You can find part one HERE.
This sculpture was made from soap
Friday: Yoga with Pfizer, BlogHer Sessions, A Winning Lunch with Verizon, Sparklecorn, Cheap Sally Party
Friday morning, I was up early to watch the sunrise and practice yoga on the rooftop. Yoga was sponsored by Pfizer and they were kind enough to provide us with yoga mats to keep and gave us delicious fresh smoothies and juice afterward. Yum! It was a great way to get my mind and body in sync before starting the busy BlogHer schedule.
Next, was breakfast and onto the sessions. I met some new friends and found I already knew others from Twitter.
“I know you! I follow you on Twitter!” was a commonly uttered phrase.
One of my favorite sessions was titled, “Your Perfect Imperfections: Blogging Your Way to Self-Acceptance” and featured Brene Brown, Gretchen Rubin, Mr. Lady, and Shauna James Ahern. (You can find the transcripts for the session Here) The speakers were great and I was ready to change the world.
Friday afternoon, I had lunch with Verizon. Verizon Wireless executive Diana Zaccardi spoke while we had a lovely lunch and previewed their products. There was only 50 of us lucky women at the luncheon. It was intimate, personal, and made us all feel special. They gave away five Samsung Galaxy Tablets. I WON THE SECOND ONE! I could not believe it! I was so excited! Verizon was completely awesome and they treated us like royalty. We have been customers of Verizon for about 8 years now and this reinforced my love for them as a company. I *heart* Verizon!
That night was the Cheap Sally party and the Sparklecorn party. At Cheap Sally, the winner of Top Chef, Brian Malarky hosted the party. I knew his name was Brian Malarky, because he said it a number of times.
Here he is, Mr. Malarky (personally, I was less than impressed)
They had ran out of much of the sandals they had in the bigger sizes and it was a bit cramped at Cheap Sally. A group of us girls were feeling antsy, so we wandered over to the Eden Fantasies party at the Omni Hotel and it left me blushing.
I left the Cheap Sally and Eden Fantasies parties early to spend some time with Allie and Mr. Bear. They came by the hotel to enjoy some swimming in the beautiful Marriott pool.
Friday night, I went to the Sparklecorn party with my roommates Elke and Dorie of Mamalode. Not only can those girls shake their booties, they are a blast to be around. Although I dance like a white girl (NO RHYTHM, NO BEAT, NO CLUE) I danced my butt off at Sparklecorn and had a lot of fun. It was midnight before I got to bed. It was another good day.
Elke, shaking it
I am looking exhausted in all these photos!
Saturday: Yoga with Matt Reyes, Breakfast with Bob Harper, BlogHer Sessions, Lee Jeans Fitting, Expo, Aiming Low party, CheeseburgHer party
Saturday morning, I woke up early to a text from Lori that they had room for me to do yoga with Reese Witherspoon’s yoga instructor,
Our view from our mats
After yoga, I went to breakfast with Bob Harper of the Biggest Loser. He answered questions from the audience and took pictures with everyone. He was as genuine and nice as he is on television (not to mention, more handsome). It was a great morning and I was star-struck! I was about an arm’s length away from Bob the whole time!
Bob and I
Me, Bob, my friend Danielle and her beautiful baby
I chose a three session block on writing, blogging and content. I needed that session to rekindle my blogging mojo. The panel was informative and I definitely took away a lot. My favorite session was Your Blog Can Make You a Local Hero. The panel included Darya Pino, Jaden Hair, and Lindsay Ferrier—three very successful women that had much wisdom to impart.
The parties were great. I got the massage of my life at the Aiming Low party. When we arrived at the party, they would give you a sticker that would start with “You are” and then fill in the blank, like this guy, that had no idea he had a sticker
Mine said, “You are smart and sassy.” How did they know? 🙂 While I was waiting in line to get my massage, someone gave me another sticker that said, “You are waiting to be fondled.”
I also got my first tattoo! It says, “Internets, hell yeah!” (Don’t worry, it washed off.)
The thing I loved the most, was taking this picture at CheeseburgHer with my roommates and friends I met on Friday and Saturday.
We were standing in line watching everyone smile and laugh while they got their photos taken, so we decided to take a solemn photo. Of course, I never follow directions, so I was a frame behind on posing. We stood there laughing at the pictures for about 30 minutes. My side and cheeks hurt for days later. We had a lot of fun joking and laughing!
I had the time of my life AGAIN at BlogHer. For me, it was all about having fun, meeting new friend and hanging out with old friends, and networking. I feel as though I accomplished all my goals.
Now, if you excuse me, it is time to sort out the swag and take a nap!