ITWBN’s 2nd birthday Party

The ITWBN girls Sinead Carroll and Saibh Egan always throw a great party and this year was certainly no exception for their 2nd birthday bash.   The venue this year was the lovely Connacht Hotel situated on the Dublin Road in Galway.

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Cake by Deco Bake

Cake by Deco Bake

I arrived a little early and caught up with some of the friends I have made in the blogging community.   This is one of my favourite reasons for going to blogging events catching up with bloggers I already know and meeting new bloggers.

I had a wander around the exhibitor’s tables before the event got started.   There was a wonderful selection of exhibitors as always.  We had tasty teas from  Solaris Tea, Wigs from Bellissimo Galway,and Look West, were there.  There were some amazing pieces of jewelry from Siren & Soul, and tasty treats from McCambridges of Galway,  I actually won a huge hamper from McCambridges and it was packed full of goodies like prosecco, chocolate and other delights!.  There were wonderful designs from Suzie Mahony Designs and clothes from Chez Val French Fashion at My home or Yours,  Studio 53 were there as were Juicy Lucy & Cool Beans.    Who needed breakfast with all the treats we were given when we arrived!

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The speakers on the day were very inspirational.  Olivia Collins from FoodPR gave us some great advice on PR and marketing and how to deal with agencies.   It was a very positive talk and certainly inspired me to feel confident doing up a press kit and approaching one.

Gill from 56 Central is a dream to listen to.   If ever you were feeling un-motivated her honest speaking would certainly help you dust off those cobwebs and get going with your visions and dreams.  Like Gill I am a fan of vision boarding and watching my dreams come true.

The wonderful  Nikki Bradley told us her inspiring life story.  Nikki is a true warrior standing in her power and not letting everything that she has gone through in her life stop her from fulfilling her dreams.  Nikki does not dream small goals, she does amazing feats and aims high.

All three speakers left me in no doubt that the only person holding me back in my own life is myself!!   Something I preach about all the time and it was great to hear such honesty, positivity and motivation on a sunny afternoon in the Connacht Hotel.

There was also a panel debate this year chaired by the lovely Kerry Manning.   The panel of speakers were Kieran O’Malley, Doug Leddin, Siren and Soul, Getting Fed Up and yours truly!   It was a great discussion where we could hear first hand from the panel what platforms they used and which worked best for them.   It is great to hear first hand conversations like this from fellow bloggers.

The Swag Bags at the ITWBN events are always bursting with wonderful goodies and this event was no exception.   It was like several Christmas mornings and birthdays all rolled into one!!!  Here is a selection of the wonderful products we were treated to.    Thanks so much to all the contributors who gave goodies to us!

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Another party over and all I can say is .. when is the next on?  Well done Sinead and Saibh, you girls know how to organise a party!

Until the next time .. keep dreaming big

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner of IrishHealthHour, Energy Therapist, Author and Mum!

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