Sunshine Day!

“I think I’ll go for a walk outside now the summer sun’s callin’ my name” – Brady Bunch

C’mon, I know you remember this…Just can’t be me, right? Right?

Ok, now that the hokey is out of the way, the real premise of SUNSHINE for this post is the wonderful, sweet and thoughtful Laura of awarded me my FIRST bloggy award – The Sunshine Award. Is she sweet or what? Laura and I have been bloggy friends for over 4 years now. Her Allie Kat and my Beans are only 1 month apart! She’s a great writer, photographer, Mom and I admire her determination when it comes to working out and running. I turned to Laura a lot last year when I was starting to get into a running kick (which has unfortunately died down). Anyway, it behooves you to check out her blog (wow, haven’t used that word in a while 😉 )!

Thank you Laura for adding sunshine to my day 🙂

Now, I have to pass it onto 12 other bloggy friends. Thing is, I have been kind of out of it for a bit…I haven’t been good with keeping up w/all my old bloggy friends, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pass on the Sunshine right?

The rules for accepting this:
Put the logo on your blog or within your post (right click and save). Pass the award onto 12 bloggers, then link the nominees within your post. Finally, let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

So here goes – in no particular order…this might look familiar b/c I had an old post about “daily reads besides Tweets”…

Kim at – This girl is just downright awesome. She has great design skills – she designed my old blog way back when. She has an awesome family (her NikkiZ and my Beans are only 1 day apart – sensing a pattern here? lol), great photog skills and does her share of running too…She and I both have a love for office supplies (pens and journals mostly for me). She loves Diet Cokes and Krispy Kreme donuts. We both love Harry Potter and she turned me to Twilight which turned to my Robsession/Edward Cullen love. I’m sure my husband won’t ever forgive her for that 😉 She’s going through a tough time right now…send her some love…

Mona at – This is probably the only blogger I know in person…we went to High School together! Found her via FB and found out she also blogs. She has since moved to Egypt where she lives with her BEAUTIFUL family and she’s still as beautiful as ever. We share a love for all things Sanrio (Hello Kitty, Keroppi, etc.), accessories and LOST. She even has a LOST blog!

Y over at JoyUnexpected: Watched her boys grow into young men…her daughter turn into a beautiful little girl. She’s funny too! I also felt for her as she struggled w/her weight and Hashimoto’s. I felt her pain without feeling it, that’s how well she writes. She also has a great knack for photography.

Carrisa of – Although she dropped me as her Twitter friend (boohoo… sad face), I still read her blog and her tweets. She’s comical, has great gift ideas, recipes and has a sick obsession w/bags – worse than mine 🙂 She claims she’s shy, but I admire her for making it to BlogHer and meeting all the online friends she’s made in person. I don’t think I could ever do that.

Ree of ThePioneerWoman: Need I say more? Ok fine…Reading about life on the ranch makes me wish I lived on one and married a cowboy (j/k pDaddy!). She inspires me to take pictures, fiddle with Photoshop and even got the idea of homeschooling my kids in my head. Her cooking page is awesome and has great step-by-step instructions that I have yet to follow, but keep saying I will. I often have to wipe the drool off of my keyboard after reading her cooking page. And she has a whole “love story” going on recounting her courtship, dating and marriage to Marlboro Man. Did I mention she has awesome giveaways (mixers! DSLRs! giftcards!)?

MrsSoup I found participating in the same challenges as me, but she actually takes better pictures. She is just one of those where you can tell she has a kind heart and soul…Perfect Mommy material to her BabySoup.

Midwest Mommy: Hosts Totally Ticked Off Tuesday and has great giveaways on her review site (I actually won something for once!). She also has an addiction to school supplies (we should form a SS Anonymous or something). She takes pictures for her readers and I especially love it when they’re of license plates you have to decipher. She also has an uncanny way of incorporating her face into pictures – hilarious! She also just recently celebrated a milestone birthday – go wish her a belated happy one!

Stacie of Stacie’s Madness: Funny gal who went through hell to get her divorce finalized, but is now in a happy place with her new “friend”. She tells it like it is and isn’t afraid of what you think 😉 Balls…this woman’s got balls. lol

Angie of SevenClownCircus (who I discovered via Stacie): I love participating in her “Wordful Wednesday” challenge (well, at least when I used to blog more regularly). I know that “Wordless Wednesday” was around for awhile, but I talk too much (no way? really? yes! really!).

Beth of ishouldbefoldinglaundry: Is another great read with a catchy name (b/c I, too, should be folding laundry) w/great pics. She hosts the “You Capture” challenge on Thursdays…gives you incentive and motivation to go out there and take them pics! Did I mention she’s cute and very preggo too? Can’t wait to see that cutie-pa-tootie when born.

JamieAnn: I still don’t know I got to her site, but I think from twitter?? She’s got a great sense of humor, she’s honest and is obsessed w/RPattz/Edward Cullen just as much as I am. Her advantage? He knows she exists, but not I 😦 She’s also a great friend…See this video? I was all kinds of teary-eyed! I’ll be making my donation to LoveHarder later today, how about you?

Rachael of had me at “Hello”. Well, actually, not Hello…it was more this entry about her going to see New Moon at the midnight showing. It’s everything I wanted to say – IF I actually went to the showing w/some girlfriends…Seems I’m alone w/my Twilight/Robsession/Edward Cullen love in the real world. I LOVED this entry and have been hooked ever since. Helps that her Pineapple’s a cutie too 🙂