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Bloggers’ Cafe S1 Ep3: Lucky Things Blog

#BLOGGERSCAFE SEASON 1 IS WELL UNDERWAY FOLKS!

So I’m back from freezing cold London where I went a week ago to film the remaining episodes of Bloggers’ Cafe Season 1.  I actually can’t believe how willing people have been to travel in and meet Helen and myself not to mention how excited they’ve been to take part.  Thank you SO much for all the love and support you’ve shown the series so far, you lovely people! And now here we are at Bloggers’ Cafe S1 Ep3.

IF YOU’VE NOT YET WATCHED OUR FIRST GUEST CHAT

with Moment with Franca, you can catch that episode here.

 

BLOGGERS CAFE EPISODE 3 IS UP!

This edition brings you Sunita from Lucky Things talking some pretty inspiring talk about Blogging and Beyond. Relax and watch!

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Blogging vs Vlogging – #BloggersCafe S1 Ep 2

WELCOME TO BLOGGERS’ CAFE EPISODE 2, FEATURING OUR FIRST GUEST  IN THE AWESOME LINE UP OF BLOGGERS WE HAVE FOR YOU! THIS EDITION LOOKS AT BLOGGING VS VLOGGING.

 

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Firstly, a massive thank you to our wonderful guest, a rather well know UK blogger and vlogger, hence the topic of blogging vs vlogging (yes you have to watch the video to see who it is!) for giving up their time on a Saturday to come in and chat to us. We were just a little bit excited to land this particular guest, in the eleventh hour.

Secondly, look out for
– the random pool player and our guest’s fab reaction! Yes, we did inform him afterwards he was in several frames of the video as he didn’t hear us calling out to him mid filming!
– my embarrassing over expressive face. Actually, no scrap that. IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU just shut your eyes the first 30 seconds  if you don’t want to endure this. I honestly won’t blame you because I had to do that each time I watched it for editing purposes. Good grief! There again, you’ll miss my much more professional co-host Helen of Just Saying Mum if you shut your eyes.

 

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE BACKGROUND TO THIS NEW CHAT SHOW SERIES THAT’S GOT PEOPLE EXCITED, HEAD OVER TO OUR INTRODUCTORY VLOG.

I am going to keep these ‘covering’ Bloggers’ Cafe posts brief as the whole point is for you to watch the vlogs. So, on that note, grab yourself a drink (the stronger the better because you’re going to need it to cope with my over expressive face), settle back and…

 

WATCH OUR FIRST BLOGGERS’ CAFE GUEST, WOOHOO!

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Emmy and the Whale Review

AS A CHILD, I WAS ONLY TO BE FOUND WITH MY FACE FIRMLY BURIED IN A BOOK.

I don’t know how many times my mum would call to me as I sat on a stool in the corner of my parents’ shop or was in my room, reading a book cover to cover.  It was A LOT of times.  I’d be so immersed in the world within those pages, I just couldn’t hear anything or anyone around me.  Then something happened; not sure why…maybe study pressure and the fact I had to read as part of my French and English degree. I just stopped reading. I’m ashamed to say that apart from a brief ‘resurrection’ in my mid/late twenties and then my mid 40’s (sssh) when I gasp-oh-no-you-didn’t! got a kindle as a birthday gift, my reading days have suffered a terrible blight…a blight that I’m fully aware only I can fix. Sadly, unless I stop blogging, then I’m afraid all I have time to read now are blogs before falling into bed exhausted each night.

Emmy and the Whale book

 

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH EMMY AND THE WHALE?

This is the bit I’m sort of dreading revealing as it is a total slummy mummy confession. I’m afraid my deceased passion for reading greatly impacted bedtime story time in my house. With my first child, I bought book after book. I even spent a small fortune on stunning French books and I read to her all the time.  Somehow, it fell by the wayside with my younger two. Thankfully, all three of my kids are now old enough to read ‘chapter’ books and I’m delighted to say there has been a turning point in the last six months. This Christmas, all three kids received books as gifts and can be regularly found tucked up in bed absolutely engrossed and it is not uncommon to come across this:

Prabs' kids on sofa

Yes, alright. What we were thinking buying brown sofas when we have brown kids?  Don’t worry, I’m buying cream ones next time just so I can see the kids.  Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that every time I see a sight like this, my heart just sings!

 

SO IMAGINE MY UTTER DELIGHT WHEN EMMY AND THE WHALE ARRIVED…

…And all three of my kids read it!  Created by the rather clever Julian Burrett and Chris Cor, Emmy and the Whale is a book that you just WANT to have on your book shelf. As I explain in the vlog below, it took me back to my childhood (although my clumsy turn of phrase in my vlog suggests we had CGI when I was growing up!) and reminded me of just how magical books were to me when I was young.  The story is fairly short, ideal for children with a limited attention span or busy parents that don’t have time for a more ‘demanding’ read. As for the rest of the details and to find out how Emmy and the Whale went down with my kids:

 

TO FIND OUT HOW EMMY AND THE WHALE WENT DOWN WITH MY KIDS…

Watch my Vlog!

 

TO BUY THIS STUNNING BOOK

Visit the official Emmy and the Whale website

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Bloggers’ Cafe Episode 1 Has Landed!

IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE.  BLOGGERS’ CAFE EPISODE 1 IS HEEEEERE!!

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I’m ridonkulously excited to announce we’ve FINALLY launched Season 1 of Bloggers’ Cafe!  This is quite possibly the most excited I’ve been about anything in a very long time! As some of you know, last December I flew back to the UK to start filming a brand new vlogging venture with the incredible Helen of Just Saying Mum. I can’t begin to describe how much fun it was or how many times we felt utterly lucky to have gained as much interest and participation as we did from willing bloggers.  (You can read this separate post about the weekend itself, hilarious moments and a background on how Bloggers’ Cafe came about.)

I ALSO CAN’T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW CHALLENGING IT WAS ON CERTAIN FRONTS!

Helen’s right when she says we had this ridiculous idea that two vloggers who live in two different countries could make this work. But we did and we are! We didn’t have a location til the eleventh hour, the mic on the fab camera that Helen got for filming wouldn’t cooperate, we ended up using our phones and having a fair few storage issues…and don’t talk to me about editing! Suffice to say, I need a hair appointment as I’ve got grey hairs from fighting with Adobe software etc and I ended up hiring someone from Fiverr.com (no this is not a sponsored post for them!) to work their magic.

 

WE MAY NOT BE TOTAL VLOG VIRGINS BUT IT WAS STILL A LEARNING CURVE!

This is our first attempt at something like this so Season 1 of Bloggers Cafe may look a bit rough around the edges (well I am from Wembley and Helen’s from Essex so what do you expect? Joke) but I hope you enjoy it and bear with us while we figure out tweeks here and there.

I for one thing certainly learned that:

  • it doesn’t matter how BIG the ‘please do not disturb…filming in progress’ sign is, people WILL disturb and actually move the sign aside while they come up to see what’s being filmed!
  • in fact, they’ll then stand there and watch you for a good few minutes
  • a grown man won’t spot three women on a sofa in front of a camera and he will play a game of pool whilst those three women are filming (even my best Punjabi glare didn’t get his attention)
  • sometimes it’s easier to get a coffee at Pret a Manger than in a hotel
  • there will always be some eventuality you couldn’t predict such as ‘overestimating December’: it went dark where we were filming and no lights came on!
  • or underestimating one’s iPhone brightness (this vlog is rather ‘well lit’)
  • Malta, my adoptive home, doesn’t have the monopoly on noisy construction 24/7 and it is possible to sit in a swanky hotel talking loudly above clanging lift repairs
  • we need lapel mic’s to cut out background noise for Season 2
  • bloggers are the best!
  • Helen is even bestest and I’m super lucky to be working with such a pro.

THAT’S ENOUGH PREAMBLE FROM ME. LET’S GET ON WITH THE SHOW!

Here you go, Bloggers’ Cafe Episode 1…eek!

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If you have trouble watching the video from this page, you can go through to YouTube and watch it by clicking on this link.

Our warmest thank you to the Hyatt Andaz Hotel for kindly offering their venue to us.

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I Have Some Exciting News to Share With You

I have some exciting news that I really want to share with you!

lightbox saying exciting news

 

So I’m typing this late at night even though I’m dog tired from only hour’s sleep after a hectic few days and a hideously early start to catch my flight back to Malta.  I got back today from London where I spent five days shopping for Christmas presents and sorting outfits for all six events my brother’s wedding (yes six and I’m all sorted!).  This was my third trip to the UK this year, the most amount of trips I’ve done back to Blighty since moving to Malta eleven years ago.

But no, that’s not my exciting news.

 

Of course, there were the usual ‘interesting incidents and setbacks’ that I always seem to experience when I return to the UK, such as:

  • realising I’d only booked 15kg instead of 20kg baggage allowance and was 4kg over…I never book 15kg!
  • ransacking the house trying to find my MAC lipliner (basic survival item), finally sending le Hubster to buy a new one after he’d finished an evening work meeting, discovering the old one in my handbag the next day as we were leaving for the airport (quietly closing my hand around the offending item praying he hadn’t noticed)
  • almost leaving my phone behind in Malta and rushing back to the house to fetch it
  • wanting to chunder in the Costa Coffee queue at Malta International when the chap in front of me erm ‘evacuated’ some pungent air
  • enduring a multi-change train journey to get to my parents’ house  (you know how I love to play that traditional game of ‘Musical Platforms’ aka ‘Don’t They Have Lifts in England?” which is best played with at least one heavy case) which prompted my dad to wonder if I’d in fact flown back to Malta and my brother to point out that there is in fact a much easier route from the aiport to ma and pa’s
  • discovering I’d come to the UK without my bank card but with my husband’s tootbrush

But no, none of those is my exciting news either. 

 

My exciting news is that I’m launching a brand new vlog ‘chat show’ called Bloggers’ Cafe (#BloggersCafe) with Just Saying Mum and it’s coming to a screen near you in January 2017. Eeks.

I’ve been dying to say that bit ever since we first had the idea!  Our new YouTube venture will bring you bloggers opening up about their experiences, tips, funny stories, opinions on blog ‘myths’ and hot topics.  We’ve just spent two days filming it all in London (because that’s what I like to call the placing of an iPhone on a tripod and pressing record), thanks to the wonderful bloggers who came along to chat to us and of course the Hyatt Andaz Hotel for offering us a space in which to do it.

 

tea and coffee tray at the andaz hotel

 

If I’m honest, I’m looking at those words in awe because now I’m back on my sofa in Malta, I actually can’t quite believe we pulled it off.  It’s a miracle we didn’t suddenly chicken out, upon realising the daring ambitiousness of our last minute idea, given that we were attempting to carry it out in the midst of the annual Christmas run up when people are so busy.

 

How two bloggers in two different countries pulled Bloggers’ Cafe together from the original nugget of an idea to the actual realisation in just three weeks and in the middle of December, I just don’t know!

One thing I’ve learned is that Helen is much like me; when she’s got an idea, she’s like a dog with a bone. Neither of us was going to let the timing, location, different countries or parental constraints thing get in the way.   Oh and did I mention we only had two filming days in the whole month to offer our guests as were tied to my existing flight dates?

A quick run down of what was involved:

1) well it started with a fair amount of excited squeals and a very long video call between Helen and myself.
2) properly conceptualising the idea, format, objectives etc because let’s face it, after the initial excitement and novelty of ‘we’re good blog friends and we want to do something together’, we needed to really think about the series’ benefits and why anyone would watch!
3) putting the call out for participants (which may have mentioned a cryptic reference to Helen’s and my failed attempt to share a bed at #BML16 but I can’t confirm or deny that).
4) putting explanatory info together for interested bloggers (I actually want to frame the email that went out because I’m a bit proud of it…I know, I need to get help).
5) securing participants (no mean feat in December given that people use their Saturdays to shop and there was also the parent blogger issue: #Childcare).
6) scheduling time slots for seven people (which despite its challenges was considerably easier than doing lunch boxes for three children).
7) coming up with the name, logo ideas etc (frankly I’d have cried if our participants refused to use that sign in the image above – all will be revealed next month as to how they use it – given the time it took farting around with stock photo libraries, photoshop and font sites because you know me…as mentioned above, when I have an idea, I have to see it through and I don’t make my life easy getting there.
8) a lot of Facetime, video calls, whatsapping, Facebooking, wifi problems and diary clashes while Helen and I tried to liaise with each other on the details.
9) the small matter of finding a venue, a matter which I had to dump on poor Helen as I couldn’t do much on that front from Malta. Let’s just say it went down to the wire and it’s the first time I’ve ever heard Helen say she felt stressed! We can’t thank the London Hyatt Andaz Hotel enough for their generosity.
10) actually filming it over the course of Saturday and Monday.

 

I honestly love love LOVED the whole experience and can’t actually believe that just three short months ago, I said no to the thought of vlogging… 

…and yet here I am not only doing my own individual vlogs but working with other bloggers in front of the camera.  Motherhood the Real Deal you are so right: vlogging is addictive! Of course, we had a few hiccups such as totally unexpected noisy lift repairs delaying the filming of our last session (you were so right Dad Blog UK about those lapel mics which I’ll definitely have to order for Season 2!), someone playing snooker even though he could see we were filming, people just moving the ‘filming progress’ sign to come and stare at us and of course the inevitable cancellations because it is not only the season of good will but also of bad colds and bugs.

But we did it!

 

My Vlog Partner Is Fab…Just Saying.

I can’t possibly end this post without a warm gushing soppy shout out to my friend and vlogging partner Helen whose refreshing blog I started following around March and whom I only met in person for the first time in June. The second time was…yep when we filmed Bloggers’ Cafe! There are those people in life with whom it’s just effortless and you feel like you’ve know them for ages. Helen is that person and we make a great team, if I say so myself and I just wish I could do all my vlogs with her.

Just Saying Mum sitting on sofa

I sincerely hope that Season 1 (I’m loving using words like ‘airing’ and ‘season’ as this is the only time in my life I’ve got a legitimate excuse!) is just the beginning of something wonderful.  It has the potential to be, especially given the reactions to our various social media posts last weekend, not to mention those by the participating bloggers. You could sense the buzz and support. But you know what?

 No matter what the future holds in store for #BloggersCafe, I think you just have to try in life. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that.
It isn’t always about crossing the finishing line; it’s just as much about making it to the starting point too.

So there you go, that was my exciting news.

Huge thanks to everyone who gave up their time to come and talk to us.  

And to end…a vlog of course!  Here’s a wee totally raw unedited vid we shot after we finished the first season.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR BLOGGERS’ CAFE, EPISODE 1 COMING TO A PHONE/LAPTOP SCREEN NEAR YOU IN JANUARY 2017!