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Getting a Sunshine Award has made me McMassively happy – it has also made me reveal some pretty personal shit


Last week I got a McMassive shock when I was awarded a Sunshine Award by the funky Carmen @ Musing ‘n mayhem.

To say I was surprised and humbled is to put it mildly, especially since I’m relatively new to this blogging world.

But maybe there is room for someone such as me in the blogging world after all – and that’s nice to know πŸ™‚


Just in case you aren’t familiar with the Sunshine Award, it is given to bloggers by other bloggers.

Recipients of the award are: β€œBloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere”.

The way the award works is this you have to thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them and then answer questions about yourself.

Then select 10 of your favourite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

So I’ll start with the questions:

1. Favourite time of the Year?

In Queensland it’s got to be autumn, the humidity goes but it’s still warm enough to wear singlets and shorts.

2. Favourite festive movie?

Love Actually and The Sound of Music – growing up in NZ it used to be aired around Christmas time and I especially adore the goat song – Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo!!
I’m also a sucker for the spunky Caption von Trapp – smokin’ hot.

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3. What is your passion?

It used to be making sure the truth was written, known and read, but as I’ve moved away from the newsroom my passion is more about trying to keep an open mind and learning more about the world and people who live in.

I am also passionate about protecting my family – especially my children.

4. Favourite colour?

Red baby!

5. Favourite time of the day?

Dusk, when the sun crawls behind the mountains and I know it’s not long until my angels will be fast asleep and I can relax.

6. Favourite flower?

The Periwinkle – my mum used to grow it and if you twist it a small yellow/orange stem comes out of it and as kids we used to pretend they were fairy’s toothbrushes!!
You must start growing it Rhianna @ A Parenting Life

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7. Favourite non-alcoholic beverage?

Sorry I don’t understand the question.


8. Favourite physical activity?

The Horizontal Mambo, but if I can’t have that then something like kayaking or canoeing where I can take gorgeous views while I get active.

Plus my boobs are too humungous (not really in a good way) for me to enjoy running of any sort, unless it’s around the bedroom πŸ˜‰

Me on my honeymoon in Vanuatu - kayaking (and wondering why I married my husband who was behind me getting the shits because we couldn't  paddle in unison!

Me on my honeymoon in Vanuatu – kayaking (and wondering why I married my husband who was behind me getting the shits because we couldn’t paddle in unison!

9. Favourite vacation?

Anything near the beach or water, but then again I also love being in cold places so I can snuggle by an open fire, not such a great thing to do with young kids.

10. What piece of advice would you give a 20-year-old you?

Be smart with your heart and while you should love unreservedly – be wary of investing or caring too much for those who don’t deserve it.
Also set up an automatic payment of $20 a week, you won’t miss it and will come in handy in 15 years time!


I found it hard to pick just 10 of my favourites because my tastes are so varied.

But if there is one thing that ties most of these bloggers together is that I get a giggle from them and a ‘phew – I’m not the only one like this’ feeling when I read their posts.

I haven’t awarded ‘BIG’ bloggers because it goes without saying they inspire me to blog, hence why I follow them every week with baited breathe!

In alphabetical order (not) – here is my list, and please don’t hate me or be offended if you’re not on it, I promise I still love you and read your blogs.

A Cup of Tea And a Blog

Saturday Morning Orge Mum

Handmade Tears and Triumphs

Parental Parody

My Home Truths

Babbling bandit

Melbourne Mum

A Parenting Life

Keeping Up With The Holsbys

Colours of Sunset

Tuesday is my favourite day to blog and read what everyone’s been up to – and so I’m linking up with Jess @ Essentially Jess

She rocks, as do her ‘followers’, so get on board.


Author: Have A Laugh On Me

I'm a mum to three, write from home and I rarely cook, craft or clean but admire those who do. I try to live by the mantra that there's no point in worrying about something that might not happen! Be warned this is not a fluffy, sweet mummy blog, rather a place where you can cringe, laugh and be shocked at my brutally honest take on my life.

36 thoughts on “Getting a Sunshine Award has made me McMassively happy – it has also made me reveal some pretty personal shit

  1. Congrats on a very well deserved award Emily! Guess what? I nominated you for an award too on my blog today! See here: http://thecraftyexpat.com/2013/01/28/an-award-a-super-sweet-blogger-and-ten-questions/

    • Oh Rita that is very ‘sweet’ of you! I thank you so much for giving this to me, and am super glad you enjoy reading my ramblings πŸ™‚ I look forward to replying with my sickly sweet answers πŸ™‚ xx

  2. Yay Em, go you! I received a nomination from the lovely Carmen too, but you’re much more organized than me x

  3. Congratulations on your award – well deserved.

  4. I LOVE posts like this! Reveals so much about a person. Now, what I have learnt about YOU is that you do like to talk about your boobs. Was it last week or the week before you did a whole blog post about it? Funny!

    Congrats on the award, so deserved!



  5. Great answers, I think the only non alcoholic drink must be coffee, right? πŸ˜‰

  6. I love the colour red and also kayaking! So much fun. In fact this post makes me wish we lived somewhere where kayaking at the beach could be a regular activity

  7. Great answers! Had a little smirk and a giggle at a few of them – because they are so honest and so true! Especially love 7 and 10! xx

  8. Thanks so much Emily – I’m very honoured to be on that list of awesomeness! I loved your answer to Number 8 (I may sniggered at the term “horizontal mambo”! )

  9. Congrats on getting the award πŸ™‚ I love red and Love Actually too!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  10. Congrats on the award. My favourite colour is red too. Love it. It has been a long time since I saw The Sound of Music but I had never noticed what a spunk Captain Von Trapp was before. I may have to give it another viewing soon!

  11. Congratulations – I bet it was a nice surprise!

  12. ROFLMAO at Number 7 … love how your blog always fulfils it’s promise, you always manage to make me laugh! Loved getting to know you a bit better in this post too.

  13. I love learning more about fellow bloggers. Awards are great ways to show people that they are valued (not that I think they aren’t valued if they don’t get one – hopefully you know what I mean !!)
    I see you went to Sea World the other day – do you live on the Gold Coast or were you here on holiday ?
    Have the best week and I hope the first day of school went well !!

  14. Lol I loved this post! I didn’t know much about you at all…love your sense of humour! That honeymoon photo made me chuckle πŸ™‚

  15. Congratulations!
    I can’t get past your answer to question 7….perfect response πŸ™‚
    Becc @ Take Charge Now

  16. Thanks so much for nominating me. Really enjoyed reading through your answers, these award posts are a great way to get to know each other more πŸ™‚ xx

  17. Look at those hot back muscles!!! I’d love to try kayaking. As long as you didn’t marry each other for your collective kayaking skills…I think you guys’ll be fine πŸ˜‰

  18. You’re such a gem Em, thanks so much πŸ™‚ And to be nominated amongst such esteemed bloggers, some of my faves, is an honour.
    LMAO at your answer to 7! You kill me! Hilarious x

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