The Liebster Award 2017

The Liebster Award 2017

I am so proud to be the recipient of the 2017 Leibster Award for new blogs!  I was nominated by Kathy Raynes of The Quiet Cruiser – this site is full of tips for new cruisers as well as fantastic cruise and port reviews.  And also by Cynthia Mackintosh of Mackintosh Travels – this is a family travel blog where they share their experiences and tips for destinations around the world.  Both are great travel blogs so please check them out!


The Liebster Award is an internet award given to bloggers by bloggers in recognition for their potential to grow successfully into the blogging community. It originated in Germany in 2011 and literally translates into sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

For the origins and all of the details, visit The Global Aussie.

Ten Facts About Me

  1. I have been married to my wonderful husband Jason for twenty years.
  2. We have three teenage boys, two of which are identical twins.
  3. Born and raised in Alexandria, LA where I still live.
  4. Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for nine years with the boys.  I gained a renewed love of camping during this time.  I was also awarded the Silver Beaver award from our council for ‘above and beyond’ service to the Scouting community. 
  5. My family loves to collect!  We have an enormous dvd/bluray collection with almost every Disney movie ever released.  We have a room in our house dedicated to our hobbies and collections. Jason’s guitars take up one wall and mine and the boy’s Disney pin collection takes up the other.  We also collect magnets and mugs from our travels.
  6. My boys have me hooked on all of the superhero shows… I avidly watch Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC Legends of Tomorrow on CW and we have started on the group of Marvel shows on Netflix as well.
  7. My trips as a child sparked my ongoing love for travel.  All it took was one trip to Walt Disney World when I was a kid and I was hooked for life!
  8. Our first cruise was only in 2014 but we immediately fell in love with cruising and being the researcher I am, I feel that I have become an amatur-expert in all things cruising. 
  9. I have travel goals to visit all of the Disney parks around the world.
  10. I actually enjoy sewing and making my own Mickey ears to wear in the parks.

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Nomination Questions

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I am trying to convince Jason that we should move to Florida so we would be in the middle of a state with four cruise ports, Disney World, Universal Orlando, and the list goes on and on…

2. What is the best memory that you have while traveling?  

The looks on my family’s faces as they experience something for the first time.
3. What is something new outside your comfort zone that you would like to try?
Scuba diving!  I kind of stink at snorkeling so this may be a problem, but I would love to see the beauty under the sea.
4. If you had to start a totally new blog site, what would it be about?
Food.  Me and my family are HUGE foodies!  Jason is a fabulous cook and I am pretty good at baking.  We love trying new things at home and on our travels.
5. Do you like the subject of history or geography better, and why?
History, hands down.  I think history is fascinating!  We wouldn’t be the society we are now if we hadn’t been shaped by the events of the past.  Not all were good but some were great and all are interesting.
6. Which historic site would you most like to visit?
This one is really hard… In the USA I would like to visit Washington DC.  For the rest of the world, it would have to be Rome.  
7. Who is your role model?
My husband.  Jason is the kindest most giving person I know.  He keeps me focused when I waiver and brings me up when I am down.
8. If you could start an entirely new career, what would it be?
I would travel for a living!  I currently work in an office and while I love my job, my dream job would be a travel journalist. 
9. What is your best travel tip?
Don’t over pack!!!
10. What was your first blog ever about?
This is my first blog and it is all about mine and my family’s love of travel.
11. What is one thing that you’d like to own but don’t have yet?
RV.  One day I would love to travel around the USA in an RV and see all of the places, big and small, we have never visited before.
12. What is one place you haven’t been that is on the top of your bucket list?
Scotland and England!!!  This is my dream trip.  The country is so beautiful and full of so much history.
13. What is the most daring experience you’ve ever had? (For example: sky diving)
I am not very daring… I guess the most adventurous I have been is swimming with stingrays.  Grant it they were used to humans but were still wild.
14. What is your biggest accomplishment?
My family.  In today’s society, there are not many marriages that last 20+ years and I am so happy to have found the love of my life at an early age.  And we have raised three amazing boys together who are sweet and loving and still not too old to give mom a hug in public even though they are all in high school.
15. What’s your biggest fear?
Losing someone close to me.  My oldest son Ethan is enlisted in the Marine Corps and will leave after high school for boot camp.  While I couldn’t be prouder of his commitment to serve our country it also terrifies me as a mother.
16. What’s a hidden talent you have?
I am very organized.  I plan and organize all of the details of family trips very far in advance.  I somehow seem to manage a family, a full-time job, a YouTube channel and my blog.  But I love all of it!
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My Nominees

Dot’s Destinations – Dorothy and her family have a well organized and fun travel blog.  Also, she is my neighbor in Texas (I live in Louisiana) 🙂
Tiny Trips & Tips – Kelly has some wonderful tips for taking short trips all through the year.  And she has been all over!
Odysseys With Love – Megan and her family share their travels and family activities on their blog and YouTube channel.  She is also a Texas neighbor 🙂
East Coast Westerners – Jocelyn and her family have shared some beautiful posts of the Northwest making me want to visit places I have never been to before! And now they have begun a new adventure in a new part of the US.
Road Tripping Mom – Julie shares her family’s fun adventures and everything you need to know to plan the perfect road trip!


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  1. If you could leave now and go anywhere in the world with cost not being an objective, where would you go and why?
  2. Where have you traveled that you would love to visit again?
  3. Where would you travel just to eat food?
  4. What is your best travel tip?
  5. Which historic site would you most like to visit?
  6. What is the city in the USA you would most like to visit and why?
  7. What is the city outside the USA you would most like to visit and why?
  8. Where was your first vacation ever?
  9. What is the best memory that you have while traveling? 
  10. Name three locations or experiences on your bucket list and explain why you want to visit or experience them.

Thank you to the blogging community as I have learned so much in the last few months and made many new but lasting connections.

Alisa – EECC Travels

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