A Little Honesty...

Given to me by my friend Becky at farmgirlpaints and the lovely Anita at pillow-mint ....thank you!

Here are the rules I must follow, upon receiving this award:

1. Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.
2. Share "10 Honest Things" about myself.
3. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me.
4. Tell those 7 people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving.

Ten Honest Things About Me
1. I love the movies.....really love them.....the whole experience....from the minute I walk in to buy the tickets, to finding the right seats....and of course watching all the ads and trailers....if I miss them, I do actually feel that my experience isn't complete. I am fortunate to live 5 mins away from two great cinemas and often go most weeks, mainly with two mum-friends from school....one of us buys the tickets, one of us buys the treats (peanut M&Ms for me) and one of us buys secret ice cold G&Ts which we smuggle in....now we can't imagine how we ever went to the movies without them ;) We have been friends since our eldest children started preschool and usually it's a breathless dash to the cinema by all of us, having crossed our fingers that all our children settle down for the night promptly so we can escape....I see these girls every single day at school but just cherish our "alone" time where we can sit, chat and giggle at the same stuff.
I was a honeymoon baby and my mother discovered she was expecting me just after she and my father had moved to London from Wales for him to start a new job.....my mother had a day job in an office but in the evenings she was an usherette in the local cinema....in the days when they would show you to your seats with a torch....she is still a great movie buff and often says this was probably her favourite ever job....maybe that's where my movie-love also started....in those dark evenings in south London listening to those movie soundtracks!

2. I haven't ever had a job that I really really loved....I've had lots of jobs, in a variety of fields, that I enjoyed....but I'm still looking to find my "thing".

3. I am still searching for the perfect hairstyle....and the perfect hairstylist....enough said!

4. It has always seemed slightly odd to me that I consider myself to be very much a family person....but my relationship with my parents has often been quite complicated. My parents met when they were 14, got married 10 years later, separated another 8 years later and finally after another 20 or so years and a lot of wrangling, got divorced. They were a couple that never should have got married. My relationship with my mother can be tricky....I do know it's one that I don't want to repeat with my own daughter. I am especially close to one of my aunts (my father's sister) who always tells me that she is convinced my "normality" is in spite of and not because of my parents and that actually one night whilst out walking they found me under a raspberry bush and took me home and that's how I ended up with them!!! Sometimes it can be like having two extra children instead of parents....c'est la vie!
5. I love 70's disco music....as I write this "Ring my Bell" is playing on I-Tunes....maybe not cool to some, my son and I love a good disco dance in our kitchen....they don't write tunes like that anymore :) I do love to dance. I would add though that I don't exclusively listen to it....I nearly always have music playing but my children have a huge range of music they can already sing along to :)

6. I could be slimmer (and should be slimmer!) but I am actually pretty happy with how I look....I am a nice height and really wouldn't change a thing. I have beautiful friends who actually would consider getting "work" done, worry endlessly about their appearance (and getting older) and really don't have the self-esteem that they should have considering how gorgeous I think they are....so I am glad I am me.

7. I absolutely love TV makeover shows.....whether it's houses or people or weight loss....I do enjoy a good transformation....I could watch them every day if I let myself.....British shows or Ty Pennington on "Extreme Makeover".....it's all good!

8. I don't really like driving and didn't actually pass my driving test until I was 25. My parents didn't drive and I did grow up in London where public transport is very easy to use. I had a road rage incident around 12 years ago which shook my confidence a little and where I live now I do walk a lot since school is walking distance as are all my shops. I have never owned my own car either!
9. I love old musicals.....Doris Day, Gene Kelly...."High Society", "Singin' in the Rain", "The Wizard of Oz"....happy times.

10. I really love ice cream, probably more than I should....I don't eat it every day.....but I do really LOVE it! My favourite brand is probably Ben & Jerry's although the best ice cream I ever tasted was creme caramel at a gelateria next to the Trevi Fountain in Rome and blackberry and apple in St Davids in Wales where it is homemade by an Italian man who moved to Wales years ago.

I'm not going to pass this on to anyone in particular, but if you would like to help yourself to the award - and you could use a little honesty - then please do help yourself :)
PS I am guest blogging at then i got to thinking.... if you want to stop by today :)


  1. Congratulations on your award!

    I love your blog, it's so different. I should visit more often!! It always makes me feel so warm and cosy!

    So much beauty all on the way page!

    LBM xxxxxxx

  2. Hi honey, Love the first picture, got me thinking.

    I just adored finding out more about you, sounds like you may have been the parent! I so wish I could come to the movies with you and have G&T and m&m's. Sounds like fun. I absolutely love 70's disco, was going to put some on the blog once but thought I'd better wait for the right moment.

    Thanks darling, take care,

  3. Great idea! love your 1st photo - adorable!
    Have fun today, right now,

  4. Loving your list Simone and reading it made me smile ~ disco music ~ I am THERE ~ ice cream, yup again ~ I am sooo THERE!! I call Extreme Home Makeover my Sunday night sob fest. I could leave the TV on HGTV all day on the week-ends. I think we fit together rather nicely. How did I not know about your parents ~ not sure??

    Loved your guest blog post over at Tracy's!

  5. 'so I am glad I am me.'.... & so are we!!!
    Millie ^_^

  6. love your list...
    i to..love.love the movies!

  7. I am totally with you on 1, 3 6, and 10 and maybe the driving as I nearly drove into a customers garage dorr yesterday. So we have lots in common Simone......plus that Clive thing. Get jogging, you have a job to do. XO

  8. That was lovely. Thank you for such a perfect start to a tuesday morning!

  9. You are a lovely writer and your blog is stunning.

    Renee xoxo

  10. Congrats on your award....I am a movie junkie too, xv.

  11. So sorry I'm late..couldn't get in to comment..computer's playing up again !!
    I love your ten things...that's what I love about you, Simone..you're so honest.We are all glad that you're you. Blogland wouldn't be the same without you.
    I love films and going to the cinema, ice cream and make over programmes...addicted !! but, best of all...G & T's.
    We used to go to Wales a lot.. I love St. David's (always thought that it would be lovely to get married there in the little church, but you wouldn't get many people in there !!) and we always went to Fulgoni's for ice cream, although, I think there were quite a few Italian ice cream makers that settled in Wales.
    Thanks for telling us a little more about you, Simone. XXXX

  12. I love this honest post, and congrats on the award!

  13. Loved getting to know more about. Congrats on the award!

  14. I want to go to the movies with you, how fun!! It was wonderful reading more about you, Simone...by the sounds of it, you and I have alot in common....I'm so glad that I found your blog! Have a great day!

  15. P.S. I just had to come back to tell you what a wonderful job you did guest blogging....I too love SATC and adored the movie. When one of my girlfriends was going thru a rough patch with a new boyfriend - out came the SATC series DVD's and the SATC movie...(the movie we watched like 4 times in 2 days.)As much as I love to watch the girls, boy was I glad when my friend got thru her rough patch....haha....

  16. love, love, love your blog. I love the name too, I'm always throwing things in my laundry baskets - my gosh there's about 20 of the sitting around the house, still full of clothes, and when I get to the bottom of them, sometimes months later, I often get a surprise.

  17. Love the quote today...and your ten facts about yourself...I too am an icecreamoholic!xoxoxo

  18. Love the first pic, we have a few things in common, I adore icecream and Ben & Jerry's Cherry garcia and fish food are my faves. I love watching Ty doing those amazing home makeovers, so great to learn more about you, Have a sweet day! x

  19. Its great to get to know you more in this honesty post. I'm a movie fan also, and didn't get my drivers license till 23, but I do actually enjoy driving.

  20. Movies, ice cream, loving yourself for who you are, and non-driving - can we be best friends? We need to own a cinema and serve the best gelato EVER within walking distance to our homes!

  21. Great list Simone...thank you for playing along. I love getting to know you better. I love that you go to the movies often and sneak stuff in. I love the movies too. My mom's parents told her she was found under a lettuce leaf in the garden. How weird is that? I love make over shows and musicals too. Have you ever seen Three Little Words?? It's one of my favorites. My mom and I watched it when I was little. Have a wonderful day my sweet friend.

  22. I am there all the way down the list with you! Congratulations! You deserve this award. It's a wonderful beautiful world we live in and you are so good to see it but most of all to know it~

  23. HI! thank you for your kind comment! I am so envious you live in London! i visited there once when I was a jr. in high school and fell in love with it. I ablsoutely love your blog as well!!



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