Blogging Buddies!

Blogging Buddies!

In the blogging community it’s important (and fun!) to connect with other bloggers out there to a) make awesome new friends b) find inspiration and see other peoples awesome ideas and work c) help drive traffic to your own blog and share you own ideas!

I’v been fortunate enough to meet some awesome people in my blogging journey. One of my new blogging bff’s is Jessica at The Sweet Files. She is hilarious and sarcastic (just like me!) and shares some really cool things on her site. She also has some gorgeous photography (of food and her little adorable kids 🙂 ) Checkout her blog- you’ll be happy you did.

She recently, so sweetly, nominated me for something call the Versatile Blogger Award. Which is just a fun way to say “Hey I think the work you do is awesome and I’m going to tell some other people about you”. Whichhhhh is pretty spectacular if I do say so myself !

photo-versatile-blogger11THANK YOU! I’m so happy you thought of me and my blog when picking your own nominations!
Now I am supposed to share 7 fun facts about myself and also nominate 15 other blogs that stand out to me as awesome and talented and fun. So here we go.

FUN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:

1) I don’t drink soda. I stopped drinking it in High School and never started again! I just don’t like it. I basically only drink water (or coffee, or tea, or Arbonne fizz sticks).
2) Guilty pleasure is Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. That’s the only one I’ll watch or that I’m even remotely interested in- and I don’t know why.
3) I have some mad rap skillllz
4) I get serious social anxiety when someone says something I don’t understand and I ask them to repeat it and I still don’t understand. I feel like this ↓

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5) I don’t really like watching movies. It has to be REALLY good for me to watch it. I just get really bored or I get scared/anxious/need to know what happens NOW and it makes me feel bad. Soooo lame I know.
6) This July I’m going on my honeymoon. We’re going to Italy and I’ve never been so excited for anything in my life!
7) I eat way too much peanut butter for a normal person.

MY NOMINATIONS BLOGS I FOLLOW AND LOVE:
Lots of awesome GF recipes- http://swirlsandspice.com/
Gorgeous ‘fancified’ food- https://dinnercheznous.wordpress.com/
My newest fav – http://thisisourbliss.com/
Healthy delicious inspiration- http://www.scalingbackblog.com/
A little bit of everything, my kinda girl! – http://thethreadaffect.com/
IDK how she takes such awesome pictures of everything but she does- http://jjbegonia.com/
One of my very first blogging buds- http://bodyenergyaction.com/
She’s adorable, her posts are great, what’s not to love? – http://emergingadulteats.com/
Such great ideas- https://homefornowblog.wordpress.com/
A man who can cook. Need I say more? – http://lovefoodandbeer.com/
Fellow Madison, WI blogger – http://wisconsinfromscratch.com/
I love this blog &  this girl!- https://almostexactlyblog.wordpress.com/
Great vegan resource – https://onehappytable.wordpress.com/
Ultimate place for DIY home ideas – http://thediyhomegirl.com/
My style soul mate http://houseofgoldvb.com/

To my nominee’s- don’t feel pressure to accept and do this whole shebang. Just know that I look at your blogs frequently and love what you do! I know sometimes blogging can be exhausting and you feel like no one is reading your content, I AM! Keep up the great work and keep following your dreams- whatever they may be ❤

xoxo

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Being Thankful

Being Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! (a day late)

I hope that you all had a wonderful day yesterday and spent it with those that you love. I spent mine doing some of my favorite things. Cooking, drinking, laughing, being with family. I was unfortunately only with some of my loved ones yesterday, but it was still great.

Jake was at his parents, which does suck we don’t spend it together, but he loves hunting and if I were to go with him, he’d be hunting most of the time anyway! So we usually spend it apart. Though next year getting married and all, that may have to change 🙂

And my dad and stepmom are in Oregon celebrating their wedding anniversary. I miss them, but I’ll be with them for Christmas!

I wanted to share a few of the things that I’m thankful for in my life. I hear so many cynical comments these days about how Thanksgiving is the celebration of “Americans” coming and kicking Native Americans off their land and so on and so forth. To me, that’s never was Thanksgiving was about. It’s about an “excuse” to be with family and friends and a nice intro into the Christmas season reminding us all to stop and take a look around and be thankful for all that we have. Each and every one of us have something in our lives to be thankful for, and most likely none are the same. I see Thanksgiving drifting further and further away from that. Don’t get me started on Black “Friday” shopping. For years I worked in retail and was forced to give up time with my family to go in and deal with crazed mean people pummeling each other for candles and soaps.

I hated it if you couldn’t tell.

But those times of my life are over, and I appreciate every single sacrifice that retail workers make during this holiday season. And ask you to stop and think twice before you feel the need to shop instead of be with family and friends, you know, actually connecting.

So to inspire you to find your own- here are a few things I’m incredibly thankful for in my life.

My wonderful family

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A house full of a beautiful thanksgiving table setting, family, puppies, and love!

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The best sister a girl could ask for ❤

My amazing Fiancé

 

Jake and I have been together for over 7 years now! I’m lucky and thankful we found each other and have gone through everything we’ve gone through. I get to marry him next year and couldn’t be happier!

Beaver Island & Sunsets

So proud of this shot I took!

Seriously- I witnessed something this beautiful with my own two eyes?! I love nature and sunsets in general and there is nowhere on earth that makes my heart as happy to see them, than on Beaver Island, MI. If you’ve followed by blog for a while you know this is our family vacation spot. Honestly the most beautiful place on earth.

And finally, YOU.

Yes you. A reader of my blog. I started this as a fun hobby a more than 3  years ago and it’s grown into such a big part of my life. I live for it and breath for it and it makes my so happy to work on it and interact with all of you. But without you, it would just be a diary of food 🙂 So thank you, to each and every one of you, thank you for reading my posts and making my food and reaching out and connecting with me. I’m thankful for YOU!

Now- get off your computer and go hang out with good food, good wine, and great friends!

xoxo

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