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Thank you so much to Lisa at Sapphire Reviews for nominating my blog for the Liebster Blog Award!  It’s always such an honour to be nominated by a fellow blogger.  It’s also a great opportunity to pay it forward and call attention to other great blogs.  Thank you!

Liebster Blog Award

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog: (
  2.  Post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions asked of you, and create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  3.  Nominate 11 blogs you think deserve to be noticed, and leave comments for them letting them know that they’ve been chosen.
  4. Display the Liebster Award logo.
  5. No tag-backs.

Questions Posed by Lisa

Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to start sharing my homemade skin care experiments.  It just seemed like the best forum to share my ideas and learn from others.

If you could be anywhere in the world now, where would that be?

I could be anywhere, just as long as I’m with my family.

Dark, Milk or white chocolate?

I used to be an exclusive milk chocolate fan.  More recently, I’ve been enjoying dark chocolate more.  Changing tastes?

Shoes or bags?


What’s your profession?

I negotiate for a living.

Favourite colour?


What’s your favourite movie?

Moulin Rouge

Favourite TV Show?

Arrested Development

Favourite food?

Oh — there are so many!  If forced to choose, I’d go with my grandma’s Chicken Curry.  It’s the best!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in two places.  I spent a good part of my childhood in Malaysia.  I spent the rest of my time growing up in Canada.

What do you want to be when you’ve grown up?

Still trying to figure that out.  If nothing else, I want to be the best mom I can be!

My Nominees

My Questions

1.  What is your favorite colour?

2.  What was your scariest moment?

3.  What was your happiest moment?

4.  What do you do to relax?

5.  What book would recommend?

6.  What inspires you to continue blogging?

7.  What is your dream vacation?

8.  Who do you admire the most?

9.  What is the most effective way you’ve found to promote your blog?

10.  What is your profession?

11.  If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it?

Thank you again to Lisa for the nomination and congratulation to each of my 11 nominees!


Blog of the Year 2012 Award

Blog Awards

Blog Awards are a great way of paying it forward.  As D. at Sweet Jelly Bean put it so well, it’s a great way to let someone know how much you appreciate their blog, love to see what they write, and how much you look forward to their posts.  This year, I’ve been nominated for a few blog awards.  Each one of them has warmed my heart.  It’s just great to know that people are paying attention to my blog!  Of course, it also gave me a great opportunity to recognize all the blogs that I have started following in the past months.  In short, when it comes to blog awards, I’m a fan.

Blog of the Year 2012 Award

D. at Sweet Jelly Bean  and Rynnie at Modest is the Hottest both nominated my blog, among a host of many other fabulous blogs, for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award.  Thank you to you both!  This is a unique award that allows a blog to be nominated several times.  Each time your blog is nominated, you earn yourself a star, which you can proudly display on your blog.  Sounds like fun, right?

Blog of the Year Award

Blog of the Year Award

The Rules for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –    and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group — click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – thumbnails

Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

My Nominations for Blog of Year Award – 2012

Now that the rules of the game are set out, let’s get down to business.  There are so many blogs that I have been lucky enough to discover this year.  I’ve enjoyed all of them and learned a lot.  It’s also been a pleasant surprise to share stories and common experiences with so many great bloggers.  Each of these bloggers regularly shares their own bits of wisdom from their everyday lives.    I’ve nominated my favorite ones here:

Sweet Jelly Bean

Homemade Wellbeing

Story Book Apothecary

Lightly Crunchy

Blowing Off Steam

Blackbox Cosmetics

Natural New Age Mum

Robyn Peoples

Bronze Goddess

Modest is the Hottest


Pay it Forward!

Congratulations to all of these wonderful bloggers for being nominated.  I love following your blogs and look forward to more of your great posts in the new year! And now, it’s your turn to pay it forward and nominate your favorite blogs!