The Leibster Award

A big Thanks to my dear friend Andrea for nominating my blog and me for the Liebster Award!  Her blog is awesome (she writes a few that all rock) - check her out here:

The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers as a way to spread the word about smaller blogs who deserve a bigger audience. This award is an honor, but once nominated you must earn it:
  • You must list 11 things about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you
  • Choose up to 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate and post 11 questions for them to answer
  • Visit your nominee's pages to inform them of their award
So here is my attempt to earn it :)

11 Things about myself:

1. We dated in high school. My husband and I dated in high school for a couple months, we even went to prom together.  A few years later he called me out of the blue to go on a date, and we got married that same year!
2. Loves dogs. I have two dogs, Kendell (Australian Shepherd) and Daxton (Chihuahua)  They are totally spoiled!  We love them tons. 
3. I love CrossFit.  I have tried most workout methods and I feel like that one gives the best results, ever.  I don't however eat Paleo.  I have done 3-4 months of paleo eating, but it isn't for me.
4. I'm addicted to cookbooks.  Yes I know you can find every recipe I ever wanted on the internet, but I love actual cook books.  I have 100s by now, on everything.  I love reading them and looking at all the yummy food pictures.  So inspiring.  They introduce to recipes I wouldn't even begin to search for (you don't know what you don't know - think about that one!)
5. Moving. Speaking of cookbooks, I have moved 9 times in the last 8 years.  Some big moves (across the country), some only an hour away.  My husband HATES my cookbooks when we move.  Moving books is so not fun.
6. I love to travel.  I love to go new places and explore.  I love to eat when we travel.  I love to try all the new foods, restaurants, cuisines, etc.  I also love going to markets or grocery stores (especially small towns in Europe).
7. I rode a camel this year.  In Morocco, we had the opportunity, and both my husband and I jumped on one.  That is how I spent my birthday this year.
8. I'm Scuba Certified.  One of my biggest fears is drowning, but I was able to face that fear and get scuba certified 6.5 years ago.  I have done some awesome dives, and always look forward to the next one.  I have seen several sharks, which is always a little scary, but so cool.
9. Almost Certified Personal Trainer.  I am working on my personal training certification.  I love wellness coaching, and I have the nutrition side down, now I want to have that exercise background as well.  I will finish that up this year!
10. Dislikes Strawberries.  I know, who doesn't like strawberries??  Well I don't.  I also don't like peas.  Basically the only two foods I don't like, and even then, I will still eat them in things.  
11. Soup Lover. Since I told you the foods I don't like, I will tell you how much I love soups. All kinds.  My family used to make fun of me for ordering soup and salad at most restaurants.  Now my husband makes fun of me, because I will make huge batches of it, and eat it daily.  I never get bored with it.

Questions from Andrea:

  1. Why do you blog?
    A couple reasons, first, I have all these nutrition things in my head all day, every day.  I find new cool products, create new recipes, etc, and my husband suggested I share what I talk about in blog form.  (Maybe he wanted me to share less with him! Ha)  I used to send out daily emails called Daily Dose of Nutrition, and I wanted a better way to see them all, blogging made sense!
  2. If you had a million (tax free) dollars to spend what would you use it for?
    Hmm, I really want to go back to Europe, and travel to so many places, I would love to use it for travel.  I'm a saver, so the practical side of me would like to answer "pay off everything, and have a retirement" Super boring, but i'm programmed like that...
  3. If you were to go on any reality TV show which would it be? and why?
    I would love to go on Food network's show that gives a show to the winner!  I think it is called "The Next Food Network Star"  That would be such a cool thing, to have a food network show!  I have so many ideas for one!  I love cooking, being in the kitchen is so comfortable to me, and I think I could do a great job!
  4. If you could have dinner with any one person alive or dead who would it be? and why?
    This is a challenging one, but I would pick my Grandpa, he passed away almost ten years ago, and was sick for a long time before that.  I would love to talk to him again and spend just a few hours with him.  Miss him so much.
  5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?
    I may pick Southern California, or Maui.  I love warm weather, hate snow, so my choice would be driven by that.  No where crazy, because I like to be able to see my family often.  I could also spend a year in Malaga, Spain, nice year round, and beautiful, right on the ocean!  I do love Arizona weather, dry heat is good with me! (there just isn't a lot to do or places close by!)
  6. If you had a super power what would it be? and what would you use it for?
    I would love to have a perfect memory (like on limitless), and retain everything.  I would love to be that super smart!
  7. What is your favorite movie?
    It always changes as new things come out, I love the Sex and City movie (girly, I know).  I also love The King's Speech, and Home Alone (really all christmas movies!)
  8. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
    I loved Spain, can't wait to go back.  I also love Playa del Carmen in Mexico, and Maui.  Maui is awesome because we can scuba dive right off the beach, and see amazing things!  Playa Del Carmen (or Rivera Maya) is so beautiful, relaxing, and again great diving!
  9. What is your favorite book?
    Gone with the Wind...amazing.  
  10. If you could tell your 15 year old self one thing what would it be?
    Probably to pay attention in Chemistry because you will be doing years of it in college!  (and they will be difficult!)
  11. What is your favorite band/artist?
    Depends on the day and my mood!  Always, I love listening to Billy Joel.  I'm a piano player, and love listening to his skills!  One of the first concerts I ever went to was when he and Elton John toured together years ago!
My Questions:

1. Where is your favorite place to travel too?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. Where would you love to visit one day?
4. What is your favorite book?
5. Why do you blog?
6. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
7. If you could drive any car in the world, what would you pick?
8. What makes you happy?
9. If you were on a reality show, what would it be and why?  Would you win?
10. What is your favorite book?
11. What is the first concert you ever went too?

My Nominations:
1. Annie Writes.
2. The Websters
3. Becky Cooper
4. Speaking Of Kids

There are a few more I would like to nominate.  I will put them up soon :)

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