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So…I have been a “bad” blogger.  I have graciously been nominated for the Liebster Award by several bloggers over the past six months (which I am VERY thankful for and humbled by), but I have yet to write my own Liebster Award post in response.  A little over a month ago (yes, that long ago ;)), Sarah at Making Thyme for Health nominated me for the award.  It was then that I decided that it was about time that I actually acknowledged and responded to this great blogging award.  Why now?  Honestly, I am not sure.  But hey, it is better late than never, right? 😉

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Now, I suppose that I will still be going against the grain a bit with this post.  I am not exactly going to follow the “rules” to a tee.  I hope to tell you a little bit more about me with the 11 Random Facts about me, and then I will answer Sarah’s questions.  I do not think that my life is all that thrilling, but hopefully you will enjoy learning some new tidbits and fun facts about me! 😉

11 Things About Me

1. I am an animal lover, but I am REALLY a dog lover!  I have two puppy dogs who, unfortunately, live at my parents’ house so I do not get to see them nearly as often as I would like to.  Lola is a labradoodle (lab and poodle mix) and Sadie is a goldendoodle (golden retriever and poodle mix).  They have the same father, so they really are sisters!

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Not their best pictures ever, but I am pretty sure that you can still tell how cute they are! 😉

2. I have been a vegetarian for approximately 16 months, and I can honestly say that I do not miss meat!  Well, other than the occasional craving for a pork tenderloin sandwich (there really is no good vegetarian substitution for this) and my dad’s meatloaf.  It is a good thing that I have my vegetarian “meatloaf” recipe when I get cravings for the loaf!

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3. My “dream job” would be to work as a full-time healthy living blogger/freelance writer/vegetarian cookbook author.  Maybe someday, right? 😉

4. My favorite color is yellow!!  Any one who knows me well knows that I have an obsession for all things yellow.  There is just something so bright and cheery about this color.  Surprisingly, though, I do not own very many articles of yellow clothing.  I tend to be drawn towards the blacks, grays, and whites when it comes to clothes.

5.  I have a slight obsession with reality TV.  Some of my favorite shows include: The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, The Voice, and of course several of the “trashy” reality shows found on MTV and TLC ;).

6. I played volleyball and tennis in high school and was on my school’s dance team.  I still LOVE to play volleyball when I get the chance.  Mostly, however, I like to live vicariously through others and watch college volleyball games.  I am also a fan of the MLB.  White Sox = yay!  Cubs = nay!

7. I have always been a pretty big bookworm.  Now that I am finished with college, I am starting to get back into the swing of “reading for fun.”  The whole idea of this is still pretty foreign to me.  Some books that I have read recently and enjoyed include What Alice Forgot, Skinnydipping, and Gone Girl.

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8. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Academic Advising.  Oh, and I am currently entertaining the idea of going back to school to get a health/nutrition-related degree.  Apparently I just cannot get enough of the academic world!

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9. I have broken two bones in my lifetime (and hopefully the number will stay at 2!): my right pinky finger during volleyball practice in 10th grade, and my nose during my senior year of high school.  Well actually…my dog broke my nose.  We were playing fetch and when I reached down to pick up the ball she was so excited and head-butted me in the face.  Let’s just say that it was not a good experience!

10. My current top favorite food cuisine is Indian food.  I seriously cannot get enough of it!  Some of my favorite dishes are red lentil dal, saag, chana masala, and basically anything involving curry.

11. I am going to be a bridesmaid in both of my best friends’ weddings this year.  Apparently it is the year for weddings!

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And now to Sarah’s questions for me…

1. What is your favorite vegetable?

This is pretty much impossible for me to answer because I love SO many vegetables.  Therefore, I will narrow it down to 5 ;): sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, spinach, and asparagus.

2. Who are you closest to in your life?

This is easy…definitely my parents!  They are awesome.

3. Where is your favorite place to be?

My favorite place to be is anywhere that I am surrounded by family, friends, and my puppy dogs.

4. What do you do for work and do you enjoy it?

I work as an academic advisor for a university located in the Omaha, Nebraska area.  I really enjoy my job AND my co-workers :).

5. Where is the coolest place you have ever traveled to?

My traveling, thus far, has not been very worldly, but my absolute favorite place to visit is New York City.

6. Who is your favorite author?

This is tough because I do not really feel that I have a “favorite.”  In high school and college I really love Sarah Dessen’s novels, but right now I am all about reading books from various authors.

7. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My biggest accomplishments have been being published in a scholarly peer-reviewed psychological research journal as an undergraduate student, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors from college, and graduating with my Master’s degree.

8. What is your favorite part of your body?

I like both my arms and my abs.  I work hard on those babies!

9. What is your favorite meal of the day?

Honestly, I cannot choose because I just LOVE food.  Breakfast and I are pretty good friends, though ;).  I also love eating breakfast for dinner!

10. Have you always been healthy?  If not, what made you want to start?

No, I definitely did not eat very healthy growing up or during my college years.  I started experiencing problems with acid reflux during college, and at the end of 2011 I became completely fed up with how I was feeling.  In January of 2012 I became a vegetarian and developed an entirely new and healthy eating lifestyle.  I love what I eat now and I love how it has positively affected my health.

11. What is your favorite holiday?

I am a big fan of Thanksgiving and Christmas since they both involve lots of delicious food and a great deal of family time.  The 4th of July is another favorite holiday of mine, too.  You cannot beat barbecue food, amazing weather, and fireworks :).

Now it is your turn!  Tell me a random fact about you, or answer one, two, or three of Sarah’s questions!

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  • quartercenturysouthernliving April 29, 2013, 5:31 pm
    I love learning more about the girl behind the blog!! We definitely have a lot in common :)
  • makingthymeforhealth April 29, 2013, 5:39 pm
    Yay! I am so happy you got a chance to do this! It is rare that you talk about yourself in your posts and it was so cool learning more about who you are! And you are one accomplished lady! I guess the favorite vegetable question wasn't really fair because I couldn't pick just one either! :)
  • Lindsay @ The Functional Foodie April 29, 2013, 5:40 pm
    I love this! I'm totally a secret reality tv junkie. I love the competition ones like amazing race and survivor. My mom and I wanted to be on amazing race haha
  • Nanna April 29, 2013, 6:05 pm
    I love your dogs' names, and I love that they're poodle mixes, too; I have two cockapoos, and they live with my parents, just like yours.. It's so hard to be away from them :( My random fact answers question 9: dinner is my favorite meal of the day... mainly because I can totally relax :)
  • Running In Heels April 29, 2013, 6:11 pm
    Love these posts!! And I just looooove puppies :)
  • chasingchels April 29, 2013, 6:29 pm
    Breakfast is easily the best meal of the day! I often have it for dinner too ;) sweet potatoes and corn are my favorite vegetables, and i agree with you about mtv and crazy tv...it's horrible but you can't look away haha
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl April 29, 2013, 8:21 pm
      OOooo corn!! I used to not like it, but I have been converted! I cannot wait for some delicious sweet corn this summer :).
  • Leigha April 29, 2013, 6:39 pm
    I've got a few nominations.. lazy blogger! ;) I love learning random facts!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness April 29, 2013, 6:50 pm
    Yay, Lola and Sadie pictures :) I have heard so much about these wonderful doodles, and of course they are just as cute as doodles can be :) okay, as much as I love seeing the pups it was also great to learn more about you!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl April 29, 2013, 8:22 pm
      Hey, I totally cannot blame you. Let;'s be honest, the doodles are the highlight of the posts!
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance April 29, 2013, 7:32 pm
    Fun! I love reading these posts. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, my favorite color is red, there's no way I could pick a favorite meal either, and I'm a dog lover, too! :)
  • ahealthyhappyhome April 29, 2013, 7:35 pm
    I always love these as it's so fun to learn a little more about bloggers :-) We Love the Amazing Race and actually were in the process of filling out the application a few years ago when we found out we were pregnant. It's a dream of ours to go on the show but I think we'd have to make up some drama or sob story in order to be cast! We're just not interesting enough!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl April 29, 2013, 8:23 pm
      Sure you are! You should totally apply. You just never know! I would definitely be cheering for you :).
  • Alex @ therunwithin April 29, 2013, 7:41 pm
    I so didn't peg you as someone so into her tv shows, I loved learning that!
  • Erin April 29, 2013, 7:43 pm
    Loved learning more about you! And I was on my schools dance team as well and all your fav veggies are mine too! And to say I am obsessed with the Bachelor/Bachelorette would be an understatement!
  • Eating 4 Balance April 29, 2013, 7:53 pm
    Wow. This makes me feel like I don't know anything about you! You should do posts like this more often! Favorite authors... Sarah Dessen for sure :) Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Ally Carter, J.K. Rowling and so many more! So cool to hear about your reasons for becoming a vegetarian. I've always wondered!
  • jessielovestorun April 29, 2013, 9:48 pm
    congratulations on the nomination, darling. I love learning a bit more about you. Totally impressed by your accomplishments you've had <3
  • lifeasliv April 29, 2013, 10:47 pm
    Dang girl, you are one smart cookie!
  • Jeremy DeHague April 30, 2013, 12:46 am
    You should def go get that health/nutrition degree! Do what you love!!
  • Lucie@FitSwissChick April 30, 2013, 3:29 am
    Love these posts!! Your puppies are adorable. And New York City is one of ma favorite places to go too, and I will soon be there! Great stuff to get a health/nutrition degree.
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats April 30, 2013, 4:51 am
    I've just got Gone Girl and am about to start reading it :)
  • Allison @ Life's a Bowl April 30, 2013, 6:57 am
    These awards are always fun! I'm a dog lover, veggie lover, and definitely get caught up in reality TV a bit too often :P
  • Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie April 30, 2013, 8:28 am
    You can definitely tell how cute your pups are in that pic! And I like you even more now -- I love the White Sox!! They are my favorite team for any sport, and of course, hate the Cubs!
  • megbek April 30, 2013, 9:49 am
    These were awesome to read! Hoorah for these kinds of posts! I LOVE your dogs! Obviously I am a dog person myself and yours are precious - except for the split second one of them accidentally broke your nose! Ouch! Reality TV is addicting, I can't blame you at all girl and your top 5 veggies are basically mine too! Indian food is the dang best thing ever. I have not been full on vegetarian (I eat fish) but I miss corn beef hash SO much sometimes. I've been a pseudo vegetarian (pescatarian?) for literally the same amount of time as you! How cool!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl April 30, 2013, 1:54 pm
      I would definitely consider being a pescatarian, except I never was much of a fish eater to begin with. One never knows where life will take me in the future, though!
  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen April 30, 2013, 9:54 am
    It's funny how once you get rid of a certain food group (like meat for example), you no longer crave it. After trying out vegan for the weekend a few weeks ago, I haven't wanted to eat any meats and crave veggies! It's great that we can learn make our bodies enjoy whatever we want! Oh, and I was definitely like you- not such a healthy eater in college. :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl April 30, 2013, 1:54 pm
      We definitely are in control of our taste buds and what our body "craves," for the most part. Pretty cool!
  • Kelly @ HIdden Fruits and Veggies April 30, 2013, 10:24 am
    I'm obsessed with Big Brother-- it's just SO GOOD. My cable providers gives me Showtime for free in the summer, so I end up watching way way too much TV between the 3 hour long eposides on CBS and then skimming through After Dark.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl April 30, 2013, 1:55 pm
      Haha, you have no idea how excited I am to hear this!! We will have to discuss it this Summer! My mom and I actually subscribe to the Live Feeds...we may be slightly obsessed ;).
  • Alyssa @ Road to RD April 30, 2013, 10:56 am
    I'm a vegetarian too...three years running! I occasionally miss meat and then I think about what it really is and I go back to my usual self.
  • eatgreatbegreat April 30, 2013, 11:22 am
    Congrats on the award! It was great reading more about you! I'm totally a fan on Thanksgiving too (such awesome food!) and I also graduated summa cum laude in college! :)
  • jessiebearwhat April 30, 2013, 11:41 am
    I love some good trashy tv too! haha
  • GiGi Eats Celebrities April 30, 2013, 12:43 pm
    I am no vegetarian and could NEVER be one, but that "meat" loaf looks AMAZING! ;)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl April 30, 2013, 1:57 pm
      It seriously is!! I have converted several meat eaters into eating that in place of traditional meatloaf.
  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles April 30, 2013, 1:20 pm
    That's awesome that you were published as an undergraduate! Even as an MA student I'm still working on publishing. I'm a dog person too. So excited for when the boyfriend and I can get one!
  • moderngirlnutrition April 30, 2013, 4:27 pm
    Thanks for sharing this! Look at those GORGEOUS pups! :)
  • Rach @ This Italian Family April 30, 2013, 4:35 pm
    I love that you love dogs so much! We definitely have that in common! :)
  • Brittany April 30, 2013, 6:55 pm
    Whoa baby!! Those degrees are awesome!! I can't get enough of the academic world either, but in reality I just can't decide what I want to do..HA!
  • Sara @ Nourish and Flourish April 30, 2013, 7:08 pm
    Lola and Sadie are ADORABLE! I love that they're both sisters, too. My yellow lab, Cali, lives with my mom in Boise, so I only get to see her when I come home to visit. I've had so much fun snuggling with her, and taking her on long walks over the past few weeks! Congrats on being published as an undergrad--that's a HUGE accomplishment! I love that your favorite color is yellow, too. It's the happiest color! Hope you're having a great week, girl! <3 xoxo
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl April 30, 2013, 7:59 pm
      Thank you!! Isn't it SO tough to have to live far away from your puppy dogs? I seriously dislike it!
  • Meredith April 30, 2013, 10:04 pm
    So fun to learn more about you, Hannah! We must be in a book club together that we don't know about! I've recently read all of those books too! And I sure love reality tv too :)
  • Christine May 1, 2013, 8:55 pm
    Reality TV and vegetables are two of my favourite things as well ;) (the Canadian Big Brother is on right now.. and I am obsessed)!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health May 6, 2013, 12:55 pm
    I loved reading more about you :)
  • Chelsea Eats Treats May 14, 2013, 2:01 pm
    I loooove What Alice Forgot and Gone Girl, so I guess I'll have to try Skinny Dipping!! Also your dogs are adorbs!

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