Monday, June 10, 2013

Big News!

I have big news for you all!!! After a wonderful weekend with my family celebrating my little sister's graduation I came home to some great news! I was nominated for the Liebster Award!

Karissa from The Start of the Shaws nominated me. She is a super fabulous blogger who writes about her family, being a new homeowner, fashion, and losing 17 pounds, among other things. Head over there and check her out. You'll be glad you did! 

Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:
1. Thank your nominator and include a link back to their blog
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator
3. Post 11 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 5-11 other up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers-no tag backs!
5. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer
6. Let your nominees know you nominated them so that they too can pass on the Liebster Lovin'!

Here are the 11 questions Karissa asked me:
1. Tell me about your blog. My blog is about my everyday life. (Did you get that from the name? =) ) I write about my fiancĂ©, my dog, my crafting, and my daily happenings and shenanigans. 
2. What's your favorite thing to write about? I'm definitely new to the blogging world so I don't have a lot of posts about one particular thing. But I do like to craft a lot! I haven't gotten to do quite as many crafting posts as I would like but I do enjoy doing those. And food posts as well! I also want to start a post series about trying out things I have found on Pinterest, and the successes and failures. I think that will be a lot of fun! 
3. When you are not blogging, what are you doing? When I'm not blogging you will probably find me crafting, maybe doing some hot yoga, cooking, reading, or snuggling on the couch with Justin and Doodle watching something great. 
4. What are your favorite blogs to read?
I love Karissa at The Start of the Shaws
Cara at Maskcara and
I read a ton of others too, but those are my favorites! You can read why I love them, and some others I love, here. 
5. What fashion trend are you currently obsessed with? I'm really gravitating toward gold jewelry right now. Also, coral, sheer fabrics, and of course animal print. And anything with sparkles. I would not say I'm a super fashionista, so maybe these aren't even "trends" just things I'm loving! 
6. What's your favorite reality tv show? Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and The Bachelor or Bachelorette. Love.
7. Tell me about your pets. My classroom has a black goldfish named Cosmo. I don't normally count him as a pet but I just brought him home for the summer so now he seems more like my pet, not the class pet. We also have a wonderful black fluffy cat named Shadow. Even if you do not like cats, you would love her. She does great poses, she has a FUPA, and we cut her like a lion. Which she loves. Right after a haircut she struts around showing off. And of course my darling standard poodle, Doodle. Also known as Dude, if you ask Justin. He is the light of my life. He will be one on July 1st. He is just a big curly, cuddly bug, and I'm obsessed. I was away this weekend and when I got home he literally would not stop running around me in circles and barking. He was so excited to see me, it was so cute. 
8. What's your favorite trait about yourself? My favorite physical trait would have to be my smile. My favorite personality trait would have to be my cheery personality. 
9. What do you do for work? I am a special education teacher for first through fifth graders. My school has an awesome program with 4 special education teachers. I love what I do and the kids and people that I get to work with. I honestly feel like it is what I was meant to do in life. 
10. What makes you the happiest? Spending time with Justin and people that I care about makes me the happiest. Weather we are sitting around telling stories and laughing, playing games, family dinners, or just relaxing. Family and friend time puts a smile on my face. 
11. Tell us a joke. I'm not good with jokes. I can never remember them... but this is my old standby. 
Why did the mermaid wear sea shells?
Because the B Shells were to small and the D shells were too big. =)

11 Facts About Me:
1. I was born in Las Vegas.
2. I am the oldest of 5 siblings.
3. I knew my fiancĂ©'s parents way before I had ever met him. 
4. I really like to read. My favorite book is The Time Traveler's Wife. The movie is not nearly as good. 
5. I have a collection of crushed coins.
6. My celebrity crush is Robert Downey Junior. 
7. I have permanent retainers on my upper and lower teeth. 
8. My sisters and I all have 8 letters in our names. Samantha, Veronica, Nicolett, and Abigaile
9. I have met Paula Abdul. And I once bumped into (literally) John Elway. 
10. The Killers bought my dad's house in Las Vegas when he moved away. 
11. Most of my family and friends will tell you I am not a very good driver, but I've never gotten a ticket! 

And the nominees are...
2. Rachel at Trying for Sighs 
3. Laura at Can Can Dancer 
4. Chelsie at Sweet Southern Mrs. 

My 11 Questions for You!
1. What's the best thing about your blog?
2. What was your favorite post?
3. Finish this sentence... "I am better than most people at..." (Some background to this... I listen to the same radio station everyday on the way to work and the other day they were asking people this and I was so intrigued by everyone's answers!)
4. What is your favorite book?
5. What do you like to do in your free time?
6. What are your favorite blogs that you follow?
7. Where do you love to shop?
8. Besides other blogs, what website to go to when you're bored?
9. If you had a wish from a genie what would you wish for?
10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
11. Where is somewhere you have never been but would love to go?

I can't wait to hear your guy's answers! And thank you for the nomination Karissa! Love you!


  1. Thank you so much for the nomination Samantha. I'm really touched that you thought of me. Congrats to you on being awarded it too!
    I'm a fan of Robert Downey Junior too! I adored him in Ally Mcbeal and I loved him in Avengers Assemble!
    Thanks again and have a super day
    Rachel x

  2. Thanks for thinking of me!! I will work on a post!

  3. Congratulations on the award. I had a nice surprise this Sunday when I woke up to find I had also been nominated for a Liebster award. I just love what this award is all about.