BritMums Live 2014 is over! It came just as fast as it went. My bag is unpack and my goody-bag has been stripped of it’s goodies. It is impossible to list all that I have learned and all the amazing people I have met. I only wish I had had more time with each and everyone of you and for those I didn’t get a chance to meet, I hope I do next year.
I am so blessed to have found out that one of my real life friends is a blogger as well and to now get the chance to attend blogging events together. Morgana from Butwhymummywhy, has been a friend for a few years and it was only recently that we found out that we both blogged. It has brought us even closer as friends and I am so grateful to have a mentor like her to help me along the way. She is an amazing person, mother and wife and BritMums weekend just brought us even closer. I really can’t thank her enough for everything. Love you girl!
I had met Katie from Mummy Daddy and me before at BlogOn in Manchester, but she was working the event and it wasn’t until this weekend did I get the chance to really know her. It was the first time I had met Lucy from Dear Beautiful who is so sweet and lovely from the moment I said hello. I really got a chance to get to know both Katie and Lucy and the four of us hanging out as a ‘double team’ was amazing. These three women are so inspiring, so caring, and I am honored to call them real life friends now too! You know when you just click with some people and the bond is instant? That’s how I felt with the four of us together so many common denominators between us all.
Of course, I got to meet so many other amazing women/bloggers at BritMums Live. It was really exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Alice from More Than Toast is a sweetheart and I had met her at BlogOn as well so it was nice to see a friendly familiar face among all the unknown too. It is always great to get to know more about you Alice, you are so special.
My lovely, lovely group of Share With Me girls and the #littleloves gang. I was so excited to meet you all in person. Emma from Life at the Little Wood, Sian from Potty Mouthed Mummy, Katrina from Cool Bananas and Morgana from Butwhymummywhy. You all are just as I imagined you would be, so welcoming and easy to get along with. I love when the blogger is exactly how they appear on their blog. I wish I had had more time to get to know each one of you! Next time!!!!
I met Vicki from Honest Mum. I was very excited to meet her in person. I have been reading her blogs (she also has Mummys Got Style) since I started and love joining in her #TastyTuesdays linky. She has lived an adventurous life and even though she is Greek, her family and her remind me so much of my American family.
I also met Michelle for Bod for Tea. Michelle is such a sweetheart. I love her blog and it’s new look too. If you haven’t seen it pop over. She is lovely and even though I don’t get a chance to always comment on her blog I love reading it. I will do better Michelle! lol I promise.
It’s always great to finally meet bloggers that I have followed from the very beginning, feels like you know them inside and out but have never met. The amazing Suzanne from 3 Children & It, and lovely Bex from The Mummy Adventure are two bloggers I follow religiously. They make me laugh, they make me cry, they share their stories so beautiful of their lives and family adventures together.
Here is a big group of us trying to get to know each other as much as possible in between speakers. I wish I had more time with more of my Share With Me linky regulars. I love you all so much for all the blog support! Kiran from Mummy Says, Elfa from Californian Mum in London, Katie from Hurrah For Gin, Steph from Sisterhood and All That, Suzanne from 3 children & It, and Em from Brummy Mummy of 2. We really had some good laughs together this weekend. Thank you!
Lauren from Real Housewife of Suffolk and Hayley from Shutterflies we so much fun. They made me laugh so much and we so lovely to meet. I love their blogs and their kiddies are so adorable. They were a fun duo over the weekend. Big hug to you girls.
The weather was amazing the whole weekend which made the beautiful garden area at BritMums Live come alive. The “double team” came out to catch some rays and fresh air here. Once again getting to know each other more and having a great time together. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go to BritMums Live and not only learn but make long lasting friendship.
As I said above, the garden outside BritMums Live was beautiful. The wellie hanging baskets were amazing!!! What a creative idea! The flowers were stunning. It was a great area to mingle and enjoy the great outdoors.
To all those that I met but didn’t get a photo of, it was AMAZING to meet you and I hope next time I get a chance to spend more time with each one of you (and a photo to share). To all those that I didn’t get to meet, or may have walked by without knowing, I am so sorry, I really am not ignorant, it was all very overwhelming and I hope to meet you at the next blogging event. My absolute favorite session was the Food Photography. I am obsessed with styling photos especially with my recipes. I didn’t have long as I wish I had to play around with all the food and props. Above are some I quickly came up with as we had to work in teams and let others play too. lol I could have spent all day getting my creative juices flowing. If only I had as many props as they had there, I would be in food photography heaven, maybe one day. What do you think of some of the images above? Suggestions and advice are welcome! Below is my favorite setup that I did. I was impressed with how fast I came up with the idea as I looked over the prop table and the food table together. Hopefully I will keep improving.
Lucy from Capture by Lucy was another absolutely amazing session, I really enjoyed. I have had the pleasure of attending three of her sessions in the last three months, each one is more inspiring, packed full of more secrets and knowledge from her. She is truly amazing and so lovely to get to know over the last few months in person. (I am so proud of her for her award she definitely deserved it). She has helped me so much in my journey of photography and styling photos. I am in awe of all that she does.
All the sessions were great, and a few that were on at the same time I wish I could have attended both. I have a long ‘to do’ list now and have learned so much too. The speakers were amazing and so brave to get up in front of so many people and share their knowledge and experiences. Thank you!
Our hotel was awesome. Morgana did a great job picking it and it wasn’t too far from the venue. The style was right up my street and I only wish I had had the time to go around and take proper photos of everything.
The best part of being away for two straight days, is the homecoming I received. I didn’t get home until 12:30 am so my kiddies were fast asleep. I couldn’t wait to wake them up and give them each a cuddle. It was the longest I have been away from them and although it was good for all of us, I missed them so very much. I can’t describe how amazing it felt to see their smiles and faces light up that morning and I call myself a writer.
See you all next year!
Thank you BritMums! It was beyond a great weekend!