Britmums Live 2016 #BML16

This year Britmums Live had a bit of a shake up. It was changed from two days to one, yet costing the same price, and squeezing everything we knew and loved about Britmums Live into just one day.

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I admit, I hated the idea of the new format and I was annoyed at having to pay the same amount for less time at an event that I loved. But, because I love Britmums so much I had to go back and so I booked my ticket as soon as I could. Whatever the format I am sure that I will return year after year – it’s a highlight of the blogging calendar for me.

A few months ago I got the news that Slim Fast would be sponsoring me to attend and I arranged work and childcare so that I could stay in London for two nights, extending the time I could spend with my blogging friends and having the same length experience as usual.

I stayed at The Montcalm with Pamela which was amazing – for location if nothing else – and I was so excited for Britmums. I’d love to tell you that I spent the event learning new things and chatting to brands but in reality I spent it the best way I could – talking to other bloggers and celebrating everything that is being a blogger.

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With Colette – and her trademark red lipstick and stripes! And with one of my closest friends, online and off, Pamela.

The whole day was long with registration leading straight into keynote speeches, a pass the parcel ice breaker which wasn’t as exciting as last year’s Guinness World Record breaking acheivement, and then tea breaks, sessions, lunch, sessions, tea breaks and more

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With Stevie, Eilidh, Laura and Jenny – such awesome girls! And with my partner in crime, Emma and the lovely Martyn.

The whole day rolled into one. I went to one session, spoke to a few brands and ate cake and drank tea but mainly I spent it talking to bloggers – ones I had met before and ones that I had only ever spoken to online. For me, speaking to so many people was such a highlight and definitely the thing I love most about Britmums.

The end of the day was a blur of Cherry Healey, keynote speeches and drinks before the BiBs awards. I was a finalist in the Social Media category, and I didn’t win, but having Carol Smilie read out my blog name, seeing my name on a big screen at the front and just knowing that so many bloggers were rooting for me to win means so much.

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With Sarah and Eilidh.

The day was long, it went by in a blur, and before I knew it we were collecting our goodie bags and heading on our way. I really do hope that next year it goes back to two days with maybe a mid-morning start on the Friday and an earlier finish on the Saturday, making it easier for everyone to stay for the whole thing and still get there and get home.

This post doesn’t have much detail, and it’s full of selfies and not much else, but it sums up my Britmums experience. One that I loved, that I would do again tomorrow and one that I will remember for a long time.

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With two lovely friends – Hayley and Emma (affectionately known as Brum!) and Laura who it was so lovely to meet for the first time.

It’s one where I felt a true part of the blogging community, one that left me so happy and one that has given me so much enthusiasm to keep doing what I’m doing but to try and do so much more too. I love blogging and I love the chances that we get to celebrate it too.

Thank you to all the people that made my day so awesome – if you came up and said hello I really do appreciate it. I hope you all had a great day too!

With one of my most favourite people, Stevie – really wish she lived closer. 

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  1. June 26, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Sounds like you had a fab time
    One year I would love to go !

  2. June 26, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Good, honest reflections and I am in agreement with everything you say. I appreciate it would be more expensive to set up and run but I do feel BML benefits from being spread out over 1.5 days rather than one.

    Like you, my highlight is always the social. After being a bundle of nerves as a newbie last year it was lovely to return with a year’s experience under my belt and meet (and re-meet) fellow bloggers. It was a delight to finally meet you face-to-face and discover (no surprise at all) that you are just as warm and generous offline as online.

    I’m never singing in public again, though. 🙂

    • June 26, 2016 / 3:14 pm

      Ah Tim, you are so lovely! So nice to finally meet you too! x

  3. June 26, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    “This post doesn’t have much details and is full of selfies but that sums up my Britmums experience” – love that!
    I had an utterly exhausting but fabulous weekend. There’s definitely things about the scheduling I’d have changed but I still learned, loved and laughed – which says it all.

  4. June 26, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I love that you had such a great time! Can’t wait to see you at Blog On. Love that you and Pam shared this time!! Xx

    • June 26, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      It’s like we’re taking it in turns! Can’t wait to see you too – excited already! x

  5. June 26, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    It was such an experience! I am also going to blog on & I shall have to make a real effort to find you & say hi, I did see you a few times but usually as I was off in another direction & you were chatting. ???? Hope you’re home safely now! The Montcalm looked divine.

    • June 26, 2016 / 5:23 pm

      There are so many people I didn’t even see, let alone manage to talk to. definitely Blog On! x

  6. June 26, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Ahh! It sounds like you had such a brilliant time…I love all the photos x

  7. June 26, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    LOVE this and you know you are one of my most favourite people too, was amazing to meet you at last. Considering I talk to you every single day, it was just weird that we hadn’t actually met. Thanks for looking after me yesterday and for being a blinking amazing friend!

    Stevie xx

  8. June 26, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    I am so glad you and Stevie finally got the chance to meet up. I have never been to Britmums but seeing all the fun everyone was having on social media yesterday, I am definitely going next year. Great pictures Donna which sums up what a fab day you had x

  9. June 26, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing my first BritMums with me! It was so lovely to meet you and hang out for the day! I can’t wait for our playdate xx

    • June 26, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      I can’t believe you were there with Donna. I was sat at the same table at the beginning, so obviously just didn’t twig it was you (and Stevie!). Durr.

  10. June 26, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Haha you’re always the one review that I can guarantee will be completely honest!

  11. June 26, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    That’s so true, I don’t think I saw you the rest of the time! x

  12. June 26, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I was reading everybodys comments and followed bloggers on instagram who went to the event yesterday and I couldn’t believe how quick the day passed and was thinking that it wasn’t this quick last year. But it makes sense now after you saying that they reduced it to one day. I find that bizarre. Especially when bloggers come from all over the UK. I would have traveled from Ireland. It’s not worth the travel to go for just one night for me then. But I am still thinking of attending next year. There are some lovely bloggers out there (including you) who I would love to meet personally.

  13. June 26, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    I’ve looked at all the pics over social media this weekend and have been really kicking myself for not getting a ticket!
    It sounds like you had a great time and I hope to be joining you all next year! Xx

  14. June 26, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Having never been I have nothing to compare it too & i’m hoping to go next year. There must have felt a huge difference having it all crammed into the one day – do you feel you missed on lots because there just wasn’t enough time? 1.5 days sounds better to me.
    That aside it does look like you had lots of fun with everyone though 🙂

    • June 26, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      I think there was still enough time to do everything but if you focused on learning and doing everything on offer there wouldn’t be enough time to socialise too.

  15. June 26, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Was good to have a brief hi. I’m impressed with all your selfies. I never take pictures of me with people, or just other people. I really should do as it’s great for memories. I’m with you on the 2 day, and yes being able to get out earlier on the Saturday would be good, although I guess some people prefer the Friday afternoon so some only need to take a half day from work.

  16. June 26, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Great to finally meet you Wish. Shame we didn’t get chance to hang out more – next time 🙂

  17. June 26, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Oh I was so jealous seeing everyone’s pictures on Instagram yesterday. I’m definitely going to try and pluck up the courage to go next year!!! Xx

  18. June 26, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    It looks like you had so much fun 🙂 Sorry I didn’t speak much, I kinda did a shy ‘hi’ and then got embarrassed! Hopefully next year I’ll actually manage to utter a few more words to you 🙂

    • June 26, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      I just didn’t find the time to say much to anyone – and always hard in the pub! so lovely to see you at least x

  19. June 26, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    What a fantastic week Donna! I am so so pleased to have met you and hope to see you again in future! It sounds like a fantastic time for all!

  20. June 26, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Sounds like a fab weekend. I was a bit gutted in the run up to Britmums that I wouldn’t be there but I’m hoping to be there next year as usual. Looking forward to seeing you at Blog On.

  21. June 27, 2016 / 6:57 am

    I’m coming next year, I’ve already primed my husband and I’m going to buy a ticket when they’re released. I really want to meet everyone!
    Nat.x

  22. June 27, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I did spot you a few times but never the right opportunity to come over and chat! Looks like you had a fab time, it was such a long day though but lovely to see lots of like minded people and meet new people 🙂 X

  23. June 27, 2016 / 9:18 am

    It really did go by in a blur didn’t it? Glad we got to have a chat this year! 🙂 xx

  24. June 27, 2016 / 9:50 am

    It looks like you had a lot of fun. I think the one day format could work, I’ve been to lots of one day blogging events that were really good. Maybe there needs to be less sessions and speeches and more socializing time in the day – but then I guess people would wonder what they were paying for if it was all basically just a big meet-up.

  25. June 27, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    I think the best things about these events is always meeting everyone, being able to put a face to the name and I’m glad you got to see so many people and have a good catch up. Just a shame that the conference didn’t offer much more than that! I like seeing all the selfies anyway, lots of happy faces 🙂 xx

  26. June 27, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Ah, I’m glad you had such a fab time! I’ve just been with Emma (Brum!) today and she’s filled me in on it all, sounds fab x

    • June 27, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      You too Alex! I don’t think I saw you at BML at all though! x

  27. June 27, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Hey bab! Lovely to see you there! I had a great time and I kinda liked it being one day as I found the whole two day thing a bit much but I think that is as I was always coming straight from work on a Friday. I find BritMums gets better the more times you go. You chill a bit. Saying that? I am still dead now two days later!!! LOVE YOU! BRUM xxxxxx

  28. June 28, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    That’s fabulous that you got so many selfies. I miss the 2 day concept too but like you, wanted to attend anyway as I would never want to miss it. Well done on having your name read out, it’s still a mahoosive achievement. Great blog post x

  29. June 29, 2016 / 1:10 am

    Aw thanks for the meniton lovely! It was so good to actually meet you! You’re great! But you already knew that! I agree with all the points that you saI’d on the good and bad. Gutted you didn’t win too! But was lovely nonetheless! Hopefully we can catch up and hang out again soon!

  30. June 29, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Donna you’re like a blogging celeb, everyone wanted to meet you and spend time with you, gutted I didn’t see more of you! Glad you had such a fab time and so glad you came to join us on the Friday night. Was loving seeing you.

    I’m gutted you didn’t win on Saturday night, I honestly believe you deserved it. You’re our winner xx

  31. July 4, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    I am so glad you had a lovely time. I think I missed it not being two days, I missed talking to so many people, yourself included xx

    • July 4, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      There were so many people I hardly saw and didn’t get a chance to even say hello to. I hope they change it back to two days next year x

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