I am gushing. I am blushing. I am blown away….and I am sharing the luv!

My friend, fellow blogger, and pink glitter rocker soul mate, Jillian Dodd awarded me with my first-ever blogging award; the Blog on Fire Award. O.M.G. Seriously?!

Thank you Jillian, I am touched and thrilled that you thought to honor me in this way.

Would everyone join me, in the style of Kerry Meacham, and ~clink~ glasses with me as we toast and pay homage to Jillian. She’s a huge inspiration to me with a blog style (who doesn’t love pink plaid and hearts…hello?!?!?!) and a blog voice that I aspire to resonate. NOT only that but she is a published author (I am sooo jealous) of the book That Boy. She invests the time, energy, and commitment required to write books simultaneously raising a beautiful family, kicking ping-pong ass, and feeding a nasty Donald Pliner shoe addiction. I can know you are all-seeing it now; she’s fahhhbulous!!

You can read more about her book, get a free sample (nice perk Jillian), and get yourself a copy at: http://www.jilliandodd.net. You should know that a portion of the proceeds from her book sales are donated to the University of Nebraska Foundation & Make-A-Wish Foundation (in honor of Chi Omega Sorority). Need I say more? The girl freaking rocks!

From now on, when you click the Blog on Fire Award icon on my blog (check it out in the right-hand menu just below what’s “hot” right now; how’s that for appropriate placement), you will be transported to Jillian Dodd’s Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos blog. And let me tell you, her blog is HOT! If you visit regularly, you’ll be entertained with MANdays on Monday (a person fav) where she features hunks of the week to peruse; Wednesday is an anything and everything posts; Thursday she spreads the philanthropy love; and she finishes up the week on Friday with fantastic movie reviews. With her funny and quirky blog voice, I guarantee her posts will entertain you beyond belief.

Now….before I get to one of the best things about this award (I get to tell you seven random things about myself), I gotta do the award justice by passing it along!  Woot woot!

And the Blog on Fire Award goes to……drum roll….

Fellow writing friend and #Wana711 classmate: Diana Murdock.

Cue the APPLAUSE!!!!!!

Why Diana? Cause her uberlicious blog rocks my world! Her posts are intimate, extremely well-written, and often prompt me to think beyond the ordinary; to dig a little deeper. I love them. She writes from her heart and soul. Just recently, when she wrote about her mother reading her diary when she was a teenager, I was devastated for her. When she wrote about letting go of draining friends, I was inspired to clean out my own friend closet. And I especially loved her post on finding herself and her passion for writing. When you read her blog, it’s like having a conversation with your BFF over coffee. Seriously. Go. Now. Read. Her. Blog!

Jillian’s post also inspired me to spread the blog luv because…my GOD there are so many GREAT blogs out there. Although I can only pass the Blog on Fire Award to one, here are a few honorary mentions you absolutely must check out:

  • Fiction author, Kait Nolan, has a fantastic blog that you will leave you in fits of laughter or nodding your head in shared frustration. Her GIT (Goddess In Training) posts are a riot and the latest one had me in hysterics and at the same time, I totally related.
  • Another fan favorite of mine is The Life and Times of a Self-Proclaimed Saucy Bitch. With a title like that (damn her…I wish I would have thought of it first), I couldn’t resist visiting the first time and have been going back ever since. I love her no-nonsense, hilarious style of writing and her post on swearing on blogs goes down in my blog history as one of the best! And be sure to check out the Make Me Laugh Monday posts of her cat in compromising yet hilarious positions (post a caption and maybe you’ll win a featured spot on her blog for a week)!
  • I am sure most of you have seen or heard of the blog Catalog Living (if you haven’t, go now…riot). I just recently discovered it and I have developed a slight obsession with it. Ok, you got me; an addiction! It’s the amazing and hilarious creation of Molly Erdman, a Los Angeles-based actor, writer, and comedian. It’s a glimpse into the fictional lives of Gary and Elaine who live in catalogue pictures.
  • If you have an aversion to foul language, I suggest you steer clear from my next fan favorite. The Bloggess (like Mother Teresa, only better) is like reading the blog posts of some of my best friends. She’s got a foul mouth (I gotta say, I like it) and is absolutely hysterical. When I read her post on listening to bananas, I was literally in tears from laughing so hard. Hubby thought I had lost it until he read it and nearly died. And her post about a giant metal chicken (need I say more) – O.M.G.
  • Carrie Spencer has a blog called smart ass romance (another fahhbulous title) where she dishes up posts from techie stuff to amazing new must-try drinks like the Captain Jack Sparrow and the Frosted Apple. YUM! These are going to be new HarKen Lodge specials!
  • Angela Orlowski-Peart is a YA paranormal and urban fiction writer so it’s no surprise that I love her blog. She posts a weekly mash-up of things that inspire her and they will inspire you to. And super cool, her flash fiction posts involves her readers! Her blog always leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy. It’s like curling up with a feel-good book.

There is a ton of other fahhhous blogs that I follow but for now, I’ll leave you with these because this post is getting brutally long and I still have my seven random facts to write. Yikes! Hang in there, it’s almost over!

And now, seven random things about me…hold on to your hats!

  1. I absolutely love rules. Lawfully imposed, moral, flexible guidelines – I love them all! Most are personally imposed; a matter of perspective and interpretation. For me, they help generate a feeling of structure and security. I also feel a great sense of personal integrity and self-esteem from following rules that are important to me; “my word is my bond” kind of thing. I don’t cheat at games, or in relationships, and I don’t peek into Christmas presents. Rules Rock!
  2. OMG – don’t get me started with how much I ADORE lists and plans. They are my lifeline, my guideposts, and my heroes. If I am feeling frazzled or overwhelmed, all I need to do is sit down and compose a plan with supporting lists and I am a happy, organized, calm girl. They help me feel on top of my game! Poor hubby is inundated with plans and list and bless he heart, he does his best to be accepting of this quirk. Although, I have had to compromise; there are no more Christmas shopping lists – he had to draw the line somewhere.
  3. I like my sleep! Seriously, I would be thrilled if I could get 10 hours of sleep every night, although I usually have to settle for around seven hours. On weekends, ten hours (with an afternoon nap if we have late evening plans) would be ideal! Now mind you, I don’t let my love of sleep control my life but, it does mean that if I’ve had a few sleepless nights, I can get a wee bit rigid on my bedtime till I get caught up.
  4. I am seriously obsessed with being on time! Now I understand, life happens and we are all late from time-to-time. But I strive, almost to a fault, to be on time. As with any obsession, I can take it a bit far. For example, in the mornings, I used to turn into a huge grump bag if we were running a few minutes past our departure time. So…this year I turned over a new leaf recognizing it’s about knowing when being on time is a matter of “life and death” and when being close to on time is acceptable.
  5. I am a total urban redneck. Now, if you look up the definition of urban redneck you’ll get a varietyof thoughts on what that term actually means. For me, when I call myself an urban redneck, it means I’m a country girl at heart (born and raised in the country) but I live (and love) the city life as well. For example, I love NASCAR, camping, tubing, drinking beer, and ATVing (all redneck stuff) but I also love shoes, fashion, cultural events etc. And I can mix and match. For example, when I go ATVing, I have matching gray and black, pink trimmed jacket and pants with a black motorcross helmet with pink skulls….and my goggles have a mirrored lense. You get the picture!
  6. I am obsessed with two soap operas: General Hospital and the Young and the Restless. I tape them (PVR). I watch them every day. When I go on vacation for two weeks in the Dominican Republic, I still tape and watch each one when I return. It’s a sickness, I know.
  7. If I were ever to get a tattoo, I would love to get a lower back tattoo, commonly referred to as a tramp stamp. Promiscuous connotation aside, I think done tastefully, they can be hot and sexy!

Thank you again Jillian for the wonderful honor of the Blog on Fire Award! I hope to continue to do the award justice.

Now readers, if you’ve hung on this long, go share your own BOFA (Blog on Fire Award)!

What great blogs have you discovered lately? Got any quirks you’d like to share?



  1. Congrats Natalie! You deserve it girl! You have a terrific blog that’s fun to read.

    Hugs, Kate M

  2. Natalie, congratulations! A VERY deserved blogging award. Your blogging style is awesome and very inspiring. I love visiting your blog, reading posts and leaving comments. You rock!

    Jillian’s posts are amazing. I often laugh out loud reading them!

    What a great choice on Diana’s blog – her posts make me simply stop and think.

    Thank you sooooo much for mentioning my blog. You are so sweet. I’m happy to hear you like reading it 🙂

    • Thank you so much Angela, I am thrilled to hear you enjoy it…as much as I enjoy yours! I wish I could have handed out a dozen blog on fire awards since there are so many good ones out there and ahhhmazing stuff coming out of our wana711 group!

  3. Congrats, Natalie! Your blog is full of girly-pink fun! Who wouldn’t love it?

  4. Elena Aitken says:

    Good for you, Natalie!
    you have a great blog and way to go sharing the love!

  5. Congratulations, and I really enjoyed getting to know you a little more by reading this list! (See what I did there, making it about lists?) 😉

  6. OMG you are hilarious! Congrats on this well-deserved honor!! Loved reading your seven facts – 1-4 you and I are twins, 5,6,7 not so much. (although I was addicted to those two soaps back in the 80’s. Yikes, I’m old!).

    All the blogs you mentioned (and everyone in our Wana711 group) inspire me every day, keep up the great posts!

    • LOL! Thank you Tameri. It’s great to have a fellow rules, lists, sleep and punctual friend!!! 🙂 And FYI, you are NOT old!! 🙂
      It’s amazing the people we are all meeting and finding we have things in common with, eh?! I can’t get over the surge of inspiration and empowerment I’ve been feeling reading and commenting on everyone’s blogs and having so many comments here…wow!

  7. Congratulations. You deserve it.

  8. Congratulations Natalie! You and Jillian have blog voices that are full of such fun and energy! One of the great benefits of our Wana711 group is having the chance to listen to the different vibes everyone puts into their blogs. Thanks for the great links … more detours on the path back to the WIP today!

    • Thank you sooo much Patricia! I really appreciate the feedback and the vote of confidence. I absolutely agree, it’s been an amazing experience to see, read, and feel all the different vibes and voices we each have on our blogs. It has certainly helped me narrow in on what I want for my own. I hope you enjoy the links. I’ve been reading everyone’s mashups and have been touring all over the blogosphere discovering some fantabulous blogs! For my next mashup, I plan on highlighting more of our wana711 peeps for my non-wana711 readers to discover. Happy weekend!

  9. Congrats! Did you tweak your header recently? It looks a little different and I love it!

    • Hey Angela – thanks for stopping by. I did tweak it a little bit – thanks for noticing and the great feedback. I wasn’t sure if it was a bit ‘much’ or not. 🙂

  10. Now I’m all blushy. Thanks!

  11. Author Kristen Lamb says:

    I love seeing how you guys are working as a team and loving and supporting each other. It makes me feel so honored. Great job and the blog looks fantastic :D.

    • Thanks so much Kristen – your feedback means a lot. 🙂 The WANA711 community you initiated and helped us build is a beautiful thing…the support, feedback, and sense of team is remarkable and special. It has sparked renewed inspiration in all of us. Thank you will never be enough or quite sum up the gratitude we all feel.


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