Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: #SouthWestBloggersMeet - My First Blog Meet Experience!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

#SouthWestBloggersMeet - My First Blog Meet Experience!

This blog is mostly full of baby firsts, but this weekend we experienced a Mummy First!

I went along to my very first Blog Meet!

This is something that I've wanted to do for a while...infact myself & Louise from Confessions Of A Secret Shopper arranged one last year but we both ended up unexpectedly pregnant and suffering with terrible morning sickness, so it never happened!

I have my tickets for BritMums Live 2014 all ready & waiting, and so I knew I'd be meeting some fellow bloggers there and I am very much looking forward to it - three of my blog friends are already confirmed as going, and I am so excited to meet them - especially Alex from Bump To Baby as I have been friends with her online for a while and it will be lovely to meet face to face! I'm really hoping that some other very good friends from the blogosphere will be attending too!!!!
Nonetheless, not being a particularly confident person the idea of meets always scares me.

When I heard that there was a meet happening right on my doorstep in Exeter, I was excited but terrified!

But I knew I wanted to get past my anxiety and just make sure I went.

So the day arrived, and of course - nothing went my way!

Tyne was poorly, I couldn't find any clean leggings to go with the dress I wanted to wear and everything was a big disaster - I had a strop and insisted I wasn't going.

Luckily Jon stepped in and put his foot down! He ran out to New Look to get me some new leggings, and looked after Tyne while I got ready!

Finally, I was ready to go - I decided it was a good occasion to try wearing a wig out for the first time, mingling with glamorous beauty bloggers and all!!! I did feel slightly self conscious, but it certainly helped me to get ready in a hurry without needing to faff around with my hair! I'll definitely be investing in more wigs in the future, I've just been browsing a fab range of glamorous long wigs from Pauls Hair World

We headed off on our way and - of course  hit loads of traffic on the way in to Exeter!

We eventually arrived - albeit TWO hours late!!! *cringe*

I felt a bit self conscious arriving so late as by that time everybody had already got themselves into little groups, and everyone seemed to know each other....I wish I had been earlier as I think arriving with everybody else makes it easier so that you're all in the same boat and starting to mingle and do introductions at the same time!

The lovely hosts Liza from Glambeautys and Kerry from Lived With Love came right over to welcome me, and were absolutely lovely!

In the end, I was so glad that I went along!

They held a charity raffle, and I managed to bag myself the fab prize of some Nanshy Make Up Brushes! (I actually won 2 more times but I didn't want to take prizes when other people hadn't won, so I just stuck to my one!! My good deed for the day - amazed at my luck though!!! 3 wins?!!!)

I did end up chatting to a few people - admittedly not for long and I did struggle a little with my anxiety, but there were a few girls who I was glad to have a little chat with - particularly Franjeska from and Paige from

I picked up some blogger's cards to have a read of their blogs, and we were then given a goody bag each.

OMG the goody bags were AMAZING!!!! Just look at all of this stuff!!!

In the bag there is:

*Schwarzkopf Osis+ Hairspray
*Heaven body wash
* Vita Liberata Self Tan Lotion for the face
*Cocoa Brown Self tanning mousse and applicator mitt
*Washi! Skin polishing kit
*2 Nourish Golden Glow Facial Shimmer's
*Heaven Bee Venom Mask
*Skinetica toner
*Elemis Skin Glow Exfoliating face wash
*Nail tattoos
*Braw oat bars
*A £5 gift voucher for

And lots of little sachets like Dr Organic Hand & Nail cream, Neal & Wolf shampoo & conditioner samples,Clynol shimmer treatment and Deborah Milano BB cream

I can't wait to try it all out!!!

I particularly enjoyed getting to meet and chat to lovely Kerry and Liza - they couldn't have been any nicer, and I'm so pleased for them that their first event was such a success!!

They did so well in organising it, and I hope there will be more in the future!

It might not have been a total triumph over anxiety as I didn't do nearly as much mingling as I would have liked to, but at least I've been a meet now and I know what to expect - so next time I will make sure I arrive on time!

Group shot!!! (i'm right at the back, second from the left - pulling a very odd face!) Pic courtesy of Kerry

If you fancy a look, Liza put together a fab vid of the day!


Have you ever been to a blog meet? As always, I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Yay it was so much fun! It was a good start for your anxiety as well! :) xx

    1. It really was fun!! And definitely a good start, I`m hoping it'll mean I`m more relaxed at BritMums! :) xxx

  2. It was a great day! Was lovely to meet you, so many faces, glad to see I found someone we spoke to, even if very briefly!! We are planning our own blogging event for April next year in if you're free we would love you to join us!! Spread the word!! (the event website is if you want more info!!)

    1. Hi Emma! :) Your event sounds fun, I`ll go check it out :) xx

  3. I didn't even realize you had a wig on it looked great haha, i get all wound up too when things are going wrong and it's hard when you got a poorly boy on top x

    1. Ha! Aww thank you!! :) I'm glad it wans't glaringly obvious, I felt so self conscious lol xx

  4. It was nice to see you. I'm sorry we didn't get more chance to catch up, especially since we're both Exeter girls!. I'd been looking for you! Well done on your epic raffle skills! :)

    1. Aww thank you!! You were one of the only people I recognised when I was standing behind you at the raffle lol! Next time I shall arrive on time and try harder to mingle!!

  5. Really lovely blog hun, i'm glad you enjoyed yourself in the end! Enjoy all those goodies!

    Hannah xx

  6. So glad you had a nice time it was great to finally meet you all
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

    1. I had a fab time, and it was so nice to meet you! :) xxx

  7. Awww looks like you had a great time! Wish I could have come xx

    1. It was so much fun! We def need to arrange a meet for us all soon! :) xx

  8. I wish I lived down south! It would have been amazing to meet you all. I am determined to organise an event in Sheffield as I've never seen anyone from there post about any, but I know I'll be a bag of nerves meeting new people lol.

    Really glad you had a good time and well done on your AWESOME raffle win!

    Lou xxx

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

    1. Aww I'm happy to help if you need any! I think itd be fab! Theres already Emma and Lauren in the area! :)

  9. I really can't wait to meet you either. You sound so much like me in this post! x

    1. Aww really? With anxiety you meann? Britmums will be fun! We'll help each other through lol! xx

  10. This looks like you girls had so much fun, wish I could meet you all! I'm working on my Britmums sponsor!! Your goodie bag looks great :) xxx

  11. I bet your glad you did go. Looks like you had a fab time, with brilliant hosts! x


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