I was thrilled to attend Baby Bloggy Boot Camp in San Diego. The event was held at the Bahia Resort Hotel. This was the second mini conference that I attended that was hosted by The SITSgirls' fearless leaders Tiffany Romero and Francesca Banducci. This time with the Sway Group. I LOVE learning great new things about blogging, social media, and making life work while engaging in it all! Hearing from moms that are succeeding at it is just the inspiration that I needed!
The Rookie Moms, Whitney and Heather, made me long for a blogging BFF and partner! They made it sound like so much fun to be on the motherhood/blogging journey together! I couldn't do this with my friends. They were sending their first born off to college while I was potty training mine. True story. Anyway back to the conference... Whitney and Heather did a great job at sharing ideas for creating compelling content for moms. Good stuff!
Tiffany and Francesca discussed how get paid. SEO techniques, ways to tweak your blog, and how to make sponsored content rock. Here is a quick and easy share that you may find helpful when working with brands:
It's not important to have all the answers.
For this mini conference I got my feet wet. Literally. We had a stormy situation in San Diego and by the time I left the event I had to find a way past a pond surrounding my car. I had 3 inch deep water to contend with. I figured that my feet would get wet no matter what I did so I opted to save my shoes and go for it barefooted. My friend was dismayed and said I that should NOT have gone sans shoes. Oh well... On my tippy toes I went. In the end my cute little Michael Kors ballet flats were spared! Barefoot and pregnant? No, just barefoot.
I really loved the idea of bringing together women that are new mothers, pregnant ladies, and those that are trying to conceive. OH, and to see all of the adorable babies that were with their mamas was so sweet! It brought me back to my early days of motherhood!
I must say that it was GREAT how candid our table was in sharing our experiences. We were able to speak about ALL things motherhood related - no holds barred! I can't think of any other instance where it was completely OK to ask a stranger if they are pregnant (without fear of offending), to confess how much pregnancy weight they put on, and various other VERY personal things! Morning sickness, breastfeeding, labor... We talked about it all. Even how sad it can be when you are TTC and thinking that you just might be pregnant, only to get your period the next day... TMI? Here it was OK to talk about.
We were so at ease. I told people that I JUST met how much weight I put on during pregnancy. I didn't even tell my HUSBAND until after the weight came off!! I really was THAT comfortable in this setting. BTW - I put on 50 whopping pounds! Note: I'm only 5'2"! NOT doing that again. I am also not going to allow myself to be frumpy all the time! Liz Lange makes some fashionable and affordable maternity clothes that are available at Target. Figure flattering to boot so you can feel pretty in pregnancy! We all got to take home some Liz Lange apparel. Thank you Liz Lange!
|Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Sleeveless Maxi Dress|
I got this sweet maxi dress. I am tempted to wear it even though I am currently NOT pregnant! The sale price for this Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Sleeveless Maxi Dress is $34.99. Reasonable, no? I have the Black/Mesa Gray combination pictured above, but would totally buy the Fresh Melon/Washed Red option! I tried it on and it is very comfortable. Not to mention much prettier than what most of what I wore when I was pregnant! Available at Target!
Check out these Ergobaby products! When our preschooler was an infant, and during his toddler days, I used a carrier. He love it, I loved it. I'm SUPER EXCITED about the soon to be released Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier. We watched a video for the brand new product! YES a FOUR position baby carrier! It can be used from infancy through toddler years! Look out for it in mid April.
Ergobaby did a great job at demonstrating how to use the Ergobaby Wrap. We used a wrap style carrier and it can be tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it - it's a cinch! I am thrilled that Ergobaby makes a Swaddler! Our son was like Harry Houdini and would easily come out of a standard swaddle. This sweet swaddler has arm pockets, leg pouch, and hip positioner. AND it's a two pack! Yay!
We received products from The Honest Co. Included items: pack of honest wipes, diapers, and
a sampler pack consisting of hand soap, healing balm, face + body lotion, shampoo + body wash, and laundry detergent.
Motherhood has been such a blessing. The sponsors for this event were generous in sharing products that moms want to use, the speakers were knowledgeable, the food was good, and being in the company of moms, moms to be, and blogging friends old and new made my day.
Disclosure: This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby. Product was provided.