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Date Night at The MAD Blog Awards

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By Al Ferguson

Al Ferguson is the CEO and founder of The Dadsnet.

Published on 19/09/2015

Last night, not only did I go to the Mad Blog Awards with the possibility of picking up an award for the best baby blog 2015, but I also had the opportunity to take my beautiful wife along and make it a date night as well.

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A few months ago when we found out that out of 8,000 nominated blogs we’d made it through to the finals, we were overjoyed. Who’d have thought that people would have voted for The Dad Network to win an award? It’s great that you (it must have been some of you) did and we are so thankful for your support. Back then, the award ceremony, held in London, seemed a long way off, but like most things, it came round quickly!

The truth is, I wasn’t expecting to win, not with such great mummy bloggers in our category, so I very much wanted to make the most of the free dinner, the free entertainment and the free date! Another extra bonus is that my good blogging friend, SkintDad, (who lives just round the corner from me) was also up for an award, so our evening had a nice double date aspect to it as well.


We all got the train to High Street Kensington, making sure we started the night right with a quick Prosecco and made our way to the hotel for some more drinks before dinner.

IMG_8488Walking in to a room filled with mummy bloggers certainly has a daunting feel to it. It was great to see and chat to a few bloggers who’s avatars I recognised and the general feel was one of a great excitement and anticipation.

We sat down for dinner, a 3 course offering, and I must say that the food was delicious. Goat’s cheese panacotta, followed by a chicken risotto and finished with a warm chocolate mousse. The meal was worth going alone! (Sorry about the lighting for these photo’s…)

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After dinner the awards began, hosted by A rather drunk, Dr Ranj. He led us through each award category one by one. When it was our time, I waited in anticipation for the winner to called and when The Unmumsy Mum was named victorious, I couldn’t help but feel that I’d lost out to a worthy winner. If you haven’t seen her blog, you must take a read; hilarious!

It was great to sit on a table with some great bloggers and lovely company. Take a look at their blogs if you have a spare 5 mins! The Twinkle Diaries, Space for the Butterflies, What Katy Said, Spewing Mummy, Croque-Maman & Space for the Butterflies
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The wine continued to flow, Dr Ranj continued to get more embarrassing and I even had a sneaky dance with my beautiful date. I don’t really dance so if any one saw, apologies! This was an Instagram comment sent our way…  (The one from )

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Looking at my watch, it was midnight, which meant a mad dash for the last train home was about to occur. After plenty of jiggery pokery and train hopping (including a taxi) we made it home by 3am.

I’d had a really great evening with good food, good blogging company and one great date! And although this is cheesy, I may not have won the award but being able to come home with Jen and to my beautiful boy, I was definitely the biggest winner of the night!

I’d like to say a special thank you to Lauren from Jaques Vert Group for sending us Jen’s beautiful dress for the evening. Jen could wear a black bin liner and still look stunning, but having this gorgeous dress to frame her, really made the evening even more special. The dress is from Kaliko, who have such a gorgeous range of designs. It was a hard choice but I think she looked incredible and it definitely made me want to go out and get dressed up together more often. Already looking forward to the next time.

Thanks to One Dad 3 Girls (Darren) for taking this gorgeous photo of the dress in all it’s glory!



If you wanna see all the winners, check out the MAD Blog Awards winners page here

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  1. Katy

    This is such a lovely write up! Sorry we didn’t get to chat being on opposite sides of the table. Was lovely to see a couple in love though I must say. Made me realise I need to go out with Mr F more. xxx

  2. Kiri

    Fantastic! Congratulations on being short listed, that is an amazing achievement and like you say, worth it for the free meal and entertainment! I wish I’d been able to see a drunk Dr Ranj though, I don’t think I would be able to watch him on tv in quite the same way!

  3. Flossy and Jim

    Ace blog post! You and Jen look stunning – and we think your blog rocks the hardest….(but I think you already knew that!) Haha! We need to know…did you do a dad dance? xx

    • Al Ferguson

      Ahhhh thanks guys. Thats very kind of you. We had a slow smooch (I think ;) )

  4. Mathew Lajoie

    Brilliant, my friend! We wish we were able to be there date nighting with you and Jen. Congratulation on the nomination. You deserved it! So glad you posted this.

  5. Kara

    I love this post. Wish I had got to say hello. So glad you both enjoyed a great date night. Jen looked amazing and you rather spiffy too.
    It is an amazing experience even if you don’t win I think and congrats on the nomination x

  6. Caro | The Twinkles Mama

    It was SO good to meet you and your lovely wife Al!! I was envious not to have my boy at my side though – I need to get him into blogging!! ;) Such a brilliant night – I feel so honoured to be part of this wonderful community! You’ll win next year – mark my words! ;) xx

  7. Sarah christie

    Aw this is such a fab post, it was an amazing night wasn’t it and it was a real pleasure to meet you and Jen x

    • Al Ferguson

      Thank you so much. I wish we could have stayed a bit later. Bloody trains ;)

  8. Mrs Tubbs

    Sounds like a magical evening, congratulations on making it to the final!

  9. Complicated Gorgeousness

    How lovely! What a great post. I should show my husband so he can write something similar to me tonight ;) You need to give him tips. Beautiful dress x

  10. Amber

    I loved meeting you both! It was so kind of your wife to come over and say hello to me, too – I’m sorry that I was far too confused by this LADY BLOGGER with a small Ted to say anything coherent and sensible, I didn’t realise that she was your wife, haha! (I should probably have said no thank you to that last glass of wine…)

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