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The Sunshine and Shine On Awards

Last week, my new found, soon to be business partner :) blogger friend, Missy May  nominated me for the Sunshine and Shine On Awards.  As many of you know, I have only been blogging for three and a half months and had never heard of these awards however I gladly accepted because the idea behind these awards is to shine a bit of light on yourself by writing down some random facts and then nominate other bloggers you would like to know better. (How cool is that?). Thank you Missy May.

Rules of the Sunshine Award:
  • Use the logo below in the post.
  • Link to whoever nominated you.
  • Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
  • Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere.”

Rules of the Shine On Award:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Show appreciation by acknowledging the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  • Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and happily pass on this award, making sure to link their blog into your post.
  • Contact your chosen bloggers and let them know.

  1.  I was born in Sierra Leone
  2.  Mother of two boys (Brian 21 and Linton 7)
  3. Growing up I wanted to be a Teacher or Nurse
  4. I don't like the sound of planes
  5. My educational background is in Computer Operations and Information Technology
  6. Favorite food is palm butter and foo-foo
  7. I have lived in Guinea and Ghana
  8. I am an Australian by nationality
  9. I am quietly spoken but a comedian at heart
  10. The book that I am unable to forget about is Today I am Alice- Its the true story of a schizophrenic woman who was abused by her father.

  1. I am married to a very loving and supportive man
  2. I love going to the movies
  3. My all time favorite movie is The Pelican Brief
  4. I love entertaining 
  5. Hypocrites annoy me. AHA, there you go, I said it, off my chest, I feel lighter now. 
  6. I grew up in a strict christian home
  7. My very first car was a 1994 Daewoo 1.5i
Now my nominees that I would love to know better and would be pretty chuffed if they accepted these awards are: 
  1. Glenda Harrison of So What to 20
  2. Sacramento Amate of MIS PAPELICOS
  3. Vix Brearley of Vintage Vixen
  4. Busola Coutts of The Fashion Stir Fry
  5. Adrienne Shubin of The Rich Life on a Budget
  6. Sharon Pate of A Fashion Crowd
  7. Madison of Fashion Tales
  8. Jan Graham-McMillen of Fort Smith Stylista
  9. Natalia Lialina of In the Writers Closet
  10. Kenya Hunter of Kenya L Fashion Blog
  11. Bella of The Citizen Rosebud
  12. Debbie Stinedurf of Fashion Fairy Dust
  13. Debbie Burns of I Love My Lemonade Life
  14. Dawn of Simply Sassy's Style
  15. Terry S of Terry's Two Cents


  1. I love finding out more about my blogging friends. You've certainly travelled around a lot and I can't believe you've got a grown up son, you look so good. Thanks for the nomination. xxx

    1. Thank you Vix! You are such a sweet heart! xoxo

  2. Thank you so much, my dear! I am happy that you got two nominations at once! So we can learn so many facts about you all at once! :) I also can't believe that your older son is a grown up - you look so young yourself!! I hope you enjoy your profession, even though it's not teaching or medical field. A lot of us, I think, wanted to become teachers and doctors when we were kids - I know I did. The food you love sounds pretty unique - a foo-foo, what is that? :)

    Thank you again for nomination. Hugses!

    1. Thank you Natalia for accepting the nomination. People always say that and I take it as a compliment, I do enjoy what I do now although some days are quiet challenging than others. Foo-foo is made from cassava (tapioca). In Sierra Leone, the cassava is grated and famented and then cooked into a dough, however in Ghana it is boiled and pounded using a special wooden mortar and pestle. I love both. :)

  3. Yeyyyyyy....thanks for accepting the award Mami!! Very much appreciated :-) Nice to finally meet you. I knew there was a lil bit of Ghanaian root in you with the food recipes you post. lol!! Haha on the hypocrites....
    Love this and thank you again! :-) :-)


    1. Hahaha, now you know my dear, thanks again for nominating me. hugsies!

  4. It was great to know you a little bit more Elsie, and I love Miss May too!
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

    1. I know, Coco, Isn't she just a darling? She nominated you too, are you aware?

  5. Thank you so much for nominating me! I am honored. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about them through blogging. I would never have guessed you had a 21 year old, either! Foo-Foo does sound good after I read your description. I'm curious about palm butter. Is it something like peanut butter? Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com

    1. I am very pleased that you accepted Debbie, thank you. I probably should have said palm butter soup. It's made from the juice of the palm fruit. Here is a recipe I posted in Feb. http://goo.gl/2jSys0

  6. I would recommend this very very pretty dress for others too. This will be unique among many dresses I have purchased recently. Superfast shipping and so many choices of dresses.


Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving me a comment. I love reading your views as they inspire me to continue doing this blog. Love Elsie

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