I’m going to Britmums Live #BML16…As a finalist!

I'm going to BritMums Live 2016

Yesterday I woke up to the amazing news that I’m a finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards – Family category! ARRGGGHHHH!!!!! No amount of exclamation marks and caps can really convey how excited and utterly thrilled I am that my little blog has been recognised out of thousands of nominations.

Thank you soooo much to everyone who nominated me for the shortlist and voted for me to become a finalist – I really am over the moon and it’s such a great feeling knowing that people actually enjoy reading my posts and following the journey of our little family. The blogosphere is full of inspiration and talent and I’m still learning so much every day…to know that I’m doing something right really is such a fantastic feeling.

I'm going to BritMums Live 2016

I was pretty excited for BritMums Live 2016 (#BML16) anyhow, but attending as a finalist really is the cherry on top of the cake! #BML16 is the most talked about blogging event on the calandar held in London on 25th June.  The conference aims to bring together the biggest collective of lifestyle bloggers and social influencers to meet, socialise, network, meet brands and fire creativity. After the conference there will be the awards ceremony where the winners for each category will be announced. I really cannot wait!!

BritMums have set up a linky for bloggers attending to join in with, so that we can all learn a bit more about each other before the event. So here’s a little bit more about me…

My name:

Natalie, most people (who like me) tend to call me Nat. When I married I inherited the surname of Mudd, but we don’t need to talk about that.

My blog

Mum in Brum

Find me on social media at:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_NatalieEve

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/muminbrum/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mum_in_brum/

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/muminbrum/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NatalieMuddMuminBrum/

How I look

That all depends what time of day you catch me and how much sleep I had the night before. On some mornings I look like this…



But hopefully I’ll be having a better day and be looking more like this…


Is this my first blogging event?

Yes! My very first and I’m nervous and excited about it all at the same time. I booked the ticket back in December on a whim one night when I was feeling brave and started to see all of the other “I’m going to #BML16” badges popping up on other blogs. To be honest I felt like a bit of a fraud thinking about mingling with the great and the good of the blogging world…I never for one minute thought I’d be a finalist!

I will be wearing…

Absolutely no idea! I’m not really someone who plans my outfits in advance, so it’s way too early for me to have thought this far ahead…however hopefully it will make a welcome change from the everyday jeans and joggers. I don’t get out much these days so I’ll definitely be going shopping and hopefully I’ll find a nice shift dress of some sort…probably a blazer, and sandals (I’m hoping it will be warm!)

What I hope to gain from #BML16

The agenda looks amazing and I’m really looking forward to attending the sessions and learning how to further develop this blog which now occupies so much of my time. But mostly I’m looking forward to finally meeting some of my blogging pals and putting a a face to the blog names. And we can talk about blogging!! My ‘real-life’ family and friends really do try to be interested but, let’s be honest, they don’t really understand (or really care) what I’m talking about – so it will be great spending a whole day with other bloggers who share the same passion.

My tips for a great conference

As it’s my first blogging event, I really don’t know what to expect. However, I’m planning to let my hair down a little, get to know everyone and just enjoy the day. I’m planning to stay over the night before so hopefully that will omit the (highly likely) chance of me arriving typically late after everyone else has already buddied up…me frantically looking around for a familiar face – that’s right I’ve never met any of you. So yes, hopefully I’ll be organised on the day and arrive on time. I really do need to get my hotel booked.

Can’t wait to see y’all there! X

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
Cuddle Fairy

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22 Comment

  1. mummyofboygirltwins
    May 28, 2016 at 8:49 am

    HUGE congrats lovely! Such amazing news and you totally deserve it. Your blog is fantastic and I love everything you write. Good luck and I will see you there!!! xx
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  2. Sunita
    May 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Hey Natalie, that’s cool you’re off to #BML16. I love your blog so I’m super-pleased you’re a finalist, that’s great. It’s my first #BML conference too so if you fancy meeting up at the start just let me know. I’ll be at the Friday Night drinks hoping to get to know some other friendly faces.
    Also, you took a look at my blog a while back and left me some lovely feedback via Twitter so thanks for that. Have fun finding your outfit. Mine will also depend on the weather! Enjoy Lucky Things.x Sunita

  3. Life as Mum
    May 29, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Huge congratulations you’re a finalist lovely. I was supposed to go to Britmums this year but due a baby instead. #KCACOLS
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  4. manstayshome
    May 29, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Congratulations and good luck as a finalist! Well deserved 🙂 #KCACOLS

  5. Ali Duke
    May 29, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Congratulations!! And good luck to you for the finals.
    Hope you have a great time at britmums.
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  6. Kerry
    May 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Congratulations! And good luck! I’m hoping to go to Brit mums next year, this year it clashes with my dads 70th and family comes first! #KCACOLS
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  7. Mummuddlingthrough
    May 29, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    See you there Nat! I need to do one of these posts don’t I!?…
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  8. Min
    May 29, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    See you there! I’ve done one of these posts too. So excited to meet everyone and put faces to names for all these people whose lives I’ve been reading about for ages. Congratulations on being a finalist too-that’s amazing! #KCACOLS
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  9. Sarah@teammomlife
    May 30, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Congratulations! I hope that you have a wonderful time. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun and that you will be able to learn some interesting things as well. #KCACOLS

  10. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    May 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Lol love your photo there! I’m sure you will be looking lovely on the day. I look forward to meeting you! And congrats on being a finalist! Woohoo! x
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  11. The Pramshed
    June 1, 2016 at 7:17 am

    A huge congratulation on being a finalist! Whoop! Looking forward to meeting you at BritMums, like you I booked my ticket on a whim and thought that’s ages away….plenty of time. But now it is here, I’m a little nervous but so excited all at the same time. Looking forward to meeting you. Claire x #BloggerClubUK
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  12. Laura @dearbearandbeany
    June 1, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Congrats on being a finalist, so well deserved! I am going too and it will be my first time at a blogging event, I’m nervous and excited! Luckily a few of us are getting the train together, so that has helped my nervous knowing I don’t have to walk in alone. I will look out for you to say hello x #bloggerclubuk
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  13. Emma
    June 1, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Yaaaaaay well done and massive congratulations. It is my first blogging conference and I am nervous about walking in amongst the best of the blogging world- eeeeeks #bloggerclubuk
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  14. Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    June 1, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Huge congrats on being a finalist honey can’t wait to hear how you get on! I am sad I won’t be there but can’t wait to hear all about it xx #BloggerClubUK

  15. Claire a Tin Box Traveller
    June 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Yay! Better get planning that outfit. It’s going to be an Instagram- fest! I’ll see you there X PS I have no idea what to wear either! #KCACOLS

  16. Jo Sandelson
    June 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Natalie, great news and long may you enjoy the feeling of being a Finalist – I remember it well from 2014. This year am Shortlisted but really appreciate that result and looking forward to maybe meeting you on 25th June. I like the design of your blog very much – lots of lovely white space in between the words and piccies! 🙂 Jo #BloggerClubUK

  17. Madeline
    June 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Congratulations on being a finalist, hope you have a fab time! x #KCACOLS

  18. Clare
    June 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Huge, Huge, Huge congratulations! I am so chuffed for you! I cannot wait to meet you! Being a finalist is so well deserved! #KCACOLS xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      June 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks so much Clare! Really looking forward to meeting you too! xx

  19. A Moment With Franca
    June 4, 2016 at 9:03 am

    That is fantastic news! So well deserved! I’m so looking forward to meeting you that day. I’m sure it will be fantastic! It is my first time too and I’m very nervous but super excited at the same time. I don’t have a clue yet what will I wear. I think I would like to wait to be more near the time to see how the weather will be like so then I can decide what is best. Thanks so much for also sharing this at #KCACOLS. And a huge congratulations again, 🙂 x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      June 6, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks Franca! I’m really looking forward to meeting you too! Hopefully the weather will be good to us so that we can enjoy some time outdoors x

  20. Random Musings
    June 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Congratulations on making the finals, and good luck 🙂 I hope you have a fab time at the event!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
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