Yay! I’m Awesome!

Simant, the truly awesome curator of Flipping Thru the Pages, has awesomely nominated me for the Awesome Blogger Award – which really makes me feel, well, really awesome!Β 

First created by Maggie at Dreaming of Guatemala, this “is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

Although I have seemingly been picked by other bloggers – or have tagged myself – for quite a few tags and awards lately, I am truly humbled to be considered an awesome blogger and just HAD to participate in this awesome tag! Plus, tags certainly don’t hurt when I’m in a bit of a blogging slump, what with having a block regarding posting original content and all.

So, with that being said, here we go! πŸ˜€

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

The Questions

Do you like to travel? Which is a favorite place that you have visited or want to visit?

I adore traveling! While I’ve never been out of the U.S., or in it much, my favorite, and furthest place visited is Key West, which is gorgeous, laid back, and amazing. From Duval Street, where real roosters run wild at the pier, to the Atlantic, to the Lorelai, Key West is the best trip in my book.

My husband and I went to Key West on our second honeymoon nearly two years ago and it was such a blast! Even though it was hard at the same time, as I left our oldest baby, Jack, for the longest time ever, our Key West journey is one I’ll never forget and hope to repeat often.

When did you start your blog and what impact did blogging made on your life?

I started fresh at The Caramel Files in January 2017! You can read more about my start here by visiting my post, Freshly Picked, if you’d like! πŸ˜€

Are you a tea or coffee lover?

I absolutely love coffee and tea – iced and hot – both, but since I drink coffee constantly, I’m definitely a coffee connoisseur! I’m pretty picky about coffee, but low maintenance at the same time – I only like my brew with cream – no sugar.

Which show are you currently watching or which is your favorite show?

Literally, as I type this, I’m watching The Maury Show! I adore talk shows, the old school types like Maury and Dr. Phil, and I tape virtually every episode of each! I’m dying for the 16th season of Dr. Phil to premiere next week! πŸ˜€

Do you collect any special editions for books? If yes, which edition it is?

I love the Penguin Classics book covers! I have Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and now, thanks to my lovely Secret Sister, I own a gorgeous Penguin hardcover of my favorite book in the world – Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina!

Your all-time favorite food/food-item that you can eat anytime?


What is the best gift that you have ever received?

As far as tangible, but totally from the heart, gifts go, the absolute best I’ve ever received – not counting my little family – is an original painting done by my sister-in-law. She seriously calls me her sister-in-love – I LOVE her! Anyhow, she gifted me an abstract painting featuring my only baby at the time, Jack, and I along with the quote, “…and she loved a little boy…” I am literally tearing up right now!

What would you have wanted to become when you were a child? Are your childhood dream and the grown version of you same?

The only things that turned out to be true for me is the fact that I’m married to my best friend and get to be mommy to two precious baby boys. I always dreamed of having outrageous jobs – that certainly didn’t pan out!Β 

Describe yourself in one sentence.

I am sometimes too empathetic.

What is the top thing on your bucket list?

The most attainable top something on my bucket list is to complete every book challenge/read-a-thon I join in on AND read 100 books in 2018! πŸ˜€

My Questions

  1. What’s your favorite animal?
  2. What’s your favorite movie?
  3. Where are you from?
  4. How did you come up with the title of your blog?
  5. What color could you wear for the rest of your life?
  6. Do you wear makeup?
  7. Do you read magazines?
  8. What are your top five favorite books?
  9. Is there a meaning behind your name?
  10. What’s your favorite TV show genre?

I Tag…


Love, Maggie


  1. Jessica | ReadingwithJessica

    Love your answers and this tag. It looks like a lot of fun! Love the painting, so sweet!

    08 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks, Jessica! This may be the most fun tag I’ve ever done! πŸ˜€

      09 . 09 . 2017
  2. Shawn

    That painting is awesome! That is definitely the sweetest gift ever!

    08 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much, Shawn! The painting is a perfect addition to my collection of my sister-in-law’s wonderful artwork! πŸ˜€

      09 . 09 . 2017
  3. Diana @ the bookish Sisters

    I staRted my blog around january/febrUary 2017 too!! Yay!
    Loved getting to know you better πŸ™‚

    08 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks, Diana! Yay! We could celebrate our 1-year blogiversaries together! πŸ˜€

      09 . 09 . 2017
  4. Fernanda

    loved reading your answers! I also LOVE mint chocolate chip ice cream!!!

    08 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks a bunch, Fernanda! πŸ˜€ All this talk about mint chocolate chip makes me REALLY want some right now!

      09 . 09 . 2017
  5. Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

    I love this tag/award. Great answers. Mint chocolate chip is definitely delicious. good luck with your bucket list!

    08 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks, Nicole! I had a blast doing this tag! My mouth is watering just thinking about mint chocolate chip! YUM! πŸ˜€

      09 . 09 . 2017
  6. Kris

    This is the first iv seen this tag! Great ans!

    08 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much, Kris! πŸ˜€ I had so much fun with this one! πŸ˜€

      09 . 09 . 2017
  7. Sarah Campbell

    Mmm chocolate CHIP ICe cream!! Delish. IM also too empathetic!

    08 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Yes! I’m so excited – we’re finally getting a Baskin-Robbins in town and I’m dying! LOL! Being an empath is great, but a SUPER empath is really tough sometimes! I’m glad I’m not alone! πŸ˜€

      09 . 09 . 2017
  8. DanieLLE

    Love that painting! Also i have same problem of bEing to eMPathetic.

    08 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      I think empathy is a double-edged sword – it’s an amazing quality, but it can make life so hard when you feel almost too much…Thanks so much! My sister-in-law is so very talented! I have the picture hanging outside my boys’ room and it’s just perfect!

      09 . 09 . 2017
  9. Cassie Winters

    OMG Mint Chocolate Ice Cream! My favorite type of ice cream ever. You have great taste.love your answers and so great to learn more about you!

    08 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Yes! I seriously ate 3 Hagen-Daas things of it the other night! LOL! Thanks so much; I had so much fun doing this tag! πŸ˜€

      09 . 09 . 2017
  10. flippingthruthepages

    Yay! I am glad you did it 😊 Your answers are awesome. I hope you enjoyed doing it πŸ˜€ That painting is really wonderful. I have never heard of Key West but I am going to Google it just now as I type πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

    07 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much! I had a blast with this tag! πŸ˜€ I adore my painting and key west is amazing – I hope you found some pretty pictures of it! It makes me so sad that Hurricane Irma is hitting it! πŸ™

      09 . 09 . 2017
      • flippingthruthepages

        Yeah it’s sad ☹️

        09 . 09 . 2017

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