BlogHer ’11 Recap

August 10, 2011 by Kailani  
Filed under blog events, daily life

It seemed like forever for BlogHer ’11 to finally arrive and then it was over in a blink of an eye. The entire conference was filled with so much great information, cool bloggers, generous sponsors, awesome private events, and swag . . . oh the swag.

One of my favorite events was the Mom Central Infantino/Step2 Event on Coronado Island. They had rented a beautiful mansion and decorated it with tons of fun activities and delicious food. It was also pretty cool to have a sneak peek at Step2′s blueprints for their new Play Kitchens.

One of the most informative meetings was the HTC focus group. Of course, I was probably one of the only bloggers there who had an iPhone . . . which I hid in my bag. Here we were able to talk about what we like and don’t like about our current cell phones as well as things we wished were featured. I asked for a fingerprint resistant screen and a dedicated camera button placed on the hardware. Yes, definitely one of the best parts of BlogHer ’11 . . . and not because they gave me something totally awesome!

Then there was the Sesame Street & Playskool Event. Watching Elmo, Abby Cadabby, & Cookie Monster talk about blogging was something I’ll never forget. Plus, I was able to take a photo with these famous Muppets. And we’re not talking about Muppet stand-ins . . . these Muppets and the voices behind them are the real thing! How amazing is that?

What in the world was I looking at?

I was also invited to the advance screening of The Help at the Reading Gaslamp Theater courtesy of DreamWorks Studios. I was really looking forward to just sitting in a nice cool theater and enjoying a little downtime. What I got was one of the most moving and emotional movies I’ve seen in a long time. I can’t wait to start reading the book.

Me & Elizabeth @ Table for 5.
My eyes are still red from all the crying!

Then there was the Big Toy Book Sweet Suite courtesy of KidzVuz where we were able to have some delicious Pink Berry and test out some of the latest toys soon to be out on the market. My favorite was the new line of Littlest Pet Shop where the characters actually move! The new LeapFrog LeapPad is another item that I’m putting on my wish list. Maybe then my kids will stop stealing my iPad. But the most fun I had was dancing with Debra to the Kinect for XBox 360. Boy, am I uncoordinated!

And of course, how could I forget the opportunity I had to drive a brand new Ford Flex. Thank you to Cathi for being my GPS. There’s no way I could have found my way back without you!

Here are more memorable moments:

Being silly with my roommates – Cathi @ Planes Trains and Taxi Cabs & Debra @ A Frugal Friend

Getting a manicure with Xenia @ Thanks Mail Carrier courtesy of Scrubbing Bubbles

Having a Mai Tai at the 3M Goin’ Coconuts Party. I felt like I was back home again!

Not to mention . . . getting eyelash extensions at You-Phoria, riding a pedicab with Debra while rapping to D12, ordering a glass of wine and getting CARDED at Sparklecorn, and meeting some awesome bloggers that I’ve known forever online . . . Leanne, Cecilia, Bridgette, Liz, Caryn, and many more.

BlogHer ’12 will be back in NYC from Aug 2-4. If you’ve never attended this conference before and are thinking about going . . . DO IT! I know it all seems so overwhelming but you can do as much or as little as you want. And you’ll make friendships that will last a lifetime.

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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16 Responses to “BlogHer ’11 Recap”
  1. 1
    Xenia says:

    That picture of you, Cathi, and Debra cracks me up! Love it!

    I had such an awesome time hanging out with you again this year and I can’t wait to see you again back in NYC! :)

  2. 2
    Beth @ TheAngelForever says:

    So glad that you had a wonderful time. Loved following your Tweets, along with your roomies and countless others. Last year was so amazing in NYC. I hope to see all of you back there next year.

  3. 3
    Jennifer says:

    It looks like you had an amazing time and got to connect with a lot of fabulous bloggers! Hopefully I’ll get to meet you in NYC next year! :-)

  4. 4
    Dusty B says:

    Oh, how fun! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m so hoping I can go next year, so make sure to look for me!

  5. 5
    sagemom says:

    How fun! I hope to go to a conference one day…and meet you IRL ;)

  6. 6
    Lindsay @ Laughing Lindsay says:

    Wow! It looks like so much fun! I’m really hoping to be able to go next year since everyone has said how awesome it was.

  7. 7
    Terra Heck says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience and photos. I have never been and soooo hope I can make it next year.

  8. 8
    Tricia @Nightowlmama says:

    Looks like you had all the fun! IT was great to met you

  9. 9
    Linds says:

    NYC! Better start finding sponsors now!

  10. 10
    Cathi says:

    BlogHer11 was a great learning and fun experience for me because of YOU!!

  11. 11
    Elizabeth@Table for Five says:

    I was so glad blueviolet flagged me down at the movie theater so I could sit next to you! It’s incredible that there were so many events, we both went to several each day, but none of the same ones :)

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    blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell says:

    So, so glad we met and looking forward to hanging again next year. You, Cathi and Debra are wonderful girls!!! I didn’t know you got lash extensions at Youphoria!! How fun!

  13. 13
    An Island Mom says:

    I would have LOVED to have gone! Thanks for the recap. It was nice to see a first hand account of some of the things there.

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