I can't believe BritMums Live 2014 is over, the build up seemed to go on forever and now the weekend has been and gone it doesn't seem real.
With it being my first year attending I wasn't sure what to expect and to be honest the first day left me feeling a little deflated, I found the Friday to be extremely busy, manic, stressful and a little awkward at times and I wasn't particularly excited about going back on the Saturday. However the Saturday was a completely different experience, it was much more relaxed, I was less nervous and I really, really enjoyed it.
It was great to get to talk to some brands face to face and my favourite brand by far there was Heinz Baby, they were so friendly, welcoming and generous especially Nicola who was absolutely hilarious and made us feel really comfortable.
I enjoyed the talks, especially the Instagram one where I learnt lots of really useful tips and I was really happy that two of my favourite bloggers Katie from MummyDaddyMe and Helen from Just A Normal Mummy won awards at the BIBs.
Of course I got my blog name on a Coke bottle (it just has to be done)
I met the lovely Katy Hill who was at the event hosting the BIBs.
But I think what I enjoyed the most were the evenings when I got to spend time with my blogging friends, I shared a hotel room with my blogging besties Hayley and Emily and on the Friday night we laughed so much we were actually crying "you want a FOURTH bed?!!" Don't ask lol.
On the Saturday evening I went out for dinner to Pizza Express with Hayley, Jade, Emma, Debs, Amy, Bex, Laura and Sally. We had a lovely time chatting away and then we spent the rest of the night in Debs and Amy's hotel room witnessing the domestic from hell and laughing so much my face hurt until 3am followed by going back to our room and more chatting with Hayley until 5am! Needless to say I was extremely tired the next day but it was all worth it.
I met some absolutely lovely people over the weekend, far too many to mention them all but I just wanted to give some shout outs to a few people in particular.
Of course I have to mention again my amazing BritMums besties Hayley and Emily who made the whole weekend worthwhile, I loved every minute with you girls and can't wait to see you again.
I loved meeting Emma from Life At The Little Wood who was so gorgeous and incredibly friendly, Katrina from Cool Bananas who was lovely and such a sweetheart for bringing my drinks, Becca from Keeping Up With The Joneses who was a pleasure to talk to and Alex from Bump To Baby who was super sweet.
Thanks to Debs and Amy for being so easy to get on with and making me and Hayley laugh so much it hurt, you girls are awesome and I hope our friendship continues and I see you again soon.
Finally there were a few bloggers that I didn't get to speak to because I just didn't find the right time and they were Katie from MummyDaddyMe, Jenny from Let's Talk Mommy and Kerry from Oh So Amelia. Hopefully I'll get to talk to you next year.
I came away from BritMums Live 2014 a little bit wiser with regards to blogging and where I want to go with my blog and with a few more friends who are very special to me. All I have left to say is bring on BritMums 2015!