Not So New At The MADS 2015 - What Katy Said

Not So New At The MADS 2015

Last year I was given a ticket to the MAD Blog Awards last minute after Sally sent out a tweet asking if anyone would like to go. I was only 5 months old as a parent blogger at that point and must have been feeling brave as I went along knowing absolutely nobody at all. I was so nervous but I had a great time and came away feeling inspired.

This year was completely different, I wasn’t so new and more than that, I was going as a finalist!!! Me and my little blog a finalist in a national blogging awards! How crazy is that? This time I wouldn’t walk in knowing nobody, I would walk in knowing I had friends to greet me and others to meet having only spoken to them online. So exciting! I was a little nervous of course, being a finalist meant I could potentially win and that meant I may have to walk up to the stage and make a speech!! Not something I love so much!

When I arrived I instantly recognised lots of people and it was hugs all around! I had arrived early so I could get my hair and make-up done, something that the TOTS team put on for the finalists. The ladies were absolutely amazing and did a superb job on everyone! I loved my hair, big curls making me feel very glam indeed!

me at the mad blog awards 2015

This was taken at the end of the night so my hair had dropped out by then!

It was soon time for the main event and so we made our way into the reception room for drinks. Everyone looked amazing and I soon caught up with lots of other bloggers I knew. I also had a go in front of the Micro Scooter wall, having a photo with the lovely Karen from Mini Travellers. I am going to be working with Micro Scooters soon so it was great to catch up with them there too!

I had a little look at the table plan and was sitting with a fab bunch of people so when we were called in I happily made my way to find my seat. I had the gorgeous Caro from The Twinkle Diaries on one side of me, Hélène from Croque Maman on the other and around the rest of the table were Emily from A Mummy Too, Caitlin from Spewing Mummy, Al (and his wife Jen) from The Dad Network and Carie from Space For The Butterflies. All of us were up for awards so we were in with a good chance of being a winning table!

starter at the mads

Dinner was amazing, everyone said they enjoyed it and I was absolutely stuffed by the end! Apologies for the photos being pink haha!

chicken risotto chocolate mousse

The awards were soon upon us and I started to feel a little ill. I didn’t think I would win because my category had such amazing talent but you never know do you? I didn’t win though with Going On An Adventure scooping the award for Best Pre-School Blog. Well deserved too, such a lovely blogger and a fab blog.

dr ranj at the mads

The awards carried on and our table did in fact have a winner with Emily scooping the Best Food Blog category. She is a super star blogger and yet was so shocked that she had won- sign of greatness right there I think.

me and leigh

It was soon time to go home and I shared a taxi with the lovely Leigh and Jess before saying goodbye at Kings Cross. Thankfully I am only half an hour away from London so before long I was home and having a sneaky look in my fab goodie bag (I do love a goodie bag!). The whole evening was really fun and I came away, once again, feeling so inspired by the huge amount of talent that this country has. I love blogging and the community I am a part of and who knows, maybe next year I will get to go again!

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela at daysinbed
    September 21, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Oh Katy this sounds amazing! I really hope to go to the mass next year. It sounds awesome and a great chance to meet up with friends. Who knows my health may be much better in 12 months? I’m glad you had a great time and well done!

    Angela x

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      Katy
      September 24, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      I would love to see you up for an award Angela xx

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    Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    September 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Lovely post about a lovely night lovely! Fab pic of us at the end. Was wonderful to see you again, see you again soon xxx

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      Katy
      September 24, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you for keeping me company Leigh, was lovely seeing you xx

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    Nikki Frank Hamilton
    September 21, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    How fun!!! Congrats on the nomination, what an honor, not surprising you are pretty darn fabulous!

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      Katy
      September 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Aww thank you Nikki xx

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    September 22, 2015 at 12:01 am

    You did amazing to make the final huni! I am so glad you had a wonderful night xxx

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      Katy
      September 24, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you Aby xx

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    Vickie
    September 22, 2015 at 11:00 am

    You looked stunning! And you”re definitely a winner in my book despite the results at the awards. 🙂

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      Katy
      September 24, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much Vickie xxx

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    tracey at Mummyshire
    September 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing evening and you looked absolutely gorgeous – I don’t think I’ve ever had my make up done apart from from my wedding!
    Such an amazing achievement to have made the finals – congratulations & really, really well done
    xx

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      Katy
      September 24, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you Tracey! It was only the second time for me too- first being my wedding too haha! x

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    Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    September 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Aah it was SO good wasn’t it?! Such to treat to have our hair done and have a lovely night out! Even though we didn’t win — just to get in the short list is extraordinary! I was thinking about you earlier and it made me laugh!!! I was remembering our code!! LOL!! Still funny now!!! 😀 xx

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      Katy
      September 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Was a lovely night xx

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    Charlotte Braithwaite
    September 25, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Looking beautiful Katy.
    Maybe next year I might hop on down, I just don’t think I would ever get nominated.
    Well done on your nomination – fingers crossed for a win next year. You totally deserve it.
    Charlotte x

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    Ickle Pickle
    September 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    congratulations on being a finalist! Looks like an amazing night . Kaz x

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