If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen some sneak peeks from BlogHer, but it’s now been a good week since coming back from Blogher in New York, and I finally feel like I have landed. Attending a blog conferences is so much fun, but also pretty intense and can be somewhat overwhelming at times. There is a lot going on, so many things to learn, so many things to see and so many new people to meet, and so much fun! This year, BlogHer was in New York and I was not complaining. Continue reading
I went to the Mom 2.0 Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona this year and here is a full recap of the summit and all the fun in between! Initially I was a little hesitant to the Mom 2.0 summit, because I am not a mom and don’t get me wrong, the mom focus is a big part of this conference, but there’s so much more to it! I met some incredible women and was definitely equally as inspired by the keynotes as I was by the woman sitting next to me!
When arriving at the resort, we checked out the digs, got registered and got some pretty cool swag bags. Dove was the main sponsor and of course gave us lots of goodies! The funniest gift though, was the one and only selfie stick! I had just had a conversation with my main squeeze before I left, that I was never going to get one! Ha! Serves me right I guess. First thing I pulled out of the gift basket in our room was the selfie stick! I haven’t used it yet, but somehow I will admit, that it has it’s benefits for a good angle :) Later that night it was time for the “Rise of the Phoenix Opening Party”. The theme was orange and everybody was supposed to wear orange. I kind of panicked in advance, because I don’t usually wear orange and therefore I don’t own any! Lucky for me, I got to borrow a sample from the closet! The dress is Stitch Fix and probably looks a lot better on the model anyways! :) The party was out on the lawn and had a beautiful setup with string lights and fire pits! I was a little nervous this being my first mom 2.0 summit and not really sure how this all went down, but I warmed up pretty quick. It was so fun to realize that so many familiar faces were there! I had a great time meeting up with friends, enjoying amazing food and wine, dance and just have fun!
There were so many great Keynotes and sessions throughout the conference, but the main theme was telling your story and how to do it with your point of view. Everything was kicked off with Molly Ringwald and the cutest notebooks from Dove. One that really stuck with me was Heather Armstrong‘s keynote about the courage of compassion and how the “haters” are the ones that needs it the most. Whenever you tell your story, someone is going to disagree or have an opinion about it. Opinions are good in terms of inspiring conversation, but sometimes people are mean just to be mean. My mom would always say that anyone who picks on you, only do so because they don’t want anyone to pick at them or see their own flaws. It’s like the famous saying, attack is the best defense. I definitely don’t agree with that tactic, but sometimes it helps me understand why some people say or act the way they do. I was also impressed by Cindy Mccain and how she told her story of being a mom to a son sent to war in Afghanistan. I haven’t seen her as much in the media before and let me just tell you, she is an amazing storyteller! And last, but not least Bunmi, founder of and writer of the blog and book The Honest Toddler. This lady is funny with a capital F! She was joking about starting stand-up comedy and I really hope she does! I would buy tickets in a heartbeat!
After a long day of keynotes, walking around in the Marketplace, meeting people, talking to people, doing some more talking and just a little bit more talking, we were ready for the garden happy hour to do just a little bit more talking! :)
There were a lot of different booths at the happy hour, but one of the most interesting ones was surprisingly this natural turkey stand. They had a huge mural up with color coded zones for everyone to participate in painting this beautiful picture, #smallactbigpicture. I am all for more natural food and the more organic, the better!
The last day started off with a bang! Or with a “run” that is! Best Buy hosted a morning 5K run and the first 40-50 people there got a brand new Withings Pop Fitness tracker! I have used it for a couple of weeks now and it’s pretty cool! It looks like and works like a normal watch and then you connect it with the add for lots of added insights. I’ll do a full review when I have used it some more.
After breakfast it was time for more sessions and throughout the day you had to choose between a few different ones at the same time. I wanted to attend them all so I tried to run back and forth a little bit, not that it worked out that well though! I really liked the one on going beyond blogging on Pinterest and Instagram. And what comes after some learning? Pampering! Dove had partnered up with Drybar to setup a little pampering station and it was so nice to get a little touch up on my hair!
A little peek into some of my outfits during the summit! Lace overlay top from my last Stitch Fix paired with white jeans and a hanging statement necklace!
New pastel sandals from Forever21, bikini coverup/tunic and handbag from Stitch Fix. After a little well deserved pool time, it was time to get ready for the Iris Awards and we got all dressed up for the red carpet! Both dresses are Stitch FixAnd look who I ran into at the red carpet! Eghe! The Iris Award is the Mom 2.0’s own version of the Golden Globe Awards, except it’s for bloggers.
Look who showed up as the host? Andrew McCarthy from Pretty in Pink! And with that, the audience lost their sh*t! :) Besides the fame and glory, It was really impressive to see so many inspiring women gathered in one room and how they all honored each other and their accomplishments! And with that, I bought my ticket for next year already!
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Until Next time, Hadet På Badet!
I did it again! I signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon. Last year I went to BlogHer right before my race and prepped really
nicely horribly with hard concrete conference floors and wine for days right before my race. Mhm! You read that right. I came home around 8.30PM Saturday and got up 4.30AM the next day a few hours later to run the race. Needless to say, it was not my best decision or race, but it was my first one and I finished! And who can resist this view during a race?
I am going to BlogHer again this year as well (yay for New York!), but I checked the schedule and it finishes up a week before :) Which reminds me, I should do a recap of last year if anybody is interested? It was my first big blogging conference and I really liked it!
Last year was also my first time running a half marathon, which you can read more about here and here. I haven’t been working out as much as I did around this time last year, but I feel more prepared this time around just knowing that I am actually able to cover the distance without passing out!? I’ll be using April to get back into pre-race-training shape. Anyone else running a half marathon this spring/summer?
I created a 8 Week Half Marathon Training Program last year and I think I’ll use the same thing this time around with a few tweaks her and there. I really want to improve my time from last year so I think I’ll add more strength exercises in there too. Any extra advice on preparing for my next big race? I am going to make a 30 day prep plan and then tweak my running plan. Keep an eye out for the full plan soon :)