Liebster Award


Many thanks to Womb for Rent for this award!!! (you can check her out here:

About the Liebster Award: It is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The meaning Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Liebster was created to discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere.


Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you. Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

Nominate 5-10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.

Ensure all these bloggers have less than 200 followers.

Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own or your nominees or you may use the same questions. Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

My nominations:

The secret life of Emily Maine: 

I love Emily’s blog because she tells it like it is.  Emily has been having a tough time of it recently, and yet she is still able to inspire me with how she deal’s with some of the crap that has been thrown her way.  I imagine Emily probably has over 200 hundred followers anyway, but what the hell!

Meet the Hopefuls:

Heather and Chris BOTH write blog posts…I love that about this blog, infertility is not always just about one person.  I am so hopeful for them that this cycle & soon to be transfer will be THE one.

From Zero to Zygote:

Nara is a fabulous writer, she is another very open and honest blogger.  I really enjoy her posts, they are not always about infertility.  Nara is navigating the world of infertility in the UK so her points of view can be a bit different too.

Disorderly Love:

Cesilee is an absolute sweetie.  Life has thrown her a whole box of lemons, and her blog shows just how she has turned them right into lemonade.  She is also another woman who just tells it like it is.  (I am sensing a pattern here 😉 )

My womb to rent nominated some of my favourite other bloggers already….so you should go check out their blogs too:

The questions I have been given:

1. Who or what inspires you the most?

Actually, it is my husband – Chris who inspires me.  He is not just my husband, but my best friend. Chris is always trying new things, sometimes even in the face of adversity (even though on occasion I wish he would finish the last thing he started!!) His desire to do things differently makes me want to follow him and push myself to new levels I wouldn’t be at today without that.

2. Who is your hero?

I don’t really have a hero, I have ‘heroes of the day’, which I will mentally note as being someone who on that day has saved my ass, or inspirationally put themselves out there in the face of danger.  These are typically my friends, family and sometimes my colleagues.  They don’t know that I call them my hero, but I do :-p

3. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Ummmm, OK so it is work related…but it is a personal achievement too because I faced some quite stressful times I had to overcome.  I was awarded the ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’, also known as an MBE, for my services in support of military operations (my deployments to Afghanistan).  I am very privileged to have even been nominated for this honour, let alone receive it!!!  My medal was ‘pinned’ by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace…as you can see from the photo with him I was grinning ear to ear like a Cheshire cat!!  My parents and Chris were allowed to watch and I met some amazing people the day I was honoured.  I was probably the youngest person there at the ceremony, although it is not uncommon for young people to be awarded, I felt so lucky!!!


Not really sure what I was giggling about with the Prince at this point!!

Not really sure what I was giggling about with the Prince at this point!!

The Official 'pose' with my medal! It's quite a beautiful beast that will probably only come out of its box for parades.

The Official ‘pose’ with my medal! It’s quite a beautiful beast that will probably only come out of its box for parades.

4. What did you want to be (as a grown up) when you were little?

A chef!!!!  Which then later turned into a food scientist….but then my school wouldn’t let me study science at A-Levels (16-18 yrs) it’s a long story, but let’s just my aspirations of this ended when I was 14 😦

5. What are your hobbies?

Being outdoors!  hiking, rock climbing (I miss climbing a lot since we have been TTC-ing)  I really enjoy baking when I make time for it.  Some day when I am older I will own my own tea shop that will sell giant home made cakes and people will come just for the cake.  I love learning new things, so I tend to have something going on where I am teaching myself something new.

6. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Claire Danes – she is so lovely and talented.

7. Do you collect anything?

I have a habit of keeping souvenirs, tickets, cards and brochures of places we visit which will eventually end up in my ‘memory box’….OK so I have lots of memory boxes taking up space right now.  I just can’t bear to get rid of them.  I like going through them may be once a year when we do a clean out.

8. What is your favorite family recipe?

I’m sorry, I don’t have one!!!

9. If you had a warning label, what would it say?

Danger – May Hiccup Unexpectedly!

Since I returned from Iraq in 2007 I have had these random little hiccups that appear from no-where.  Sometimes people think I am sneezing and will ‘bless me’.  I can almost control the hiccup if I am in a meeting, but it takes a lot of effort, so if I know a group of people I will just hiccup very loudly….may be only once or twice.  Even Chris still laughs at my outbursts of hiccups.  I don’t know why it happens, it could be a sign of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but that could just be co-incidence.  The other option was brain tumour, but seeing as I am still alive today, it is probably not a brain tumour!

10. What is your favorite family tradition?

I am going to answer this as ‘What is your least favourite family tradition?’.  At Christmas time, my mum has a desire to play a ‘hand bells’ game where each person is given two numbered bells to ring when their number is called out.  Basically this means that a tune is played by bells.  It is the worst game ever.  #SorryNotSorryMum

11. What is the one thing you will never do again?

Go back to Iraq (unless I am called up in my reservist capacity then I won’t have a choice, but I will find every way to avoid going back there!!)

The questions for those I nominate are:

  1.  If a genie came along and offered you one wish to become what you ever you like to be and you were given all the relevant knowledge, training and qualifications tomorrow, what career would you choose?
  2. What is your favourite colour and why?
  3. What is your party trick?
  4. What is your favourite hobby?
  5. If I gave you a plane ticket to anywhere – where would you go?
  6. What is your favourite film?
  7. What helps you get out of a funk?
  8. If you could write a letter now to your past teenage self – what piece of advice would you give to yourself?
  9. If you could only eat one type of ood for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  10. What three things would you take to a desert island with you?