Monday, February 23, 2015

Liebster Award! + ebook SALE!!!

So the beautiful Sarah of Coffee & Glitter nominated me for the Liebster Award like, more than a month ago, and I am such a serious slacker that I am just NOW getting around to finding nominees and coming up with my own set of questions so I can post about it. I am so honored to have been nominated and it was really fun to answer these questions and nominate some lovely ladies! 

In case you haven't heard, the Liebster Award is a blogger to blogger nomination that helps more blogs to be discovered and recognized! You answer the 11 questions you were given, nominate 11 other bloggers with 100 followers or less (I used Bloglovin' followers in this case), and give them 11 questions to answer. They should then answer those questions and pass it along to 11 other bloggers with 100 followers or less! 

Without further ado, here are the questions from Sarah: 

Random pic of me, because blog posts need pictures. 
1. When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging in August of 2014. I had read blogs for a while and really enjoyed it, and had thought about starting one of my own on and off, but I wasn't really sure if I should. I would always think, what do I have to blog about? I'm not too exciting...but then I was all "What the heck, why NOT?" and I don't know why I waited so long! I absolutely love it! 

2. What is the story behind your blog name?
I feel like Grace Makes New is kind of the theme of my life. His grace has been with me through every moment of my life, from the "best day ever" kind of times, to the "darkness and despair" times. In my hardest times, I have a distinct feeling of being carried by His grace and peace.  To me grace means not that life is perfect and wonderful all the time, but that He's there for me and carries me through, that He is willing and able to turn bad into good, ugly into beautiful, old into new, broken into whole. My mess into His glory. 

3. Dresses, Shorts, or Sweatpants?
It depends, but if I had to choose I would probably say shorts. Florida girl right here. 

4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hmmmm, that's a tough one! If we're talking savory I would say Pasta (constant carb coma= worth it), if we're talking sweet I would say dark chocolate. 

5. Other than blogging, what is a hobby you pursue?
Baking/Cake decorating. We used to do it as a business but decided it wasn't for us. I got TOTALLY burned out and I am just now really starting to enjoy baking again. I still love doing cakes but we only take a few jobs here and there. 

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Inconsiderate people. It drives me batty when people just plow through with no regard for other people or their feelings. 

7. To date, what is the best thing that has happened to you in you life?
Other than Jesus, it would definitely have to be my sweetie, Adam! (Cue the AWWWS) But seriously, he's my world. 

8. What is something you hope to accomplish in your life?
I hope to be a mom someday. 

9. What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching old shows on Hulu or Prime, like 7th Heaven or Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I'm not even sorry. 

10. Where is somewhere you want to travel to?
I would LOVE to go to Great Britain someday! All of it, England, Scotland, Wales. 

11. What is the best blog post that you have written so far?
Well that seems like something my lovely readers should answer! But one that a lot of people seemed to find really helpful was the one about how to earn free gift cards

Thank you so much Sarah for nominating me!! I hereby nominate the following beautiful ladies: 

And here are your questions! 

1. What made you want to start a blog? 
2. What do you mostly blog about? 
3. What are your goals for 2015? 
4. Favorite flavor of ice cream? 
5. What are three things you never leave the house without? 
6. Have you ever traveled outside of the US? If so, where? 
7. Do you have a "life quote", something that perfectly articulates your view on life? 
8. Do you have any siblings, or are you an only child? 
9. What is your regular order at Starbucks? 
10. What is the best vacation you have ever had? 
11. What is your favorite place to shop? 


Oh and some exciting news! Joey of Hodges Podges is having an awesome SALE on her ebook, Yeah, Maybe (click this link to go to the listing on Amazon!) this week! For this week only, February 23-28, get it for just $1.99! Check it out! 

For quiet, reserved, and focused 15 year old Annie Mackey, school was a sanctuary.  But when her bubbly and beautiful neighborhood best friend joins her at Willow Point High for freshmen year, her world is turned upside down.

Everything Annie could count on for stability is shattered, and she's left feeling more alone than ever before.

Just when she's about to lose all hope, someone unexpected swoops in and gives her a much needed lesson in perspective.


  1. Loved learning more about you girl!!! Watching reruns of old shows is a guilty pleasure of mine too! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  2. I always think that I'm going to get on Netflix + watch something good or at least something I haven't seen a million times, and I ALWAYS end up watching TV reruns I've seen enough times to reenact them myself!

  3. I love the theme behind the name of your blog!! And a few years ago I dvr'd all the 7th heaven series and binge watched it! Haha. It was good to reminisce! Thanks SO much for sharing the info about the book!!! You rock my socks off girl!!!!

  4. wait wait wait. sabrina is on netflix?! i watched it all a couple years ago but i feel like i need to rewatch here soon ;)

  5. I love the meaning behind your blog name! Also, I love 7th Heaven and Sabrina!!! Is Sabrina on Prime?! I need to get that hooked up on my ipad so I can watch it while I run!

  6. Thanks so much for nominating me!! I feel so honored! :) Also, love getting to know more about my fave bloggers!!

  7. I loved learning a little more about you!

    The UK--all of it--is on my travel list, too. And I'm so jealous of your cake decorating skills! That's something I always wished I could do.

  8. EEEE!!!! Thank you so much for the nomination Julia!! I've been a bad blogger so I'm going to answer as a GIANT comment :)
    1. What made you want to start a blog? I wanted to document my 30 for 30 list but really to just write
    2. What do you mostly blog about? Anything and everything, I'm such a random blogger
    3. What are your goals for 2015? Eat less gluten is my biggest one and bring lunch to work more often. Yoga and meditation are also on my list.
    4. Favorite flavor of ice cream? Hmm probably mud pie
    5. What are three things you never leave the house without? Cell phone, keys, wallet
    6. Have you ever traveled outside of the US? If so, where? YES! London, Rome, Florence, Paris, Mexico
    7. Do you have a "life quote", something that perfectly articulates your view on life? "Shoot me down, but I won't fall, I am Titanium!" haha, thats what I could think of right off the top of my head.
    8. Do you have any siblings, or are you an only child? Older sister
    9. What is your regular order at Starbucks? Tall Latte
    10. What is the best vacation you have ever had? My eurotrip was amazing!
    11. What is your favorite place to shop? Nordstrom rack :)

  9. Woohoo Liebster awards are so much fun. Annnndddd... You should join my e-reader challenge that starts on Sunday :) Sorry had to plug that seeing you posted about an e-book :)


  10. Thanks for the nomination and for your great blog post! Looking forward to answering your questions and yeah...definitely agree on the loathing-of-inconsiderate-people-situation. ;)

  11. Congratulations on the award! I love all the details behind your blog name!!

  12. Congrats!! I really cannot stand inconsiderate people either. Its a pain. Loved your answers and the reason for your name!

  13. SABRINA, shut upppp! I love that show..and 7th Heaven is always a goodie. I love all your answers because getting to know you more and more is so much fun. Have a great week Julia!

  14. loved learning more about you, since it's my first time here! perfect post for that! i have a Morkie--I saw you have a yorkie. so cute!! congrats on your nomination!

  15. I loved 7th Heaven too. I watch old TV shows on Netflix. I actually started watching Felicity on Netflix because I never saw the whole thing when it was on TV. When Netflix deleted it from their lineup, I had one season left so I STILL don't know how the series ends so I am avoiding spoiler alerts for something that happened in the 90s. Haha

  16. Loved reading this! Pasta and dark chocolate would also be my picks! Pasta or French fries...I love both carbs equally. :) Also so cool that you decorate cakes - I had no idea!

  17. You could be eligible for a complimentary $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.


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