Tuesday 25 June 2013

My Amazingly Epic Fantastic Weekend!

First of all, I will add pictures later tonight =D
I would just like to say a very big thank you first of all to my amazing sponsor Popagami, because without your fantastic sponsorship, I would of not been able to attend BritMumsLive 2013, so thank you, for giving me the opportunity and representing me for such an amazing event. I will never forget the amazing company who has given me so much, my first reviewing opportunity, and sponsorship for the UK's biggest blogging event - BritMums Live (2013).

I had been edging closer and closer to bursting with excitement for the last couple of weeks, I felt like a 14 year old teenager waiting in the line for a massive rollercoaster, bursting with the most biggest amount of excitement which overtook 60% of me, the other 40% was my nerve wracking side, the one where I wanted to bite my finger nails off, only I had my nails recently done, so in theory I would not of been biting my own nails off. I thought about biting my toe nails, I could of physically pulled my hair out I was so nervous, the feeling you get when your about to get on that big scary roller coaster, when your pulling that bar so hard, just to make sure you have really been locked in securely, and your not going to fly across the theme park in the middle of the ride, all of a sudden, from out of no where, your brain sends a signal to your bladder that you need the loo, your bursting to go a wee, because your so nervous but in reality, if someone would magic up a loo, you wouldn't really need to go.

That was me for the whole of Friday morning, I was, what some would describe as a nervous wreck, I was up at 6am, considering I didn't go to sleep till 3am (pre BritMums nerves) I done considerably well. Okay, my hair and make up may of not looked as fresh when I arrived in London at 12 as it did when I left home for the school run at 8am. That was my biggest fear and the biggest reason why I was so nervous, once I had dropped my beautiful boy to school, I would not see his beautiful little face for 38 hours, that ripped through my body like nothing else had ever done, giving him a extra long cuddle at school that day, and a few extra kisses, knowing it would be the last I'd get until we was reunited the following night physically and emotionally temporarily killed me.

Its always been me and my Spud, MY Spud, although I knew he was in very good hands (with my Dad and Dad's partner for the majority of the time, and then my brother and his partner for a few hours on the Saturday) I really did feel like I had been robbed, a part of me was missing. I grabbed a energy drink for the train journey, and continuously looked at pictures of him, telling myself, I was going to this event for me and him, to learn, improve my knowledge and wisdom for the both of us.

Luckily one of my fellow Reading bloggers Alice from
My Life, My Son, My Way was travelling on the same train as me. The train itself was extremely packed out with Royal Ascot attendees, I watched and envied them whilst they popped bottles of champagnes and even envied the ones drinking cans of Stella, I could of so done with some Dutch courage at anytime before me and Alice finally was able to find each other (when the train stopped at Ascot, and hundreds of attendees for Royal Ascot poured out). I had not met Alice previously in 'real life' but she has been fantastically brilliant to me over the last couple of weeks, she really is a super woman! Once we had arrived at Waterloo, we met Helen from Mummy To The Max, and the three of us, with Alice's wisdom travelled via tubes to Old Street, which was the closest tube station to the event itself and our hotels. Me and Helen stayed at The Hoxton hotel, a beautiful hotel, not sure if it was worth its price but it was great, especially the bed!

Trying in vein to find our hotel without asking a million people for directions quickly ended for me and Helen, not even 30 seconds into our adventure, and having to leave our personal human map Alice back at Old Street (Alice was in a different hotel from us), we stopped and asked the first of many people if they had knowledge of where are hotel was. We finally found the Hoxton, left our bags with reception (because we couldn't check in till later) refreshed our make up and once more made sure we looked suitable enough to attend our first ever #BritMumsLive. We was informed by a member of the hotel staff the Brewery (at which the event was held at) was just a 10 minute walk from us, 30 minutes later and another million people helping us with directions, we finally arrived to BritMumsLive 2013.

Seeing the huge crowd made my nerves and excitement explode together, but this time the excitement was beating up the nerves, the excitement clearly won. Smiling at anyone who made contact with me, I was utterly happy to know I had made it to BritMumsLive in one piece, without having a abnormal breakdown over what I was to wear for the two days being one of the reasons for my nerves!!! Once we battled the line of attendees and collected our badges (which I have kept, I am so proud to see my name, website and Twitter handle on a piece of paper with a BritMums logo above it you see), me and Helen instantly started scanning the schedule and marking things off with the cutest of hand drawn stars to remember what we most importantly wanted to see.

Susanne and Jennifer gave us all a fantastic open speach and welcomed us all to BritMumsLive 2013, they gave us all a task and that was to meet at least 3 people we didn't know, introduce ourselves and swap Twitter handles with them, I hit my target and met the following lovely bloggers, Lucy from 
The Princess Poet's Life Adventure, Isra from I See The World In FB Statuses, Maddie From Gammon and Chips, Hannah from A New Addition, Karen from Missing Sleep, Angela from This Is Life, Blissful Mama and so many more people!

Katie Piper (a powerful survivor from a awful acid attack) Kirsty Allsopp & Katy Hill were the three celebs who attended and all three gave brilliant talks. Katie Piper got a standing ovation for her very empowering talk, and a few of us even cried! We heard talks from top blogging dogs on a variety of different subjects, and heard emotional blog post read out in regards to Matilda Mae, Kerry and Alex.
I interacted with fantastic companies, including Sainsburys, Acer, Warner Brothers, Panasonic, Fox's, TK Maxx, Parragon, Coca Cola, Argos, Butlins, MAM, Visit Orlando and Oilatum. I received a bag full of freebies which Spud loved sorting through and a very funky Personal Planner notepad which I once reviewed on Unique Young Mum which you can find here.
I learned magic with some of the fantastic team from the Harry Potter Tour, using wands to perfect the magic I was taught, I met the real owl used in the Harry Potter films, Hedwig, YES Helen, it was a real owl! I had photo's done with Helen in the Acer photo booth, I had a photo with Alex the lion from Madagascar which Spud is very jealous of, and I made a Visit Orlando ad also with Helen!
I missed out on meeting the lovely Chelsea from Ms Mummy Of Two, Chelsea is a wonderful person and I look forward to meeting her at other blogging events, if not there is always BritMumsLive 2014, because you can bet my word on it, its something I will do all over again, yes I may potentially have a breakdown at the thought of leaving Spud, panicking about what I'm wearing for the weekend and potentially ending up in the middle of no where because I am clueless in London!
Well my lovely readers, I could really say so much more, but Spud is waiting for me to get the dinner on, its 5:15am and he's informed me the oven is at least turned on by 5, I am running behind schedule here, and I am getting a pretty mean look from the boss himself, my beautiful little prince.
Speak soon, virtual kisses,
Jada xx
P.S - Me and Helen dined in Nando's on the Friday night, the review will be coming soon, it was perfection at its best, after not eating all day on the Friday due to nerves, come night time once the excitement had beaten up the nerves 100% that Nando's completely satisfied me, and the tummy who accused me of making it rumble!


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