One Lovely Blog Award!

I’m hoping that you had a great weekend and are ready to take on the world again.


As you can see by the picture above, I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award!  Well, knock me over with a feather but I’m a tiny bit stunned!!  As a novice blogger of just over a year, I didn’t even know blog awards existed but they do and the lovely Miriam, from the fabulous Out an’ About – Adventures On and Off the Tracks , travel blog, has been so kind as to nominate The Mandy Diaries.  Make sure you visit her blog for wonderful photo’s and info on travelling the world, especially Australia.  Thank you, Miriam, for your kind nomination.

When you are nominated for these kind of blog awards there are rules that go with the nomination.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Display the award on your post of the award.
  4. List seven facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

Here are the seven facts about me!

  1. I was born in New Zealand but have lived in Australia for 30+ years.  My passport still says New Zealand on the front cover.
  2. My cat, Fev, is my best friend forever and my grown sons know not to make me choose between them and the cat because I will choose the cat every time!
  3. I love seafood and think that fish is the most boring of all the seafood around.  Give me oysters, mussels, scallops, pipi’s, bugs, crab, yabbies, prawns etc and I am happy!
  4. I am a widow, after cancer took my husband almost 7 years ago.  I am still grieving my loss and always will.
  5. My favourite movie of all time is The Big Chill, closely followed by Love Actually.  I know my choices have a lot to do with the music in these movies.  I love music.
  6. I have been suffering from extreme anxiety and depression for the last few years but I seemed to have turned a corner and am feeling more positive about my mental health than I have for a long time.  I guess 2016 will be a telling year in my healing process.
  7. Family means everything to me.  Both my blood family in New Zealand and my chosen family here in Australia.  My three grown sons are my rocks and my friends are the best in the world.

Now for my nominees – I found this extremely difficult, as most people post 15 nominated blogs.  So many of the blogs I follow and love are very well known, with thousands of followers and I don’t believe this award would be a benefit to their blogs.  So I am only choosing 5 of the  lesser known blogs that I read and love, for nomination.  They are as follows –

50 Shades of Age

Boob In A Box

Coffee and Colouring In For Grown Ups

Champagne in a Teacup

In Others’ Words

These are some of a diverse list of blogs that I read and follow.  Each is different.  Many have beautiful photographs.  Some write very honest, challenging words.  Give them a visit and see if they are for you.

If I have nominated you and you don’t do awards that’s cool.  I just wanted to give you a shout out!

So happy Monday everyone!  Mine sure started with an unexpected surprise.  Happy reading.



Hi, I’m Mandy! Wandering my way through life using words. Family and friends. Connection and community. I care. I write. I share. I post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and if you’d like receive updates via email please click HERE.

  1. Thank you so much for the nomination Mandy! Now to think of seven facts about me that don’t all have something to do with chocolate 😉

    1. If I can do 7 without mentioning chocolate once, Julie – so can you! Well, maybe you can mention chocolate once or twice 😝

  2. Lovely post Mandy. So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. And of your depression, though good to hear that you are turning a corner and feeling more positive. I hope that 2016 will be a good year for you. Warmest wishes to you.

  3. Thank you Mandy for the award nomination and your kind words about my words. I will figure out how it all works over the next little bit and follow the rules…though only 7 facts about myself makes it hard to choose what to write! LOL Happy Day!

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