The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was recently Awarded the Sunshine Blogger Award by a lovely blogger named Ana.

The kind Ana over at Ana’s Lil Blog has nominated me and my blog back in August for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am honoured to receive this award and will happily share some bloggers below once I have answered the questions set to me from Ana.

I am so excited to share this post with you all, it’s a great way for people to get to know the person behind the blog, with us answering these questions set by other bloggers. It’s taken a while for me to finish this post because I’ve been so busy with collaborations.

This is who else Ana nominated on her post, check it out over at Ana’s Lil Blog – Sunshine Blogger Award Post HERE

The Questions That Ana Gave Me Were These…

Why did you make your blog?
When I had to have some serious surgery I had to give up work for a time, my best friend and husband encouraged me to start my blog because they knew i loved to write, and i was already a photography graduate.

What makes you smile the most everyday?
The silly things that my cats get up to! They can be so funny and crazy. It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’ve had they never fail to cheer you up!

Favourite blog post you’ve read?
I once read a post, no idea what blog it was now as it was a few years ago and before I began blogging. But it was so inspiring, it was about learning to love yourself…

Favourite blog post you’ve written?
My favourite post to this day is probably the Treatbox monthly boxes that I review, exciting and fun to photograph!

Something that has made you into a stronger person?
Experiencing pain and loss, living with chronic pain, overcoming it and becoming stronger from it.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new blogger what would it be?
Be yourself. Don’t copy others but take inspiration from them. Always write about what you’re passionate about and it will come across in your work. And don’t be afraid of asking bloggers for advice on social media, most will take the time to reply if you’re being genuine.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Orlando Bloom, he has been for years and years since I was a teenager… I used to love Paul Walker too god rest his beautiful soul x

Tea, coffee or hot chocolate?
Now I’m a weirdo, as I’m British, but I don’t really like Tea all that much, I tend to drink it when I feel unwell. Hot Chocolate is nice but I’m very picky about it. And Coffee… I make a good Coffee but I don’t drink it unless it’s a McDonald’s Iced Frappe Mocha… yeah told you I am weird!

Night owl or early bird?
Ooo now see when it comes to writing I am definitely a Night Owl but I can only really do my photography during the day… sometimes I get up early and I don’t have an issue with getting up.

Favourite quote or motto?
My favourite inspirational quote is “When it Rains look for Rainbows, when it’s Dark look for Stars”.

Goals for the upcoming months and ultimate goals in life?
My Life Goals are to one day have my own house and raise my family in it, and I would love to be my own boss one day too.

Now For The Rules For The Bloggers I Am Nominating Below…


1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions that they’ve given you.

3. Nominate 11 people (preferably people who don’t have the award already).

4. Give your own 11 questions for those people you have nominated to answer.

My Questions for the 11 Nominees.

1. What made you start blogging?
2. Do you have any pets?
3. What is your current Favourite Television Show?
4. Do you live by any amazing places?
5. If you could visit any era for a day in a time machine, what era and why?
6. What is your Favourite Colour?
7. Do you like dessert – if yes what is your favourite?
8. Have you seen a film that has changed your life – what and why?
9. If you could have an hour long conversation with anyone living or dead who would it be and why?
10. Is there a Song that has ever been your anthem?
11. What piece of advice would you give to your younger self if you could?

My 11 Nominees Are; Fern Roberts, Anna Nguyen, Mocha Girl Beauty, Madison Taylor, Rachy Reviews, Emily of Living Beautiful, Aoife Caitriona, Beauty with Zainy, Kate Selina of Femenish, Phoebe Tea, Anita Grivoka of Anita’s Diaries.

Thank you so much for reading this post today, I am hoping that you found some lovely bloggers to follow or support and I wish you all a very nice day.


The Liebster Award

This month saw me get my first ever blogging award, The Liebster Award and I’m very excited to bring you this very personal post of mine.

I was nominated by fellow blogger Natalie Swan-Williams, her wonderful blog is called Island Beauty Junkie. You can visit her blog once you’ve finished reading my post (links at the end) of course!

About The Liebster Award

An Award that is purely online, given to bloggers by other bloggers! This awards name has German origins – the word “Liebster” actually has several definitions, the most popular are: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and (can you believe it) boyfriend.

It was created so that bloggers could discover and recognise other blogs and support them, I really like the way it has a pay it forward aspect and has allowed me to open up to the community that I write for. I hope that you’ll enjoy learning about me and then looking at the blogs that I have nominated as I pass on this award.

The Rules

  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator has asked you
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Ask them 11 other questions
  • Let them know that you’ve nominated them

Don’t forget to add the links for the blogger who nominated you and the bloggers you are nominating at the end of the post!


11 (Interesting) Facts About Me

1. My first name is Sabrina (if you haven’t read my About Me section) then you might be interested to know that my parents named me after the River Severn, the Romans named it Sabrina after a Princess called Sabrina.
2. I have Hazel Eyes and Auburn Brown Naturally Curly Hair, and I had to wear braces for almost eight years during my high school days.
3. I graduated from University in 2010 in Photography, though it is not my main profession I really wish it was, I have never given up on my dream, I hope to keep going with my blog, the writing and photography combined, I just love it.
4. I love Cats, I grew up with one and she sadly passed away at aged 19, she was more like a sister than a pet, she was always there when I needed a cuddle after a bad day. I have also had 3 rescue cats since her, one who passed away not long ago and I am still heartbroken about him. My other two dear little girls who are still with me (and I hope for a very long time) are my shining lights and make going home after a long day all the more worthwhile. I couldn’t imagine life without them in it, they really are my little fur babies.
5. I have had 10 piercings and 10 tattoos in my life so far. All of my tattoos have meanings or are about remembrance. My favourite piercing is my navel and my favourite tattoo is my cherry blossom branch.
6. When I was younger (and fitter) I rode horses, swam and cycled regularly, the only exercise I manage to do since my diagnosis though is walking every day. I also hike with the very occasional swim.
7. I’m very lucky to have traveled to many countries. So far I have been to 18 different countries, and my goal is to get to 30 by the time I’m 50 years old.
8. My two wardrobes are colour coordinated. One is also in order of store alphabetically. I don’t see myself as suffering from OCD, but I do have aspects of it that I use in my daily life, it doesn’t bother me and I love being organised.
9. I love food! Italian and Indian are my favourites and I’m a keen cook, I love to experiment. My hobbies include cooking and baking on a regular basis.
10. When I was at School I studied three languages as well as English of course, these were Welsh, Spanish and French, and I can still speak all of these on a basic level, although the older I get the rustier I get, ha ha. I would love to learn more in my life.
11. I am an Endometriosis sufferer and I hope that one day soon I will be brave enough to tell my story so that others may benefit from my experiences.

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Questions I Was Asked and My Answers

1. Why did you start your blog?
2. If you could only take one beauty product to a desert island what would it be?
3. What is your perfect night out?
4. How do you like to relax in your spare time?
5. What is your favourite film of all time?
6. What is the best advice you could give to a new blogger?
7. If you could be any animal which would it be and why?
8. What is the most used app on your phone or tablet?
9. Name two bloggers you regularly follow and why?
10. What is your favourite band or musician?
11. What is the best book you have ever read and why?
1. I decided to start my blog when I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2015. It was a positive outlet for my writing and photography because I could no longer get out and about easily. Although it didn’t go live until March 2016 due to my surgeries, I wanted to put positive energy back into my days. I wrote many posts last year while I was recovering from major surgery and had to take 10 weeks off work. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did and before I knew it I was collaborating with brands.
2. My one beauty item I would take to a desert island would be lip balm, it’s the only thing I use every day without fail.
3. My perfect night out would be a meal with my husband followed by, cinema in the winter and a sunset walk in the summer.
4. I relax in my spare time by creating photographs in nature or by being creative with one of my many hobbies.
5. My favourite film of all time is probably (don’t judge me) Twilight. But I’m judging that by how many times I’ve seen the film. I also love things like Moulin Rouge, Gladiator and The Fast and Furious franchise. I just adore movies! I also adore Soundtracks!
6. The best advice I can give a new blogger would be don’t try and be like anyone else, take inspiration of course but write about your passions and likes. Discover your own style and above all, always be confident in your strengths.
7. If I could be an animals I would be a cat. I adore cats and I have had 3 rescue cats in the past 10 years, they have a wonderful life with my husband and I, and if I could have any animals life it would be a cat.
8. The most used app on my phone is probably Facebook, though I’m really enjoying Twitter of late.
9. Two bloggers that I regularly follow and read their posts often are Becca with her Blog Fashion Train and Leah with her Blog Miss Pettigrew Review.
10. My favourite band or musician is Carter Burwell, he has written many film scores and soundtracks, my favourite piece is from the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1, it’s called Love Death Birth, if you don’t know it then pop online and take a listen, it’s so moving.
11. When I was young you had to prise books from my hands, I was always reading and I think it’s a shame the new generation won’t have the same appreciation for books like I did. If I had to pick one book in particular that perhaps changed my life when I read it, I think it would be Harry Potter. It inspired me to write and follow my imagination. Thanks JK!
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My 11 Questions For The Nominees

1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
2. What are your hobbies?
3. Which Movie is your all time favourite?
4. What are your favourite foods?
5. How many Countries have you been to?
6. Do you have any Pets?
7. What is your main Goal for 2017 (can be blogging or personal)?
8. Do you have a Favourite Song for up to this stage of your life?
9. What was your Favourite Subject at School?
10. If you could have lived in any era and gone to dinner with any icon, when and who would it be?
11. What would be your perfect weekend?
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My Nominees Are;
1. Danielle Alexandria with her Lady Loves blog
2. Paige Weatherall with her Paige Margaret blog
3. Roxsanne Slatford with her Beauty Bag Secrets blog
4. Sarah Oswald with her So Beauty Stuff blog
5. Rachel Blackmore with her personal Rachel Blackmore blog
6. Tanya Leahy with Tanya Leahy Makeup blog
7. Ro N Rae with her personal blog Ms Queen Ro blog
8. Audrey Marie Knizek with her With Love blog
9. Siobhan Macdonald with her blog Forever Siobhan blog
10. Sarah Bennett with her blog Pale Princess Makeup & Beauty blog
11. Carolyn Cohen with her blog Party Polished blog

Please join me in supporting all of these unique and wonderful bloggers!


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Thank you to all of my nominees for taking the time to read my Liebster Award blog post, and I hope you will enjoy answering my questions! I look forward to reading the answers.

I was Nominated by Island Beauty Junkie

Thank you very much for joining me for this special post today, I hope you will enjoy the blogs that I have nominated and that you will come back to Severn Wishes for all of my new posts in the future.

✩ Sabrina