Who needs an Oscar when you can have a Mad blog award?

Who needs an Oscar when you can have a Mad blog award?

Award season is always a tricky time, you can experience a mixture of emotions as you ponder whether your efforts have been picked up by someone but then wrestle with self doubt at your worth. If you make the grade and reach the dizzy heights of the short list, day dreams of winning are coupled with mental reminders that you could be the graceful looser. I’m on a path to positivity so the idea of nominating myself, only to experience the feeling of getting nowhere doesn’t sit well with my mantra. Or could the be an opportunity to practice what I preach and test my optimism to the core. Who knows, Im still undecided, rather like my list of nominations for this years Mad Blog Awards.


There are rumbles of who to nominate for what on Facebook and Twitter and I’ve willingly obliged and put some names forward, so I thought, why not put some other suggestions out there for those who aren’t in the know. This is by no means definative and I’m always discovering new blog loves, but I’ve tried to categorise some which I read often. So here goes;

Tots100 MAD Blog Awards


Best Pregnancy Blog

This category celebrates those bloggers at the start of a brand new parenting adventure, who are blogging about pregnancy. This category is open to anyone who has blogged about pregnancy in the 12 months preceding the awards launch.

Ghostwriter Mummy

The Mumington Post

Family Fever

Make do and push

The Great North Mum 

Best Baby Blog

From first smiles to sleepless nights, UK parent bloggers are the place to go for advice, support and inspiration when you’re a parent to a new baby. This award category recognises our very favourite bloggers with babies under one.

This is a toughie as being a mum to a baby, there are so many baby blogs I read simply because I have a shared interest.

Budding Smiles

The Dad Network

The Adventures of a Novice Mum

Best Pre-School Blog

We think nothing is more fun than a toddler, and this award category celebrates those bloggers who are capturing the pre-school years. Whether it’s inspirational crafts and toddler-friendly recipes or ideas for pre-school activities

Cardiff Mummy Says

Twin Mummy and Daddy

What Katy Says

Best Schooldays Blog

This category celebrates all those bloggers writing about children aged 4 and up – because the fun doesn’t stop when your children start school!

This is another category which I follow quite a few blogs, being a mum to an 11 and 14 year old it’s nice knowing whats normal with other families!

A Cornish Mum

Coombe Mill

Running in Lavender

Best Family Travel Blog

Whether it’s a fabulous family adventure in the English countryside or a long-haul trip with toddlers, these blogs inspire us to keep travelling and exploring new destinations as a family.

Mini travellers

The Little Life of Ickle Pickle

Victoria Visits

Best Family Fun Blog

Looking for ideas for family days out and activities? These blogs are the go-to destination when we need inspiration to get out and about with our children.

Super Busy Mum

Brummy Mummy of 2

Mums Days

The Oliver’s Mad House

Best Craft Blog

This category recognises all those amazing blogs that get us crafting, sticking, cutting and making with children. Thanks to them, there’s no such thing as a boring rainy day!


Let Kids be kids

Becoming a stay at home mum

Best Thrifty Blog

When you’re a parent, every penny counts and these blogs are packed with tips on saving cash and making the most of what we have.

Cold Tea and Smelly Nappies

Mummy Fever

My Mummy’s Pennies

Best Food Blog

This award is all about celebrating amazing cooking, from baking to family meals and top-notch restaurants.

Romanian Mum

Hodge podge days

Free From Farm House

Honest Mum

Free From Fairy

Best Home and Interiors Blog

With stunning images and just-so styling, these blogs are behind the very best content about interior design and home style.

Our little house in the country

Lets Talk Mummy

You baby Me mummy

Twinkle diaries

Best Writer

This award recognises those bloggers who can paint a picture and capture a memory with the written word

Mummy Tries

Bod For Tea

Slouching Towards Thatcham

Best Blog Photography

This award category celebrates those pictures that are just as powerful as the words they accompany. Tell us about the blogs that you can’t take your eyes off!

Podcast Dove

Truly Madly Kids 

The Boy and Me

Captured by Lucy

Snowing Indoors

I apologise profusely if I’ve missed any truly deserving blogs out there. Feel free to add them to the comments. It’s hard keeping track of all the talent out there, but I hope this helps jog your memory in some way if you’re stuck on who to nominate.


Tots100 MAD Blog Awards




  1. 11th May 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Oh wow, so humbled that you have included me in this list and especially to be included among so many great names too. There are so many amazing blogs out there, I am finding it so hard to know who to nominate. The judges will have a very difficult job. x

    • 12th May 2015 / 9:40 am

      It was your car park post on misuse of child/parent places thats stuck with me.It really rattles my cage and I think of it overtime I see it being abused! Good luck x

  2. 12th May 2015 / 7:46 am

    Thank you so much lovely for including my blog ☺ the link is to my old blogger one though ha! Stevie xxx

  3. 12th May 2015 / 8:17 am

    Aww thank you so much for including me in your roundup! Great talent in there xxxx

    • 12th May 2015 / 8:30 am

      You’re welcome. It’s a shame there’s not a 1st,2nd or 3rd as so many fab writers out there.

  4. 12th May 2015 / 9:36 am

    Aw I was seriously taken aback to see my blog on there! Thank you so much, that means a lot xxx

    • 12th May 2015 / 2:00 pm

      Really Hannah? Budding Smiles is fab, definitely worth a spot in this list x

  5. 12th May 2015 / 1:35 pm

    Oh gosh you seem to have missed me off your list Ali (joking)!!!! What a brilliant roundup that is really really useful. Thank you!

  6. Adrian
    12th May 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Great round up – I’ve made my nominations and some of these guys were in there! #twinklytuesday

  7. 12th May 2015 / 7:51 pm

    Oh wow, thank you SO much for having us in your fab line up! I’m choked, seriously. Thank you. Kaz & Ickle Pickle x

  8. morna
    12th May 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Amazing round-up thanks! I want to make sure I nominate in every category this time so will check out some of these. I’m really struggling because there are so many blogs I love reading and also so many bigger blogger who have been so kind to me that I want to thank them. I wish there was a helpful blogger category!#TwinklyTuesday

    • 12th May 2015 / 9:39 pm

      I know what you mean, I sometimes wonder if it’d be better to nominate the smaller blogs as the bigger ones have found their niche & don’t need the boost so much. I’m still very undecided though!

  9. 13th May 2015 / 8:53 am

    Great post. Its so hard deciding who to vote for, there are so many fab blogs out there! These ones are super good though 🙂 #mmwbh x

  10. al
    13th May 2015 / 9:08 am

    Great to read this again in this link up – great choices 😉

  11. 13th May 2015 / 8:31 pm

    What a great list…A few of my faves mentioned there.

  12. 14th May 2015 / 2:16 am

    I love that you’ve put together this list. It’s like handing out your own Nutshell awards! Good luck to you.

    Thank you so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday.

    • 14th May 2015 / 11:47 am

      Ha, it is isn’t it! I’m still adding to the list, so many amazing blogs out there.

  13. 14th May 2015 / 7:23 pm

    You’re so lovely my dear, thanks for the shout out! You got my vote when I did the noms last week xx

    • 14th May 2015 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you xxxx I hope it gets you somewhere. Definitely got my vote (again!)

    • 15th May 2015 / 10:28 am

      You’re welcome. Everyone who’s on here truly deserves it.

  14. 15th May 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Somewhat belatedly, thanks for including me in your list, Ali – I’m honoured. I recognise many of the other names you’ve highlighted too – it just goes to show how much blogging talent there is out there.

  15. al
    16th May 2015 / 9:07 am

    Great to read this again and to see it linked up to #bigfatlinky. Good luck 🙂

  16. 16th May 2015 / 11:28 am

    Great list here, lots I agree with and a couple for me to discover. Good luck with your MADS bid! #sharewithme

    • 16th May 2015 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks Jess, I’m not holding out,as a newish blogger I don’t feel I’ve earnt my place in any awards yet its just nice to join in with everyone else

  17. 17th May 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you. I really am proud of my pregnancy diary and I want to do more to raise awareness of various issues. Writing about them is more than cathartic for me. Thank you x x x

  18. 18th May 2015 / 10:08 am

    Thank you so much for including my blog Ali. I feel honoured 🙂

  19. 18th May 2015 / 10:33 am

    Thanks so much for mentioning my blog. I wouldn’t have though anyone would nominate me in that category, so thanks so much xx

    • 19th May 2015 / 10:02 pm

      you’re welcome, I think it was your HIBS ranking that swayed me.

  20. 18th May 2015 / 10:56 am

    Thank you for thinking of me in your line up, much appreciated, and best of luck with your lovely blog, so many categories you would fit into.

  21. Jenny
    18th May 2015 / 1:40 pm

    I am the same about the MADS it’s definitely a mixture of emotions and I love so many amazing blogs out there for each category and yet we all want to be recognized for our hard work too. It’s tough. You have picked so many of my favorites (thank you ever so much for including little me here too-so honored) I wish you all the luck in the world darling to get nominated. Lovely post. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • 18th May 2015 / 1:54 pm

      Thanks Jenni, I do love the buzz around these awards but feel sorry for the amazing blogs that miss out.

  22. Rebecca
    19th May 2015 / 11:30 pm

    You have listed so many amazing blogs that I already read regularly and also some I have never come across before. Time to grab a cuppa and have a read of them all! Thanks for linking up to #MMWBH 🙂

  23. Karen (@karenjwhitlock)
    20th May 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Congratulations on your nominations and good luck to being shortlisted. You have included quite a few of my favourites in your lists. I am not hopeful for the MADs but don’t mind as I was shocked to have made it to the BiBs shortlist.
    Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars and good luck again!

    • 20th May 2015 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks Karen, I’m not in the slightest bit hopeful. I’m more than happy to make it into the tots 500! I think k id feel a fraud if I made it anywhere in the awards.

  24. 21st May 2015 / 11:48 am

    I love the nominations and love your suggestions. I nominated a few of them. It’s tough though. I read so many fab blogs and they all have merits so can be difficult to choose at times. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky hope to see you there this week

    • 21st May 2015 / 3:24 pm

      I keep adding to the list as I stumble upon even more, it’s so hard choosing!

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