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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 🙂


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

Recipients of the award are: “Bloggers 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 😉

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.