Let us pause for a moment while we view the beauty that is my very first blogging award.
While I am busy preparing my extensive acceptance speech, let me review who extended this wonderful award upon me and give you some history.
I owe this huge debt of gratitude to Michelle at Honest and Truly! Michelle & I became buds through the wonderful SITS site and I'm so thankful. Michelle is a kind soul who has 2 adorable kids (Mister Man and Little Miss) and her blog is full of REAL life with kids, hubby and neighbors that hate her. (I love that entry Michelle!) So, go check out Michelle and give her the same love that you've given me.
Now, this award comes with great responsibility and I'm not one to run when the going gets serious. This is the Arte y Pico award and it originated in Uruguay from a fabulous blogger who can test your Spanish comprehension skills if you pay her a visit. Here are the rules that accompany this esteemed award.
1. Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name of and link to the blog that presented her/him with the award.
4. The award winner and the one who has given the prize has to show the link of Arte Y Pico blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. Show these rules.
Now, I'm a lot of things, but "rule breaker" isn't one of them. So here's my opportunity to pass on the torch to 5 blogs that I've come to love and adore over the last few months. And let me preface this by saying that I have 70 blogs on my reader, so I can't give this to everyone that I follow, but know that I love you all! And now, for the winners...
Kimba at A Soft Place to Land - I used to aspire to be Martha Stewart, but now I aspire to be Kimba. She has a gorgeous home, an amazing sense of style and she can work a glue gun like it's nobody's business. I'm in awe of her constant projects that she displays with sincere humbleness and can only hope that when I win the lottery this week, that she'll let me hire her as my personal interior decorator. Oh, and her blog rocks too!
Angela at A Pinch of This, A Dash of That... - Angela (aka my BFF) is the single person I have to thank for getting me into blogging. Prior to her entry "100 Things about me", I had only taken a very slight interest in blogs and that only amounted to reading a few here and there. Angela writes about everything from home improvement to fabulous cooking and she does it with style! She's got cooking demos that rival Pioneer Woman any day (and I'm not at all biased). She deserves this award for all that she's accomplished so far and all that she will accomplish in the future on her blog!
Rhea at Texas Word Tangle - Rhea has fast become one of my internet close friends! She was one of the first commenters EVER on my blog and I still don't know to this day how she found me. But I'm glad she did. Rhea's take on life with her soulmate, 2 adorable boys, and most adorable yellow Lab is amusing to read and beautifully illustrated. Rhea takes great pics and she's not afraid to use them either! And Rhea isn't afraid to be fun-loving 1 minute and ask some hard questions the next. I love her blog and respect her immensely!
Kat at Sunshine and Lemonade - Kat is another who has quickly become a close, online bud. She's been with me since almost day 1 and I love her sense of humor and musical tastes! Her blog is a wonderful conglomeration of gorgeous photography, amusing anecdotes and some killer songs. Bonus, she's a homeschooling mom who has a lot to offer on the subject. I might just be picking her brain very soon on THAT subject!
Heather at Mindless Junque - Heather is half of the brilliance behind SITS and her blog shows it. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but Heather has a sense of humor that makes me roll on the floor laughing! She writes about life with her 4 daughters (she's my hero!) and the ups and downs of being a mom, wife, and woman! I also love her take on the news of the world. Priceless commentary!
So there it is. A small list of some of the GREAT blogs out there that I love. And I'm always looking for new ones to fall in love with! Thanks again Michelle for the great award and we now return to our regularly scheduled blogging.