Monday, April 27, 2009

Awarded!!

I don't know why, but for the past couple of days I've been feeling like I had a battle with a steam roller and lost. So I can't tell you how much it cheered me up to see that my very wonderful friend KA has given this blog an award! This award is given to a blogger who shows great attitude and gratitude. So, given that at least some of the posts on this blog are more about my frustrations and occasionally wanting to give up, it was great to know that KA thinks, overall, this blog has a great attidue. So thank you very much KA!

After receiving this award, I'm supposed to post the award logo (the lemonade stand) on my blog and then pass the award along to 5 other bloggers who show great attitude and gratitude. Then I'm supposed to comment on each of their blogs to let them know that they have recieved this award from me!

But before I hand out my awards, I want to give a shout out to my friend KA. Her blog lawn fawn cards talks about the process of making her beautiful handmade cards. She posts pictures of the cards and really fun instructional videos that show her making them. And each and every one of her cards is unique and gorgeous - certain to really make someone's day! Which reminds me - mother's day is coming up on May 10th and she's got some gorgeous mother's day cards in her online shop. And, if you live in the LA area, she will have even more mother's day cards at a trunk show in Glendale on May 2nd. Trust me - your mom will love them!

Ok. On to my awards!

My first award goes to my college roommate AJ (soon to become AK!!!) who originally encouraged me to use blogging as an outlet for everything I'm dealing with. She is a fantastic writer and her blog, A Taste In The Life, has become a hilarious account of the trials and tribulations of planning a traditional southern wedding while keeping her own modern flair. (The wedding is on May 9th!!) It's basically guaranteed to be an entertaining read and it is always uplifting.

My second award goes to my cousin KF. Her blog, Kaia and Me, is mostly about raising her daughter Kaia, adopted last Thanksgiving. My cousin has had some tough times of her own, but her ability to see the bright side of everything and always move forward has been a constant source of inspiration to me. My cousin has actually just started a second blog, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, which talks about her process of creating adorable handmade crochet amigurumi, which she sells on etsy. Actually, your mom might like those too!

My third award goes to my friend LD. A few months ago, her dad was in a snowboarding accident that left him with a spinal cord injury. Her blog, Larry Dubey, is about her family's journey to adjust to her dad's injury. Despite having to deal with extremely difficult situations, and even though there have been some painful setbacks, LD's ability to honestly tell her dad's story while keeping an open mind about the future never ceases to amaze me. Whenever I read her blog posts I remember how grateful I should be for all the things I do have that I take for granted every day. If you are interested in showing support to their family, you can purchase T-shirts and wristbands here.

My fourth award goes to my friend PN for her blog (the title of which never ceases to entertain me) i like stuff (but not all stuff). PN has graduated from law school and is getting married in September. But she uses her blog primarily to rant about political topics, which always makes for an interesting read! Incidently, if you are still looking for a mother's day present (this post has become a "how to shop for your mom" guide! You won't need to worry about mother's day after reading this!) PN sells vintage and modern jewlery in her online shop!

My final award goes to someone who I have never actually met in person! In the process of working on my own gluten-free blog I discovered her gluten-free blog: Gluten Free Easily. Her blog focuses on how eating gluten-free can actually be easy by focusing on "real" foods. She tells stories and posts recipies that are delicious and photos that are gorgeous! (My GF blog will actually be reviewing two of her recipies soon!) It's a great resource for gluten-free eating - but also just for yummy recipies to try!

So thank you to all my blogger friends who inspire me and contribute so much to my blogging process! I hope you like your award!

5 comments:

paris anne said...

You are awesome, as always. Thank you! I feel so...award winning!

paris anne said...

Me again. I think I broke the rules, but the surprise is now returned. Not that it's a surprise at this point. http://parisanne.blogspot.com/

GFE--gluten free easily said...

Wow, Z, thank you so much! I am turly honored to be selected. Thanks so much for your kind words. Just wanted to clarify to everyone that you don't have to be gluten-free to enjoy my blog or make my recipes. Most are made with mainstream ingredients--hence the gluten free easily (gfe) approach. :-) Okay, Z, now I must admit I'm a bit scared about your upcoming reviews of my recipes ...

Isn't it amazing what blogging can do for those of us who blog and those who read? :-) Thanks so much for your blog here and your A - Z reviews blog. Congrats to the other recipients!

Hugs,
Shirley

GFE--gluten free easily said...

I'm such a dodo ... I forgot to say congrats to YOU!! Congrats. :-) It means so much to get such kind recognition from others, doesn't it?

Shirley

Spot Marks the X said...

Wow. Thanks for thinking about Kaia and Me for an award. The little monkey-business and I are flattered!