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.Â 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?
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:
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.
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.