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Clever Nest gets the Leibster! (happy bday to meee!)

Clever Nest gets the Liebster!
What a great week it's been, and it's only Thursday! I'm soooper excited to share that Clever Nest has received it's first blog award ever, the Liebster! How's that for a sweet birthday present? (my birthday was Tuesday, more on that in a sec.) Maybe you've read about the Liebster given to your favorite blogs. What is it? what is it for? what does it do you ask?? I'm glad you asked.

What's this all about? 
The Liebster is a special kind of award. It's passed along from one blogger to another, to celebrate and promote up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followersLaurie at Laurie's Little Bits of Creativity
showed me some major love, and dropped me a line telling me that she had awarded me this awesome award! You need to meet this lady, she crafts, cooks, paints, scraps, and much more. She just wrote about repainting her deck, and it's a major improvement. Thank you, Laurie! Way to make a girl feel special :).

Le Official Rules 
Here is what to do once you receive a Liebster:
  • Write a post, thanking the person who awarded you and linking back to their site
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs you love that have less than 200 followers (I assumed this was referring to Linky and/or Google Friend Connect followers)
  • Comment on your awardees blogs, linking back to your post and letting them know you think they're the bomb!
Passing on the Love
Ok, are you ready? It's my turn to pass on the Liebster *nervous palm sweat. These are my favorite blogs with under 200 followers:

I'm a huge fan of Shara's work. Everything this girl does is so stinking creative, its a national tragedy she only has 25 members so far. Let's change that!!

Katie, I will never get over your bedroom makeover, or your mad staging skills, *jealous, sigh :)

aaaand my final award goes to-

Gloria just may be the next Furniture Whisperer, she can transform nearly any thrifted piece into a piece of art.

Congratulations to the newest recipients! Visit their sites and be inspired! If you were awarded, please link back here, and share the love to YOUR favorite blogs. :)

In other news-

I turned 28.

This was a different sort of birthday for me- the first since Andrew entered our lives, and the first where Jason was away traveling on business! yes, I pouted. But my bestie Jes took me out for an amazing day of antiquing, coffee, and cupcakes in downtown Riverside! My mom volunteered to watch Andrew, and we headed out for some much needed girl time. Here's some pics!

The bestie :), thanksfortakingmeoutohandforholdingmycoffeesoIcantakeapictureofyou.

 The Mission Galleria. I'd never been here before, it turned out to be 3 stories jam packed with thrift and antiquing goodness. There was everything from jewelry to lamps, to clothes to furniture. Just a bit overwhelming!

I am crushing on this glass snail container, sooo bad.

And of course we saw the occasional creepy/ disturbing must-have collectible.
"Looking for that final straw to complete your mantle? For just $149 this life size scarecrow head adds the fear of God drama and fear pizzazz you need! (Anybody with half a brain can see that.)" 

 "A little stumped what to do with Grandma's old shoes? You've stumbled on an amazing deal here. We'll sock it to you with this custom Feet Stool! Forget about paying an arm and a leg, prices now slashed half off (due to two lefties)!" I'll wait for you to absorb all those amazing puns. Hold the applause, please.

"Needing to spice up your drab old blender? With Senorita Margarita Blender Caddy (earrings included) the fiesta in your kitchen has only begun!!"

Seriously people, who buys this stuff?? Anyway, to transition, something a little easier on the eyes-

Queen of the Bargain!

I picked up a cute 60's gold filigree picture frame for $7.50 ($10 with 20% off, oh yes :). I've got plans to hang that beauty in our bedroom, it is in dire need of a mini makeover.

Afterwards we walked across the street to Casey's Cupcakes.

 This little chickadee won Food Network's Cupcake Wars, and has a shop right here in Downtown Riverside. The store is too cute- hot pink and lots of girly bling bling,  and the cupcakes... *sigh, yum.

Of course we had to get some. The red velvet is delish.

I had such a fun day! There's more pictures from my birthday outing on Clever Nest's facebook page here.  

How did you spend this Mother's Day weekend? I'll close with the Munchkin who puts the happy in my Mother's Day.
<3 Alyssa

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