My Liebster Award Nomination

Awarded to Simply Marina by Life is Knutts 


Two days ago, my quick coffee break I sometimes take in the afternoon unexpectedly turned into something exciting. I was just enjoying a fellow blogger’s new post about her Liebster award, smiling happily for her, when the end of the post took me by surprise.

She had nominated me for Liebster award. Really?! But who is she? Her name is Gemma Nuttall, the super cute author behind Life is Knutts, a lady I would dare to call a friend. And believe it or not, she thinks my blog deserves attention. As a matter of fact, she is the friendliest and most supportive person I have met in the blogging world so far.

Gemma is a mother of three lovely boys, and to me, this is a reason good enough to depict her as superhuman. I totally admire her! Three little boys and still, you find the time for writing, publishing and being social? And she does it regularly. I have only one child and finding time for blogging is sometimes a challenge (alright, I feel ashamed already).

But before I answer her questions, I want to thank her with all my heart for being so kind and helpful. Gemma helped me bring back the motivation to keep running my blog in a moment of tremendous doubt. She showed me that blogging should be fun, first and foremost.

And goodness, how funny Life is Knutts is! You’ll love her brilliance and sense of humour.

Now, the answers:

  1. How did you come up with the name for your blog?

I knew what I wanted to write about on my blog and I considered different names. However, every time the name was referring to a single subject and was never good enough to summarise all the subjects I intended to cover (parenting and books are not easily put under one name, are they?). So in the end, a bit of this, a bit of that and I finally had it. The blog was meant to describe simply me and everything I was interested in, so Simply Marina.


  1. Gin or Juice?

Juice. Forgive me, Gem, but gin is not my beverage. Frankly, I’m not an alcohol lover at all.

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Anywhere I feel at home, and home is where my family is. Well, I wouldn’t mind a quiet place in the country.

  1. What blog post are you most proud of?

I’m not sure whether I’m proud of any of my posts. If I have to choose one, however, that would probably be Kids and Healthy Food, Make it Happen and not because I find it an exceptional piece. I just hope it will make people ponder over their children’s diet. It’s an important matter for me and one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place.

  1. What is your favourite food?

Chocolate! I’ve been trying to tame the chocoholic in me for the last few years and I have some progress, but chocolate remains my greatest food temptation.

  1. If you could learn any skill, what would it be and why?

Public speaking, because I’m terrified of it. Even the thought of standing in front of an audience makes me shiver. Another skill? Driving a car, because life would be far easier for all of us if my husband wasn’t the only one to drive. I know, it sounds preposterous. And I actually have a driving licence but I never use it as I’m the most wretched and untalented driver you’ll ever meet. 🙂

  1. Instagram or Facebook?

Facebook. I don’t even have an Instagram account. I used to rebel against the huge diversity of social media until I created a blog myself and eventually reconciled with my fate. Well, it seems that I just need to be present on more social networks now, and maybe on Instagram one day.

  1. What do you like most about blogging?

It gives me the freedom to express myself the way I feel it. And it’s my connection to so many wonderful people out there. Blogging turned out to be more challenging and time-consuming than I had anticipated, but at the same time, I’m happy to be part of this friendly community.

  1. What do you enjoy the least with regards to blogging?

It becomes addictive. Seriously, what I enjoy the least is that I don’t have enough time to devote to it.

  1. What would your perfect weekend consist of?

My family, good food, the sun, and a quiet place in the park.

Now, I’d like to nominate the following bloggers, if they feel like taking on the challenge. You need to write a post, mentioning my blog in it and answering my questions, and then nominate some other bloggers. Oh, and don’t forget to set your questions, too. 🙂

Em’s Life in Motion 

Emma Plus Three

The Perfect Juggler 

Pondering Parenthood

Someone’s Mum

Messy Blog

My questions for you to answer:

  1. Why did you decide to start a blog?
  2. Books or TV?
  3. What’s your favourite book if you have one?
  4. Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
  5. One random fact about yourself?
  6. Which literature or movie character would you like to be and why?
  7. What do you like most about blogging?
  8. What do you find challenging about blogging?
  9. What’s the most valuable piece of blog related advice you have received so far?
  10. How do you imagine the perfect holiday?

I’m looking forward to reading your answers. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Once again, thank you, Gemma! And thank you all who read my blog, I am honoured.

Marina xxx




2 thoughts on “My Liebster Award Nomination

  1. funkymrsknutts says:

    You’re so welcome Marina and what utterly lovely words!!! You made me have tears in my eyes! ☺️☺️☺️
    You’re more than welcome. I still have no idea what i am doing in the land of blog but we can all wing it together 😉😂
    You’re super and I’m so glad you’re finding your place and enjoying writing.xx
    Super answers too. I think you’re a miracle mum for not needing or wanting alcohol to help get through the week! 😉😂 – that’s where the chocolate comes in though right??

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