Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Liebster Award for justalittlebitcute

cool liebster award badge

I am so chuffed to have been nominated for a Liebster Award recently. Chuffed that someone is actually reading my blog and chuffed that I was nominated for an award! Thanks Lisa from Lifeblooming for the nomination.

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award for new blogs. Liebster is a German word that means: BELOVED, CUTE, LOVELY, DEAREST, and WELCOME.
This award acknowledges and promotes blogs by "paying it forward" by other bloggers. It could also be classed as a blogging version of a chain letter. The method of support replicates that of a chain letter where a blogger who has been nominated for an award must fulfil a few tasks then nominate a handful of other bloggers who do the same. Like a chain letter though if you don’t want to participate it’s as simple as well, not participating. It's up to you!

I agree ( and have copied her words exactly because I couldn't say it any better!) with Lisa from Lifeblooming who nominated me, where the value of the Liebster is this:
  1. It’s a great way to spread the word about wonderful undiscovered blogs.  It’s a  practical and simple way of connecting with others.
  2. As a very new blogger it gives me a boost when I’m still muddling my way through. I’m trying to find my way and my voice and this was a nice bit of validation when I’m walking that lonely walk of writing to what feels like, no audience!
  3. I enjoyed going through the list of nominated bloggers and finding other people who are working through similar challenges to me. I’ve gone on to follow a whole pile of new blogs.
  4. I also dig the idea that there’s a collective blog hug making it’s way in perpetuity round the world – cheesy but true!
Rules for the Award:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display your award.
  • Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
  • Give eleven random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate eleven blogs (200 followers or less) that you think deserve the award.
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
  • Give them eleven questions to answer

My eleven questions from Lisa at Lifeblooming:
Why did you start a blog? I had some time on my hands after having a baby (not so much spare time any more as that baby is now 2.5!) and I needed something else other than nappies, giggles and feeding time.

Knowing what you do now, what’s something you’d do differently if you were starting a blog today? 
Have a clear plan about the what and why.  I started out with good intentions but needed more of a structure to make the blog really work.  While this does change from time to time, I feel that a clear plan is important at the beginning!

What’s one talent or skill you’d love to have and why? 
How to make more quality time for everything including more 'me' time and not feel guilty about it

What 3 pieces of furniture would you have in your dream home? (describe the style or better yet put some pics up) 

What’s your worst fashion moment? (feel free to provide photographic evidence)
There's been a few of those and photographic evidence has been erased however one of the worst was shiny metallic silver pants.

What’s your favourite post you’ve written? (link pls)

The Fun Lunch Series was my first attempt at networking with sponsors and my first really big Giveaway.  I felt like I was being taken seriously as a blogger.  Here is the first post of the series - Part 1: Hamming up Sandwiches

What’s something embarrassing that’s happened to you that you’ll laugh about one day but we can laugh about today?
There's been a few....gosh where do I start?

Coffee, tea or hot chocolate? 
Does Chai count? I drank coffee for a while but it gives me heart palpitations, sometimes the buzz is good not the anxiety attack(a little caffeine sensitive perhaps?) 

How would you describe where you live to a tourist? 
I live in Christchurch and it's a bit broken but coming back to life for the better in some aspects.  The heart of the city is in it's people and we've all been pretty resilient which has resulted in a rebuild that has possibly never been seen before. 

The best icecream in the world – what flavour is it? 

Goody Goody Gumdrop (my fave as a kid and still is after all these years)

What’s your favourite way of unwinding (or the most practical one at least if life gets in the way of doing your favourite)? 
Reading a book uninterrupted with a HOT cuppa (and some home baking) or having time to work on my new craft adventure Miniature Fairy Gardens.

    11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I joined the RNZAF when I was 18. I lasted 8 weeks. 
  2. I still don't really know "what I want to do". I have an Bachelor of Education degree and worked briefly as a relieving teacher  after I graduated. While I was searching for a full time teaching position and although I didn't decide it wasn't what I wanted to do at the time , not getting a teaching job probably worked out for the best .  
  3. I married my partner after waiting 10 years for a proposal (he got there in the end).  
  4. Living on the Gold Coast for a year was my 'OE' experience
  5. I live in Christchurch and was exactly 12 weeks pregnant the day of the February 2011 earthquake.  
  6. I have a photographic memory for faces not so much names
  7. I love wrapping gifts as much as unwrapping them!
  8. Black jelly beans are my favourite
  9. I don't like Math much.  
  10. I can't wait for the new season of House Rules to start.  It's like The Block but even better.
  11. I grew up in the Bay of Islands, one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand

Bloggers I nominate:

Hazel from hazellovesdesign
Miriam from createhopeinspire
Treena-Marie from Creative Mama
Katrina from Offsquare
Melissa from The Best Nest
Louana from nzgreenbuttons
Leanne from Paper Moon
Becky from Liked. by Becky
Leonie from Kiwi at Heart

And the questions for my nominees: 
  1. What inspired you to blog? 
  2. Do you have a blogging idol?  Who is it and why?
  3. How do you find time to blog?
  4. What is your favourite post you've written? (include link)
  5. Name the happiest moment of your life so far…
  6. Name a song title that sums up your life
  7. What is you favourite movie/TV series?
  8. What is your proudest moment/achievement?
  9. Do you have a life mantra/saying/quote & what is it?
  10. What do you prefer: a good book or a good movie?
  11.  If you were famous, what would you be famous for?