I was incredibly lucky this weekend as I was able to attend my first ever Britmums Live conference. I was fortunate in that I had sponsorship for this event from fab fashion brand Kaleidoscope, without which I could not have attended, and I am pleased to say that it was every bit as good as I thought it would be.
Here are just some of the reasons why.
1. The opportunity to meet with brands and their representatives was both useful and illuminating. From Butlins to Warner Bros, by way of fashion from TK Maxx, books from Paragon and Waterstones and children’s products from Tu and Little Ones from Sainsburys. One of the absolute favourite exhibitors was the Coca Cola stand who were reproducing those new legendary labels with your name on. Of course, I couldn’t resist getting a Fashion-Mommy one printed, although I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to drink it yet – far too precious!
2. Britmums is a great opportunity to meet other bloggers. There is such a friendly atmosphere that it is really easy to meet and chat to new people. I was finally able to meet some bloggers who I have chatted to online for a long time, Fiona from Avenue 57, Avril from School Gate Style and Kat from Does my bum look 40 in this.
3. Britmums is fun! I did wonder just how formal Britmums was going to be, but it was actually a whole lot of fun. From photobooths with dressing up clothes and funny inflatables, to large creatures from Madagascar wandering around the venue, not to mention Owls from Harry Potter movies, Britmums was surreal and funny in equal parts.
4. The quality of the talks and panel discussions. From the inspirational Katie Piper, who seemed to have touched everyone with her searing honesty and bravery, to the hilarious Katy Hill, who is basically just as bubbly and exuberant in real life as she is on screen, Britmums provides speakers you really want to listen too. In addition, the Q&A panels proved to be insightful, funny and honest, and full of hints and tips that could really help any blogger, from the novice to the experienced, further improve their blogs.
And finally…Britmums Live may be the only conference where you get to do silly poses with an ex Blue Peter presenter, in the toilets, while you both freshen up. And if that doesn’t convince you that this is a conference worth taking part in, nothing will!