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.
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.
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 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.
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 .
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.
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!
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.
After lunch There were just two more sessions First up Creation Inspiration with Sophia Bush – WarehouseHome, Elizabeth Sellers – Rosalilium And Anna Whitehouse – Mother Pukka.
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.
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.
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.
There was also a chance to sample the birthday cake made by Konditor & Cook. This was delicious.
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!