The Versatile Blogger Award – Final nominations for this year


Hi everyone

I am pleased to announce that on the 3rd of December 2013, I received The Versatile Blogger award from http://playfulkitty.wordpress.com. Check out her blog, especially if you love cats.

After this award, I am up-to-date with my blog nominations.

Unfortunately, although I can accept awards, any new awards I may get nominated for after today, I will most likely not be able to make my nominations for, until February next year. I realise that this may seem a bit strange but my illustrator needs me to finish work on my “Break through the Barriers of Redundancy” book by no later than 20th of January. This is to get the correct sizing for the printed version of the book to put on Amazon. If I don’t meet this deadline, I will have to look for another illustrator and I don’t want to do that as she has done a great job of the e-Book cover and I need consistency.

I still haven’t finished typing the book up and I need to re-work it and re-edit it. Therefore, this is going to take a lot of my time up from now until then.

In the meantime, I may be posting less posts and not commenting as much as I would like to. I am not at this point, going to take a complete break from blogging because I love it too much. I will apologise in advance, if I do not visit your blog as much or make as many comments, if my posts are very short and not necessarily about writing. I hope you understand.

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The Rules

This award actually has its own site with the official rules listed (The Versatile Blogger Award). The rules are:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their site.  
    I did this above the award. Just in case you missed it,  thank you to Simplyilka
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • List 7 things about yourself. 

My 15 Nominees

  1. http://letsreachsuccess.com
  2. http://richweatherly.com
  3. http://peterblacksbooks.wordpress.com
  4. http://syl101.com
  5. http://hilalachmar.wordpress.com
  6. http://thepublicblogger.com
  7. http://yellingrosa.wordpress.com
  8. http://justmadstuff.wordpress.com
  9. http://steverebus.com
  10. http://detectingblackpool.wordpress.com
  11. http://rarasaur.wordpress.com
  12. http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com
  13. http://walterkittysdiary.com
  14. http://nyparrot.wordpress.com
  15. http://throughharoldslens.com

 7 Facts About Me

  1. I have multiple food allergies, my worst is sugar. I can only have natural sugar in juice and fruit.
  2. My guilty pleasure in terms of a song, used to be The Chicken Song from Spitting Image. Now, it is probably the Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  3. I used to have a budgie called Bertie.
  4. I like sparkly things.
  5. I have a big bag made of silver sequins.
  6. I enjoy eating at Nandos but have to ask for plain chicken.
  7. I prefer to receive a birthday greeting in a card, rather than a text or Facebook message. Although any greeting is welcomed.

Enjoy your award and thanks to everyone who follows my blog. You are all superstars.

Write as soon as I am able to

Sandra

 

Blog of the Year 2013


Hi everyone

A huge thank you to Stephanie Thomas for my first

Blog of the Year 2013 Award

Awarded to me on the 1st of December. Her blog can be found at http://authorstephaniethomas.wordpress.com. Check it out.

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The blogs which I have nominated are :

  1. http://bookmust.wordpress.com
  2. http://mikesfilmtalk.com
  3. http://jenowenby.wordpress.com
  4. http://suewestwood.wordpress.com
  5. http://utesmile.wordpress.com
  6. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com
  7. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com
  8. http://friendlyfairytales.com
  9. http://jlroeder.wordpress.com
  10. http://turquoisecompass.com
  11. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  12. http://marthareynoldswrites.com

The instructions for this award are simple:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

(This is a two Star Award now I am updating it, because my One Star Disappeared and I have got 3 in  total.)

Yes-That’s right-There are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Enjoy your award.

Write soon

Sandra

Shauny Award – For Blogging Excellence


Hi everyone

Another award I am so thankful for.

I have been nominated by http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com for this new award! Thank you so much.shaunya

I am thrilled to be nominated for this award! This is s newly created award. There are no rules yet. Shaun is ‘paying it forward’ and creating.

THE RULES:

1-Show humanity, show love, be yourself, don’t be others, don’t gossip and share the award with 10 others.

My award nominations are:

  1. http://reconstructingchristina.com
  2. http://emiliajordan.com
  3. http://suewestwood.wordpress.com
  4. http://beyondthedream.co.uk
  5. http://bookmust.wordpress.com
  6. http://mikesfilmtalk.com
  7. http://thewhyaboutthis.com
  8. http://sheridegrom.com
  9. http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com
  10. http://jenowenby.wordpress.com

Congratulations to all of my nominees for excelling in the blogosphere.

Write soon

Sandra

Today is a lovely day


Hi everyoneOne Lovely Blog

I was honoured to be given another One Lovely Blog award on November 13th 2013. This time my award was from Sherri Matthews at http://sherrimatthewsblog.com.

When Sherri made her nominations for this award, this is what she had to say:

“My nominees for this award are lovely blogging friends that I’ve met fairly recently whose blogs have greatly inspired and blessed me very much.  Please do visit them. I’m so happy that we met and for the wonderful conversations which I hope will continue for a long time to come”.

What beautiful words from Sherri. I have to say, that since talking with Sherri via this blog, I have found her to be an extremely supportive, kind and welcoming person. She seems to have a lot of love in her heart and time for other people. She is a joy to know. Please visit her blog, I am sure you will be given a warm welcome.

ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD RULES: 

1. I need to thank the person who nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself that you still may not know

3. Nominate 15 bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

7 Things about me:

  1. I like wearing Disney PJs.
  2. I feel warmer wearing PJs than ordinary clothes – quirky I know.
  3. I love being called quirky.
  4. I recently bought the domain names quirky-books.com and quirky-books.co.uk. It will be several months before I build websites for these, due to other project that I am working on.
  5. I love eating salted popcorn whenever I go to the cinema.
  6. I have an Odeon Premiere Club card to get discount off cinema tickets on a certain day of the week.
  7. I can get discount cinema tickets to Vue cinemas through work. They can’t be used on 3D movies or in certain cinema venues.

My nominations:

  1. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  2. http://walkingrunningstumbling.wordpress.com
  3. http://syl101.com
  4. http://madelinescribes.wordpress.com
  5. http://writingstraight.com
  6. http://hilalachmar.wordpress.com
  7. http://shras789.wordpress.com
  8. http://photographyofnia.com
  9. http://paulaacton.com
  10. http://scullyspeaks.wordpress.com
  11. http://goodguyswag.com
  12. http://canadianwritersabroad.com
  13. http://kindnessblog.com
  14. http://emiliajordan.com
  15. http://diedreblake.wordpress.com

Congratulation and have a lovely day.

Write soon

Sandra

 

Sunshine and Versatile Blog Awards


Hi everyone
Well, it isn’t Snuggles this time, but me, that has been a naughty little girl.
Fortunately I have received a number of blog awards in the last week but unfortunately I haven’t made my nominations for other blog awards I received a long time ago.
Please don’t laugh. When I say a long time ago, I mean a long time ago. Okay – June 2013. ( Well, at least I said 2013.)
I am going to start with the Sunshine and Versatile Blog awards that I received from Gabriel Lucatero on 2nd of June 2013. His blog is inspirational so check it out.
Sunshine Blog Award
Sunshine Blog Award
Versatile Blogger Award
Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules:

  1. Post the logo above
  2. Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination

I accept these nominations and would also like to pass both of them on to the list of bloggers below:

  1. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  2. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com
  3. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com
  4. http://walkingrunningstumbling.wordpress.com
  5. http://utesmile.wordpress.com
  6. http://darlenecraviotto.com
  7. http://jlroeder.wordpress.com
  8. http://thetruthwarrior.wordpress.com
  9. http://friendlyfairytales.com
  10. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com

Congratulations to all of you and don’t forget to put both awards on your blog, you deserve them.

Favorite color: Orange, although not in clothes.

Favorite animal: Guineapig – I have four.

Favorite number(s): 6 – Lucky number is 8.

Favorite (non-alcoholic drink): Pineapple Juice.

Favorite (alcoholic drink): I don’t drink any alcohol. If I am in a pub I have orange or pineapple juice or Appletiser.

Facebook or Twitter: I use both but have more followers on Twitter.

My passions: Writing, helping people, guineapigs, family, friends and films. I love visiting aquariums and zoos.

Giving or receiving gifts: I enjoy both equally.

Favorite city: London and Exeter.

Favorite TV show: I don’t watch much TV but like watching soaps. Neighbours, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. I watch Eastenders sometimes too. I like the X-Factor.

For the second award, apart from making my nominations, I need to share seven things about myself.

Seven facts about me:

1. I believe people can achieve their dreams, if they take action.

2. I teach Blogging as an aid to recovery – How to start a WordPress.com blog for the Recovery Learning Community on a self-employed basis.

3. I work full-time as the Fitted Bedroom Specialist in John Lewis.

4. I have visited London 4 times this year.

5. I met HM the Queen at St James’s Palace In July this year.

6. I am a night owl and prefer to write at night as I can focus more.

7. I love going on courses to improve myself.

Enjoy your awards and I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon

Sandra

Best Moments of quirkybooks – Two Best Moment Awards


Hi Everyone

At the moment I am in the process of typing up the content for my new e-Book – “Breakthrough The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work (A-Z How to guide)” and then editing it again. I am also writing the content for a course I have been asked to teach in September. It is Blogging As An Aid To Recovery. The content has to be written this early because the course content outline has to go in the new prospectus that is out in June. Whilst I am teaching the course I will refer to some of your blogs so you may see an increase in followers at that time. I am also working on editing a first draft of a second e-Book that will be a guide for writers. My quirkybooks.net site is still under construction too.

With all of the above going on and a tight deadline for the blog content I am not able to post quite as often at the moment. If you leave a comment I will answer it as soon as possible as I love to hear from you. I am also not able to let you know individually of your award so please keep an eye out for my posts.

The main reason for this post is to say that I am absolutely thrilled to receive two more Best Moment Awards, taking me up to a total of 3 Best Moment Awards.

One of these awards was given to me by James from detectingblackpool.wordpress.com and the other was from Mick at followmyfreedom.wordpress.com  A huge thanks to both of them for nominating me, it is wonderful of you to think of me. If you haven’t read James’ or Mick’s blog, I would urge you to stop by and take a look at them.

I will post my acceptance speech below and pass on this beautiful award to some others. I will post the rules below and make my nominations.

Best Moment Award, web awards, blogging awards, winners, nominations

Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.

RULES:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES:

  • What makes a good acceptance speech?
    • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
    • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
    • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

I accept this award with an abundance of happiness and love in my heart.

Thank you to the two incredible bloggers who have nominated me for this award.

For any person who takes the time browse my blog, I am truly grateful.

For every person that likes a blog post, I smile with contentment.

When a person leaves a comment on my blog, I am blessed to have such support and interaction.

For each person who follows me, I am delighted and honoured.

For every blogger who shares their knowledge, wisdom and thoughtfulness, I am happy to learn from you.

Every moment in life is precious, so ensure you do everything you can to make every moment count.

My first 15 winners are the same as my nominees for the first Best Moment Award that I won. I know that may seem like cheating but those blogs are truly awesome and if you haven’t checked them out recently, then you really should.

As I been given this award for a third time, as above, then I will be nominating another lot of bloggers for it. Whether I have nominated you for the first or second time, I think all of you are amazing, to take time out of your everyday life to welcome each other into the blogging community is wonderful. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

THE WINNERS OF THE BEST MOMENT AWARD ARE:

  1. kattermonran.com
  2. lesleycarter.wordpress.com
  3. inspire1life.com
  4. landoffun.wordpress.com
  5. utesmile.wordpress.com – Your 2nd
  6. carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  7. mikesfilmtalk.com
  8. suewestwood.wordpress.com
  9. galuri85.wordpress.com
  10. darlenecraviotto.com
  11. margekatherine.com
  12. subhanzein.wordpress.com
  13. thetruthwarrior.wordpress.com
  14. jenowenby.wordpress.com
  15. ofmessesandmirrors.wordpress.com
  1. womenmakingstrides.com
  2. ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com
  3. bbanublog.wordpress.com
  4. connieemeraldeyes.wordpress.com
  5. lanternpost2012.wordpress.com
  6. thegreatamericanlandscape.wordpress.com
  7. coyotero2112.wordpress.com
  8. rarasaur.wordpress.com
  9. beyondthedream.co.uk
  10. sheridegrom.wordpress.com
  11. bookmust.wordpress.com
  12. humaninrecovery.wordpress.com
  13. globalunison.wordpress.com
  14. sevencitys.wordpress.com
  15. marthareynoldswrites.com

As with my first 15 nominations of this award, the second 15 nominees I have linked to the page of the moment I have awarded them for.

Don’t forget to celebrate with your followers! Tweet your success with hashtag #MomentMatters. Congratulations to all of the winners! Please remember everyone is a winner in life because you are alive.

Write soon

Sandra

quirkybooks – Is Shining Brighter Than Ever Before – Two Shine On Awards


Hi Everyone

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded the Shine On award twice in recent weeks. One from Oasien at http://oasien.wordpress.com and the other is from Alastair at http://kattermonran.com

As always, with any award, there are rules to follow, so here they are:

1.) Show appreciation of the blogger/s who nominated you and link back to them in your post.  Done.

2.) Add the award logo to your blog. Done.

3.) Share 7 things about yourself.

  1. I love films with robots in them.
  2. If I have the choice to see a movie in 2D or 3D, I always choose 3D, I love it.
  3. I prefer a MAC to a PC and I recently upgraded my Mac operating system to Mountain Lion.
  4. For those of you who missed a blog post, I am going to St James’s Palace on the 15th of July, to celebrate CSV’s 50th Anniversary. (Community Service Volunteers.) In the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
  5. I am a Health Buddy for CSV. My job is to spread health messages about taboo topics, encouraging people to go for screening and work towards the 5 Ways To Wellbeing.
  6. I am also a member of BID (Be Involved Devon) that is part of CVS (Community Volunteers Services.) We have meetings relating to Mental Health organisations and the NHS.
  7. I have written 2 articles for the BID newsletter that featured on the 5 Ways To Wellbeing page.

4.) Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers that you admire. As I won it twice, I will nominate 10 people.

womenmakingstrides.com

subhanzein.wordpress.com

hopeoflight.wordpress.com

galuri85.wordpress.com

mikesfilmtalk.com

ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com

bbanublog.wordpress.com

lanternpost2012.wordpress.com

followmyfreedom.wordpress.com

thedailygraff.com

5.) Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

6.) Optional questions – Here are my 7.

  1. Do you prefer whipped cream or clotted cream?
  2. Do you prefer land or sea?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
  5. What is your favourite children’s book and why?
  6. What is your very favourite blog and why?
  7. What is your favourite book ever and why?

I look forward to reading the answers to my 7 questions from the above nominees. Congratulations to all of you and may your blogs continue to Shine On.

Write soon

Sandra

Double Recognition – Two Liebster Awards


Hi Everyone

I have been thrilled to receive a number of awards over the last couple of months, including these two Liebster Awards . I have already been given a pink Liebster Award and now I have a blue one and a white one to add to my collection. Although I have noticed that the white Liebster award is not the same as my previous pink award or the blue one because it states Liebster Blog and then a heart to symbolise love. So I guess with the third award I am getting some serious blog loving.

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I won my second Liebster Award March 15th 2013

The Blue Liebster Award is from Rohan rohan7things.wordpress.com

Liebster Blog Heart

I received this Liebster Blog (Love) award from mikesfilmtalk.com on March 26th 2013.

Thanks to Rohan and Mike for these two beautiful blog awards. I am very grateful for each and every award that I receive and I feel honoured that people have taken the time to read my blog and are enjoying the content.

As there appears to be some discrepancies between the rules for theses awards I am going to use the rules that I used for my first pink Liebster Award on the 10th of November 2012 quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/the-liebster-award-thanks-and-nominations for both of these awards.

For this award I need to:

  • Answer 11 questions from the nominator. As Rohan hasn’t asked me any questions, I will answer the ones from Mike.
  • Nominate 11 other people to receive this award (It is meant to be for people who have less than 200 followers but I don’t mind who you nominate. It’s the thought that counts.)
  • Create 11 questions for the new nominees to answer
  • Place the blog award on my blog
  • Link back to the people who nominated me for this award
  • Inform my nominees of their award from me

My 11 questions to answer are:

  1. Are you a cat or dog person, and why? Although I like cats, I am a dog person. My best friend when I was young was my cocker spaniel called Purdy. Nowadays my guineapigs are the love of my life. They are so cute, loveable and gorgeous. (Smaller poos to clean up too.)
  2. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three celebrities would you choose to be with you? Kylie Minogue, Fred Savage (If you remember him from The Wonder Years) and Bruno Mars.
  3. What’s your favourite film of all time? I have 3, You got Served, Grease, Dirty Dancing. All dance and music films. You Got Served is hip hop and has a great story line.
  4. Is there anything that you collect, and if so what? Erasers. (Some may like to call them rubbers but to avoid confusion with condoms, I like to use the word eraser.) I tend to buy them from the places that I visit and any I find that are unusual. I also collect eeyore things , from Winnie the Pooh. If you click on the link you will see a short video of eeyore:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMDAY8H5yIw
  5. What is the strangest or most inventive thing you’ve ever dressed up as for a fancy dress partyI haven’t been to a fancy dress party as such but I have hired a witches costume and been in the audience of a Deal or No Deal Halloween special. I wore the costume on the train to go to the studios on my own from Exeter to Bristol.  A couple commented that I was brave to do that.
  6. Are you a Windows or Mac user? I am definitely a Mac user. Although I do use Windows for Mac.
  7. What is your favourite place to go? To go on holiday I like Disneyland Paris or London. I love being busy and going to fun places. I especially like going to theme parks, zoos and aquariums.
  8. If you could keep any animal in the world as a pet, what would you choose and why? My 4 beautiful guineapigs. They are the best thing ever.
  9. What is your proudest moment, like, ever? I have a lot. My latest one is being singled out for an official Special Recognition Award for my http://www.beatredundancyblues.com website prior to its launch. It is signed by Womens Development Unlimited and Devon County Council. (There is no apostrophe in their spelling of womens)
  10. Do you have any weird nicknames? No. My strangest one when I was at secondary school was “Sange”.
  11. If you could be anyone for a day (dead or alive, real person or a character, animated or real) , who would you choose and what would you do? If I had a previous life, I always used to think I was a tortoise, don’t ask me why, I have no idea. It may be because I had one for a pet. I guess I wouldn’t mind being a bird, so I could try out flying for the day but I would need to have a different mind because I don’t like heights and would spend all day on the ground. I like my mind so think I will stick to being me.

My 11 questions are:

  1. Do you prefer black or white and why?
  2. What do you like most about rain?
  3. If you could publish any one book that you are currently writing, which one would it be and why?
  4. If you weren’t a writer, what other job would you be doing and why?
  5. Do you prefer poetry or prose?
  6. What is your greatest writing moment to date and why?
  7. What is your favourite genre to read and why?
  8. What is you favourite animated film?
  9. Do you prefer How to or self-help books and why?
  10. How would you like people to remember you?
  11. What are your three most positive words.

 I nominate the following bloggers for the blue Liebster Award:

  1. inspireyourbusiness.wordpress.com
  2. acflory.wordpress.com
  3. julesgemstonepages.wordpress.com
  4. photographyofnia.com
  5. renardmoreau.wordpress.com
  6. maryamshahbazmian.wordpress.com
  7. hilalachmar.wordpress.com
  8. luggnaggsland.wordpress.com
  9. mjwrightnz.wordpress.com
  10. dailylifeimpressions.wordpress.com
  11. babyjill7.wordpress.com

I nominate the following bloggers for the white Liebster Blog (Heart) award:

  1. oasien.wordpress.com
  2. landoffun.wordpress.com
  3. ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com
  4. bbanublog.wordpress.com
  5. suewestwood.wordpress.com
  6. diedreblake.wordpress.com
  7. darlenecraviotto.com
  8. womenmakingstrides.com
  9. simplymejustbe.wordpress.com
  10. caseyroach.blogspot.co.uk
  11. followmyfreedom.wordpress.com

Some of you may have over 200 followers but like I said, it’s the thought that counts.

Happy Easter to all of my fellow bloggers. Thanks for your support.

Have a fantastic Easter weekend.

Write soon

Sandra