Kids Business Bloggers Brunch
Last Friday I was delighted to attend my first blogging event! It was the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch in Sydney.
Kids Business hosted the Bloggers Brunch at Centennial Parklands Dining in Centennial Park, Sydney on Friday 29th April.
It was an fantastic opportunity for Parenting Bloggers in NSW to meet and network with each other and some fabulous brands.
The brunch was hosted alongside JURA. JURA of Switzerland was founded in 1931 manufacturing small appliances and in 1937, manufactured its first coffee machine. Automatic coffee machines are now their main focus and they were demonstrating their fantastic machines at the brunch.
The event was also to raise awareness of Cancer Council’s wonderful event, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – a cause clearly very close to my heart.
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity for friends, family or workmates to come together, share a cuppa and some delicious food, whilst helping those affected by cancer. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is on Thursday 26th May 2016, events can be hosted at any time during May or June. Taking part is easy, simply register as a host, set a date in May and invite your friends. To register or for more information, visit biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.
JURA is joining the fight against cancer by supporting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2016. JURA will be showing their support by donating $50 from the sale of each domestic coffee machine through April and May, by holding morning teas in retail stores and through staff fundraising across Australia!
I have worked for Cancer Council previously and it was lovely to say hello to some of the wonderful team there – the work they do is just fantastic.
As well as Jura, brands at the brunch were:
- Rockmans, Table 8, W Lane & Beme: they taught us how to dress for our body shape with tips and trends for all budgets and a great fashion show featuring some lovely bloggers!
- ASG: they educated us about investing in our children’s education with their range of products and resources – something that is in the forefront of my mind as my kids get older.
- Breville: they demonstrated three of their flagship products – the Boss to Go Plus personal blender, Quick Touch microwave and the new Bakery Boss. I had a delicious smoothie from them and was thrilled to bring home a Boss to Go for myself! MUCH more on my adventures using that to come!
- COBS: sharing their delicious popcorn flavours – including….chocolate popcorn! Just YUM.
- Life Space: their Senior Naturopath was on hand to answer all of our questions about probiotics.
- Lite n’ Easy: showcased a selection of their delicious meals and snacks with one of their dieticians on hand to answer our questions. I have followed the Lite n’ Easy program myself when I last lived in Australia to great success – in fact, I couldn’t recommend it more.
- Medela: the lovely ladies at Medela demonstrated their new mobile app, MyMedela, which is designed to support mums through pregnancy and breastfeeding. I’m so pleased this is available to new mums as when I was in that position myself, I think I had 10 apps I used to use as a new mum whereas this one has everything in once place, I was so impressed!
- Steggles: inspired us to rediscover the versatility of roast chicken! We enjoyed live cooking demos and had the chance to taste their delicious creations.
- Yamaha: showcased their Music Cast range of stylish audio products that work seamlessly with your home. I’ve been a huge fan of the Yamaha range since I got my first Yamaha keyboard when I was very young!
The theme of the brunch was “Fun, Fashion and Freedom” and you can see how the great brands above demonstrated this theme perfectly.
The brunch was expertly organised with a creche for those who wanted to bring their little ones, free Wi-Fi and some inspirational speakers.
- Sanchia Aranda: CEO of Cancer Council Australia, Sanchia’s contribution to cancer control has been recognised both nationally and internationally. She gave us real life examples of how Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea has changed lives, plus how we as a community can get involved.
- Elle del Re: 2 and a half years cancer free, Jura WA Sales Manager Elle inspired me immensely. Wife and mother to two young boys, Elle was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer but today is cancer-free. She shared how a tenacious spirit and the support of family, friends and colleagues helped her overcome the disease. Elle’s talk had me in tears at times, given the similarity of our circumstances, but also laughing along with her – her enthusiasm is infectious and I was so privileged to have the chance to speak with her personally afterwards.
- Jacinta Tynan: Sky News Presenter, Sunday Life columnist and author of “Mother Zen”. Jacinta was inspired to write this following an article she wrote about how much she was loving her new life, unwittingly sparking a debate with many arguing motherhood is an arduous and thankless task, with others admitting they found it fulfilling and even fun. I found Jacinta’s speech so uplifting and positive and it was a joy for me to hear how joyful she found being a Mum.
- Claire Obeid: Founder of The Wellness Project and The Freedom Project, Claire is a Mind-Body-Soul Coach, Meditation and Yoga Teacher, EFT Practitioner, Writer and Speaker. Claire spoke about those tough days in the beginning of motherhood when the baby doesn’t sleep and you are just so overwhelmed and exhausted as a new parent. She gaves us tips on how to surrender to the experience not by giving up but by accepting the situation we were in and allowing ourselves to find freedom.
Finally, we were absolutely treated to a speech by Barry Du Bois, Presenter of The Living Room.
Barry was diagnosed with Plasmacytoma Myeloma, a cancer of the immune system which attacks healthy bone marrow. He talked to us with such passion, authenticity and emotion that he not only me in floods of tears but the whole room. As Barry talked about his own journey, he also complimented us “girls” (we LOVED him calling us that!) and the work we do we mothers and bloggers.
We laughed and cried in equal measures!
After hearing from these fabulous speakers, I was left feeling not only inspired for the direction of my blog, but for my whole life.
After the speeches we were treated to a fashion show! Bloggers turned Models and showcased some fabulous outfits from Rockmans, Table 8, W Lane and Beme – there was something for every lady there and I picked up so many tips on how to dress for my shape for the coming season.
I cannot thank Kids Business enough for inviting me to such a worthwhile, action and fun-packed brunch.
Meeting my fellow bloggers, after months of chatting online and reading their blogs, was wonderful. Here I am with Kylie from Kidgredients and Jess from Peachy Keen Mumma! Photos courtesy of Steggles :)
I arrived to the event with anticipation and left with bags of samples, ideas, opportunities and many lovely new friends!
I had a wonderful time in Sydney and stayed at The Menzies Hotel – I’ll be letting you know all about that soon! After an amazing time at the event, it was a lovely, relaxing stay.
Please visit www.cancer.org.au to find out how you can get involved and host your own Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea!