1st Place for My Sardinian Life in the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards

The votes are in and My Sardinian Life takes 1st place in the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards – in the category of Best Travel & Expat Blog – snaperiffic! It was a close one; so close in fact that there was only a 3 vote difference between 1st & 2nd places!

And now, on with the acceptance speech:

Firstly, I would like to thank Jonathan Kleiman who took copious amounts of time to organize this award for Canadian bloggers across the globe. Jonathan is a Toronto Business Lawyer and a Small Claims Lawyer and his side gig is organizing fantastic blogging awards. I wonder how he does it? If you need a lawyer, be sure to click Jonathan’s name above – and I’m sure he can sort you right on out. So, thank you Jonathan. I appreciate all the hard work you’ve done in the last year to make this award a reality.

I would also like to thank all of those that took time out to vote for My Sardinian Life – you helped make this award a reality and to you I am grateful.

Thanks to you!

  • My number one fan – my Mom.
  • Every family member that voted.
  • My virtual friends from Sardinia – grazie per il vostro continuo supporto. Ho imparato molto da voi in questi ultimi anni sulla tua terra, il tuo mare e delle vostre tradizioni. Grazie. La Sardegna è la nostra da scoprire.
  • My Italian Reflections group – if it weren’t for you lot I would have gone bonkers long ago!
  • The Virtual Tourist crew.
  • My Twitter followers.
  • My first real life blogging buddy in Bagni – you showed me that anything is possible.
  • All my Facebook fans & friends and to all the expats around the world, who are living their dream.

2012 Canadian Blog Awards 1st

Raise your glass high; I salute you.

From the bottom of my heart – thank you!
Jennifer Avventura

The Reality and 100% Affidabile (Reliable) Blog Awards

I am overwhelmed that people from all over the world tune in to read the tales from My Sardinian Life. Thank you, World! When I started this blog, two years ago, it was with the sole intention to share my photos and daily life with my family and friends who are scattered all over the globe. It was also an outlet to try on my writer’s voice and publish some of the songs and poetry that I’d kept locked up tight.

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Final voting in the 2012 Canadian blog awards

Check out my awesome new Nominee badge for the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards! Thanks to everyone that helped me get this far now I have just one more small favour to ask – help me win it!

Final voting for the 2012 Canadian blog awards runs from November 1st, 2012 to December 1st, 2012.

My Sardinian Life is nominated for Best Travel & Expat Blog. Please help me to reach my dream in winning this Canadian award, eh!


You will be whisked away to Jonathan Kleiman’s site to vote. He’s the wonderful Toronto business lawyer who founded this award for Canadian bloggers – all over the world. Thank you, Jonathan.

Once on the Canadian Blog Awards page; scroll down and on the bottom right hand corner is the category: Best Travel and Expat Blog. Click to open, select My Sardinian Life and click VOTE!

The competition is fierce; from local travelers in Nova Scotia to a newfound expat friend in China. I am overwhelmed to be in the same group as these fabulous travelers, bloggers and photographers.

Thank you all, for your wonderful support over the last two years. If it wasn’t for your comments and words of encouragement – I would have given up long ago. You have all humbled me. Blessed be.

Thank you for voting.

Blog of the Year 2012 Award | My Sardinian Life

I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award from the wonderful folks at the Algarve Blog. The year is not even over and My Sardinian Life woke up to this beautiful award this morning! Thank you!

The rules are simple:

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog Of the Year 2012‘ Award.
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012 Award @ the Thought Palette and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook page and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars.

With one very shiny star!
Because unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!
You begin with the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!
There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

And now on with the nominations:

  • Thirdeyemom – is a wonderful blog about travel, culture and social good. In my opinion, I think Nicole deserves the Woman of the Century Award for all her hard work with children around the world.
  • The Urge to Wander – is a lovely blog about travel –  from Turkey to Egypt and from Peru to Spain and many other destinations along the way. This blog will give you the urge to wander.
  • Comedy Travel Writing – is a hilarious blog written by a funny traveling man. This blog is new-ish to me and I’ve found myself a little too eager for his next post. I haven’t seen much comedic travel writing around the blogosphere and this one takes the cake.
  • Cosy Travels of the Viking and his Kitten – is an awesome blog written by a Danish organ player and his Belgian language teacher – Kitten. The photographs are breathtaking as are the travel stories. Plus, I think the blog title kicks butt!
  • A Drifter off to see the World – is a beautifully colourful blog written by a courageous young woman who moved to Australia to continue her education. You go girl!

To all the fabulous blogs listed above – thank you for enriching my world through yours. It’s been a wonderful year full of encouragement and support. I eagerly look forward to exploring yet another year of your travels and tales. Thank you.

A special shout out goes to Jen from Passport to Bliss who kindly nominated My Sardinian Life for The Versatile Blogger Award. This mark’s the sixth time that this blog has received this award. Thank you, Jen.

I am grateful to you all.

To learn more about the Blog of the Year 2012 Award – click here.

Inspiring Blog Award

The Inspiring Blog Award was awarded to My Sardinian Life!

A huge thanks to Aparna at aparnanairphotography for nominating me. I would have never thought that my words or pictures could inspire people, I am deeply humbled.

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The Sunshine Award | My Sardinian Life

Things just got a little brighter here at My Sardinian Life. I’ve been awarded with the Sunshine Award from AllThingsBoys. Thank you for the nod in my direction, it’s truly appreciated.

The Sunshine Award Rules:

  1. Include the award’s logo in your post.
  2. Answer 10 questions.
  3. Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers.
  4. Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

The Questions:

  1. Favourite Colour? Pink and Green.
  2. Favourite Animal? Cats.
  3. Favourite Number? 13.
  4. Favourite non-alcoholic drink? Grape Juice.
  5. Facebook or Twitter? They are both rather annoying … but Facebook.
  6. My Passion? Writing, running, and my family.
  7. Prefer getting or receiving gifts? Giving.
  8. Favourite pattern? Paisley.
  9. Favourite day of the week? Sunday.
  10. Favourite flower? Sunflower.

I won’t be passing The Sunshine Award on; as last week I was nominated for two other blogging awards and I have nominated pretty much all the blogs I now follow.

This pretty award I’m going to admire. Thank you again for the nomination.

Fourth Times a Charm | The Versatile Blogger Award

When it rains it’s pours, and this week in Sardinia it’s raining cats and dogs (cliché I know, I don’t care)!

Where did spring go? I hope spring returns with a vengeance, I need hot heat!

I’ve been fortunate to receive The Versatile Blogger Award (for the fourth time) from AllThingsBoys Blog. A big shout out! And thank you!

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Awesome Blog Content Award | The ABC’s

Nia over at photographyofnia awarded My Sardinian Life with The ABC Award. An awesome surprise to wake up to this cloudy, grey morning. Thank you Nia.

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Third nomination | The Versatile Blogger Award

My Sardinian Life has been nominated for the wonderful Versatile Blogger Award. A splendid way to start the new year, thank you Queens new life in Canada for the nomination.

My Sardinian Life was nominated three times for this prestigious blogging award! So I am doing something right. You can read about the first two awards and the fantastic 30 blogs I’ve nominated below.

Blogging Awards Bountiful and Laavventura is Versatile.

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La Avventura is Versatile

That’s right folks.  La Avventura has been given the honor of  VERSATILE BLOGGER.  La Avventura has only been blogging for five months; so it is with great pleasure to receive this award from The Hook – The Book of Terrible

And now it’s my turn to pass the baton to seven glorious bloggers that I have followed in the past five months.  In no particular order of importance, the baton goes to.

  1. White Girl In Black Face – Have you ever dreamed of being the underdog? 
  2. Haikugirl’s Japan – Ever wanted to go to Japan but couldn’t?  Be an arm-chair traveler through her blog.  Very informative.
  3. grrrl style. – A 15yr old feminist who is destined to become a music journalist.
  4. The CHASE Project – An inspiring woman who lives life to the fullest.  And she’s just completed her first marathon.  Kudos.
  5. Not From Around Here – Follow the adventures of an American living and working in England.
  6. JetHead – “The World from 30,000 feet at 500mph”.  He’s a pilot, a captain and an English teacher.  Get over your fear of flying or planes by reading his blog.
  7. Life in Bloom – With a passion to service those less fortunate, this blogger has volunteered in the Gulf Coast after hurricane Katrina as well as in Haiti and Nicaragua. 

Seven things you didn’t know about La Avventura:

  1.  I have taken karate, thai-kick boxing, boxing and jujitsu.
  2. I danced lyric jazz professionally for fifteen years.
  3. I played soccer with my local soccer club for fifteen years.
  4. I broke my tibia playing soccer as I scored the winning goal.
  5. I have three tattoos.
  6. Guinness is my favorite beer.
  7. My three nieces are my light.