After the devastating news we woke up to on Friday morning to put a damper on my day I was still ever so excited to be travelling to London for BritMums Live for the 4th year in a row thanks to my lovely sponsors Johnson's. If I'm honest, I had been feeling a little deflated with my blog over the past few months so when the Johnson's team asked if I was going and if they could sponsor me I thought it would a great opportunity to meet with some like-minded people and hopefully leave feeling inspired with a burst of motivation.
So off I set on the 1:20pm train from North Wales anxious yet excited for the next couple of days. I don't travel on public transport very often, probably once a year in fact for events like this and especially after so much happening over the past year or so I always feel very anxious going to London. It probably sounds so silly to most, but for someone who has grown up in the country side all of a sudden finding myself on the busy streets of London is very overwhelming and makes me feel on edge.
As I was travelling from a far, I thought it would be easier staying over on the Friday night otherwise I wouldn't have arrived until 11am on the Saturday. I didn't have any plans for the Friday night as I didn't really know anyone who was staying over but thought I'd ask in a blogging group if anyone else didn't have any plans as I thought we could gather a few people together for a few drinks. A few bloggers mentioned they were planning on going to All Bar One as they weren't going to the Fringe Party either and said I could tag along which was very nice of them. I'm not the most confident person and definitely not outgoing so find it hard to connect with people unless it's online.
Once I had arrived in London I made it across to The Malmaison Hotel which Johnson's had very kindly put me up in. I checked in and wandered up to my room. I fell in love with the decor and in true blogger style had to snap a few photos to share on Instagram! We had planned to meet at AB1 at 7pm so I had an hour or so to kill before I needed to leave so I got ready and then made my way to the bar.
It was great to socialise with some bloggers who I already know but haven't yet met and also new bloggers too. The great thing about being a blogger and meeting with bloggers is that the conversation never runs dry, there's always something to talk about as we all have a lot in common. It was great to finally meet Jaime, Clare, Emma, Donna, and Leanne as well as many others and the table kept on growing with more bloggers arriving after the Fringe Party. After far too many cocktails I decided to head back to the hotel as it was a bit of a trek especially on my own to get a good nights sleep as we had to be up early. Although I got woken up by a fire alarm at 5am I did manage to go back to sleep and was awoken by my alarm at 7.
On the Saturday morning myself and the rest of the Johnson ambassadors met in the reception at the hotel and we headed over to the Brewery together to meet with the Johnson's team bright and early before registration to have a chance to discuss some things before the hub opened up and would be swamped by a sea of bloggers.
As the event was only the one day this year compared to two in previous years I feel it was slightly disorganised especially registration as nobody knew where to go. We were then told to wait outside and couldn't go in to the meet with our sponsor, it all seemed a bit all over the place. I much preferred being able to wander in from 8:30, put your bags in the cloakroom, collect your name badge and have mooch around the hub, grab a coffee and then wait for the welcome meeting upstairs how it has been every year.
I did however really enjoy speaking to the Jenny and the guys at Johnson's who put my mind at ease with some questions I had. I love Johnson's products and have been using them for over four years now since Amelia was born. I even use the bedtime baby lotion myself as I love the scent! They have launched a few new products recently including their Top-To-Toe Baby Washcloths which I had already heard about prior to BritMums Live however hadn't used them. I think they're a brilliant idea, especially for families who are always on the go, if you travel a lot or if it's not a bath night to simply give them a once over before bed. I will definitely be picking some up when I'm next at the supermarket.
At the Johnson's stand we discussed some of their newest and popular products where a few of us asked questions about our children's skin care routine. We were then shown their interactive iPads by their experts which were really interesting. They included hear, smell, touch and see where we all had a go to see if we could answer the questions correctly. It was great to be able to speak to the experts before everyone else came into the hub.
The Munchkin stand in the hub. Lots of great new products!
We love the Munchkin 360 cups, great to see some new designs too!
I then met up with Charlotte and Alex and we had a wander round the Hub and spoke with some of the brands and then chatted in the MAM room whilst eating their delicious cupcakes! We then went out for our obligatory lunch at Wagamams as we didn't think much of the food served at BritMums in previous years. Rebecca and Kay both came along too, it was lovely to meet them both as I am a regular reader of their blogs. It's always nice to meet bloggers who you know online, yet weird at the same time as you feel like you already know a lot about them from reading their blogs. It was great to spend time with everyone away from the event before heading back.
We then had another wander around the Hub and then it was time for me to leave around 3pm as my train was at 4pm from Euston. I was so glad to get home at 8pm and see the kids before they went to bed and they wanted to stay up to see me but I do feel like I didn't get to experience the whole day at BritMums. I couldn't leave them for two nights this year otherwise I would have stayed over another night, but if it's held on the one day again next year then I'll definitely be staying two nights. I missed the BiBs as well as the Keynotes and didn't go to a single session throughout the day, which if it was across the two days then I most likely would have done.
Overall I've had a fantastic weekend, I've hugged more people than I have in a lifetime (I'm such an awkward hugger haha!) I've come away with lots of new blogs to read, motivation to get back into blogging again and also met some great people and brands. The only thing I've come away disappointed at is the event as a whole, especially with it being the same price yet only on the one day and not being able to do everything I wanted.
Thank you again to JOHNSON's for sponsoring me to attend, I've have a really great weekend. You can find out more about JOHNSON's here and also follow them on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with all of their latest products and news.
* Blog post sponsored by the JOHNSON’S® brand. The JOHNSON’S® brand paid for me to be able to attend Britmums and also provided samples but all opinions are my own.