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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Fraser spent a lot of time upside down.
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.
*High fives* with granddad!
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).
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.