Beautiful Blogger, Very Inspiring Blogger & Sunshine Awards – Thank You, again! ♥


I am grateful to receive this award from four wonderful and exceptionally talented bloggers: George,, Soma,, and Autumn & Gabby,  Being nominated once is wonderful, but four times leaves me speechless (probably good for some who know me :)).  Sincerely speaking though, these are all wonderful blogging friends who I have learned to know over time and who I am still getting to know.  I have enjoyed their talents of writing, inspiration, thoughts about life, humor, music and discography.  If you haven’t already visited them, please do and as I always say, you won’t be disappointed, only in awe of their blogs and talents~Thank you all very much!

Instructions 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

5. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominated

(Nominees will be at the end of this post for all awards)


This second award was given to me by Soma,, my dear, generous friend!  She is funny, thoughtful and a beautiful soul. Please visit her lovely and inspiring blog, if you haven’t already! Thank you, again, Soma, I am honored that you thought of me for this wonderful award.  It is my deepest wish to be able to inspire through my writing~

The rules for accepting this award is listing seven things about me (that you don’t know), so here we go:

1) I have 3 ear piercings in my left ear & 2 in my right.
2) I wear silver and gold jewelry, and I also love different gemstones.
3) I don’t own an I pod.
4) I will be searching for another dog to adopt within the next few weeks.
5) My absolute favorite dessert is carrot cake.
6) I have never been to Europe.
7) I love cookie dough.
I was nominated for this cheerful award by LearningandGrowing,,  and Ahmad,  I have enjoyed their writing and spiritual thoughts and will look forward to getting to know them better.  Please take time out to peruse their blogs and find enjoyment, as I have~I thank them again, for bringing even more cheer to my life with these nominations!

The Rules:

1) Include the award Logo(s) in a post or in your blog.
2) Answer 10 question about your self.
3) Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.
4) Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know they are nominated.
5) Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

1. What is your Favorite color?  Blue, Purple (but I love them all, really)
2. What is your favorite animal? Dog
3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Vanilla lattes, water, peach or raspberry iced tea
4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook, I don’t think I’ll ever time to tweet! 🙂
5. Whats your passion? Writing, spending time with family, laughing, music, and making the most of each day
6. do you prefer giving or getting presents? Of course, giving, but, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it’s fun to receive! 🙂
7. Whats your Favourite pattern? Plaid
8. Whats your favourite number? 5
9. Favourite day of the week? Friday, looking forward to the weekend with family and friends, but remembering that each day is a gift~
10. Favorite flower: Carnations

Now it’s time for my nominations.  The true enjoyment from receiving these awards is “paying it forward” or “spreading the love.”  However, choosing is always a challenge with so many wonderful blogs.  I may be modifying the number of nominees, so please forgive me.  Here they are (I apologize if these are repeats for you), in no particular order: – Eric – Kellie – Scott – Wendell – Charlie & Tom – Maryanne – Nanda – Jessie – Miro

From writing about life’s experiences through beautiful poetry with true emotion, not excluding a dash of magic, amazing photography and wonderful words of wisdom, their blogs will pull you in and you won’t want to leave~              

I congratulate them and I also thank them for making my blogging experience more meaningful~

I wish you all much happiness and love~

Lauren 🙂

The 1-in-100 WARRIOR AWARD

Warrior Woman

I am warrior, hear me roar!

Well, actually, Miro of Warrior Poet Wisdom roared and Christy answered the call. The nomination call that is. Then Christy,, nominated me and I answered! Thank you, Christy!

This is another very special award when you read thoroughly what it stands for, thus, I am extremely humbled and grateful that Christy chose me!   She is an inspiration to me with her writing ability, her poetic thoughts and her genuine soul (not to mention, her love for chocolate is a benefit)~  Thank you so much, Christy, for this much appreciated nomination!  I am privileged to have met you and I look forward to being inspired even more from your wonderful talent.  Please visit her, if you haven’t already, and your day will be complete~

When I first read Miro’s thoughtful reflection about what this award means, then found out that Christy nominated me, I was all the more humbled, as I have admired Miro’s poetry for awhile now and am inspired by the life lessons he shares with readers. He reminds us to be both sincere and strong at the same time. Please visit his blog, if you are not already acquainted with his work. 

The 1-in-100 Warrior Award
Warrior Status.

Thank you, my friend.

The guidelines upon receipt of said award are:


Guidelines for the 1-in-100 Warrior Award: Warriors are not motivated by awards or fame. They see awards not as an opportunity for the ego to rejoice, but rather an opportunity to honor other warrior brothers and sisters. To acknowledge and honor the rarity of the warrior, it is recommended that the recipient passes this award on to only *one* other blogger that they feel goes above and beyond to serve and inspire others, and who maintains their grace and positivity even in the face of difficult challenges, such as health issues, tragedy, injustice or loss.

I pondered this award and thought of PJ~

I present the Award to PJ at She is genuine, kind, and faithful in both her poems and her comments to her readers. She continues to lift our spirits and inspire us with her “Thought of the Day,” “Thought of the Night” and “Word to the Wise.” PJ has faced some difficult times personally and has turned her circumstances into beautiful poems and inspiring posts for her readers.  When I visit her, she radiates love, optimism, perseverance and her extremely strong faith in God.   I, personally, am inspired and in awe of her strength.  It is for these reasons, that I nominate PJ for the 1-in-100 Warrior Award.

I hand her this admirable award with a smile and a hug~

Before I close, I thank you all for your continuing support, likes, comments, and love and I wish you a wonderful week!

Lauren 🙂

Very Inspiring Blogger & Sunshine Award :)

 Hello Everyone,

I have received four new awards recently and will be “accepting” two of them in this post.  The other two will follow; thank you for your patience and time, in advance~

The Very Inspiring Blogger and Sunshine Award were given to me by my dear friend and blogging sister, Caddo Veil,  It would be hard for me to believe that you all haven’t visited her, yet, but, if, for some unknown reason, you haven’t, please do!  Her blog is a jar full of smiles, inspiration, spiritual guidance, hope and love.  You will not be disappointed!  Thank you, Caddo, for these two wonderful nominations.  I am very honored and grateful that you thought of me!   Just the thought of my blog inspiring and creating smiles for my readers is enough for joyful tears!



As you know, there are “rules” for accepting these awards.  First of all, I am supposed to answer 10 questions about myself that might interest you; that’s a tough one, but I’ll give it a try! 🙂

Fave Colors:  Blue, purple, red (it’s hard to choose just one)

Fave Animal:  Dog, no doubt, but I’d love to own a dolphin, tiger, lion, koala bear and anything else cuddly!

Fave Number:  I really don’t have one, but I always say “5” for my family of 4 + the family dog (we’ll be adopting soon) (keeping our Lucky Girl in our hearts) ♥

Fave Drink:  water, non-fat vanilla lattes, peach iced tea

Prefer Facebook or Twitter:  Facebook for my poetry page and I’m not on my personal page as often, but do have it.  I don’t think I’ll ever tweet!  There aren’t enough hours in a day~

My Passion:  Family, Writing, Reading, Helping others, trying to be the best person with God’s guidance

Prefer “giving”, or “receiving” presents:  I get so much pleasure from giving, but it is fun to receive, too!

Fave Pattern:  plaid (love plaid shirts)

Fave Day of the Week:  Fridays, looking forward to the weekend with my family, but thankful for each day~

Fave Flower:  Alstroemeria – they come in pinks, oranges, yellows and reds and are just beautiful, not to mention, they last forever, which is always a benefit! I also love carnations!

Nominations for both awards: (if there’s a number limit, I’m modifying :))


Nominees are in alphabetical order and some of these bloggers I’ve known for awhile.  They have spread their sunshine and inspiration throughout the blogging universe and have touched me with their poetry, thoughts, photography, advice~A few of the others are still new to me. However, in the short time I’ve perused their sites, I’ve been moved by their compassion and love through their experiences, poetry and photography, as well.  I encourage you all to take time to stop by their blogs, if you haven’t already made their acquaintance.  Again, you won’t be disappointed, but, you will be inspired!

I give thanks to those I’ve nominated for bringing inspiration and cheerfulness to my blogging experience and again, thank you, Caddo, for these two very special nominations!  Hugs and Peace to you all!

Lauren xx

Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award xx

   Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award

   The HUG Award was given to me by Sheila at Thank you so much Sheila!  I am    in awe of your amazing Snapthoughts: gorgeous photography, complementing your beautiful prose and poetry.  I am also grateful to have met you and will continue to be enthralled by your lovely blog.  Lastly, I’m truly honored that you thought of me for this nomination. 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, 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:

When Sheila presented this to me, I became teary-eyed, as she did, which isn’t difficult once you realize all it stands for…through my writing, my intent is to inspire, spread smiles, hope and love. Therefore, I am very honored to accept this award 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:

Autumn & Gabby:

All sites are listed in alphabetical order. Please visit them, if you haven’t already.  I love them all and if your name isn’t listed, I love you, too!  As always, the list is endless.  These particular bloggers and blogs have truly been an inspiration to me and I thank them all!  ♥

Peace, Hugs and Smiles to you all~

Lauren  🙂

Acceptance of Awesome and Amazing Awards in Arrears :)

This awards ceremony might be a bit lengthy, so please sit down, be comfortable and thank you, in advance, for your compassionate patience!

Most of you know what has been happening in my life, thus, I am tardy in accepting several awards, for which I am extremely grateful for…I am going to post the awards, then my nominations at the end…

I received this FIRST award on January 25th:

“Reader Appreciation Award” (No Kidding???)

I hadn’t heard of this award, but thanks to my dear friend and blogging sister, Caddo,, I am now a recipient and have truly enjoyed her graceful and humorous writing talent.  She is also known as the Haiku Queen!  Thank you, Caddo!
As she wrote, awards are like gifts–they are meant to be a blessing.  Therefore, the “rules” are not legally binding–which means, if you’re not happy to be nominated, please have some mercy and grace for me.  (Caddo didn’t do compliance checks and neither will I!)  “List six nominations.  Link the Award Image back to the one who presented it to you.” But if you can’t manage it, please do not fuss and fret.


The SECOND award is the Candle Lighter Award, received on February 8th, from my other dear friend, Celeste,  She is definitely a candle of grace and heart in this blogging world and sheds loving light on all of her readers.  I am deeply grateful for her to think of me in this light~Thank you, Celeste!

Candle Lighter Award

The Candle Lighter Award is an award for a blog or post that is positive and brings light into the world.

RULES > Whenever you see a blog or post you think brightens the world, give them The Candle Lighter Award. Recipients can accept or decline. What does the recipient have to do > simply accept and nothing more! You can paste this image on your blog, if you wish, and you are done! If you wish to honor someone else with a Candle, pass it on, anytime and as many times and to as many people.


My THIRD nomination is for Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments & Just Kidding Awards, which was given to me on February 21st!  Dear Caddo nominated me again, and I am so honored she thought of me as “sparkly and humorous!”  She exemplifies sparkles and humor enough for all of us and truly shines light to my world, so Thank you, again, Caddo! 

Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award/Just Kidding Award:

The “Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award” has to do with a woman of the same name, known for being very elegant and having high expectations, and who is committed to maintaining integrity, good manners and behavior, as well as a rich sense of humor.  Well, thank you, Caddo, for considering me for this high honored award!  Now, I must answer 10 Questions “honestly” about myself, as part of my acceptance (rules) of this award, so here we go:

  1. Describe yourself in 7 words—

 Grateful, compassionate, nice (sometimes, too nice?), an encourager (just like Caddo), funny, helpful, emotional (so much for 7 words!)

  1. What keeps you up at night?

Thinking about life or worrying about things I probably shouldn’t worry about~

  1. Who would you like to be?

There are so many wonderful people I admire and love, but I believe we should learn to be comfortable in our own skin.  Sometimes I slip, but most of the time, I’m pretty comfortable~

  1. What are you wearing now?

It’s cold out, so jeans and long sleeved t-shirt~  (sorry I didn’t dress for this occasion!)

  1. What scares you?

Losing a loved one, freak events in life, clicking the publish button (not too scary, but a little unnerving!)

  1. What are the best and worst things about blogging.

I have to agree with Caddo…the Best by far is the incredibly wonderful people I’m meeting—and the opportunity I have everyday to bless and encourage others, and learn from them.  And it’s the closest I’ll likely come to being “published!”

The Worst—the spam comments: I received several rude comments from a gentleman, whose comments I did trash, but they were unnerving, as well.  I haven’t seen him lately, so for that I am grateful.

  1. What was the last website you looked at? and of course,

  1. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Sometimes, I wish I weren’t so emotional and analytical~

  1. Slankets—yes or no?

No Slankets, but am cozy enough with blankets and hubby!  Hee,hee! 

  1. Tell us something about the person who tagged you.

Caddo is  compassionate, spiritual, giving, kindhearted, so funny (I love people who make me laugh), and a wonderful, elegant and graceful poet~


Next is my FOURTH nomination for the “U are it!”  Well, I was tagged on February 24th, by lovely Aliza, She shares emotions with me and is also a loving soul~Thank you, Aliza, for including me in this fun post!

TAG! You are IT!
This is a fun game where I answer her eleven questions and then I get to ask 11 new questions of my WP friends!
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them
Okay, here are the questions Aliza asked me and I’m going to modify this award, so instead of making up 11 new questions for my friends, I’m going to use these, because I like them!  So, to the bloggers I tag, please answer the same questions below, of course, if you have time, but if you don’t, it’s really okay…this is supposed to be fun, nothing to stress over!

1.  Your nickname? :-) Pie Girl (my hubby calls me this ‘cuz I’m sweet..I know, too mushy?)

2.  The wildest thing that you have ever done?  I was never that wild, a good girl (boring? Not really) but, I remember a time when I drank two Long Island Iced Teas (young and invincible) and drove home.  Very stupid and not smart, because I’m a light weight when it comes to drinking, but needless to say, I’m safe!

3.  Have you found true love in life?  Definitely, married for 23 years and together for 24!

4.  Your special quality?  Kindness

5.  Your most clear memory of your childhood? Going to Disneyland with my best friend, Cindy, many times!  I am a Disney fanatic and we lived 5 minutes away from Mickey and Minnie!

6.  The color which describes you best?  Orange, because of my (most of the time) sunny disposition~

7.  Your favorite movie?  So hard to choose, but one that comes to mind is The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock; wonderful and touching story~

8.  One thing you would like to change about yourself?  Lose 10 lbs 🙂

9.  A song which describes you?  “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze  ♫

10.  Your favorite novel? Again, too many to choose from, so will have to pass on this one~

I’m going to tag 6 favorites of mine, but my list is endless: – Deb – PJ – Nanda – Julie – Christy – Lane


LAST BUT NOT LEAST is the Sunshine Blog Appreciation Award and I was given this by my wonderful friend, Deb,, on February 25th!  Deb brings me much sunshine whenever I visit her blog.  She is a wonderful painter and poet and has two adorable dogs, who also blog!  🙂  Thank you, Deb!

This bright and cheery award comes with another list of questions, so here we go:
  • Favorite color:  blue
  • Favorite animal: dog
  • Favorite number:  5
  • Favorite non-alcoholic drink: water and non-fat vanilla lattes
  • Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
  • My passion:  Writing and Helping others
  • Getting or giving presents: Giving is rewarding in itself, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy receiving, too! 🙂
  • Favorite pattern: I haven’t thought about this…
  • Favorite day of the week: Friday, last day of work week, anticipating the weekend
  • Favorite flower:  Alstroemeria from South America
WHEW!  I think this ceremony is coming to an end…but, before I conclude, I have to include that I am unable to pay these awards forward as normally done, so I hope you forgive me (please?).  This is due to time constraints, so instead, please check out my blog roll, any comments made on my posts to find new bloggers or simply take the time to visit new blogs to show your interest and appreciation of new thoughts, writing, art and photography on WordPress…as we do this, awards or no awards, we’re paying “it” forward~
Everyone I’ve met has been a blessing to me in more ways than one!  I am thrilled and grateful to be a part of this blogging world, even though, at times, I get behind in responding, visiting and so forth…I’ve enjoyed the emotions I’ve felt from reading other’s awesome writing, the giggles, the tears and the “Awww’s and the sigh’s!”
So, again, I apologize for the lengthy post, but I thought this would be better, so thank you to those who continue to support me and have also kept me in your prayers and positive thoughts during this somber month of February!  Blessings and Happy Wishes to you All!
p.s. I sincerely hope I have not made any errors!  🙂

The ABC Blogger Award :)

The ABC blogger Award

I’m sure they know how late I am in responding and I hope they’ll forgive me!  I have to say, though, that each award feels like another hug!  A feeling of warmth and of belonging; who can truly ask for more?  These are all lovely ladies, who possess wonderful talent in writing and painting.  They are also lovely new friends of mine in this land of blog!  I thank them from the bottom of my heart!  ♥

Here are the rules…

There is no limit to how many fellow bloggers you pass this on to~

Share some things about you, but alphabetically,  just a word or two starting with each letter of the alphabet.

Before I share my crazy alphabet, I would like to nominate the following bloggers…if these are repeat nominations, so sorry!  🙂  But, all joking aside, only follow through if you have time…absolutely no pressure is applied here~However, consider yourself hugged AGAIN!  🙂 – Sharon – Caddo – Rose – Betty – Sandra – Francina – Andrea Pam Kaytee – Pryncess – Abi

I love all of these blogs, which I believe they already know!  And to add, my list goes on and on…Please visit their sites, if you haven’t in the past.  You will be pleasantly entertained and extremely moved, as I have been~

Okay, here we go with the ABC’s!  I did have a few technical difficulties (leave it to me)! 🙂




 Nice, Neat




 Orange Juice


 Canine companions








 Everlasting love






 Sisters, Steph






 Humor, Hugs




 Ice cream


 Voluptuous (Not!) 🙂








X-tra time






Matt, Michael




Dear Fellow Bloggers,

I have lost blogging momentum, due to family circumstances, so my acceptance to award nominations will be combined in this one post.  As I’ve mentioned before, these nominations always come as a surprise and I’m always humbled, honored and grateful that my writing has touched so many readers. 

When I first began this blog last October and started sharing my poetry, my insecurity weighed heavily on my mind.  I was thrilled to have had one reader, one like and one comment.  Then, over time,  things grew…I hope you can “feel” my sincerity when I “say” I’m very, very thankful.  And just to clarify, it’s not the recognition, but the opportunity to “touch” others, “move” others, emotionally and make others “feel” when they read~  Thank you so much for “listening.”

I’d like to begin with my nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award by Capricioussoul, & Will of Heart,  Thanks to both of them for their wonderful blogs and inspiration and for their lovely support to me.  They are beautiful souls and are deserving of this award.  I’m blessed to have met them and I ask you to visit them, if you haven’t, yet.

Next, I am truly happy to have been nominated for the Genuine Blogger Award.  This award is new to my blogging knowledge and I was thrilled!  My thanks goes to Autumn & Gabby,, Soma,, Deb, and Betty, for nominating me.  These are all lovely and truly genuine ladies and I encourage you to visit their blogs, if you haven’t already. What an honor this is, and I say a “genuine” Thank you!

Now, I’d like to express my deepest “Thank you” for my nominations for The Kreativ Blogger Award.  My gratitude goes to Nita, and Linda, Again, I am blessed to have met these two beautiful souls in blogland and am honored they thought of my blog for this wonderful award.  Please pay them a visit, as well!  

Now, I’d like to thank MaryAnne,, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Again, I’m extremely honored and thankful for this nomination and I encourage you to visit her site, where you’ll find honesty, strength and inspiration.  Thank you!

And last, but not least, I am humbled by my nomination for the Candle Lighter Award by Eric,  He is a perfect recipient of this award, therefore, I’m honored he passed it on to me…I’m repeating myself, but please visit his inspiring and moving blog and you won’t be disappointed.

The Candle Lighter Award is an award for a post or blog that is positive and brings light into the world.  This award belongs to those who believe, who always survive the day, who never stop dreaming, and who do not quit, but keep trying.

I believe the blogs who nominated me fit into this category and there are so many great blogs in this blogging world we participate in, that do, as well.  At this time, I’m not able to make suggestions and pass on these awards.  However, I’m going to ask and encourage you to visit and read new blogs and pass on the encouragement and support you have received.  If you’d like to check out my blog roll, it is filled with great talent, inspiration, photography and love.  I also encourage you to continue on your familiar journeys with blogs you follow and I know my encouragement isn’t necessary!

In putting this post together, I pray that I haven’t made any mistakes…so, in ending, I express my gratitude, one more time, to these wonderful bloggers and to all of you out there, whom I would gladly share my happiness with~


Blessings to you all,  Lauren