Category: Awards & Tags

Award – Free Blog

It is with great regret that I must place my blog in the Award-Free category. I have been awardfreeblogincredibly ill this past week and have barely felt like reading blogs and writing the daily prompt. I have much work ahead of me to get my blog where I  want it to be, and though the awards are a great way to build friends, which I value dearly, it puts a great deal of stress on me trying to find nominees that are not award-free and/or were not previously nominated. I do not do well with added stress. I need to stay calm or I can get very ill. I always hear, “take care of yourself first” and that is what I am doing here. Thank you for understanding.

With that said. I want to thank:
Tracy at   for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Tracy started blogging to share her experiences with chronic illness and chronic pain. She is a proud member of the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network and her aim is to advocate and promote awareness for chronic and invisible illness. She also has an Etsy shop, TheSpooniqueBoutique please take a moment to visit.

I also want to thank:
Jodie at  for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Jodie is a young graduate student in Business Management & English Literature, currently working her dream job in Human Resources, before starting her MSc Global Human Resources Management course at Newcastle University in September 2017. Her blog’s main focus is based on her personal experience with invisible illnesses and the constant daily battle with her health & development. Along side this, she features several guest bloggers and their amazing art or written work, or rambles about some other subject areas herself!

Please take time to visit their blogs, they are both awesome women!


Mystery Blogger Award


Mystery Blogger Award

“The ‘Mystery Blogger Awardis an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion” – Okoto Enigma: creator of this award.

I would like to Thank Teresa at Creations Blog for nominating me! It was very unexpected and thoughtful. Here are the requirements:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)


Three things about me:

  1. I was a USDA Food Inspector at a chicken plant and I’m scared of birds.
  2. I was a typesetter at a local printing company and loved the work.
  3. I smoked for 28 years and quit cold turkey by putting them down and not allowing them to control my life any longer.


My Answers to the 5 Questions from Teresa at Creations Blog:

  1. What country are you from – USA
  2. Where would you travel to if money was no problem – Alaska
  3. How long have you been a blogger – 2.5 months
  4. What kind of music do you listen to (weird) – Everything except country
  5. What’s your favorite cartoon character and why (funny) – Elmira because she is going to love them and squeeze them and hug them forever.


My most read post:




  1. Alexis Rose at
  2. Raphaela Angelou at

  3. Witty Mummy at
  4. Koolaidmoms at
  5. Laura at
  6. Emily at
  7. Kitt O’Malley at
  8. Candace L. Stauber at
  10. Susie at


My questions to my nominees:

  1. What made you want to start a blog?
  2. What is your favorite TV show?
  3. What is your favorite food to cook?
  4. What is your biggest fear?
  5. Where were you born?

One Lovely Blog Award


I have been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by Jen at Spoonfuls Of Glitter. Jen is a lovely woman who is spreading the word about invisible illnesses. She is a makeup artist, skin care specialist and awareness advocate. She shares so much on her blog with a positive attitude. Please visit her blog, you will find it informative on so many levels. Let me say THANK YOU to Jen for this nomination.


  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Post about the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate at most 15 other people
  • Tell your nominees the good news.

About this Award:

  • I like these awards, if for no other reason, to share links to other blogger’s and connect us to like-minded individuals.

Share Seven Facts About Myself

  1. I love to go camping and fishing. I find peace and serenity in the woods, but I won’t touch a fish while it is alive.
  2. I’ve always lived in Texas and I don’t like horses. I’m afraid of them unless there is a fence between us.
  3. I played slide trombone in my school band. I was first chair.
  4. I’m a country girl but do not care for country music because it is depressing.
  5. I don’t own a pair of cowboy boots.
  6. I like crafts but I’m not very good at them. I keep trying to find the perfect one that suits my interest and ability.
  7. I eat some odd things that only country people understand. Pigs feet, tripe, cracklings, are three things I can think of.

My Nominations:

Blogger Recognition Award


If you want to be involved in the Blogger Recognition Award these are the very easy and simple rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give the award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created


I was nominated by Thank you so much! Their blog is about 3 Sisters and their travels in Australia and overseas. There are tips on travel, and packing. As well as tips on how to travel with numerous Chronic Diseases. A must read!

My blog, invisible illnesses, began as an awareness blog for my personal illnesses, but I am broadening the scope of topics to include many more illnesses to add help and awareness for those that feel alone in this world.

  1. If you are just starting to blog, get on social media and promote your blog.
  2. Don’t be afraid to change the theme of your blog if it feels like it is not working to your benefit.

I’ve Been Tagged


I was tagged by The Purple Almond – Food to heal the body, mind and soul. Please go check out her blog, it is awesome! You’ll find out how to eat healthy, food preparation, and get spiritual nutrition as well.

A- articulate
B- blessed
C- coherent (sometimes)
D- diligent
E- eccentric
F- fighter
G- giver
H- hot (as in heat, I live in TEXAS!)
I- inspired
J- journalist (one who keeps a journal)
K- kind
L- loving
M- mindful
N- nonspecialist
O- opinionated
P- persistent
Q- quirky
R- resistant
S- sassy
T- tender
U- uninformed
V- voluptuous
W- weak
X- xerophile (An organism that flourishes in a very dry environment)
Y- yearning
Z- zoned

I’m not sure what the A-Z was about, but Tamara at The Purple Almond did it, so I’m doing it. And I expect everyone do it. It’s hard!

1. Mention Creator of tag
2. Use the image in the article
3. Mention blogger(s) who have chosen you
4. Answer the questions
5. Tag 9 other bloggers & let them know
Thanks to David for creating this tag game.
Thanks to Tamara at The Purple Almond for choosing me to participate! This is a great way to network with blogs in which I was unaware.
1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words –
exhausting, challenging, triumphant
2. Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016. –
My husband & my son
3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much. –
I always enjoy visiting my son’s house, his backyard is so beautiful. It’s just right down the road, but he does such a good job at maintaining his yard and landscape.
4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.
My Aunt Joyce’s cheesecake.
5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016? –
Having my left interstim replaced.
6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want to link a photo.
A 50 inch TV, I can see it very well.
7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017. –
Try to get a diagnosis of Cushing’s syndrome, Get out of the house more, Drive myself around more
8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017. –
Alaska, unlikely that it will happen, but that’s what I want.
9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017. –
My Aunt Joyce’s Chinese dumplings.