Blogger Recognition Award…Who? Me?

When I started this whole blogging thing, I was doing it to put myself out there with the hope that people would like my writing/story/etc. I dreamed that it would lead to bigger and better things but NEVER expected that those things would surface so quickly.

Well, here we are, 3 months into my blogging journey and a fellow AWESOME blogger Stef of Brunette by Design has nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award! Stef is a talented writer and lifestyle blogger from Canada who has the most beautiful site and a determination to succeed. Definitely check her out HERE.

I was apprehensive to start blogging, wondering whether or not people would even read what I wrote or be interested in the sometimes mundane aspects of my life. I have since thrown caution to the wind and decided that at the very least, I will have a great catalog of our life together to look back on when I am old and gray. For new bloggers, that would be my first piece of advice – take the leap! It is often times the biggest hurdle to overcome. You might think your writing needs work, or you don’t have anything interesting to say, but I assure you, there are plenty of people out there that will relate to what it is you’re going through or writing about.

They say “it takes a village”. For a single mom, there is nothing more true. I have an amazing support system of family and friends and now, loyal blog followers, that help me be me on a daily basis. That is my second piece of advice for any bloggers – surround yourself with people who support you and know what you are going through. There are tons of blog groups on Facebook and Pinterest and a whole network of super successful bloggers that LOVE to give advice on what makes them successful. Don’t be afraid to reach out, ask questions, bounce ideas off of each other. As long as you pay it forward, everyone is willing to help!

Speaking of paying it forward, I am getting to the best part of this nomination thing! I now get to nominate the blogs/bloggers below. Check out their sites – they are really the best of the best!

Mom Envy – Laura is the master of all things home and kids. She has the greatest printables and you have probably seen her awesome pins all over pinterest!

HodgePodge Hippie – Thena is hysterical! She is super real in her writing but also incorporates her own funny spin on things.

Hope In The Chaos – Kelly is so informative in her writing and brings a fresh perspective on a wide range of lifestyle topics. She is also a mother of 4, which pretty much makes her a superhero.

Gifter Grid – If you are ever looking for a unique and meaningful gift idea for any occassion, this is the blog that will help you do it!

Amy Bihl – Amy is a great writer who focuses on mixing faith and family!

Super Savvy Sarah – Sarah’s blog will teach you how to save money at the grocery store, walk you through breastfeeding and carseat installation and help you make the perfect appetizers when you’re entertaining all before you reach the 2nd page!

A Sprinkle Of Everthing – Kate is an amazing writer! When I read her posts I feel like we have been friends for years. Read her blog and I bet you will feel the same!

Peaks and Waves – For the most breathtaking travel photos and advice, head over to Peaks and Waves. I have put each destination from Courtney’s blog on my bucket list!

Pure Religion Is – Sharon mixes advice and faith in a very meaningful way. She is a great writer and I always feel better after reading one of her posts!

That Mrs. Miller – From photography to arts and crafts, Michelle covers just about everything in this wonderful blog! Check out her recipe for German Chocolate Cake…yum!

A Literary Feast – A dash of family, a pinch of meal planning, a sprinkle of wisdom and a whole lot of humor. Mix them together and you have A Literary Feast!

Mama Knows Gluten Free – She sure does! Check her out for some of the most delectable recipes you will find on the internet. Gluten or not!

I selected each blog for different reasons, as you can see above. They all mix unique content with great writing and their own personal style. I am proud to call them my “blog friends” and happy to nominate them for this recognition!

Thanks for taking the time to help me celebrate this achievement and pass along my nominations! Here’s to many, many more!


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  1. Kate

    July 12, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    This is incredible!! And thank you so much for mentioning my blog! Congrats!!

  2. Courtney

    July 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    This is awesome! Congrats to you and thanks so much for the kind words and nomination! XO

  3. Karla

    July 13, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Congratulations! Tell me a little bit about how is it that you reach out to other what do you tell them. I need help on that part.

    1. abenefit

      July 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      For me, it is about building a network. So I join lots of Facebook and Pinterest groups for bloggers and ask questions about the things I don’t know. It is always really motivating to hear about other bloggers success and share your own. I think this is a big part of growing your blog!

  4. Melissa

    July 13, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Thank you so much for the recognition and letting people know about my gift ideas site! You are absolutely right about the emotional aspect of the unknown when it comes to starting a blog – you are doing an amazing job!

    1. abenefit

      July 13, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks so much! Same to you!

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