The Very Inspiring Blogger Award – Thank You

I started this blog to help me keep my mind active as I went from full-time/over-time career to 24/7 mom. After my son turned 6 months, I felt like I was losing all of my active brain cells. Months went by and I finally started discover and devour. It’s been so fun and challenging at times (when company comes I get so caught up in entertaining that I have less time on the computer…hence why my award shout-outs have been detained)

I appreciate being recognized for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from two creative people: hnMom and Pug Life. A big thank you to both of you, as I also feel inspired by your words and photos (respectively). hnMom’s blog provides experiences and information on raising a child with high needs. Her insights and advice offers valuable insights for any parent raising a family.  Pug Life is a whimsical site in where you will find a new picture of Eloise (adorable pug) in many different situations each day. Her photos always bring a smile to my face.

I truly appreciate all of my supporters and thanks so much for reading!

The Rules:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.

3. State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated.

Seven Things About Myself:

1.I second-guess some mom decisions I make.

2. I don’t really speak French as well as I would like to.

3. I am in desperate need of a pedicure!

4.I love my dentist

5.I still get the Sunday paper delivered to my house.

6. I add kale and parsnips to my pulled-pork

7. I now understand why my sister drank a pot of coffee a day when she had her children (I only drink one cup a day…but I still get it).

Nominations:

beebeesworld

Boomie Bol

Folk Haven

My Twice Baked Potato

Ratnam Residence

Subhan Zein

The World According to Mitzie Mee

Tell Me About Yourself Award

A big “Thank You” to Boomie Bol for nominating discover and devour for the Tell Me About Yourself Award!  She is a talented writer who writes short stories and poems to share with the world. Her inspiring words are always a great read. I find myself in the story at times, smiling at the screen. Boomie is passionate and dedicated to her calling. If you haven’t visited Boomie Bol, take some time to check her out. You won’t be disappointed!

There are only a few simple rules to accepting this award:

1. Thank the person that nominated you (hello) and provide a link back to their blog.

2. Tell the world 7 things about yourself that you have not yet shared.

3. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers and let them know.

Seven Things You May Not Know About Me:

1. Short Term Goal: Learn how to cook a perfect Beef Wellington

2. Long Term Goal: Write a children’s book

3. I recycle

4. I always like the book better than its film adaptation

5. I prefer Caribou to Starbucks

6. I am an avid viewer of France 24

7. My husband and I are teaching Oster how to speak French

I nominate the following bloggers for the Tell Me About Yourself Award:

Blessed with a Star on the Forehead

Lazy Hippie Mama

Parenting is Funny

Pug Life

The Memory Book

My Twice Baked Potato

Coffee Camera Love

One Lovely Blog Award

I’ve been quite fortunate to receive a few blog awards over the last three weeks. As I’m just able to get to them now (Hotel de Oster’s Parents is finally vacant…until my dad comes at the end of the month…and Oster is in the process of getting rid of his horrible virus), I just wanted to say how appreciative I am for them. I’ll be working on them one at a time and will post about them throughout the week.

The One Lovely Blog Award is the first one I received.

I want to thank hnMom from The High Need Baby Blog for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you haven’t had a chance to see what she’s all about take a moment to peruse her site. She provides a wealth of information about raising a daughter with high needs. HnMom offers tips and strategies and discusses a wide range of topics that are suitable for any parent.

The Rules of Acceptance:

  1. .    Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. .    Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
  3. .    Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
  4. .    Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them

Seven Things You May Not Know About Me:
1. Current Crush: Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

2. Yesterday’s Crush: The Hunger Games Trilogy

3. I am addicted to Master Chef

4. I use a crock-pot to cook dinner at least once a week

5. I’d rather be dining al fresco, even in cold weather

6. I love to entertain and host gatherings

7. I don’t have cable or satellite

I nominate the following bloggers for the One Lovely Blog Award:

Coffee Powered Mom

Boomie Bol

Bringing up Baby Bilingual

Experience Life in France

From Marian’s Kitchen: Dairy-Free and Spelt Living

His Fashion Blog

Mom! Adventures in the Life of a Working Mama

Sleeping Should be Easy

Travel Lady With Baby

When the Kids Go to Bed

Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award

I was so surprised to learn that Travel Lady with Baby gave me the Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award! How excited and honored I was knowing it came from a blogger whom I have great respect for.

The rules for this award are that you must answer the following ten questions and nominate ten blogs that you think deserve the award.

1. Describe yourself in seven words. 

Optimistic, Honest, Obsessive Compulsive, Passionate, Outgoing and Patient

2. What keeps you up at night?

Nothing. Really. I pass out the minute my head hits the pillow.

3. Whom would you like to be?

Coco Chanel

4. What are you wearing now?

All black (my normal wardrobe)

5. What scares you?

Cable News

6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?

The best – meeting and learning about others and getting feedback

the worst – sometimes I feel there is not enough time to update

7. What was the last website you looked at?

Le Monde

8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

My obsessive compulsiveness. I seriously clean the same kitchen countertop 4 or 5 times a day.

9. Slankets, yes or no?

What!?! No.

10. Tell us something about the person who nominated you.

Travel Lady is a compassionate blogger who shares travel tips, fashion sense, and ideas for your toddler. She is honest and a terrific writer. If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting her site take a moment and enjoy your photos. She has so much to offer.

Passing on to:

The Cherbie Life

Emerald Pie

Boomie Bol

iGameMom

When the Kids Go to Bed

Sleeping Should be Easy

From Marian’s Kitchen: Dairy-Free and Spelt Living

The High Heel Gourmet

The High Need Baby Blog

mamacravings

The Sunshine Award

discover and devour has been nominated for The Sunshine Award by iGameMom and Blessed with a Star on the Forehead. I would like to give a shiny bright “Thank You” to both ladies for the nomination.  If you haven’t had the pleasure yet of seeing what iGameMom is all about, take some time and peruse her site. She provides info on all of the current games your kids are playing and Apps that help enforce your child’s learning.  She lets you know the deals on certain Apps (even free ones) and she reviews them for you. iGameMom is a wealth of techno information. She even wrote a post on how to child-proof your IPAD!  Thank you, iGameMom.

Blessed with a Star on the Forehead shares intimate thoughts and experiences and always leaves the reader at the edge of her/his seat!  She writes in an interesting way that really makes light of relationship “situations” and posts about the seriousness of love.  It is truly a feel-good site to visit. Thanks, Blessed with a Star on the Forehead!

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules:

1. Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog

2. List 10 facts about yourself

3. Nominate some other fabulous bloggers

4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated

5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

10 Facts About Me:

  1. My first job in high school (besides babysitting) was selling vacuum cleaners over the telephone.
  2. One thing on my bucket list: visit all of the Major League Baseball stadiums.  I love attending baseball games.  So far, I’ve been to 9 different ballparks.
  3. One of my favorite things to do on a summer morning is enjoy my coffee out on our patio.
  4. I have a soft spot for muscle cars. One of my favorites is the 1969 Chevy Chevelle.
  5. I am an avid reader of France and France Today.
  6. I love the sound of children’s laughter.
  7. When I found out Oster was allergic to milk, I eliminated all dairy from our refrigerator and pantry. I am now a proud drinker of almond milk.
  8. I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning: Grape Nuts.
  9. I have NO PATIENCE for intolerance or ignorance.
  10. With the help of discoveranddevour followers, I have successfully mastered cutting Oster’s fingernails! Thank you!!!!

I nominate the following blogs:

The Cherbie Life – insights from a mom and educator about love, family, and life.

LadyRomp – this site is all about inspiration. She posts an uplifting message every day to share with her readers.

sleepingshouldbeeasy – great discussion topics can be found here. The writer shares tips and strategies about infants/toddlers.  She has an endless supply of fantastic information.

dutchgoesitalian – Letizia lives in Italy and shares gorgeous photos of her travels. She also shares simple yet delectable recipes.

High Needs – this blog is inspirational, as the author writes about her experiences to educate others on babies with high needs.

Travel Lady with Baby – this blog offers great travel tips, strategies on how to travel with an infant/toddler, shares fashion trends and cool gadgets to try. Always a positive read.

mamacravings – this site shares what the author craves for. It’s unique and fun to read.

Versatile Blogger Award Thank You

discover and devour has been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award! A big warm “Thank You” goes out to Chris at The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy for the nomination. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of seeing what he’s all about, take a look around his site.  Chris is creative, humorous, and down-to-earth.  His blog is quite unique, as he posts photos of his son in different places everyday.  It’s literally an adventure to see his son grow over time.

~ Rules for nominating a blog ~

1. Thank the person who gave you this award.

2. Include a link to their blog.

3. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

4. Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

5. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

Note: According to the rules, if you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

7 Things About Myself:

1)    I have terrible depth perception when I wear my glasses! It’s worse when I’m driving at night.  It’s even at its worst when I’m driving at night while it’s raining. Hence, I am a contact lens wearer.

2)    Before Oster came around, you would have found me in my kitchen mise en place-ing and cooking for all hours of the day (even after a long day at work).  The kitchen was my sanctuary and it is slowly coming back into my life.

3)    I am a Francophile! I am in love with France. Its culture, food, fashion, language, and lifestyle.  Their politics are also quite interesting to follow.

4)    I am addicted to office supplies (note cards, Sharpies, paper clips, folders, note pads, Post-It notes, card stock, seriously the list goes on…)

5)    I have a prized Pez collection of over 200 pieces (that are now Oster’s)

6)    I worked in the television industry for 3 years prior to becoming a high school teacher.

7)    My school’s Board of Education just granted me an additional year of maternity leave!

I nominate the following blogs (in no particular order). There are so many wonderful ones that I have recently discovered and have been currently following and it was truly a task to pick only 15.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do:

1)    The High Heel Gourmet

2)    railcitybaby

3)    mamacravings

4)    sleeping should be easy

5)    Happiest Baby in the World

6)    Travel Lady with Baby

7)     love library

8)     IGAMEMOM

9)     The Sunday Mood

10)    Peace the consciousness, the transitoriness, your existence.

11)    QCSupermom

12)    Read Schmead: Tales From the Book

13)    From Marian’s Kitchen: Dairy-free & Spelt Living

14)   400 Days ‘til 40

15)   A Detailed House

Liebster Award Thank You

I have been given the Liebster Blog Award by two wonderful bloggers: hnMom and Marian! I am new to the blogging community so you can imagine how excited I am to receive this.  Thank you, hnMom, and thank you, Marian.

If you haven’t had a chance to see what hnMom is all about, check out her blog High Needs.  She is an inspirational mom and writes about her experiences to educate others on babies with high needs.

Marian is an author of cookbooks. She focuses her culinary expertise on wheat and dairy free recipes. She has a lot of information and tips to offer in her blog From Marian’s Kitchen: Dairy-free & Spelt Living.

Upon receiving this award, I get to present it to 5 other blogs. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Travel Lady with Baby

Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy

Being the Best Dad

Sarah in the Kitchen

The Muffin Myth

Liebster Blog Award Rules:

  1. .    Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. .    Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  3. .    Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  4. .    Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
  5. .    Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.