My Weekly Round Up, The MADS

My Word of the week it has to me the MADS as last night I attended the Tots100 MAD awards. It was such a surreal experience. After only a year and a half my little blog was a finalist in the schooldays category. Yes, I did not win but I genuinely was not disappointed.

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Congratulations to all the incredible winners so well deserved, and as for the many that did not walk away with an award? The fact that we were there as finalists, makes us all winners.

AAOBWhat an amazing evening to have been part of. And to share the evening with some incredible friends whom are only in my life because of blogging made it extra special.

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We stayed at the incredible Citybase, Collingham apartments in Kensington and they were fantastic, the perfect home from home in London. I will be writing a full review soon, but it was a fantastic location for exploring London.

In fact I would love to take Chris and the boys, I just know they would love the versatility of staying in an apartment for a few nights, it is just great to have somewhere to chill after a long day exploring London.

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Home life has been all about settling back into a routine this week, and we seem to be managing that quite well. The boys are settling back into school life and autumn seems to be creeping up on us with the nights getting shorter and most definitely cooler. I am past mourning the summer now and feeling excitement for the season ahead, all those lovely long country walks and crunchy leaves.

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We have so much to look forward too; we have a very exciting lodge break in Northumberland with Q Hotels coming up and the London Bridge Challenge with Diabetes UK. Which promises to be an amazing experience?

Chris and I are hoping to visit the Leeds Christmas markets and plan to stay at the beautiful Queens Q Hotel on our own. The boys are quite cross that we have not invited them, as they love the Queens but we want to explore the cocktail bars and do a bit of shopping so we thought it best that it was a child free trip.

We also need to fit in a lounge make over before Christmas, as I have ordered the most gorgeous new grey sofas, which will arrive in about 9 weeks. We really need to get into gear and decide on lamps, rugs and wall papers/paint colours so we can get started. I also want to renovate a writing desk but am yet to find the perfect style. However I am confident the perfect renovation project is out there waiting for me.

Next week is Joe’s birthday weekend he is so excited about being 10, and next weekend will be all about him reaching a decade and celebrating as a family, it is so lovely seeing him so excited about it all, and bless him he says he will feel old getting to 10.

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34 Comments

  1. 19th September 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Lovely post Sarah. I love your attitude to awards and your blog 🙂 it was lovely seeing you. Sounds like you have lots of fun trips planned and home improvements. Don’t know how you got it all in! Hope Joe has a fabulous birthday xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      20th September 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Ah thanks lovely, it was so fab spending time with you and cant wait to meet up for a coffee x

  2. 20th September 2015 / 8:32 am

    Looks like you had such a fabulous time! I saw some of it coming through on my IG, lots of fun. Busy times for you ahead then. I do love a lounge makeover, so I’ll look out for that, and I hope Joe has a brilliant birthday x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      20th September 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Thank you yes it was fab, and yes I ma sure Joe will have a fab birthday x

  3. 20th September 2015 / 10:48 am

    The MADs looked fabulous. And I am so proud of you and all my other blogging buddies for being nominated. You are awesome. It sounds like you have a busy few months coming up. I can’t believe Joe is going to be 10. Bless him! I love the fact that he says it will make him feel old. I hope that he has a fabulous birthday. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      20th September 2015 / 9:36 pm

      Ah thanks you beautiful lady, I know 10 where did my little boy go xx

  4. 20th September 2015 / 6:59 pm

    Aw Sarah it looked like you had an amazing night at The Mads. I was keeping everything crossed for you and I was gutted you didn’t win. But what an amazing feeling it must have been to be a finalist. Hope Joe has a great 10th birthday. Eek your baby reaching double figures. That will be us in January. Have a great week lovely lady xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      20th September 2015 / 9:48 pm

      Ah Tracey you are such a good friend and honestly I am was that thrilled to be there I was genuinely so happy for all the lovely winners, thank you so much for your lovely kind words x x

  5. 20th September 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Congrats on your nomination! MADS looks like a great night out – and you got to enjoy London for a few days! I, too, am ready for autumn even though it’s hard to let go of summer. We’ll find fun with our families in the cool crisp air, I am sure! Looking forward to seeing your “Made-over” lounge. It will be perfect for the upcoming festive season!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      20th September 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks you Bronwyn yes its been a surreal weekend and all the better for being in London, it all felt so special x

  6. 21st September 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Love you photos from the MADs Sarah! I was trying to follow it all on twitter even when I had guests round, very rude I know. You ladies all look so beautiful and it really did sound like a great night, such a shame not to see you a winner! xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      21st September 2015 / 10:42 pm

      Ah thanks Hayley, do you know what I was so happy to be the rest did not matter, it was a wonderful evening x x

  7. 21st September 2015 / 7:21 pm

    You are SO busy! All good though. Gutted you didn’t win at the MADS your blog is super and you deserved it. But great attitude 🙂 Have a lovely rest of September and cannot wait to see you soon!!!!!!! Jess xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      21st September 2015 / 10:44 pm

      Aw thank you so much Jess, do you know what I was so pleased for all the winners it was such a great atmosphere it really doesn’t feel like it matters at all, I feel proud of what I have achieved and felt a winner just being there and as for all the winners? All so well deserved x

  8. 21st September 2015 / 9:55 pm

    It looked like an amazing night, Sarah. I’m so sorry you didn’t win. It was a tough category and Helen is lovely. But what a good excuse for a fun weekend away, right?! xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      21st September 2015 / 10:45 pm

      Rachel you are so right I was amongst some incredible company I get so proud, it was just all so wonderful x

  9. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)
    22nd September 2015 / 7:56 am

    Congratulations on being a finalist! It sounds as though you had a great night out anyway 🙂 i am hoping for a lounge makeover before Christmas but we have just finished giving our kitchen a full makeover so we may leave it until the New Year while we recover haha x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      24th September 2015 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks Rachel it was such a fab weekend we had a wonderful time, and yes I must be mad I hate mess but hey ho it needs doing so bring it on x

  10. 22nd September 2015 / 11:22 am

    Massive congratulations on reaching the finals! And you look like you had a ball 🙂 #twinklytuesday xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      24th September 2015 / 5:25 pm

      Ah thank you Laura yes we had the best time it was amazing a very happy memory x

  11. 22nd September 2015 / 12:01 pm

    So pleased for you Sarah, it is an amazing event, I was sad not to be there gain this year but happy to make way for new faces to experience the fun. #Twinklytuesday

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      24th September 2015 / 5:37 pm

      Ah thank you so much Fiona it is such a sureal experience isnt it? I would have loved to have seen you there x

  12. 22nd September 2015 / 2:38 pm

    It was so fab to spend the weekend with you Sarah, I’m only just coming down from the high now, although back to reality with a bump as I’m snuggled in bed with a poorly Evie who has been pretty sick. 10 – that is very old! #twinklytuesday

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      24th September 2015 / 5:43 pm

      Ah bless her I hope she is better soon, yes I have come down to earth with a bump too, I was so excited about it I feel a little deflated now x

  13. 22nd September 2015 / 4:50 pm

    Wow 10 is such a milestone!! He looks so much older though but I bet it just seems a minute that he was a baby to you! Busy times ahead! xxxx
    #HappyDaysLinky

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      24th September 2015 / 5:43 pm

      Yes Kate it does in some ways like a different life x

  14. 23rd September 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Lovely post Sarah. It was such a pleasure sitting next to you. You are one gorgeous lady and I can’t wait for us to meet up again xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      24th September 2015 / 10:42 pm

      Ah thanks Ting, and you too are gorgeous and I had some a fab night on our lovely table x

  15. 23rd September 2015 / 11:55 pm

    It was so so good to spend more time with you at the Mads Sarah, we had such a laugh didn’t we! I am loving the sound of Christmas markets in Leeds, it will be here before you know it x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      24th September 2015 / 10:43 pm

      Ah Julia we had such an amazing time I love spending time with all my lovely Agent girlies and cant wait till next time x

  16. 24th September 2015 / 2:52 pm

    Oh the MADS looked so glamorous, Sarah. I am pleased that you had such a good time. You are winner for getting that far, in what was, such a tough competition. You rock!!!

    Thanks for joining the #HappyDaysLinky

    xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      24th September 2015 / 10:45 pm

      Ah thanks Jenna it was lovely and thank you so much beautiful lady x

  17. 24th September 2015 / 4:32 pm

    SUCH a lovely, busy post!!! Am still on a high after the MADS last weekend — it was SO good, hanging out with you and the girls. Just being in that final made me feel like a winner 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #TwinklyTuesday — much appreciated x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      24th September 2015 / 10:52 pm

      I know Caro me too, It was jut the most amazing night and the fact that we all spent it together made it so much more amazing I am so glad we all met xx

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