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Guess Who Won a Sunshine Blogger Award!

My Year of Adventure ~ Week 40

This week for my Year of Adventure post, I am super excited to announce that I was nominated to receive the Sunshine Blogger Award!  As a fairly new blogger, this is really exciting and quite an honor.  The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to blogs that are inspiring, positive, and creative, which is definitely one the my goals for A Book Lover’s Adventures!

Here’s How the Award Works

Rules for Nominees

  • 1. Thank the person that nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog
  • 2. Answer the 11 questions from the person that nominated you
  • 3. Nominate some other bloggers for this award and give them 11 questions to answer
  • 4. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.
  • 5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo

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Thank you to My Cup of Cocoa!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Leah at My Cup of Cocoa for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Leah’s blog is all about making the world a better place and being a bright, happy spot in the internet world.  I’d say she’s got that one nailed!  I would love if you’d pop over and say hi to her.  One of my favorite posts of hers is 5 Simple Joys I Learned from my Dog.

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Thank you My Cup of Cocoa!

My Sunshine Blogger Award Nominees

Here’s my fabulous nominees!  Check out each of their blogs!!  I think you’ll love them as much as I do.

The Caffeinated Mom Club

by Erin; Erin inspires moms at home, at work and in the kitchen.  She has some fabulous recipes, but definitely check out her Smoky Fire-Roasted Salsa!!

Let Me Give You Some Advice

by Lindsay; Linday is busy helping curious family explore more.  Her article about Seaside, Oregon  is giving me a case of West Coast Wanderlust!

Perfect Cents Living

by Kendall; Kendall is helping you create a life you love ~ for less.  I’m working through her article about Creating a Budget that Works!

Scenic Suitcase

by Stephanie; Stephanie wants you to travel like an expert, and experience the world like a local!  Her Picture Perfect post on Italy makes me want to go!

All Natural Joy

by Amber Fox; Amber’s mission is equipping moms to delight in everyday living.  One of my favorite posts from her is How to Intentionally and Effectively Pray for your Kids.

Have Clothes, Will Travel

by Lindsey Puls; Lindsey shares her love for fashion and travel online.  I love her article about Rainbow Mountain in Peru!  What a fascinating place to visit!!

The Weekend Fox

by Katherine; Katherine shares her weekend highlights, travel guides, Saturday style, and inspiration from all over the globe.  She has a great 3 Day Weekend Guide to Charleston, SC


Questions for the New Nominees

  1. How did you come up with your blog name?
  2. Do you like traveling?  If so, what do you most like about traveling?
  3. Which country/city would you recommend to visit? Why?
  4. What’s one book you’ve re-read more than once?
  5. What the best advice anyone ever gave you?
  6. Do you collect anything when traveling?
  7. What would you do if you didn’t blog?
  8. How would you describe yourself in three words?
  9. Road trip or Airline Travel?
  10. What’s your favorite food?
  11. What inspires you most?


My Questions and Answers

Why did you start a blog?

I started my blog in the summer of 2016 as a creative outlet.  I had to quit my job working in an elementary school library to help with family, but I knew I would need something creative.  My blog has allowed me to continue to be creative (in a new way), but also be around my family when I really need to be.

If you had three wishes, what would they be and why? (no wishes for more wishes!)

This is a really hard one for me.  I would wish that my mom didn’t have to go through dementia.  While this has been one of the hardest experiences I’ve gone through in my life, it’s also been an honor and a blessing to go through this with her and my family!

I would wish that it was as easy to eat whatever I want at 50+ as it was in my 20’s.  Yep!

And finally, … I wish

What inspires you?

There is a lot that inspires me.  My family inspires me.  Currently, my mom is struggling with dementia, everyday with her is an inspiration to live life with grace and love.

Also, my children are constant sources of inspiration.  Even as teens, I am reminded constantly that we tend to set our own boundaries by our fears and not necessarily by circumstances, goals or our skill set.  They’ve inspired me to set higher goals for myself and go for them!

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.

We have a kitty, Halloween, who rules the house.  She’s a long-hair, black smokey tiger.  And, she’s absolutely sweet, when she chooses to be!

We used to have a hermit crab, but my son decided that it wanted to be a free-range crab.  So, he (it?) it currently livin’ off the land, hopefully!

What is your favorite comfort food and why?

This changes, but currently Chicken Curry is my favorite comfort food.  We’ve tried a few different recipes, and frankly they’re all delicious!  When I have a bowl of Chicken Curry and rice it just feels all warm and delicious!  I’m sure there’s some sort of scientific answer about dopamine or something, but it just makes me happy!

What are three things you can’t live without?

I will say my family because they are such a huge part of my life and my love.  But, because of a few different family members dying, I know I can live without them…it’s just not easy.

Books are a constant source of peace, comfort and inspiration.  It would be very sad to have to live without books.

The ability to travel (or at least dream about travel).  I have spent a good part of my life exploring new places.  To have to stay in one spot forever would wilt me.

Do you believe in miracles? Why or why not?

Definitely!  I’ve seen too many unexplained (by normal standards) events to not believe.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

I’ve never lived overseas.  So, I think it would be interesting to spend some time living in a foreign country.  For ease of language and such, I think I would like an English speaking country like England, Scotland or Ireland?

Describe the perfect day

This question immediately made me think of that line from the Sandra Bullock movie, Miss Congeniality:



What are your creative outlets?

I enjoy being creative through crafty things.  I have tried a lot of different types of crafty stuff, but I have enjoyed painting, making Christmas ornaments, writing, needlework and knitting.

What advice would you give to a new blogger?

As Ruth Soukup from Elite Blog Academy says, “Do it scared!”  So, don’t wait for things to be perfect, just put your work out there and learn from it!  If it doesn’t work, don’t worry, just try something new.


Thanks Again, Leah!

Thank you again to Leah at My Cup of Cocoa!  This has been fun to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and to put together this article!  And, I really look forward to reading my nominees answers!

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