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.
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!
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.
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!!