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The Infinity Dreams Award

Anand from https://blabberwockying.wordpress.com/ has nominated me for The Infinity Dreams award. Thank you so much for thinking of me with this recognition. It is greatly appreciated and truly sparks even more inspiration. Anand is an inspirational blogger who writes motivating and insightful posts that anyone and anything can relate to. As he continues to share his journey of living this beautiful life, he inspires all who read his words. If you haven’t checked out his site, I recommend you to visit him at the link above. Thank you again!


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The Award Rules:

  1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
  2.  Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
  3.  Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

11 Facts About Myself

  1. I am obsessed with running. While I use to play games like Candy Crush on my phone as I ran, now I blog on my morning treadmill runs of 4 to 5 miles a day. There was also a time when I was training for a half marathon that I would play memorizing games as I ran. Some examples included memorizing the first 100 digits of Pi and Flo Rida lyrics
  2. My dream …I mean plan… is to be a published author one day.
  3. I am empathetic to a fault…if that’s possible. And I’ve been that way since my earliest memories.
  4. My dream job would be to be a singer/song writer and be able to inspire endless amounts of people throughout the world.  However, being a Special Education teacher is pretty amazing too. Plus, it helps that I have found that being TJ’s mom and my hubby’s wife are the most rewarding roles ever!
  5. I am actually a decent drawer…but I can’t draw mouths. (Ask my husband….it’s pretty awful.)
  6. As a child, I had an imaginary friend, Ernie from Sesame Street.   Unfortunately, he drowned.  (Don’t get me started on that though. Let’s just say that I have always had quite the imagination while also being overly sensitive.)
  7. If health wasn’t an issue, I would eat pizza and drink red wine every single day. They are two of my favorites. (Don’t worry, I don’t really do this.)
  8. I have had to teach myself to relax.   Relaxation does not come naturally to me. However, the beach is the only place in the world where I can sit still and do absolutely nothing and be content with it.
  9. I’ve had two experiences that tiptoed right around death. One included a struggle with anorexia as a pre-teen/teenager.
  10. My faith and God are the only reasons why I am still alive.
  11. I truly believe that impossible is not a word.  Anything in life is possible if you work your butt off and believe.

My Nominees

These wonderful people are not only supportive and friendly, they are also writers  who work hard to inspire others. Congratulations friends!

https://lindaelenablog.wordpress.com/

https://sylvialaurenceblog.wordpress.com/

http://fourthgenerationfarmgirl.com/

https://fillyourownglass.wordpress.com/

https://fivelittledoves.wordpress.com/

http://padgettwithpassion.com/

https://dearlilyjune.wordpress.com/

http://onetahayes.com/

http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/

https://theletstalkaboutblog.wordpress.com/

http://younfolded.com/


 

The Questions I Was Asked With My Responses:

Who is your mentor or who inspires you the most?

Throughout different phases of my life, I have had different mentors.   Right now since the start of my 30s, the person who inspires me the most will remain nameless.   However, I continue to look to her for guidance on how to raise a family centered on love.   She is one of those people who radiates sunshine and does not know how inspiring she really is.

Who is your best friend?

My husband is my best friend and rock. =)

What is the role of gratitude in life, if any?

I try to always thank God for my blessings no matter the size. In addition, I try to thank others every chance I can.   With that being said, thank you to all of my followers and those who comment and encourage me to continue with blogging.   You are amazing!

If you could meet one person from any period in history (it may even be fictional), who would it be?

This answer is going to be sooo random, but I am just that sometimes, sooo random.

Laura Bush or Katniss from The Hunger Games-   Like Katniss, I hope to continue to become more and more fearless to stand up for what is right.   After reading a book loosely based on Bush’s life, I was beyond intrigued and would have wanted to meet her.

What is the sweetest thing someone ever did for you?

My husband surprising me with our engagement in 2008 on a beach in Cabo wins this.

Which were the best years of your life – childhood, youth or whichever age you’re now?

Right now….I am so much more at peace with myself than back then.

Do you suffer from any kind of phobia?

Honestly, right now, I am working through the fear of another anaphylactic reaction in my son, someone I love, or even myself.   I am challenging myself several times a week to overcome this. Reminding myself to have faith over fear…

What do you need to be happy?

God, my husband, my son, my family, my friends, my faith

What is love?

Love is the greatest emotion to feel but the hardest one to put to words as words diminish its true beauty and essence. My husband and son have brought love to a whole other level that I daydreamed of as a little girl, yet never knew truly existed.

What is peace?

Peace is not worrying all the time with what others think of you or waiting for everyone’s approval.   Peace is when you look to only God for that approval that has already been promised and given no matter what.   Letting go of fear, and putting all of your energy into your faith, is peace.   That is peace and I am so much closer than I’ve ever been to it, yet still working on it. It’s a lifelong journey.

Who are you?

Mom, Wife, Teacher, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Writer, Runner, Football Lover, Dreamer, Christian, Believer


 

Here are my questions for those I nominated:

  1. What is your view/knowledge on food allergies?
  2. What is the one food that you could not live without?
  3. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you pick and why?
  4. What is earliest memory that you have that made you smile?
  5. You have to get up and sing a karaoke song in one hour. What song are you singing?
  6. If you could go back and give your 12-year-old-self one piece of advice, what would that be? 
  7. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? 
  8. Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
  9. What is your greatest achievement, or the one you are most proud of?
  10. What makes you smile on most?
  11. Why do you write?

 

Thank you again Anand for this nomination as you’ve helped us smile on ….

The Blogger Interview

Thank you New Crunchy Mom at http://newcrunchymom.com/ for nominating me for The Blogger Interview tag.  Your kindness and encouragement are very much appreciated and inspire us to continue to write and smile on…

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The Purpose:The Blogger Interview is to get to know the artist behind the art.

The Rules:
• Mention the person who tagged you. 
• Answer the questions in full. 
• Tag up to ten bloggers.


 

The Interview Questions:
How did you get into blogging?

Back in March 2015, I started this blog as an outlet for all of the emotions I was feeling and information that I was learning about the world of food allergies and eczema. While those first few months after my son’s anaphylactic reaction were filled with intense anxiety, fear, and frustration, I knew that I needed to turn it into something positive. Therefore, instead of laying in bed crying as my son napped, I started to spend this time putting it all into words with a blog (at the time on another site) .It was the beginning of retraining my brain to steer my focus from the challenges and terrifying “what ifs” to all the possibilities for smiles. A weight had started to be lifted…

Also, instead of sending long-winded text message updates to everyone who simply asked how my son TJ was doing with everything, I saw this site as a way of keeping family and friends updated on our journey. By sharing our story and the valuable information that we learn along the way, I hope to help educate others about this world of food allergies and eczema. Most importantly, I want to encourage all who reads this blog to “let your faith be bigger than your fear.” 

While I have just started this blog about four months ago, I believe that the following statement will become reality with time…Smiling Away Allergies is the place to share experiences and information about food allergies and life while staying cautiously optimistic, smiling on…


 

  • What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?

Since I consider myself a new blogger, the following advice is what I have been following myself.

  1. Set Goals: Like anything in life, I believe in setting short-term and long-term goals for yourself.  While I find my daily to-do lists important, weekly and monthly goals are also important for success.
  2. WordPress Classes: Sign up for Blogging 101 and 201 classes.  Both classes were extremely helpful resources that challenged me and sparked my creativity.   My site has come a long way since July due to these classes.
  3. Networking: Don’t be shy! To be honest, although I believe in the value and impact of my blog, I felt silly sharing it through social media.  It was scary at first; however, totally worth it. Reach out and explore the many, many other amazing blogs all around you.   There are really some great ones out there to connect with!
  4. Be Proud: This goes back to #3.  Share, share, share! You have something incredible that the world is waiting to read!
  5. Get Ideas/Don’t Compare: Love this quote and it really has been what I keep reminding myself over these past four months with starting this blog.

- Jon acuff

 

  • What would be your dream campaign?

Wow! I never thought about this.   It would be any campaign that would allow me to connect and help an even larger population of people.

  • Do you have a plan for your blog?

Being an organized person, I always have a tentative plan.   However, this past year and a half has really taught me that I do not have the ultimate control over these plans no matter how precise they are drafted.   Still, I use my “Weekly Smiles/Events” to guide me while also using my moments of inspiration to direct the rest.   I am constantly jotting down ideas on a note in my phone as these inspirations randomly come to me throughout the day.

  • What do you think about rankings?

I don’t use rankings. My focus is not on how people rank me. In fact, it was quite freeing once I stopped worrying about areas like my “rankings” in life. Instead, shifting my focus to what matters most in life has definitely helped us smile on to endless possibilities…

 

My Blog Nominations

 https://fivelittledoves.wordpress.com/

http://padgettwithpassion.com/

https://theletstalkaboutblog.wordpress.com/

https://amandaorlando.wordpress.com/

http://parentingfromtheheartblog.com/

http://younfolded.com/

http://dreambigdreamoften.co/

https://amommasview.wordpress.com/

http://domesticatedmomster.com/

http://myrandommusings.blogspot.com/

http://thejoyoffive.com/

https://jenniferpeck23.wordpress.com/

http://superinspiredmoments.com/

http://nickysdaywithautism.com/

http://happyfamilyblog.com/

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you Deniza for this nomination! It is greatly appreciated.  Make sure to check out her  resourceful, well-designed, aka awesome blog at https://askdeniza.wordpress.com.


THE RULES

  1. Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post and give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  4. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  5. Let the nominees know you have nominated them and provide a link to the nomination details.

How everything started:

Back in March, I started this blog as an outlet for all of the emotions I was feeling and information that I was learning about the world of food allergies and eczema. While those first few months after my son’s anaphylactic reaction were filled with intense anxiety, fear, and frustration, I knew that I needed to turn it into something positive. Therefore, instead of laying in bed crying as my son napped, I started to spend this time putting it all into words with a blog (at the time on another site).It was the beginning of retraining my brain to steer my focus from the challenges and terrifying “what ifs” to all the possibilities for smiles. A weight had started to be lifted…

Also, instead of sending long-winded text message updates to everyone who simply asked how my son TJ was doing with everything, I saw this site as a way of keeping family and friends updated on our journey. By sharing our story and the valuable information that we learn along the way, I hope to help educate others about this world of food allergies and eczema. Most importantly, I want to encourage all who reads this blog to “let your faith be bigger than your fear.” 

While I have just started this WordPress blog a little over two months ago, I believe that the following statement will become reality with time…Smiling Away Allergies is the place to share experiences and information about food allergies and life while staying cautiously optimistic, smiling on…

Read more about our story here and why we smile on.


Advice for new bloggers: 

Since I myself am a new blogger, the following advice is what I have been following myself.

  1. Set Goals: Like anything in life, I believe in setting short-term and long-term goals for yourself.  While I find my daily to-do lists important, weekly and monthly goals are also important for success.
  2. WordPress Classes: Sign up for Blogging 101 and 201 classes.  Both classes were extremely helpful resources that challenged me and sparked my creativity.   My site has come a long way since July due to these classes.
  3. Networking: Don’t be shy! To be honest, although I believe in the value and impact of my blog, I felt silly sharing it through social media.  It was scary at first; however, totally worth it even if I don’t have many followers yet! Also, reach out and explore the many, many other amazing blogs all around you.   There are really some great ones out there!
  4. Be Proud: This goes back to #3.  Share, share, share! You have something incredible that the world is waiting to read!
  5. Get Ideas/Don’t Compare: Love this quote and it really has been what I keep reminding myself over these past two months with starting this blog.

BEGINNINGSSource: http://www.polyvore.com/dont_compare_your_beginning_to/set?id=62408815

   6. Speak (Write) from the Heart: Isn’t that what life is really all about?

IN YOUR HEARTSource:  https://www.joelosteen.com/Pages/Home.aspx


Who I nominate:

Nicky’s Day with Autism

Happy Family Blog

Super Inspired Moments

Womb 4 Rent

Amanda Orlando

Parenting From the Heart

The Seeds 4 Life

Canvas of Thoughts 1

Mom Needs to Vent

Unperfecting Motherhood

Jennifer Peck 23 – What Motherhood Has Taught Me…

The Joy of Five

YOUnfolded

Robyn’s Road to Real Food

Thank you again Deniza! You gave us more reason to smile on…


Liebster Award – Round 2

I’ve had the privilege of being nominated again for the Liebster Award by https://theletstalkaboutblog.wordpress.com/! Check out her awesome blog!  I will try to keep my answers shorter this time =)

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Here are the rules for this:

  • Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated me and include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
  • Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.
  • All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer.  Or, you can repeat the same questions.
  • Copy these rules into your post.

Here are the questions I was asked and my answers to them:

Do you remember your 14th birthday? How was it?

I remember having a sleepover with my closest friends at the time, staying up all night, eating, talking, and laughing. Back then, that was how I felt most comfortable with a small group of friends.

Do you fear death?

During times when my anxiety is in full force, death is one of those fears that squeezes its way into my thoughts.   However, my new outlook and way of battling back at this fear is to live life with no regrets and simply, yet whole-heartedly believe and repeat to myself, “I trust you God.”

If you would have a daughter being born today, what would you name her?

Right now, her name would be Madison or Addison Rose or Cara Addison.

Are you at the place in your life that you wish to be?

Yes, I love my life. But, I have too many goals to settle here so I continue to shoot for the stars.

Do you like having lemon juice on top of a pasta dish?

Hmmm… while it is not something I usually do, I would try it. Is it gluten free? (Ha just kidding)

If you could travel anywhere for free today, where would you go?

I would love to go to Australia; however, the older I get, the more and more I dislike flying. Maybe someday though… If not Australia, then I would definitely love to go to Hawaii and Alaska especially if it’s free!

Have you ever broken up with a friend?

There have been several phases of my life where I needed to reevaluate some of my friends. I would not call it breaking up but instead, opening up new positive doors for myself by walking away from those “friends” or rather, people who brought me down.

Who is your favorite character on FRIENDS?

Rachel, Joey, and Chandler were my favorites. Oh wait, Phoebe cracked me up too.   Maybe, I just loved them all.

What do you know about Sweden?

Sadly, not as much as I should know… Oh wait, didn’t H&M originate there?

What’s your dream job?

If I had any lyrical talent, I would want to be a song writer/singer.   Mainly, this is because I want to be able to inspire others every day. Being a published writer would also be pretty awesome. Although I do love being a Special Education teacher, I feel a huge drive to be able to help a greater population of people on a greater scale. I know I will…it just takes time.

BEGINNINGS

Source: http://www.polyvore.com/dont_compare_your_beginning_to/set?id=62408815

What did you have for breakfast today?

Rice Chex cereal with strawberries, blueberries, flax seeds and soy milk


The amazing blogs I nominate are:

http://nickysdaywithautism.com/

http://happyfamilyblog.com/

http://superinspiredmoments.com/

https://sonyca.wordpress.com/

http://cathylynnbrooks.com/

https://unperfectingmotherhood.wordpress.com/

https://educatingbriansworld.wordpress.com/

Here are my questions for those I nominated:

  1. What is your view/knowledge on food allergies?
  2. What is the one food that you could not live without?
  3. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you pick and why?
  4. What is earliest memory that you have that made you smile?
  5. You have to get up and sing a karaoke song in one hour. What song are you singing?
  6. If you could go back and give your 12-year-old-self one piece of advice, what would that be? 
  7. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? 
  8. Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
  9. What is your greatest achievement, or the one you are most proud of?
  10. What makes you smile on most?
  11. Why do you write?

Please leave me a comment if you do answer these questions so that I can go in and read them!

Thank you again https://theletstalkaboutblog.wordpress.com/ for nominating me! I really appreciate it so we smile on…

Encouraging Thunder Award

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Encouraging Thunder Award

Thank you @http://cathylynnbrooks.com/ for nominating me for this blogging award. I really appreciate the encouragement and recognition.


My Nominees are:

http://nickysdaywithautism.com/

https://jenniferpeck23.wordpress.com/

https://joseelavallee.wordpress.com/

https://theturtleway.wordpress.com/

http://happyfamilyblog.com


My purpose for blogging:

To start, I must admit that I am a strong believer in cliches and an even stronger believer in God working in my life through the good and the bad.   With that being said, I am no expert and will never claim to be.   Instead, my faith and determination to do everything that I possibly can are my driving forces in this as well as everything in my life.

Going back to cliches and beliefs,  “everything happens for a reason” and “God will never give you more than you can handle” are two pieces of major motivation for me.   I believe that I was given this life and dealt its cards for a specific reason or reasons.   It is in the moments that I feel a sense of inspiration that I must act.  This is exactly what I am doing by starting this blog. Plus, someone very wise and dear to me sparked the fire in me a couple of months ago when he said, “prayer with belief is powerful.” Therefore, I have no choice but to pray the biggest prayers and believe with the fullest faith. They say that one’s true character builds during times of difficulty and struggle. When I gave my son his first taste of yogurt, I did not know that I would be thrown into the world of food allergies. Before that single taste, I had been naive about the severity and seriousness that could be associated with a food allergy. It was extremely eye-opening on so many levels.

Throughout much of my life, challenges with food were definitely on my list of vices. After winning the battle against an eating disorder as a teenager, I continue to have to catch myself during difficult times in life to make sure that I don’t start to resort to old ways as a way of trying to control the inevitable, life.   However, battling for yourself is much different than battling for someone else, someone too young and innocent to know what is going on.  Someone too young to be scared and speak up from themselves.   Someone who then turns to you and says with no words, only their eyes, “Mommy help me.” On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 5 pm in the evening, just when I was getting into the routine of being back at work as a working mom, food challenged me to my biggest obstacle yet. Food allergies!

Back in March, I started this blog as an outlet for all of the emotions I was feeling and information that I was learning. Instead of sending long-winded text message updates to everyone who simply asked how TJ was doing, I also saw this site as a way of keeping family and friends updated on our journey. By sharing our story and the valuable information that we learn along the way, I hope to help educate others about this world of food allergies and eczema. Most importantly, I want to encourage all who reads this blog to “let your faith be bigger than your fear.” 

Thank you for reading our story and I look forward to hearing about your experiences as well.

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