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I have to say that I am amazed at the number of awards I have won from those folks over at Let’s Be Wild, and from you my readers! Over the time of entering their challenges I have won 16 awards from this site! I wanted to thank my readers for their comments left on the Let’s Be Wild site for these awards!

The last that I featured was their challenge number 24 – Reflections. Today I wanted to share the other awards that I have since won! Again a huge THANK YOU!

Challenge #28 was “Mountains.” Here is the winning photo of the Grand Tetons from Jackson Lake:

The Grand Tetons from across Jackson Lake

The Grand Tetons from across Jackson Lake

The award:

Audience Choice Award - Challenge #28

Audience Choice Award – Challenge #28

The next is Challenge #30 – Movement. My photo of rafters won the Audience Choice for this challenge. Here is the winning photo:

Going under!

Going under!

The award:

Audience Choice Award - Challenge #30

Audience Choice Award – Challenge #30

This was followed by Challenge #31 – Scent. My photo of fresh cut grass won the Audience Choice award on this challenge! Here is that winning photo:

Fresh cut grass

Fresh cut grass

The award:

Audience Choice Award - Challenge #31

Audience Choice Award – Challenge #31

And, then I was amazed that I won Challenge #32! The subject: Beaches! The photo chosen on this Audience Choice award was the contrasting white sand beach at Honaunau Bay on the island of Hawai’i. It was surrounded by the remains of a lava flow.

A white sand beach at Honaunau Bay on the Island of Hawai'i

A white sand beach at Honaunau Bay on the Island of Hawai’i

And, the award…

Audience Choice Award - Challenge #32

Audience Choice Award – Challenge #32

The last challenge I won the Audience Choice award for had “Forest” as the subject. And the photo chosen by the Audience:

Palm tree forest

Palm tree forest

And the award:

Audience Choice Award - Challenge #34

Audience Choice Award – Challenge #34

Many thanks to everyone who commented on my posts not only here, but at the Wild Weekly Photo Challenge!

Hugs to all, and have a great Tuesday! Thank you again for your comments, and for allowing me to win these awards! And, most of all thank you for following me, visiting me, and for liking my site!

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Inspiring is defined as having an animating or exalting effect. I have once again been honored with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by three amazing bloggers!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

My humble thanks go out to Susan at Gasm Travels; Julie at Cookie Crumbs to Live By; and to Shlehora at Shlehora!

The rules of this award:

1 – Display the award logo on your blog (top). Done!
2 – Link back to the person who nominated you. Done!
3 – State 7 things about yourself. This and the remaining are below!
4 – Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5 – Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 things about myself:

* I love it when it snows!
* My first pet was a toad whom I name Ferdinand Magellen
* I love the patterns found on the Zebra
* I love a good avacado
* On our recent cruise I ate 3 lobster dinners!
* I love to write
* I love yellow roses and white carnations

Now I am to nominate 15 bloggers. This is where I cheat…with less than the 15! Here are my nominations:

Lily Mugford
Sustainabilitea
Julia Bailey
Ruth Nina Welsh
Cindy’s Art Blog

Congratulations to you all! You are very inspiring indeed!

Enjoy your Tuesday and have a great day!

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Wow! I have once again been honored with yet another Audience Choice Award from the viewers at LetsBeWild.com, and I have also been honored to receive the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! I am overwhelmed! Thank you for these awards!

From the Let’s Be Wild, Wild Weekly Photo Challenge #24, Reflections, here is the award!

Audience Choice Award - Challenge #24

Audience Choice Award – Challenge #24

And the winning photo…
The Grand Tetons

The Grand Tetons

Please do take some time to check out the other winners from Challenge #24 by clicking here! There are some truly amazing photos by some very talented folks!

A huge thanks goes out to Chole Barker from It Starts with a Picture! Thank you for bestowing this honor on me! And here is the award:

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

The rules of this award:

▪ Provide a link and thanks to the bloggers who nominated you. Check and done!

▪ Answer 10 questions. And, the questions are:

1. Your favorite color? — Blue
2. Your favorite animal? — The Elephant
3. Your favorite drink? — During the day – water; at night: Cranberry Vodka, or a really great glass of wine!
4. Facebook or Twitter? — I am not really into either as I would rather talk to my friends the good old fashioned way, by phone!
5. Your favorite pattern? – Zebra stripes
6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? – Giving!
7. Your favorite number? – 3
8. Favorite day of the week? – Thursday as it is the end of my work week!
9. Favorite flower? – A beautiful, fragrant yellow rose
10. What is your passion? – Food and Photos!

▪ Nominate 10 blogs that you find a joy to read.

I cheat on this one! Today, I would like to pass this on to a few women bloggers who have some really incredible blogs that I really enjoy! In no particular order, they are:

Sharla at Catnip of Life

Penny at The Why About This

Lisa at Zeebra Designs and Destinations

Joanne at What’s on the List?

Christine at Somethingville

You are all winners and writers of some truly enjoyable blogs!

▪ Provide links to the blogs and inform the recipients they have been nominated. Links are above and I will notify them as soon as I publish this post!

▪ Include the award logo within your post. Already done!

Thank you to all for the awards! Congratulations goes out to those who I am bestowing this award upon! Welcome to the Sisterhood!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a happy Monday!

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I am once again honored with more awards! So, I thought that I would write a note of thanks to all, and to pass on two awards to other bloggers!

First, I would like to thank my readers and those who visit the Let’s Be Wild Photo Challenge for honoring me again with my 7th Audience Choice Award!

Audience Choice Award - Challenge #22

Audience Choice Award – Challenge #22

The winning photo:

A wolf in the wild

A wolf in the wild

Many, many thanks to you all!

Next, I am honored to have been nominated for two awards by Sharla over at Cat Nip of Life! Many thanks to you Sharla! The awards:

Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Now there are rules for these awards. They are:

1. Display the award logo on your blog. Got it!

2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. – Thanks again to Sharla over at Cat Nip of Life! Be sure to stop at her site for some wonderful poetry!

3. State 7 things about yourself.
* I love to cook
* I love to read a good book
* I am interested in the paranormal.
* I work at a local winery.
* I love taking photos
* Naps are essential on the weekends
* I love a challenge

4. Nominate 7-15 bloggers for this award.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and link to their blog.

And the winners are:

The Unorthodox Epicure
Fabulous 50’s
What’s On The List?
Canadian Hiking Photography
All Food, All Drinks, All Love
Life is Unwritten
Au Naturel Essence

Congratulations to you all!

Thanks for stopping by, for finding me and following me, for commenting, and for all the awards!

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This morning I was notified by the folks at Let’s Be Wild that I have been awarded the Audience Choice Award on Challenge #12! The challenge: Unusual! Here is the photo that was selected from my post by visitors to their website:

An unusual sight in the desert

An unusual sight in the desert

And my award:

Audience Choice Award - Challenge #12

Audience Choice Award – Challenge #12

Thank you to all who commented on the Let’s Be Wild website! There were some amazing photos, and here is the link to the winners: Photo Challenge 12 Winners.

Stay tuned for later today as I will be participating in their Photo Challenge #13 – New Beginnings!

Thank you for visiting!

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I cannot possibly express to you the loss of words that I have, and how overwhelmed I am with emotion to have been nominated not once but twice in the last few days for the Blogger of the Year Award – 2012! I am honored and I am truly humbled!

This is the season of giving and it is also a season to be thankful. My purpose in life is to give to those around me all I have to give. I live this purpose every day. I am thankful for a number of things. My family, my friends, to have good health, and to have a following of folks who want to read my blog! I am also thankful to the two amazing women who have nominated me for this award!

Penny Howe, of The Why About This and Sharla Lee Shults, of Catnip of Life have both nominated me for the “Blog of the Year Award – 2012.” I thank you both, with a bow, for the nominations!

Penny’s site is amazing! And, so is Sharla’s! These women have been an inspiration to me in a number of ways. Penny, with her words of wisdom and her creative influences which have given me a different perspective of life; and Sharla, with her fabulous poetry, which touches my soul with her beautiful words the images those words create. If you have not read her poetry, which paints the most incredible pictures in one’s mind, then you are missing out! Both are truly gifted women who I treasure. I consider myself so lucky that my little blog, Life in the Foothills, has given to me the opportunity to know these amazing women!

My award:

Blog of the Year Award - 2 Stars Earned!

Blog of the Year Award – 2 Stars Earned!

The rules of this award differ from others, and here are the details:

Blog of the Year 2012 Award

Do you know a blog that deserves an award? For me the answer is yes!

Do you have special blogs that you love to read? Absolutely!

Which blogs do you bookmark and follow? I have a huge list!

Would you like to give them an award this year? Well, I told you what my purpose in life is!

Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012 Award and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join The Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges

There are six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

Need to know more? Check out the FAQ page. From the same site you can click on the thumbnail for the number of awards you are given! I have two! Again, thank you Penny and Sharla! You are both dear to my heart!

My wish now, and my desire to give, tells me that I need to pass this award on. I am passing this award on to:

One Man’s Meat Conor Bofin has some incredible recipes and I get totally caught up in his lovely narrative! Cooking with humor!

Zeebra Designs & Destinations While Lisa and I live quite a ways away from each other, her artwork and posts are inspiring!

Mike’s Look at Life The title of Mike’s blog fits what he shares. It is a pretty cool perspective, and I am glad that Mike found me, so that I could follow him!

One last one:

Yummy Lummy I never thought that I could ever find anyone who can eat as much as I can, or now hitting over double nickels – could, and then I met Gary! Gary has an amazing appetite, and an amazing blog that is also worthy of passing this on!

Hugs to you all! Again, Penny and Sharla, you are both very dear to me, and I thank you with all my heart! To those that I am passing this on to: Congratulations! You all deserve this award and have kept me entertained with your blogs!

Thank you for visiting today, and please do go check out these amazing blogs! Penny – Sharla — Hugs to you both and thank you for the honor!

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This is not an easy task that I have asked all in the blog world to take on, only because there are a number of blogs that fit the qualifications for the “Master Blogger Award.” But I settled on one that met the criteria that I have set out. So with that in mind, I have the great honor and privilege to bestow the “Master Blogger Award,” or the “Masters Award” to this fellow blogger.

The Masters

Here are the rules for bestowal of this award. All of the following criteria must be met by the blog site receiving this award. The blog site must be:

1) Inspirational – The blogs must inspire one in some way
2) Informative – The blog overall, must in one way or another impart information in a creative and captivating way
3) Imaginative – The blog must titillate the imagination, making you see, hear or feel the message they are trying to impart.
4) Insightful – The blog should capture the inner nature of what is being written about, photographed, et al…and this includes seeing intuitively.

The Rules:

1) The blogger bestowing this award must tell why they are bestowing their award based on the four criteria. All the criteria have to be met.

2) The blogger bestowing the award must do so in a post on their blog site and include “The Masters Award” emblem. They must also include in their post a link to the site that they are bestowing the award to. Please notify the person who you are bestowing the award upon with a note to them on their site.

3) The site who the award is bestowed upon must write a post of thanks, linking their post back to the site who bestowed the award upon them.

4) In the same post, they must pass on the award based upon the criteria and they must follow these rules.

It is my honor and privilege, to bestow “The Masters Award” to “The Why About This” and creator Penny I. Howe whose blog you can find by clicking on the following link:

The Why About This

I am bestowing this award to Penny because within her blog I find:

* Inspiration that lies within the words that she carefully chooses that make you think about life and how one can make theirs better.
* Information is presented to the reader in a manner that flows from word to word making it easy to read and understand.
* Imagination resounds on this site not only with her art but her poetry as well!
* Insight abounds on Penny’s site as she shares her own self discovery. She carefully weaves this insight in a way that not only inspires, and informs, but tickles the imagination of the reader!

Penny, it is an honor to bestow this award on you! I ask that you please take the time to pass this on to another as deserving as yourself!

Congratulations to you Penny and thank you for Mastering the Art of Blogging!

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