A MOTHER’S online advice blog offering tips on family activities has been nominated for a national award.

The blog, called North East Family Fun, has made it to the finals of the fifth annual Mum and Dad (MAD) Blog Awards, a national competition for parent bloggers.

It is run by mother-of-three and part-time NHS receptionist Samantha Rickelton, 30, from Cramlington, who started it over a year ago.

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Mrs Rickelton said: “Being a finalist means the world to me, and all my family are so proud.

“I mainly started my blog because friends and family were always asking me for recommendations of places to visit and I wanted somewhere to direct them to.”

More than 200,000 nominations were submitted in the awards this year with just 75 blogs reaching the finals – North East Family Fun being one of them.

There are 16 different categories with five finalists competing for the award in almost each category.

North East Family fun receives from 8000 to 10,000 unique viewers every month.