Mama OWL Blog: Blogger Awards

Blogger Awards

Friday, 1 February 2013

I have been very honoured this week to have received awards from some wonderful bloggers and would like to take a moment to share them with you, by way of thanks to them for nominating me & thinking of me for such lovely accolades.

Kat from Kat A Pillar has passed on the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, which is an honour to receive. As part of this award I have been asked to share seven little-known facts about myself, that you may or may not be interested in finding out.

1. I have two tattoos with plans for another, as soon as I decide what I want and where I want it. I also designed my husband's tattoo, although that now needs adding to since the birth of little miss E. I'm a big fan of tattoos.

2. I love the rain. Not so much when it is heavy and causing disruption and going on for weeks on end, but I do enjoy a walk in the rain or showers on a warm day. I much prefer it to snow anyway, the recent weather was like a living hell and I hope that's the last we have seen of it this Winter.

3. I'm a night owl. I have been for as long as I can remember. I suffer with bouts of insomnia from time to time anyway but I do enjoy late nights on my own, either sitting reading or in the dark watching something I have recorded. I actually really enjoy the peace and quiet. I do however regret doing this every single morning when I have to drag myself out of bed.

4. I'm allergic to tomatoes, the inside of my mouth swells and develops little blisters whenever I eat anything with tomato in it. But - I absolutely love tomatoes and endure all of that whenever I eat them because I love them so much. One day I will probably regret it, but we'll eat that tomato when we come to it.

5. I'm not at all girly. I like perfume, and handbags, and I am starting to like shoes (a little)... But I only like shopping when I have actual things I need to buy. I can't go just for the sake of it, I just don't see the point. Trying clothes on in shops is like actual punishment, and I only get my nails done for special occasions & holidays because frankly they would be ruined within hours and I simply don't have time or the extra cash to go and get them done anyway. And actually, even if I did have those two things, I wouldn't spend them on nails. I like getting dressed up to go out, but other than that I am happy just as I am.

6. I met Peter Andre when I was in my early teens (think 'Mysterious Girl' era Peter) after he did a school tour & performed a little concert in the hall. He did a Q&A session afterwards and I was dared to put my hand up & ask for a kiss, which I did and then instantly regretted when he said "Okay then" and I had to get up & walk across the stage in front of most of the school. I also went to HMV a day or so after with some friends to get his autograph. Oh, those were the days!

7. When I was 12 or 13 I sat in a bath of tomato soup for an hour on the stage of the school hall during lunch time with my friend Diane, to raise money for Comic Relief, you could also tip a tin of soup over our heads for 10p a go. We were orange for several days after that, and I have only just been able to eat tomato soup again, so traumatising was the experience! Good fun, but quite disgusting.

In return I am passing on this award to these bloggers, all of whom I find inspiring in some way (in no particular order) and thanking Jo for also nominating me for this award -

Jo from Ojo's World, Tamsyn from Manic Mum, Lynsey from Lynsey The Mother Duck, Louise from Team Lloyd & Hayley from Downs Side Up.
I don't have any expectations of anyone to take part in passing on this award if you do not wish to or have the time, but I would like each of you to know that I find you inspiring, and I admire you all.

I have also been given the Liebster Award by Shay & Family, Ups & Downs Smiles & Frowns, and Petit Moi. This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers who deserve acknowledgement and encouragement to keep on blogging.

The rules are as follows:

List 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions given to you.
Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Choose 5 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.

I'll be honest, I'm not going to manage all of that with three nominations, but thank you for thinking of me and I really appreciate it. I love blogging and the wonderful community that comes with it, all of the people and new experiences and I am looking forward to blogging for many years to come. I'm going to share a few of each of the questions I was given by Shay, Sarah & Laura for my nominees to answer -

1) Would you rather drink hot or cold drinks?
2) What's your favourite type of blog to read?
3) What's your favourite type of blog to write?
4) What is your ideal night out? (Or night in if you prefer)
5) Who inspires you the most?
6) What's your favourite all time movie?
7) One amazing meal, it can be anything in the world, what would you have?
8) The house is on fire! You can only grab 2 things, what would you take? (excluding family & pets)
9) Money and travel are no object, where in the world would you travel to?
10) If you were a superhero, what would your super-power be?
11) What is your favourite quote?

My nominations for this award go to Jo from Ojo's World, Lucy from Little Super Sparks, Nikki from My Three Girls... and Me, Suzanne from 3 Children & It, and Jade from Unique Young Mum.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to mention that the nominations for The Mad Blog Awards 2013 (sponsored by Parentdish) are now open.
I have made my nominations for some of my favourite blogs, unfortunately I couldn't choose them all and it involved some difficult decisions but I feel I have made the right ones and I look forward to hearing the nominees for each category when they are announced.

If you enjoy my blog and would like to nominate me - perhaps in School Days, Family Fun or Family Life - you may do so at or just click the MADs badge at the top left of my blog to be taken to the voting form. Nominations are open until midnight on February 18th 2013.


  1. Thanking you. I shall get to answering x

  2. Yay go you... I like tattoos as well, though I have none ha xx

  3. Thanks so much for nominating me :)) I've received this a few times now and gosh they're backing up! I also got the first award you mention and unlike you, I can't think of 7 interesting facts (that anyone else would be interested in anyway!). I'm so not good at joining in with these memes but do appreciate you thinking of me :) x

  4. Thank you so much Julie for nominating me for the Liebster Award I will do my post now xx


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