Part of my Job That I Love requires that I attend various events, seminars, conferences, soirees, et cetera to learn stuff about things.
Mostly, I like to learn stuff about things that I can share with my members over at the Bad Mother’s Club, or on Real Mums, which is a veritable source of useful information and other stuff that helps to make your parenting life easier.
One such event is the Bloggers Brunch, organised and hosted by Kids Business. Last Friday was something like the 7th of these brunches, and I have been to every single one of them. Because they are fun, I get out of the house, I get to meet and re-meet some very lovely women, and I learn stuff and things about some big name brands out there, and what they do.
I attended yet another one of these Brunches in Sydney last Friday, and the fun, networking, learnyness was no different from every other time. Well, actually, this time it was, because I wasn’t just an attendee, but helping Christie out on the day. Having been to all of them, I feel a level of “protectiveness” about the events and like to make sure everyone is having a good time.
The kind of ownership you might have over, say, a niece or nephew; not your own “baby” but someone you love dearly. Like that.
So I was most chuffed at the opportunity to work at the event. I did so work.
And I discovered some really cool stuff that blew my mind! There were some very awesome brands there.
My friends at Kambrook, who saved my crazy evenings by selecting me as the winner of a pressure cooker at a prior event, where there with a lovely batch of their cake pops. They even gave me one; possibly because they felt sorry for me and my ganache incident with cake pops only a few weeks ago.
They have upgraded their pressure cooker, and it is now all button pressy; it does the same things as the one I have, but has a couple of additional settings. They also have an ice cream machine! Nom.
Rust-OLeum – OMG, these guys blew me away! Had thought they did things to help stop and/or remove rust from things like, say, my pushbike which I barely have an opportunity to ride. Or, perhaps my iron. Also sadly neglected … like I care.
Also kept thinking of Cars and the references to Rust-eze – my almost sole viewing experience for the last few years …
Anyhoo … NO! They do paints. But not just any paints; but glitter paints and shiny paints and blackboard paints (where you paint a surface and it comes up like a blackboard and you can write on it with chalk) and … oh, my favourite – dry erase paint, which is exactly like painting your wall so it becomes a white board!
How I would LOVE to paint my office entirely in this paint!
(How I would love to have an office I could paint entirely in this paint, but that’s another story!)
And … AND … they also do a clear dry erase, so you can have a wall, coloured as you desire, and paint over it with this stuff and have a coloured white board (which made no sense, but you get me, right?)
Then … and THEN … they showed me their Countertop Restoration, which is this stuff that goes on just like a paint and makes your kitchen counters come up looking and behaving very much like Caesar stone! Just … swoon.
They just blew my mind. I think I may marry them.
I imagine I was just like crafty people are with Spotlight, who also happened to be there in all their Christmassy, crafty glory with sooooo many of their materials (by which I mean products in which you can create cool stuff, not just sheaths of material) and fabulous ideas on easy to create things for Christmas; decorations, pressies, the like.
Philadelphia – of the cream cheese kind, not the movie starring Tom Hanks – were there with their new stir through sauces (Thai Green Curry and Tomato & Italian Herb), whereby you cook up some meat and vegies (and pasta for the latter) and stir their sauces through.
They also had a chocolate frosting (I suggested they team up with Kambrook and their cake pops and angel cakes) which you can eat directly from the tub at any time of day or not. Or, I dunno, ice a cake or two with it … whatever.
Philly also put on lunch for us, but I was so terribly busy I got to eat a savoury muffin. Which was delicious. The food did look remarkably fantastic, though.
Dyson were on hand to clean up the mess with their cordless – yes, cordless – vacuum cleaner. A tidy little piece of equipment that I tried to smuggle out under my top, but they wouldn’t let me have. I could so use one of these at home.
Nads were also available to tidy up stray eyebrow and nose hairs, and have a new product that will help in the fight against nits. Sadly, it is not a product that kills off parents who can’t be arsed doing anything about their own kid’s nits and perpetuating the infestations, but apparently it is the next best thing. I shall follow this up and let you know.
Bling and shiny things abounded with Bevilles Jewellers, whom I discovered is actually a small, family owned business with LOADS of passion. They have just branched into the area of sentimental and personalised jewellery and it is gorgeous. I am particularly liking the personalised rings, just quietly.
Brown Sugar were also there, with a lovely display of gorgeous clothes and plenty of styling tips. Sadly, I did not get the opportunity to get my hands on that much needed top that I had wanted before my departure .. *sigh*
Being so busy and helping out, I didn’t get my hands on many goodies, as I usually do at these events, nor did I get the opportunity to take many photos.
I did, at one stage, find myself with one of these, but I quickly handed it back. I have no idea how that happened!
It was, once again, a brilliant day. Massive congratulations to Kids Business for putting on yet another brilliant event, and for their absolute faith in me! It was an honour to be a much bigger part of it this year 😀