What is it with NaBloPoMo participation and blog awards?! Whenever I take the plunge and blog every day, an award is bestowed upon me!

So happy to have received the Versatile Blogger Award from my girl Katie over at Nested!

Versatile Blogger Award

 And as with most blog awards, there are rules!

The Rules for the Versatile Blogger

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their site.
  2. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.
  3. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and include a link to their site.
  4. Let them know you have nominated them
  5. Share 7 random facts about you

T to the H to the A to the N to the K to the S to the awesome Katie! She is upfront and poignant, all while making me laugh my butt off! Why haven’t you read her blog slash followed her tweets slash watch her on Huff Post Live?

The only thing fault I can find with Katie is that she already nominated a bunch of bloggers that I would choose. What can I say? Great minds think alike! So I guess that means those peeps are doubly/tripley versatile! so whatever, I’m nominating some of those people again. Because I do what I want. I run with twelve gangs.


Without further adieu, go here to find some Versatile Bloggers!

  1. Claire at The Frenetic Mrs. Fox – Self described as “angry”, Mrs. Fox is snarky, funny, and totally honest. and British, which makes someone infinitely more awesome IMHO.
  2. Shauna over at Momma Candy.   From a running review of The Bachelor, to delicious sweet concoctions, to touching stories of her family, you have to catch up with her!
  3. Mama Lola at Bear and Lion Mama I was distraught when moma lola took a blog break over the holidays and jumped for joy when she returned!
  4. Loki-Lou from the Modfather.  Does this need further explanation? I love her life’s anecdotes about work, love, family, and making it work.
  5. Xiomara Maldonado at Equis Place This woman is FAMILY. she oozes love in every story she tells. Well worth the read!
  6. Purple Dreamer at My Purple Dreams 365 days of being thankful and paying it forward. a little slice of blogging heaven.
  7. Kristy at Pieces of Kristy Recipes and trivia and puppies, oh my!


Seven Random Facts About Me:

  1. I have four versions of the same dress that I wear to work virtually every day.
  2. My dream ride is a minivan. any minivan.  but for now, I will take a station wagon (preferably with an awesome rear facing trunk seat!)
  3. I have the opposite of a green thumb. I know nothing about growing plants, identifying plants, or keeping them alive.
  4. I’ve used a gun on two occasions: target shooting with rifles at Christian camp (yes. really.) and skeet shooting at Molly and Sam’s wedding weekend.  and I really kind of want to go to a shooting range.
  5. The first time I competitively swam backstroke, I was in first place, but then turned from my back to my front at the finish, which disqualified me. That still haunts me.
  6. I enrolled in a 6 week photograph course that starts tomorrow night and am SO EXCITED!
  7. Having our new dishwasher is the best superficial thing that has happened to me in a long time.  Probably since we got a dryer last June (mere days before Vivian’s early arrival).


Have at it!


A fancy way of saying thank you!

Every time I see my name mentioned on another blog I get all excited and nervous and want to go dancing around.  While this is appropriate in the comfort of my own home, sometimes I get this urge at work, and well. that could be looked upon with some suspicion!

For the second time, Loki-Lou over at the Modfather has nominated me for a bloggy award!

(she also nominated me for a Wonderful Team Membership award, and I swear I have a draft post accepting that nomination from like, the beginning of November, but as you may have read, November was a shitshow for me. Maybe I should just publish that now, right?)

“A Liebster Award is apparently ‘an award given from bloggers to bloggers that are small to medium in size or up and coming in the blogsphere.  Liebster is German for favourite.  The award is a way to give beginning bloggers some worthy attention, make connections and let readers learn a little more about you.'” See Loki-Lou at The Modfather (quoting Dawn at Joyful Scribblings). (Aren’t you impressed by my lawyerly citation format? No? ok, then, moving on….)

I’ve said it before, but most of the time I think I’m just spewing nonsense into the universe and I love knowing that fellow bloggers come to visit!

And for the rules!

1. I must answer eleven questions that Loki-Lou has posed.

2. Then I must give you a glimpse at myself with eleven facts.

3. And then I nominate 5 blogs and ask them eleven new questions!


1. Who has been your greatest inspiration? Wow, what a way to start this out.  I don’t know. I really don’t.  I’ve never been one to idolize (well, except for that Leonardo DiCaprio phase I went through in high school).  I can’t say that any one person inspired me that much to be the greatest.  There were so many people who inspired me in small ways that led me to be who I am today. 

2. If you had the chance to live one movie scene – what would it be and why? The scene in Gone with the Wind when Scarlett was lying in bed after realizing how much she loved Rhett and then he comes in to tell her he’s leaving for London. OMG I  would totally live that one so I could switch it up! I would make Scarlett jump up and grab Rhett before it was too late! 

3. What is your favourite holiday? Columbus Day! Because it’s always around my birthday, and I get to have an extra day off from work 😉 Plus, no pressure for cooking or buying the perfect presents. 

4. What has been your highlight of 2012? Uh. Duh. Miss Vivian Eleanor’s arrival!

5. Where do you hope to spend New Years Eve? hands down, on my sofa at home. 

6. Where do you consider the most beautiful place in the world to be? Not sure about the most beautiful place it the world, but Sedona, AZ is certainly the most beautiful place I’ve ever been!

7. Do you believe in soulmates? Why? Not really. Or if there are, you can have more than one. I think there are certain people meant to come into your life and who change you, but I don’t think that how that person will change you or whether you will be with them forever is carved out in stone. 

8. What do you hope 2013 holds in store for you? All the normal (healthy family, happy baby, steady job), but really I would just love to be back at my pre-pregnancy weight! 

9. If you could go back in time and change an event in your own life…..would you? Knowing that whatever you did, no matter how small an action, would change your current life forever. AHHH I’m such a believer in the butterfly effect.  I have one event in mind that I would love to change, but if that meant not ending up with the Man, and having the Viv and the Luke and the Lacey, then I’d rather not.  I wouldn’t want to risk it. 

10. If you had the chance to achieve everything you ever want in life, but had to sacrifice the happiness of your loved ones to do it….would you? No way.

11. Who are you hoping to share the mistletoe with this year? I basically pre-determined the answer to that question on January 5, 2008 😉


1. I would eat some variation of buffalo chicken and blue cheese every day if given the chance.

2. Lafe is a play on my last name

3. I have some pretty nasty postpartum anxiety.  Maybe I’ll write about that someday.

4. I’m very intimidated by cooking. But then once I get all of the ingredients and put it together, It usually turns out ok. I still don’t like having dinner parties for that reason.

5.  I oh so desperately want a mini-van. VW Routon? Town and County? Quest? yes please.

6. I’ve had three boyfriends and I married the third.

7. I am having reservations on the whole Santa thing with Viv.  I’m uncomfortable with this huge lie, and I’m trying to think of a way to integrate truth and the magic of Christmas. Thankfully, I don’t have to deal with that this year.

8. I would really really like to have a bunch of kids.

9. I can quote Gone with the Wind virtually line by line.  As I’m sure you guessed, the Man really enjoys that (despite having never agreed to sit down and watch the whole thing with me!)

10.  I haven’t intentionally exercised since early September…..But I’ve lost 25lbs of pregnancy weight, with 20lbs to go! 

11. I have been in my home’s basement a handful of time, but have lived here almost 5 years. I hate it. I hate it hate it hate it.

MY FAVS (of those who haven’t already been nominated!)

Farewell Stranger

American Troylaty

Food, Face, Chomp!

Life with Roozle

Sippy Cups and Booze 


1. Do you consider yourself a writer or a blogger?

2. What is your favorite part about the Holiday season?

3. Are you a cat person or dog person and why?

4. What are your thoughts on Christmas Card brag letters?

5. Paper books or e-books? Why?

6. What is your least favorite movie? and why?

7. At what age did you consider yourself the happiest, and why?

8. What is the most exotic vacation you’ve ever taken?

9. Do you celebrate Valentine’s day?

10. Coffee or Tea?

11. Where do you buy most of your clothes?


Can’t wait to see what my nominees say to those! haha

Thanks again Loki-Lou!