Sunshine Award – Keep Smiling, Keep Shining!


The lovely and hugely inspirational Donna over at Donzwebb (if you haven’t yet checked out her blog I urge you to do so now) nominated me for a Sunshine Award almost a week ago. As you can see in my little ‘About Me’ snippet in the sidebar one of my objectives for writing this blog is to hopefully brighten up my readers’ day, so I was over the moon to receive this award!

I’ve only been blogging for a few months but I really love it and am humbled and inspired every day by all the amazing bloggers out there.

Now it’s time to spread the sunshine!

The rules are:

1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post
2. Link to the blogger who nominated you
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them.
6. Answer the 10 questions at the bottom and create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

10 Questions about me:

1. What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever experienced and how did it change you?

My eldest son being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of two. Seeing him in horrible pain and unable to walk or even bring a spoon to his mouth was heartbreaking. Eight years on, he still has arthritis although it is managed with medication and there is a small chance he will grow out of it. Having a child with a chronic condition has taught me not to take anything for granted but I am also incredibly grateful for modern medicine and we take part in all the research projects run by the hospital to establish the cause of JIA (and hopefully one day find a cure). Thirty years ago my son would probably have been confined to a wheelchair but today the advances in treatments mean that he can run around, jump and play sports like his peers.

2. What’s the number one thing on your bucket list?

I would love to travel across America (East to West) with my family one day.

3. Why did you start blogging?

I trained as a journalist and while I still do freelance occasionally I was looking for another creative outlet for my writing. I started writing for a website called Mummy’s Own just over a year ago and then eventually plucked up the courage to start my own blog.

4. If you could witness any historical moment, which would you choose?

I’m re-reading The Great Gatsby at the moment and I would love to be transported back to the 1920s – such a glamorous and decadent time in history.

5. If you could meet one person in the world who would it be and why?

It’s not just one person but it would be really awesome to meet some of the friends I’ve made in the blogging world in real life one day, over a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

6. What sound do you absolutely love?

The sound of my three children laughing together while they are all absorbed in a game of make-believe.

7. Best book you’ve ever read?

I’m not sure it’s the best book I’ve ever read but the one which stands out is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I was obsessed with her as a teenager and used to carry her poetry books in my school bag. Pretentious moi?

8. If you won the lottery today, what is the first thing you would do?

Buy a bigger house so we wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of having an extension built next year.

9. Favorite vacation spot?

Do I have to pick just one? New York for a long weekend break, Majorca for a family holiday, Italy for the food and Sweden where I grew up for that ‘going home’ feeling.

10. What was the last movie you watched that made you cry?

Blue Valentine

Here are just some of the bloggers who always brighten up my day:

4 Mothers

Reverse Commuter

Cupcakes Cocktails and Kids


The Blackberry Boys

Escaping Elegance

Journeys of the Fabulist

Fashion is All That

Sweet Wildflower

Mid-day Spritzer

More Food Please

Sixty Payments

And here are my ten questions:

1. Who would play you if your life was made into a movie?

2. Where in the world would you most like to travel?

3. What is the best thing about blogging?

4. What is your secret indulgence?

5. If someone handed you £1000 tomorrow what would you spend it on?

6. What do you never leave home without?

7. What’s your favourite meal of the day?

8. What makes you laugh?

9. Who would be your ideal dinner party guests?

10. What was the last thing you Googled?

24 thoughts on “Sunshine Award – Keep Smiling, Keep Shining!

  1. The Bell Jar was pretty depressive but still a great read! I actually read it in Birmingham at a friend’s house.
    New York is really, really awesome! We celebrated Christmas there 4 years ago. Sweet memories!
    And Italian food is the best in my opinion!
    JIA? Oh poor Cameron! What a brave boy! And you are so nice to help out the hospital in whatever you can.
    xoxo, Eszter

    • I haven’t read it for a few years now so may have to dig it out again. Sadly I only seem to read books in holiday these days!
      Cameron is a very brave boy but every time we go to the hospital I am reminded that it could be so much worse. We are very lucky that there is a treatment that works.
      NY at Christmas would be fantastic!
      Btw I love all the autumn pictures of you. Have you got something nice planned for your birthday? Xxx

      • Do you think an e-book, Kindle might help you out? Though I assume the lack of reading comes from having 3 (beautiful) children.

        My husband is The planner so my birthday will be a huge surprise as it has been for the past ten years… 🙂

      • Sounds like it will be a great birthday! I love surprises.
        I have thought about a kindle as well but part of the problem is that I’m such an impatient reader. If I start a good book I want to read it from cover to cover straight away, not half an hour here or there over a week or longer. So holidays are really the only time I can do that when there aren’t things to do like the washing or cook dinner! Xxx

  2. I loved reading your answers! I feel like I know you a bit better now:)
    I’m sorry that you had to watch your son suffer but I’m glad to hear its under control and he’s not missing out on the fun. Oh to be a child again…:)
    Can you believe I’ve never been to New York?! Might go with some friends this Christmas though.
    I also didn’t know you were from Sweden. When was the last time you went back?
    I’ve never seen Blue Valentine but I’ll be checking it out!

    Thanks for spreading the sunshine,


    • Thank YOU for nominating me.
      New York at Christmas sounds amazing. We went to Sweden in the summer but I’ll probably go again in the spring to visit my sister.
      JIA is not a nice condition but I am so grateful that it can at least it be treated. When we go to the children’s hospital we see so many children who will never get better and that is truly heartbreaking.
      Blue Valentine is not a happy film but it has my favourite actor in it – Ryan Gosling.
      Hope you have a great weekend. X

      • You’re welcome! I really enjoy your posts:) I’m happy to hear that JIA is treatable and I’m sure seeing all those other children definitely puts things into perspective. I love Ryan Gosling as well. I met him once through my old job. Very down-to-earth guy:) Enjoy your weekend as well! Just got home from the Ripley’s Aquarium. Went with a friend who’s visiting so I’m beat!

  3. Reblogged this on evelenmargaret and commented:
    Congratulations to you , you very much deserve it & many thanks for my nomination .It is a commitment to keep trying and working for the smile in our all faces ! Thank you.

  4. Thank you so much for the nomination! I always enjoy reading your posts, and especially this one because now I feel like I know more about you 🙂
    I’m so sorry to hear about the pain you and your son have gone through, but I’m glad to hear that he is doing better these days with the proper treatments!
    New York is a great vacation spot (although I don’t think I could live in the city–too crowded and busy for me)! I have never been to Italy or Sweden but I hope to someday!

    • It was a pleasure. Thank you so much for your kind words.
      I don’t think I could live in NY either (maybe when I was younger but not with kids) but I love the energy and positivity there. Both Italy and Sweden are beautiful countries, very different from each other but well worth visiting. X

  5. Thank you so much for the award, you really did brighten my day! I agree that with meds our med issues are easier to cope with these days! I am so glad your little boy is doing so well. It always breaks my heart when kids are not well. But he is and I am so glad!


  6. Congratulations on winning the much deserved award! And thank you again for the nomination, you sure did bring sunshine to my day:) I am still working on my answers 🙂 I was really sorry to read that your son has such a painful condition at such a young age. I hope he will outgrow it, or they will find a cure, or better both will happen. It is good that you are taking part in research projects, I am saying this since I am also a researcher (I was working on finding better painkillers) so this is really important. I would also love to travel across America. It is a big dream of mine too:) I have never been to Majorca, But Sweden and Italy rock 🙂 I visited New York when I was a kid, so I would love to see it again as an adult.

    • Thank you. Yes I think the research is so important, it will help not only my son but also other children who unfortunately for one reason or another don’t respond so well to the medication.
      I really want to go back to New York with my family when my youngest is a bit older.
      I look forward to reading your answers, its a nice way to find out a bit more about the person behind the blog. Xx

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