Kreativ Blogger Award

I felt quite honored today when one of my new friends, Samantha Bangayan (from the MomSquawk contest —- remember when I kept spouting off about what a great experience that was even if I didn’t win? Well, yeah, I’m holding onto that philosophy) gave me the Kreativ Blogger Award. Thank you, Samantha! There are two main rules that accompany the Kreativ Blogger Award. First, I need to pass the award along to 10 other bloggers and let them know about it. Only choosing 10 is going to suck (out loud as my aunt would say). The funny thing is that until a week ago, I would have had trouble even finding 10 bloggers that I follow. Now, I have about 30! Second, I need to write 10 facts about myself that you most likely don’t already know. Ok, so this is going to be a problem too. For those who have been reading my blogs, I’m not exactly shy about anything! I’m going to give this one quite a bit of thought! Here are a couple posts explaining more about the Kreativ Blogger Award, thanks to Anita (who is mentioned later on). One and Two 😀

So, without further adieu, here are some of my favorite bloggers (in completely random order) . . . . (Oh, and screw it – These go to 11):

  1. Shawna @ — Shawna is one of the bloggers that I have just found. I love her style and was hooked on her writing from the first that I read!
  2. Amber @ ambird — Amber is one of the few bloggers that I was following before the MomSquawk contest. I love her “voice” in her written posts, though those are not as frequent as her art posts. These are what truly draw me to her. Her artwork is quite simply gorgeous.
  3. Jen @ — Another recently found blogger, Jen offers diverse topics about what’s dear to her . . . and I always love to read her words!
  4. Babette Reeves @ The Passionate Librarian — Babette doesn’t post every day, but I always find myself excited when I see a new post from her in my inbox! She’s a children’s librarian who shares her expertise and her experiences with children’s literacy.
  5. Susan Dickson @ — I was hooked on Susan’s blog from the first one that I read, all about how horror movies suck now! I came to find out that we had a lot in common as mommies too! I really enjoy her writing style.
  6. Mysti Reutlinger @ — Mysti was one of the many wonderful mommies that I met during the MomSquawk contest. She’s the one who turned me onto She has a very engaging written voice, and I connect very well with her style.
  7. Tammy (Wojtas) Wagner @ Tammy Mommy — Tammy is yet another mom from the MomSquawk contest! I have come to discover very quickly that we think alike about a lot of things. I often read her words and feel like they could very well be my own!
  8. John Archer @ John Archer — I’ve followed John for a couple of months now and his posts are always positive and uplifting. I’ve never read his work without smiling!
  9. Tamara Martinez @ — I have known Tammy for 16 years. We majored in Creative Writing in high school together. I have always loved Tammy’s writing and am excited to be reading it once again through her blogs!
  10. Valerie K. Owens @ Quality Research and Writing Services — Another MomSquawk mommy, Valerie, like many of us MomSquawk contest people, is creating her own niche in the freelance writing world. I love her unique thoughts and visions.
  11. Anita @ — Anita and I connected during the MomSquawk contest, but I swear we knew each other in a past life (or two). We’re often like one mind, but with enough differences to keep us from boredom. Her writing moves me.

And here are some (possibly) little known facts about moi:

Ok, so I’m having A LOT of trouble with this. If you’ve known me for a while, you’re going to know all of this stuff (probably). If you’re newer in my life, hopefully you won’t know these already!

  1. If it wasn’t for family, specifically the lil’ ones, I’d move to Europe in a heartbeat.
  2. The day my daughter was born, I looked at my dad and said, “Ok, I give up on having a brother or sister.” (I was an only child and had begged for a sibling for years.) Little did I know that my step-mom was 3 ½ months pregnant at that time!
  3. I attended 5 different elementary schools, 1 intermediate school, and 3 high schools. I felt out-of-place at all of them except the last high school I attended.
  4. I was accepted to NYU. I even would have had half of the tuition paid for in grants and scholarships. My anxiety over paying that other half kept me from going. I still fantasize about how college would have been different if I went.
  5. When I was a kid, I was teased a lot. One day in 5th grade, my mom decided to walk me to the bus stop before school. I was mortified. I was certain the kids would laugh at me. Instead, all the kids that teased me stood around talking to my mom like they were best friends. Weeks later, my mom called out the ring leader when we were walking down the street. She told him that he must have it pretty sad at home to call me names all the time. He broke down and started telling my mom all about his life. He never teased me again. We never became friends, but every time he saw my mom, he stopped and talked to her.
  6. I had a lump removed from my breast 2 years ago. It was completely benign, but I’m still terrified. Every little thing that goes wrong with my body, I think it’s cancer. Logically, I always know that I’m overreacting, but I can’t help it.
  7. I’ve been in and out of therapy since I was 8 years old. A few years ago, I realized why I never had much success with most of my therapists. Whenever I would go see them, I’d pretend everything was ok because I didn’t want them to think that I was crazy!
  8. I had the baby blues after my daughter was born because I missed having her all to myself. I didn’t want to share.
  9. I’m not religious, but I’m fascinated by religion. If all goes my way, I’m going back to school to study Comparative Religion. I have a few book ideas on the subject!
  10. I get mad when I read books and see typos and grammatical mistakes. All I can think of is that someone got paid to proofread and copy-edit that book. Not only did someone get paid, but someone got paid really well, and I’m sitting here struggling to make a living as a writer/editor.

Whew! That was tough! It was fun though. I do hope my award recipients continue on with this. I’m really looking forward to reading your 10 things!

7 responses to this post.

  1. What a compliment Dayle – Thank you. I do try to make people smile, as well as to do some introspection.
    . . ./John


  2. Wow!! Thanks for participating, Dayle. Thanks especially for taking the time to do a bit of background research. I’ve had a couple people ask me about the background to the award too and now I can just shoot them these links! =) It’s interesting how it’s evolved from passing the fabric onto 3 blogging friends, then from lists of 7 to 10 and now 11. =) Hehehe!

    I absolutely loved learning more about you. This is my favorite part! Do you think you could move to Europe with your family? Once you get this work-at-home thing going, you can live anywhere, don’t you think?! =)

    I especially loved the story about the bully at school. Your mom sounds like an amazing woman! =)


    • Thanks Sam! . . . Anita did the research though, not me 😀

      As for Europe, unfortunately, no. First there’s the fact that I have my baby sister (well a baby to me anyway :p) and 6 nieces and nephews . . . I doubt I could get all of them to move to Europe! Then there’s the legal issue with not being able to move out of state, yet alone the country without permission from my ex-husband! Not that I blame that he wouldn’t give it . . . I certainly wouldn’t let him move to Europe with my daughter! It may be a possibility in 15 years or so though 🙂


  3. […] cool awards like the Kreativ Blogger award! Posted on May 5, 2011 by Valerie Courtesy of Dayle L. Frischilla, I’ve managed to wrangle my first blogger award!  Winning the Kreativ Blogger award for my […]


  4. Posted by amber on May 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you so much! This warms my heart, and sincerely motivates me to keep up with my blog!



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