Liebster Award 2017 Nominations


I am honored and excited to announce that this blog has been nominated for the 2017 Liebster Award for up-and-coming blogs!  I’m gonna be totally honest, I didn’t know that this existed until Stephanie Oplinger nominated me!  Thank you Stephanie!! This award was created to bring light to new blogs, giving us exposure, and networking opportunities!  I love this idea, and am thrilled to be included!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Stephanie Oplinger of Stephanie Oplinger Arts nominated me for this award.  Feel free to read her nomination Here.  Although her blog is currently under renovations to be relaunched very soon (And I’m SO excited!!), I love her mission.  Through her blog, not only is she selling her pieces of art, but also donating a portion of her proceeds to nonprofits and agencies that work with survivors of Human Trafficking!  I really appreciate her efforts, as it is a problem that is close to my heart!  Definitely take a look at her gallery, her charity donations and her upcoming posts!

I have a few favorites, but it was REALLY hard to pick! And even the narrowing down to JUST my nominations was much more stressful than I ever thought it would be! There are so many talented writers and bloggers out there, and I wish I could nominate a million!
But I would have to say, if I had to pick favorites, I would say Anchored Together and Well Traveled Mom.  Both of these blogs are spearheaded by strong women, and I love the concept of women empowering women — not that men shouldn’t also be empowered, but I never understood why women tear each other down… anyways, I digress.

I really enjoy the concept of Anchored Together.  I’m not an army wife, or service member, but because of my full time job, I work with Service Members and their families in a lot of different capacities, so I can relate to her blog.  I love that it’s helpful with the everyday lives of soldiers and their families.  From constantly moving and “PCS-ing”, to having to budget and buy new houses every three years.  I also love that she includes city guides to all of the places that they go.  They are helpful and real.  Definitely Recommend.

I fell in love with Well Traveled Mom, her story and the strength she has in responding to it.  I also have to admit, she has some awesome pictures and a very cute baby!  From what she struggled with, she seems to have really risen above and continued to live life to its fullest!  I am enamored by her, her blog, her strength, and I want to see more from her soon!


10 Random Facts about Marissa:

  1. Mac and Cheese is my favorite food group
  2. I live to eat (see facts #1 & 3)
  3. I love to travel around the world, and try the crazy foods other cultures eat.  The weirdest so far was Fermented Shark in Iceland 😛
  4. I am a Warrior of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence — found my way back and became SO much stronger from it.  Now I started a Nonprofit to help others that are going through what I (and millions of others) did.
  5. My bedroom and car will NEVER stay clean for more than a few days, no matter how organized I am.
  6. I talk to my dog and then respond to myself in the voice that I’ve created for my dog, in the personality that I imagine she would have, if she could talk.  I know she thinks I’m crazy.
  7. I am horrible at selfies, mostly because I never take them.  But when I do (or try) they are not very good.
  8. I plan to visit every country in the world and immerse myself in their cultures.
  9. I’m writing a book — lookout for updates (Shameless Plug).
  10. It took me about 30 minutes and a full disclosure discussion with my boss (I also work for the Army and my boss is a retired Marine) to figure out what to write for these 10 things.



According to my research, here are the official rules to accepting your nomination:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  6. List these rules in your post
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post. (They might not have ever heard of it!)
  8. Post a comment in the comments of –> the award post <– so your post and blog can be viewed.


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