I Was Recently Nominated For The Liebster Award!

he Liebster Award for New Bloggers

Lucky me! I have been nominated for Liebster award, by Munira Chowdhury. Her culturally rich and vibrant blog A Messy World  is one of my favorites! Thank you so much for your kindness and support Munira, it was a very sweet surprise for me to see!

So, what is Liebster award? The Liebster Award is a way of discovering, welcoming and most importantly supporting new blogs!

And here are the rules:

  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions from the nominee
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers – let them know you’ve nominated them.

 

11 facts about me:

  1. I have 4 fabulous children, 2 of whom are still in school and keep me busy and laughing.
  2. I am terrified of clowns and spiders. Yes, Clowns, the movie “IT” by Stephen King ruined me.
  3. I am happily single, and plan to remain that way, despite my friends’ unwelcome interventions.(ugh)
  4. Drawing, painting, mixed media art and jewelry making are some of my favorite hobbies. I would love to have my own studio one day but it would have to be HUGE to store all of my crafting supplies.
  5. I am a crazy foodie, writing/changing recipes, food facts, baking and cooking really make me happy, although baking is my bliss
  6. I am obsessed with the Kansas City Chiefs our National Football League Team. I even drive my boys nuts because I am always the loudest when we are watching games.  I was also fortunate to be one of the people down on the field during the game with the Official Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator when our Kansas City fans in Arrowhead Stadium broke the noise record and registered a deafening 142.2 dbA!  If you are wondering how loud that really is; a jet engine is 150 dbA and will rupture your ear drums. Luckily we were all prepared with very good ear plugs. It was an unbelievable experience and btw we also beat the pants off the Patriots that night, which made the night even more incredible.
  7. I am never without my camera. Ever. Okay except in the shower. ;)
  8. I believe that we are all here in the crazy mixed up world to give as much as we can to each other and to make the world a better place. It is simply a choice.
  9. I have been truly deeply hurt by love. That being said, I forgive probably much too easily but I never forget and will never make the same mistake twice.
  10. I cry at movies, commercials, peoples emotional pain, and lately with the recent devastation around our world, even the news shakes me.
  11. Right now I am eating a Snickers bar for breakfast. And it is really good. ;)

 

Here are my nominees 11 Questions for me along with my answers:

  1. What is your favorite food? Anything Italian
  2. Are you passionate about new gadgets? Cooking, baking gadgets most definitely. And I am always on the hunt for new crafting gadgets.
  3. Do you like TV serials? I love the Bachelor and Bachelorette. I can’t help it. I am addicted to this crazy show! Also anything on the Food Network, or Home and Garden TV so I guess that would be a yes.:)
  4. Do you like sports? I LOVE NFL Football and I am obsessed with the Kansas City Chiefs our National Football League Team. I even drive my boys nuts because I am always the loudest when we are watching games.  I was also fortunate to be one of the people down on the field during the game with the Official Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator when our Kansas City fans in Arrowhead Stadium broke the noise record and registered a deafening 142.2 dbA!  If you are wondering how loud that really is; a jet engine is 150 dbA and will rupture your ear drums. Luckily we were all prepared with very good ear plugs. It was an unbelievable experience and btw we also beat the pants off the Patriots that night, which made the night even more incredible.
  5. What is your favorite thing to do in weekend? Spending time with my guys (sons), doing just about anything.
  6. What is the most significant part of your makeup? I have to have lip balm.
  7. What do you always keep in your purse? Hahaha! Lip balm
  8. Where are you living now? I have a three story townhome in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri
  9. Favorite dress? I have many. I would say any of my bohemian, very colorful dresses are my favorite.
  10. Do you have any hobbies? I draw and paint, I love making jewelry, and painting unique furniture that I find at yard sales, flea markets etc. I guess you could say I am overall just a very creative person. I am also addicted to and collect pretty papers and anything crafty that is remotely colorful. (NOTE: Nowhere above did I say I was ‘great’ at any of those things. but I do love them all.
  11. Are you a social person? Very, though lately illness has sidelined me a bit; eventually I will be back to myself!

 

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Do you have a favorite book or author, and if so what/who is it and why?
  2. If you could pick 5 things to take with you to a deserted island, what would they be? (And yes you’ll be on that island for quite a while).
  3. If you were given three wishes what would they be? (You cannot wish for more wishes ß my boys made up this rule.)
  4. What is/are your most treasured possession(s)?
  5. What are your top 5 favorite foods in order?
  6. What is your favorite music genre?
  7. What is your earliest childhood memory, or if that’s too personal; what is your favorite childhood memory?
  8. If someone gave you a million dollars, what are the first two things you would do with it?
  9. Do you believe in true love?
  10. If you could do one thing to make our world a better place, what would it be?
  11. Lastly, what inspired you to start your blog?

Here are my 11 nominees:

When you get a second, please check out come of their  blogs!

  1. http://83unsungheroes.co.uk
  2. https://blackkatdiary.wordpress.com
  3. https://thenamelesshijabi.wordpress.com/
  4. https://glutenfreewithissie.wordpress.com
  5. https://luluspoonface.wordpress.com/
  6. https://candicesingh.wordpress.com/
  7. https://writinglikeimrunningoutoftime.wordpress.com
  8. https://myfoodieromance.wordpress.com/
  9. https://gingerlypolished.wordpress.com/
  10. 10. https://itsmerhiblog.wordpress.com/
  11. https://makingalife.me/

 

I hope you found this post fun! I really enjoyed it.

 

Enjoy your day!

–Jaye

 

This Morning I Felt My First Earthquake

 

A small earthquake felt in Kansas City reminds me once again to Cherish Every Moment

This morning around 7 am, I was watching a movie and both my door and upstairs roof simultaneously made a crack and a very loud creaking noise. I instantly sat up, putting my feet on the ground, and felt the floor kind of rumble and shake. My larger dog made a weird yipping sound and both of our dogs made a beeline for me.

It took a second for everything to register and to be honest,  I really thought I was losing my mind; I asked myself is this an earthquake?  Quickly I looked at my glass of water, (The Jurassic Park movie test, ha! don’t judge, at least I knew it wasn’t a T-Rex) and the water was definitely wobbly. Then I knew; I was definitely losing my mind. It stopped after about 45 seconds and armed with this newfound knowledge that I had gone crazy, I went back to my movie. The dogs were smarter, they stayed close and remained wary. Poor pups.

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What Would You Do If You Could Not Fail?

Keep This Quote In Your Mind

source and photo credit http://imnotwordy.com/

The realization of my last two boys rapidly approaching high school and college, absolutely gut-punched me this year, especially on the first day of school.  What in the world was I going to do once they’re both gone, living the college life? Oh wow, my first two older kids were difficult enough to deal with.

After expressing my fears, my brother asked me the same question mentioned above in my title, “What would you do if you could not fail?”. I joked and said, “I’d have more kids”. I’ve been a mom for more than half of my life, so although I laughed; secretly I had already been asking myself  “what am I going to do, if I am not on 24/7 mom duty?” I had no ideas…….. but my brothers question stayed with me.  Thus, I’ve been playing with an answer in my head for weeks and then I saw this quote.  Simple yet SO empowering. I am not a huge risk taker, but gosh it has been so fun thinking of things I had previously considered impossible.

Something about this quote strengthens me and has even woken up a part of me that I haven’t previously known.

So what would YOU do if you could not fail? Just think on it for a bit. You might just  surprise yourself.

Enjoy your day!

-Jaye

 

 

Hope, Faith and Courage

Hope Faith & Courage

Oh my gosh, there are days when life takes the wheel and I can’t get my seatbelt off to take it back. On those days it used to be so easy for me to succumb to my circumstances with no hope in my heart. Admittedly, there will always be days that I will have to remind myself not to be that person any more.

I had big plans for today’s post but the weekend went off course, and today happens to be my birthday so, I am spending it with my youngest son and my parents. However, I’d like to say what is on my mind today. I awoke and something struck me this morning. I realized today exactly how far I have come from just a mere year ago; give or take.

I was in my fifth year of letting illness and sadness drive my life, but something happened and oddly enough I cannot even recall what it was. I do remember that it happened on my birthday last year, forcing me to finally looked at myself in my bedroom mirror and say “enough”. I took that wheel back and decided that only I could save me. Now, there will always be times when I hit a pothole, or even a dead end that jostles my spirit. But I have and will continue to hold firm, and keep driving forward with hope, faith and courage. I am in a much more beautiful place now, and I am NOT looking in the rear-view mirror any longer.

Admittedly, my blog is meant to be food, baking and confection based, so yes, I realize this post cannot exactly be eaten. But this is me, and the very reason why I placed the “Me, My Thoughts & I” link on my menu.  I knew there would be times where I wouldn’t be able to shut-up. ;)

I sincerely hope at least one person reads this and it helps either to remind or nudge them to persevere. The saying above has been taped to the same bedroom mirror that I mentioned previously for a year+. Ironically someone posted it on Facebook yesterday so of course I wanted to share it. The message on my mirror has curled a bit but the words are imprinted on my heart now.

Everyone of us has bad days, weeks or longer that may cripple our spirits, but with hope, faith and courage we can take the wheel and drive wherever our heart and souls will to take us.

Practice makes perfect!

Enjoy your day!

-Jaye

 

Zentangle® And Other Wonderful Ways To Relax And Refocus

 

A Pigment Ink and Water Color Piece

A Pigment Ink and Water Color Piece, I did for my daughter Ashley Megan

 

I think I have always been a person driven by creativity. Some of my early and happiest memories involve me drawing or painting. Crafting, DIY projects, drawing and painting are in my DNA. I am as close to obsessed as I care to admit.  Let’s just say if I am at your house and you break a pretty dish and then throw the pieces in the trash, I’ll be the one crawling through your doggy door to go through your trash at midnight. I’m kidding! kinda….No seriously, I do admit going into our local Michaels® Arts & Crafts store and staying for four hours once. I’d felt like I’d been there for a while, but not over an hour, and then I realized the time……. 4 hours!!!??

I’m a craft-a-holic diy-crazy girl. However, this post is about how drawing and painting saved me from crumpling further into my illness more than any treatment or medication ever could or would.

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