Last Friday, I was on my way down to London for the glitzy MAD Blog Awards. I had been invited to the awards with an amazing nomination in the Outstanding Contribution category under my belt and when you get invited to these once in a lifetime (probably) events, you just have to go!
With thanks to Sally and the Tots100 team, I had my hair and make up done by the PowderPuff Girls and I felt brilliant. My hair was plaited with waterfall curls and I had some lashes professionally applied. It’s amazing what the professionals can do. I was so impressed and felt really girly, something I don’t often get to do!
I invited my all time blogging bestie, Mrs Bishop to attend the awards with me and after a quick change and spruce up, we made our way through the beautiful streets of Kensington to the Royal Garden Hotel where the awards were being held.
The awards were everything I expected them to be. The venue was swanky, the food was delicious and the wine flowed all night. Everyone looked super pretty in their glad rags and the atmosphere was full of excitement and nerves! It was really good to see lots of familiar faces but there were also lots of bloggers I didn’t know. I recognised quite a few people from their twitter avatars and it was great to put faces to names and their blogs.
As the awards started it was Dr Ranj who entertained the audience with his jokes and very close to the knuckle quips, I thought he was brilliant if not a little cringe worthy at times. As the winners got announced, it was such a privilege to watch fellow bloggers win in their categories. It was fantastic to watch Becky of The Mummy Adventure win Best Pregnancy Blog and Colette of Going on an Adventure win Best Pre-School Blog, two blogs that I’ve been following for as long as I can remember. So pleased that their hard work has been recognised. Of course in an ideal world all our favourite blogs would be award winners but that’s not the name of the game.
In my category, even to be nominated was enough. I was honoured to be in a category with amazing bloggers who have literally changed their little corners of the internet and further afield informing others and making a difference. The lovely Becky, from Baby Budgeting, gave a wonderful speech as she introduced our category. I was really relieved to be honest as I was sure that Dr Ranj was going to read out my blog as ‘Life According to MrsShits’ and I was a little worried that my blushes wouldn’t have been covered up by my fabulous make up!
It was an absolute delight to watch Hayley of Downs Side Up be congratulated as the winner of our category. Hayley is all kinds of amazing and it was lovely to see her pick up another gong for her inspiring work. All the nominees in our category are fantastic and we were invited on stage to receive a special little trophy. How bloody lovely was that? I definitely didn’t expect that. Unfortunately my face didn’t get the memo that it was being photographed so I have my resting bitch face on in the photographs but never mind, at least they prove I was there in a dress and heels!
I had an absolute ball at the MADS, it was a fantastic event and I was so chuffed to be there. Congratulations to all the winners and all the finalists. Huge thanks to Sally and the Tots100 team for a fabulous event and finally, a massive thank you to whoever nominated me for the award, it means so so much! I hope I did you proud and it’s spurred me on to make the next year a bloody brilliant one in which I hope to lose more weight and keep inspiring everyday people just like me make lifestyle changes for the better.