Light Of The World Award

Light Of The World Award

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ Today, I am writing about a beautiful new blog award that I was recently nominated for! T.R. Noble over at Inside Cup included me in her list of nominees for the Light Of The World Award. Thank you so much for nominating me, T.R.! She is an absolutely amazing, dedicated blogger who actually runs two different blogs! You can check out her spiritual blog here, and her personal one here. Also, if you’d like, you can read her post on the award I’m writing about today here.

I am absolutely honored to have been included in this award, because it is for bloggers who are blogging for the same reason I am – to shine the light of Christ! It makes me very happy to be part of this community for this reason. ❤ You can check out the rules for this award below, as well as the reason behind it! I hope you enjoy reading my answers. 🙂

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #4!

The Sunshine Blogger Award #4!

Hey there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Tuesday ❤ It has been quite a while since I wrote an award/tag post, so that’s what I’ve decided to post today! 🙂 Even though I haven’t written about every tag someone has included me in, please know that I am thankful for each and every nomination! It means so much to me that other bloggers have thought of me. ❤

Today, I’m writing about The Sunshine Blogger Award once again, since Brad from Total Bradness nominated me for it back in March! You can read his answers to the award here 🙂 Definitely go check out his awesome blog!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award!

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hello there! Happy Tuesday to you. ❤ I hope your week is going well!

Last week, I received two notifications from some lovely bloggers that nominated me for a blog award – and it just so happens to be my favorite one on all of WordPress! Today, I am very happy to share The Sunshine Blogger Award with you once more, which is the first tag/award post I’ve done in months.

I’d like to give a big thank you to Lynn and SaRitzy for tagging me!

Lynn writes devotionals and shares stories on her blog that go along with her intriguing artwork. SaRitzy loves sharing lifestyle posts – as well as blogging tips! They’re both sites I highly recommend that you have on your Reader. 🙂

I can’t wait to answer all these questions! Let’s get right into this. ❤


Thank you so much, Lynn!
Here are my answers:

1. Where do you get inspiration from for your blog posts? Usually, I write posts based on things I’m going through, experiencing, and enjoying, so I’d have to say from my own life! My desires and interest really fuel what I write 🙂

2. Morning or night person? In all honesty, that depends on the day, lol. As a rule of thumb, though, I much prefer the evenings!

3. Favorite Bible verse? This changes on a daily basis, because the ones I end up liking the most at any given time are the ones that deeply speak to my heart! However, for this question, I went to look up a certain one from Psalms that I’ve always liked … but I forgot the exact location, and I found this awesome verse, instead. I don’t think I’ve ever even read it before!

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea—
the Lord on high is mighty.
– Psalm 93:4

4. When did you give your life to God? I asked Jesus into my heart when I was about six years old, but my relationship with Him began when I was eleven. Through beautiful gospel music, He drew my close, and since then, my life has been forever changed. ❤

Related Post: My Story

5. Do you prefer a large family or a small one? I spent my teenage years with multiple little siblings (before that, it was just me and Joshua!), so I would have to say that it would be foreign for me to live in a family with less siblings than I have now! I will always prefer a large family. 🙂 I don’t know what I’d do with myself without a ton of munchkins running around the house, lol!

6. Favorite book and why? Noooo don’t do this to me, haha! I always pick the Bible for this question, because it’s the one I read the most, but referring to a novel? I’d pick Hamlet. Which is actually a play, I don’t know if that classifies as a novel. xD Oh, well!

Related Post: 10 Reasons Why I Love Hamlet

7. Who is your mentor? My Heavenly Father! ❤ He’s teaching me things about life and myself that I couldn’t have ever learned without Him! Next in line are definitely my parents, who are both helping me to become the best daughter and sister I can be. ❤

8. If you were to eat one thing all your life, what would it be? Something with all the basic nutrients I’d need to live, haha … but since this question is probably asking for a food dish I could eat the most of, I’ll say french fries. I always eat more of them than I should because I love ’em so much!

9. What is that thing you can’t do without? A water bottle. I didn’t realize how boring I was until now, haha

10. Introvert or extrovert? Online, I’m the most extroverted extrovert you’ll meet. (Bet you didn’t know that was possible!) In real life, I’m picky about who I interact with, because I’ve been bullied in the past due to my conversational awkwardness (which I opened up about in this post), so I do my best to chat with kind people only.

11. Please offer a word of encouragement to your readers.

When I started this blog last winter, I honestly thought it would never exceed 10 followers.

To stand out in the blog community, be the unique person you are, write blog posts that truly reflect your passions and interests, and don’t be shy to interact with other bloggers! That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am today. 🙂 So much is possible when you just keep working and improving.


Thank you for also
nominating me,
SaRitzy!
Here are my answers for you:

1. Describe yourself. I’m a very silly and fun-loving person, so it takes a serious situation for me to not be found making jokes! The only movies I ever watch are comedies, because if I’m going to watch a movie, I want to be laughing. Old TV shows are the best, and watching them is one of my favorite pastimes!

2. Who or what inspired you to blog? My mom was the one who encouraged me to start this blog last year! I owe it all to her. 🙂 She’s also the one who inspires me to keep writing, even when I run out of ideas to post.

3. Do you like KPOP? If so, which groups? I’ve never listened to any KPOP, so I’m probably missing out, haha!

4. What is the meaning of your name? My first name, Valerie, means ‘strong’! ❤

5. Who is your female inspiration? Mi madre! I wouldn’t be as strong^ (hehe) of a person as I am today without her as my best friend. 🙂

6. What is your country like? One thing I think is awesome about the United States is that many of our cities are rich in history, since our country is so young! Also, we’re really proud of our flag, haha, so it shows up everywhere. I love it 🙂

7. One place in the world that you want to be right at this moment. I am truly happy being right where I am, which is at home with my family. ❤ It’s a beautiful thing to be content!

8. Favourite music genre? Praise/gospel! However, if I’m in a partying mood, I enjoy pop/rock songs, as well.

9. Who is your favourite Harry Potter character? I’ve always had a thing for Malfoy, but Sirius Black is pretty epic, too!

10. What is something that you and your best friend(s) have in common? We have great senses of humor (I think, haha), we love blogging, and we love the Lord! (I’m drawing from my relationships my buddy, Jordan, and my mom, haha)

11. What do you do in your spare time? I write blog posts, play games, spend time with my family, work on projects in my room, and spend time with the Lord. ❤


My Nominees:

PersonalGrowth&Success
AG Doll Dreams
C R E A T E. I N. M E
rafstheticallypleasing
everything by esther
Lydia, A Dancer 4 The King!
Grace Abounds
Dreamer’s Outlet
Oxria

Even if you don’t want to post about an award right now,
just know how much I appreciate your blog –
I smile whenever your posts show up in my Reader!

Your Questions:

1. Where do you get inspiration from for your blog posts?
2. What are your favorite things to do?

3. Your favorite inspirational quote or Bible verse?
4. A few things you’re grateful for right now?
5. Do you prefer a large family or a smaller one?
6. Favorite book and why?
7. Who’s your mentor?
8. What is that thing you can’t do without?
9. Introvert or extrovert?
10. A few of your favorite movies? Why do you love them?
11. Please offer a word of encouragement to your readers.

 

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a blessed day 🙂

— Maggie

5 Christmas Tags!!

5 Christmas Tags!!

Hey there, guys, and happy Tuesday! I have a crazily-awesome post to share with you today, haha – it might be quite long, so be prepared! In the past few weeks, different lovely bloggers that I know included me in their nominees for various holiday tags! There are at least five of these in circulation right now, which is so awesome. lol I’m very honored to have been tagged in all of these! To celebrate this festive month, I wanted to write about all of them today! Let’s get right into this!

The Christmas Tag

Thank you so much for tagging me, Gracie!

  • What’s your favorite thing about Christmas? Spending that time with my family on Christmas morning, as well as on the days leading up to the holiday, is such a joy to me. Watching everyone open their presents, eating our Christmas breakfast together, and spending the day playing games, then helping with Christmas dinner – it’s a beautiful celebration.
  • What’s your favorite Christmas memory? I truly couldn’t pick just one! There have been so many wonderful ones that they all blend together, so that when I think of Christmas, I’m reminded of all the beautiful past Christmases.
  • Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas? Yes! We love having Christmas breakfast (and then dinner) on the day of, as I previously mentioned, but we also enjoy driving around throughout December, admiring how others have decorated their homes for Christmas. (Many people are SO creative!)
  • What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general) Well, I’d love to have a white Christmas where I live, but I wish for that literally every year, lol. I don’t think that will happen until we move farther north!! Aside from that … I’d love for my whole family to feel well, emotionally and physically, on Christmas Day. There have been many stresses we’ve been going through lately, and it would be a huge blessing to all of us to have a day of such joy. ❤
  • What’s your favorite Christmas dish? This may seem crazy, haha, but I honestly love having cinnamon rolls (as well as orange rolls!) on Christmas morning. We don’t usually have them the rest of the year, since they’re so sugary, but I love them so much.
  • What’s your favorite Christmas decoration? I love admiring our Christmas tree throughout December! It’s so festive, pretty, and bright.
  • What’s your favorite Christmas song? Once Upon A Christmas by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton has always meant a lot to me.
  • Where do you usually celebrate Christmas? My family and I always celebrate at home. The years we’ve gone to parties with friends and family is earlier in the month, never on the day of.
  • What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you? The feeling of such joy when you choose a present for someone, and then get to watch them open it on or around Christmas! It’s a magical feeling that I wish we could experience more often.
  • Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with? I can’t imagine spending it with just one person, so I’ll have to pick the group I’ve always spent my Christmases with: my family!

Nominations: My Blessing By Grace, Invisibly Me, and Amelia in Hull!
All three of you are amazing bloggers!

The Ultimate Christmas Q+A

Thank you for tagging me in this, Grace!

What is your favorite Christmas film? Honestly, The Muppet Christmas Carol! I’ve already watched it a few times this December, but I can never get enough of it. I love the acting, the characters are so funny, and the songs are great. It’s very entertaining; I definitely recommend that you watch it if you haven’t yet!

Have you ever had a white Christmas? Haha, no. 😥 One day, I hope!

Where do you usually spend Christmas? At home with my family! ❤

What are your favorite Christmas songs? You can see a good amount of them on this post!

When does your family put up your Christmas tree? Usually on December 1st, but some years it will be a bit delayed into the month if we’re too busy.

Do you open presents on Christmas Eve? Well, my brother does, haha! That’s his birthday (: My family and I did open a few Christmas presents on Christmas Eve, but that never became a tradition for us.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year? Driving around and admiring Christmas lights! Otherwise, Christmas Day is always exciting to me.

Who decorates the Christmas tree? Everyone! My brother and I assemble the fake tree, then Joshua, our mom and I separate the branches. My mom usually does the lights, and I only did this year because she wasn’t feeling well enough to. Once that’s done, everyone helps with putting on the ornaments.

Is your Christmas tree fake or real? See question above.

Do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts? I do love opening presents, because that’s such an exciting feeling, but I’d much rather watch someone I love open a present I got them that I know they’ll love. ❤

What is your favorite holiday treat/meal? Like I mentioned in a past question, I love eating Christmas breakfast and dinner with my whole family!

What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received? I loved getting the collection of Poirot short stories last year!

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season? Somewhere where it snows. Not too much; just enough to cover the ground a few inches. Maybe Tennessee or Kentucky?? haha

Are you a pro present wrapper? I like to think I am, haha, but wrapping oddly-shaped presents (especially toys!) is a huge struggle for me!

What’s your most memorable holiday moment? I can’t think of a specific one, as each and every Christmas morning over the years has been so magical!

Do you make New Years’ resolutions? Ooh, a new-year question! I do some years, but usually, I just set out to further pursue things that I already love or want to do. It’s a season of greater determination to get things done, but as for actual resolutions? The whole thing doesn’t work very well for me.

What makes the holidays special for you? Getting to spend so much time with my family. ❤

Are you a late Christmas shopper? No; I tend to get all my present shopping done with plenty of days left in the month to spare.

Do you like having your Christmas gifts kept as a surprise? Yes!! It’s so nice to not know what I’m getting, because then it’s a wonderful surprise. Sometimes, it’s nice to get a present I’ve been wanting, but I appreciate surprises more.

Have you ever peeked to see what your present was? No, I don’t think I have. I’ve been tempted to when I was little, though, haha

Does your family have a special holiday recipe that you make every year? I don’t think so; we do much more baking and cooking for Thanksgiving!

Have you ever gone Christmas-caroling? No, I haven’t. If you have, let me know if it was fun!

What tops your Christmas tree? A beautiful star!

When do you start getting excited for Christmas? December 1st. haha

What makes Christmas special for you? Spending Christmas Day with my family!

Why do you celebrate Christmas? My family and I celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The typical Christmas traditions of buying presents for family and friends and baking delicious food are both very fun, but at the heart of the holidays for us is a beautiful reminder of what our Lord did for us. 🙂

Nominations: Through the Eyes of Gracie, Oxria, and Life of Angela!
Girls, you all have beautiful blogs,
and I love reading your new posts! x

The Wacky Christmas Challenge

Thank you for including me in this tag that Lizzy created, Gracie

1. What is the strangest thing you ever got for Christmas?

Different years, I received bits and bobs that would eventually come in handy for crafts I was wanting to try. For example, cheap toothbrushes, which my dad helped me turn into DIY porcupines, haha!!

2. Do you eat turkey for Christmas dinner, or something else?

My family and I tend to give our Christmas dinners variety every year, but we most commonly have chicken as the main dish on Christmas, not turkey. We love having a fancy turkey just on Thanksgiving, usually.

3. Have you ever eaten fruitcake? Do you like it?

I tried it a few years ago and I wasn’t the biggest fan. But I didn’t hate it!

4. Do you prefer real or fake Christmas trees?

I really couldn’t say, haha! My family and I have always used a fake tree, but I LOVE how real trees smell. Since I’m used to it, though, I’d have to pick fake.

5. What is the strangest gift you’ve ever given someone?

I’m not sure. I can’t think of a specific one right now; most of my gifts are quite ordinary, hehe

6. What is the most you’ve ever spent on a gift?

I don’t usually have much money for buying expensive gifts, but I do know that I spent going on $17 on a special edition of my dad’s favorite magazine a few years ago. I was very happy that he liked it! xD

Nominations: Bekah, PrincessBlabbermouth, and Day Dreamer Teen!
All three of your blogs are so much fun!

The Holiday Tag

Thank you sooo much for making this tag, Lindsey!

  • What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? My Bible! It is definitely my most-loved possession; I have no idea what I’d do without it. ❤

  • What’s your favorite Christmas carol or song? I love Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Really, though, any Christmas song I hear on the radio or find on YouTube I’m bound to hum along to haha
  • Do you have any favorite Christmas traditions? Yes! I love looking at Christmas lights, decorating the house and my room for Christmas, and spending Christmas day with my family. ❤
  • Do you have any special Christmas ornaments or decorations that have special meaning? We have a few ornaments that are from and remind me of my great-grandma whom I miss dearly, so those mean a lot to me. 🙂
  • What’s your favorite COZY outfit to hang out in when it’s cold outside? Ooh I like this question! Cozy clothes are my favorite year-round, haha. I love wearing any pair of sweats I own paired with two different cozy red tops I have worn most of the month already. It’s comfortable, pretty, and definitely great for hanging out in when it’s below and around 32°F outside!
  • Does it snow where you live? Once in a blue moon 😥 Truthfully, haha, about every other year. And barely even that. #iwanttomovenorth
  • What’s your favorite Christmas movie? I love Elf, and The Nativity Story!
  • If you could have any gift, what would it be and why? As a matter of fact, I already received the gift I really desired this year, which is my own laptop! Aside from that, I love opening my stocking and seeing what little goodies my mom put inside on Christmas morning. I don’t need or really want anything more. ❤

Nominations: Hopeless Wonderer, lissa tissa two shoes, and Life With LaToya!
You guys’ blogs are absolutely wonderful. x

The Snowman Tag

Thank you for creating this, El and Cos!

  • (Body) How many snowmen have you made? Only a few over the years, since we hardly ever get enough snow to do so! Actually, though, I was able to make two little snowmen this past weekend, since it finally snowed in December where I live! As a whole, I’d say four or five, maybe?
  • (Head) What’s your favorite Christmas memory? Every year, I love going downstairs with my siblings on Christmas morning and seeing all the presents under the tree! It’s so magical (:
  • (Carrot nose) What’s your favorite vegetable for Christmas dinner? My mom makes green bean casserole, and it is SO good!
  • (Buttons) If you have a Christmas jumper, what does it look like? Sadly, I don’t have one, but I totally should! *adds one to my mental wishlist*
  • (Stone smile) What makes you smile the most at winter? All of the festivities and holiday cheer!
  • (Stone eyes) What do you watch at Christmas? Our collection of Christmas movies! We have different family and adult Christmas movies, but for the most part, we have kids’ Christmas movies which I still love because they remind me of how magical I felt Christmas was when I was younger. ❤
  • (Twig arms) Have you ever made a snow angel? Yes, and it was a big mistake, hahaha! The outcome was alright, but it soaked my whole back and pants. Seven-year-old me was very sad that day haha
  • (Gloves) What’s your tactic in a snowball fight? Making sure no one throws any snow at my face/eyes. Once that defense is taken care of, I sneakily throw little snowballs at the opposite team when they’re not looking!
  • (Hat) What kind of hat do you have? I have different beanies, and a baseball cap or two. I don’t usually wear hats, though.
  • (Scarf) What’s your favorite Christmas preparation? Wrapping presents throughout the month of December! It’s so much fun, and I love thinking about how happy the people will be when they open those presents.

Nominations: Maysa, Beyoutiful, and Southern Lights, Atlanta Nights!
I love all of your blogs so much!


Thank you SO much for following along on this extremely long post, guys!! I had a blast writing it, and I hope that you enjoyed reading some of the answers. I know there were a lot, so I totally don’t mind if you skimmed through it!

If I nominated you for one of these tags, know that I love your blog so much and appreciate that you’re part of the blogging community!

Let me know in the comments below:

Why do YOU love Christmas?

Happy holidays!

Unique Ways To Describe Me Tag

Unique Ways To Describe Me Tag

Hi everyone! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful Sunday. 🙂 ❤ Before I introduce you guys to today’s post, I am very happy to say that my mom came home from the hospital today! We went there early that afternoon to get her. 🙂 We are all so happy! Thank you for your prayers and support; I truly appreciated all of your comments. ❤ Alright, now let’s check out this post!

Today, I am sharing with you guys my answers to the Unique Ways To Describe Me tag! My lovely friend Gracie, who blogs over at Through The Eyes of Gracie, tagged me on her post a few days ago. You can read her response to this tag here! I thought this looked like a fun thing to participate in, and it has been quite a while since I shared any tags/awards. Let’s get right into this!

What two candies describe your personality? Why?

Nerds, because I am one (haha) and I’m also both sweet and sour, and White Chocolate Reese’s Cups; I may seem average at first, but I’m also unique (hence white chocolate instead of milk chocolate). lol

You can only answer in song lyrics.
What’s one thing you want others to know about you?

“I said goodbye to my chains, when I said ‘hello’ to Your perfect love … I said goodbye to my shame, when I looked upon the face of love … giving me a reason, giving life a meaning, giving out hope, that’s what You do … all I ever needed, all I ever wanted, all that I seek is found in You …” – the first few verses of ‘Best of Me’ by Jordan Feliz. My life song!

What movie is literally your life?

Goodness, I don’t know … all of the movies I’m thinking of are either adventure or romantic comedy, neither of which are relevant to my life. Oh, I’ve got it! La La Land. I have felt like my dreams are too big to pursue at times (the main characters feel like this), but in the end, with enough motivation, you will find (just like I have) that nothing is insurmountable if you dream big enough. ❤

What season describes your view of life?

Spring! It may have its trials (i.e. allergies), but as a whole, there is so much hope – all things are made new!

What scent holds memories for you?

Sunscreen! It reminds me of summers past, spent either at a swimming pool, or visiting an amusement park.


For this tag, I nominate all of you! If you think this looks interesting (I had fun answering these unique questions!), just copy and paste the questions into your own post, answer them, and tag some other bloggers to do it. 🙂

Happy blogging!

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

The Fall Tag!

The Fall Tag!

Hi guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 I have something really exciting to share with you today! To celebrate the wonderful month of October, and because it’s been six months since I made the Awesome Blogger Award (haha ok not really), I decided to make The Fall Tag!! It’s this fantastic little tag where everyone answers the same 10 questions, then passes it on to all the other fall-loving bloggers they know. xx If you’d like to participate in this tag, comment ‘Tag me!’ down below, and you’re in!

Let’s get right into this!

The Fall Tag

Rules:

  • Put the tag badge and rules in your post.
  • Answer the 10 fall-related questions.
  • Tag at least 5 other bloggers to join in the fun!

  1. What’s your favorite fall outfit? I love pairing my crimson red tee with jeans and a blue and red plaid shirt tied around my waist. It makes me feel so festive!
  2. What is fall weather like where you live? Starting in late September and lasting until around mid-November, the air turns very crisp here in Georgia, and the leaves change to beautiful fall colors (red, orange, yellow, gold). It doesn’t rain very often in the fall (we had a bad drought last year!), but our bitter and rainy winters usually make up for that, haha.
  3. Your favorite drink to have in the fall? My year-round go-to is any caramel-flavored coffee drink. If I’m feeling really chilly, I’ll get it made hot, but I almost always prefer iced drinks!
  4. Does your family have any fall traditions? If so, what are they? We get out all of our fall decor on October 1st, which I absolutely love because seasonal decorations make me so happy!
  5. What are some activities and events you enjoy going to in the fall months? We go apple-picking most years, and even if we don’t manage to do that, we love going to state parks. In Georgia, it’s too cold in winter and too humid in the warm months to really do anything out-of-doors, so we honestly spend most of our falls outside.
  6. What’s your favorite fall-scented candle? ‘Pumpkin Spice.’ A classic!
  7. Tell us about one of your favorite fall memories. Last year, I went up to Jasper, GA with my family. We were on our way to a new farm we’d found online, but we stopped there to eat lunch and explore the downtown area. I took lots of pictures of all the beautiful scenery there, and after we finished eating, we drove further through the mountains up to where the farm was. That scenic drive was a wonderful experience, save the period of time when my parents thought we were lost, haha! When we got to the farm, I went zip-lining with Joshua (my first time, and it was amazing!), bought some apples (we were there too late in the season to pick some ourselves), and just overall had fun exploring everything that farm had to offer!
  8. What are some fall movies you enjoy watching? Honestly, I don’t think there are any for me. ‘Love Comes Softly’ is a pretty fall-ish movie, and I do love that one!
  9. What’s your favorite fall treat? Apple pie!! Although I would happily have that one year-round haha
  10. If you celebrate Halloween, what is the best costume you’ve worn? I think that the one I wore these past couple of years (pirate) was the most creative! The dress I used was super authentic, and my mom helped braid thin strands of my hair, adding a few silver beads here and there, and a feather and wooden beads to a tendril in the front. I felt legit!

Nominees:

A Little Mad Smith || Amelia in Hull || Christ, Crafts & Cuisine || Incomplete Thinking || Kittyp0p || Maysa Rose || Oxria || Peeking Beneath || PrincessBlabbermouth| She Lives Love || Trail of Lights || Veronica Marie || and YOU! Comment ‘Tag me!’ down below!

Thank you soooo much for reading, guys! I would love it if you would participate in this tag with me. I absolutely love fall, and spreading the festivities to other bloggers is my goal for the whole of this month! ❤ Happy blogging!

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Three Fun Blog Awards!

Three Fun Blog Awards!

Hi there, guys!! I hope that you’re doing well. 🙂 I have an award post to share with you today! I haven’t done one in a while (just looked, and it’s been over a month haha), so I wanted to do one again now. They’re lots of fun to write, but can definitely get repetitive! For this round, I have compiled together three awards that three lovely bloggers recently nominated me for. I had fun answering all of their questions, so let’s get into this!

Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you so much for nominating me, Victoria! You guys should definitely go visit her blog; she is, by far, my favorite book blogger! Her subscription box posts are my favorites from her. xx They’re so much fun to read!

How My Blog Began

Well, back in January of this year, I really wanted to start blogging again. I hadn’t been keeping up with a blog for a while, and I missed it. Writing has always been a big part of my life, and from the time that I was ten years old, I’ve gone through so many blogging phases. The last blog I’d had, I stopped posting on in the summer of 2016 and I felt like it was time to start a new one.

I didn’t know what website I wanted to use this time, but after a bit of trial and error, I made a new WordPress blog. It ended up being on the same account as my book review blog.

At first, I though that Dreaming of Guatemala was just going to be a place for me to talk about my life (more like a personal blog), and while I still do write those kinds of posts, I never imagined that I’d get to where my readership and blog content is now!! It has basically turned itself into a Christian lifestyle blog instead, which I absolutely love.

Blogging has made me happy for years, but Dreaming of Guatemala has ended up being my favorite out of all the blogs I’ve ever made!

2 Pieces of Advice

  • Write posts about what makes you happy. While I also think that it’s a good idea to keep in mind what your readers would like to see, never sacrifice your happiness for a blog challenge, schedule, or series! Having a personal blog is all about doing what makes you happy, whatever that may be. If you find yourself getting caught up in doing something you’re not enjoying anymore, please don’t ever hesitate to stop, reevaluate what you’re posting about, and change that to something you’d now enjoy. Do YOU!
  • Make friends with other bloggers. Having blog readers is very important to many of us, and I personally believe that the best way to do that is to reach out to others, stay connected to the people you know, and create blog friendships. The best readers are the ones that you know better than just as a reader, because then both of you can relate to each other more!

Nominations:

Peeking Beneath

Oxria

Veronica Marie

Instructions: tell us about how you started your blog, give new bloggers two pieces of advice, then pass on the award to some other bloggers!

Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you for giving me this award, PrincessBlabbermouth! I am a huge fan of your blog, and I love the variety of posts you come up with. 🙂 I really recommend her blog, guys!

3 Facts About Me

  1. I love watching ASMR videos. That’s a fancy way of saying watching relaxing videos in the evenings makes me happy, haha!
  2. Every time I’m outside, I love looking up at the sky. Identifying cloud formations and just taking in the magnificent beauty of the great blue expanse above me always makes me grin and acknowledge the greatness of my Creator. ❤
  3. I only recently began having coffee in the morning. Up until now, I just had an iced frappe or some such every few weeks, haha!

PrincessBlabbermouth’s Questions:

  1. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public and do you want to share? Yeah one time when I was maybe four years old, I skipped on over to the string cheese section at Walmart, grabbed a package of the kind that I enjoyed eating, and promptly threw it in [what I thought was] my mom’s shopping cart. Nope. It was an old woman’s shopping cart. She was so nice about it, but I was absolutely HORRIFIED, hahaha!
  2. Sour or sweet candy? It depends on my mood, but I usually choose sour!
  3. Indoors or outdoors? That’s completely dependent on the season, but since we’re in a fall month right now, I’ll say outdoors!
  4. Letters or numbers? This is an interesting question. I’d have to say letters, as stories > math hahaha
  5. Which do you hate more: toothpaste adverts or deodorant adverts? Toothpaste ones! I really don’t want to hear about what dentists recommend or approve of, and I don’t appreciate seeing people with perfect, shining white teeth because that makes me agitated and jealous lol

Nominations:

Kittyp0p

Elle Online

Incomplete Thinking

Instructions: tell us three questions about yourself, answer the questions I’ve given the nominees below, then pass on the award to other bloggers!

Questions:

  1. What are a few things you’re passionate about?
  2. Describe the state of your room right now.
  3. Are you a good cook?
  4. Describe your dream outfit.
  5. What would you do if you won the lottery?

Real Neat Blog Award

Thanks so much for this award, Cat! If you guys aren’t already following this wonderful girl, go do so now!! Haha okay not really, but I do think that you would enjoy her blog. She writes about life as a college student, her interest in fashion and beauty, as well as blog awards and the occasional ‘what’s in my bag’ posts! Go check out Cat, guys! 😀

My Answers to Her Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite book? Hamlet by William Shakespeare! I will never get enough of it; it makes me laugh, cry, scream, grin – all the best emotions. haha
  2. For how long have you been blogging? Since 2010! (But this blog was created in January of this year.)
  3. Are you more of a cat person or a dog person? Dog person, most definitely.
  4. What’s your favorite plant? I love succulents of all kinds, but I actually think that sunflowers bring me the most joy!
  5. If you had an opportunity to wish whatever you want, what would it be? (Don’t ask for more wishes). Hahaha I love your guidelines! Let’s see … I’d wish for a lifetime subscription to Amazon Prime for me and my family. We really appreciate having this when buying products, watching shows, and listening to music!
  6. What’s your favorite hobby? That would have to be writing! Whether that’s a blog post, a short story, something for school, or a journal entry, one can always find me writing because I absolutely love it.
  7. If you could change your first name, what would it be? I honestly can’t imagine my name being anything apart from the name already given to me. (: ❤

Nominations:

Jirah Merizz

Amelia in Hull

Starring Pamela

Instructions: answer the questions I’ve given my nominees, then pass on the award to other bloggers!

Questions:

  1. What are your favorite treats?
  2. What was your last dream about?
  3. The best prank you’ve ever played on someone?
  4. Your favorite things to do when you have free time?
  5. What’s your favorite zoo animal?
  6. Broken any bones? If so, when and where [on your body]?
  7. A favorite quote of yours?
  8. What’s the last blog post you read?
  9. Have you ever built a snowman?
  10. Are you happy with the layout/design of your blog right now?

Thank you so much for reading, guys! I had fun writing this post, and I hope that you liked reading it. Have a fantastic day! xx

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Entertainer Blogger Award

Entertainer Blogger Award

Hi there, guys! I hope that your week has gotten off to a fantastic start 🙂 Today, I will be writing about an award that a very sweet blogging friend gave me last week!

Maha over at Beyoutiful included me in her nominees on her recent award post. She was celebrating surpassing 700 followers, which is absolutely amazing! She blogs about fashion, inspiration, and her travels. I love reading everything she writes about! If you aren’t already following her, I highly recommend her site! ❤

For the Entertainer Blog Award, everyone who is nominated answers the same five questions, then “nominates 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!” I can’t wait to do this!

Q: Why did you start a blog in the first place?

A: At the beginning of this year, it was on my heart to start blogging again. As I’ve mentioned before, I have been blogging on and off for years! But I’ve never really been part of a community of bloggers like I am now. ❤ Anyway, my motive behind creating Dreaming of Guatemala was to give myself a place to write about my passions, interests, and hobbies. At first, I started with different lifestyle-type posts, like my desk tour, evening routine, and monthly favorites, but as I’ve adopted my own blogging style, it has grown to also include other things. I started baking and cooking and recording my progress (and success!), created different series, and I’m actually still learning about what I want to write about. To sum it up, I wanted a blog to talk about what makes me happy. 🙂

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: This is quite possibly the hardest question for me to answer!! When it comes to practically anything in my life, I have lots of favorites all at once, and that list is constantly changing. Movies, books, songs, food, interests – you name it. With books, I find myself extremely interested in reading a certain genre for a long period of time, and for right now, that genre is historical fiction. The individual book that first comes to mind, as I read it a month or two ago, is “Short-Straw Bride” by Karen Witemeyer. I can’t even explain how much I love it!

Q: What do you dislike the most?

A: In truth, it deeply pains me when people use God’s name in vain. Not so much “omg,” but I still don’t like that; I’m talking about the extreme ways of saying what I mentioned in a very disrespectful way.

Q: What is your favorite food at the mall?

A: Any time we go, I seek out a place that sells pretzels! That usually ends up being Auntie Anne’s, as that’s what they specialize in, but I’m always up for trying new soft pretzels, too. lol The classic pretzel with cheese dip is my go-to, but if I’m feeling extra fancy, I’ll get a sugar and cinnamon pretzel, complete with a glaze dip. Delicious!

Q: What is your favorite pastime?

A: Blogging! As of right now, it is most definitely blogging. I enjoy writing posts, responding to comments, browsing others’ blogs – the whole process! I do have to remind myself that there are other things I should do with my free time, as well, from reading books to learning a new language to playing the piano, but blogging is always the first one I want to do.

Now it’s time for some nominations! Let’s see if I can find 12 …

In no particular order, She Lives Love, A Happily Ella After, rockandminerals4him, smilingdreamer, Veronica Marie, PINKLOGS, Amelia in Hull, My Blessing By Grace, Christ, Crafts & Cuisine, and Southern Lights, Atlanta Nights! I love sooo many blogs, but these are the main twelve that entertain me 😀

Happy Monday, guys!!

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