I attended my first ever Brit Mums Live Event last weekend, thanks to my great sponsor Ninni ! I was so, so nervous but I made it to London – found my hotel, met some great people and had an awesome time!

Here’s What I Learned…

1. When you meet people for the first time don’t tap them on the shoulder, shriek and then knock their iPhone flying out of their hand into a strangers head. Its not the wow factor first impression you were hoping for.

Hello Meagan from The Mum Project, I’m still sorry

2. I don’t need to wear that much spandex. Well actually I do… but you know what its a long day, you’ll bruise a kidney, there’s plenty of dim lighting and dark corners – just hang out there until you get over yourself.

3. I finally acknowledge and accept that I know jack-shit about Pinterest and never will. I have made my peace with this.

4. When you’re on the tube look straight ahead, don’t look down towards the next carriage. That shit is scary. It’s fucking rattling around all over the place. The next carriage is literally bouncing off the walls. Don’t dwell too much on the fact that you are in a tin can, shooting at the speed of light through a funnel. Think about lambs and candy floss  – count the stops and congratulate yourself on not hyperventilating.

5. Avoid touching half naked oiled up men. Yeah it sounds like a good idea, hell it even looks like one (!) but it’s actually kinda weird and you’ll end up greasy. Oh – until he brings out the Prosecco, then scrap that and become his best friend.

6. You need to get yourself a friend like Cherry Healey. No funny quip. Just a thing you need to do.

7. If you’re staying in a hotel -take two luxuriously long baths. One in the evening, one in the morning. It’s not your hot water. No one is asking to watch you wash your hair. No one is asking you where your willy is. You cannot hear Mr Tumble.  You won’t get this opportunity again for ages – take two baths!

8. If you take a suitcase to the Changing Of The Guard a policemen will ask you to move because you might be a terrorist. Even when you calmly explain that your suitcase is only full of Hawaiian leis, sippy cups and spandex – you will still have to move along – because that is fucking weird.

9. Vlogging is pronounced v-er-logging not V-LOGGING.

Such an idiot

10. Being in a room filled with like minded people, with the same passion and drive can be really empowering and motivating. DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO!

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What I Learned From #BML16

41 thoughts on “What I Learned From #BML16

  • June 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm
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    So funny! Very intrigued by the oily male. Love the idea of 2 bubble baths! I hate the tube. Taxis are far more enjoyable experiences!

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  • June 28, 2016 at 9:41 am
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    This is so funny. I’m so pleased you found peace with Pinterest – I too am on a similar journey.

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  • June 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm
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    Hahaha Sarah this really made me laugh, it’s not V-logging! And it’s all good about the phone, I was holding it awkwardly and waving it about in excitement about Boots Soltan lols. So glad to have met you!

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  • June 30, 2016 at 6:08 am
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    F*** Pinterest. I’m never going to get it either.

    And I’m totally with you on the two baths thing. If I ever get a baby-free night in a hotel, I’m totally going into the baths with magazines and not coming out until my whole body is pruned. #stayclassymama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 6:22 am
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    It’s not ‘v-logging’… I did not know that! I’ve also made my peace with pinterest. The idea of a bath without interruption- maybe for my birthday lol #stayclassymama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 9:11 am
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    haha! 2 baths?! thats possibly the most genius idea I have heard.. I would have just slept longer but actually a nice peaceful bath does go a long way! Oh and knocking someones phone out of hand and into someones head, totally sounds like something I would do, and I did choke on my coffee a little when I read that 😉

    p.s Im not getting the pintrest thing either.
    #stayclassymama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 8:59 am
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    Love this and feel like I have learnt something, especially that I mispronounciate vlogging, sorry I mean v-er-logging. #stayclassy

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  • June 30, 2016 at 10:52 am
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    A great description of your time at #BML16 – you definitely make me want to go next year. You made me laugh – thank you! Alison x #StayClassyMama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 12:12 pm
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    Haha! Your lucky you just got moved along and nit rugby tackled to the ground. Sounds like a lot of learning happened that weekend and you probably made an impression on a few people! Good or clumsy it’s still an impression!
    #stayclassymama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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    sounds great having 2 baths, such a awesome idea!!! Loved this post so funny, the train sounds spooky #stayclassy

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  • June 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm
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    Hehe! Were you really saying V-Logging? It looks like a brilliant day was had by all. I would definitely take 2 baths… at least #StayClassyMama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm
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    Oh, two baths, what luxury! That alone is enough to tempt me to go next year! And my sister and I have been saying for ages that we want Cherry Healy to be our best friend! x

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  • June 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm
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    Oh god I just laughed out loud at all of these! Especially Vlogging, I thought it was v-logging too!! Doh!! Thank god you made all of these mistakes so that I don’t have to when I finally get to go next year! Phew! #stayclassymama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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    I think i feel about Facebook the way you do about Pinterst – I just dont get it, I’m trying but so tempted to just abandon it! would love to have been there – next year, eh? #stayclassy

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  • June 30, 2016 at 5:41 pm
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    Your Pinterest is my Facebook haha. I love my own personal Facebook profile, and am quite addicted to it, but my Facebook page is collecting dust haha! It sounds like you had a wonderful time, I’m so glad you were able to go! Two baths sounds heavenly!!! #StayClassyMama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 7:25 pm
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    Oh god number 9! Really? Thank you for saving me from looking like a tit. A bit like when I called that famous shopping village “Bye-Cester” – cringe cringe cringe. Fab roundup, made me lol even though I didn’t go (that part doesn’t make me lol.) #stayclassymama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 7:43 pm
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    Oh I love your first time meeting of Meagan! So funny and just the kind of thing I would do. Err well done with the touching of the oily man and getting free prosecco – who knew it could be that easy – I was too scared! Glad you had a good time – I loved it too and just so fab to chat to people who all just love doing the same thing! #stayclassy

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  • June 30, 2016 at 8:23 pm
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    Oh, another one I didn’t meet! Glad you enjoyed it and jealous of the two baths. I so would have done that if I’d been in a hotel and not shunting up and down in a train … it was a great day and glad you learned lots. I mainly just ate the free food! #stayclassymama

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  • June 30, 2016 at 8:54 pm
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    This post is brilliant and had me laughing out loud! I would totally take two baths and I’d probably drink wine in there too! God I hate Mr Tumble!

    #stayclassymama

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  • July 1, 2016 at 6:32 am
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    What is this ver-logging? I had no idea that was the correct pronunciation. Probably just as well I am not planning to do any. It was great to meet you, and don’t worry about those tubes. It might feel like the speed of light, but trust me when I say they are actually trundling along at about 20mph. #StayClassy

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  • July 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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    Sarah, it sounds like a wonderful event for all! I’m so happy you had the opportunity to go and experience like minded, passionate people. What fun! #stayclassy

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  • July 1, 2016 at 2:39 pm
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    No.9 really?!! V-er-logging? Why?! So glad you have correctedly my Doofusness! #stayclassymama

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  • July 1, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    Actually laughing my head off at this…especially the ‘where is your willy’ I get this on a daily basis and yesterday was informed I don’t have a willy because I have two bums…oh…my…god! x

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  • July 1, 2016 at 10:18 pm
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    Sounds like you had a great time. Apart from the suitcase. And the Tube. But especially the baths! Love that!! And I am shocked at the Ver-logging like your other readers – my kids are BIG into YouTube and they call it a Vlog or Vlogging (without the ‘er’). Who knew?? #StayClassyMama

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  • July 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm
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    Haha I love this – much funnier than the standard BML posts! I would DEFINITELY have had two baths, that is the best thing about hotels. I love all your pictures, looks like you had a blast. Oh and I’ve definitely been pronouncing vlogging wrong too hahaha. #stayclassymama

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  • July 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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    Glad you weren’t arrested for being a terrorist or for being weird. Could have gone either way, really!

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  • July 3, 2016 at 7:57 am
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    Hahahaha! A woman after my own heart! Also my first #BML16, I also over-touched the oily man (accidentally and then over-excused myself to the point of embarrassment), and actually spent a good five minutes contemplating whether I should and how I could shoehorn an endorsement of Whaooo chocolate crepes into a blog about mummy kindness and mental health, before I realised perhaps that just wasn’t my niche…!? (Mmm just check me out. I’m meditating whilst eating a crepe… needs work). Anyway, safe to say, I hear ya sista (can’t type that really without sounding like your mum saying ‘cool’). Thanks for sharing and would be great to connect/chat at the next conference. Take care, Amy x #stayclassymama

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  • July 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm
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    Ha great minds…you’re in my BML round up (which is less of a round up and slightly more like this actually!!). I’m totally hacked off that I didn’t chat to you properly. Ugh.

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  • July 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm
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    This sounds great 😀 I sooo want to go next year!
    #stayclassmama

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  • July 4, 2016 at 11:45 am
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    This post is brilliant haha had me in giggles! For someone who has never been to an event like this before, this post has actually made it feel a lot more approachable. Maybe next year!

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  • July 4, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    Love this more unusual run down! And couldn’t agree more re the long baths – my fave things about any weekend away lol X #stayclassymama

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  • July 7, 2016 at 1:00 am
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    Haha! Well I didn’t know 9! I’m totally with you on 3. &, as for 4, I always hyperventilate! Actually, I don’t – I always walk! #stayclassymama

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  • July 11, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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    I am silently laugh crying in the office at this…OMG you saved me blogger shame as I thought it was V..logging…gutted I missed out on BML but probably would have hidden under a table having a panic attack! Loved all your pictures though and living vicariously through everyone…greased up men confuse me…prosecco does not..fab post lovely #stayclassymama

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