My Mums Show Live Experience.

Last weekend saw the first, in what I hope will be of many, Mums Show Live Exhibition. I was also lucky enough to be confirmed as a speaker on 17th May, the day on which I attended, on the panel for Too Much Information – are you at risk?

I chose to drive up from Berkshire to Alexandra Palace in North London, mainly because they had free parking (an added advantage anywhere in London!). When I arrived, I made my way upstairs to the press office and collected my speakers badge, whereupon I met both Helen from Actually Mummy and Dom, the organiser of the Exhibition.

Mums Show Live is designed to follow on for parents who have children who have outgrown the baby/toddler phase and are moving on to school, so is aimed at children aged 4 to 12 years. The show was not only there to enable you to give you ideas on how to entertain the children but there were opportunities for some ‘me-time’ including eye-brow plucking, teeth whitening and a manicure.

Helen and I decided to do the rounds of the exhibits prior to her turn in the Conversation Theatre where she was due to be on the panel for the School Gates discussion.

One of the exhibits that really impressed me was a new product developed by television presenter Carol Smillie and tennis star Annabel Croft. DiaryDoll period pants are lightweight, breathable and extremely soft – all of which I can vouch for after getting the chance to touch a pair. They also contain a waterproof panel to protect your clothing and bedding in order to avoid embarrassing leaks. They claim that they are perfect for travelling, sport or overnight protection. I would love to try a pair and am keen to introduce them to Grace when she is older.

I have also been in touch with the wonderful people at at 1stFone and Fertilomat, both of which I shall be reviewing so please watch out for these on my blog soon.

I met up with Emily from Family Four Fun and the two of us watched Helen, together with Chris from Thinly Spread and Sarah Ebner who writes The Times Education blog, School Gate, presented by Sarah Cawood, discuss the interesting topic of School Gates and your children starting primary school.

Emily and I then moved on to a very relaxed discussion, hosted by the very information Laura Seaton from Tired Mummy of Two,  where we also met up with Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too. A few people joined us and sat in wonder as we held a major discussion of ‘blogger talk’! Very interesting and I learnt a lot. Thank you Laura.

Once done, we wondered around the exhibit as bloggers en masse from Tots 100 handing out our business cards and discussing different opportunities with the exhibitors. I also took the chance to introduce myself to one of my fellow speakers, Meaghan Fitzgerald from 23snaps.  Their product looks fantastic. It is an app for an online photo album which gives access to only the people designated by you.

When it was time for our panel discussion, not only did I meet up with Meaghan, I was also in the company of Anthony Mack of Claranet who have created a powerful internet protection program in order to customise and manage children’s browsing capabilities online. Sarah Cawood, ever the professional, managed and presented our discussion in an interesting and informative way so that everyone – both panel and the small audience of people – got the most out of it. Our discussion was recorded so I am hoping that at some stage I will be able to show it to you. In the meantime, I was able to interview Sarah and get her opinion of Mums Show Live:

1. How did you get involved in Mums Show Live?

 My friend Angellica Bell was approached to do it but is very pregnant at the moment, so she passed my details on to the organisers and even though there was no fee, I felt like it sounded like something fab to be involved with and a great way to connect with other mums.
2. Why did you want to be a part of the Show?
 The show sounded great and I thought it would be a great way to network and meet other mummy bloggers. It was also lovely to flex my presenting muscles a bit as they’re woefully under used these days ;(
3. What did you learn from being a part of the Show?
What didn’t I learn?!! So many tips from our panels of experts about weight loss, nutrition, toddler behaviour. Just loads! I wish we could have popped it all in a hand book to take away:-)
4. What could the organisers improve upon for next year?
I think they just need to build on the brand, get more people through those doors. I felt like a really wonderful show was being ignored to a certain extent: all the great discussions in the Conversation Theatre weren’t very well attended and I felt we all had great things to say and share with a parenting audience.
5. What would you like to see at next years Show?
Much of the same but much much more! I also felt that the presence of fee paying schools was a bit redundant: if you are sending your children to a private schools, the chances are you already know which one. I don’t think the kind of every day mums that would go to Mums Show Live would be sending their kids to a private school anyway.
6. What is your best parenting tip?
Ask for advice! And then cherry pick the bits that work for you:-). Personally, I like the idea of ignoring bad behaviour and positive reinforcement for good behaviour. It works for us anyway!
Thank you so much Sarah 🙂
As for my opinion? I also felt that the footfall was not as good as it could have been and I was disappointed for them with regard to this. The show was well-organised with plenty of things to do and see. I know that they started to give free entry in order to encourage more people through the door. My suggestion would be to consider putting the show on over a bank holiday or half term as many parents with school age children were having to do the school run during the week days that the show was held.  I am hoping I can look forward to it’s return next year. I’ll definitely be there!

Sarah Cawood blogs over at Help! Where’s the Manual?, can be found at her website: http://www.sarahcawood.co.uk/ and is also part of the BabyCentre’s blogging team.

With thanks to Dominic and all the organisers of Mum’s Show Live for all their hard work.

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  3. June 4, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    Great round up (still haven’t got round to mine yet) and great to meet you. I really hope it runs again next year too, it was quiet and such a shame considering fantastic exhibitors and super conversations. It’s only in it’s first year though and will hopefully grow :))
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  4. May 30, 2013 / 8:32 am

    Ah I really fancied popping along to this event but couldn’t make it… a friend of mine was exhibiting (mojomums) and she said the same thing as Sarah Cawood, that there just wasn’t enough people coming through – people just didn’t know about it. Hopefully will be on next year x

  5. May 28, 2013 / 9:52 am

    Great to meet you at the show and fun speaking with you! It was a great idea and hopefully they can build on the brand for next year 🙂

  6. May 26, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    This is a great idea for an event. Austin will be within the age range next year, so I’d be up for a trip if it happens again!
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  7. May 26, 2013 / 9:44 pm

    Sounds like a great event – shame Scotland is sooooo far away.. 🙁 x
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  8. Emma
    May 26, 2013 / 11:52 am

    Nice networking! But so clearly it was more than that. It must have been great to put names to faces. I love that this blog world we habituate is so much more than just a cyber space x
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  9. Emma
    May 26, 2013 / 11:50 am

    Nice Networking opportunity Vicky, but clearly more than that. How great to put names to faces. I love that this blog world we habituate is so much more than just a cyber space.
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