Sunshine Blogger Award

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This week has truly been a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for me!

I woke up Wednesday morning at 7 am to a full-to-the-brim email file of comments, likes & follows and already over 1000 visits for the day to Looking for the Sweet Spot.  Now, for some of you, this may be par for the course, but for this humble blogger, it was quite the event.  I quickly came to discover that my post You Deserve The Wave Today had been chosen to be “Freshly Pressed” on WordPress.com and I was now enjoying the fruits of that honor.  By days end, visits to my site had climbed to almost 6,000 visits from readers all over the world (continuing today!) and the amount of comments, likes, and reblogs were overwhelming in a Christmas comes everyday kind of way!

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who came, read,  and gave some love to my Sweet Spot place.  It has meant more to me than you can know.

But wait!!  There’s more.

Because what did I wake up to today but a presentation of the Sunshine Blogger Award from my favorite Jman blogger and truly wonderful supporter – TheFadderly.  If you haven’t visited his blog – well get on it!  Not only is he hilariously funny & clever, he is also an amazing artist, contributing writer for ParentSociety.com and Dad to 4 kids (yeah, he will be applying for Sainthood shortly).

As I understand the rules,  I am to answer the following 10 questions and then pass the torch by awarding the Sunshine Blogger Award to another blogger.  Well, first things first…stuff about me!

1.  Favorite Color:  Blue!  All things blue – blue sky, blue ocean, blue jeans, especially blue jeans!

2.  Favorite Animal: Cats.  I have to say this or else Lulubelle (my cat) will reek vengeance upon me.  Anyway, at one time I was payed bucu bucks to pretend I was a CAT – so there!

3.  Favorite Number: Number 2…no, Number 6…no,  Number 26.  Forget it, I never was very good with numbers!

4.  Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink:  That’s easy – COFFEE!  I once said in a blog I could live without a second cup of coffee.  I now confess, lies…it was all lies!

5.  Facebook or Twitter?:  Well, Facebook is my comfort zone.  On Twitter I have made many amazing friends, but I always feel like I’m in High school and can’t quite compete with the cool kids!

6.  My Passion:  Humor.  I am passionate about finding humor in all things.  Maybe, you have noticed?

7.  Getting or Giving: I love to get the presents I give myself.  Just kidding (sort of).  Seriously, if money was no object, giving would become a truly intoxicating affair!

8.  Favorite Pattern:  The pattern the clouds make in the sky never fail to fascinate me – consequently, be warned,  it can be hazardous to your survival to drive too close to me on the freeway.  And, can I just add, I have a lifelong dislike for polka dots.

9.  Favorite Day: My favorite day is any day I get to hop on a plane and go somewhere!

10.  Favorite Flower:  Listen, no flower or plant wants to be within a 12 mile radius of me as I kill all things green!  So, can I just do like TheFadderly and tell you that my favorite album of all time – hands down  – is Temple of the Dog.

Alright – now it is time to pass the torch!

I would like to present The Sunshine Blogger Award  to Elisabeth Hirsch,  ECStilson – The Crazy Life of a Writing Mom.  Not only is she beautiful inside and out, she is also wildly funny, a talented musician and most of all,  a truly gifted writer!  She is just coming out with her third book, Bible Girl.  She blogs about her books, her life and everything in between.  If you haven’t discovered her yet, what are you waiting for!!  Go now!

What in the wild world of sports will I wake up to tomorrow?  Breakfast in bed?  Laundry done, folded and put away?

Aaah, dare to dream!

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Blog If I Want To.

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Today is my birthday.  Well, not my personal birthday because then we would be singing something like   “Swing Low, Sweet Chariiooott…”.  No, today is the One Year Old Birthday of my little project – Looking For The Sweet Spot.com.  Honestly, just like having a baby, I can’t believe it has actually been one year.  I guess time flies when you are having fun, or early onset senility makes time seem like it is flying… either way – it has been an experience.

For the most part, everything that has happened around Sweet Spot has surprised the heck out of me.  Surprised that I actually posted my first blog (Just Another Day In The Life). Surprised when my first Sweet Spot story was published  (I am Woman: Ode to Chris the Caveman). Completely  shocked when I woke up one morning to being Freshly Pressed on WordPress (You Deserve The Wave Today).  Surprised when I logged on to find a post gone crazy on Stumbleupon (10 Things I Just Don’t Understand).  Surprised when I was asked to join the ParentSociety.com team of writers (For Those About to Rock or Turn 40 Someday) Amazed that this post keeps getting pinned at Pinterest on a regular basis (Today’s Best Moment: Thursday, April 5).  And pretty much just blown away to have a place where  I can actually confess to killing a vacuum!

One of the most astonishing turn of events this year has been the support and heart felt shout-outs received from fellow bloggers.  Honestly, it was not expected as, lets face it, blogging often feels like everyone else is “doing it better.”  I was honored with my first award – the Sunshine Blogger Award – from one of my favorite bloggers Fadderly.com.  And then, I received several more.  The close proximity of  receipt kept me from being able to do all of these honors(except the first one)  justice at the time.

So, I decided what better way to celebrate the one year threshold than to recognize those fellow bloggers who, through their recognition, contributed to making the first year of Sweet Spot so memorable! Check them out, they are all fun, funny, informative and interesting in their own right!

Fadderly:  Hysterical Dad of 4, great artist and continues to be one of my favorite reads because I always know I am going to laugh!

(Sunshine Blogger Award)

Elixir of Memories:  At Elixer of Memories you will read about slices of life that make life fun.  You will get some laughs and special musings.

(Beautiful Blogger Award)

Beautiful Blogger Award

Mom Knows Better:  One Moms journey with her son – learning from each other, laughing, and just living life.

(Versatile Blogger Award)

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Expatially Mexico:  Living in Mexico, this blogger takes wonderful photos and shares unique experiences of life and travel in a foreign country.

(Versatile Blogger Award)

Cheryl Huffer:  Cheryl writes everyday about life and living in a fun, funny, and truthful way.

(Very Inspiring Blogger Award)

The Usual Bliss:  She travels, she camps, she enjoys life, she takes the most beautiful photographs and has the cutest dog!

(Sunshine Blogger Award)

i mayfly:  A fun blogger with a killer sense of humor – she blogs about all things,  adds wonderful photos and tells it like it is.

(Versatile Blogger Award)

All Access Pass: A teacher and Mom who brings  inspiration and creativity to both jobs – and shares her great insights through her blog.

(Versatile Blogger Award)

Passport to Bliss:  She blogs about travel, photography, design – all things that bring joy to life.

(Versatile Blogger Award)

The Coffee Club:  Just what a coffee club should be – she entertainingly blogs about books she reads, projects she takes on, kids, being a Mom and all assortments of life.

(One Lovely  Blogger Award)

Sweet Jelly Bean: Here you will find all things “fun & sweetly inspired” – the little things in life worth sharing such as Mom moments, to-die-for beauty products and everything inbetween!

(Very Inspiring Blogger Award)

The Inner WildKat:  She has a passion for books, music and writing.  She can knock out a beautiful poem and also give you the best sexy girl music selections!

Happy Birthday Sweet Spot