I am very humbled to have received from Me, You & Zu the 2013 Blog of the Year Award.  WOW!  I don’t know what I did to deserve this awesome award, but thank you so much Ruby for the nomination!  I truly appreciate it! Make sure you head on over to visit Me, You & Zu and tell them Nikita & Bella sent you!

I started Nikitaland back in 2010 when we rescued Nikita and gave her a “forever home”. I wanted to document her life, and ours too, from the beginning and all the silly things that she did as a puppy.  For those of you who don’t know, Nikita came from a litter of seven puppies and after they were born, their Mommy was poisoned with anti-freeze and died. The puppies were in dire need of help and the APL rescued them, all of them and took them in and gave them the immediate care they needed. Without the APL’s assistance, these pups would have not had a chance.

Nikitaland has turned into so much more, as we now have two rescued dogs, and life without a dog does not exist in our house.  Rather, life has been filled with so much love from these two dogs it is amazing! I could not imagine life now without a dog. They are my best friend and companions throughout the day, they make me smile, they keep me safe, they amuse me every day, but the love that I get back from them is unmeasureable, not to mention, priceless.

Getting back to the Blog of the Year Award, I did some checking through my stats to see what posts actually made me popular this year, and I have listed a few of them below:

A Pizza Pan is Just Not for Pizza Anymore (6,507 views)
Pizza Pan Patriotic Platter
How to Make Paper Mache Pumpkins & More
Fourth of July Crafts
DIY Halloween Prop: Cemetery Columns & Sign
How to Make a Night Light Cover from Melting Beads
What’s for Dessert?  Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas
Anatomy of a Sock Bunny
How to Make a Sun Catcher

I am so blessed by all the views at Nikitaland, love all the comments I receive, but the best part of blogging to me are the people who I have become close with!  They make blogging so much fun! I always can’t wait to wake up and check my in-box to see what they are up to!

My stats have grown since I started blogging in 2010, and here is a quick snippet of my views since then:

  • 2010 – 1,958 views
  • 2011 – 8,553 views
  • 2012 – 19,594 views
  • 2013 – 55,893 views to date

And, as of today, I just clicked over 86,000 views for Nikitaland!  That is truly amazing to me to see these numbers! Thank you to everyone who has helped grow my stats!

And now for my nominations for Blog of the Year Award! I would like to nominate the following blogs for their outstanding content, creative writing style, humor, craftiness, animal welfare awareness, and photography.  The nominations go to:

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You all deserve this Blog of the Year Award, so display your award proudly!

The instructions for this award are simple:

1 – Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2 – Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 – Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 – Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link:

5 – You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here:

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 – And as a winner of the award, please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award and then proudly display the award on your blog and start collecting stars!

Congratulations to everyone and thank you all for making me smile!

Blogging Awards Love

Having an award bestowed upon you out of the blue is a pure honor, but receiving two awards in the same day is priceless, not to mention made me speechless and very thankful.  After having a rotten weekend, these awards truly brightened my day and I am so thankful to the two wonderful bloggers that bestowed upon me the “Illuminating Blogger Award” and the “Versatile Blogger Award“.

A great big thank you goes to the awesome person who nominated me for the “Illuminating Blogger Award” and this award came from   after I wrote a post about Home Made is Better for the use of a cookie stamp. 

And, on the same day, I was nominated for the “Versatile Blogger Award” from Two Dogs and a Vegetarian.  A great big thank you goes to Liv, Chloe & Connor who thought that I was the cutest dog and for blogging about DIY project and my free printables!  This means so much to me and I just want you to know how much this touched my heart. 

Now, per the rules of having an award bestowed upon you, I need to nominate other bloggers for this award and this is truly not an easy task to do, because there are so many great blogs in this blog world that it is hard to decide.  I have subscribed to numerous blogs, but what makes me subscribe is the great content that I see, a blog that makes me smile & laugh, great photographs that go along with the blog, fun craft ideas that perk my interest and makes me think “I can make that” , but most importantly, it is the person behind the blog that makes me connect with them and feel like I have known them for years like a life long friend. 

Part of the Blogger Award rules is to nominate other deserving blogs, and to provide 7 facts about yourself.  Here’s my list of nominees to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award love:

  1. RUMPY DOG – Rumpy Dog is a blog that makes me smile alot!  Rumpy is from Tennessee that was rescued by Jen and lives with DeDe a lab mix and some cheeky kitties.  Rumpy & DeDe always have something to say and it is worth reading, not to mention some great photographs!
  2. TOWN AND COUNTRY GARDENING – He’s from Oklahoma and lives on a tiny farm, in a tiny house, with a tiny garden, but he knows his stuff and always gives you detailed information about his topics with lots of research!
  3. HEATHER BLOG – Heather is from Minnesota and has the best blog around and I love reading about her travels around the world.  Heather has the best writing technique I have ever seen, and the blog that grabbed me that she wrote was Star Wars Meets Toy Story and was Freshly Pressed, so if you have not read this post of hers, you need to check it out.  Heather also provides the most illuminating and breath taking photographs I have ever seen!  (Thanks Heather for making me ALWAYS smile!)
  4. JONATHAN FLEMING – Jonathan lives in California with his wife and his Shiba Inu named Suki.  He is the most incredible photographer I have run across as it shows in every breath taking photo he takes!  You’ve gotta check out his photographs as well as his adorable dog Suki!
  5. TWO DOGS AND A VEGETARIAN – This is a great blog to follow as you will never see another blog that has the cutest “best dressed” dogs around!  You never know what Chloe & Connor will have on next, as they have worn high heels to scuba masks and don’t seem to mind being dressed up!  Subscribe to this blog as it will make your day, not to mention it will make you smile too!  🙂


Now, onto the part about where I need to provide some facts about me.  I am currently a stay-at-home girlfriend that lives with her boyfriend and takes care of all the household chores from cooking, baking, cleaning, laundry, lawn maintenance, gardening, and takes care of 4 cats and a dog named Nikita.  From picking up the doo doo in the backyard to cleaning out stinky litter boxes, I also manage our eBay store and ship out packages that are lovingly wrapped with tons of bubble wrap!  I love to design things and feel that I am pretty crafty and hope that one day I can come up with a neat craft idea that will make a  million dollars (a girl can dream, eh?) and I can help my boyfriend with the bills.  I wear my heart on my sleeve, and only want to be loved & respected.  I strongly feel that life is too short and you should enjoy the little things in life, as these matter the most.  I don’t have anything else in this world but my love to give.

Thank you again for bestowing upon me not one, but two blog awards as this was the most incredible thing that I have ever received and I am humbly thankful.