Friday, August 12, 2011

blogher11 recap

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 11:33 PM
So I am finally sitting down to write this recap while I am wrapped in a blanket and sipping hot tea.

Sounds like a joke but it's true. The San Diego weather was amazing but then I instantly got sick the moment I woke up back in Florida Monday morning. I hate my body sometimes.


this was just half.
the others were already packed.
 BlogHer was an amazing experience and so fun, but I'm sure you hear that everywhere. I might not have been able to make it there if it weren't for my incredible sponsor Rosey Bear Boutique. I've told you before and if you saw me at BlogHer then you have one of their hair bows! They make the most adorable children's clothing and hair bows to match! I left with a ton of bows and only came back with 2! TWO! There are some cuteeee babies/kids running around right now wearing these bows!

Rules for BlogHer12
  1. Buy your ticket early. I bought my ticket late so I didn't get invited to as much as I would have liked. Plus, you can get the early bird special and other discounts if you buy early.
  2. Don't pack heels. Seriously, by Friday morning women were already limping all over the place just from wearing their "cute shoes" to the expo hall and parties on Thursday.
  3. Pack a carry on suitcase inside a huge suitcase! This is what I did and it worked amazingly! I made sure all my clothes, shoes and toiletries fit into the carry on first then I took it all out and flattened the carry on and put it inside my huge suitcase with all my stuff on top. When it came time to pack all that swag... I was in perfect shape!
  4. Don't ride the Pedicabs. I learned this day 1. They ripped me off!
  5. Prepare to walk... a lot. You're legs and feet will be on fire. Embrace it!
So my BlogHer11 experience went down like this.
Met GooberMonkey at the airport Thursday mid morning and we proceeded to talk our longgggg flight to San Diego. Landed about 10 minutes late at 5:45pm. I tried to get my bag as fast as possible to make it to a party by 6 but no luck. Went to the Big Toy Book Party at 7 and it was so fun! So many amazing toys to look at and play with oh and of course, the swag was awesome! Great Christmas presents for M were picked up there.
Walked to my hotel and waited for my two roomies - MamaDweeb and Surving A Teachers Salary.
Unpacked a little then went down to the Clever Girls party since it was being hosted at my hotel so it wasn't far to walk. Arrived at the end so I barely got any swag. *tears*
My night = over at that point.

Friday started early because I had the Newbie breakfast to go to. Met some great bloggers there.
Sessions? Not so much. Went to one then left and went to the expo hall to mingle. Passed out hair bows in the halls (shhhh) and wherever else I could if someone asked about the one in my hair.
Lunch time was the best EVER! Of course that's when the #OperationGlory flash mob took place! Click on the badge on the right to watch the video if you haven't seen it yet!

After the dance I couldn't really eat so I hung out for a bit then I met with an amazing brand (more details on that later)! We ate at Pink Berry and talked business for what I think was almost 2 hours.
Later that night I hit up Cheap Sally Dance Party, Kick Of Your Heels, and the Hostess with the Mostess Wonderlandia party! Loved the swag at The Hostess with the Mostess and the bag the swag came in was this adorable insulated lunch bag! Hostess with the Mostess was at my hotel too so again I just went up stairs to drop off all my swag.
 
chillin' with Darth. We are BFF's
Sparklecorn was later that night! I wasn't planning on going but Lilac City Momma was gonna kick my butt if I didn't. It was boring when we got there. A few people dancing but definitely not what I heard Sparklecorn was all about. Then it happened... I saw my #OperationGlory mamas on stage and "Edge Of Glory" coming through the stereo! I flew to the front of the crowd and got on stage and started doing our dance! After that the year old single ladies! It was SO FUN to let everything go and just let the crazy fun side out.
After some fun dancing for about 1 hour my partner in crime and I left because I was definitely pooped and my legs wanted to walk away from me.

Saturday was pretty uneventful but I'm glad since I wasn't in the mood to be doing a lot of walking. I did manage to go to a couple sessions that I loved and did some time in the Expo Hall again. While yes, being sly and handing out some more hair bows.
I went back to the hotel pretty early. I eventually went back to the convention center then I made my way up to The Eco Chic's hotel room and raided all her left over #HauteGreen party stuff. I met some great bloggers there like @KimRosas and @ClothDiaperGeek who came to hang out too.

Around 8pm @mamadweeb and I made our way down to the Fiesta party for some delicious Mexican food but it was so damn cold outside that we ate everything so fast then practically ran back to our hotel.

Sunday was pretty chill. I woke up "late" around 7:30 and met @crunchyVTmommy, @mamabmy and @LittleBGCG for some breakfast by the ocean. Then I packed and made my way to the airport.
I didn't get back into Orlando till after midnight but it was a great flight with some great flight attendants so I have zero complaints.

BlogHer was a fantastic experience and I am already wanting to go back. San Diego was the best location and I hear from other people it was the best BlogHer conference EVER. This being my first I have nothing to hold it to but it was pretty great. The weather, the atmosphere, the people, the overall attitude of the conference made it grand. The weekend went by way to fast and I didn't meet as many people as I wanted to but... that's what BlogHer12 is for! I already bought my ticket so you know you will be seeing me there!

7 commented:

Lilac City Momma on August 13, 2011 at 12:27 AM said...

We did have such a great time together!! I hope we get to do it again!

Katie on August 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM said...

I can't wait till blogher12 I did not go this year because I am so new to blogging. So I am really excited for next year!!!

Sounds like it was a lot of fun!

CrunchyVTMommy on August 17, 2011 at 5:36 PM said...

It was a pleasure meeting you and thanks for everything you did xoxo

JLJMommy on August 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM said...

Looks like you had a blast!

Eileen on August 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM said...

It sounds like such an exciting and rewarding experience! Well, except for the sore feet anyway...

Been thinking about blogging for a year or more now but too wimpy to take the initiative. I love to live vicariously through all you talented mommies! Thanks for sharing!

Saph@Frugal Wife Blog on August 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM said...

Sounds like so much fun! Don't know why but I want to go but am afraid to go, too! Call me weird! LOL

tubbytelly at gmail dot com on September 8, 2011 at 1:51 PM said...

Oh, the swag. That is my interest in the convention. But not sure I can afford to go since that negates the "free-ness".

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