Northern Blog Awards 2017

On Saturday 16th September it was the Northern Blog Awards, held at the Principal Hotel in Manchester.

Healthy & Psyched at the Northern Blog Awards 2017

It was pretty dark at the venue, so I couldn’t take good photos. But I did find a pretty gold pineapple!

I was shortlisted for the Best Healthy Food & Eating Blog (sponsored by  Love Raw) along with some other  amazing blogs:

Spamella B –

Medicinal Kitchen –

Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen –

Stacey Hogan –

Northern Blog Awards 2017 Ceremony

My boyfriend and I arrived in Manchester a few hours early and checked into the hotel, which had beautiful décor and gorgeous high ceilings!

The Principle Manchester Hotel Room - Northern Blog Awards 2017 The Principle Manchester Bathroom - Northern Blog Awards

Then I dragged my boyfriend round the shops so I could look for a new pair of shoes! Unfortunately I didn’t find any, but we had fun exploring an area of Manchester I’ve never seen before (despite having visited the city about 5 times).

As a nominee I was invited to a drinks reception before the ceremony started and we enjoyed some free Prosecco! I don’t usually drink alcohol, but I do like a glass to celebrate on occasion.

Northern Blog Awards - Healthy Food & Eating

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After the reception everyone went downstairs to the Ballroom for some fun taking photos in sets provided by the sponsors of the Northern Blog Awards before meal and presentations began. I think the photo booths were a nice touch because it put me in a fun mood for the evening. It was also a nice way to meet new people, when they asked you to take a photo of them and vice-versa.

Northern Blog Awards 2017, The Principal Hotel

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They also had some old skool arcade games, which I had to tear my boyfriend away from!

Arcade games at the Northern Blog Awards 2017

After photos and mingling we sat down for a delicious three course dinner.

Northern Blog Awards 2017, The Principal Hotel

Northern Blog Awards 2017

Unfortunately, it was rather dark and I couldn’t take very good photos of my food – a nightmare for a food blogger like me! I had a slightly odd cold soup for starter, but the butternut squash risotto for the main course was delicious and curiously cheesy considering it was the vegan option! I also enjoyed the fruit for dessert and a glass of rose!

Once dessert and coffee was finished it was time for the winners of the Northern Blog Awards 2017 to be announced.

Northern Blog Awards 2017, The Principal Hotel

Holly- who organised the Norther Blog Awards. Photo credit:

I wasn’t a winner in my category, but I was still pleased to have been nominated and to have attended the awards. Spamella B was the winner of Best Healthy Food + Eating Blog and I was so pleased for her. Pamella has been a real inspiration for me. I have been following her on social media since before I started blogging and I have linked to her articles on my blog before. She is a freelance blogger and recipe developer who makes delicious creations such as seeded vegan gluten-free sweet potato breadraw layered  espresso chocolate cheesecake and  vegan superfood white chocolate bites.

Northern Blog Awards 2017, The Principal Hotel

Me with my new friend Danielle from KHIT. Photo credit:

My boyfriend was pretty merry when it was time to dance and we got a bit silly taking photos and making friends. I m usually a fairly serious and sometimes highly strung person and it was so nice to metaphorically let my hair down (that twisted plait took me ages to get right and there was no way I was taking it out!).

Northern Blog Awards - photo booths, poleroid camera photos

I used to think that being healthy was all about drinking green smoothies, having no alcohol and being in bed by 10pm, but now I really value having fun and feeling free as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love green smoothies and a good nights sleep, but it doesn’t hurt to have a night out every now and then, and I do know my limit when it comes to alcohol. I think that exploring what’s healthy and finding a balance is part of growing up and I’m glad I have been through my university phase of heavy nights out, a period of abstinence and then finding a happy medium.

Back to talk about the awards –  Overall it was a brilliant evening and I want to say a massive thank you to Holly from Holly Goes Lightly for organising the event. She did exceptionally well and I really appreciate having an event dedicated to Northern bloggers.


  1. September 23, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Congratulations on your nomination girl! Your blog is one of my favourites and you totally deserved it. I am glad you had fun and enjoyed your night – I can agree that it is definitely important to find that balance between green smoothies and a cheeky bit of wine here and there lol. Have a great weekend <3

  2. Fatima
    September 23, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    Wow! That’s such a great news – well done! I’ve previously heard of the Principal hotel and Manchester and that it’s quite good. You guys look great together in the photos.

    Best wishes for your blog!

  3. September 24, 2017 / 6:12 am

    Congratulation son being shortlisted for this award, but sorry to hear you didn’t win. Sounds like you had a nice evening of it anyway! 🙂

  4. September 24, 2017 / 11:24 am

    Aww this sounds like a lovely event, and congratulations for being nominated!

  5. September 24, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Congratulations on your nomination – looks like a fab night at a lovely event

  6. September 24, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Congrats on the nomination and you and your hubby looked gorgeous! I think it’s important for people to receive recognition. x

  7. September 26, 2017 / 7:35 am

    Congrats on your nomination! It looks like you had such a wonderful time x

  8. September 26, 2017 / 8:08 am

    What an amazing honour to be nominated! I am sorry that you didn’t win as I love your blog, but I bet you had a great night. Oh, and that hotel looks amazing too! x

  9. September 26, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Well done on the nomination. It sounds like a fab night even if the food did seem a bit dodgy haha

  10. September 26, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    First of all congratulations for being nominated that’s a huge accomplishment! You looked beautiful on the awards, next time you will win!

  11. September 26, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Love your outfit! Well done on the nomination. You definitely deserve it!

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