Smile!

Today I woke up with butterflies in my belly. I set my alarm for the first time, in like ever, because I had places to be, things to do. The hall had to be set up for the ball, I had the Kidspot announcement at 10, I had a cameraman from the Project coming at 1. A BIG DAY. Oh, and the sun was shining. Let’s not forget that. After days and days of fog and rain and wind, there was sun. It was going to be a good day.

And it was.

I can’t say I’m not disappointed that I didn’t make the cut for Kidspot. Because I’m human and I worked really, really hard at all the posts. To vary the content, the mediums, the message. All while keeping it true to BabyMac. But it’s OK. They chose a great winner and I know Katrina will do them proud in NYC.

I had an amazing opportunity later in the day to talk about something I love. Blogging. The Project are running a story in the next week and lucky little ME got to talk about it. About the amazing, supportive community that surrounds me – the blogging community and all the BabyMac readers. Yes YOU. That writing about the things that I love – my family, my home, what I eat, entertaining, my life, has people interested. And it might even me something I could do FOR A LIVING. Fancy that! Wonderful people, buoying me up, supporting and loving me along the way, well it blows my mind. The fact that a mainstream TV is interested in what we all do and that brands are starting to listen to my voice, our voices. Well, I think it’s fucking exciting. And I am beyond proud that today I got to be a spokesperson for us today. Booyah!

I am beyond grateful for all your kind comments, emails, messages of kindness and support today. Thank you. I am so proud of what I have achieved over the past year, for being acknowledged as being a Top Blogger, and a top 5 blogger. What great company I was in!

And Hyundai, if you’re keen? I have a GREAT idea for a TV commercial for you. Have you heard of Chet Faker? Let’s talk…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14540195749908936684 GourmetGirlfriend

    BOOYAH.
    xx
    big love

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04848058653374768316 Claireyhewitt

    And through all of this, what I love the best is the images of your table for the ball, the real stuff, that is just fabulous. That’s what we want to continue seeing.

    If other amazing opportunities come your way because of it, then that is all good too,but you don’t need to win anything to confirm that you have taste, style, wonderful images and an entertaining writing style.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14055604277114897438 Dee

    I was bummed for you that you didn’t win – but an awesome effort to get there. Your KidSpot blog posts were truly, very awesome.
    Can’t wait to see you on The Project.
    Have fun at the ball……..and seriously how cute are this smiles in this post.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18254275544017629129 bigwords is…

    You are divine. That. Is. All xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00458222909200019011 Nicole

    You did SO well.

    Much love x (the stalker behind the stalker).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09048897566683844107 Angie Clare

    I was bummed for you. But you are so graceful in your defeat, I know you’ll kill it next year. I cant wait to see the project, Ill be keeping my eyes peeled.

  • http://www.amacamchumps.com/ Amacamchumps Sarah

    Um…. CHET FAKER – Hell Fucking Yeah. If you know him, please tell him I love him, and want his babies.

    Congrats on the tv thang too, pretty cool ;-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16423155273754490984 Something Gorgeous

    Very gracious. There will be many opportunities coming your way, good luck with the TV gig (doesn’t that sound impressive?) xT

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06911678503912496884 Donna

    You should be rightly proud of your efforts – I loved all your Kidspot posts! Look forward to seeing you on the Tv soon too x

  • Judy

    Great work Beth u are awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04215161182830545561 Reannon Hope

    Your good people Beth.You know that right? I feel like we are friends & when you are on the Project next week I’ll be telling people I know you & that we chat about stuff like tiny holes in shirts,how to stack dishwahers properly,about digestive enzymes & that we swap recipes ( technically we dont swap, I just do the taking, but if you ever want a good brownie recipe just ask Ok?).You are going places lady, great places for great great people, don’t ever forget that xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15049049486292603860 Miss T

    You’re a winner in my book, love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11632583614863675870 Shelley

    I so thought you were going to win. Sooooo close! Can’t wait to see ya on the project!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06333858903359349225 Deb

    robbed. definitely robbed.

    Although my second choice would have been Katrina. Block junkie from way back right here.

    well done to you. I will read you no matter what!

  • http://www.thisbloominglife.com/ alison

    Logged on to see who won, sad you didn’t ’cause you did some really really good work. Thought about you the rest of the day…ford should totally get you on their payroll – i never ever would have considered the territory and now i know its name! Robbed (don’t you love the pun?)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10085079211685079914 Milina

    And rightfully proud! I don’t get to read as many blogs as I would like to, but yours is always a must visit. Your blog gave me the imspiration to start my own little one.
    Enjoy that champagne tonight!
    Cheers xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17646925050489695536 Mother Down Under

    I am disappointed for you that you didn’t win. But I am one hundred percent sure that you are on to bigger and better things!
    I will definitely be tuning in to see you on The Project next week!
    And have a wonderful time at the ball!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07503841496399417535 Carli (Tiny Savages)

    It was stiff competition (but can I still say ‘robbed’?!)

  • http://blog.scissorspaperrockdesigns.com.au/ Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock

    You had my vote Beth. Your blog is rich, raw & true! And thats what we, your readers, LOVE! Your blog is a wonderful place to come, so please keep writing & sharing! And YES make a living from it….coz you rock at it, and you deserve to be paid for your efforts & the inspiration you spread around the bloggy/online world.
    Can’t wait to see the Project segment.
    SMILE :)
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15086980189762813286 [Good Mum Hunting]

    See how amazing you are. Even this post is positive and happy and honest. That’s why we all love you!

    You won in my books. I was telling my husband over dinner, that your writing is better than ever and that you inspire me.

    Can’t wait to see you on the big screen next week xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15086980189762813286 [Good Mum Hunting]

    Also, when I saw the title of this post, I immediately sang;
    “SMILE, you’re on CANDID CAMERAAAAAA”

    Bwahahahahha. Nothing beats a good 80′s theme song…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11937511046069347576 edenland

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  • Jo

    Oh, Beth, I’m sorry you didn’t win. That Ford looked good on you. I shall watch the Project all week. I love your blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18133173713045801244 vancybec

    Well that just sucks balls doesn’t it!? I was sure you were a shoe-in! I love that you’re so buoyant and graceful, despite being obviously and understandably just a little bit shattered. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to teach the little ladies of the house…that as long as you are doing something you love and feel strongly about, the outcome, win or lose, is always a win!! Much love to you my favourite blogger, for keeping it real and making it fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16611229357228521510 Hazel

    Well written Beth. If I hadn’t seen you on the top 5 blogs I wouldn’t have found your blog for ages. You’re now one of my must reads. I thought of you today around 10.30 and wondered how you were. Drink up that Pol Roger and dance like crazy at the ball, I look forward to seeing it all unfold here.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05280632930386464253 kell

    Wish you could have all won Beth. Onwards and upwards as they say. Take care and have a great weekend x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11748693883918173837 Lipstick and Licorice

    Pretty sure that was the warm up round….BIG stuff a’coming…I can feel it in my waters…muchly X

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07219272193124932806 PinkPatentMaryJanes

    And *this* is how you do it. You sure do have that special something, and will always be number one in my eyes. Enjoy that champers tonight lovely and know that you sure have done yourself proud xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00201349928544548688 Lou

    Beth! I’ll be honest – I’m pretty shocked you didn’t win. I love Katrina, I do, but I really LOVED all of your entries, like really. Can’t wait to see you on the TV though – tell us when you’re going to be on, yeah?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09583940455920694670 Chelle

    I still think your posts were amazeballs and your graciousness makes you even more of a winner!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13151973819133926868 Mama of 2 boys

    Great post lady. Very impressed by all of your achievements and you know how inspirational your journey has been for me. You rock! Can’t wait to see you on Tv! YAY! xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02190695242707409677 Ms Styling You

    You are one amazing lady and blogger. The Project is just the beginning x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09393571810604343918 Veggie Mama

    Im sad for you xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03283618400442819761 Sonia LifeLoveandHiccups

    Oh Beth – That last line “And Hyundai, if you’re keen? I have a GREAT idea for a TV commercial for you. Have you heard of Chet Faker? Let’s talk… ” THAT is why I love you! Well done lovely, I think bigger brighter and most amazing things are a coming for you ! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15761220164069379437 Maxabella

    It’s up, up, up all the way for you, Beth. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17317677066408030053 Faux Fuchsia

    I don’t really know what Blogher is etc but well done for coming 2nd or whatever it is.

    I enjoy our blog.

    I’m worried and concerned about the fact that you appear to live in a cold climate and do not have a quince tree.

    But apart from that you seem on track in every respect.

    Hooray. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13784372242874393821 GSP

    So much love 4 you and your blog. At the moment I am on a crowded bus listening to ep 2 of “over the back fence”. I just snorted trying to suppress a laugh. a chortle if you like. Did I mention I’m getting over a cold? A phlegmy coughand cold?

    Thanks love.

    Love,
    Gab x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13823564682558900328 Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

    I am so excited to see your star rise and the world embrace all that is BabyMac. I have loved visiting your place ever since I stumbled into blog land while looking for other pregnant mamas. There you were, making me laugh, cry, did my head, pump my fist. I am still getting over the Kidspot announcement – I took it for granted that you had it in the bag.
    I can’t wait to see you take on NY and BlogHer, but more than that I look forward to more of the BabyMac that has kept me coming back for more than three years. Love your work.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13823564682558900328 Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

      *nod my head!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13823564682558900328 Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

    I am so excited to see your star rise and the world embrace all that is BabyMac. I have loved visiting your place ever since I stumbled into blog land while looking for other pregnant mamas. There you were, making me laugh, cry, did my head, pump my fist. I am still getting over the Kidspot announcement – I took it for granted that you had it in the bag.
    I can’t wait to see you take on NY and BlogHer, but more than that I look forward to more of the BabyMac that has kept me coming back for more than three years. Love your work.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13823564682558900328 Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

    I am so excited to see your star rise and the world embrace all that is BabyMac. I have loved visiting your place ever since I stumbled into blog land while looking for other pregnant mamas. There you were, making me laugh, cry, did my head, pump my fist. I am still getting over the Kidspot announcement – I took it for granted that you had it in the bag.
    I can’t wait to see you take on NY and BlogHer, but more than that I look forward to more of the BabyMac that has kept me coming back for more than three years. Love your work.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13823564682558900328 Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

    I am so excited to see your star rise and the world embrace all that is BabyMac. I have loved visiting your place ever since I stumbled into blog land while looking for other pregnant mamas. There you were, making me laugh, cry, did my head, pump my fist. I am still getting over the Kidspot announcement – I took it for granted that you had it in the bag.
    I can’t wait to see you take on NY and BlogHer, but more than that I look forward to more of the BabyMac that has kept me coming back for more than three years. Love your work.