Sunday, January 13, 2013

Liebster Award! Oh, My Gosh, I Didn't Prepare A Speech! ;)

Thanks to the super awesome Chantal Hickey over at Adventures in Hickey Land for nominating me! 

What is the Liebster Award? Here are the Rules!:

This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers...the award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another.

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.
My 11 Random Facts:
(I'm halfway cheating - some of these "random facts" will come from my All About Me section, because at the end of it, I list random facts about myself!)
1) I hardly EVER reheat leftovers, especially not any type of meat. I'd rather just eat it cold.

2) My older brother, Josh, and I have a super close relationship. We have more inside jokes than I can count. I'm told it's annoying to be around us because him and I go into our own little world!
3) Raymond & I want a fourth child more than anything. With the knowledge that another pregnancy would be life-threatening, we've (literally, TODAY) come to the resolution that we want to adopt. In a couple of years, once we're (finally) home owners and are a little more financially stable, and when we have some obvious extra funds, we will definitely pursue adoption! We just feel like we have so much love to give, whether it be to a child that is biologically ours or not. It makes no difference to us.

4) I'm a BIG time crybaby. I cry over almost everything. Happy, mad, sad, overwhelmed; movies, songs, even COMMERCIALS have started up the water works. 
5) I daydream. A LOT. I often lie awake in bed for hours and hours on end, just daydreaming!
6) I detest the smell of change or metal. I've vomited by accidentally smelling my hands after handling change.
7) I honestly wouldn't mind if I had to be pregnant for the rest of my life. I loved every second of every pregnancy.
8) I use parenthesis a lot when typing. (too much? Nah)
9) Raymond and I have christened every hospital room after I gave birth to each of our three kids. Hey, all three were c-sections, so it's not that bad. ;)
10) I quote my favorite movies/shows a lot.
11) I totally rock at playing, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on my daughter's piano.
My 11 questions from Chantal:
Who was the very first blogger you started reading regularly?
Last great book you read?
Scarlett. It's the sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, written by Alexandra Ripley. I've read it approximately a thousand times, but just recently finished it again.
What magazines (if any) do you just have to read every month?
I don't read any magazines on a regular basis, really. The majority of my magazine reading happens when I'm in the checkout lanes getting groceries and I put them back when I'm done. I had a Parenting magazine subscription, but only because it was free. I cancelled as soon as it asked me to pay for a subscription renewal. I'm so cheap.
Best parenting or marriage adice you've ever recieved?
Parenting advice: 'Do not listen to anyone's parenting advice.' from my mom. She told me to find my own groove and that as long as my kids were happy, healthy, and safe, it didn't matter how I did it. She's a smart woman.
Are you a couponer? If so, extreme or newbie?
I tried. I really, really tried. I just never got the hang of it. I'd like to start again...maybe when we move?
If you could pick any other place in the world to move to, where would it be?
I honestly wouldn't want to live anywhere other than Texas. I love it here. Visit? Absolutely. Live? No. Texas is our home!
Who was your first follower on your blog (if you know!)?
I believe it was Chantal Hickey. :)
What is your favorite color combination?
Anything with teal/turquoise! 
Which of your Pinterest boards (if you have one) has to most pins?
My LaughOutLoud board.
All time favorite DIY project you've seen on Pinterest (or elsewhere)?
There's NO way I could answer that!! I have SO many favorites!
Where is your "happy place"?
Other than my husband's arms (cliché much?), I'd have to say within the pages of whatever book I'm reading. It's like leading a beautiful double life, when you're one of those readers that submerses themselves into their books, which I definitely am.

My 11 Questions for my nominees:

1) Can you name three blogs that you regularly read?
2) Are you brand-loyal to any product?
3) Do you think of yourself as a leader or a follower?
4) Given the chance, what would you go back and change in your past?
5) If you only had one last meal, what would it be?
6) Are you a side sleeper, back sleeper, or tummy sleeper?
7) What was the reason for the last time you cried?
8) Favorite movie?
9) If the summary of your life had a theme song, what would it be?
10) What are you wearing right now?
11) Favorite TV series?
My nominees:
(Some of these bloggers aren't exactly new, but they ARE super awesome!)

If you choose to participate in this whole Liebster Award deal, post a comment and let me know so that I can go read yours! 
 (For anyone that I tagged, if you'd like me to remove your blog completely, just let me know!)
You don't HAVE to do this, I'll only cry for like a week at the most, if you don't want to... :)



  1. Thanks for linking me! You are a good friend and have made me feel very positive about making my blog public and letting people know! :)

    1. You're welcome! And, thank you. Love you, girly! <3

    2. I so agree Sarina! (: And no Marissa I'm not stalking you, just following your lead here till I can get my feet

    3. Lol, girly, do not even WORRY about it!! I'd be happy to help you out! I'm still learning a lot, too! :)

  2. Miss Marissa-than you so much for the nomination! I just got this so it will take me a bit to get everything done, but rest assured, it will happen.

    Question - Is this blogging thing the most confusing thing ever? I just started writing because I love to write. Now I'm overwhelmed with all the places to go, things to register for - Blog Hole, On the Fence, Blog Hop, etc...I'm just so confused! Just wondered if it was just me?
    I so appreciate you! xo

    1. Take your time!! And you're definitely welcome!

      YES, it's all very confusing! I'm learning more and more each day, but I never realized all that goes into maintaining a blog - like you said, with the blog hops and whatnot! I'm always afraid that I'm not commenting on other blogs enough or that I'm not posting enough, or that I'm posting too much. I'm like you - I just wanted to write!
      I appreciate YOU, lady, like a lot. :)

  3. Thank you for this, Marissa! Love the encouragement and support in the blogosphere! :)

  4. Thank you so much! I'm going to have to do some thinking for this one!

    1. You're welcome!! Let me know when/if you do it, so I can go read!!

  5. Hey Marissa. Thanks so much for thinking of me. I love connecting with other bloggers. I did mine. Here it is

    1. You're welcome!! I'll head over there & take a look at it!!

    2. Btw do you also have a facebook page? I was looking for ya

    3. I have my personal account, but I haven't made an account for my blog! Not sure if I will. I (just today) 'liked' your FB page off of my personal account! :)

  6. Thank you so Marissa! I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with this.

    I quote my favorite movies, too. To the point it annoys people. :)

    1. You're very welcome! I can't wait to read yours!

      Haha, that's how my husband and I are! We've had whole conversations in movie quotes!

  7. Good luck with your adoption! Notice you were following so I thought I'd follow you back!

    1. Thank you! It'll still be a few years before we pursue it, but from what I've researched - there'll be some pretty big hoops to jump through to get the ball rolling! But, our hearts are in it! Thanks for the follow!! :)

  8. I am just like you with the crying thing except for I have one more trigger- I shamefully sometimes cry when I'm hungry. Not from the hunger, it just makes me so emotional!!!
    That's so awesome you loved being pregnant. I hated it. Totally worth it and I totally love my boys but I didn't have those glowing moments. You're a lucky woman, or you have more resolve to be happy than I!!

    1. Haha, aw! I remember crying over that when pregnant!!

      Yes, I totally loved it! I've always been oddly obsessed with pregnancy. I didn't even have 'easy' pregnancies, even though that's what people tend to think when they hear I loved it! Lol.

  9. Hi there! Just wanted to say 'thank you' so much for the hook-up! And I'm SO glad to have been introduced to your blog - you are awesome!! I could probably go on but I don't want to make you cry. ;) But you ARE awesome! I will get started on my shout-outs soon and I'll let you know when I do.

    Thanks again and I look forward to keeping up with ya!

    1. You are SO welcome, Carol!! And thank YOU!! I was so happy to find your blog - I love your sense of humor and I'm excited to have a new blog to stalk. ;)

    2. Alright Sister...dang that was a lot of work...but I got 'er done! Check it out when you get time. Take care!

  10. HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!! I finally posted my Liebster post! seriously late and a SERIOUS apology! xoxoxoxoxoxo