133 weeks and 6 days | A night at the MADS Awards 2015

A couple of Fridays ago I was lucky enough to go to the MADS Awards 2015.

A real case of –

‘Yes Cinderella — you shall go to the ball!’

When the finalists were announced earlier in the year — and I saw my blog’s name in that list — I absolutely couldn’t believe my eyes. Such a shock (in a good way).

Although I have been writing my blog for almost 3 years, I only made the move to a self hosted site — and decided to start taking the whole thing a bit more seriously — at the start of this year.

So on January 9th, my new self hosted site was purchased.

I’m not entirely sure how long it took me to make it look presentable — and switch from the free WordPress to the one you see today — but it’s been a lot of hard work over the last few months, that’s for sure.

Instead of posting every few weeks, I’ve been posting 3 or 4 times a week. Been taking on lots of crafty projects that require ridiculous amounts of time and effort.

Like the birdhouse upcycle I posted last week or the little shoe-rack that I turned into a bench-seat.

I’ve learned to create movies. No mean feat either; to begin with there was much swearing as I couldn’t work out how to use the editing software!! ;) I’m really proud of the little film I made for Camp Bestival and I’m learning how to vlog too.  Here’s my latest attempt :)

I’ve been made an ambassador for some fabulous brands and reviewed some fantastic products along the way too.

All in all, the last 8 months have been a whirlwind.

Juggling the blog — along with working part time for my design business — looking after twin toddlers plus everything else that life throws at us has been pretty tricky. Some days most days I feel like a hamster on a wheel. I love my blog and I take everything about it pretty seriously — the writing, photography, content — but boy, it’s time consuming. And when you’re already short on time, it can be pretty exhausting at times.

So to make that final was awesome.

A real treat and a lovely reward for all the hard work.

Some of my blogging bests — Julia, Karen and Sarah — and I, got to stay in a lovely apartment in Kensington for the night, courtesy of the lovely folk at Citybase Apartments.

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I got to have my hair done by the amazing Powder Puff Girls — and drink Prosecco.Very spoiling and very much appreciated!! :)

I met some really lovely bloggers for the first time; some that I’ve commented on their blogs regularly plus some new faces.

I also got to catch up with some lovely folk who I’d previously met at Britmums or BlogCamp, earlier in the year.

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And whilst I didn’t win a prize, it really was a big enough treat just to be there.

I seem to have found myself in a sub-culture that I never knew existed! A lovely industry — with lovely people — and I feel so proud to be a part of it.

Congratulations to all the prizewinners — particularly my friend Karen who’s blog Mini Travellers  scooped the prize for Best Travel Blog and Hayley, who won the award for Outstanding Contribution, with her blog Downside Up. She’s been instrumental in bringing awareness — and changing people’s perceptions — to Down’s Syndrome.

All in all it was a fabulous event.

Finger’s crossed I’ll be lucky enough to go again next year! :)

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Me and some of my blogging besties — Sarah, Heledd, Bonnie, Karen and Julia :)

About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

64 thoughts on “133 weeks and 6 days | A night at the MADS Awards 2015

    1. Aah thanks so much pet. That’s lovely of you. The category was such a tough one — to be on the shortlist with some of those names was amazing!! Particularly as there could only be one winner.The calibre of the other runners up was incredibly high — such an honour to be on that list xx

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! :) It was SUCH a good night. If you’d have told me, this time last year, that I would have been a finalist at a blogging awards, I’d have probably laughed!! I still can’t believe my luck!! :)

  1. This looks like so much fun! To stay in an apartment and go out for the night with prosecco is a dream for us mum’s isn’t it? Looks like a fab bunch of people and a top night, thanks for sharing it with us! Lizzie xo #TwinklyTuesday

  2. Oh you took some lovely photos. Is that a yellow coat I spy? Hmm.. I’m jealous of that if it is! Looks like you had a fabulous time, whilst also looking rather gorgeous xxx

  3. Sounds like you had a fab night. Congratulations on the nomination. That’s huge in itself. You definitely deserve it as your blog is fab. Fingers crossed for next year
    #twinklytuesday

  4. What a fabulous time! Congrats on making it to the final. I’m sorry you didn’t win but I’m glad you got to meet your blogging buddies, get your hair done & enjoy the evening! Thanks so much for hosting #TwinklyTuesday x

  5. OH lovely it was such an amazing night and it was so good to finally meet you! I love your blog and know how hard you work on it, you totally deserved to be up there! Can’t wait to meet up again soon. Oh and I’m glad you got that photo of Sarah doing my hair! xxx

  6. Well done on making the finals, well deserved and how gracious of you to write such a lovely post even without winning. I loved your birdhouse post and your vloggs make me giggle. keep up the good work Mrs, Twinkle Diaries is awesome! #TwinklyTuesdays

  7. You are doing so well with your blog, it has a real processional feel.
    Just making it to the MADs is huge so well done you! It looks like you had an amazing time and it is an experience that many other bloggers, myself included, can only dream about. Maybe one day…

    #TwinklyTuesday

  8. Awww what a crazy year!! I am so much admiration of you, I struggle to balance it all with one toddler let alone two! I love your blog, you should be so proud of what you’ve achieved. Congratulations on making it to the finals. x #twinklytuesday

    1. Aah that’s so lovely of you Chloe — thanks so much :) It’s a hard juggling act, that’s for sure!! It’s going to be a bit of a struggle over the next couple of years but, after that, *hopefully* things may get a little easier :) x

  9. It was lovely watching all the photos appearing on Twitter and Instagram that night! definitely inspiring to all us newbie bloggers. And as everyone else has said, you absolutely deserved it. X MMT #twinklytuesday

  10. Congratulations on making the finals! Sounds like you all had a fab night :) You’ve achieved so much in under a year, well done! Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday
    Debbie

  11. Ah this looks like such a fab event and a lovely recognition of all your hard work! Congratulations on making it to the final, that is a great achievement. I’m very interested in the story of how you went self hosted – it’s something I want to do but don’t have the guts just yet! Becky xx #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Thanks so much lovely!! It was really, really easy. I have a fab company who look after the hosting. It was really straightforward — I’m so, so happy I went for it :) If ever you need help, just let me know. Am happy to pass on any info xx

  12. It was such a great night, I loved being there to cheer you all on, on the night. You well and truly deserved your place on that list, you blog is one of my favourites and if there’s any justice you’ll definitely be back there next year! Great roundup xxx

  13. OMG, someone else who loves ‘Gone with the Wind’…I’ve watched the movie about a hundred times (give or take!) and now I’m reading the book! (Great vlog, by the way;-) ) Also, congratulations on your blog nomination – such an achievement. #TwinklyTuesday

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