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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #25 'People Like Me.'

on Sunday, 22 June 2014.

I have said many times before what blogging has bought to my life.  It's strange but I almost can't remember a time before it, it's become such a big part of it.  It's just my ordinary life now- I wake up, I look after my girls, I check in on social media, I write a blog post or I see what my online friends are doing- it's just become a second nature to me.

It's a hard thing to explain to someone who isn't a blogger.  For a long time I was embarrassed of my little online space, fearing people would think I was 'weird' for sharing so much of our lives online, or 'odd' for chatting to people I didn't know via a computer.  And to an outsider, maybe it is a little hard to comprehend.  

But this weekend I sat in a room full of women (and a few men too!)  who 'get it'.  People like me.  They understand what it is like to feel an incredible connection to people who you only speak to through typed words on a screen, or a 'like' on social media.  How it feels to feel like you know someone inside and out even though it's the first time you have met face to face.  All united in the fact that we are women and mothers who share a love, a passion, and a very special hobby.   

I spent lots of time with some amazing friends, real life friends not just 'online' ones.  Friends who I confide in, laugh with, cry with and share a very special bond.   Ladies who I am exceptionally proud to know.  I got to meet so many lovely people and I wish I could name each and every one but I would get finger ache, there's that many.  I got to share many hugs and happy words, even if they were just a fleeting hello.  It's a great feeling to feel such a sense of unity, support, kindness and love amongst people from all different walks of ilfe. 

And to top it all off I won an award.  All the finalists in my category were amazing and I was in such shock.  I reached the stage shaking like a leaf and mumbled something about how I wasn't very good at this kind of thing but it meant the world to me.  

And that's just it.  It really does.

Without being cheesy, blogging has changed my life.  It's brought me opportunities I could only dream of, it's enabled me to finally take the leap to work for myself, it's made me meet people who I am lucky to call my friends and it's made me appreciate every.single.second with my girls.  It's taught me that incredible sadness exists, that it's ok to cry in front of a room full of 500 people and that we are all connected by this quite frankly amazing online community.  

Blogging is such a ordinary moment for me now, as much of a part of my day to day life as brushing my teeth.  But when you stop and really think about it, it's actually a very extraordinary thing to be a part of.  I am truly thankful to get a chance to be part of a community of 'people like me.'

 


(I was a bad blogger and didn't take many photos this weekend but here a couple I did take- would have loved to have taken some more with others.)

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An absolute pleasure spending a lot of the weekend with these ladies, what fabulous friends- Jenny, Lucy and Morgana.

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The ever so lovely Alison, someone I feel thrilled to have finally spent time with after chatting online for SO long, and beautiful Alex who is hands down one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. 

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Toilet selfies and Lucy, my bestest.

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Still in shock. 

 

*Disclaimer- Winning an award is definitely not an 'ordinary moment' for me but it's ok to bend the rules every now and again.  ;)

2014 Mad Blog Awards Finalist...

on Tuesday, 25 March 2014.

I've said many times before that starting this blog has changed my life.  It sounds a bit dramatic to say that, but really it has.  

When I first started my blog, on the 28th March 2011 (three years in three days!) I was a new Mum to a 13 week old daughter and I hadn't got a clue what I was doing (with motherhood or online!) but I thought I would give it a go.  I named my new blog 'Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three' as Mads was wearing a vest with that sentence on it.  I still wish I had thought more about the name.

Over the time I have been blogging I have met some incredible people, made some lifelong friends and made a very best friend.  I have had some amazing opportunities, developed a passion for photography and design, and have managed to fulfill a dream of mine when I didn't return to my original online marketing job after the birth of LL, instead working freelance for myself.  

But above all I have captured details and memories of our life that I just wouldn't have recorded had I not had my blog.  I have visions of one day sitting down with Mads and LL and reading all the posts together, laughing over the stories and reminising over the hundreds of photos I took.  This blog gives me the opportunity to write about my number one passion- my girls.  And I am so thankful that people find it interesting enough to read.  As really in the end of the day, I am just a Mummy who is incredibly proud of her children.

Last year I had the most lovely night at the Mad Blog Awards, getting to dress up for once and feel a little bit special.  What made it even more special was that I won the 'Best Pregnancy Blog Award' - something which I didn't even dream I would ever win.  I had tears in my eyes when I collected my award, so I am super glad no one videoed it!  But it wouldn't have mattered if I hadn't won, just to be nominated felt like such an achievement.  (Although the hangover afterwards was a bit of a come down.  Note to self- you are not 20 anymore) 

This year, I honestly didn't think I would be a finalist.  There are some incredible blogs out there, ones which leave me in awe, and so many people deserve recognition for their little piece of online life.  But on Sunday night I was treated to a barrage of tweets to let me know that I was a finalist in two categories this year- Best Baby Blog and Best Photography

I am so shocked, and over the moon to be a finalist, this year more than ever as I have had moments where I have really doubted my blog over the last few months.  The other people in my categories, especially photography, are some of my absolute favourite blogs so I am under no illusions I will win but if you love my photographs or tales of life with my gorgeous little ladies then please do consider voting for me.  I am really not good at asking for votes in these things!

 You just need to look at my whole blog to see posts full of LL and photography, but if you want to see any more then check out my favourite posts and my photography section.

It sounds incredibly cheesy, but thank you to whoever nominated me as it really means so much to me.  

 

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This is how LL reacted to the news. She would like to win Best Baby blog the most, as naturally it's all about her!


Voting closes on the 24th April and you can go to the voting page by clicking below or on the shiny new button in my sidebar!  Thank you. :) 

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A MAD Evening.

on Monday, 23 September 2013.

Blogging is a funny old thing.  

So many of us have a little piece of the internet that we call our own, where we write our thoughts, our memories and our opinions.  Some people write a blog for a voice, to help charities, to make people laugh or to showcase an amazing talent.  

My blog isn't really any of those.  I just write to record our life and take snapshots of my girls, so I still can't believe that I was a finalist in three of this years Mad Blog Awards.  In a community full of such inspirational people, I'm just a Mummy who likes to remember things.

I don't really know what made me start blogging.  Of course to record my little family's memories, to perhaps to break up the occasional mundanity of nap times and periods of sitting on the sofa breastfeeding a newborn, and to connect with other Mums going through the same as me.  I didn't know where my blog would lead and I didn't know it would become such a big part of my life.

Through blogging I have become passionate about photography, I have been given some wonderful opportunities to go to events and to review the odd treat for my girls, I have gained some freelance work and a chance to earn some pennies, and I have met some incredible and inspiring ladies who I feel privileged to call friends.  

Last Friday night was the ceremony.  I was over the moon to be a finalist in three categories, but I didn't honestly think I had a chance in hell of actually winning an award.  For me it was the chance to spend the night with some of my blogging friends and to get to dress up a gorgeous frock that was kindly sent to me by Zalando.  For a Mum of two who rarely goes out anywhere exciting anymore, it was a luxury to go to such a lovely event.

My husband came to London to look after LL as I am still breastfeeding her, and I got ready drinking fizz in plastic glasses with the ever so lovely Lucy and Kara.  We then made our way to the venue and it didn't disappoint, we were treated to an evening of glitz and glamour, including lots of bubbles and a delicious three course meal.  I was sat next to one of my best friends Lucy and the very amusing Alex who kept us entertained throughout!

Then the awards started.  Best Pregnancy Blog was up first and some of my favourite bloggers were also in my category.  Two of my best blog buddies, the wonderful My Two Mums were presenting the award.  I heard some people cheer when my nomination was read out and that was enough for me, but I was completely and utterly shocked when they announced me as the winner.  

I have no idea what on earth I said when I went on stage.  I am not a good public speaker, although I used to have to present to lots of people in my previous job, this was different.  It's such a personal subject.  I think I said a couple of sentences but I don't know what, and I gave Kirsty and Clara a big hug.  I actually got a bit upset and teary, but I don't know if people could tell- Embarrassing!  I then sat back down with my shiny gong and my heart was pounding ten to the dozen.  

The rest of the awards passed in a blur of lots of cheering and a few tears.  I didn't win my other two categories, Best Family Life blog and Best Photography Blog, with the latter going to one of my absolute favourite blogger chums Lucy who completely deserved it, but it was an honour to be nominated in them.  

 Another two of my favourite bloggers Annie and Morgana also picked up awards, and the incredibly inspiring and brave Jennie won the Outstanding Contribution award for her work in raising money and awareness for two charities so close to her heart- she thanked everyone for not forgetting Matilda Mae who tragically passed away from SIDS at the start of this year.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about their family and I thought she was so unbelievably brave.  All those nominated in that category deserved their standing ovation and they make me feel very proud to be a blogger.  They are truly amazing.

Once the awards were finished, there was a free bar courtesy of Just Eat, and I think I probably overdid it on the wine but I had a great time with some of my best blogging friends.  Then it was home to bed about half one, still completely overwhelmed and shocked.

All in all a fabulous evening.

I woke up the next morning to a flurry of tweets, some lovely text messages from my Mum and Sister, and a shiny gong on my bedside table.

 But the best thing to wake up to?  

My gorgeous LL who snuck in our bed for cuddles at 5am.  As without her and Mads I wouldn't have even be at such an event.  

Getting a little bit of recognition for something you care a lot about is a truly wonderful thing.  I feel so proud that anyone even reads this blog, let alone to actually win a blimming award.  I am over the moon.  

But you take all that away?

And I will still be here recording my little family's memories.  Taking snapshots of my girls.  Filling their days with love and fun.  Soaking in every everyday moment and relishing in the mundanity of our perfectly ordinary, slightly boring life.  Blogging makes me realise how lucky I have got it.

How lucky I am to have these two beautiful little people to write about in the first place.

They are what matters most.

I'm so privileged to be their Mummy.

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Thanks so much to Tots 100, Parentdish and all the other sponsors for putting on such a great evening.  Thank you to Zalando for my beautiful dress.  Plus thank you to Charly, Lucy and My Two Mums for letting me steal a couple of your photos.  And thank you to every one who voted for me. 

You can check out all the other winners here.

 

 

 

Friendships And A Weekend Away.

on Tuesday, 10 September 2013.

I like to think I am a good friend.

I am still friends with two of my oldest school friends, although our lives have taken very different paths over recent years, with continents, babies and other factors separating us.  I am still good friends with my closest university friends too, but again with them living in London and being child free, it means that I don't see them as often as I would like.

Then there are the friends I have picked up along the way.  Friends I have met through nights out, old friends that are now just facebook friends, friends made through work, through having my girls, and through my husband.  

I have friends that I see every week while Mr E is working, friends who I only see once a year but I know I could call on in a second, and friends who we see as a couple or a family.

When I started my blog I didn't ever dream that I would make friends through blogging and social media.  I have a couple of friends who have met partners through dating websites, but friends?  It didn't really enter my mind.  But I have.  I count many of my twitter friends as 'real friends'- friends I speak to most days, meet up with a couple of times a year, whether at conferences, events or just general meet ups.  I speak to these friends more than my oldest ones.

Then there's Lucy.  Through blogging I have met someone who has become one of my closest friends.  And better still, our families have become close friends too.  We are so similar and our families seem to just gel together so well. 

This past weekend we went to Center Parcs.  We had a fab time.  I was so worried that it would be tricky with sleeping, mainly because our toddlers were sharing a room together, but they all did us proud.

They were little angels, albeit hyper ones, and the babies were perfectly behaved too.  We spent the days swimming, walking and playing.  In fact, I hardly took any photos because we were just too busy. 

But most of all we made memories.

Here's to next year!

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Morning PJ playtime!

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Wobbly bits on show.

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