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My first blogging event – Loved it!! #GUMISensoryGardenFun

We set off from Lincoln around 9am this morning to pick up my niece, Megan, from Belper. We then drove from Belper to Chesterfield and met up with some absolutely lovely bloggers at Dobbie’s 🙂

On the way from Lincoln to Belper and both girls were trying to hide from the camera!

I was a little shy and didn’t really talk to many people but I did feel totally at ease with Jaime from The Oliver’s Madhouse 🙂 It was the first time we’d met in real life; we’ve been online friends for ages but even so, I surprised myself when I went and sat with her and some other lovely ladies after the hubby and kids abandoned me (ok, so he’d taken them to the toilets but still, I was all alone!) and I felt a bit of a numpty sat on my own!

I wish now I’d made more of an effort to introduce myself to some of the other bloggers and have a chat but small steps were made by me actually getting out of the house and turning up (you may have guessed, I’m quite shy!) so I’m proud of that 🙂

I was chatting to Jaime on Twitter this evening and I’ve decided to try and find a sponsor for Britmum’s Live next year. I’ve wanted to go every year since I started blogging but lack of funds and courage stopped me.
It’s now my mission to find a sponsor, and the courage, to travel all that way without the S.W.H. (super wonderful husband) for support!

I’d like to thank Katy and Laurence (I think she introduced him as Laurence….my memory is rubbish!) from Frank PR and Megan from Dobbie’s for such a really lovely afternoon. The picnic lunch was enjoyed by us all, the girls had a lovely time and it was great hearing more about Frank PR. Hopefully we’ll get to work together in the future.





The crooked spire at Chesterfield 🙂


I forget which village it was but one we went through today had a scarecrow festival 🙂

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21 thoughts on “My first blogging event – Loved it!! #GUMISensoryGardenFun

  1. glad you had a good time, it can be a little overwhelming meeting everyone 'in real life'

  2. I am pleased you managed to step out of you comfort zone. It is so scary isn't it! I too am going to get a sponsor for britmums this year and finally go!! x

    1. Good luck getting a sponsor, it'll be lovely to meet you if we manage it 🙂 xx

  3. Hi Michelle! It was a lovely event wasn't it. I'm sorry I didn't get round to chat to you. There just wasn't enough time I think. I'm glad you came out of your shell though and I really hope you get a sponsor for BritMum's live, you deserve it!

    1. Aww that's lovely, thank you Zena. Hopefully we'll have more opportunities to get together in the future 🙂 xx

  4. I attended my first event the other week and was so nervous, but it was amazing and looking forward to the next one! x

  5. Looks like you had a great time. It is lovely to meet fellow bloggers

  6. I am so glad you went! Brilliant, there will be no stopping you now! Jaime is so lovely x

  7. Looks like you had a fabulous time there! I love blogging events, it's always such a good opportunity to meet new fellow bloggers 🙂

  8. Ah, lovely! I hope to meet fellow bloggers at some stage too. 🙂

  9. Sounds like you had a lovely day! Good luck finding a sponser and well done for getting out their and meeting other bloggers. x

  10. Sounds like you had a lovely day – love the scarecrow as well what a fab festival! x

  11. I would be a bit scared to go to a blogging event for the first time in my life, too. But I hope I get the opportunity and will have the courage like you 🙂

  12. I think everyone gets a little nervous when real life meets online life. I still do!

  13. This will be good practice for BritMums Live. Don't worry you don't get talking to all 700 people. For a large event it's actually very friendly. This event sounds lovely. Good luck getting a sponsor.
    Liska xx

  14. Glad you went – I was a little apprehensive before my first event now I can't wait to get to them haha!x

  15. It was a great afternoon! Gutted I didn't get chance to come and say hello to you – it was my first blogger event as well and you're right – it does get overwhelming! One of the girls you had with you was fab with my youngest, Alex! He was having a temper tantrum at the climbing frame and she asked him to play with her, and he loved it 🙂

    1. I just asked the girls and Ella (my youngest) said it was her who played with Alex. She said he was so lovely and didn't mind when she picked him up (she keeps trying to pick her little cousin up but Megan gets annoyed!) so she really liked him! xx

  16. looks like you had a fab time! I always look forward to blogging events even if it's for a catch up with my pals! x

  17. The scarecrow festival sounds like a lot of fun!

  18. I love blogging events but never get the chance to really speak to people. We have a scarecrow festival near us too and the village always goes to town

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