JellyFishSticks Received the Leibster Award!

JellyFishSticks received the 2016 Liebster Award!

I am so grateful to be honored by a fellow blogger! The Liebster Award can only be given by another blogger, so it is very exciting to accept an award from the blogging community. We were nominated by The Learn and Play Blog.

Visit Jessica and her adorable family at I especially love the outdoor adventures she shares on her blog! I am from the bay area, and she posts great pictures of California mommy life with her handsome little guy Oliver. It makes me feel connected to my West Coast roots, while raising kids on the opposite coast.

The Official Rules of the Liebster Award 2016
Back in 2011 the rules were a simple case of acknowledgement of the nominator and to nominate 5 more. Now in 2016 it is a little more involved!
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
  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”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) 
  3. For the 2016 Liebster Award I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite 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.
  6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and offer a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

In the tradition of the 2016 Liebster Award here are 10 random facts about me: Amanda @JellyFishSticks
  1. The Anne of Green Gables series was my favorite when I was a little girl.
  2. I studied phylum cnidaria in college, but found I wouldn't be able to support myself striving to protect surfers from nematocysts, so I changed my major.
  3. My college degrees are in Early Childhood Development, Information Technology, Business Management, and Marketing.
  4. I have been spelunking in a cave in Tennessee with openings smaller than 22 inches wide.
  5. I can solve a standard Rubik's cube in about five minutes.
  6. I have jumped into the Mediterranean Sea at midnight in Cannes, France.
  7. I have been bungee jumping, sky diving, repelling, and indoor rocking climbing too many times to count.
  8. One of my favorite memories (before having babies) was sitting on the rocks with my husband in Pacific Grove, watching the sunset and two Minke whales swimming out of the bay.
  9. Frank Gehry is my favorite architect. My favorite structures (that I have visited) are the Peix in Barcelona and the Dancing House in Prague.
  10. I played the flute in grammar school orchestra.
List of Questions from Learn and Play Blog:

1. What or who has inspired you to blog? My kiddos are my inspiration. I hope to inspire other parents and care givers to play and have fun with their littles (while they are still littles)...
​2. Where is your favorite place to go as a family and why? I'm a DisNerd, so I absolutely love Disney World with my family. I also love our weekly outings at the beach.
3. What is your biggest advice for exploring with kids under two and an infant? Don't try to squeeze in too much at once! As you become more experienced, you learn that small adventures with simple activities are usually the most fun for your toddlers!
4. What is on your summer bucket list? Flying a kite and visiting a lighthouse!
5. What do you enjoy the most outside of being a mom? Getting a massage... 
6. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Beach time.
7. What is your favorite blog or Instagram that you follow? I love Lyndie Irons' instagram feed, I was a huge Andy Irons fan, and I love seeing her raise Axel and keep his memory alive.
8. What are ways you keep or have kept your toddler entertained? Art time, any kind of art (a lot of it is on the blog) but simple things are a hit... like stickers and markers!
9. What are your plans for your next family adventure? We are headed to fly kites this weekend on the beach.
10. What do you do to de-stress on your own? Yoga, cooking, and travel shows.

My 2016 Nominees:

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. What is your inspiration for blogging?
  2. What is your favorite blog or instagram feed?
  3. Share your favorite post from your own blog.
  4. What are your plans for your next family adventure?
  5. Where are you from?
  6. How do you de-stress on your own?
  7. What is your best piece of Mommy advice?
  8. What is your favorite meal?
  9. What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
  10. What is your favorite children's book?

Thank you so much Learn and Play Blog for nominating us! We are honored and we love your blog... please go follow Learn and Play NOW!

Learn and Play Blog

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    Cheers and Regards,

    Ralph Scott
    Executive Producer; Senior Writer
    TNP, LLC
    C: (707) 771-0606
    Petaluma, California


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