Friday, March 21

Liebester Award!

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The not so good and the great - First the not so good, my internet was down allllllllllll day yesterday so I didn't get to prepare my normal How To post for Friday. Now for the great, keep  reading below! 

Hello Everybody! Karine at Tropical Colours nominated me for Liebester Award! Thank you so much, Karine! Please stop by her blog after reading this post, all you have to do is click on her name.

First a bit about the Liebester Award. This award is passed down from one blogger to another in order to provide recognition to starter blogs that are doing a great job!

The rules are:
  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you!
  2. You must answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
  3. You must post 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
  5. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
  6. You must tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.
Ok, on to the good stuff! The 11 questions from Karine are:
  1. What inspired you to start blogging?  I started my blog in July of 2013. At that time I had just moved into a new (rental) house, adopted my first dog, and was about to get married! A lot of big changes were happening and I thought blogging would be a great way to record what was going on so that I could look back and remember what I was doing at that time. Over the last nine months my blog has morphed a lot. I have a much better vision of where I would like it to go, the community (that's you!) has grown, and I've been enjoying it a lot more now that I've created some structure. It's still a fun place to record what's happening with my life, but it's become so much more than that.
  2. What is one thing you learnt from your blogging experience? Hard work gets things done! Well, I already knew that to an extent, but with blogging on top of my normal desk job I work about 60 hours (or more) a week. I love blogging, so it's all worth it. I'm sure all of you with blogs understand exactly where I'm coming from! In the beginning, though, I made excuses and didn't post consistently because I was tired from my normal job. Now I've become much better at planning ahead, managing my time, and living excuse free!
  3. Who do you look up to? Not to sound cheesy, but I look up to my parents a lot. They have always been, and still are, wonderful people who are kind to everyone. They are smart, empathetic, and frugal. They know what really matters in life and that is spending time with people rather than spending money on things. Plus, they know how to have fun! If you ever spend an hour at my parents' house you'll get to hear one of my mom's famous, hyperbolic stories and pretty soon everyone will be having fun and laughing.
  4. Celebrity crush? Jennifer Lawrence! Can I say a girl? I don't really follow celebrities very much, I don't even have a normal TV (we use Netflix and Hulu instead), but I really like her acting and her personality off screen.
  5. Where do you see your blog in 5 years time? I would honestly really like to become a full-time blogger one day. That's a big goal! I don't know if I'll ever get there and if I do I'm sure it will take a long time and a lot of work. Ideally I would like to take some blogging classes and photography classes so I can really up the anti on my site. Those both take time and money, though, so it will probably be a slow process.
  6. If you had to delete your blog for $100, would you do it? Absolutely not!
  7. What do you want to achieve with your blog? I would really like to see it blossom into a great lifestyle blog for women. I would love in put from readers (that's you again!) on what materials they would like to see and read about in the future!
  8. Describe yourself in 3 words. Happy. Hardworking. Silly.
  9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go first? This is a really tough question because there are so many places I want to go. If it were with my husband, probably Spain because we both really want to go there. If it were by myself, probably New Zealand because I really want to see the reefs.
  10. Phone or laptop? Laptop. I can always Skype people.
  11. What is the most important thing in life to you? Family and friends!
Here are the facts about me:
  1.  My husband and I have the same name: Lauren. It gets confusing.
  2. I collect spoons. I have spoons from around the world! I haven't been to all those places, though. Some are from my grandmother's collection and some people have given me.
  3. In high school and early college I had a poetry blog which I haven't touched in years. Some of the poetry is good and some of it is probably a bit (or really) embarrassing. And no, I won't tell you what it is called. You can start an internet scavenger hunt.
  4. Pepperoni pizza is my all time favorite food. I eat it once a week. If it gets to the end of the week and I haven't had it yet I get really demanding and grumpy until everyone gives in and lets me order pizza. Thankfully this isn't much of a problem since Hubby loves it too.
  5. I graduated from university with a BA in English Writing and minors in Journalism and Music.
  6. I was two classes away from a Dance minor. Unfortunately the last two classes didn't fit in my schedule.
  7. No, I'm not good at dancing. I enjoyed it and I needed the exercise and outlet. My adviser told me I should stop taking dance classes since I didn't need them to graduate, so I declared a dance minor and mentally stamped my foot in defiance. My last semester I undeclared the minor so I could graduate, but it was worth it.
  8. When I was in uni I wrote for the school newspaper and then interned as the Assistant Managing Editor of a literary journal.
  9. One of my goals is to write a YA series as amazing as Harry Potter. Good luck, right?
  10. I've been married for 6 months!
  11. Growing up I never moved, not even houses. The first time I moved was when I went to uni!
And now, for my nominees!
  1. Jen at Apartment Wife.
  2. Jess at What To Style.
  3. Corinne at Cat Eyes & Thigh Highs.
  4. Sofie at Little Green Sofie.
  5. Noe&Lolita at Melange Boutique.
  6. Hannah at Speak Style & Rock.
  7. Pamela at Sequins and Sea Breezes.
  8. Danielle at Danielle's Heartfelt Home.
  9. Allison Katelyn at Simple Silver Linings.
  10. Anngelik at Vogue and Heels.
  11. Alena at Meet Me Stylish.
Nominees, here are your questions:
  1. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?
  2. What is your ultimate goal for your blog?
  3. What is your thought process for your regular posts? Do you have a schedule?
  4. What is your favorite blog or website to read?
  5. What is your process for creating art or photographs to post on your blog?
  6. What is the most useful tip you've learned through blogging?
  7. What is your favorite book and why?
  8. What is your favorite movie or TV show and why?
  9. What is one thing you could not live with out?
  10. Do you have any pets? If so, how many and what kind?
  11. If you were given a free, round trip flight to anywhere, where would you go? Why?
Thank you so much to Karine for nominating me! I hope you had fun reading a bit about me that I haven't shared before. Happy weekend!


  1. Great to know a little bit from you.
    Julie |

  2. Congratulation doll so well deserve love these types of awards we get to know you a little better two things we have in common the love of pizza I also eat once a week mostly Saturday, and the love for family and friends. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. I normally eat pizza on Friday or Saturday. :) It's a great weekend dinner. In fact, I plan on having it tonight! Thank you so much for the congratulations and for stopping by!

  3. Congrats, Lauren! Amazing answers! And also, thank you so much for nominating me for Liebster Award too, I will reply to your questions very soon! =D


    1. Thank you so much for reading! I've been enjoying your blog a lot and can't wait to see what you have to say!

  4. It was so lovely getting to know you better this post. Its really sweet you look up to your parents, I do too. Definitely laptop over a phone, anyway. Thats pretty cute that you both have the same name. Would love to read your poems. And we have quite similar degrees. It was great reading your comment...wishing you a wonderful and warm weekend!

    1. Oh, what was your degree in? Parents can be such great role models. :) Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment!

  5. Thank you so much for taking to the time to answer all my questions! I love getting to know bloggers and the liebster blog award is such an awesome opportunity to do so!!
    That is awesome that you and your husband both share the same name!
    I would love to become a full time blogger as well! But that probably will just stay as a hobby!
    I loved getting to know more about you!!

    1. I agree, it is a lot of fun to read something outside of the normal posts on occasion, its a bit like being able to have a glimpse of the writer's life. Thank you so much for nominating me! I've had fun reading your blog. :)

  6. Thank you very much for the nomination (I now have about 4 of them waiting for me to get done, uh oh). You are such an interesting girl. I'm sure that one day you'll write a fantastic book series! Nothing is impossible.

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

    1. Oh no, you are going to have so many questions! The good news is that means so many people appreciate what you are writing! :) Thank you so much for coming by and congratulations on so many nominations!!

  7. Congrats babe! :)
    And Jennifer Lawrence is definitely a legit celebrity crush- she's awesome!
    Hope you're having a good weekend!


    1. Thank you! I'm having a great weekend so far. I hope you are too!

  8. don't you hate it when something throws you off course. hahaha it's always for a reason. i love this post. it's awesome you two have the same name. i bet it gets confusing, but it can also be fun. i love the direction you want your blog to go in. it has room for growth, which is good. you're not limited. you have excellent writing skills. loved learning more about you lauren. hope you're having an amazing weekend.

    1. It's definitely some of both! We figure it just means it's meant to be. ;) Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments and for stopping by!

  9. wow...CONGRATULATIONS!! AJM and Me, apreciate to much your nomination
    ^_^ and 0_0 (you must tell us what to do is the very first time).

    1. Thank you! All you have to do is follow these rules!

      The rules are:
      You must link back to the person who nominated you!
      You must answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
      (they are in the post above).
      You must post 11 random facts about yourself.
      You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your
      You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
      You must tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.

    2. Hi Lauren, I can't find your e-mail and I'd like to make you another question about it...this is mine so if you can, send me one to replay you:
      Thanks so much

  10. Replies
    1. It gets pretty confusing! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. interesting answers

  12. Happy. Hardworking. Silly. 3 great adjectives that pretty much convince me we'd be real-life BFFs. & thanks for the nomination - i'm excited to work on my own answers!

    1. I really love reading your blog! Your descriptions of events are wonderful. Thank you so much for coming by!

  13. Lovely and fun facts!
    Stop by again and get inspired by my new 'Golden River' post!
    Alena | meet me stylish

  14. Thank u so much for nominating me, Lauren! I actually got nominated b4 too & if u like to read it, it's on my blog :] I'll def try to do my part for this award but forgive me if I forget later on!!

    1. That's awesome that you've been nominated before! I'll look for the post!

  15. I'm a horrible commenter!! haha just saw this now! will let you know the second when it's up :D
    xx Corinne