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Beautiful Blogger and Very Inspiring Blogger Awards

I am honoured.  I have been nominated once again for two blogger awards.  Thank you to Barbara over at Life in the Foothills for the nominations!  She was kind enough to name my blog for the Beautiful Blogger Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  Thank you!

Beautiful Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Now there are rules for these awards. They are:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. – Thanks again to Barbara over at Life in the Foothills!  Please go check out her blog.  You won’t be disappointed!

3. State 7 things about yourself.

  • I love to cook and create, both food and skincare products.
  • I love to read.
  • I am a new mom of a delightful 5-month old.
  • I love to spend time in the mountains.
  • I am desperately trying to learn Spanish.
  • I love to volunteer my time.
  • My favorite sound is my son’s giggle.

4. Nominate 7-15 bloggers for this award and notify those bloggers of the nomination.  I am nominating these 9 blogs for these awards. I have enjoyed following every single one of them and I hope you will too!

Pixi Wishes and Forehead Kisses 

What Tina Loves

kjandersen

LatinoLook

Beauty Expression by Luchessa

The Haute Frugalista

Jessiker Bakes

Fit and Beyond 40

Mrs Gaeul

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Moving from 2012 to 2013 – Happy New Year!

A quick review of 2012…

2012 was an exciting year for me, both for my blog and on a personal front.

My Blog – Au Naturel Essence

All Natural Treats for Body and SoulOn my blog, I set out to boost the number of views I got each day.  I got two major increases in readership throughout the year.  In the first quarter, I saw a big improvement and about half way through the year, my numbers went up again.  It was so exciting to know that others were keeping track of my blog.  To all of you – thank you!

I also set out to post at least once a week.  I’m quite proud to say that I exceeded that goal.  In total, I had over 90 posts in 2012!

Unexpectedly, I was nominated for several blog awards throughout the year.  You can learn all kinds of odd tidbits about me and my blog in the following posts:

Super Sweet Blogger Award

Sunshine Award

Beautiful Blogger Award

Inspiring Blog Award

Blog of the Year Award

I love the concept of blog awards.  They are a great way to learn about other blogs and to recognize other blogs that you follow.

On a Personal Front

The highlight of this year was the birth of my little boy.  I was so excited when I found out I was pregnant around Easter time.  The next few months went so quickly and yet so slowly!  Our little bundle of joy was born just a few weeks ago and he’s been keeping me very busy ever since.

Looking forward to 2013…

Looking forward, I would love to keep up with my blog at the same pace as I had in 2012.  However, I want to be realistic. Having a new baby on hand has slowed me down a little bit!  As I soon as I learn how to blog with a baby in one arm, I’ll be right on track!

Gentle Goat's Milk Soap for Baby

Gentle Goat’s Milk Soap for Baby

When I have the time, I’m looking forward to making more baby products.  In particular, I’d love to experiment with my own homemade shampoo.

Thank you for all of your support throughout the year.  I look forward to sharing more ideas and projects with you in 2013.  Happy New Year!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that lovely time of year again in Canada when we celebrate Thanksgiving.  For me, Thanksgiving signifies that the seasons are changing and that it’s time to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.

The Origins of Canadian Thanksgiving

Wikipedia will tell you that Canadian Thanksgiving can be traced back to a couple of different originating dates.

Some trace the beginnings of this holiday back to the explorer Martin Frobisher.  He had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean.  After his third voyage, he held a formal ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long journey from England.  It was held near Baffin Island.

Others give credit for Canadian Thanksgiving to early French settlers who arrived in Canada with Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century.  Their celebrations were tied to the end of the harvest season.

The actual date for the Thanksgiving celebration has varied over the years.  It wasn’t until 1957 that the Canadian Parliament designated the 2nd Monday of October as Thanksgiving Monday.

The Top Three Things I am Thankful For…

1.  I am thankful for all the support you’ve all given me for my blog!  My readership has gone up exponentially this year.  I first had a big jump in readership around March. Since then, the numbers have continued to increase.  I’ve also been nominated for three awards (Sunshine Award, Beautiful Blogger Award, and Inspiring Blog Award) and have had a chance to get to know many of you.  I love following your blogs and am honoured that you follow mine back!  Thank you!

2.  I am thankful for the miracle of being pregnant!  I’m in my 32nd week and looking forward to welcoming a new baby into our lives.  My husband and I are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives.

3.  I am thankful for all of the love and support from my friends and family.  They are always there for me when I need them.  I know that I’m lucky to be surrounded by such an awesome support network. Thank you!

Thanksgiving Dinner

My family always celebrates Thanksgiving with a big family dinner.  This year, I’ve put myself in charge of making dessert for everyone.  Even though the traditional dessert is a pumpkin pie, I decided to make use of all the apples and cranberries I have in my house and make an apple-cranberry crumble.  When it’s topped with ice cream, could you really ask for anything more?  Here it is!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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The Beautiful Blogger Award – I’ve been nominated!

I’ve been nominated for a second blogger award!  Thanks to Skin Goodness, I have been awarded the Beautiful Blogger Award.  Thank you!

Getting Nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award

It’s such an honor to be nominated for an award like this.  I’m humbled and so happy that some of you might take an interest in what I have to write each week on my blog.  This award also gives me a great excuse to share my favorite blogs with you so you can check them out as well!  It’s a great way to pay it forward!

7 Random Facts About Me

As a winner of this award, my duty is to share 7 random facts about myself.  Here goes:

  1. I recently discovered Pinterest and am totally addicted to it now!
  2. The riskiest thing I ever did was to go skydiving.  It was a great experience and I had a great view while I floated down to the ground.
  3. I later discovered that a safer way to get a good view, for me, is to hike to the top of a mountain and take it all in.
  4. I love using kitchen ingredients in my face care.  Stay tuned for a post about that in a couple of weeks.
  5. Just about anything with sprinkles on it will make it qualify as a “favorite” dessert. 
  6. I’m a big fan of using skin care products made from ingredients that I can identify on my own.
  7. I’m expecting!  My husband and I are expecting our first at the end of November.  We should have a bundle of joy just in time for Christmas this year!

Another four of my favorite blogs

I nominated a number of blogs a couple of weeks ago for a Sunshine Award. In addition to those blogs, I also love to follow these four.  They each do a wonderful job on their blogs and deserve a pat on the back too!  So, I’m nominating them for the Beautiful Blogger Award too.  Congratulations! 

Blackbox Cosmetics

Texas Pioneer Creations 

Bronze Goddess

Keeping up with Kelly