Fun with Blogger to Blogger Awards!

We love being a part of the blogging community. One of the many reasons is that bloggers often like to acknowledge other bloggers by handing out fun “awards.” We’ve received one before, The Kreative Blogger Award, and recently we’ve been “nominated” for four others!

These awards do come with some simple rules: three of the four awards request that you share seven facts about yourself (similar to the Kreative Blogger Award) and one of the awards asks that you share why you blog and how you started. If we created a separate post for each award, we would have to list twenty one facts about us, so instead, we are grouping them together so we only have to think of seven (I’m not sure we are interesting enough to have twenty one anyways…). To all the bloggers we have nominated, this is all in fun so please don’t feel obligated to participate. However, if you decide to accept the award and pass it along, let us know because we would love to read more about you and our blogs!

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One Lovely Blog Award
We want to thank A Gastronome’s Closet and Creative Lindsey for both nominating us for this award.

Rules:
– Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
– Share seven things about yourself (see below).
– Nominate up to fifteen bloggers you admire.
– Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

We would like to nominate Whirl + Whisk, CAKEfyi, The Sweet Life, and Warm Vanilla Sugar for this award, because we think they (and their blogs) are truly lovely.

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The Versatile Blogger Award
Our wonderful friend Tiffany at Fizzy Party first nominated us for this blog, and more recently A Gastronome’s Closet also sent it our way. Thank you!

Rules:
– Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
– Share seven things about yourself (see below).
– Award to up to fifteen bloggers you admire.
– Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

For this award we would like to nominate Ate by Ate, A Lot on Your Plate, and Bake Happy because we think each of these blogs post some pretty cool information from scrapbooking to parties to cupcakes.

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The Beautiful Blogger Award
The very “sweet” Eat Sweets by Carla Sue nominated us for this award. Thanks Carla Sue!

Rules:
– Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
– Share seven things about yourself (see below).
– Nominate bloggers you feel deserve this award.
– Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

We think that the perfect nominees for this award are Fizzy Party, Rachel Baked, Poor & Pretty, and Hey Jamie Bakes.

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The Addictive Blogger Award
This is the last award we were nominated for by A Gastronome’s Closet. They were very generous to us and we really appreciate it.

Rules:
– Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
– Share a little about why you blog and how the journey started.
– Nominate up to 10 bloggers you feel deserve this award.
– Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

We think that The Charmed Cupcake, My Dear Bakes, and Cupcakes Garden are all perfect for this award, because you can get lost looking through all the posts on their blogs.

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Okay, now for the fun stuff! Here are seven things you may or may not know about us:

1. We love planning and hosting parties. Like, really really love it. From coming up with a theme and shopping for fun decorations, to creating custom invitations and party decor, we can’t seem to get enough. Of course cupcakes always make appearances at any party we host, but our goal is to always add special touches that will make any gathering memorable.


(Invite Crusader Jenn designed for her daughter’s first birthday)

2. I mentioned in our last award post that Crusader Elisa is a runner and has participated in a half marathon, but now she is training for her first full marathon. That girl is nuts and completely devoted to her goals. It is quite amazing.


(Elisa after she completed her first half marathon)

3. Crusader Jenn is going to start taking her daughter to baby swimming classes this fall. After that, it will be toddler tumbling. Her little girl could end up being the next Missy Franklin or Gabby Douglas. Time will tell.


(Jenn’s daughter playing in the kiddie pool. She’s so ready for the Olympic size swimming pool. Bring it on!)

4. I (Crusader Stacy) have recently started graduate school to further my education in Graphic Design. I flip flop between thinking I’m nuts and being so glad that I’m finally working towards achieving this life long goal of mine. Either way, it’s a ton of work, but I know in the end, it will all be worth it.


(Two semesters in and the books are starting to add up!)

5. The three of us love traveling and separately have been all over the world including countries like New Zealand, China, Germany, and England. Since we love traveling so much, we used to take adventures together several times a year. Now that we have gotten older and have more responsibilities we always make sure to take at least one weekend trip every year. Together, we have gone as far as Las Vegas and as close as Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA. It doesn’t really matter where we go as long as we are together and discovering something new!


(Some of the many trips we’ve taken together. From the top left moving clockwise: All three of us in Las Vegas (2006), Elisa and I on one of our many NYC trips (2007), Jenn and Elisa on our Pittsburgh trip (2008), and a more recent NYC weekend (2011).)

6. The three of us love to read and have a guilty pleasure for young adult novels and anything with vampires and the supernatural. We also read “quality” novels, but don’t turn our noses up at anything. Crusader Jenn and I have both been a part of a book clubs for some time now. We used to be in two, but that got to be a little crazy and we couldn’t read any of the books on our personal “must read” list so we cut back and only attend one now.


(Just a sampling of books in my collection… yes the selection is a bit all over the place.)

7. Crusader Jenn loves doughnuts probably just as much as cupcakes but since she takes her cupcake blogging so seriously her doughnut eating adventures have taken a backseat.


(So, I probably need to explain this photo a little bit… Well, I’m on the left and I’m wearing a cowboy hat becuase Jenn and I were at a fundraising event and if you donated money, they gave you a cowboy hat to wear (it was a western theme). To our very happy surprise Dunkin Donuts had supplied all the fixins for a build your own doughnut station at this event. That’s right, BUILD YOUR OWN DOUGHNUT! Jenn and I could barely contain our excitement.)

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For the Addictive Blogger Award it states that you should share a little about why you blog and how your blog started. We go into a little detail in our about us section, but if you want to know more details, here goes: We all have always had a passion for food, whether it be cupcakes, pasta, farm fresh veggies, or pizza. We love food and we love taking pictures of our food. It was getting to the point where I was sharing more and more photos of our cupcake adventures on Facebook with my friends and family. One day, a friend (and one of our Guest Crusaders, Kim) said, “You all should start a blog! You could call yourselves the Cupcake Crusaders!” We loved the name and the wheels started turning in our head. A few months later we asked Kim if she was really okay with us using that name and after getting her okay, we joined Tumblr. Unfortunately Tumblr wasn’t the right platform for us so we never really did anything with it. Many months later, I was searching for a creative outlet and started playing around with WordPress. I loved the way it worked and was suddenly energized and excited to create a logo, to customize the theme, and to start writing. I feel so fortunate that Jenn and Elisa were a part of this blog from the very beginning. I think we each bring something different to our reviews and it’s so much fun sharing a hobby that we enjoy so much. We love being a part of the blogging community and hope that everyone continues to enjoy our blog!

– Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Stacy (Baltimore, MD)

You like us! You really really like us!

Okay, well maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but there is one blogger who likes our little blog enough to pass along a fun award to us, and for that, we are incredibly grateful. Alyssa at Mookology, a blog that compares and contrasts books and the movies that are based off of them, has given us the Kreativ Blogger Award. This award is passed along from one blog to another and is a great way to recognize your fellow bloggers. As part of the award, you are asked to list 10 facts about yourself that your readers may not know, then pass the award along to 10 other blogs which you enjoy yourself.

Since there are 3 Crusaders, our 10 facts will encompass all of us:

1.) You may or may not know this, but Jenn and I (Stacy) are twin sisters. If you’ve seen the photo in the “Meet the Crusaders” section, you may have been wondering, so for those of you who were curious, your question has been answered.

2.) Elisa may not be our twin, but she has a twin brother of her own. I think it’s how she handles some of the “twin things” so well. (“Twin things” include, but are not limited to, bickering and listening to the same story twice. I don’t know how she puts up with us sometimes…)

3.) The three of us met in college (over 10 years ago) while studying to become future graphic designers. At first I thought Elisa was a teacher’s pet (it’s okay, she already knows this), but we quickly became close friends and I realized that she is just really that nice to everyone. It didn’t seem natural to me at the time, now it’s totally normal.

4.) Jenn has a 9 month old daughter who has her exact personality. It’s easy to make both smile and laugh, but they each have a feisty side. It’s going to be VERY interesting when her baby becomes a teenager…

5.) Jenn and I worked together for 5 years before she had her little girl (now she is a stay at home mom). Even though we are twins and often get into minor arguments, we actually managed to be an amazing team. It’s not often that you get to work with someone who totally and completely gets you.

6.) Elisa runs. Like seriously runs and actually enjoys it. I think she’s nuts but she is dedicated and completed her first half marathon last fall. This spring she will be competing in another half marathon and hopes to finish her first full marathon later this year.

7.) Before getting married, Elisa and I Iived together for about 3 years, but we spend more time together now than we did then. We were constantly passing each other in the hallway but never made plans for dinner, drinks, or just hanging out. After I moved out, we made it a point to make plans at least once a week.

8.) Elisa introduced me to my husband. I owe her a lot for bringing such a wonderful person into my life (other than herself).

9.) Other than cupcakes, Elisa, Jenn, and I each have a love for dogs. Jenn has a 70lb Husky mix named Maya, Elisa has a 55lb German Shorthaired Pointer named Delilah, and I have a 40-45lb 11 month old Malinois Shepherd mix named Lana. Each of our “puppies” were rescued from different shelters. Rescuing dogs is something we all feel strongly about.

10.) People often ask how we stay in shape while eating so many cupcakes and my response always is: Elisa is a runner, Jenn chases a 9 month old around, and I eat salads almost everyday for lunch. I think everyone thinks I’m kidding, but it’s actually true. We also are big sharers. We try to get a variety of flavors we all like and then we’ll split the cupcakes up. So even if we try 3 different flavors, usually we’ve really only eaten 1 cupcake total per person. It’s only on a rare (and special) occasion that I ever get a full cupcake to myself anymore.

Now that you know a little more about us, here are some blogs that we think deserve some acknowledgement: La Casa de Sweets, Angry Asian Creations, The Sweet Life, The Nervous Cook, Eat. Swim. Shop., Miss.Zoe, Mia in Style, Fizzy Party, Once Upon A Loaf, and Kupcake Kraze. Each of these blogs has something different and wonderful to offer. Whether they’ve been around for a while or are totally new to the blogging world, we think they are great and deserve to be recognized.  🙂

Thanks again to Alyssa at Mookology for thinking of us! We will continue to read and enjoy your blog as well!

– Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Stacy (Baltimore, MD)