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  • Oh My God – I’m a Finalist!!!!!


    Morning my lovelies, from a very happy Fi!!

    I was chilling last night catching up on my beloved Emmerdale (!) when I had a tweet from my gorgeous friend Maddy over at The Speed Bump (amazing blog – check her out) telling me to look at a link she’d tweeted me.  And Oh My God, you can imagine the excitement that took over me when I saw the link was announcing this years finalists for the 2016 MAD Blog Awards. I could not believe it when I saw my websites name there, as a finalist in the category of Best Baby Blog. I literally started to shake, I am so beyond thrilled and in a fair amount of shock; over 8,000 blogs were nominated across all the award catagories and there is my little websites name amongst them!


    I am so grateful that people have taken the time to vote for me. I like to think my style of writing is fairly unique; I’ll let you in on a secret. Apart from sensible stuff like spelling and grammar, I don’t edit my posts once I’ve written them! When I write a blog, it always comes from the heart; I write with my emotions and I write exactly what is in my head at that moment. I think that makes you lovely readers warm to me, and relate to what I’m saying. I’m quite emotional and I don’t beat about the bush; I like to be honest in what I write whether that be giving baby advice like I did to my gorgeous pregnant friend Bex (see my letter to her here) to my views on controversial subjects such as C Sections and Breastfeeding

    Most of all I am so grateful to anyone that voted for me. It’s such a special and personal thing to me; that someone would take time out of their day to vote for little old me in these brilliant awards. It means so much that you have enjoyed my writing enough to do that and I really hope the things I write have helped you, made you realise you’re not on your own with some of the challenges us Mummys endure, and that they’ve made you smile.

    I am so ridiculously happy and grateful right now. I’m not naive; I know it’s a massive long shot to make it to the next stage given the amazing bloggers that are also in this category, but I am just so grateful to have made it this far. My blog is my passion, along with Josh of course (doesn’t he look proud of his Mummy – and I love him for giving me so many lovely things to write about) and to know I’ve been recognised for what I’ve achieved so far is mind boggling and wonderful!


    Proud of his Mummy <3

    And I am also thrilled to see some of my favourite bloggers also nominated in their categories; I will be first in line voting for you! I feel so lucky that I can count some of these fabulous and talented writers as friends.

    So, let the nagging commence. If you would like to vote for me to progress even further (oh please, pretty please) please cast your vote here and remember I am in the final category for Best Baby Blog. Voting is open for four weeks from today.

    Once again a huge thank you to anyone who voted for me; I literally love you right now! You’ve made this girls month and given me a great reason to crack open the prosecco tonight!  And as you can see you’ve put a huge smile on my face!

    Much love and hugs to you all.

    Happy Fi xxxxx



    1. April 22, 2016 / 10:12 am

      Hugest congratulations again! I’m so so pleased for you! You had my vote before and you’ll have it again now 🙂 Enjoy ALL the bubbly!!

      • April 22, 2016 / 10:14 am

        Oh honey thank you so much it means the world to me xx

    2. April 22, 2016 / 11:03 am

      Many congratulations again. I really hope you popped open the champers last night x

      • April 22, 2016 / 11:28 am

        Ah thank you honey! We’ve got some for tonight woo hoo ??? xx

    3. April 23, 2016 / 9:16 am

      Well done & well deserved! Good luck! #justanotherlinky

    4. April 23, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Now that is definitely something to be excited about! Congratulations and good luck! Oh and thanks for sharing with #HappyDaysLinky x

    5. April 23, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Congrats a well deserved spot on the shortlist! I shall be popping over to got for you ? Good Luck X #justanotherlinky

      • April 23, 2016 / 2:59 pm

        ?? thank you so much chick xx #justanotherlinky

    6. April 23, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Congratulations lovely lady! I’m so excited for you and you truly deserve your place in the final. I’ll be voting for you! Xx


      • April 23, 2016 / 6:22 pm

        Oh thank you so much honey, and you also have my vote ???xx

    7. April 23, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      That’s amazing news! Congratulations! I am new to all of this but I will be reading more of your blogs and will be sure to vote for you! 🙂 X

      • April 23, 2016 / 7:57 pm

        Thank you so much lovely I really hope you enjoy them
        And I’ll be sure to read your blog too xx

    8. April 24, 2016 / 8:20 am

      I think that writing from the heart is the only way to write! It’s something that I always do, because it’s important to me that my posts seem genuine. And even without the obligatory spelling and grammar editing, it still takes me ages to write a post sometimes! So happy for you, I’ll be keeping everything crossed for you! #KCACOLS

    9. twotinyhands
      April 24, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Congratulations! Such a great achievement. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you and keep you in mind for a vote! I think it’s only fair I go check the competition! As you are the only one I’ve heard of before then your chances are high for my vote lol! #kcacols

      • April 24, 2016 / 7:26 pm

        🙂 Thank you honey! Your vote would mean the world to me but there are a lot of fabulous finalists. I’ll keep my fingers crossed xx #KCACOLS

    10. April 24, 2016 / 4:22 pm

      Congratulations on becoming a finalist. It’s so nice to have all your hard work be appreciated! Enjoy – you deserve it 🙂
      Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

    11. rightroyalmother
      April 24, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Yay, well done you! It’s exciting/scary/amazing, isn’t it? You had my vote … bring on the party!! #KCACOLS 🙂

      • April 24, 2016 / 7:21 pm

        As did you honey! Thank you so much – so exciting and I can’t wait to meet you! x #KCACOLS

      • April 24, 2016 / 7:20 pm

        Oh we are going to have some fun! Like wise chick – you got my vote too 🙂 xx #KCACOLS

      • April 24, 2016 / 7:20 pm

        Thank you so much chick – I’m more shocked than anything but just so happy xx

    12. thesingleswan
      April 24, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Massive congratulations! There is an awesome line up of finalists this year. You are in great company. Good luck. Pen x #KCACOLS

    13. April 25, 2016 / 8:15 am

      Ahh well deserved, was very happy to see your name in the list! Enjoy the fizzly excitement…and the awards party! I love what you said about writing from the heart, I do think that’s often where the best blogs come from. Congratulations lovely! #bigpinklink

      • April 25, 2016 / 8:29 am

        Thank you so much honey! I’m absolutely delighted! Xxx #bigpinklink

    14. April 25, 2016 / 8:30 am

      I’m so made up. When I read through the list of finalists last week I was over the moon you were on there. I have everything crossed you’ll win. #bigpinklink

    15. April 25, 2016 / 9:54 am

      Huge congratulations to you. What a wonderful achievement. I think writing from your heart is what’s best; I also think it’s a hugely personal thing to write as you’re sharing a little bit of yourself with the world and that’s scary and empowering and exhilarating. I am sure your boy is so very proud of his mummy. #bigpinklink

    16. April 25, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      WAHEEEEEEEEEY!!!!!!!!! I’ve just clicked on the link and voted for you, OBVS!!!!!! I love what you said about not editing your posts-that seems so clear now you’ve said it!! I love it when I get one of your posts, because it’s like sitting down with a friend, and having a lovely chat, with no judgment, baring your soul, and a good laugh!! I hope you smash it Fi, best of luck to you, so well deserved!!!

      • April 25, 2016 / 3:20 pm

        Ah honey thank you sooooooooooo much! It’s so exciting and I can’t believe I’ve got to the finals. I’m so grateful for you voting for me! Your words about my blog mean so much to me. Massive hug xx #bigpinklink

    17. April 25, 2016 / 5:42 pm

      Ohh I’m soo happy for you!Congratulations , so well deserved. Good luck for the next stage!xx #bigpinklink

    18. April 25, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Congratulations and all the best with the finals X #kcacols

    19. April 25, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Congratulations and all the best for the finals!

    20. April 26, 2016 / 10:16 am

      Huge congratulations, there are some fab finalists this year..I hope you all have an amazing time and I will get nominating asap! Good luck! #Bigpinklink

    21. April 26, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      Just popping back again with a double helping of congratulations through #passthesauce! Thanks for linking up lovely xx

    22. April 26, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Congratulations!! And the best of luck with the voting, fingers crossed for you! #TwinklyTuesday

    23. April 26, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Oops I meant #TheBabyFormula!! Sorry!

    24. April 26, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      I’m not normally a fan of one word comments, but I only have one word. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! #TheBabyFormula

    25. April 27, 2016 / 6:09 pm

      Well done you! Fantastic and well deserved!
      Thank you for linking up to #justanotherlinky

    26. April 27, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Massive Congratulation lovely! Your blog is amazing (and I’m not just saying that), I love it! Fingers crossed for the finals. Claire x

    27. travelingchristie
      April 27, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Huge congratulations, and you do know the only progression to the next stage is winning, you are a finalist not shortlisted, whoohooo see you in September at the awards ceremony xxx

    28. April 27, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Hurrah!! Congratulations again my love!! I have already voted for you so fingers crossed they call your name!! I’m so looking forward to meet you at the ceremonyand I’m sure we will have a great night!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I love having you here. I’m looking forward to co-hosting with you very soon!! Yay!! 🙂 xx

      • April 28, 2016 / 1:37 am

        Thank you chick! Such a wonderful and exciting time! I can’t wait to meet you! Looking forward to co hosting soon xxx #KCACOLS

    29. April 28, 2016 / 1:27 pm

      Well done lovely you should be mighty proud of yourself!! Xxx

      • April 28, 2016 / 6:35 pm

        Thank you so so much honey I’m very excited xx

    30. April 28, 2016 / 6:49 pm

      I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I voted for you in this category – for all the reasons you have written about here. You are such an endearing blogger, I have always been touched by your warmth and friendship – even if it is through a screen. Best of luck Fi, I really hope you bag it! xxx
      Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub – appreciate all your support and don;t forget us when you’re a famous bogger 😉

      • April 28, 2016 / 6:52 pm

        Oh honey thank you so much this comment means so much to me you have no idea! Ha ha I’d never forget my lovely #coolmumclub especially as your mascot Maverick!! Xx

    31. April 28, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      Congratulations again! Thanks for linking up #PuddingLove

    32. randommusings29
      April 29, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      Well done and good luck on winning!
      Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

    33. April 29, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      Massive congrats hun, such an exciting thing to happen! Thank you so much for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

    34. May 4, 2016 / 6:15 am

      Congratulations very pleased for you, it must be very exciting! All the best for the awards lovey xxx

    35. newmummyblogcom
      May 5, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Congratulations lovely! It’s such a huge achievement and you so so SO deserve it. Your writing is unique, and also the way we’ve followed your pregnancy and now Josh, is just lovely, but in saying that your other posts that are just ‘you’ talking are so emotive and your passion shines through. Thanks for sharing, and good luck, I’ve voted for you x

      • May 5, 2016 / 8:28 pm

        Thank you so much honey this comment has made my day – which has been a bit of a shit one so this makes it even more appreciated! I love that you are following us through the madness. Thank you SO much for voting chick xx #thebabyformula

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