The Mad Blog Awards 2016

So last Friday evening I headed down to London for the annual MAD blog awards.

I was very excited, this is my 7th MAD blog awards ceremony and it is always fun. I was a finalist in best thrifty blog and had been nominated for an Outstanding Contribution Award. I know – how lucky was I!

On arrival at the very gorgeous Royal Garden Hotel where the awards were held and where I was staying, I immediately began to relax. It’s a delight to stay at the Royal Garden, such a lovely hotel and it has absolutely all you need.

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I joined the lovely Sally, Lindy, Jaime, Joanne, Aly and Emma et al for a scrumptious lunch at Wagamamas then it was time for hair and make up.

Such a treat to be pampered ready for the awards. Check out Aly’s cool hair do!

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and Emma’s!

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and Jaime’s

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The awards began at 6.30 and I played roulette for donuts! and caught up with old friends and met some new ones.

I had a lovely table and met our compere for the evening Helen Lederer, who I have always thought was brilliant but think so even more now. She is naturally funny and very down to earth. The food cannot go unmentioned either as it was spectacular!

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The awards were brilliant and all the finalists deserve a mention because they are just fantastic but let me share the winners with you:

Best Pregnancy Blog

Crazy With Twins

Best Baby Blog

 A Day in the Life Dad

Best Preschool Blog

 Baby Brain Memoirs

Best Schooldays Blog

 Lets Talk Mommy

Best New Blog

 Sam Avery Comedian

Best Thrifty Blog

 UK Couponing

Best Family Travel Blog

Mini Travellers

Best Food Blog

 The Slimming Foodie

Best Lifestyle blog

 Mrs Meldrum

Best Craft Blog

The Imagination Tree

Best Photography

 Mummy Daddy Me

Best Use of Video

 Brummy Mummy of 2

Best Writer

 Storm in a Tit Cup

Blog of the Year

 Brummy Mummy Of 2

Huge well done to them all.

I didn’t win best thrifty blog  but I did win…..

                                                                Outstanding Contribution

I know right, how fabulous is that!

I was completely overwhelmed as I was nominated along with some pretty blooming awesome bloggers who all absolutely deserved to win. As I accepted my trophy and muffled my words and muttered about not being quite sure why I had won, Sally stepped in and said she’d known I would wonder that, so they had made a little film.

Would you like a look?

I was completely blown  away by this and have to thank the gorgeous people who took the time to make this film and send me such lovely messages; Chris from Thinly Spread, Penny from Being Mrs C, Emma for Mums Savvy Savings, Liz from Cambridge Mummy and Rosie from Rosie Scribble and founder of Baebox  the very lovely Penny from Parent Shaped

I think from what was said I won this award for being kind and supportive, that’s a  pretty fantastic thing to be recognised for as these are qualities that I really value. My lovely mum would have been so proud. As a kid I won a trophy for being the kindest brownie and I swear she cared more about that than any of my qualifications.

Kindness rocks.

I don’t always get it right but I do (almost always) try my best.

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Many people were really kind to me this past weekend and I have had so many lovely messages from so many bloggers I really do want to say thank-you so much.

I also want to really thank Penny making sure I went in the first place and cheering me on. Emily for carrying my bags and keeping me such good company on the way home – you rock Em! I also want to thank Emma who kept reminding people not to try and make me dance and checking I was breathing okay without making a fuss. I know you were looking out for me Emma and it was MUCH appreciated.. She is a quiet superstar that Emma, and she did such a great job all weekend taking care of people, presenting awards and so on. You’re fab!

My prize was a lovely trophy and a stunning bunch of flowers from Moonpig (honestly they do the best flowers!) Sadly (due to an annoyingly heavy ventilator and my suitcase) I could not get them  home But I was however delighted to give them to the lovely Emma  who has proper enjoyed them.

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Huge thanks to Sally founder of the MADS and Tots100 for putting on another great awards (and making me laugh so much at breakfast)  but mostly for being fab, supportive and lovely. And to the lovely Lindy who is always a delight to see and who you really can talk about anything with (best dress of the night Lindy!)

Hilarious moment of the night was Sarah Kirsty Emma and I thinking we were Charlie Angels! banging on a locked toilet door, shouting are you all right? let us in we’ll help!  suspecting some poor drunken reveller had passed out, only to find it was a locked cupboard.

Oops!

What an outstanding, inspirational, fun and friendly community we have.

I am so proud to be part of it.

well-done

Becky xxx

P.S I know my pictures are rubbish but I thought you’d like to see them anyway! AND there are tons of people who I haven’t mentioned who really really made the night special. Consider yourself hugged.

 

 

 

 

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23 Comments

  1. September 28, 2016 / 9:57 am

    You are awesome and I am so happy I got to spend time laughing with you! Carry on being you as you rock.

    • October 3, 2016 / 9:36 am

      Aw x

  2. September 26, 2016 / 10:07 am

    So pleased for you, you absolutely deserved to win. It was a pleasure to be allowed on that stage with you! xx
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    • September 26, 2016 / 1:27 pm

      aw bless your heart how lovely

  3. September 22, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Big congratulations Becky, well deserved x I thought you were really good at the frugal gambling too 😉

    • September 22, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      thats lovely thankyou

  4. September 20, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Massive congratulations Becky, you so deserve this and I love the video that shows just how uch you are loved within the blogging community! It sounds like you had an amazing time and I didn’t half giggle at the thought of you knocking on a locked cupboard door!! Thanks for sharing your experience with us xx

    • September 20, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Thats lovely Amanda thanks so much xxx

    • September 20, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you so much x

  5. September 20, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Love ya lots Becky! No one more deserving as you really are the kindest and nicest person I have had the pleasure to meet.

    • September 20, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Aw you are lovely xxxxx Always love to see you x

  6. September 20, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Such a beautiful video and so well deserved Becky. I have only known you a short time but you make a huge impression on everybody around you. Congratulations lovely xx

    • September 20, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Cathy that is so lovely and I will be thinking of you this week xx

  7. September 20, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Was so lovely to meet you on Friday. So pleased for you winning the Outstanding Contribution Award and obviously thoroughly deserved.
    Hope to see you at another blogging event in the future.
    Lots of love x

    • September 20, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      So lovely to meet you too xx

  8. September 20, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Aw, lovely post lady! I was so chuffed to hear that you had won – so very well deserved! You have been a supportive and loyal friend to so many in the blogging community over the years. Advice that you have shared is now being passed on by those who heard it to new generations of bloggers and I think that’s fab. Congratulations again lovely Becky (but why, oh why, is the front frame of that video of me gurning?!)

    • September 20, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      Mwah to you and thank you and your’e going to have to have a word with Sally about that!

  9. September 20, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Loved spending time with you on Friday. You are ace xxx

    • September 20, 2016 / 1:58 pm

      and I you (even if we were robbed of them donuts!!!) we shoudl go and play roulette for real next time!

  10. September 20, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Such a well-deserved winner. I wish I had had more of a chance to sit down and chat with you. You always look like such a happy person and I am full of admiration for how hard you work. Well done Becky, many congratulations x

    • September 20, 2016 / 1:59 pm

      Thats very sweet and thankyou x You had some fab boots on there!

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