RAKA Award Nominations

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We would like to start by thanking https://mwsrwritings.com for nominating us for this.  We will try to post keeping the spirit of the nomination in mind.  Both Kim and myself will add our own Random Act story to the post.

Here is the original link we received for this nomination where we found the directions on how to participate: https://mwsrwritings.com/2018/09/26/raka-award-nominations-award-share/

Here are the rules taken from the nominating blog!

The rules are simple

1- Tell who you nominate and why.
2= Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.
3- Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life in the way of receiving kindness or how you extended kindness to someone else.
For instance, ” I once was waiting in a drive thru line for 20 minutes. I was in a hurry but the line did not move much, it felt like. My day was getting worse by the moment. When I got up to the drive thru window, the cashier said someone had paid for my meal already. That really made my day a lot better.”
4- Nominate anyone or share to your own page. If you so choose to Participate. Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you, or the original post.

Here are the blogs we are nominating for the RAKA

https://mistimaan.wordpress.com/

https://cathrynskitchen.com/

http://iscriblr.com/

https://liba.home.blog/

https://cathysfoodinspirations.blog/

https://cavidaran.wordpress.com/

 

Our Random Acts of Kindness

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My random act of kindness, like most things in my life right now, reverts to my car accident.  To this day I do not remember getting out of or being helped out of my car once it finally landed on the fence.  I remember the trees coming towards me (and yes, I do know I was heading to them, not the other way around but that is how it felt at the time) and then being halfway up the incline being assisted by a good Samaritan who saw my accident and stopped to help.  He led me up the incline and let me sit and wait in their warm vehicle until help ( and Chris) arrived.  I will be forever thankful for their Random Act of Kindness! It is truly a shame I did not think at the time to get their names to thank them properly.

Kim

It feels like such a fitting time of year to think about the many things in my life for which I’m grateful. There are many; so many that I couldn’t narrow it down to just one to write about. Simple things, like a friend leaving a sticky note on my computer at work that said “You’re awesome” when she knew I was having a rough week. Or a co-worker leaving an inspirational book on my desk, with a particularly relevant section highlighted for me. Or my mom making me soup when I had morning sickness and didn’t feel like eating or cooking. Or the young woman at the grocery store that helped me bag my groceries when I went on my first grocery shopping venture with baby alone. Or another friend that saved coupons for me. The list goes on and on. I am so thankful for all of the little random acts of kindness I experience on a daily basis and I try my best to reciprocate and perform random acts of kindness whenever I can too.

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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We would like to start by thanking https://mwsrwritings.com for nominating us for this award. We really appreciate it… it always nice to recognized for something you create!

As per the nomination post, here are the rules!
Rules are…
Thank your nominator.
Link or ping the post back to them.
Display the picture on your post.
Answer their questions.
Provide questions for the nominated people you choose.

Note: As awful as it sounds, I am pretty sure that we were nominated for another award a month or two ago and I can’t seem to find the link so I want to apologize to the nominator of that award. It isn’t that we didn’t appreciate the nomination, it’s just that my injured brain forgets things and it got lost in the spaghetti that is my brain now. Our family has also been busy enjoying every moment of baby time, which can be very distracting (in a good way)!
First we will answer the questions given to us by our nominator, https://mwsrwritings.com (and yes, we will provide the link to her blog as many times as we can… we hope you enjoy reading her poetry as much as we do!):

1. What makes you cry?
Sandie: Sad movies, sometimes even ones with happy endings.
Kim: Post-pregnancy – EVERYTHING! Pre-pregnancy, and still more than most other things, anything involving animals. I can’t watch animal rescue or hospital shows without crying my eyes dry…. even when everything turns out okay. I watched a documentary while I was pregnant and cried for about 6 hours because the “mommy kitty” didn’t make it.

2. What gives you joy?
Sandie: Now, every time I see my new grandbaby smile!
Kim: My baby girl! Every day I think I couldn’t possibly love her more… and then the next day comes and I do!

3. What is your favorite book and why?
Sandie: This one is hard…. reading is my addiction… I don’t think I can give just one title so I will instead list a genre… paranormal mysteries
Kim: I’m not as big of a reading fan as my mom but if I find a book I like then I won’t put it down until it’s done. I really like the Inspector Gamache series of books by Louise Penny. I don’t think I could possibly pick one book that’s better than the others. She’s truly an incredible writer. She hooks me from the first page of each book.

4. Who is your hero and why?
Sandie: My hero is my grandmother, Emilie. She is the one person who has always, always, always, been there for me no matter what.
Kim: As a child, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was my hero. Even today, most of my heroes are caped characters found in the pages of comic books (or on television). I not-so-secretly wish that I had super powers so that I could make the world a better place. When I return to reality, I think of those who have accomplished great things despite their situations. When I was in elementary school we did projects on heroes and I chose Helen Keller. Her accomplishments are extraordinary and still an inspiration to me. Similarly, I read a story a few years ago about a man with no legs who climbed Kilimanjaro. I keep his story at my desk at work. Not only do their stories help to put things in perspective when my life is going through a rough patch, but it inspires me to never stop reaching for my goals.

5. Favorite food?
Sandie: Potato Soup… this sort of reverts back to question #4. Potato soup is something that always reminds me of my grandmother as it is one of the favourite things she makes for us when we visit.
Kim: I second potato soup. Whenever I’m not feeling well, it’s always an excuse to ask my mom to make some. I would also add my mom’s cherry cheesecake. It’s always been my favourite.

6. Your reason for blogging?
Sandie: In all honesty, I/we started this blog more as something to try to occupy my mind while I have been off work for the past 2 1/2 year (and counting) from a brain injury. Living in the country and being unable to drive/work was giving me cabin fever and a lack of direction. Blogging ended up becoming a way for me/us to share the things that we love to make/do with other people.
Kim: While I haven’t been actively blogging for a while because of my pregnancy and now my time as a new mom, but I love having opportunities to write. Writing has always been a passion of mine.

7.Your favorite movie and why?
Sandie: An Officer and a Gentleman, even though I don’t generally like chick flicks AND I always cry when he carries her our of the factory lol!
Kim: Fight Club. Nothing compares to the twist of the movie the first time you watch it!

8. What is your favorite number?
Sandie: I don’t have a favourite number.
Kim: 27. I was born February 7 and so I’ve always considered 2-7 to be my lucky number(s). Since I got pregnant with my first child last year at 27 years old, I definitely still feel the number is lucky.

9. One thing you have learned about life?
Sandie: Shit happens, scoop it up and move on
Kim: One thing I’m still learning… you can’t control everything around you but you can control how you react/respond.

10. What would you say to your younger self?
Sandie: Don’t be such a dumbass lol
Kim: Take a chill pill!

11. One thing you’d change about the world and why?
Sandie: The ill treatment of children around the world.
Kim: I am so fortunate to live in Canada where we have free health care. I wish the luxuries of free health care could be afforded to others around the world.
OUR NOMINEES: Please check out their blogs!

https://daybydaymt.wordpress.com/

https://shopandbakewithconnie.com/

https://simplychronicallyill.com/

https://craftcirclediys.wordpress.com/

https://haphazardhomemaker.com/

https://crochetcraftingcom.wordpress.com/

Our questions to our nominees:

  1. What is your favourite lullaby?
  2. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. Favourite dessert?
  4. Favourite time of year, and why?
  5. If you could have a sit down with one famous person, who would it be and why?
  6. What is your favourite childhood place to visit?
  7. If you could own/operate your own franchise, what would it be?
  8. What is your favourite family recipe?
  9. Could you last a week without your cell phone?
  10. What was the best birthday you have had?
  11. Snowball fight or water fight?

Unique Blogger Award

We would like to say Thank you So much to Mistimaan for nominating us for the Unique Blogger Award.  It is much appreciated and please, check out and follow his blog at https://mistimaan.wordpress.com/, you will find great posts to read!

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It has taken a while for us to prepare this post and we do apologize for that, but here it is!

Sandie & Kim

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Liebster Award Nomination #2

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What an honour this is for us!  We have now been nominated for the Liebster Award for the second time in our only 4 months of blogging. That makes us feel that what we are writing and posting are being read and appreciated amongst our followers!

We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to S. from SavouriebyS for the nomination!  Please find the nomination page from their webpage here, and check out all the wonderful recipes and posts there!

https://savouriesbys.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/leibster-awards-23/

The rules of this award are listed as follows:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer

Here are the 11 Random facts about Kim and Sandie

Sandie

  1. I am trying to garden but past experience proves I have a black thumb!
  2. I love hummingbirds!  I now have I think 9 hummingbird feeders around the property.
  3. My absolute favourite past time is reading.
  4. My go to comfort food is either mac & cheese or potato soup
  5. My favourite movie of all time would have to be An Officer and a Gentleman, sappy I know, but I love it
  6. I love hockey.  We are avid Toronto Maple Leaf fans.
  7. I like to camp and love to fish.
  8. I love being in my kitchen but if I had to choose I would bake over regular cooking.
  9. I am a Sagittarius
  10. I have a strange sense of humour
  11. I can’t think of anything else, sorry

Kim

  1. My first crush, at age five, was Casper… the friendly ghost…. played by Devon Sawa in the 1995 Casper movie.
  2. My husband and I hold a James Bond movie marathon every New Years Eve selecting a different actor who played the title character and watching all of their films.
  3. I have trypophobia.
  4. My favourite board game as a child was Candyland.
  5. I currently have four tattoos.
  6. My dream vacation would be a trip to New Zealand.
  7.  My favourite thing to drink at a summer BBQ is Mill Street Original Organic Lagar. Later in the year, I love their Vanilla Porter! So good! My husband and I have visited the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto on more than one occasion.
  8. On the topic of alcohol, we have also toured the Guinness Factory in Dublin, Ireland.
  9. Still on the topic of alcohol (we don’t drink often but I’m running low on other fun facts), many people are surprised that “tiny, cute” me drinks scotch in the wintertime… with shortbread cookies!
  10. Moving away from drinking, as I don’t want you to get the wrong idea…. Although I’m sub par at best, I enjoy both swimming and playing tennis.
  11. My Betty Boop-themed kitchen started randomly when I found a Betty Boop doll at our local Value Village that reminded me of a doll my mom made for me when I was a child.

Questions to Us from SavouriebyS

 If you had a choice between travelling to your past or future, which would you choose and why?

Sandie – I think I would travel to the past and try to stop myself from making some of the stupid mistakes I made growing up lol!

Kim – I would travel to the future. While there are many things in my past I would like to redo, I’m afraid that it would change where I am today and for the most, I’m happy with where my life is and where it’s going. With the future, I’d like to think (or perhaps Hollywood has tricked me) that if I saw something I didn’t like, there would still be opportunity to change it.

If you were a ghost, where would you visit (or revisit) in the human realm and why?

Sandie – I think I would just revisit home to make sure everyone is doing all right, and maybe try to scare the crap out of them!

Kim – Agreed (with mom), I would revisit my family, wherever they may be.

If you were to choose one ethnicity to be a part of apart from your own, which would it be and why?

Sandie – I think I would want to be African because of the culture, the food, the wildlife, the history.

Kim – Fun question! I would love to be Japanese. Similarly to my mom’s rationale for her decision, I love their culture, food, landscape, and history.

Pick a color that you would say resembles your personality and why so?

Sandie – Can we pick rainbow?  My personality could be represented by so many different colours.

Kim – Blue, wish a hint of green. In high school we took personality quizzes and I was a mix of blue/green and I still am today after re-reading what these colours mean here.

If you had the option of living in a different time period or era, which would it be and why?

Sandie –  Definitely the 50’s!  Life seemed so much simpler back then… besides I love the music.

Kim – 70s! Reason 1 – I would have been a hippie! Reason 2 – Led Zeppelin! Led Zeppelin is my all-time favourite band (perhaps I should have listed that as a random fact). I would have loved to have seen them live “back in the day”.

Sweet or savory foods?

Sandie –  Most definitely savory!

Kim – My eyes say sweet, my stomach says savory!

If you met a person who’s never heard of blogging before, how would you describe it to them?

Sandie –  I would describe it as a wonderful community that shares, through writing, things they enjoy, are good at, want or need to share, ideas, the list is endless of what you can share through blogging

Kim – A blog is like an online journal where individuals have the freedom to share their passions publicly.

Define happiness in your own words, even if its as simple as a chocolate bar.

Sandie –  Happiness is a nice cold drink, a comfy chair and a good book

Kim – Happiness is so many things but the first thing that came to mind was…. laughing so hard your tummy hurts (and your eyes water).

Upon receiving your nomination, what was the first line of thought that came to your head?

Sandie – I can’t believe we did it again lol

Kim – (My mom shared with my via text message) – Wow! That’s awesome!

If you unleashed a genie in a bottle, what would your 3 wishes be and why?

Sandie – 1 – Financial freedom  2 – 100 acres of livable land in the middle of nowhere 3 – a stress less world for everyone

Kim – 1) Endless travel funds. 2) A house in Kelowna, British Columbia. 3) If this was an all-powerful genie I would wish to reverse global warming to hopefully rescue a number of endangered species – I love animals and I want my children one day to be able to know and see all the animals I have.

What is one key to success you strongly believe in?

Sandie –  Perserverence

Kim – Self-motivation…. there is always going to be days when you just have to do it on your own.

Our Nominees are:

Please check out their blogs for all the wonderful recipes, crafts and ideas they are sharing with everyone!  You will not be disappointed!

http://thecrafthouseweb.wordpress.com/

https://balindseyblog.wordpress.com/

http://craftysurf.com/

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http://blinkingcat.wordpress.com/

http://notjustalpaca.wordpress.com/

http://salz94blog.wordpress.com/

http://justsewsew.wordpress.com/

http://duskyowlsblog.wordpress.com/

Home

http://indianeskitchen.wordpress.com/

 

Our Questions:

  1. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
  2. If you could use only one word to describe your blogging experiences to this point, what would it be?  Why?
  3. What is your go to comfort food?
  4. What is your favourite kitchen gadget?
  5. If I/we gave you a 20 dollar bill and told you to go make a difference in someone’s life with it, what would you do?
  6. If you could go on your dream vacation tomorrow where would you go?
  7. City or country life?
  8. If you could jump on a space ship and travel to any planet, which one would you want to go to?
  9. Which celebrity would you love to meet and what would you say to them?
  10. When going out for dinner, what is your go to meal to order? Or do you like to mix it up and try new things?
  11. If you could offer one piece of advice to new bloggers, what would that be?

 

 

Liebster Award Nomination

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We would like to thank Hussein Allam of https://hussein1987.wordpress.com/ , for nominating us for this award! We appreciate the shout out, especially being so new to the Blogging World, so thank you Hussein!

Please check out his blog, you will find lots of helpful information and advice!

The following are the requirements to being nominated as per the link Hussein so graciously sent to us! The Link – https://hussein1987.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/liebster-award/

The rules of this award:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer

Now, the 11 random facts about me are:

Sandie:

  • I am a Centennial Baby, while Canada is celebrating it’s 150th this year, I will be celebrating (reluctantly) my 50th
  • I live in a very rural area of Ontario and have cows and horses for neighbours
  • We have 2 large dogs and 2 cats in our home
  • Before my car accident I was working as a Claims Assistant for an insurance company
  • I love to read, almost anything but especially paranormal mysteries
  • I developed an interest in all things creative at a young age, starting with charcoal drawing and crochet
  • I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mom until both of my kids were in school full time
  • I am planning on taking some online college courses to upgrade some of my skills
  • I thrive on structure and order, everything has a place and should be in that place
  • My dream is to earn/win enough money before I am too old and to have my own animal rescue/adult petting zoo
  • I LOVE thunderstorms…. it said random lol…I like to sit outside and watch/listen… when the mosquitos don’t try to carry me away!

Kim:

  • I am an aquarius.
  • Friends call me Kimbo.
  • I like to read, especially mystery novels. Right now, Louise Penny is my favourite author!
  • I love watching crime shows; however, my favourite TV show is Supernatural.
  • Michelangelo is my favourite Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtle (I LOVE TMNT).
  • The Lethal Weapon movies are my favourite. I watch them for my birthday every year.
  • I like hiking/outdoor adventures.
  • I am a tea-aholic. And fruity teas are my favourite!
  • I would love to one day open a comic book store.
  • The late Leonard Cohen was and will always be my hero.
  • I love writing. I graduated with a diploma in Journalism in 2012. While my career took a different path, I still enjoy writing poetry, short stories, and journaling. This blog has been a welcome re-introduction to my love of writing.

Our Nominee’s are:

https://quietwatercraft.wordpress.com/

https://tanglewoodknots.com/

https://savouriesbys.wordpress.com/

https://soulgifts.com.au/

https://whatsfordinnermoms.com/

https://jilliankmitchell.wordpress.com/

https://weirdweekendsblog.wordpress.com/

https://creating-time.com/

https://crochet539.com/

https://withloveandveggies.com/

https://icooktheblogs.com

Hussein’s Questions to my nominees;

What do you do in your free time?

Sandie: I like to read, crochet, paint, cook anything creative
Kim: Read, write, and binge-watch the latest TV show I’ve found.

What is the drink that you like mostly in the morning?

Sandie: Always COFFEE!
Kim: Tea. It’s always a different kind. Right now, I’m drinking spearmint in the mornings. Later in the day I drink a fruitier tea or something with cinnamon for an afternoon pick-me-up.

What are your hobbies?

Sandie: My hobbies are the same things I enjoy doing in my free time, reading, cooking, crocheting, knitting, painting
Kim: I enjoy reading, writing, and drawing. I also enjoy going outside. My husband and I spend full days going for walks by the lake in the summer.

What is your plans for the next year?!

Sandie: Recover from my head injury…. hopefully it’s not another year!
Kim: There are so many great movies coming out this year – Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (to name a few) – I hope to watch all of them on opening weekend!

 

Questions to Our Nominees:

What prompted you to start blogging?

What is the best advice you would give to new bloggers?

What is your favourite season and why?

Who has had the biggest influence in your life?

Do you have any pets?

What new skill would you like to learn in the future?

What is your dream vacation?

If you could choose to have a super power, which one would you want?

What is your favourite movie?

What was your favourite toy as a child?

What is your comfort food?