The MADs 2014 – the aftermath, and a thank you!

MAD Blog Awards Travel Blog 2014

Well, on Friday I attended the MADs as a finalist in the Best Family Travel Blog category and I only went and won!

It was amazing. I was honesty so shocked I couldn’t move out of my seat to go on stage and collect it and had to be given a bit of a poke.

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First of all, thank you to all of you for your support, and for your votes. The MADs are voted for by readers and my peers in the UK blogging community, so it means a lot that enough of you were inspired enough to use your vote for me. 🙂

So what were the MADs like? I was asked afterwards to describe on video what the awards were like. I think I may have used the word “mental”. T’is true. It was a bit surreal – one of the poshest hotels in London, and there we were with Dr Ranj from CBeebies, a supply of wine, and some huge electronic games to play. Oh, and Pikachu from Pokemon.


MAD Blog Awards 2014

There was a flashmob of dancing mum-bloggers, and the occasional “balls up” from the host and the crew, which were forgiven, but never forgotten. Dr Ranj was a legend, and disturbingly seemed to enjoy being in a room full of busty, loud, and mostly ever-so-slightly tipsy ladies (and a few brave men).

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My acceptance speech was ok (I think). I remember fangirling a bit over Chris Mosler, and gushing about all the people who have guest posted for me – Jennifer, Sian, and Debbie were the ones I could remember off the top of my head, although there has been many more, and I convey a huge thank you to everyone who has sent me reviews of their favourite places, or taken on travel blogging assignments that I couldn’t reach. You’re all amazing!

Thanks to Jennifer for having the good sense to take some photos for me. No doubt there will be official ones soon enough.

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This is what I won……

I also won a travel voucher courtesy of category sponsors, and as soon as I know where we’re going, I shall let you know. Perfect prize for us!

The whole event was a good excuse for meeting up with some familiar blogging friends, and meeting a whole bunch of new ones. I also got to finally meet up with those I have considered friends for a long time, yet have never had the opportunity to say hi/waffle at incoherently/squeeze. So big mention for Joy, Sarah W, Helen W, Alex, Charley, Steph C, Dani, Sian, Mrs ATTWAH, Sam, Fiona C, Kirsty, Greta, Tori, the Team Honk ladies, and of course, Jennifer J, for making a good night great. Hopefully I will get to see you all again very soon.

You can find out more about the MADs here where you may soon find an updated winners list, and more!

THANK YOU again for all your support. Here’s to another year of award-winning family travel blogging. It’s going to be a good one!


Joanne and the girly gang review family days out around the UK and beyond, with a little help from their friends.

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  1. So pleased to finally meet you (thanks for the mention!) and I was so happy when they announced your name. Congratulations!

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      Thanks, bird! I was very happy to finally meet you too.

  2. Congratulations on your win! It was a great evening and it was lovely to meet you.

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      And you! We should do it online more often. I’m thinking some sort of travel blogger carnival??

  3. Aww I liked your speech! A well deserved win and here’s to next year!! x

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      Thanks! Think next year might be pushing my luck a tad, but you never know!

    2. KidsDaysOutReviews

      Thank you! My speech was quite good considering I was totally shell-shocked and not one bit prepared. Still haven’t seen it on video yet though, which could be a good thing. 😀

  4. Huge congratulations to you. Lovely to have a chat on the night.

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      Thanks Fi. And you too. Only been what, three years?

  5. Ah, it was a good one wasn’t it? Congrats again! Was so pleased you sat next to me, you’re lovely. Must apologise if I didn’t make that much sense or seemed a bit not with it… nerves kicked in big time!! Hope we can do it all again next year (without the dancing :D) x

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      What? I loved your dancing. If you’re not doing it next year I won’t be coming.

  6. Many congrats again, and thanks for a fab night/morning. Lovely to see you and hope to catch up again soon. xx

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      Pinky, if I could have chosen anyone to look green at me while I shoved a Burger King whopper meal in my face the next morning, it would have been you. 🙂

  7. I’m so so pleased for you, such a well-deserved award for you and this brilliant blog. It sounds like you had an amazing night

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      I did, thank you! Would love to have seen you there but we’ll meet up again very soon 🙂

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