BritMums Live 2013 Part 2

8:15 on Saturday I was up and at 'em feeling rather fresh ready for another day of mingling and learning lots. The day was started off by a deeply moving and inspiring lady that is the beautiful Katie Piper, I have admired her since I first heard hear story and listening to her tell her story moved me to tears. I was so happy to be able to meet her afterwards and say hi and I was able to buy her book which she signed.

The first session of the day was all about good blog design, and SEO which I was really interested in because it was one of the things I wanted to learn more about and it did make things a bit clearer in my head. So I am also hoping to make a few changes to the layout of my blog and also I am going to make a conscious effort to dabble in SEO a bit more.

I visited the TK Maxx style booth where two lovely ladies showed us how to create a capsule wardrobe of clothing items to take on holiday which they packed in to a beautiful bag, needless to say I was completely sucked in. I needed that bag! 

The session before lunch was with fellow bloggers who were sharing their stories and how they have become successful which was good to listen to because it was pretty inspiring and it was held by some fab bloggers.

Lunch was lovely it was lots of mini meals and I tried sea bass for the first time which was absolutely yummy I need to have that again.

The session I attended after lunch was about writing reviews and sponsored posts which I found quite helpful as it touched on how to build relationships with brands but more importantly how to make my reviews better for the reader, so hopefully they will be better for you from now on.

When that session was over I was still thinking about the bag I was determined to get it so off I trotted to get it horror struck when I saw another lady carrying it but then I actually saw her take it back so thank you whoever you were! I then practically ran to buy it.

The next session we went to was all about Pinterest which is something that I had been wanting to learn how to use it properly, or at least learn how to us it better as a blogger. I think I got some good tips out of it and I hope to have a mess about with it more in the future. Although I kinda wish I had gone to the photography session instead, so if anybody has notes please let me know.

After a final coffee break and a chance to do a bit more mingling it was time for the keynotes and a time to honour Kerry. I was warned you would need tissues for this and they weren't wrong. It was bittersweet there were funny posts and sad posts to be read all of the keynotes were extremely brave to stand up there and read their posts. The ending made me realise what an amazing community parent bloggers are, I've said it before and I will say it again I am super proud to be a part of it. 

Sadly that was the end of BritMums Live 2013 there was only time to grab out goody bags and rush off for the train in the scariest taxi I have ever been in!! The train journey to Birmingham flew by and I was feeling pretty sad to be leaving new friends so soon but we have promised to meet up again soon with our littlies next time. 

As I sat on my train back home all on my own I felt so lonely after spending two days surrounded by hundreds of lovely people I was returning home to a dark empty house as David and Thomas weren't returning until the next morning or so I thought....
I got home put my key in the door and realised the door was unlocked I immediately thought sh*t we didn't lock the door before we went away. The house was in darkness so I gingerly opened the door thoughts of "I'm going to have to check every corner every cupboard and wardrobe and hiding place just in case" I jumped a mile when I saw 2 people sitting on the sofa. My beautiful baby and my wonderful husband had drove home early to surprise me and what an amazing surprise that was it made my whole weekend. I got to have lots of hugs and kisses with my beautiful boy who I had missed so much whilst I had been away. Oh yeah and it was nice see David too.

 The Loot

If you are thinking about attending next year my advise for you would be DO IT. Don't be worried about meeting new people everybody was lovely and most are feeling just as nervous as you. Don't be too worried about leaving your baby/little one, yes it is really hard it was the first night I had spent away from Thomas and I missed him like mad every second but it is nice to do something for yourself and they will still be there when you get back. 
The whole experience for me has been amazing I completely left my comfort zone behind and did something I never ever thought I would and I did it for myself. I also met some amazing people who I can now call friends and I can't wait until next year now. 

My trip to BritMums Live would not have been possible without the wonderful people at www.tinytoesbabyshoes.co.uk so I would love it if you could check them out. Their site has some beautiful shoes and a growing range of clothes so suit all tastes and budgets.

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