Saturday, 27 February 2016

The Liebster Award

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by generous Claire at The Pramshed. I had only been blogging for a month and I am still working out how it all works so I was very flattered, thank you Claire.

I had never heard of the award but Claire explained it all in her blog post.

It has taken me a little while to take my turn, what with juggling the iPad and a nursing,  wriggling four-month-old, at the same time as moving house. But I have finally managed it.

There are a few simple rules to follow:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog in your post.
  2. Show the award on your blog, or in your post.
  3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  4. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers that you feel deserve the award.
  6. Create a list of new questions for your nominees to answer.
  7. Once your blog is published, let your nominees know that they have been nominated and link them to your post for more details.
So here are my answers to Claire's questions:

When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging when my daughter was three months old. I wanted to do something creative while I was on maternity leave and share some of the funny things that had happened to me since I became a mother.
What aspirations do you have for your blog?
I hope people read my blog and it makes them laugh. When I return to work I can show it to potential employers and say, "This is what I have been doing with my time off... As well as bringing up a baby."

Tell us about your perfect holiday?
My perfect holiday would be at the house in Ireland where we went every summer when I was a child. Reading books, playing board games with my family and taking my daughter swimming in the lake.

Describe yourself in 3 words?
Clumsy, spirited, nostalgic.

What 3 items would you take to a desert island?
Flint, an axe, and a notebook.

What bloggers inspire you?
I do genuinely admire  The Pramshed for its stylish professionalism, combined with honesty. I take inspiration from ThisMumsLife who has managed to create such a successful and engaging blog and still maintain her anonymity. I am inspired by PinkPearBear's  energy and enthusiasm, Chiswick_mum  as a fellow London blogger and SingleMumSpeaks for her wit.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time, apart from blogging?
Watching films, going to proper pubs, walking around London, playing Scrabble. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to go to the park and soft play centres, but I am sure I will soon discover why many parents dread these places.

What is your favourite chocolate bar?
A red Bounty.

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years time?
Being a working mother, possibly of more than one, hopefully with a home I feel proud to entertain in.

What is the best thing you have ever done?
I hate to be so trite, but it has to be becoming a parent.

Finally, what would your last meal be?
My mother's homemade lasagne.

These are 11 more things about me:
I write for a living.
I am the eldest of five children, which makes me loud and competitive.
I appreciate the music of the Spice Girls and Bob Dylan in equal measure.
I am Welsh and support Wales at rugby.
I have epilepsy, but it doesn't stop me doing anything except driving.
My favourite book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
I have met Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but not at the same time.
My signature dish is risotto.
I have a birthmark in the shape of the British Isles on my right cheek.
If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life I would choose avocados.
I love swimming outdoors.

Now I nominate:

And my questions for these fab bloggers are:

1. What made you decide to become a blogger?
2. What are your aims for your blog?
3. Where and when do you most often find yourself writing your posts?
4. What was your New Year's Resolution for 2016 and how is it going?
5. Name your three favourite blogs and your reasons why
6. If you had a whole day all to yourself what would you choose to do?
7. What word do you use for the TV remote control?
8. What do you cook if you're having a dinner party?
9. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
10. What do you say when you answer the phone to cold callers?
11. What are the top three items on your weekly shopping list?

Thank you again Claire for nominating me.

Nursery Whines


  1. Thanks for the shout-out-very flattering! I am totally with you on avocados as well. They are God's Own Food.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out-very flattering! I am totally with you on avocados as well. They are God's Own Food.

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, and your lovely comment on my blog - that means a lot. I never thought of using the blog as a platform to show employers what we did in our time off. I'm a little welsh too, and we have enjoyed many holidays in Pembrokeshire. Thanks again for answering the questions and sharing the blogging love. Claire x