๐ŸŒžThe Sunshine Blogger Award 5.0๐ŸŒž

Whoever is reading this post, thank you for taking time out of your day to connect with me! I hope you are all doing well. In case you missed my last post, here is a link to my last blog post titled 3.2.1 Quote Me! – love. 

screen-shot-2018-03-23-at-8-2116615623 (1)The Sunshine Blogger Award is per recognition award for bloggers who inspire readers by promoting positivity and bringing joy. Thank you, Steve, from Steve’s Country, for nominating me or the award. Your blog really does make me smile “as wide as a country sunrise.”   

I highly recommend that you follow Steve if you haven’t done so already. His collection of beautiful flora and fauna photography, as well as vivid imagery he creates through poetry and personal experiences is sure to take you on an adventure while you sip your morning coffee. We also live in the same country which is pretty cool! Oh Canada! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ


๐ŸŒžSunshine Blogger Award Rules๐ŸŒž

The Sunshine Blogger Award has rules (surprise, surprise!). These rules ensure the success of this award, providing exposure to all the award winners. The rules are quite simple and straightforward.

Rules for Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Questions I was asked:

1. What is your favourite fruit? Personally, I love them all so it’s hard for me to narrow it down to just one. I can narrow it down to my top 3 favourite fruits: peaches ๐Ÿ‘ mangoes ๐Ÿฅญ and raspberries๐Ÿ˜

2. What one place in the world would you like to visit, outside your own country? The cherry blossom festival in Japan!

3. Do you like pets? As a matter of fact, I like cats and dogs. At one point, I wanted to be a veterinarian but I feel like this is every girl’s dream. I co-oped at a veterinary clinic and got to adopt a pug from a litter of pug puppies after witnessing a disturbing euthanasia that left me in tears. I named my pug after the pug that was euthanized in memory of that dog. My pug is now 9 years old and she lives with my parents in Ontario. Recently, my husband and I adopted a cat from a local animal shelter to help me deal with my depression. I love this cat so much and he puts up with a lot of toddler shenanigans….


Zoรซ is a 9 year old fawn pug who lives with my parents. She enjoys spending time at my dad’s boat on weekends.

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My boy, Timon, chilling in his cat tree.

4. Do you like beetles? I don’t mind The Beatles as in the band, but I am terrified of creepy crawlies. I get itchy just thinking about beetles.

5. Do you enjoy flower gardening? Honestly, I’ve never tried to tend to a garden. Considering how terrible I am at keeping house plants alive, I rather not chance it. A few potted plants is all I need to be happy.


I wouldn’t mind having potted plants like these! Courtney S. is the owner of this photo (we were neighbors a very long time ago) but I don’t have a link to give her credit.

6. Do you enjoy yard work? My mom complains about the weeds, so I probably wouldn’t enjoy yard work. I didn’t mind mowing the lawn as a kid because my dad paid me to mow it. Now that I’m an adult, I would prefer to own a property that requires little to no yard maintenance.

7. Do you like winter? If yes, you obviously donโ€™t live around here. By winter I mean at least 5 months with snow on the ground and temps getting as cold as -30ยฐC. NOPE! ๐Ÿ‘Ž I dislike climates that are too hot or too cold. Canada is way too cold for me and our winters/cold temperatures typically last 8+ months of the year with approx. 2 months of scorching hot summers. When it’s -30ยฐC outside and I’m with you, I literally cannot feel my face. Seriously, who thought that living in Canada was a good idea?


Summer vs. winter in Canada. Don’t let the pretty snow fool you.

8. Do you enjoy traveling? Yes and no. Travelling is a bit stressful and I usually don’t find it relaxing. I haven’t done a lot of travelling so my views might change once I start exploring more countries. This summer, we will be flying across the country to visit our families and honestly, even these “mini vacations” are mentally draining and physically exhausting.

9. Do you enjoy moving? My husband and I move around A LOT. Honestly, I don’t know what home is anymore. Within the last 5 years, we have moved house a handful of times. We will be moving again in a couple of years, hopefully to our forever home. My husband wants to leave Canada for several reasons but I am not thrilled about moving to a foreign country.

10. Do you prefer sunrise or sunset? Notice the word prefer, means pick only one. I prefer sunset because most evenings, I get to watch the sun set. Usually I am still asleep when the sun rises.

11. How many hours of sleep do you prefer to have? Ideally, 8-9 hours of sleep. I can easily sleep 13+ hours on any given day, so I have to force myself to wake up at a reasonable hour. I don’t know why I’m always tired but it’s probably a result of food allergies or intolerance.

๐ŸŒžSunshine Blogger Award Nominees๐ŸŒž












Questions for the nominees:

1. What country do you live in?
2. What year did you publish your first blog post?
3. What is your favorite blog post youโ€™ve written and why?
4. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging?
5. What book has influenced you greatly?
6. What is the meaning of life?
7. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be and why?
8. What is the scariest thing you have ever done for fun?
9. Are you a listener or a talker?
10. Would you rather have more time or more money?
11. What song best describes your life right now?

And….GO!! There is no pressure to respond to this nomination, as I know you have very busy lives outside of the blogging world. I look forward to reading your answers if you do decide to participate in the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am curious to know what your answers are!

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61 thoughts on “๐ŸŒžThe Sunshine Blogger Award 5.0๐ŸŒž

  1. stevescountry says:

    Very good Hilary!! I enjoyed those answers, especially winter! Also nice to see I’m not the only one that moves around a lot! Hope you have a great day and week!!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜บ

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Iโ€™m happy I kept the summer & winter image ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป It was taken in the arboretum at U of Guelph. A classmate of mine photoshopped the image. Who would have thought that photo could be put to good use here? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘

      As a kid, I did not move around because my dad built the house; born and raised in Ontario. Then I moved out and since then, Iโ€™ve lived in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Thanks for reading and stopping by today!โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŒป

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      • stevescountry says:

        I wish I had a bit more ability and I would try something like that image. I have moved around a lot since I was born! My parents moved a lot and I kept up with the tradition!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you so much, Pooja!๐Ÿ˜Š Pugs are my favourite dog breed and my dad’s favourite dog breed as well. I miss my dog a lot, and it’s been at least a year since I’ve last seen her. At least she knows where her home is. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ•

      Do you own any cats or dogs (or both?)?

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you so much for reading and giving me positive feedback. Your support means the world to me!๐Ÿ˜Š I am curious to know if you have been to Canada? What country do you live in?

      I would describe Canada as a country with lots of pretty scenery but not too populated with people. The scenery also changes from province to province as you drive across Canada. My home province has a bunch of lakes. The province I am living in now has mountains. The province I lived in prior to moving here has corn fields and flat land.

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      • orkidedatter says:

        Hello, nice to meet you.
        Thank you for your kind words, you warm my heart.
        I’ve been to Canada, I have family there.
        Alberta and British Colombia I have experince a lot, and I love it.
        I also have family in Toronto and Ottawa…
        I am from and live in Norway. So some of my family went over to Canada for many years ago and never come back.
        Take care.
        Enjoy your day.
        (May I ask where you live?)

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  2. Huguette says:

    Always good to know the fellow bloggers ๐Ÿ™‚ glad to meet your cute pets and Courtney potted plants are beautiful!
    Many Lebanese live in Canada and at certain point I planned to go then changed my mind, I also hate the extreme cold and heat, we have moderate weather here luckily ๐Ÿ™‚ I know how it’s like to move from house to another and hope you’ll settle down after your next move
    I do appreciate the nomination so much! It has been added to my to do list, will let you know once it’s done even if I took some time ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great day and congratulations on a new nomination ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I apologize that I didnโ€™t get a chance to post a message directly on your blog to let you know youโ€™ve been nominated. I am really happy that you saw the nomination here ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ’•

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      • genevacerrato says:

        No worries! Yes, I was reading your blog and came across it and was pleasantly surprised ๐Ÿฅฐ It is nice to be thought of. Thank you again. โ˜บ๏ธ


    • Hilary Tan says:

      Canada is a pretty country to visit, but I wish I didnโ€™t live here. Having to scrape ice off your car in the winter only to realize that the car wonโ€™t start anyways because itโ€™s too cold is not a great way to start the day. ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿ˜’

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Lily. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• It really means a lot to me!

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  3. ilona madam says:

    Congratulations lovely Hilary, cherry blossoms the most beautiful trees, i like pictures if you dog and cat house, hehe, i got one for my cat, but she never used it, so i got rid of it:DD, travelling can be fun but depend where you are going can be stressful and long, i’m opposite, i get up early at6am:DD, i can’t sleep long it gives me head pain, loved the answers, thank you so much for nominating me, hugs!!!!:)โค๏ธ

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  4. wifeblah says:

    Congratulations Hilary!! Zoe is such a cutee. I also love sleeping. Sleep is never an issue for me. Keep yourself bundled, I don’t think I can survive Canada weather. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  5. popsiclesociety says:

    Well done Hilary! Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰
    I also like all kind of fruits ๐Ÿ˜Š it is a daily must, same like veggies ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‹
    Cherry blossom in Japan must be beautiful to see! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ
    And you have a new companion, welcome home Timon ๐Ÿฑ ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•
    Oh well, I think Canada has beautiful nature but a little bit too cold for me either ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Have a great day Hilary! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒธ

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I missed a few of your earlier comments, Ribana, and I’m going through them all now. Replying to all of the comments I missed is a little overwhelming. I am not intentionally trying to spam you with notifications. ๐Ÿ˜† Thank you for your lovely comment. Timon the cat is doing well although he chewed up my Vitamix… the blender is in pretty bad condition ๐Ÿ˜ญ Canada is beautiful but gets really cold here, especially during the winter!


    • Hilary Tan says:

      Your comment did go to my spam inbox. Thanks for letting me know, otherwise I probably would have missed reading your lovely comment!โค๏ธThank you for reading my answers as well, and taking the time to talk to me. I really appreciate your support!๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’•

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Cats and dogs really do make great pets! They haven’t met each other because they live in different provinces. We’ll be visiting my parents next week and I really wanted to bring the cat along with me to meet the dog, but my parents weren’t thrilled by that idea.


    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thanks, V! I am not trying to intentionally spam you with notifications. Right now, I am trying to clean up my website and I see that I have missed several comments. I am trying to get things under control LOL hahaha Hamilton airport… that’s funny. Beautiful sights indeed! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ It’s a shame I missed your comment earlier!


  6. Dragon Warrior says:

    A very happy birthday to you, dear Hilary!
    May the sun, moon, trees, springs and wind bless you! Hoping your life would be filled with surprises and happiness… Happy birthday to you! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŽŠโœจ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŽ‰

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  7. ashok says:

    So good to know you a little more Hilary. I donโ€™t know how I missed this and maybe you didnโ€™t notify me๐Ÿค”
    Congratulations and thank you so much for your nomination.
    A very happy and joyous birthday to you. May God fulfil all your worthwhile dreams and desires.
    We also kept moving all our lives. Where ever I am is home for me. It maybe worth going along with your husbandโ€™s idea of moving to another country.
    I am looking forward to visiting your beautiful country in September-October
    All the very best once again.
    Loved your About page but didnโ€™t see any space for comments
    Love and blessings and a big hug ๐Ÿค—

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  8. bournemouthgirl says:

    Congratulations on your nomination, I like that it supports bloggers and other bloggers are sharing their support. You have nominated lots of bloggers to share your support. Great questions! I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for sharing xx

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