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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Sunshine Award

Hello all! Welcome to Marlee and Me - the blog about my journeys through being a first time mom, stepmother, and wife - all while trying to lose weight and keep my sanity! I like to write about everyday moments and share lots of pictures from my experiences.

I was nominated for The Sunshine Award by an amazing mother and blogger
She is an incredible inspiration as a mother to three little ones (which includes a set of twins!) and advocate for education and awareness about the illness she suffers from - Interstitial Cystitis. She has a great sense of self and I love to read her posts so go check her out!
The Sunshine Award is given to those who inspire us and bring Sunshine into our lives. 

There are a few simple rules for the Sunshine Award:

1. Include Award Logo in or on your blog post
2. Link to the person who nominated you
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
4. Nominate other bloggers to give this award


So with that, Lauren has left some questions for me to answer.

1. Tell us about your blog in one paragraph.
My blog started because I wanted to share my experiences and pictures of Marlee and my little family without completely overflowing social media. I understand how annoying it can be when someone posts 50 pictures a day of a child, dog, family member etc etc when one can be more than sufficient. I also knew that my family does not always get an update on what is going on in my life so this was a better way to keep in touch. Marlee (daughter), Isaac (stepson), Nick (husband), food, weigh-ins, and crafts all have a big place on this blog. 

2. What is your most favorite and least favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite thing is being able to write down my thoughts and being able to relate to others. My least favorite is not having enough time to do a daily post like some other bloggers - or just not being exciting enough to have something to post! I live a very boring life.

3. You're having a fabulous dinner party. Which three celebrities would you invite and why?
Oprah because for one - she is Oprah - and two - my sisters do great impersonations of her. 
"You get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car! Look under your seat - Its a car!

Second I would invite Gordon Ramsey so he could yell at everyone in that fabulous angry accent.
Third I would invite Larry Bird. It would make Nick pretty damn excited and he is a pretty quiet guy so would not steal Oprahs spotlight. 

4. You are giving a motivational speech to a captive audience of thousands. What are you speaking about?
Ha. For one this would never happen - hate public speaking and motivation is something I lack a little too often. Something about hard work and reaching goals I suppose. 

5. Tell us three really random things about you. 
I hate when my dog licks himself (like right NOW! I could just die).
I sing inappropriate songs to Marlee and she loves it (Robin Thicke = not kid friendly).
Fuzzy socks are pure heaven to me. 

6. For one month, your blog can only be read by men. Give us a small sampling of what you'd write. 
Pshhh what do men like? Sex, football, and food? So I guess I would have to write about food considering my football knowledge is lacking and sex is not family friendly. (I am pretty sure my gma reads this ha!)

7. Show us a silly or quirky picture of you from when you are younger.
Thank God I do not have any pictures from 4-8 grade. Quirky does not even grasp the awkwardness of this phase. So I will go with a baby picture. Can you see where Marlee gets her grump face?
Picture of a picture
8. Does your immediate family and your close friends know that you blog? Do they read your blog?
I post every three or so blog posts to Facebook so that my family can look at my daily ramblings and see pictures of Marlee. I know some of them really enjoy it which makes me really happy. I love sharing my Marlee with everyone. She brings so much joy to my life so I enjoy sharing the joy with others.

9. Generations after you've passed, your grandchildren discover your blog. What lessons could they learn from your blog?
Oh gosh, I don't know! Maybe a couple recipes? Hopefully how a good marriage can last forever? How love can make everyday worthwhile and exciting? That laughter is the key ingredient to life? 
My grandchildren will think I am lame for sure.

10. Five years from now, are you still blogging? Is your content still the same? What goals have you achieved? 
I hope so! I really enjoy looking back at posts from two months ago so post from five years ago will be awesome to read. I am sure my content will evolve a bit from now. I will then have a five year old and (possibly!) other little crazy babes running around. Marlee and Me could very easily turn into Marlee and the Rest of Her Crazy Family! 

Now for my Nominations!
I only really religiously follow a few blogs so I nominate...

1. Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe at Hijacked By Twins
2. Kerin Ramella at Confessions of a Serial Napper

You have all been nominated for The Sunshine Award!
Answer the following questions and do your own nominations. Have fun and congrats - you guys have really inspired and brought a smile to my face :)

1. Give everyone a little info about you and your blog.
2. What was the inspiration for starting a blog?
3. What would your perfect date consist of?
4. You have been cast on a reality TV show. What show and why?
5. If you could travel to any place in the world, where would it be?
6. You are stranded on an island and only have three items in your suitcase. What are they?
7. Name three celebrities that you would like to invite over for dinner and drinks and why?
8. For your birthday, you can have any gift you want. What is it?
9. Name one materialistic thing that you cannot life without and why?
10. How long have you been blogging and do you think you will be blogging five years from now?

Thanks again everyone and I look forward to reading your posts!