U.S. Blogging Event Details

Hey Folks!  If you haven’t heard we’re doing a U.S. Blogging event here in Chicago. Check out the information if you’re interested in attending.

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U.S. Blogging Event Details, Poll

Are you going? Blogging Event. All are welcome.


The U.S. Blogging Event committee would like to thank those of you who voted for a location for this meeting of bloggers. If you are unaware, Chicago, Illinois was the city that was chosen to hold …

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Happy Tribe Rumblings

Hey Folks,

It’s been a hectic week but I wanted to say Happy Hump Day! I’ve been packing and trying to plan this dang party and I feel like I’m on overload. I wanted to do a brief update to let you know three things…

  1. Munch got his third quarter report card and got 6 A’s and 6 B’s. Whoop! Whoop! Can you believe it? I am so super proud and that dang math grade that had me stressed out, hair falling out, feeling like a failure as a mother, getting him in tutoring ASAP and figuring out how to ease his anxiety went from a D to a B. Yes, thank you Lordy!
  2. I’m freaking out about this dang party. I haven’t ordered the decorations or food. I think I’m just going to do pizza and call it a day. I don’t have time. I just want him to have a great time. He invited 5 kids from school and one was the girl Savannah that he has a crush on. Her mom stated that she’s coming.  He’s excited. He’s in crush and she’s coming to his party. However, Mr. C said, “That’s wonderful. I hope his crush doesn’t get taken at his own birthday party.” Say what now? I hope not.
  3. I’ve received so many award nominations this week (Liebster, Sunshine Blogger Award and Blogger Appreciation Award)  that I want to say thank you to everyone who nominates me. I don’t always respond to nominations, but I’m thankful that you read, respond and feel the need to nominate me. I am overwhelmed by my blogger tribe. You all rock! I just want to share pieces of my life with you. But in sharing, I’ve met some really awesome bloggers who touch me with their stories about their lives, their children or just their writing. I thank you for being you and I have to say that I love when I read compliments like this…

Tikeetha from A Thomas Point of View– Tikeetha has been such a great support to my blog and I don’t even think she knows it:) Each time she likes a post of mine it’s like telling me, hey there’s someone out here reading this! And it makes me giggle and happy. So thank you Tikeetha! Tikeetha is a writer, much more so than I can claim. I praise her open honesty and how she let’s her blog speak truth. She is an inspiring Mama and well worth your follow! –MZB

I was nominated for the 3 day Quote Challenge by the Fabulous Tikeetha Thomas who I believe was truly my first blogging friend! She took a chance on me when I had less than 20 followers and allowed me to guest blog on her page (she has well over 1,000) followers and she has been giving me huge shout outs ever since then. Follow that link and go read her blog, she has wonderful insight into so many things. The least I can do is repay her back by participating in this challenge. – Making Time for Me

Thank you ! To anyone reading this tweet instead of this woman’s blog–well, you want to be here instead:  – Illian Rain

So, what am I saying? Thank you. Thank you for the compliments. Thank you for the interaction. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for inspiring. I’m in awe of each and every one of you.


10 Good Questions

Yay! Thanks Grace for completing the questions. I love your answers. Especially about riding an elephant and visiting your Moo Moo. Check out Grace’s page: Grow With Me.

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers 2

I’ve been nominated by the wonderful Tikeetha. Please check her out here. I love reading her blog!!! Honestly, I usually do not like being “nominated” for anything because it requires work. (I know, I’m terrible). But these questions are awesome!!! Therefore, I have decided to answer them. I hope you enjoy my responses as well!


1. You have all the resources needed to change ONE thing in the world with a snap of your fingers —what are you changing for the better? 
I would end poverty for all. At least, everyone will have a better chance at life. 

2. What is the most attractive feature or trait a woman can possess [physical, mental, spiritual]? 
Honestly, I think it’s self-confidence. A woman who believes and sees value in herself. 

3. What is your next big self/life/career-improvement project?
I’m not sure. But I know what…

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Multiple Awards and Thank You’s

Hey Everyone!

I’m so behind on all the awards that I’ve been nominated for that I am going to do a massive thank you, tell you the rules, answer the questions and leave it open to everyone to join in. It is so many so feel free to participate and link back to this post so that I can read your responses.

First up…I was nominated by Rosie from the Hookup Culture for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.


The Rules:

•Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to their blog
•Answer the 10 questions given to you
•Nominate 10 bloggers for the award
•Write 10 questions for your nominees to answer
•Display the award on your blog or post

Here were the 10 questions she asked me:

  1. What is the story behind your blog name?  My last name is Thomas and when I sat down and tried to come up with a name I realized that I was just blogging my point of view so I just called it A Thomas Point of View.
  2. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas.
  3. When is your birthday? January. 9 days after Christmas.
  4. When did you start writing? At the age of 12 I would write. By 14 my writing was more telling, authentic and intense based off my experiences.
  5. What would your dream vacation be? Vacationing in the Canary Islands
  6. Favorite color? Blue
  7. The Voice or American Idol? The Voice. However, I’m watching the final season of American Idol.
  8. Name something that made you smile today! Hearing from my son this morning.
  9. Name something that made you frown today. Realizing that some people will suck the energy out of a room and I don’t know why.
  10. What is your favorite tv show currently? Being Mary Jane

Next…I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by both Laura of Riddle from the Middle and Stephanie of Making Time for Me.


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you (because, you know…manners).
  • Include a link to that person’s blog.  That’s also good manners.
  • Then select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly who you consider versatile and excellent in their writing.  Nominate them for the Versatile Blogger Award and notify them on their About page.
  • Finally, share 7 things about yourself.  Interesting is good…truthful is important…bonus points for brutal honesty.

Here are 7 things about me:

  1. I’m an extrovert. I love talking to and engaging people.
  2. I’m a mother of one and motherhood permanently changed my life. I love being a mommy.
  3. I’m super busy but try to remember to slow down and enjoy life.
  4. I love blogging. It is free therapy.
  5. I love the beach. It relaxes me to stand out and look at the water and feel the sand between my toes.
  6. I wanted to be governor of Tennessee when I was younger.
  7. I didn’t go to Disney until I was 28 and married. I am taking my son to Disney this November.

Also…I was also nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Tribe 53 where you recognize bloggers that you read and are happy that they are part of the blogging community.  There are so many wonderful bloggers that I read and subscribe too that I can’t possible list you all. But, I want you to know that I read approximately 150-200 posts a day. I don’t always comment on your posts, but know that they are being read.



Another one…I was also nominated for the Blogger Award by my fellow blogger at Embracing My Inner Ginger 

The Rules:
-Tag the blogger that nominated you
-Answer the questions you were given
-Nominate 10 bloggers
-Name questions for your nominees to answer
-Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them!

Here are the questions:

  1. What music/musician do you find most influential in your life and why?   Prince. I’ve always loved his music. He’s a musical genius.
  2. Do you have a favorite song and why? Adore.
  3. If you could meet one artist (dead or alive) who would it be and why? Maya Angelou. Because I loved her writing, her poems her story.
  4. What current song would describe your life today? He Saw The Best in Me by Marvin Sapp.
  5. What is a song you would consider timeless? I will always love you.
  6. Do you have a favorite workout song?  Or a song that motivates you in some way? I listen to Pandora to work out and just need club music to work up a sweat. LOL. I don’t necessarily have a song that motivates me in any way.

Finally…I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by 1617 Sunshine Avenue.


The rules:

•Thank the person who nominated you.
•Answer the questions from your nominators.
•Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

Here are the questions:

  1. What do you do to stay fit? Work out and make healthier food choices.
  2. What´s your favorite food? LOL. Pizza. I’ve opted for thin crust and whole wheat to reduce calories.
  3. What do you do to recharge after a stressful day/week? Take a hot shower and read a good book.
  4. What´s the goal of your blog? To just tell my point of view.
  5. Tell us your one bad habit? Candy
  6. What is your favorite season? Fall
  7. Name your three favorite movies. Purple Rain, Selma and A Time to Kill
  8. Early bird or late owl? Late Owl
  9. What´s your favorite quote? I don’t have one.
  10. How do you stay organized when there is a lot to do? Write it down. Try to make the lists manageable.
  11. Do you have a favorite piece of clothing? Nope.


I didn’t think of questions for any of the awards, I’m leaving it up to you to tell me what you want me to know about you. I thank all the bloggers that nominated me and trust me when I tell you that I am overjoyed by the blogging community. I hope that you continue to grow your followers, write great pieces and keep up the good work.

The Epically Awesome Award!

Hi Everyone,

I was nominated by Lisa over at TheRebirthofLisa for the Epically Awesome Award and I’m super excited. Why? Because someone thinks that I’m epically awesome outside of me and my crew. LOL!


Seriously folks, I’m excited anytime someone thinks of me to bring attention to my little blog.

The Award Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  2. Put the award logo on your blog
  3. Share ten awesome facts about yourself
  4. Nominate ten blogs


So here goes:

I couldn’t think of ten awesome things about myself, but I wanted to tell you some awesome things about me…

  • I’m awesome because I blog about my life. Real stuff. No filters and no fluff. I try to keep bad words to a minimum because I’m a mommy and I don’t want my son to repeat me but I will make up a word in a minute. I’ve been known to do so. LOL.
  • I’m awesome because even in the midst of some of the worst storms in my life I was able to find my way out. Not by my own accord, but my faith in God. I’ve been able to be a better and stronger version of me. I’m a firm believer in women asking for help and not trying to be superwoman. It gets exhausting.
  • I’m awesome because I can smoke a stogie and sip champagne while wearing tennis shoes and still feel sexy. I learned that at 40 it’s okay to just be you. Whatever it is you want to do, just do it and not care what others think. It’s taken time, but I’m getting there.

The Nominees Are Totally Awesome:

  1. Elizabeth from The Crumbs of My Life
  2. Rebecca from A Journey With You
  3. Maria from MariaJob
  4. Nisthur from Poem Hobby
  5. Roxanne from The Whatever Mom
  6. Deb from Debwashere
  7. Cautiously Optimistic from The Single Ladies Blog
  8. Blair from The Shameful Sheep
  9. Your BadAss Auntie from Badass Auntie
  10. Nena from You Unfolded

Please check out their blogs!