- Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award, and provide a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award.
- Ask your nominees 11 questions.
- List the rules and the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
Questions I was asked and my answers:
1. Why do you blog? At the beginning my main aim was to spread awareness of the potentially harmful ingredients in everyday skincare products, especially for babies and children, but nearly two years on and it’s become a creative outlet for me too. It’s also made me question more than just skincare products but also my and my family’s whole lifestyle – we’re definitely much more eco-conscious as a result. Seeing my husband come home with biodegradable this or organic that makes my heart jump with joy – he’d have never paid attention to things like that before! And hearing my older son Leo comment on how bad plastic is for the oceans is another reason I continue to spread the message of being as ‘green’ as possible.
2. What is your favourite book, and why? I love Jeanette Winterson so any of her books. I just love her writing style and how she uses words to describe different feelings and emotional journeys. Her book ‘Weight’ is probably my favourite one.
3. What do you think is the most pressing ethical issue of today?I think it’s about putting more effort into finding out where our everyday things were made and how, and using this information to make choices as consumers. Take for instance cheap/ fast fashion – today’s society is just so obsessed with buying for the sake of buying, and it has to stop! Every time I go past a chain clothes shop, I can’t help but wonder about where all these clothes will end up and whether some poor children made them in sweatshops in third world countries. The same thing goes for food. For instance – I love my avocados but their carbon footprint is crazy! I also recently came across this video on social media about a small town in America which is exposed to highly toxic fumes from a local plant producing laptop covers. These fumes have now contributed to hundreds of local people getting various types of cancer. Watching this video was a mind-opener to realise that such an insignificant everyday item could have contributed to such a terrible thing.
4. What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you? That’s such a tricky one as my family and husband surprise me with the sweetest things all the time. I’m just grateful for any small gesture!
5. What are three new places you would like to visit most, and why? Oh no, I really can’t answer this question easily. I’m such a big traveller at heart so if I had the money, I’d like to do a trip around the world in a year. But my next big holidays will have to be Mexico (for the avocados, Frida Kahlo and their culture in general!), Thailand (for the yummy food!) and New Zealand (because everyone who goes there says it’s the most amazing place).
6. What choices go into making how you select your makeup and skincare products? Firstly ingredient lists, then ethics and values of a brand, then price and finally – do I actually need it?
7. What are your goals as a content creator this year? I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I don’t like to do anything by halves but that can be a weakness too because I take so long to create content. So my goal is now to ‘take an imperfect action’ and just create content, not worrying about minute details.
8. You can take three items to a deserted island – what do you pick and why? Shea butter (because it’s a wonderful multitasker, natural deodorant (because, you know, I like to smell minty fresh) – it’d have to be either Earth Conscious or Elsa’s – and books (because to spend your days reading books on a beach is the dream after all, isn’t it?).
9. If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be and why? (ex: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Pokemon, etc.) I don’t really know – maybe Winnie the Pooh’s world. I’ve always loved Winnie’s philosophy!
10. What is the silliest belief/ thought you had as a child? My Mum always told me and my brother that she knew when we were lying because we had crosses in our eyes (that’s a Catholic in her, I guess!) and I think for years I was always running to the mirror to see for myself.
11. How do you help support the blogging community? I try to read as many blogs as I can, comment on fellow bloggers’ blogs and social media comments, but it’s so hard to fit it all in when you work full time and you’re a Mum to two little people as well.
1. What motivates you to write your blog posts? First of all, my passion for natural skincare and beauty, and how naturally derived ingredients benefit the skin. This passion then translates to a desire to encourage other people to discover these benefits for themselves, especially Mums (and Dads) so they can choose quality skincare for their children.
2. What’s your favourite social media platform to use alongside your blog? I don’t think I have a favourite to be honest, I just try to see different benefits of them. With Instagram, I like the visual prettiness of photos – it forces me to be more creative. Facebook is great for community building and chats, and is probably where most people my age now hang out! Twitter is fast and furious, and I’m still trying to figure out how to use it for my blog growth.
3. Which other bloggers/influencers inspire you and why? Two green beauty bloggers that I look up to are Ana from Ana Goes Green and Besma at Curiously Conscious – both are so knowledgeable when it comes to natural beauty and ethical consumerism! I also love Helen from Natural Beauty with Baby – her reviews are thorough and she takes great pics – and Emma from Mamalina, she just exudes green lifestyle and I’d love to be half as cool an Earth Mama as she is!
Outside of the green beauty industry, I admire Aby from You Baby Me Mummy who’s a blogger-turned-pro running courses, coaching other bloggers, etc. As well as Laura from Five Little Doves – I love her raw and honest style of writing, and how she’s raising awareness of baby loss.
4. What’s your “can’t-live-without” beauty product at the moment? I can’t live my shea butter and facial oils – I love all of them!
5. How do you keep up with trends that are relevant to your blog? To be honest, I don’t pay that much attention to “trends” within the skincare industry. Skincare is very individual and has to be tailored to your personal needs so you can’t be driven by trends. Just because a new type of product is taking the internet by storm, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.
6. What are your other hobbies, alongside blogging? I’m a big fan of cinema but these days don’t have much time to watch that many movies. I’m also a bit of a nerd and love all sorts of brain training games and word puzzles. Making my own skincare products has recently become a huge passion of mine and I really wish I had more time to dedicate to it.
7. What’s your favourite film and why? Did I not mention I’m a big film buff? I really can’t choose just one…
“La Vie en Rose” was one of the best films I’ve ever seen. It’s such a beautiful and sad portrayal of Edith Piaf’s life.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” lifts up my spirits whenever I watch it, restoring my faith in destiny and that life is worth living. For the same reason I also love “In Pursuit of Happyness” – it sends a powerful message that hard work really pays off and dreams do come true.
“Seven Pounds” is another tearjerker that I love – showing us in the most tearful way they human kindness does exist!
And finally, “Thelma and Louise” is the ultimate girl power movie!
8. What’s your favourite book and why? As mentioned earlier, “Weight” by Jeanette Winterson, among other of her books – she’s amazing!
9. What was the last foreign country you visited? What did you love about it? The last foreign country was Poland which is my home country, I went there to visit my family in May for my Mum’s 60th birthday. But as it’s my home country, I don’t really treat it as a foreign country. My previous visit was to Germany – I also went there in May to visit my brother who lives there and who had his birthday too. I love Germans’ attitude to eco-friendliness, they’re so much more inventive, efficient, effective and proactive. I also love their regular drugstores have lots of natural skincare.
10. What’s your favourite thing about yourself? Oh no, that’s too hard to answer! I really don’t know! But if I must answer, then I guess I like that I am very open minded, non judgemental and empathetic. I also love that I don’t follow crowds and listen to my gut feeling, you can’t really force me to do anything!
11. What advice would you give to your younger self? Enjoy your free time; travel as much as you can; live, love and laugh like there’s no tomorrow; don’t buy so much ‘stuff’ and start saving up early!!!
Questions I’m asking my nominees:
- Where do you want to be in the next 5 years, blogging-wise?
- What do you find most challenging about running your blog?
- What’s the best part of blogging?
- What’s your earliest memory?
- What hidden talents do you have?
- What was the best and worst job you’ve ever had?
- Who is your secret celebrity crush?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?
- What’s your favourite food/ dish and why?
- What’s your most proudest moment?
- Describe yourself in 5 words.