The “One Lovely Blog Award”!



I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by authorsparadise! Thank you so much 😀

Here are the rules:

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
Share 7 facts/or things about yourself
Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog.
Seven Random Facts:

I am from Connecticut
I am a student (a junior in college to be exact)
I am going to Italy in January for my semester abroad
I’m a feminist
I’m in love with chocolate
I’m the oldest sibling (I have a younger sister)
I want to help people

Fifteen Nominations:


So there are the nominees! You don’t have to accept, just enjoy the praise!

😀 xxoo


Happy Anniversary To Me!

Happy Friday!

I apologize for not posting the past few weeks, it’s almost time for midterms, so my school work has been piling up.

In happier (and less stressful) news, today is my 2 year anniversary on WordPress! I can’t believe it, it’s been a great year of blogging, and this year will be even better, because I will get to share my adventures in Italy with all of you.

I want to take the time to thank all of you who like, comment, and read my posts, I don’t think I would have kept blogging this long without all of you. So, this 2 year anniversary post is also for you.

And don’t worry! I have a lot of ideas in store, and I cannot wait to share them with you!

Have an amazing day!


Chapters 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458 & 459: Blog of the Year!

Happy Sunday!

It’s almost New Year’s Eve, and what better way to kick off 2014 then by receiving the Blog Of The Year Award from the awesome 😀

So, here are the instructions, and a quick note from the founder of this award!

Guys and gals, here’s a message from the creator of the Blog of the Year award.

the Thought Palette


Do you know a blog that deserves an award?

Do you have special blogs that you love to read?

Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?

Would you like to give them an award this year?

Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award is for you!


The instructions for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4. Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Awardvia this link –

5. You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6. And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog… and start collecting stars…


Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Blog of the Year Award 6 star jpeg

‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award Badges

As already stated, there are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times! You will find the badges on The Thought Palette blog.

‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award – thumbnails

There are also 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar. Visit The Thought Palette blog for these.

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award.

So those are the rules and regulations people! I’m only nominating a few blogs and they are…

  1.  smilecalm
  2. Opinionated Man

So, there are the 10 nominees! If I could (and had the time), I would nominate every one of you!

Have a great day!


Chapter 258: Shine

Happy Tuesday!

The amazing, lovely thegiggleofacucumber nominated me for the Shine On Award (YAY!). Thank you so much for the nomination, it means a lot! xxoo


The Rules Are:

1. Display the award logo on your blog. (Check!)

2. Link back to the person who nominated you. (Check! And thank you again!)

3. State 7 things about yourself (Check x7)

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them. (Check x15)

So, 7 things!

  1. I love to read
  2. I wear glasses
  3. I love to write (especially creative writing)
  4. My favorite cookie is Chocolate Chip
  5. I’m vegetarian (because I don’t like the taste of meat)
  6. I love The Beatles
  7. I like to bake


  1. Leo
  2. Creative Mysteries
  3. Stefanie
  4. Iamrcc
  5. rjkeith
  6. buffalostarmedicine
  7. Dr. Rex
  8. StephiaMadelyne
  9. spannerr
  10. Gina left the mall
  11. jacquelinemhadel
  12. veraiconica
  13. belsbror
  14. stevehi
  15. Virginia Duran

There you have it! Thank you again for the nomination 🙂 

Have a great day! xxoo

Chapter 256: Always Here

Happy Sunday! (again)

The amazing, wonderful blogger belsbror nominated me for the “Always Here If You Need Me” Award! Thank you so much for the nomination, and thank you for always being there for me 🙂 xxoo


This blog award is for those bloggers out there who are especially caring and loyal to their friends. I’m honored to have been nominated 🙂

SO, the rules are…

  • Post a picture of the award somewhere on your blog. (Check!)
  • List five things that make you happy. (Check x5)
  • Choose 5 people to nominate who have been a virtual shoulder to cry on, checked in on you when they knew things were rough, or has always been there for you. (Check x5)
  • Comment on their blogs to thank them and let them know you nominated you. (Check)

Okay, five things that make me happy…. (this is going to be hard)

  1. My family/friends (and my dog!)
  2. Music
  3. Chocolate
  4. Books (reading in general)
  5. My blog (and all of you!)


  1. Creative Mysteries
  2. A.Keeney Author
  3. Seán Cooke
  4. ambitiouspoet
  5. StephiaMadelyne

Congrats to the nominees, and thank you again for the nomination! 

Have a great day! xxoo


Chapter 253: Awards

Happy Saturday!

So the amazing blogger Ajaytao2010 nominated me for The Wonderful Bouquet of Awards, which is amazing. Thank you very much. However, I am only going to choose 1 award (instead of 3), because of technical issues. I hope that’s alright, and thank so you much again for the nomination:) xxoo

So, the award I chose was the, I Am Part Of The WordPress Family Award. Since I started my blog in October, I’ve been so lucky to be part of this community, and the amazing people who have made me feel part of a family. So thank you!


Here are the rules:

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you and link him/her to your blog. (Check, and thank you again)

2-Nominate 10 other bloggers. (Check x10)

3-Copy, paste the award logo on your blog. (Check)

4-Answer the questions given. (Check x10)

First, the questions!

  1. What is the meaning of life? 42?  I’m not sure really, I think it varies for every individual 🙂
  2. What is happiness all about? Being happy with who you are, and being with people who make you happy!
  3. Why did you start a blog? Because I wanted a way to share my thoughts and feelings.
  4. What is more important in your life: relationships or fame? Relationships, especially loving ones with my family and friends
  5. What is the one thing you like about blogging? Having people share their own stories/ideas with me 🙂
  6. What is the best decision you ever made? So far, deciding to start this blog
  7. Do you believe that unconditional love really exists in any kind of relationship? Yes, I think it exists between parents and their children (in most cases)
  8. Do you believe in Karma? If yes then what  are the good and bad Karma according to you? Kind of…I believe that it exists, but I’m not sure what defines “Good” or “Bad” Karma.
  9. Do you believe in rebirth or afterlife? If yes, then why? I don’t know! At the current moment, no. But I could change my mind in the future.
  10. What is the best moment of your life? ….I honestly cannot think of just one! My little sister being born is one of them, getting into college, turning 18….those are the top moments I can think of right now!


  1. belsbror
  2. Ido Lanuel
  3. ambitiouspoet
  4. stressingoutstudent
  5. veraiconica
  6. jacquelinemhadel
  7. Gina left the mall
  8. talin401
  9. Opinionated Man
  10. rjkeith

So, there you go! Thank you again for the nomination, it means so much to me!

Have a great day! xxoo

Chapter 246: Sunshine

Happy Sunday!

Today, the awesome, amazing, talented anamwong nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! (YAY!) Thank you so much, it means a lot 🙂


The Rules:

Post the logo above (Check!)

Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you (Check! And thank you again!)

Answer the questions (Check!)

Nominate 10 blogs and inform them of the nomination (Check x10!)

Favorite color:  Dark Blue

Favorite animal: Dog and Panda

Favorite number(s): 2 and 11

Favorite (non-alcoholic drink): Water or Orange Soda

Favorite (alcoholic drink): Not of legal age to drink, so water 🙂

Facebook or Twitter: Both

My passions: Photography, writing, sleeping, and music (to name a few)

Giving or receiving gifts: Both

Favorite city: New York and London

Favorite TV show: Sherlock, Doctor Who, Arrested Development, all 90’s kid shows, and the Food Network


  1. SimpleThinkings
  2. Sabcooke
  3. A. Keeney Author
  4. Leo
  5. Ajaytao2010
  6. ambitiouspoet
  7. Dr. Rex
  8. euzicasa
  9. StephiaMadelyne
  10. Bright Moments Catcher 

So, there you have it! Thank you again for the nomination, it means so much 🙂

Have an amazing day! xxoo

Chapter 239: Very Versatile

Happy Monday (again).

So, the amazing, talented, awesome (etc.) Franny nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award (YAY!). Thank you so much for nominating me, I cannot thank you enough. xxoo


Here are the rules:

1. Add The Versatile Blogger award photo on a blog post (Check!)

2. Thank the person (or mythical being) who presented you with the award and link back to him or her in your post (Check, and thank you again!)
3. Share seven things about yourself (Check x7!)

4. Pass the award along to 15 favourite bloggers. Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know about the award. (Check x15!)

Ok, seven things…this shouldn’t be too difficult, right? 🙂

  1. My favorite ice cream flavor is Mint Chocolate Chip (YUM)
  2. I have one sister who is 6 1/2 years younger than me
  3. When I was younger, I wanted a pet Koala
  4. When I’m home alone, I love to blast music and dance around my house like a nut
  5. I still sleep with a teddy bear named Mr. Bear (Creative…I know)
  6. When I’m bored, I like to read cookbooks
  7. Finally…when I’m older, I would love to be a mom. 

So for my 15 bloggers, they are…(drumroll)

  1. Iamrcc
  2. Creative Mysteries 
  3. goddesslyv 
  4. The Citizens of Fashion
  5. smilecalm
  6. jack joseph’s mom 
  7. HarsH ReaLiTy
  8. Veraconica
  9. gpicone 
  10. Parenting And Stuff
  11. Artist As Mother 
  12. Toemail
  13. raybarnhart1968
  14. jacquelinemhadel
  15. pretty pen and paper 

Ta Da! There you have it ladies and gentleman! Thank you again for nominating me. 

Have an amazing, wonderful day! xxoo


Chapter 218: I’m A Super Sweetie (Take 2)!

Happy Wednesday (again!)

So the very awesome Creative Mysteries nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award (WOOOO). Thank you very much! 


The rules for the Super Sweet Blogging Award:

  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer 5 Super Sweet Questions
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
  5. Notify the nominees of their nomination on their blog.

The 5 Super Sweet Questions: 

  1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies, besides Chocolate Chip, I love Sugar cookies 🙂
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, with extra love for dark chocolate
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat? Erm….I do love Lemon Bars!
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? When I’m studying for final exams (so, about now)
  5. Sweet Nickname? Some people call me Butter, but that’s about it!

The Baker’s Dozen (13) Nominees:

  1. ioniamartin
  2. helenvalentina
  3. jack joseph’s mom
  4. goddesslyv
  5. toemailer 
  6. drdodd123
  7. chrisman2college
  8. spannerr
  9. raybarnhart1968
  10. sheryloben
  11. mwojcie
  12. Miss Adventure Photography
  13. jamieasparkes

So, there you have it folks! Thank you again for the nomination.

Have an awesome day!


Chapter 212: I’m A Sweetie, & So Are You!

Happy Friday (Again)

So, the amazing, beautiful, talented, (etc) blogger  nominated me for The Super Sweet Blogger Award!

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Receiving this made my really tough week a million times better, and made me feel great, and loved. So thank you again!

SO, apparently there are rules for when you get this award, and they are….

The rules to this award (for me and all nominees) are:

1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated them

2. Answer five super sweet questions

3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post

4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers

5. Notify your nominees on their blog

Welp, here goes nothing!

Beginning with the questions…

1. Cookies or Cake? – Cookies, I love all kinds, but chocolate chip is my personal favorite

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? – Chocolate, hands down. YUM!

3. Favorite Sweet Treat? – ….this is a tough one. I adore Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Lemon Bars, Skittles, Marzipan….I’ll stop there, because I’ll keep listing things. Those are the first ones that come to mind though!

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? – Everyday really, I have a massive sweet tooth! Also, when I’m feeling down, or need a cheering up. Or late at night if I’m doing work!

5. Sweet Nickname? –  My family friend calls me Sammycakes, and some of my friends call me Butter (play on my last name), but that’s about it!

Next…The Nominees! (DRUMROLL PLEASE)

1. stressingoutstudent (They’ve been with me from the beginning, and they’re  amazing!)

2. smilecalm (Awesome, I adore their posts!)

3. talin401 (Beautful blog, and an amazing person!)

4. Valeriu D.G. Barbu (Huge supporter, and awesome writer!)

5. archecotech (Stunning photographer :))

6. johngalt (Incredible blog!)

7. Opinionated Man (AWESOME, amazing writer!)

8. bluchickenninja (Fellow Tumblr user, kick-ass blogger and vlogger!)

9. MustardSeedBudget (Amazing blog :))

10. Akanksha (one of my first followers, amazing person!)

11. The CoF (GORGEOUS fashion blog, stunning!)

12. chrismcmullen (Interesting blog, awesome person!)

13. whysamiam (Awesome blog, and a fellow “Sam” :D)

….So that’s it! Thank you all so much for supporting me, and being amazing!

All My Love, xxoo