I’ve Made the Shortlist! – BiBs 2015

Ten months ago, I was sat on the sofa with my husband, while he watched Glastonbury on the TV and from nowhere I started to write an About Me page for a blog. A blog that didn’t exist and didn’t even have a name at that time but the more I wrote the more I wanted to write. Suddenly, I realised I had a voice and wanted more than anything to share my voice with the world… or whoever wanted to read.

If I’m honest, I didn’t know what I was going to write about or who would want to read my blog but I knew that this was something that I was immediately passionate about. By the end of the weekend, I had picked a name, registered my domain name and set up my little blog on WordPress. A few days later I published my first post and Running in Lavender was born!

Why am I telling you all this now? Well, yesterday was kind of a big day! I (or should I say my blog?) was shortlisted for a Brilliance in Blogging Award or BiBs for short. I have been shortlisted with nine other amazing bloggers in the Fresh Voice category, which is open to all blogs that were launched in the past eighteen months.

As you can imagine hundreds of blogs have started in this time, so I am beyond proud and a little shocked to have made it onto the shortlist. I was literally floating on air yesterday, walking around with a huge smile on my face and glued to my twitter feed, that literally went crazy.

BiBs BritMums

I want to THANK every single one that nominated for me last month. I appreciate it more that I can ever explain!

Last night, after pinching myself a few times, the realisation started to sink in and I decided to have a look at the other blogs on the shortlist…

23 Socks
Big Trouble in Little Nappies
Carry on Katy
Hello Archie
Mother Pukka
Not So Smug Now
The Baby Bible
The Ordinary Lovely
The Unmumsy Mum Blog

After a few minutes I realised I was in seriously talented company and need all the help I can get, if I want to reach the next step in the competition.

So my dear friends, here I am again asking for your help! If you enjoy reading my blog, I’d be thrilled if you could take a few seconds (I promise it’s quick and easy) to vote for Running in Lavender for the BiBs2015 Fresh Voice Award.



Thank you! x



  1. April 29, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Huge congrats lovely – you’ve come so far in ten months! I am so glad to see your name up there – and sorry if this comment has come through twice, I’m having wi-fi issues tonight! x

    • Heledd
      April 29, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you so much!! I love blogging and everything it’s given me in the past ten months. Your words mean so much to me xx

  2. April 29, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    I’m really pleased for you; I knew there was a reason why I followed your blog! congratulations xx

    • Heledd
      April 29, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you so much!! I’m thrilled to be on the list and that you follow my little blog xxx

    • Heledd
      April 30, 2015 / 6:31 am

      Thank you Sara! I’m still in shock but thrilled beyond words xx

  3. April 30, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    Good luck Heledd, you are in good company but you also throughly deserve to be up there!!!!! What a fab day you had! Good luck and you’ll be getting a vote from me 🙂 Jess xxx

    • Heledd
      April 30, 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you Jess!! Still totally shocked that you aren’t up there with me. You fully deserved it too xxx

  4. May 3, 2015 / 7:53 am

    Well done lovely lady! Good luck for getting to the Finals xxx

    • Heledd
      May 3, 2015 / 8:01 am

      Thank you Aby, good luck to you too xx

    • Heledd
      May 3, 2015 / 9:23 am

      Thank you so much Heather xx

  5. May 3, 2015 / 10:18 am

    Congratulations to my beautiful friend, you so deserve your place your blog is stunning and one of my favourites, I have everything crossed for you, xxxx

    • Heledd
      May 3, 2015 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you Sarah!! Same to you and your fab blog xx

  6. May 3, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    You are so deserving of this Heledd, I love your blog and am so pleased we have become friends over the past year or so. Go you!! Xx

    • Heledd
      May 3, 2015 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much Julia! I feel the same, I’m so glad blogging has brought you and your lovely blog into my life xx

  7. May 4, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Many congratulations, your blog is definitely one of my favourites. Good luck, I hope you win! xx

    • Heledd
      May 4, 2015 / 9:37 am

      Oh wow!! Thank you so much, that means so much to me. More than you can imagine xxx

  8. May 4, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    All the best of luck my lovely. You may be in good company but your blog is fab and I love it!

    • Heledd
      May 4, 2015 / 2:51 pm

      Thank you Karen!! I’m so excited to have made the top ten. All the best to you too. Gutted you won’t be there on the big night.

  9. May 5, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Congratulations on being a short listed blog! Good luck! 🙂 x