Aw Ladybelles, where do I start?
On Friday 13th, myself and The Him headed to the Big shmoke for the Maternity and Infant Awards 2017.
I couldn’t believe that my blog had even made it into final. Getting to meet the creme de la créme of Irish Parenting Bloggers was a dream come true for me.
We arrived at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire just in time to get changed and join in the champagne reception that was in full swing. The hotel is GORGEOUS. HImself had booked us a suite as a surprise and I have to tell you Ladies, it was amazing; big and bright with chandaliers and high ceilings and a view of the sea. Romance indeed.
We went downstairs and despite never having met any of the other bloggers, were soon hugging and chatting. Such a friendly bunch. We really felt welcomed and any nerves I had settled very quickly.
We were ushered into the beautiful ballroom, where we were served a lovely luncheon. We were sitting beside the legend that is The Stented Papa and his lovely wife. On my other side was one of my heroes, Miss Jen Hogan from Mamatude. She’s a Mum of 7 and an all round Supermum who has even published a real, actual BOOK! I may or may not have been slightly starstruck by her! But what a cracker of a Lady she is. The amazing Jolene from One Yummy Mummy kept us giggling all evening and with the lovely Becky from Cuddle Fairy beside her, the laughs were many. Add Kellie from My Little Babog, Cliodhna from Lean Mean Momma and the lovely Sinead from Bumbles of Rice and we were in great company altogether.
The awards were so well organised. (You all know how well organised things make Me happy!) Between courses, the lovely Maura Derrane from TV3 kept proceedings going, announcing awards and conducting interviews. Very impressive.
The wine was flowing and the craic was mighty. And then it was time for the Best Parenting Blog Award.
No award for The S-Mum this Time, but lots of joy.
Well done to the amazing Jolene from One Yummy Mummy who deservedly won Best Parenting Blogger.
Huge congrats too to the lovely My Little Bábóg Blog and Leanmeanmomma who got Silver & Bronze respectively.
I was quite emotional listening to the stories of the winners of the People Awards. So many incredible stories and amazing people. Well done to all of the winners.
With the ceremony over, we all retired into the rather fablis bar where the wine, gin and general fun continued for a few hours. Not used to the art of daytime drinking, myself and The Him grabbed barfood at about 8.30pm and hit the massive leaba in our suite. This was easily the most comfortable bed I have EVER slept in.
We had to hightail it back to Letterkenny at 9am on Saturday as I was hosting a charity event with my buddy Joanne.
But we did manage to grab breakfast first. I do love me a good hotel breakfast, so I do!
We’ll definitely be back in the Royal Marine, but next time we will make sure we have time to sleep in and enjoy the area for a bit.
As for the awards? We were treated like Royalty, and spoiled with food, drinks and goodie bags. I honestly hope we get a chance to attend them again.
Gals. I’m just delighted to have made the top 10. 😙😙 To be placed among the ten best bloggers in the country was such an honour. And as well as making memories, I’ve also made friends.
Thank you. YOU LOT got me there; Your support, your votes, your messages. And I’m so very grateful.
And as always thank you to my Mammy Squad and especially to my Him… 😍😍😍
Oh and of course to the two little ladies who provide me with SO much subject matter! 🙂