One Weekend, Many Events

Last Friday I attended a two-day blogging conference called Britmums Live.  Held at London venue The Brewery, approximately 700 parenting bloggers attended the event, where they had the opportunity to connect with each other – live – as well as network with the selection of brands and PRs present.

Luckily for me, you were probably either there, and if you weren’t, you’ve probably seen a lot of photos from others bloggers covering the event.  As I say, this is lucky for me, because I took a grand total of two (worthy) photos during the entire event, one of them not even being at the event.

It was all becoming a bit annoying having to constantly take my phone or camera out to take snaps of what was going on.  I was genuinely more interested in truly living the moment, rather than trying to record it in photos (and this is nothing against everyone that was taking snaps – because I’ll be able to nab any good ones from them if I need them!).

So here are my two photos of the event.  The first one is of a (very bizarre) new world record that we set.  The second is a selfie of me walking down a road in New Malden away from the station, as there were disruptions to the service.  Good show, Fiona.

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Anyway, Britmums was great.  I nearly didn’t go.  It was only after my husband convinced me that I would probably benefit from going (before offering to pay for my ticket), that my arm was twisted.  I met a lot of the blogging folk that I had been cultivating online friendships with, which was super.

So, in alphabetical order, it was a real pleasure to meet you all, Elizabeth, Em, Fiona, Hannah, Jess, John, Katie, Louise, Lucy, Mel, Nadine, Renee, Sam, Sara, Tim, Vicki.

As you know, Britmums wiped my entire memory, and I woke up on Sunday morning with no recollection that it was Father’s Day, despite having it on my radar for a good couple of months.  After hustling and getting a card made, breakfast in bed (Crunchy Nut Cornflakes) and a cup of coffee brewed, we were back on track for the day – lucky Ian!

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We had some chill time in the morning at home before heading over to my parents’ house for some fun in the sunny garden and dinner – salmon en croute – my mum is a culinary genius.  That meal was delectable.

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The kids spent the rest of the day running around the garden, and having boy-time with their granddad (my dad), uncle (my brother) and their daddy.

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Fraser spent a lot of time upside down.

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A rare photo of my mum, who is terribly camera shy, and is likely to make me take this photo down.  I was just amazed at how much entertainment a feather duster can bring to two young boys.  Not to mention an incinerator – child-appropriate toys, galore.

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*High fives* with granddad!

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My kids love getting involved with gardening antics, watering the plants and digging up soil.  They’re in their element when they’re out there getting involved with green-fingered activity.  I particularly love this one below of Fraser doing his best Wolverine impression with the little fork (yes, more child-appropriate toys).

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I’m not one to complain about the weather at any time of the year, being a huge fan of the changing seasons, but I must confess that I do love this time of the year.  It is wonderful not having to dress the kids in numerous layers before letting them go outside.  Indeed, it is lovely letting them have extended periods of time outdoors.  It’s great for their health to be outdoors, and they sleep so much better for it.

The colours of the flowers and the bright sunshine really are a feast for the eyes.  And speaking of colours, I also wanted to say a huge thanks to St Berts Clothing Company for sending us these gorgeous, retro-style outfits, perfect for girls and boys getting outdoors and soaking up life.

So that was our weekend of blogging conferences and family-time.  The weekends always seem to be over so fast, and I find myself sitting here on Tuesdays (my work days) reminiscing on the weekend just gone, and wishing the next weekend to hurry up and get here.

One of the bloggers I met at Britmums is Em of beautiful blog Snowing Indoors.  I’ve been a fan since I began blogging, recalling many of her stunning photos on the Silent Sunday linky.  Em invited me to join in with the #PointShoot linky today, and I glady accepted the invitation.  So here I am, linking up my antics over the weekend in word and photo format.  If you love truly stunning photos, head over to Snowing Indoors for some photographic inspiration and tutorials.

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11 thoughts on “One Weekend, Many Events

    1. Thanks so much for heading over, and for your lovely compliment. They always have a great time in my parents’ garden, especially with the whole family larking around with them (which is what we did). Ahh, love St Bert’s clothes – I seriously want those t-shirts to wear myself.

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  1. Love this post, looks like the boys had a blast at your Mum’s, and your photography is gorgeous.

    Thank you so much for your lovely words, you have no idea how much it means. It was brilliant meeting you last weekend and hope we can catch up again soon.

    Thanks for linking up with Point + Shoot xx

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    1. Em, the boys had a total blast at my folks’ house. They always do. Thanks for the compliment on the photography *blushes*. Nothing like kids playing in the sunny garden to inspire you to get snap-happy.

      And yeh, I won’t gush, but I basically love your photography and your blog and your tutorials. I’m having a Wayne’s World “we’re not worthy” moment… And now I have Bo Rhap in my head.

      Was awesome meeting you and there are a handful of the guys that I met over the weekend that I would dearly love to catch up with again, sooner than BML 2016. Thanks for having me on #PointShoot – I’ll be back! xx

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  2. Your pictures are gorgeous, love the tshirts on the boys. I have boys myself and I love to dress them in bright colours

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    1. Ah, thanks so much – I seriously want one of those t-shirts for myself! Bright colours are made for children and I love my kids shining in bold hues like these.

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  3. Loved this post – wish I’d gone to BritMums Live now… I’m rubbish at remembering to take photos… especially as it seems such a faff to retrieve phone, and delete enough photos to free up enough space to take more…

    Your other photos from your weekend are gorgeous – a great Father’s Day was obviously had from all… I’m going to check out some of your blogger friends now… I love to find new fab blogs.

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    1. You should go next year, or ease yourself in by attending some blogging events in the interim. I nearly didn’t go, not through being shy, just because I’m a bit awkward sometimes and like to rebel against the masses for the sake of it. Knowing what I know now, I’m glad that my husband convinced me to go. I feel far more part of the blogging community, and even more keen to network with new bloggers than before.

      The whole phone thing was a bit annoying, but in the end, I just didn’t bother. It didn’t hinder my experience in the slightest by not taking loads of photos. I’m much happier getting my big camera out in the garden and taking snaps of my kids running around.

      Hope you enjoy some of the blogs I listed. These guys and gals are among my favourites in the blogging world, and I’m so glad that I met them.

      Thanks for your lovely comment, lady x

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  4. Blogging friends and family – surely the perfect weekend?

    Great photos, and it was lovely to meet you at last. And to think that you once commented on one of my posts that we wouldn’t get on because we are so different – I thought we got on well because we are so different … 🙂

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    1. It was a perfect weekend, Tim. Blogging friends and family make for a pretty happy Free Range Chick (oh dear, I’ve never referred to myself as that whilst in the third person).

      Now, I don’t think I said that we wouldn’t get on, it was more that I’d probably get on your nerves with my endless chit-chat. We did get on well, though! (o: x

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  5. Lovely post hon, sounds like you had so much fun at BML. I’m really pleased Fathers Day panned out ok in the end too.

    Gorge photos of your gorgeous boys. Can’t wait for our picnic in the sunshine xx

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