What I learnt at BritMums Live…

That I should have spent far less time worrying about what to wear- didn’t give mine or anyone else’s clothes a second thought once there.

In a similar vein I have learnt always to wash new black jeans before wearing them- I am looking rather grey skinned today!

That I should have spent far less time worrying about being shy. Turns out I am less shy than I think, though probably made an arse of myself due to gabbling on a bit due to nerves.

That I do not like being too close to an owl.

How to use a magic wand. (thanks to the chaps in the Warner Bros lounge, although utterly failed to magic away my hangover)

Just HOW much change blogging can bring- personally and globally. Blogging From The Heart and Blogging For Good showed you can really bring about such amazing things for yourself and for others.

That I do not like poached egg when it is runny.

That I can’t tell the difference between cheap and expensive coffee. As long as it is sweet, milky and coffee flavoured I am happy.

That I am not that competitive, while beyond thrilled to be a finalist, I felt no misery at not winning my category, rather took pleasure in watching all the deserved winners joy at their success.

That it is OK to have a little weep in public, especially seeing as everyone else was.

That I am so lucky to be a member of such a supportive community.

That I can hold my own in a conversation with proper clever grown-ups, even if I drag it down to my own level.

That I can speak in public, and only be 8/10ths of my way to a panic attack while doing it.

That you are ALL gorgeous.

That I love blogging, and love learning how to be better at it. Thanks to all those with amazing advice in their sessions.

That my children are EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL when I haven’t seen them for 36 hours

That Jo from the Adequate Parent and her family are incredibly kind hosts.

That PR and promotions people are lovely, and helpful, and informative.

That Katy Hill is hilarious.

That many bloggers are great public speakers as well as writers, the keynote posts were movingly/hilariously delivered with immense skill, and the sessions were a combination of well explained information and fabulously told anecdote.

That a camera exists that is immune to sand- thanks to the guys in the Panasonic lounge for that information, as I have damaged 2 by taking pics on the beach!

That sharing knowledge is a great thing.

That I can be silly in a photo booth without dying from crippling embarrassment.

That friends you make online are equally, if not more lovely in real life.

That sometimes even I can’t eat ALL the biscuits- but I had a good attempt at Fox’s never ending supply!

That I want to be better – write better, be funnier, be deeper, be more conscious of what I write. Don’t worry, the nonsense won’t be abandoned- in fact the only notes I wrote all weekend is this line from the Funny Women session- ‘Be an idiot, hang around with idiots’

That I CANNOT wait to do it all again next year.

Big thanks to all those involved in creating such an EPIC EVENT,

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. Lynn Fancy
    June 24, 2013 / 8:47 am

    What a great round up! All of totally correct and you were brilliant on the panel, I was very proud and yes your pink flamingo had a flop on! 🙂 love you xxxx

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 24, 2013 / 9:26 am

      Yes, the sadness of a flaccid flamingo! Brilliant weekend, so glad you where the with me! Love you too xx

  2. Tas D
    June 24, 2013 / 8:48 am

    Sounds like you had such a brilliant time!! I am soooooo jealous I wasn’t there. Wish I’d seen all your talks!

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 24, 2013 / 9:27 am

      Us, sad not to have had the chance to meet you, another time, and I did have a ball, especially in the Saturday after I had done all my scary stuff! 🙂

  3. Nell Heshram
    June 24, 2013 / 9:21 am

    Glad you had a good time and sorry I had to split halfway through your panel discussion! Lovely to (briefly) meet you. It was a great event – very well organised. My head was buzzing afterwards, with loads of new thoughts and ideas….

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 24, 2013 / 9:28 am

      Yes, lots of things buzzing round my head too, not really processed yet properly! Wish had had longer to chat, hope your publishers meeting went well, have heard positive feedback for others about them!

  4. June 24, 2013 / 9:49 am

    Thank you for staying with us! It was so lovely to properly meet you and hang out – I had a great time – you on for next year? Shaun says I have to get a hotel 😉

    (but I bet there’s good deals to be had, I’m already on the case!)

    See you again soon xxx

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 24, 2013 / 10:06 am

      Yes, definitely up for next year, and yes, let’s all get a hotel up the road next year, I hear the travelodge was cheap and had a late bar! 🙂

  5. Nicola Thomas
    June 24, 2013 / 10:02 am

    What a brilliant review of a crazy two days! It was amazing wasn’t it?

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 24, 2013 / 10:06 am

      It was brilliant, loved it! Fabulous to meet you! 🙂

  6. Suzanne Whitton
    June 24, 2013 / 11:35 am

    The only note I wrote on the Friday was “Nibbles Allcock”….did I dream that session?! Love your ‘low down’ and loved meeting you, even if it was far too brief – so many people to meet in a mere 36 hours! x

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:35 pm

      hahahaha Nibbles Allcock….what a bizarre session that was!! Next time we all need to plan a meal or something in the evening! 🙂

  7. June 24, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    Lovely seeing you again. This is an awesome roundup. It was great, wasn’t it 🙂

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:35 pm

      I LOVED it! xx

  8. Lynne Collins
    June 24, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    Sounds like its definitely a fear to face. Think I’m definitely encouraged to book for next year. #nervous.

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:35 pm

      I was really nervous, but everyone was really welcoming, I highly recommend it!

  9. June 24, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    I was so happy and thrilled to meet you, even if it was brief – you are a gorgeous lady and your loveliness was so appreciated by me, I will definitely be making a trip to see you in the summer! X x

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:39 pm

      Yes, do come and visit us in Dorchester, would be lovely to spend more time with you xxx

  10. Storyofmum
    June 24, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    Love this, Sonya! So lovely to meet you in the flesh at last too x

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:34 pm

      Awesome to see you, my one main regret is that our sessions clashed, would have loved to be at yours! x

  11. Pinkoddy
    June 24, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    Was amazing to meet you 🙂
    Great round up. See you again soon x

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:33 pm

      Thank you, lovely to see you too, cant wait for the next time!

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:33 pm

      It went too fast didnt it! Next year I will hug you! 🙂

  12. Mari's World
    June 24, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    So glad we managed to past one another and say hello! Wasn’t it a manic time? It all flew by so quickly. See you hopefully next year 😉

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:32 pm

      It flew by, what an astounding job you did Missus! Lovely to see your smiling face! 🙂

  13. Wally Mummy
    June 24, 2013 / 7:06 pm

    This made me LOL! And also made me even more gutted that I didn’t make it this year :((( I am so going next year and we are gion to weep in public and eat ALL the biscuits together 😉 xxx Fab post xxx

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:32 pm

      *sobs into a packet of digestives as practice* xxx

  14. sabrina montagnoli
    June 24, 2013 / 7:21 pm

    Yeah sounds like it was EPIC. Hope to make it next year maybe.

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:31 pm

      It was brilliant, do it, you wont regret it!

  15. Emily Foran
    June 24, 2013 / 10:09 pm

    Super post, sums it all up perfectly, was so much fun and one of my highlights is meeting you and Lynn. xx

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:31 pm

      Was fab to get to hang out with you, cant wait til next year! 🙂

  16. June 24, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    I’m so glad that I stopped you and said hello, great to meet you.

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:30 pm

      Lovely to meet you too, lovely to see your smiling face, I now have a person in mind not a green thingy! 🙂

  17. June 24, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    Summed it up perfectly, I am so pleased to have met you! And HELL YES to next year 🙂 xx

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:30 pm

      High Fives for next year!! BRING IT ON!!

  18. SarahMummy
    June 25, 2013 / 7:40 am

    What a great post. So with you on all of those points. Why did we even spend one minute pondering our clothes? And the runny egg? Plain wrong!

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:29 pm

      I think I displaced my nervousness into worrying about what to wear, in the end I wore clothes I have owned for years and all the new stuff went back to the shop! And the egg was weird!! Meeting you was a highlight tho! x

  19. June 25, 2013 / 11:16 am

    Lovely post! So glad your panel appearance went well and I will definitely see you there next year 🙂

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:28 pm

      HOORAY! Look foward to meeting you!

  20. Older Mum
    June 25, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    Fabulous write up. I am still very, very gutted that I didn’t see you shake your thang in the New Feminism – heard it was such a good session. Lovely to meet you. You totally rock!!!! X.

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 25, 2013 / 3:28 pm

      Fab to meet you too, am looking forward to celebrating your book deal very soon! 🙂 x

  21. Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh - mother.wife.me
    June 25, 2013 / 3:46 pm

    It was lovely to meet you, albeit briefly just ahead of the feminism session, which was so much my favourite session of the weekend. It was certainly a whirlwind of a couple of days!

  22. June 25, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    It was so lovely to meet you, you were brilliant on the panel and I’d say you were a proper clever grown-up but I’m not sure that’s exactly a complement. Let’s just say you are intelligent and inspiring, and leave it at that:-)

  23. June 25, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    Aaargh, I hate typos in comments…*compliment*…sorry:)

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