An Encouragement Boost: The Liebster Award

A few weeks ago, I received a wonderful surprise in the comment section of my blog. Suzanne of Simply Suzanne's AT HOME nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award. She is such a sweet person and has been a huge encouragement to me as I start this fledgling blog. Thank you, Suzanne!

Liebster (meaning "dearest" in German) is a nomination based award given to up and coming bloggers. If you're new to blogging, you know it can feel overwhelming, and sometimes futile, to be a small fish in a big sea. The Liebster Award shows support and encouragement from fellow bloggers. It certainly gave me a boost and the fortitude to continue writing for at least one more day!

Accepting this fun award requires me to list 11 random facts about myself, answer 11 questions posed to me by Suzanne, and nominate other bloggers for this award. 

11 Random Facts About Me.

I have five kids. When I say this, most people widen their eyes and stifle a gasp!

I grew up in Western New York, home of snow half the year.

I have a master's degree in Speech Pathology.

I like to do oil paintings, especially of homes, and hope to put some of those on my blog in the future.

I LOVE to read. I get a feeling of calm and great pleasure whenever I walk into a library.

I must have chocolate on a daily basis in some form. Preferably after lunch and dinner!

I am irrationally happy when all the beds in the house are made. Especially if they have clean sheets!

I love mornings and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. 

I own minimal holiday decorations.

I'm a Christian and my relationship with God is very important to me.

I've been blogging for six months, but only got the courage to tell anyone outside of my family eight weeks ago!

The Questions Suzanne Asked Me

1. Why did you start your blog?  I started my blog because I love to read blogs. I always thought it seemed like so much fun to have someplace to share your ideas and projects.

2.  What is your favorite movie? Gone With the Wind

3.  Where was your last, best vacation?  It's cliche, but our best family vacation was to Disney World a few years ago. It's the only time we've ever gone and I put it off forever thinking it couldn't possibly be worth all the expense, but it was great!

4.  What is the most delicious food you've ever eaten?  Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

5.  What is your favorite quote and why? I couldn't think of a favorite quote, so I asked my kids what they thought my favorite quotes were. We laughed when they said I say these a lot...

You'll live.
You're fine.
I need some piece and quiet.
Is it 8:00 yet?

6.  If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be? These kinds of questions are hard for me to answer. Again, I asked my kids and they said anyone that has overcome hardship.  That's true, I do like personal triumph stories!

7.  Do you collect anything? For the past few years, I've tried to buy a Christmas ornament on each vacation.

8. What is your favorite post you've written? I would have to say What Kind Of Mom Are You Today? I wrote that post because my kids sometimes accuse me of having favorites or not being fair. I think a lot of moms experience this and writing about the impossibility of making it all equal was really freeing. 

10. What is your favorite activity? Reading or creating something. These two are tied.

11. Cook or bake? Definitely bake.

My Nominees

These are all blogs that have touched me with their writing and I think you'll enjoy them, too!

The questions I have for them are:

Why did you start blogging?
Are you an early bird or night owl?
Who is your favorite author?
What is your guilty pleasure?
What is your all time favorite TV show?
Name three things on your bucket list.
What's your favorite way to relax?
Do you collect anything?
What's your favorite post on your blog and why?
Do you enjoy appetizers or dessert more?
What is your favorite season and why?

The Rules

Link back to the blogger that nominated you.
Post 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer the questions your nominator asked.
Create 11 new questions for up to 11 nominees who have less than 1000 followers.
Link your nominees to your post and tell them.


  1. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Dear Marie, I LOVED reading about you! The 11 random facts were my favorite. So you just recently told your family that you're blogging? That's so funny, because only a FEW members of my family know that I blog, too. Lol. And the chocolate . . . I"m obsessed with it too :0) We have more in common than I thought . . . maybe that's why I enjoy you and your blog so much.
    Thank you for accepting the award. I'm sure your followers will enjoy this post as much as I did.
    I'm off to check out the blogs you nominated.
    Have a great weekend,

    1. Hi, Suzanne! That's funny about you secretly blogging, too! Thanks for all your encouragement, it was a fun post to write. :)

  2. *blush* thank you for including me in the fun, Marie! What a lovely way to learn about each other and generate exposure for us 'baby bloggers.' you are already a dear friend and I enjoyed learning more about you!

    1. Thanks, Aly! It's always fun to get to know the author behind a blog. Can't wait to read about you, too! :)

  3. Thanks Marie, I'm honored you chose Smushedkisses as one of your picks. Your blog is very entertaining and it comes as no surprise that you were nominated for this award. Congratulations!! <3 your sister

  4. These are fun! Thanks for sharing! Getting real and personal is always what keeps me coming back to a blog!

  5. Thanks for nominating Motherhood and Muffin Tops! Congratulations to you, too! You're always so encouraging to me and I really appreciate you!

    1. Thanks, Joni! Looking forward to learning more about you! :)

  6. Marie, congratulations on the award! It comes as no surprise as you are always so encouraging and practical in how you tackle the, "normal everyday" things. As always, I love reading your blog! My favorite random thing about you are the quotes that you say a lot! haha!!!

    1. Thanks, Mindy! I'm sure you can picture me saying those things. Sometime I need to do a post about all my quotes that didn't make the list this time! :) Thanks for reading and visiting me here!!

  7. Well done on the award :) I love these posts as it gives others a little bit more about you #MagicMoments

  8. love love this! Congrats on receiving this award, such a great blog honor :-) Checking this out from turn it up Tuesdays!

  9. Speech Pathology, I've not heard of that before, chocolate every day, now I can relate to that! #magicmoments

    1. Love it! I've met very women who don't relate to a chocolate need! :)

  10. I always love reading these posts, it's nice to learn more about the person behind the blog x #ShareWithMe

  11. I love reading the 11 random facts about you. Lovely. Always great to get to know more about the bloggers we follow and read so much about. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  12. A wonderful #AllAboutYou linkup - thanks for joining in! I love reading blogs when people give away a little more about themselves, congrats on your Liebster!

  13. I love that the Leibster award is still going round as its so fab to read about other bloggers. I am wildly jealous of your first two points though- I'm one of 5 girls and yearn for a huge family! I have also always wanted to go to new york, let alone grow up there!!
    x x


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