Smorgasbord of Fun

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Two lovely friends recently nominated me for awards and a quote challenge. Even though I haven’t
participated in awards for years, I feel compelled to graciously accept them both. However, instead of nominating individuals, I’m leaving it up to anyone who wants to follow through. It’s too hard to choose, anyway, because you’re all deserving!

Part 1 – I was nominated by Sarah at secretartexpedition.wordpress.com for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you so much, Sarah, for thinking of me and for the beautiful words you wrote about my blog, too. In accepting this award, we need to write a brief story of how our blog was started. So, here goes…

“When I turned fifty and since I love to write poetry, my son suggested that I start a poetry blog. I had never blogged before and really only heard about the world of blogging after watching the movie, “Julie and Julia” about a woman (superbly played by Amy Adams) who sets a deadline of one year to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Meryl Streep played the role of Julia exquisitely. As Julie cooked throughout that year, she also blogged about her experiences, some good, some stressful. Not only was it a great movie, but I was intrigued. 

Soon after, I took my son’s suggestion, and that was in 2011! Throughout the years, it’s been an enlightening journey of making amazing friends, as well as, a growing experience in writing.”

In accepting this award, we’re also supposed to give advice to new bloggers, so here is mine:
“Think of something you’re truly passionate about, then embed that passion into your blog posts. Don’t worry about stats – just have fun, then see what follows.”

Here are the Rules for the Blogger Recognition nominees:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide links to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Attach the award to your post.
  4. Write a brief story of how your blog started.
  5. Give a piece of advice to new bloggers.
  6. Select the other 15 blogs you want to give the award to.
  7. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.
  8. Be inspired to live your best life every day.

 

 

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This award has been created by Roda from over at Growing Self and you can read in her own words what it is about:

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals, but to reach out and help others GROW as well.”

Thanks again, Sarah! I’m honored on both counts!

And here are the rules to this award:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
2. List the rules.
3. Thank the individual who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda _ Growingself.blog.
5. Nominate up to 5 blogs. Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically    celebrate those individuals who have made a difference in your life or the lives of others.
6. Give at least 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
7. Notify your nominees of the award.

I want to finish this part by saying that if you haven’t visited Sarah’s blog yet, please do so. She is the most amazing painter, and each time I pop on over, I am in awe of her talent. Below is her recent painting of Franklin – watercolor on paper, April 2018. Isn’t he absolutely adorable? And Franklin is just one example of Sarah’s ability to beautifully portray nature with the means of a skilled artist.

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Part 2 –  I was nominated by Annika at annikaperry.com to participate in The 3 Day Quote Challenge. I’ve always loved quotes and their ability to personally resonate for some reason or another.

For the next three days, I will be posting a quote and explaining why it’s made an impression on me, though life probably won’t allow me to do posts three consecutive days in a row. So, rules are meant to be broken! 🙂

To the challenge…The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote on 3 consecutive days.
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

Thanks so much to Annika for this nomination! She is an amazing fiction writer, who can tell stories that evoke every little emotion inside of you. Her debut book, “The Storyteller Speaks” read more like a #1 on the bestseller list. It was a page-turner and definitely a book that can’t be put down. Please pay Annika a visit and while you’re there, you can purchase a copy of her book simply by clicking on the book image on her sidebar. It’s as easy as that! 
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Now for my quote. Funny thing is I heard “Have it All” by Jason Mraz today for the first time and absolutely loved it. What first came to mind after listening to both words and music was simply happiness! Happy, Happy, Happy! After watching the video, you can’t help but feel good. So, instead of sharing a quote, I’m going to share the first part of this song, which is more like a wish for you…

“May you have auspiciousness and causes of success
May you have the confidence to always do your best
May it take no effort in you being generous
Sharing what you can, nothing more, nothing less
May you know the meaning of the word happiness
May you always lead from the beating in your chest
May you be treated like an esteemed guest
May you get to rest, may you catch your breath

And may the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows
And may the road less paved be the road that you follow

I want you to have it all (have it all)

And now you have reached the end, but not without the video link so you can get yourself some happiness, too:  https://youtu.be/BFkTu8Y1KLs.

Please note: I was able to link the video, but for some unknown reason, I was unable to link Sarah and Annika’s blogs, but you can copy and paste. They’re in red font so not to miss them.

I hope you enjoyed this post, in spite of its lengthiness, and found some little tidbit that brightens your day….because “I want you to have it all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A, B, C, D, E, F, G ♫ ♫

It’s been awhile since I’ve followed through with awards, simply because of life and time limits, not because they weren’t greatly appreciated. So, I
recently received this ABC award (that I don’t remember receiving in the past) from a lovely lady and new friend,
Cha, at
http://www.dontchawannadream.wordpress.com

She is a wonderful artist that I’ve enjoyed getting to know just recently.
She also has a big heart and a constant “smile.” If you haven’t visited her blog, please do so, you won’t be disappointed! Merci beaucoup, Cha! xxx

Here are the rules for this fun award:

1) Thank and link back to who nominated you.
2) Say something about yourself with a word or a phrase beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
3) And of course nominate some other bloggers for the award!

So here goes…and I admit to cheating a bit…some have more than one word! 🙂

A Affectionate B Bride, 24 years ago C- Caring D– Dancing, love it E Emotional F – Friends, loved the sitcom G Gemstones H – Hugs & Hubby I Ice cream, Mint Chocolate Chip J– January (wedding anniversary) K– Kids (2) L– Lattes M– Music & Mountains N– Never Give Up! O– Ocean
P– Pets, dogs to be specific Q– Quarters (meter $) R–  Reading, Rainbows & Rivers S Singing T Tim McGraw U Understanding V– Vanilla W– Wine
X– X-rays (from the past, this was tough) Y– Yoda, George Lucas lives near us  Z– Zealous 🙂

Instead of choosing specific bloggers to pass this on to, I leave it up to you! If you’d like to play along and pass it on, then please feel free! This was really fun and even a little challenging! I hope you enjoyed and thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day or evening! Lauren ♥

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Photo credit to Google Images

The Sisterhood Award/The Addicted Blogger Award ♥

The Sisterhood Award

I received this award, from Francina, seasonspoetry.com, and
Renee, positiveboomer.netFrancina’s blog exudes elegance and adventure, through her beautiful photography and travel journals.  Whether she shares her emotions through her own writing or through writing of another poet, her blog is a “must!”  Renee’s blog offers a daily blast of healthy inspiration to go on your merry way.  She emphasizes that it is never too late to get in shape and lead a healthy life!  Pay them both a visit; you will not be disappointed.  They are both lovely ladies and I am so glad they are in my “Sister Circle!”  Thank you both very much! ♥

I hadn’t heard of this award before and am truly humbled to be part of the “Sisterhood!”  And truthfully, if there were a Brotherhood Award, it would be my pleasure to hand it to those male bloggers whom I also follow!

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

One of the rules of the award is to tell people 7 things about yourself, hitherto not mentioned on your blog. I have shared some things about myself in previous awards, so I will try not to repeat myself or cause you to

Seven things about myself:
1. I am blessed to have met so many wonderful women through blogging.  I feel as though I’ve known you for years!
2. Although, I have many great memories from the past, I wouldn’t want to go back in time.  I’m comfortable and happy with my life right now.
3. It’s rewarding and fun having older kids (21 & 17), spending time with them as adults, but it’s still hard letting go.  I’m not very good at it, but I’m definitely working on it!
4. I love the country and mountains the most.
5. I may be going back to school (still considering).
6. In January, my hubby and I will celebrate 24 years of marriage.
7. I visit our local library often to check out more books to read; it’s almost as good as visiting Sees Candy!

Instead of following through with 7 (as the rules state) or even more nominations, I’m going to break the rules, hoping the blog award police don’t come after me.  Every woman who has visited and supported me in any way, please accept this Sisterhood Award.  You may have simply stopped by for a brief look, or liked, commented or followed.  It doesn’t matter…there are too many wonderful “sisters” to choose from and I can’t leave anyone out.  So, if you are inclined, take this lovely award and pass it on.  There is no pressure, of course, and if you choose not to accept, then I’m going to echo Francina’s words by saying “tuck it away somewhere as a token of my appreciation of your creativity.”

The Addictive Blog Award

The Addictive Blog Award was given to me also by Renee at: http://positiveboomer.wordpress.com.   Renee is a warm and kind soul who shares an abundance of healthy tips, not to be missed!  Please visit her and you will love her ongoing inspiration for a healthy life!  I’m very appreciative, Renee, thank you so much for thinking of me for this award.  Again, I hadn’t heard of this one and since my one year blogging anniversary is coming up, I suppose it is fitting!  Although, I’d like to replace “Addictive” with “Passionate!” 🙂

The rules for this Award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link them back.
    Thanks so much, Renee!

2. Share a little bit about why you started blogging.

I had always loved to write poetry, but the nudging from my son to start this blog is how it all began. Being a novice in this new land of blogging, I wasn’t sure what to expect or what I really wanted to get out of it.  I have been given so much more than I ever anticipated.  Meeting people all over the world is beyond amazing, reading other’s poems is not only enjoyable, but a big part of learning.  The friendships made are priceless, so there are many more facets to blogging than simply blogging in itself!  It has been a most rewarding journey and I thank you all! 

3. Copy and Paste the award onto your own blog.

4. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers you think are addictive enough to deserve the award.

It is so hard to choose and leave others out, so please check out my blogroll for some of my favorites.  Again, I’m breaking the rules!  However, just so you know my blogroll is an infinite list and needs updating!  All of you are absolutely wonderful!

Another big Thank You! ♥

Lauren

Blog Award Appreciation ♥

I would like to thank all of you wonderful bloggers who have nominated me for an award in the past several months.  Some of these came during the time of my Mom’s illness and passing and some are more current.  So I apologize for this delayed post…As I’ve said in the past, I am very humbled, grateful and still a bit stunned that my writing has touched so many others.  I appreciate your time taken to visit my blog, click the “like” button or leave a lovely comment.  Unfortunately, due to other time constraints, I won’t be able to follow through in the usual manner, however, I do want to acknowledge these amazing bloggers:

Renee: positiveboomer.wordpress.com:  One Lovely Blog and Versatile Blogger
Archana: ravenousforlife.wordpress.com
: Very Inspiring Blog
Cynthia: songsofseasons.wordpress.com
: Commenter Award
Himanshu: bulletinamaelstrom.wordpress.com
: Leibster Blog
Martha: inlovewiththelord.wordpress.com
: One Lovely Blog
Sharon: figmentsandimagination.wordpress.com
: Hug Award
Dianda: catsnco.wordpress.com
: One Lovely Blog
Autumn & Gabby: autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel.wordpress.com
:  One Lovely Blog, Writing Award
Wendell: foreverpoetic.me
: Hug Award, One Lovely Blog, Kreative Blogger, Reader Appreciation Award, Writing Award
Maribel:maribelskidneystory.wordpress.com
:One Lovely Blog
Daoud: mmmluck.wordpress.com
: One Lovely Blog
Tim: thecreativejuicer.com
: One Lovely Blog, Very Inspiring Blog
Shalvika:shalvikap.wordpress.com
: One Lovely Blog
Ahmad: a7madkhalifa.wordpress.com
: Sunshine Award
Pauline: newfoundlandtraveller.wordpress.com
: Reader Appreciation Award
Red: mommasmoneymatters.com: Sparkly’s Comment Award

Many of these wonderful people, I consider my friends  and many others, I’ve recently met and look forward to getting to know better.  They offer beauty through writing and photography, sharing inspiration, motivation, spiritual guidance, love, smiles and laughter, heart tugging situations, love for Mother Earth, and so much more…I ask you to visit their sites, if you’re not already following them! 🙂

I also give my sincere “Thanks” to everyone else who stops by.  I am truly moved by the response I’ve received since I started this blog eight months ago, from one who “writes from the heart.” ♥

Hugs and Blessings to you all!

Lauren xo

Photo from our backyard~  🙂

Tardy March Awards for 2012 :)

This post is my way of acknowledging my wonderful blogging friends for nominating me for these very special awards.  Due to time constraints, I am unable to follow through traditionally, but I’m going to echo Deb, http://adamsart.wordpress.com, with her idea of nominating everyone on my blogroll.  The problem is there are so many of you who have supported me and who aren’t on my blogroll.  It is not updated as often as it should be, so, if you have not received any of these awards, then take them, I’m nominating you and pass them on as you wish. ♥

Everyone is deserving; we all work hard to put our thoughts of life, love, faith and sadness on paper.  Our readers “feel” when they read our words or view our art, bringing out new and old emotions and memories.  How lucky, fortunate and honored we are to have such an awesome and huge support system for our creativity.  So, now that you’ve sat down by now (hopefully), enough of my chatting and on to the “thank you’s!”

Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness.

“People do not have to give up or compromise their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs to qualify for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©. They qualify for the HUG Award© when, without bias or prejudice, they use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.”

For more information on this award, please visit: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

I would like to thank SHARON at figmentsandimagination.wordpress.com and SOMA at somkritya.wordpress.com, for nominating me for this very wonderful award.  Thank you Sharon and Soma.  I am so honored to be given this award from both of you, whom I think highly of in this blogging world.  Not only are you both talented writers, but you are both kind -hearted, down to earth, compassionate women who see the glass half full always.  I’m honored to know you!  I also have to add that I truly do have a desire and hope for liberty, fairness, peace, hope, prosperity and love for all in this world.  Let us continue to work together in unity for all~

Beautiful Blogger Award

A very heartfelt Thank you to Francina at seasonspoetry.com, who was very kind to nominate me for this ‘beautiful” award. Francina deserves your visit, if you haven’t already visited her.   She not only writes beautiful poetry, but she’s also an amazing photographer.  Please take the time to stop by her blog to read and view her stunning artwork!

These are the rules for the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Paste the award on your blog.
3. Link the person who nominated you for the award.
4. Nominate 7 bloggers or less and post links to their blogs.

 Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I want to say a big “Thank You” to Fia at http://bluefiadiarries.wordpress.com.  She and I are new friends and I look forward to getting to know her better.  However, what I’ve seen and heard, so far, I can already tell she has a heart of gold, is kind, witty and an honest soul!  I’m honored, Fia, that you thought of me for this lovely award and I appreciate your support and comments.  Please visit Fia, if you haven’t already; you’ll be truly charmed!

1.Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Pass the award to 7 nominees

 

7 things About ME: (most of you already know these things; I’m running out of new!)

1. I just adopted a new adolescent puppy of 18 months old (most of you know); he’s a chocolate lab named Copper.  He is bigger than our house, very lovable and just a big goofy boy!

2.  I’m happily married to my best friend and hubby of 23 years.

3.  I have a beautiful daughter, who will turn 21 this year and a handsome son, who will turn 17 next month.  I am extremely proud of both of them.

4.  I am still grieving the loss of my Mom; she passed away last month.

5. I’m a great baker!

6.  I do count carrot cake (my fave dessert) as a veggie!

7.  I try to be the person God wants me to be in everything I do and say~

Lucky 7 MEME Challenge

I was tagged by the lovely Maryanne Pale at maryannepale.com in this fun writing challenge.  Thank you so much, Maryanne, for thinking of me, but, unfortuantely, I won’t be able to take this challenge at this time.  Maybe in the future, so I do hope you understand~If you haven’t visited Maryanne, please do so, as she is a wonderful inspiration through her poetry and her beautiful soul. 

This concludes my tardy March awards, and again, if you know me, are on my blogroll, or simply haven’t received any of these awards, feel free to be the recipient.  It’s not about the receiving (although, grateful, we are), it’s about the paying forward, and this is my way of doing just that.  I hope you all understand.

Thanks for all of your continued comments, likes and encouragment.  I am truly grateful~

Hugs,

Lauren

Commenter Award :)

 

 

 

 

I was recently award Commenter Award!  by Deb at http://adamsart.wordpress.com.  Thanks so much, Deb! The Commenter’s Award is a little different from the most awards. Instead of awarding others for their own blogs, you will be giving recognition to those who comment on your own blog regularly, take the time to really read your posts, and provide you with feedback via their comments. The nominations are the easiest part. You should nominate the six bloggers who comment most frequently on your blog. How do you know who does this most often? Good question!

You will find your Top Recent Commenters on your site stats page on the bottom, right corner. If you do not see this, click on the Screen Options in the top, right corner and be sure that “Comments” is checked. If you are good about responding to every comment, then you will be the first one in the list. It is the next six commenters on the list that you will nominate and pass this award to. But wait! You may nominate one more person. This person can either be a brand new commenter on your blog, the very last comment you have received (most recent), or the one who has posted your most favorite comments. This seventh nomination is your choice, but please do tell us why you have chosen them as your seventh.

Here are my top “commenters” and I am truly grateful for their continuing support!

My new blogging friend – https://mysweatyshirt.wordpress.com

Gabby – http://autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel.wordpress.com

Lane – http://willofheart.wordpress.com

Celeste – http://celestealluvial.wordpress.com

Cynthia – http://songsofseasons.wordpress.com

Deb – http://adamsart.wordpress.com

I can’t just choose one person for my seventh nomination, so I’m choosing everyone on my blog roll and since it’s not currently updated, everyone else who has visited and supported me by providing your feedback.  You all deserve it and as we all know, everyone has different times of the day, week or month, where blogging is permitted, in which we have time to “like” or “comment.”

And if you are new to commenting here…this award is for you too! :-)

Lauren ♥

Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award (2nd Nomination)

    Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award

 The HUG Award was given to me a second time by Deb at adamsart.wordpress.com. Thank you so much Deb!  You are a wonderful artist/painter and I love all of your work!  You are inspiring, giving, loving and a beautiful soul.  I am truly honored and humbled you thought of me for this award a second time.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this award, below is some information from the HUG Award web site:

The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne at A Hope for Today at http://ahopefortoday.com, which promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for all people.

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness

“People do not have to give up or compromise their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs to qualify for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©. They qualify for the HUG Award© when, without bias or prejudice, they use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.”

For more information on this award, please visit: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

I became teary-eyed the first time I received this award, which isn’t difficult once you realize all it stands for…through my writing, my intent is to inspire, spread smiles, hope and love. Now, I’m even more humbled to accept this award a second time and will happily pass it on to spread the word about Hope for Our World. I’d also like to thank these people for helping to make the world a better place:

Alex – http://thepoeticgoblin.wordpress.com

David – http://francisbarkerart.com

Deb – http://365daysofcourage.wordpress.com

Jeannie – http://thewriternubbin.wordpress.com

Kaytee – http://10eveningflowers.wordpress.com

Lane – http://willofheart.wordpress.com

Martin – http://agapintheclouds.wordpress.com

Renee – http://positiveboomer.wordpress.com

Sharon – http://figmentsandimagination.wordpress.com

Talin – http://talinorfali.wordpress.com

Tim – http://thecreativejuicer.com

All sites are listed in alphabetical order. Please visit them, if you haven’t already.  They have truly been an inspiration to me and I know they will continue to spread hope through their wonderful blogs~

Peace, Hugs and Smiles to you all~

Lauren