Wow…checked my twitter account this morning and saw that beautiful Modern Mom nominated little ol’ me for the Liebster Award!  Not familiar with the Liebster Award?  Well…I wasn’t either until I went to the Googler to elucidate myself and this is what I found.  

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What is the Liebster Award

The Liebster is an ‘award’ given by bloggers to bloggers.  I like that!  I mean, respect and recognition by your peers is an awesome thing.  More specifically, it’s an award given by new bloggers to other new bloggers.  One of the requirements is that you have fewer than 200 subscribers.  It’s a way for us newbies to get to know each other and to help promote each other.  When I started blogging a mere 4 months ago, I really had no idea that I would be so warmly included and encouraged in the community of bloggers.  I have received  much guidance and encouragement from my fellow bloggers and the Liebster Award is an extension of that.  Here’s a cool thing, Modern Mom, who nominated me, is located in Kenya, further illustrating just how small, but extensive, this blogging community is.

One thing I can’t figure out, and something that seems to have eluded many previous recipients, is who started this whole thing?  Many bloggers have likened receiving the Liebster to a form of a chain letter (as explained below) and I get that comparison.  But I also get that its a way for small bloggers to get to know and, potentially, bring attention to other small bloggers.  So, at the end of the day, it’s a good thing.  

Rules of the Liebster

The ‘rules’ of the Liebster are:

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So, once again I humbly thank Modern Mom for thinking of me and let me now answer her questions.

  1. How did you come up with your blog’s name?  

You would have to ask that question! While I really enjoy blogging and like most things about my blog, if I could change anything it’d be the name. When we were thinking of starting this blog, I really like the ‘nest’ image and wanted to work with that.  The ‘nest’ analogy works with the image of creating a nurturing home, as well as that of ‘feathering my nest’, which is an outlet for the creative in me.  However, most ‘nest’ names were already taken in Go Daddy, so I kept branching out from that word and the first one that come up that incorporated ‘nest’ was ‘Nourish and Nestle’.  In retrospect, I wish I had regrouped and not been so bent on tying myself to ‘nest’…though I do like my image!

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????2. If you had a choice to have a superpower, what would it be and why?

I’m not sure of the technical superpower name, but I’d love to be able to control time…speed it up when I have a 6 hour layover in the Philadelphia airport  or slow it down so that my teenagers would still be 6 and 3!

3.  What three words describe you best?

Creative, kind-hearted  and self-sufficient.  (The first 2 came from my daughter…awwww!)

4.  What is your least favorite color?

I’m all about color.  I’m an equal opportunity color gal.  I love them all…except FLUORESCENT ORANGE!  There’s a place for many oranges in my world, but at there’s a point when orange goes from delightful tangerine to hunter day-glo, and then it’s all downhill from there.

5.  Dogs or cats?

In my home we have:

‘practically perfect in every way’ ‘pretty princess’ Flora

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AND ‘she who shall not be named’, ‘devil’s spawn’ Puddles

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How’s that for an answer?!

6.  How do you deal with writers’ block?

I keep a running list of ideas to write about, so I typically have ideas.  I find that if I just sit down and start typing, it usually comes to me.  I do try to write as I talk, so when I write I think about a certain person and just starting ‘talking’ to them through the keyboard.

7.  Do you believe in love at first sight?

Maybe ‘lust at first sight’, but to love means to really know a person and you can’t do that by sight.  That being said, it was love at first sight when my children were born.  

8.  What was your best show as a kid?

I’m going to completely out my age on this one, but Flipper was my favorite show!

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9.  Are you a morning or evening person?

100% a morning person!  When I’m up at 5 a.m. and the rest of the house will be sleeping for 3 more hours…sheer bliss.

10.  What do you love the most about your city?

We’re on the ocean (what’s not to love about that?) and for a small town, we have fantastic restaurants.

11.  Which one of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?

Probably the one in which I show how to make linen cocktail napkins because I reflect on the impact of my grandma and mom on who I am today. They were, and are, self-sufficient, creative, loving and wise women and I’m proud to have their genes.

Eleven Random Facts about ME: 

  1. My dad was in the Navy and so I moved 8 times in 18 years and spent 7 years in Hawaii and 2 on the island of Guam.
  2. I’m a homebody
  3. My husband and I will celebrate 30 years of marriage next year!
  4. Making decisions is really hard for me (Baskin-Robbins 31 flavors is a nightmare!)
  5. I’m a closet hippy
  6. The hardest thing about being a blogger is the whole self-promoting thing…out of my comfort zone.
  7. I have a degree in finance and accounting, but have never bothered to balance my checkbook.
  8. I sat on a beach with Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and his itty bitty bikini
  9. One of my college roommates became a well known CIA spy!
  10. I’d love to have a small little cottage on a piece of land where I could grow all my own fruits and vegetables, have bee hives and raise chickens (but then there’s that whole ‘what to do with the chickens when they get old’ thing)…so guess I’ll just stay in suburbia.
  11. I heard Keith Urban sing before he was ‘Keith Urban’!

And I nominate the following blogs for this prestigious award:

  1. Misty Sansom
  2. DIYAdulation
  3. Alsi Atelier
  4. Write4yourself
  5. The Nourished Seedling
  6. Deb’s Farm Stand
  7. Hot Tea, Travel and Thyme
  8. Platings and Pairings
  9. The Hanging Spoon
  10. The Domestic Dash
  11. My Untangled Life

And the 11 questions I will pose to these bloggers are:

  1. What are 3 travel destinations on your bucket list?
  2. What’s the next skill you’d like to acquire?
  3. If you had the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’, what would you ‘pay forward’?
  4. Are you a hoarder or a saver?
  5. What’s your favorite smell?
  6. What are 3 websites that you visit daily?
  7. If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?
  8. What was the last picture you took on your phone?
  9. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  10. What surprised you the most about blogging?
  11. If you could try one job for a week, what job would it be?

Thanks to everyone who made winning this award possible!  I’d like to specifically thank my husband for all the behind the scenes work, my son Rob for all his technical guidance and my daughter Kate for great taste in all things beautiful.  

lynn

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4 Comments

  1. Misty Sansom

    June 22, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you so much Lynn! Hugely appreciate it, and what a lovely award this is too. Love the community spirit 🙂

    Reply
    • Sheridan Watkins

      June 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Oh wow! This is so cool! Thanks for nominating me for the award, I never would have heard about it otherwise and its a great concept. Its going to be hard for me to find 11 other new bloggers for this award though, because I am so new myself but everything about blogging has been exciting and this is just another reason.

      Reply
      • lynn

        June 23, 2015 at 6:35 am

        So glad to be in your community Sheridan! Finding 11 blogs was an exercise no doubt, but it was a good one. Good luck and looking forward to reading your Liebster ‘stuff’.

        Reply
  2. Modern Mom

    June 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Wow. It’s amazing how much you can learn about someone from one post. 30 years of marriage? Congratulations!

    Great post.

    Reply

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