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The Versatile Blogger Award

I am honored to know that people are reading Inspiring Kids and benefiting from it — and now to be recognized for what I love — well that makes me quite happy to say the least! I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Brianne Huwe ( which is such a pleasure — her site is so down to earth, laughable, heartfelt, and so relatable — inspiring love and appreciation, it is parenting at it’s best.

Now, to go along with this honor, there are some rules:

– I get to display the award on my blog. Wonderful!

– I am required to write this post linking back to the blog that nominated me… which I will happily do!

– Next, I get to present 15 other amazing blogs with this award.

– I also must comment on their blogs to let them know that I did it.

– Last but not least, I have to post 7 interesting things about myself.

I’m really so thankful to receive this award. It’s so great to know that there are people out there listening and relating. I hope that everyone will keep the inspiration going, in their children and in themselves.


First, the 15 blogs I love:

You Are My Wild – – a collaboration of 14 photographers on how they see their children through their lens — stunningly beautiful, a must see!

KSW – – gorgeous photography of a personally fabulous life!

Note to Self – – a designer’s beautiful + stylish creation.

The Wellness Wonderland – – inspirational wellness and fun, for the body and soul.

The Daily Love – – So much love. Can’t go a day without this one!

Decade Diary – – a peek inside the most beautiful illustrated diary you can imagine.

Love & Olive Oil – – stunning pictures, mouthwatering recipes. gorgeous, delicious, stunning food.

Playful Learning – -fun, playful, completely educational — for children and the parents that love them.

Picturette – –  journal of design explorations and photography.

I take Joy – –  by author Sally Clarkson,  full of wisdom, beauty and love, parenting straight from the soul.

design sponge – – spaces, places, art, community — complete design joy!

A Field Journal – – beautiful crafts and photography.

A Lovely Being – – art, music, poetry, history… pretty much everything you can think of filtered through a classically modern lense.

Lark & Linen – – gorgeously designed, selectively focused {with an exquisitely discerning eye} art, design, lifestyle, food and culture.

Design Love Fest – – just for the designer in me.

Gad•a•bout – – if you like design and fashion… this is it.

Alright now, seven things about myself:

1. I think the laughter of my children is the most beautiful sound in the world.

2. I’ve tried meditating several times. Every single time – I have fallen asleep! So now, when I have a hard time falling asleep, I meditate. Go figure!

3. I’m obsessed with matcha lattes (traditional Japanese ceremony tea) They are honestly amazing! —and bonus, it’s so good for you! If you haven’t tried it, do yourself a favor. I’m not kidding.

4. I have impromptu dance parties with my children — we turn up the music and dance as silly as possible. It’s awesome and they love it. They seriously have some really cool moves!

5. God has changed my life. In every single way imaginable.

6. I am writing and illustrating a children’s book. I am not a writer, nor an illustrator, but something kept waking me up at 2am every night and compelling me to write and draw. So it must be …

7. I Love books. Actually, to say that is probably an understatement. I’m always reading about 6 books at a time and I keep a running list of the next books I must read.  Right now I am currently reading: The FireStarter Sessions, Grace Based Parenting, the Bible, A Return to Love, May Cause Miracles, The Success Principles and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

Lots of love and appreciation!