I am so excited to be nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Brandiann at Mamma Review! Brandiann blogs about all things motherhood, lifestyle and honest reviews. You can read her Sunshine Award here!



The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring. Once nominated the blogger is required to write a post in which they follow these rules:



  1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Brandiann’s Questions for Me:

What are three things you cannot live without?

Ice cream, a vacuum, and a plan. Ice cream is pretty self explanatory. I mean, really, if someone can live without ice cream, you don’t need them as a friend. Vacuuming is my stress relief. We tried to go without a real vacuum for a while when we first moved to our all carpet apartment, and it drove me crazy. There is nothing like vacuuming yourself out of a room and looking back at the perfectly clean carpet without even a footprint on it. I’m a have a plan for everything type of a person. Sometimes it can be an issue but really I just need a plan. I like to know what’s going to happen and planning accordingly.

Has a movie or book made a huge impact on you?

Hunt for the Wilderpeople. If you haven’t seen this movie, go watch it now. It’s the sweet sweet story of a foster child coming to live with a couple on the edge of the New Zealand bush country. Chris and I have always said that we hope to adopt or foster at some point and this movie just confirmed it. I will warn you, it is an indie movie (so it’s a little quirky) and they have heavy New Zealand accents. I would recommend having the subtitles on.

What was your favorite toy growing up?

Baby Uh-Oh. She was this plush baby doll that I had a major attachment to. I actually still have her and slept with her until I got married. When I was around a year old I would throw her out of my crib and say uh-oh and from then on she was forever called Baby Uh-Oh.

Tell me the 3 best things about you.

I’m great at organization, I can make most people comfortable right off the bat, and I’m always up for an adventure. As I mentioned before, I love a plan, and planning, and planners. Really, if it can be researched, organized, or planned, I’m your girl. I would consider myself a people-person introvert. I’m very good at being friendly and putting people at ease right away. I really do love meeting people and being around my friends but at the end of it all I’m completely wiped out. I love random adventures. Now I know this somewhat contradicts the planning side of me. It’s a beautiful paradox. I love spontaneous but I want planned. Someday I’ll figure it out.

If you could time travel, where would you go?

London in the 1920s. The flappers, the swing and blues music, and exciting times! To be fair, I’m mostly basing this off of Downton Abbey but still, it looks fun right?

What is your favorite Disney movie?

Beauty and the Beast. I have always always loved this movie and have grown to appreciate it even more as I’ve grown up. It has beautiful lessons in it and great music. It’s also about a girl longing for adventure which I have always identified with.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

A Ballerina. I took ballet from the time I was 4 all the way through middle school. I made it to en pointe and then decided to quit. Sometimes I still regret quitting but I am glad I did other activities in high school.

Why do you blog?

Anti- Mom Shaming and income. We tear moms down both as a culture and just mom to mom and I absolutely hate that. I wanted a platform to talk about that and other motherhood things. I also hope that someday it will turn into an income stream as well to help support my family.

What’s your favorite season, and why?

Fall. I love the fall colors, the layered styles, the boots, the scarves, and my signature colors, maroon and olive. I would dress this way all year round if I could but that many layers is far too warm for Maryland summers.

What’s the hardest thing about being a Mom/Mum?

The isolation. I’m a stay at home mom and we moved from Colorado to Maryland when Will was only 3 months old. It has meant that I’ve had to completely rebuild my support system and tribe. Slowly I’m starting to feel less isolated but it’s taking far longer than I thought it would.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

This is a hard one for me. I’m proud of some things I’ve built and some projects I’ve done but I’m honestly the most proud of my son. Which feels silly, as he is only 14 months old. But there it is, I’m most proud of having him as my son.


My nominations:

  1. Jess at Crown Yourself Mamma
  2. Amanda at Jasper and Willow
  3. Casey at Bravery Rising
  4. Krista at Muscles and Wine 
  5. Alice at A Silver Lined Life
  6. Jessi at The Coffee Mom
  7. Davi at Homegrown Simplicity
  8. Sumer at Grace, Giggles, & Naptime
  9. Danielle at A Sprinkle of Joy 
  10. Michelle at Running on Love and Caffeine
  11. Cheyenne at Sense and Serendipity


My Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your favorite holiday?
  2. How did you choose the name of your blog?
  3. Did you have a childhood pet you loved?
  4. What song do your kids love or sing that you can’t stand?
  5. If you had to choose 3 foods to live off of for the rest of your life, what would they be?
  6. What is your dream vacation?
  7. How do you fight Mom Shaming in your everyday life?
  8. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
  9. Do you collect anything?
  10. Who was your favorite teacher as a child and why?
  11. What is your favorite spot in your home?


What your answers to my questions? Tell me in the comments below!


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