Blogger Bash Recap

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A few weeks ago my good friend Jen, over at All Four Love, and I had the chance to get away for the weekend and attend Blogger Bash in NYC. I was thrilled when we booked the trip because we got to spend some time together on a kids free weekend talking about nothing but blogging.

Hosts

Blogger Bash made its debut this year in New York City at Location 5. These six women put together an amazing schedule and two day conference hosting 10 themed parties including the legendary Sweet Suite, sponsored by The Big Toy Book, Blogger Bash was the perfect opportunity to bring together some amazing bloggers and brands.

Hotel

Rob did a great job finding Jen and I the perfect hotel within walking distance of Location 5. Tryp Wyndham was absolutely gorgeous with great customer service and best of all, LEAD Certified. We arrived and were able to park across the street and even checked in early. I loved being walking distance from the conference. It allowed Jen and I to split up when I needed to head back for a break. We also saved a ton of money because we were able to keep the car parked and didn’t have to pay for transportation.

Gifts

Jen and I decided to attend the VIP sessions on Thursday which ended up being an excellent move. We got to hear from some very influential women like Debbie Mitchell and Lucy Wallace Eustice, learn the latest news from Disney Infinity and LeapFrog, and were showered with some amazing gifts.

Events

Blogger Bash hosted a variety of events Thursday night and Friday including Baby Palooza, Mommy Tech, Social Suite and closed the night with Kidz Vuz. I loved seeing all of the latest and upcoming products from top brands like Joovy, Fisher-Price, Mega Bloks, Step2, LEGO, Faber-Castell, Tiggly, Crayola, and Land’s End.

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I also have the chance to meet some new friends, enter some awesome giveaways and listen to some very influential icons like the one and only Anne Geddes.

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One of the biggest perks of attending Sweet Suite during Blogger Bash was waiting for the box of goodies to show up at my doorstep after the conference. I couldn’t believe how generous all of the brands who contributed were. Parker has already have fun playing with his Tiggly Shapes, coloring with his new set of Faber-Castell crayons, and jamming out to the latest Kidz Bop album.

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I definitely had a blast but have to admit it was nice to head home after a jam packed two days. My feet were screaming at me! You can check out some other amazing reviews over at A Grande Life’s Blogger Bash Recap Link Up!

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Blogger Bash Coffee Talk #BBNYC

I am so excited to be attending #BBNYC later this week with one of my favorite bloggers and mammas Jen from All Four Love

One of the coordinators and masterminds behind Blogger Bash, Steph from A Grande Life, also hosts a link up before conference to help bloggers get to know one another. It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers before the conference to find others in your same niche or ones that you love to read about.

1. Name: Mary

2. Where are you from? Originally Jersey but have been in the DC/VA area for about 6 years now.

3. How long have you been blogging? My first post on Cherry Blossom Love was April 2011, our wedding recap. I didn’t post again until we announced our pregnancy with my son in December of 2011. I started it to help document our new life but it has turned into something amazing. I have met so many wonderful people, companies, and have had the opportunity to try a ton of products to help make life easier. I love helping people so this is a great way to really learn a lot and share that knowledge with new mothers whether they are family, friends or complete strangers.

4. What is the meaning behind your blog name? My husband and I were married during the DC Cherry Blossom Festival in April of 2011. I interviewed for a job in DC during the festival in 2008 and fell in love. The cherry blossoms are what drew me to the job, which led to meeting my husband, which led to my life right now.


5. What are you most looking forward to at Blogger Bash? Attending with my good friend Jen, over at All Four Love, who originally convinced me to start a blog. Meeting some new bloggers and reconnecting with some old ones. I am also very excited to attend a conference close to home. 

6. What three words describe you the best? An organized energetic pack-rat


7. Got kids? How many? Parker turned 2 on June 22nd and baby girl is due the end of September.

  

8. We all have a pet peeve. What is your #1? People who disobey traffic laws. Specifically those who have no respect for speed limits, stop signs and red lights. Everyone wants to get home to their families. Rushing won’t get you there any faster and may cause someone to never get home. I am from Jersery so I WILL use the finger and ask my son, a “jackass” will usually follow. Not one of my proudest mommy moments but an accurate one.


9. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Grandfather. I really miss him and wish he could have met my husband and Parker.
 
10. Show me your face!

 

See you all soon!!!!

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BlogHer ’13 via Instagram Photos

I can’t believe that BlogHer is over… I waited in anticipation for months and it was over with a blink of an eye! I made a ton of notes and have so many reflections to share from beginning to end. It is going to take me a few weeks to get everything together since we are headed to LBI for a family reunion and then preparing for Rob’s deployment.

In the meantime, I thought I would share my experience through all of the Instagram photos I took! 

Heading Out To #BlogHer13

I can’t believe it’s finally here! BlogHer ’13 here I come!!!

 This momma is headed to Chicago for adult time among fellow bloggers and some of the most amazing women I know!

Follow me on my trip or give a shout out if you want to meet up! 
        

Sometimes, Change Is Good

But it may mean doing a little work to make the transition smooth…

You probably realized by now that Google Reader is going gone I was bummed to find this out since it’s an easy way to follow my favorite blogs along. Then I heard that Bloglovin’ was taking its place and after using it for the last few months, I actually like it better.

Their homepage is visually appealing and super easy to maneuver.

Each morning I get an email in my inbox with all of the latest posts from bloggers I follow on Bloglovin’. It works out kinda perfect because I can catch up with all my favorite people before I even get out of bed. Now that’s productivity for ya!

Bloglovin’ made it really easy to add the blogs you already follow on Google Reader. I wanted to put together a really nice tutorial for you on how to make the switch but came across A Bloglovin’ Tutorial from nutrition ella and it was so perfectly written, I just decided to share that instead!

Don’t skip a beat here at Cherry Blossom Love and make sure to follow us