Leibster Award from Em Linthorpe!

Haven’t done one of these for a while!

I am part of a fantastic group of bloggers on Facebook, called Big Up Your Blogs! Since interacting with them, I have developed even more blogpalships!

One of these pals is Em Linthorpe, and she nominated us for the Leibster Award, collectively! Now I have done this one several times over, but I feel I must do this, as the group has been so supportive to each other, and I am sat here on my sick leave, so have the time too!

So to the rules…

1) Say hi to the person sweet enough to want to know more about you – and display your award with pride;
2) Answer the eleven questions the person gives you;
3) Give eleven random facts about yourself;
4) Nominate some other people that you think are deserving of this award;
5) Let them know you have nominated them;
6) Give them eleven questions to answer.

So, Hi Em!!!! Thank you so much for thinking of me, and our whole group!

11 questions for me to answer:

Listen up nominees! These are the questions I would like you to answer.

1.  What phone apps could you not live without?

My WP app, all the usual social media suspects, my banking app, and the various photo editing ones I use regularly!

2. Do you still keep in touch with any of your school friends?

Via Facebook, we link up, and a couple of years ago we had a reunion where a few of us got together the year we all turned 40! It was so good to catch up with each other!

3. What is your opinion of garlic?

It is a great flavour, as long as you don’t use too much! And it scares away Vampires… what’s not to like! Come one, you know you love garlic bread…!

4. Do you ever do DIY at home?

Simple stuff, like lightbulbs, and tightening screws… I’m not too bad with flatpack furniture! First proper time painting rooms last summer, and I replaced a light socket too! Hey, that’s not bad going for a Girlie Girl!

5. What are your most treasured books on your bookshelf?

I have so many books, but I think my Set of Noddy books are extremely special as they were given to me when I was recovering from an operation at four years old, and they are complete with Gollywogs and all!

6. What was the first concert/gig you attended?

It would have been an Indian musician with my Parents, Gurdas Maan, amazing singer! The first, and only western concert I went to was to see Blackstreet at Wembley!

7. If there was one thing you could change about your house, what would it be?

New flooring!

8. Have you ever been camping?

I have… two interesting days and nights, for my Duke Of Edinburgh award. A sheep walked into our tent… nuff said!

9. What was your worst kitchen disaster?

I love being in the kitchen, so I’ve had my fair share of disasters… but a recent one was when I made cakes for a school bake sale and they all sunk on me! Never has that happened before!!!

10. What words do you regret saying to someone else?

I’m not sure, but I guess what comes to mind is the few times I have generally blown off at the kids, because I am tired and have a short fuse, then I want to hug them and say sorry… They are just kids, not my sounding board.

11. Give us a brief overview of your gaming history.

Gaming and me… Well, let’s be honest, I am not a gamer really! But as a child, we had a Commadore 64 and we used to play Wheelin’ Wally. Then the Sega MegaDrive arrived and Sonic and Golden Axe were favourites! At Univeristy, Hubby Dearest and pals had the PS2 and Tekken was a game played in large groups. I loved it one day when my totally random pressing of buttons meant I beat every guy in the room! No tactics, just playing like a girl!

Now, I prefer things like the Just Dance games on the Wii!

11 random facts about myself

Apologies if you’ve read any of these before… In the past I did so many of these Award Tag posts that I don’t think I have anything majorly original to say!

  1. I have 29 first cousins!
  2. I can wiggle one eyebrow!
  3. I have a stationary fetish, seriously!
  4. The varied backgrounds of my family make me a British, Kenyan, Indian! But genetically, I am 100% Indian!
  5. I passed my driving test on the fourth go… (no comments about why my accident happened here!)
  6. I hate, really can’t stand, sports!
  7. I went swimming with turtles and dolphins in the Carribbean, what an experience!
  8. I only have one ovary.
  9. My wedding dress took 5 people embroidering for 16 hours a day, for 11 days, to make. Wow!
  10. I had Laser Eye surgery nearly ten years ago!
  11. It’s not often that you’ll see me without a smile. 😀

11 questions for my nominees: Excuse the laziness, but I am using Em’s questions!

Listen up nominees! These are the questions I would like you to answer.

1.  What phone apps could you not live without?

2. Do you still keep in touch with any of your school friends?

3. What is your opinion of garlic?

4. Do you ever do DIY at home?

5. What are your most treasured books on your bookshelf?

6. What was the first concert/gig you attended?

7. If there was one thing you could change about your house, what would it be?

8. Have you ever been camping?

9. What was your worst kitchen disaster?

10. What words do you regret saying to someone else?

11. Give us a brief overview of your gaming history.

And I would like to nominate each and every one of you! You have all been so supportive the past week, since my accident, that I just want you all to know I really appreciate you!

Big Love! ❤

Well hey there! #MyFirstPostRevisited

That Geoffles! His Geoffleship decided to help snap me out of this whiplash induced writing coma that I had fallen into today, by tagging me to do this… Thanks His Geoffleship for getting me typing again today!


A tag started by a blogger/writer called Sarah Brentyn, asking us to revisit our first ever blog posts!

It’s funny but until I decided to leave a comment on a friend’s first ever post, which she had shared on Facebook, I had no idea what ‘blogging’ was! The site asked me to log in or create an account if I wanted to comment, and so I did. It then prompted me to set up something for myself, if I wanted… and then, suddenly, in an instant, I began the journey that led me to rediscover my love of the written word, crafting syllables, pushing my creative soul, and finding a whole new family out there in the blogosphere!

So here goes… November 25th, 2014…

So hi anyone who’s reading!

Blogging… Me? Who’d a thunk it?!

As I sit here, kids around me, with the sick bug slowly fading from our lives, I wonder about happiness.

There’s so much sadness, upset, anger in this world and I, for one, hate it.

I hear things, experience things, do things, and more often than not, I try to find the positive in all I do.

If you know me, you know my smile is omnipresent! I try to face the world with a big grin!

My glass is always half full!😜

Even when I’m low… I smile anyway… Hence the name of this blog. I’ll try to post things that make me smile… And hopefully they’ll make you smile too!


Ok…so the rules

Obvious rules:

  • No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).

Other rules:

  • Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  • Tag…um…tentwotwelve five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  • Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  • Include “the rules” in your post.

Completely silly rules that I’m making up as I type:

  • Drink a glass of wine, bottle of beer, cup of coffee, mug of herbal tea or whatever floats your boat after you hit “publish”. (In other words, toast yourself. Go you!)
  • Read the post out loud in a Mickey Mouse voice.

So, who do I tag…? It’s gotta be my original Blogily!






Looking forward to reading your #myfirstpostrevisited posts! (But please don’t feel obliged!!!)

Thanks again His Geoffleship!


Blog-aholic Award

Thank you so much for thinking of me.. I guess I am a bit of a Blogaholic lol!

Shop Girl Anonymous

I was nominated for the Blog-aholic Award by the gorgeous and talented Beauty and the Ballroom.  If you have not checked out her blog, I strongly suggest it, her adventures in ballroom dancing and day to life are not only enchanting, but her support as a member of the blogging community is met by very few.


The creator of this award is The Recipe Hunter. The Recipe Hunter’s blog is full of recipes, so if you are into cooking make sure to check her out! The rules for this award go as follows:

– Put the above award logo/image on your blog

– List the rules

– Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their “About” page)

– Mention the creator of…

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Bloggers Bash Tickets ON SALE NOW!!!

I’m so excited that it is that time of year!!! The Annual Bloggers Bash tickets are officially on sale as of today! If you’re hoping to come, book fast. It’s on a first come first served basis. I went for the first time last year, nervously excited, and I have no regrets other than I wish I could have stayed longer and taken more photos!!!

What you waiting for??? Book now!!!

Today is a glorious day because it’s the day I sprinkle the Bloggisphere with magical glittery unicorn dust. Gathered using only the opposable thumbs of dwarf pixies and phoenix feathers dipp…

Source: Bloggers Bash Tickets ON SALE NOW!!!

The Treasure Trove Award from Living the Beautiful Life

A huge thanks to Rob for nominating me for this award! It’s a wonderful new one, and I feel bad I am not able to really take part in it fully, but I am hugely thankful to Rob for thinking of me, and as always, thankful to all you readers for being with me on this Blogging journey of mine ! 😍

Art by Rob Goldstein

Graphic of a treasure chest with the words treasure trove award written on it The Treasure Trove Award

These are my nominees for Danica’s Treasure Trove Award.

They are in no particular order of preference.

Many of the people on this list are frequent visitors to
my blog.

Danica’s award is an opportunity for me to say thank you.
to as many people as I can although my gratitude extends
  well beyond this list. 

If you haven’t seenDanica’s blog, now’s your chance:  Living a Beautiful Life

The rules are nothing.

You don’t have to do a thing.

The Award is a gift of appreciation.



Kendall F. Person


Ribbons of Thought



Retirementally Challenged

Second Wind Leisure


Br Andrew’s Muses

Humanity is Action

Tosha Michelle

Dream Big, Dream Often



Eyes + Words

Harsh Reality


authenticitee speaks

Buffalo Tom Peabody’s blog 2

living in stigma

Tony Burgess

But I Smile Anyway…



Rethinking Life


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