The Unique Blogger Award


Thank you, thank you, thank you, beautiful Roda! I am honored and excited to receive The Unique Blogger Award! If you haven’t checked out Roda’s blog, Growing Self, you really need to make it a point to visit it.  Roda’s beautiful photos and inspiring content will have you hooked!


img_8959-1The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.


  • If you could pick a book to turn into a movie adaptation, what would it be? Years ago, I read “Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue” by Neale Donald Walsch. It’s about the author waking up and writing down questions, which are answered by God as he keeps writing. I’m not sure if it ever became a movie or if it’s even true but it brings up points like: God has a sense of humor. I like that! I mean, God has to have a sense of humor, right? Or how could we? I figure that’s where we got it from.

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  • What inspires you most about your blog? It inspires me when I run into people and they tell me how much they love my blog. They laugh and comment on several posts… I smile, we talk for a few minutes… and I say to myself, I had no idea that they were even reading my blog. Always inspiring.

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  • What author inspires you (doesn’t have to be a book; can be a film director or music composer)?  Og Mandino. He is an inspirational writer who writes narratives about personal happiness and success. His book, The Greatest Miracle In the World left me crying my heart out at the end, in a good way.

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Here are my three questions: (Feel free to have fun with this)

  1. What have you learned through blogging?
  2. How do you keep your blog active and fresh?
  3. If you could turn your blog into a movie, what famous actors or actresses (Dead or Alive) would play the parts?


I nominate:

Actual Conversations With My Husband

Mothering, Marriage and Menopause

Almost Unsalvageable




The Versatile Blogger Award

March 14,2017

I am so excited to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! It really feels good to have my little blog get some recognition. Thank you to The Artist of Dreams for nominating me. Check out The Artist of Dreams at to see some really beautiful artwork and great talent.

The Rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.



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Seven Things About Me:

  1. I love to write! I began writing when I left an abusive marriage in 2010. My writing took on a life of its own and I ended up writing for six domestic violence organizations and the Charlotte Court System while living down south.
  2. I love public speaking. I spoke at “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” for two consecutive years. I also gave a speech at “Speaking of Women 2014” in front of an audience of 500 people.
  3. My children used to tell me, “Mom, no one cares what you have to say.” in reference to my writing. Over the years they have changed their tune and even support and encourage my efforts.
  4. I wouldn’t be able to survive without my sense of humor. My life is by no means easy, yet I find a reason to laugh everyday.
  5. I am well aware that there is no one that is tougher on me than I am on myself. I often find myself asking,  “Why didn’t I do more? How could I have done better?” I’m still not sure if this line of thinking is detrimental or inspiring to my overall goals. I’ll let you know when I figure that out.
  6. I never get writer’s block. My mind is always whirling with ideas and there are many times (Like when I’m in the shower) that I wish I had a pen and paper.
  7. If I could do anything for a living, I’d love to earn money writing…in the meantime, writing is a great outlet for me and I love sharing myself and my thoughts with the world.


Thank you again for the VBA (Versatile Blogger Award)! I am honored and look forward to blogging my butt off in the future!


Erin Cooper Reed



The Award Goes To…

When my boys were younger I always worked multiple jobs. Okay, I still am, and probably always will be a workaholic. Actually, most of my life working like a dog has been an absolute necessity, yet even when not, I always maintained the same work ethic.

I became the queen of quick meals, crock pot cooking and yes, the master of the microwave. I was always pretty proud of myself and my ability to hold two jobs, vacuum the  living room while still wearing a suit and heels, wash, dry and fold laundry into the wee hours and of course, whip up a meal in minutes.

Kevin, then 6 years old, came home with a smile, a bounce in his step and a paper from school boasting an “A”.

“Mom, guess what? I got an “A” on a project!” Kevin beamed.

“That’s wonderful honey! What was the assignment?” I inquired.

“Well, everyone had to write down what their favorite food was, write one sentence about it and draw a picture.”  Kevin continued, “Most of the kids picked pizza or hot dogs…but wait until you see mine!”

Kevin continued beaming as he turned his paper that sported a large “A” towards me so I could see.

At the top of the paper, Kevin had  written perfectly, “My favorite food is broccoli.”

Underneath was his sentence about the topic.

“Boy, Can my mom microwave up a box of broccoli!”

The drawing below showed a box of broccoli and a to scale replica of the green giant.

Embarrassed and momentarily fear struck, I tried to form a smile. My first-born child had no idea that broccoli was grown in soil, in gardens and farms.

“I’m so proud of you Kevin!” I said with a hug.

I’m definitely going to have to decline that “Mother of  the Year” nomination…it’s the right thing to do.

And…this year, maybe plant a garden.