Where do I find my bliss?

Blissdom Recap_10

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

How to Pack a Small Suitcase

Extra Space Contest

Seeing that I just returned from a short 4 day trip I thought I would share with you some of my packing secrets.  When we travel we are usually flying on standby (praying for an open seat) since my hubby works for an airline.  Since we travel on standby we don't like to check our luggage in the event that we don't make it to our destination (we don't want our bags to vacation without us).  I have become a pro at packing a small bag with lots of clothes, accessories, shoes, and cosmetics.  Do you want to know my secret? I ROLL! You may have heard about the technique that including rolling your clothes but have you ever tried it?  I've been doing it for several years now and it's a great space saver and it helps keeps your clothes from getting wrinkled.  Here's how I roll: Start with the bulky or heavy items like denim since they take up the most space and don't wrinkly easily.  I fold them in half and roll tightly. Next I'll add in the khaki or medium weight fabrics. For ... [ Read More ]

A Greener Bunny Trail – Tips for Greening Your Easter

Green Easter Tips

I cannot believe that Spring is almost here and Easter is less than a month away.  While at Blissdom this year I got to spend a few minutes with the Easter Bunny and his friends from Hershey's to talk about how to green your Easter. 5 Tips for Greening Your Easter: Skip the plastic grass please!  If you must use grass in your basket use the recycled paper grass and reuse/recycle it when Easter is over with.  The plastic grass is horrible to the environment and makes a huge mess anyways.  In the past I've been known to shred junk mail at home and make my own Easter grass (this also works for packing material too). Reuse a basket!  The one thing I remember as a child is that my mom reused our Easter baskets each year.  It was the only thing that remained the same each year and I'm pretty sure if I go searching through my moms storage shed I might still be able to find my basket from childhood.  We started this same tradition with our kids.  Get creative with your baskets too - you ... [ Read More ]

#marchphotoaday Challenge on Instagram (and everywhere else) with @FatMumSlim


February is almost over and my favorite month is coming up - March!  Why is March my favorite month?  #1) My birthday is on the Ides of March, #2) My anniversary is the first week of March, and #3) My oldest turns 9 on St. Patty's Day!  I am 100% Pisces and my son shares many of my traits as well.  I love spring!  I love seeing flowers in bloom (but I hate the pollen).  I love the first real beach trip of the year.  I love Spring Training baseball.  I love everything about March!!   It's also time for a new Photo-a-Day challenge with @Fatmumslim!  Every month I get a little better and one of these days I may actually finish a challenge!  For February I did great until I left for Blissdom.  I'm a few days (ok - 5 days) behind and should probably catch up! What is #MarchPhotoADay?  You can read all of the 'rules' over on the @Fatmumslim blog.  It's amazing how many people are participating in the challenge and I love following all of you on Instagram (and Twitter and Facebook) and love ... [ Read More ]

If the Lorax speaks for the trees, what do you speak for? (giveaway)

The Lorax Giveaway

We are a family of Seuss-a-holics and as an eco-mama how could I not write about The Lorax?  When I first read The Lorax I knew that I had to share it with my kids.  I can remember the last time that I read it to my son a few years ago on Earth Day (we borrowed it from the library back then).  I'm not sure who the story touched more - me or my son. You can only imagine my excitement when I heard they were making The Lorax into a movie!  I have a date with my kids later this week to watch it on the big screen and I'm going to spend the rest of the week making Lorax inspired crafts and recipes with them. If you aren't familiar with the story it's about the Once-ler who finds these amazing truffula trees and decides to chop them down to make Thneeds.  By the end of the story there are no more truffula trees left and all of the animals in town have had to leave to find food, clean air, and fresh water.  It's a very sad story about consumerism and how we constantly abuse our natural ... [ Read More ]

New Year, New Wardrobe, New Earth

Earth Footwear

Isn't that a beautiful picture.  Wonder what it is?  It's the bottom of my brand new pair of Earth® "positive heel" shoes from the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. If the bottom of the shoe is this pretty you know the rest of the shoe has to be gorgeous!  If you've never heard of the Earth® line of shoes they are well known for their negative heel technology that promotes wellness while still having a very contemporary, comfortable, stylish appeal.  The new Earth® collection is known for the same contemporary style with the new positive heel heights for those wanting a dressier look. (Like the old style? Don't worry it's not going away.  You can find our more about it at www.kalsoearthshoes.com.) I'm not much of a heel person myself because I'm always chasing after my very active kids but I was quite surprised at how comfortable these shoes are.  With a cushioned footbed, padded heel area, and reinforced arch support I felt like I was in my favorite pair of ballet flats.  With the ... [ 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 ]

Branding Your Blog for Conferences

UnCommon iPhone Cases

Do you consider yourself a blogger?  If so do you make money blogging (0r hope to at least)?  Do you consider your blog a business?  How do you market yourself? I've been blogging since Sept. 2007 and I don't think I officially considered my blog more than a hobby until about 2 years ago.  Today I look at it (and treat it) as a business.  I have my own tax ID number and everything.  While I still don't make a steady income from my blog it did lead me to my current full-time job(s) as a social media and marketing coordinator.  To me that is a huge success but I often wonder; what's next for The Eco Chic as a blog (and as a business)? I always have plans to make improvements to my blog and the way I treat it but it still remains somewhat of a hobby to me.  I try not to put myself into deadlines that I know I can't keep.  I try not to take on too many projects when I'm overworked.  I try to keep my projects aligned with my primary mission (helping others protect the planet as I ... [ Read More ]