Thank you – Brilliance in Blogging Awards (BiBs2016)…WE WON!

BiBs awards winner 2016

I’m not a huge fan of public speaking, so a long, eloquent acceptance speech is not really my bag. I think I just about managed to compose myself on Saturday, but when Carol Smillie read my name out as the winner of the Family category at the BiBs award ceremony, it took me completely by surprise – and what a bloody brilliant surprise it was! So here’s me saying another massive THANK YOU a little more eloquently…

Back when I wrote this post about putting myself up for the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards (BiBs), never in my wildest dreams did I expect to get shortlisted. I nearly didn’t even bother nominating myself and probably wouldn’t have done if it wasn’t for a little nudge from some lovely fellow bloggers (thank you!)

BiBs awards 2016

Once shortlisted and over 50,000 votes later, I never expected to become one of the five finalists, and then even though I had a one in five chance of winning on Saturday, I honestly never really considered that I actually would.

Getting on the train home an hour after receiving my award was a bit of an anti-climax – all I really wanted to do was raise (quite a few) glasses to myself and get sozzled…but I did have time to think on the train home, pat myself of the back and think “Well, why the hell not me?” After all, I like my blog – I write it. So why wouldn’t others?

I wrote a post recently about the need for all of us to ‘be more Kanye‘ – to believe that we are bloody great at what we do and not to shy away from thinking and saying so. Attending BritMums Live on Saturday was so inspiring – to hear how others have made a living from their blogs and through diversifying and through seeing an opportunity and just going for it. I’m now buzzing with creativity and fresh ideas for the possibilities, and winning this award has made me see that anything really is possible through hard work, passion and determination.

BritMums live 2016

So all that’s really left to say is thank you. Thank you for your votes and for taking the time to read my posts over the past 18 months, and for your supportive comments and your Friday #FFs. And thank you to the judges who picked me. It all means so much.

And well done to all of the finalists, all of those shortlisted and everyone who pours their heart and soul into their blog each week – stay true to yourself and believe in what you do.

And of course, not forgetting the cheeky face that inspires me every day…

BiBs awards 2016 family


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45 Comment

  1. Kim Carberry
    June 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Congrats! I am so pleased for you! The award is so well deserved x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Thanks so much Kim! xx

  2. Coral
    June 28, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Fabulous, such huge congrats. You were one of the first blogs I stumbled upon three months ago when I first started blogging & I loved it instantly! Very well deserved. Looking forward to seeing what’s coming next!x

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Aw thanks so much Coral that’s great to hear that you enjoy it! Means a lot xx

  3. Rach
    June 29, 2016 at 8:08 am

    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! Love your blog, so clean and easy to read. PS. Love your nails too #bestandworst

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Haha the nails are looking a little worse for wear now!! That’s so nice to hear x

  4. Mrs C
    June 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Huge congratulations! You’re absolutely right, theres nothing wrong with giving ourselves a pat on the back every so often 🙂 Mrs C x #bestandworst

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Thank you so much! xx

  5. wendy
    June 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Massive congratulations!! How amazing to have won, you definitely need to give yourself a huge pat on the back xx #bestandworst

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Thanks Wendy! It was such an amazing feeling xx

  6. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    June 30, 2016 at 7:24 am

    A huge congratulations to you on winning the family category – was so pleased for you and so very well deserved! #coolmumclub

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Thanks so much Louise xx

  7. Single Mum Speaks
    June 30, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Congratulations on your victory! I was there and was really chuffed when you won. It’s a shame you had to go straight home and couldn’t celebrate straight away, but I hope you got to have a well deserved glass of bubbly at home! #coolmumclub

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Thank you! I haven’t had chance to celebrate properly yet, but did do a little victory dance around the kitchen when I got home! Ha! x

  8. John Adams
    June 30, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Well done on going home with the BiB. I was a finalist in that very category last year but, needless to say, didn’t go home with the award! Congratulations. #CoolMumCLub

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Thanks John – you need to bring it home for the dad bloggers next year!

  9. Mumbelievable (Ursula)
    June 30, 2016 at 11:55 am

    So happy for you lovely! Huge congratulations on the win. I’m new to your blog….absolutely loving it. Can’t wait to read more! X #coolmumclub

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Thanks so much lovely that’s great to hear xx

  10. Jo Sandelson
    June 30, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Well done you- must have been great feeling. I was a Finalist 2 years ago and pretty nervous. Also thanks for mentioning us Shortlisters! Onwards and blogwards! Jo
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Thanks so much! It is so nerve wracking isn’t it!? x

  11. MMT
    June 30, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    HOORAY! I’m so glad you linked this up to #coolmumclub because I have been meaning to message you to say congratulations. So, so well deserved Nat. As I said to Prabs, the next best thing to winning an award is seeing someone you have come to think of as a friend take it. By that I mean YOU!
    Lovely to meet you in person, and here’s to the next get together!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Thanks so much hun – it was such a brilliant surprise!! Looking forward to the next get together xx

  12. Lizzie firstooth
    June 30, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    A very cute little face! Well done my lovely and it’s so deserved! Like you said, why the hell not! One thing I love about your blog is that you write for the love of writing and it really shows. I hope you got totally sozzled once you arrived home and hopefully I will actually catch you next year x #bestandworst
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 1, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Aw thanks so much lovely that’s so nice to hear! I’m off on a rare night out tonight – so hopefully I’ll get sozzled then!xx

  13. Rebecca | AAUBlog
    July 3, 2016 at 9:34 am

    congratulations – it is totally deserved! Now let’s get that Instagram community going… 😉 xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 8, 2016 at 8:06 am

      I would love to – just don’t know where I’d find the time?! Xx

  14. Leanne
    July 3, 2016 at 9:42 am

    big congratulations – well deserved I say. enjoy it!! #kcacols

    1. Mum in Brum
      July 8, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Thanks so much! X

  15. justsayingmum
    July 3, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Aww huge congratulations lovely – so so well deserved! Gorgeous picture too – adorable daily inspiration! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 8, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Thanks lovely! Xx

  16. Sarah
    July 3, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Ah I was so happy for you !! Was such a surprise. You deserve it and lovely to meet you! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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  17. Lucy at occupation:(m)other
    July 3, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Ah fabulous! It was such an exciting day and I can’t imagine how you must have felt on the train home, really lovely. Love that we should all be a bit more Kanye! Congratulations, hope you’ve had lots of time to celebrate properly now #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 8, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Thank you! Yes I’ve definitely celebrated since! Xx

  18. Fran @ Whinge Whinge Wine
    July 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Huge congratulations. It was a great day with some very worthy winners. I hope you are keeping your trophy in pride of place! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 8, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Thanks Fran! It’s got pride of place on my desk! X

  19. Emma Plus Three
    July 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Amazing! Congratulations x #KCACOLS

  20. Nadia - ScandiMummy
    July 3, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Congratulations again! I remember what your blog looked like a year ago when I first discovered you and I almost remember thinking that here’s a person full of passion. That passion has clearly manifested itself into something that definitely deserves this award. It was such a pleasure to meet you at BML16 and I hope to see you again soon! #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy xxx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Thanks so much hun what a lovely thing to say. It was great catching up with you at BML xxx

  21. Savannah
    July 4, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Well done to you! I know the pride must’ve been overwhelming. So many congratulations, you definitely deserve it. And, thanks for reminding me to be a little bit more like Kayne (: #KCACOLS
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  22. Something Crunchy Mummy
    July 4, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    You really deserved it! #KCACOLS xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Thanks hun xx

  23. Laura
    July 5, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Huge congratulations! You should be so proud of yourself xxx #kcacols
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 8, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thanks so much xxx

  24. Clare
    July 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Massive congratulations Nat! You completely deserved that award and I am so pleased you won. You looked so shocked as you went up to the stage, but really do believe in your blog, it is fab! Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS we hope you come back again on Sunday xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      July 12, 2016 at 11:23 am

      It really was such a shock – I just really didn’t have it prepared in my head as an option so it took me completely by surprise! But it was a fab feeling. Thanks so much for your lovely words xx

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