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a Life on a Dime Has Been Nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award a Second Time

Just Tuesday I posted that a Life on a Dime was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and come to find out I’ve been nominated again! This time by Jenni at I on Image. Jenni is a stylist who blogs about fashion and if you’re not already following, you should be!

First off, thank you so much! To have your work recognized by not one but two fellow bloggers is truly an honor! In case you missed the last post, here’s a bit of a recap:


If you aren’t a blogger, you’re probably wondering what the Sunshine Blogger Award even is. Nominations are given by bloggers to other bloggers to inspire and encourage positivity and creativity. In other words, it is recognizing bloggers who are spreading their sunshine throughout the blog world with their writing.

Since I have already nominated 11 bloggers and am excited to see their responses, here are just the questions posed by Jenni and my answers. I hope you enjoy!

Sunshine Blogger Nominee Questions

How do you express yourself through your personal style?

I don’t really think about that to be honest! I am a stay at home mom, so first and foremost I like to be comfortable and wear something I know can be washed and cared for easily!

What does your style tell about you?

My style probably says that I am rather laid back! These days I major in skinny jeans or leggings and tunics! I do love my boots though!

Do you have any style icons?

Audrey Hepburn! I LOVED her style! Admittedly, I rarely emulate it, but she was my favorite! I loved the simplicity of her style and the fact that she kept her eyebrows fuller. I am pretty low maintenance so I don’t really achieve her look much, but I love it. She was iconic. When they released the perfume made exclusively for her I wore it for a while.

Is style important to you?

Somewhat. I may keep it simple, but I don’t live in sweats!

What is your blogging niche?

I kind of have two niches, but I feel like they blend well; my focus is on personal finance/budgeting and minimalism. I actually dabble in a third, non-toxic living since it is also a passion of mine.

How does your blog reflect your personal brand?

It is me! Everything on this blog is based on my life and who I am, what my family values.

What do you enjoy the most about blogging?

I have always loved writing. And I love the fact that I can write and share things that hopefully help other people. I really love it when it really connects with others and inspires, educates, or just gives them a little entertainment.

What sparked the inspiration to start blogging?

Really I just needed something to do for me, to talk about the things that inspire and motivate me, and I wanted to be able to help others through it. I like to think I’m good with budgeting, and I’m passionate about minimalism due to family circumstances shaping my views, and I wanted to share my story with the world.

I felt like if I can help people, give myself a creative outlet, a new sense of community (without increasing my gas budget!), and maybe make a little income on the side it would be such an awesome adventure! So far it has been!

How do you practice self-care during the dark winter months?

I am not so great at self-care. I tend to choose for really easy options that don’t take a lot of time or money because I don’t have a lot of either to spare right now being a stay at home mom! Sometimes just painting my nails, putting on makeup when I don’t really “need” to, or talking to a friend can really serve as a pick me up.

Where should I shop in your home town?

We have a really cute little boutique store called Chic Gypsy Boutique and an amazing little antiques and gift store called Onion Creek Home. I never leave either without seeing something I love! I also love purchasing gifts there because they fit the ladies I know so well and I love supporting local businesses.

Where should I eat in your home town?

You should go to Fat Rolls Bakery in Prairie Grove for breakfast or lunch. Go any day but Monday and enjoy walking around the historic district downtown! Most stores are closed on Monday. At breakfast, they serve biscuits and gravy, orange rolls, cinnamon rolls, peanut butter rolls… and for lunch, they serve sandwiches on their fresh-baked bread. It is very affordable too, which I love for my budget. For dinner, you should definitely try Gabriela’s, the local Mexican restaurant.


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