Thursday, August 28, 2014

Liebster Award

Hey friends!  Great news ~ I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the beautiful Anna over at The Beauty Section!  Thanks for the nomination!  It was a delightful surprise! :)  Anna has a blog full of great beauty advice, you guys should give it a look.

The Rules of the Liebster Award:
1. Create a post thanking the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. State 11 interesting facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer.

11 Interesting Facts About Me

1. I'm the oldest of 3 kids and I have one sister and one brother.

2. I love watching and playing football and last August I tore my ACL playing flag football.  I started this blog because I was bored that I couldn't do anything sports related during my 8 month recovery time.  I made a full recovery and was able to play one full season of flag football before having to take another break due to the pregnancy!

3. I was the valedictorian of my high school class.  I'm kind of a nerd. ;-)

4. I love to read and I wish I had more time for it.  Currently I'm reading the third book in the Game of Thrones series.

5. I'm kind of a tomboy and had terrible fashion sense until I found Pinterest.  It's still unreal sometimes that I have a fashion blog and people actually like my style! Haha.

6. I met my husband playing basketball (he's a foot taller than me).  I could tell he liked me when he started making more of an effort to block my shots and annoy the heck out of me! :)

7. I did pole vault in high school and made it to states and placed 21st!  I miss the adrenaline of it (and track & field in general) sometimes.

8. I have a math degree and worked for 8 years as an actuarial analyst in a consulting capacity (here's a little description of what actuaries do) before switching over to the corporate side just a few weeks ago.  Now I work for an oil and gas company doing compensation analysis.  

9. I get cold easily.  I can't stand the AC vents in the car blowing directly on me and I usually keep the temperature at 75 or higher.  If my husband wants the car cooler, I will turn on my seat heater, even if it's summer.  Also, I always have a blanket on hand at work for my lap.  It's kind of nice in that I can tolerate the Houston heat a little easier than most.  I'm hoping my little bun in the oven will start to be my personal heater shortly.

10. I can be a bit of a health freak.  I am all about eating whole foods and avoid processed food as much as I can.  If I could give any health tip, it would be to avoid soy.  It's been touted as a health food, but it is one of the worst things you can put in your body.  One, it's GMO (some people are ok with that, and that's fine, but I try to avoid it - if you don't know what GMO is, feel free to ask me about it) and two, it mimics estrogen and estrogen stores fat in our cells (hence the reason women have higher body fat than men and put weight on easier).  It can also mess up our hormonal balance in general.  Soy is prevalent in processed foods and I believe that it, along with corn syrup, are 2 of the biggest reasons why processed foods are directly contributing to the obesity crisis.  It sucks because soy is found in so many products, which is why I try to avoid them all together.  Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now.

11. I have a terrible sweet tooth, which is a total contradiction to #10, but eating healthy helps me control my sugar cravings.  I love M&Ms and chocolate, but I only like chocolate if it has some crunch to it (like with almonds or peanuts, or in the case of the M&Ms the candy coating).  I also don't care for chocolate cake or ice cream - I prefer vanilla when it comes to those.  I'm so weird. :)

Here are the 11 questions that Anna had for me:

1. Best childhood memory
This isn't a specific memory, but I grew up in the country and we had a couple acres in our backyard.  I loved making tree houses with my friends and playing outside all day long.  Ah, those were the days.

2. What is your dream job?
Just a couple years ago, my answer would've been way different.  Now my dream job would be to either blog full time or be a fitness consultant and help people become stronger and healthier through nutrition and fitness!

3. Why did you start blogging?
I kind of mentioned it above, but after I tore my ACL I could no longer do any of the physical activities that I would normally do in the evenings after work.  I was bored and needed something to keep me occupied.  A couple friends always complimented my outfits and said how cool it would be if I had a fashion blog.  I originally planned on doing a fitness and fashion combo blog, but in the end decided to just concentrate on fashion.  I'm grateful to my friends that encouraged me to start the blog and how supportive they've been of me.

4. How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging in late December of last year, so about 8 months now.

5. What is your favorite food?
I love pasta!  I crave it a ton now that I'm pregnant, and I'm always happy to give in to that craving. :)

6. What is your favorite app on your phone?
This is a tough one!  Currently, I would have to say that it's my pregnancy app called "What to Expect."  It gives me little tidbits each day about my pregnancy and shows how big the baby is and what is currently developing on him/her.  It's really fun.

7. What is one beauty item you can't live without?
I would say cover up.  I get insecure about the blemishes on my face and have to at least have cover up on if I'm going out of the house.  I hate it, but it's something I can't get over.

8. Are you a splurge or save kind of girl?
I have gone through phases of both, but overall I would say I'm a save kind of girl, especially now that I can't buy normal clothes anymore!  And I'm saving up to splurge on the baby (although is it considered splurging if it's stuff you need?).  I'm a little nervous at how expensive babies are ~ especially if it's a girl, because who can say no to those adorable little outfits?!

9. Who is your favorite celebrity?
Oh my gosh, I am such a nerd... my favorite celebrity (promise not to laugh ok?) is Tom Hiddleston.  I'm not one of those fangirls at all, but I thought he was brilliant as Loki and is adorable with his charming British accent whenever I hear him do interviews.

10. What type of music do you like?
I love alternative/alternative rock music.  I have Sirius XM radio in my car and AltNation is definitely the most played.  I have a soft spot for disco music as well.  Their music was so fun back in the day!

11. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I would probably say somewhere in Colorado.  I love the mountains and skiing and an active life outdoors ~ all perfect for living in Colorado.  Maybe someday I will retire in a log cabin in the mountains. :)

Those were fun questions to answer!  Now, here are the blogs that I nominate for the Liebster Award:
Here are your questions, ladies!
1. Who is your biggest fashion inspiration?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. Where would you travel for your dream vacation?
4. What is your favorite movie?
5. What are your 3 favorite phone apps?
6. What is your favorite fashion accessory?
7. What are you doing when you're not blogging?
8. What is something on your bucket list?
9. What are your favorite and least favorite of the current fashion trends?
10. What quote inspires you the most and why?
11. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

1 comment:

  1. So nice to get to know you better! I also love to read why another person started blogging. What a cute childhood memory! I thank you so much for the nomination of the Liebster award (so very sweet) but I am ineligible as this award is meant for blogs with under 200 followers.