Tales From A First Time BlogHer Attender

For quite some time now, I have heard how wonderful it is to attend a blogger conference. Not only is there great opportunity to learn, but amazing opportunity to network with brands and peers. I have wanted to attend a conference for quite sometime, but affording the trip, accommodations, and the actual meetings are always the problem. Luckily, this year BlogHer being in my home state of Illinois afforded me the opportunity to attend my first conference.

If you will allow me to back-up here for a minute, last November I attended the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show and was able to meet up with my on-line blogger buddy Ashley Sears of Quirky Inspired. This was the first time we met in-person, and instantly clicked. We had a great time, and it was at that point we started discussing BlogHer 2013, the fact that it would be in Chicago. Knowing that I would have a roommate at least allowed me to start planning to go to my first conference – BlogHer 2013!

It was very exciting, and a bit crazy busy the past few weeks making plans on what events we would attend at BlogHer besides keeping up with our current work. All in all though, even though the schedule was jammed packed, we were very happy with all the great brands we would be able to meet.

Here are some highlights the BlogHer Meeting:

Being on-line day in and day out, you tend to form a lot of “on–line” friends or as Ashley says, your friends who live in a box – which is true. So getting to some of these friends again, or meeting some in-person for the first time is such an amazing opportunity. There are so many blogger that I have such high respect for and have learned so much from that to get to meet them in-person is huge.

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Ashley (Crunchy Frugalista) and me!

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My fun and crazy blogger friends Jennifer and Shelley of Sweep Tight.

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Amazing bloggers I finally got to meet in person: Jeanette (The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug), Meagan (Sunshine and Sippy Cups, Dusty (As Mom Sees It), and Yolanda (Sassy Mama in LA)

Honestly, this is only a few of the amazing group of bloggers I got to see and meet again. I had such a great time being surrounded by such talented men and women.

The first morning I was at BlogHer we were scheduled for Yoga, sponsored by Yasso Yogurt, at 7 am at Millennium Park. I gave Ashley a lot of grief about this because I already knew after have so much scheduled the night before I would be exhausted. I have to say though, that not only did it feel great but it is not very often you can say you did Yoga in the middle of Millennium Park in Chicago!

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Yoga at Millenium Park with Yasso Yogurt

Some of the other amazing brands I got to connect with were Disney. I had the amazing opportunity to see the screening of Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn. This movie is not opening in theaters on November 22nd. This movie was absolutely fabulous it was funny and extremely heart-warming all at the same time. I will be posting a full review of this movie when it opens in November, I cannot give it all away now. But it is a “must-see”! 🙂

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Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn

I was really excited to meet with American Girl Doll also! I live so close to Chicago but had not ever made it to the American Girl Doll store. This is something on my “to do” list but just had not made it there yet. However, I do plan on taking my oldest daughter Megan (10) there at some point in the next year. There is big news coming from American Girl Doll, but you will have to wait a few weeks for that information!

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American Girl Doll – “Julie”

One of the brands I had an opportunity to meet with on two occasions was Providence-Commerce who owns the brands Red Envelope, Personal Creations, Shari’s Berries, and much more. At one event, titled Sweet Suite Shari’s Berries was represented with gorgeous platters of Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries. These were the largest strawberries I had ever seen, and tasted absolutely divine!

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Delicious Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Shari’s Berries

And last, but certainly not least, was the event with Whirlpool. I love appliances so much! They are like oversized gadgets for me that I can just lose myself in! I love how technology has really transformed the way we do things and allows us to get things done so much more quickly.

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Kitchen Aid Mixer with the Chicago Skyline (of course)!

These are just a few of the many brands I was able to connect with while attending BlogHer. I am so excited for what the next year will bring working with them and others.

Overall, I would say my first meeting was a huge success! I think getting out there and being more visible helps to make you more memorable, but I also think you get so much by networking with your own peers. I would highly recommend a blogger meeting for anyone in the world of blogging. It helps…a lot!




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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. thanks for the honest thougths on your first conference. I grew up in Chicago and kept debating whether to fly the kids up there and leave them with family while I attended but wimped out. Did they announce next year location yet? I want to attend a conference and maybe a smaller one with more educational opportunities maybe.
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  2. SO glad that we had a chance to meet, Jodi, and I’m thrilled that you had a successful first BlogHer! Hopefully we’ll cross paths again in the future! 🙂
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  3. Yay!! So much fun and great to hang out with you again!!! BlogHer was a blast for sure!!
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