Brit Mums Live, Days Out

Brit Mums Live 2016 #BML16

Hello everyone,

At the weekend I attended an event held at The Brewery in London called Brit Mums Live

If you havent heard of Brit Mums Live, the event is a conference for bloggers to attend workshops, meet other like-minded bloggers, listen to chats from inspirational  people, to gain inspiration and to connect with brands!

The event for me started on the friday evening with the fringe event – A party held at The Holiday Inn Camden Lock.

Friday Evening

The setting was amazing and the fizz was flowing though my nerves were high! I entered the room with My Hubby who I took for “moral support” As we walked in I met Susanna and Jennifer who asked us to make ourselves name badges and grab a glass of something.

There were waitresses handing out nibbles and they were delicious.

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I put my nerves to the back of my mind and after staring at people’s chests to find out who they were and where they were from I approached a couple of bloggers who I knew from following them.

I still felt very nervous even though I had spoken to a few other mums and sneaked out before the end.

Saturday Morning

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Saturday I awoke at 7.45am Registration was at 9am and it was 15 minute walk away I grabbed a shower and my breakfast bag got dressed and we still arrived by 8.45. Though I hadn’t had a cuppa.SAM_8692daddys day.jpg

When we had registered and got our badges and  were greeted by refreshments; tea, coffee, pastries and more.

It was then time to grab a seat ready to start the day.

We found a table and listened to  Susanna and Jennifer give their opening speech followed by a Poem written and read by Kirstie Pelling from Poet in Motion .

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Next up we had a very emotional and inspiring keynote from Anne-Marie Cockburn – Author of 5742 days. I had tears throughout her speech yet found it truly uplifting to thing that this lady has gone through such an awful thing to happen but has chosen to continue through the trauma and use this to inspire others!

To follow Ann-Marie must have been daunting but Julie Creffield  from the blog Too Fat To Run managed to do this with ease as she explained how she got into running from only being able to run for 20 seconds to completing several races including marathons.

After these first few speakers we had an icebreaker game of Pass the Parcel – This year was the BritMums Live 5th Birthday so the whole event was geared around that.

On our table Kate from Baby Routes won the prize, an amazing pendant from Merci Maman

 

By quarter past 10 it was time for another cuppa and a head to “The Hub” to checkout the brands and mingle with some bloggers. Through to the “MAM lounge” to listen to a talk from Nigel Camp – The Video Effect about storytelling and Storyboarding while grabbing a cake then Back upstairs for a talk about Travel Blogging from Steve Keenen – Travel Perspective, Nienke krook – The Travel Tester, Alastair McKenzie – Travel lists, Susanna Scott – Brit Mums & A Modern Mother And Cathy Wilson – Mummy Travels. 

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I found the talk interesting however I’m not sure I learnt anything relevant for me!

Just one more workshop YouTube – collaborating and Growing your audience with Kate Rushworth then it was lunch time.

Lunch was a chance again to connect with brands and catch up with fellow bloggers during this time I met up with Sally from MeetOtherMums.com – I have recently become a regular blogger on her site and she introduced me to some other regular bloggers that I knew by their blog name!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

During the lunch break I spoke to Martin Dorey – Author of The CamperVan Cookbook and star of BBC’s One man and his campervan who made me a simple tiramisu  ideal for making on camp.

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After lunch There were just two more sessions First up Creation Inspiration  with Sophia Bush – WarehouseHome, Elizabeth Sellers – Rosalilium And Anna Whitehouse – Mother Pukka.SAM_8762daddys day.jpg

I have to say Anna of Mother Pukka was amazing. Her energy and style is infectious!

 

The last session of the day was with Cherry Menlove – The Little Book Of Peace chatting to us about finding peace & power in blogging. This lady I could listen to her for ages – after having miscarriages and then her husband being diagnosed with cancer she found writing gave her the peace she needed to come through the other side of her circumstances.

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She also has boy / girl twins who are 6 so maybe that’s why I felt so in awe of her.

I’m defiantly going to buy her book.

The last speaker of the day was a chat with Cherry Healey – Author of Letters to My Fanny.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

She was very funny and had most of the audience in stitches. After she had shared some of her “woman Moments” She turned to the audience to ask if anyone had any “woman Stories” Some people really went above and beyond sharing their stories – Lets not forget the Wine Cork Story!

The last part of the day was The Bloggers Key notes some with a couple of emotional stories, a video & a parody I urge you to go and check these out!

Last part of the day was filled by the BIBs (Brilliance In Blogging) party Sponsored by Kate & Mim Mim & Asda.

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Then The BIBs Awards presented by Carol Smilie.  There were lots of wine however a lot of bloggers seemed to leave before this I assume to catch trains and get home to their little ones. The full list of winners can be found here.

The Day ended with dinner  that had been organised by one of the bloggers

We went to Pizza Express – this was a great chance to get to know some other bloggers a little better.

I would just like to say thanks to everyone who made me feel welcome over the weekend.

I am looking forward to the next event so I can meet more of you!

 

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Brit Mums Live, Days Out, Wishlist

Wish List Wednesday – #BML16

Good Morning, next week is Brit Mums Live so I thought this week I would do something a little different.

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I thought I would give you my top 5 wishes for the day and what i hope to get out from attending Brit Mums Live

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I am attending with my husband yes I’m that nervous he is coming along with me.
But I am hoping to meet other bloggers and hopefully make new friends so that next time I attend I can meet up and know I have someone to talk to.

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I keep looking at the agenda to see which of the sessions I would like to do & this is my plan .

I would like to come away from the event with a better knowledge of these topics and hopefully this will help me continue to grow my blog!

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There are a few brands at the event that I wouldn’t mind chatting with and finding out about so that possibly in the future I can connect up with brands and start writing sponsored posts.

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I hope to come home with inspiration for my blog & YouTube channel and some new fresh ideas.

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Most of all I wish for an amazing weekend one filled with fun and to have had an amazing time with some amazing people!

 

Thanks for joining me for this wishlist Wednesday even though it has been a little different to normal

If your going to BML16 hopefully I’ll see you there!

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Brit Mums Live

Seeking Sponsors – #britmumslive16

Ok so I know its only 36 days until the blogging event of the year!

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However Here is my sponsorship plea …..

On the 25th Of June I will be heading to London to the Brit Mums Live Conference.

It going to be a great opportunity for me to meet other parent bloggers and pick up tips, attend some of the workshops and come home with hopefully a wealth of knowledge.

I am looking for a sponsor or a couple of sponsors to help fund my trip!

I would love to link up with brands that would be relevant to me, my family and my blog

What will you get as a sponsor?

  • Pre conference blog post introducing you as my sponsor.
  • Company name on all #bml16 and #britmumslive posts on all my social media platforms.

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  • A button advert on the sidebar of my blog for 12 months
  • While at the conference I can wear branded clothing to represent your brand
  • 3 posts throughout a 12 month period promotiing your brand!

What am I looking For?

  • The cost of my Brit mums live tickets £79
  • The Cost of Travel £59
  • Cost of accommodation £179
  • A bit cheeky But Id love a nice new outfit for the day!

If you are interested in full or part sponsorship please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me via Direct Message on Twitter or Facebook and we could discuss different rates.

I would love to find a brand I could create a relationship with and hopefully work together on future projects .

Looking forward to hearing from you soon

 

Nina x

 

 

Brit Mums Live, Channel Mum

BritMums Live 2016 #BML16

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Hi all I’m going to Brit Mums Live!!!

So after starting a YouTube channel in December as a bit of encouragement for my stepson to start making videos I followed up with this blog!

I want to keep growing my channel and blog and meeting other like minded folk who can inspire me or who already have.

I’m so looking forward to the conference but I’m a little nervous

I thought I would join in with the linky on Brit Mums to help anyone else who might n#be feeling nervous and to stalk some other blogs to gather tips about the conference.

So here is a little about me

My name: Nina. 
My blog: Ready For A Cuppa.
Find me on social media at:

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How I look: A little like this …

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Well alot really as this is me In Lanzarote from 2015.
Is this my first blogging event? Yes I’ve never been to any event like this before.
I will be wearing… Hmmm I’m not sure yet depends on the weather i think! – When I decide I will post a pic on Instagram.
What I hope to gain from #BML16: Meet new people, gain some inspiration and ideas from others, get tips on building my blog & YouTube Channel & Have a fun day out.
My tips for a great conference: I have no idea! I’m a little nervous although I’m Taking Mr Ready for a cuppa with me for moral support.

So don’t forget to keep upto date with Brit Mums Live news by checking out the BritMums Live Hash-tag on social media. #BML16

See you there!

Nina x

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