superpower would be _____.

My 10 year old: Super Mommy; Stretching
My 6 year old: Super Girl; Lightening 

4. And if my mom were a villain, her name would be ______ and she would use her evil powers to _____.

My 10 year old: La Llorona; Take Over The World
My 6 year old: Mommy Robber; Breaks Trucks 

5. I love it when my mom ______.

My 10 year old: Hugs me
My 6 year old:  Kisses me 

6. When my mom is driving, she _________.

My 10 year old: Concentrates
My 6 year old: She will crash the car

7. I like it when my mom _______ and I don’t like it when my mom _________.

My 10 year old: Lays with me; makes me do chores
My 6 year old:  Drives the car; makes me read

8. My mom does not like to _______.

My 10 year old: Clean
My 6 year old: Wear glasses

9. My mom does ________ the best and _________ the worst.

My 10 year old: Party planning; Waking up
My 6 year old: Cook; Singing

10. I’m thankful for my mom because ___________.

My 10 year old: She cleans and she loves me
My 6 year old: She feeds me

So, by the looks of these answers, I’m a 108 year old ‘Llorona’ – these kids should stop watching “Coco,” whom makes a mean fried chicken  – not so much on the grapes and is more likely to crash her car! I’ll take it! Hey, it could be worse!

I invite you all to do the #MyDadChallenge or the #MyMomChallenge – you’ll love it!

Have a great day!

A-

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

This has been insane! It’s been pouring awards around my neck of the woods and I’m deeply humbled :: insert happy face here :: Wendi over at Simply Chronically Ill has the best timing! I’ve had a challenging day, between going to the hospital for biopsy of my thyroid and leaving my kids behind telling them mommy is OK, I’ll be right back. There’s nothing like coming home and knowing that Wendi has nominated my blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award. You and your blog friend are amazing and I thank you for thinking of me! If you haven’t been to Wendi’s  blog you must!

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS…

The Rules:

1.) Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog

2.) Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you

3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive this award, and write them 11 new questions

4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions For Me:

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging awards?

To know that a fellow blogger has thought of me enough to consider and nominating me for an award that would have otherwise been given to someone else. The feeling is incredible!

2.  If you were a sports car which one would you want to be and why?

I have no idea about sports cars however, growing up with an older brother, he loved to watch two things, soccer games and NASCAR – we were huge fans of Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon. That’s as close to a sports car as I’ll get.

3.  If you could only eat one color of food for a week, what color would it be?

Green, I love vegetables and a good salad, the one with the croutons, cheese, bacon and all that good stuff!

4. What is your favorite movie line and why?

It would have to be from ‘Jerry Maguire’ when Jerry says, ‘Hello. I’m looking for my wife. Alright. If this is where is has to happen, then this is where it has to happen. I’m not letting you get rid of me. How about that?’ and then Dorothy replies, ‘Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at hello.’ I mean HELLO ?! Can it get anymore cheesy and romantic and sad and adorable?! I love it!

5.  If you had to leave your house and take only 10 things with you (excluding all living beings) what would they be?

Excluding the 7 other obvious living beings of mine, OK. I’d say, my journal, my phone, my computer, my bible (because I don’t know where we’d be going and I just may need to do some heavy praying), money (because, you know, we’ll get hungry), food (just in case there isn’t any food to buy – I’m prepared!), my washer and dryer, car and ALL birth certificates just in case someone doubts all these kids are actually mine! Because, yes, it happens to me. all. the. time!

6. Describe yourself in two words.

1) Sick – always! ugh, I have Chiari + Syringomyelia and it comes with a lot of chronic pain and 2) listener – great listener

7. What is one sporting activity that you enjoy watching?

Gymnastics, these girls are so talented, it’s amazing – they’re amazing!

8. If you could give one piece of advice for all the world to hear what would it be?

To have more compassion for others, not to be so dismissive of others feelings, to be a little nicer. Be nice, say hello, you never know what others are going through.

“Be an encourager, the world has enough critics already”

9. What is your favorite encouraging quote?

There are a few but some are, “Train yourself to find the blessing in everything,” “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. – James 1:2

“The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming” – Romans 8:18

10. If you had to learn a made up language, which one would you choose and why?

I think I would always want to be fully understood – I wouldn’t make anything up from anything that’d prevent us from getting there.

11. If you were to learn to play an instrument which one would you choose?

I would learn to play the piano. I grew up listening to classical music – growing up my mother always put Ludwig Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Johann Bach and I was also fortunate enough to work at a law firm that often gave me tickets to the ballet for free. Thanks to mami for introducing to classical music.

Questions For My Nominees (thank you Wendi I’ll be borrowing these):

  1.  What is your favorite thing about blogging awards?
  2.   If you were a sports car which one would you want to be and why?
  3.   If you could only eat one color of food for a week, what color would it be?
  4.   What is your favorite movie line and why?
  5.   If you had to leave your house and take only 10 things with you (excluding all living beings) what would they be?
  6.   Describe yourself in two words.
  7.   What is one sporting activity that you enjoy watching?
  8.   If you could give one piece of advice for all the world to hear what would it be?
  9.   What is your favorite encouraging quote?
  10.   If you had to learn a made up language, which one would you choose and why?
  11.   If you were to learn to play an instrument which one would you choose?

My Nominees:

Smiling Through The Pain

Magic In The Everyday

Invisibly Me

A Voice From Iran

To my nominees, please know that I enjoy your blog and think you are amazing! I hope to read your answers soon! Enjoy 😊

A-

The Liebster Award – 2

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Among the greatest things blogging can do for you, one thing is for sure it’s the people you come across with and the comments that you read  that allow you to get a glimpse into someones life. You read into the bloggers/writers life, their struggles, their families, their joys, their illnesses and their most precious moments, it’s amazing. It’s incredibly humbling to be thought in such a manner that another fellow blogger can think of you for such awards and nominations. I know many can think it’s a bit of a drag, however, I like to think it’s someone thinking you are so unique, they’d like to know more of you in form of their own unique questions.

And for this one in particular, I want to thank Stuart over at Something to Stu Over. His blog is filled with authenticity and pure honesty. And I appreciate you for that! He writes about his journey to finding his way to Christ and filled with encouraging words about the truths that life can have us go through. If I can finish with this, I have noticed he also, calls his fellows bloggers by their name :: I’m speechless :: YES! He calls me by my name! I appreciate that. Often times and I won’t name any names, ahem, but at times I get called, Chiari. LOL. No my dear and amazing friends, I am not Chiari, rather I have Chiari. Or, or, or let’s call each other by our blog names! Yes, no, maybe?! I’ll let that simmer. So, now let’s keep this train moving along …..

Here’s a little history on The Liebster Award:

Recognizing bloggers for their efforts is the greatest compliment. The Liebster Award is an opportunity for bloggers to recognize and support other bloggers for their achievements. It’s geared towards blogs with smaller viewership.

The Liebster Award is available from January 1 – December 31, 2018. All nominations are voluntary and if the blogger chooses to accept nomination, I will list the rules at the bottom of this post and the official rules can be found HERE

Here are the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Answer the questions you were asked.

Share 10 random facts about yourself.

Nominate at least 3 blogs for the award.

Ask your nominees 10 questions and inform them of the nomination.

Here are Stuarts questions for his nominees:

1. Besides the Bible what is your favorite book you have ever read?

I would have to say, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This book in a nutshell, is about a young boy whom struggles in life and believes to be an outsider in this world. I read it when I was young and when I was going through a period of time when I trying to find myself and wanting to fit in. Ironically enough, S.E. Hinton wrote this book when she was about 16 years old and still in high school, just around the age when I fell in love with the novel.

2. What, in your opinion, is your greatest achievement in life?

My children, my kids, my babies, mis niños, etc. etc.?! Yes! As much as they drive me off and on the wall, as much as they scream, as much as there are times, many, many, many times where I may or may not want to pull each one of my hairs out, as much as they have to be told twenty times to go back to bed, they are my pride and most highest of joys. I was told at 15 years old that due to some complications with my uterus that I would not conceive. HA! Look at me now doc?! Boy OH boy, was he wrong! I most definitely didn’t think or ‘plan’ to have six babies and by societies standards, a bus load of ’em, but God had a different plan for me, all I did was say, YES! And am thankful that aside from them being high risk due to my illness, they are here! I trusted in Him and He followed through with His promise.

3. What is your reason for blogging?

My main goal was and still is to spread awareness of Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. They are rare illnesses that have no cure today. The best way to alleviate pain is through decompression surgery for Chiari and laminectomy for Syringomyelia – I’ve had both. These surgeries are not a cure, they’re are simply to alleviate pain.

4. What is the best advice you have for newer bloggers?

Relax. Just relax and be yourself. And I will tell you another great one that was given to me by Stuart and that is to stop looking at the numbers! Yes, simple yet, so difficult! But yes, stop looking at the numbers, relax and allow yourself to be your most authentic self and the numbers will be there in due time on their own. Your amazing writing will drive readers to your site every single time.

5. If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?

I would say to have more humility in the world and less pride. I see so much pride in people today that it prevents us from being thoughtful and compassionate towards one another. I am no more or less than anyone and God didn’t create us to be that way with one another, He created us to be brothers and sisters through Him and to be a unit.

6. Do you color with crayons or markers?

Crayons. Markers tend to bleed on the back of the paper and I quickly make a mountain out of a molehill.

7. Besides Jesus, who is your favorite biblical figure?

Hannah, she was the wife of Elkanah and was infertile. However, after a blessing from Eli, she finally became pregnant with Samuel. It reminds me of my initial diagnosis at a young age. It’s also a testament to ask, ask you shall receive!

8. Who or what makes you yearn to be a better person than you were yesterday?

My family. They help me and show me daily who I truly am. I’m not a perfect mother, much less wife and they’ve shown me that. My children remind me of how little patience I have and how I still need to learn to love. They help me be able to work on myself daily, so that I can grow to be a better mom than I was yesterday.

9. When you go out on the town, what is your attire?

Anything that equals comfort, I want to be comfortable. I can’t wear heels since 2013 because of my Chiari, with my dizziness and vertigo, having heels just raises my chances to falling to an all time high. Besides I have babies to run after at any given moment so, I’ll go with comfort – or maybe cute shoes and then comfort.

10. If you have children, where is your favorite place to take them?

Out for dessert, yes, out for helado (ice cream in Spanish)! Have you seen/read our outing to Sweet Weekend With Whip N’ Dip + Raspados Loly’s – the pictures alone make me hungry! There’s something about going out for ice cream that gets people feeling happy and giddy inside. You get to try new locations, visit new neighborhoods and try different flavors! I love it, they love it, it’s a win win all around!

10 Random Facts About Myself:

1. I’m impatient, I’m impatient, I’m impatient.

2. As they say, ‘if you didn’t know’ well … you didn’t know, I have six babies.

3. My husband is a Marine Veteran.

4. I love, love, love watching 20/20

5. I was going to school for criminal justice, still love it! If you’re curious as to the why, I couldn’t, didn’t (coulda, woulda, shoulda) because I became pregnant with my oldest and time just wasn’t on my side! Yes, excuses, stay in school kids!

6. I love art! To draw, to color, to do school projects with my kiddies, DIY, crafting, you name it! I love!

7. I love maternity pants AND wait for it …. I’m NOT even pregnant. I know, but they’re so comfortable!

8. The only series in a long time that recently caught my undivided attention was the show, ‘The Crossing” – sadly it will not return for season 2.

9. My guilty ‘television’ pleasure, watching reality television, like RHONY because of one name, Bethenny and Bethenny and Fredrick, AND finally, yes, I’m going to say it, I do Keep Up With The Kardashians – when kids aren’t looking of course! I know! It’s horrible and sad and a waste of precious time and great all in one!

10. I don’t drink but when I do, Jack Daniel’s with coke, yes please!

Here are my nominees:

4 Spatulas

Chiari Conversations

Kate Days A Week

Here are my questions for my nominees:

1. What’s your advice to a person thinking about blogging?

2. When and why did you begin to blog?

3. Do you think there is a line to be drawn with blogging, when do you keep your personal life personal?

4. What have you recently done and loved because it made you feel ‘young at hear’?

5. It’s summer time, what plans do you have?

6. What’s your favorite color and why?

7. What do you most struggle with?

8. What does it mean to be ‘in love’ for you?

9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

10. Do you like tea or coffee?

Hello ladies, please know that I think you and your blog are amazing! I’m nominating you because you are deserving and hope you think that too – have fun and I can’t wait to read your answers! 🙂

Blessing to all!

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