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Monday 4 February 2019

The Sunshine Blogger Award.

Hi there lovelies - thanks for stopping by my over fifties blog today.
Not much to report since last week really.  Saturday I popped to my local T K Maxx for a browse, but couldn't find ANYTHING I liked - yes hard to believe.  I searched all the departments and came up with zilch - not even a bag caught my eye!  Maybe it's because I had money to spend - does that ever happen to you.  Money in your pocket = can't find a thing, no money = plenty I see, plenty I want and more!  Sunday afternoon I was invited to a Baby Shower.  Have you ever been to one?
I might feature it in more detail in a future post, but here's what I wore to an event I'm proud to say two of my daughters planned, bought for, made for & organised.  It was a brilliant success with mum-to-be and guests thoroughly enjoying themselves.

With brilliant sunshine and a slightly warmer day I decided to wear this mustard dress.  I wore it back in September  when It proved the most perfect colour for Autumn, but I vowed to wear it in a more suitable way for Winter.  How did I achieve this?  Well I popped a mustard roll neck under it and chose to wear long black boots.  Sorry the photo isn't very clear, but hope you can see exactly what I wore yesterday.  The black faux leather jacket finished off the outfit in an edgy way, but I was still a little chilly when coming home, the darkness had also bought colder weather with it, so a thicker warmer coat would have been a better option!

Blogging never fails to surprise me! With up's and down's every week I never know what's going to happen.  The variety of blogging aspects keeps it fresh too, from taking photos, researching information, compiling the blog, visiting other blogging friends and scrolling social media all this keeps my enthusiasm high - I could literally blog all day in some form or another.
Getting to know other bloggers is one of the best surprises I've found - I hadn't expected to make friends from a hobby like this - but what a wonderful result!
Receiving a surprise award from Emma at Style Splash was just the encouragement I needed after feeling so uncertain about my blog, it's lovely to get acknowledgements sometimes - even something like this means so much to me.  Thanks Emma for your support.

So here goes with the questions and my answers.

1. What prompted you to start blogging?

Having never having to work since I had my first child (except helping my husband in his business) I looked after my five children all through them growing up.  Finding myself in my late 40's with free time I needed something to fill my life. I didn't want to be held down by a job and still wanted to be available to hubby and the family in case they needed me.  I also hated the fact that my memory had gotten so bad I kept forgetting basic things I'd been asked to do!  So I decided to write a blog, my love of fashion could be released in a beneficial way & it might improve my brains retention of important basic information!

2. Blogging is very time-consuming.  How do you manage your time?

Basically I blog if and when I want to!  If the family need me for something, if I have a gym or dance class or I need to help hubby with his work I can leave blogging.  Likewise I can blog early morning or late at night - whenever it suits me!

3. Have you ever considered giving it up?

Blimey yes ever day - lol.  I often feel like why am I doing this - I'm no good and definitely not as good as 'so-and-so'!!!  I recently mention this very thing in a blog post, I'm sure everyone feels like this at times.  Fortunately it doesn't last - so I've no intention of giving up just yet.

4. How do you stay motivated?

I take a step back, re-read other blogs and take a look at my blog posts.  I re-evaluate what I've done and how far I've come since starting the blog.  Reading comments from other bloggers help in a big way. Reading that I've helped or inspired others also keeps me on track too.

5. Do you have specific goals you'd like to achieve?

Absolutely - I just want to carry on blogging every week, and hopefully grow my following, and without doubt want to meet IRL my blogging friends and also meet new bloggers.  I'd also love to venture into vlogging, but that seems all too daunting for now but watch this space as they say!

The rules for the award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and include a link back to their blog.
2. Answer the questions given by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate other blogs and give questions for them to answer.
4. Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog.
5. List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

What a fun award, and a good way to learn a little more about blogging friends.  It's also a nice way to give appreciation to bloggers I love to follow.


Now here's my nominees:
Anna - Anna's Island Style
Hilda - Over the Hilda
Sharon - Best Before End Date.
Shelbee - Shelbee On the Edge.

Read on my friends your questions await.

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. I find it hard to take my own photos when Esther Ruby can't take them - who takes yours?
3. Have you met any blogger friends IRL?
4. What's your most proudest achievement?
5. What are your top 5 'go to' blogs?

Thanks for joining me today, and don't forget to look-out for the answers on my friends blogs.
Catch up on Thursday, it'll be the #chicandstylish #linkup - don't be late!
Bye for now lovelies. X



  1. What a lovely outfit for the baby shower! :) Congrats to the mum to be!

    Congrats on the award too, so nice to read a little more about your blog and your motivations :)

    Glad you had a good weekend :) We had a fun but busy one with a kids birthday party. I've just posted my weekday wear linkup on my blog if you want to join :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. Thanks Mica, will pass that on. Thanks for stopping by and commenting today - I appreciate your support. Have a super weekend. x

  2. First I love that you went with a gorgeous, bright outfit for the shower.
    And how fun to learn this about you Jacqui. I know what you mean about wanting to give up, but the comments are a great help to keep me engaged.

    1. Thank you so much for your stopping by - really appreciate it. x

  3. I love your dress and you styled it perfectly! I have had that happen more times than I can count. Money in my pocket and I can't find a thing to spend it on! Congrats on your award! So fun!

  4. Oh I know exactly what you are talking about! It happens to me all the time. Whew I say to myself to stop shopping for a while, I always see the most fabulous items. Oh sigh, life is hard!😂😂😂😂

    1. Glad I'm not alone in this - thank you for your lovely comments. x

  5. Thankyou so much for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I love reading people's back stories and the reasons why they love blogging.

    A great sunshine dress btw. Sharon xo

    1. You're welcome, thanks for joining in with me. x

  6. Loved learning more about you, babe!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. What a sweet award! It think the baby shower is just beautiful!

    1. good isn't it Ruth, great to hear you like it. x

  8. I really enjoyed reading this Jacqui. Thanks for joining my muttonmonday.

  9. Anytime I have extra cash, I can't find anything to buy either. Congrats on your award! So fun to learn more about you!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

    1. Thank so very much Jill, much appreciate you stopping by. x

  10. Nice write up
    Interesting read.
    Besides you look good

  11. What an honor to get awarded a blogger award from your friend! I love baby showers, and your daughters did a wonderful job from what I can see. Love your look, the feminine dress and edgy jacket are perfect compliments!

    xx, Elise

    1. Great isn't it! Thanks for stopping by today Elise. x

  12. Aw, my pleasure Jacqui! Lovely matches the Sunshine Blogger Award photo perfectly! We all feel disheartened at times don't we? The comparison game is a motivation killer that's for sure. I'm with you on the comments from readers - they keep you going when the going gets tough!

    Emma xxx

    1. Thanks for your positive comments, much appreciate them. x

  13. Jacqui,
    Congratulations! You deserve an award. I have the same ups and downs with this blogging thing as you do. I keep thinking I'll give it up but just can't quite do it! It's so fun to connect with all the lovely ladies--like you--who are having the same struggles and lots of successes. It's hard not to compare ourselves--I do that all the time, and it's such a downer.

    You look wonderful, as always, and the yellow dress (my favorite color!) and outfit are perfect for this award.

    Keep on blogging.
    xx Darlene

  14. Congrats on the award Jacqui. Well deserved :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, hope you can join us again at another party soon.

  15. Thank you for the nomination Jacqui. Only catching up with my friends in the last few days. I will get right on it. Loving the yellow dress. Have you had your colours done by the way?

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