Virtual Blog Tour Award

To drink tea and to journalSo here’s an award that’s a little different. But first things first, let me use my manners and say a big thank you to Marla over at A Pendulum World for nominating me for the Virtual Blog Tour Award. Again I say, I’m so pleased (and surprised) when someone thinks of Abbie’s Babble when developing a list of award nominees.

This award is a little different to the usual ‘getting to know you’ facts and questions – which I love to answer and then read everyone else’s responses to by the way, it’s a great way to get an insight into who my fellow bloggers are. Anyway, this one is about getting know the inner blogger as opposed to the inner creative as far as I can see (if you know what I mean?!).

Here are the rules

  1. Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
  2. Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do:
    • What am I working on at the moment?
    • How does my work differ to others in my genre?
    • Why do I write/create what I do?
    • How does my writing/creative process work?
  3. Compose a one-time post which is posted on a specific Monday (date given from your nominator).

The four bloggers I nominate

Here are the four bloggers I nominate. I’ll look forward to seeing your responses on Monday 1 December.

  • Amanda Grace – I love this lady’s work and keen to find out more about her process 🙂
  • Wanderlust – Hagen’s blog is visually stunning, holds beautiful photography and she crafts the words beautifully.
  • Send Sunshine – Jessica’s blog is just pure positivity and inspiration. I love every post, every day.
  • The All Encompassing Compass – Heather has a great perspective and writes so well. A great blog.

My answers

What am I working on at the moment?

Right now I’m working on a post about Halloween – but by the time this appears you will have already read that. My blog isn’t something I work too far in advance with (at this stage). I tend to write about what’s happening in my world, at the moment.

How does my work differ to others in my genre?

I don’t think I actually have a genre. I’m not a mum blog, or a faith blog, or a health blog or a [insert any genre here] blog. Maybe that makes me different? I blog about life, my life. And given that I’m the only one living my life, I guess my blog couldn’t possibly be like any other!

Why do I write/create what I do?

I write because I can, because I love it, because it helps me work out the mess of thoughts that tend to fly around in my head. When I write, things just make sense. I started to blog as part of a journey of self-discovery. And I am discovering, and totally enjoying the process. I wrote a post a couple of months after I started blogging called I Blog Because, which I think still stands true.

I blog because when I do ... things just make sense.How does my writing/creative process work?

This totally depends on the day! Quite often my blog posts are formed while I’m in the shower, preparing dinner, or driving my car. Also in the wee small hours of the morning in my journal when I’m battling insomnia. Those rare times I’m actually alone with my thoughts. Because I spend so much time forming the posts in my head, often by the time I sit down to write, it’s just a matter of letting my fingers race across the keyboard and letting it all out. I quite often publish my first draft, mostly I only need to do a quite proof read on-screen to be happy. I’ve always written things best after letting them spend a long time in my mind – when planning university work I always PLAN to write essays just a few days before they are due, knowing that by the time I get to actual writing, most of the words are already there, well thought through and ready to go anyway.

Thanks again Marla for this nomination 🙂


Humbled by the Lovely and the Liebster

Once again, some one, actually in this case, some oneS, has noticed my little blog and nominated me for a couple of awards. I’ll make my acceptance and thank-yous in a slightly unconventional way if that’s okay.

Liebster AwardThank you Marla from A Pendulum World for the Liebster. I’m not sure how you stumbled across my blog, but I sure am glad you did. Your comments and support of my blog are just gorgeous and I’m really enjoying the insight you bring into your posts too.

You’ve asked for five random facts about me and I’ll answer your questions below.

Random Facts

  1. I love hokey pokey ice-cream.
  2. I always thought I would end up with a big family … of girls. Instead I have one girl and three boys!
  3. I love to nap – I can even nap in the school car park for 10mins before picking kids up at the end of the day!
  4. I LOVE music, especially live music, but I don’t play an instrument myself.
  5. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 29 years old and four months pregnant at the time!

Marla’s questions and my answers

  1. Why do you blog?
    I started blogging because I love to write. I have journalled for years – blogging (putting it in a public forum) challenges me to write a little more clearly. All that is true but I continue to blog because I’ve found a community which is just gorgeous. I think I put it best here or there are a few posts about why I blog (I think about this a lot, it has become a big part of my life) under my blog tag here 🙂
  2. Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
    My mum. She was my best friend, my role model, my mum. She taught me amazing life lessons. She modeled them too. I am who I am because of her. And I miss her like crazy every day.
  3. What brings you the most peace in life?
    My faith in God.
  4. Where is your favorite place to vacation?
    Anywhere I am warm and can relax with a good book (so clichéd right?!).
  5. What is your favorite book?
    Just one?! The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay has been on my top five list since I first read it as a teenager.

one-lovely-blog-awardThank you Trish from Digital Trish for One Lovely Blog nomination. Trish has loads of very cool photography – she calls herself amateur but honestly, to someone who likes things that look amazing, well, it all looks pretty pro to me!

You’ve asked me to share seven random facts about myself so here are seven more…

Random Facts

  1. I love crunchy peanut butter with slices of fresh tomato, salt and pepper on toast.
  2. I have never seen my national rugby team, The All Blacks, play live. If I had a bucket list, that would so definitely be on it.
  3. I have always been a bookworm. My parents used to encourage us to play outside in the fresh air and sunshine, so I would take my book outside and read 😉
  4. I have really big feet (US size 10, Euro 41-42). This can mean I often get great deals in end of season sales which leads me to….
  5. … I LOVE a bargain. My mum used to (semi) jokingly say ‘it’s not what you spend, it’s what you save’. My theory is it is better to buy something quality on special, than something cheap, just because it’s cheap. That said, when I bought my boys three pairs of sports shorts for a total of $12 at K-MART the other day, I was pretty happy with that too!!!
  6. I secretly love watching Dr Phil.
  7. Some day my husband and I want to build a house in the country, nothing flash, but some where family want to gather and grandchildren (I want lots of grandchildren, God willing) can play in.

Blogs you should check out…

Because I’ve done this a few times now, I’m going to refer back to my original award list of blogs, with a few additions. Not saying they have to respond, most of them have anyway. These are just my fav places in blog-land to read, all for different reasons…

 Scattered Smothered Covered

Amanda Grace

Journey of Kylie

Life Love and Whatever

Life Being Girly

The Blended Life

My Eclectic Existence

Jess May

Stuff I Tell My Sister

Truth Shall Set You Free So Don’t Be A Cry Baby

Organised Babble

Introvert Spring

Anastasia Amour

Hands Free Mama

Thanks again Marla and Trish.

I hope you all enjoy checking out these blogs, there’s something there for everyone I’m sure…

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Sisterhood of the travelling something…(award)

sisterhood-of-the-world-blogger-award2Okay I’m just kidding with you. I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award. But like Wax, who nominated me, my first thoughts were to the book Sisterhood of the travelling pants which I really enjoyed (pretty sure the movie was ok too). Anyway, I digress, back to the award. Once again, that someone took the time to read my posts and then for my name to pop up when they’re thinking of blogs they love … wow, awesome. I’m not going to lie, it makes me feel happy and proud. A big thanks to Wax for this nomination – a lovely lady with a cool perspective on life.

So, the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. TICK
  2. Put the award logo on your blog. TICK
  3. Answer the ten questions they have set you – I love doing and reading these!
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer – ditto number 3.
  5. Nominate ten people – see below.

Wax’s questions and my answers…

Who do you miss right now?

My mum. No question. It’s eight months since she died and I know I will miss her every single day of my life. I also know the missing get’s more bearable (most days) as time passes.

I also miss my bestie and so wish we lived closer (she’s two hours away).

What’s the story behind your name? (Or do you have any idea why your parents gave you that name?)

I have no idea. I do know however, that after I was born, there were a few more babies called Abbie and Abbie-Jayne (my real first name) in our small town.

What is the one thing you are most proud of?

My time as a single mum. I got thrown a real curve ball when my first husband left, our baby was only weeks old. With the support of my family and friends I pulled through and spent five years raising a great kid. I also studied by distance and earned a Bachelor Degree, graduating on the Deans List (quite chuffed about that too, just quietly).

If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?

A few years ago I would have said 22. Now I think that there is joy and wisdom that comes with growing older so I’m pretty happy to continue on this journey and make it to a really healthy old age (85 at least so my husband and I can make our 50th wedding anniversary).

What is your greatest addiction?


What is the most common compliment people give you?

I’m very tall (I THINK that’s a compliment) or I have lovely hair (it’s long and naturally blonde, I think it’s pretty ordinary but anyway…)

What is your favorite part of the day?

NOT the mornings! Picking the kids up from school I think – everyone is usually so enthusiastic.

Who would you like to play your life story in a movie? Why?

Reese Witherspoon just because I think she’s gorgeous (not saying anything about myself here by the way).

Do you prefer sweet or salty snacks?

Salty all the way!

If you had a magic lamp and the genie granted you 3 wishes, what would the 3 wishes be?

I wrote a post about this a while ago I think. Yep, here it is…

And drum-roll please, here are my nominees:

Actually, and I hope this isn’t cheating, but I’ve had a couple of Liebster Awards and so the people I nominated for those, would be the same that I would place here. Check out The Liebster  and The Liebseter (again?).

Seen as they’ve already answered my questions, I won’t give them another list!

Thanks again Wax! x

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LiebsterOh my oh my oh my. So I’ve been nominated for the Liebster again. This blows me away. Honestly, I write/blog for me – I pretty much spew words straight from my heart to the keyboard. I’m amazed every time a complete stranger likes or comments on something I’ve written. Let alone follows me … and keeps reading. It’s an honour, truly.

So a big thank you to Joel over at Chesapeake Films who just happens to belong to a Facebook blog group I joined recently. We’ve had a couple of conversations on his love of New Zealand – so I know he’s all around good! It’s always nice to read Joel’s comments on my posts too, which are heartfelt and inspiring.

The rules of the award:

  • You have to link back to the person that nominated you. (That was Joel, linked up there, here it is again in case you missed it!)
  • You must answer all 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
  • After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers under 200 followers and give them 11 questions of your choice.
  • You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
  • You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

Joel’s questions for me:

1. Why Blogging?

I love to write and thought about blogging for years before I actually got here. In the end, a time in my life where I really needed to take a look at where things are at, prompted me to put pen to paper (fingers to keys, whatever!), Over the last four months I have completely fallen in love with blogging!

2. Twitter or FB?

FB! I manage three accounts (my own plus two for work). I don’t even know how to use Twitter but tempted to explore it.

3. Has there ever been a book that made you cry?

So so so many books make me cry. When I read, it’s like watching a movie – the pictures are so vivid and I fall in love with the characters. I feel it all. I cried reading Charlotte’s Web and A Little Princess as a girl. Not much has changed!

4. What was the last meal you prepared from scratch?

Umm, all of them! I always try to cook using fresh, unprocessed ingredients as much as possible. Last night we had a Thai Beef Curry.

5. If you could go back in time, would you change anything?

Great question! Honestly, and this is something I’ve thought about a lot, I can say no. I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve had some pretty hellish periods in my life but they make me who I am now. Maybe sounds cliche … but true. And life just keeps getting better (working on it anyway) so I know I needed to travel the lows to really be able to experience the highs.

6. Do you believe in “the road less travelled?

Ummmm, not really. But I do appreciate Peck’s thoughts on delaying gratification, acceptance of responsibility and dedication to truth (please let honesty rule!). It would be fair to say I think of all of these in my parenting philosophy.

7. Robin Williams…go!

So sad – sad for his family. Sad to think of how desperate he must have been at the end of his life. Sad that the world has lost a fine and funny comedic voice. And SO SO SO sad that it has taken the loss of someone with such a high profile to get people REALLY talking about mental health. I could go on … and on!

8. What was your worst experience while traveling?

Nothing really comes to mind! I’ve been lucky. I did have a horrific job while backpacking in Australia – delivering new wheelie rubbish bins and then worst of all, picking up the old ones!

9. What are the top three things on your bucket list?

I don’t have a bucket list. But I REALLY want to travel to Italy and France.

10. Is it the journey or the destination?

Journey – and learning the lessons along the way.

11. What do you do to unwind/to get rid of the toxins from the day, to vent out your frustrations/to clear your head?

Books, writing, music.

My nominees:

I have done this fairly recently so I’m going to suggest you head over to my other post and check out the blogs I nominated last time – I’m not really one for giving names for the sake of giving names. These really are great and still sit at the top of my list.

Four new sites I will nominate, who I would love you to check out are:

Organised Babble

Sunny Imperfections

Flippy Zip Flop

Accidentally Reflective

Questions for my nominees:

  1.  Read on screen or old school book?
  2. You have a night in, what’s the best way to spend it?
  3. Favourite book (sorry, two book questions already, can’t help myself!)?
  4. Favourite place in the world – that you’ve been to?
  5. The place you would most like to go?
  6. Bungee jump or skydive (I haven’t done either but would probably skydive)?
  7. What’s the best part of blogging for you?
  8. Most played song over the last month?
  9. Favourite smell (for me, fresh cut grass, home baking, the beach)?
  10. Best holiday memory?
  11. Best tip for other new bloggers?

So there you have it. Thanks again Joel. Now you all go and check out those blogs!


Liebster AwardSo after getting over the shock that someone noticed my blog enough to actually put my name on the list for a Liebster Blogger Award, I admit I was pretty pleased. A big thank you to Dyanne over at Her Other Lovely Sides for the nomination. I enjoy her blog because, like me, she sets out to be true to who she really is in whatever form that takes – to be real.

So now there are some rules I have to follow:

1.Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their page.
2. Proudly display the award banner on your page.
3. List eleven facts about yourself.
4. Answer the questions the award-giver asked you and make 11 more for your nominees.
5. List your nominees.

1-2 done above, for 3-5 read on…

I have to admit, it seemed like a bit of work to get this post done, but working through it and reading the other nominees posts etc, it’s actually been a really enjoyable thing to do! Continue reading “THE LIEBSTER”