Last week a couple of my friends, Ang and Dana, both awarded me with a "Lemonade Stand" blogger award which is passed on to "bloggers who demonstrate great attitude and gratitude". Part of the honor of winning this award is to turn around and recognize other bloggers so without further ado, here are the Lemonade Stand awards that I am handing out this week. (Hard to choose because I have so many faves!)
First up is my brother Brian's wife Michelle at Curls, Spunk and Monkey Chunk. Michelle is an amazing photographer and I love reading her blog because it is how I stay up to date with my darling little nieces and nephew when I otherwise see them just a few times a month. She is very honest about motherhood and life in general, which I am cure we can all appreciate.
Next I would like to return the award back to Ang at Football, Sushi and the Pursuit of Happiness. Ang and I met through a mutual friend six or seven years ago and have a lot in common, especially our love of photography. Ang is also a Nikon user and she is my new go-to girl for Nikon questions. We have a tradition of going to Fuddruckers for Valentines Day every year :)
I would also like to give the award back to Dana at My Everyday Life. Dana and I have known each other since HS but became friends several years ago through a group of mutual friends. I love reading Dana's blog to see what she has been up to.... she is very active and busy and always posts a lot of pictures about all the fun she has....we also have a lot in common!
Next up I have to give a shout-out to one of the most amazing photographers I know, Chriselda at Chriselda Photography. Chriselda and I became online buds back in 2004-2005 when we took part in a Circle Journal together. Since that time Chriselda has built up her photography business full-time and her photography is simply amazing!! This blog is a photography blog.
Another of my favorite bloggers is Denise at Lipstick and Red High Heels. Denise is so stinkin funny! She loves to tell stories about the mischief she would get into when she was younger with her three sisters. Denise had to make her blog private this year but I am lucky enough to have the password :) Denise is also one amazing photographer and I adore looking at all of her work. Check out her photography blog! Beautiful!
I also must give an award to Ms. Samara at Link Adventures. Sam and I have been blogging buddies for awhile now, we "met" through Lindsay Teague who is one of Sam's best buddies and another of my favorite bloggers. Sam and I are the same age and she is also from the midwest but transplanted in AZ. Samara just graduated from college with a degree in Communications/Journalism (or something like that!) This past semester Sam spent hundreds of hours in the newsroom and on location shooting pieces for the local news and she shared many of the pieces she created on her blog. Check them out, they were so much fun to watch, I would always forget it was Sam I was hearing until she would show up on camera..... so professional!! Sam also leaves me the nicest, most thoughtful comments on my blog. I can't wait until I get to go back to AZ again soon so that we can meet in real life :)
Another of my most-favorite blogs to read because of the entertainment factor is Lindy at Gringa N Mexico. Lindy moved to Mexico a couple of years ago to be with her husband and loves to write about her experiences as a barely-spanish-speaking-white-woman-who-lives-in-Mexico-but works in a border town in the US. This girl is freaking HILARIOUS. Lots of sex talk and foul language.... I love the shock factor! Lindy just gave birth to her very first baby and I can't wait to read all about her new adventure into Motherhood, which bound to be entertaining the way Lindy writes about it :)
The last award I am giving out today is to my Belgium blogging buddy, Jientje at Heaven is in Belgium. I first found Jientje (pronounced gene-chu) through the Photo Hunts that I started hosting last Spring and I absolutely adore her photography!! Jientje likes to take photos of objects and landscapes as I do and she has such a talented eye! She is also just learning how to use a D-SLR camera and I am so inspired by her work!
To the many others whose blogs I read...... thank you for sharing what you do :)