Cybher 2013

Today I experienced my first ever bloggers conference, Cybher.

Over the last week I have been up and down and well, round the houses (emotionally so to speak).

Having Bells Palsy, being a new mum, having to chuck my breast milk away because of medication, and well the list was never ending (ok, that’s a lie, I’m grossly exaggerating), so yesterday I was in a horrible mood, sad and down and mopey.

I’d booked to go on my first ever bloggers conference. I was nervous and excited. Apprehensive and slightly worried (think new kid at school) and the bad flat mood was unhelpful. I’d said to The Husband that I needed to snap out of the mood. I wanted to have a good time.

Then this morning, I woke up at 3:40, and then 4:30 and then stayed awake until it was time to get up at 5:45.

It was exciting! My first ever blogging conference, Cybher. With other real life actual bloggers who write stuff.

I loaded up the pram, got Emma sorted and chucked on some upbeat tunes and set off into London.

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We arrived and got registered!

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Despite my being worried about my wonky face from Bell’s Palsy, I turned to the woman next to me, and well, she had Bells Palsy too. Talk about a bloody coincidence! Things like this never happen to me! We were both very surprised and laughter ensued! Between the both of us we had a full face!

There were talks, coffee breaks, more talks, more coffee breaks and it was fabulous. Did I mention the coffee?
COFFEE.

We (by we, I mean of course *I*) looked at branding, how to make things go viral, using photographs and lighting in your photos, how to make money from your blog and much more!

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I spent a lot of time standing by plug sockets, ensuring that my iPhone was charged, god forbid I ever be without it. I’m very surprised that Twitter didn’t chuck me in the slammer for excessive tweeting (also hit the 1000 follower mark!)

The main session that I really wanted to attend was “Sh*t you didn’t Know” and ironically I spent most of the session in the baby changing rooms changing, well, shit. The irony, not lost on me was pretty hilarious.

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Lunch was awesome. In fact it was so awesome I posted about it here an hour after it happened. Small food!!! I love food and I love small things!
The food at Cybher rocked.
Wee tiny sliders with Brie and caramelised onions.
Teeny fish with chips and minty mushed peas.
Asian baskets with tempura veg, samosas, won tons and filo parcels.
Beet root and goats cheese salad bowls (didn’t eat that on account of I hate goats cheese).
Mini bowls of fruit salad.
Cute little dessert that looked pretty but I have no idea what it actually was.

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There were more talks.
I took photos of stuff. Tried to be artsy fartsy. (I think it worked)

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I made new friends.
I learnt new things.
I picked up tips.
I had a GREAT time.

The cocktail hour was pretty awesome (with more small food!) and fabulous company.

After a long and amazing day, Emma and I headed home, knackered.

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Cybher was a fantastic conference and I loved every single bit of it.

I haven’t felt so alive and passionate for blogging in a while. Attending has reignited me and pulled me back (without the need for drugs) into a colourful and bright world.

Over all it was easily the best money I’ve spent and I’m definitely buying my Cybher14 ticket as soon as they go on sale.

I want to express a HUGE thank you to the organisers and speakers.

I really enjoyed my day and I can’t wait until next year!

Guest Blogger

I’d like to introduce Katie, MrsFlams newest Guest Blogger.

Katie

Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people!

To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

You can also email Katie direct at MrsFlams using “Katie@Mrsflams.co.uk”

Pretty Bras For Pregnant Ladies (and non-pregnant ones too)

I’m pregnant. I have boobs. I want a bra that not only fits and is comfortable but is also pretty and makes me feel like a woman, as opposed to a human incubator.

I recently wrote about how difficult it is to find and buy nice, supportive, comfortable and inexpensive bras, in fact I’ve written on this subject more than once, but recently I wrote about it again and the fact that when pregnant it gets even harder and more frustrating. I eventually found somewhere and I’m in the process of trying them out (stay tuned).

A few days after that post I was approached by Best British Bloggers on behalf of Panache Lingerie, looking for bloggers to review a few of their new Winter lingerie sets. A series of smoking hot bras, on equally smoking hot models. Me, a 7 month pregnant blogger, reviewing sexy lingerie for Panache? Don’t mind if I do.

The Cleo Natasha is a really pretty purple and navy camouflage style under-wire bra, and starts from a D cup (sorry lucky ladies with small pert boobies!) and go up to a J cup (some go up to K cup).  I opted for a HH cup taking into account my ever expanding boobs, apparently incubating small humans means growth not just in the tummy area, but also, thighs, ass and boobs!

Cleo Natasha close up

I put the bra on and it was comfy. It didn’t dig in or feel awkward and my boobs actually fit in the cups. The straps were wide enough to support the hefty weight of my bosoms, but not too wide that it looked un-sexy and best of all they didn’t sink into my shoulders and cause them to look like rivers of bra strap running through two mountains, because lets face it, that look? it’s not sexy at all.  It fit just right in the back and didn’t ride up (which is a sign that you’re not wearing the correct sized bra), instead it felt comfortable.  The only thing I didn’t like was the label, as it felt scratchy across my skin, but that’s easy enough remedied with a sharp pair of scissors.

The bra itself was a little big in the cups, but that’s OK because I’m expecting to expand a little anyway, so come 2 months down the line it will fill in nicely.  The under-wire doesn’t dig like you’d normally expect it to and over-all it was very comfortable to wear and it felt supportive.

Over-all it met all of my criteria. It was comfortable, supportive and nice looking and best of all it was affordable* and when I’m less pregnant and my boobs are a stable size again I’m definitely going to treat myself to a few more in this range.

Thumbs Up from Me.

For more information about their new range, please visit Panache’s website.

The Cleo range of lingerie by Panache can be purchased online or in stores across the world and to find an online retailer or shop that will be stocking this range, you can visit www.panache-lingerie.com/retailers/

*this bra was gifted to me by Panache for this review via the kind people at Best British Bloggers

Blogging Conferences

The best part of blogging for me isn’t page hits, or comments (although they are nice) but rather the community of bloggers that I interact with.  I interact with some fabulous bloggers on a day to day basis and they are from all kinds of backgrounds. From different countries, the USA, Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Austrailia, you name it.

There are the “mom” bloggers, the “dad” bloggers, the “humourist” bloggers, the “political” bloggers but generally it’s just people who blog and most of them at some point on their own blog cover every single topic from parenting, sex and food to politics and current affairs and they are all fabulous.  I’m still finding my way, and there are always things to learn, ways to improve.

Every year for the past 3 years I have followed my favourite bloggers, reading their posts and tweets and facebook statuses about going to conferences, BlogHer, Blissdom, Mom 2.0, Dad 2.0, BlogHer Food, SheCon, Type-A Con, there are so many conferences! The one thing they all have in common?  It’s that they are in North America. Problematic for me, living in London and not being rich. The cost of attending just one of these conferences in my lifetime is pretty much next to nil. It’s just too costly for me to go, even with a sponsor, which is a WHOLE other story.

Then last week a UK blogger that I interact with posted a tweet about going to BritMumsLive. A conference for “mummy” bloggers in London. HOLY SHIT.  A CONFERENCE IN LONDON. Oh. Wait. it’s called BritMumsLive. I don’t have kids. I think to myself, “is it wierd to go to a conference for “mummy” bloggers when you’re not a “mummy”?

I really want to go to a conference, to hear people speak, to interact with other bloggers in person. Why?  Because there is so much I can learn and also, it’s interacting with the people I’ve built up an online rapport with over the last 5 years (mostly). I sent a message off to BritMumsLive asking if you had to be a “mummy” to attend and they said “no, all bloggers are welcome!” Cue my heart going pitty-patty with excitement. A Blogging Conference in my own city!!!

Whilst I’d love to go to BlogHer, the cost for me is phenomenal, compared to BritMumsLive (see approximate costings below).  So guess where I’m going next year?!?

BlogHer vs BritMumsLive
*hotel in London is optional