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!!
Do see my new shiny badge on the right hand side of the page? The Irish Parenting Blog awards nominations list is now open until April 1st.
The awards categories are:
Best Homespun blog
Best Personal blog
Most Entertaining blog
Most beautiful blog
Best Special Interest blog
Best post of the year
If you would like to nominate my blog or your any of your favourite Irish Parenting Blogs for an award you can nominate them HERE!
We headed off to the Christmas Toy Show yesterday afternoon. Situated in the main hall of the RDS, it had all the toys you need for Christmas under one roof from this year’s must-haves to the all-important stocking fillers, yeh know the one’s kids will actually play with! There was a timetable of live entertainment and music, along with activities and entertainment for everyone, adults included.
Upon arrival fashion icon Barbie was meeting and greeting her fan at the entrance. Kayla tripped over herself when she seen her. She got all her words mumbled and almost cried with excitement.
We started at the Play-Doh workshop, squishing, mushing and creating. Mr Play-Doh made an appearance. He jumped, skipped and danced, all the children were giggling and laughing as his play-doh pot bounced about the place.
Kayla spotted the Lego workshop next, she must have spent an hour here. She is looking for Princess Lego off Santa this year so she decided to practice making a Rapunzel castle.
Frosty the DJ kept everyone entertained when the live entertainment was on a break. We chilled back in a bean bag filled area and watched an amazing magic show by Silly Billys and Eclipse stage school performed some brilliant routines.
There is so much to do, you could spend the whole day there. There was a host of interactive family fun from ride-on tractor racing tracks, remote control challenges to Nerf and Rebellen target ranges. There was a storytime area, football challenges and not forgetting the Santa experience too.
It is a day not to be missed. I would recommend to bring some sandwiches if you are going to head along. There is a couple of vendors selling food but none to our taste, we are very fussy eaters. We are now feeling all christmassy and getting ready to pull the decoration out and christmify the house top to bottom. God, I love Christmas.