Blogmas Day 10 – Christmas Blog Tag

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Struggling to think of what to do for the final few days of Blogmas, I stumbled across Nicole’s Blogmas Tag and fell in love. Check hers out over HERE. Now let’s get in the festive spirit and make some magic.

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1. What is your favourite Christmas film?

Die Hard! But I love so many – as you can see from the previous post.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

I want to say yes, when I was younger. But I can’t recall it properly. Now days it’s more likely to see a White Easter in England.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

The past few years I have spent it with the GF’s family, as she has young sisters who still have that youthful magical look at Christmas

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. Proper Drunk Christmas Sing-A-Long Song

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No, I always wanted to as excitement would kick as a kid. But it never happened and now it’s not a tradition I am on board with.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Ho Ho Ho what a challenge – No Googling. Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Donna, Blitzen, Vixen, Cupid, Comet.

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

The Office Christmas Party! Lazy Sundays in PJ’s watching Christmas Films, a festive beer on Christmas Eve and tasty meal with the loved ones on Christmas Day. . . . oh and the traditional Christmas Day Nap in the afternoon.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake, I do love a real tree, but I do not love the maintenance, cleaning and upkeep that comes with them.

9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?

Oooh tough one. Sweet I would say Festive Friends – which are basically mini chocolate digestive biscuit bites. Savoury I would have to say Pigs in Blankets.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

I love to give! I can usually nail gifts for people – going down the meaningful route. Care Packages are my forte, so easy to put together but can be incredibly meaningful. Though I do like getting gifts I struggle with facial expressions and so even if I love the gift and have wanted it for ages I still sometimes pull a “Meh, unamused” face. Which is not intentional at all.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

In my teens I got a Drum Kit. Which was AWESOME!

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I would love to do New York at Christmas. I love the city but can imagine at Christmas it’s just the best place ever.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

Back in my day I was known for expertly wrapping several gifts, including a 4 pack of beer while in a passenger seat of a car speeding down some country lanes. I am a pro wrapper.

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?

I think either, a surprise Birthday trip to London and Winter Wonderland last year. Or a few years back going out on Christmas Eve and getting so drunk while doing karaoke in the sleepy little village I grew up in.

15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?

The truth? That there is a jolly old fat man in the North Pole bringing joy to people every year. That’s what you mean right.

16. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I usually make one or two and most times fail them. I also trying to make challenges to learn something within the year.

17. What makes the holidays special for you?

The whole thing. The music, the films, the clothing, the food, the love, the traditions. I just love Christmas!


Well there you have my answers to the tag! Did you enjoy reading?

I tag you ALL in this. As soon as you have read it, I want you to post a reply.

Link yours down below so we can all learn about each other!

Merry Christmas you beautiful bunch of people.

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Blogger Recognition Award

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Welcome one and all to the marvelous mysterious Blogger Recognition Award. Today I have to thank Laura from Purlls of Wisdom who has tagged me in this, to see her award click HERE. Laura I want to thank you so much for thinking of me, saying those kind words and for being all round AWESOME! You are doing such a great job and to see you grow and build in the community is amazing.

And I strongly recommend everyone who does follow her to go off and do so . . .NOW!


Right let’s get down to brass tax on this one. Here is the copied and pasted jargon. The T&C’s as it were. We all know them, but we have to show we know, you know!

So what exactly is the Blogger Recognition Award?

It’s an award given by other bloggers that think your blog is going places. That, or they think you deserve the recognition. We’re all here to help each other, and bring something new to the table.

Like many of these blogging awards, there are rules; these particular rules, while not-concrete, must be followed to claim the Blogger Recognition Award.


The rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post responding to the nomination.
  • Give a short story on how you started your blog.
  • Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them. And provide them with a link to the post you created.

The Origin part to my Superhero Story.

I originally decided to get into blog because I wanted to set up a parenting blog, do something creative and help represent the male side of the population. This was all forward thinking as the children conversation hadn’t been discussed with the GF. But I got so excited with what the blog could be that I decided to change it to a documentary of my life so I could build a platform and then when I shift into the parenting world I will be ready. And now I am – because you are all amazing people who read this.


Advice Time for New Bloggers.

  • One: Stay Strong and Sassy! There will be moments you think, this isn’t working, no one is reading this, does that even make sense. Forget all of these thoughts. Blogging isn’t about the numbers and the followers. It’s about YOU! This is a place for you to be who you want and do what you want! There will always be someone who doesn’t like what you say, your thoughts or opinions. But for that one person there will be 10 people praising you. They are good odds.

 

  • Two: Interact. Don’t be shy. Introduce yourself to people or just comment on something you see. The best friendships come from the smallest step. Half the people I consider amazing blogging pals I can’t tell you how we got talking. But it would have been a small like, or a shared passion and it just blossoms.

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Nominations.

As you might know from other posts this is the bit I don’t like in these awards. Because I need to pick a few from the bunch and then also remember all their twitter handles so I can tag them later. But here we go.

Obviously goes without saying. Follow all the below. Trust me.

  1. Megs – Blog: Respirare – Twitter: @RespirareXO
  2. Leann – Blog: ArthritisFighter – Twitter: @lifewithcaleb_x
  3. Laura – Blog: DirectlyLaura – Twitter: @DirectlyLaura
  4. Janita – Blog: TylerBelle – Twitter: @TylerBelle2
  5. Sarah – Blog: UnexploredBoundaries – Twitter: @SarahDanne
  6. Matt – Blog: MattViews – Twitter: @MattViews1
  7. Laura – Blog: LauraJacquesAINH – Twitter: @Laura_AIMH
  8. Paul – Blog: BrutalHonestyBlogger – Twitter: @PaulMcG1994
  9. Bryony – Blog: BryonyPerfectlyImperfect – Twitter: @BryonyAshaw
  10. Annie – Blog: The Next Avenger – Twitter: @MissAnnieLarkin
  11. Alix – Blog: All Lady A – Twitter: @AllLadyA
  12. Ellie – Blog: The Diary of Ellie – Twitter: @TheDiaryofEllie
  13. Megara – Blog: Mystic Mogwai – Twitter: @Megzmoz
  14. Christina – Blog: Navigation To Happiness – Twitter: @Navig8happiness
  15. Michael – Blog: MNeale Writing – Twitter: @_MNeale

 

Thank you for the tag and for reading my ramblings.

Much Love!

Flawesome Award

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The Beginning

My first thought when getting the notification that the lovely Liz from Kentucky was “ooh tagged – she is a gem” then I opened the link. “Flawesome Award? What the fudge is this . . . I like it”. I’ve never heard of it but I love these kind of posts and I am so thankful for the tag. If you don’t know Elizabeth go and check her out, she is funny, insightful, informative and has a tiny obsession with Ryan “Hot Stuff” Reynolds . . . who knows why!

She can be found Here, Here and Here. Blog. Instagram. Twitter.


About the Flawesome Award:

Created by Sophia Ismaa, the objective of the Flawesome Award is to celebrate the flaws that make us awesome. With this award, we are reminded that our flaws are unique things that can give us strength, and make us awesome. Sophia said: “Our flaws make us human, our flaws tell us more about who we are, and in turn we turn those flaws into awesome strengths. In short, our flaws make us #flawesome.”


Rules of the Flawesome Award:

Link back to the creator – Sophia Ismaa Writes

Display the award

List 3 flaws and turn it into a strength

Tag 10 other people


My Flaws.

I am going to struggle with this post I think, not because I think I am perfect and flawless – because I don’t. More because I struggle to highlight flaws in myself as I always try to turn even the negative things into positive. Which is the aspect of this post so I guess I just need to suck it up and start my usual ramblings.

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Flaw 1.

Struggles with being impatient.

IMG_0204I have always been a fantasist. Dreaming of a better life, job, dream. Thinking – when I do this it will mean I can do this, this and that. Which would be awesome. But sadly my life hasn’t gone like that. I become very impatient to want to have that end goal NOW and skip the years of slog it will cost and cause me to get there. But with this is mind I have been able to look at this, process and make smaller targets to build to the bigger picture. Rather than jumping straight for the end goal and getting disheartened when I fail. Instead I can go step by step and build mini victories.


Flaw 2.

Being in Control.

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I have a tendency to be in control, as much as I don’t worry or panic about anything. I still like to know what is going on and the gossip or info. It’s not a great thing because obviously because as soon as I am out of the loop or not able to get the information or knowledge I need I get filled with anxiety and worry that I am going to miss out or not know the answer. But on the flip side what makes the FLAWESOME is that fact I am very observant and always listening. (I’d make a great Spy). Which means even if I am not involved I am gather info. You know upon reading that back it sounds very shifty. Honestly I am a good guy!

 


Flaw 3.

Caring & Kind.

IMG_20180315_153049_455.jpgWait what? How is that a flaw? You are right is it a flaw? Well in my case I think it can be. I care too much, I want everyone to be happy – even if that means putting my happiness at risk to allow someone else to be happy – I will do that. I always have. It is something I need to work on, everyone deserves to be happy – even me. Not to say I am not, it boils down to priorities doesn’t it. Looking after number one while also caring and spreading love to others.

 


My Nominees for the Flawesome Award:


Enjoy & Good Luck.

I can’t wait to read all your posts!

10 Unusual Things About Me

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So here we are, back again – trying to get an understanding of who I really am? I mean come on guys don’t you know enough already – well Nicola from Nic’s Healthy Life thinks not and so has tagged me in something fun. “Ten Unusual Things About Me” check out her post just HERE and find her on social media – she’s a hoot. – TwitterBlog

So here we go. Firstly let me start by saying 10 is a big number, this is tough. So I am sorry if some of the later ones down the list are just silly.

  1. I put milk in first when making tea. (It’s the British way. Milk cools the china so stop it cracking)
  2. I used to be a Vegetarian – Not sure why or how this came about. Just I remember a period of claiming it. Until I ate a burger at our Year Six School leavers Party. #Wild
  3. I’m allergic to Orange Juice – Awkwardly went on a first date once, she was drinking OJ all night. Then we got to a point where we discussed allergies. We laugh about it now.
  4. I love a challenge! Regardless of what is it – I will try my best to complete it. But I am also wise enough to admit defeat at times.
  5. I am not a fan of Horror films – but I like Supernatural spooky stuff. I think the films thing is because there isn’t really a good Horror now days. Over the top blood fests are just not scary.
  6. I love the era of 1910’s 1920’s Gangsters – the Italian, Irish Mafia Bootleggers. I’d love to experience a week in the life. Maybe I should work on time travel.
  7. I love Christmas – Not much of a hidden fact. But I am running short of ideas and as the season rolls around I felt you should know. I LOVE IT!
  8. As much as I am a film fanatic – I have never seen Titanic.
  9. My favourite number is “19” – can’t tell you why as I don’t know.
  10. I am a big believe in anything and everything unexplainable, creepy, or conspiracy based. JFK Assassination – Magic Bullet hmmm, Zeus and the God, Creepy haunting stuff, Aliens. All of it interests me and I have opinions on all.

Wow I did it. Ten. Go me – what do you think? Happy? Feel like you know me better?

Now to the bit I don’t like with these . . . tagging people. I love to share but this bit is time-consuming and hard to whittle it down to only a handful of awesome people. But here goes I want to know more about; Gemma, Megan, Jay, Soph, Erika, Zara, Katy, Lucy, Anne, Clem.

Team, your challenge is to share 10 unknown facts about yourself so we can get to know you better.

Enjoy!

 

Getting Older and Dealing with Taste.

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This post isn’t about taste as in style and decor – I mean come on, I have exceptional taste . . . much to my to GF’s disagreement. But this is more about taste buds and food. Exploring how we change as we get older.

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This topic spurred from a conversation we had a work the other day, where I explained how the Salad Bar at Harvester isn’t as good as the Salad Bar at Pizza Hut – I mean what a boring adult conversation, I didn’t think I would ever get to a point in my life where I would be comparing Salad Bars but I am. I went on to explain how my dislike for Harvesters SB came from the anarchy I always witness when I am there, seeing the onions breaking loose in the pepper tray, the sauce trail contaminating everything in it’s path or the amount of watery residue that gathers in every other bowl.

Now I know this is more than likely down to the customers, we are inherently lazy and careless when it comes to spooning pasta into our bowls, because if a mess is made – it’s not our house, it’s not our place to clean up always bubbles to the surface and the state of the SB that I hate is made.

Not saying I am a saint, I’ve been known to leave my tray on a table in McDonald’s instead of putting it in the bin because and I quote: “They have Front of House floor staff to clean the tables” – plus I like to think if they come and clear my tray (which I will leave neatly packed and ready to go) they will clean and wipe down the table. If I do the tray myself what is to say they wont clean the table.

Silly I know and you are probably thinking – What a tool. But I like to think there is logic in there somewhere.

Anyway back to the point in hand. I have noticed that as I get older my food tastes and appetite has changed. But it’s the little changes that you think wouldn’t make a difference until they do. Spice being the biggest one – back in my youth I used to be able to handle the heat as it were. A spicy curry – bring it on, jalapeno poppers – easy, ASDA fresh based “American Sizzler” pizza – we’ll have two of them – and my god they had some kick to them bad boys.

But now-a-days I just can’t do it, it’s not so much the taste I can’t handle – it’s more of the aftermath, the moment I begin to turn a lovely shade of rouge and a battle is on between my forehead and nose on who can produce the most moisture. I am not about that life anymore, about putting myself through that kind of pain and humiliation – and for what? I am not a fan of the bathroom antics the next day either, but the less about that the better.

I do miss that tasty American Sizzler pizza though, it reminds me of being at college, heading to my friend’s house after class and watching a tonne of films or playing play station while indulging in some tasty pizza. (This picture is from that time, forgive the filters, a younger me was new to Instagram and excited to test it all out)

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So I guess what I have learnt in this baffling game of life and growing up is that taste buds changes and maturity takes over. But that is a good thing, it means something you might not have liked 10 years ago now tastes amazing – or that drink you couldn’t stand back in the day, well now it isn’t half bad. It just means keep trying new and old things. One day you might be surprised.

It’s been a pleasure as always guys and I would love to know what you used to love but can’t stand now days.

Ciao Bello!

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