Versatile Blogger Award – A Humble Curtsy :)

Dear Fellow Bloggers,

I have been nominated for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD, again, by &

As I’m always stunned and humbled, I graciously accept this nomination by these two wonderful bloggers!  Please take the time to visit them, if you haven’t already! Thank you so much to both of you!

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading
  4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award

Seven things about myself;

1.  I am truly a romantic (this may not come as a surprise to you all)

2.  I enjoy reading romance, suspense, mystery and poetry, but I need to work on time management!

3.  In my late teens, when I thought I’d become a professional singer, Barbra Streisand was and will always be my vocal idol and favorite   female vocalist.

4.  I strive to do kind things for people, even if it’s so small, like giving a hug or smile.

5.  Organizational skills are a strength of mine.

6.  I love winter and the coziness it brings; fireplaces aglow, candlelight and Scentsy warmers permeating the room. (Scentsy warmers are fragrant candle wax warmers)

7.  I believe in forever love.  (another surprise?)

Now, it’s time for my nominations and this is the hard part, simply because it’s so difficult to choose.  However, these bloggers all have wonderful stories to tell through their writing and photography.  Some of them, I’ve known for awhile and some, I’m still getting to know!  Either way, their talents have touched me and made my life richer!  I encourage you to visit them and be enlightened!  Also, if this nomination is a repeat, please do forgive me!

Nominations are, in no specific order:
















Congratulations to all of the nominees and may they continue to bless us with their amazing talents!

Lauren 🙂

Kreativ Blogger Award – Another Grateful Nomination

The Kreativ Blogger Award

Hello Fellow Blogging Friends,
I have been nominated again for this lovely award, for which I am truly grateful for and I have the wonderful blogger, Tim,, to thank!  If you haven’t already visited his blog, please do so!  You’ll find movie reviews, songs, poems, short stories and more!  He is truly a talented young man and well deserving of this Kreativ Blogger Award! 

The Kreativ Blogger Award!!!

After receiving multiple nominations, it’s truly humbling to know that people hold my writing in such high regard. I simply write my thoughts, express my feelings, with not a pinch of expert training in my bio and the support and encouragement I have received has been such a tremendous blessing that words cannot even begin to describe my gratitude.

So thank you, again, Tim, for this amazing gift, and congratulations for earning it yourself. 🙂

Now, on to the rules for this award…

Apparently I have to share 10 things about myself, and then pass this award on to 6 other bloggers, so here it goes!

First, I would like to nominate these 6 bloggers:

1. Pam:

2. Lesley:

3. Orel –

4. Charlie & Tom:

5. Aliker:

6. Corey:

These six people are some of the finest bloggers I have “met”; they each have their own unique writing styles and talents to share.  In addition to writing poetry, you’ll find amazing photography and much needed inspiration for our everyday lives.  I’ve enjoyed visiting their blogs and I look forward to visiting them more in this new year!  So, if you haven’t already stopped by their sites, please do so; you won’t be disappointed!

The difficult task of these awards is limiting the number of bloggers to nominate.  There are so many more that should be on this list, so please don’t feel bad if you’re not included!  You’re all my favorites! xx

And now news about me:

1.  I love adding smiley faces to my emails, messages, notes, etc.!  🙂

2.  I love fresh flowers and usually, have a bouquet in our house all the time.

3.  I’m not crazy about driving at night anymore, but I do it out of necessity.

4.  If I ever had the nerve, I’d try skydiving.  🙂

5.  I dream of living on a ranch, somewhere in the beautiful country, with many animals, especially, happy-go-lucky dogs, roaming the property.

6.  I’m not afraid of acting goofy! 🙂

7.  I’m the youngest of 3 daughters; they’re 19 mos. apart and I’m 10 years younger!

8.  I’m a Disney fanatic and used to live right around the corner from Disneyland, when I was younger.  I miss it and of course, because it’s the Happiest Place On Earth! 🙂

9.  I prefer the mountains/lakes to beaches/ocean, although, I love them both.

10. Singing was my passion in my teen years and I toured in Hawaii with a college vocal ensemble!  Great memories!

Okay, this is it!  I can’t think of anything else that would interest or entertain you all (not that these little facts will do that either)! 

So, thanks again, Tim, for nominating me; you know I greatly appreciate it!  🙂

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hugs and Blessings!


Versatile Blogger Award (2011 End of Year)


Versatile Blogger Award
I have been nominated for this award by two wonderful bloggers: and  I can’t thank them enough for their generosity and thoughtfulness.  I’m truly honored and again, very humbled.

Kreativ Blogger Award (2011 End of Year)

I have been nominated yet again for another award and I am thankful for this and all awards that have been given to me.

I would like to take a moment to thank the 2 wonderful bloggers who nominated me:
J,, and Epiphany,
Thank you so much to both of you; I’m honored and humbled that you both thought enough of my poetry for this award. 

If you haven’t visited their blogs already, please do so.  You will find wonderful talent and inspiration and you won’t be disappointed…

This award requires that I share 10 things you do not know about me. Then, I will have to pass this award on to at least 6 ( or more ) other bloggers.

So here are 10 things you don’t know about me:

1. I am a romantic.

2. I never went to prom, but my wedding replaced that void.

3. I love vanilla, pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes (non-fat).

4. I sang a Gospel solo in a choir when I was 18 and we toured the east coast.

5. I won Best Vocalist in high school choir in my senior year and Second Place in my talent show for singing.

6. I am ready to find a new canine friend, after losing our dog in November.

7. I didn’t finish college.

8. I prefer things to be organized.

9. I haven’t sung in many, many years.

10.  I would love to lose 15 lbs this year! 🙂

Here are the wonderful bloggers I’ve chosen:








All of you deserve this and I know anyone else who visits them will love them, too!
I’m sending Happy New Year hugs to Everyone!


Candle Lighter Award (2011 End of Year)

I am very grateful and honored to have received several awards at the end of last year.
I’m amazed when I receive these and truly thankful.
Due to family commitments for the holidays, I’m a little behind and
I’m now following through with my Gratitude and Nominations…

To begin with, I would like to thank PJ,,
for the Candle Lighter Award.
She is truly a sweetheart with REMARKABLE faith,

who is a Mentor to me, as well as, Honest Inspiration.

Candle Lighter Award

This award belongs to those who believe, who always Survive the day and those who never stop Dreaming, for those who cannot quit, for those who keep trying and if you’re in this category, you are Entitiled in this Award.I nominate the following bloggers who fit this profile and I believe you’ll enjoy reading their blogs:





Tim: (Happy Birthday applause; hope you can hear it, Tim!)





I’m sure of two things; most of you have probably already been blessed by their lovely talent and most likely, they have already received these awards.  If so, please forgive me; I had to from the bottom of my heart…If you haven’t visited their blogs, please take the time, as they all have a story to tell and if you listen, your eyes and hearts will open even more!  Blessings to you all in this New Year!

Seven “X” Seven Link Award

This took me by surprise, but I’m very appreciative of my nomination from two wonderful friends, Autumn & Gabby,  Thank you both again!  Your poetry and stories add magic to my life, create more smiles and laughter, even some tears, but it has been truly wonderful getting to know you two awesome twins! 

As with most Blog Awards on WordPress there are stipulations that must be met upon acceptance of the coveted award. So, with the 7X7 Link Award the first thing you have to do is tell something about yourself that nobody knows.  Hmmm…

This is something I really don’t think about anymore, since I’m well over toddler’s age 🙂 but, I do have a vertical scar on my forehead, about an inch long.  It appeared after cracking my forehead open when I was around 2 years old, after running right into the corner of two walls! Ouch!  Who knows what I was thinking, other than obviously not watching where I was going, while running around, having fun.  I don’t have any other memories (a good thing), but I pretty much have worn bangs all my life.  I’m more comfortable with them and maybe,  just maybe they cover the scar, a little.  🙂

Now comes the 7X7 links to my pieces I feel are worthy to link up:
(more stipulations to the award)
Most Beautiful Piece:
Most Helpful:
Most Popular:
Most Controversial:  I don’t believe I’ve written any controversial…
Most Surprisingly Successful:
Most Underrated: (this is actually entitled “Unknown”)
I wrote this to honor my son’s friend who took his own life at the precious age of 14~
Most Pride Worthy:
Next step to the 7X7 Award fulfillment is to nominate 7 bloggers (in no specific order) who I feel deserve the honor and hopefully haven’t already received it.  If you have already received this, please forgive me…I just had to…! 🙂  Additionally, to choose only a few from the many wonderful blogs I’ve come to know is a very difficult task.  The blogs below are simply wonderful; they have moved me by their words of art and photography, so I do hope you visit them soon.  There are also many, many others I truly love, who have inspired and touched me, as well.  








Congratulations to all of you, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!


To begin with, I would like to thank, and
for nominating me!

Being nominated once is humbling enough,
but three times is beyond comprehension!

All I can say is I am truly thankful and grateful for this recognition and
for these three wonderful blogs I’ve had the privilege of reading
and the awesome bloggers I’ve had the privilege of getting to know!

Thank you, again!

The award requires me to a) tell you ten things you may not know about me and
to b) nominate six or more other bloggers.

Here we go…

1) I am finally able to pet other dogs without breaking down (our dog died last month).

2) I drive a gold Honda CRV and I love it!

3) I love the mountains and hope to live there someday.

4) Although, I’m also a country girl, so living on a ranch with many, many, many dogs and animals, is a dream.

5) I used to love watching Home Improvement with Tim Allen and was sorry it ended.

6) I never colored my hair until this year, after turning 50, but it’s highlighted and looks natural, which is what I wanted.

7) I am very emotional (tears of joy, sadness, anger, etc)…I have more water than the water company! 🙂

8)  I didn’t finish college.  😦

9)  I share the same dream with many of you, to publish a book of poetry.

10)  When I was younger, singing was my passion.

         And now here are my nominees, in no specific order:

This list is truly infinite, however, I do encourage you to visit these blogs…you’ll find lovely words, beautiful images, inspiration and a melody of emotions. 

Congratulations to all the nominees and Merry Christmas!

Versatile Blogger Award

A Big Thanks goes to for nominating me for this award. I am very honored and humbled to receive this nomination and again, thank you pryncessyndrome, for taking your time to visit my blog!  I have enjoyed your blog, as well, and look forward to reading more! 🙂

And the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award is :

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
3. Share 7 random things about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award pic on your blog post.

1. Singing was my passion when I was younger and my dream was to sing professionally.

2. I love the outdoors; enjoying nature, hiking and camping.

3. I love to write, which is now my creative outlet, but have never had any formal training.  Maybe in the future?  Until then, I’m writing and   reading as much as I can and always learning.

4. Walking is my main form of exercise.

5. I still miss my beloved dog, Lucky Girl.

6. I love to bake and look forward to making all the Christmas goodies this year (soon, actually).

7. I’m not afraid to act goofy and I laugh at my own jokes! 🙂

Now, it’s time to nominate 15 bloggers:

I believe all of these blogs bring something different to each of us.  They are all unique, inspirational and entertaining.  I look forward to visiting each of them more in the future!   Additionally, I would like to thank them for making my blogging experience a wonderful one!   Lauren 🙂

Liebster Blog Award Nomination – Feeling Thankful :)

I am very pleased to say that I have been kindly nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by and! Thank you so much to both of you!  Your blogs inspire me and I look forward to your next posts! 🙂

This is an award given to blogs that have less than 200 followers and deserve more recognition and encouragement.There are some guidelines that has to be followed while giving or receiving the Award.

The rules for receiving the award:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!

I wish to pass this award along to the following five blogs, in no specific order:

You’ll find wonderful poetry, thoughts, and interesting explorations, so please visit their blogs.  You won’t be disappointed and lets continue to share the love!

My Third Nomination – Very Honored

It’s an honor to be awarded this three times!  Again, I am humbled and grateful to even be considered.  This was given to me by  jhasmoments and I encourage you to check out her blog!  Thank you so much J Michel Fleury!  You are awesome and I appreciate this very much!

I understand, “Liebster” is the German word for “dearest” and the goal of this award is to give more recognition to promising blogs with less than 200 followers.

The rules for receiving the award:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!
I wish to pass this award along to the following five blogs:

You’ll find wonderful poetry and thoughts on their blogs, so please take the time to visit them.  You won’t be disappointed! 🙂

Congratulations to all the winners!