The Sunshine Award

Chelsea of The Contented Wife Blog nominated me for the Sunshine Award. I enjoy her blog so much because it takes me back to early married life staying at home with my oldest. Sappy, I know, but those are really good memories! The Sunshine Award is basically a pat on the back to bloggers you've been inspired by in the blogosphere. It's also a fun way to learn more about the authors!


My first task in accepting this award is to list 11 random facts about me:

I grew up in the North and live in the South. People continue to notice my accent and comment on it, even though it's not as strong as it once was.

I love to read. I think reading is the most wonderful form of entertainment there is.

If left to my own devices, I'm hardly ever bored.

I feel emotions intensely. No one has ever described me as easy going!

I rarely watch TV on my own, but I do enjoy watching certain shows with my family.

I have a terrible sense of direction and cannot find my way anywhere new without very specific directions. Even then, I'll probably get lost at least once!

I like to have a project. Right now, I don't have one and I keep thinking of things I'd like to change about my house.

I have something chocolate almost daily. 

I don't like clutter and my kids know that if they're missing a "treasure", Mom probably tossed it!

I actually like cleaning, if it will stay that way for awhile!

I don't like board games. They always feel like they last forever!

For more random facts about me, click here.

Now I need to answer Chelsea's questions for me and nominate 11 others for the Sunshine Award:

Why did I start my blog and how did I decide in the name? I started my blog because I LOVE to read blogs and it seemed like it would be a fun hobby. I didn't want to put any pressure on myself to come up with fascinating material though, so decided this title would fit best..Normal Everyday Life. 

What is the thing you love most about where you live? I have to say the Middle Tennessee weather. I grew up in Western New York where it's a very long winter! Now I'm annoyed when we get snow for a few days!

What is a typical day like for you? Right now it's summer, so every day is different. The things that never change though are cleaning, cooking, and driving kids around!

What is your favorite summertime activity? Definitely going to the pool with friends. I love sitting in a chair visiting with a friend while the kids are happy playing together in the water! 

What is your favorite music genre? I live in Nashville, so definitely country music. :)

Do you have any pets? No pets yet. I've always felt like adding a pet would tip me over the edge. 

What is your favorite meal? My favorite meal is leftovers or one that I don't have to cook. I have no fascination with cooking and prepare the simplest healthy meals I can get away with!

Where do I love to travel? I like to go to historical places. However, those aren't the types of places my kids like to go, so as a family we usually go to the beach. 

What is my favorite blogging resource? I'd have to say Google and other blogs. If I don't understand something, I start searching there first and can usually find the answer on other blogs!

My nominees for the Sunshine Award are:

Izzie Anderton from The World According to Izzie
Sara Murray from Mum Turned Mom
Jenny Rippatti-Taylor from Let's Talk Mommy
Jennifer from The Deliberate Mom
Kate Parlin from Shakespeare's Mom
Lana at Two Teens and Their Mama
Leilani and Emily at Just A Touch of Crazy

Here are their questions:

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?

I appreciate Chelsea nominating me for this award and hope you'll check her answers out here!


33 comments:

  1. Dear Marie, Thank you so much for the nomination. You made my day :0)
    As always, I love reading what you share! I leave your site with a big smile, every time.
    Thank you for always being YOU! . . . that's what keeps me coming back.
    Have a beautiful day,
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! You're always so encouraging and sweet! :)

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  2. I much prefer card games to board games...although, we do have a couple games that combine both. I am not a huge fan of leftovers, but my kids love them. I think for them it feels like the best of all worlds. Here's to a fabulously normal day!

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    1. I prefer cards, too! Much quicker and it feels like there's a little bit of skill involved!

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  3. Thanks for the nomination Marie. Lovely to learn so much about you and I look forward to writing this as they're always fun to do. For the record, I can't stand board games and have no sense of direction either!

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    1. Haha, good to know someone else who gets lost, too! I look forward to reading your answers, Izzie!

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  4. Glad to hear that you have fond memories of just you and your oldest at home. I try to treasure these days with just one because I know with any future babies I probably won't get to spend as much time with them as this one. We have a nice little routine, but sometimes I long for the days when he can talk, enjoy swimming, etc, so it's nice to know that you look back at your early days of staying home with a smile! And I'm glad I'm not the only who needs chocolate pretty much on a daily basis. :) It would be so neat to live in Nashville - love country music! Glad you did this post - I love reading your blog!

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    1. I would go back and repeat those days in a heartbeat! I know it can seem monotonous at times, but they'll be some of your most treasured memories as a mom. Lots of fun stages ahead of you too though, and I look forward to reading about them! :)

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  5. Thank you for the nomination! We are so honored! I felt like I was reading 11 random facts about me; I have lost my southern accent too but fake it sometimes :), I had a terrible sense of direction, and hate clutter too BUT I do LOVE board games! Love reading your posts and enjoyed this one and getting to know you better.

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    1. Thanks, it sounds like we have a lot in common! Maybe I should try faking a Southern accent. I don't think I could pull it off though! :)

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  6. Thanks so much for the nomination Marie! Your blog is one of my favorite's, and I loved learning more about you.

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  7. I can totally relate to your pet answer. Lately my family have been getting pretty insistent on the "dog" issue and I know in my heart it would end up being "Mom's dog" and it would drive me nuts. I'm not totally heartless.. we will *see* ;)

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    1. "We will see" can buy you a lot of time! :)

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  8. Thank you so much for the nomination, you really made my day! I also hate board games, they really do last an eternity don't they :)

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    1. You're welcome, Sara! I enjoy your blog so much! Board games...I think I've slowly gotten rid of all ours except Scrabble. I do like that one! :)

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  9. I totally agree with you about being left alone, if people leave me alone I can get alot of work done! Dropping by from Magic Moments

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    1. It's amazing what can be accomplished in a short amount of time! :)

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  10. Your answer to your favorite meal is fabulous - that is exactly what I would say! And chocolate, reading, anti-clutter - yes, yes and yes. Fun reading more about you - congrats on your Sunshine award!

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    1. Thanks, Dana! Good to know we have so much in common! :)

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  11. Cleaning but only if it stays clean. I'm childless this week and I am looking forward to cleaning an area and having it stay that way for the week. So true!

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    1. That's an awesome feeling! Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  12. Congratulations on receiving the Sunshine Award! Glad to have met you through this honor! :)

    Stopping over from Wake Up Wednesday!

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  13. Oh wow this is awesome. Congrats! #TurnUpTuesday

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  14. Ahhh I love reading these to learn more about the blogger. Always things you wouldn't necessarily pick up through blog posts. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  15. Those 11 fast facts are nice to read. I get to know you more. I dont like board games too.. I call them bored games! I never watch TV too but when summer started I have the TV as my background noise as my son just wants them open to a kids station all day =P

    Thanks for sharing these. So much fun to read =) #magicmoments

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  16. Hi Marie:
    I could have sworn I left a comment here before, but perhaps it didn't post! I just stopped by to take a peak at the Sunshine award questions, and to let you know I have not forgotten about my nomination! Thanks so much for it! Life has been a little hectic, but I hope to have my Sunshine post up on my blog in the next couple of weeks. If you hadn't nominated my blog Marie - I would have nominated yours! It is wonderful. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! That's so sweet. There's no hurry at all! I look forward to reading more about you! :)

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  17. Posts like these are some of my favorites in the blogosphere! Congratulations for making an impact and being nominated.

    And thank you for linking up at the #SHINEBlogHop this week.

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  18. Thank you so much for thinking of me, Marie! I love spreading goodwill through the blogosphere :) I don't have a very good track record for actually answering all the questions on things like this, but I love giving shout-outs to other bloggers, so I will certainly share the love!

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