Sweet reasons to be cheerful

It's funny, I remember contacting bloggers ten years ago, when I worked as a PR in Dublin, yet until recently it seemed that parent bloggers were of little interest to brands in Ireland.  That is now changing, and I occasionally get invited to something.  And this invitation was once again thanks to the Irish Parenting Bloggers group, who were out in force for the launch of a new Irish family website.

I will draw a discreet veil over the early morning antics in my house, though you might be able to guess if you're a regular visitor here.  But then things got better.  Apparently the latest thinking is that all you need for a long and healthy life is a brisk 20 minute walk every day, so I parked one mile from the venue to get in my quota for the two days.  And it wasn't raining.

In fact it was one of those gloriously clear blue winter days that makes you want to whip out your cameraphone every few yards.  So I did.  Obviously that didn't help the brisk pace much, but still.

I even arrived at exactly the right time, Gandalf style, so there was no time to worry about being late, or panic about what it would be like.

It turned out that spending a morning meeting and catching up with some of Ireland's friendliest bloggers was just the break that I needed.  Normally I hate anything that even sniffs of networking, but the organisers had made it very easy: we were all squashed into a fairly small room with coffee and cakes on one side and photo opportunities on another, so it was not possible to enjoy either without chatting to someone.  So I did that too.

Disclosure: I wasn't asked to write this, but I was offered lots and lots of CAKE to attend.  

So I totally ignored my New Year health plans and felt very cheerful indeed.  Anyway, I walked it off, didn't I?  

Reasons to be Cheerful


  1. So glad you got a break and a catch up with some like-minded ladies. Have a great weekend, Mich x

  2. What a perfect feel good combo! Thanks for joining in x

  3. It all sounds rather fabulous! And yes... you did walk to counterbalance the cake! :-) xx

  4. I love meet ups like this, where everyone gets together and chills out. So glad you got to go xx

    1. Me too, I hope there will be more of them xx

  5. It was a lovely morning and it was a great pleasure to meet you. Hopefully the first of many.

  6. Glad you had a good time, I think it's always great to meet up with like minded people, and those cakes just look yummy :-)

  7. Sounds ace to me, I'd do loads of things if cake were offered

  8. It was a lovely morning and really enjoyed meeting you. Hopefully the first of many such opportunities.