The MAD Blog Awards

Tell TalkTalk your TV style icon & win £100

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With the MAD Awards fast approaching we want to know which style icons you will be drawing inspiration from to recreate that red-carpet look on Friday evening. Will you be tailoring your suit to fit Liv Pope from Scandal, vamping it up like Jessica Hamby from True Blood or arriving suited and booted like Booth from Bones or being the star of your own Modern Family by going all Gloria glam. To find characters to inspire your outfit look no further than TalkTalk TV, Britain’s fastest growing TV service. You can dip in and out latest hit entertainment from both sides of the Atlantic with shows like The Good Wife, Bones, Scandal and many more.  (more…)

And the host of the 2014 MAD Blog Awards will be…

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We are getting very, very close to revealing the winners of the 2014 MAD Blog Awards.

After six months, thousands of nominations and votes, countless blog posts, Tweets, outfit panics and excited MEEP! sounds, we’re nearly there.

We are thrilled to announce that after last year’s triumph, we’ve managed to persuade one of our very favourite TV personalities back to the Royal Garden Hotel to take control of this year’s MAD Blog Awards ceremony. (more…)

Backing up is Faster than ever

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Whether your kids are dying to download the latest blockbuster, purchase the next Beyoncé album or share their Friday night snaps, your family’s digital library can get big, fast.

While the shelf space where DVDs and CDs once lived has been freed up by digital formats, the average pocket is, metaphorically, weighed down with all the photos, videos, music and content being carried around on mobile phones and tablets. And usually, if you lose or break your phone, your digital life is gone too. The reality is the importance of backing it all up to an external hard drive has never been more important. (more…)

Back to School Tips from Parentdish

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How do you feel when your children are back at school – a teeny bit relieved and enjoying the peace, anxiously counting down the hours to the end of the school day or a mixture of emotions?

On Parentdish our dedicated Back to School section  has lots of reassuring advice-led features, funny articles and shared experiences for mums and dads.

Here are just a few: (more…)

Meet our 10 Kid Blogger of the Year finalists!

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Today we are excited to announce the ten finalists in  the first ever MAD Blog Awards Kid Blog of the Year, in collaboration with Vita Coco Kids

A great big thank you to all the fantastic young people who entered.

We had so many great posts and we loved reading every last one of them. It was really tough decision but the team at Vita Coco finally narrowed it down. Read on to find out more!  (more…)

Save the pennies with TalkTalk

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TalkTalk TV Britain’s fastest growing TV service is sponsors of our Best Entertainment blog. And as leading value provider of TV, broadband, landline and Mobile it teamed up with Mrs Moneypenny to give Brits, on the lookout for clever money saving advice, top tips on how to make money go further.

TalkTalk is on a mission to help customers find the niftiest ways to keep finances in check, and enlisted the help of consumer champion Mrs Moneypenny to show families how to cut costs – from capping monthly bills to swapping pricey cinema tickets for watching the blockbusters at home instead. According to the Superscrimpers star, the savviest of shoppers hit the web to make clever savings, taking advantage of online discounts and money-saving tools. (more…)

Happy 40th Early Learning Centre!

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It’s our birthday!  Early Learning Centre is celebrating 40 years of inspiring children to learn through play.

Founded in 1974 by a mum and dad, John Beale and his wife, who wanted to give their children toys that were really good fun but also helped them develop, we’ve grown and grown since then (but we’re still not grown up enough to stop playing!).

From our classic wooden toys to our enduring bestsellers, we create toys that stand the test of time.  Over the years we have added even more unique toys, including Happyland, a range of brilliant buildings, quirky characters, cute animals and colourful vehicles; Rosebud Village, a collection of wooden doll’s houses, characters and accessories; and Toybox, a delightful range of colourful click-clack characters and vehicles we introduced in 2013.

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HomeAway “Our One in a million holiday home”

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Ahead of the MADS Blog Awards taking place on Sept 19th, being sponsored by HomeAway.co.uk, we asked a couple of our favourite bloggers what would be their perfect one in a million holiday home for them and their family and what their ideal holiday would be like.

Now that HomeAway has over a million properties on the site of all budgets and sizes from tiny bolt holes to magnificent castles all over the world, there is so much for choose from. How does a beautiful villa in Goa suitable for the whole family as suggested by Lauren from www.belledubrighton.co.uk sound like, or a dream home in Hawaii chosen by Joanna Mallon of Opposable Thumbs?

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Meet the Finalists: PODcast

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Charly Dove of PODcast  lives in Surrey with her husband and three year old daughter, the eponymous POD. She works in marketing and is an award winning amateur photographer!

How did you get started in blogging, then?

As a Marketer with over 20 years’ experience I’d used blogger outreach programmes to promote brands and was well aware of the impact the blogging community can have both on a social and brand level. When my daughter was born I wanted to create an online account of her growing up. I was also keen to become part of a wider network of Mums and Dads, sharing their experiences and supporting each other to make the most of the joy of being a parent. (more…)

Perfume Your Bin Competition

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Say goodbye to bin smells this Summer with Brabantia’s super smart solution – Perfume Your Bin!

Luxury interior design brand Brabantia, sponsors of our Best Homes & Interiors category, is giving away 10 must-have Perfume Your Bin Sets (total worth £112.50), helping you to make the daily chore of waste management a much more enjoyable experience.

Designed to hide unpleasant smells in kitchens and bathroom bins, Perfume Your Bin is a self-adhesive device that sticks to the underside of bin lids to mask unwanted odours and release bursts of delightful fragrance in the choice of Pine or Flower.

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