Nominated for Liebster Award 2017

Hey everyone! I have started Smile4mama a little over a month ago. With a lot of late nights, and my loving family & friends support I have been able to open myself up to the world.

Now the hard work has paid off and I am ecstatic to say I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award 2017.

The recognition alone is a total blessing.

I was nominated by the wonderful Mummy Said So. She is super sweet and you folks need to go check her blog out it is amazing! Just like most mothers we want to bring encouragement to other moms. Motherhood is a toughie and sometimes you need that fellow mom to tell you, you are not alone. We are all crazy at some point and got our frazzled hair by 4 in the afternoon from our tiny toes. Head on over to Mummysaidso afterwards.

I also want to give a huge thank you shout out to The Global Aussie without them this would not be possible. Thank you so much!


What is the Liebster Award?

It is an award that was designed to give credit to new and upcoming bloggers. Liebster award was also created to bring together the blogging community and to connect bloggers as well.

How to be eligible:

Liebster Award is particuliarly for new and upcoming bloggers. To be eligible you must have 200 or less followers. To know more here is The Official Rules of the Liebster Award 2017.  

When Mummysaidso nominated me, she had asked me to give some facts about myself and to answer the questions she gave me. When I am finished I am to provide my 5 nominee’s with questions also and they are to reciprocate with their 5 nominee’s as well. Here we go….

Facts About me:

  1. I am a mom to 3 VERY entertaining boys. They’re my sweetest blessings and my greatest accomplishment by far.
  2. Cleft lip and Palate is nothing new to my family. My mom, myself and 2 of my sons were born with a cleft.
  3. I am from the Big Island of Hawaii. Born and raised here and Beaverton, Oregon.
  4. My mom is Hawaiian, Japanese with a bit of Norwegian, Scottish and Irish ancestry. My dad is Micronesian.
  5. I am an only girl of 2 brothers. Nothing has changed. I have been outnumbered by boys all my whole life.
  6. My favorite animal is a Sloth. I don’t know why, I just find them incredible and they are so chill.
  7. I don’t like Pastrami sandwiches but I force myself to eat it when I am around my children. Can’t force them to eat things they don’t like if I don’t follow.
  8. I love love pasta!
  9. I am a Leo
  10. My favorite color is green
  11. My lucky number is 7

Questions for me:

  • Why do I blog?
    I decided to start a blog to bring awareness to Cleft lip and cleft palate. I also wanted to bring positivity and encouragement to fellow clefties and to cleft parents also. My goal is to encourage other clefties to love themselves, to be brave and bold. I had a hard time accepting being different, until I became a cleft mom. It changed my outlook of my appearance completely.
  • Who is your role model?
    My boys. They taught me way more than I have taught them within their lifetime.
  • If you could choose to live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
    Japan. Hawaii is influenced by the Japanese since Pearl Harbor. So I have been brought up by some of their ways but still want to learn more. 
  • What would you say is the most important lesson to teach a child?
    I would say “Love” is the most important lesson. Without love there is no care in the world. It allows us to treat others with kindness and compassion.
  • Love or money?
  • What is your biggest fear?
    Failing as a mom
  • What is your favorite book?
    A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini
  • Why do you want to win this award?
    To spread Cleft awareness. As a cleftie and a cleft mom I want to show my fellow Clefties that we can turn our struggles into our own gold. We may be different physically but we can do so much more than what looks has to offer. Everyone is beautiful.

Congratulations you guys! I loved all your blogs, keep moving forward. Your hard work has been recognized… good luck to you all!


Questions for my 5 nominees

  • What made you become a blogger?
  • Describe yourself in 3 words
  • What is your favorite quote?
  • Name your favorite places you have visited
  • What is your favorite book?
  • Apple or Samsung?
  • Who is your role model?
  • When you were young what did you aspire to be?
  • Disney Cruise or Disney World?
  • If you are a parent what do you miss most? If you’re not a parent what do you like to do on your down-time?
  • Where would you like to visit?


Congratulations to you all once again and good luck. I wish you all the best! Till next time..


Keep smiling and have a blessed day!!



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