Liebster Award: Happy Dance, I’ve been Nominated

Hey you! Did you notice anything different? That’s right, website got a lil’ face lift. Maybe you’ve seen it already. Either way, hope you like it. I’ve been waiting to post, till I had something fun to share.
Jessie from Still Playing House nominated me for the Liebster Award! Cool right! Thanks Jessie! I enjoyed reading about Jessie and Pam in their Liebster post!

WHAT IS THIS, you ask? It’s an award for smaller blogs asking us to answer some questions and write some random facts. It helps to get to know each other better. So here goes 🙂

Q & a

  1. What is your favorite memory?
    Oh man, not sure I can choose…  1. I have several beautiful memories of horseback riding  2. Childhood days spent on the beach, playing in waves and collecting sea shells. 3. Running ridiculously free as a kid 4. Sitting on my Dad’s shoulders at Disneyland to watch the fireworks after a long day of fun 5. My dating days with hubby 6. Hilariously laughing with friends 7. Lake Days- boating, wake boarding and teaching others to 8. Giving birth to my girls 9. Park days, picnics and pushing my kids on swings while watching them sweetly laugh. 10. Playing softball 11. Whale watching in a tiny boat with whales dancing all around us, within arms reach! It was glorious.
  2. What is the funniest thing you ever saw, heard, or experienced?
    One of the funniest things I ever saw were the legs of a grasshopper sticking out of a guys mouth. It was a drinking party. Someone told him he couldn’t eat this grasshopper, that he wouldn’t do it. He said, I’ll ****ing do it, snatched it up, shoved it in his mouth and held it there as the legs dangled out of his mouth. Maybe it doesn’t sound so funny, but at the moment it was pretty hilarious. Of course, what followed next was telling him that he couldn’t chew it……. nuff said! haha.
  3. What is your most embarrassing moment?
    I have two for you.
    -When I was about 10, my older brother tickled me till I peed my pants. That sucked.
    -My feet were so swollen from having been pregnant, I had to wear Crocs. The original ones….  bad choice. Even my jeans did not hide them. My friend was kind enough to save me from myself. I no longer wear them. lol
  4. If you could do anything what would it be?
    -I would learn everything, know all the mysteries of life. I love to learn.
    -If that was not an option, then I would want to fly, like Superman, that would be awesome!
  5. What is your proudest accomplishment?
    My most amazing creations to date, are my 3 incredible children (6, 8 and 10.) Nothing else even compares, except perhaps being married to my sweetheart for 20 years. We married at 18 and no one thought it would last. It hasn’t all been a bed of roses, but pretty darn close.  I’m pretty proud of that too.
  6. If you could hire someone to do something for you on a weekly basis what would it be?
    House cleaning, laundry, & cooking.
  7. How many states or countries have you lived in?
    Two, California and Nevada
  8. What’s your best piece of advice to give someone?
    Turn off the t.v. Question everything. Find something to focus on, follow your dreams and don’t listen to other people’s negativity. Connect to the great Creator and seek out your own answers, find your North, and rock on!
  9. What is your favorite food?
    Well, it’s definitely not pancakes, haha. I love Mexican food! Followed closely by Thai and German.
  10. What do you like most about yourself?
    I think I like my positive attitude the most. I try to see the bright side of things. I also like my grit and determination, my curiosity and desire to learn. What about you? We don’t get to say these things often enough, share in comments!
  11. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three things with you, what would they be?
    A yacht, my man, and a fridge full of food and water, of course!

11 Random Facts about me

  1. I do not like to cook. I know this is majorly offensive to some, but it’s a reality. I can’t help it, don’t’ judge me! Haha.
  2. I love peaches and strawberries (but not pancakes)
  3. I love to sew and craft.
  4. I don’t believe everything the mass media feed us. Free thinkers unite!
  5. I love horses and riding bareback, like people did before there was such things as saddles. I also like to ride Western and have a few ribbons from it.
  6. I want to learn how to surf! Do big girls surf??
  7. I love to travel and explore, it cures my innate curiosity.
  8. I love seahorses, cats, horses and mermaids. What?
  9. I love to roller skate
  10. I’m a tomboy and proud of it. I know the new movement is to say I’m a girl (and that’s suppose to be enough) but whatever. I am not a princess, I don’t give a crap about my nails or makeup. But I totally believe in being sexy.  I’m athletic, outgoing, adventurous, and I love the outdoors. I love to shoot (targets) but not hunt (so don’t ask me to touch a carcass, eww!) haha.
  11. If it we weren’t for hubby, I’d probably be a vegetarian.


And now to pass the baton. I nominate Mary of Groovity Designs! She’s a super sweet person and friend, but also a fabulous detailed designer with an eye for pysanky. She just published Color like Crazy! Kaleidoscope Mandala Designs and I jut know we’ll see much more from this talented lady!

Here are her questions:

  1. What is your number 1 goal right now?
  2. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
  3. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment?
  5. What do you like most about yourself?
  6. What has most influenced your creativity and why?
  7. Where is your dream vacation?
  8. What is your proudest accomplishment?
  9. Dogs or Cats?
  10. If you were a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
  11. What is your best childhood memory?

Liebster rules:

  • Link back and thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you
  • Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate up to 11 blogs with 200 followers or less and give them 11 questions to answer on their blog

Aaaand, never forget, you are:
You are Powerful and Amazing and Beautiful

Skype Link – How?

So, you’re using and you want to put a skype button link on your blog, but this darn site doesn’t accept that coding! Urgh, so frustrating! I know! Since I just went through this, I thought I’d share this easy ‘how to‘ with you. Fret no more, here’s the HACK I used. Easy, step by step directions to place a link from your blog, to your Skype profile.

First, go here to create a shortened address that actually will recognize: I tried Bitly first, it didn’t work. Trust me, go here.

You will place one of these Skype codes below into the address shortener, but don’t shorten until you have replaced vivayne1 with your own username.


Your code should read skype:YOURSKYPEUSERNAME?chat (or call if you want them to call you every time someone clicks your Skype button) Now click the ‘shorten’ button. You should now have an address, rather than that funny Skype code above. This new address can now be used on your blog. Now you can create your own Skype widget, which you can find under appearance, widgets, and select the image widget.

Here is coding for a text widget, if you prefer.

<a href=”YOUR LINK HERE” target=”_blank”><img title=”Skype” src=”YOUR IMAGE SOURCE.jpeg” alt=”Email” width=”35″ height=”35″ /></a>

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