Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Sunshine Award

Walking in the sunshine with the geese and their family in York

I feel so honoured to have been nominated for The Sunshine Award by my new friend Lauren of Empowered Sustenance. This is how Lauren describes herself
"I am a Real Food advocate. I am a dancer. I am a Pinterest addict. I am eager to heal myself and others through holistic nutrition."
We definitely have a few things in common Lauren! Lauren has only recently started her blog but already it's proving to be a great resource for followers of gluten-free, Specific Carbohydrate and GAPS diets and anyone who is interested in wholesome food and holistic nutrition. Thank you so much for the award Lauren, so very, very sweet of you!



"The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”  The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer 10 questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!"


Here are the questions attached to the Sunshine Award and my answers:
1. Favorite Colour: blue..but people may think it's black...
2. Favorite Animal: all, except perhaps crocodiles, but I love my cat Tilly the most.
3. Favorite Number: it used to be 7 but I haven't thought about it much recently.
4. Favorite Drink: at the moment it's raspberry and apple juice though I still enjoy a coffee.
5. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook, without a doubt...
6. Good Movie or Good Book: movie, there's nothing we like better than to curl up on the sofa and watch a good movie. My favourite is "Notting Hill".
7. My passion: this is simple - my family but they may say it's my blog now!
8. Giving or Getting presents: giving...
9. Favorite Day of the Year: Christmas Day especially when we're all together.
10. Favorite Flower: daffodils, they symbolise the beginning of Spring and warmer weather to come and they're so pretty!




This was a very difficult task and took a while to think about. Of the long list of people I might have chosen, some have recently received the award so that made my choices a little easier. I'd like to pass on the Sunshine Award to all the bloggers I've come across, they are all terrific but I've narrowed it down to these 10 (in no particular order!) :
  1. Laura of Gluten Free Pantry - Laura is such a sweetheart! A wonderful gluten-free cook, Laura has studied nutrition and holistic medicine for many years and we both have an interest in the huge benefits to be gained from cooking and healing with herbs and spices. Her creative cooking skills make this site a fantastic resource for anyone following a gluten free diet.
  2. Ella of Lifeologia -  what can I say about this very special person...an inspiration to all of us and her beautiful spirit shines through in her amazing photographs and her love for life. Please visit her site, you won't regret it!
  3. Richa of Hobby and More - Richa is such an inspiration, her creative and tasty vegan food is to die for and she often posts recipes which are also gluten free. She regularly posts new recipes and never seems to run out of ideas and since I am a huge fan of Indian food, I adore her food blog. Richa is also passionate about animals, raises awareness of animal cruelty and supports animal sanctuaries and rescues. Keep up the great work Richa!
  4. Alea of Premeditated Leftovers - Alea has been such an amazing support for me since I started my blog and her website is full to the brim with recipes and amazing tips. Alea has a keen sense of humour and quite often her facebook posts have me rolling on the floor in stitches! 
  5. Valerie of City Life Eats - Valerie's blog was also one of the first I discovered about the time she was writing her fascinating lunchbox posts. Valerie has found time in her very busy schedule to share the most amazing recipes and articles about her other passions in life. Thank you for inspiring me Valerie!
  6. April of The 21st Century Housewife - April has also been a huge support over the past year and she's such a sweet natured person. I'm fascinated by the cakes she creates and she has a huge love for fashion. April also writes tips and advice on travel. Thank you for spreading the love April!
  7. Raj and Sonia of Flip Cook Book - Raj and Sonia are authors of one of the first SCD websites I discovered and I have fallen in love with their creative vegetarian and gluten-free food. I feel I have known both of them for years now, and I love their Sunday recipe carnival, Sugar Free Sunday, you must visit it!
  8. Kalinda of Wheat Free Meat Free - Kalinda (and Mike) shares a selection of gluten-free, vegetarian recipes each week and she is particularly special because she isn't a vegetarian nor does she have to follow a gluten-free diet she does all of this for Mike who has Celiac Disease. This is another site which I found when I first started my blog and one which I've loved to regularly visit. Thank you for your dedication Kalinda!
  9. Jadah of Relish SCD - Jadah posts recipes suitable for the SCD and gluten free diets and she also updates about her progress and writes reviews on SCD legal food and related topics. I am so pleased that she has made progress on the diet this most definitely will inspire others to continue, good luck for the future Jadah!
  10. and finally last but certainly not least, Shirley of GFE Gluten Free Easily - Shirley has probably received hundreds of these awards but I'm nominating her today because she fits the description of the award 100 per cent and I adore her informative blog and the incredibly interesting articles she writes, not forgetting the awesome recipes there! Shirley works tirelessly for the gluten free community both at home and on-line and her Virtual Gluten-Free Support Group is an amazing resource for all!
I hope you will go and visit at least some of these blogs! 

17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the award Vicky! I am truly honored. crocodile.. hmm.:) i think creepy insects fall in the same category for me. :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Haha! I can cope with the British creepy crawlies! Except perhaps for wasps and bees or anything else that buzzes!

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  2. Thank you! I am honored to be included with so many wonderful bloggers!

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    1. You are most welcome and deserving Alea, thank you for all your help and support x

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  3. Thank you so much Vicky-what a wonderful honor! I am looking forward to checking out some of the other sites you mentioned. I love Notting Hill. I can't wait to travel to England in the *near* future! Hugs to you sweet friend!

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    1. Thank you Laura for your inspiring posts!

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  4. I had so much fun reading your answers Vicky! I don't care for crocodiles, either, probably because the one from the movie Peter Pan gave me nightmares when I was little :-) I love Notting Hill, too! I am looking forward to exploring the blogs that you've listed!

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    1. Hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do Lauren! And I remember the crocodile in Peter Pan,it is quite scary!

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  5. Vicky, first, congratulations! You definitely deserve this award! Second, I love that photo with the geese! We have geese here on our lake and also at our mtn/river property. Watching them, especially with their little ones (we love to see them shoot the rapids!), is great fun. Third, I loved learning a little more about you in your answers. Last, but not least (as you said), thanks so much for the award, dear! I'm so honored to be included and treasure your lovely words. :-)

    xo,
    Shirley

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    1. Thank you Shirley and you are most welcome!

      There were a lot of geese out on the waterfront that day and this family just chose to walk along with us! I'd love to see them shoot the rapids though, such fun!

      Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  6. Thank you so much for this lovely award, Vicky, and for your very kind words! I feel really honoured, and I'm so touched by what you wrote. It's such a pleasure to be mentioned alongside such great blogging company as well!

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    1. It was my pleasure April, and you are most deserving of it x

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  7. Vicky I always read your posts in a British accent and you putting down Notting hill confirmed that you are so English! Hehe. Thanks you so much for the nomination! Keep up the good work on your own blog!

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  8. congrats on your award! Your blog is definitely a dose of sunshine:) And i love daffodils too!

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    1. Thank you..and congrats to you too Caralyn!

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  9. This is such a wonderful list of blogs. I have bookmarked the link. Checked few and they are wonderful.. Thanks for this wonderful list of blogs

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    1. You are most welcome, thank you for commenting!

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