25 things I learned at Britmums

As you probably know I attended my very first Britmums Live this weekend thanks to my sponsors tommee tippee.  I’ve got such a lot to say about the weekend that I’m actually going to split it over a couple of posts – in part to just avoid a basic recount of we did this and then we did that . . . BORING!

A photo posted by Colette B (@goingonanadventureblog) on Jun 19, 2015 at 7:33am PDT

So the first in my series of posts about Britmums live is: 25 things I learned at #Britmumslive this year . . . 

1. If I don’t wear lipstick and stripes people won’t recognise me (Ok that’s a bit of an exaggeration but at least 4 people commented on my lack of bright lipstick on Friday and more still on my lack of navy stripes on Saturday – I appear to have accidentally branded myself) 

2. It is possible to arrive at London Euston station and feel relaxed rather than rushed

3. I am definitely not in the same boat as Caprice

4. Periscope might be the “next big thing”, or it might not. Either way it strikes me as very odd

5. Susanna & Jen are both American . . . Who knew?

6. My new Maidenform shapewear is amazing

7. Pineapple can look like raw fish

8. Red Rose Baby is a complete star & a pleasure to travel with

A photo posted by Colette B (@goingonanadventureblog) on Jun 19, 2015 at 4:14am PDT

9. Crazy SEO stuff which blew my mind – lots more for me to learn there!

10. I know a lot more bloggers than I thought I did

11. Watermarking YouTube videos allows people to subscribe to your channel direct

12. It’s very easy to hail a black cab – if his light is on (otherwise not so much)

13. It’s doable to do a two day conference in brand new shoes

A photo posted by Colette B (@goingonanadventureblog) on Jun 19, 2015 at 1:12am PDT

14. Britmums has it’s own unique “noise” – imagine hundreds of women in one place.  Add wine, childfree time and general excitement into the mix and you come up with a whole world of shrieking, laughter, tears and chatter. 

15. Being wrapped head to toe in toilet roll is quite claustrophobic

16. If you keep some business cards in the back of your name badge they’ll always be handy! (Thanks to Jenny for that one!)

17. It’s worth securing your name on new social media platforms and “parking” them (Red Ted Art / Incredibusy)

18. Carol Smillie is genuinely easy to listen to and very affable (even if she is talking about pants and periods)

19. Brands may well search the entirety of your social media before working with you (English Mum)

20. Hearing Bloggers reading their most emotional posts in their own voices is empowering, inspirational and heartbreaking

21  You can learn an awful lot about someone when you share a room with them  for the weekend!

22. Britmums disappears in a flash

23. The moment you walk away from the event and look on Twitter you’ll realise there’s at least 5 people you didn’t get chance to see

24. People can be much shorter or taller in real life than you thought they were

25. No matter how good a weekend you’ve had, it’s always nice to get home to your babies!




  1. Pippa Ainsworth
    June 23, 2015 / 10:53 am

    I have to agree with most of these. I'm so pleased you were there this weekend xx

    • June 23, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks for having letting crash your group Pippa – I really appreciated it and felt totally welcome x

  2. June 23, 2015 / 11:09 am

    I'm so sorry you had to endure my entire life story – I blame the Tramadol! 😀
    it was awesome sharing a room with you – thank you 🙂 xx

    • June 23, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Don't be daft. I loved getting to know you better x

  3. June 23, 2015 / 11:40 am

    It sounds like a fantastic weekend….
    I didn't attend but the Periscope thingy was fantastic to see what was going on. Especially the Bibs & the Keynote speeches x

    • June 23, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Ah that's interesting! I saw a few people doing Periscope stuff and really couldn't get my head round it but I can see that there was more of a point in that situation! 🙂 Glad you were able to have a nose x

  4. Dave H
    June 23, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Ah, good post and I agree with pretty much all of them! What was that pineapple and pork thing? Who the hell ever thought that was a good idea. The steak and potato thing though, that was pretty awesome. Twas a pleasure to meet you in person 🙂

    • June 23, 2015 / 7:58 pm

      It was really odd wasn't it! I totally missed out on the steak – they kept offering me pineapple!!
      So lovely to meet you too x x

  5. Jodie Fisher
    June 23, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Great points!! I'm definitely the "shorter in person" one though.

    • June 23, 2015 / 7:58 pm

      Funny isn't it, I had a couple of people comment on my being taller than they expected.

  6. June 23, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Love it! I agree with many of these and although it was a fabulous weekend #25 was very true for me!

    • June 23, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      Amy just didn't know what to do with herself after her night away – I was so glad of her cuddles.

  7. June 23, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    I am having to scroll down and write comments as I read – this is hilarious and oh so true!! You definitely have a trademark and a clear brand. Yesterday my laptop was being slow and your blog wouldn't load very well so it showed a white screen with the text part and no stripes. I nearly cried thinking you'd got rid of them!! And S&J being American. I find that hilarious! So funny! I'm not in Caprice's boat either! The rest I just nodded along too – long your tan lined feet!! SO LOVELY TO CHAT PROPERLY! x

    • June 24, 2015 / 3:31 pm

      As if I would get rid of my precious stripes 😉
      I'm rather hoping that my new shoes help to rid me of my perma-Birk tan but we shall see. . .
      Loved seeing you too!! x x

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