More blog awards – for me???

I am blushing and gushing (again…)! Two of my blogging sistas, whom I admire and respect deeply, recently honored me with blogging awards.

First, the ever funny and beautiful Jenny Hansen honored yours truly with…a STYLISH BLOGGER AWARD!

Stylish Blogger Award


I near fell off my chair.

I am honored beyond measure. I am thrilled to pieces!!! Thank you Jenny! Honestly, when I read her post and saw my name listed there with words like “always makes me laugh” and “got some seriously cool style,” tears came to my eyes. I was moved. I was filled with a profound sense of awe..

Then, much to my surprise and delight, the gorgeous and talented Angela Orlowki-Peart honored me with an I Love Blogging Award. What?!?!? Well I can’t argue with that, I do love blogging! Thank you so much Angela.

I Love Blogging Award

Being honored by fellow bloggers with these awards means a lot to me. When I started out blogging over a year ago, I kind of floundered like a fish out of water. It wasn’t pretty. There was wild flapping and water everywhere. Seriously. Nasty! I was trying but nothing felt quite right.

Then I discovered Kristen Lamb and her blogging course and everything changed. Not only did I find a community of bloggers that make this blogosphere feel like one giant family, I feel like I’ve finally found my blog voice; one that is authentic, genuine and that I love. I am having the time of my life writing these posts. Blogging has become energizing, fun, and exciting. Hubby says I am not only having an affair with my Kindle but with my blog as well. Opps.

Loving blogging and having fun is great and wonderful but as Jenny wrote about in her post on writers needing external validation, I still wondered if y’all enjoyed it? Ya know? I know we should all be filled to the brim with inner confidence and that as long as I am enjoying blogging and am taping into the joy of my writing passion, that “should” be enough but…I can’t help it…I do love a little external validation!

So these two awards, along with the two others I’ve been honored with recently (check out my right-hand menu…), are that little bit of external validation that says “they like me….they really like me…” and I gotta be honest, it feels UBERLICIOUSLY fahhbulous! It makes my heart sing and my confidence soar. So…all that lengthy stuff to say a heartfelt thank you. I feel truly blessed!

In keeping with both blog award rules to:

  1. pay homage to the blogger who gave you the award;
  2. list 7 random facts about yourself; and
  3. pay the blog luv forward.

I found Jenny Hansen’s blog after writers’ social media maven, Kristen Lamb, listed her as a best practice example on her blog. And voila, my Jenny Addiction began. Her blog is chalked full of valuable writing information (writers read differently than non-writers and building a writing team opened my eyes to new aspects of the writing world), hilarious posts (my favs HAVE to be dirty minds (I mean signs)gang banging chickens and the Christian panties posts), and you can’t miss her posts on high-risk pregnancy. All in all, I think she’s an uberlicious blogger whom I admire, respect, and adore. Not to mention, the girl throws a kick-ass Twitter Parrrrttttyyy!! My god…we are all still recovering!

Angela and I met when we both took Kristen Lamb’s course and we’ve been blogging sistas ever since. She 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.

Jenny and Angela; piles of air cheek kisses to you my friends!

Now, for 7 random facts about me (and you can always refer back to my other posts on 10 random facts and 7 random facts if interested) but given how lengthy this post is getting, I’ll keep this short and sweet.

  1. I have a dark brown birthmark on my knee that I used to be so embarrassed by that I hated wearing shorts. Now I don’t even notice it.
  2. I am a chicken shit. When at the camp, if it’s dark outside, I make hubby come outside with me to go to the outhouse (yes…there is no plumbing at the camp…it’s a camp, not a cottage). Even if it’s 4 am. To his credit, he never even grumbles about it.
  3. Keeping in line with chicken shit confessions, I used to love scary movies but I can’t handle them now.
  4. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect lipstick (shade and texture) for years. I’ve spent oodles of cash on lipsticks I wear once and then toss. I am still on the hunt…I wonder if it’ll ever happen?!?! (Note to hubby: it’s really not that much cash…I just said that for dramatic tension in my post. Kisses!)
  5. As a child, I dreamt of becoming an Olympic champion in gymnastics. Sadly, gymnastics was not a talent of mine and I struggled through many humiliating practices and competitions before finally giving up.
  6. I have a phobia of the drains at the bottom of pools (more chicken shit confessions). Especially the vents in large commercial swimming pools but even small, above ground home pools can creep me out. I think it comes from a traumatic swimming lesson that involved being shoved into the deep-end.
  7. I love fortune tellers and soul readers. I like to go at least once a year!

Now it’s time to share the love!

And….the Stylish Blogger Award goes to…

  • My fellow pink, glitter girl Jillian Dodd! Her blog has oodles of style and glitz. When I first started looking to update my design, her’s was a huge inspiration. What I love is that her style goes beyond the surface with content that is uberlicious. I mean, DID YOU SEE her post on her daughter’s room make-over?!?! Then…her MANday Monday’s….Seriously, need I say more?!?! Jillian’s got style in spades!
  • The ever uberfabulous Tameri Etherton. Hello…her blog header HAS a TIARA in it. Need I say more?!?! That just SCREAMS stylish! If you read my pageant post, you’ll know why I think so. Coupled with a gorgeous smiling pictures of herself and some uber content like her post on battling weight loss and her weekly trashy TV recaps that I live for, Tameri’s got tons of swag and style!
  • And last but not least, the ever hilarious and witty Twana Fenske. Her blog is another one that I gleaned inspiration towards my own design. I love the pink flash, the fahhhbulous header (hello?!?! She mentions WINE in the header) and her content often leaves me in hysterics. She’s full of charm and sass with her post on inappropriate public behavior (again) and her hilarious and touching post on making time for the important things in life.

And….the I Love Blogging Award goes to…

  • Amber West obviously loves blogging. She’s on vacation right now and STILL blogging. If that ain’t love, I don’t know what is. Like Angela, Amber writes a beautiful Friday Inspiration post. She started the #gowithout campaign encouraging everyone in the blogging community to go without a little something to give back a little something….it totally knocked MY SOCKS off! Genius! And her Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday posts have introduced me to tons of new shows to check out and be amazed by.
  • Amy Shojai loves blogging as well. Not only does she bring us the latest and greatest in pet information but Amy shares a wealth of knowledge about writing. Have I mentioned that in her pet posts she usually includes an Ask Amy VIDEO – thassss right – she’s ahhmazing! On Monday, we get a mash-up of great resources on pets, writing, social media etc; Tuesday it’s all about tips and tricks; Wednesday she talks everything dogs; and Friday she talks all things cats. Did I mention that she featured MY BABY in one of her posts? Oh yes, we like Amy!
  • Piper Bayard and her blogging pal Holmes definitely love blogging. They are constantly keeping me in giggles with their posts on invisible art and invisible porn and Piper’s quest to become President of the United States.
  • I would also like to honor Jenny Hansen and Angela Orlowski-Peart with an I Love Blogging Award because as you saw from above, these two uberlicious ladies obviously love blogging!

Ok – seriously, I could go on and on with tons of blogs to honor but this post is getting out of this world long (I’d be surprised if many of you are even still hanging in there…phew) so I’ll just close with that!

So there you have it! Congrats to everyone!

Thank you again Jenny and Angela for the amazing honors!

MUAH! xox

How have you been honored recently? Do you value external validation? Any ~clinking~ opportunities?



  1. Woooot! On the same day I awarded YOU a blogging award over at my Monday Mentions, how cool is that! Thank you m’dear.

  2. Congrats on your awards! You deserve them – your blog is great. It’s become one of my favorites!

  3. Congrats on the well deserved awards Natalie. It’s alway fun around here. Keep up the good work!

  4. Congratulations … again!!! Sheesh, I hope your hubby is building you a room full of special cabinets to display all of these awards! All of which, I might add, are so well deserved. You truly did find your blogging voice in Kristen’s class and you can see how many of us love it … and you. Every post is authentic and sincere whether it is hilariously crazy or informative or serious. You truly are the real deal so keep up the great work.

  5. Whoooohoooooo! Congratulations my super uberfabulicious sista! Your blog totally rocks and so do you.

    I finally found my favorite lipstick – Curtain Call by Lancome. It might be too red for you, but it’s an awesome shade. You should check it out, because I totally get you on that whole, wear once and toss thing.

    Shut the front door! A Stylish Blogger award? For me? I’m blushing down to my pinky toes. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    You know what you said about Jillian’s blog? Well, that’s how I feel about yours! I always come here for inspiration and am never left wanting. Love ya!

    • You are soooo welcome Tameri! You so deserve it cause girl, you got STYLE!!! 🙂
      Fabulous on the lipstick – I’ll definitely go check out the brand and see if any shades will work for me – sweet!
      Awwwww!!! Thank you Tameri – I am so wowed that my blog inspires…sniff…totally made my night!
      Love ya! Muah! xox

  6. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    Thanks so much for the blog award! I’m sure I received the stylish award because you saw on twitter the other day that I had my toenails painted hot pink with hot pink glitter on top. I should send you a pic!!! I think we’re like pink sisters! In all seriousness, congrats on your blog and for sharing the blog love. It’s greatly appreciated and good to know at least one person reads it on a regular basis!!

    • I hadn’t heard about the toenails but you MUST send me a picture cause they sound fahhhbulous!!! 🙂
      WE are totally pink sisters!!! Woot woot and I absolutely LOVE your blog and I read every single post (although sometimes a few days late only cause I go offline…) It’s an inspiration and gooorrrgggeeeooousss!!! 🙂

    • Copy me on that tweet, Jillian. I want to see the glittery toenails!! Mine are currently lavendar with deep purple flowers (with a diamond-y thing) on the big toes. Stylish. 🙂

      • Wow – you ladies are all fancy! I just got plain old pink (that’s chipping badly). Glitter and diamond thingies – this I gotta see – share the wealth ladies! 🙂

  7. Natalie, you deserve every bit of this fun award. It was my pleasure to pass it along to you, sista! I love your posts and your blog design. Oh, and thank you for awarding it back to me – you are so sweet 🙂

  8. Congratulations on your awards! Definitely deserved.

  9. Congrats on the awards, Natalie!

  10. Attention All Blog Bunnies – Thanks for awarding my lil’ Bundle of Blogness with her recent awards – it really enhances my home life – It’s like a night at the Oscars at my place tonight – I came home to a make shift stage in our living room and the furniture arranged in theatre format – the fancy sequins ball gown (pink of course) – the too low back, the VERY tall hair – practising her acceptance speech – “I’d like to thank the WANA Sistas , and the ROW80 party people for this prestigous award…..” and it goes on and on but then It suddenly gets drowned out by my drill attached to Natalie’s celebration drink.
    But then I notice the slit up the side of the pink dress and notice the Thunderwear has been replaced by a an oddly knit g-string and in her left hand a sparkly microphone and in the other a sweaterless penguin.

    • OMG – I can’t stop laughing!
      Ok hubby, I am not quite THAT bad…well….ok…maybe I am but I did promise the penguin that in lieu of my knit g-string I’d hook him up with some people that could hook him up with a sweater!!! Now come on…I am not cruel!
      Excuse me…I must get back to my stage and practicing my speech…LOL!

    • I. Am. Dying over here!!! Slid outta my chair and onto the floor at work (thank GOD everyone is gone).

      Hubby reads your tweets and knows about the knitted g-string! And appreciates the high rockstar value!! Love him!!!!

      OK, where are you in Canada? Because we might need to work it into our vacation calendar.

      *laughing so hard*

      • I know, eh?! He’s a riot – and thank God cause it makes our life together a lot of laughs and lord knows we all need to laugh! 🙂
        Nope, he isn’t on twitter but he was sitting beside me as I was snort laughing at Kathy’s tweet and wanted the deets. I had no idea he was commenting on my blog at the time (there we sit, side-by-side, watching TV each with a laptop, giggling at online stuff…and they said romance is dead…PHEW!!! LOL!!) and would work it in…The little devil. Guess he couldn’t let that one go by. 🙂 High rockstar value – duh – according to hubby, anything g-string (knit, leather, cotton) rocks! 🙂
        I KNOW, eh?!! I am located in the Eastern part of Canada – New Brunswick. ROAD TRIP!! I must say, vacationing here is lovely!!! Where are you?

      • I’m at the other end of the U.S. from you – Southern California. 🙂 ROAD TRIP! Vacationing here is lovely too, but YOU have Fall leaves; we’ve just got falling home prices. Oh, and the beach!

        • Well…I have to be honest…I have ALWAYS wanted to see California so?!?!? ROAD TRIP! I see a spring trip to California and fall visit to NB…best of both worlds!! :-))) Falling home prices and the beach – LOL – actually sounds right up my alley!!!

      • Okay, so Jenny lives in SoCal and Kate Wood lives in SoCal and I live in SoCal – um, YEAH! You definitely have to come to Cali!!!

        But not spring. The water’s too cold and weather iffy. It might be 98 one day and 60 the next with wind or clouds or ??? What am I saying? This is SoCal! The weather’s always iffy (for us), but perfect for visitors.

        I’m planning my trip to Canada as I type. NB sounds like a fabulous place to visit. You might think I’m joking, but I’m not.

        • SWEET – SoCal it is!! 🙂 Sounds wonderful and heck, I’ll come anytime. LOL. I am used to unpredictable NB weather so as long as there isn’t 12 feet of snow, I am game! 🙂
          Ohhhhh…do tell!! I’d love to see you!!! 🙂

  11. Oh my GOD. I’ve been trying to come back here all day long. This morning as I was getting ready, I saw all the links come in one huge wave, and I had to sit down. The only way to do this comment justice was to wait.

    Thank you so much for such a special acknowledgement. It’s funny to me that you picked out all MY favorite posts. And it just warmed me to the tips of my toes to hear you gush on me and “More Cowbell.” Blogging friends like you, lighting up the comment section, is what makes it all so fun. (Did Kathy KILL us today with her comment on thongs, or what?!!) 🙂

    • Awwww…well you are welcome Jenny – I am glad you were warmed to your toes because you deserve it. And you are right, blogging friends lighting up the comment section is all the fun!! 🙂
      I KNOW…when I read “gals are goin’ all tribal with the g-string/thong thing and can’t focus enough to save the world or get to their destinations…” I JUST ABOUT DIED!!! WAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  12. Big, hearty congratulations on this well-deserved and not-at-all-surprising award. Grinning at your confessions too. They’re not too bad! 🙂

  13. You’re freaking slaying me here! Your hubby is so darn adorable. Can I rent him for a year or two?

    I’m so with Jenny – we need to go on a road trip to Canada. Seriously.

    • I don’t know about you, but he had me at “Blog Bunnies.”

    • I know…he’s a cutie pie, eh?! I told him last night I can’t believe he continues to blogjack my blog but in all honesty, I LOVE it! LOL!
      Woot woot…road trip…YES you ladies should come visit…that’d be a blast and hubby could buy us all adorable wine glasses (I just got one from him that says Queen of Everything…) and he could wait on us hand and foot…he loves that shit! LOL!! muah! xoxox

  14. Congrats on the Awards!! You better Open that Door! LOL. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I’m a bit simpled out right now.

    You also picked some great recipients to receive these awards. I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

  15. CONGRATS! I think the Stylish Blogging Award is so you. 😉 And yes, the validation feels awesome. *grin*

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