Sunshine Blogger Award

I was kindly nominated by the lovely Gemma on Saturday for the sunshine blogger award. You can read her original post here.

So Gemma has asked me to answer some questions and nominate other bloggers for the award so here we go..

  1. What is the best thing about blogging?

There isn’t just one thing! I love that it’s a creative space for me to share my thoughts and opinions with others.

I love how supportive and encouraging the blogging community is.  I also really enjoy reading and interacting with other people’s blogs and learning something new every single day!

2. What is the one blog post/feature that you are most proud of?

This is tough! I think the one I’m most proud of is the post I wrote in honour of my mam’s big birthday – some heroes wear capes others are step-mum’s.


It’s a thank you for how amazing she is but it’s also a message for hope and encouragement to all the step-parents out there. I’ve received some lovely comments both on and outside of the blog post itself from other step-parents to say thank you which is lovely.

3. What do you like to do on weekends?

I like to spend as much quality time with my wonderful hubby as possible on weekends. We have to do the boring stuff like the food shop and housework but just spending time together is important to me. We work Monday-Friday so don’t get much time together during the week really.

If we can squeeze in catching up with friends and family too that is an added bonus! We don’t have to do anything exciting every single weekend even just curling up listening to some vinyl keeps us happy.

4. Have you seen any good films recently?

I haven’t been to the cinema for a while actually; although we are hopefully going this weekend! I did however watch Darkest Hour while I was on a plane which I really enjoyed.

5. If you could meet one famous person dead or alive who would it be?

There’s so many! I think I’d quite like to meet and interview Hitler. I’d want to ask him so many questions (about his ideology, both the time before and during World War II and of course about the atrocities under the Nazi regime) but the biggest one would have to be why?

6. When was the last time you went to the theatre and what did you see?

It has been years since I was at the theatre. I can’t remember the last thing I saw! I did watch Phantom of the Opera during my first trip to New York and that was amazing.

7. If your life was a musical, what would it be called?

Geordie girl goes home!

8. If you were asked to perform on a talent contest, what would your talent be?

Procrastination – I am the queen of doing things last minute!

9. What is your most treasured piece of clothing?

I think I would have to say my wedding dress! I actually accidentally found my dress while I was covering a story for the newspaper I worked at. I managed to get the same dress from an independent shop just a stone’s throw away from our evening reception venue.

My wedding dress photo taken by Ed and Maggie Sewell

My wedding dress – photo taken by Ed and Maggie Sewell


I wore my dress all day and night at our wedding and didn’t want to take it off. I have since had it cleaned and specially boxed to keep forever.

Steve and I outside Lumley Castle photo taken by Ed and Maggie Sewell

Steve and I outside Lumley Castle photo taken by Ed and Maggie Sewell

10. You can only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would you choose?

I would hate that – I love reading and discovering new authors and characters to fall in love with. If I had to choose I’d probably say Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman it’s one of my all-time favourite books.

11. Describe yourself using a song title

She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5.

My nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

I nominate the following bloggers:

Lauren Milly’s Guide


Jennifer unfoldandbegin

Shelley motiveatemenow

Gemma wheelescapades

My questions for my nominees

  1. What made you decide to start blogging?
  2. What is your favourite blog post and why?
  3. Where do you get your inspiration for blog posts?
  4. Which other bloggers inspire you and why?
  5. What is your favourite book and why?
  6. If you could go back in time and speak to your younger self what advice would you give?
  7. What advice would you give to a new blogger?
  8. What apps, websites or tools would you be lost without for your blog?
  9. What was your favourite childhood memory and why?
  10. If you could travel back in time to any period in history what would you choose and why?
  11. What is the hardest thing about blogging and why?

Other award nomination posts

I was nominated for the Bloggers Recognition Award.

Catch up with my Liebster Award nomination where you get to know more about the blogger.

Pin this 👇🏻

bash badge

You can also find me on Twitter @rachael_stray

Or follow my Facebook page

You can see my random pictures on Instagram

And see what I’m pinning on Pinterest

32 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Ellen @ If It Brings You Joy says:

    Congrats on your nomination! This is my first time at your blog and I really enjoyed your answers. I’ll be stopping by again!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ritu says:

    Aw Rachel, I love how you have kept your wedding dress so carefully! I loved mine, it was worn from 5 am to past midnight… (log days, Indian weddings!) And It is carefully stuffed into a suitcase in my loft!
    I should really look after it, it took ten embroiderers 10 days of 15 hour shifts to create!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Fiona Maclean says:

    I am convinced the reason I like this little group is that everyone blogs because they want to – so lovely to see someone writing about how much they enjoy it! Off to buy Noughts and Crosses now;)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Gary says:

    Always fascinating to see what these throw up in answers. It helps get to know the blogger as a person too. Love the wedding dress too.

    That and procrastination…. do I know that fiend well. I’m doing it right now on BUYB. I should be doing something way more productive outside!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog) says:

    These posts are such a great way to get to know each other! I had a teacher who always asked “what is the thief of time?” – we are the greatest procrastinators in my house. Have a fab weekend – the forecast is amazing for a UK BH…BBQ weather!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. angelanoelauthor says:

    Very nice to learn more about you! I have to say, that is a lovely wedding dress. I wish it was appropriate to wear those things more than once. I know they’re supposed to be special and just-the-once, but really if we love them why can’t there be more occasions when a white dress is perfect? What a weird convention we have on that.
    But, you do look perfect.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s