Our very own Donegal mammy columnist is in the running for a Maternity and Infant Family 2018 award. She just needs our votes!

For the second year in a row, local blogger and Donegal Woman columnist, Maria Rushe, has been nominated in the Maternity & Infant Awards for Best Parenting Blogger.

The national awards are based solely on public vote and Maria would love for her blog to reach the final ten again. Voting only takes two clicks and you can do it here: http://bit.ly/VoteforMammy

Maria writes the popular The S-Mum Blog which is a daily dose of humour and honesty about her life as a busy Mum of her two girls, Mini-Me and Princess.

Thoroughly Modern Mammy Maria Rushe

Thoroughly Modern Mammy Maria Rushe


In its fourth year, The S-Mum Blog has become the go-to website for Mums who like to escape from the “Instaperfect” world of motherhood so often portrayed on parenting blogs.

Maria’s blog is honest, witty and more than often hilarious as she describes her journey through her busy life, where she tries to balance motherhood with still being herself.

Her tagline is “Being Mammy, Being Me” and her posts about her own life as well as her kids makes her relevant to all women, mums or not.  She writes about parenthood, but she also writes about life as a modern woman.

Emmet and Maria Rushe with their daughters – Princess and Mini-Me!

“My blog reached the final 10 in last year’s Maternity and Infant Awards. It was an incredible experience and allowed me to meet so many of my blogging contemporaries in person.” Maria said.

“My following is small in comparison to some of the others on the list, some have over 50,000 followers, so for The S-Mum to have reached the final ten last year, was a testament to the Mammies who follow me.”

S-Mum Maria Rushe

Maria added: “With the current misconception that all bloggers are trying to be “influencers”, this award is so important. Because it is based on public vote, it allows those of us who write and create for the love of it, to be validated by our audiences. Every single vote is important, and every single vote is appreciated.”

“This is my hobby. It is not my full-time job, but language and writing are. I write because I love to write. I love to make people laugh and I love if my posts help another Mammy (or Daddy) to feel normal in a world of filters and life-editing. That’s why I do it,” said Maria.

“I would love to reach the Top Ten again, but the competition this year is savage, with the most talented writers in the long list. But the Donegal Dollies are a supportive bunch and hopefully, they’ll get me back to Dublin!”

Voting is open until August 24th. No registration is required. It’s literally 2 clicks and you can vote here.