Thursday, February 3, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award, and a beg for votes

Today is our third school day off due to "inclement weather and power conservation." We've been experiencing rolling blackouts here that last about 15 minutes each time. But today has started off on the right foot. Take that, cabin fever!

Thanks to my Paint Chip Wall Art, I was nominated as one of January's Top Ten Bloggers of the Month. The winner gets a CD from My Vinyl Designer, one month of free advertising, and bragging rights. I want it :) Will you vote for me? You can vote on the top left hand side of the page, and you don't even have to register. It'd make my day, pretty please?



My second UH-mazing thing for today? Anna from Blissfully Whimsy nominated my blog for a Stylish Blogger Award!



Seriously, it's awesome. I started my blog on December 27th, 2010, and it's already getting out there. I love it. Gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. You like me. You really like me. :)

So there are a few rules that come along with receiving the Stylish Blogger Award.


1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!


So here are my 7 random facts about moi. 
1. I am a huge animal lover. I'm that person that will stop on the side of the road for a stray. My most recent rescue? A boston terrier that was wandering around the street, dodging traffic. I brought him inside, put a "Found Dog" sign outside, gave him food and water, and kept him company while he took a long nap. A few hours later, I hear a knock at the door. I open it and pop my head out (I didn't want the person to see the dog unless it's was theirs) and there was a lady, sobbing. She asked me "Did you find a black and white dog?" I opened the door, the dog was at the end of the hallway, and she called him and he RAN to her. She asks me "Is it okay if I give you a hug? I don't know what I would have done if I had lost this dog, I've had him for 9 years." I would want someone to do that for my doxie, if he got out. 

2. I am a huge UFC lover. Yes, that UFC. The half naked men, beating the snot out of each other, UFC. Hubby and I get it on PPV every month, and we have a few guys over to watch. I'm always the only girl :) I took kickboxing for a while before I got pregnant, so I know what moves hurt where, which makes it more fun to watch.

3. My wedding dress cost me $48. At least, the fabric did. Our whole wedding was done on a budget. My mom made my wedding dress, she was a seamstress for 20 years. Hubby's suit was the most expensive part, at $250. The shop wanted to charge us $200 to alter it, but my mom did that for free. We were married at hubby's work in the Baptism room in front of a stone pool (employee discount), the pastor didn't charge us his fee, we had finger foods and sandwiches (it was a lunch time wedding). And that night, we went with a bunch of our friends up to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch, yes, a UFC fight. And my parents threw us a huge BBQ the next day for everyone. It was low key, and not expensive, but it was "us".


 
4. I can speed read. Books that would take a normal person 3 days to read, I can have finished in a day. It really came in handy in high school, where most tests are just regurgitating information that you read in the book. Hubby tried to test me on it one day, saying that it's impossible that I read that fast. He showed me a long paragraph in his magazine, I looked at it for about 3 seconds, and when I said I was finished, he said "What did it say then?" I was able to quote most of it, word for word. Booyah.

5. My favorite animal is a penguin. I collect penguin figurines, I sleep with a stuffed penguin, and hubby actually arranged for me to meet an emperor penguin on our honeymoon.



6. I have horrible eyesight. I absolutely cannot see a thing without my contacts. I can't even read anything without my contacts, I have to hold the book so close that it makes my eyes go crossed. So if I am going to read something, I have to close one eye. For those of you contact wearers, my box numbers are -8.5 on the left, and -9.0 on the right. My glasses are so thick that I refuse to wear them in front of people, I only wear them if my eyes need a break. My husband calls them my "sexy specs"

7. I got engaged in a hot air balloon. Taking a trip in a hot air balloon has always been on my "Bucket List". He woke me up one morning at 5am, told me to get dressed, and wouldn't tell me anything else. We drove for about an hour out to McKinney TX, and a man with a basket met us in the Tom Thumb parking lot. We got into his van, we drove out with him and his wife to a huge field, and we helped set up the hot air balloon. Hubby proposed to me at 1000 feet in the air, and even had the balloon operator video tape the whole thing.



So the bloggers I would like to bestow this award to?

1. Miss Madison's Charmed Life
2. Loving Every Second
3. 5 Second From Crazy
4. Seven One Six
5. Homemaker On A Dime
6. Mommy Spirit
7. Elousions
8. Black Cab Designs
9. FabuLESSly Crafty
10. Beads, Buttons and Baubles
11. J and J Home
12. Joy, Junk and Juxtaposition
13. My Girlish Whims
14. Our Forever House
15. Military Spouse House

So congratulations ladies!


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Miss Lou said... [Reply to comment]

omg i love your facts, the dog story <3... penguins are so cute, the proposal... such lovely things to know, thanx for the nomination!!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, wow! Thank you, Jen, for the Stylish Blogger Award. You're awesome so I'll definitely vote for you and I hope you win :) Btw, there are newcomers in our linky party so come on over and follow them, too.

Karen @ Joy, Junk and Juxtaposition said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Jen,
Thanks for following me! I'm now returning the favor. And thanks for the Sylish Blog award; I'm honored!

LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks so much for the award! I'm so pumped to have someone think of me as stylish (I'm such a dork, you just don't know hehehe) :) I think we may be sisters too--#'s 1,4,5,6 on your list? ME TOO!!! 1, is how I ended up with one of my dogs; 4, *exact* same thing happened, hubby is always in shock; 5, the resort where we stayed in Hawaii had penguins and I spent at least an hour a day for two weeks watching them; 6, both my eyes are right at -8! I feel you girl!

Thanks again :)

Rhiannon said... [Reply to comment]

congrats on your award! I just love your facts! i thought I was blind as a bat you're almost double me (5.75) and i actually fought in a cage match before LOL
great getting to know interesting facts about you.. and i love your dress thats the kind of wedding i like

Lesley said... [Reply to comment]

Seriously? I love you for telling us about your wedding costs. So many people spend ridiculous amounts on a dress that they wear once and ten years later look back at the photos and wonder what they were thinking.

I'm not knocking expensive weddings. I marvel at the glamor of it all! I'm just really cheap so I appreciate fellow cheapos like me!

Congrats on the nomination and thanks bundles for choosing me to be in your top 15. I hope you win!
I did a paint chip mosaic that I blogged about, also, and I know how time consuming it is!

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for following me. I am now your newest follower. I love the subway art you did for your friend's nursery! Beautiful!

Ashley said... [Reply to comment]

cutteeeeeeeeeee blog! love all your crafty ideas!!! congrats on the award!

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said... [Reply to comment]

UFC?? Well my youngest teases me that he is going to be a UFC fighter. And I always tell people my oldest goes to UFC instead of UCF. Just all too confusing.
How romantic being proposed to in a hot air balloon. Sounds like he is a keeper!!

Amber @ Lucky Lees to Be ♥ said... [Reply to comment]

Stylish Blogger Award?! How exciting!!! Congrats! I love everything that you said about your wedding! My fiance' and I are trying so hard to save money, but to have a wedding that WE love. I wish my wedding dress was that affordable! Thanks so much for following me! I returned the favor! I also grabbed your button and am now sporting it! Love your blog!

jandjhome said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted for you! Thank you so much for picking me for the award.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks so much for nominating me! I'm a new follower and thanked you over here
http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/02/im-stylish-blogger.html

Miss Madison's Mommy said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the award! I LOVED your wedding dress, your mom is so talented!! I thought my eyesight was pretty bad {-5.0} but whoooo :) Maybe one day I can get lasik!

Military Spouse House said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, Thank you so much! I am super stoked to have this!! :) Yay!!

I didn't make it in time to vote for you :( but I see you won! Awesome job!!

Also, I am totally impressed your dress was that cheap-it looks beautiful!

Thank you again so much!

-Jordan

H-Mama said... [Reply to comment]

oh my goodness. your dog story about had me in tears! i'm a softy, too. ufc, not so much. ;) your hubs sounds like a keeper! and you and my nator both share a love of penguins. we met a king penguin this year. fun.

Lesley said... [Reply to comment]

Just added another nominee to your list of admirers!

http://secondsfromcrazy.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-holy-crap-stylish-blogger-award.html

Rebekah of Schenewark Farm said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite part of the movie Definitely Maybe is the part where they are at the zoo and the little girl is telling her dad about the penguins. LOVE IT! I became a little obsessed with penguins after that and most of my Christmas time decorations were penguins. But now that I live in the country I've changed the Christmas decor to moose. LOL

Annette said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you so much for the award! What a very sweet surprise. Oh, and congratulations to you too. We definitely have the same music taste...I wish I could speed read...oh, and getting engaged in a hot air balloon. That's ultra cool!

Michelle @ Loving Every Second said... [Reply to comment]

I swear I already left a comment on this! But THANK YOU for the nomination!

Hope you've had a fabulous weekend :)

kajr said... [Reply to comment]

I found your blog through the paint chip art link.
Just wanted to say -8.5 and -10 for my contacts. Glad to 'see' I'm not the only one.