Thank You – Brilliance in Blogging Awards Shortlist!

This morning I found out that I am on the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Awards shortlist in the Fresh Voice category!

I honestly was absolutely amazed that I had made it into the top ten, as there are so many amazing new blogs under 18 months old out there. My blog is now 15 months old and what a crazy 15 months it has been.


Thank you


15 months ago I set my blog up, not really knowing what I was doing and with just a vague idea that I wanted a way to help out parents whose children had been newly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in some small way. My own son’s diagnosis was pretty awful and I felt so alone and lost afterwards, I wanted to try to make even just one family feel less alone with it all.

I’ve had amazing emails come to me that have let me know that I have managed to meet that objective in the last 15 months, I have a Type 1 Diabetes section on here which I keep adding to, with anything I think could be helpful to other parents. I’ve also tried hard to spread awareness of not only the symptoms of type 1 Diabetes, but also the ‘truth’ of Type 1 Diabetes as there are a lot of misconceptions around.

I even stood up to the BBC with others online and when a big charity got involved, we managed to get them to agree to not use Diabetes of any type as a joke and to confer with the charity in future whenever they do need to mention Diabetes. That meant a lot to me…. that I could use my blog to make a difference and not just rant at the television for once ;)

Those of you who read my blog know though that just as Type 1 Diabetes is only a part of our life, it is also only a part of my blog. My blog has evolved in to an eclectic mix of all sorts, with a heavy dose of Cornwall of course. I apologise for some of the jealousy inducing photos I often tease you with ;)


Bedruthan Steps - Carnewas



My love of photography has grown so much since I’ve been blogging and in all honesty so has my love of Cornwall. Having been born here and living here all my life I had started to take it for granted without realising – I obviously have always loved it, but I didn’t take the time to just enjoy it.

Writing about it so often now, getting out and about so much more and seeing how you all see this county has made me fall in love with where I live all over again.

All this has been amazing for me, life changing. One of my other favourite things about my first 15 months of blogging, is the friends I have made. There are people I now don’t go a day without speaking to, friends I may never have met but who are so on my wavelength that that really doesn’t matter. Friends who make me cry with laughter even when I’m having a really bad week. That’s pretty special.

This post though isn’t really to list everything I’ve loved about blogging so far – it would seriously be a LONG post, but it is actually to say thank you.

Thank you to everyone who has voted for me so far and gotten me on to the short list, thank you to those of you I am now lucky enough to call friends, thank you to everyone who reads my blog or keeps me amused on social media when I should be working… without you all I would just be the odd woman who now takes photographs of her food when out in public and once made a yoghurt sandcastle on a busy beach complete with sparkly cocktail umbrella on her own….

If you wanted to vote for me to hopefully get in to the final of the Brilliance in Blogging Awards, then that would be lovely of you – even if you voted originally it has been reset so won’t count unless you vote again. The link is below if you click on the fancy badge below.


Brilliance in Blogging
Thank you lovely people (possibly sucking up a little bit)
Stevie x
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  1. 30 April 2016 / 8:20 am

    Good luck to you – wonderful to be shortlisted in recognition of your writing. I hope to see you at the awards.

  2. 30 April 2016 / 8:50 am

    Congratulations on being shortlisted I’m so pleased for you. If I didn’t have such a good bloggy friend in that category I’d even think about voting for you ;)

  3. 30 April 2016 / 9:45 am

    I’m so happy for you!
    Yours was one of then first blogs I read and you were the first person to follow me back on Twitter, so thanks for that!
    You definitely deserve to be shortlisted and hopefully in the final.
    I guess I could vote for you I suppose
    Good luck short list friend :D

    • 30 April 2016 / 10:54 am

      I read that as ‘short friend’ also correct ;) I am so happy for you as well lovely and crossing my fingers for you like crazy!! Good Luck gorgeous

      Stevie x

  4. 30 April 2016 / 2:42 pm

    This is so amazingly well deserved Stevie! Your blog has filled a gap in my life I never knew existed and it’s hard to believe it has only been around for 15 months! x

    • 30 April 2016 / 2:51 pm

      Aw thank you Donna, such a lovely thing for you to say :) I still can’t quite believe it and I’m so happy you’re in one of the shortlists too!

      Stevie xx

  5. 30 April 2016 / 3:29 pm

    I let out a bit of an excited squeal when I saw your name up there. So pleased for you! You’ve totally got my vote xx

  6. 2 May 2016 / 11:11 am

    I have to admit that the Fresh Voice category was the one I was stuck with in who too vote for – but not any more! So many congratulations for making it onto the list. I have to admit that I didn’t realise that your blog was that new. Very best of luck in making it through to the finals. I have everything crossed for you. I love Somerset and we only moved down to this part of the world 3 years ago. Cornwall is definitely one of my favourite places. Hope to see you at BML x

    • 2 May 2016 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you so much lovely, I hope to see you there too! The last 15 months have been completely crazy, I wish I had started blogging years ago if only for the amazing people I’ve ‘met’ through it.

      Stevie x

  7. 2 May 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Congrats Girl! You have done amazing things with your blog the last 15 months. Best of luck! Excited for you!

  8. 6 May 2016 / 7:10 am

    Congratulations, you totally deserve your place. Your blog is amazing! Good luck and you know you have my vote x

  9. 6 May 2016 / 7:57 am

    Wow you’ve done an amazing job! A true inspiration, I remember finding/reading your blog as my little one hit about 5 months and it was a just what I needed and helped me out during many a night feed :) good luck and keep up the brilliant blogging :) #PicknMix

  10. Lucy
    6 May 2016 / 8:01 am

    Wow! Congratulations! I have just voted for you – good luck x

  11. 6 May 2016 / 8:30 am

    Congratulations lovely! Very well deserved, I always think you’ve been blogging much longer than you’re blog is amazing. Good luck in the awards xx #picknmix

  12. 6 May 2016 / 9:12 am

    Congratulations, Stevie! What a lot you have achieved in such a short space of time! I love your photography of Cornwall. Good luck with the next stage :) #PicknMix

    • 6 May 2016 / 11:08 am

      Thank you Sara, the last 15 months have been pretty crazy in a good way!

      Stevie x

  13. 6 May 2016 / 10:16 am

    Congratulations! It’s amazing how something so small as blogging can lead to such exciting things that can change your life! Good luck and I can’t wait to see the results :) #PicknMix

  14. 6 May 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Big congratulations, it’s really well deserved, lovely! Fingers crossed for the next stage too! :) x #picknmix

  15. 6 May 2016 / 1:05 pm

    Congratulations Stevie, really happy for you! Will pop over now to vote for you x #picnmix

  16. 6 May 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Well done you! You have achieved so much in 15 months. You are an inspiration to all us newbies. Good Luck.#picknmix

  17. 7 May 2016 / 10:24 am

    Congratulations on making the shortlist Mrs, love your blog and always think your blog is so much older than mine, I’m only a month younger in the blogging world! Fingers crossed for you! :) x

  18. 7 May 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Congrats Stevie! Your blogging journey is an inspiration to us smaller bloggers! xx


  19. 8 May 2016 / 9:33 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Fab, fab news and so well deserved! I cant believe you’ve only been blogging for 15 months but have achieved so much! Well done you! #picknmix

  20. 10 May 2016 / 10:33 am

    Well done Stevie & congratulations for making the shortlist. Good Luck for the finals x #PicknMix

  21. 10 May 2016 / 10:40 am

    So so happy that you have been shortlisted – you really deserve. All that hard work has been worth it!! You’ve definitely got my vote! #PickNMix

  22. 12 May 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I knew your name would be on there, I never doubted it! I feel like we have been on a little journey together going self hosted at the same time what seems like ages ago now. So pleased for you xx