Writing My Oscar’s Acceptance Speech


Because you all know there’ll be as many selfies at The MADs (Mum and Dad Blogging Awards) than the Oscars.

On Sunday night I was pootling around on the internet – erm, I mean working hard – when I saw a tweet saying the finalists for the MAD Awards were out. I clicked over to have a look and see if any of my favourite bloggers had been included in the line-up.

I wasn’t really truly expecting to see myself there, though if I had made the cut I thought it would be in the ‘Best Blog Writer’ category (hi ego, nice to meet you), but I didn’t feel disappointed not to see my blog on the list.

Until. UNTIL!

I scrolled further down the page and realised I’d only gone and made the final 5 in the ‘Most Entertaining’ category!

I have been gobsmacked, I mean, totally gobsmacked, ever since I found out. Writing is my passion, it’s what I love to do, but to receive validation that people are finding my writing entertaining has just been the biggest pat on the back. Blogging can be a bit of a lonely game – your quarterly performance review is only ever carried out with yourself and let me tell you, I’m pretty hard on myself sometimes. So to have my readers and peers say they enjoy my writing, possibly as much as I enjoy it, is the best compliment I could ever have hoped for.

I’m wiping the tears away right now, Gwyneth Paltrow style.

But what happens next? It’s not just a one way street to the Oscars from here. I need to ask for your votes once more in picking me as the winner out of the five finalists in the ‘Most Entertaining’, so please hop on over here and select ‘More Than Toast’ (that’s me obvs) on the final drop-down menu. You can vote in as many or as few categories as you like, so don’t worry about leaving blank spaces. And if you drop me a line to let me know you’ve voted I’ll be sure to remember you in my Oscars speech. In between snotty sobs.

If your voting finger needs a bit more of a workout then I’d be delighted to receive your support in the BritMums Brilliant In Blogging Awards, too! By way of a thank-you please have this picture of puppies. Dressed in babygros. Hanging from a washing line. Don’t ever try to tell me I don’t know what my readers want…


I feel like I should be saying ‘Mwah, darlings’ a lot more now. Don’t worry mum, I won’t let my new-found fame go to my head.



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  1. Aimeeh wrote:

    I’ve voted! I’ll be crossing everything I have …… I really hope you win!

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Thank you so much Aimee :) :) x

      Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  2. Honest Mum wrote:

    Well done dahling! I voted for you and will vote again, go get your award girlfriend x

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Thank you gorgeous! x

      Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  3. Caroline Magovern wrote:

    Morning! I know, morning started ages ago and it now feels like lunchtime but anyway. I’ll certainly be voting for you in the MADS.

    By the way, I’ve been nominated in the Fresh Voice category for BiBs – never been shortlisted for anything *sob sob* ………………. ;o) x

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Thanks Mrs Magovern! And you’ve reminded me, I need to hop on over and do my BiB nominations… ;) x

      Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  4. Voted!! GOOD LUCK!

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  5. Donna wrote:

    Good luck in the competition and congrats :) xx

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  6. Steph (@imcountingufoz) wrote:

    Voted! (of COURSE!) Can I gatecrash?

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  7. I’ve voted! Good luck lovely Alice x

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Thank you Katie! So pleased that we’re going to have a lovely evening of getting glammed up again :) X

      Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  8. Rebecca wrote:

    Oh that’s brilliant! I’m so pleased – you definitely deserve it – and good luck!

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Thanks Rebecca, I’m so excited! x

      Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  9. Lucy wrote:

    I really enjoy your blog. I have voted for you! Good luck!
    Lucy (a fellow Bucks resident) x

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Thank you Lucy, that’s really lovely to hear! x

      Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  10. WallyMummy wrote:

    Congrats! We are both up for Most Entertaining so really looking forward to meeting you and seeing how it all turns out on the night! Wine and cocktail dresses it is ;) very exciting! xx

    Posted 3.26.14 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Oh will be great to meet you! Really looking forward to getting glammed up x

      Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  11. Jenny wrote:

    Congratulations! Entertaining that’s fantastic! Your blog actually was highly recommended to me by my real life friend and blogger butwhymummywhy and I am so glad she introduced me to it. It’s amazing. Then as I checked out the mads list I saw you there. Fantastic news. I was like you I could believe my name was on the list too for baby and new blog. I have only been blogging six months so I feel so honored and it seems all my favs are going too. It will be one night to remember for sure. So much fun is to be had !

    Posted 3.27.14 Reply
  12. HUGE congratulations! I really don’t know enough about your blog (*ashamed face*) but I will make amends! Look forward to partying with you in September, Vicky x (aka Vevivos, in the Most Innovative Category, dontcha know! ;)

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  13. Huge congratulations and best of luck. It’s so exciting being a finalist, you must be over the moon. Look forward to meeting you there, I’m a finalist in photography :)

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
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