I left you a surprise over on my blog....

These words were left in my comments four times over the past few weeks.

And I got to thinking why someone passes on a lovely (and usually goofy) bloggy award?

  • I suppose because it was given to them, right?
  • Or is it because of the rude bossy annoying demands in the 'rules' that it be passed on to 20 of your closest blog pals?
  • But there's also the whole I want to be nice and point my other bloggy pals your way, right?

Giving out links and sharing the blog love? I think that's a good start? And since I seem to have a problem following the rules~ annoying or not....

I'll just give back a feature to each of the pals who sent a lovely award my way...and instead of passing on ...I think I have a surprise coming up instead? Stay tuned...!


From the very pretty, very witty and VERY PINK:
Ms. ParentingPink herself. She blogs at

Her writing and stories are totally hilarious:
"Now that I am officially a member of the Justice League, I am going to make a few changes. First, Batman has to get rid of Robin. The economy is in shambles and we can’t afford him on the payroll. And seriously, what does Robin really do anyway?"

Meet Elizabeth,
Poor Robin, won't know what hit him, eh?

But...there's more...This one woman dynamo has created a whole magazine, online style--

From hip articles, to forums, to parenting advice... Elizabeth has life with daughters covered--
In her pink kinda way!

Do you have daughters? Ages infant to teen and in-between? Then you should see this site!


Do you have bloggy pals that should you actually meet in person you would be more like sisters because you literally already know everything in each other's lives? You find yourself wanting to share cell phone numbers with this person? I do. And this is one of them. Ms. ButlerDiaries. ---cracks me up regularly over at her place: TheButlerDiaries.

(And Kaye...I just figured out it's your turn!)
Here's a sample of one of her many themes: Wal-Mart sagas... (she lives in Arkansas..she doesn't have a choice)

"Last night at Wal-Mart, MM picks up some gum and says, to me and check out person,
"This has ZERO sugars, that's like better than Sugar Free."
Looks at us for a while..."Oh, that is sugar free."
I could literally see the light bulb switch on in her head."

And something else about Kaye? She cooks. As in if I ask what was for dinner, I know it's gonna be good. I plan to meet up and EAT with my friend Kaye someday. Till then? I get to pretend to eat with her by noting down recipes in her family and friend's Recipe blog...

(Scroll down a bit in her recipe blog to see her grandma's Chess Pie...FINALLY I get see what the heck that is?...I'm making it for Christmas...)

NEXT up....

A crazy lady I met where?? Do you even know anymore where you meet online pals? Kelli? Was it twitter? My blog, your blog, GNO... what? Whereever it was I know to find her here:

She is Gohn green, Gohn new puppy, and recently she's convinced she's Gohn ONLY 2 kids! (we shall Here's a recent something that really explained Kelli to me.

"I'm ready to get this Thanksgiving thing on and then break out the Christmas decorations. I'm starting to feel it. I think it could have something to do with the fact that I decided to pledge handmade for Christmas this year. I'm really getting sick of the commercialism that is Christmas. I'm taking it back as much as I possibly can. There will be a few things that I will actually visit the store for, but few. And I'm excited about it, even if I do feel slightly insane for truly deciding this just one month short of the big day."

She wants to be green and good and decent...and yet instead of in your face about it, she also realizes the reality of life with little kids and the chaos! I hear you Kelli!

Here's the last one...
She's last not because she's least, but because honestly I've known Ms. Musings for the least amount of time in this list.

But I already know this about her. She is geniune and kind, pretty much my two main requirements for online friendship. She has two little girls, works her tail off and despite the mandatory weekend of vomit, she has an awesome life and I'm jealous. California and all that.

She calls herself boring? And I'm all..uh? With the blond thing and the glasses thing and the OCEAN thing going on there..boring..huh?

This tells me a lot about a big fancy meme she had plenty of extra time at work to fill out...

"R is for biggest regret: I don’t really have any regrets at this point. I’ve done just about everything I’ve wanted to do, travel (to lots of wonderful places), have two lovely gremlins daughters (what the hell were we thinking?? Kidding), own my own businesses, have a fantastic house (that we can barely afford - but its beautiful!), and two nice cars (that are paid off!)."

And ANYONE who can go out shopping and bring home THIS kind of shopping bag? Is a Winner in my book. And I need to be friends with them. And then I need to copy the bag and colors for my next awesome tote!

So there you go. Instead of passing on more gas I mean.. awards... I'm working on my own thing..give me a couple days...?

Now? Do you think I should tell these four I left something on my blog for them??!



Kristina P. said...

Of course you are completely deserving of all these awards.

Oh, and BTW, I am meeting Jyl on Monday! She is doing a small get together for breakfast, and she was willing to change the time so I could come. I'm excited!

Deb said...

congrats carissa... great way to acknowledge the awards.

Anonymous said...

This is way more fun anyway. :) And you know I don't know how we met either. But I don't think it was twitter because I remember you commenting or e-mailing about attending a gno for the first time. :) Thanks for the lovely feature though.

Jenni said...

I like it!

And I have something waiting for you over on my blog!

Okay...I don't. BUT! If I had an award to give you, I TOTALLY would.

carrhop said...

Thanks for all the fun places to go visit! And congrats on your awards!


t said...

OK...I'm just plain ignorant when it comes to this stuff because I never think it's that much fun to any who reads 6 totally uninteresting things about me.

I like what we have brewing here....

Anonymous said...

I seem to have a propensity for liking dropping in on women-oriented blogs. Sheesh - mebbe I need a therapist. Hope I'm not being intrusive here, ladies. But I really enjoy Carissa's blogging touch. Hers and the Daily Blonde. Hey good idea here, Carissa!

OK, I'm leaving. Gotta visit some guys' blogs before I have to hand in my man card (smile)

Anonymous said...

Hey, Robins are very important sidekicks to have around! It would be like Abbott without Costello. Hall without Oates. Dunkin without Donuts! Screw the recession!
Great award... off to check out the recipients!
:) Robin

Kaye Butler said...

I like it. I had a hard time coming up with 8 people...

Thank you, thank you for the shout out!

If you make it to Arkansas...chicken and dumplings and a trip to Wal-Mart, not in Forrest City...that my friend is a whole year of blogs in one trip.

Anonymous said...

Hey Carissa, you have been dubbed a "Blogging Star" with a "Uber-Amazing" blog by me today at Free Spirit. So hop on over and accept the kudos and receive your award!

Marvin blogs at Free Spirit:
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unwriter said...

Love the way you accept awards. You make Marv look sane,and that ain't easy. love the layout on your blog. Mine is just a simple one but you're welcome to stop over.

Cactus Annie said...

Wonderful blog, Carissa! Found you through Free Spirit today. I'll be tagging along for sure.

Liz {Learning To Juggle} said...

What a great idea....I always feel guilting passing on the award rules...even though I love passing on awards. I think this is much more of a compliment...without the strings!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. I just saw that you did this! And it was weeks ago! I'm bad.

Thank you for your kind words!! I appreciate them very much.

BTW, the picture was taken at our friend's parent's house on a lake. :) But I'm telling you, the view was amazing. I wouldn't want to leave the house if I lived there!

Thank you again!

Oh my heck! I was featured. And it didn't hurt or anything!