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Shabby Blogs Link Party: Ten Random Things About Me.

I’m a big fan of Shabby Blogs.  As you can see I use a lot of their buttons on my blog.  I love their designs and the best bit is that they are free! =)  Yes, I’m such a cheapo.  In this case, that old adage is true – The best things in life are indeed cheap.  You just have to search for it.

So when I read that Shabby Blogs is hosting a link party, I knew I wanted to join.  So here I am typing as fast as I can so I can get this done in no time.  (Need to take T to play-group later).

Here are the rules:

1. Keep it family-friendly y’all.
2. Please only link to your blog if you are actually posting about the top ten list topic we are giving you. We are sure your dog is adorable and your homemade curtains turned out awesome, but this link party is for those participating in our top ten list challenges only.
3. If you join our link party, please include the image below in your post.


1.  I’m not a morning person.  So even though my daughter is now 2, I still struggle to wake up.  She nudges me awake with an “I want my breakfast Mom”.  First said really sweetly, almost a whisper.  And when that doesn’t work, my daughter results to raising her voice and saying, “Mom, get off the bed now!”.  Yes, I’m shameless.  I have to remind myself and her sometimes, that I’m the mother and she’s the daughter.

2.  When I was working in the city, I used to dream about living in the country.  In fact, my best friend and I used to moan about it a lot, in between coffee breaks and lunch breaks.  Now that I’m living in the country, I miss the city and I whinge a lot to my husband about it.

3.  When I was a toddler, I spoke my own language and only my older brother could understand me.  He was my interpreter for the first few years of my life.  I have a feeling it was because at an early age, we were taught English, Tagalog (our language in the Phil) and a local dialect which our yaya (nanny) used to speak to us.  My older brother (who was really just 11 months older than me) seemed to have managed.  But then again, he was a genius at an early age, was accelerated twice in school.

4.  I was just talking about this with my sister-in-law, I used to be such a coffee-drinker.  But of course, gave up coffee once I was pregnant with T.  I never really went back to being the heavy coffee drinker that I was.  Now I’m more of a tea-drinker, I blame the English husband of course.

5.  I’ve lived here in England for a number of years now, but I still feel cold all the time!  Then again, my mother-in-law is the same too and she’s British.  I blame the English weather.

6.  When drinking alcohol (even if it’s just a small quantity), I turn red on the face – same with other members in my family.  If you didn’t know us, you’d think that we’ve actually consumed a number of bottles already!

7.  I’m very close to my family.  Growing-up I never felt the urge to make a lot of friends because my siblings and cousins are my friends.  That hasn’t changed even though we live thousands of miles away from each other.  My two-year-old daughter is my current best friend.  We go out on girl-friend dates to the park and have silly rows with each other (see number 1).

 8.  I don’t get the chance to watch TV much but when I do I watch property shows!  I love them.  My favourites are “Escape to the Country” and “Location, Location, Location”.   These shows allows me peek inside lovely houses.  I especially love Victorian and Georgian houses.  They are such a novelty to me.

9.  I love KFC.  I can eat chicken everyday, or maybe not.  The nearest KFC is about a 45 minute drive from where we live.  The good news is that I’ve found an excellent recipe that sometimes even tastes better than KFC.  So I’m saved.

10. I’m online most of the time (when I can).  I really ought to unplug once in awhile, especially since my eyes are acting up again or maybe, I should just get my eyes tested?

That’s it!  Click here if you want to join in the fun.

Top Five Mom’s Who Blog list

I’m crap with sewing and craft-making.  Last year, I bought myself a sewing machine hoping that I would learn how to use it to make my own cushion covers.  Sadly, it’s collecting dust in our airing cupboard.  I think I’ve sort of accepted the fact that I’m not just  sewer nor am I a crafter.  That’s why I am in awe with people who are great at sewing and craft-making.

I think they are the greatest!  It’s also not surprising that they also happen to be women and mothers who blog!  So I’ve decided to share my top five mom’s who blog list.    Two of them are the most amazing sewers and crafters (at least they are to me).

1.  Delia Creates

This woman is amazing.  She can sew anything from her baby’s cardigan to her baby’s shoes.  Did I mention that she’s also a great cook and shares the most delicious recipes?  Her Lemon Strawberry Crepe Cake is an absolute must-try recipe.  Click here to see.  If you llike to sew, you should visit her blog and view her tutorials and projects section.  I only like to look and gush over her projects.  She also has the most adorable little girl.

2.  I am Momma Hear me Roar

Cheri, the talented woman behind the blog I am Momma Hear me Roar is also an amazing crafter.  She doesn’t only share her crafts but also her ideas about blogging and fun projects you can do with your children.

3.  Key to Pictures

Katie Evans is a great photographer, especially of children.  I love the way she photographs her kids too.  Visiting her blog and reading her tutorials and seeing her photos is always a pleasure.

4.  Seventy Tree

I absolutely love Kerry Layton’s illustrations and would so love to purchase a few to put on Tamsin’s wall.  She also likes to share her finds on her blog on Seventy Tree, not just illustrations, but just about anything.  It’s a real treat to see the stuff she shares on her blog.

5.  N de Nikita

The last blog isn’t about crafting, sewing or photography.  It’s a blog about a single mother and her daughter.  I found Laura’s blog after she started following my other blog.  Anyway, N de Nikita reads like a love-letter to her beautiful daughter.  It’s actually written in Spanish, you might need the help of google to translate the words.  She also happens to take lovely photographs, if not for her words, her photos are also worth a visit.

Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t only follow women bloggers, I follow male bloggers as well and believe me, I follow a lot of blogs both here at WordPress and blogger.  And one of my favourite, is an Irish man who happens to be a taxi-driver.  He is the most amazing story-teller. I’ll share him with you guys some other time.

What about you?  Do you have a list of your own?  Do share.