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Blissdom Bound

Yesterday I spent the morning packing my little bag for 10 days, 2 cities, and 2 different climates.  I went to bed before my 4 yr old (she’s a night owl) and woke up shortly after my regular bedtime.  My shuttle to the airport arrived 30 minutes early and didn’t have any additional stops after me.  By the time I arrived at the airport it was only 3am and I beat most of the airport employees in.  After waiting for about an hour, I was finally able to drop off one bag and wait some more.  Another hour before security was operational.  Finally after 2 hours I finally opened my eyes, with the help of Starbucks and my iced chai latte. Today I’m heading to Dallas, TX for the Blissdom blog conference.  This will be my 3rd year attending Blissdom and I love that it’s in Dallas this year.  I’ll be meeting old friends and making new friends.  With me I have a brand new DSLR camera which I intend to learn how to use while in Dallas.  I’m looking forward to learning the manual camera skills ... [ Read More ]

5 Things I’m Looking Forward to at Blissdom 2012

 In just a few short weeks I'll be boarding a plane and heading North to Nashville for my second Blissdom conference.  Last year I decided on a whim to go and it was the best decision I made all year.  I actually learned so many valuable lessons last year that I can hardly wait to see what I will learn this year.  I'm excited to see that they have revamped their schedule this year too.  For those who have never been to Blissdom or for those who may be going for the first time here are a few things I'm really looking forward to... 5 Things I'm Looking Forward to at Blissdom 2012 NEW! Handmade Marketplace - I need to remember to bring some cash and be ready to shop!  I can't wait to see what these creative moms have in store for me.  It will be like shopping on Etsy only in person - I think I may get in a little bit of trouble.  Perhaps I will find some inspiration for some craft projects of my own or perhaps I'll find some new site sponsors.  Only time will tell.  This will be ... [ Read More ]

Blissdom 11 – Looking Back

Kelly and Calley

Has it really been a week since I left Nashville and headed back home from Blissdom?  I'm so glad that I decided to go this year and I have even more stories and moments to share with you. Why do I want to share my conference experiences with you?  To give you a look behind the real reason we all blog and attend blogging conference - to make real life connections.  We tend to hide behind our computers all day (or night) and forget that these are real people with real families and real stories.  While there are lots of lessons we learn that make use better bloggers I think the real value is making those real connections in life. 1.  I want to thank Sommer Poquette of Green and Clean Mom for encouraging me to register. She told me that it's the one conference she will go to every year because she gets so much out of it.  She's totally right!  Only having BlogHer to compare it to I know my experience may be different than some but wow - I'm fully charged, inspired, and ready to go!  To ... [ Read More ]

Finding My Bliss at Blissdom11

Blissdom Box

Can anyone guess where I'm heading this week?  #Blissdom11!! Now most of my followers are probably staring at their computer screens going "huh?" or "Bliss-what?"  or maybe "Oh, isn't that like BlogHer?"  Yes, it's a blogging conference where bloggers meet up, share ideas, create new ideas, and form real life relationships.  I had the pleasure and joy of attending one of the largest conferences held each year last August (BlogHer) in NYC and I have to admit it's still overwhelming to think about all the things that happened that week.  Did I really have lunch with the Jenn THE inventor and creator of the bumGenius cloth diaper?  Did I really form an amazing bond with Kelly from Kelly's Closet?  Did I really meet and partner with great companies like ecoStore USA, Plum Organics, and so, so, so many more?  Did I really meet other eco-minded bloggers like Green and Clean Mom, Beth Terry, Melissa Moog, phD In Parenting, Consientious Confusion, Condo Blues, and so, so, so many more?  ... [ Read More ]

Type-A Parent Conference Atlanta 2014

As a blogger, one of the most exhilarating and inspiring things to do is attend a blogging conference.  Over the past 5 years I've been to several including a few BlogHers, Blissdom, Mom 2.0, and Type-A.  Each one is different but I always take away something special from these events. Why should you attend a blogging conference? If you are serious about treating your blog like a business, it's a good idea to attend a conference.  You'll learn some very valuable lessons about how to turn your blog into a business AND get paid for it.  Each conference has different areas of blogging that they focus on in their sessions. This year at Type-A there are some pretty exciting sessions.  I'm especially interested in 1) The Hybrid Life - Juggling Blogging and Marketing Careers, 2) Stop Being Scared of Video, 3) Freelance Writing, and 4) Instagram.  There are 3 days full of sessions, keynotes, panels, and receptions. Another reason to attend a blog conference is to connect with ... [ Read More ]

My New Type-A Conference Friends


Has a week already passed since Type-A conference in Atlanta??  I guess that's what happens when you jump right back into life with 2 feet running at full speed. What did I learn at Type-A?  This was my first time at this conference and I was actually pleasantly surprised at how small and intimate it was.  I was always running into the same group of ladies and feel like I really got to bond with many of them.  For the learning side of things I feel like my expectations are altered from what they should be.  I've been blogging since 2007 and I know a lot of the basic and intermediate things about social media.  Heck, I could probably have taught some of the sessions myself...but I've never really thought about that before. I did learn a few things about Google+ and why I should embrace it, even if I don't really like it. I was motivated to update my media kit; which I promise to finish before the end of the week. I learned what semantic markup is and know that I need to ... [ Read More ]

There’s Snow and Stonyfield Smoothies in Utah (and on the Moon)

Eating snow

  I have you confused with the title don't I?  Snowing?  Smoothies?  Utah?  The Moon?  What happened after my trip to Blissdom last month?  I teased you with it a few weeks ago but (as time always does) time slipped away from me.  When I boarded my flight from Dallas, instead of heading home to Tampa I flew to Utah!  My husband and the kids were boarding a plane around the same time to meet me out there for our Spring Break.  (Read all the way to the bottom to find out how to win some Stonyfield Smoothies!) I know, normal people go to the beach for Spring Break!  We've always wanted to take the kids to see snow.  My son last saw snow at the age of 1 when we were still living in Georgia and our daughter has never seen snow.  Both my husband and I were raised in Georgia and only saw the occasional dusting and ice storm.  So we finally packed the kids and set out on our very first family snow skiing adventure.  Here's a quick glimpse at some of our favorite moments in the ... [ Read More ]

Where do I find my bliss?

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One of the joys of blogging is being able to go to blog conferences to see my virtual friends; the people I talk with and interact with on a daily basis but rarely get to see.  My primary goal when planning these trips is to learn a few new skills but I always end up leaving with more friends than skills. Blissdom is the perfect conference for blending my goal of learning a few new things and having a good time with friends.  I've gone for the past 3 years and each time I leave with so much bliss.   This years goal was to learn how to use my brand new DSLR camera.  Blissdom always has an exciting photography tract and I knew this was a perfect time to learn. Day one didn't disappoint.  I met up with a large group of ladies for the annual Blissdom Photowalk around the Gaylord.  I didn't know anyone going into the Photowalk aside from a few virtual friends I had met on the Facebook group.  I met up with Jenn from Real Posh Mom who was new to this photography thing too.  We mingled ... [ Read More ]

Earth Footwear – I have an addiction!


I have to admit something to you, I have an addiction to Earth Footwear!  I got my first pair last February and I now have three pairs.  My favorite pair are my Camelli's because I get to wear them almost year round here in Florida.  My most recent pair is a pair of boots from their Winter Collection; the Chinook mid-calf boots.  For a Floridian it's not unusual for us to have several pairs of boots that we pull out for the few days a year when the weather dips below 70F.  I'm not kidding - when it's 68 outside you'll see the women of Florida in boots just because we can. All of my boots are either ankle boots or knee high boots.  I have a problem (don't hate me) finding mid-calf boots that fit me because I have skinny legs/calves.  I don't like it when the boots gap around my calves.  This is another reason I don't (yet) own a pair of cowboy boots (highly annoying because I REALLY want a pair). I've been eyeing the Chinooks for a few months now and the fine people at Earth ... [ Read More ]

iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli Worthington

I'm a huge fan of iPhone photography, in fact I have over 40 photography related apps on my phone.  I always have my phone with me and some of my favorite photos were taken from it; including many that you see on this blog. Last week while I was getting ready to pack for our trip I stumbled upon an ebook, iPhone Photography, by Alli Worthington.  I didn't even realize Alli had written an ebook (I'm a bad blogger and don't keep up with what everyone is doing) but I knew it would be good.  If you don't know who Alli is, she is a blogger and the founder of the Blissdom blogging conferences.  She is beautiful, spirited, and incredibly talented.  I immediately purchased the ebook so I could have some reading for our trip. WOW!!  I wasn't prepared for 173 pages full of gorgeous iPhone images, tips, app recommendations, and personal photography advice.  I read the entire thing on our car ride up to the cabins.  I immediately installed several new apps (mostly free) that I'm learning to ... [ Read More ]