About this blog

“There's nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn't even have to matter what they're laughing about.”  ― Criss Jami

“There’s nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn’t even have to matter what they’re laughing about.”
― Criss Jami

The above picture kind of sums me up and the ‘feeling’ predominantly filtering through most of this blog.  No I am not a troll, but doesn’t he have the look of being a ‘right little ole cheeky monkey?’

This blog contains unedited musings by firstly, a woman, yes that’s right, then a mother, then a wife.  I make no apology for the unedited content, anything that might be politically incorrect, this of course is variable depending on what country or background you come from, or anything else that might not amuse or generally entertain, I am smiling intently whilst writing this though I sound serious.

I started this blog with it just being for ‘me’ with no particular direction, but over time be it short so far, I see a vague theme or subject matters developing.

Writing from my heart, unfiltered is what matters to me, it is a way to express my personality, the fun carefree side for most of the time, for I have other blogs to express other sides (no I am not multiple personality, I don’t think?!)

  • I love to tell stories (not tittle tattle)
  • I love to shock sometimes, yes I admit it
  • I love to write about my children & home life
  • I like to share things I might have discovered even yes educational things if I think they might be of use to someone else.
  • I love to write about my pets 
  • I love to write about my childhood memories
  • I love photography and or nature, no I am not a David Attenborough, but I have a visual appreciation, having spent some time immobile really can open one’s eyes to the small pleasures in life.
  • I love to cook & bake
  • I like trying my hand at new things, ie writing poetry (screams in fright)
  • I love finding other peoples wonderful content and re-blogging once I have asked nicely
  • I like to enter challenges set for various things, photography, subject writings etc. 
  • Sometimes I write about my past vocation of being a holistic therapist
  • Sometimes I might review something
  • Sometimes I just banter about daily life, or indeed have a gripe.
  • Mainly I like smiling!

~ All of these things you can find under my categories and my other blogs are openly listed in the top bar.

I love to chat, I am not ‘glued’ to the computer but not far away, or at least my phone isn’t, so often it gives me pleasure to strike up a banter in the comments section.

Thank you for reading,  Justine x

  125 comments for “About this blog

  1. March 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Justine–thanks so much for liking my ‘street life’ photo. Much appreciated. Sorry I didn’t ping your comment box–I don’t know how to ping! :(


    • March 29, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Hey it’s ok I’ve no idea what that means let alone how to do it what does it mean? Lol


  2. April 8, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    I really like the look of your blog. Did you make this layout yourself? Saw you in A to Z challenge – the picture is interesting. Happy blogging.


    • April 8, 2014 at 6:27 AM

      Hello fellow blogger it’s a wp theme but yes I worked on it to get it how I wanted for a long time :-) how are you finding the challenge yourself? X


  3. April 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Hi Justine, dropping by from the A to Z Challenge. Wishing you all the best with it. I like the way you took up the Challenge. Regards, Mary


  4. April 12, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    I have nominated you for the Community Blogger Award :


    You do not have to accept this award but accept the nomination as a remark of respect for your work, support and friendship within our community of Blogging.


    • April 13, 2014 at 6:39 AM

      Hey thank you so much I’m away at the moment hence late reply. That’s very kind of you yay yippee! Xx


    • June 16, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      hello there i am so sorry I totally missed this, thankyou so much for the award :) hugs xx


  5. April 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I just visited your page, after re reading your comment to me from Holistic Journey blog, on race relations. Anyway, can’t wait read more. Shazza


    • April 15, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Awe thank you that’s so kind. I did a little blog hopping it’s nice to meet new people but most importantly read sometimes amazing/interesting/ creative posts xx


  6. April 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Really enjoying your blog! I love meeting other bloggers participating in the A-Z Challenge and look forward to reading more!! :-)


    • April 17, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Hey hello thank you for finding me amongst the hundreds. I hope you take a browse through my blog and find things to like :-) I see your a poet, I’ve just discovered a love for it and have attempted it twice on my other blog and one haiku! Hehe hope to chat again x


  7. April 22, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Very nice layout! :)


  8. April 24, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Justine- Ever since I first met you on here you have been such a faithful follower of my blog! You are encouraging and always giving me good laughs! I love it! So, here is the Dragon’s Loyalty Award:



    • April 24, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Oh crickey thank you! You know I read the first bit and was thinking uh oh it’s gojng to be one of those ‘but’ moments and I’ve been naughty lol. I wasn’t expecting that hehe Thankies so much xx


      • April 25, 2014 at 5:11 AM

        Hahaha….that is so funny Justine! You haven’t been naughty! :-) You are very welcome!


  9. April 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Terrific About Page… really well written. I normally fizzle out after a couple of lines, but your writing kept me entertained the whole time. How many kids do you have? I have two young boys who keep us active and laughing.

    Glad you stopped by, because now I know about you :)


    • April 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      hehe I have two boys, very lively indeedy, 8 and 11 so we have just experienced the whole secondary school thing which is a bit dicey at the mo, how about yours?


      • April 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Oh really? That sounds like it could be interesting/frightening :s

        My boys are 4 and 2, so they are both really fun. We feel very lucky because they are very close to each other and love spending time and playing together. We’ve almost never had an issue with either of them. They’re great boys who love to have a good laugh.


        • April 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

          Awe that’s so sweet. I’m erratic with replies sometimes as running around multi tasking. My boys do play together and then sometimes it just kicks off then sweetness and light again lol x


  10. April 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Your About Me page is great. The blog, ‘A New Perspective’ led me here and I am thankful for that. She knows a good blog when she finds one. I’m happy to join your community and looking forward to reading your posts.


    • May 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Awe thank you, yes she writes great articles, always something you think “oh I wish I had written that ” or “that is just what I was thinking” or “that really helped” she is great x


  11. May 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Congratulations…you’ve been nominated for The Beautiful Blogger Award! Participation is purely optional. If you’re interested here is the link you need to view the rules: http://feastingwithfriendsblog.com/2014/05/04/shout-out-sunday-an-embarrassment-of-riches-part-2/


    • May 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      thank you soooo much I just replied in your comment box to there, hehe xxx


  12. May 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Hi Justine! It’s very nice to make your acquaintance, and you have a lovely blog. I’m looking forward to seeing more!


  13. May 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Hi Justine, what a wonderful blog you have. I’ve been poking about today looking at this and that here. Love the colors of your blog.


    • May 10, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      Thank you it took a lot of work but finally at a place that’s good xx


  14. May 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    On ye ‘ol Skype now if you is…


  15. May 31, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    Hello! I just started blogging this week (so excuse the lack of content on my blog, and I am working on the “About Me” section next!). I stumbled upon your blog via a comment you left on The Daily Post’s Blogging 101: Building a Blogging Habit. I have signed up for that as well. Your name caught my attention, and I had to come check you out. This page speaks to me, so I’m looking forward to seeing your posts through out the challenge. :D


    • May 31, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      hey hello there, i didnt realise 101 had started yet i swore i saw a post that said it started monday, yikes from your blog it looks like i have 3 posts to catch up on lol, oh dear. Great blog by the way especialy as you have just started i am astounded hehe xx Hope to keep in contact thank you for popping by xx


      • May 31, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Sorry to make you panic about the 101 starting with my posts. I guess I need to reread them to make sure they all state Zero to Hero challenge, since Blogging U is going to set up multiple 101 challenges. But, I’ll see you next week to start the Building a Blogging Habit challenge. :D


  16. skd
    May 31, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Hi ! You have been nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership award . I am sure you have a lot of awards in your kitty, but this is my token of appreciation for being a part of my wonderful community . Please collect it at http://aromasandflavours.com/2014/05/30/caramelized-lemon-chicken-wings/


    • May 31, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      Hey thank you so much that is really sweet of you i just posted a comment on your post about it :-) I havnt’ seen that one before, really chuffed xxx huggles and hands you a glass of bubbly to continue the party xx


      • skd
        May 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Wow ! Refreshing. Was just looking for a drink lol :) Thanks for the warm welcome…


  17. June 3, 2014 at 12:54 PM


    I may be busy with life and work the past weeks, but I am happy that finally, I am passing this ‘Versatile Award’ to you. Whether if you are participating or not, the award is yours to keep. Please click the link for details: http://thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    Wishing you a lovely day!



  18. June 5, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I have Nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Sunshine Award- http://fozzyfitness.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/the-versitile-blogger-and-sunshine-awards/
    You do not have to accept the award pass it forward in the knowledge that you were nominated for your Support and Friendship


  19. June 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Hi, Justine! I nominated you for the Liebster Award :) Participation is optional http://sarahslittlekitchen.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/liebster-award/


  20. June 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Fun loving Justine! :-) I am here to deliver an award to you! :-) This award is for how much I appreciate you stopping by and reading my blog posts, commenting, and encouraging….oh, and always giving me a good laugh! :-D For more info go here:



    • June 7, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Thank you sweet Lori I took a peek and replied really lovely of you to think of me and remember your very supportive to me too always a cheery face :-) xxx


    • June 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      I really hope I replied to this, my comments went way down on my comment section and sometimes some get missed, but very chuffed and thank youf or this xxx


  21. June 8, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Hi Justine! I’m back with another award for you :D http://sarahslittlekitchen.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/wow-another-award/


    • June 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      thank you so much i popped by and left a comment, really really sweet of you and btw congrats hehe xx


  22. June 9, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Your blog is very creative and fun. It exudes your personality. :)


  23. June 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    I’m thoroughly enjoying your lovely, friendly blog. I’m glad I’ve found you and will have a peek at your other blogs too. :-)


    • June 16, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      awe thank you and I just swung by your blog too and left a message hehe, it’s lovely to have you take some time here and hope that you continue to enjoy very much :D


  24. June 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I think i am in love with your layout …. and i think i am in awe of you for maintaing three blogs and a busy life.

    Your “unedited musings” are intriguing, if it comes from the heart it will surely resonate with others; of course you can’t amuse everyone :-)

    Oh I like smiling too :-) i think

    P.s so much charachter and personality in your ‘About’ page can’t wait to read the rest of your musings. X


    • June 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Hah what a lot of lovely things to say and yes all from the heart, ramblings,musings etc, some completely mad!

      I look forward to seeing you pop by the rest of my blog hehe…xx


  25. July 4, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Hi. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award :) If you would like to participate, you’ll find the details here: http://wp.me/p4iEke-70


  26. July 5, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Really, first time stopping here. I remember being at some kind of conference once and they asked you to describe yourself. It was interesting to see folks choose Title, like Mr. Miss, Dr, etc or religion or location. And the order in which they chose ‘em.

    I am as you have figured a poet, writer, woman, wife, mom, grama. I guess we could have a list an arm long concerning occupations – eek. We’ed be here forever.

    Anyway I was wondering if this ended up in spam… since you are usually right there with a visit when someone does one of your prompts.

    Just a little bit more background. Enjoy. Hope you had a great 4th.



    • July 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      hey there, did you send this to me before? Only asking as you mentioned something going to spam! I’ve been really busy and didn’t finish the 101, I run four blogs so was pulling my hair out with it all and wasn’t finding the subject matters inspiring enough to get me going on it or distract me from the other things I was meant to be doing. Still a little crazy here, but thank you for taking the time to read my about page, it’s odd isn’t it trying to describe oneself I feel quite uncomfortable doing it, never sure whether I have got it right or not :-) Hope your having a fab weekend xx


      • July 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        I might have… but I just found it odd that I didn’t get one comment on it at all. Not sure about likes. As I have them disabled. Oh, don’t worry about it at all. Life and what you like must come first.

        I’ve got short and long verse blogs, Flash Fiction and a “B” blog. But I don’t have time to host prompts. But I do enjoy playing with prompts. I like to play ‘stuff the prompt’, which is really ‘stuff the post’ – I just did a flash fiction where I used two different wordle lists, a video and a photo for the same post.

        Cheers, Jules


        • July 6, 2014 at 7:58 PM

          You know I didn’t host this? I didn’t see lots of my posts at all simply not had time to read them :-) x


          • July 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

            Ah, I thought you were hosting the Writing 101 series. I guess you were just participating. No worries. Some days are slow. No matter, I just like to write.


          • July 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

            Hah goodness no, WordPress hosted the 101 it was huge


          • July 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

            Hmm…. I hadn’t participated in WP prompts, well before now ;)


          • July 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM



  27. July 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Love the new layout on your blog, Justine. I really like the write up on the left and as always I adore your writing. Hopefully, will learn something from it. :) Going to look you up on pinterest now.


  28. July 16, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    You have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please click the link for details.
    Much Appreciation and Respect



  29. July 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    I have Nominated you for the Community Heart Award


    You do not have to accept the award at all , you were nominated out of love and respect for your heart filled work and compassion by me. Feel free to pass it forward .


  30. skd
    July 24, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Hi Justine,
    I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger 2014 award. I am well aware that you have awards galore in your kitty but I will be happy if you decide to accept this. You can collect it at http://aromasandflavours.com/2014/07/24/very-inspiring-blogger-award/


    • July 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      oooh thank you so much but you know its just nice every time to get one :D


  31. July 31, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Hello sunshine!
    I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award :D


    xxx Sarah


  32. August 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Follow the link to see the details. Complete if you wish but I mainly want you to know how I think and feel about your blog. Not only for the style and look but the happiness I enjoy visiting you each time.


    Much Appreciation


    • August 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      awe thank you sooo much, my computer isnt showing when i respond to someone so not sure if i did thank you for this already, it is a lovely award to get :D


  33. skd
    August 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Hi Justine, I have nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. I would love it if you could collect it at http://aromasandflavours.com/2014/08/12/i-am-now-a-part-of-the-wordpress-family-a-mini-showcase-of-my-glass-paintings/


  34. August 28, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    Hey there, I nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can find the post here (http://wp.me/p2xbqA-eA), and I would be happy if you accept, but can also understand that if you’re not the award accepting type or have too many of these already or whatever, that this might just not be your cup of tea. :-) Anyway, I love your blog!


    • August 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      oh i always accept, sometimes they build up like now however and I nominate on in bulk,, but thank you sooo much very humbled :D


  35. November 3, 2014 at 3:41 AM

    Really thought I was following..
    Me bad…Read a lot…


    Liked by 1 person

  36. November 3, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Hey… Your Photography is mindblowing… Keep posting… Its pleasure following you :)

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      awe thank you that a seriously lovely thing for you to say, made me smile lots x


  37. November 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Hey Fellow Pepper….I am nominating you to continue on with our Nano Poblano Blog Hop Story. Have Fun!!!!



    • November 6, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      oh wow…wow…has sudden panic then feels terribly humbled…oh thank you sooo much I better pop by and get my creative head on lol….crickey….haha xx


      • November 6, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Don’t worry, I had an initial panic attack, too. Thought I would share the anxiety-ridden love. :)

        Liked by 1 person

        • November 6, 2014 at 5:45 PM

          haha lol, now a question you might be able to answer, I don’t know what time zone you are on, but its nearly 6pm here and kids coming home, dinner to do and already done my Nano post today, will it be alright to do this tomorrow or am I mean’t to get on to it straight away and post immediately? x


  38. November 10, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    I love your re-blogging comments in the sidebar. Lots of great stuff here – need to wander around a bit more

    Liked by 1 person

  39. November 21, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Hi Justine,
    Glad to find your blog, I like your stories and your pictures are really nice.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you liked it. :-)

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      a pleasure its wonderful to meet other bloggers, i hope we can keep in touch x


  40. November 26, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    JUSTINE!!! I need your help. I desperately need someone to revive the Name Game blog hop because the person I tagged like ten days ago did not continue the hop and whoops I never followed through and made sure the hop was still going. So this is blog hop CPR time. Here’s my name game post! I’m challenging you! Can you do it? Please let me know so I can tag someone else if you cannot do a post tomorrow. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!


    Liked by 1 person

    • November 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      crickey let me look at this, manic morning at work, backlog of blogging and at home work, not bailing quite yet, let me mull it over, if no creative juices and taking too long I will hand back……tick tock xx


    • November 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      doing it x

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 26, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Ok, you are doing it now? I’ve been af work since early this am so have just gotten all your comments. Do you want me to find someone else or you’re on it?

        Liked by 1 person

    • November 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      no idea how to find someone else to do it though, wheres the list?


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