Inspiring Blog Award


Yippee! Amanda, the woman behind the blog In Real Life, has nominated me for the Inspiring Blog Award! It’s very flattering to receive this acknowledgement from a fellow blogger – thank you, Amanda! Her blog is beautiful to look at and pertains to some of my favourite topics – fashion, home decor, parenting and of course – food! You should definitely have a look at what she’s been up to. Once again, her blog can be found here.

Awards are cool because they provide an opportunity to reveal a bit more about yourself to your readers (well, in point form at least), and in turn – by passing on the award – draw your readers’ attention to some of your favourite blogs. Here are the guidelines for accepting the award (taken directly from Amanda’s blog):

1. Display the award image on your blog page.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

5. Notify your bloggers of their nomination and link to their posts.

Here are 7 facts about myself (I really had to wrack my brain this time):

  1. I’m an extremely light sleeper.
  2. I air dry ALL of my clothes, socks included.
  3. I’m a mute in the morning until I’ve had a large cup of coffee and read at least a few pages of a book.
  4. I can’t stand Febreeze, plug-in ‘air fresheners’ or scented laundry detergent.
  5. My favourite part of grocery shopping is paying a visit to the bulk aisle for candy.
  6. I’m continually amazed by babies’ talent for mess and destruction.
  7. I can easily spend hours combing through the racks and shelves at thrift stores – it’s relaxing and I always find amazing stuff.

And now on to the fun part. Here are my nominees for the Inspiring Blog Award (I’ve tried to pick blogs I’ve yet to nominate for an award – for variety’s sake!):

I hope everyone takes a few moments to check out my nominees! And thanks again to Amanda for nominating me for the award 🙂

35 thoughts on “Inspiring Blog Award

  1. Well deserved! Congrats!

    BTW, you and I have more in common than I realized. #4 and #7 describe me to a T. One of my favorite organic laundry detergents is Charlie’s Soap. I buy it from Amazon. The stuff is awesome and there are no chemicals, petroleum, perfume or dies in the detergent. It’s good stuff!

    P.S. I am going to be making a slightly modified version of your Shepherds Pie today. 🙂

    • Thanks 🙂 You know, I remember reading your post a while back about natural home cleaning and your tip that in order to freshen your home all you need to do is… open a window! I loved that. Febreeze would go out of business if too many people caught on that you don’t have to spray chemicals in the air to make your house smell good.

      Thanks for the tip on Charlie’s Soap! And I hope your Shepherd’s Pie turned out well. Let me know what you did to veganize it 🙂

      • I’m sure my neighbors think I’m nuts but all year long, (provided it isn’t snowing or raining) I always air out my comforter, pillows, couch cushions & throw pillows for a good part of Saturday while I clean the house with the windows opened. No matter how cold it is, I always air out my house. During the summer, I never use my clothes dryer. Instead, I use my awesome clothesline that was left behind by the previous owner. It’s a really sturdy clothesline that the previous owner built, probably around the same time the house was built (in 1915). All I had to do was replace the rope. So awesome.

        It is true, Febreeze is nothing more than toxic waste — so harmful and so completely not necessary.

        I love Charlie’s soap — my clothing and towels are so much cleaner now that I am no longer using a petroleum based product (and btw, even so-called *green* detergents contain animal by-products!). Yuck!

        My Shepherd’s Pie came out so-so, not great. I plan to blog about it when I have some time. I mostly followed your recipe, as the other shepherds pie recipe that I found on The Kind Life was too labor intensive for me. Plus I’m not a fan of pie crust.

      • When we were living in a condo and then in the RV, I’d dry all my clothes on one of those drying rack things. Now that I have a yard I’m definitely going to put up a clothes line. There is nothing nicer than sheets that have dried in the sun! Is Charlie’s only available on Amazon? I wonder if I could find it locally.

        Too bad your shepherd’s pie didn’t turn out 😦 I’d like to fiddle around with the recipe and see if I can make a healthier, vegan version. Hope your work week is going well 🙂

      • I agree — freshly baked in the sun sheets and clothing is the best!

        I am not sure about Charlie’s Soap. They have a website so maybe Google the name and see what you can find. I’m sure some stores must carry it.

        I’ll post the photos and ingredients and you can tell me what you think. It was definitely vegan, but it was a bit, I dunno, bland. 😦

        Q-end kicks off April 1st and I’m not looking forward to it. Plus, I signed up for some on-line courses that start at the same time. Ooops! Total outside my head maneuver.

      • I love Amazon because you can set up an auto ship so you never run out nor do you have to remember to order it.

        I’ll be studying psychology – over the past year I’ve had a real interest in psychology and what makes people tic. I’m currently reading a book called: Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody and it is unbelievably interesting. I see so much of myself, family, friends in the book. The way I understand it, there are a lot of people out there suffering from some form of codependence whether they realize it or not — especially if the person grew up in a dysfunctional home. I also learned abuse comes in all forms, it isn’t just physical. Abuse can be physical, verbal, neglect, overbearing, and so on…

        Seriously interesting stuff…


      • I wasn’t aware you could set up a shipping schedule with Amazon. That’s definitely helpful with stuff you use on a regular basis!

        Your book sounds interesting! Now that I’m a parent I have a particular interest in the influences in childhood that have a bearing on how people ‘turn out’ as adults. Whether you have a male or female child, each comes with a unique set of parenting challenges! I’m already a nervous wreck, LOL 😉

      • I actually do but I’m stubborn and like to figure things out on my own.

        On another note last night I came up with a possible new name for my blog: Girl for Animal Liberation (GAL for short). What do you think?

      • What do you think of Girl for Animal Liberation, Protection and Safety? Or, Girl for Animal Liberation and Protection: GALP?
        Am I over thinking it now? LOL!

  2. I can officially say this is the first time my site has ever been classified as “inspiring”, so thanks!

    I always find it funny that the vast majority of people who follow me have blogs dedicated to mostly either gourmet food or healthy food. Apparently, I’m like the kid from the wrong side of the tracks they read to bother their parents.

    • That or we secretly fantasize about guzzling litres of Dr. Pepper or eating spoonfuls of Fluff straight from the jar, and reading your blog lets us do that vicariously.

      Also, a question for you – do you recall the drink ‘Super Socco’ from the 80s? I’ve only met one other person who remembers drinking it. It came in two flavours – ‘original’ and ‘orange’. It might have only been available in Canada, not sure.

      • I remember having that on a vacation, at some point. I grew up on Long Island, and don’t remember ever seeing it there, but it is possible I just never noticed it.

        Was “original” a really citrus-y flavor, or was that orange? I just remember it tasted like every possible citrus combined.

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