My First Book Store Appearance!

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On Friday I had the pleasure to fly up to Brisbane for my first book store appearance at Dymocks Chermside.

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I was met at the airport by the lovely Joanne Foster from my publisher Wiley (Wright Books) and we headed straight to the store. Thanks to Joanne and the team at Wiley for helping to organise the morning.

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The very helpful manager of Dymocks Chermside, Rosy, had the store set up beautifully for my talk, including a lovely morning tea with fruit for the kids and cake and real coffee for the adults. Thank you for having me and making my first store appearance such a lovely time.

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I spoke for about 20 minutes on my top tips on managing the family chaos.

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And then had time to talk to the lovely readers and bloggers that came along! LIke a lovely reader Maree who had bought the book a couple of weeks ago and came along with one of her little ones and a lovely friend.

Tracey from Our Life In Blog Form who I got to meet for the first time, with her husband and baby.

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Damian from Mini Bricks Toys who is about to start a blog!

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From L-R: The gorgeous Stacey from Veggie Mama , the award winning Nikki from Styling You, the incredibly talented Cath from Squiggle Mum, me!, my fabulous friend Justine and her fabulous friend Nadiene.

And the uber cute Veggie Baby!

After the store, thanks to Danielle from Hello Owl and Cath from Squiggle Mum we had a lovely bloggy meet up over lunch.

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From L-R: Kelly from Be A Fun Mum, me, Nikki from Styling You, Cath from Squiggle Mum, Alice from Reflections of Roaming Mum Al and Stacey from Veggie Mama . (I didn’t think to get a group shot until after Danielle left, but you can see a photo of her and the lovely Squiggle Mum on Nikki’s post.)

Nikki from Styling You has a great post reflecting on our meet up and on the value of bloggers meeting up in person and some more great photos from the lunch. I heartily agree with her post. I left the lunch feeling inspired by women I admire and encouraged by their support. As Nikki so aptly tweeted “it was good for the bloggy soul”!

Thanks to everyone who came along, to those who couldn’t make it due to sick kids (their timing is always impecable!) and to those who read this blog. The blog and the book have seen me take a journey I couldn;t have even imagined a few years ago, your ongoing support has helped make this happen – thank you!

And one last thank you – to my friend dear Justine who I had such fantastic time with. Thanks you for such a relaxing and restful time. It was sad to go yesterday – looking forward to seeing you in August!