Awards & challenges

I felt that ‘awards’ &  ‘challenges’ deserved a special page of their very own!

A bit about awards:

I love ‘awards’ though yes they can be time consuming, isn’t putting effort into anything worthwhile time consuming?  The thing is we write our blogs mostly not just for ourselves, but for others to enjoy too! Being able to nominate is a medium for others to show their ‘appreciation’.  Some of these awards are specific ie: for supporting other people when struggling, bravery etc, and with this I think it becomes even more personal. Having been nominated, one then nominates on. Yes this little bit can take time, it is networking, but is this a bad thing?  There are for instance plenty of blogs out there with not many followers (points to my own blog LOL!) and it’s great to be able to show up on someone else’s page that might drive some more people to take a peek at what I am all about & then spread that on. The thing is getting a balance.  I believe filling out nominations should not come at the detriment of being able to have the time to do your ‘usual’ blogging, but a simple thank you in acknowledgement and tucking it away when a few moments spare, goes a long way.  I do however respect those who have ‘officially’ become a no award zone for their own personal decisions.

Liebster Award

Eclectic odds n sods Liebster Award

My Liebster Award

~ This was very kindly nominated to me by Holding Together the Jello ~ on 1st February 2014. ~ I was so excited as this was my first ever nomination :-)  I felt almost famous, how ridiculous hey? ~ If you wish to read about my nomination & my follow on nominees, click here.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


Freedom to share innermost thoughts, to ask a favor, to show their true feelings. The freedom to simply be themselves.”

~ This was very kindly awarded to me by Living with Shadows ~ on 20th February 2014 ~ This is a special nomination as it is by fellow blogger who also suffers like me with difficulties health wise and share this bond in common, it means a lot to be recognized as being supportive in at least some small way. ~ if you wish to read about my award and nominees awarded please click here.

Dragon Loyalty Award

“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”  ― R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver

“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.” ― R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver



~ This lovely award was appointed to me by Charlie Castor, whom I met after I got drawn in by a post about a slug, or slugs should I say, urgh, seriously please go visit, a wonderful blog called Fun with Depression ~ on 5th March 2014 ~ I have no clear indication what the Dragon Loyalty Award stands for but by looking back at other nominations and my own interpretations, I can imagine it is for traits where people try to share/help/support others through their blog, I might be wrong but that is what I am going with for now unless told otherwise :-) ~ If you wish to read my fun associated with this award, please click here

Liebster Award

Liebster No 2 ~ The wonderfully creative LaineyRain  who makes amazing things out of paper, nominated me for this award ~ on 7th March 2014 ~ This is the 2nd time I have received the Liebster & the 1st time was my very first award ever, but there is no less excitement this time, I am always humbled when getting such things and I love the opportunity to pass on my nominations. ~ If you wish to find out who I nominated, click here .

Sunshine Award

sunshine award~ This happy award was given to me by Aditi & Nikhil from confusedbawarchis ~ on 14th March 2014 ~ I met Aditi & Nikhil, who are yummy foodies,  through the Novice Gardener and her Fiesta Friday parties, which is great fun I might add, the more the merrier, IT HAPPENS EVERY FRIDAY, BE THERE OR BE SQUARE! ~ click here to see my =  Sunshine Award

Aditi & Nikhil

Versatile blogger Award

versatile blogger awardThis award was super kindly nominated to me by no other than FarmerFarthing on 20th March 2014 ~ I have no idea how I came across FarmerFarthing, but I am so glad I did.  She has a special place in my heart and writes amazing stories plus shares her journey with motherhood always managing to make me giggle somewhere along the line even at the most unexpected moments. If you wish to read about my further nominations with this award – My versatile blogger award

Howler Award

I have nominated you for the Howler Award- you do not have to accept the award just pass, you were nominated as a mark of respect for your support and friendship -click here to see my =  My Howler Award


Sunshine Award & WordPress Family Award for the sunshine and WP family award -click here for my Sunshine Award & my WordPress Family Awardwp family awardsunshine award


Dragon Loyalty Award

dragon loyalty award April 24th – 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: Lori

click here for my - Dragon Loyalty Award



 Beautiful Blogger Award 

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:

Click here for my Beautiful Blogger Award


Still to be completed nominations!


I have nominated you for the Butterfly Light Award- have all been Shining Lights to me on my journey so far ,Thank you for your friendship and support . You do not have to accept the award just know that you are appreciated.



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:

Wishing you a lovely day!


I have Nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Sunshine Award-
You do not have to accept the award pass it forward in the knowledge that you were nominated for your Support and Friendship


Hi, Justine! I nominated you for the Liebster Award  :) Participation is optional

Hi, Justine! I nominated you for the Liebster Award  :) Participation is optional

Hi Justine! I’m back with another award for you  :D

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:

I am surprised he knows the word, “imbecile.”
This is hilarious, but you know my heart goes to you.  :)

P.S. I wrote a little something about you & your blog on my post today. Once Josh & Zac are napping, go check it out  :)


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.


mostibawardSweet Surprises/Obscured dreamer nominated me for the ‘most influential blogger’ on JUNE 20, 2014 

The nomination is here:


Eclectic odds n sods Liebster AwardHi. 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:

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

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



A bit about challenges:

Challenges are set up by either WordPress or other bloggers.  They are an opportunity to indulge in something that tweeks your interest and also meet other fellow bloggers.  Sometimes there are also winners to the challenges for those of you who are competitive :-) I currently (subject to change on my many whims) participate in 3 challenges on this blog and they are:

Fiesta Friday badge

Oh yah I wanna party!

Fiesta Friday by Angie @ the Novice Gardener I love this challenge as set up by a friend.  Angie was my first ever follower and we met through the Zero to Hero challenge when I very first started blogging.  We always used to have a riot, she is great fun so why  not make it in to a party every Friday and bring something along to the event?

What delightful thing happened this week?

What delightful thing happened this week?

Random Moments of Delight by Meghan aka Firebonnet This is a wonderful challenge, really lifts my spirit as it makes me focus on something that has brought a big smile to my face during the week, what better than letting everyone know on the blogosphere?

Photographic creations

Photographic creations

Weekly Photo Challenge by The Daily Post (WordPress) This is a new challenge to me, not yet entered anything yet as of 11th March 2014, however I have good intentions.  I have found a love of photography through having spent a long spell being unable to get out, now my love for the visual and nature is 10 fold.

Seasonal Challenges

A-Z April Blogging Challenge

A-Z April Blogging Challenge

A-Z April blogging challenge 2014 This is a crazy challenge and I must be crazy to enter it.  Basically for the month of April one has to post every single day, the 1st day of the month relates to A, day 2 B and so forth, except we get Sundays off.  The post has to relate not only to the letter but contain an image and of course be interesting…hehe, I might have run out of interesting things before the end of the month or be cross eyed.  As well as posting, the bloggers should and would also visit their fellow entrants, make friends and have a cuppa, all good fun!  The grand theme reveal for some brave or nutty bloggers like me is on the 21st March, not all will reveal though…ssshhhh!

  19 comments for “Awards & challenges

  1. March 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    I love the Fiesta Friday challenge! What is the deal and how can I join? :)


    • March 12, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      He he it’s fun just click the link for the fiesta blog provided. You write a post as if donating something towards a Friday party. Many are cooks but I’m not so I sometimes bring the shock factor :-) let me know if you can’t find the link x


      • March 12, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Ok, I will check it out! :)


    • March 15, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      Did you enter it this week? If so I must look out for your entry :-)


      • March 16, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Oh I didn’t, it was my birthday on friday hehe so I was celebrating the whole weekend D


        • March 16, 2014 at 5:23 PM

          Oh happy belated birthday I hope you had fun and thrills!! X


          • March 16, 2014 at 8:32 PM

            Thank you! Oh I did :D I have really made something special for this one, since I haven’t celebrated I think from 21st… I had to make up for it :D


          • March 16, 2014 at 8:38 PM



  2. Victoria
    March 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I’m a crappy BFF as I don’t post my awards…LOL But I do appreciate YOU!


    • March 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Hey your not a crappy BBF I know you appreciate me :-D huggles x


      • Victoria
        March 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Ok, maybe I should have said….I feel crappy! LOL xo


  3. March 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Awwwww… thanks for posting my (non) challenge! How cool is that? AND for it being a category on your sidebar. xoxoxxo


  4. March 13, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Your blog is really nice. I might have to rethink mine.


  5. March 14, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Hey Justine! We just nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Hope you accept it. Check it out here:

    Aditi & Nikhil


    • March 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      Thank you sooo much I sent a Thankies on your post too! Lovely you thought of me I enjoyed reading your post too hehe xx


      • March 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        You’re most welcome, Justine! We love your blog and look forward to reading your stories. This is so much fun. I look forward to reading your post on this :) xx


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