8 Random Things I Learnt From Attending BritMums Live (BML16)

BritMums Live 2016 – or BML16 for the cool kids – took place this weekend at The Brewery in London. As one of the biggest parent blogging events in the UK, this gives us the opportunity to learn, meet, network, be inspired, get pissed and pick up free crap.

This was my second BritMums Live – after attending last year – and my third blogging event since I started putting fingers to keyboard back in 2014. In a revamped format, BML16 was a one day event rather than the previous two – this basically meant less stuff for the same price, which was a bit annoying. Still, I think it worked, although I did like last year’s format better.

For me, going along to these events is all about the social aspect. I’d love to say that attending the sessions teaches me loads of new stuff or listening to the speakers inspires me, but that’d make me a big fat liar. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it though. I had a really good time – chatting, laughing and hanging out with friends, old and new.

Rather than write a big post about the event, I thought I’d share 8 random things I learnt. Here we go:

  • Plan your travel carefully. No matter how cool you look, no event is worth an 18  hour journey into central London via the M25 whilst crammed inside a Little Tikes Dino Cozy Coupe.

 

Britmums live bml16

 

  • It’s a good job I decided to change my clothes at the last minute. It could have been pretty embarrassing for the Bollox boxer shorts fella if I’d have turned up in my original outfit which consisted purely of tight, black boxer shorts, too much baby oil and the facial expression of someone who had died inside.

BML16 Britmums Live half naked Bollox man

Photo by Sadie (Tiaras And Wellyboots)

 

  • I’m putting a quid on Tim (Slouching Towards Thatcham) to win X-Factor 2017 after his scintillating performance of Pretty In Pink. If Leicester City can defy the 5000-1 odds to claim the Premier League title, I’m pretty sure that a man armed with his own parody lyrics, no shame and the biggest balls in the world would have a shot at becoming Simon Cowell’s ‘next big thing’.

Well done @thatchamdad – and your singing was great @britmums #BML16 blogger keynote

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Photo by Victoria (Verily Victoria Vocalises)

 

  • Even when you’re a loser, you’re a winner. I may not have lifted the mighty BiBs ‘Family’ category trophy above my head, but knowing that people read, enjoy and like what I do enough to put my blog forward for an award in the first place, is all the validation I need. Plus, I think the title ‘four times blogging award loser’ has a certain ring to it.

So this is happening soon. Wish me luck, I’ll need it! #BML16 #bibs2016

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  • When Emma (Me, The Man And Kids) goes to the bar to buy you a drink, it’s best to make a request rather than saying “I don’t mind, get me whatever”. Her choice of a Peroni Spritz – Peroni, Aperol, pink grapefruit juice and prosecco – tasted like death in a glass.

 

  • Parents are not allowed a lie in. Ever. Even when you’re away from the family and have the opportunity to sleep in late, the universe is likely to screw you over. This time, it was a 5am fire alarm at the Travelodge.

BML16 Britmums live Outside Travelodge

Photo by Sarah (Forget Me Knit)

 

  • Remember to double check what’s in the BML16 goodie bag before giving it to your kid(s). Otherwise, you might regret it.

 

So those are 8 of the more random things I learnt from BML16. What would you add to the list? Let me know below!

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