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I would like to thank the Academy and all of the wonderful people who have stood by me and supported me throughout the years…
Wait… scratch that… That’s the speech I plan to recite if I ever win an Oscar (which is highly unlikely considering I’m not even in the motion picture industry).
So let me start over. I did not win an Oscar. But I did win a Liebster Award. OK, technically, I didn’t actually win a Liebster Award, because it wasn’t a competition, and no one really wins a Liebster Award, it’s simply given to us. I guess the better way to put it is that I am a happy and humble recipient of a Liebster Award. And I don’t care what you say, it’s still going on my resume.
What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award is an acknowledgement given to a new(ish) blogger by another blogger. It’s a shout out, if you will… A way of recognizing new, up-and-coming bloggers, while telling others in the blogosphere about them. That’s sweet isn’t it? Perhaps that’s how the Liebster Award got it’s name. The word “liebster” is German for “sweetheart”, “dearest”, or “my favorite”. The translation makes the award that much nicer! Basically, it’s a fun way to learn more about some of the great bloggers you follow.
What are the rules for winning a Liebster Award?
Once you have been nominated, you, in turn, write a blog post acknowledging the blogger who nominated you, link back to their website (yay for back links!), and answer the questions they asked you.
You then pay the honor forward by nominating new bloggers of your choice and providing a list of questions for them. I’ve read anywhere from 2-20 bloggers can be nominated by one particular person. I’m sticking to the lower end because I’m also going to tell you why you should follow them, and well, that’s a lot of writing!
Who nominated me?
Parenthood and Passports was nominated by Corey Cook at Fifi + Hop. Her blog, much like ours, is about the joys, struggles and adventures of traveling with children. I absolutely love her blog! It inspires me to continue on this journey of traveling with our daughter. And as a parent who catches a lot of flack for “constantly putting a child through such an exhausting experience like traveling” it’s good to know other like-minded individuals who can encourage and uplift you through their own experiences. So if you aren’t following her yet, DO IT!
Thank you so much for the nomination, Corey. Now, here are the answers to your questions.
How did you get into blogging?
I am a writer by trade. I spent 10 years as a television journalist (mainly in Dallas, Texas), then transitioned into public relations (in Oklahoma City). When I had my daughter 15 months ago, I made the decision to stay home with her for a couple of years. Eleven months later, I was going crazy and needed a creative outlet. As a family, we travel a lot. In researching baby-friendly activities in various international destinations, I wasn’t finding a great deal of useful information to help us plan our trips. So, I decided to create a blog, which gives me an avenue to let the right side of my brain run wild, and hopefully, it can serve as a source of information and encouragement for other families who choose to travel with children.
Where do you write your blog posts?
Everywhere! Right now, I’m actually sitting at our home computer, which is located in a little nook that was once a linen closet. (We had to do a small remodel when we were expecting our baby because our former office is now a nursery.) But I often write blog posts on my laptop while sitting outside with my daughter (who would spend all day outside if I would let her), or on my smartphone, if we are on a vacation somewhere and I didn’t bring my laptop.
What is your favorite place to go to in or around your home town/city?
I love the Oklahoma City National Memorial. It is such a beautiful, peaceful place, although it’s very existence is because of a very dark moment in our nation’s history. I take all out-of-town visitors there and would highly recommend it to anyone a road trip across the Historic Route 66 (which runs through Oklahoma City.)
What is your favorite place you’ve been to abroad?
This is a tough question for me because I’ve left small pieces of my heart in every country we’ve visited. I would probably say Burano, Italy is my favorite though. Burano is small, colorful fishing village in the Venetian Islands. I loved Venice. It’s magical. But Burano is small and has a quiet charm that the main parts of Venice somewhat lack due to the enormous crowds. With that said, I’ve had a fascination with Venice since I was a child, and while I love Burano, it’s only a day trip, and I would always recommend visitors stay in the actually city of Venice.
What other hobby(ies) besides traveling do you enjoy?
My husband and I are avid skiers. We live in Oklahoma, which isn’t known for it’s skiing, so that hobby is necessitated by traveling. We also love to hike and have climbed a couple 14ers (14,000+ foot mountains) together. I was 10 weeks pregnant the last time we did a 14er but we hope to do another one soon.
What has been your worst travel “mishap”?
Food poisoning. On a train. Ugh, just thinking of this story makes me want to gag. In 2013 my husband and I were backpacking in Italy. We got up early one morning and left Venice bound for Florence. I wasn’t feeling that well, but it really hit me on the train. I spent a good deal of time in the tiny bathroom leaning over a not-as-clean-as-it-could-be toilet yacking up the entire contents of my stomach. We finally got to Florence after what seemed like an eternity on that train and I burst out into the station desperately looking for a bathroom to no avail. Ultimately, I made a dash to the exterior doors and puked once again in the beautiful streets of Florence in front of dozens of onlookers. Lovely.
What is your favorite cuisine?
I love Greek food! We have yet to visit Greece, but I plan on eating my way through that country someday.
Ocean or Mountains?
I love them both equally and differently, if that makes sense. The mountains are always an adventure. I’m going to work my butt off on any mountain trip, be it hiking or skiing. The ocean, on the other hand, is peaceful. I’m going to float in the water with a snorkel and stare at fish. I’m going to swim with creatures of the sea (dolphins, manatees, sharks, etc.) but I’m not going to leave the trip feeling like I just had a really tough workout. Both make me feel small, and help me realize how vast and beautiful this world truly is.
Do you plan all your trips out or do you like to be spontaneous?
Currently, all trips must be meticulously planned. You don’t spontaneously get up and leave when you have a toddler in tow. But it hasn’t always been like that. In 2014, prior to the birth of our daughter, we went to Paris, and didn’t even have a hotel booked until two days before we left. And that was the extent of the planning. We spent a lot of time walking around and getting lost. It was fabulous! Getting lost is one of my favorite things to do in a new city!
Overpacker or underpacker?
Underpacker for myself, overpacker for my daughter. My husband and I will often share a carry-on while my daughter, who is a third our size, has a checked suitcase full of things. I’ve learned you just never know what might happen when traveling with a child, and you have to be prepared.
Top of the bucket list?
Cambodia. I can’t wait to see the Angkor temples someday and experience the culture in this southeast Asian country.
Now for my nominees:
Thoughts from a Crazy Mama: My friend Ellie Hogue just started blogging, but I can already tell she is going to be fabulous at it. She is a former newsie-turned SAHM like myself, so she has a way with words and I’m quite sure lots of entertaining stories from life at home with two kids.
Peytons All Over The Place: They are another family with a passion for traveling and showing their adorable little one the world. I just love having a community of other traveling families to motivate us to keep booking plane tickets or planning those road trips with kids in tow!
Rubios Wander: Yet another traveling family. (See, we aren’t as weird as you might have thought.) The Rubios have two precious children. Like us, they traveled quite a bit together prior to children and haven’t let starting a family put an end to their adventures.
And my questions for the aforementioned bloggers… drum roll please…
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
If you could go anywhere in the world you haven’t been yet, where would you go?
What inspires you?
Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Name one goal that you are working toward now?
What is the one place you would revisit time and time again?
What do you love most about parenthood?
Describe the time you felt the most out of your comfort zone?
What is your one non-essential item that you must bring with you when you travel?
What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
I look forward to reading all of your answers and have loved reading about your families over the past few months.
Happy travels to all!