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I’m going to BritMums Live 2105 – join the Linky

TweetTalk about a great day out. Usually on Jenography I write about outings with the family or grown-up experiences when we occasionally leave the kids at home. But one of the biggest weekends of my year is BritMums Live, the blogging and social media conference we organise at BritMums. We get to socialise, network and learn with hundreds of our closest friends. It’s coming up on 19-20 June at The Brewery in Moorgate and at BritMums we are deep into planning. I’m joining in on the “I’m going” Linky. If you’re going, you should join in too! The I’m Going to BritMums Live 2015 Meme Name: Jennifer Howze or just Jen Blog: www.Jenography.net, which is all about Family travel with flair. Also, BritMums.com Twitter ID: @JHowze Height: About yay tall Hair: Most of it Eyes: Piercing blue, the kind that look right through you or dance merrily, sometimes with a fast two-step Is this your first blogging conference? This will be the SIXTH one I’ve organised, and I’ve also been lucky enough to attend several other wonderful ones over the past several years. I have a feeling this is going to be the best one yet. Are you attending both days? Absolutely! My philosophy is, even if you don’t attend sessions in every time slot, you don’t want to miss out on chatting and connecting with friends and brands. What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2015? I couldn’t name just one thing, but I’m very excited about some of the new programming — keynotes like Deliciously Ella and Carol Smillie, some technical sessions like YouTube and Advanced SEO and Google+ and our amazing Define Your Design sessions with Lucy Heath. What are you wearing? (Want inspiration? Check out our What I’m wearing to BritMums Live Pinterest board) I haven’t decided what I’m going to wear during the day but I’m planning on wearing an actual gown (yes, a gown) to the BiBs party and ceremony. What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2015? Make more friends, connect with existing ones, get inspired, chat with brands, and learn how to blog better. Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before? Don’t worry about “cliques” or people who are all standing together in the Hub or sitting together at tables. Many of them may have just met. The easiest and best introduction is to say, “Hi, may I join you?” I promise the answer at BritMums Live...

Postcard from Costa Barcelona

TweetI’ve just spent a a wonderful few days in the area around Barcelona with the folks from Costa Barcelona. “Costa Barcelona” is actually a new name for the combined areas of El Garraf, south of Barcelona, and Mataró, north of the city. The rebranding (God, don’t we all hate that word?) makes it easier to place and easier to understand. “Costa Barcelona” is all about the delights that await visitors outside of the capital of Catalunya in Spain. There are some amazing things to do with the family in the area — donkey riding, anyone? I’ll be writing more about those. In the meantime I wanted to share some of the striking architecture I saw while travelling around. There is a real modernist flair with many of the buildings. Gorgeous older houses are poetry of light and dark spaces. The landscape outside is alternately dusty and leafy, rugged and tranquil. Here is a glimpse of what I saw this past week.                           Find out more Look for more images and stories soon about how to get out of Barcelona enjoy more of Catalunya! You can see more of images and inspiration about the area via the hashtag #bcnmoltmes and by following @bcnmoltmes.  ...

Join Honkopoly in London for Sports Relief

TweetOn a Tube map, the distances look small. On the Monopoly board they’re even closer. But when I walked part of the route for #TeamHonk in London, organised around Monopoly board properties, I was beat. I came home and collapsed on the sofa while lots of the other bloggers were still pounding the pavement. We started off in Vauxhall, at the offices of Comic Relief. The #TeamHonk and #Honkopoly fundraising effort is all in support of Sports Relief, and we were greeted by enthusiastic staffers who were very interested in bloggers, how we do what we do and how #TeamHonk came about. How wonderful it is to get involved with a charity as supportive and organised as Comic Relief. We set off walking, handing out fliers, waving to passing motorists (who obligingly honked — woohoo) and making a big red spectacle of ourselves.     The day was very fun, but also serious: Sports Relief encourages people across the UK to get active and have fun to raise money for vital projects in the UK and abroad, fighting malaria and HIV, supporting education and mental health intiatives, and much much more. At the end of the day the baton went on to its next step and has been winding it way on its journey to John O Groats. The best news: We’re close to raising our goal of £20,000 (!). Help push us over the top by contributing today!...

Your Instagram pictures on marshmallows

Tweet One of the vexing things about Instagram is that you take all these GOR-geous pics and while you can share them hither and yon online, it’s harder to get them into the real world. Now you can not only get them into the real world, you can get them floating in your hot chocolate or melting in your mouth. Boomf is a UK company that will print your Instagram photos on marshmallows. And they’re actually tasty edible marshmallows. The process is quick and easy — you click through on the Boomf site and connect with your Instagram, choose 9 images and they are delivered to your door. They come plastic wrapped in a flat box with a card that shows your original images. I’m a little bit in love with these because the idea is so simple and the finished product so cool. Judging from my Boomfs (if that’s the correct term), lighter images with bold simple designs work best. One of my favourites is a picture of me with my BritMums cofounder Susanna and Marco Pierre White — something you can really sink your teeth into. They would be great party favours, a good gift for an avid Iger or a fun tidbit to serve with coffee at dinner parties. But be forewarned: You’ll have to order in advance — their popularity means they can take a week or two to ship. Boomf £12 for a box of 9 separate images Follow Boomf on Instagram Disclosure: I tried Boomf free of charge. All opinions are my own....

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I’m going to BritMums Live linky

TweetName: Jen/Jennifer/JJ Blog: Jenography.net Twitter ID: @JHowze Height: 5ft 7…oh, OK, 5ft 6 1/2 Hair: Red, shoulder length and not that terrible cut that I had at last year’s BritMums Live Eyes: Blue — sometimes contacts, sometimes glasses Is this your first blogging conference? This is my 4th conference to organise, and I’ve been to several others. I’ve even attended a few political conferences, which tend to involve a lot of people talking like politicians. Are you attending both days? You’ll see me from the opening remarks to the final Bloggers’ Keynote. What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2013? We’re going to have a bigger Butterflies presence, more lounges, great sessions, fab sponsors. I can honestly say I’m more excited than ever about this year’s conference. What are you wearing? I haven’t even decided yet, although I will have a combination of flat shoes and rock-on heels. What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2013? In addition to learning from speakers and sessions and finding out how sponsors are doing the social media thing, I want to meet more bloggers and learn more the ones I already know. Tell us one thing about you that not everyone knows I take musical theatre classes and know all the words to “One Singular Sensation.” See you there! And if you see me, grab me and say hello. I’ll probably be racing around making sure there’s enough tea and biscuits or chairs in the rooms, but I’d love to to stop for a moment to chat!...

Photo Friday: Roundabout in Cadaques

TweetThis past week my daughter and I traveled to Costa Brava on a press trip to explore the region. One of the places we visited was Cadaques, a former fishing village in Northeast Spain, Catalonia. Salvador Dali often visited the city during is childhood, and you can easily see why. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with a shingle beach in the middle of town and cobbled streets that wind up the hills. The day we were there the Indianos Fair was taking place. It’s a street fair celebrating the villagers who sailed to America, made their fortunes, then returned with their wealth and build large houses. At the urging of one of the women running a meats stall, I tasted some kind of fried animal’s stomach, some other kind of sausage whose contents I’ve now put from my mind and a very nice salami. There were jewellery makers and fresh juice stalls. The highlight was this man-powered mini-roundabout. He slowly cycled in one direction while the kids, astride their donkeys made of recycled tyres, rode in the other. The visit was part of the #InstaCadaques walk we took part in, going round town with other Instagramers (check out the fantastic pictures of this beautiful city using the hashtag). I’ll be posting more about the #InstaCadaques walk soon. It highlighted the enjoyment of simply walking around on a sunny day trying to capture the spirit of the place. I visited Costa Brava as a guest of Costa Brava tourism as part of a press trip. The opinions in this and other blog posts relating to my trip are my own.  ...

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Silent Sunday: 2 Dec 2012

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