Have You Got What It Takes: Winning The Liebster Award

The Liebster diamond award

Today, I won my very first award associated with blogging – The Liebster Award, courtesy of the fabulous blogger Em Linthorpe.

How exciting!!!

For those of you who are not really sure what the award represents (like me – I had to double check!) the following is a quote from Em’s blog post:  ‘What is the Liebster Award? It all seems a bit vague to me, but in essence it means I get to spill my guts all over the internet again and then nominate some other people to do the same. How fun!’

So, this is me displaying my Liebster Award with pride!

The Liebster Award

Here are the rules:

1) Say hi to the person sweet enough to want to know more about you – and display your award with pride;
2) Answer the eleven questions the person gives you;
3) Give eleven random facts about yourself;
4) Nominate some other people that you think are deserving of this award;
5) Let them know you have nominated them;
6) Give them eleven questions to answer.

Hi Em and thanks again for the award!

Here goes – eleven questions, set by Em and answered by me:

1. What phone apps could you not live without?

*Hastily looks at phone to check* This is quite difficult really as my choice of apps change all the time. But, I suppose it would be Facebook, Amazon and Netflix. Amazon because I love to be able to buy things anywhere and know that it will be delivered the next day (love Prime!). Sad but true.

2. Do you still keep in touch with any of your school friends?

I am extremely pleased to say I do and some are still very close friends. We are talking 20+ years now! It’s funny looking back on old photographs!

3. What is your opinion of garlic?

Love it. Use it loads in cooking and let’s face it, garlic bread is a staple, secure choice when it comes to a starter in a restaurant. Can’t be dealing with cheesy garlic bread though – urgh!

4. Do you ever do DIY at home?

I wouldn’t say I am a huge Destroy It Yourself (!) person. I think I can be quite lazy at times, but saying that, I can and have done quite a bit over the adult years. I was mowing my Nan and Grandad’s lawn before I was a teenager, scaling ladders with secateurs in the garden, assembling furniture and painting before I’d even left school. Now Sam and I try and do some bits, but I won’t lie – I still call the parents in when there are things we are not sure of doing ourselves! Best way to learn is to watch and help!

5. What are your most treasured books on the bookshelf?

Well I don’t even know how to go about answering this! I’m a huge book lover; with an extensive collection, many of which I treasure.

But I suppose, in terms of sentimentality and how long I’ve owned it and how much it is falling apart from all the love it has seen, then it has to be

‘Tales from End Cottage’. A beautiful book.


6. What was the first concert/gig you attended?

Shamefully, I didn’t see many concerts or gigs when I was younger – I am more of a theatre/musical person! But in Secondary school my Mum bought me and two friends tickets to see Westlife in concert at Earls Court in London. I believe that was my first concert… I think…

7. If there was one thing you could change about your house, what would it be?

I have a shopping list. I’m itching to do allsorts of improvements but definitely an en-suite to our bedroom and a utility room. I know that’s two things but as they’re small rooms – it’s like they only add up to one thing. That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it!

8. Have you ever been camping?

Yup yup yup! In fact camping was my very first holiday when I was only a baby! Have been so many times and I love it. Have got incredible memories from family camping holidays. I look forward to taking my own children some day!

9. What was your worst kitchen disaster?

I am assuming this means with cooking or appliances, but with me I guess it is the obscene amount of times I have hacked parts of my finger off, sliced fingers and generally made a mess with blades. I am a little bit accident prone!

10. What words do you regret saying to someone else?

Not sure about this one. In a way, I’d say it was the words I didn’t say to someone that has had more of an effect.

11. Give us a brief overview of your gaming history.

Um. I’m not really a ‘gaming’ person. I still to this day though, love the Master System II games console that my brother and I shared millions of years ago. Paper Boy, After Burner, Summer Games and Alex the Kidd were my all time favs! Apart from that my gaming has literally been ‘Need for Speed’ which I was awesome at (PC version though), Burn Out and of course, I am the Tetris Queen!!!!!

liebster award photos

A few piccies which show a little bit more about me!

11 random facts about me:

  1. I absolutely hate ticking clocks. I cannot get to sleep if there is a ticking clock in the room and I have been known to climb furniture to get a clock off the wall and hide it or take the battery out!
  2. I was ambidextrous until I was about six. I am right-handed to write but there are many things I do left handed! E.g. using a spoon, hoovering, wearing a watch and I also use both hands to put on mascara – I don’t even do mascara face!!
  3. I hate bugs – mainly spiders, Daddy long legs – (let’s face it, they are gigantic spiders with wings *shudders*), earwigs, cockroaches..etc.
  4. I have never left education. From the moment I started pre-school until now, I have never left. I went from university straight into teacher training and then straight into a teaching job. I am still teaching. From 1989 – present day, with not so much as a gap year.
  5. I love things that sparkle – I am a magpie! Even better if it’s pink and sparkles.
  6. I had lost all my baby teeth by the age of 7. I had to have a small operation to take out 4 baby teeth and ended up taking the lot out due to complications. I did have some adult teeth – but not many. I still have them in a pot and have used them as a teaching resource for Science in school!
  7. I have a lot of coats! I don’t even know how it started but every year I see at least 3 or 4 coats that I love. Each coat is completely different in style and colour. I do try and match coats to outfits. I dread to think how many I own – I have not done a proper count of them yet.
  8. I can do 10 different styles of dance. I have been dancing since I was 5.
  9. Driving on motorways doesn’t bother me at all. I was driving up and down the country on motorways in the same week I passed my test.
  10. When I was 17 I spent a night in Intensive Care – long story but all is ok.
  11. I can play the electric organ and recorder to a high standard although I refused to take any musical exams. Dance exams were enough. I did it for pure enjoyment.


Now you know a lot of random stuff about me.

I have really enjoyed writing this post, although it has taken me a while to do it. It really gets you thinking!

My nominations for this award are anyone who reads this post and hasn’t done it yet! A good bit of fun and you get to learn lots about others in the process. Don’t forget to check the rules back at the top of this post. There is no time limit remember, you can do this at any time.

11 questions for my nominees:

  1. What’s the best piece of blogging advice that you have been given?
  2. What has been your favourite holiday so far?
  3. Have you met anyone famous?
  4. If you could tell your 14 year old self one thing, what would you say?
  5. If you could learn to speak a language, what would you choose and why?
  6. What can’t you leave the house without?
  7. What item has spent the longest amount of time in your bag/handbag?
  8. What’s your worst habit?
  9. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
  10. How would you spend your ideal day?
  11. What were you like at school?

And here is your well deserved award – a huge bit of bling to jazz up your post should you have a go and complete my questions given above. Don’t forget to let me know when you have done it so I can come and read all about you 🙂

The Liebster diamond award

photo credit: docoverachiever <a href=”″>Diamonds are forever</a> via <a href=””>photopin</a> <a href=””>(license)</a>




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  • Ritu
    March 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Great answers xx

    • Donna
      March 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Em Linthorpe
    March 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you very much for taking part and I LURVE your sparkly version of the award. It was so interesting to read more about you, and now I have the image of you flying across bedrooms to remove pesky clocks 😂 I shall add your link to my post in the morning. Thanks again!

    • Donna
      March 5, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Ha ha! Yup flying across rooms and climbing furniture – I am the real life batman of attacking clocks. Thank you too 🙂

  • Traci York
    March 5, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Excellent answers! Em gave her winners such wonderful questions – love yours as well! And yes, your sparkly award is gorgeous! 😀

    • Donna
      March 6, 2017 at 7:31 am

      They were great questions – got the old grey matter thinking. I love all things bling and sparkly. Made sense really that my award would be the same lol 🙂

  • Lilian @ Lil' Hidden Treasures
    March 5, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Congratulation Donna! I love the “Destroy it yourself” comment! Sometimes I feel that I do that too when I attempt a DIY!

    • Donna
      March 6, 2017 at 7:30 am

      I’m def a bit scared when it comes to DIY stuff – yesterday my dad replaced our bathroom sink taps. No way on earth I would have been able to do that!! Especially as it wasn’t a straight forward job!