FunFest UK 2016

We were so excited to be back at FunFest UK for a second year, and it certainly didn’t disappoint!

We set off on a very dull and rainy morning. The drive was rather miserable, with lots of delays, several areas of roadworks and repeated cries of “Are we nearly there yet?”

Upon arrival at the, very beautiful,  Whittleby Hall, we were taken to the ‘Children’s Room,’ managed by All Events Childcare. Miss L and Mimi were extremely excited to see all the toys, ride-ons and a small bouncy castle. However, Miss A was not so keen, and chose to sit in the Conference Room with myself and her eldest sister for the morning’s conference.

Once in the Conference Room, I received my name badge, a welcome pack and helped myself to a well earned coffee and pastry. The girls also chose a pastry, and we took our seats.

 

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Front Row.

 

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Can’t take her anywhere!!

 

Kirsty Barr, Director at MI PR Global, welcomed us to the second year of Funfest UK, followed by an inspirational Keynote: ‘Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome to find Success in Business & Life’ by Vicki Psarias, from HonestMum.com. * Vicki’s awe-inspiring speech, about confidence and overcoming self doubt  to find success, was an absolutely perfect start to the conference. I think she pretty much summed up how most of us were feeling that morning; Should we really be here? Are we actually good enough for this?

I had business cards in my bag, and without that Keynote, I almost certainly wouldn’t have had the confidence to give a single one out… but I did, and I walked into those Expo rooms that afternoon, determined, knowing  I had just as much to offer as everyone else there that day, so a huge thank you to Vicki!

* Read Vicki’s wonderful speech here: http://honestmum.com/funfest-blogger-summit-2016-my-speech-on-becoming-confident/

The following Conference Sessions included a Brand Spotlight with Sam Johnson, General Manager at JCB Kids Consumer Products, talking of their work with bloggers and current campaigns, followed by an extremely interesting Panel Debate:

‘An Invasion of Privacy? Should you be featuring your children in your content?

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On the panel were, (as sat left to right above) Jane Chelliah (Blogger), Simon London (Kid Rated), Amanda Fulton (Ginger Mum Blog), Zitah McMillian-Ward (CEO, Dollar Financial Group), Nick Gibbs-McNeil (Kidz Coolit), chaired by Saija Mahon (MD Mahon Digital).

With the nature of my blog, it would be very difficult not to feature the girls in my content. However, I do take their privacy very seriously and aim to keep their names, schools and where we live, private. They read my posts and view any photos/videos before they are published. If they’re not happy, it won’t be published. This was a very thought provoking.

After a short coffee break (and a nip to the loo) we took our seats for the second half of the conference.

Next to speak about becoming a ‘Successful Social Media Family’ was Shadia Daho, with her daughter, Amazing Arabella (recognised as No.1 Global Teen Influencer) and her son, Jaadin the Kid. Arabella’s confidence at speaking about her experiences, was truly amazing.  A very lovely young lady, part of a very talented family. Miss M & Miss L were very excited to have their photo taken with Arabella later that day….

 

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Jo Middleton, from Slummy Single Mummy, then gave us her ’11 Top Tips on how to grow your audience and revenues.’ This was an absolutely brilliant list of tips! I made many notes and do have to say, I did have a little chuckle to myself the following day, whilst shopping for potatoes!

I was really interested in Saija Mahon’s final piece, particularly ‘What Google’s new blogger guidelines means for you,’ but unfortunately, my girls were restless and all requiring the toilet. (Just brilliant timing!) So I’m afraid we also missed the closing speech by Kirsty Barr.

However, it was a very enjoyable, wonderfully varied, inspiring and thought provoking conference. A huge thank you to the organisers and each and every speaker.

After the conference, we went to lunch and my goodness we were in for a treat! This savoury table was my particular favourite…..

 

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However, there were also chips, fish, mini beef burgers, chicken in breadcrumb pieces and a jug of tomato ketchup. Perfect for my hungry little girls! This was followed by the most amazing display of little cakes. (I did attempt a photo of these, but I was a little preoccupied with Mimi, who thought it appropriate to keep running around every time I looked away!)

After lunch, we explored the Brand Expo**……

 

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Riding a JCB.

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Trying on a JCB hard hat.

 

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Such a little actress this girl!

 

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Water play fun with Jumbo Puzzles

 

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Water play fun with Jumbo Puzzles

 

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Meeting Jack from Entertainer Toys

 

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Setting up Pie Face in The Entertainer room.

 

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Miss L could barely watch, as he turned it four times!

 

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Miss L, with Pie (squirty cream) on her Face!

 

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Miss A, playing with the Hexbug Aquabot, Harbour Playset.

 

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Mimi, exploring the Paw Patrol Learning Blazon

 

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Face paints with Danielles Face Paint

 

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Our beautiful Butterfly

 

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Beautiful Face Paints

 

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Four very happy girls, with lots of goodies to take home. (Shaun the Sheep Hopper and Thunderbirds Rockets from Kids@Play. Balloons from Qualatex)

 

## The above, are just a few photos of the products and brands in the Expo. I will be posting, reviewing and commenting on a few of the products separately, over the coming weeks.

 

Thank you FunFest UK  for an absolutely wonderful day.

We can’t wait to be back again next year!

 

 

……. Oh, and we just about squeezed all our goody bags, balloons and inflatables in the car for the journey home! 🙂

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