I’m back from BlogHer, my first blogger conference, and it was a whirlwind of a weekend!
Friday morning’s breakfast was a toasted English muffin with Barney Butter and a grapefruit.
I picked up Lisa and took her with me to take the kids to the bus for camp. We made a quick stop at Starbucks for some coffees.
Yes, Barbie came along although that’s the only appearance she made. We were too busy all weekend for any Barbie photo shoots. :)
We got to the Marriott in downtown San Diego and checked into our room.
We had a nice view from our balcony!
Then it was off to BlogHer 2011!
We went right to the Expo to check it out.
It was crazy! Tons of booths and an immense amount of swag!
I got to try the new Bailey’s coffee creamers…they were delish!
Then it was seminar time!
I went to one seminar and then it was time for lunch. We made our way to the Sails Pavilion and enjoyed the buffet.
I loaded up on salad, chicken, wild rice and a roll. The brownies they had were so good!
All of a sudden, Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” came out and a flash mob broke out!
I’ve never seen a flash mob in person before. It was pretty amazing to watch!
Next up on my agenda was a cooking class at Knorr using their new home-style concentrated stocks.
I stood right on stage with a few others and we made asparagus risotto with Chef Marco Pierre!
The risotto turned out great! I received a few samples of the stock and I can’t wait to try it at home.
Chef Marco gave me a signed copy of his cookbook. I also got to keep my hot bright yellow apron. :)
Thanks Chef Marco and Knorr!
Skinny Cow had a booth and they had a couple of makeup artists applying false lashes. Of course I had to get them applied!
Ooh la la!
I had a great time at the Expo collecting swag and taking pictures!
Eventually it was time to get ready for the parties! The first party was held outside on the Convention Center’s patio. I enjoyed some wine and a few appetizers before moving onto the main party of the night: the Sparklecorn party.
They had a ton of glow sticks on every table. I took full advantage.
Check out their amazing unicorn cake! I heard that Duff from Ace of Cakes made it!
After a bit of dancing, we called it a night.
Saturday morning we got up, got dressed and headed over to the Convention Center for breakfast. On the way, look who was there!
Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser!
There were slim pickings for breakfast. When we arrived the fruit was mostly gone, they had oatmeal (no likey) and bagels. So a bagel it was!
I went to an informative seminar on blog design and another on professional blogging.
We broke for lunch and made our way to the pavilion.
I had a sandwich and a couple of salads.
And another fabulous brownie. :)
We took our lunch to the Lunch Keynote with Indra Nooyi from Pepsico.
She was amazing to listen to!
We went back to the Expo for some more swag…and some eye candy:
Dang! Check out the Kudos guys!
We dragged all of our swag up to our room to get ready for the parties!
Ready to party!
The first party was outside at the Marriott. They had a nacho bar (genius) which I did not photograph. Maybe it was because my hands were full. :)
The next party was sponsored by McDonalds and I enjoyed a few burgers. :)
Lisa and I had a great time dancing the night away!
It was 2AM when we got back to our room. That is crazy late for me!!!
This morning getting up was rough but eventually we were dressed and had our swag all loaded up ready to go home.
What I really wanted for breakfast was a greasy breakfast burrito. That was not happening so I had to improvise when I got home.
Wheat tortilla, egg beaters, shredded Mexican cheese and Cholula. Not exactly the same but it did the trick.
I made some coffee and got to try out of the products I received at the Expo: Coffee Mate’s Natural Bliss creamer in Vanilla.
Love it! These creamers are dangerous for me to keep around because I love them so!
I had a blast at BlogHer and cannot wait for next year! New York City BlogHer 2012 here I come!
Did you do anything fun this weekend?
How does your upcoming week look? Busy?