Blogger Bash 2015 Recap

Blogging has given me so many amazing opportunities and last week was no exception. I traveled to New York City to attend Blogger Bash 2015 at Pier 60 and it was AMAZING! Here’s my recap of the events – I’m going to break it down by day!

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WEDNESDAY:

VIP Cocktail Party with Delta Children

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The first event was a VIP Cocktail Party at Delta Children. We were able to take a look at their showroom and they had the most amazing sushi spread. I was in heaven because Luke is not a fan so we never go! I really love the modern and modern-traditional nursery pieces Delta has coming this fall. After checking out the furniture we spent a lovely evening on their rooftop terrace. The breeze was perfect after a hot and muggy afternoon. And the view! I could have stayed there all night!

THURSDAY:

Care Bears Share Your Care Brunch

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The conference kicked off with the Care Bears Share Your Care Brunch. The food was delicious and it was so fun to see how much Care Bears has grown and evolved since I was a fan as a child. The highlight of the brunch was learning more about Zachary Kaplan, a young philanthropist from NYC. At the age of 9 he wanted to do something to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. With permission, he sold Kind bars in front of several grocery stores and after 6 weeks he was able to raise and donate $1200 to aide efforts. His next project is to help homeless children in the city have something soft of their own to cuddle at night. Care Bears is donating stuffed animals to his cause and I can’t wait to see the joy this will bring to so many!

Amrita Singh Jewelry Preview

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As a VIP I got to check out Amrita Singh’s upcoming jewelry line and meet Amrita. The looks are bold and solid and I am excited to wear the earrings I was given! She has some cool hair jewelry and awesome bangles and statement necklaces.

THE RIDE: NYC

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This was another VIP perk and it was so FUN! THE RIDE is essentially a tour bus with one full side of windows and it has stadium seating facing the window. Your tour guides take you on a trip around the city giving you cool bits of info about the architecture and other things that make New York City so special. As you go you get to see live performances outside the bus! There are actors, dancers, and singers placed around the route and they put on a little show when you go by. My favorite performance was the ballet in Columbus Circle! Isca currently has a dream to be “a New York ballerina” so of course I tried not to cry thinking about her and hoping she gets to do it :)

Sweet Suite 15

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Ok, you guys. This part was so COOL! It was like a giant party/expo with wonderful food and tons of sponsors! I was able to go an hour early with my VIP status and I’m so glad I did because I was able to really spend time checking out the toys and games and make sure I spoke with every brand. I am really excited to start sharing some of them with you so stay tuned in Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for little glimpses!

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FRIDAY:

Disney Infinity Breakfast

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Again, the food was so good at the Disney Infinity Breakfast! I’m not very familiar with Disney Infinity because we don’t have a gaming console. If we did I’m sure my kids would be all over Disney Infinity 3.0! I love that you can play with so many different characters from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar in the games. It looks like some great improvements have been made for 3.0!

Baby Palooza

Baby Palooza was a small expo with lots of baby and toddler brands. Anne Geddes was even there to speak and sign books!

Speaker Session: How to Double Traffic Potential Through Simple SEO Steps

I only attended one Speaker Session during Blogger Bash – How to Double Traffic Potential Through Simple SEO Steps presented by Noodle. It was a lot of stuff I already knew but they were able to answer a question I’ve had for awhile!

Peanuts Keynote Lunch

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The Peanuts Lunch was so fun! We got to watch a trailer for the upcoming The Peanuts Movie and hear from the kids who voiced Linus, Pig Pen, Schroeder, and The Little Red Haired Girl. It looks like it will be a great holiday movie to see with family and I KNOW Luke will be excited to go! He loves Charlie Brown!!

All-Day Expo and Rite Aid Recharge Lounge

The expo was a great way to meet lots of new brands! I really loved the Rite Aid Recharge Lounge because sometimes I just need to sit down, recharge my phone, and take a break from being “on” all day!! I took a quiz then got a great goodie bag filled with products that match my beauty “personality” of Chic On-the-Go.

Check out Isca’s new video sharing one of the fun things I brought back from the expo:

Speed Dating

I had the chance to spend about an hour face-to-face with several brands during brand speed dating. It was great to get to know them and to introduce my blog and chat about how we could work together in the future.

Canadian Lentils Carnival

The closing party was a fabulous carnival by Canadian Lentils. There was a strong man, a contortionist, dancers, ladies pouring drinks from the chandelier, fortune tellers, magicians, a midway, and of coarse, food!! I had a lentil/beef burger, a lentil pretzel with a Gouda cheese sauce, and lentil fritters but my favorite was Dulce de Lentil Ice Cream! I have never had lentils taste so good!!

The highlight of the carnival came when they announced the winner of a vacation for two at AlSol Luxury Village in the Dominican Republic. To qualify attendees had to do a number of tasks on social media and guess what? I WON! I think I’m still in shock! I can’t wait to get to know a part of the world I’ve never experienced. I’m also looking forward to relaxing, resting, and hanging out with the best guy I know!

SATURDAY:

Blue Man Group

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The other Blogger Bash attendees went to see Blue Man Group on Thursday while I did THE RIDE so I got to go on Saturday after the conference was officially over. I saw the show at Universal Orlando last year but I was excited to see how the New York show was different! The theater was smaller and there were a few extra things in the UO show that I didn’t see in the NYC show. It was still really fun and I was glad to see a few other bloggers there so I wasn’t doing it alone! I had a long walk there and back because the subway lines I needed were under construction but I made it and am so glad I got to see the show again. It is so fun and family-friendly!

If you’re thinking about attending a blogging event, I would recommend Blogger Bash. It felt like less of a “learn how to blog” event (think Alt, Build Your Blog, or SNAP) and more of an event to make connections with brands and other bloggers. As a beginner I really loved going to classes and learning the nitty-gritty details of blogging but I feel like I’m now at a place where I know most of what’s being taught and I just want to get going with it and make friends who are doing the same!

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