Triumph for mum's food blog
Coleford mother of two Vanesther Rees has won a national competition to find the country's best new parent blogs.
Mrs Rees was one of five finalists in the family food category of the Mum & Dad Blog Awards, beating more than 2,000 nominations. Seventy finalists, decided by public vote, were invited to attend the gala awards ceremony in London.
Mrs Rees, a freelance communications consultant, started writing her blog Bangers & Mash less than a year ago. It was a friend who suggested she started writing a food blog to share her experiences when she began meal planning as a way to reduce the weekly food budget and food waste.
Blog readers across the country were asked for vote for their favourites on the MAD blog awards website.
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Mrs Rees said: "I was really surprised when my name was announced as I was up against some tough competition and I have only been blogging for less than a year.
"It is such a great feeling to know that people like what I write on Bangers & Mash and are enjoying my ideas for good family food that won't break the bank."
The Bangers & Mash blog can be found at banger mashchat.wordpress.com.