Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Into the west bloggers network (itwbn)

So ..Sunday the 08th dazed and bleary eyed, I woke with said 17 month old and three year old practicing their vocals....always takes me a minute to establish where I am? YES the kids are yours NO you cannot sleep in or pretend you cant hear them....crazy I know right? Anyway didn't take me to long to cop that today was 'D' day or 'B' day...bloggers day!!!
The ITWBN blogger event was here, and that definitely put a spring in my step !! I wasn't too long leaping out of the bed... as 'said hubbie' ambled out and grabbed the babies, I started to get ready, or in real life scenario.. rushed around, slapped on makeup as I wiped lippy off three year olds face! Really their timing is impeccable!
Out the door early at 9 am,  I hightailed it from Cork to Galway for a lovely scenic foggy drive? Thank god for luminous green road signs! The drive there was one of anticipation and excitement with a few nerves thrown in..I'm new to blogging so this was my first ever blogger event, and I was curious as to what the day would bring.
On arrival at the beautiful venue Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway,we were greeted with a lovely welcome sign and much needed coffee/tea and refreshing pink cocktails along with yummy treats.
I started chatting to the lovely Elaine, (check her out Closer2Fabulous) so she put me at ease right away.
Finally our cue came to register and the day kicked off...
I'm going to describe this day in pictures for this blog post as there is just way too much to write and I could go on forever...but before I do that I would like to thank Saibh (SaibhEganPhotography) and Sinead (a fellow blogger YummyMummyFashionLifestyle) both from Into the West Bloggers Network (ITWBN), for organising this event, huge work on their half, organising the day, sponsors, stands, food, guest speakers and it was amazing.. so ladies take a bow.. Those girls are all about bringing like minded bloggers together to help, support and encourage each other.
Our lovely welcome sign...
Coffee and Tea on arrival with yummy treats from Gourmet Tart Co
My table place name full of like minded bloggers...who I'll introduce you to below ;-)
Still dreaming about those strawberry marshmallows on our table ..thanks to the radisson blu
And the lovely bloggers at my table..
My fellow table buddies above, Patrick from The Retired Milky Bar Kid, the lovely Rachel from Rachel Brennan Life and the fun, Sandra from A Modern Mommys World
And more fellow table girlies, bubbly Sandra from A Blushing Cailin and the fab Kerrie from BellaandVogue, one fabulous lady missing from the pics was the gorgeous Melissa from Lipstick and Louboutins (How did this happen Melissa?? This May we're getting selfies :-) fellow cork blogger xx)

Below Saibh kicking off the event. We had five guest speakers, first up Maricka Burke from OMIG, full of informational tips on all things SEO, next up the beautiful Siobhan McDonnell from the 3rd best beauty Blogger & vblogger LetzMakeup an amazing woman, full of tips and hints on vblogging.
Close on Siobhan's heels was a well known figure ..see below no introduction needed!
The infamous Galway Player, his speech/talk was knowledgeable ?? but comical, excellent character and I really had to stop myself from laughing so much! 
Followed by Richie Spence, Beutifi.com, this concept is genius ladies!
And finally The lovely Kate Kelly from Cocoa Brown Tan
Now to the food!!!
Gorgeous treats from Gourmet Tart Co
Nibbles during the break ..yum!
Absolutely delicious treats from SweetTreatsByFiona
How amazing is this cake made by Sandra from amodernmommysworld!
The stands ladies were amazing, and I'm a magpie when it comes to jewellery check out a few below
Debenhams Ireland also kindly sponsored some Benefit cosmetics and a lovely voucher for our goodie bags
Cotton Face Vintage had amazing pieces..right up my alley!!
Look at that bling!
Beautiful hand made leather jewellery from Basianti amazing pieces (see above and below)!
The amazing organic make up from Young Blood Cosmetics above, a beautiful brand, check them out here
The fabulous ladies from Peter Mark, they don't need any introduction great salons nationwide!

There was amazing stands on the day not to mention ATIR, Crabtree & Evelyn, Spirit One Spa, Tan Organic, Make Me Sparkle, Mesz Masquerade, GoBus and David McConville Orthodontist.

And some of the lovely bloggers which are now all part of the big ITWBN family..❤️ Them all 
Myself and the gorgeous Ruth from The-Beauty-Kemple
Two beauties, Sandra from A Modern Mommys World and Sinead from the well known blog The Beautiful Truth
The goody bags, what can I say, yes they absolutely spoiled us, goodies from McSharrys Pharmacy, Debenhams, Get up and Go Diary, Nia Beauty, Wet n Wild Cosmetics, The Body shop, Tan Organic, Young Blood, Spirit One Spa with Elemis Products, Castle Print, Peter Marks just to name a few..will take me a while to get through all these products but can't wait to try them all xx
And finally one of the inspirational quotes at our tables..
Which myself, Kerrie and Sandra were busy doing haha, see below (thanks to Sandra amodernmommysworld for the pic)

Overall it was a fantastic event and I am giddy with excitement for the next one in May, well done Saibh and Sinead, a well deserved tap on the back and thanks for welcoming me into the ITWBN family xx