Friday, October 12, 2012

I've been awarded the what?

I have recently been awarded The Liebster Blog Award!

The award is given to bloggers by bloggers.  It is a way to acknowledge each other and say “You go girl! (or guy)” and "Keep up the great work".

It's like one of those chain-emails where you answer a bunch of questions then pass it on to 10 friends, who have to answer the same questions and the friend who sends it back first is your BFF - but in blog form!  I love that this gets new blogs exposure, it connects us bloggers, and it gives me something new and different to blog about - YAY!

"Liebster" is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.  (Uh, what's more "Liebster" then someone named Charity?  - NOTHING, THAT'S WHAT! - oh, I mean... um... it's just such an honor to have been nominated).

Speaking of which, the "Superlady" who awarded me this Liebster is Sarah over at Journey Of The Zoo.  She is a total ROCK STAR!  Not only has she been blogging since 2010, she has started promoting other blogs and showcasing bloggers on her site (I'll be featured in October 2012 - thx again SB!).  All of this with twins under three - did someone say Superlady???  Here's the link to her Liebster post: Journeys Of The Zoo .  Check out the rest of her blog while you're their - I garurntee you'll find something to giggle at (FYI: her site has been nominated for the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards in the Humour category).

When you receive the award you: 
  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself (harder then it sounds)
  2. Answer 11 questions from the person(s) who nominated you
  3. Pick 11 bloggers to pass the Award onto; make sure you tell them you nominated them and you’re not allowed to nominate the blog(s) who nominated you!
  4. Ask them 11 questions 
(FYI: to get the Liebster "heart" picture, right click the picture on my page and save the picture to your computer. You can then upload to your blog.)

STEP 1: 11 Random Facts About Me 
  1. It took me 23 years to figure out how to properly style my own hair - turns out I should just "go with it" 
  2. One of my sons is named after a fictional serial killer (but he's a serial killer with a conscious - so it's ok)
  3. I have Wonder Woman tattooed on my side (see picture in this past post: WWWWD (What Would Wonder Woman Do?)
  4. I've always liked She-Ra more than Barbie
  5. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up
  6. I write a separate review blog called Mom's Toy Boxxx (yup, it's what you think it is)
  7. I don't like the spice dill
  8. My name is Charity, and I'm a chocoholic 
  9. I get excited when a package is delivered (even if I'm expecting it, and I know what it is)
  10. I'm non-conformist
  11. "...and I'm cute too!"
STEP 2: Answer some Questions

1. What is the first thing you do every morning?  Prey to the sleep gods that my kids didn't hear my alarm so that I can stay in bed 'till 7:15

2. Favorite family activity? I like the idea of family activities better then I end up liking the activity itself (is that wrong???)
3. Rain or Snow?  Snow - but from the inside of a warm house, when it's falling in big fluffy flakes, and before it's all brown and dirty on the road (I'm a bit crazy like that)

4. What is your greatest accomplishment? Figuring out how to properly style my own hair (funnier if you read my random facts first)

5. What would you do with a million dollars?  Put it in a saving account for a year and spend the earnings on annual vacations!
6. What is your favorite movie(s)?  It's a toss up between the first Iron Man and the 1959 Audrey Hepburn movie The Nun's Story (no, seriously - I can't decide)

7. If you were invisible where would you go or what would you do? I don't like this question - it makes me uncomfortable.

8. Favorite song/artist? P!nk is my fav artist and right now the song is Glitter (by P!nk)

9. If you could go on vacation anywhere right now where would you go?  Depends if the kids and my husband are invited.  Family vacation = Florida.  Getaway vacation = Switzerland to visit a friend.
10. If your friends had to describe you in one word what would it be?  Strong

11.What is your pet peeve?  When my husband says the word "burp" when he burps - makes me what to punch him in the face... but that's what love is sometimes (according to P!nk anyway).

STEP 3:  Award 11 Bloggers the Liebster
You have to pick people that have less than 200 followers... 
Since I have no clue how many followers people have, I am awarding this to bloggers I enjoy reading!

And the Liebster goes to... (everyone have a drum-roll in their heads?  You do now)

  1. Carole Bertuzzi Luciani (she gets a last name in here 'cause it's fun to say) at: Musings of the Moodivator …
  2. Laura at: Read, Write, Travel, Repeat.
  3. Cheryl at: Kids On A Plane
  4. Nancy at:
  5. Chris at: The Art of Non-Conformity
  6. Audra at: Little Tiger And The Milk Belly Princess
  7. Gina at: Full of It...
  8. Jamie at: Oh crap. Potty Training
  9. Lucy at: A Little Lucidity
  10. Momma at:  Momma O.'s Musings
  11. Molly at: Digital Mom Blog

STEP 4: Ask those 11 people 11 questions
  1. Favorite way to relax? 
  2. What would you do with a million dollars? 
  3. Movies, Books or TV?
  4. What is your favorite movie, book or tv show (related to above answer)?
  5. What would your super-power be?
  6. Favorite song/artist? 
  7. What was your favorite book as a child? 
  8. What are you reading right now?
  9. What song were you listening to last?
  10. Where is your computer right now? 
  11. Where do you get your ideas for your posts? 

Wow - that took a bit longer to write than I thought it would, but so much fun to write!   Thanks again Sarah for picking me as a recipient! 

I invite the 11 people I awarded to post a link to their Liebster Award post in my comments section (and who ever does it first is my BFF).


  1. Don't like dill huh!? I think that one surprised me the most, NOT. Nothing dill about #6 ;).

    So glad to see that you had so much fun with it.

    Thanks so much for my great write-up.

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

  2. Thank you so much for the Liebster Award! I am going to start working on it right now.

    I am assuming that I write a blog entry on my blog about winning the Liebster, fill in the 11 random facts, 11 answers, 11questions, then nominate 11 of my favorite bloggers? If I am missing something please let me know.

    Again, Thanks so much. I have never been nominated for ..... well, ANYTHING! So this is a great honor!

  3. I am honoured to be nominated for the Liebster Award. I have graciously accepted and mentioned you in my acceptance speech:

    Read, Write, Travel, Repeat.

  4. Here is my blog accepting my Liebster Award. Thank you so much Charity!