Is that a mophie in your pocket or are you just happy to see me


mophie: portable charging devices for your iPhone (iPad or iTouch). As I was packing for BlogHer I realized that I needed to find myself a portable charging device for my dying phone.  I'm holding on tightly to my ancient iPhone 3GS in anticipation for the release of the iPhone 5.  I was so sad when they released the 4S because I am in dire need of an update.  My poor 3GS has been very well loved but the 4S just didn't do it for me.  Sadly she doesn't hold much of a charge these days and would never make it through a day at a blogging conference. In a building with 5,000+ bloggers I didn't stand a chance at finding a plug to charge my phone during the day and even if I did I would have to sit in that spot waiting for it to charge.  After posing a question to a group of women going to BlogHer I was introduced to my new lover...mophie!  It was love at first sight! mophie makes an entire line of portable charging devices.  Some are external chargers where you plug your phone into ... [ Read More ]

My BlogHer 12 Brite by Britely and other funny stories!

Read "BlogHer 12 NYC" by Calley Brewer Pate at Britely! While in New York this past week I learned about a new website called Britely. You upload your photos, choose your style, add text, and publish everything into a nice little flip book (Brite) like the one above. I have so many ideas on how I can use Britely so you may see them regularly over the next few months. As for BlogHer, it was amazing as always!  This year there were over 5000 attendees and probably the most men I've seen at BlogHer yet.  If this was your first trip I'm sure it felt a little overwhelming with that many people. Here is a short summary the first few days of the trip: Wednesday - Chris and I flew to NYC and arrived at the hotel early.  We shared a cab to the hotel with some new friends, one of which was from Tampa.  Megan, I Run For Wine, is from Tampa and blogs about running, food, and of course wine.   The other lovely that we met in the cab was Kristi from Orange Dragonfly Media.  Kristi also ... [ Read More ]

The Real Power of Social Media

 I am completely blown away by this years BlogHer conference and I haven't even left home yet.  The past two years that I've gone there have been between 2500-3000 bloggers attend.  This year there will be 4500 - that's just amazing.  Not only will there by that many bloggers (mostly women - moms - and even some men) but we have the opportunity to connect with some pretty influential people. Sure it's nice to connect with the fabulous brands that help sponsor the conference (that's always fun) but I'm talking about celebrities and leaders. This year at Blogher the organizers are bringing us the following people who want to talk with us: Martha Stewart is the Keynote on Friday Katie Couric is the Keynote on Saturday Soledad O'Brien, Christy Turlington Burns, and Malaak Compton-Rock are speaking in the Women Influencers as Change Agents and finally they just announced that President Barack Obama will be speaking via live video stream on Thursday. The conference ... [ Read More ]

My BlogHer ’12 Schedule

The Eco Chic

Is BlogHer '12 really THIS week?  I'll be packing over the next few days and heading up to New York on Wednesday.  My husband is joining me on the trip and we'll probably do some touristy things Wednesday and Thursday.  I even got him a ticket to BlogHer this year since he helps me out with my blog. Once the official conference starts on Thursday here is my tentative schedule (of official events and sessions): Thursday - Night at the Expo Friday - 6am: BlogHer 5K (don't be too excited, I'll probably be walking it!) 8am: BlogHer Breakfast - I'm sure I'll be hungry after the 5K 9am:  Welcome 10:30am: HTML Doesn't Have to Be a Four Letter Word (I only know a few basic codes) 11:15am: Geek Bar - Design Audit 11:45am: Lunch Keynote with Martha Stewart AND #clothbloghers12 Birds of a Feather Lunch organized by @MommaWords 1:15pm: Three-Dimensional Beauty on a 2D Screen 2:45pm: Geek Bar - Google Analytics 4pm: PHC Pampering (Phizer) - Hair Chalking appt at ... [ Read More ]

Upcycled Cardboard Blogger Business Cards

cardboard business cards

Are you a blogger and need some business cards that will stand out from the rest?  PR agencies and businesses get thousands (if you're going to BlogHer '12, 4,500+ attendees) of cards.  How do you make your card stand out from the rest? Being an eco-friendly "Green" blogger I've always struggled with business cards because they really waste a lot of natural resources and most people only need them for a short period of time.  I have an entire box of business cards that I had made in 2010 with my sponsors names on the back.  Kind of hard to reuse when it says "My 2010 Sponsors are..." This year I will have a mixed batch of cards.  I still have about 20-30 square blogger business cards left from 2011 that I will use up.  I also have my 2010 cards that I will apply address labels over the 2010 sponsor information on the back.  Finally I have a batch of upcycled cardboard blogger business cards that I made from some used cardboard boxes. Directions:  Cut cardboard to desired size ... [ Read More ]