Sunshine Blogger Nomination

Sunshine Blogger Nomination

The Sunshine Bloggers Award is given from bloggers to bloggers, who inspire creativity and positivity, by bringing sunshine to the blogging community. It is a way of encouraging and supporting one another, and also to get to know fellow bloggers.

I received a message from  Kim Cook For A Good Life After 50 letting me know that she wanted to nominate me for The Sunshine Blogger Award.  Thank you Kim! It is a true honor!

Kim and I first met through IG, and she was one of the first ones that joined The Midlife Blogging Community on Facebook and is now an Admin for the group.  We met in real life at The Midlife Influencer’s Conference in Atlanta and it seemed like I had known her forever.   She is a kind, encouraging, and thoughtful woman that I’m happy to call a friend.

Following are the questions that Kim asked:

What is the main theme of your blog and why?

Encouraging women to celebrate Midlife. I share what I do to take care of my mind, body, soul, and home….and there are lists, or plans of actions.  Sometimes, I just can’t help myself.:)

I’m trying to be intentional with living my life in my 2nd Act, which for me is about life after kids, after 50 years on this planet and picking up interests that I put on the back burner or didn’t have time to explore in my 1st Act.

What is your favorite social media platform and why is it your fav?

Ahhhh….my love/not love relationship with social media is real.  I enjoy interacting with others; however, it can be a total time sucker and I don’t have a lot of extra time right now.  As I’m typing this, I would say Instagram is my favorite platform, because of the great relationships I have developed with others. I’ve met quite a few online friends, in real life because of IG, particularly from the  Instagram Over 50 Group  started by Loretta

What State are you from and what state do you currently live in?

I spent the first 34 years of my life in Michigan.


My husband was recruited to a company in Florida, and our family has lived in Southeast Florida ever since.

My Sunshine Blogger Award Nominations

Simply Your Society Blog–I met Heidi online through IG.  She is an Administrator of the midlife blogging community on facebook.  She has an amazing new website, which is an online resource for women of all ages with a special focus on midlife, mom life, and mental health.

Crazy Blonde Life — I have followed Suzanne for a couple of years and was so happy to meet in her in person a few months ago.  She is the sweetest!  She is a true inspiration to me and has a lifestyle blog that is targeted to women in midlife.  Her posts are around fashion, food, travel, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Preppy Empty Nester –I discovered Katie’s blog while searching for empty nest blogs online.  She has a great sense of humor and always leaves me with a chuckle and shares some great reviews. A lot of her writing revolves around her family.

Dear D’Arcy — I connected with D’Arcy after reading about her cyber attack.  Don’t let that happen to you!  She wrote about it on her blog.  She has been very helpful whenever I have a question for her.  I just love her style!  On her blog, she shares fashion, beauty and home design/décor tips.

Next Chapter Best Chapter …I connected with Susan through IG and then started reading her blog posts in the midlife blogging community.  I am enjoying getting to know her!  She blogs about midlife adventure as she is reinventing herself.

Melanie S. Pickett–I met Melanie last year through a group online called Forever Fierce, when we were both involved behind the scenes for the group.  She is a domestic abuse survivor and her blog is full of encouragement and hope for others.  She has the biggest heart and a fun sense of humor, as displayed on her stories.

My Questions for you ladies:

  1. What is one piece of advice you would give yourself when you were just starting your blog?
  2. If you could work with any brand, who would it be, and why?
  3. What are some of the tools/apps that you find really helpful for your blogging?
  4. Tell us about your best friend


  1. Thank the person who nominated you and includes a link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions given by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other blogs and give questions for them to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post


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Comments (14)

  • Heidi Reply

    I absolutely love this! I enjoyed reading your answers and getting to know you and some of your fabulous Midlife friends better too. I will post my answers on my blog this week along with my nominations!

    April 12, 2019 at 8:52 pm
    • Melanie Reply

      Wonderful! Look forward to reading it Heidi. It is so much fun to learn about each other. You have a gorgeous website you have put together!

      April 12, 2019 at 9:42 pm
  • Katie Reply

    Thanks so much for nominattng me Melanie!! I am honored. I loved learning more about you through your answers. Have a great weekend!!!

    April 12, 2019 at 9:15 pm
    • Melanie Reply

      I look forward to seeing your answers! I enjoy reading your blog and you always put a fun spin on life.

      April 12, 2019 at 9:40 pm
  • Amy Kennedy Reply

    Melanie, I love this post, and learning about where your heart is (it’s a lot like mine!) I love your style – both decorating and fashion! And I love all the nominations you picked too! I love all those blogs too! Thanks for being a brilliant ray of sunshine in the blogging community! You have sure helped me navigate the blogging trail, and I love that we are doing this journey together!

    April 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm
    • Melanie Reply

      Amy…I agree..we are a lot alike! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and reading. It’s fun having blogging buddies to connect with

      April 14, 2019 at 6:01 am
  • Wendy Reply

    You blog is looking fabulous Mel! I must admit I haven’t visited for a while – keep up the great work. 😉

    April 14, 2019 at 12:48 am
    • Melanie Reply

      Thanks so much Wendy! I must admit, I haven’t been real faithful about posting:)

      April 14, 2019 at 5:58 am
  • Terri Cnudde Reply

    How wonderful Melanie! Good for you! Well done! I look forward to reading the other blogs as well.

    April 14, 2019 at 1:32 pm
    • Melanie Reply

      Thanks so much Terri! They’re great ladies:)

      April 15, 2019 at 1:07 am
  • Lisa Reply

    I love the concept of this blogging award! Learning about others and their journeys is so inspirational and just plain FUN! Congrats on the nomination and thank you for sharing more about you and your nominees! : )

    April 14, 2019 at 9:33 pm
    • Melanie Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Lisa! It is fun getting to learn about other bloggers. Our midlife tribe is pretty fun and full of life!
      Xx Melanie

      April 15, 2019 at 1:09 am
  • Hilda Smith Reply

    I love how this sunshine blogger award spreads around and you are a very worthy recipient. Love learning more about you x

    April 19, 2019 at 8:16 am
    • Melanie Reply

      I do too, Hilda! Thank you so much.

      May 11, 2019 at 3:38 pm

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