The Bloggers Blog Awards 2016

The Bloggers Blog Awards was so successful last year that it came back this weekend for it's second year. It was even bigger and better and included a lot more categories to help celebrate the best in blogging.

Cupcakes by CarrieAnne at Bloggers Blog Awards

Hayley had secured the gorgeous Canal Mills, an old industrial warehouse for this year and it was perfect. There were many quirky little objects to photograph! There was pic and mix and popcorn to nibble on and CarrieAnne had made the most exquisite cakes for us all. I'm told they were delicious but I didn't get to try one unfortunately. But just look in the photo's at the thought and effort she put into each individual one!

The winners of each category were well supported and cheered by everyone and were each so surprised and grateful that they won. I'm sure Hayley will be publishing a list of winners so keep an eye out for that so you can discover some new and old favourites.

Then the raffle. Well wasn't that just suburb. I don't even wear much lipstick but even I wanted that Urban Decay Vault! I managed to win a Tastecard for a year, so i'm looking forward to using that, after all I do count eating as one of my listed hobbies!

It looked like everyone was having a great time meeting old and new friends. I put myself on raffle ticket duty but realised later I never actually introduced myself to many people, I was so focused on taking everyone's money! There were a few people I definitely wanted to speak to but I find it hard speaking up in groups and find one-to-one interaction much easier. But I did meet a few people so baby steps and all that.

It was a great day, though very long for me as I had been out in the morning too at a coffee morning. My feet were very happy to see the bath when I eventually got home that night!

Thank you Hayley for all the hard work you put it for this!

Did you attend the awards, or fancy going next year?

Raffle Prizes Urban Decay Vice Vault Bloggers Blog Awards
Bloggers Blog Awards Leeds Crown palettes and brushes
Cupcakes Sweets at Bloggers Blog Awards
Bloggers networking at Canal Mills Bloggers Blog Awards 2016
Selfie station at Blog Awards 2016
Selfie Station at Bloggers Blog Awards

29 reasons I feel old at 29.

Here's a confession. This post was originally titled '28 reasons that show i'm 28' because I started it nearly a year ago. But as it's took me all this time to actually finish and press publish i'm now a lovely year older. Yay. Although I did get to add 1 more reason to the list so there is that.

Blowing out my candles on my 27 + 2 birthday cake. 

So onto the list . . anyone identify with any?

1. You know exactly how much the petrol is in every station in town, in fact it's a talking point when it goes up or down.

2. You're wary about the new layout in Wilko's.

3. When having to shop in a new town you pine to be in your old Asda, it's comfy, familiar and you know where everything is

4. You wonder where the rest of the clothes are on that girl that just walked past you. Short shorts and a crop top barely covering her bra? ERRR?

5. Escape to the Country and Location, Location, Location? GIMMIE, GIMMIE.

6. You're rather good at guessing the house price on said programs.

7. This weeks special deal leaflet from Aldi and the Argos homeware sale catalogue is perfectly acceptable bath time reading.

8. Secretly enjoying Prima and Good Housekeeping.

9. Not caring if people think you're boring, i'm so past trying to change myself

10. Realising you don't have long to complete that epic 30 before 30 list. None of which you have started on.

11. You hate on the youngsters who cry at turning 22. Are you freaking kidding me? You're practically a baby.

12. Sleep - never enough sleep, wanting an early night always and never getting it and having a guilty feeling you never used to get when lying in.

13. Hankering onto the dial-up days

14. Being old enough to remember the time when your entire existence didn't revolve around the computer, mobile and unlimited TV and secretly wishing we could go back to that.

15. You feel there's something wrong with you because you're not married or have a baby.

16. You actually drink that pint of water you're supposed to drink after a night out. The effects the next day are totally worth it by the way.

17. Though said nights out are far and few between.

18. When on your first night out in several x 10 months you actually go out two nights in a row and your body rewards you with a stinking cold. In summer.

19. To be honest though, it's mostly about the food these days. When, what, how much, when, what? You get the picture. Food = yum.

20. Bridget Jones. You are her.

21. Trying to find the perfect candle/plug-in/scent that smells of apple/spice/cinnamon/mulled wine is the aim of every shopping trip.

22. Staying at your sisters and not understand how it's nearly 12am and her housemates STILL haven't gone out yet.

23. You get angry and frustrated because younger people don't know who Adam Rickitt is.

24. You own anti-aging eye cream.

25. The only reason you are excited for your birthday next year ie. the 'big' one is so that you can throw a 90's party.

26. You realise you are of that awkward age of knowing something about computers, as in how to turn them on, type a few words and that chrome is better than IE but nothing about photoshop/hmtl or basically any of the IT than younger people seem to know about now and that would be pretty useful to know.

27. Leaving school and starting uni was 10 years ago . . actually make that 11 by the time I publish this.

28. Watching the England game last night and remembering Euro 96 and THAT moment and the footy songs that followed

29. You feel in a sort of limbo. Am I in my 20s? Yes but I don't feel connected to other twenty-somethings. Am I old? Not really, but all the talk of the approaching significant birthday makes me feel it.

So there you go. 29 reasons that show my age and how I feel.

I have however just found this link telling me all the reasons i'm not old and that this age is actually fantastic. So go have a read of this if you're feeling like me.

Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan? By Julia Wilmot - GIVEAWAY

I have the pleasure today to be introducing Julia Wilmot's book 'Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan?' and there are three copies to win by entering on the link at the end!

Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan?


Emma Butler doesn’t know it but she is about to get bit more angelic help than she was banking on. Someone has messed up, or have they?

It appears that Emma is about to be ‘recalled’ to heaven but has completed none of the tasks she had set herself for this life time. They must be completed before she is recalled and time is running out.
Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done.

There’s a lot to do and a very short time to do it in. Gregory is determined that it will all be completed by hook or by crook. But where does that leave free will and what about Jack who has been chosen to be Emma’s love interest? How will this impact him? Jack and Emma have no idea what is going on, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.



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About Julia Wilmot:

Julia Wilmot began her exploration of the spiritual life as a teenager at school. She was fortunate to meet a wonderful family who all practised Transcendental Meditation (TM) and her future was set. At the age of 15 Julia learnt TM and felt she had found her path in life. She was so sure that this path was the only one for her that she decided not to go to University and study law as she had previously planned but to devote herself to teaching TM and working within the charity that teaches the technique.

At 20, Julia was one of the founding members of a 300 people strong TM community in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and at 28 Julia became the Centre Chairman of the largest teaching centre for TM in Europe, which was based in Central London. Teaching Transcendental Meditation to people from all walks of life.

Julia began this novel in 1995 but it remained in a drawer for many years. She came across it again in the early 2000s and fitting in with becoming a mother in 2002 it took until 2015 to finish it.

Julia currently focusses her attention on her writing, blogging and looking after her family. Forty years on and she still practises TM, as do her husband and son and they live in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, UK.




Jack cleared his plate away and put the kettle on. How to distract himself for the rest of the evening? He knew he needed something that would lift his spirits and bring comfort. He wandered into his sitting room cradling his cup of tea. One wall of the room was filled with a huge bookcase. It harked back to Jack's early foray into the world of spirit and alternative health, when he was trying to find a solution to the burnout he had experienced as a result of his lifestyle in the city. Every book he had explored during that period had pride of place on these shelves despite the fact that not every book had proved that useful.

His eye fell on a copy of the I Ching. It had been a long time since he had consulted this Chinese oracle but he fondly remembered evenings spent tossing the little bronze coins and reading the rather obscure texts, trying to decipher advice from the arcane language. He clearly remembered the phrase, ‘the handles of the cauldron have been removed, therefore it is hard to manoeuvre the vessel.’ He couldn't now remember what question had elicited such a gnomic response but the phrase and all its mystery had stuck in his head. He turned the book over in his hands.

‘Why not?’ he thought.

On the shelf above where he had found the I Ching was a small pot. He put his hand in and felt the three small bronze coins that were needed to create the hexagrams that would in turn lead to an answer to his question. He moved over to the sofa and put the book down on the coffee table.

‘But what should the question be?’

Asking the right question was important. He sat back, the three coins in his hand. What question should he ask? He closed his eyes. He knew that the more he could tune into his higher self, the more likely that the answer would be pertinent to the question.

Brian watched with some amusement as King Wen and his son Duke Chou arrived. They bowed deeply to the angel and took up their positions cross-legged on the floor in front of Jack. Jack breathed deeply, trying to clear his mind of other concerns. He opened his eyes, unaware of his regal visitors. Asking a question of any oracle can be fraught with concerns. He had often heard people say that you shouldn't ask the question if you were not prepared to accept the answer, the reality being that you were not always going to hear what you might want to hear. It was important the question was clear in your head, he knew that. He closed his eyes again and began to frame his question.

‘What would be the most life-supporting path for me to follow at the moment?’


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