Sep 15, 2014

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Leibster Award at the beginning of August by Shanice from City of Creative Dreams.  I felt so honored and was planning on making my nominations right away.  However, life became a little too much for me for a bit and I was not able to.  Then I got nominated again by Katie from It's a Ginger Snap at the end of August.  Again I felt so honored, but life was even more busy towards the end of August than the beginning.  Now that life has slowed down a bit....just a bit, but I will take it, I wanted to make my nominations and answer the questions that they asked me.  Thanks so much ladies for nominating me for this award!  Please go check out their blogs.  They both have a lot of inspiration and ideas on their blogs.  They won't disappoint.  

The rules are:
1. You have to link back to the person that nominated you. 
2. You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you.
3. After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and give them 11 questions of your choice.
4. You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

The Questions from Shanice:

1. What made you want to start a blog?

I absolutely LOVE reading blogs.  I find them to be an inspiration.  I love inspiring others and helping others see that life can be happy, yet simple.  It doesn't have to be elaborate.  I also have many hobbies and different people always ask me questions about these hobbies.  So I thought what better way to answer those questions than to post them online where many people can see them.  

2. How did you choose your blog name?

I actually blogged about this in my very first blog post here.  Call me vain, but I LOVE my name.  I love the sound of it, I love the look of it (laugh if you want), I love when people say, "That is a beautiful name", and I love the uniqueness of it (although I have met 2 people with my name in the last 3 years).  After thinking about different names for my blog I kept coming back to "Shambray" and there it stayed.   

3. What is your favorite post or project that you are most proud of?

I haven't be blogging long so this one could change, but I would have to say my growth chart that I made for my daughter (see it here).  I have wanted to make one of these for over 2 years.  So I was really proud of it.  I loved how it turned out.  This post alone has been featured on many blogs.  That always make a girl feel good.  

4. What is your favorite blog?

Wow.  This is hard.  I have so many.  I know you might think this is a cop out, but I have to name a few.  I'm sorry, but I don't think I have a FAVORITE.  They all have a special place in my heart. 

5. What advice would you give yourself as a young child or teenager if you could go back in time?

To live it up!  I always wanted to grow up when I was little.  Now that I am grown up some days I wish I could go back.  

6. What inspires you to keep blogging?

When people tell me they love my blog or a certain post.  I recently had someone say, "I always felt like I needed to catch up to YOU.  Your blog made me realize that you were human and you are sometimes in survival mode just like the rest of us."  Now to some people that might hurt their feelings, but since that is the basis of my blog it made me feel so good.  None of us are super human.  We all have our struggles.  So its comments like those that inspire me to keep blogging.  

7. If you could go join a course or go to school for something right now, what would it be?

Photography...because I am terrible at it! 

8. What is your favorite spot in your home? Why?

Oh man I have so many.  We are doing a renovation and every spot we update I LOVE.  I would have to say my daughter's play room though.  It is a happy room and I ALWAYS wanted one growing up.  So now I get to play with her in there. 

9. Who is your favorite celebrity? Why?

Zooey Deschanel because I think she is pretty AND funny.  I kind of like New Girl...guilty pleasure of mine.  

10. What is your favorite song right now on the radio?

All of Me by John Legend

11. What are your favorite kinds of blogs?

DIY, Home Decor, and Motherhood blogs

The Questions from Katie:

1.  How long have you been blogging?
About 2 and a half months.  I am a baby blogger. *wink*

2.  What is the most important thing that you have learned about blogging so far?
It is a lot of work, but very fulfilling.  I LOVE it! 

3.  What is your favorite project/blog post that you have done?
See my answer in question #3 above. 

4.  What is your favorite movie and why?
The Notebook.  I love how they are still in love after all those years.  This movie reminds me of my husband and I as well.  

5.  How do you blog? Where and what kind of stuff do you have to have?
I blog in my office.  I like to have my computer elevated because I have severe neck pain.  I do sometimes blog off my laptop on my lap though.

6.  When you’re feeling stressed, what’s the best way to calm down?
Take a deep breath and remember the situation that is causing the stress will only last a little while.  Sometimes I have to lay down and close my eyes and think about not being stressed.  This may sound weird, but it works for me. 

7.  If you could change one thing in your house, what would it be?
Funny thing is I was just talking to my husband about this.  I would change it so I have a more open kitchen.  

8.  What was your first car?
White Nissan Sentra

9.  When you have free time with your family, what’s your favorite activity?
Go explore a place we have never been or haven't been in awhile. 

10.  If you could see any important event from the past, what would it be and why?
I don't know if this is a single event and it actually kind of scares me to think about this time because it was quite violent at times, but I would have liked to be present during the time that America became its own country.  I look up to our founding fathers and I would have liked to have known them. 

11.  If there was a movie made about your life, what actor/actress would you want to play you?
Gwyneth Paltrow

My Nominations:

My Questions:

1. What made you want to start a blog?
2. How did you choose your blog name?
3.  How long have you been blogging?
4.  What is your favorite post or project that you are most proud of?
5.  What is your dream travel destination?
6.  What is your favorite part in your house?
7.  What is something you would change about your house? 
8.  What is your guilty pleasure?
9.  What is your favorite book?
10.  What is something you do to make life easier for you?
11.  What is your favorite blog? (In the beginning I totally spaced the 11th question.  Opps.  I think my brain might have been on vacation when I posted this.  Sorry.  No need to go back and answer this question if you already posted) 

Congrats to all of the blogs I chose! Finding out how many followers you have was quite if you have more than 200 I am sorry.  Don't forget to mention me when you nominate blogs on your page. I hope you have some time, I would love to hear from you.  Have a very happy week! 

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Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

This was so much fun to read! I loved getting to know you better. Thanks for following and liking my blog - you have always been so sweet! And The Notebook, my favorite for sure!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the nomination! Love your blog and your name:) Would love to continue following you, we have lots in common and I'm sure we would even be friends in real life too!

Unknown said...

I'm loving All of Me right now too. It makes me want to cry every time I hear it but yet I just love the sappy sadness of it. Can't get enough! Thanks so much for the nomination. I'll get right on it (and by that I mean in a week or two once I find my 11 blogs to nominate).

The Lazy Gastronome said...

Thanks for the nomination Shambray! I got 'er done!

Shambray said...

I love your blog Kami! You are one of the reasons I started a blog. So thank you for that.

Shambray said...

You are so welcome! I love your blog. I thought that we would totally be friends in real life too if we lived closer. I'm so excited to continue to follow your blog!

Shambray said...

You are so awesome. I am glad I found your blog. I am so excited for the new series that you started. Congrats on your job too!

Shambray said...

You are amazing! I am VERY impressed! I'm going to read it right now.

Unknown said...

thanks for your nomination! It's up:)

Shambray said...

Yay! I'm heading over right now to read it!

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