It’s that time of year again when the buzz starts building for the biggest parenting blogger conference in the UK… BritMumsLive. Well, actually, this time last year, BML was a distant memory as it was held in June, but you get my drift.
It took me at least three minutes to decide whether I’d attend this year. Three minutes was about enough to locate my planner, locate the 30th September and scribble a big fat #BML17 into the empty space.
Last years BritMumsLive was my first blogging conference, and with some nerves and trepidation I set off that morning totally unaware of what I’d be walking in to.
What I expected was to meet in real life with some of the epic personalities I’d engaged with through blogging, network with some blogger friendly brands, and learn some tools of the new trade I’d found myself engulfed in.
What I didn’t expect was to not only tick off most of those objectives, but to meet a heap of new people who would become friends in real life to this day and secure a passion for my new found career. Oh, and to be party pooper of the year as I staggered home a sober and exhausted mess by the end of the day. These conferences are full on; like being on a hundred first dates ALL DAY LONG as you introduce and smile your way through about twelve hours of networking. I definitely have learnt to take a more relaxed approach to the day, and pace myself sensibly to make it to the end with enough energy to get home.
Having another conference or two under my belt since then, and with over two years blogging experience, I feel this year I have grown in confidence as a blogger and can’t wait to find out what #BML17 has in store. A new central London venue, an exciting agenda featuring some inspirational bloggerati, and a cruise along the Thames to celebrate the blogging achievements of so many other bloggers I look up to.
With thanks to my sponsor, LiteCup
This year, my attendance to BritMumsLive is sponsored by a brand that has been taken into our family’s heart this year. A children’s product that has genuinely become an everyday essential and a bedtime necessity…LiteCup.
If you haven’t stumbled across LiteCup before, you can read my original review earlier this year here. Since April when we got our hands on two of these simple looking beakers, our nights have literally been illuminated and the kids (and I) cannot live without them.
The concept is simple – this 360ºC sip, spill free beaker has a light sensitive base which operates in dim light, illuminating the entire beaker with a comforting glow. We use ours with water (to keep them nice) and the girls haven’t yelled out in the night for a drink in, well, five months exactly.
Our Litecups have travelled the UK with us on sleepovers, weekends away, holidays and camping trips, as well as the all important every day positions on our draining board / bedsides.
The cups have sadly come a cropper to a husband washing up related incident, but with a quick click of a button two replacement light bases were with us in no time (for just a couple of quid). We even mixed up the light colours to avoid any confusion over whose is whose at bedtime. We now have a matching blue and pink light to match our pink and [Elsa] blue lids. (Mummy just also got her hands on a favourite colour tastic Green litecup that’s mine all mine).
One of the things I love the most about our Litecups is the comfort they offer the kids, particularly when away from home. In alien environments they offer a nightlight comfort that is familiar with their own beds, with little fuss. Often in temporary bedtime locations, nightlights, lamps, star projectors etc aren’t included so this portable glow worm style cup has been an absolute gem of a product. (Just remember to send instructions to the grandparents ‘Do not wash me up!’).
The litecup family includes a junior, toddler and super cute baby sized cup. This year I backed a kickstarter campaign to pledge my belief in the concept of an adult active litecup – I seriously want one. Imagine how good that’d be running at dusk? Or in the car on long evening drives…a bedtime cup that I won’t knock over myself in the night (yes I have), or wake up to the sound of the cat lapping up my water, ugh. Watch this space!
And so, if you want to come and say hi to me at #BML17 please please do! You may not know me by face, but I’ll be the one rocking the disco cup on the twilight cruise, and you’ll all be wishing you had one too to give me a big fat litecup disco cheers…
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post