Award: One Lovely Blog


I am pleased and honoured to have been awarded the One Lovely Blog Award by Jody Thomae of God’s Creative Gift.  Thank you so much Jody for nominating me.  I am deeply humbled to be nominated by someone such as Jody alongside some other really great bloggers.

Here are rules for accepting the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog.


The difficult thing when accepting these awards is trying to come up with more unique  things to say about myself but I will try.

  1. The most important thing in my life is my family.
  2. The reason I use UK spelling in my writing even though I am American is because I live in England and I can’t stand seeing the red squiggly lines under my words telling me it’s a spelling error…so colour and honour it is!
  3. I love global foods (as long as they don’t contain meat).
  4. I love different genres of music but have a preference towards folk and Celtic.
  5. I love books but I have special place in my heart for children’s books…the real good ones are not just for children to enjoy. Some examples would be The Princess And The Goblin, A Wrinkle In Time, The Giver, The Secret Garden and North Child.
  6. My favourite holiday is Christmas so be prepared to read many blog posts about this holiday. Last year’s blog theme was on Victorian Christmas, this year will be on keeping the beauty and focus on the holiday without spending a fortune.
  7. My all time favourite author is George MacDonald. His works have helped me in my spiritual growth as a Christian.  Though widely known for his fantasy books, he also wrote sermons and Victorian-Christian novels.


I have recently started to follow some new wonderful bloggers.  There are many more who I have nominated before which you can read in my past award posts. Here are a few new and exciting blogs which I am thrilled to nominate:

  1. Sophie Robinson Interior Designer and Stylist
  2. Contemplative In The Mud  Christian contemplation thrown into the muddy highways of the world
  3. Found This Painted That Decorating solutions for the dollar challenged
  4. Passion For Interior Design New Interior Design  blogger!
  5. Love Nellie Daily Dose Something to get you through the day from the contestant of The Great Interior Design Challenge Lynne Lambourne of
  6. The Wise Imagination a fellow George MacDonald enthusiast
  7. Russell & Pascal Gentleness and respect–a blog which is a respectful conversation between two friends-a Christian and an Atheist

Very Inspiring Blogger Award



I am pleased to have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Mary Perez.   I am honoured to think that anyone would find my posts inspiring.  If one person alone has felt inspired then I am glad.  I have been inspired by many bloggers here on WordPress myself.  It is such a great community and I am pleased to be a part of it.  Do please check our Mary’s site Reflections From the Heart.  Her stories of family, faith and survival are moving and inspiring.  Thank you so much for the nomination Mary!

Here are the rules:

1.  Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
2.  List the rules and display the award.
3.  Share seven facts about yourself.
4.  Nominate up to 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5.  Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.


Number three is difficult as I have done this with another award so I will try and think of unique things to add.

Seven Facts About Myself

  1.  My Step-Dad is Serbian and when I was growing up I attended a Serbian Summer Camp in Pennsylvania where I was taught Serbian Kolo dancing. (Noticed I said ‘taught’ not necessarily learned!)

  2. Growing up, I was blessed to have two separate Christmases and two Easters every year thanks to Serbian Orthodoxy.

  3. Even though I was partly brought up with Serbian traditions, I am actually  Puerto Rican and Spanish descendent with a bit of French a few generations back. flags
  4. I met actress Brooke Shields when we were both about 11 or 12 at Studio 54 and got her autograph (which I still have).

  5. I am a huge dog-lover and have a beautiful dog named Leo.  He is a Japanese Akita who I swear is a Psychic Empath. leo
  6. I am currently signed off from work (three weeks) due to a knee injury.sadface
  7. I am very colour-oriented.  I tend to choose clothes and home accessories by their colour and I always refer to cars by their colour.  For example:  “What kind of car does he have?”  My answer: “Sort of an Ocean-blue.”

So now I get to nominate some other amazing inspiring bloggers. They in turn will pass this honour to others unless they have already received this award.  It has been a bit difficult to choose as some have already received this award or I have nominated them in the past.  If you don’t have 15, nominate those you love.  I haven’t chosen 15 but here are a few of my favourites.  My wonderful recipients (in no special order) of this award are:

 SpiritbathThe wonderful bunch that manage this blog site, scour around searching for inspiring, uplifting or moving videos.  Their videos often make my day.  I have laughed, cried and been inspired by many of the videos shared on their site.

This Little Light Of MineJodie Meschuk is a real inspiration!  She has two sons who were initially diagnosed with Autism and she was able to turn it around through natural medicine.  She gives wonderful posts on healing, faith and family.

Fabulously Finished-Inspiring in a different way!  Patty Henning is a Decorative artist and the owner of the shop Fabulously Finished.  She shows lots of before and after photos of her re-finished and up-cycled furniture with how-to information so we can duplicate ourselves!

Adventures In Wonderland-This is a WOW of a blog site.  Alison and Don are truly inspiring world-travellers!  When they retired, they decided to sell everything and see the world.  They have AMAZING photos and they have kept a journal throughout their adventures so they can then relate in vivid detail all their experiences.  This site is a feast for the eyes and brings joy to the heart.  LOVE it!

Dhamma FootstepsTouchingly written stories and beautiful photos of New Delhi written from the Buddhist perspective.  I often feel like I am reading letters from a dear friend.  His authenticity and gentle nature are reflected in his posts.

The Naked TheologianMyriam Renaud is a Universalist Minister who I would say writes for the Contemplatives.  I have  read and reflected on every article.  You don’t have to be a Universalist to like The Naked Theologian.  Her posts are intelligently written and inspire me to reflect more and more.

The Culture Monk-Oh my!  Kenneth Justice’s posts are often so much fun to read!  He writes with a twinkle in his eye I am sure and he can be so provoking to those who don’t quite see eye-to-eye with everything he has to say.  On top of that, he writes with integrity about real people and real issues and is not afraid to tell it like it is!  He is a self-proclaimed Coffee Expert who is currently travelling the US and other countries visiting coffee houses and meeting new people.

Thank you every one for making me think, smile, laugh and dream.  You are all inspiring me in many ways!


Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Many thanks to Susan Edelman for nominating me for a Dragon’s Loyalty award.  Susan publishes a wonderful vegan lifestyle blog entitled Watch Hatch Fly.  Some really great vegan recipes feature on her blog so check her out!

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly. I suppose this means it’s an appreciation award which is really nice!


The rules for Dragon’s Loyalty Award are:

1.   Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2.   Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.

3.  You must share  7  things other bloggers may not know about you.

4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for Dragon’s Loyalty Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

5. Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

7 things you may not know about me:

1. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent my first two years living near this train yard.

Livonia Avenue, Brooklyn

Livonia Avenue, Brooklyn

2. When I was 17, I worked as an intern at The New York Pantomime Theatre under Moni Yakim (student of Marcel Marceau) where I had the opportunity to take mime classes.MoniMinaYakim

3. I am a Pescetarian which means I abstain from eating meat but I do eat fish.


4. I homeschooled three of my children for six years.

5. I was on the news three times (not for any crimes committed)

6. I am the sister of someone who dated the actress Lucy Liu in Junior High.

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7. My childhood home, where my parents still currently reside in, was featured in the film, ‘We Own The Night’.

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I am happy to nominate the following bloggers for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.  Thank you for making me feel appreciated and welcomed and for your follows, likes and comments:

I’ve Been Nominated!

Thank you John ( for nominating me for a Liebster award!  If you have never been to John’s blog, you must check it out!  It is one of the most creative blogs on self-help and spirituality that I have ever come across! What’s a Liebster Award? The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.   Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.  I am honoured that people even read and follow my blog to begin with.  I am surprised that anyone would think it award worthy!  Thanks again John!

liebsteraward1Here are the rules for the Liebster…

Nominees must link back the person who nominated them. -Answer the 10 questions which are given to them by the nominator. -Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers. -Create 10 questions for their nominees to answer. -Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them. Here are the answers to my questions from John:

  1. What do you do more of, watch television or read books?  Usually, it’s read books.  It’s the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night.
  2. What is your favorite book(s) and why? This a hard one as I am always changing my mind!  One way I can answer is to say what has been on my favourites list the longest.  My longest favourite book has been The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald as it was my favourite from the time I was 8. The Princess and The Goblin tells the story of an 8 year old princess who discovers a secret room in her castle where resides (also in secret) her great-great-grandmother.  This grand old lady looks both young and old and is very wise and mystical and magical and loves her unconditionally.  The princess knows that if ever she is in danger or frightened she can run to this secret woman and be safe from harm.  This made a huge impact on me as a child and I wished with all my heart there was a secret room that I could go to where someone loved my like that!  This book also led me to other works by George MacDonald and subsequently to my husband who is also a big fan of his works.
  3. What do you wish your role to be in life? I wish to be a wise woman like the Princess’ great-great-grandmother.  I see this as being someone who loves her children and grand-children hugely.  Someone who is wise and all-loving and keeps her eyes open for ways to help.  I want to remain on a path of growing spiritually and following God.
  4. What did you want to be when you were a child? A Writer, Actress, Mime and Archaeologist,
  5. What did you end up doing as a career? Mom by choice 🙂
  6. Are you creative? How? I love creativity and creating things for the home and was also pretty good at creating stories at bedtime when my children were little.  Sadly, I am creative but sloppy…lack of dexterity or something.
  7. What do you enjoy making, besides your bed? I really enjoy making improvements to things.  I love organizing and up-cycling and changing the paint colour on our walls.  In the past, I have enjoyed creating dried flower wreaths and songs for my children.
  8. What’s your favorite meal? For the past five years or so it’s been muesli.  We have some serious good muesli here in England by a company called Dorset!
  9. Do you cook and enjoy doing so? I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with cooking.  I love cooking when I can become creative and I am left alone to do it.  I hate it when it goes wrong and I have gained a backache in the process.
  10. What keeps you blogging? Writing blogs has been my teacher.  It has helped me organize my thoughts and improve my memory and writing skills.  Most of all,  I have felt God teaching me through my posts on spirituality.  As I form the words, they become clearer and more thoughts emerge.  This has caused me to become more and more grateful to God who first gave me the idea to start a blog in the first place.  I never knew how it was going to help me.  I thought it was to get my thoughts and creative ideas flowing for a store I had hope to open.  Now, I write to hear more from God.

These are my Liebster nominations in no particular order:

Let Yourself Learn

Embracing Forever

Dream And Reality 56

Home For Now

Colourful Threads Of Life

Watch Hatch Fly

Subverting Laughter

The House Called Abe

God Is Green

A Novel Journey

Here are my 10 questions for the above nominees:

  1. Name three places you would like to visit before you die.
  2. Name 1 thing on your bucket list.
  3. How would you describe your home?
  4. What do you hold as the highest priority in your life?
  5. Name one item in your home that you can’t be without?
  6. Name one guilty pleasure.
  7. If you could make a living out of doing something you already love to do, what would it be?
  8. What is your favourite book and why?
  9. Who is your biggest inspiration?
  10. What is your definition of spirituality?