The MAD Blog Awards

The Big Mad 2014 Linky Post

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The MAD Blog Awards Ceremony is always a busy night.

With more than 100 bloggers, sponsors, guests, judges and presenters in the room along with free-flowing drinks, gorgeous food and an amazing setting courtesy of the Royal Garden Hotel Kensington, it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s going on.

That’s where you come in.

Add your posts about the 2014 MAD Blog Awards to our Linky, and we can enjoy all the news, all the gossip and all the celebrations!

Simply add your blog post URL to the form below. And don’t forget to Tweet us your post using the #MadBlogAwards hashtag and we’ll share as many posts as we can with our Twitter and Facebook followers!

2014 MAD Blog Awards: The winners!

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We had an amazing time on Friday evening with all of our finalists, and we finally got to reveal the amazing, talented, inspiring and downright brilliant winners in the fifth annual MAD Blog Awards!

Congratulations once again to everyone who took part in the awards during 2014 and helped to make them the biggest and best yet – more than 6,500 blogs took part, and we saw over 250,000 nominations and votes, making the MADS undeniably the biggest and (we think) most fun awards programme for UK parent bloggers.

We had a fantastic time at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, and with our host with the most Dr Ranj, but more of that later. For now, we are proud to share the winners in the 2014 MAD Blog Awards. They are:


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.


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, 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 sound like, or a dream home in Hawaii chosen by Joanna Mallon of Opposable Thumbs?


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