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How I Learned How To Shoot Like a Woman at #Blissdom {Photography Tips!}

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It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve been back from Blissdom and I can hardly believe it! I’m still processing everything I learned, who I met and more!

I was excited to learnt that this year Blissdom was going to have photography sessions. I recently got a Nikon D5000 and while in Auto Mode I can take some pretty good pictures, I wanted to learn MORE. I was even more excited when I learned that Me Ra Koh was one of the photographers that was going to be speaking.

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Me Ra Koh is inspirational, gorgeous, enthusiastic and a talented speaker and photographer. I only got to spend a total of 3 hours listening to her share and I’m wishing that I could attend one of her weekend workshops!

While at Blissdom, I attended two sessions called Shoot Like a Woman Part I and Part II by Me Ra. I wish I could share with you everything she told us, but here are some of my notes that I took!

 

Camera Settings

- Turn off your flash! Buy an extended internal flash.

- Use the center focus and then reframe.

- Be willing to change camera settings quickly, especially when you’re shooting children!

 

“Be willing to miss shots to get great shots” – Me Ra Koh

 

- If you’re taking pictures of people, go to a parking lot not a park! Grass will suck up light!

- Turn off all the lights in your house and let the natural light come in.

- If you have a point and shoot, you can still get those cool photos where there is a blurry background. Switch to Portrait Mode!

- Don’t edit after, try and fill the frame as you are taking the picture.

- When getting pictures taken of you, wear something you feel beautiful in.

 

At the end of the second session, Me Ra had us do something that I thought would be silly, but actually turned out to be very emotional. I can’t tell you how many times I cried during her two sessions!

Try doing this:

Stand up with your camera in your hands and close your eyes.

Lift the camera above your head, up and down.

Bring the camera to your heart.

Feel that the camera is an extension of you and not just an awkward piece of technology.

 

Pictures mean so much to me and I love capturing my daily life, my family and all of those special moments. I’m so grateful that I was able to attend and hear from Me Ra and her husband!

Thanks so much to Rug Doctor, who was my sponsor to Blissdom 2012!

Conferences

Be Prepared for Blogging Conferences: Do you have your Business Cards?

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It’s already February and that means that the blogging conference season is kicking off! I am headed to Blissdom in Nashville Tennessee in just a few weeks [so excited to be going on behalf of Rug Doctor!}.

Blog conferences are so much fun! Not only do you get to learn a lot, you get to meet people in real life that you have became close to online and it’s also a great time to recharge and have some “me time”.

I was lucky enough last year to attend 5 blogging conference in 2011 – Blissdom, Disney Social Media Moms, Midwest Moms, BlogHer and the Show Me the Blog Conference in St. Louis. Each conference was unique and I was able to bring away something different from each one.

One of the most important things to have when you head to a blogging conference are business cards!

I’ve been looking around and I am in love with the business cards from Tiny Prints! There are so many different ones to choose from. You can create a business card using one of their cute templates or customize it even further with photos!

When choosing a business card, I definitely recommend making yours unique! Whether it be with a photo of you or colors that pop, you’ll want to make sure everyone you meet remembers you! If you can, leave a little bit of blank space on the business card. This will be great for people to make notes or for you to add additional information to the card!

Here are just a few cards from Tiny Prints that I love:

{This was my very first business card!}

A question I got is what to put on your business card. Everyone is different, but I just like to get the basics. I’ll put my blog name and URL, name, email address, Facebook URL and Twitter handle. I don’t include my phone number or address.

Are you headed to any blogging conferences this year? What’s your best conference tip?

Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in writing this. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Secret Style Suite

Mom’s Fashion Files Makeover at BlogHer!

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Just weeks ago, I had one of the most amazing opportunities at BlogHer.

Back in May, I wrote a post called Help Me, Mom’s Fashion Files. The amazing ladies over at Mom’s Fashion Files were going to give 12 lucky bloggers a makeover while at BlogHer. Seeing as I wear pretty much the same “Mom” outfit every day, I jumped all over this!

To my surprise, I was actually picked to receive a makeover and be revealed at a Secret Style Suite Party!

The makeover was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. We were being treated like rock stars, as the makeover suite was on the rooftop of the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel. There were amazing views!

The suite was buzzing with energy and I while I was super nervous, I found it hard to stay nervous. Excitement took over and all of the ladies that helped me get really were so sweet and so fun!

I got to take some fun “Before” pictures and give a little interview on why I was excited to be made over.

My “Before” Picture

 

I was able to choose from 3 beautiful dresses at Kiyonna, with the help of lovely Alicia. I tried on two different dresses, but we all instantly agreed that the Black Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress was the one for me.

Ciaran from Momfluential helped pick out some gorgeous Stella & Dot jewelry to pair with the dress.

Then, I was off to get my makeup done by celebrity makeup artist Tia Dantzler, who was there courtesy of Johnson’s Baby. Tia and I instantly clicked. She definitely made me very relaxed as I get very panicky when people come near my eyes. For the first time in my life, I wore  false eyelashes. It was a very strange feeling, but the after effect? WOW! So many people were telling me that evening that my eyes were popping!

Getting makeup on!

 

Then it was on to hair, thanks to San Diego’s hottest salon, Detour Salon!

Then, I got to choose some unbelievably high heels, thanks to Payless Shoes. See my face? I don’t wear high heels often!

Checking out the Payless Shoes!

 

We were also treated to manicures from Scotch Naturals, handbags from Namaste and an AMAZING goodie bag from Land’s End.

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Land’s End Bags

 

So, are you ready for the big reveal?

My “After” Picture

 

Don’t mind the blinding white legs, which I talked about in a recent “What I Wore Wednesday” post. Why didn’t I think of a spray tan before coming to California?!

But what do you think? I am going to have to say that I look fabulous! ;-) They did an AMAZING job with my makeover!

Before and After

 

 

Later that evening, I attended the Secret Style Suite party! It was outside, on the rooftop of the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel, and this is where myself and the other 11 lucky bloggers had our “big reveal”.

I was incredibly nervous to walk the Pink Carpet, but I had an amazing pep talk from Andrea and then she pushed me out there!

Walking the Pink Carpet

 

I really shouldn’t have been nervous. I should have had more faith in my fellow bloggers, because they clapped, screamed and whistled for me as I walked the Pink Carpet. That made me feel amazing!

The party was amazing! Classy, yet FUN, we had delicious food, yummy drinks and I even got a feather in my hair!

I also won a Windows Phone! Yeah!

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A huge thanks goes out to the amazing sponsors of the makeover and the Secret Style Suite Party!

Thank you to the amazing ladies of Mom’s Fashion Files: Mom Trends, Savvy Sassy Moms and Sassy Moms in the City!

Also, thanks to Bella Diva Photography for being an awesome paparazzi!

Disclosure: During the course of my makeover, I received a dress from Kiyonna, undergarments from Bali, a handbag from Namaste, nail polish from Scotch Naturals, Johnson’s Baby Products, Payless Shoes, and a bag from Land’s End filled with amazing products like swimsuits and more. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Thank You Serta Mattresses!

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Just 2 weeks ago, I was able to attend BlogHer 2011 for the first time, thanks to my amazing sponsor Serta Mattresses.

 

I had fun carrying my new best friend around, the Serta Sheep.

Everyone wanted to get a picture with him too!

Alissa from Fun Finds for Families

Cents Less Deals

 

But don’t worry, we weren’t counting sheep at night! The mattresses at the Marriott were all Serta Mattresses! In fact, there are many hotels that feature the super comfy Serta Mattresses!

 

Since becoming a mother, sleep has been very precious to me. When I partnered with Serta Mattresses to review their new Perfect Sleeper Mattress, which was designed with the National Sleep Foundation, I fell in love with sleep again.

Serta Mattresses and the National Sleep Foundation have helped me get into a good sleep routine- something I didn’t do at all before.

Now, I look forward to slowly winding down for the night and getting into bed. We have the Plush Mattress, which is perfect for my husband that loves a firm mattress and myself that loves a super soft mattress. It’s a perfect mix of the two!

Make sure to check out Serta Mattresses to read more about the Perfect Sleeper Mattress, the official mattress of the National Sleep Foundation!

Disclosure:  I received a Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattress for review purposes only. Serta is also sending me to BlogHer and sponsoring my conference pass, accommodations and transportation.

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The Cheap Sally Dance Party Recap

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I am back from BlogHer in San Diego! It was such an amazing time and I can’t believe how fast it went! I learned a lot, met some amazing people and had some fun partying! Winking smile

The best party that I attended, and MANY people told me so, was the Cheap Sally Dance Party at the Stingaree Nightclub.

When arriving at the Stingaree Nightclub, attendees were able to walk the red carpet and get their photos taken!

Cheap Sally Dance Party Ambassadors

 

The bottom floor and the second floor has open bars and tables of delicious food like pasta and sliders with fries.

Bar and Swag Bags

 

The rooftop was where the party was rocking! The DJ that played nonstop music that kept the party going.

Rockin’ DJ

 

There were Brand Cabanas set up where bloggers could lounge and connect with amazing brands like Smarties, SearsStyle, Gordon Ramsay Everyday, ViX Swimwear, Lifetime Moms, Kmart, Big Fuel and udi’s Gluten Free Foods.

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I had the chance to greet bloggers as they came through the doors of the Stingaree Nightclub and the enthusiasm of everyone was infectious! Telling everyone about the delicious Sally Sauzaritas, the yummy food, the brands looking to connect and the big announcement of the “Bring Home the Bacon Contest” was just too much fun!

Top Chef Finalist Brian Malarkey, who is also the Head Chef at local San Diego restaurant Searsucker, made an appearance and riled up everyone!

 

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The “Bring Home the Bacon” Contest excited all of the bloggers! This contest will give one winner the Best Blogger Job in the World!

The winner will receive $100,000 for the year 2012! They won’t have to quit their current job or relocate! All they are looking for is someone who has a passion for saving money both online and in retail stores. The winner will be chosen by popular vote and a money-saving challenge in December.

What an amazing job! I already filled out my profile and you should too!

 

 

I had such a great time hanging out with friends that I finally got to meet in person! Talking to Sears about the new Kardashian line, dancing to Justin Timberlake and putting Smarties in cocktails…..it will be a night to remember!

As we were leaving, I had so many people tell me that the Cheap Sally Party was the BEST party of BlogHer. A party where they actually stayed the whole night and connected with so many different brands and bloggers!

Everyone also loved the Swag Bags filled with amazing items like Peets Coffee, Snickerdoodle Cookies, Cheap Sally Aprons and SO much more!

 

Were you at the Cheap Sally Party? I would love to hear what your favorite thing was!

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Thank you to Organize with Sandy for the amazing photos of the Cheap Sally Party!

 

Disclosure: I have been provided a stipend to participate as a Cheap Sally Ambassador from Collective Bias. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

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What I Wore Wednesday: BlogHer and #MomsFF Edition!

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I’m linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday! It’s my first time, so be gentle!

I’m inspired by Alissa of Fun Finds For Families, who I got to hang out with all weekend at BlogHer!

Hopefully participating in What I Wore Wednesday will inspire me to get out of the jammies and lounge pants and start wearing some more stylish clothing!

What better time to start What I Wore Wednesday by a BlogHer addition! I wish I would have taken some full on photos of myself, but hey, I didn’t know I’d be linking up!

 

Friday at BlogHer: 

On Friday, I was excited to check out the Playskool Booth and get my picture taken with Oscar the Grouch. I like how my outfit kind of  matches him.

I’m wearing a tank top from Sears and it’s the French Connection Brand. I was excited to see it because not only is it super cute, it was on sale for only $8!

My jeans are my trusty Merona jeans from Target. I love these jeans and for some reason they don’t make this cut and color anymore. I wish I would have known that because I would have bought about 5 pairs.

My cardigan is the Mossimo Red brand from Target. I love cardigans and I love the green color. It’s very comfy as well.

Update: I totally forgot about my amazing yellow Jo-Tote Bag! It’s so cute and fits a ton!

PS: I’m giving one away!

 

Friday night was the Cheap Sally Dance Party. I wore this Jones of New York Dress that I absolutely love.

First, I love black dresses and second, it’s really comfortable. I love the pleats of the dress. The only thing that drives me crazy is when the pleats don’t stay down, which you can clearly see going on in the dress here.

 

Saturday at BlogHer:

I love this silly picture. Thanks to Serta Mattresses, I was able to attend BlogHer. I carried my new friend around with me, taking pictures!

I don’t have a full body shot from Saturday, so this will have to do!

I love layers and I am constantly layering tanks and cardigans together.

My first layer is a plain brown, lace trimmed tank from Old Navy. Over that is another tank from Old Navy. It’s cream with embellished pink flowers. I love shirts and tanks that are embellished like that.

Over the tanks, I put on a Merona Cardigan. Gotta love Target!

And of course, I’m wearing my favorite Merona jeans!

Update: I have a full body picture! This is my Before Shot for a makeover I received Saturday evening!

Saturday evening, I was one of 12 lucky bloggers who received a makeover from some amazing people!

I’m going to go into much more detail in another post but thank you to Nicole of Mom Trends , Andrea of Savvy Sassy Moms and  SO many more!

Okay, first of all, try not to blind yourself with my WHITE legs. Clearly, I should have gotten some kind of spray tan before this.

Next, check out the HOT dress, courtesy of Kiyonna!

I absolutely loved the way the dress fit!

The gorgeous black heels are from Payless and the jewelry is from Stella and Dot!

So that’s it, my first edition of What I Wore Wednesdays! I hope to be back next week! ;-)

Serta BlogHer Giveaway

 

Are you attending BlogHer 2011, the hottest conference of the year with over 3,000 bloggers attending?

If you are, I have exciting news for you!

Serta Mattresses is sending me to BlogHer to spread the news on their fabulous mattresses, how to get rid of those pesky sheep and the NEW Perfect Sleeper Mattress, which is the Official Mattress of the National Sleep Foundation!

I’ll be walking around with a bright yellow bag and carrying a sheep with me, so make sure to say hi!

 

If you are attending BlogHer, you won’t want to miss this amazing giveaway!

Serta Mattresses is giving away their new Perfect Sleeper Mattress to one lucky person!

The Perfect Sleeper Mattress has been designed with the National Sleep Foundation to address the five most common sleep problems!

The Prize

A Perfect Sleeper Mattress, your choice of comfort and size

 

How to Enter

Starting Thursday, August 4th, simply tweet the following message:

I’m at BlogHer and I want to win a Perfect Sleeper Mattress from @SertaMattresses and @SippyCupMom! #SertaBlogHer

OR tweet using the #SertaBlogHer hashtag!

Tweet as many times as you want using the #SertaBlogHer hashtag for an entry!!

 

The Rules

You must be attending BlogHer!

You must be following both @SertaMattresses and @SippyCupMom.

The hashtag #SertaBlogHer must be included in the tweet.

The winner of the Perfect Sleeper Mattress will be chosen on Sunday, August 7th.

Winner will be notified through DM on Twitter and then upon confirmation, the winner will be announced via Twitter.

 

Disclosure:  I received a Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattress for review purposes only. Serta is also sending me to BlogHer and sponsoring my conference pass, accommodations and transportation.

The giveaway is being sponsored by Serta Mattresses, who is my personal sponsor. They are not an official sponsor of BlogHer and not affiliated with them in any way.

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Serta Mattresses at #BlogHer11!

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 Ever since I started sleeping on the new Serta Perfect Sleeper a few months ago, I have FINALLY been getting a good night’s rest!


I’ve also been blogging about Serta for awhile.

Make sure to read my posts on how to get into a good sleep routine, how to find the perfect Serta Mattress, how I got rid of my tossing and turning and the partnership between Serta and the National Sleep Foundation!

Serta’s new Perfect Sleeper Mattress is the ONLY mattress that is the “Official Mattress of the National Sleep Foundation”.

The Perfect Sleeper Mattress solves the five common sleeping problems!

~ Tossing and Turning

~ Lack of Support

~ Temperature Swings

~ Partner Disturbance

~ Mattress Sag or Roll-off


I am so excited that Serta is sending me to San Diego this week for the BlogHer Conference.

If you’re staying at the Marriott or the Omni, you’ll be enjoying some restful sleep! Both of the hotels feature Serta Mattresses!

 

I’ll toting around my Sheep and “I Heart Sleep” buttons (because as Moms, we ALL Heart Sleep) so make sure to find me and say hi!

If you’re attending BlogHer, then make sure to stay tune for an amazing giveaway!

Starting THIS Thursday, August 4th, Serta will be giving away one Perfect Sleeper Mattress, your choice of size to one special BlogHer attendee!

Entering will be easy! If you’re at BlogHer, make sure to follow #SertaBlogHer on Twitter!

On Thursday, I will announce how to enter the contest!

 

Thank you so much for Serta Mattresses for sending me to BlogHer!

Disclosure: I received a Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattress for review purposes only. Serta is also sending me to BlogHer and sponsoring my conference pass, accommodations and transportation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Cheap Sally Twitter Party!

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We are so exited about The Cheap Sally Dance Party in San Diego this year – everyone is talking about this most coveted BlogHer’11 private party ticket (see press at CNBC). Just in case you didn’t get a ticket, here’s one more chance for you to come (or bring another friend) and dance on the rooftop of San Diego’s hottest club Stingaree with the coolest bloggers at BlogHer’11. Cheap Sally, Collective Bias and Party Bluprints have joined forces to bring you this party with one goal in mind –YOU!

Come for dinner, there will be great food and plenty of it, a premium open bar, fun music, a beautiful venue and brands, yes great brands for you to connect with like: Sears Style , Kmart Gordon Ramsay Housewares, ViX Swimwear, A&E Television’s Lifetime Moms, Big Fuel, Udi’s, Smarties, and more!

On top of that you will receive a pair of ViX sandals ($38 value) to dance in at the party (supplies and sizes are limited) plus other fun swag! ViX brings on the Brazilian heritage with designer Paula Hermanny coming from Vitoria Brazil – Paula makes sure to incorporate her Brazilian roots into all her collections.

So please Join us to WIN your PARTY TICKET and PRIZES!

 

WHAT: #CheapSallyParty Twitter Party
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27th, 9-10 pm EST
For A Chance To WIN: You MUST 1. Follow @cheapsally, @collectivebias, @partybluprints @TonyaStaab and @dawnsandomeno 2. RSVP below and 3. Tweet with us at the party. (please also consider following @SearsStyle, @ViXSwimwear, @Smarties, @udisglutenfree, @lifetimemoms, @bigfuel)

WIN – WIN – WIN PRIZES!

1 Grand Prize SEARS/KMART WINNER = A Ticket to Cheap Sally Dance Party for you and a friend – Coupons for a FREE set of Gordon Ramsay small electric appliances available at KMART this September ( includes: 12 cup Coffeemaker, Hand Mixer, 12pc Blender, Mini Chopper, 3L Deep Fryer, Sandwich maker, 2 Slice Toaster, 5 qt Slow cooker), 1 piece of Samsonite luggage from SEARS, and FREE Dinner at San Diego’s BEST restaurant SearSucker (just minutes from the conference center).

3 SEARS WINNERS = 1 Ticket to Cheap Sally Dance Party – A Kitchen Aid Toaster Oven and A Cuisinart Coffee Maker from SEARS, 1 piece of Samsonite luggage

1 KMART WINNER = 1 Ticket to Cheap Sally Dance Party – Coupon for a FREE set of Gordon Ramsay small electric appliances available at KMART this September ( includes: 12 cup Coffeemaker, Hand Mixer, 12pc Blender, Mini Chopper, 3L Deep Fryer, Sandwich maker, 2 Slice Toaster, 5 qt Slow cooker)

3 SEARS STYLE WINNERS = $50 Sears Style Gift Cards

RSVP is a MUST here>

 

Headed to the Windy City!

Right now we are driving on our way to Chicago!

I am SO excited! Living only 5 hours away, I can’t believe that I have only been to Chicago once.

 

We are headed to Chicago so I can attend the Midwest Moms Media: Brands and Bloggers Summit on Saturday.

I’m so excited to connect with some exciting Midwest Moms, awesome brands (Doubletree, GMC, Flatout Bread, Verizon and more!) and learn to grow my blog more!

 

We are arriving in Chicago early so we can explore the city! We will be staying at the Best Western River North Hotel and I can’t wait!

The Best Western is the only Downtown Chicago Hotel that offers FREE parking! I’ve been looking up parking costs around the city and they are high! For a family, this will definitely save some money!

It’s also close to a lot of downtown attractions and restaurants! Heath is happy that the Best Western has its own pizzeria, Pizzeria Ora. You know we will be there! ;-)

 

As far as other attractions…I’m just wanting to explore Michigan Avenue! There are so many shops to explore!

I’m really looking forward to visiting the Shedd Aquarium. I know that Hayden will absolutely love it!

While I’m at the conference, Heath and Hayden will be visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the country’s oldest Zoos! I’m quite jealous of the fun they will have!

 

We will be in town until Sunday! Do you have any other suggestions on what we should do (and where we should eat?)

 

Make sure to follow me on Twitter where I’ll be sure to be tweeting our adventures!

Disclosure: Accommodations are being provided complimentary of the Best Western River North Chicago. All opinions are my own.

 

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Giveaway: 5 Tickets to the Cheap Sally Dance Party at BlogHer 2011!

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Winners Announced!!

Congratulations to:

Ashley of Qpon Qutie

Nicole of MTDL Blog

Danielle of The Frugal Navy Wife

Charlene of CharChronicles

Monina W of Mom2Amara! 

Pack your dancing shoes!

Are you attending BlogHer in San Diego NEXT month?

If so, you will want to be attending the HOTTEST party at BlogHer!

Cheap Sally, your “Go-To Girl for Online Savings” is hosting the Cheap Sally Dance Party!

The Cheap Sally Dance Party is hosted, of course by Cheap Sally, designed by Party Bluprints and powered by Social Fabric!

With a combination like that, you know it will be a rocking party!

Check out the video below and see if that makes you itching to get up and DANCE!

 

 

Additional sponsors for the Cheap Sally Dance Party are Lifetime Moms, Sears (Style) and Big Fuel!

The Party Details:

~ The Cheap Sally Dance Party will be hosted from 5:30pm-9pm on Friday, August 5th on the rooftop at the hottest club in San Diego – Stingaree.

~ There will be great food, a premium open bar and a DJ.

~ There will be a guest appearance by Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey, who was a Top Chef finalist and is the head chef at local restaurants Searsucker and Burlap!

~ There will be “Brand Cabanas” where you will be able to network with brands and sponsors of the party!

This is going to be one amazing party! They will also be announcing the “Bring Home the Bacon” contest, which will be a contest for the Best Blogger Job in the World!


Cheap Sally makes getting a retail discount very cool and very profitable!

Cheap Sally is announcing the “Bring Home the Bacon” contest, where one lucky winner will earn a $100,000 salary for 2012!

The best part is that the winner won’t have to quit their day job or relocate. Cheap Sally wants to increase awareness among consumers that everybody can get a deal and nobody should pay full retail.

The contest will begin on September 1; details will be announced at the Cheap Sally Dance Party on August 5, 2011.

There will be also be an upcoming Twitter party where additional tickets to the Cheap Sally Dance Party will be given away as well as other fabulous prizes from the sponsors!

Thanks to Cheap Sally, I am giving away FIVE tickets to this exclusive event! Each ticket includes a +1, so you can bring a guest!

Won’t they just love you? ;-)

There are several ways to enter! Do one or do them all! (You know you want to do them all!)

- Follow Cheap Sally on Twitter

- Like Cheap Sally on Facebook

- Follow Sippy Cup Mom on Twitter

- Like Sippy Cup Mom on Facebook

- Tweet the following:

I want to dance all night long at the #CheapSallyParty at #BlogHer11! Enter to win a ticket from @sippycupmom! http://tinyurl.com/6zxwzjk

Good luck! This giveaway will end on July 10th. Winners must be attending BlogHer 2011 in San Diego, California.

Disclosure: I have been provided a stipend to participate as a Cheap Sally ambassador from Collective Bias. All opinions and total excitement are my own!

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Disney Social Media Moms Conference Part 2

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Lunch time!

Lunch was back at Citroco’s and I was lucky enough to sit with @CarrieWChildren, @Kimmoldofsky and @LoriShewbridge.

Lunch was delicious of course and I wish I would have gotten a picture of what we had eaten!

We had a little bit of time before we had to be back at the conference so I headed out to find what Heath and Hayden were doing. They were at the gorgeous pool swimming! I was so jealous because they were having a lot of fun!

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I headed back to where the conference was being held and to my surprise Duffy was there!

Duffy was embarrassed, but he showed me his backside!

I look a like a smiling fool here but here’s Amanda (@DisneyGoToGirl) and me with Duffy!

Who is Duffy?

Duffy is Mickey’s teddy bear, made by Minnie with love!

When we walked into the conference and back to our seats we were excited to see that we had our very own Duffy bears waiting for us! I knew Hayden was going to love it!

We were then greeted by the Star Wars theme music and Princess Leia Minnie!

My husband was disappointed that Star Tours was closed down and in rehab but I was happy to report back to him that it would be opening back up in May and will be better than ever!

Next up was Chris Brogan, who I was so excited to listen to. I had heard that he had rocked it last year. And he definitely didn’t disappoint!

Chris Brogan started off by telling us to ask ourselves WHY. Asking ourselves WHY can stop us from doing dumb things.

Have you ever worked in customer service? Well, you are now! Marketing, Sales, Customer Service…that is what bloggers are doing.

Chris believe is email marketing. Everyone checks their emails right?

Then he talked about CRAP.

C is for Connections. Work on networking everyday.

R is for Referrals. Ask for referrals and offer them.

A is for Attention/Awareness. Pay attention! Be aware of opportunities!

P is for Presence. Be present. Be everywhere. Always have content.

How often should you blog? Well, how much attention do you want? Post twice a day and get twice the traffic!

Are you using WordPress? Then make sure you implement the WP Touch Plugin.

(Want to really go mobile? Check out my iPhone App and Mitchell Applications for getting your own! ;-) )

Don’t have a lot of social sharing buttons on your site. Pick one or two. All you really need is Facebook and Twitter buttons on your post.

It was amazing listening to him and I didn’t even begin to cover everything he shared!

Make sure to check Chris out at ChrisBrogan.com and follow him on Twitter at @chrisbrogan.

After listening to Chris Brogan speak, we all needed a drink! Just kidding!

We were all treated to champagne!

Here I am with one of my best blogging buddies, @CarrieWChildren!

We were then in for a treat because we got to listen to Susan Egan and Georgia Stitt perform.

Susan Egan is a Tony nominated Broadway actress. She also was the voice of Meg in the Disney movie Hercules, which is one of my favorite movies! (Although, I’m starting to think any Disney movie is one of my favorite movies!)

Georgia Stitt is a composer and singer. She has been involved in so much, from vocal coach of America’s Got Talent to being a music director for concerts.

We listened to them perform several songs including “Defying Gravity” from Wicked and “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” from Hercules.

It was amazing listening to them and a perfect end to the conference. The day went by way too fast and I know I’m leaving out a lot.

If you have ANY question please feel free to ask! I have lots of notes from the day and would be happy to share!

Coming up in the next post!

Disney Junior Dance Party and some exciting Disney Junior news!

Photo Credit: Most photos in my post were taken by Amanda of the awesome blog Disney Go To Girl! Check her out!

Disclosure: I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Conference at a deeply discounted rate. As part of the discounted rate I received park tickets, hotel stay, access to events and Swag not available to the public. We were not asked or required to write about our experience at the conference. All opinions are 100% mine!

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Disney Social Media Moms Conference

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After a wonderful night and celebration of learning about the new Disney Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons I was excited to wake up bright and early for a day full of learning!

I had no idea how exciting and fun this day would be!

First things first was having breakfast at Citrico’s, a restaurant at the Grand Floridian.

Yum!

Then it was time for the conference!

First we got to hear from Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney World Resort. What an honor to hear her speak!

Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney World Resort

She gave us some HUGE facts about Disney World.

~ They employ 62,000 cast members.

~ Disney buses log 20 million miles annually!

~ Merchandise locations throughout Disney World have 35,000 different items!

Disney Parks theme this year is “Let The Memories Begin!”

Meg Crofton invited us all to “Please let the memories in, let the magic of Disney move you and enchant you!”

You can go to Disney’s website and share your Disney Memory on there! I have shared two memories on the site!

Characters Signing Hayden’s Cast

and

Hayden Excited to go to Disney World

Make sure to head to Disney’s website and Let The Memories In!

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Our next speaker was Matt Jacobson, Head of Marketing for Facebook. He was also Facebook’s 8th employee.

Matt Jacobson, Head of Marketing for Facebook

Chris Brogan called it later when he asked if we were all wondering who played him in the movie The Social Network? I sure know I was! I even tried to Google and find out while he was talking, but no luck! ;-)

I loved listening to Matt talk. He was very easy going and such a good speaker. And he was very quick to answer any questions we had. He asked us questions. He wanted to know how Facebook was working for bloggers.

Facebook has 500 million users worldwide. How incredible is that? How impressive is that?

90% of Moms use Facebook to stay in touch.

50% of Moms use Facebook to discover Brands.

Are you using Facebook to build your blog, build your Brand?

You should be because Facebook is the largest Social Network in the World!

Here are some steps on what to do, according to Matt Jacobson.

1. Write a blog post. Make sure you are using Social Plugins on your blog!

2. Post your blog post to your Facebook page.

3. Advertise to find readers! (Have you used Facebook advertising? I want to know!)

4. Publish to your fans!

5. Learn and iterate! Do you use Facebook’s insight tools?

Matt Jacobson then shared the story of The 93 Dollar Club. A simple Random Act of Kindness raised over $120,000 to fight hunger! And it grew all over Facebook!

Then it was time for questions!

One of the questions asked of Matt was about the age limit for Facebook. Currently the age limit is 13 and how does Facebook police children’s Facebook pages?

I 100% agree with what Matt Jacobson said, which is it is the parent’s responsibility to police their children’s Facebook pages.

What do YOU think?

*I found it interesting that I found this article a few days ago. Facebook is booting 20,000 underage users a day!

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Next up was the amazing Rene Syler.

Rene Syler

Her website is Good Enough Mother.

Go ahead and open up another tab or page with her website and then come back here. You won’t regret it!

Rene’s attitude, enthusiasm and positivity was absolutely infectious!

Fired from her job on The Early Show, the daughter of two breast cancer survivors and going through a preventative mastectomy herself, she didn’t let these things get her down!

She threw these fabulous quotes out at us!

“Being washed up is just another word for reinventing yourself”.

“You may not know what you WANT to do but you KNOW what you DON’T want to do”.

“Real growth hurts”.

Rene Syler was amazing to listen to and I encourage you to check out her website Good Enough Mother and definitely follow her on Twitter at @goodenufmother!

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We were then asked to share our own memories of Disney World after the Fairy Godmother came out and gave away a night in Cinderella’s Castle!

The Fairy Godmother!

Can you imagine?? I’m sure all our hearts were pounding as the numbers were read off!

Congratulations to Andrea from Savings Lifestyle!

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They then asked some of us to share Disney memories. Lots of bloggers grabbed the microphone and shared Disney memories.

One blogger started to share her story of meeting some characters. She got so excited and ran up on to the stage.

She was so excited and was talking so fast I could hardly understand her!

Wait a minute……she wasn’t a blogger!

She was Fran Capo, the World’s Fastest Women Talker! She’s in the Guinness Book of World Records 5 times! She is also an author and comedienne.

Fran Capo

Fran hasn’t let anything get her down. She is persistent! There’s no such word as can’t!

She called a cruise ship and asked to do a speaking gig. She got her son to call an author to do a book report. She wrote a book in 2 weeks and published it herself at Staples. She did a book signing at the top of Mount Killimanjaro. She’s been held up at gunpoint!

She then said:

How many times a day do you tell someone that you love them?

How many times a day do you tell yourself that you love yourself?

There’s a reason why in airplanes you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first! Not because you want your kids to die but because you have to take care of yourself first so you can help others!

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Coming up in the next post!

Lunch at Citrico’s, some Hayden cuteness, Chris Brogan, Duffy the Bear and more!

Photo Credit: Most photos in my post were taken by Amanda of the awesome blog Disney Go To Girl! Check her out!

Disclosure: I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Conference at a deeply discounted rate. As part of the discounted rate I received park tickets, hotel stay, access to events and Swag not available to the public. We were not asked or required to write about our experience at the conference. All opinions are 100% mine!

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DisneySMMoms Day 1: Disney Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons!

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I can’t wait to share with all of you the exciting things I learned at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference!

It was such an amazing experience. Not just a conference, but a CELEBRATION!

The first night was an event called the Disney Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoon Platinum Soiree!

I walked down to the Wedding Pavilion, which is just a short walk from the Grand Floridian.

The Wedding Pavilion is GORGEOUS. Simply breathtaking. I can’t imagine standing up there to get married with Cinderella’s Castle perfectly framed in the back window.

As soon as we arrived we were able to pick up Minnie Bride Ears and there were also Mickey Groom Ears available too. Heath and I actually bought these and wore them during our honeymoon at Disney World 5 years ago so it was fun to wear them again!

The first thing I came upon was this:

Champagne!

And there was Franck, from Father of the Bride! He was hilarious!

We were also greeted by table after table filled with candy. That’s right, a candy bar! The candy was so bright and gorgeous!

And okay, it sure tasted good too!

@guavalicious, @bluemonkeybutt, @twinversity and me!

Everywhere we looked there were mannequins wearing the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Dresses.

They are stunning and let you be the Princess you have always wanted to be.

If I was able to pick a Wedding Dress again I would go with Cinderella’s Dress.

What would you pick?

We got to hear all about Disney Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons.

Did you know that Disney has been doing weddings for 20 years? Over 40,000 couples have been married at Disney World!

What’s so exciting is they announced that there are now some new destinations to celebrate your wedding! Disney announced that you can now get married at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii! You will also be able to recite your vows aboard the Disney Cruise Ships!

Bringing The Fairy Tale to Life is Disney’s newest Marketing Campaign where couples everywhere who have chosen to bring their own Fairy Tale to Life–whether it be an engagement, wedding or honeymoon at Disney– are sharing their stories with the Disney Weddings Blog.

We were able to hear the story of Kristen and Greg, who were married at Disney World 2 years ago. We watched their video with them talking about why they chose Disney World to have a wedding and how EASY it was to have a wedding at Disney World. Kristen teared up and I admit she made me want to tear up! They said they dreamed of being able to renew their vows there one day.

We were then introduced to Michael Shettel, the Vice President of Design for Alfred Angelo. The Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Dresses are simply gorgeous. I love how he shared that when he was first going to partner with Disney to create Fairy Tale Wedding Dresses he called up his 8 year old niece Lucy to get the details on all the Disney Princesses. She told him important details like “Sleeping Beauty was always a Princess” and “Belle’s Dress was yellow”.

I think his vision of the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Dresses turned out really well! ;-) Each dress reflects the personality of each princess. For Tiana, he focused on her independence. For Belle, it was her individuality. And for Jasmine, he was inspired by the “glistening sand dunes” in the movie Aladdin.

Then it was time for the unveiling of the new Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown. This dress is such a tribute and a fantastic way to celebrate Disney’s 20 years of FairyTale Weddings and Honeymoons!

Did you gasp too when you saw this dress? Breathtaking!

Next up was Carley Roney from The Knot. Raise your hand if you were a Knottie!

Carely says to make your audience your passion, your obsession. Let your audience participate in the building of your brand! Focus on your community.

Carely shared that the average cost of a wedding in Manhattan is $71,000! Ouch!

We were then surprised with the appearance of David Tutera of My Fair Wedding.

@DVCMom was so excited to see him and it was so sweet, he came down to give her a hug.

A few tips that David shared:

Bloggers, you’re in the position to be a TREND SETTER! Don’t be a trend follower!

The trend for this year is bold, bright RED!

All brides have one thing in common….a Dream! David loves to make dreams come true!

Then music burst out! What was it?!?

A Flash Mob! (Gotta love those!)

It was a suprise wedding vow renewal for Kristen and Greg! I have to admit, I’m super jealous that they have gotten married at Disney World twice now! It was so sweet to see a wedding though!

They exited the Wedding Pavilion and we followed. Kristen and Greg took off in Cinderella’s Coach and fireworks and confetti cannons followed!

What a celebration!

We were then lead over to the lawn on the Grand Floridian for dinner, games and a few suprises! Our families joined us too and I was so happy to see my guys!

We sat at a table with some of my favorite people, @CarrieWChildren and her family, @DisneyGoToGirl and her family and @MamaOfAllTrades who was flying solo (Nice!).

We were treated to delicious food like steak kabobs, salad, antipasto, grilled veggies and more.

There was even a Children’s Buffet with burgers, grilled cheese, corn on the cob and giant cookies!

Heath may have been a little jealous of the Kid’s Table!

Oh and the dessert? How could I forget that?

YUM!

It was a gorgeous night and it was filled with meeting fellow bloggers, Carnival Games, keeping Hayden off the beach and a few suprise guests!

It was a gorgeous night out!

Carnival Games!

Hayden wanted to stay on the beach the whole night!

Hayden and DisneyGoToGirl’s daughter Bella!

Giving Pluto a big hug!

He was SO excited to meet Mickey and Minnie!

Amazing Sand Sculpture

Hayden was so lucky to get such great one on one time with Pluto, Goofy, Mickey and Minnie. But I thought it was hilarious as I was carrying him back to our table that he started yelling “The Duck! Donald Duck?! Where are you??”. He naturally thought that Donald Duck should be with the rest of the gang!

It was such an amazing afternoon and evening of fun! Thank you so much to Disney and everyone who participated and organized it!

Photo Credit: Most photos in my post were taken by Amanda of the awesome blog Disney Go To Girl! Check her out!

Pictures of the Wedding Event are from Disney Media.

Disclosure: I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Conference at a deeply discounted rate. As part of the discounted rate I received park tickets, hotel stay, access to events and Swag not available to the public. We were not asked or required to write about our experience at the conference. All opinions are 100% mine!

Live from the Disney Social Media Moms Conference!

I am sitting in the Disney Social Media Moms conference!

We just listened to Meg Crofton, who is the President of Walt Disney World. Amazing!

Now listening to Matt Jacobson, Head of Marketing for Facebook (and 8th Employee!). He is so down to earth and giving lots of great information and I’ll share soon!

He is all about building your Brand! Make a Facebook page (of course!) Engage your audience!

Do you have a separate Facebook page for your personal identity and blog fan page?

Do you agree with Facebook’s age limit of 13? Matt Jacobson says it’s the parents responsibility to police children’s Facebook page. What do you think?

Facebook wants you to share your story! http://stories.facebook.com/

More coming soon!

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Blissdom Swag Bag Giveaway!

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I can hardly believe that Blissdom was 2 weeks ago!

I’m still processing everything and I have one more recap post to write

You can read my first Blissdom Recap post and I promise I’ll have the other one up soon.

I have a great bag of swag that I want to give away to one lucky reader!

It all comes in a Dove Tote Bag! Here’s what is in it:

~ Dove Makeup Bag

~ Red Plum Aluminum Water Bottle

~YoCrunch Insulated Lunch Bag with THREE coupons for a FREE YoCrunch Fruit Parfait

~ Jockey Body Wash and Jockey Body Lotion

~Purex Complete Crystals Fabric Softener

~ Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets

~ Kleenex Box! ;-)

~Stuffed Blue Bunny

~Coupon for FREE Jar of Peter Pan Peanut Butter

~Coupon for FREE Full Size bottle of Purex Complete Crystals Fabric Softener

~ Coupon for FREE Package of Land O’Frost Lunch Meat

Such awesome goodies! And I’m so happy to share with you!

~Mandatory Entry~

You must be a Google Friend Connect Follower of my blog!

Tell me, what are you most excited about in this SWAG Bag?

~Extra Entries~

Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter. (1 Entry for Each)

Subscribe to my blog via email. (2 Entries)

Grab my button and leave a URL where I can find it. (2 Entries)

Download my iPhone App. (3 Entries)

Tweet about this giveaway. Just hit the retweet button at the top of the post! (1 Entry per day)

Please make sure to leave a comment for each entry! It makes it easier to count entries! ;-)

Good luck and this giveaway ends on February 24th!

Disclosure: I attended the Blissdom Conference on behalf of Kleenex. I was able to obtain all of these goodies at the conference.

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Blissdom Newbie Recap-Wednesday and Thursday!

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I don’t even know where to begin.

I feel like to recap my Blissdom trip it would be so many different posts so I will try and post as little as possible (but if you want more I can do that, let me know)

I first want to say how grateful I am for Kleenex. They generously sponsored for me to attend Blissdom. I was so happy to work with a company I truly believe in and love. Kleenex has always been in my life from the happy moments to the sad moments!

I arrived in Nashville after a quick 40 minute flight from Saint Louis!

This is what I found waiting for me my the Baggage Claim.

Arriving at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, I was so overwhelmed! It is HUGE! It’s beautiful but just getting to my room I had to pull out my map several times.

I got to meet my roomie Katie from Domestic Debacle and she walked me down to Registration where I checked in and got my name badge and my bag of goodies!

I walked around the hotel for a little bit and was able to check everything out. I know I didn’t even get to explore all of it though!

Wednesday night was the “Cocktail Party” sponsored by ConAgra. I had heard on Twitter that it was going to be dressy so I bought a dress {and I am so not a dress person} to wear. I should have known that the party would have been a good mix of dressy and casual. There were definitely lots of jeans. Now I know for next year {hopefully if I go!} that jeans are the way to go–for me! Wear what you are COMFORTABLE with!

I really knew NO ONE down at the Cocktail Party, so immediately got in line for some “liquid courage” in the form of the Blissdom Blossom.

YUM!

In line, I got to meet Tela, who blogs for the site Working Moms Against Guilt. She was super nice and I was happy to connect with someone. We sampled some of the foods from ConAgra {mini burgers, chips and guacamole} and got to chat. I also got to meet the Dr. Baby Mama Drama! She was great to talk with!

I left the party early and headed back to the room to Skype with my cutie! Oh, it was so good to see him! Homesickness was hitting me hard then. He was too cute calling out Mama and trying to look behind Heath’s iPhone to see where I was. I loved being able to see him and Heath.

I wasn’t sure what I should do after that, if I should head back to the party.

After logging on to Twitter to check out the #Blissdom stream I connected with Kristin from Taming Insanity {Who I LOVE!} and she told me they were having dinner at Wasabi, one of the MANY restaurants that the Opryalnd Hotel has.

I got to meet Kristin and Liz in person in addition to some others! I tried some California Rolls {I opted not to go with the Octopus, thank you very much!} and almost burned my tongue off when I tried some Wasabi. {Note to self: Don’t touch the green stuff. Ever again.}

After dinner I walked around some more around the hotel. I headed down to the convention center part where they were doing a Sneak Peek preview of CMT’s new show. It was in full swing though, so I didn’t go in. I opted instead to get a glass of wine from the open wine bar and chat with some people outside the screening. After awhile it was about 11pm and I was super tired so I walked back to my room.

It was nice to decompress in my room and have some alone time before my roomie got back to the room. ;-)

The next morning we were both up at 6:45! I had set my alarm for 7am but I woke up at 6:45 ready to go. Luckily, Katie was up also so we got to chat while we got dressed.

Breakfast was at 8am and we were meeting Kleenex so we left the room around 7:45am to get there. Yes, I said 7:45am. It took 15 min to walk from where we were staying in the hotel over to the Convention Center.

We grabbed some yummy breakfast and got to chat with the wonderful ladies of Kleenex, Amy and Carolyn, and also the girls from Ketchum!

The video that Blissdom opened with blew me away. It gave me chills. Do you think you are just a “Mom Blogger?”

You are so not.

Video by Liz of  a belle, a bean & a chicago dog

The opening keynote was by Dr. Brene Brown. She was really inspiring to listen to and inspired ME to cut the negative out of my life and be confident!

We got to hear from Jennifer James about having an anonymous blog (Unfortunately, she didn’t tell us what her anonymous blogs were!)

After that we were able to explore the Expo Hall a bit. There were many booths of different brands {including the Kleenex booth, but more on that in a different post!}!

I loved stopping by the Hallmark booth. I got to do a video answering the question: What’s Your Idea of a Perfectly Imperfect moment with your kids?

Check out the Hallmark site–my video is up there!

I had to head back to the room because I got to participate in a phone interview Katherine Heigl {more on that in a different post!} but I’ll tell you she was super nice and sweet.

After the interview I explored a little bit more, checking out the amazing new GE Washer and Dryer {the washer? It will dry stuff too!} and talking to the Barnes and Noble guys who tried hard to convince me to upgrade my Nook to a color Nook.

Next up: Panels!

I choose to attend the “Peek Behind the Curtain of PR-Blogger Relations”.

It was a valuable session led by Anna Lingeris, Kelly Olexa and Dina Freeman.

I won’t write down all the notes I took but if you have any specific questions, please let me know! I’d be happy to answer!

Some of the biggest things I took away:

YOU are incredibly valuable.

PR-Blogger Relationships are a two way street.

Talk about your experience with the product!

Oh, and uh, check your spelling! ;-)

Next up was “Navigating Brand Partnerships”.

Again, valuable advice by Shelly Kramer, Ana Roca Castro and Nancy Smith.

Biggest things I took away:

Be unique!

Be professional!

Even if you have a niche blog, reach out to brands and let them know how you can help sell their product!

BREAK TIME!

It was nice to decompress some more in my room, chat with my boys some more and relax!

At 6:30pm though was the Total Bliss at the District event sponsored by Jockey. You got to walk the red carpet and take some pictures. I so do not know how to work the camera but there were some ladies who were rockin’ it!

Dinner was at the “Get Out Cafe” sponsored by Tide. I’m pretty sure they served the messiest food possible because they WANTED you to spill your food or drink {Red Wine!} all over your pretty clothes and then have to use the Tide Stain pens to get the stains out! ;-)

I was excited to meet @kathill {Who is going to the Disney Moms Conference NEXT month, woot!) and @wellreadwife.

They were so super nice!

Then we got to listen to Michelle Branch perform. She was super sweet and was awesome to listen to. She also sang a lot more songs that I knew. It was pretty cool to be up so close.

Then Mat Kearney performed next. I had never heard of him {Whoops!} but knew every song that he sang! He was very funny and very interactive with the audience.

I love Twitter. Because with Twitter I was able to connect with Liz from A Nut in a Nutshell and Stephanie from The Blue Zoo.

These girls? Are amazing. They totally put me at ease and it was so great talking to them.

We headed up to the inCourage Party which was CRAZY busy! We couldn’t really even walk or talk but at least they has caffeine. I need my Diet Coke.

But it was great to visit and learn more about inCourage and their wonderful products.

By then it was about 11pm and I was DONE. It had been a long day {as you can tell from this long post} and I was ready for bed!

I was grateful for what I was learning and the people I was meeting but I was so homesick!

More this week on the rest of Blissdom! ;-)

Leavin’ On A Jetplane….

 
In just four hours I will be boarding a plane and leaving behind this cold and windy weather in St. Louis for a cold and snowy Nashville, Tn.
At least it’s a balmy 72 degrees in the Opryland Hotel!
I am so excited to be attending Blissdom. I can’t wait to learn more about building my blog, building relationships with brands and writing more.
 
 
I can’t wait to meet and network with so many other fabulous bloggers. 500 women will be attending! I can’t wait to meet in person so many bloggers that I chat with on Twitter or through their blogs!
 
 
I can’t wait to represent Kleenex, a brand that I love and respect!
 
 
But I am super nervous. Like really really nervous.
 
 
I’ve stressed over what to bring and what to wear. I don’t know if I can go up to people and start chatting. I have a feeling once I get there I’ll be okay. But until then I can be nervous right?
 
 
Oh, and I’m nervous about the flight. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve flown. And I’ve never flown by myself!
 
 
But most of all I am going to miss these guys!
 
 
 
 
Stay updated with my trip to Blissdom by checking out my Flickr stream and also following me on Twitter!
 
 
I also have some guest posts lined up the next couple days so you don’t want to miss those!

I’m Going To Blissdom! Thank You Kleenex!

I can hardly believe it but THIS Wednesday I am leaving St. Louis and headed to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the Blissdom Conference for bloggers!
I am attending the conference as a Kleenex Ambassador!
 
 
 
 
Kleenex has always been in this household. I’m sure it’s in yours too!
 
On Oct. 1, America’s softest tissue became mobile. Based on the insight that when people experience something great – from a good movie to a super-soft tissue – they’re naturally inclined to share it, the brand created FREE miniature Kleenex facial tissue boxes called Share Packages. These Share Packages were designed to encourage easy delivery anywhere in the country.
Since the program launched, more than 800,000 people have jumped at the opportunity to send a Share Package to a friend or loved one. In the program’s first two days alone, 50 people visited Kleenex.com every minute. Because of the overwhelming response, the brand expanded the program to meet marketplace demand and to make it possible for a total of one million people to experience softness worth sharing.
 “In a blind study, consumers voted Kleenex brand the softest tissue of all regular national tissue brands,” said Amy Popp, Kleenex brand manager. “These tissues are so soft that once you feel them, you want to share them with someone who needs a little extra comfort this cold and flu season. This program is designed to make it fun and easy to do just that.”

 





To participate, visit Kleenex.com and follow the simple directions to send a free Share Package to someone special in your life while supplies last. You can even track the chain of sharing you’ve inspired via an interactive map.
Make sure that you head over and Send a FREE Share package!
 I have already sent a package to some friends–it’s Softness Worth Sharing!
You can also view the “Chain of Sharing” and see where people are sending their Kleenex boxes!
You can also share the softness by sending someone on Facebook a virtual Kleenex tissue!
Or you can design and print a personalized label to stick on a Kleenex box!
There’s so much to discover on Kleenex’s website so check it out! 
~~~Are you attending Blissdom?~~~
Please make sure to stop by Booth #15, The Kleenex Softness Worth Sharing Booth!
You can actually send a Share package from the booth to your family and friends back home!
 
You can also enter to WIN a Luxe Gift Basket filled with Super Soft Goodies!
(Don’t worry, Kleenex will ship it to your home safe and sound!)
I can’t wait to share more with you all about Blissdom and Kleenex!
Tell me, has Kleenex been a big part of your life lately? ;-)

 

Disney Social Media Moms Conference!

I first heard about the Disney Social Media Moms Conference back in October.
I am such a huge Disney fan so I was instantly interested in this conference. When I read more about the conference over at 5 Minutes for Mom, I really knew I wanted to go to this conference.
It combines my passion for blogging and networking set in the Happiest Place on Earth!
 I had so much fun and learned so much at the Show Me the Blog Conference in St. Louis in October.
After that I made it a goal to attend as many conferences as I could (afford)!
I was so excited when I found out that Registration for the Disney conference was this past Thursday!
Heath and I put on a movie for Hayden (a Disney one, of course!) and both sat down at laptops with the page open!
It was a little frustrating waiting because we were stuck in a “queue” for a long time. Heath got in several times but was immediately kicked out.
I then got in and was able to fill out all my information about my blog.
After that all I could do was let out a sigh of relief, sit back and chat with other hopefuls on Twitter!
The next day I was on pins and needles and every time my iPhone dinged I frantically grabbed my phone and checked my email.
I was out to eat with my Mom and Hayden and I kept checking my email and the Twitter feed. I kept apologizing to my Mom, but luckily she understood and was okay. I saw on Twitter people announcing that they had gotten their emails so I went to check my email,All I did was read this:

Dear Melissa:

LET THE SOCIAL MEDIA MEMORIES BEGIN!

Congratulations! Your registration for the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is confirmed.

and I gasped! I told my Mom I was in and she started crying!

I have to admit, I was pretty embarrassed (Sorry Mom!) because everyone was pretty much looking at us. But she told me she was just so happy for me because she knew how much this meant to me. I told Hayden we were going to Mickey’s house and then couldn’t wait to get home, start planning and talking to other attendees!

When I got home I was able to catch up on Twitter.

What I read was heartbreaking and frustrating. There were a lot of Moms out there that had not been accepted and it was so sad to read. I know that if I had not made it, I would have been heartbroken too.

There is a lot of controversy on Twitter and Blogs about the registration but I don’t want to talk about it here.

I want this to be a positive experience. I am so grateful that I am able to attend this conference–to meet friends that I have already made and to meet new friends!

This opportunity means so much to me and I can’t wait to learn more to help my blog.

I am sure that this is going to be an amazing conference filled with amazing speakers and activities!

We will be staying at the Grand Floridian Resort for 3 nights. Heath and Hayden are coming with and we are actually going to head down early so we can stay a whole week.

I am so excited about this and can’t wait to share the experience with you all!