I was fortunate enough to be invited to the “Choose Pink or Blue” Huggies South Africa event which was held on Saturday. I was quite excited about the event because I would get to see old and meet new Twitter friends. The event was scheduled for breakfast at the Mount Nelson Hotel. I was originally meant to work on Saturday, but my team was gracious enough not to impose work on me my first weekend back and rescheduled the weekends. I was chuffed!
I left home around 8 am. I was merrily driving along the N1 and as I was approaching Epping I heard a “cluck cluck cluck” sound. I noticed that the rubber on the left passenger window had come loose and was flapping in the wind and assumed that was where the noise was coming from. I felt the car was heavily pulling to the left, but wasn’t 100% sure why. I slowed down and someone who passed me indicated to me I had a flat tyre. I pulled over immediately and got onto the phone with my insurance. No. I can’t change a tyre. I am not ashamed! I knew I had roadside assistance and that I had programmed the number into my phone. They answered fairly quickly and after taking down my location and details, they advised they would call me to let me know when someone was on their way. About 10 minutes later I received a SMS to say that someone has been dispatched and the ETA was 60 minutes. I was so disappointed! I would be SO late for the event! I wanted to cry. Twitter was filling up with tweets from the people who had already arrived and I was having the worst case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) EVER. 20 minutes later, my guardian angel arrived. Literally:
I was tickled pink by the pink BMW! I was also so relieved that he had arrived in just 20 minutes rather than an hour! He had my tyre changed in record time and I was able to continue on to the event. Proceedings were to start at 9:00 and I arrived at about 9:15. All in all I was back on the road within 40 minutes of phoning my insurance and because I had left early, I didn’t miss out on too much.
Firstly, let me say that I have been to a Huggies event before. I did not even blog about it because I was so disappointed overall. I followed the rule of ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, rather don’t say anything at all’. This time was completely different! I was greeted when I arrived. There was a name tag printed for me with my full name and Twitter handle (everything spelt correctly, mind you!). One of the hostesses asked me who I was looking for, found her in the crowd and because she was sitting right in front offered to accompany me to my table. The initial presentation was already in progress and I think she realized I’d feel embarrassed walking up by myself.
We were told some interesting facts about Huggies. Did you know that Huggies are made in Cape Town? The factory produces over 1 million nappies PER DAY! The presentation also included interesting facts about differences between boys and girls. The tagline being, ‘Boys and girls are different. Why should their nappies be the same?’. We were also given an exclusive preview of the new Huggies advertisement that hit TV channels this weekend. Huggies has a worldwide relationship with Disney and the beloved Winnie The Pooh characters will now be replaced by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. A survey revealed that parents trust the Disney brand and there couldn’t possibly be a doubt in anyone’s mind that children recognize and love Disney characters.
While the presentation was being made we enjoyed a “starter” for our breakfast:
There was a lemon flavoured youghurt mousse in the middle of this plate which tasted like cheesecake. Cheesecake for breakfast? YES PLEASE! The tables were decorated with Mickey and Minnie Mouse foil balloons, cookies, little buckets filled with marshmallows and blue sherbet lollipops. @cupcakemummy at our table pilfered Lego from all the other tables to build herself a Lego family. There were also croissants and pastries in baskets. Our starter was followed by a scrambled egg tower, bacon and another tower consisting of a portobello mushroom, hash brown and fried tomato.
We were in for a real treat as Huggies introduced Dr. Michael Mol as a guest speaker.
What a charismatic man! He had the audience in stitches soon after taking the floor. He was both very entertaining and informative. I’ve never particularly been a huge fan of his, but he completely won me over! He spoke about nappy rashes, potty training and encouraging your children. He spoke about focusing on their strengths and not their weaknesses. He also spoke about the developmental differences between boys and girls. For instance, boys are likely to wet the bed up to the age of 6, whereas girls fully develop bladder control around the age of 4. This is purely developmental and has nothing to do with discipline. Of course there are sometimes other factors, but we won’t delve into that in this post. He noted we shouldn’t punish our children for wetting the bed since they really cannot help it if they have not developed physically to prevent it.
After this speech we were offered a tour of the Huggies factory at a later date and moms were given the opportunity to tell a funny story as there were some prizes up for grabs. Waiters brought around some red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing to enjoy with coffee or tea.
It was already almost lunchtime by the time we left. On our way out we were handed some goody bags with a pack of Huggies specific to our child’s gender and size. I was so chuffed with the goody bags! PrincessIce got an awesome sensory toy. A ball with all sorts of attachments and goodies. The moment she saw it she wanted to play with it!
Babyice also received some toys (obviously no nappies though as he is potty trained already). He got a pirate sword and two cars. I thought it was so sweet that they sent gifts for both the children. I also received a flash drive and Huggies note book in my goody bag.
The event felt much better organized than the previous one I had been to. I really enjoyed it. There were also some celebs present at both events. I recognized Cindy Nell and Catriona Andrew (from Egoli fame) and picked up that Richard Hardiman (5FM radio host) was also there. I felt utterly spoilt and had a lovely morning. I was so fortunate to be invited and would like to thank Huggies for the opportunity to be there. I have only been able to use a few of the nappies that were given as samples at the table and will post about them once we’ve been able to give them a proper run for their money 🙂