Over this past weekend Hayden & I flew down to So Cal for our first ever blogging conference - Blog Sugar!
Yes, you read that right and yes those do happen. A lot of them actually.
I've always thought it would be fun to go to one and then I heard from Jess
that they might go to this one. So I asked if me and the little lady could tag along and we did.
So the weekend adventure began on Saturday
First Hayden and I got dropped off at SFO by my sweet and wonderfully helpful mom-in-law. Everything went very smoothly, too smoothly because we got checked in less than 15 minutes and then had nothing to do for 2 hours while we waited to board our plane. During which Hayden decided to wake up and play but made great friends with the airport security guys. Flight there - fed her, a little fussy, then passed out. I even did for a little bit.
We landed and were picked up by the girls and then headed to late lunch at Cafe Rio with everyone else staying at Julie's
house plus the lovely Drew B
and baby Kennedy. Cafe Rio was super yum - kinda a mix between Chipotle, Baja Fresh and Coldstone (they sing when you ask for extra things I think). After lunch we went to my second coffee love - Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I got their summer special blended drink - Honeydew Melon.
After settling in a little bit at Julie's gorgeous house. The speakers headed to dinner at Andrea's
house and we headed to Fashion Island, met up with some other bloggers and ate at Cheesecake Factory. Love their new "Skinny" menu! I had the chicken samosas. Once back at the house we chatted some more and eventually went to bed.
The big day... Sunday
While planning our trip the girls had the genius idea for us all to go to Dry Bar
. Who doesn't like to get primped and pretty a little bit plus one less thing for me to pack.
It was really fun to experience. I love me some relaxation and I think Hayden did too! She sat on my lap quietly observing the process. My girl doing my hair was really sweet and patient since I had baby with me. They serve complimentary drinks (I had flavored water) and have a chick flick type of movie playing plus fun music.
Some girls got their makeup done after that but Kim and I went to Barnes & Noble so I could buy a copy of Mollie Makes
and then headed to grab a bite to eat. Jess then met up with us and we headed for Blog Sugar!
and then we arrived!
I was hot and someone little spit-up all down my back. Good thing I brought another shirt! So our time didn't start off that great plus I know events like this involve mingling but I'm horribly shy in these situations and feel like a loser. Hay-baby and I headed to the bathroom and saw all this adorableness on the way.
I was really excited for my sessions though!
I chose :
1. Sarah Markley - Carving Out Your Space: Finding your unique niche in blogging while connecting with your readers
2. Lindsey Cheney - The Juggling Act: Learning to balance a successful business , family and self
3. Julie Carson & Jeannett Gibson - Blogging For Good: Using your blog for a greater good
I have been transformed, inspired and really encouraged by all my sessions and by keynote speaker Meg Duerksen. This weekend came at just right time, things have already been shaking up over here in content and even more will be changing once I get all my ideas down on paper.
p.s. Don't wear a chiffon shirt while breastfeeding, you will get milk on it and have spots... Now I know!
Pictures provided by Kimberlee Grover aka A Cuppa Kim plus a couple from the iPhone :)