I went to tell you my story around the MAD blog awards.
4 years ago I was delighted to be nominated as a finalist in the very first MAD blog awards. (Mummy and Daddy)
I was in my first year of blogging and so chuffed to have been recognised.
I arranged for my mum and my baby, who I was still feeding, to come with me to Butlins at Bognor where the awards were to be held and I was so excited. Sadly my mum passed away unexpectedly just 6 weeks before and completely broken hearted I decided not to attend.
My best friend Naomi somehow or other managed to persuade Sally out of a ticket and convince me to go with her right by my side. This is why I love Naomi. Naomi somehow ended up giving out an award too (she’s soft that Sally Whittle). I ended up having a lovely time and knew mum would have been so pleased I’d gone.
I met some fab new friends too.
The following year I was a finalist for best blog post and best small business. Again I didn’t win but had fun with the lovely Cass from Frugal Family and made many more new blogging pals.
Year 3 of the MAD blog awards I was a finalist for best blog post at family budgeting and best thrifty blog at baby budgeting. The mighty Frugal Queen won the award for best thrifty and best blog post went to the awesome Mammywoo.
This was my fourth MADs year…should I bother trying again? I ‘ve asked for votes so many times surely everyone’s had enough by now!
I so wanted a little glass trophy.
I so wanted to go to another fab MADs party.
I wanted to make mum proud.
Bizarrely we wore the exact same outfit to travel down in …
What a lovely hotel and what a fabulous awards ceremony.
The food was awesome, as was the service and the venue.
Dr. Ranj who presented the awards was funny and eloquent and the room was packed full with old lovely blogging friends and new ones just waiting to be met.
I got to sit next to on of my very best blogging buddies the lovely Chris Mosler (Thinly Spread) and the inspirational Emma Vanstone) we had such a nice time. The winners were fabulous and I got to present an award myself to fantastic Fiona from Coombe Mill for best family fun blog.
Then came my category and well blow me down..Chris presented the award and…… I won!
I had to say a few words ( I had to at my wedding I just get this compulsion!!) and all I can really remember was thanking everyone and asking them to remember Cass frugal who couldn’t make it to the ceremony. Cass is my co finalist… a fab, thrifty blogger.
Cass from Diary of a frugal family : The best frugal blogger I know!
I could not stop grinning.
Mum would have been so proud.
It maybe 3 years after we planned it together mum but I finally bought that award home.
The marvellous Mammywoo won best blog writer and blog of the year and she is a blogger who moves me . I come from a long line of sensitive and strong ladies and Lexy has that spirit by the bucket load. I so admire how she conveys her fragility and strength and endless capacity to get up again and to hope. I hugely respect her writing and am delighted she won. A standing ovation too.
There were a whole bunch of ladies with huge hearts nominated for their outstanding contibution at he Mads , take a look at this. This is what love can do.
All of them are amazing. Each and everyone.
Well done ladies.
You inspire me.
I had a wonderful time.
Thanks to Idealo who sponsored my category and for my lovely prize.
Thanks to the fabulous Tamsin and Liz from Parentdish who sponsored the awards. Always a delight to see them and it just wouldn’t be the Mads without them.
Lastly thanks to Sally, lovely Sally who puts in so much work (with help from a great team) so we can all come together and celebrate parent blogging. Thanks Sally. You rock.
Fab photo by Chris Mosler
I feel so appreciated and happy thank you to everyone of you who ever voted for me.
I will cherish my award.
I am delighted….and what lovely friends I have made along the way. Mum would be so pleased Naomi made me go the Bognor that 1st year it’s lead to such good things..
Thanks Na x
Thanks Sally x
Thanks Mum…. this award is totally dedicated to you, because you believed in my writing and you taught me money doesn’t make the world go round, love does and really knowing that has made life pretty good.
All photos form Penny Alexander and Tom Arber