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Sunshine Blogger Award!


I have some awesome news, dear readers! It has been an incredible week for my blog and I want to share it with you.

First…. I am so excited! My little blog is getting noticed! This is exactly what I have been hoping for. It is really hard starting out a blog, asking (begging) people to read it and share it with others. It takes a lot of time and energy to write, learn, follow other bloggers and continue to promote. It seems to be paying off because I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I was nominated by Erin Ruscel at A Beautiful Life, The Journey and am so thankful! You really should check out her blog too!


The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring. Once nominated the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.


Kate Answers Questions

Why did you start your blog? What do you want others to get from reading your blog?

The honest truth about why I started my blog is because I was at my wits end with my full time job and hoped that I could monetize it and eventually quit my job. I knew it would (and still will) take time, but I had to start somewhere. Now, I blog because I love it. I have learned SO MUCH about blogging, and how to create a blog and I continue to learn every day. Blogging has sparked something in me and I just love learning more about how to make my blog better.

I hope that people find my blog entertaining and it makes people think about things differently than they do today.

If you had to give your personality a color, what color would that be and why?

Gosh, this is a tough one! There are times when I would say dark gray or black- but that is typically on Monday mornings. (I’m working on that!) But most of the time I would probably say orange. I have been told by people that I have a fun, happy personality. I try!

Do you have pets? Are you a dog or cat person?<

I have a dog named Burt and a turtle named Dynothunder! My son named him. Burt is a Boston terrier and was a rescue. He drives us a little bonkers when he pulls over the trash and makes a GIANT mess in our kitchen, but otherwise he is a wonderful, sweet boy. Dyno is.. well, he’s a turtle. He is sweet and funny. Every single time I feed him, he freaks out and hides in his shell. After all these years, I still startle him!I am most certainly NOT a cat person. I wouldn’t mind cats but I am allergic, so I have to steer clear.

Tell me a little bit about your family?

I am married and we have a 9 year old son. We live in Castle Rock, Colorado (about 30 minutes south of Denver) We moved from Southern California in 2006 and just love it here. In our free time we love to camp, ski, travel and do house projects.

What is your favorite drink?

Funny question- it depends on the time of day. Coffee in the morning. Diet Coke in the afternoon. Chardonnay at night! Healthy, huh?


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If you could give one piece of advice to a new blogger what would it be and why?

I actually would give 2 pieces of advice. First- you will see ALL of these posts about how bloggers can make thousands of dollars on their blog in the first few months. That MAY be true for very few people, but it is NOT the norm. It is going to take time.

Secondly- when you are overwhelmed with learning the ins and outs of blogging and you do not know what to do next, just write another blog post. Your blog will never go anywhere if you don’t have content.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I think my favorite thing about myself is my desire to help others. I love helping people find a solution to whatever problem they are having. I like to make others happy and try to go out of my way to do that.

If you had to choose one meal for your last meal, what would it be and why?

Carbs, Carbs and MORE CARBS! I’d eat buttered noodles with Parmesan cheese. Then I’d have a huge handful of goldfish crackers. And then probably some pickled beets. I love beets!

What are some of your hobbies other than blogging?

I love to hang out with my friends, have people over for dinner and I LOVE Orange Theory Fitness! I work out there about 4 times a week and it’s a killer workout! I also love to go skiing in the winter and camping in the summer.

Did you have someone help you when you first began blogging? If so, who?

I did join a blogger group in the beginning which was helpful. But I feel like I spent HOURS studying how to create a blog. It was (still is) a lot of trial and error. Facebook, Pinterest, and just Googling things were very helpful ways to find answers to my questions.

What is one of your dreams?

Interesting question… I’m really not sure. I guess my dream is that my blog gets big enough and popular enough that it would be my full time job. I would love to be able to just write about things that I love, places I travel, and beautiful quotes and not have to also work full time.


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And now… Who I nominated!

There are so many great blogs out there! It was hard to narrow it down to 11, but here goes:



My Questions for You!

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. What has been the hardest part of being a blogger?
  4. Tell us a little about where you are from.
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  7. If money was no object, where you like to travel?
  8. How many blogs do you read regularly?
  9. What do you do for a living?
  10. Do you have any siblings?
  11. What does being nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award mean to you?

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9 Comment

  1. Reply
    July 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Congratulations on the award! Thanks for sharing ♡. I hope your dream comes true and this blog keeps getting bigger and bigger! 😊

    1. Reply
      July 26, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Sara, that is so nice of you to say! Thanks so much!

  2. Reply
    Adele Kelso
    July 27, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Congratulations on your Sunshine Award! Through your blog, you are helping people!

  3. Reply
    Alyssa Alley
    July 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Congrats on the award and thanks so much for the nomination!

    1. Reply
      July 27, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      thank you for writing a great blog!!!

  4. Reply
    Scrunchy Mama
    July 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    This is so neat! Congrats on being nominated and thanks for sharing so much about yourself. It’s always nice to get to know another new blogger like myself 🙂

    1. Reply
      July 27, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks! It was a fun surprise!

  5. Reply
    July 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Congrats on your award! I’ve seen Orange Theory Firness popping up in LA. I haven’t tried it myself but I’ve heard of the obsession!

  6. Reply
    August 27, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Kate, CONGRATULATIONS… and thanks a ton for the nomination. I am honoured. Did I tell you that I love your blog <3

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