I Won an Award!

I'm excited to have my first blogger award!  And the ability to pass it on.  I'm not sure how much it counts since it comes from my good friend Sarah over at Sweet Pea and JoJo.  But I'll take it!

The way it works is I have to tell you seven things about myself and then pass on this award to 15 other bloggers. So here goes...

1.  I am a mom to two awesome kids and currently trying for a third. Call me insane.
2.  I LOVE to read!  My husband asked me last month how many books I had read last year and I had no idea.  So I'm now keeping a list to satisfy my curiosity.  Currently reading Kristin Hannah and would highly recommend any book by her.  I think I've read all of them except for a couple and then I'm moving onto Debbie Macomber since I have an entire bag of her books waiting for me.
3.  I love to cook.  Obviously.  Which leads to...
4.  I am always trying to lose weight.  I am a yo-yo dieter.  I lose a bunch then gain it all back plus more.  Lose some, gain it back, lose some, gain it back, etc.  Might help if I didn't cook so much.  Then I wouldn't eat so much.  Doesn't help having kids around either since I tend to clean up after them. But regardless of what excuses I make, it's because my will power sucks.  One of these days maybe it'll happen.
5.  I'm from a small town, married to a guy from an even smaller town, who ended up by the big city of St Louis.  Hubs dreams of moving back some day but after living up here for 6 1/2 years I'm not sure I could go back.
6. I enjoy quilting, even though I haven't done it since I had kids.  My Grandma Jo, who was like a second mother to me and passed away this past summer, taught me what I know and instilled in me my love for it.  I'm looking forward to the days when the kids are older and our basement is finished so I can drag out all my quilting stuff again and do something I enjoy.
7.  I  have a BS in Elementary Ed, an MBA in Accounting, and yet I work from home doing web design.  Guess I'm not sure what I want to do but I do love what I'm currently doing.  It's only me and my boss, the owner of a small company in St Louis and the most awesome boss ever.  I can work when I want, as much as I want, and still be home for my kids.  I'm hoping this is something I can keep doing indefinitely so that as the kids get older I can still volunteer at school and go on field trips, take care of them if they're sick, etc.  So if you have any web design needs or SEO needs check out www.highlevelstudios.com! 

That's it.  Now to pass it along:

1.  Finding Joy in My Kitchen - I enjoy the Friday Favorites, the healthy recipes, and get great recipe ideas of things to try from this site.
2.  An Oregon Cottage - This site not only has great recipes but I learned a lot about gardening this summer as we ventured through our first garden.  It also talks about decorating and crafty things, like these Flax Seed Pillows I'd like to make some day.
3. A Year of Slow Cooking - Who doesn't love the crockpot?!
4. This Week for Dinner - I love the weekly menus to pull ideas from, and she has awesome give-aways.
5. Lynn's Kitchen Adventures - Great recipes and ideas, plus vlogs teaching me new ways of doing things.
6. Crafts N Things for Children - My friend Sarah, who I mentioned above, makes awesome crafts.  But I don't have my sewing machine out and am not as crafty as her.  But this site provides some great ideas for some fast and easy crafts for kids, and I especially love the learning ones.
7. Hon, What's for Dinner? - I like how she makes her own twist of recipes.
8. Loving My Domestic Life - Since I myself have a domestic life I enjoy the ideas she comes up with.
9. Mom!  What's for Dinner? - Yummy recipes that are quick and easy.
10.  A Bountiful Kitchen - Lovely recipes and great photos.

Okay, well, I can only think of 10 right now but if I come across anymore deserving I'll add to my list.


  1. Thank you so much for the sweet words, Vicki! I, too, have degrees I'm not using and a pile of books I'm reading. :-)

    An Oregon Cottage

  2. Well, it must be true cause I also awarded you with the Stylish Blogger Award! You can check it out on my blog. Enjoy your stylishness!

  3. Thanks for including me on this great list of bloggers! What a fun award; thank you for your kind words.