The Liebster Award is a chain of awards passed on by bloggers, in an effort to recognise their wonderful work. “Liebster” in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, valued and pleasant. The very lovely Amy over at Kitty and Pip nominated me (pop over and take a squidge at her blog its beautifully honest, such a easy read!) Like Amy I think it is so amazing when people are sharing the love, there is far to much hate being spread around online.
I’m honoured to have been nominated for this award; I love everything about this. Lifting people up, standing side by side, high fiving, air kissing, however you do it share a little love as you go through the world. What you give out comes back to you in spades, spread the love people.
So, first let’s start with the rules of the Liebster Award 2016:
1 – Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award
2 – Answer the eleven questions the blogger gives you
3 – Give eleven random facts about yourself
4 – Nominate eleven blogs that you think are deserving of this award
5 – Let the bloggers know you have nominated them
6 – Give them eleven questions to answer
Now, the eleven questions that Amy gave me to answer:
- What is your favourite book? The BFG, the film coming out recently reminded me of this. This book is all things wonderful about the written word, Roald Dahl’s imagination coupled with a child’s is something simply magical – I can’t wait to start reading his books again with my small people.
- What is the biggest lesson parenthood has taught you? Planning is futile, don’t bother wing it like the rest of mankind. They lead you up the garden path early doors with this one when they tempt you to write a birth plan, like you can plan for that shindig of a leaving party. In essence I’ve learnt to go with it, things turn out better for us when I do.
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Generally something that made me a shit load of cash, or enabled me to wear a suit and heels, early doors I wanted to be a lawyer – Ally MacBeal has a lot to do with this – this then progressed to Judge – no idea why, maybe the power thing and being in charge. I’m not sure where that ambition went, or where the plan went so badly wrong!!??
- Do you have a party trick? Tell us what it is. Yes, I can frill my tongue, like a rolled tongue but folded in half, it’s not a pretty site but it’s rare to see so can be a crowd pleaser with the right crowd. Not the coolest of tricks though, and it’s never nabbed me a free drink so not all that useful. My other party trick from days of old however did always nab me a free drink….
- Where would be your ideal dream holiday? With kids or without? With – Australia, my brother lives there and I’d give anything to be able to visit more, family is everything and time spent with them is like gold dust to me. Without kids – Nothing to exotic really I’m a simple soul, somewhere warm, with alcohol readily available and a comfy bed.
- Is there anything you said you’d never do as a parent but now you do? Oh my the list is endless… Shout & holler that’s probably one of the biggys. Let them watch TV, totally failed on that one. Swear, my child says for fuck sake when he can’t get a jigsaw piece to fit. Let them have plastic toys, and so on and so on. Basically as a parent I’m a massive hypocrite and the pre child me was a total clueless dick that should have known better then to make comment before actually being a parent!
- What one thing would you like to go back and tell your teenage self? You don’t need them, if they don’t want to be your friends walk away and find someone that does. I still try to tell myself this now, and being a parent has made it easier – essentially I’m too tired to try to be something I’m not and if someone doesn’t make the effort to see me well I’ll waste my time on the people that do want us in their lives – warts and all.
- What is your biggest fear? Spiders, bat shit crazy, getting out of a moving car to get away from them fear. I know its irrational, I know they are probably more scared of me; but this doesn’t remove the fear and doesn’t stop me going to stay at my mum’s if one is in the house and Mr b is not around to kill it (sorry they have to be killed, they’re British house spiders, there is a clue in their name, you put them out, the come back in, they’re house spiders you see…)
- What do you love about blogging/vlogging the most? The community of people who you have never met in person but welcome you with open arms into this gang; and (hopefully I’m allowed two things) the points at which I realise I’ve made someone else fell better by sharing my parenting journey. Its bloody hard, harder if you think you’re the only one failing at it. A life of white and grey with smiley children is lovely to look at but only when you realised it’s not a reality that doesn’t come without a shed load of hard work, and maybe a touch of photohsop and seeing the odd mum with spaghetti hoops down her back just makes you feel a bit more normal.
- Describe you perfect date night? A room at the Hoxton, room service, sex without fear of interruption and then a bloody good lie in with breakfast in bed (I’m totally aware I got greedy and turned date night into a dirty weekend, but a girl can dream right?)
- What moment made you think ‘oh my gosh! I am an adult now!’? I’m not sure I’ve had that moment yet?? All joking aside I’ve always been of the impression that having a utility room and a Magi Mix makes you a pretty adulty adult. I remember phoning my mum and telling her I was definitely an adult when I got those two things, the fact I also had two children by this point hadn’t made me feel quite as adult as a utility room and a food processor that cost more than my first car had – these two things opened the gates to adulthood for me. As a footnote though I’d just like to say this doesn’t stop me looking round for a bigger better adult when as my Dad would say the brown stuff hits the spinny thing (check me being all adult parent and not swearing!)
My eleven facts about me:
- I have a tattoo I regret and often forget I have.
- I am good at labour, not at birth.
- I am a massive packaging whore, literally I’ll buy things in the M&S food hall I don’t need purely because it’s in nice packaging.
- I trained as an opera singer until deciding against it in my late teens.
- I would like to be famous purely to be on Strictly Come Dancing – I love it so much!
- I don’t like having my head or hair touched, which is largely why I have long hair, it takes months if not years to psyche myself up for a haircut.
- I didn’t like Gin until I became pregnant with my second child – when it became my biggest craving, the craving never stopped…it’s now my saviour most days.
- I failed my driving test the first time round.
- I love baking – but only cakes, I can’t make bread so save my life
- I’m totally addicted to american serial drama’s and binge watch them in the middle of the night.
- I have no will power, none literally none.
Here are the bloggers I have nominated:
And the questions for you brilliant bloggers that inspire me, lift me up and make me smile daily:
- What made you start your blog?
- What was the first album you ever bought?
- What stage are you most looking forward to as a parent?
- What would be your best night out?
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever found in your bag?
- Who inspires you?
- What’s your best Dinner Party Parenting tale? (you know the one that has people roaring with laughter)
- What’s the one piece of advice would you give your pre-baby self?
- What do you wish you’d done differently as a parent so far?
- If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
- What’s your parenting superpower?
Thank you again to Amy at Kitty & Pip for the award, that was really fun to do and oddly cathartic.
Big love xx