You know those weeks where everything seems to be going wrong? I am having one of those. Time spent with the kids has been full of fun and giggles, I have had friends around, sleepovers and chats with a few of my best friends yet I feel down as soon as I have a second on my own and I cannot help it. Being a grown up sucks sometimes…
As I was thinking I needed to pull myself together, I received an email from Tots100, announcing the launch of the seventh annual MAD Blog Awards. I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself and started thinking of the blogs I thought were the best fit for each category. You know what? It has cheered me up!
After thinking of voting for my own blog for about 2 seconds (how rude!), I gave some thought to all the blogs I read regularly (some daily!). I wish there were more categories and more bloggers I could nominate here, but there you go…
If you want to make a few bloggers happy, give them a vote. You can vote for a blog in more than one category, and here are my nominations:
- Blog of the Year: ‘A Mummy Too’
I have no idea how she does it all, but she does, and she does it to perfection! Emily blogs, vlogs, develops recipes, takes gorgeous photos, inspires a lot of us through talks at big events and she is a Mummy too!
- Best Pregnancy Blog: ‘Ghostwritermummy’
Although she is not pregnant at the moment, Suzanne has four children and her blog is brimming with information about pregnancy, traumatic birth, IUGR, anxiety and birth trauma.
- Best Baby Blog: ‘The Oliver’s Madhouse’
I have been following Jaime’s blog for as long as I can remember. Her weekly ‘Magic Moments’ have provided hours of heart-warming reading over the past couple of years. Jaime has just had a baby boy. Since Jacob was born, Jaime has written about her gorgeous little man, how tough the first few weeks can be, and she has also given other bloggers the opportunity to share their birth stories.
- Best Preschool Blog: ‘Little Hearts Big Love’
Louise writes about what she gets up to with her two preschool-aged girls. Every week, she also hosts ‘From the Mouths of Babes’ every Monday, in which bloggers share their stories about what they children say. It is always a fun one to read, with laughter every time, endearing words and cure mispronunciations. Louise also writes about crafts, days out with her girls, as well as raising awareness about congenital heart defects.
- Best School Days Blog: ‘Who’s the Mummy?’
Sally’s daughter is slightly older than my children. She is one step ahead of me with Flea and it makes her humorous articles about life with a ten year old both entertaining and quite frankly informative. Have a peep at Sally’s blog if you want some down-to-earth reading about the “Growing and Changing” lesson (puberty, just in case you were wondering!) in school, thinking about secondary school, fun days out and games, book ideas for voracious readers or stuff about Harry Potter (amongst other things).
- Best Family Travel Blog: ‘Coombe Mill’
If you ever want to read all about family days out, activities to do outdoors or family holidays, ‘Coombe Mill’ will give you links to a range of blog posts about the outdoors with children every Saturday without fail, and Fiona regularly shares brilliant arty activities that can be carried out outdoors.
- Best Craft Blog: ‘Red Ted Art’
If I am looking for a quick and easy crafty project to do with the kids, I always check Maggy’s latest ideas. She is amazing and covers everything from painting, pom pom crafts, making stress balls or repurposing tyres!
- Best Thrifty Blog ‘Squidgyboo’
Lindy might not describe her blog as a ‘thrifty’ one, but I always think her ‘Fab Finds’ section is a great resource to find unusual food styling props on a budget. Lindy’s interior design ideas look ‘expensive’ but can be reproduced easily without breaking the bank. My next thing to put together after reading Lindy’s blog: terrariums!
- Best Food Blog: ‘Julie’s Family Kitchen’
Although I would love a vote or two in this category (obsessed with food, moi?), my dear friend Julie really deserves to get the award for Best Food Blog. Whenever I need a new pasta recipe, I head over to Julie’s blog. Her recipes are aimed at busy families: they are quick, tasty and rarely require ‘silly’ ingredients: just what I need! Oh, and Julie was the first person who ever commented on one of my recipes. Love that girl!
- Best Lifestyle Blog: ‘Honest Mum’
Vicki is THE definition of what a successful blogger is. She is a champion for blogging and her positive, ‘go get it’ attitude is always a breath of fresh air. I love a read of ‘Honest Mummy’ for a bit of inspirational reading, musings about life, family, food. Vicki’s blog is just like an online magazine, which makes it the ideal read when I have a few minutes on my own. You would think such a power blogger is unapproachable… Not Vicki! This lovely lady always takes the time to chat at conferences and answer (in a lot of detail) burning questions I might have.
- Best Blog Writer: ‘Mummy Tries’
Reneé is a writer and a blogger (in that order!). She has a way with words not many of us are gifted with and she constantly and relentlessly works at making her and her family as happy as they can be. She does not try to make her life sound perfect and you will read about the bad and the ugly as well as the wins on Reneé’s little corner of the web.
- Best Use of Photography: ‘Le Coin de Mel’
I will be cheeky here and nominate myself. I know there are many bloggers out there who take stunning photos and I could give you a long list of blogs I could nominate for their visual appeal. I do love every minute spent behind my camera and I always think about photos before I dream up a post of develop a recipe. I am always trying to learn more, improve my food styling and gather tips here and there.
- Best Use of Video: ‘Free From Fairy’
This naughty lady has been quiet on the video front for a bit but I really think that Vicki makes the best recipe videos. Her recipes are easy to follow. She explains everything in a nice, natural way and I have cooked along a few of those recipes. If you are on an exclusion diet, you should try Vicki’s ‘free from’ scones!
- Best New Blog: ‘The Intolerant Gourmand’
Although she has had her blog about Callum’s allergies for quite a while, Nath relaunched it all in December. That makes her blog pretty new, and yet the blog has been hugely successful. Nath is a real inspiration. When Callum was being diagnosed with a myriad of allergies (Jumpy’s allergies are nothing compared to her little friend’s), Nath fought and fought to make sure Callum was receiving appropriate treatment. She also started creating mouth-watering recipes not only her little man would enjoy, but the rest of us would love, too! We first met when we were raising money and awareness for Allergy UK and as we were having a picnic, I must have eaten (stuffed my face with) a dozen cakes and honey-glazed sausages.
After publishing this post, I realised the nominations for BritMums’ BiB Awards had opened as well. I really tried to include a range of bloggers and decided to nominate bloggers who have not yet won awards (that I know of). If you have a few minutes to spare, go ahead and vote as well! Here are the blogs I voted for (love the fact there is a ‘Readers’ Choice’ category here!):
- Fresh Voice: ‘Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen’
- Food Category: ‘Le Coin de Mel’
- Inspire: ‘Little Hearts Big Love’
- Social Media : ‘VeViVos’
- Writer: ‘Mummy Tries’
- Photography : ‘Le Coin de Mel’
- Video: ‘Mama Mim’
- Travel: ‘My Travel Monkey’
- Fashion: ‘Mummy’s Got Style’
- Art, Craft and Design : ‘Renovation Bay-Bee’
- Family Category: ‘And then the Fun Began’
- Reader’s Choice: ‘Free Range Chick’
I would love it if you would consider voting for any of these blogs!
Have you got favourite blogs you keep going back to, again and again?