Wednesday, 15 January 2014

a sunshine post

A couple of months ago, the lovely Sarah at Life As Always nominated me for the Sunshine Award! It really made my day being chosen by Sarah and it put a big smile on my face for the rest of the day. I'm sorry that it has taken me a while to prepare the post but life has been very busy lately.

Sarah always makes me smile with her lovely, cheery posts. She is always busy on her adventures having lots of fun and is now pregnant, which is so exciting. Pop over and see Sarah and read what she has been up to lately.

The Sunshine Award Rules

1. Include the award logo in your post.
2. Link to the person who nominated you - Sarah
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award. Link the nominees to your post and notify them.

Sarah's Questions

What's the nicest thing someone else has done for you?

It has to be when Steve booked us a holiday to Crete and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said YES! It was such a special evening that I will never forget. Sitting in a restaurant overlooking the sea; perfect!

What is one thing you always wanted as a kid, but never got?

I had a massive love for an Eighties band called Spandau Ballet and I desperately wanted to see them. However, every time I tried to get tickets to see them they would all be sold out! Then the news came out that they were splitting up and I was devastated. After a few weeks of mourning, I resigned myself to the fact I would never see them! Well, a few years ago they decided to get back together for a reunion tour and I got the tickets I had wanted all those years ago. I actually got to see them in two venues and they were better than I could have imagined.

What is your most impressive skill?

Okay, this was a tough one for me as I'm not good at blowing my own trumpet! I think my skills come into play when I'm at work. I work with primary school children and I love being a part of their nurturing. 

What would you refuse to do for a million dollars?

I would never EVER part with my Disney film collection. I still have the videos even though we only watch DVD's but I can't part with them! As I'm writing this I'm sitting watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! 

If you were home on a rainy Sunday afternoon, what movie would you like to watch on TV?

Apart from any Disney movies, it would have to be Roman Holiday. I absolutely adore this film. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are just wonderful together and what a gorgeous place to be.

If fat, calories, cholesterol, etc. were not an issue, what two foods would you feast on?

It would have to be Haribo sweets, my mouth is watering as I'm writing this and the sweet yumminess of a Greek baklava. Delicious!

Who is the most famous person you have met?

I haven't actually met anyone famous but I did once go with a group of children to the local park to see Prince Edward and I was stood a few feet from him.  I have walked past minor TV personalities and pop stars over the years but I can easily tell you who I would love to meet; the lovely Leonardo DiCaprio!

What is the greatest pain you have ever suffered?

That would have to be when I got appendicitis at the age of ten. I still remember the pain I was in until I had it removed. Apart from the birth of my girls, that is the only time I have been in hospital and I want to keep it that way!

If you could be a member of any TV-sitcom family, which would it be?

Definitely Everybody Loves Raymond. There would certainly never be a dull moment in that household. I adore Amy, she is so bubbly and kind. Even when I watch it now, it never fails to make me belly laugh. 

How do you like to relax?

My number one way to relax is cooking and baking, I find it so therapeutic! I also love to walk, take long hot baths and spend time with my family.

Bloggers who bring me sunshine. 

Elizabeth at All That is Beautiful
Katia at Funky Wellies
Olga at Local Fashion
Gailann at Mumma G
Michelle at Very Hungry Explorer
Samantha at Everyday with S and J

What I would love to know.

1. What are three things you cannot live without?
2. What song do you never tire of hearing?
3. Your favourite place to eat out?
4. What's your favourite season and why?
5. What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
6. What is one quality you really love about yourself?
7. What book are you reading right now?
8. What is your favorite clothing store and why?
9. What makes you grumpy?
10. Mountain hideaway or beach house?

Thank you again to Sarah for nominating me. What a wonderful excuse to share more with each other. It would be lovely to see everyone join along but I do understand that it is time consuming. If you want to answer some of my questions in the comments, that would be great too. 

Have a great day!


  1. Ohh thanks for thinking of me and nominating me!!
    I've saved it to my drafts and will get around to doing it!!
    Thanks again xx

    1. Thanks so much for taking part, Kim. I will look forward to reading your post xx

  2. Congrats on the award Rachel. These posts are so much fun, such an awesome way to know each other better. :)

    1. Thank you so much Claudia. :-)

  3. Loved your answers btw. :)
    Hugs from Toronto

    1. Thanks again, Claudia. Enjoy the rest of your week :-)

  4. Aw, Rachel, you are too sweet, thanks so much for the shout out! I'm so glad that you finally got to see Spandau Ballet and make your childhood dreams come true! And I am right there with you on the Disney movies... I love them so much and watch them over and over again. I can't wait to start showing them to Baby Boy when he's old enough. And my husband is also totally obsessed with Haribo candies! Although they are kind of harder to track down here in the states. Loved reading all your answers!

    1. I couldn't wait to watch Snow White and Cinderella with my girls! Now they are older, they still love watching Disney films and musicals which is great. It's good to know someone loves Haribo sweets as much as me!
      Have a lovely weekend xx

  5. Thank you, Rachel, for including me in your list of nominees. It was interesting to read your answers and I like your questions. I've booked marked the page and will write my post later.

    1. You are so welcome Olga, I love reading your blog. Thank you so much for joining in, I will look forward to reading your answers xx

  6. How fun to see your answers - and what a great award. :)

    1. Thanks so much for having a read, Cate. It was fun to do :-)

  7. Ahh, what a lovely award. I didn't realise you work in a primary school (I volunteer) so I have learned a few things about you, and I am delighted you finally got to see Spandau Ballet!
    Thank you so much for nominating me. I have to confess I am notoriously bad at doing my homework for these awards, so please don't be offended if I don't do my answers. But when I wake up in the morning, I usually groan as I stretch and wish I didn't have to get up (NOT a morning person!) and I never tire of Superstition by Stevie Wonder. xxxx

    1. I used to volunteer when my girls were little and loved it! That's where I got my love for working in a school. I know how time consuming these kinds of posts are Curtise so don't worry about not doing the post. I am so not a morning person either!
      Have a lovely weekend xxxx

  8. Congrats on your award (or is it Reward?). I remember the Spandau Ballet- I used to teach aerobic dance classes and sometimes used their music to exercise to.

    1. Awww thanks Fran. I love a bit of Spandau Ballet! I would jump at the chance of seeing them again! xx

  9. Oh! Rachel have only just read your 'Sunshine' post how lovely and I loved reading your answers just ...... Mmmmm? delightful ... well done :-) ... xxx Simone

    1. Thank you so much, Simone. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. Enjoy the rest of your weekend xxx

  10. Loved reading your answers, Rachel. What a romantic proposal... *sigh*.
    Glad you got to see Spandau Ballet in the end, I once stayed in a hotel in Austria where they had been guests not long before! ;)
    And of course thank you so much for nominating me! :)
    I will write a post with my answers as soon as I can… Probably end of next week. xx

    1. I fulfilled a childhood dream when I saw Spandau Ballet lol! Thanks so much for taking part as I know how time consuming these posts can be. Looking forward to reading your answers xxx

  11. Hi Rachel. I am so thrilled that you nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Thank you. I will get on it as soon as possible. I just adore your blog and your gorgeous spirit.

    1. You have a lovely blog too, Elizabeth. Looking forward to reading your answers xx