Sunshine Blogger Award

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Being a relatively new blogger, to say that I was shocked to be nominated by BusyTykes for the Sunshine Blogger Award, would be an understatement.  (I may not have known what it was, but who doesn’t get excited when they see the word AWARD.)  Then I received a second nomination from  You could have knocked me over with a feather.  You mean there are really people out there who want to hear what I have to say?

I began this blog simply to unite the moms of the world.  I may be a homeschooling mom, and many of my posts are categorized as under that topic, but I was a mom first, and no one understands MOMLIFE better than other mamas, right?

I looked into this award and learned that is an award given by bloggers to bloggers they feel are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community”.  *insert swoon*

It was like the old movie quote, “They like me.  They really like me!”

I am so grateful to BusyTykes and ButterflyLife. It means a lot to me that these women feel that I am a positive influence in the blogging world.

Pop on over to see the great ideas the amazing Mama at BusyTykes has to keep her little ones entertained.  She is so clever!  And you have to read her answers to the questions she was given when she received the award…too funny!

Read the inspiring story of Laurie on her honest and brave journey through ButterflyLife.  She is an incredible woman who has the heart of a lion.  I’ll let you read her story for yourself.

This award allows us, as bloggers, to get to know one another better and it showcases some of the amazing blogs that are out there in the blogosphere.

Here Are The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you and link their blogs.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers you think deserve this award and write them 11 new questions!
  4. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award photo on your post and/or blog!

Without Further Ado, here are the questions BusyTykes asked me, and my answers.

Why did you start your blog?

Over the years as a homeschooling mom, I have given advice to many other homeschooling families.  My best friend and the Hubs had suggested for years that I start a blog in order to reach more people.  I ignored them, because they were my family and were suppose to say such things.  Then just before we left Florida, I was grabbing produce at the local market and a woman stopped me.  She told me that I had run into her years before and we had discussed homeschooling (she admitted that she recognized me by the number of children I had following me–geez, it’s only 4).  During our conversation she said I had had such an impact on her that she had been hoping to see me again to thank me.  She explained that because of me, she had been homeschooling her two girls for the past 5 years.  I have had this happen before, but that was the first time that I really thought about what the BFF and the Hubs had been telling me to do.  The final push was when we moved here, and I once again found myself being asked numerous questions about homeschooling, and people wanting to know how to get ahold of me for answers.  So, I started Teaching 4 Things with my first post about where to even start when you are considering homeschooling.

What is something that is popular that annoys you?

Improper Grammar!  I can’t stand it in speech or the written word.  There are times it takes everything I have in me to not correct people, especially strangers in public (it doesn’t go over well, trust me).  Shorthand in texting and social media is my nemesis.  I want to grab a red pen and fix all the grammatical errors I see everywhere.  I understand the convenience of it, but I guess 13 years of Catholic school with the nuns, and graduating with an English minor in college, just never wears off.  As I say in my post about college scholarships, the Things refer to me as the Grammar Monster!  The Hubs will use a double negative or slang just to see my eyes roll into my head (he finds it greatly amusing and does it as a party trick).

For Christmas last year the Things bought me a T-shirt that says, “I’m silently correcting your grammar.”  I wear it with pride.

What is the most useful thing you own?

Oh my, what a question!  I want to answer “my Things”, and although I went through 9 months of not-so-pleasant pregnancy and hours of not-so-pleasant labor with each of them, I do not OWN them; however, ever since I have gotten them to do chores..correctly, I might add,..they are very useful!

The MOST useful…I don’t know.  There are the obvious ones: my car, my phone, my microwave, but I can tell you that the contents of my makeup bag are pretty useful, too.

What do you do to improve your mood when you are in a bad mood?

I had to ask the Hubs what I do to improve my mood and his response was, “Complain….loudly.”  He claims the Things call it “watch Mama’s head explode” and most people will refer to it as yelling.  My best friend is great when I’m in a foul mood.  She tends to respond with equal sarcasm and soon she is right there with me, plotting how we are going to exact vengeance upon those who have wronged us (or just gripe about momlife and how we need more wine and coffee).

But this is probably not the answer people want, so….

I tend to turn to the Hubs when I’m in a foul mood.  He listens and only gives advice if I ask.  He’ll just say, “I understand” or “That’s understandable.”  Then he’ll find a way to make me laugh.  Any way he can, whether it be by saying something totally off-the-wall, or just acting like a complete goofball.  And it always makes me feel better.  ALWAYS.

What TV show would you like your life to be like?

None.  I love my life.  I know that sounds like a cop out, but honestly, I don’t have an answer for this.  I have a great life.  Sure, we have our hurdles and daily struggles, but nothing that we can’t handle.  In terms of TV shows, I wouldn’t want any of the problems I’ve seen lately!  Kids who need to be grounded for eternity, neighbors whose prime objectives is to cause you bodily harm, and what about those poor people simply trying to survive the next zombie attack!

Thanks, but I’ll pass and just remain in reality!

What song puts you in a good mood?

I have seriously eclectic taste in terms of music.  No matter what, I can find something to belt it out with!  Most often it’s something loud.  I love Oingo Boingo and most 80s rock (and can proudly say, so do the Things).  Old country (and new) gets me moving (the Hubs and I have been known to two-step around the house a few times).  And who doesn’t love Blues or Jazz?  I own Big Band records, too.  Plus, I have to admit that by being a child of the 70s, I know most classic rock.  Like most people, there are times I just need to slow it down and only classical music will soothe the soul.  I guess the short answer is, almost any music puts a smile on my face!

What would you want your last meal to be if you were on death row?

First, I’d love to know which Thing pushed me to the limit so that I ended up on Death Row!

I’m a foodie, so I think I’d have to be one of those demanding inmates that places an order from everywhere!  Knowing that it’s the last time I’m going to eat, I’d want it all (Now the old song “I want it all and I want it now!” is in my head).  I love Asian food.  I love good burgers.  I can scarf down Italian.  Chocolate is a true weakness.  German, Polish, and Hungarian would be on the menu.  Roast Lamb and mint jelly, sweet potatoes, a buttered steak, artichoke and broccoli.  I think I would have to petition an appeal explaining that 1 meal is not enough and I’d need special meals for at least a month.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Like most of the other questions that I’ve answered, I didn’t have just one favorite.  I read whatever I could get my hands on.  I have always loved to read and I am so glad I have passed this trait onto all of the Things.  I really enjoyed the Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle and the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene.  Jane Yolen, Nancy Etchemendy and Sharon Wagner were some of my favorite authors.  My copies of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis are now being read by my Things.  (It may be time to retire these copies, actually.  They are well loved and a little shabby now!)  I’ve read Alice in Wonderland aloud each time I was pregnant and still love it as much as I did when I was little.  I’ve always loved mysteries and fantasies, but like most little girls, I went through a horse phase and read all the Black Beauty, and Black Stallion books in the library.  Actually I think I read most of the books in the children’s section of our public library when I was young.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

With a large family, travel can get very expensive, so trips that require air fare are few and far between.  Our whole family loves to take road trips, though, whether it’s just for the day or for the entire summer.  Finding places off the beaten path is always our favorite part.  We have driven cross country more than once and on each trip, we have new experiences.  After living in Florida for 15 years, right now we are just enjoying exploring our new surroundings in Missouri.  Who knew there was so much to see here?

What is your guilty pleasure?

Time for my deep dark secrets, huh?  I have a few.  I’ll give you 2.

As I said before, I love to read.  I’ve been known to ignore life completely in order to finish a book.  I don’t binge watch TV, but I will binge read a whole book series that I have gotten into.  I’m a sucker for romance authors like Nora Roberts, and mysteries such as James Patterson, fantasy series like George R.R. Martin and Diana Gabaldon, but my real joy is finding more obscure authors from every genre.  I love looking up “books like….” online and seeing else is out there.

Shoes.  The Hubs will tell you how many pairs of shoes I actually own.  I admit nothing except that we might need a bigger closet in the house.  Boots, heels, flats, retro, dressy, slingbacks, oxfords, high tops.  I love them all.  On Pinterest, my Cute Shoes board was originally called “My Addiction”.  I cleaned the board up quite a bit.  It was overflowing with shoes that I NEED!

What do you spend most of your free time doing?


What is this free time you speak of?  Right now,  I honestly have none.  We moved into a house that has required more work than we expected plus we are setting up the property as a mini homestead.  Add homeschool and blogging to regular mom life and my day is full.


I loved answering these.  How often do you really have a reason to sit and think about what makes you who you are?

My nominees are all bloggers who have shown me support over the last month.  Between giving me advice, sharing my posts all over social media, leaving comments, and subscribing to my email and newsletter, I would still be in the dark about so much regarding the world of blogging without them (and would be bald from pulling out my gray hair in frustration, so thanks!)  You, lovely ladies, are appreciated! 

Pop over to see how great these bloggers really are!!

Russells Loving Life

Adjust My Crown

Where is MY Mary Poppins?

Practical, By Default

Pickle and Poppet

How Do I Homeschool?

Nourishing My Scholar

Okay in the Mess

Susan Evans Hands on Learning

Thoughts With N

They Call Me Blessed

The questions I chose for my nominees are:

  1. What made you want to blog?   What is it you want to share?
  2. Who is your greatest supporter in this venture?
  3. What is one thing you want your readers to know about you?
  4. What is the hardest life lesson you have learned so far?
  5. What is the greatest gift you have ever received?
  6. Who do you consider your hero/heroine?
  7. If you could pass on one piece of advice to anyone, who would it be, and what’s the advice?
  8. What is something you’ve always wanted to learn to do?
  9. What is your favorite season?
  10. If you could plan the perfect trip to anywhere, where would it be and who would you take?
  11. What is the one chore/job, that you like the least?

What other questions would you like to ask me?  What would your answers be?  Please leave a comment below so I can get to know YOU better!

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