Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been nominated for this award thanks to the wonderful Kristy over at Runaway Bridal Planner.  Kristy is amazing and I’m so glad I discovered her blog last year (2013).

Kristy is not only a Bridal Planner, but she is a runner and avid reader.

She’s aiming to run a marathon in every USA state, and I have no doubt she will smash this goal, even though she is currently on a running hiatus.  Go to her blog to read more though, you won’t be disappointed.

The Rules

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award. 
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me

1. I’m a Photographer

My dad loved taking photos, but it wasn’t until I got into a darkroom in high school that I really fell in love with photography.

There was something magically about processing film and then developing the prints.


I know it sounds cliché but photography really opened up my eyes and made me look at the world in a different way.
I loved photography so much that I went to University and studied it some more.  Back then (1998-2000) it was all film and darkroom.  We did have a module for Photoshop, but the teacher we had was not a teacher but a photographer and I learned nothing from him.

I did a few photography jobs after I graduated, but my area was saturated with photographers, and trying to find a job in the field was few and far between. So my photography was sidelined for many years.

In 2010 I go my first DSLR camera and fell in love with the world of photography again.  This time I learned photoshop.

I still take courses in photoshop because it’s a powerful program and I only know a small fraction of what it’s fully capable of.

You can view my work over at MiCreations.  I specialise in photographing babies and families. That being said I still love my abstract and landscape photography.

2. I love musicals

Modern or the classics, if it’s a musical I will love it.

I’m not too sure how or why I came about to love musicals.  It could be because growing up I loved “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Sound of Music” & “Mary Poppins”.

It could also be because my sister loved musicals too, and it was something that we could happily bond over.

Our high school used to also put on a musical every year.  I remember watching my sister perform in “Dragons” and thought wow that is so amazing.  Dragons were funny and dorky.

The first musical I performed in school was The Wizard of Oz.  I was only a munchkin, but still, I had a ball.

The last musical I starred in was “Bye Bye Birdie”.  Bye, Bye Birdie is loosely based on Elvis Presley going into the army, it’s set in the ’50s, and I played the lead role of “Rosie”.

3. I love to sing

Tom tells me I should sing more often.

I sing when I’m happy, or whenever strike the mood.

He also tells me I’m like ‘Myf’ from Spicks & Specks with my music knowledge.  I’m his own personal Shazam. Yeah, I know a lot of music, from classical to ’80s to modern.

4. I love 80’s movies

They don’t make movies like they use to.

Gone are the days of a decent storyline.  Most movies now rely on flashy special effects.

This is why I’m really enjoying the nostalgia of watching the movies I watched as a kid, Like Vice Versa, Spies like us, Throw Mumma from the train, and Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

Sure some of these movies are dorky, but hey, I loved them then, and I love them now.

And of course, I have to educate my kids about the awesomeness of movies like “The Princess Bride” and “The Goonies”.  What type of mother would I bet if I didn’t show them that?!

5. I love 80’s Music

I grew up in the ’80s so this is kind of a given. However, my dad was also a disk jockey for the local radio station when we were living in Mt Newman.

My appreciation of 80’s music didn’t come until I was an adult though. There is a radio station in Melbourne called Gold FM, where they play ‘classics’.  When I got sick of hearing the same ‘it’ song of the moment I would tune into this channel.  Hearing songs like “Heaven” by Bryan Adam’s or “Electric Blue” by Icehouse brought back memories of me being a kid and just having fun.

Also, it’s safe to say that just like movies, music isn’t made the way it was made in the 80s (or even prior).

Seriously tunes like “Girls just wanna have fun” or “Vogue or even “Power of Love” (Huey Lewis & the News not the Celine Dion version), just rock, and still get played in my household to this day.

Having said that, any music pre-dating 1990 is a win in my book.

6. I love where I live

I grew up in small country towns, and I have fond memories of the places I lived in.

When Kayla was 10 days old, we moved from Melbourne to Stawell.  One of the main reasons we moved was because we were able to buy a house.

I still live in said house, and it may be small but it’s home.

Some people dislike where they live, but I love it here.  Melbourne is only a 3-hour drive away, so it’s not too far to go visit family or old friends.

Added bonus about where I live is the Grampians National Park is only a short drive away and we love exploring there.

Grampians-Turret-Falls7. I don’t like Seafood

Or more it doesn’t like me.

I was never a huge fan of seafood as a kid.  I just didn’t like the taste or texture, but it was the smell I couldn’t handle.

As I grew older and with tastebuds changed you’d think I would grow out of it.  Nope.  I still don’t like seafood, but that’s because now I know it’s because I’m intolerant to it.

For as long as I could remember I could never handle shellfish.  It makes me feel violently ill and makes me look like I’m 6 months pregnant.  Yeah, no fun.

Up until I got pregnant with my second child, I could still eat fish.

With a change of hormones and breastfeeding that all change and now I can’t handle fish either.

While fish is super healthy and is a nutrient-dense food, it’s just something I can’t eat, and the smell, oh my word the smell. Gross.

What about Omega 3 supplements? I hear you say.  Well, no can do, it unless I want major fishy reflux, yeah no thanks.

I will nominate 5 bloggers because I currently am in the process of building up a readership, and I know I wont be able to find 15 (my bad).

So here are my nominations:
Elle – Keep it SimpElle
Carol – Finding-Carol
Jill – Jill Conyers
Angela – Happy Fit Mumma
Jen – Run With Pugs

2022 update:

Dead links removed.

2 thoughts on “Inspiring Blogger Award”

  1. Oh gosh here we go again! haha. All good. Did I even do the last one you gave me??? Yikes! Hey and nothing wrong with 80’s music!!! So says my running playlist “Wake me up before you Go Go”, “We will rock you”, “Flashdance”, “YMCA”, need I say more?

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