Last year Clara and I found ourselves enjoying a weekend away in London, for the Mad Blog Awards. We didn’t win an award but we did have a great night, met lots of lovely bloggers and picked up a few new readers after the experience. This year we trekked the two hours back to London to enjoy another evening of fun put on by the Mad Blog Awards team. This time we were nominated in a different cateogry – Most Innovative.
Once we arrived in London, we went and had a cheeky Nando’s and then checked into our Citidines Apart’hotel. I then had a mad dash to the venue holding the Mad Blog Awards, to take part in some dance rehearsals for a “secret thing”. After a couple of hours of dancing I made my way back to the hotel whilst C stayed to get her hair and makeup done for the evening. It was during this time that I managed to enjoy some me time. I took full advantage of a nice empty room with no child, I sat on the bed in a gorgeous big robe and watched some TV.
Clara arrived back at the room looking gorgeous as I slipped into my formal wear. We then had a bit of a mental half hour where we switched rooms, but remained calm throughout and found ourselves at the venue in record time. On entering we grabbed a couple of champagnes, met the lovely Dr Ranj again for some quick photos and then started to grow nervous about the “secret thing”.
We spoke to lots of lovely bloggers as I attempted to not come across as shy as I am. Then it was time for us to take our seats. We were seated on table one, with a nice view of the stage and lots of lovely people on our table, including the lovely Dr Ranj who ended up seated next to me. This was quite a relief as I was able to be myself and talk suits, bow ties and GoPros.
Last years dinner was a bit of a disaster for me as I ended up being served my most hated food, mushrooms. So this year I was relieved to be served three delicious courses. I was quite nervous though, so I didn’t quite make the most of them all, but the wine helped wash them down. Soon it was time to prepare for the “secret thing” which involved Clara interrupting Dr Ranj on stage. So we were both on the edge of our seats waiting for our cues.
Dr Ranj took to the stage and kicked off the night. Clara interrupted as planned and then I was rushing to the dance floor to take part in a flash mob. The flash mob was a dance to an Olly Murs song, which we’d been rehearsing for months. I was so worried I’d forget all my moves, but the three minutes flew by and soon I was walking back to my seat with a smile on my face.
The awards began to be announced and my nerves subsided until I realised our category was up next and C and I were about to hear if we had won or not. It seemed to take forever for the envelope to be opened. I had started filming the announcement as I was convinced it wasn’t us…. then we heard “My Two Mums”. I couldn’t believe it. I turned to Clara and she couldn’t believe it either. We walked to the stage, received hugs and congratulations and then I took the mic. I don’t really recall what I said, aside from saying how I felt we were accepted.
The rest of the evening passed quickly and soon everyone was leaving their seats and either heading to the bar or the dance floor. We headed out to the room housing some fun games and enjoyed giant Operation and a game that I’m pretty sure broke several bones in my hand *I’m ok!*.
It was so nice to catch up with Hayley, T from Mummy Barrow and lots more lovely people as well as meeting lots of new faces too. We didn’t stay as late as last year as I was coming down with a cold and we were meeting our new niece the following day. But we really enjoyed ourselves and are still a bit in shock about winning.
Huge thanks to Sally and the Mad Blog Awards crew for putting on such a fantastic event. We really hope to attend again next year. Our award was sponsored by the lovely folk at Seagate, so we’re quite excited about our prize. We’ll let you see it once it arrives. MASSIVE thanks to everyone who voted for us to win. You are lovely lovely people.
*Our room in Kensington was free for the purpose of a future review.