Positive Parental Participation Wins Versatile Blogger Award


There are so many awesome blogs out there.

It doesn’t matter if you are interested in gardening, cooking, technology, parenting, architecture, electronics, philosophy…or any other topic…there are blog communities waiting to connect with you.

When it comes to parenting, it is especially valuable to have so many helpful online resources…parenting is a really difficult task…and families these days are not close-knit the way they used to be in the “good old days”.  Young parents and new parents often have no family members near-by to rely on to help and give advice.

So I’m especially honored to have received this Versatile Blogger Award for my parenting blog…for the second time.  This time I have SmartyPantsFun to thank, a great website that provides creative crafty printables for kids.

According to the award instructions, I’m supposed to write seven things about myself and then pass the award on to 15 other deserving bloggers.

Seven Things About Me

1.    I weigh myself every morning, even though experts say not to do that.

2.    I eat a bowl of air-popped popcorn (with a TB of canola oil and a pinch of Celtic Salt) every night while I relax and watch TV or a movie with my husband.

3.    If I liked what I saw on the scale, I also eat a small bowl of ice-cream with a squirt of real whipped cream.

4.    I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and have read and reread all of the books several times, even though each book is over 800 pages long.

5.    I also love Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear series and anxiously await another sequel.

6.    My writing goals for 2012 are: to work on the second book in the Show Me How series (Celebrating the Holidays Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking…this is the one I need crafts and recipes for and hope bloggers will come forward and contribute) and to take a picture book I wrote many years ago and rework it into an interactive board book series to help toddlers learn their colors, numbers and ABC’s.

7.    I am currently de-cluttering my home…one drawer, closet and shelf at a time.

The bloggers I give the Versatile Bloggers Award to are:

Mirth and Motivation

Spirit Lights the Way

My Life is my Rainbow

Piglet in Portugal

Tales from the Motherland

Sippy Cup Chronicles


Because I’m the Mommy

Plate Spinning 101

The Mom Writes

Stacy S. Jensen

Like a Bump on a Blog

These are only a few wonderful writers out there…people who take the time to share their thoughts and expertise…and make us smile and cry and think and move forward.  I’m honored to have connected with these bloggers in 2011…and I’m excited to see who I will meet in 2012.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on January 4, 2012, in parenting, Positive Parental Participation and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Jackie Paulson

    I love that you gave ELIZ the award! She is so amazing isn’t she? I hope to see more of you in 2012 and Congrats on your books!!! I hope to publish my books one day (sigh) ~Jackie


  2. Awww thanks! I’ve received the Award a few times now so I am well pleased 🙂


    • Well, you deserve it!!!
      I’ve loved reading about your stubborn vegetable garden…and your precious new grandbaby!
      I look forward to visiting your blog more often…if I can’t make it to Europe yet, at least I can vicariously enjoy it through your posts! 🙂


  3. thank you! i am very flattered to receive this award from someone i hold in such high esteem!!


  4. Thanks you so much Vivian for honoring me… I am way past reading most parenting stuff, because I’m in that “twilight” phase with my own kids… at least the little guy stuff. I love reading others, to get a dose of what was and how much I still miss it some days. That said, I believe that those later years hold so much meaning and really important opportunities for growth and teaching. I love checking out your blog and I’m flattered that you found mine worthwhile. Some of the “parenting” of late, parenting my own parent, has been the hardest of all (as readers may know) and it means a lot that you shared that journey. Thanks!


    • I was honored to include you in the list of special blogs that I feel contribute something of great value to their readers. Your posts have been compelling…you are a wonderful writer and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate that you shared this difficult journey with us.


  5. Lovely post, Vivian! Thanks for thinking of SLTW! 😀

    One reason that “experts” say not to weigh every day is that some people get all whacked out about the number . . . without realizing that it can fluctuate with salt intake, fluid retention, etc.

    I weigh myself most days to satisfy myself that it’s in “the right range.” If it is, I give myself a bit more latitude. If not, I “tighten the reins” a bit. Sounds like you do the same.


    • Hi Nancy,
      Thank you…and you’re welcome!
      I knew we were on the same page about many things…and the weigh-in is definitely one of them. I realize that our weight fluctuates from day to day, as well as during the same day. But I love knowing approximately where I am…for personal satisfaction and also so I can have that extra spuirt of whipped cream. 🙂


  6. Thank you Vivian for including me in such a fun group. I hope you reach all of your goals in 2012. I can’t wait to hear how the interactive book progresses. Oh, and the popcorn makes my mouth water. I decided not to eat it until my son can munch on it safely … so I’m popcorn free. I can eat a little ice cream, but that’s why I don’t check out the scale too frequently.


    • Hi Stacy,
      You are most welcome!! I love how you’ve organized your blog posts…and you ALWAYS provide one of great value and I’ve learned so much about writer’s conferences and what’s going on around the web that might interest a picture book author or illustrator.
      Understand totally about the popcorn…with a little one around, it would be all to easy for him to find one of those stray kernels and “pop” it into his mouth. 🙂


  7. Thanks Vivian. I’m honored.

    I LOVE the Clan of the Cave Bear too!!! Did you read the last one? The Land of the Painted Caves?


  8. Vivian, congratulations to you! I’m beyond flattered that you are, in turn, bestowing this award on my blog along with so many other great ones. Your encouragement and generous support means a great deal to me. Thanks for being such an inspiration!


  9. Congrats on the well-deserved recognition. I also appreciate you mentioning me. Happy 2012, too 🙂


    • Thanks, Amberr. I was just at your blog, reading the great guest post about Legoland…sounds like a really fun adventure for kids. I loved how you added the video clips…I really need to get on the stick about that…I want to do some YouTube videos of reading, crafting and cooking, as well as some parenting tips…my husband stands ready with the camera and tripod…just waiting till my resistance steps back…probably I’m intimidated by the whole photo shoot and uploading idea.


  10. Congratulations on your award and thank you for including my blog! You are the best too! 🙂


    • It’s only fitting, Eliz, as you were my first blog mentor. Your dedication has motivated me to write, even when I didn’t think I had the time. And your blog is the standard we should all try to emulate…well-written, informative, beautifully laid out, amazingly researched, filled with helpful resources, visually stunning…need I go on? 🙂
      Happy Sunday!


  11. Congrats! I recently got myself a filing cabinet and I’m slowly organizing all my stories and papers one draw or box at a time.


    • Thanks for coming by, Rena! I never thought of myself as an organzied person…however, as the years go by, I long for a more simple, unencumbered existence. 🙂 I now understand that less is more…and getting paper clutter (and books and other stuff) organized does make life less stressful…if only that you don’t waste time looking for stuff. 🙂


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