Mystery Blogger Award

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Rules:

1: Put the award logo/image on your blog

2: List the rules

3: Thank whomever nominated you and provide a link as well

4: Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

5: Tell your readers three things about yourself.

6: Nominate other bloggers.

7: notify the nominees by commenting on their blog.

8: ask your nominees any five questions of your choice with one weird or funny question.

9: Share a link to your best post


 

I was tagged in this post by AToughTimeToBeHonest and I for one am grateful for the tag – I love these posts and I think they are amazing ways to learn something about everyone.

And literally a day after being tagged in this, Lana and Ryan from The Cole Camp Fire tagged me too so now I am thanking them and answering more questions set upon me.

Both blogs are amazing and ran by supportive people who has so much passion that they are a credit to the blogging community and their work – go follow, support and share.

The Award strikes again and I was also tagged in LizzumsLivesLife which if you don’t follow you should, she is amazing!

I wont lie I just copied this line from the tagged post because I wouldn’t know where to find the creator – But here we go the creator of the Mystery Blogger Award is Okoto Enigma check out her lifestyle and travel blog here.


Now a chance to shine – three things you might not know about me.

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  1. When I was younger, say 7 or 8 I got lost in Matalan, I was too busy running around and darting through the racks that I lost my family. On reflection it was very Blair
    Witch. Just manically running in circles.
  2. I am a sucker for fancy dress – I LOVE IT. I don’t go half hearted. It’s all or nothing. Over time I have donned many faces (maybe I should right a post about it) but this is by far one of my favourite costumes.
  3.  And the final thing about me – as much as I find the wildlife and scenery beautiful, I am scared of the Ocean, the depths and what lurks down there. I would much prefer to be stuck in Space than at the bottom of the Ocean. Have you seen some of the critters that live down there?

 

Now looking at the rules I think there is something missing, or I have made a mistake. But it’s time to continue. . . or make it up as I go along. Going forward I want people to do the three facts and then answer the set questions.


The Questions

From AToughTimeToBeHonest

  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years. – Family Man. Married with a Child in a nice house with a dog – I can’t wait for the dog!
  2. Favourite drink, alcoholic or not? – Can’t beat a lovely Cuppa Tea or a Gin 😉
  3. Should Pluto be recognised as a planet? – Probably not, he’s a dog! Real answer, Yes I do. My GF’s sister was learning the planets the other week and it occurred to me they have it easier now as when I was learning their was one more. Bring it back!
  4. Android or Apple? – Android for Phone, Apple for Computer. 
  5. Post the funniest photo you can of yourself which reminds you of a time you had fun. – Get a load of this! (Pete, Me, Mole & Tom) This was taken at Mole’s Stag do that his now Step Son and my best friend Tom organised. It was such a messy night but so many good memories.263472_195546863830830_3545073_n

The Questions

From The Cole Camp Fire

  1. Do you have pets? Tell me about your pets. – We have a cat at our house which is my GF’s sister but when she moved out she couldn’t take the cat. I am not a fan of the cat! The Cat is the bane of my home life. I can’t wait to move into a house and get a dog. I don’t like Cat’s think they are superior and think they deserve everything – where a dog is loyal and respectful.
  2. If you’re the star of a reality show, what would it be about? – I would say it would be about my life – maybe a video form of my blog. Showcasing me growing up dealing with adult life, planning the next steps and becoming a success.
  3. What is the book you are currently reading? – I am not a big reader, which I will admit I don’t like and wish I could read more. Currently I am reading David Jason’s Only Fools and Stories.
  4. Share with me something we don’t know about you? – Oh golly I am constantly being asked this now days I don’t know what you do and don’t know. Ok I once broke my arm playing basketball, clean snap and had to don a sexy orange cast while it healed.
  5. Michael Jordan or Lebron James? – Being a brit I am not big on Basketball and so would have to pick Michael Jordan on his merit for the Space Jam Movie.

The Questions

From LizzumsLivesLife 

  1. Have you ever broken a bone? – Yes, my arm while playing Basketball in High School
  2. When was the last time you went on a stay-cation/overnight trip? – Well I just got back off a real holiday so . . . but last overnight trip was probably visiting my dad a few weeks back – or if that doesn’t count. We went to London last year for a show and weekend away which was cute.
  3. What did you want to grow up to become when you were a child? – A had several jobs on the list when I was young; An Artist, Chef, Fireman.
  4. What is your current music obsession? – George Ezra is my jam at the moment, I am loving his new album and in particular ‘Paradise’
  5. Do you generally prefer the book or it’s movie adaption? – As a film geek I much prefer the films, but then I will go back and read the book. The occasions I have thought. Book wins in recent years is Jo Nesbo’s – The Snowman. I couldn’t put the book down and then the film came out I was so excited . . . only to be let down but a pile of steamy rubbish.

 


Nominations!

This is a bit I don’t like about these, because one I have to pick people and I want to tag you all and I also need to remember who I am tagging so I can tweet it out. But here we go.

  1. Megs – Blog: Respirare – Twitter: @RespirareXO
  2. Kimi –  Blog: LoveMamaMop – Twitter: @Lovemamamop
  3. Leann – Blog: ArthritisFighter – Twitter: @LeannKelly27
  4. Laura – Blog: DirectlyLaura – Twitter: @DirectlyLaura
  5. Janita – Blog: TylerBelle – Twitter: @TylerBelle2
  6. Sarah – Blog: UnexploredBoundaries – Twitter: @SarahDanne
  7. Matt – Blog: MattViews – Twitter: @MattViews1
  8. Laura – Blog: LauraJacquesAINH – Twitter: @Laura_AIMH
  9. Paul – Blog: BrutalHonestyBlogger – Twitter: @PaulMcG1994
  10. Bryony – Blog: BryonyPerfectlyImperfect – Twitter: @BryonyAshaw

Now it is my turn to ask the questions . . . are you all ready? Good Luck!

The Questions.

  1. If you could introduce a new law into the world what would it be?
  2. If you could have any job in the world what would you do?
  3. What is your favourite mythical creature or monster?
  4. With no warning the world turns into a Wasteland and the three items in front of you will help you survive – what are they and how do you fancy your chances?
  5. What do you fear most?

 


Let me take this chance to thank you all so much, for your constant support and for reading and even enjoying my ramblings on here and on Twitter – you all make this so worth it, so welcoming and so so supportive. It’s one of the best communities I have ever known let along been a part of.

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Now go, take this post, share it, comment and just enjoy it. It’s such a pleasure and you guys make it all worth it.

Peace! x

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

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Happy Friday Boys and Girls. We’ve made it – the weekend is nearly here. I am going out tomorrow night for the first time since Christmas to celebrate my friends “Baby Daddy Shower” because why can’t men celebrate the joyous occasion as well.

I have to thank Paolo for nominating me – check his blog out HERE, his work and content is amazingly put together, such a good read and also just really nice guy who is mega supportive.


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THE BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD

So this award is basically an award made by bloggers for bloggers.  These awards are not so much awards in the traditional sense but rather a fun way to show other bloggers support and appreciation.  It’s also a nice way to get to know a bit more about some of the bloggers out there.  That being said here are the rules for this award:

  1. You have to write a blog post thanking the person that nominated you.
  2. Explain your story on how and why you started blogging.
  3. Share two general pieces of advice to other bloggers.
  4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers and let them know you’ve nominated them too.

Let’s get right to it then.


Why Am I Here!

The reason I got into blogging was, I wanted to make a parenting fatherhood blog, a place to document and writing about the trails of being a Daddy! But as we are currently not on the children conversation level that is a long way off – but I still wanted to start a blog. So I decided to change it from Parenthood to Adulthood – showcasing my life becoming an adult, dealing with bills and banks and buying new bedding.

Which is where we are now! Hello.


Blogging Advice

  1. Don’t be afraid to laugh or potentially be laughed at – this isn’t as mean as it might sound. I’m at a point in my life where I just generally don’t care what people think about things I say or do. When I was younger I used to constantly rack my mind with alternate situations where – “If I do this, those people will laugh” scenarios and that can be damaging to a personality and someone’s confidence I think. So I got out of that habit, but I still see it a lot today – people who are worried about what other people will think about them. This isn’t a good thing – which leads to my advice. Whatever you do, do it for the right reasons that you believe in. Don’t worry about what someone will say – there is 100’s of 1000’s of people in this world, at least one person will disagree or find a way to take offense and then will try to bring you down. Ignore that. Stay smiling. Do it for you! Not for them.

  2. Tweet till you can’t tweet no more – I have found Twitter to be the best platform to promote  my blog and to meet new friends and other bloggers. Interact with people, even if it starts as a little “Well Done” or “I do that too :)” it’s a start and gives you an in to start making friends with and contacts. These people will become your online community, friends and family. They are the best bunch of misfits, randomers and beautiful supportive people you could ever find. Trust me!

 

Now it’s time for the Nominations: The tough part because I have to find their addresses for each for each blog. . . . but that’s worth it. Check all of these out and I can’t wait to read your replies.

  1. Kerry – Kerrylifeandloves.com
  2. Alex – Alexandrarees.blog
  3. Anthony – DadaAndMonkey.co.uk
  4. Dave – TheYorkshireDad.com
  5. Milli – Milliberman.com
  6. Alex – YoungMummaLooks
  7. MJ – Mjw.wales
  8. Kelly – TheYorkshireFitGal.wordpress.com
  9. Jess – JessEatsAndTravels.com
  10. Abi – RamblingsOfABlonde.co.uk
  11. Lauren – BournemouthGirl.wordpress.com
  12. Jacob – Stylerblogs.weebly.com
  13. Claire – ThatMummaRocks.com
  14. Steph –DiaryofaBoringSoberBitch.com
  15. David – DadVWorld.com

Redecorations & Sexy Smart Canvas Art

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Over the past week me and GF have found out our lodger is moving out which means its time to redecorate the spare room. A fresh lick of paint, a new lampshade – heck maybe even some new curtains. Yes this is where life is at right now.

Adulthood at its finest.

So ideas came flooding in. Some were accepted and some were thrown straight in the bin (mostly my ideas were binned) but I stood strong and finally won one.

It’s the little victories in a relationship that you have to cherish.

This came at a good time because I had been approached to do a collab with Photowall. A Sweden canvas and artwork company. The lovely Jenn got in touch and struck up a deal. She proposed she’d send me a print if I review and promote it.

I was honoured. Little old me being asked to do this. It’s the start of a beautiful friendship.

So with the new room decorations in mind, me and the GF picked a print that would suit and look smart. I put my order in and within days a package was at my door.

Inside was the print rolled up and nicely protected. A bag of screws, a wall hook and some corner braces. Along with a single page of instructions on how to assemble the canvas – it was so easy, I put the canvas together in about 20 minutes.

They have several options for prints. Framed. Non framed and self build. It was honestly the easiest thing ever. The wood has double-sided tape on already – all you have to do it peel and place. Once all the frame lengths are down you fold them over and bolt them together. No tools were needed it’s that simple.

Just like that it was built and ready to be hung on the wall. I can not fault Photowall for the superb service and amazing quality of print they sent out. They also have a really smart Casablanca canvas that I might have to order next.

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Now we just need to wait for the decoration to be done to hang this canvas. But I would buy from Photowall again. The selection they offer, the service and quality are all top-notch.

If you fancy one of their amazing canvases – take this discount code for 20% off and get yourself one today.

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This code is live until 10th March. If you use it let me know what print you picked. Just cause I’m nosey and curious as there is so many good ones to pick from.

Once again – Thank you Photowall – you guys are awesome and as always thanks to you my beautiful readers who make things like this possible.

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My Name, Your Name, Who’s Name?

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In the modern world we live in getting married or taking other people’s names is becoming more complex and different.

Traditionally it would have been the wife who takes the husband’s surname as they join into his family. But as time has moved forward there are more cases now days where either; No name change is taken, the wife’s name is taken, a double barrel name appears, a hybrid of both names comes out or the even newer approach happens – a whole new name is produced.

The reason this post came about is that a few of us got chatting about it at work. Who would take whose name. It’s also a conversation me and the GF have quite a lot. So I just wanted to know what everyone thought about this subject – I took it to twitter and got some very interesting points back.

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Overall everyone said as long as the marriage works than it doesn’t matter what the surname is. Which lead into the topic of regardless of surname it’s the children involved that matter most.

Which made me think about the flip side of this topic. When families break down and it becomes a mixing pot of surnames all under one banner – as long as everyone involved is happy and wanting to be there it shouldn’t matter what you are called.


But more about taking which name, I think in this modern age that the traditional sense of taking the Husbands name because he was the patriarch and the head of the family is long gone. What with equal rights and even the legalisation of homosexual marriages coming into an effect the rules of the game has changed.

I know people who got married but still have their original family names because they are both lawyers and I understand that. They have made a name for themselves as this person and to take another name could lose worth in their career as their identity has changed.

Sadly though I have seen equality turn people into stubborn unreasonable people, I know a person who flat-out hands down will not consider or entertain the fact of changing their name. Which as much as I believe if you don’t want to that is ok, I think you have to be open enough to have a conversation about it, rather than stubbornly not respecting the partner enough to even have a conversation.


I took my husband’s name. I don’t know, personally my own surname wasn’t that important to me. It’s a name lol. I wanted to have to same name as my husband, it feels like a symbol of unity I guess. – @SimplyySplendid (Twitter)


Personally I wouldn’t want to take my GF’s surname. Not because I am not open to the option. But because I think mine is better. Which sounds arrogant I know. But this is also why I like the idea of merging names or even creating a whole new name all together. To make something more personal and fair – but on the flip side of that I also think I should keep my name as I am the last and only Male in my family and if I want that name to continue I need to be the one to carry it on.


Personally I’d take my future husbands surname bc I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to it, but I don’t think it really matters. – @AllLadyA (Twitter)


It was pointed out to me that something else to be taken into consideration is all the paperwork you will have to change and update – Passport, Driving Licence, Bills, Work Profile. It’s a costly and time-consuming task regardless of which name you end up with and that I can see as a reason not to change the name.

It wouldn’t be impossible to get a hyphenated name now, but it’s a bit of a chore changing it with everything. And also now I’ve since had a child, I wouldn’t like not having the same name as him… – @Jakijellz (Twitter)

Overall there is not a right or wrong answer to this situation we will ultimately put ourselves into and from the feedback and responses I have received about this topic the answers are different but overall the main thing that shines through is people’s love for their family and children – it doesn’t matter who has what name, it’s the idea of the happy family that wins.

I also want to thank everyone for the feedback and responses I received while writing this.

Once again you guys are awesome and as for me – I think it’s something me and GF will have to discuss nearer the time . . . which isn’t anytime soon (just so we are all clear)

Peace!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Good Morning World, it’s a bright new sunny day.

I love being nominated for these Awards, they are a great way to meet and learn about new people and bloggers in the world.

Thank you Anniens for tagging me. People check out her blog just HERE, she is fun and a very talented blogger.


RqtEs1516087987Here we go:

1. What was your last dream? I dreamt the other day that a group of us were cleaning in an old rundown house, searching through the trinkets and piles of stuff, when two old ladies from the house next door warned us of the previous owner. Then the rest of the dream was spent noticing this figure lurking in different corners of the place – turned creepy right. Oh and the taps in the sink didn’t work.

2. Who’s your inspiration? Of recent I would have to say Maud, Hayley and Bexa

3. What was the first blog you ever read? (if you remember) I am not sure, in my newest blog attempt I would have to say it was probably Saph – she is such an inspiration and deserves all the praise she gets.

4. If you remember, then about what was your first blog post? My first ever blog was a film review blog that unbeknown to me, got disabled due to lack of use. Good times.

5. Is there something you were afraid of, but aren’t anymore? Commitment – being tied to one location through work, relationships or family. The only Direct Debit I would have tied to my bank was a phone bill. I just liked the idea of being able to get up and go at any point without having to cut ties.

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where it would be? I’d live in New York City – such an amazing city!

7. What was the last movie you watched? This Is England – such a harrowing movie covering topics that are still as apparent today as they were back then.

8. Winter or summer and why? (This answer changes every few months) Summer, for the long days, the road trips with the music up and window down and the happiness the sun brings.

9. If you could change one thing in the world what it would be and why?” I should probably use this question to answer with a world benefiting solution. Solve World Hunger, Cure Disease or Remove Trump from Office. But I have to be honest and selfish this time – If I could change one thing in this world it would be my financial status, it’s a constant source of worry and grief for me and if that changed not only my personal and professional life would be different but I also feel my mental health would be a bit more solid as a result.
10.If you could start your blogging journey all over again what would you do differently? I would dedicate more time to it, something I am trying to learn to do now. But time and focus is the main thing to get this off the ground – I am getting there slowly.

11.What’s your favourite song for the moment? I’ve gone through a bit of an Irish Folk section in music of resent and my favourite song is: Whiskey in the Jar by the Dubliners. Which can be found just HERE.


My Questions For You:

  1. You wake up on a desert island – what three things would you take with you?
  2. Who would you have play you in a movie?
  3. What was the last Text you sent? (Full text, out of context and unedited)
  4. You know the world is about to end tonight, how would you spend your final day?
  5. What is your biggest fear?
  6. What makes you overwhelmed with happiness?
  7. You are tasked with saving the world, your partner is a character from the last thing you watched – who is helping you and will it be successful?
  8. In the recent light of hate towards FRIENDS – what are your feelings on the show?
  9. What would your dream car be?
  10. Where do you see yourself by Christmas?
  11. Why is there 11 questions?

 

And the nominations are:

 

Thank you all for reading, you are just one big bunch of beautiful people.

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