Super Sweet Blog Award

Cupcake4Another award post! Can anyone tell I’m trying to get through a humongous amount of writing? Nothing to do with impending return to work and total lifestyle change…yikes!

I got nominated by the lovely workingmothersassistant she’s got some really cool advice, tips and tricks and is a been there and done that mum/mom, working hard to keep her blog going, with all that “free” time we have. Good on you mama and thanks for the nomination!

The rules for those nominated:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions. These can be found down below.

3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post.

4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other deserving bloggers.

5. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.

Here we go…

1) Cookies or cake? It’s a tough call, but if I had to choose it would be cake. Soft, sweet, glorious cake. Another cool thing about being a mum: kids parties=cake!!

2) Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate.

3) Favourite sweet treat. Milk/white choc napolitana croissant fresh from my local bakery.

4) When do you crave sweet things the most? After lunch or dinner.

5) Sweet nickname. Nope, no one has a sweet nickname for me. Sad, innit.

Nominations:

middleofthemess

myfamilybliss

goodnightmush

nikkiyoungwrites

mycrackedpot

thefascinationsofavanillahousewife

doodlemum

foolishsagewisdom

cynicaldaddy

momtimes4

OK, that’s it, ‘cos with the last 3 award posts I have exhausted all the blogs I know and read!

Happy weekend!!!

Super Sweet Blog Award

The versatile blogger award

Wowsers, another award…cool!

the thing I love about awards most is the awesome list of cool blogs you get at the bottom. It’s worth searching for blog posts of awards just to get some new blog recommendations…. just let me find that 25th hour to the day first…!

I got awarded by the mmmmmfamily blog. This mama is dealing with some serious health issues in her family of 3 kids under 5 right now, and writes about it with emotion, sensitivity and style. She also writes it as a diary and log for her husband and kids in the future. It’s very real, very grounding and not at all ‘poor me’. Inspiring. Thank you lady!

As per the rules I’ve got to state 7 things about myself, and then  nominate 15 (FIFTEEN??!!) other blogs. OK.

1) My fave colour is green.

2) My fave breakfast is a smoothie, but I don’t have it often as I feel guilty about waking up the neighbours at silly o’clock with the noise of the blender.

3) I cosleep with my partner and three kids…we have 2 double mattresses stuck together. It’s still not quite enough space though.

4) I had psoriasis before having kids. Haven’t had a proper ‘flare up’ since becoming pregnant for the first time. No complaints there!

5) I’ve been either pregnant or breastfeeding with no let up for 8.5 years… really.

6) I feel like I’m constantly washing clothes, I mean constantly. Summer has been so much better…but winter….uff, the bulky clothes and they take ages to dry (here in Europe we don’t have dryers).

7) I really, really want to get a dog. But each time we get serious about it, I get pregnant…haha.

Now the 15 blogs, sorry, no explanation, just go visit!

Scottishmommus

momtimes4

atlantamomofthree

windingroad

dadgitated

doodlemum

theadventuresoffannyp

mummyflyingsolo

from2to3kids

mamapapabubba

thescienceofmom

mamamillerparenting

mummyshymz

goodnightmush

mommaneedscoffee

Phew! Enjoy!! Thanks!!!

The versatile blogger award

The Leibster Award

A few days weeks ago I got this lovely award from Mummy Flying Solo. Her blog is down to earth, witty, it’s a bit like sitting down with a cuppa and chatting to an old friend…I find her posts easy to read and understand even if they are long (long blog posts often have me scanning by the 3rd paragraph, but not with MFS!). So, I’m honoured and touched that she should bestow this upon me! Thanks lady!

1. Winter or summer? SUMMER: watermelon, beach, open toe shoes, a smattering of freckles..what’s not to like?

2. What is your specialty meal? The one you cook to impress. HMMMM…I do cook a good chicken/squash risotto (it’s all in the stock).

3. Do you clean your teeth twice per day AND floss? Yep, especially since I became a proper adult and spent a silly amount at the dentist in the last few years. Clean at least 3 times, floss twice, interdental brush once. I kid you not.

4. Have you ever tried meditation? Yes, I don’t do it regularly, never have, but I go through phases where I wake up early and do some yoga and meditation before the house wakes up (not since blogging…!). I try to focus on the now as many times as I can each day and be mindful.

5. What do you read to keep your brain active? Blogs, parenting books, self-help books, magazines (The Green Parent is a fave).

6. What is your favourite book of all time? The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle really changed my life, as did old school self-help You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay. Novels, so many…Siri Hustvedt’s What I loved, Luke Rhinehart’s The Diceman, anything by Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, I also really like many of Anita Schreve’s books as well.

7. If you could be stuck in a lift with someone who would it be? My oldest and dearest friend Erica, who I dreamed of last night, funnily enough! I would happily be stuck in a lift with her just to spend some quality time chatting with no kids yapping at my feet. She has had the patience of a saint since I had kids (over 7 years!!) having to share every conversation with a baby/toddler in tow.

8. Favourite new song released this year? Hahahahahah, gone are the days of knowing new songs released. I like Adele though.

9. Best ever holiday? All the ones I’ve had in Greece. I’m half Greek and though I grew up in the UK, I had endless long, hot, summers. As a kid snorkeling, as a teen clubbing, as an adult sunbathing and reading, and as a parent playing and splashing with my kids at our island home. I’m very, very, very lucky.

10. The gift you enjoyed giving the most. Giving my son his bikes, both times! Classic kid gift, classic family moment.

11. Do you tell your kids about Santa Claus (or will you if you don’t yet have kids)? I have gone along with the whole santa thing, leaving a mince-pie, carrot and sherry, the lot. The deal is I won’t lie if they really insist on questioning it though, so boychild at 7 knows…but girlchild still believes. Got to keep some magic in their lives!

Now I nominate 5 blogs that I like (the bit I like reading the most on award blog posts).

Thegratitudenist :apt, inspiring, level.

Mentalmom02:funny, pithy, strong.

themmmmmfamily :Warm, uplifting, balancing.

thefortunateartist:creative, thoughtful, interesting

theleakingboob:funny, versatile, opinionated (a good thing!)

Now my 10 questions.

1) Sex or sleep?

2) Last book you read and enjoyed?

3) Last blog post that made you LOL.

4) Best cooking blog/website.

5) Do you recycle? Why/why not?

6) Last meal you made that everyone in the family actually ate.

7) Fave food!

8) Chocolate: white, dark or milk?

9) Inspiring female role model.

10) Inspiring male role model.

The Leibster Award

The WordPress Family Award…

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I got nominated for this about a week ago….unbelievable! Am really, really chuffed (OMG that word took ages to get right with predictive text…it’s British English for: very pleased…)

I started this blog to get my ideas out and liberate my brain space, and have discovered this very cool, very stimulating community, a place I love to come to and read stuff, “like” stuff. It is ten zillion times better than Fakebook or Pinterest (sorry, that feels really unfaithful, but it’s true) … places I wandered aimlessly until I saw the (blogging) light.

Even better, I got nominated by Miss Fanny P, whose posts I love for their wit and humour. She rocks, here’s her link as per the nomination rules missfannyp.wordpress.com.

I now have to nominate some other bloggers I admire so here goes:

http://scienceofmom.com

doodlemum.com

http://thevanillahousewife.wordpress.com/

http://from2to3kids.wordpress.com/

http://mamapapabubba.com

mummyflyingsolo

ummmm…I’m so new to this I’m finding this bit really hard…maybe I could come back in a few months and beef it up a bit. I love my blogging but I have to limit the time I do it at the moment (LIFE!)

PS This this has taken me absolutely ages ‘cos I’ve had to learn new things like how to use my ipad to cut ‘n’ paste, insert links etc, all with sleeping baby on left boob, naturally. But it was worth it!

Thank you Ms Fanny P!

The WordPress Family Award…