Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award: Who, me?

The Versatile Blogger Award

Recently, I heard from Aurie Good at Our Good Life that she was giving me this award and I'm so happy and honored to receive it! I confess that I had seen it begin to make its way to other blogs and I wanted one for my very own :).

When you receive this award, you have to share 7 surprising things about yourself and then, you get to pass on the award to 15 other wonderful bloggers (that was the hard part!). I did this once before when I received the Stylish Blogger Award, so hopefully, I'm not repeating myself.

Seven Things You Didn't Know...

(1) One of my favorite things to make is ice cream sandwiches with pineapple pound cake cookies and Haagen Daz pineapple and coconut ice cream.

(2) My favorite TV show is "Dancing with the Stars." All three generations of my family call each other on the phone to talk about it while it's on (my mother and I, and my son until he goes to bed).

(3) My favorite karaoke song to sing is "Last Dance!" by Donna Summer. It's been years since I sang it, but I used to really enjoy the applause (is that bad? :) ). What do or would you sing?

(4) One of my favorite songs of all time is "Play that Funky Music!" by Wild Cherry. I have occasionally danced to it all by myself with my eyes closed ~ I like it that much. What's your favorite?

(5) I have a secret crush on a political news pundit (I'm not saying who but feel free to guess).

(6) One of my favorite music videos of all time is "Coldhearted Snake" by Paula Abdul. I used to take jazz dance lessons when I was younger and this video always makes me wish I was a choreographer.

(7) I won a call-in radio contest when I was 8 or 9 by singing an Olivia Newton-John song. I think it was "Have You Never Been Mellow".

And Now, the Versatile Blogger Award Goes to...

These are awesome women and men who have blessed and enriched my life online since I met them. I enjoy sharing cyberspace with them and I always get out the tea and shortbread cookies whenever they come to visit...

Heather Stephens: Heather has changed my life through the ProveIt! Challenge and her mastermind community, so I cannot say enough good things about her. You can find her helpful marketing tips at http://www.clevermarketer.com

Steve Rice: Steve is a good friend of mine who just published a book, An Imperceptible Spark: Finding the Courage to Live a Life of Joy, and offers lots of inspiration and encouragement at his blog. You can find him at Karmic Kappucino.

Oliver Tausend: Oliver is a great thought leader when it comes to building a network marketing business online. His blog will help you clear away the limiting beliefs and identify the unfinished business holding back your success.

Sherrie Koretke: Sherrie is a Dressing Your Truth type four whose beauty is stunning and whose wisdom is gentle and powerful. She has helped me to accept and affirm my way of building my business online & has helped me learn more about my purpose and my spiritual niche. Check her out at http://www.sherriekoretke.com.

Nina at Momma Go Round: I link-up with her each week for Real Momma, Real Style and I appreciate her encouragement of those of us who are SAHMs or WAHMs to pay attention to what we are wearing, dress ourselves up now and again. You can find her at Momma Go Round.

Michelle Shaeffer: I have learned tons of techie and bloggie things from Michelle that have helped me get and keep my blog running well. She also is an encourager, though, and I enjoy hanging out at her blog.

Peggie Arvidson: Peggie is way cool and she'll read your hands, too! She helped me understand a lot of the things I do that don't work so well for me and gave me (and the rest of our group during her class) permission to define my spotlight i a way that works for me not the typical "go big or go home" stuff you see online.

Sarah Hoffman: She blogs about her experiences raising a son she describes as a "pink boy" and doing it with such grace and courage that she inspires me as I raise my own, who has definite "pink" tendencies. I still haven't given him one of my purses to wear but I told him I would & I'm working toward it.

B! from Way to Be!: I admire the way she has so fully embraced her Dressing Your Truth type and embodies it at her very type one blog.

Stella Anokam: She emailed me to suggest some keywords I might use for this blog and patiently explained how to make the most of them, writing me several times until I fully got it. She is a great marketing resource for bloggers & businesswomen... http://www.stellaanokam.com

Kimberly, the Fashion Momma in Training : I enjoy her plus size style and her down-to-earth, authentic posts. Find her at Fashion Momma in Training.

Danyelle Smith Little: blogs about both business and lifestyle topics and is nominated for Best Lifestyle Blog for the 2011 Black Weblog Awards. She was the first person to congratulate me for my own nomination for Best Plus Size Fashion Blog.

Lisa Miles Brady: I love Lisa's blog! She is as real as they come and as you read along, you're likely to find yourself becoming more authentic and aware.

Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky: I am counting these next two as one because of their creation of the Indie Bloggers eConference this year. Just when I was feeling letdown because I didn't think I would be able to attend any fashion blogging conferences this year, they created this one.

Tieka Dieroff: And their blogs are truly inspirational if you are a personal style blogger or aspire to become one. You can find Elizabeth at Delightfully Tacky and Tiekuh at Selective Potential.

Lisa, the Punk Rock Psychic: In many ways, her blog feels like a home-away-from-home online, a comfy hangout for likeminded people. She calls my name on the first page of her website: "hey rebels, misfits, punks, freaks, renegades and revolutionaries..."

Who in your life (or cyberworld) would you most like to honor?

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Steve Rice said...

So grateful for the shout-out, Jeanine. Thanks for your friendship advice and support!

Aurie said...

Great list of people - I'm off to check out the links :)

Last dance, huh? I think I would go for "Only the Good Die Young" :) Love me some Billy Joel!

Lisa said...

Jeanine, aww, thank you so much! I am so honored. You are so kind and I really appreciate the kudos, kind words, and for you reading my blog! It's been so nice to e-meet you and connect! Thanks again so very much for thinking of me. This really made my day...I mean, more than a day! Thanks so much! xo Lots of thanks and love!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Steve, you're welcome! I appreciate your friendship and support, too, and was thrilled to be able to honor you in this way.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Aurie, that's a good song, too! My son and I sometimes sing that at full blast when we're heading down the road.

But for karaoke purposes, I'd have to stick to my beloved tried-and-true! (really, the applause I would get for Last Dance felt like a drug & you don't mess around with something that promises that kind of reward).

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Lisa, I am really glad to have connected with you, too! When I did the blog challenge, I felt like I should support as many of the other blogs as I could get to and I always checked first to see if you had posted.

I love your perspective on things! And it's a relief to hear others expressing similar sensitivities and experiences.

Stella | Outsource Online Guide said...

Wow, Jeanine, first of all I came around to congratulate you on receiving this award and what a surprise (you listed me too).

You are so full of passion for blogging about style and dressing that I think you truly deserved this award:)

I feel really honored to be mentioned here and I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Stella! Thank you so much!! I have appreciated all your help and support and I know what a valuable resource you are for WAHMs who blog.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jeanine!! So happy for you.

The kind of ice cream sandwishes you are into sound good!

Keep up the good work!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Catarina! Thanks!! Yes, they are yummy :).

Sherrie Koretke said...

Thank you Jeanine and congrats! Wow, what a lovely description of me. I love it and truly love the shout out. I'm so happy you are stepping out and embracing your mission and natural gifts. Keep shining on!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Sherrie! You're most welcome. And thanks!! :)

Janet Callaway said...

Congratulations to you, Jeanine. Assuming all your awardees are of the same caliber as Heather and Oliver, I am in for a treat reading new bloggers.

Maybe in some future post you will have to sing to us in one of yur favorite outfits!
All the best to you. Aloha. Janet

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Janet! Thanks!! I don't know about singing to you in a future post, but who knows?

Jane | Blogging Tips said...

Hi Jeanine,

Wonderful list of things really surprising to know. Just like Janet I would like to put a request: Do a video post of yourself singing in your favorite outfit.

Nice list of people as well; I have to check them, many are not familiar to me :)


Dev said...


congratulations. Amazing list, will going to check out the links.

Oliver Tausend said...

Hi Jeanine,

thanks for the shout out and the appreciation. I feel honoured to be mentioned in conjunction with these great fellow bloggers !

Take care


~ B. said...

That was fun to learn more about you! I also wanted to say thanks for my award the other day! Yesterday was pretty busy but I'm going to try to get mine posted today sometime! :D

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Jane! Thanks so much!! Two requests now, LOL. I don't know but I will certainly consider it :).

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Dev! Thanks!! Yes, those are some great bloggers on the list.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Oliver! Thanks!! Well, it's an honor to know you.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi B! You are most welcome. I love seeing your smiling face both here and at your blog!

Jayne Kopp said...

Hey Jeanine, what a wonderful little peep into your world. I cannot sing to save my life! Ha ha... although I used to belt out a song called "Mama" from Lena Zavaroni a scottish singer when I was younger and used to knock em dead! LOL... now they'd probably go away screaming!

I wrote a post a while back on a few things about me 'building relationships and getting to know each other'... it's fun to get to know one and other.

What a wonderful list of people. I have seen some of these folks, such as Heather (duh) and Oliver, and Stella... but I am really looking forward to meeting some of your other friends.

I was intrigued by the 'hand reading'... ha ha.

Thanks so much for sharing more about you... and introducing us to your friends.

I look forward to hooking up with some of them.


Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Jayne! LOL, when I used to do karaoke, there were often people who wanted to sing but said they couldn't. My friends and I often encouraged them to try things like "Wild Thing" or "Friends in Low Places" or other ones that are hard to mess up :).

I'll have to look for your post! I agree that it's good to get to know the people you hang out with in blogger world.

Dr. Bob Clarke said...

Hi Jeanine,

That's an awesome award! Congrats! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know a different side of you with your list of 7 things you didn't know... apparently you are not just an awesome blogger but also an award winning singer as well! :-)

Congrats again!


Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Dr. Bob! Thanks!! Well, I do love to sing :).

Ian Belanger said...

Hi Jeanine,

I like the idea of this award. Sharing things about yourself, that you wouldn't normally share and then passing the torch onto others to do the same.

My karaoke song would have to be "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" by Poison.

What can I say, I grew up in the 80's :)

Thanks for sharing Jeanine and have a great day!

Jon said...

Hi Jeanine,

I think it's really neat that generations of your family chat on the phone while your show is on.

Ha, remember Paula Abdul in her hey-day not crazy days? Sweet gal she was.


Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Ian! That's what I like about the award. And I remember that song. I used to sing along in the car, but doubt I'd have the guts to try it for karaoke.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Jon! Wasn't she, back then? :)

I think it's neat, too. And then when the show is over for the season, we all grieve a little bit because there's no other show we all like so much.

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