{The Ordinary Moments 15} #38 ‘A Weekend of Blogging.’

I have said time and time again that one of the best things to come out of starting my blog is the friendships I have made. Through blogging I have found some amazing women, who I just wouldn’t have had a chance to meet if it wasn’t through blogging. Women who are my support network, who I turn to for advice, for fun, for laughs, as a shoulder to cry on, and who I couldn’t imagine not having in my life now. But of course that isn’t the only thing to come from blogging- starting this little blog has enabled me to discover passions I didn’t know I had, become obsessed with documenting the life of my little family, I’ve managed to give up work and blog as the majority of my income, and also just generally find something that I absolutely love. There are weeks where I don’t love it as much as I should and where I lack inspiration, (at the moment actually!) but overall I absolutely adore my blog and it’s a huge part of my life.

Therefore I never need a weekend not to celebrate blogging and meet up with some of these wonderful friends. Last Friday night was the MAD Blog Awards, a glitzy and fun night out celebrating all that we love about blogging. I am lucky enough to have attended these awards a few times now, even winning an award twice before, but the main thing is that they are just a great chance to dress up and enjoy a evening celebrating something that we all have such a passion for.

So on Friday evening I found myself dressed up standing outside our hotel waiting for a taxi with my lovely friend Jenny. After a few minute drive we found ourselves at the Royal Garden Hotel and soon we were enjoying a drinks reception with some of my favourite blogging friends and others I hadn’t met before, but were just as lovely as their blogs suggested they would be.

Then it was time to sit down for a three course meal, which was delicious. I was sat next to Karen from Mini Travellers which was a pleasure, she is such a nice and genuine lady, before finally the awards started. I sadly didn’t win this year in either of my categories, Best Preschool Blog and Best Photography Blog, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a teeny bit disappointed. But it was literally a few seconds of disappointment before I was cheering for my friends in their respective categories. Every single person was a well deserved winner, with some of my favourite blogs being honoured, including Kerry, Karen, Becky and Helen. There were also lots in the finals that I would have loved to have won that didn’t and that’s the problem with awards, there were at least a few of my favourite blogs in each category. Special mentions go to one of my closest blogging friends Jenny who won her category Family Fun and also Katie from Hurrah for Gin who won Blog of the Year. Katie’s blog is amazing and I am SO thrilled she has finally been recognised with an award. It was an honour to be able to present it to her, even though I hate public speaking with a passion.

After some drinks and dancing, Jenny and I headed home to eat greasy pizza in bed, before finally getting to sleep about half three. The next morning we woke up and the sun was shining, so we enjoyed a hotel breakfast before taking a leisurely walk to Kings Rd in Chelsea. We then met up with Becky and enjoyed a lovely afternoon, including a late lunch, before heading home on our respective trains. It was such a nice day together.

All in all it was such a nice weekend with some amazing people. I am so proud of some of my friends for getting recognition, but of course there are lots of other bloggers out there which are just as fantastic who weren’t there. I say time and time again how thankful I am for blogging and what it has bought to my life, and I came away thinking that again this weekend. Although by the time my train pulled into the station I practically ran to the car where my babies were waiting with the biggest smiles. As to me they are the biggest prize anyone could ever ask for.

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(I only took about two photos and the ones I did take were inevitably blurry as the light was so bad, so here is a photo of Jenny and I before the awards! I had such a fantastic time with her.)



75 Comments

  • Sounds like you had a gorgeous weekend lovely. Your blog will always be one of my faves (even if it never wins another award, which it certainly will) and without you, I’d never have become a blogger myself (which is the case for many others I know). Hope you have a restful day today to make up for a busy couple of days xxx

  • I love the photos of you and Jenny, you both looked gorgeous and I’m really sorry you didn’t win. There were some really tough categories this year, with several of my faves in the same category, making it really hard to choose. I was delighted for Jenny and Katie, they both really deserved it. xxx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Jo and it was lovely to spend some time with Jenny. It was super tough this year and all the winners most definitely deserved it. x

  • The awards looked so much fun and you looked gorgeous! It’s so lovely when you meet bloggers and they’re EXACTLY as they come across on their blogs. To many people blogging is a bit weird but when you’re in a room full of inspiring/funny/creative bloggers who just get it – it’s a wonderful thing. I’m sad you didn’t win along with a few others as your photography is so beautiful and completely puts the icing on your blog. Glad you had a lovely weekend x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Beth and it was such a lovely evening- almost every single blogger I have ever met has come across exactly how they do on their blog. And thank you, I was a little disappointed I didn’t win but all the winners were so amazing this year. x

  • You both look stunning… So glad you had a lovely time. Was very sorry you didn’t win an award, but I’m certain you’ll be back next year 🙂 Thanks for hosting!xx

  • Carie says:

    It was such a great night wasn’t it – having never been before I had no idea what to expect but it was so lovely to get to see so many faces I only usually see through a screen. I know what you mean about there being lots of people you wanted to win, I think I was rooting for at least two people in ever category!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It was a great evening. Sorry we didn’t get to see too much of each other, I think it is luck of the draw whose table you are on! It definitely was a tough contest this year- so many amazing bloggers. x

  • Amber says:

    You looked beautiful, and I was astonished and a little disappointed that you didn’t take home the Photography award – your beautiful blog certainly deserved it. Next time. It was wonderful meeting you.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ah thank you lovely and likewise I was sure that you would have walked away with an award. It was lovely meeting you too briefly and I hope we will have more time next time. x

  • Kerry says:

    It sounds like it was a lovely evening, any excuse to catch up with likeminded people and friends. I was rooting for you in both categories and was really really shocked but there were some great blogs in every category this year and it was really tough! You’re still a winner in my eyes! thank you for the mention too, I didn’t expect to win at all especially seeing as the other blogs in my category are all amazing home interior blogs! P.s I love your outfit! Xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I let out the biggest cheer when you won Kerry, although your category was so tough! But you definitely deserved it! xx

  • Wasn’t it such a great night!! I loved being part of the night and supporting all you amazing nominees. It was also great to catch up with you and Jenny, who is fast becoming my new hero! Looking forward to seeing you again soon lovely xxx

  • Would’ve loved to have come to the Mads, it always looks so much fun! You and Jenny looked stunning as ever! I really look forward to a next blogging event I manage to go to as I felt so inspired by actually meeting people (like you!) who I’ve spoken to for a while. its such a buzz being in a room with like-minded people isn’t it. Glad you had fun! xx x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It really was great fun, you would have loved it. And there will definitely be lots of events coming up I am sure. x

  • Sounds like you had a fab weekend with wonderful friends. Congratulations to all the winners. x

  • You and Jenny look great and it sounds like a lovely time, there is something special about finding like-minded people and building friendships. Blogging really is amazing for doing that too xxx

  • Alex Gladwin says:

    You are both beautiful! It really does sound like such an amazing night, I hope that one day I might be able to attend! xx

  • Jenny says:

    Oh thank you ever so much darling you are such a great friend, supporter, loving person and heart of gold I tell you all the time. I am the same I always come away feeling inspired and motivated from events like this. I can’t believe I won! I still am in awe of it all and it’s hard though because you want all your favorite blogs to win too. I love when you say the girls are the best prize ever because they really are and you are such an amazing mother and it shows in everything you write on your lovely blog here. Gorgeous weekend together. Love you lots and lots. xoxo

    • Katie Ellison says:

      You definitely deserved to win Jenny and I hope your award has pride of place somewhere in your home. I had such a lovely weekend with you. x

  • It was so good to finally meet you Katie, along with so many others including Jenny whose blog I also love. It was my first bloggers’ event but I went from feeling overwhelmed to feeling really at home, that’s why I love the blogging world! So supportive. I’m sorry you didn’t come away with a win lovely. Xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Julia and it was really lovely to meet you too, I was utterly shocked that you didn’t win any of your categories, but it was such a tough thing this year! I have no doubt you will be back next year. x

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Beautiful ladies! I love that I have found so many wonderful bloggers through the blogging community. I have been lucky to meet a few and you feel like you know them from reading their blogs and social media. Sorry that you didn’t win in your categories; you had my votes. But there were some very worthy winners on the night, especially Jenny and Katie. They are both fab! Sounds like you had an amazing time. x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I would love to meet you one day Laura, I still can’t believe how long we have been talking. And thank you, I was disappointed for a little while I didn’t win, but it was such a hard thing this year, all the finalists were amazing. x

  • Mary says:

    Sounds Lovely Katie and you both looked gorgeous! I voted for you and LOVE your blog and seeing your girlies and fun outfits and general lovely pics…you’ll always be a fave to me, but What a fun night and it certainly says so much that you can celebrate and rejoice in others achievements, many would be gutted and gloomy let alone share others on their blog haha..

    I have my 1st award night in October for The Butterfly awards eeeeeeeppppp I obvs want to win my category of writer/blogger haha but it feels good just to have been short listed and also I think whoever wins its good that they have been open about loss and blogged of their journey, so I think ill be happy just being there..I hope hahahha x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ah thank you Mary that means a lot, it really does. And good luck for your awards in October, you write so honestly and poignantly about loss, I really do hope you win. x

  • Now that’s a glamorous pair, right there. So great to have a fabulous night and recognition of your amazingness x

  • You both look gorgeous and it sounds as if you had an amazing night (though I was gutted that you never won as your blog is amazing Katie). I love that blogging has given you fantastic friendships xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ah thank you Tracey, I was disappointed for a while, but the winners were all so deserving. The friendships are one of the best things that has happened in regards to blogging. x

  • Ahhhh sorry you didn’t win. I’m shocked. But glad you all had fun. Looked super and a good night! Really glad you thought Karen (mini travellers) was a star, I agree, and she’s such a great friend of mine to come out of blogging 🙂 Jess xx

  • Thanks so much for your lovely comment Katie, it was fantastic to finally meet you too and really lovely to chat to you over dinner. I am still coming down from the high from the event, what a wonderful evening. You’ll be back with MADS awards next year I’m sure and those photos of you and Jenny are gorgeous.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      You deserved your award so much Karen and I am thrilled you won. It was lovely having you as my dinner buddy! x

  • You both looked gorgeous and I am pleased you had such a lovely night. Shame you didn’t win and understandably disappointed (even if only for a short while) but I think your blog is fantastic! There are some really inspirational people in the blogging world and it must be so amazing to get them all in one room x

  • You know your blog is one of my all time favourites and *almost* the first blog I read. I was so surprised you didn’t win, but as you say there are so many blogs out there that some of my favourites didn’t even make it to the shortlist. Big hugs lovely, you lookf stunning xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ah thank you Aby that means a lot coming from you. Exactly a lot of my favourite blogs didn’t even make the shortlist, you included. x

  • Emma Shilton says:

    It was lovely to see you on Friday night Katie albeit too briefly, I would have loved to have spoken to you more. You looked beautiful and those shoes are amazing! I love how blogging has bought so many different things to my life and as you said, friendship is one of them. I’m so grateful to have my blogging buddies who just get me. I just wish we didn’t live so far apart. Hope to see you again soon xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Exactly Emma blogging just brings so many things. You also looked beautiful and I wish we had time to chat longer. x

  • Donna says:

    It sounds like such a great evening. I’m sad that as I work every Friday and Saturday and have a shiftworking Hubby I can’t often get out on a Friday night and so have to miss these things so often. It would be great to be there to celebrate bloggers’ successes and just catch up with everyone. Sorry you didn’t win but I really think there was such strong competition this year – so, so many great blogs! x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It was really good fun I would have loved to have seen you there Donna. It was great to celebrate lots of blogs! And yes competition was super tough this year. x

  • I followed the awards on Twitter (well, until I got tired at 9pm!) and am sorry you didn’t win but as you say, there were at least a few of my favourites in each category. I don’t envy the judges of these things! You and Jenny look absolutely gorgeous and I am so pleased you had such a good time.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It was a really tough competition this year, so many deserving winners. Thank you lovely, we had a great time. x

  • Kara says:

    It was lovely to see you, if only brief, you looked beautiful and read your bit so well.

    It was lovely to see so many awesome people win awards, friends is by far the best bit of blogging x

  • It sounds like a great night Katie, I was a little disappointed not to see you a winner too but lovely to be able to see your friends win awards. I was so pleased for Jenny and Karen winning, we had friends round and I was being incredibly rude trying to check twitter 🙂 Gorgeous photos of you two and I love to see so many friends who have met through blogging xx

  • Just found your blog and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for hosting this linky. Your blog is truly an inspiration…as I’m somewhat of a blogging newby:) Beautiful work! xx

  • You are both so beautiful and Katie that dress is stunning! I’m glad you had a good time and I’m so surprised you didn’t win as your blog is amazing! I agree that making friendships is one of the best bits about blogging! xx

  • Molly says:

    Oh look at you two – gorgeous! It was brilliant to finally get to meet you face to face Katie. Even though I feel like I’ve known you for ages! xxx

  • Sounds like a great night, I always love an excuse to get dressed up! You ladies looked gorgeous 🙂 and I absolutely love your dress, Katie! Sorry to hear you didn’t win xx

  • Hannah says:

    It sounds like an amazing evening, and you both look lovely. Your blog is inspiring, and it was one of the reasons I started blogging last year. I dont really have the time to commit to being a ‘true’ blogger, and if I am honest my blog is still a bit of a secret, but looking back on our memories is truly amazing, and I wouldn’t have them if I hadn’t of found yours, so thank you!

  • Lucy Heath says:

    Be so proud to be a finalist lady. Just sit and look at the incredible blog and business you’ve created, and you get to do it all with J and the girls by your side. So many amazing blogs in the categories this year, and new faces, always remember you lead the way in beautiful family blogging xxxxxxx

  • You both look stunning! Sounds like you had a fab night, and you would definitely have been my blog of the year winner! You’re defo one of my faves!! xx

  • Fantastic to see you and sit in the photo booth! Glad you had fun. I had a great night and still feel like I am recovering now! x

  • Sherry says:

    Lovely photos and it really does sound like an amazing evening. Your blog is actually the reason I wanted to start writing and recording my family memories, and is so inspiring. Like a couple of others, I really don’t have the time to commit to being a ‘proper’ blogger, and that work life balance is so difficult, but I love it as a passion x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It was a great evening thanks Sherry, and thank you for saying that, I really do appreciate it, I am humbled I inspired you to start blogging! x

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