The MAD Blog Awards

“Cracking” Easter ideas from Pokémon

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It’s the Year of the Bus, so Transport for London and Pikachu teamed up to answer the question: How do you get Pikachu on a bus?

As sponsor of the MADs 2014 Pokémon would like to wish all the finalists of the Best MAD Blog for Family Fun, good luck!

It’s Easter weekend this weekend and many of you will be planning lots of fun activities for your family; we at Pokémon have got some “cracking” ideas for an egg-cellent time for everyone!

You could do your very own Easter-inspired sports day. How about hard boiling some eggs and setting up your very own egg and spoon race in your back garden? You could follow this with hula hooping, a sack race and a three-legged race, all to win the biggest, yummiest Easter Egg you could find.

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Join us at the MAD Blog Awards 2014 Ceremony!

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We are thrilled to confirm that this year, we’ll be heading back to the rather gorgeous Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington for our awards ceremony this year.

Our finalists will be treated to a fab VIP pampering, cocktail reception, three course dinner and – of course – the chance to see the winners of the 2014 MAD Blog Awards live and in person!

Today, we’re also launching a competition that will give you the chance to join us in London on September 19th, 2014 at the awards ceremony – read on for more details! (more…)

Great Value Entertainment from TalkTalk TV

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TalkTalk is proud to sponsor the Most Entertaining Blog category at this year’s MAD Blog Awards. With TalkTalk TV quickly becoming the home of family entertainment we are great supporters of blogs that can make us smile, laugh and keep us engaged and we are pleased to see such an impressive line up of contenders in the running for this year’s MADs. (more…)

MAD Blog Awards 2014 Kid Blog of the Year!

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Ready for some exciting news?

KBOTY

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Halfords sends you and your family on yer bikes

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There’s no better way to bring out your inner child than whizzing along in the sunshine on a bicycle. So, just imagine how exciting it is for kids themselves. Fun for all ages and abilities, family cycling ticks a lot of boxes: no digital screens, heaps of fresh air, exploration and exercise. Unfortunately, as much as we’d love to spontaneously load our families up on bikes and head into the countryside, it’s never quite that simple. What kit is needed? Will there be food and drink stops en route? What about traffic? Will little legs manage the whole way? Is it really worth it?

Yes it is, and here’s the info and inspiration you need to get the family whizzing off together:

Traffic-free trails

The UK isn’t quite up to speed with France when it comes to dedicated cycling paths but there are still plenty of options for families not wanting to brave open roads. The National Trust has set up cycling trails in gardens and grounds throughout England and their collection of ‘bike rides for little legs’ includes an 8 mile circuit from Wray Castle around Lake Windemere and a route where you might spot six types of British reptiles on Studland Peninsula, Dorset. (more…)

2014 Outstanding Contribution Finalists

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Each year at the MAD Blog Awards, we like to celebrate bloggers with great skills – whether it’s devising and sharing recipes, taking gorgeous photos or writing words that have the power to move, entertain and inspire us.

But we also like to celebrate those bloggers who make our communities (the real world one AND the virtual one) a better place.

They are the bloggers who work tirelessly to make things better. They organise campaigns, or raise funds for charity. They give their time and expertise generously to support other parents and bloggers.

They’re amazing.

Our Outstanding Contribution award, sponsored by the lovely people at Thorntons, is a chance to recognise – and thank – those bloggers who give more than they receive. Our ten finalists will all be invited to the MAD Blog Awards ceremony later this year and we may have one or two surprises in store before then. The winner of this category will NOT be voted, and will instead be chosen by a panel of judges. But you can still vote in our other categories – don’t forget to head over to the vote page to have your say!

Congratulations to these ten amazing, inspiring and all-round outstanding bloggers – and an insight into WHY they’re so amazing – in the words of those who nominated them:  (more…)

Good luck to our finalists!

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When we announced the 2014 MAD Blog Awards finalists, we were excited – but so was everyone else!

Twitter and Instagram were filled with messages of congratulations and good luck, and we’ve pulled some of our favourites together below.

Don’t forget, you have until April 24th to vote for your favourite blogs, and every vote counts! Check out our finalists page and visit all the finalists’ blogs before you vote – you won’t be sorry!

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Meet the 2014 Finalists!

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The news is out.

We have revealed the names of the finalists in 15 MAD Blog Award categories and now our finalists need your votes!

Still wondering who to vote for?

We’ve invited all of our finalists to share a post from their blog with you – about the awards and why they’d love your vote – so check out the Linky below and explore our finalists.

This year we’ve got a fantastic mix of well-known, established bloggers and some newer names. But what all of our finalists have in common is that their blogs are LOVED by their readers, who nominated them in their droves – and they’re equally loved by our judges, who raved about the finalists’ blogs this year.

If you haven’t voted yet (or even if you have) then why not spend a few minutes meeting some new finalists and exploring their blogs? We promise you won’t be sorry! (more…)

Six Great Reasons to Read Parentdish!

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For the fourth consecutive year, Parentdish is delighted to be headline sponsor of  the MAD Blog Awards.

We think the community of talented and vocal parent bloggers is the perfect match for Parentdish.

Here’s why, if you haven’t already, you really should make Parentdish a daily must-see:

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Sponsor post – Kenwood

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As this year’s sponsor of the MADs 2014, Best Food Blog award, we want to wish all the finalists good luck!

To give all foodies some inspiration, we created the Kenwood Food Lovers Bucket List — a compilation of the top food experiences from all over the globe.  The must-do list, which was compiled by some of the UK’s top foodies, includes experiences from home and away, such as enjoying a pint of Guinness in an Irish pub, wandering along a California wine trail, munching on fish and chips in a Blackpool chippy and baking a chocolate cake with the kids.

It was created by us, with help from food experts including TV chef Simon Rimmer, Giles Coren, Richard Bertinet, Miranda Gore Browne, Danny Kingston and William Sitwell.

You can download the Kenwood Food Lovers Bucket List booklet from: www.kenwoodworld.com/foodloverslist.

How many of the list have you done? Why not blog about your favourite food experiences?

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