It was Sunday night, I had just come in from having dinner with the family at my mother-in-laws. I hadn’t had a chance to peak at twitter all evening as I was in full potty training mode with Buba, my two year old, praying he wouldn’t have an accident on my MIL’s carpet. After rushing home to get both kids in thier pjs and in their beds, I glanced at twitter to see a message from Coolbananas: RU ok? Just checking you’ve recovered from the shock? RU charging up & down your street bursting with excitement? xx
To say I was confused wouldn’t describe it. The lovely team at The Mad Blog Awards were ever so clever not to tell us all when the finalists would be announced so I scanned the rest of my messages to find I had made it to The MAD Blog finals in TWO categories BEST BABY BLOG and BEST NEW BLOG.
I double checked, who me? New me? Couldn’t be? Yup, my name was still there. After the shock wore off, I ran into the living room arm pumping and crying all at once to my husband, who guaranteed, thought I lost the plot. Then I called my mother in America, who equally thought I had completely lost it.
I couldn’t believe my name was next to all these amazing bloggers that I have been following and loving, myself. It is a true honor and without all of you that wouldn’t be possible. So a HUGE thank you goes out to all those that voted for this newbie and got me this far. A thank you to my kids and husband, who are always providing me with experiences and adventures to share without which I wouldn’t have my blog!
For those that don’t know what the MAD Blog are for: its to praise and recognise UK Mum and Dad bloggers for their hard work and talent. What does being a finalist means, here is a little stat for you.
“200,000 votes were casted, 6,000 blogs nominated, only 59 blogs were chosen”
The voting gets harder now, because I am up against some of my favorite bloggers, and some of my favorite bloggers are up against each other, choosing is difficult. I wish everyone could win. I am sure it’s the same for all of you to choose too. So if you don’t know me, here is a little bit about me.
“I am a new blogger, a loud American mother of two under three, married to my handsome British husband. We live in the UK where I blog about all our family experiences and adventures together, about the milestones of both my babies: Buba and Missy Moo, and everything in between: photography, fashion, recipes, crafts, home decor, music and poetry. “
If this is your first time here at Let’s Talk Mommy, first off welcome! Here are a few posts I would like to share with you to showcase why you should vote for me for BEST BABY BLOG AND BEST NEW BLOG!
Missy Moo’s Milestones: 8 Months Old
Buba’s Milestones: Big Boy Bed
You would be making this otherwise unconfident new blogger’s dreams come true as writing has always been her greatest passion next to her family and to be recognized on a greater scale for all of it would be astounding!
I have heard so many amazing things about the MAD Blog Awards Gala. I am excited to get to meet so many of my favorite bloggers too. From reading all about last year’s gala, it sounds like the party of the year and all the photos look like everyone really enjoyed the evening. I can’t wait. Roll on September!!!
Hurrah For Gin says
Congrats lovely! Looking forward to meeting you and thanks for your recent lovely comment on my post 🙂 too kind you are xxx
Thank you hunny!!! Of course, I am so proud of you too. I get your posts to my inbox so always reading. It’s great to see a ton of blogs that I love so much will be there even my real life close friend Morgana at Butwhymummywhy. I was honored that my name was on there, thank you I am still wondering if it’s real. Just look forward to the evening gala that will be one night to remember all of us together. lol I am curious on the gin loving too? lol
Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says
Happily voted for you Jenny!
Ahh thank you ever so much. That means the world to me. Honestly! 😉 Sending a virtual big hug.
Tracey Hargraves says
Well done Jenny Tracey (Puddle DucKs)
Thank you ever so much Tracey.
Congratulations!! Looking forward to meeting you 🙂 xx
Thank you Kerry. Me too! It will be great! 😉
Life at the Little Wood says
Yay! Yippee! A nicer lady could not have been chosen to be a finalist. Well done Jenny, and enjoy every second of it all xx
Thank you sweetheart. Glad I got a fan I am so nervous I am up against huge bloggers and popular bloggers, but I feel very honored my name is next to theirs. It’s surreal for sure. Biggest hugs to you for your lovely comment. 😉 And always stopping by LTM!
Jess @ Along Came Cherry says
HUGE congratulations!! You must be so happy, two categories is bloody amazing! Looking forward to meeting you! x
Oh thank you so much Jess, me too! Really can’t wait to meet you. I keep checking it thinking they will email me anyday now and tell me it was a typo. Can’t believe it and up against some of my favorites too makes it so hard. 🙂
Not A Frumpy Mum says
Huge Congratulations lovely, a very well deserved finalist! You should be so proud of yourself! xxx
Thanks Jo!!! You are too sweet. I am still spinning from it all. Can’t believe it. I wouldn’t have got this far without amazing bloggers support like yours. So thank you so much for being so supportive and stopping by my blog. Big hugs.
Jenny you made me smile noting your families reaction. I’ve not even told my Mum yet as she still doesn’t understand the difference between email and google! However I know the joy you must feel and I can’t wait to catch up with you in September. It is indeed an amazing night.
Verily Victoria Vocalises says
Jenny, well done my lovely. I am SO thrilled for you. You have worked hard at your blog and it is always wonderful to gain any sort of recognition. Ross just didn’t get it last year – this year, he does a bit more! Congratulations & look forward to partying with you xx
Yes I look forward to us all being together too! What fun we will have. I know no one in my family or even my circle of friends really understand how big it is. I had to celebrate in silence. lol I still can’t believe it. I am in total shock and awe still. I feel guilty going back out there now and asking people to vote again. But so very honored. I am up against my favorite bloggers which makes it even tougher. I just look forward to the night it will be so much fun. and congrats again to you my lovely.
Hayley at Shutterflies says
Congratulations Jenny, how exciting! Best of luck x
Thank you so much Hayley. I really couldn’t have done it without all the encouragement, blog love and support from all of you. To think I almost deleted my blog a few months back when a few bloggers got really mean with me. So glad I didn’t now. I am still in shock. 😉
Katie @mummydaddyme says
Massive congratulations again Jenny, I missed this post earlier when I was looking through your blog but found it on the mad blog awards linky. So looking forward to have a nice party with you. It will be so much fun. Xx
Hi – just wanted to pop by to say a huge congratulations on being a finalist, we’re so excited that you’re a part of the awards this year, your blog is fantastic. Best of luck with the voting and hopefully we’ll get to meet in September.
Oh thank you ever so much Sally. I look forward to meet you too. Thanks for the sweet comment. I am still in shock. Thanks for popping over and checking my blog out too. Can’t believe I have been blogging for six months now. I am loving it so much.
Jen @mymummyspennies says
Huge Congratulations Jenny! I was also in shock when I found out! Your blog is amazing and it is very well deserved, good Luck!
Thank you so much that is so sweet of you. I cried like a baby. Stupid I know. But I have only been blogging six months and a few months ago almost deleted the whole thing. Vic Welton kept me in the game. So glad too. I find it hard to think that it’s good somedays and other days I am obsessed with it. So nervous to meet all my favorite bloggers in real life though. It’s weird to know some much about people that you never met and then to assume they will even know me because I may follow them but they might not follow me is just bizarre feeling. Never good with rejection. hahaha But I do look forward to meeting everyone all the same. It sounds like they are always fun galas to attend. Congrats to you too hun!!!!! What an achievement.
Charly Dove says
Oh Jenny I’m so thrilled for you. You’ve worked really hard on your blog and you totally deserve to be recognised for that. Fantastic you’ve been nominated in two categories too. Massive congratulations. We’ll get to meet now too – hurrah! x
I know I am so glad all my favorites are going to be there too. I can’t wait to meet you. Are you going to britmums too though as I will get to meet you there too. Bonus!!! Thank you for the congrats I am still trying to wrap my head around it all. I feel bad asking people to vote again and for the Bibs wish they were at the same time. So honored to be next to so many great bloggers. Who would have thought little ole me? I still keep checking that it wasn’t a mistake or a typo. lol
Huge congratulations on your nominations! So looking forward to meeting you in September. Your blog is beautiful – and so are your babies! x
Thank you so much Rachel. That is so sweet of you. I am looking forward to meeting you too in September. Although I am so nervous to meet bloggers that have been doing this longer than me. Eeek. *hide head But looks like it will be a great group! Congrats to you as well.