Liebster Award! |Keeping it Real

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Liebster Award!

Amazingly, I was nominated by Coco @ Homeschoolapalooza for the Liebster Award. I'm still in shock and it has taken me a couple of days to write this post but thank you so much Coco!
If you've never heard about it before, the Liebster Award is a internet award for blogs with less than 200 followers. After nomination, I Googled around to make sure I was doing everything right. Although there seem to be several sets of rules, below are the ones that I've been given.
1. Acknowledge and thank the blog who nominated you.
2. Look for an award image that you like, and post it on your blog.
3.  Answer the 11 questions asked by the person/blog who nominated you.
4. List 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 11 blogs with under 200 followers to receive the award.
6. Let the bloggers know that you nominated them.
7. Give them 11 questions to answer.

These were Coco's questions for me: 
1. If you were writing a book about your life what would it be named?
Headed for Tomorrow. Sorry if it sounds cheesy but it was the first thing that came to my mind, andI guess it reflects my personality well. I hate to dwell on the past and I'm always looking forward to a bright new day.
2. How long have you been blogging?
A little less than a year. I started around mid-January 2014. 
3. Are you good at Ping Pong?
I'm terrible at ping pong. I have zero aiming skills so any sport that requires throwing or sending a ball (or anything else, for that matter) in a given direction is not for me. 
4. What color is your hair?
Dark brown.
5. Do you like French food?
Yes, though in general I like any food that is not too spicy or too greasy. I'm not very picky.
6. What’s your favorite animal?
Cat. I love cats. We don't have any pets because a pet for me would be a cat and my husband doesn't like cats.
7. If your house was on fire what 2 things would you grab? (Other than pets and family members)
My purse and our photo albums. 
8. What’s the most exotic place you’ve been?
Other than through books and travel magazines, I'm not much of a traveler. So I guess the most exotic place would be Formentera, a small island off the coast of Spain where you can only get by boat. 
9. What’s your favorite color?
10. What’s the hardest thing you have ever had to do?

Say goodbye to the unborn baby I lost at 10 weeks.
11. Whats your favorite post? Link Please!!
The Themed Notebook Covers. I loved making and sharing this tutorial.

Now for the 11 random facts about me:
1. I'm Portuguese, and English is not my native language. But I love reading and writing in English, so that was my natural choice when I started blogging.
2. I can't bring myself to post personal photos on my blog. I guess I'm still internet shy, even after almost a year of blogging.
3. My parents married late so my mother was 43 when I was born. 
4. My birthday is September 11th.
5. I'm turning 40 in 2015.
6. If I could, I would quit my job to stay at home and spend lots of time for crafting. Unfortunately, bills have to be paid, so no luck there.
7. I hate driving.
8. I have to sleep at least 6-7 hours a night, otherwise I feel like a zombie. Probably look like one too.
9. I don't drink coffee.
10. I love to read.
11. I love the ocean. I live 10 minutes away from the beach and it's awesome! I wouldn't live anywhere else!
Now that you know something more about me, let me tell you that choosing 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers was hard for me. I read and follow lots of blogs, but rarely take the time to check how many followers they have. Having to choose 11 out of all those and on top of that making sure they had 200 followers or less was a difficult exercise. I basically went though my list of blogs on Bloglovin and started from there because I wanted the nominees to mean something to me, not just random blogs around the Web. Please don't be sad if you fit the criteria but aren't included in the list. I had to start somewhere, and I'm sure there will be other opportunities.

And now, finally, the Liebster Award goes next to:

And my questions for you guys are: 
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your favorite craft?
3. What is your favorite holiday?
4. Do you have pets?
5. If you could one piece of advice to a brand new blogger, what would it be?
6. If you had to move, what state/country would you choose?
7. Which of your craft/DIY/projects are you most proud of?
8. What is your favorite book?
9. What is your dream vacation?
10. What is one thing about yourself you would change if you could?
11. Where do you find inspiration?
Congratulations to all nominees. I hope you enjoy receiving the Liebster award as much as I did. Have fun, and a wonderful 2015 to all of you!


  1. Teresa, Thank you so much for nominating me. I actually received a Liebster in November, so I can't pay it forward, but I will gladly answer your questions. (
    1) I started blogging because our family loves to travel, so it seemed like a natural fit to start a travel blog.
    2) Does reading count as a craft? I don't really craft, but I do like photography.
    3) Favorite holiday: Christmas, the whole month of December really.
    4) We have a dog. She is part Bernese Mountain dog, part poodle. Almost a year old and just a crazy fun dog.
    5) Connect with other bloggers. That is the best way to grow your blog. Be genuine and comment on other blogs and return the love when others comment on your site.
    6) The Dordogne region of France. We visited on a trip a few years ago and we would move there in a heartbeat.
    7) The photo albums I make for my parents and in-laws every year.
    8) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    9) New Zealand or Croatia. I can't choose because I want to see both of them.
    10) Be more organized. I tend to have 1000 things going on at once. I never know which way I am going.
    11) I find inspiration from my friends and family. Their travels, our travels, other bloggers, the web, books. It is all out there waiting to be explored!
    Good luck to you! It's difficult to start a new blog, but I am almost at the one year mark and I have thousands of followers across various social media platforms. Hard work will pay off!

    1. Oh, well, I love your blog, so it was worth the nomination anyway! Have a wonderful 2015!

  2. Teresa, thanks so much for nominating me! Though I have heard of this award, I need to familiarize myself as you did. I will post and answer your questions soon! Blessings and thanks again!

  3. Thank you so much for the nomination! That is so nice of you! I really enjoyed getting to know more about you, and I love your blog! I will have my post together soon. Thank you!

  4. Teresa. thank you for nominating me!! I truly appreciate and loved getting to know you!!