BritMums Live Hangover 2013

July 2, 2013


All the Alices: An Essex Wife and My Life My Son My Way

BritMums Live is undeniably the highlight of the Blogging Social Calendar. It’s a weekend where members of our community come together to share and learn, to chat and discuss. It’s not just the highlight of my Blogging Social Calendar though, it’s one of the highlights of my year.

BML 2013 was slightly different for me. I didn’t go armed with tons of business cards and a highlighted seminar schedule. I went with the simple aim of having fun with some of the most wonderful women I know, women I may not have survived the last six months without.

Oh, and the wine. I went for the wine.

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It’s Charlotte

Gorgeous Vicki of Honest Mum and Mummy’s Got Style  97887d40da8b11e2a73f22000a9e28ad_7

My roomie Steph


Fangirling over Cherry Menlove

I deserve a big wrist slap for only attending three seminars but I met Cherry Menlove (total writing hero) and sobbed at the keynotes section of the weekend. I gave Jennie an overdue hug (and hoped she felt the love I was giving her) and was profoundly moved by the tribute to a member of our blogging community, Multiple Mummy. We really are a magnificent group of women and though we communicate mostly via computer screen the friendships we share are really unshakeable. Feeling so much unity in a room of women (and a couple of men) belting out a song for a much loved member was an incredibly humbling experience. I will never be able to listen to ‘Firework’ without remembering Kerry, the special bond we as a community share and remembering that it’s OK to live every day of life to the absolute fullest.


Alison was as lovely as you’d expect

These two have got me through the last six months – Bryony and Steph

So, big thanks to those wonderful people I spent the weekend with: Bryony, Steph, Isra, Ruth, Alison, Aimee, Charlotte, Aimee, Bianca, Sarah, Jenny, Kelly (have I forgotten anyone? Probably). Had I won the BiB award – it’s probably a blessing I didn’t thanks to the evening’s wine intake – my acceptance speech was going to include something about how in the crappest year of my life this blog and the community of friends I’ve made through it have got me through in one piece. If I didn’t have you wonderful ladies in my life, you know who you are, I would be a completely different person to the one I am today.

Apologies to those I sobbed on (I’m calling wine and oestrogen overload) and I’ll see you next year! Will make it to more seminars. Promise.

Big thanks to Silentnight cot mattresses who sponsored one night of blissful solo hotel sleep for me this year!

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  • Reply Steph (@imcountingufoz) July 2, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Epic EPIC weekend of wonder and wine. I just bought my ticket for next year. Can’t wait!

    • Reply alice July 2, 2013 at 10:57 am

      I need to buy mine ASAP! Am already looking forward to the wine, burgers and hard shakes!

  • Reply Lauren July 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I’m still kicking myself for not being brave enough to come and say hi, you were one of the people at the top of my MUST meet list. I think being star-struck when I saw you in the queue was enough for me.

    • Reply alice July 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Oh Lauren it would have been lovely to hang out a bit more! Next year? x

  • Reply Laura @ Kneadwhine July 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Such lovely photos – nice to see such happy faces!

  • Reply Domestic Goddesque July 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    You and Cherry- separated at birth?

    • Reply alice July 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I could seriously kiss the face of the few people who have said this. LIFE GOAL = Cherry Menlove’s sister :D

  • Reply Susanna July 5, 2013 at 7:47 am

    It’s the highlight of my year too!

    On another note, are you and Cherry Menlove twins? You look identical in that photo!


  • Reply Kara July 9, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I’m a bit jealous that I’m not a British Mommy Blogger!! That conference looked like so much fun!

  • Reply HonestMum July 13, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Just seen this now darling as was away, thank you for the shout out-you are utterly gorgeous yourself and loved our quick catch up- next year I want to hang out more. Lots of love xxx

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