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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  1. Kara Guppy 6th August 2014 at 6:34 am

    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

  2. Agata Pokutycka 31st July 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The scarecrow festival sounds like a lot of fun!

  3. fritha strickland 30th July 2014 at 6:12 pm

    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

  4. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows 30th July 2014 at 6:08 pm

    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. shelllouise 31st July 2014 at 8:05 am

      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

  5. Rebecca Smith 30th July 2014 at 12:28 pm

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

  6. New Mum Online 29th July 2014 at 11:53 pm

    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

  7. Jenny 29th July 2014 at 8:44 pm

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

  8. Joanna Sormunen 29th July 2014 at 12:47 am

    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 🙂

  9. Sarah-Louise Bailey 29th July 2014 at 12:43 am

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

  10. Jessica Howliston 28th July 2014 at 9:33 pm

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

  11. kneadwhine 28th July 2014 at 8:56 pm

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

  12. Sylvia F. 28th July 2014 at 8:39 pm

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

  13. You Baby Me Mummy 28th July 2014 at 4:24 pm

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

  14. Jen Walshaw 28th July 2014 at 3:42 pm

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

  15. Julie B 28th July 2014 at 10:47 am

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

  16. Zena Goldman 28th July 2014 at 9:33 am

    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. shelllouise 28th July 2014 at 12:52 pm

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

  17. Keri-Anne 28th July 2014 at 9:04 am

    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. shelllouise 28th July 2014 at 12:53 pm

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

  18. Polly Davies 28th July 2014 at 8:04 am

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

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