Well I am not sure where to start really. Such a whirlwind trip to Melbourne and now back to reality. I had such a great trip. SO. MUCH. FUN. I have so much to tell you. So here goes….
Last Friday I headed to town (you can read all about that trip here) to attend the Kidspot Voices 2015 Masterclass down in Melbourne. What an experience. As I neared closer to Melbourne I started to wonder what the hell I was doing. Who did I think I was. My heart was beating fast and I was starting to get nervous. I really couldn’t wait to see my blogging friends – Kirsten, Amanda & Emily, who I was staying with in the City. But until then I may have had a slight panic attack in the taxi. The girls sent me this photo to try and put me at ease…
Amanda from Cooker and a Looker
Aren’t they sweet. They went out and bought me a bottle of Chardy, what legends. I could have cried, but pulled myself together. We were staying smack in the middle of the City and when I arrived I was greeted by so many friendly faces. 2 of those faces I had never met before – Bec, from The Plumbette and Nicole, The Builders Wife. Bec had even prepared little survival gift bags for us. What a sweetie. So thoughtful. There were so many laughs as soon as I walked in, it felt as if I had known these ladies for a life time. Of course I was also handed a glass of Chardy on arrival…. see I told you they were legends! After a bit of a catch up and lots of talking over the top of each other, not to mention a few selfies, Kirsten, Amanda, Emily and I headed out for dinner.
I couldn’t believe where we were staying. Right in amongst everything and even at 8:38pm on a Friday night, the shops were still open, so we had to have a quick squiz.
I was beside myself when I found Kate Spade. So much beauty in this store.
After dinner and lots of laughs it was home to bed so we didn’t have bags under our eyes for the next day.
First up on Saturday morning was the Garnier Australia Breakfast. I knew it was going to be good, but it went above and beyond my expectations. What a wonderful morning. Waiting on our seats was a very generous Garnier gift bag, full of little treats. We learned so many different things: what brands look for in bloggers and what bloggers should look for in brands. It was a chance to mingle and catch up with bloggers – old and new. I introduced myself to some unfamiliar faces on the table and managed to make some new friends.
After the breakfast it was off to the Masterclass. The main event, full of guest speakers teaching us all about blogging. We learned so much. I was lucky enough to be one of 4 bloggers selected to get up on stage and do a quick 5 minute presentation. I was along side some wonderful bloggers and I was not sure how I managed to be chosen. But none the less I trotted up on stage along side Amanda from Cooker and a Looker, Nathalie from Easy Peasy Kids and Lucy from Bake Play Smile and told the room my story of blogging remotely. It was so much fun stepping out of my comfort zone.
After our full day of learning it was time to relax with a glass of champagne to celebrate the Kidspot Top 100 Voices of 2015. It was such fun raising a glass of bubbly to so many wonderful bloggers – congratulations to you all and well done. It was also a chance to wind down and kick back with a room full of fun chicks. Of course I took this opportunity to make some new friends and managed to find this gorgeous lady – Anna from Colour Me Anna. I think I could have stood there and talked to her all day, what a lovely lady. See there she is with the blonde hair and cream vest coat on, she is just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside. And there is Kiralee from Escape with Kids standing next to her and with me in the photo below this one. I was very excited to catch up with her. So many lovely ladies in the one room.
Look, I finally got to share a glass of wine with my style hero – Vanessa from Style and Shenanigans. I would be nothing without this lady, nothing I tell you. I would be still under my rock. See here we are – below….
And I also got to meet this lovely lady in real life… Emma from She Sows Seeds…
We finally dragged ourself and all of our gift bags back to the apartment and headed out again for dinner.
The next morning it was up, pack and off to breakfast. Then of course to the airport. I hung with Kirsten in the Virgin Lounge as we were pretty early. It was lovely to be able to just kick back and not rush. At this point I would have usually started to get quite sad about leaving – I hate goodbyes…. but I had something to look forward to. My sister was meeting me in Brisbane and flying home with me. We haven’t seen each other for 1.5 years, so I was quite beside myself. There were a few little tears with the initial hug but I pulled myself together and off we went. We had a lovely night in Mt Isa and now it is back to reality.
Reality set in on the trip home. There had been some rain and the dirt road was quite cut up with big wheel ruts from a road train passing over it. We arrived home at 6:30pm and I was straight back in the kitchen. Thankfully I had stocked up on some BBQ chooks in town, so we just had to break them down, make a salad and feed 17 people. No biggie…hmmmm. We haven’t stopped since we got home and I am so glad I have my sister here to help.
Thanks so much to Emily, Amanda and Kirsten for the fun weekend, can’t wait to see you all again in August!!! xx
So there you have it. My whirlwind weekend. Did I see you there?
Will I see you at ProBlogger?
Did you have as much fun as me?