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The Great #MidsBlogMeet

Malt Cross Birds Eye

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



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Frugally Beautiful: The Body Shop’s Satsuma Beautifying Oil

satsuma 1Before I start, I should probably say I’m not really much of a beauty blogger.  I’ll leave that to the lovely professionals who tirelessly blog their hauls and their product trials.  I’m not one.  Because I’m boring and have had more or less the same make-up routine for the last 13 years.  My eye-liner flicks change depending on my mood, or if I’ve listened to much metal that week.  I wear red lipstick.  When I don’t wear red I wear a shade of purple.  I use a hot-cloth cleanser, I’m not brand-loyal but I love Benefit packaging.  There you have it.  But…on the hunt for frugal and beautiful bargains, I couldn’t not write about my latest frugal find!

Well over a year ago, a customer of mine in my old job and old life, very kindly gave me a £10 voucher for The Body Shop, as I had retrieved a lost phone for her.  So here I am, a whole probable 400 days later, willing and eager to spend that cash!

When I think of The Body Shop, I think of school.  I think of the Vanilla and White Musk miniatures you were always given at Christmas (nobody liked White Musk very much), not to mention the most pointless product of all time;  Clear Mascara.  I can almost hear it now, ‘I hope I don’t get told off for wearing make-up, I’ve got my clear mascara on’.  Chances are, young Emma of the past, you’ll not get found out!

In all honesty, it had been a while since I stepped inside a Body Shop branch, I’ve kept their body butters in business most Christmasses through my twenties, but it had been a while since I’d peroused their ever-growing collection.  I do, however, rate their dedication to not testing their products on animals and I do, now, rate their customer service.

satsuma 3I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for, when I found this Beautifying Oil, which comes in a range of light and lovely fragrances.  I went with Satsuma – always wanting to hold on to the Winter by hook or by crook.  Or by conjuring fragrant memories of seasonal fruits, it seems.  For £9 (or a voucher – for me), you get 100ml of a lovely scent, a non-greasy dry oil that can be used as a hair conditioner or a face and body moisturiser, applied to either wet or dry skin.

The versatility of the product really grabbed me, first off – I’m not one for shelves of potions and lotions but could this oil really cancel out the need for conditioner AND moisturiser?  The best was yet to come…

Not only can you apply this to every part of your fabulous self, the very helpful assistant suggested mixing a tiny bit of the oil with some soft brown sugar, to create your own body scrub.  In effect, for £9 – you get 3 for the price of one.

As a product, I really enjoyed using this oil, it is both softening and illuminating, which disappears within minutes, leaving your skin feeling supple and light.  I use it more at night than day – as daytime doesn’t always agree with the amount of time I have, from shower to leaving the house, for it to not mess up my make-up.  Nearly 4 weeks into owning it, the bottle is still 95% full – you really only need a tiny amount as it is so pliable and soft on your skin.  As a hair conditioner, I use it on the ends to cover up the splits  moisten the dryness and it really works for me.  I’m not one to over-condition (thankfully) so again, just a little pea sized amount covers the areas I need it to and I tend to use it about every three or four days

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As a scrub, I loved mixing up a mini pot of this and keeping it handy for any pesky dry patches that oft appear in the harsh winter months.  I love the fragrance and the lightness of the oil itself, but especially LOVE the weight of it on my wallet!

If you’re looking for an easy, non-irritating product that leaves you feeling naturally moisturised and illuminated, I would happily recommend it to anyone looking for a bargain – £9 for this bottle goes a long way!  Looking at savings – I’ve saved a further £4.50 (approx) on conditioner, £7 on a (decent) facial scrub and £6.50 on a moisturising night cream.  With all that gumph totalling £18, that’s a tremendous saving of £9 on an item.  Looks like The Body Shop have moved on from the days of White Musk Miniatures…they are topping my Frugally Beautiful list!  Do you have any frugal beauty tips?  Or any brands you are loyal to?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Stay Peachy x