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#MidsBlogMeet 2 – The Beauty Brum Edition!

all of usIf you’re a regular reader of Frugally Peachy, you’ll be aware that back in February, alongside the PR-mastermind that is Kelly from To Become Mum, we hosted our first #midsblogmeet in Nottingham.  A selection of mummy and beauty bloggers from around the Midlands area all came together for a fabulous event…an event we were so proud of, we immediately set to work organising the next one!

cherry reds1On Saturday 31st May, a group of stylish and beauty-obsessed bloggers (and me, who is basically a walking eyeliner), descended upon the quirky and fabulous Cherry Reds cafe bar, in Birmingham, for #midsblogmeet mk 2!  This was to be a little more focused on beauty and it was wonderful to meet some lovely new faces, some great tweeple I often converse with – I’m looking at you, Caroline and Naomi – and get to grips with two amazing brands who came along to talk on the day.

Elvis and Me

Elvis and Me

We had an upstairs room in Cherry Reds all booked out with lovely mood lighting and red walls (I thought I’d just woken up in my own room).  The tables and chairs were mismatched with fabulous colour schemes and a vintage feel to the decor, throughout.  I must say, at this point, Cherry Reds are lucky to still be in possession of this beautiful Elvis mirror – thanks to my enabling blogger friends who did offer to throw their coats over it as we exited!

One by one, some lovely familiar faces from our first meet arrived and some fab new faces too.  We had a very chilled start to the day, sitting around a table and reminiscing about Heather Shimmer lipstick (they still make it) and grungy band tees!  Once we all introduced ourselves (something I STILL haven’t mastered from the first meet), we had our first talk of the day.

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Che…e…ee.rry Bay-yay-by!

The lovely Jo, from Weleda, brought a range of products to show us from the brand’s many ranges.  Starting with the baby range – using soft and calming calendula and camomile, right through to the natural anti-ageing properties of Pomegranate.  Being interested in organic products, Kelly and I thought Weleda (who played a huge part in our first meet) would be a fantastic brand to promote on the day.  With over 100 years experience, Weleda started out as a medicinal company, founded by the great Rudolf Steiner, who developed the range to care for both the inner and outer body.  Today the brand can boast such celebrity fans as Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell – luxurious and natural products but at a surprisingly affordable price.  Weleda can trace each ingredient back to its origin – which is great news for those of us who are becoming more interested in what EXACTLY has gone into our cosmetics.

Jo talks us through the Weleda products

Jo talks us through the Weleda products

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to test such great products from Weleda, I was particularly interested in trying their deodorants and toothpastes – the salt toothpaste was amazingly zingy!  Whilst the baby range seems wonderfully calming for BOTH baby and me and outstanding products such as the bath milks and skin food are well worth the investment.  Jo was passionate about Weleda, it was interesting to hear more about the properties of each ingredient as well as the four stages in which Weleda’s ranges are tailored.  Thank you Jo for sharing such a great talk with us!

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ambienceAfter a spot of lunch (a grilled halloumi and roasted veg sandwich, to be precise), a bit of caffeine fuel and a chance to test more Weleda products, we welcomed the equally wonderful Suzie from Xenca to talk about the brand’s many many wonderful products.  I’ve been lucky enough to chat to Suzie over Twitter quite regularly, so I was more than excited to finally meet her lovely 9 month old boy Harry – a most gorgeous and very well behaved babe throughout the whole day and her very helpful husband Chris – who endorses the work of Xenca just as much as Suzie does!

I had been really keen to get Xenca involved with our meet – at just 2 years old, the company is still relatively new and, much the same as Weleda, endorses natural and organic products that are ethically-sound, cruelty-free and work WITH your skin.

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Xenca’s very own Suzie…and a chair

Suzie’s talk was highly informative, after a few scary skin statistics, we had a chance to try to some of the products from the Eternity skincare range – from cleaners to moisturisers.  The range was delicate on the skin, leaving no residue but carefully and thoroughly removing traces of make-up.  Within the Eternity range, we were all given the opportunity to try a shot of Collagen powder AND a Five a Day + shot too – all geared up to help our bodies with general health, wellbeing and aiding in the ageing process!

Lastly, Suzie took us through the extensive range of Xenca’s Perfection make-up line.  A collection of make up made from natural and organic ingredients (everything bar the eyeliner and mascara), complete with cruelty-free testing AND recycled cardboard packaging.  Whilst the foundations and concealers are available in basic colour ranges, Xenca have some gorgeous lipstick and eyeshadow shades AND Suzie very kindly gave our bloggers a free gift of a lipstick or shadow of their choice.  It will come as no surprise to you that I chose the ‘Cherry’ shade in their lipstick range…here I am being all Coco Chanel (Chloris Boris you made my life with that comment on Instagram) and roadtesting it.  One long town trip, one mardy child, one cheese scone and a cuppa and two cheeky glasses of peach ice tea later… the lipstick was riding high!  And I absolutely LOVE the shade!

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Coco Peachy!!!!

So, after a fun and fact-filled afternoon, it was time for some of the more dedicated to hit the shops, whilst I squeezed onto a train back to Notts and took the opportunity to catch up with Caitlin (in literary form) and Marilyn (in Spotify form), before I had my dinner stolen by a very cheeky Miss D upon my return home!

We had an absolutely blast organising and hosting this event and I’d like to thank the lovely bloggers who came to see us on the day and I hope you enjoyed what we put on as much as we did.  Also another thank you to Suzie and Jo for coming along and giving such interesting talks, the success of the day made everything so worth it that, I’m sure, in the future, Kelly and I will get our heads together to organise the third!

And if you’re looking for some fab new blogs to read…check out these beauties and go give them some bloglovin!

 

And, if you took part in the day, be sure to link your post up at the bottom here, I can’t wait to read more of your experiences of #midsblogmeet the Brum edition!

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Stay Peachy x

Come Join Us



ANNOUNCEMENT: Midlands Beauty Blog Meet

So…April is almost in full swing, I have the most beautiful calendar picture to stare at all month and I’m busy furrowing away, sorting out the crap and prepping for life and love as a Lone Wolf Mama!  Posts to follow PLUS that teriyaki recipe I so promised on Instagram the other day but, in the meantime, I thought I’d share an exciting announcement…..Kelly and I are at it again – WE ARE ORGANISING ANOTHER MEET UP!

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Moving on from the success of our first #midsblogmeet, we have decided to put together a beauty-focused meet up, this time taking place in Birmingham, at a fab, quirky little venue called Cherry Reds, perfectly nestled near Birmingham New Street station.  It will run from 11-3pm on Saturday 31st May and we would LOVE you to come along!

So if you’re keen to meet other bloggers, you love a bit of beauty talk or fancy a Saturday afternoon out with some like-minded cool people, why not email me (missemmaberry@gmail.com) or Kelly (tobecomemum@gmail.com) to register your interest – if you’re not specifically a beauty blogger, please don’t worry, we would love to meet you anyway!

We will have more info to follow and I’m sure Kelly and I will have a few surprises up our sleeves for you; but for now, please feel free to get in touch and share this event with your friends too!

If you’re a beauty brand and you’d like to be part of our meet-up – then please email missemmaberry@gmail.com to discuss further!

Stay Peachy x

The HOSTS

The Great #MidsBlogMeet

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Well, this weekend just gone has been a bit of an amazing blur!  I’m currently sat with a cupcake and a cuppa, basking in the success of our FIRST EVER Midlands Blogger’s Meet (#MidsBlogMeet).  What a lovely time we had, meetiing lovely people we have only had ‘social media’ conversations with for however long, relaxing in one of the best venues Nottingham has to offer and generally having a great time!

What started off as a tweety query, became something that myself and co-host Kelly from To Become Mum organised and arranged for bloggers from in and around the Midlands area.  With a mixture of Lifestyle and Mum bloggers coming along to the event, we wanted to provide something informal, child-friendly where possible, with a few lovely surprises for our attendees.

After a huge amount of interest from fellow bloggers, we had 16 wonderful bloggers in attendance on the day, a great mixture of mummy bloggers, make-up and lifestyle bloggers.  We decided on Nottingham as a great central location for our bloggers, who were travelling from as far as Lincoln, Stoke and Sheffield.  Malt Cross BuffetAfter much deliberation (we are a little spoilt for quirky, brilliant cafe bars in the city), I decided to go with The Malt Cross, a central cafe bar steeped in historical architecture, with a friendly and relaxed vibe.  It has to be said that The Malt Cross really delivered what we were looking for – they put on a fabulous bespoke buffet for us, catered for the children who attended on the day and left us to our own devices as the bar was open for business around us.  We started out at around 11am (after some frantic cupcake boxing and goody bag-arranging by Kelly and myself) with a very friendly introduction – ‘hello’ stickers were provided (you can take Twitter out the girls, but you can’t take the girls out of Twitter) and we had a bit of a general mingling session before we did our first *PRIZE DRAW* at about 11.45am – and a huge congratulations to Cate from Me Add Three on winning the first prize from Mama Baby Bliss.

Our rather beautiful buffet was then served, giving us time to talk all things blogging a little more.  It’s always daunting walking into a room full of virtual strangers (or not, as the case may be), but we really felt everyone made a fantastic effort to mix and chat to people who were nothing more than a tiny avatar and what’s better for bonding than a selection of some of the best homemade food in The Midlands??!

Body Shop Close Up

The highlight of the afternoon, were the surprise guests we had arranged for our attendees; Sophie and Autumn from our local Body Shop, came to talk to the group about current and upcoming products; which made for quite an interesting chat.  Gone are the days of White Musk miniatures and Body Butters, we were able to try some of the fantastic creams and serums on offer and EVERYONE including the children, enjoyed trying the new Hair Chalks that give you an instant dipdye!  Not only that, The Body Shop gave us an exclusive discount offer – which meant the majority of our group marched off to our local to take advantage of the offer.

We were supported by some fantastic brands at our event, with more exciting prize giveaways and blog opportunities from Poddle Pod and Tommy Tippee – congratulations to Lauren from Life of Miley, Ellie from The Mummy Diary and Kelly from Writings, Ramblings and Reviews for their wins on the day!  We had one final huge prize bundle; featuring some fab Pregnancy and Mummy prizes, gifts from Weleda, a Body Shop gift set, prizes donated from the lovely attendee Iris at Baked By Me amongst others.  The lucky winner of our huge prize bundle was Sarah from Seriously Shallow – who apparently ‘never won anything’ – here’s hoping she picked up a lottery ticket that night!

Our Lovely Prize Winners!

After a few more drinks and a few last words from everyone, we handed out some wonderful goody bags with some fab products donated by Weleda, Bake It Yourself by Neff, some amazing chocolate moulds from Iris plus some sweet goodies from Swizzels Matlow.  In typical baking-addict style, I whipped up some cupcakes for everyone too to take away with them – plus one to snaffle back to mine!

I can’t begin to thank everyone who came along to the meet, for showing their support for our event.  It was wonderful to meet some of the bloggers I regularly ‘talk to’, in the flesh and spend some time with like-minded folks.  Miss BerrysThe Malt Cross dudes were incredibly supportive of our day, the food was gorgeous and we were so lucky to have some fantastic brands backing our event.  The day was a fantastic success and we have already had interest in organising something else in the future.  It was such a great introduction to planning and organising a meet-up, though we would probably look at organising a ticketed event in the future – we won’t dwell on that!

Here are the names and blog addresses of our first #MidsBlogMeet  – if you’re looking for some new, diverse blogs to read then look no further!

NAME                                      BLOG                                                                                TWITTER HANDLE

Kelly O’Hanlon (Host) www.tobecomemum.blogspot.co.uk ToBecomeMum
Emma Berry (Host) www.frugallypeachy.co.uk LivePeachy
Samantha Schofield www.createitsamantha.blogspot.com CreateitSam
Sue Barsby http://thegeriatricmother.wordpress.com Basfordian
Laura Candlin www.unlovedbutton.blogspot.com UnlovedButton
Amanda Wright www.amandainateacup.blogspot.com amandainateacup
Sally www.rainydayfaces.com RainyDayFaces
Kelly Brett http://writingsramblingsandreviews.wordpress.com/ MoolBoots
Laura Strong http://chickywiggle.blogspot.co.uk/ chickywiggle
Cate Elder http://meaddthree.blogspot.co.uk/ meaddthree
Emma Tustian www.bubbablueandme.com  etusty
Iris Choo www.bakedbyme.net  Bakedbymeuk
Lauren   www.lifeofmiley.com lifeofmileyx
Ellie Aindow www.themummydiary.co.uk mummydiary
Sarah Athow-Frost www.seriouslyshallow.blogspot.co.uk soshallow
Bel Smith www.journeysaremydiary.com DontLetMeFade

So let me finish by saying how much I enjoyed mingling with the locals on Saturday and getting to know the people behind the blogs – I look forward to seeing you all again soon and keeping up with your blogs!  If you wrote a blog post on our meet – why not come and link up below?!

Stay Peachy x

 

The HOSTS

Come Join Us

#MidsBlogMeet is TOMORROW!

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It’s TOMORROW!!! I can’t believe after months of planning and putting everything in place, we will be meeting some lovely people from the Blogosphere at The Malt Cross!  I’ve got a quite a few last minute bits to finish up today – but I can’t wait to meet everyone and I really hope you enjoy what Kelly and I have put together!

If you are local to the Midlands and would like to come along – you’re more than welcome!  Drop me an email at missemmaberry@gmail.com to reserve a place!

Have a wonderful Friday people and Stay Peachy x

Hello Frugal February….

100_0608Well, the cold really seems to have settled in and everyone is talking pastel palettes and Springtime already….what a weird and wonderful world we live in!  Hello February indeed!

Being on the opposite end of the Seasonal Affected Disorder spectrum, I like the cold and gloom a little more than most.  I love the dark winter nights, the warm casseroles and the general lack of going out – though it does get hard with a babe, who loves nothing more than trips to our local park to watch the rustling trees.  I brave the cold and rain and get on with it, then I relish with the home comforts of dry clothes, warm radiators and cosy socks. 

 Daisy windowJanuary went by in a flash, the easiest month of frugality indeed; everyone wants to save money after a Christmas blow-out, so it didn’t feel so different or difficult for me.  February, however, is a month of Birthdays, trips and meet-ups.  We are all awakening from our wintry slumber and are ready to face a bit of socialising. 

At the start of February, yesterday in fact, we celebrated Mr J’s Birthday!  This year was a quiet affair, but we did have babysitters and we did manage to head out to a local gig and had a delicious Sunday Roast with his family.  The most important gift you can give new parents, is the gift of time, people.  I also have my Step-Dad’s Birthday coming up towards the end of the month and, whilst I’m super-envious that he is embarking on a trip to Sweden – the holy land – in March, I want to put together something lovely for him!  Watch this space!

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Not only that, but saving our bargain-hunting energy through January is really starting to pay off; look at this gorgeous *Brand New* casserole dish I found for £3 in a local charity shop!  And Mr J came home with this little bargain surprise for me tooelvis frame – a lovely retro print of Mr Presley – I’m still debating if I’m going to ask house guests to bless it as they enter the kitchen!!

So what else is coming in February???  Well, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been putting together a couple of little, frugal ideas for the big day.  It probably won’t surprise you to know that me and Mr J aren’t so keen on the Big V.  Our first V Day was spent watching The Woman in Black, followed by a Hot White Choc at the wonderful Malt Cross – mostly to calm my nerves.  Last year, I dragged my bestie to Derby to a book signing with James Bowen and Bob the Street Cat.  Can you say Rock and Roll??!!

Amanda Cass - How to Mend a Broken Heart

Source: Amanda Cass – How to Mend a Broken Heart

Even so, I think it’s important to appreciate the little things in life and in your relationships and, this month, I’ll be posting a few little frugally fabulous ideas if you’re planning to acknowledge the Big V on a budget…look out for my ‘Frugally Ever After’ Posts coming in the following days….Hell, you don’t even need an occasion!

February also sees the first #CraftBlogClub challenge launched! This week, the lovely Katie from Katie Gets Crafty will be hosting AND launching the new challenge.  I’m excited and I hope you’ll join in the fun….I’ll be posting details tomorrow!

As if that isn’t enough fun for one month; one February 22nd I will be co-hosting our #MidsBlogMeet in Nottingham, a meet up for Lifestyle and Mummy Bloggers from the Midlands area.  I’m really excited to have organised this event with Kelly from To Become Mum and I’ll be sure to post some pics and updates of the event when it happens!!! Want to come along??? Read all about the event HERE and be sure to email while we still have a few places!

Aside from this, I’ll be getting my craft on ready for some big dates in March and I’m determined to make friends with my sewing machine…and I think I have the perfect tool to help me.  More on that later guys….I’m off to wrap up warm and hit the park.  

Before I go….. Did you enter my little handmade giveaway last week??? Well the winner of my little Oscar Mug Warmer is……….

MARGO PRICE

Congratulations – Please send an email to missemmaberry@gmail.com with your address and I’ll get the little man on his way to you!

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Stay Peachy x