You may not have heard…(!) but Mums’ Days won the award for the Best Parenting Blog at the North East Blogger Awards on Wednesday night! The evening was made super special as Mike and I were staying at the amazing Jesmond Dene House (more to come on that!) and I had a fabulous Fever London Dress to wear. So, even without the overall win, I was feeling very proud and really enjoying taking this moment to stop and think about what I had accomplished in the 2 and a half years I’ve been blogging.
I arrived at Jesmond Dene House at around 3pm and I was feeling nervous so I busied myself making a goofy movie and did a bit of work before Mike arrived at 5:30pm.
Just having him around eased my nerves and we could chat and get ready in style!
Finally we were ready and I was feeling a million dollars in my Fever London dress, which they had given me especially to celebrate being shortlisted for the NE Blogger Awards!
This is the Arvilla Gown in Black
I love the low V at the back of the dress! I paired the dress with a gold belt and some orange accessories – sounds crazy but I was happy with how the blazer and peep toe shoes turned out!
When we arrived at Lane 7, the awards venue, it was already packed with a hubbub of bloggers and brands mingling, drinking The One or The Lakes Gin cocktails and taking selfies. Mike tells me the food was amazing – I couldn’t tell you I went straight for dutch courage (which I hugely regretted yesterday!!) and found my co-nominees Jen and Janine for moral support.
And then it was awards times. Up first was the Food category and two of my friends were up for nominations and I was thrilled to hear that the lovely Lauren from Scran on the Tyne won this! Second was the Style category and another of my friends, Sandra from the Chicest won this. Then finally it was my turn. I pretty much hid behind Mike trying not to faint! I know, such a drama queen, but I was beside myself with nerves.
Sarah from Tommee Tippee read out the nominees, we watched our videos (mine felt like it went on forEVer!), she slowly tore open the envelope and said “this blog is often frank and brutally honest…”
At that point Mike was going, “It’s you, it’s you!” and then she Read. Out. My. Blog!
I was in utter disbelief. I’m surprised I didn’t fall over. And even more surprised that I managed to smile in this photo! I was busy going to Sarah, I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it?!?
I sat flabbergasted for a while, thinking about all those people who have helped me along the way – yes I’ve worked hard, and many more hours have gone into this blog than you can image, but it would be nothing without my readers and friends in the Mums’ Days Facebook Page community who support, advise, discuss, share their stories and much, much more. It would also be nothing without Mike. He has supported me from day one, and believed in me even when I haven’t managed to believe in myself…
And then all of a sudden it felt cruel. I know how much Jen and Jenine also put in to their blogs and I love them both. We shared big hugs and genuinely it is all our award because it’s incredible to be shortlisted out of the hundreds of parenting blogs in the North East!
I also want to give a special shout out to my blogging buddy, Samantha from North East Family Fun, who won the North East Blogger of the Year award! So well deserved, every post Sam writes about ends up added to my bucket list and she is generally Fab.u.lous! You can read her response to winning this amazing award on her blog.
It was such a wonderful evening. A great opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones. A wonderful way to showcase the talent in the North East because I’ve heard wind many a time that there aren’t any bloggers up here! Kari, the found of the NE Blogger Awards and CEO of PR company OPR, was telling me that they had hundreds of nominations for each category…many more blogs came forward then she could have even hoped for! So, World, come on up North, the bloggers are fabulous!
Best Parenting Blog! With my wonderful blogging pal Ang and Kari, founder of the awards…It’s not grim up north!