The List Linky

Linkies are a fantastic way of finding new blogs, supporting other bloggers and getting your blog some exposure. Now that I have just reached my first blog milestone I have decided to set up my own linky. As most of you know I am a huge fan of list posts and I publish one almost every week so I decided that what my linky should be. I follow lots of different types of blogs from parenting, beauty, lifestyle and fashion and all genres are welcome to join in once your post is list style.

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RULES:

Comment on at least three blogs post in front of you on the list. Use the #thelistlinky in comments so people know where you stopped by from.

Only two post per blog.

You do not have to add a badge to this linky. It’s not for self promotion just a linky to meet new bloggers and support each other. If you would also like to tweet me @MyLittleBabog I will RT your entry too.

Kellie x

Blogiversary Giveaway #5 | Win an Elise Loves – Flower Crown

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Elise Loves is a UK business created by Amy Havell who hand designs hair accessories and clothing for girls of all ages using the best quality materials including 100% pure wool felt, beautiful fabrics and glitter material.

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How cute is this pink flower crown with gold faux leather leaves and bow? Well I have one to giveaway to one lucky My Little Babog reader. It can also be customized to be put on an alice band or an elastic headband to fit any age.

To enter:

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Elise Loves on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

Competition closes Wednesday 13th of May and is only open to residents of Ireland and the UK. Part of this competition is hosted on Facebook but is not endorsed by Facebook. All opinions my own.

Why I’m Voting YES in the Marriage Equality Referendum

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Less than one hundred years ago women weren’t allowed vote until our ancestors fought and changed that for us. We now have that power to replicate that historic period in Irish history.

The marriage equality referendum is solely focused on the issue of marriage equality and will NOT directly impact on parenting rights or responsibilities of any child. It gives us all an opportunity to tell our kids that they are valued, and that treating them differently because of their sexuality is completely and utterly unacceptable.

I am voting YES to equality for my children.

I am voting YES because my children and everyone in Ireland should have the right to marry their partner whether they’re straight or gay.

I could be a parent to a LGBT child in the future and I want them to have the same rights as everyone else. I will be voting to change the law for the next generation of children with a YES on May 22nd.

Blogiversary Giveaway #4 | Win a Dribble Stop Top

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A Dribble Stop Top is a vest with an extra high neckline with a discreet pocket hidden inside which completely covers and protects babies dribbles zone. Made of specialised waterproof material with skin-like breathability it ensures maximum coverage, acting as a barrier and helps stop dribble soak through to babies’ skin.

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Dribble Stop Tops are available in sizes 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-12m, 12-18m and 18-24m in packs of 2 white or 1 white & 1 stripe (pink or blue). Made with a soft cotton jersey, they are also tumble dryable for added convenience.

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I reviewed Dribble Stop Tops a few months back and still use them especially when little man is teething. You can read it HERE. And as part of my blogiversary celebrations I have a set of Dribble Stop Tops to giveaway to one of my readers.

To enter:

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Dribble Stop Top on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

Competition closes Wednesday 13th of May and is only open to residents of Ireland and the UK. Part of this competition is hosted on Facebook but is not endorsed by Facebook. All opinions my own.

Blogiversary Giveaway #3 | Win 1 of 5 InfaCare Bundles

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InfaCare baby bath is super gentle on even the newest, most sensitive of skins, it is mild enough for babies from one-month upwards. InfaCare is an ultra-mild formula with masses of long-lasting bubbles, making it very popular at baby bath time.

Recommended by hospital midwives and healthcare professionals alike, both formulas are clinically tested and PH balanced, creating natural levels of acidity and alkalinity in skin and hair. Reassuringly, each is designed to prevent irritation, helping with allergies in the process.

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I reviewed InfaCare’s Night-Time Baby Bath and you can read it HERE. A bath time favourite designed to help your baby relax before bedtime with the powdery oriental fragrance that ascends from it. Having used the tiniest amount it creates a huge mass of bubbles and that will last until the end of the bath unlike some other brands. I’m a huge fan!

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 As part of my Blogiversary giveaways I have 5 bundles of both bumper bottles to giveaway.

To enter:

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Infacare on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

GOODLUCK!

Competition closes Wednesday 13th of May and is only open to residents in Ireland and UK. Part of this giveaway is hosted on Facebook but is not endorsed by Facebook. All opinions are my own.

Blogiversary Giveaway #2 | Win a Totes Amaz Bag

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Totes Amaz Bags is an Irish owned business, Nadine the designer behind the bags hand paints and customizes each tote with top quality fabric paints, to create the perfect one of a kind bag tailored to suit your own style.

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They are perfect everyday bags for work, the gym, your lunch, the kids lunch and they are a holiday must have, they’re perfect for trips to the beach or pool. I currently possess three customized tote bags, whilst Kayla the little diva has four.

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Totes Amaz Bags have recently launched a brand new design, an adorable baby bag and I have one to GIVEAWAY for my Blogiversary.

To WIN your very own customized XL pink or blue baby bag

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Totes Amaz Bags on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

GOODLUCK!

Competition closes Wednesday 13th of May and is only open to residents in Ireland and UK. Part of this giveaway is hosted on Facebook but is not endorsed by Facebook. All opinions are my own.

Blogiversary Giveaway #1 | Win a Family Pass to Imaginosity

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Imaginosity is Ireland’s only interactive children’s museum. It’s an educational, creative and interactive space for children up to the age of 9 years. Offering three floors of educationally designed interactive exhibits that will engage, educate and enthral children as they play, discover, create and explore.

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Imaginosity also offers a wide variety of workshops and classes in arts and crafts, computers, music and theatre daily in the Art Studio, in the Cyber Room and in the Children’s Theatre Space – and most are free with admission.

For more information, prices and opening hours check out their website.

And in no particular order my first giveaway to celebrate My Little Babog’s first birthday is a family pass to Imaginosity.

To enter:

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Imaginosity on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

Competition closes Wednesday 13th of May. Part of this competition is hosted on Facebook but is not endorsed by Facebook. All opinions are as always, my own.

My Blogiversary

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My Little Babog is one. Can you believe it?

Just a little recap for any newbies who have just joined me on my online adventure, I set up my blog a couple of weeks into maternity leave with Frankie while resting a broken foot. I’ve always wanted to be a writer but my grammar, spelling and punctuation always held me back and I suppose that is one of my biggest achievements with this blog. Throughout the past year I have improved in all aspects of my writing. I’ve become braver, more creative and one of my articles even featured on The.Journal.ie.

It has been an extraordinary year full of ups and down. The support my readers showed to our pregnancy news was incredible, something I will be forever thankful for. I must also mention Kayla’s reaction to our pregnancy announcement going viral too, that was unbelievable. I have featured in Irish magazines – Maternity & Infant, Easy Parenting and Stellar. I’ve reached 6K followers and subscribers and I have over 70K hits on the blog itself. I made it to the Best Blogger finals in the Stellar Shine Awards. I got to work with some amazing brands. I met some bizarre and amazing people. And then just as the year was about to end I won Best Newcomer Blog in the Irish Parenting Blog Awards. One of my proudest moments, being recognised and rewarded for something I would have just considered a hobby.

On that note I have decided to make a few big changes. I have decided to go self-hosted. I will begin vlogging, capturing and sharing more of our daily life. I’ve invested in a new Canon camera with thanks to Littlewoods’ monthly payment plan. And finally I am looking into starting an evening writing course. I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’ve always followed my dreams and I believe the timing is just perfect.

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On that note I will leave this blogging year with my teapot, a trophy that will be forever cherished and thank you all for your support over the past year. It has been an amazing year and I only have you my readers to thank for that.

As a reward, I have been working with some companies over the past few weeks and have an awesome line-up of giveaways to launch over the next few days. So keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so you don’t miss any of them.

Irish Parenting Blog Awards

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On Saturday night I attended the Irish Parenting Blog Awards in the Odessa with my partner Joe. It was a night of networking, fun and games and a chance to meet all my virtual blogging friends. Since I began blogging almost a year ago I’ve come to realise there is a whole new world of people out there just like me. We all have a passion for writing, networking and sharing with others.

Upon arrival the headline sponsors Glenisk served canapés, they were divine; I even took some home for the kids. We ate a delicious three course meal, there was complimentary wine, I was sober of course and the atmosphere was wonderful. I finally got to meet some amazing bloggers and friends in the Irish parenting community. We played charades, head and tails and it wasn’t long before #IPBawards began trending on Twitter.

At 9pm we made our way to the Odessa roof top for the ceremony presented by Sylda Dwyer of MindTheBaby,ie. I was a finalist on the night, up against some crazy talented bloggers in my category and I’m ecstatic to announce I won the Best Newcomer Blog award. I can honestly admit I was genuinely shocked when my blog name was called.

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I also won the award for worst speech on the night too, I’ve presented myself with that one. The shock factor mixed with nerves and the realisation of having to make a speech got the better of me. I mumbled a few swear words on my three or four steps to the stage.

I’ll be forever grateful to my peers for nominating and voting for me. It’s a huge confidence boost being recognised and rewarded in such a way. I will treasure my teapot trophy created by Colorines Wonderful. It’s awesome!

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The night was a huge success all thanks to the wonderful committee behind the event headed my Lisa at mama.ie and not forgetting the fantastic sponsors. We even got loaded goodie bags to bring home too. I also won a beautiful hamper from one of the sponsors BirthingMamas, full of Essencia aromatherapy blends. I’ve already played with them and they’re breath-taking.

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You can check out the amazing bloggers who won on the night HERE and check out the #IPBawards tag line on twitter.

Team IPB ROCK!!