Liebster Award

Earlier this week I received a message from Jennifer over at the blog Oscoey. She had been nominated for the Liebster Award! (If you aren’t sure what that is, just keep reading.) In order to accept this award, she needed to nominate at least 5 other blogs to receive the award, too.

And guess what?! Jennifer picked WholeHearted Homestead as one of her nominations! I was extremely excited and eager to accept my nomination by writing this post (after I uncovered what the Liebster Award was, as I was not familiar with it.)

Thank you so much, Jennifer from Oscoey! I’ve been touched by your nomination, and I really enjoyed getting to check out your blog. Head over to Oscoey and find out more about Jennifer and her family’s adventures in strawberry picking, jam making, gardening, and much more. The pictures she posts are just gorgeous!

What is the Liebster Award?

So if you are like me, you don’t know anything about the Liebster Award. So, here is a little background…

The Liebster Award started out as a way to recognize other bloggers in 2011. Liebster means beloved, dearest or sweetheart in German and the term is used in the award to show which blogs people are fond of. It is a great way for bloggers to connect, get to know one another and to highlight new or smaller blogs.

My Favorite Blog

To accept the Liebster Award nomination, I needed to write about my favorite blog. So here it is…

My favorite blog has to be Piwakawaka Valley! And I have several superb reasons for that. I love Dana’s enthusiasm and creativity. And the best part is that she shares about many topics that are near and dear to my heart.

For example, she recently shared this great post on creating a first aid kit for rabbits. Now, I don’t envision raising rabbits for meat (although, if you are interested in that, Dana has many great resources for you.) I do want Angora rabbits for fiber some day. I am tucking that post away for when I do get some cuddly, furry rabbits around here.

Another aspect of Piwakawaka Valley that I love is that Dana encourages plastic-free living. I am pretty far from being completely plastic free, but I love Dana’s post about plastic-free gifts, and finding creative ways to gift-give without being wasteful. Even just a little here and there can make all the difference when it comes to eliminating plastics.

I am excited to use the tips outlined in this post at Piwakawaka Valley on woodstove cooking. I’m thankful for the details and considerations Dana outlines in this post. I made eggs on top of the wood stove last year, but maybe with these hints I can venture out a little further. I’ll also be venturing out to try a ‘no-poo’ method that works better for Dana than baking soda. I’ve tried the baking soda method and my hair tends to get too greasy. I’m eager to try this new method with a little more uumph, but that is still non-toxic. You’ll have to check out her post to find out what it is that works better than baking soda.

Lastly, I was happy to read some encouraging ideas for how to make money homesteading from the Piwakawaka Valley blog. I am always looking for new ideas and ways to make a little extra to help out around our home. These ideas are very helpful and remind me that if there is a will, there is a way. I admire Dana’s work ethic. Just looking at Piwakawaka Valley makes me want to keep on trying at this homesteading thing. I do hope you will take a minute to check out this blog that is a main source of motivation for me lately. Let me know what you think!

Now This is Where it Gets Personal…

The Liebster Award encourages bloggers to engage with their readers by sharing some random things about ourselves and answering questions posed by those that nominated us. I read this part and thought it was a really fun way to do something a little different. So here’s me!

10 Random Facts About Me
  1. I have an associate’s degree in early childhood education. I was going to be a preschool teacher before switching to social work and working in a crisis nursery.
  2. Blood and guts make me nauseas and dizzy. Shots and needles cause me great anxiety.
  3. My favorite tree is the willow tree, and my favorite flower is the peony.
  4. I once struggled with an eating disorder. You can read more about that here.
  5. I’ve never been on a plane that could carry more than 4 people.
  6. I am very sensitive and consider myself to an empath. I am learning to view this as a gift instead of a curse.
  7. I prefer to delicately place spiders I find in the house outside rather than smashing them.
  8. I have a dream to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain someday.
  9. I am a vegetarian. I don’t have the heart to kill animals. And I believe that if I’m not able to kill an animal myself, then I have no business putting meat in my body.
  10. My favorite TV show is Rick Steve’s Europe.

My Answered Questions

1. If you drink coffee, how do you like it?

I love coffee! I drink it black-no sugar or creamer. When I go to a favorite coffee shop, I order a cashew milk latte-no flavors or syrups.

2. Would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?

I would rather be able to breathe underwater and see all of the colorful, unique creatures that live there. All while not worrying about running out of air.

3. What is your favorite fruit?

Watermelon! From the farmer;s market that weigh more than a small car (just kidding about the weight part–but I do prefer the heaviest they have!)

4. What is your ideal, cheap vacation?

Visiting herb farms! I’d love to travel up the east coast camping or staying in small towns to visit the herb farms all along the way.

5. What is your favorite grocery store?

The local Farm-to-You Store. They sell everything from produce, meat, and eggs to wine, ice cream, and coffee all made in Missouri-where I live.

6. Would you rather have a flower garden or a vegetable garden?

A vegetable garden. I love growing what I eat.

7. What do you do first when you wake up?

I immediately start the coffee. Then my dog, Daisy and I go for a short walk while the coffee brews.

8. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

6…(flip flops, tennis shoes, dress flats, toms (2), and winter boots)

9. What is your favorite way to cool off in the summer?

Taking a cool shower and then lying on the bed with the fan pointed on me.

10. Are you into camping or glamping?

Tent and campfire, please! I’m a camper.

11. What is a favorite childhood memory?

As a kid, I lived near my grandparents. When cousins came over we’d always head to grandma’s and have the time of our lives playing. One time, during an intense game of cops and robbers, my brother, sister, twin cousins, and I locked ourselves in our grandpa’s workshop (the ultimate hiding spot) for upwards of three hours. The walls were made of concrete, so no one could hear our banging on the door to be released. There was nothing to eat and no bathroom.

Two hours in, one of my cousins tried to use a drywall saw to pry the door open while the other began to ration out our only sustenance…grandma’s birdseed. We didn’t know when we would be rescued. When grandma finely found us, she was less than happy. Needless to say, the lock on the door to grandpa’s workshop was switched around shortly after this escapade. When we are together, this story still makes us cry from laughter.

My Liebster Award Nominations and What to do If Nominated 

My Liebster Award Nominations…

  1. Piwakawaka Valley
  2. Unexpected Homesteader
  3. 7 Tree Farm
  4. Practical Self Reliance 
  5. Crunchy and Country 
  6. Muckboots and Munchkins 


If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the follow:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) At the bottom of this post I’ve included a whole lot of images you can use for your 2017 Liebster Award.
  3. For the 2017 Liebster Award I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Answer all 11 questions asked and ask 11 questions that you would like those bloggers to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link by to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it! Post a comment in the comments below so I can view your post and check out your blog. I personally visit each and every one. I visited a few hundred last year!!

 My 11 Questions for Those I Nominated

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  2. If you could pick any person to mentor you, who would it be and why?
  3. What did you want to be when you were a child?
  4. If you could live anywhere besides where you do right now, where would it be and why?
  5. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  6. What is the one post made by you that you like the most, and why?
  7. What hobby are you most passionate about doing?
  8. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  9. Can you share a tip for other bloggers or potential blog starters?
  10. What is one of your favorite books?
  11. What is a favorite family tradition?

Thanks again to Oscoey for nominating WholeHearted Homestead! This has been a really fun and different post to write, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do it.

Keep on Writing!



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