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;
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.
Make do and push
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.
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
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.
The Little Life of Ickle Pickle
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
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
My Mummy’s Pennies
Best Food Blog
This award is all about celebrating amazing cooking, from baking to family meals and top-notch restaurants.
Hodge podge days
Free From Farm House
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.
Lets Talk Mummy
You baby Me mummy
This award recognises those bloggers who can paint a picture and capture a memory with the written word
Bod For Tea
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!
Truly Madly Kids
The Boy and Me
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.