The Sunshine Award…


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The wonderful Becc at Take Charge Now awarded me the lovely Sunshine Award back in November 2012.  I seem to have been slightly preoccupied with the last few months and they’ve flown by! :oops:
However, I am indeed honoured to accept the award!   *Bows awkwardly and smiles*

The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere”.
The way the award works is this:
Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
Answer questions about yourself.
Select 10 of your favourite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

1. Favourite Time of the Year?

I admit wholeheartedly to being an Autumn person.  Interesting since I was born in Autumn too!  I love how the seasons are changing, the temperatures are dropping and snuggling doesn’t leave you swimming in a lagoon of sweat at night!   :mrgreen:

2. Favourite Festive movie?

When it comes to movies, I have to say it’s The Grinch.  My reasons aren’t so obvious though!
My eldest son’s shock diagnosis and extended hospitalisation in early December 2001, saw us watching quite a plethora of different VHS releases from our ward room.  The Grinch had just been released on VHS and DVD in Australia but we didn’t have a copy.
Within the first week of our “break from reality”, a gift arrived from the amazing group of ladies I played Bingo with each week (yes, it was fun… and YES, I won LOTS. ;) ).  Lo and behold, a copy of The Grinch, wrapped in Christmas paper and addressed to my lad with a card signed by all.  It was one of many teary moments for me.
Also whilst I attended primary school, our class once performed The Grinch as a play to the younger grades just before Christmas…  I was the Mayor of Whoville if you must know. 8-)

3. What is your Passion?

I have a few.
My gorgeous family… every single one of them.  I’m fiercely protective of them and eternally blessed to have them.
Childhood Cancer and Autism Awareness.
Roller Derby
and my camera. :lol:

4. Favourite Colour?

Purple, purple, purple.  Or maybe purple… with a dash of more purple.  ;)

5. Favourite time of the Day?

Cuddle time with each of children and my other half.  Best time of the day everyday! :)

6. Favourite Flower?

Orchid.  The Cooktown Orchid featured hugely in my wedding (when I was much younger and much less wiser… *whistles*).  My bouquet, wedding cake and hair piece were all adorned with orchids.  Their complexity intrigues me.

7. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Beverage?

Coffee… the REAL stuff.  Espresso style with a dash of cream (and I mean the smallest skerrick!).   Or water… because you can’t have a decent coffee without good quality water. :-)

8. Favourite Physical Activity?

Yoga, I love it… but I do love roller skating slightly more I think.  Not sure if the two are very complimentary though.  *sigh*

9. Favourite Vacation?

Camping with my family.  This year’s expedition with six of our children ranks very highly!  Loved it immensely and I’m pretty sure, the kids did too (or so Master 10 informed me with the hugest grin yesterday… apparently these school holidays have been simply “Awesome!” in his words).  Mission accomplished… until the next trip!  Yes! :D

And on to my nominees for the Sunshine Award (in no particular order):

Have a Laugh on Me

Teapots and Tractors

Cider in the Sun

Modern Nomads with Kids

Twitchy Corner


Random Acts of Zen

Deep Fried Fruit

A Study in Contradictions

Five Frogs on a Blog

Phew! *wipes brow*

That was so difficult to choose!  I adore reading so many blogs, it’s a challenge to only pick 10.  Eep!
These are just a tiny snippet of my regular stalkings… umm er, visits.    There is something that draws me in with each of these literary corners of the blogosphere.

So again, I will humbly mumble how grateful I am to receive my nomination and award.  I hope you can find something a little different to make you smile too. ;)

I wonder how many of my nominees will be #IBOTing with Essentially Jess today?


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Jacana (8 years ago)

CONGRATULATIONS on your award. Orchids – I agree with you amazing flowers.
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Why thank you hon! I am indeed humbled! :D xx

Emily (8 years ago)

A McMassive congrats on your award, much deserved for sure. I’m with you on cuddle time, I adore it, and you’ve made me think I must try and get more from the Husband.
I am honestly honoured to be a nominee for a Sunshine Award, truly, thank you, and a humble mumble from me. Have a lovely day. Emily x
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    How could I not Emily? Enjoy! Well the cuddle time AND the blogging award. :D xx

Me (8 years ago)

A thoroughly well deserved award !!!!
Loved reading your answers to the questions – have the best Tuesday !
Love, hugs and positive energy !
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Thank YOU hon!
    Hope your day is just totally awesome too! :D

Michaela C (8 years ago)

Naawwwww Thanks chick! Nice!

    CJ (8 years ago)

    Anytime! ;) xx

Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions (8 years ago)

A very worthy recipient of this award! I love autumn too, the older I get the more I love the cooler weather. And coffee, how I love thee. Could not survive the day if it didn’t start with coffee!

#teamIBOT was here!
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Meagan (8 years ago)

You sre do sweet!!! I didnt ibot today and it killed me.. Really needed this gesture today xxxx

    CJ (8 years ago)

    Lots of love to you today hon! xxXOoo

EssentiallyJess (8 years ago)

I love family camping too. It’s so relaxing, and I can’t wait to do more of it as the kids are older.
So what was your favourite colour again? ;)
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Camping is the Bees Knees Jess! And sometimes I even like a bit of purple. ;) xx

Annaleis (8 years ago)

Thank you so much Carmen. What a lovely award. You deserve it! My Nanna grows orchids and they are just sensational. Beautiful flower to love!
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Thank you Annaleis! Orchids are just divine! :D x

Mumabulous (8 years ago)

Thanks so much for mentioning me but I’ve already done a Sunshine about a month ago. Still its always wonderful receiving a shout from a blogger who you admire. Love to you.
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    See? A very worthy recipient! Or I have awesome taste. ;) xxx

Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit (8 years ago)

How lovely!! Congrats on your award and thanks so much for awarding me this wonderful accolade. I can’t wait to have my turn :) And yes, I was definitely IBOTing today/
Shall we have a celebratory glass of champas now?
.Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

    CJ (8 years ago)

    Sounds like a plan Leanne! I look forward to reading yours! xx

Rhianna (8 years ago)

Congratulations on the award lovely, so super deserving. The thing I love most about these awards are that they are a great way to get to know all your favourite bloggers!
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Thanks beautiful woman! I think I need to do another “25 Random facts about me” post in the near future! ;) x

iSophie (8 years ago)

One day I have to try this ‘camping’ thing… one day!
Coffee is a must, even more so on Tuesday’s (IBOT time!)

    CJ (8 years ago)

    You need to try it sooner rather than later Sophie! ;) It’s just the best thing ever! :)
    And coffee… yes. ESSENTIAL! xxx

Kaz @ Melting Moments (8 years ago)

Congratulations. What a lovely idea.
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Thanks Kaz! It’s nice to feel appreciated! :) xxx

Grace (8 years ago)

I feel like I’ve gotten to know you even better, CJ!
My wedding was adorned with orchids too! Aren’t they just the most delicately complex flower ?!
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Wow Grace! Even more things we have in common! Orchids are just so exotically amazing. I grew up with them and I miss seeing them so often now! x

Shari (8 years ago)

Congratulations on your Sunshine Award :)
Orchids are stunning but you’ve won me at coffee ;)
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Thanks Shari! Lovely to “meet” you too! ;) xxXOoo

Becc (8 years ago)

I love these answers, they prove just what a beautiful human being you are and how much you deserve the award :)
Becc @ Take Charge Now
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Aww shucks, Thank YOU Becc! Mwah! xxx

Lisa@RandomActsOfZen (8 years ago)

Congratulations Carmen, and a big thank you too!! I love finding out more about my favourite bloggers.
And I think your passion for purple is about at the same level as my daughter’s :)
Lisa xx

    CJ (8 years ago)

    Thank you Lisa! I look forward to learning more about you too!
    Purple is worth it! :D xxx

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