Beautiful Blogs + Party Hopping

July 24, 2009

The afternoon was filled with more fun and games!

I attended a session on Blogging Gadgets – all things cell phone, digital camera, laptop and video camera. Cool stuff!!

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Then I meandered through the expo hall some more and was recognized by my contact at the Mushroom Channel! Can’t wait to develop some more ‘shroom recipes ;)

Then I bumped into Mrs. Potato Head!

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And found the Quaker Oats booth! Check out my canister jet pack!! I totally told them I should be their spokesblogger and I’d wear this jet pack all over the country promoting oatmeal!!!

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While at Quaker I tried a mocha cream smoothie sample made with oats. Mmmmm.

Then I found a kiwi booth and demonstrated to some other bloggers just how good the fur is ;)

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I filled my Greenworks tote with a few more things. Isn’t this tote beautiful!?

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I was actually recognized by two of my readers today!!! It’s been so cool to have people turn to me and say “Oh my gosh you’re Kath!” Hello to Rebecca and Jennifer. (And more that I didn’t get your cards!!)

BlogHer snacktime!! All things trail mix. I had a few nuts from Jenn’s bowl during the keynote.

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The closing keynote was awesome. Bloggers reading their hilarious and emotional posts on all kinds of topics, serious and trivial. My favorite was Knotty Yarn’s story of a tampon getting stuck :oops: But others were simply beautiful and moving.

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Then it was party time!!

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I have to say I was very disappointed in the cocktail party :( Last year they had it in a velvet plush lounge with a full dinner buffet. This year the drinks were good, but all the food was fried and the only entertainment was karoke. I HATE karoke :(

I did find a non-fried passed app

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And had those with a crabcake

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I met back up with Jenn and we had some Frei Bros Chardonnay!

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And look who we stumbled upon: Sarah of Stonyfield!!!! I talk to Sarah a lot since we’ve been planning the Summit and it was a pleasure to meet her. Turns out I’ve been saying “Oikos” wrong!! I say “okeey-ose” and it’s really “oy-kos”!! Like rhymes with “toy toast.” Whoops! It was great talking to Sarah in person – kind of like talking to Santa Claus!? Especially since she gave us some Stonyfield swag in the form of Oikos coupons :) I passed a bunch of them out as I met people at the parties tonight!

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We also got into a discussion about Oikos Blueberry and Sarah told us a story about how she traveled to Quebec to see where Stonyfield gets their wild organic blueberries and told us about this video: Where does Stonyfield get its blueberries?. She said the countryside is beautiful and people go to great efforts to pick the berries. Certainly makes me want to appreciate the blueberry flavor more!

After meeting Sarah we found Sahar and MizFit!

And quickly grabbed a handful of fried food. This is probably my least nutritious dinner of the year! But at least it was filling enough.

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We got some Izze cocktails too, which were weak, but tasty.

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And a Riesling before we left for another party with the “cool” girls (see above :) )

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OMG – MIZFIT’s LEG!!!!!! It’s all Dr. Seuss. How cool is that?!!?

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Feeling a little tipsy from the wine, we waited in a line for a super exclusive party for almost 45 minutes.

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I enjoyed talking to Casey of Moosh In Indy. I heard her speak at BlogHer last year!!

We heard rumors attendees would be getting super cool HP equipment, but that was no so :(

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I grabbed a cocktail upon entering, but I didn’t have much…

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There was a buffet of foods –

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Including a chocolate fountain!

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I made a small plate, but didn’t finish it all. Jenn and I both agreed that we were not feeling satisfied all night from the lame cocktail party food and just wanted to keep eating for the fun of it.

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BlogHer is infamous for tons of spinoff parties, mostly sponsored by the mommy bloggers. Jenn and I found a princess party with drinks and cookies sponsored by Winesisterhood.com.

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How cute are these cookies!?

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But MY GOSH THEY WERE DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had 3 :)

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And I had two kinds of wine that I sipped but didn’t finish

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We had fun chatting with the Sprindpad ladies!

Another chocolate fountain appeared!!!

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I couldn’t resist another cookie dipped in (this was #3, not 4)

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So now that I had a dinner of fried foods, cookies and wine, it’s time for bed!!! I drank too much, but I’m loving my new water bottle, so hopefully all will be well for my 6:26 wake up call. I’m planning to visit the hotel gym or go for a run.

BlogHer rocks!

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1 amani July 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Wow. This all looks like so much fun. It is my personal goal to make it there next year.

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2 AnnQ July 24, 2009 at 11:57 pm

It looks like you’re having a great time! :-) :-)

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3 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 25, 2009 at 12:01 am

Sounds like so much fun!

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4 Anne K. July 25, 2009 at 12:05 am

That blogher event looks like a ton of fun!

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5 Ashley July 25, 2009 at 12:17 am

Bummer to hear about the lame party.

I hope you didn’t go out in the rain tonight! It’s coming down hard in the south burbs.

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6 moosh in indy. July 25, 2009 at 12:36 am

hi hi! lovely to meet you too!

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7 Christie @ Quit Your Diet July 25, 2009 at 5:24 am

Sorry the party was so bad :(

I have been pronouncing Oikos wrong as well. I was pronouncing it the way you have. I guess that is a southern thing ;)

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8 Susan July 25, 2009 at 6:17 am

Too many good things in this post!! Blogging gadgets, chocolate fountains, Mizfits :P

Wow, I can only imagine what the food was like if your dinner plate was the best you could scrounge up. I wonder why they chose fried foods? Have fun working out with your new water bottle this morning!! ;)

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9 Andee (Runtolive) July 25, 2009 at 6:32 am

How fun! That’s too bad about the food though, I hate it when there aren’t that many choices to pick from, esp if they’re not that healthy

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10 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) July 25, 2009 at 6:36 am

The chocolate dipped cookie totally makes the whole day! lol Love it. :)

Jenn

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11 Pam July 25, 2009 at 6:40 am

Awesome…what great fun and most of the food looks great!

Wow, all those tattoo’s….amazing!

http://www.alovefornewrecipes.blogspot.com

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12 Lauren July 25, 2009 at 6:45 am

Looks like you’re having a blast! Thanks for posting the Stonyfield video about where they get their blueberries from… it just made me admire the company that much more!

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13 Recipes for Creativity July 25, 2009 at 7:09 am

Jeez, that cocktail party was kinda lame with all the fried food, but I know you’ll make up for it. Hope you’re feeling great this morning!

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14 Cait (Cait's Plate) July 25, 2009 at 7:10 am

So many things!!!

1. I’m loving the guy in the princess crown that’s in the background of your chocolate fondue fountain picture – HAHAHAH

2. I always pronounced it “okeey-ose” too – good to know the proper pronounciation

3. Those middle sister cookies look SO good!

4. It looks like you’re having SUCH a blast! I’m so happy (and a lot jealous!) :)

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15 faith July 25, 2009 at 7:26 am

omg, looking like so much fun ms. kath!! so im searching for a new cell, most liking going to stick with tmobile and get the g1….
but….what was the spiffiest cell phone you saw there? especially one you could possibly blog with that wasnt super bulky and could still actually have a conversation on?

hope you have a wonderful time!!!! im coming to charlotte soon and hoepfully we can meet up so i can get an in-person recap! safe travels!

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16 Mandy A July 25, 2009 at 7:35 am

how fun!!!

awww…. i love karaoke!!! But it does seem like an odd place to do that….lol

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17 Marisa (trim the fat) July 25, 2009 at 7:39 am

Love it!! All that food, drink and awesome bloggers! Looks like a great time:)

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18 Jenn (eating bender) July 25, 2009 at 7:52 am

I still can’t believe we wore crowns :) It was so much fun last night – let’s do it all over again!

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19 katey July 25, 2009 at 8:43 am

wow!-again looks like fun!!!!

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20 Angie July 25, 2009 at 8:51 am

Looks like a great time!!

Can’t wait to see what happens today!

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21 Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 25, 2009 at 8:56 am

Pretty awesome day, huh? It’s cool that you get to meet people who read your blog– they must feel like they’re meeting a celebrity!

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22 Mara @ What's for Dinner? July 25, 2009 at 9:07 am

Looks like you’re having a BLAST!! I so wish I could attend the conference, but I absolutely cannot WAIT until dinner tonight!!

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23 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 25, 2009 at 9:26 am

Such a fun evening! Sorry the first party wasn’t such a hit, but it still sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Haha, I was saying Oikos wrong too! I would say “Oh-cose” (like Oh close). Glad I know how to say it right now! ;)

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24 Deva July 25, 2009 at 9:36 am

It looks like you had fun! I can’t believe they had just fried foods at the cocktail party, that makes me a little sad – I like fresh foods with cocktails – they’re lighter!

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25 Sheri July 25, 2009 at 9:42 am

Looks like you had a fun evening! Ha, I also was saying Oikos wrong too! I was saying it like you! Glad I know the right way now.

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26 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) July 25, 2009 at 9:56 am

Wow! So many parties, swag, and free food! Looks like a blast. I’m excited to see that next year’s BlogHer is at the NYC Hilton – I can see that hotel from my office window!!

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27 Angharad July 25, 2009 at 10:07 am

Wooo! Glad you’re having such a fun time – it sounds awesome!!

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28 Michelle Hisae July 25, 2009 at 11:02 am

Very cute crown! That IZZE cocktail sounds the best out of everything!

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29 Andrea [bella eats] July 25, 2009 at 11:08 am

Looks like you are having a blast! What a treat to meet all of those fabulous ladies, and for them to meet you!

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30 Jean July 25, 2009 at 11:37 am

What a cool day!!!!!!!!! And your eats do look awful. :) I don’t think I’ve EVER said that before about your stuff! Fried foods are just a major turnoff. The trail mix bar looked great, so did the oats and kiwi!

And I learned I say Oikios wrong as well!

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31 Jocelyn July 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

its interesting that the blueberries come from Canada for stonyfield yogurt (oikos) yet we can’t get that type of the greek yogurt here in Canada…

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32 The Dallas Celiac July 25, 2009 at 11:57 am

You would have thought BlogHer, with all the healthy-eating blogs, would have had a healthier spread of appetizers.

The Mommy party looked great! Enjoy!

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33 Jen Papaya July 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Hey Kath!

Looks like you’re having a blast at BlogHer! I would be a lot more jealous if I didn’t know we’re going to have TWICE as much fun at the Healthy Living Summit!!! : )

Random thing…I remember reading about how all you got out of your garden was tomatoes because all the deer were eating your food…and when I came across this article in Better Homes & Gardens, I though of you.

Check out the online article here:
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/pests/animal/the-top-deer-resistant-plants-for-your-region/

It’s all about what plants to plant so that deer don’t eat your garden, by region where you live. We don’t have much of a deer problem up here on Long Island, but I hope it helps you out for next year!

Enjoy the rest of your trip!!

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34 Daria (Summer of the CSAs) July 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Too bad dinner was disappointing. Everything else looks great though! Hope the rest of the trip is good. :)

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35 Jess July 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I love the princess party – so fun!

Blogher looks like a blast – I really want to go next year! :)

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36 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm

just had the kiwi skin today for the first time!!!

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37 Rebecca July 25, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Sounds amazing!! That sucks that all they had was fried food! It’s awesome that you got to meet Sarah from Stonyfield though!!

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38 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? July 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Shame about the fried food, that’s a bummer :(. Maybe you should give BlogHer some feedback?? Still looks really fun though!

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39 FatFighterTV July 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Hey Kath!

Had so much fun hanging with you, even in the looong party lines. :)

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40 MizFit July 27, 2009 at 10:14 am

OH MY GOSH.

Im so tempted to not even blog about the weekend and just send my readers here.

your posts, as always, kick ass.

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41 Elizabeth September 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Hmmm. The Greek say it’s pronounced EEkos with stress on the caps…what do you think?!!

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