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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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!!!!



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

Words Of Wisdom From BlogHer Vets #BlogHer13

I can’t believe that BlogHer’13 is right around the corner! I have been so occupied with Parker’s birthday that I haven’t had much time to plan and prepare. Luckily, I am a member of an amazing FB group with a lot of BlogHer vets. They have helped me catch up and really get into gear!

I thought it fitting to share the love and pass on their amazing words of wisdom. There is no rhyme or reason to this list, just things which I have come across so far that I though was helpful. Enjoy!

Amy, over at As The Bunny Hops, is giving away an adorable blog pendant! 

How To Pack A Suitcase: Pinstripe & Pearls

Madame Deals shares her list of must have items to bring.

Honest & Truly blogger, Michelle, provided three great posts about packing for your trip including What To Pack For A ConferenceHow To Travel With Liquids, and How To Make It All Fit In Your Suitcase.

Serena, over at Thrift Diving, shares her 10 Things You Must Do Before Attending A Blogging Conference.

Melisa, over at Suburban Scrawl, has a fantastic list of must see places while in Chicago. Pair that up with The Baby Ladies 10 You Must Do & See in Chicago, and you will be set with your site seeing wish list!

Lea, over at The Krazy Coupon Queen, reflects on her schedule from BlogHer ’12 which has some great tips for staying organized using a Google calendar. While your at it, take a look at an amazing chart Wendy @Mapsgirl created for the unofficial BlogHer ’13 agenda

She Knows Living did an interview with Farda Nally, of All Things Farda, who shares a detailed look at her experiences at BlogHer. A great read for any BlogHer newbie.

Shelly, from Still Blonde After All These Years, took the time after BlogHer ’12 to reflect on her experience and offer some great tips and advice for future BlogHer attendees. She also provides a sample of her BlogHer ’12 schedule that really gives a look into what your trip will look like.

Living Changerously blogger Andrea provided not one, not two, but three posts on her BlogHer experience. Check out her play by play of the conference here: Day 1   Day 2   Day 3

Mediamum blogger Jo, took time to evaluate her experience at BlogHer ’12 providing a great resource and tons of things to think about for all of us attending BlogHer ’13.

Shannon, over at Sweet Stella’s, reminded me to focus on staying true to myself and my blog.

Nirasha over at Mommy NIRI provides some great down to earth advice and a friendly reminder that it is most important to be yourself. She also shares why Big Bloggers Need To Be Nice To Small Bloggers. 

Amazon Local is doing a deal for a free voucher (up to $25) for Uber. Click here to get yours but hurry, the deal ends soon! 

Put your email address on your blog and Twitter profile. It’s the only way you can get invites to private parties. – @SocialSoiree

Bring presents for your roommates.

“There is a lot of excitement about brand-sponsored events. Whether it’s your 1st, 3rd or more time at BlogHer remember that the way you conduct yourself ANYWHERE will be seen by brands and by other bloggers. Last year, there were reports of bloggers interrupting conversations, complaining about free swag, etc. Conduct yourself professionally, remember that it’s not about the stuff but about the connections you make, and respect everyone because you never know who is watching :-)” – Dusty As Mom Sees It

Don’t forget to bring lots of business cards (first of all). And I would attend at least 1 or 2 sessions (but not pressure yourself to attend more than that necessarily unless you want to). Last year was my first and I went to the Serenity Suite, LYTM open mic, VOTY reading, the speaker events, and used those opportunities to meet people, or hang out with my online friends. I connected with the people I wanted to meet before going to set up some time. In the end, it was the relationships that mattered the most to me. – Jennie from A Lady In France

Elizabeth from E, Myself, and I asked a great question that I had started wondering myself. “How should I prioritize my time there?”

“Depends on your goals. Some prefer all sessions, some prefer all parties and some do a mix. There is no right or wrong way to do the conference – just need to figure out what works best for you”. – Valerie Sweeps4Bloggers

If it is your first blog conference, you NEED to go to sessions. Pick ones that work with whatever else you have going on. Pick ones about getting blog traffic, sponsored posts, or others that will help your blog. Last year I attended the Voices of the Year reading after skipping it the previous two years. I am SO glad I went as the writers who read were some of the best in the blogosphere. Kind of reminded me why I got in to blogging…my passion to be a writer. – Jill Musings from Me

It really does all depend on what you want to get out of the trip. I would suggest not over-scheduling though. My first year I had so much planned and I was totally overwhelmed. And I had no time for spontaneous dinners with new friends… or seeing the sights. – Colleen A Madison Mom

Follow your heart, be true to you, and everything will be fine. Go to the sessions that sound interesting, say hello to people you recognize from online even if you’re a little scared. – Shannon Sweet Stella’s

Of course, the official BlogHer ’13 page has a ton of helpful information & tips.

BlogHer ’13 Venue, Transportation, and Schedule: Simplifying Y/Our Lives!

Elisa Camahort Page, BlogHer co-founder and conference chair, will be hosting a video chat via Shindig to discuss “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BlogHer ’13, And Why You Should Go!” July 10th from 1:00 – 2:00 EDT. 

That should keep all of you newbies busy until it’s time to head out to Chicago! Hit me up if you want to meet up, share a cab or enjoy a tasty beverage, @mycraftingattic