3 AWARD NOMINATIONS & 200 FOLLOWS TODAY (AKA very grateful… and surprised!)

There must be something in the air/water right now. Whatever it is, however, it is nice! It is interesting that I have been doing the Chopra Center 21-Day Meditation Challenge™, Creating Abundance, and now it seems like the floodgates of abundance are indeed opening… in many areas of my life. Take my life on WordPress right now, for example. In the space of around 12 hours, I have received 3 blog award nominations and the notification that I have over 200 followers. I have done very little to promote my blog. In fact, there are only 4 people who I know in “real life” who have subscribed to my blog, because I have deliberately decided to keep my blog-writing a secret (I like the anonymity). I have never shared anything about my blog on Facebook and I don’t have a Twitter account. When I picked up blog-writing again after being released from bed rest due to a high risk pregnancy diagnosis, I had maybe 6 followers (and I was happy with that). This was about one month ago. Needless to say, I am very grateful not only for the support I have received in this short time and the fact that anyone out there is interested in my blog, but also for the opportunity to connect with other bloggers whose posts I find interesting, informative and inspiring! So if we have connected here, thank you :)! It really is an honour to have my little blog recognised by other fabulous bloggers.


Sweet Linda, of the motivational blog Veggiereader, very kindly nominated me for a Sunshine Award. Thank you so much! Mwah! xx
The Sunshine Award is symbolised by a flower that one blogger can give to other “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.

As with most awards the Sunshine Award comes with a few simple rules:

  1. Acknowledge the person who gave this award in a blog post.
  2. Do the Q&A below.
  3. Pass on the award to 10 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.



  1. Who is your favorite philosopher? I cannot, in all honesty, say that I have a favourite philosopher, though there are philosophies that I live by. The maxim “know thyself” has been attributed to many wise Ancient Greeks, but I suppose “whoever came up with that one” will suffice for an answer to this question 😉
  2. What is your favorite number? 23
  3. What is your favorite animal? Rabbit
  4. What is your favorite time of day? It depends on what I am doing but usually early morning or late evening.
  5. What are your Facebook and Twitter? I don’t link any social media to my blog.
  6. What is your favorite holiday? I love Halloween. I also love Christmas… and a little-known celebration that occurs here pre-Christmas called “Lucia”. If I lived in America, I bet I’d be crazy about Thanksgiving (I am even hosting my own Thanksgiving-inspired afternoon for friends this weekend!). I am very much into celebrating occasions!
  7. What is your physical favorite activity? Dancing
  8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Some kind of juice or smoothie… or perhaps a frappuccino (which we can’t buy here, darn it!)
  9. What is your passion? Put simply, living, loving, creating and exploring!
  10. What is your favorite flower? I love wild flowers and sunflowers



The eclectic eccentric shopaholic It’s a blog about the lovely KZ, with posts that are sure to entertain
Daisy and the Fox Wonderful, comforting food and a celebration of lovely things!
Just Enough Sugar Super-delicious recipes and step-by-step instructions
Pudding the Damage On A marathon running mother of three shares interesting, inspiring anecdotes
Flutterby Rainbow Adventures in homeschooling and lovely activities for little ones
Back on track in the kitchen Home cooking with heart
Pretty lil Dreamer With love from the Philippines
Heart And A Half A lovely blog about a mother’s love and life with a little boy born with a congenital heart defect
Elena Selivan Nutrition, diets, fitness, alternative medicine, etc. Elena does the homework for you so that you don’t have to!
silkannthreades A blog about the little and lovely things in life



Thank you so much to super-lovely Carolyn of ABC of Spirit Talk fame for nominating me for a Wonderful Team Member Readership Award– too kind :)! Mwah! xx
The rules of this award are simple; by accepting, each nominee needs to select 14 other blogs to nominate.


NancyCreative Some of the loveliest recipes and food images around!
Hot, Cheap & Easy Fabulous food and recipes! Truly!
ArdentPT Sweta’s blog about all things physical therapy-related… ask her a medical question and she’s sure to kindly provide some info!
Gazing In A wonderful blog about life, family and food
Of Pots and Pens Recipes, guest recipes, interviews with chefs and more!
Blue Jelly Beans Foodie posts in Spanish and English
matchamochi Vegetarian home cooking adventures
Thank You Honey A blog about mommyhood and good food
Simple Kitchen Seasons Cooking seasonally, eating well… a lovely blog
The Thankful Heart Yummy, comforting home cooking and personal reflections
Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen Teresa posts new recipes very regularly… her cookies sound amazing!
No Naughties “Naturally sweet treats without sugar, wheat, gluten, yeast and other allergens”- yay!
Best of Two Sisters Interesting words and lovely images about family life
Vini Cooks Veg Amazing vegetarian food with Indian roots



Fabulous Dear Kitty. Some blog was so generous and kind as to nominate me for the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award. Thank you so much, Kitty! Mwah! xx
The “Blog of the Year” Award is a little different from some other awards, because you accumulate stars.

Here are the ‘rules’ for this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

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

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience [I cannot join that group as I am not on Facebook].

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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 favourite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, then you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.


So those ^^^ are the rules… and now for my nominations (which will include blogs I have nominated already for other awards)…


Fork and Beans Genius- pure, delicious genius! Inspiration is a click away!

Dear Kitty. Some Blog Some people truly care about the world… and it’s evident

Saif’s NICU Journey Tiny baby Saif will touch you and his story will break your heart

Explore Newness A journey to learn something new everyday

Stand with Steve Seen Oprah’s Life Class? Then you may have seen this wonderful man and heard his inspirational story

Healthy Glow Nutrition A big old dose of healthy inspiration

(hand) one day on a plate Lovely, comforting recipes and painterly food images

Go Bake Yourself A glorious blog full of dangerously good recipes, written by the young and lovely tour de force of the baking world, Choc Chip Uru

The Spotted Owl Inspiration for families with small children… with an eco focus. Yay!

Violet’s Vegan e-Comics Personal stories, vegan recipes plus illustrated tales… and lots of heart

Prisoner in my own body A brave mother’s story about Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a high risk pregnancy condition

Profiteroles & Ponytails There is something warm and comforting about this blog, not to mention sweet personal anecdotes and delicious looking food!

The Vagabond Baker Living life on the road and baking up a storm along the way (what a dream!)

Calculated Mess Inspiring, informative and sometimes bizarre facts about our world and life

3pastriesaday Great step-by-step instructions, fab recipes… and cool background story

Sophies foodie files Food, travel and personal anecdotes from the lovely Sophie

ABC of Spirit Talk Stop by, reflect, feel good

Motherhood is an Art Charming personal stories

Luv Life Life in images… with some sweet tales too

yum yum cinnabun It’s all about “yum”!

Live Blissful One of my absolute favourite blogs… delicious comfort food can be healthy!

Foods for the Soul Simple, yummy recipes that make you happy

Green Door Hospitality  Wonderful tips and recipes for making your home warm and welcoming

Lemon Cake  A new and exciting blog for cake lovers

Beautiful Baking  Sugar-free, wheat-free baking… it’s possible

Eat My Shortbread  Just yummy!

My Awakening Life  Food for the spirit

Eat Breathe Yogini  Health, nutrition, yoga and yumminess

Taste and see  Food for body and soul… see for yourself!

Palestine Rose  Poetry and reflections

Pretty Happy Baking Inspiring recipes and images

Cate Writes Again  Sharing a passion for active, healthy living and vegetarian food

Veggiereader Running, reading and eating veg… great combination!


Phew! And that’s it! 5 nominations in 5 days… I think I’ll have to hang back on accepting anymore just now! But thanks so much again for all the support! 🙂 xx


71 thoughts on “3 AWARD NOMINATIONS & 200 FOLLOWS TODAY (AKA very grateful… and surprised!)

  1. thank you! im very flattered. ^^ i already have this award though, i guess it’s ok if i alter the logo when i pass it to others. after all, it’s the thought and your appreciation that counts! thank you so much! xx

  2. Dear Miss Marzipan, That was such a wonderful surprise to get you notification! Thank you for nominating me, you are too kind! I can not wait to pass the love on 🙂

    With gratitude,

  3. Thank you once again Miss Marzipan! I couldn’t get over the fact that I got nominated! Thank you so much for giving me this wonderful opportunity. It’s one thing when someone recognizes your work… Thank you Thank you! Keep inspiring us! lovelots ❤ :*

  4. Thank you Miss Marzipan for my nomination. So unexpected and delightful. Just like your blog! It always gives me lovely surprises. You deserve all your awards.

  5. A huge congratulations to you!! Thank you so much Miss Marzipan for your nomination 🙂 I’m smiling from ear to ear 🙂 What a lovely surprise.. I’m speechless – which is quite amazing in itself!!!! I love reading your blog it is simply beautiful 🙂

  6. congratulations on all of your lovely awards – and for sharing our award with so many other lovely blogs too – love the balloons at the top of the post – I want to colour them all in! 😉

  7. I can only say how thrilled I am that you are receiving the recognition you deserve my friend – I may not always have time to visit you but I try! Congrats congrats congrats and more congrats are in order 🙂
    And thank you very much for awarding it to me, truly appreciated!


  8. Congratulations! I remember the moment I realized that I wasn’t just writing for my family anymore and I had such a hard time believing people wanted to read my recipes! I did almost nothing to promote my blog in the beginning and…how do people find us?!? lol… so fun for you!!

    • Thank you so much :)! I know you have loads of followers already (understandably!), but do you accept awards or appreciate shout-outs on other blogs? If, so I will keep it in mind. I LOVE your blog!!!! Great ideas and gorgeous recipes! x

      • Hi! And thank you 🙂 Basically you just have to copy and paste the relevant part of my post to a new blog post, then think of a few blogs you’d like to nominate in return to create your own list. If it’s too much work to do all of that, just post what you want about it (I’m not obsessed with all the rules of these awards). One thing to think about is that nominating other blogs will drive more traffic to your site, so it is a way of getting your message out there. But of course, only do what you are comfortable with/have time for- no stress 🙂 x

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  10. congratulations!!! on all the awards and the 200 followers!! you most certainly deserve it – it’s such a lovely blog!! 🙂
    and thank-you so much for the award!! – it’s so kind of you 🙂

  11. Congrats on your many awards: you deserve them all & even more! 🙂 Thanks for this special award for me! I have never got this award before! It will be my 70th award: yeah! Happy dancing now! 😉 xxx You made my day!

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