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Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunshine, Lollipops and...

Sunshine AwardAwards, apparently! 
I was lucky enough to be nominated for a Sunshine Award by the lovely Bek at Crave!
So what do you do with a Sunshine Award? Well here are the rules; 
  1. Link back to the person who nominated you (Thanks Bek!) 
  2. Answer some personal questions (Should I be worried? :P) 
  3. Nominate and link up ten more bloggers for the award
The Questions;
1. Who is your favourite philosopher?

Well, lets be completely honest here, I don't have a favourite philosopher as such (as most of the time, philosophers are slightly out of touch with reality) though I do have a few people in my life who totally trump any philosopher.
Why? Because these people share their wisdom right when you need it the most.

2. What is your favourite number?
Hm, that's a tricky one - I'd say 8. 

Chanel Paige - Chihuahua cross Shitzu Puppy

3. What is your favourite animal? Puppies! You can't beat a puppy! The picture above on the left was from the first day we got my beautiful baby girl, Chanel! Her puppy, Pudding, was bigger than her and she fit in my palm, with her head between my middle and pointer fingers. Now - she's grown so much you wouldn't even know that was her!

The picture on the right was her favourite sun baking spot as a puppy - a pot plant. We came home one day to find that she had jumped from the ledge surrounding the grass, right into the mondo grass in the pot plant - soaking up the sun. 

Chanel Paige - Chihuahua x Shitzu Puppy

How can you not love that little squishy face? We've just noticed that as she's grown, she's gotten two brown patches over each eye, rather than the one you can see here.

4. What are your Facebook/Twitter pages?Are you sure you want to listen to more of my ramblings? ;) Facebook is here, my Twitter username is @southerninlaw and you can find me on Instagram at @southerninlaw

5. What is your favourite time of the day? 
I like mornings. I'm a morning person and I like to get up and go ASAP. Generally speaking, I'm up and out of the house at around 7ish to go for a walk to get my day started (literally) on the right foot! It clears my mind before a day of being a freelance writer and social media consultant :P 

Number six seems to have gone for a walk, because Bek didn't have it!

7. What is your favourite physical activity?
Well, I'm not a workout kind of girl so physical activity for me generally consists of; walks around the park and fun unintentional exercise - things like slip n sliding, dancing like an idiot and just generally being weird :P 

8. What is your favourite flower?
I love pretty, feminine flowers (and alot of different types) - when it comes to favourites, I love;

  • Orchids
  • Peonies
  • Ranunculus
  • Stock Flowers
  • Poppies
  • Lilies 
  • Asiatic/Oriental Lilies 
  • Anemones
  • Snapdragons 
  • Tulips
  • Hydrangeas
Oddly enough, I hate roses. I just don't see the appeal! I didn't think I had so many favourites, but apparently I do :P 

9. What is your favourite nonalcoholic drink? 
Well, water predominantly but I also like green tea, black chai teas and the occasional coconut water! 

10. What is your passion? 
That's easy - writing! To write for my "job" is incredible, and I love every second of it! I can't think of doing anything else!

Time to Nominate!
I'd like to pass on this award to some of my favourite blog friends; 
  1. Jamieanne at The Sweetest Kitchen
    Jamie has become a great friend of mine and one who I am so glad to have found through blogging! She is the master baker - and should there ever be a Masterchef Baking series, she needs to be in it!
  2. Shellie at Iron Chef Shellie
    Shellie is another blogger who has become a friend! She may make me extremely envious with her thermomix, but she is an incredible cook and baker and just generally a lovely girl!
  3. Paola at Sole Di Luna 
    Paola is a beautiful girl with a beautiful personality who manages to eat incredible looking food all of the time. 
  4. Lindsay at Cotter Crunch
    Not only does Lindsay make delicious food and have me wishing I had even a pinch of her or her husband's athletic abilities - the strength of her faith and devotion to God is so inspiring!   
  5. Jenn at Peas and Crayons
    Jenn reminds me so much of myself it's ridiculous. She comes up with the best recipes, is the lovely host of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) and isn't afraid to laugh at herself!
  6. Madison at Veggieful
    Madison's blog is gorgeous. The photos are amazing and her recipes are super delicious!
  7. Heather at Kiss My Broccoli
    Heather is not afraid to try odd-sounding combinations and for that reason, she's a girl after my own heart!
  8. Rita at Spoon, Fork and Chopsticks
    If you're ever looking for a restaurant to go to in Sydney - head to Rita's blog first! She takes beautiful pictures and her reviews cover all of the little details you want to know - and she's honest too!
  9. Janelle at Nellbe Gluten Free
    If you're in Australia and can't eat gluten, you'll want to keep an eye on Janelle's blog. She has the latest gluten free news and products as well as great tips on gluten free entertaining and more!
  10. Amanda at Running With Spoons
    I love Amanda's raw honesty. She tells it exactly like it is (or how she sees it) and isn't afraid to post the more controversial things in life. I'm extremely glad to see her return to the blog world once more!
So tell me, what are your favourite blogs?
Or if you have a blog and you're reading - leave a comment! I'd love to read yours :) 

I always love finding new interesting blogs, so please name some of your must-reads! 


  1. Oh thanks so much for nominating us at Veggieful! So sweet :) You really made me smile!

  2. oh i love this. And i love that you get up and go walk ASAP! Fresh air and time soaking up Gods creation. Thanks for nominating me. Lots of new blogs here for me to read as well. YEA!

    1. You are so welcome, lovely! That's certainly the best part of walking - I'm so lucky to live right by a beautiful park and it's so peaceful in the morning!

  3. Oh wow I totally forgot about how much fun slip & slides can be!! I used to love summers for that reason :)

    1. Me too! This summer I've decided that we're buying a brand new slip n slide and enjoying the sun - especially now that Jesse will be here for Christmas!

      When I was younger, we always had water restrictions so slip n slides and sprinklers had to be forgotten about - but not anymore! ;)

  4. Awww...thank you! So flattered that you enjoy reading my blog, even though I've been very erratic with posting this year.

    Love that you've tried on your mum's wedding dress! I tried my mum's one on when I was around 16 or 18 but then promptly grew too big for it - I'm both taller and a size larger than what she was then. Lots of fun but wouldn't have been my style anyway - it was pink!

    1. You are so welcome! I have been the same with posting, so don't worry!

      Wow, a pink wedding dress? That's different!

  5. Haha, I didn't even notice 6 missing- I'm pretty observant aye ;)


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