#BiBs2016 – we’ve been shortlisted!

#BiBs2016 - we've been shortlisted

Friday morning started out like any other morning in our household. And then two extraordinary things happened…

The first was that Taylor actually gave me a massive bear hug and held onto my leg as I dropped her off at nursery. For a self-proclaimed Daddy’s girl, this was quite an accomplishment for me.

The second happened when I got back home, went for a wee and had a scroll through Twitter whilst sat on the toilet (obvs). I saw that the Brilliance in Blogging awards (#BiBs2016) shortlist had been announced and clicked through to see if any bloggers I knew had been shortlisted.

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I had of course put myself forward for the awards, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be on the list. I scrolled through all of the categories – taking note of all of the brilliant blogs I’ve become a fan of. And then there it was – ‘Mum in Brum’ – in the Family category!! It’s a good job I was sat in the toilet at the time as I probably wet myself a little.

Seconds later, a congratulatory tweet from New Mummy Blog confirmed I wasn’t seeing things. So it was time for a solo celebration dance with Max (yes, dogs can dance) before calling the hubby to tell him the news. Having lost a housewife in the process of me establishing this blog, he was pretty happy to hear that it has apparently all been worthwhile.

I’m genuinely overjoyed to be shortlisted and see my name up there with some of my blogging heroes – the ones who inspired me to start blogging in the first place (Not Another Mummy Blog, The Unmumsy Mum). And to be in the highly contested family category is such an honour – I’ve loved sharing the journey of our little family so far and it’s a great feeling knowing that other people enjoy reading my nap time ramblings.

From the bottom of my heart – thank you to every single one of you who took the time to fill in that form and put our name down.

#BiBs2016 - we've been shortlisted

I don’t have an army of family and friends to vote for me (#gettheviolinout) and most of those I do have (I hope won’t mind me saying) are more than a bit crap at this sort of thing. My hubby actually ‘forgot’ to nominate me for this award (#namedandshamed)…

So if you’ve remotely enjoyed my blog over the past 15 months it would mean the world to me to have your vote. Voting is now open for everyone to choose their favourites from the ten shortlisted in each category. The two with the most votes, plus another three selected by the judging panel will then make up the five finalists within each category. 200,000 nominations and votes were cast last year!

If you’d like to vote for me, it’s super easy – just requiring your name, email and your selection within category 13. You can find the voting form for #BiBs2016Β here,Β or by clicking on the badge at the bottom of this post.

And finally, a huge congrats to every blogger who has been shortlisted, including those within my own category who have become some of my favourite go-to blogs. Without the support and encouragement of the blogging community I would have never even thought to enter myself.

Thanks a bunch you lovely lot x

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  1. Emma
    May 2, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I know what you mean about not having family that remember to vote for you. I didn’t even tell my family to vote for me in this award as I knew they wouldn’t remember. Haha. Congratualtions lovely πŸ™‚ #marvmondays
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 19, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Ha – I’m hoping they’ve done better for the finalist voting but I’m really not convinced! Congrats and good luck to you too lovely x
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  2. Sarah
    May 2, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Ah this is great news hun! Good for you. I bet you were absolutely thrilled πŸ™‚ xx #marvmondays x

  3. Emma
    May 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I was sure that I had commented on your post earlier but I can’t see my comment so just to say a huge well done! It’s very exciting isn’t it!
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  4. Kim (sisterkin)
    May 4, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Congratulations. Fingers crossed for you. #bestandworst
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  5. Pamela | Life With Munchers
    May 4, 2016 at 8:53 am

    So chuffed to see you there lovely! Well done and good luck for the next round xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks lovely! Fingers crossed! xx
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  6. helen gandy
    May 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Very well deserved lovely!! Your hard work is paying off and thanks for sharing with the #bestandworst
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  7. Jessica
    May 5, 2016 at 2:32 am


  8. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    May 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Congratulations on making the shortlist! I was really pleased to see your name there, really well deserved. Best of luck for the finals! #coolmumclub
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much Katy, fingers crossed! x
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  9. MMT
    May 5, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    The next best thing to making the shortlist yourself (sob) is seeing your bloggy-besties names up in lights. best of luck Nat! I nominated you and you can sure as hell count on my vote too honey xx
    #coolmumclub – thanks for linking
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 8, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Aw thanks so much lovely! You encouraged me to enter myself so I have you to thank! I feel that you have an award waiting for you some time in the not so distant future! Xx

  10. Nige
    May 5, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Well deserved shortlisting your blog is fantastic really hope you win X

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 8, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks so much – great to hear you enjoy the blog! X

  11. Nicole (The Brightness Of These Days)
    May 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Huge congrats! Very well deserved! Love how you found out while doing a wee, classic Twitter scrolling scenario! #coolmumclub

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Nicole! Everyone tweets from the loo right? πŸ˜€

  12. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    May 5, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Congratulations on being shortlisted – so pleased for you! Wishing you all the best of luck with getting to the finals πŸ™‚
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks lovely – and good luck to you too! X

  13. My Petit Canard
    May 5, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Congrats lovely, such exciting news! I was so pleased to see your blog on the shortlist. I’ve loved reading your blog since I discovered it a few months ago, its definitely well deserved πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed for you! Emily x #coolmumclub

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks so much Emily – so nice to hear that xx

  14. Mary
    May 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Ahhhhh congrats, wonderful news and laughing my head off over here about the twitter/toilet sitch – so true/so funny! And yay for hugs …Your pics are gorgeous and I wish you all the best x #bestandworst

  15. Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos
    May 7, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Massive congratulations, such a great achievement and in a great category too. Wishing you all the luck in the world for the finals. #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much – and good luck and congrats to you too! X

  16. Sarah
    May 8, 2016 at 8:09 am

    well done & good luck! #KCACOLS
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  17. justsayingmum
    May 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Oh good luck – beautiful sunny pictures – love your posts when I find them on linkys so wishing you all the best in the finals #KCACOL
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks lovely! X

  18. Madeline
    May 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Congratulations! You must feel so proud! x #KCACOLS

  19. Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    May 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    You’ve got my vote hun – I love your blog and you’re someone I honestly admire! Can’t wait to hear how you get on xx #KCACOLS

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Aw thanks so much hun, such a lovely thing to say! I’ve also got my fingers crossed for you in the mads! Xx

  20. Min
    May 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    BEST OF LUCK! So exciting. #KCACOLS
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  21. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    May 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    It’s absolutely fabulous to see you in the Family category. So well deserved! Congratulations lovely and best of luck for the finals!! X #coolmumclub
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  22. Lucy at occupation:(m)other
    May 9, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Ahh congratulations!!! Your blog is gorgeous, a well deserved shortlisting and good luck for the next stage. I can completely relate to the army of friends and family…I have sat my husband down and made him vote but I don’t tell people I know that I blog…I have a hunch that being semi-anonymous is not the best vote-canvassing strategy!! Seriously well done though….congratulations xxx
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  23. Nadia - ScandiMummy
    May 9, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Congratulations lovely! Fingers crossed for you and hope to say hi at BritMums #coolmumclub

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  24. Tammymum
    May 10, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Congratulations that’s really amazing. All the best for the next stage! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back again next Sunday

  25. Bridie By The Sea
    May 11, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Congrats on being shortlisted – I love your blog and really admire your work. Good luck on getting to the finals! #KCACOLS

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 11, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Thanks so much lovely x

  26. Natasha
    May 12, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Congratu;lations . Well done hun and fingers crossed for you. xxx #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 13, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Thanks so much Natasha – fingers crossed! xx

  27. Clare
    May 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Congratulations Nat! And so very much deserved! you have done so brilliantly in a short space of time so well done you!!! Good luck hun xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Thanks lovely – fingers crossed! xx

  28. Clare
    May 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Every bleeding time #KCACOLS πŸ˜‰ xx
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  29. New Mummy Blog
    May 12, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I’m so so chuffed for you! Seeing a blog you really ‘get’, one that you feel friends with, is the next best thing to being there. I really really really hope you get through and you’ve got my vote! I’m also sharing this on my facebook so my followers will hopefully vote for you too x #kcacols
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Ah thanks so much hun, that’s a lovely thing to hear. And thanks so much for the Facebook share – I’m pretty rubbish at FB myself so any help is really appreciated!! xx

  30. Lucy
    May 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Congratulations!! I did send you a congratulatory tweet, but I’ve just found this post and I’ve loved reading the stories of how people found out, and how they felt!! Your husband forgetting to nominate you totally resonated with me-like you, I had nobody apart from my husband and parents to nominate me, as nobody else knows about the blog. When I phoned my mum to tell her I’d been shortlisted, she said ‘oh, we didn’t even nominate you for that one.’ I was horrified and asked why, and she said ‘your dad said something about the form being too complicated…’ Honestly!! If he’d just given me his iPad I would’ve filled in the details!!! Anyway, I’m so pleased to see you shortlisted, best of luck for the finals-fingers crossed I’ll see you there…!!

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 15, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks so much Lucy – that sounds exactly like my parents too! In fact, I’m pretty sure my dad didn’t nominate me as I had to do it for my mum! Love how they don’t really ‘get it’, but family and friends are gradually starting to realise that it’s a pretty big deal to me I think! So pleased to see you shortlisted too – so well deserved! Good luck lovely and see you there! x

  31. Sarah - To Maternity and Beyond
    May 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Congratulations! Your blog is fabulous so this is will deserved. Good luck #KCACOLS

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah, that’s so nice to hear! x

  32. Sarah - To Maternity and Beyond
    May 14, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    *well deserved – obvs! x
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