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BlogHer 14 – Day One: The Adventure Begins!

by Nellie

SAMSUNG CSCAs a conference veteran, I was super excited to return to the conference that started it all for me. BlogHer 14 was held all the way across the country in San Jose, California (where it all began!). I took my travel buddy Kim (I hit the jackpot when I met this girl she is actually the most perfect travel companion ever) and we went to California for the very first time! The travel was so easy and problem free, I was actually waiting for a catastrophe that never came!

First day of the conference!

I woke up early put my favorite pink blazer on and started my day off with the Avent 30th Birthday Party! Since this wasn’t an official party the bus came to pick us up. I was happy to finally arrive because it was 11:30am my time and I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet!

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I have been a fan of Avent with both kids as I have used their bottles, bottle brushes, pacifiers and more over the past 5 years with both boys. They had so many great products including a brand new beast pump built for the comfort of mom! There were also a lot of sweets… Which felt weird at breakfast, then again it was lunchtime on the east coast so it kinda worked 🙂

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Afterwards I returned to the convention center, registered for the conference and was on my way to meet Lysol! I had a really great conversation with Kate Awsumb (of the CDC) about the importance of keeping  our kids protected from germs (more info on that coming up!).

After that I dabbled in some of the sessions but nothing worth writing  about. It was finally lunch time and I had the opportunity to go to a great lunch with US Cellular. It was a super fancy lunch too with prime rib, eggplant parm and some kind of pasta Alfredo that I would hurt somebody for right now. While I was stuffing my face we actually got some good tips for equipping children with cell phones.

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After that I was going to take a break, really I was. Then the expo stated calling so I went in to take a ton of pictures have fun.

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Shortly after I went to hang out with the awesome folks at Magisto which a really cool video making app that strings short video together and makes it all pretty. Check out my cupcake, it’s not perfect but it’s fun! (I was quite out of place not using my trusty decorating bag to decorate my cupcakes but I made it happen anyway with the back of my fork!) Can you see the B.A.M?

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After that Kim and I met up for some authentic  Mexican food. We ended up at a place called Mezcal and I’m so happy we did! The food was phenomenal! They gave us three types of mole, and even made fresh guacamole for us at the table! The waiter was awesome and I enjoyed every bite.

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Right after, there was a small get together of the brown bloggers in one of the hotel. It was completely informal and I am so happy I heard about it from another blogger I had just met! We chatted for a bit, huge bloggers and small, all united in this blogging game. It was just beautiful. We exchanged ideas and issues. We laughed. We cried. It was really one of the most special moments of the conference. I’ve always said that my most favorite part about blogging is the connection and this meeting proved it.

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We ended our night at the multi culti party but didn’t stay too long  because technically it was way past my bedtime and I had to run in the morning!

Stay tuned for part two that includes the lengths I will go to get close to Kerry Washington, Why I got completely emotional, and the party to end all parties!!

Do you love authentic Mexican food? If you are a blogger what is your favorite part of blogging? Isn’t David Tutera such a cutie pants?!

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34 comments

Kristina Walters August 5, 2014 - 5:21 am

Another awesome blogger event! I have to get to these! I love authentic Mexican food! I had some really good Mexican food in California many years ago. I can’t wait to read more about the conference!

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:10 am

I didn’t even know that Mexican was the thing to do in Cali! My girlfriend told me to try and I am so glad I did!!

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Allie August 5, 2014 - 5:55 am

Can I just say I love that you went to bed early because you had to get up and RUN? LOVE!!!! Sounds like so far it’s all going really well. Can’t wait to read about day 2!

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:09 am

thanks Allie, you know I have my priorities 🙂

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Kimberly {Manifest Yourself} August 5, 2014 - 7:05 am

My favorite part of blogging…. is probably traveling with you all over the country! We always have so much fun! 🙂

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:09 am

We are excellent travel buddies, EXCELLENT!

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Janine Huldie August 5, 2014 - 7:27 am

Day one looked like so much fun and can’t wait to hear all about Day 2 now!!! 🙂

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:08 am

Thanks Janine!

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kita August 5, 2014 - 8:09 am

I just want to meet people and eat lol. Love the pictures my fav part of blogging is meeting the people you talk to online in real life.

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:08 am

yes, agreed. I have met some of my best friends through blogging.

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Aliah August 5, 2014 - 9:21 am

Too much fun! I’m so glad you connected with so many great bloggers On the trip. I’m living vicariously through your posts (I couldn’t attend since it was the weekend my cousin–like my brother–got married). Can’t wait to read Day 2!

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:07 am

Thanks! The connections were really priceless, it was like a mini blogalicious!

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Quiana August 5, 2014 - 5:23 pm

How fun! Glad you had a good time and the FOOD – looks amazing (I’m always drawn to the food in your posts LOL!).

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:07 am

LOL girl I so wish I could go back for more. I am obsessed with mexican in cali.

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Leslie August 5, 2014 - 5:43 pm

BlogHer is one of those conferences that you always hear about…and I so want to go sometime! Seeing all these posts about it is really getting me excited for BBCPhilly! Sounds like some fun brands to check out…and I’m in love with the BAM cupcake.

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:06 am

I know. I am crazy excited for BBCphilly too. That conference is a so full of great wisdom, definitely the smartest conference with the most takeaways.

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Britt August 5, 2014 - 6:33 pm

I love authentic Mexican food! It’s one of my favorite cuisines! Definitely meeting people is my favorite part about blogging. That and feeling like I’m legit in the fitness world!

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:05 am

lol right? funny how meeting the right people at the right time can validate everything that you are doing!

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Tamara August 5, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Yes, David is a cutie pants!
And this is making me HUNGRY! I love your take on it – the cupcakes, the being starving because of pesky east coast time… meeting Guy.. brown bloggers uniting.
I wish I could have been there.

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:04 am

it was a great time Tamara–I love David, somehow I thought he’d be a diva but he was incredibly sweet in person!

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Carla August 5, 2014 - 10:53 pm

OMG! I am checking out flights right now to go get the Mexican food. I love Mexican! Can I admit that I have no clue who David Tutera is? Is it because we don’t have cable that I don’t know or have I been living under a rock?

I still have some Avent items here at the house. My daughter breastfed and that was the only nipple that the kids would take if she wanted a rare night out. Otherwise she would have had to come home every 2-4 hours. 🙂

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:03 am

haha girl I wish I could go back and get some right now, that food was unreal! I am a huge fan of Avent, their bottles are super durable.

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cam August 6, 2014 - 12:21 am

Sounds like you had a great time. Can’t wait to read more. You have been to so many conferences!!!! I have only been to one. Womp womp. I need to work on that.

Yes, the best part of blogging is the connection. It’s amazing. 🙂

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:02 am

lol I know I am an addict, but I also think new locations excite me because I had never been to California before!

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Janelle August 6, 2014 - 7:33 am

BlogHer sounds so awesome! Hope to make it there one day…it’s always great to make those connections. The cupcakes looked so good! Glad you had great conference!

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:01 am

Thanks Janelle! It switches coasts and locations all the time!

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KalleyC August 6, 2014 - 10:34 am

I love authentic Mexican food! I need to incorporate more Mexican dishes with my meal plans. Glad you had a great time at the event!

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:01 am

Me too! I think my goal is to make an authentic mole. it is so good!

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Patty August 6, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Sounds like an amazing first day! What a whirlwind of fun events.

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Nellie August 10, 2014 - 11:00 am

Thanks Patty! BlogHer is always kinda crazy! 🙂

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catherine gacad September 2, 2014 - 11:56 pm

i can’t believe that was your first time in california! one day you’ll have to make it out to SF.

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