Awards Round-Up

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I don’t often do awards on my blog. However, I’ve been nominated for a few lately and although I’m late in doing this, I wanted to acknowledge the kind nominations. I’ll be breaking a few rules by keeping this short & sweet. It’s the only time I get to break the rules so please forgive me 😉

Disability Blogger Award

Nominated by Liz at Despite Pain, Nikki at Brainlesss Blogger, Stace at Fighting With Fibro, Alyssa at FightMSDaily, and Kim at I Tripped Over A Stone

This was started by the lovely Georgina from Chronillicles, where you can find the full rules.


Chronically Hopeful Award

Thank you Pamela at There Is Always Hope for creating this fantastic award & nominating me. Thanks for further nominations from Terri at Reclaiming Hope, Heather at Dinosaurs, Donkeys & MS and Kim at ITrippedOverAStone.


Sunshine Blogger, Blogger Recognition & Liebster Awards

For the Sunshine award, thank you to Helen at Helen’s Journey, Sarah at Life With Spina Bifida, Erin at Kittyjade (who also nominated me for the Liebster Award along with Jordyn from The Chronically Unimaginable), Eliza at Journey To Life, James at James A. Best, Penny at Hope Found in M.E. A big thank you to the wonderful Gail at Gail Loves God for the Blogger Recognition award nomination.

Instead of answering questions for each, I’ve picked a few questions from different awards asked by different bloggers.

1. What are your best tips for getting through a bad pain flare day?

Close your eyes & click the heels of your shoes together three times, then hope for the best.

2. When was your last vacation and how was it? 

It was an all inclusive 8 night stay in Le Hospital. I took a car ride to A&E and was upgraded to emergency surgery and then the general ward. The deluxe suite was fully booked so I bunked with other hospital holidaymakers. Poor window view, too loud, and the food wasn’t up to much. I wouldn’t recommend it on TripAdvisor. 

3. If you didn’t have a health condition, but you still wanted to blog, what would be your niche? 

It probably would have been a book blog, or more of a self-help/psychology-inspired blog. Better yet, a blog reviewing chocolate. That would have been a good idea!

4. What is your favourite season and why?

Summer. My body seems perpetually cold, so warmer weather means I feel a little better and don’t have to dress like the fashionable Michelin man. There have to my limits to my attractiveness 😉

5. If you could time travel, which time would you travel to? 

The 60s for flares, platforms, The Kinks, psychedelic flowers & free love!

6. What’s the last book you read?

Tami Hoag – Secrets to the Grave. Brilliant! 

7. What is your favourite pain or illness distraction and why? 

If I can concentrate, it would be snuggling up with a good book, a cuppa tea, blankets and letting the writing absorb my thoughts. 

8. What is your favourite book and tell me why?

I don’t have a favourite, but I’m hooked on American crime thrillers. 

9. When you are in a mental funk what do you do? 

A shower really refreshes me. I also find something quite cathartic about decluttering as it helps provide some mental space. Getting out in nature, talking a little walk, music and a general change of scenery can all help to dust off the cobwebs. 

10. What one thing about you has changed as a result of your struggles

I’m far more assertive than I ever was.

11. Name one good thing that has come out of having chronic illness?

I’ve had to adapt my perspective on life and adjust my expectations, along with changing the path I’m travelling. I’ve become a blogger, I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve met some amazing people, making priceless friendships along the way. 

12. If you could changed only one aspect of your illness(es), what would it be? 

That any of them exist, full stop. 

13. What one thing do you disagree with that is widely accepted as true about your condition? 

That fibromyalgia is just about all-over body pain. No, it’s so much more than that.

14. Why did you start blogging?

It was just after I had my ileostomy and I wanted to raise awareness of life with stomas and chronic/invisible illness, hopefully also helping others to feel less alone in their own struggles. 

15. Where would your dream holiday be and why? 

Somewhere warm, sunny and that I preferably don’t have to pay for. Better start entering some competitions..!

16. What series are you enjoying the most right now?

Since getting Amazon Prime again recently, I’ve picked up where I left off with season 2 of Parks & Recreation, so I’ve breezing through that. It’s so easy to watch and always puts a smile on my face. Other good Prime Video picks include The Good Fight, the US version of The Office, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor, and Animal Kingdom.

17. What is one thing you’re really good at?

Moaning. It’s a solid British trait. If only there were competitions for such a talent.

18. What is the first thought you had this morning? 

No. No no no. 

19. Since your illness, what is the most important lesson you have learned about yourself?

That I have a deep love for pyjamas.

20. If you were a dinosaur, what dinosaur would you be and why? 

Reptar, from the Rugrats. He’s cute but badass.

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Thank you for the kind nominations, and thanks to you all for reading, commenting, liking & lurking. It’s very much appreciated. I hope you all have as good a week as possible. Be kind to yourselves  ♥

Caz  ♥

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  1. August 11, 2019 / 4:38 pm

    Congratulations on all of your awards! 😁💚

    • August 14, 2019 / 4:19 pm

      Aw thanks, Ami! 😊

  2. August 11, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    Congratulations on your awards, and I love the questions and your answers. I see your sense of humor shining through.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Caz. ♥

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:32 pm

      Thanks! I think it’s important we try to keep hold of our sense of humour at all costs 😉
      Have a lovely weekend, Sandee xx

  3. August 11, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    Caz—

    In addition to moaning, one of the fine British traits I’ve noticed (we have a Brit in our family) is superb, albeit sometimes painful, irony and wit. Your answer #2 is a masterpiece in its genre.

    You are such a delight, and I wish I could help you banish all the evil spirits that you must accommodate in your journey through life (ie, #12). But you’re doing so much good that people can’t stop themselves from showering you with awards. Congratulations.

    And you always have the option of blogging occasionally about chocolate (though that’s a migraine trigger for me, so I wouldn’t read it!)

    Warmest regards,
    Annie
    Annie

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:37 pm

      That’s very kind of you, Annie, thank you! A little irony, wit, sarcasm & a splash of humour are good for the soul 😉I appreciate your incredibly thoughtful comment, it means a lot. I’m a little heartbroken for you though that chocolate triggers migraines for you, that’s very unfair! What sweet treats can you have instead? I hope you’ve been keeping well this week, and that you have a restful (migraine-free) weekend ahead.  ♥
      xx

  4. Ashley
    August 11, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    Congrats on all the well-deserved awards!

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks lovely! Hope you’ve been having a good week 😊
      xx

  5. August 11, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    Congratulations on the award nominations, all thoroughly deserved!
    I lovehate your answer to question 2, I wouldn’t recommend it either.
    The Good Doctor has my heart. Although I did watch it straight after Bates Motel, have you seen that?!

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks, Gemma! Oooo yes, Bates Motel, loved that too! I was so sad when it ended.. have you seen all the series? The cast is fantastic, and it’s so incredibly watchable.
      New Amsterdam was the next medical drama style pick I went on to after The Good Doctor, so I’d also recommend that. xx

  6. August 11, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    Congrats, and I enjoyed your answers. I would have answered #18 the same way 🙂

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:41 pm

      Great minds think alike, Viola 😉I hope you’re having a good week so far lovely xx

  7. August 11, 2019 / 6:59 pm

    Wow! What a collection of well-deserved awards. Well done, you.

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you, Cathy! I hope you’re having a good Friday 😊
      xx

  8. August 11, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    Congratulations, Caz! <3 You deserve them all and more.

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:47 pm

      Aww thank you lovely! I hope you’ve been having a good week so far 😊 xx

  9. August 11, 2019 / 8:35 pm

    Congratulations on all of your awards! 😀

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      Cheers, Michelle! I hope you have a great weekend ahead xx

  10. August 11, 2019 / 10:10 pm

    Deep love of pyjamas–love that. Good interview(s)!

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:51 pm

      You can’t beat getting comfy in PJs! Thanks for the comment, Jacqui. I hope you’re having a good week so far xx

  11. Mrs. Ram’s Jams
    August 11, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    Look at you Little Miss Popularity! ❤️

    • August 16, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      Hahah, in the online world I know lots of bloggers! 😂 Thanks lovely – I hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead xx

  12. Ann Coleman
    August 11, 2019 / 10:52 pm

    Congrats on your many awards! And also on the ability to write a humorous post on such a very serious subject. That shows a courage that is truly inspiring.

    • August 16, 2019 / 3:14 pm

      That’s very kind of you, thanks Ann  ♥ I hope you’re keeping as well as possible this week lovely xx

  13. August 11, 2019 / 11:00 pm

    Caz
    How did that birthday cake work out? I haven’t heard from you since your birthday, doing ok?
    Congrats on all the awards, I don’t do them either. I will start acknowledging the nominations.
    🙂

    • August 16, 2019 / 3:21 pm

      Sorry lovely, been rather behind..! What’s new 😆Birthday cake was delicious, I demolished it pretty quickly!
      It can be a bit overwhelming with awards because questions mount up and it becomes very hard to find bloggers who haven’t been nominated, going through everyone’s posts to see who has/hasn’t.. I think a shorter approach can be helpful like I did (aka. cheating) or just acknowledging nominations. How’re you doing? I hope you’re keeping as well as possible.  ♥ xx

  14. August 12, 2019 / 3:09 am

    Congratulations! You totally deserved all of these awards. I am blessed to have gotten the opportunity to get to know you! Sending so many hugs and I look forward to strengthening our friendship in the future 🤗❤🤗

    • August 16, 2019 / 3:22 pm

      Aw thank you, Jordyn! I’m glad to have ‘met’ you in the blogging world too, I think you rock! Hope you have a restful weekend ahead  ♥ xx

  15. Megala
    August 12, 2019 / 9:09 am

    Congratulations! Enjoyed reading your answers.

    • August 16, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      Thanks, Megala! Hope you’re having a good week xx

  16. August 12, 2019 / 10:23 am

    Awesome awards for an Awesome person! Congrats!

    • August 16, 2019 / 3:39 pm

      Naw, you’re a charmer, Darnell! Thanks, and well done to you on having that email asking for more awesome writing from yourself, that’s brilliant! x

  17. August 12, 2019 / 1:07 pm

    Congratulations Caz! Each of these is well-deserved. You are a bright light here in the blogging world, and all these nominations show what a difference you’re making. Sending love and hugs sweet friend!

    • August 16, 2019 / 3:42 pm

      That’s very kind of you, Terri, thank you!  ♥ I’ve just read your recent post & I’ve spent the last 10 minutes window shopping online for a new mattress… I’ve no idea what to really look for (springs? memory foam?) but I feel your post was oddly perfect timing as I’d just bought a new special pillow & had been thinking about how awful my mattress is. So thank you! xx

  18. August 12, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    Always so nice to be recognized by our peers! Congratulations on so many nominations! xx

    • August 16, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      Aw thanks, Michelle, that’s very much appreciated! I hope you can have a restful weekend ahead  ♥ xx

  19. August 12, 2019 / 5:09 pm

    Many congrats, Caz, to you & your great site – am always happy to be friends with a fellow book lover!

    • August 16, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      A world without books would be an incredibly sad place indeed. Thanks lovely! I hope you’re having a good week so far 😊
      xx

  20. Helen Stace
    August 12, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    🥂🏆🏅congratulations Caz you deserve it Xxxx

    • August 16, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      Aww thank you lovely! That’s very kind of you – I hope you’re keeping as well as possible, and that you have a restful weekend ahead  ♥
      xx

  21. Helen Stacey
    August 12, 2019 / 6:34 pm

    Congratulations sweetheart, much deserved XXXXX

  22. August 12, 2019 / 11:47 pm

    Congratulations Caz for all your very well-deserved awards! If anyone deserves to be recognized, it is you! You are a truly amazing woman and I am always thankful for you and your advice! Also, thank you so much for the fabulous nomination! I promise to do the accepting post soon, I am off work tomorrow and should be able to do it then! I always love reading what you share and really loved reading your answers!!!!

    • August 16, 2019 / 4:28 pm

      You’re very kind, Alys – I think you’re an absolute gem in the blogging world, so I’m very glad to have ‘met’ you here! I hope you’re managing okay this week. I’m a bit behind on blogs so I’ll have to catch up on yours asap, but I hope work has been at least tolerable until you can find something else. Take good care of yourself, and fingers crossed you get some down time to rest over the weekend this time! xx

  23. August 13, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    Caz, it was fun to read your answers to these questions and get to know more about my friend! You are a really cool person and I’m glad you accepted the awards because you deserve millions of them. ♥️ (Then we’d get to know alllll your secrets, and stuff…lol). Seriously, you’re The Best, Caz! You ROCK!

    Love,

    Tamara

    • August 16, 2019 / 4:29 pm

      I wish I had more secrets to tell, I really do! I need to work on being more interesting – will have to put that on my to do list 😂 Thanks so much for such a lovely comment, it means a lot! Have a great weekend ahead, Tamtamtamaaaaraa xx

  24. August 13, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    Congrats on all the awards! I’ve bern watching Prime too, watching The Boys

    • August 16, 2019 / 4:30 pm

      Thanks, Alice! Ooo yes, I saw that advertised. It’s got some really good reviews, but I wasn’t sure if it would be funny or just a bit too silly. How have you been finding it? I hope you’re enjoying the series 😊
      xx

  25. August 13, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    Hello Caz I have Nominated you for the Leibster Award it is on my page. I know you do not usually do these things but I also know you just did all of them at once. Just wanted you to know about my choice to Nominate yo Caz !

    • August 16, 2019 / 4:49 pm

      Aw, thanks! Was that your latest award? I don’t think you nominated me for that, but if it was an earlier one then I’m sorry if I missed it out here. Congrats on your recent Leibster! 🙂
      x

  26. August 13, 2019 / 10:51 pm

    Well done, more badges than one can get being in Brownies or Guides!

    • August 16, 2019 / 4:50 pm

      Hahah and there’s no camping required! 😂 Thanks, Janet – Hope you have a lovely weekend xx

  27. August 14, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    Congrats! You deserve it Caz <3

    • August 16, 2019 / 4:50 pm

      Thanks lovely! I hope you’re having a good week so far 😊 xx

  28. August 14, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    Congrats. We seem to watch a lot of the same programmes.

    • August 16, 2019 / 5:03 pm

      We must both have great taste 😉

  29. August 15, 2019 / 12:01 pm

    Love this, you fab lady……your sense is humour is always right up my street!! But I think it is so important we can have a laugh at our own ailments and giggle about having a chocolate review blog…..now that I would REALLY love. I must get my act together and do something similar with some of the nominations I have been given – you deserve every one, none more than the Bloggers Bash award that I was so pleased to hear announced live (I made a twit of myself cheering!!) C xxx

    • August 17, 2019 / 3:48 pm

      You’re absolutely right about needing to be able to have a giggle and keep our sense of humour! I really wish I could have been there for the Bash awards, though it still seems so odd even now to think I won something, I never in a million years saw that coming! Thank you so much for the great comment, Claire. It’s fab to see the Magic Monday series back this week, too. I hope you’re keeping as well as possible & that you’re managing some rest this weekend. If I ever start a chocolate blog, I’ll appoint you my chief chocolate taster 😉
      xx

  30. August 15, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    Well deserved 🙂 And brilliant answers!

    • August 17, 2019 / 3:48 pm

      That’s very kind, thanks, Sandra! I hope you’re having a good weekend 😊 xx

  31. August 15, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    Congratulations on the awards which are all well deserved. Great round-up and lovely choice of questions.
    I think I had that same thought when I woke up this morning!

    • August 17, 2019 / 3:50 pm

      I actually used to be a morning person, it’s hard to believe that now when I get up of a morning in agony and it takes me ages to creakily move out of bed 😂 Thank you for the lovely comment, Liz! I hope you’re having a restful weekend. xx

  32. August 15, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    congratulations! so cool how you put them all into one post. also enjoyed reading your responses! 🙂

    • August 17, 2019 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks, Wendi! It was the easiest solution I could think of, and more readable too as I didn’t want to send everyone to sleep reading hundreds of answers 😂 I hope you’re having a good weekend so far lovely xx

  33. August 16, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    Ooh, a chocolate review blog, now there’s an idea! I’m sure you could find a way of weaving a chocolate post in amongst all your other fab pieces 😉 I agree with you that de-cluttering can be really cathartic; there must be something to that ‘tidy house, tidy mind’ adage. Also, I noticed in one of your replies to another blogger’s comment that you were thinking of looking for a new mattress. My boyfriend and I kept the previous tenants’ mattress, and only recently got round to replacing it (the exploding springs became unbearable!). We bought a Simba hybrid in the clearance sale at John Lewis (saved about 60% as it was ex-display; their display models are in the shop for max. 10 months), and it’s super comfy! We spent quite a while in the shop trying mattresses out, and it’s also worth checking if the shop has a 100-night (or similar) trial period, so you can always return it if it doesn’t work for you 🙂

    • August 17, 2019 / 3:59 pm

      I think I’ll have to do a ‘my favourite chocolate for high pain days’ post, and to make sure I pick the right choices I’ll taste test them all several times! Would you like to be a chocolate taster for a future guest post? It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it 😉Thank you so much for the tip on the mattress, that’s really kind of you! I’m glad you replaced the old one and manage to get a good deal at JL. I’ve come across Simba before, on Amazon I think. I’d never considered ex-display, that’s a really good idea. Was that just in a usual high street branch? I really should at least try out a few, and see what the prices are like. I could do with a bed frame too really because mine is great for storage, but the draws have been broken for years, so they often bottom out and you can’t push them in properly. I’ll have to go to my local JL when I’m next in town and see what they have. Thanks, Rosie! I hope you have a restful weekend & get some good sleep on your comfier bed! xx

  34. August 18, 2019 / 5:23 am

    I love your positive outlook, even in such hard times.
    I can feel the half hearted smiles, even while you grimace.
    Praying for you, my friend! I am blessed by your heart! Me and God love you! <3

    • August 18, 2019 / 5:56 pm

      It’s not always easy to be positive, and I certainly have a lot of days where I don’t manage it, but I know I also have a lot to be grateful for. Thank you for such a lovely comment, Gail. I hope you’re keeping as well as possible and having a restful weekend. Lots of love to you, my friend  ♥ xx

  35. August 19, 2019 / 12:49 pm

    Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Platforms. Aren’t you the sneakers and fuzzy slippers girl?

    Hey, this was a lot of fun to read. Won’t be looking for your review omn TripAdvisor.

  36. August 22, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    Handled like the pro that you are… I have mad respect for you Caz!!! xo

  37. August 22, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    And I love Pineapples!

  38. August 22, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    congratulations on all the awards , very well deserved!!

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