100th POST TODAY WITH BELATED (YET GRATEFUL) RESPONSES TO 18 AWARD NOMINATIONS!

My 100th post comes to you on the cusp of a new year and I felt it appropriate to finally respond to some generous nominations sent my way by other bloggers. It has been a while since I agreed to accept any more award nominations, but the thing is that I am truly grateful for the support I have received in the short time I have been blogging regularly and I want to acknowledge the kindness I have received. If I don’t follow all award rules, please forgive me. And I totally understand that not everyone likes to/has time to participate in accepting/nominating for awards, so please do not feel obliged to respond if you fall into that category (I have been in it for a while myself). Many thanks to anyone who has stopped by… and particular thanks to Miss Marzipan blog followers/readers and the kind bloggers out there who have taken the time to post nominations and shout-outs.

Wishing you all a very happy 2013 :)! xx, Miss Marzipan

VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD x 2
Nominated by: lovely kz (a self-described writer, fashionista, foodie, beach bum and traveler) from The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic and lovely Stepphy from Pretty Little Dreamer (Step into the Cruz)

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The rules:

• Display the award certificate on your website
• Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
• Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers (Versatile Blogger)
• Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
• Post 7 interesting things about yourself

7 things about me  (reposted from a previous nomination post):

  1. There is nothing that I cherish more than the gifts of life and motherhood.
  2. I was born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon, as was my grandmother and my father. My baby is also due in the Dragon’s year!
  3. My husband is the kindest and most patient man I know.
  4. I love to travel and have had many adventures prior to settling into a life of “domestic bliss”… and quite a few since (eg, my husband proposed to me while we were staying in a ger camp with nomads in Mongolia).
  5. I am a big fan of make-up and for a short time in my late teens I went to beauty school, aspiring to be a make-up artist.
  6. I love living in Europe, but I wish the Scandinavian winter only lasted through December… and that we were a little closer to Paris/London/Venice/Amsterdam/Vienna/Berlin… oh, and Australia! Too much to ask? ;)
  7. I respect and admire anyone who wants to make a positive impact on the world and I hope to be one of them in my own small way.

 

My nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Hot, Cheap & Easy Fabulous food and recipes! Truly!
ArdentPT Sweta’s blog about all things physical therapy-related… ask her a medical question and she’s sure to kindly provide some info!
Gazing In A wonderful blog about life, family and food
Blue Jelly Beans Foodie posts in Spanish and English
matchamochi Vegetarian home cooking adventures
Thank You Honey A blog about mommyhood and good food
The Thankful Heart Yummy, comforting home cooking and personal reflections
No Naughties “Naturally sweet treats without sugar, wheat, gluten, yeast and other allergens”- yay!
Vini Cooks Veg Amazing vegetarian food with Indian roots
ABC of Spirit Talk Stop by, reflect, feel good
Green Door Hospitality  Wonderful tips and recipes for making your home warm and welcoming
Dear Kitty. Some Blog Some people truly care about the world… and it’s evident

 

THE LIEBSTER AWARD x 2
Nominated by: Savor the Food and Loving Homemade

The Liebster Award, for those who don’t know, is apparently given to up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is German for“Beloved, Dearest or Favorite” and the award is intended to shine a spotlight on blogs deserving of some recognition. Although I am extremely grateful for the encouragement and acknowledgement (thanks so much, guys!), with well over 200 followers now, I cannot accept this award. I have accepted one earlier however and the post can be found here.

REALITY BLOG AWARD
Nominated by: Sweta of Ardent PT (thank you very much, lovely!)

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I was unsure as to how this award worked exactly, but after searching around I now believe I am supposed to answer the following questions, then nominate a few blogs:

  1. If you could change one thing, what would you change?
    I wish there was no violence/competition/mean-spiritedness and that everyone recognised on a deep level that we are all connected.
  2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be?
    Perhaps my early to mid-twenties. Youth is wasted on the young, as they say ;) But really, I am very happy with my life today, so wouldn’t really want to change anything that got me where I am now (and that is everything).
  3. What is one thing that really scares you?
    Anything to do with my babies getting hurt… in any way.
  4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?
    I think I would like to work on my own small business venture (even if only part-time/casual) in the future. I definitely think it’s possible.
  5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?
    Perhaps my little boy, so I could see the world from his perspective.

 

My nominees for the Reality Blog Award:

The eclectic eccentric shopaholic It’s a blog about the lovely KZ, with posts that are sure to entertain
Daisy and the Fox Wonderful, comforting food and a celebration of lovely things!
Just Enough Sugar Super-delicious recipes and step-by-step instructions
Pudding the Damage On A marathon running mother of three shares interesting, inspiring anecdotes
Flutterby Rainbow Adventures in homeschooling and lovely activities for little ones
Pretty Little Dreamer With love from the Philippines
Heart And A Half A lovely blog about a mother’s love and life with a little boy born with a congenital heart defect
Elena Selivan Nutrition, diets, fitness, alternative medicine, etc. Elena does the homework for you so that you don’t have to!
silkannthreades A blog about the little and lovely things in life

 

THE VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD x 3
Nominated by: Chef Doru, Ardent PT and Savor the Food

Below are the rules for the Very Inspiring Blog Award so please follow carefully:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

 

7 things about me (again, reposted from my previous nomination post):

  1. There is nothing that I cherish more than the gifts of life and motherhood.
  2. I was born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon, as was my grandmother and my father. My baby is also due in the Dragon’s year!
  3. My husband is the kindest and most patient man I know.
  4. I love to travel and have had many adventures prior to settling into a life of “domestic bliss”… and quite a few since (eg, my husband proposed to me while we were staying in a ger camp with nomads in Mongolia).
  5. I am a big fan of make-up and for a short time in my late teens I went to beauty school, aspiring to be a make-up artist.
  6. I love living in Europe, but I wish the Scandinavian winter only lasted through December… and that we were a little closer to Paris/London/Venice/Amsterdam/Vienna/Berlin… oh, and Australia! Too much to ask? ;)
  7. I respect and admire anyone who wants to make a positive impact on the world and I hope to be one of them in my own small way.

 

My 15 nominations:

  1. Cooking Whims Cooking with passion
  2. Butter, sugar, flowers Inventive sweet creations
  3. Hugs and kisses Everything made with love
  4. Best of 2 Sisters A lovely blog with gorgeous posts and photography
  5. HopeTulips Honest personal reflections on a pregnancy journey
  6. Librarian Eats Menu plans, reflections and recipes
  7. The Healthy Epicurean Delicious nutritious food with French flavour
  8. Revel Kitchen “Revel in all things food”
  9. Mamsell Proust All things pretty, romantic and vintage
  10. Loving homemade Putting time and care into personal projects- a blog after my own heart
  11. Arohanui Vegan Love Amazing vegan inspiration and fab recipes
  12. Boomdeeadda A blog about art, life and lovely creative projects
  13. The Vanilla Duck Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free deliciousness and inspiration
  14. Clan Mother A beautifully reflective blog
  15. Table of Colors Food, family, creativity and lovely photography

 

THE SUNSHINE AWARD x 4
Nominated by: Flora’s Table, Chef Doru, Elena Selivan and Baby Boomer Bakes

I have already received this award, but have been kindly thought of and nominated by Flora’s TableChef DoruElena Selivan and Baby Boomer Bakes (thanks so much, all of you!). The Sunshine Award is symbolised by a flower that one blogger can give to other “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.

As with most awards, the Sunshine Award comes with a few simple rules:

  1. Acknowledge the person who gave this award in a blog post.
  2. Do the Q&A below.
  3. Pass on the award to 10 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.

 

Q&A (reposted from my previous nomination post):

  1. Who is your favorite philosopher? I cannot, in all honesty, say that I have a favourite philosopher, though there are philosophies that I live by. The maxim “know thyself” has been attributed to many wise Ancient Greeks, but I suppose“whoever came up with that one” will suffice for an answer to this question ;)
  2. What is your favorite number? 23
  3. What is your favorite animal? Rabbit
  4. What is your favorite time of day? It depends on what I am doing but usually early morning or late evening.
  5. What are your Facebook and Twitter? I don’t link any social media to my blog.
  6. What is your favorite holiday? I love Halloween. I also love Christmas… and a little-known celebration that occurs here pre-Christmas called “Lucia”. If I lived in America, I bet I’d be crazy about Thanksgiving. I am very much into celebrating occasions!
  7. What is your physical favorite activity? Dancing
  8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Some kind of juice or smoothie… or perhaps a frappuccino (which we can’t buy here, darn it!)
  9. What is your passion? Put simply, living, loving, creating and exploring!
  10. What is your favorite flower? I love wild flowers and sunflowers

 

My 10 nominations:

  1. Just Enough Sugar Sweet inspiration and lovely recipes
  2. Heidielka Crafting, baking and personal reflections
  3. MonaLisaMom Makeup, yoga and motherhood
  4. Sugar Coated Sarah “A delicious life!”
  5. Chef Mimi “So much food. So little time.”
  6. Rarasaur A self-confessed blogging geek providing interesting, regular posts
  7. I need a feed An abundance of lovely food ideas
  8. Della Cucina Povera Recipes, reflections and photography
  9. Lucy’s Friendly Foods A Cordon Bleu trained mum of two with a passion for cooking shares gorgeous recipes
  10. Easy Baked I feel inspired (and hungry) when I visit here… lovely stuff!

 

THE SUPER SWEET BLOGGING AWARD x 2
Nominated by: All you do is eat! and The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic

Many thanks to the very kind folks at All you do is eat! (a blog about all things foodie in Sydney, from recipes to reviews, that makes me rather homesick! ;)) and The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic.

 

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The rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the super sweet blogger who made the nomination
  2. Answer the five questions provided with award
  3. Nominate a baker’s dozen of other bloggers

 

Q&A:

  1. Cookie or cake?  I am going to go with cake, only because I love cupcakes. But I won’t turn down a good cookie either! ;)
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla?  I’m going with chocolate, but I am partial to vanilla too.
  3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Impossible question- I have a sweet tooth! To be sporting, I’ll say cupcakes.
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? After meals. And I always have room for dessert!
  5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? I have one (see blog name   ;))

 

My baker’s dozen nominees:

  1. Pretty Happy Baking Inspiring recipes and images
  2. Fork and Beans Genius- pure, delicious genius! Inspiration is a click away!
  3. (hand) one day on a plate Lovely, comforting recipes and painterly food images
  4. Go Bake Yourself A glorious blog full of dangerously good recipes, written by the young and lovely tour de force of the baking world, Choc Chip Uru
  5. Profiteroles & Ponytails There is something warm and comforting about this blog, not to mention sweet personal anecdotes and delicious looking food!
  6. The Vagabond Baker Living life on the road and baking up a storm along the way (what a dream!)
  7. 3pastriesaday Great step-by-step instructions, fab recipes… and cool background story
  8. Sophies foodie files Food, travel and personal anecdotes from the lovely Sophie
  9. yum yum cinnabun It’s all about “yum”!
  10. Green Door Hospitality  Wonderful tips and recipes for making your home warm and welcoming
  11. Lemon Cake  A new and exciting blog for cake lovers
  12. Beautiful Baking  Sugar-free, wheat-free baking… it’s possible
  13. Eat My Shortbread  Just yummy!

 

THE BLOG OF THE YEAR 2012 AWARD NOMINATION x 4
Nominated by: Hugs and Kisses, Ardent PT, Realistic Bird and Cupcake in Cairo

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Thank you so much to those very kind bloggers who have nominated me for this award! x
The “Blog of the Year” Award is a little different from some other awards, because you accumulate stars.

Here are the ‘rules’ for this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience [I cannot join that group as I am not on Facebook].

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, then you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.

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So those ^^^ are the rules… and now for my nominations (which will include blogs I have nominated already for other awards)…

My nominees:

Dear Kitty. Some Blog Some people truly care about the world… and it’s evident
Saif’s NICU Journey Tiny baby Saif will touch you and his story will break your heart
Healthy Glow Nutrition A big old dose of healthy inspiration
The Spotted Owl Inspiration for families with small children… with an eco focus. Yay!
Violet’s Vegan e-Comics Personal stories, vegan recipes plus illustrated tales… and lots of heart
Prisoner in my own body A brave mother’s story about Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a high risk pregnancy condition
ABC of Spirit Talk Stop by, reflect, feel good
Motherhood is an Art Charming personal stories
Savor the Food It’s all about cooking!
Live Blissful One of my absolute favourite blogs… delicious comfort food can be healthy!
My Awakening Life  Food for the spirit
Eat Breathe Yogini  Health, nutrition, yoga and yumminess
Palestine Rose  Poetry and reflections
Cate Writes Again  Sharing a passion for active, healthy living and vegetarian food
Veggiereader Running, reading and eating veg… great combination!
GYA today Focused on helping people to achieve success and happiness
All you do is eat Love this Sydney-based foodie blog
Chef Doru A passion for cooking
Cupcake in Cairo Such an interesting background story… and lovely recipes too
Making myself useful “Striving for daily self-accountability”… isn’t that awesome?
Life’s too short not to eat cake Lovely recipes and reflections on food
The Healthy Flavor Amazing vegan food and inspiration
sachensucherin “Looking for the pretty things in life”

 

86 thoughts on “100th POST TODAY WITH BELATED (YET GRATEFUL) RESPONSES TO 18 AWARD NOMINATIONS!

  1. Wow! That’s a lot of awards! You definitely deserve it…you have a beautiful blog and are amazingly creative! I love that your husband proposed to you in a camp in Mongolia! That sounds amazing! Thank you so much for the nomination for my blog as well! Much appreciated!

    • Oh, thanks so much! :) Yes, it was a pretty unique proposal, I must say! He’d carried a diamond ring in his pocket for weeks after we set off backpacking and was waiting for the right time and place to present itself. Re: the nomination, you are so welcome! Happy New Year! x

  2. What a lovely 100th blog post! Congratulations on the many awards! :)
    I feel honoured by your nominating me for the Blog of 2012 The Year, award, thank you. :)

  3. Wow I am so inspired by the amount of awards you have! Your blog is amazing, you deserve all of them! And THANK YOU for the Sunshine Award Nomination, you have no idea what it means to me! I completely intend to accept! Happy New Year! :)

  4. Congratulations on your well deserved awards and congratulations on all those remarkable bloggers who received your nomination. I am honoured and delighted that you chose my blog to be included in this esteemed group. But I am even more excited that we have connected and are on an amazing blogging adventure. My bags are packed for the journey ahead…I’m ready for 2013…

  5. MMMarzipan…thanks so much for the award nomination. Will get on excepting and posting at my blog. This morning I was sent one also, and have one too answer to from about 3 weeks ago. So much to do with so little time. :) Myself and Savor the Food (my blog) thank you again. Congrat’s to you also for all of your hard earned awards.

    Chef Randall
    savorthefood.wordpress.com

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  7. Wow Congratulations on your 100th post! Well done!
    Looking forward to the next 100 posts!

    Many thanks for my nomination…honoured :)
    Wishing you a fabulous new year xxxx

  8. Congrats for all of your well deserved recognition! Thanks for the shout out! I’m afraid that I am quite behind on taking care of the award requirements but it is certainly very much appreciated. I hope that you ring in the new year in some really fun way with family and friends!

  9. Hello Miss Marzipan! Congratulations on all of your award nominations (well deserved!) and for thinking of me and Revel Kitchen for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I am so flattered and appreciative :). It is great to have connected with you this year. I’ve enjoyed reading and following your blog very much, and wish you health, happiness, and prosperity in the new year! xx

    Jennifer
    revelkitchen.com

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  11. Thank you so much for the Sunshine Award. I’m so touched, and a bit excited – it’s my first award! I will be mentioning you and your loveliness in an upcoming post, and of course, awarding others, very soon.

  12. Pretty impressive receiving all of those awards! Thanks for following my blog, & I really appreciate you nominating me :). Look forward to your posts to come, especially with all that positive thinking for the new year!

  13. Congrats on your awards! They are well-deserved! :) And thank you for passing one onto me– it’s much appreciated!! :D You are definitely making a positive impact– and yay, dragon! I’m a rat. They’re quite compatible, you know!

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  15. congratulations on all those awards!! it is such a wonderful blog!! i love actually ALL of your posts :) and 100th post – congrats again!
    and thank-you so much for passing it on! i am very thankful :)

    • Thank you :) Yes, it is rather time consuming, both to answer questions and to come up with nominees… then link back to each of them (as well as the person who nominated you), then to notify everyone individually! But of course it is very touching to be thought of in the first place… and also nice to acknowledge other blogs that you enjoy reading :)

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