Wednesday, August 22, 2012

One Lovely Blog & Very Inspiring Blogger Award

#1 I'm so honoured and pleased! Thank you, Domestic Randomness!

Being a curious person, I googled the origin of the award, and it seems like the One Lovely Blog and Very Inspiring Blogger award is actually 2 different awards that are sometimes awarded together - but I couldn't find an origin for either of them. Here are the badges I received for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog Award:


I found a couple of variations of the One Lovely Blog Award badge though.
I like this heart one best: 

I decided that since the One Lovely Blog & Very Inspiring Blogger Awards are given together, and the criteria for accepting either or both are the same, they might as well just have one badge! So I combined them both into a new version based on my favorite one - hey, nobody said I couldn't!  I'll post it again further down, so you don't have to scroll back up :)

I suppose the origins will remain a mystery... but that's all right, I think the award title(s) speak for themselves ♥

The Rules for accepting the Award(s):
  1. Thank and link back to the awesome person who nominated you.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know. 
#1 is done, here's #2 ... 7 Things About Me:
  1. I adore puzzles. Word puzzles, logic problems, and especially jigsaw puzzles. The kind you leave out for days and work on here and there. But no posterizing the finished puzzles for me - as soon as they they are done, they go right back in the box until next time - the fun is all in putting them together!  I also love board games, especially word games like Scrabble, Boggle, and Scattergories. I'm terrible about forgetting to take my turn when I play the app versions though - out of sight out of mind... 
  2. I love colourful striped & patterned socks. Rarely do I wear plain socks. They have to be cotton or wool though - my skin doesn't like synthetics - which makes them harder to find, so I get as excited as a kid with candy when I find fun patterned pure cotton or wool socks. Giddy, even, and likely to break into dance... or song...
  3. I like to sing karaoke. On our first date, I took my husband to a pub that had karaoke, and if he hadn't been willing to get up and sing with me, it might have been our only date. But he did - lucky me  :)  Bonus fact:
    It was Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" and I walked down the aisle to it 6 months later!
  4. I'm very messy by nature, but, I don't like things messy - I'm easily overstimulated and too much stuff and clutter makes me feel distracted. So I'm in a constant battle with myself to keep my mess to a minimum, and I still have all my stuff where I can see it - otherwise I forget what I want to do or need to get done. Again, that out of sight out of mind thing.
  5. I'm a sci fi fantasy geek. A proud Whovian. I would totally put a TARDIS shed in my yard. I still miss Firefly and watch marathons on TV even though I own the DVDs. I mourned the end of Battlestar Galactica. And I prefer Star Trek to Star Wars. There, I said it. *ducks* I did like the films (well, most of them) but I don't geek out over all things Star Wars. I would totally wear Vulcan ears out & about though. Here's me wearing one of my Doctor Who tees:

    Sailor Boy pointed out that this pic is even nerdier if you recognize the book on top of the cabinet behind me. (click the pic for a closer look) And if you do, you're a nerd too, so there!
  6. I'm an insomniac, and it's a good thing, too, otherwise I'd never get everything done! It's 4 am now in fact :) I should get a couple of hours sleep before the sproutlets wake. I'm not done yet though...
    Note: I did not finish that night - I did go to sleep. And then it took me another week to resume this list. Maybe one of the 7 things should have been about what a great procrastinator I am...
  7. I'm  been wearing the same shoes since the early 1990's. Brown Doc Marten's Mary Janes & pink Converse sneakers. Well, the pink are my main pair, I also do wear green & turquoise. And okay, they are not exactly the same shoes - eventually they do wear out - but then I just buy another pair as exactly like them as possible  :)

    These are my feets! They are happy in pink sneakers :)

And now, #3 ... 15 Blogs & Bloggers I Admire:
I'm sticking to food blogs. And I am not going to say why I picked them, because this post is long enough, and you should go see for yourself! And they are in alphabetical order, not preference :)
  1. Beneficial Bento
  2. Bento for Kidlet
  3. Bentoriffic
  4. Biting The Hand That Feeds You
  5. In The Kitchen With Audrey
  6. Keeley McGuire Blog
  7. Keitha's Chaos (Keitha's Storybook Lunches)
  8. Lunches Fit For A Kid
  9. Lunches With Love 
  10. Molly's Lunch Box 
  11. Sugary Flower
  12. Veggie-Bento 
  13. We Aren't Scared of Sugar
  14. What's in Mom's Lunchbag? & What's in John's Lunchbag? (same bloggess)
  15. Zoe's Lunchbox
If you accept the award(s) you're welcome to use either my combo award badge (below) or the 2 separate ones (back up above). Up to you :)

And I realize not all of you bloggers will want to add the award(s) to your blogs. That's okay. I'm nominating you anyways because I think the purpose of these awards is not only to recognize the bloggers we admire, but to share their awesomeness with others.  So accept it or not, there are no obligations, and no hard feelings either way :)

There are so many more fabulous blogs I could have given this to - I need more awards! Maybe I will come up with my own... !


  1. CRISTI!!!!!!!!!!! I wear pink converse shoes too :P Bwahahaha. They are my favorites!

  2. Congrats! I love the things you chose to share! I'd say you're a well rounded lady! Sci Fi, Converse, and Insomnia! My kind of gal!

  3. Cristi - your blog is lovely and inspiring. I used to stalk you before BBF. Thanks for passing on this award to my blog! You wear the same shoes... I wear mostly Old Navy solid colored t-shirts. I just buy a new one in the exact same color when I stain the previous one. :-)

  4. Awwwww! The only problem with this is that you picked most of the same *I* would pick to give it to ;) <3 you!!!

  5. Thank you so much for picking me! I feel so honored! Plus, I love the combined button! But of course I already knew that you are awesome at making buttons ;) I do love stripes, too, especially stripey socks :)

  6. I feel very special and honored to be chosen - thanks! It's fun to get to know a little more about you too. I also love singing, struggle with finding the balance between tidy/messy, and I also love Star Trek much more than Star Wars :D

  7. Thank you so much for choosing me! So funny - lots of your "Things" could be about me, too - except I'm not an insomniac, and the shoes I've been wearing since the eighties are black Doc Marten boots. :) And I WILL pass the award along, but I've been having an awfully busy couple of weeks, so bear with me!

  8. Thanks again.. I finally got my post up today too! -

  9. Very cool. I hope someday my blog reaches someone the ways your did for the person that nominated you and for all those you nominated. I follow many of those blogs and I adore yours and look forward to it everyday. You deserved the award.

    Happy Packing!

  10. Congrats.. that's fantastic! The awards' designs are very cool, too. :)

  11. congratulations for being nominated :)
    Thanks for sharing all of this information in a comprehensive post. I've just nominated someone for this award and I've given them a link to your post about what to do!

  12. Well done, I was googling and just found this award on another blog and found yours when trying to find out about the awards. A lovely idea!

  13. I just got the award too, totally clueless if it's origin. Nevertheless I reckon it's a way of sharing and inspiring bloggers to continue blogging!


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