BlogHer Food 2011, Day 1

I have so much to say and no idea where to start!

BlogHer Food was such a fun experience and was also completely overwhelming at times. All the networking, information sessions, chit chat, and bonding over food is sloshing around in my sleep deprived brain. I’ve yet to really process some of the conversations I had, the people I met, and the tips and tricks I learned in the sessions.

After leaving Atlanta this morning and saying goodbye to all my new friends, I’m back home and so happy to see the mountains. I’m so happy to be home I almost didn’t mind the mountain of laundry waiting for me.

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I think the best thing about the conference was the fact that we could meet so many other bloggers. I made some real life friends this weekend in just a few days, and it’s incredible to be around a group of people who share the same passions and interests.

On top of meeting hundreds of people, I really got to bond with a few girls – I miss them already!

Susan, my road trip buddy and co-conspirator, from She’s Becoming Doughmesstic

Tina from My Life as a Mrs.

Carrie from Fields of Cake

Leslie from The Hungry Housewife

Farihah, our fearless leader around ATL, from Spice’s Bites

Sues and Chels from We Are Not Martha

Shari from Tickled Red

Julie from The Little Kitchen

Danica (and her husband!) from Danica’s Daily

Kelly from Evil Shenanigans (have you seen her bacon + nutella pancakes?)

Lisa from Jersey Girl Cooks

Megan from What Megan’s Making

Robin at A Little Greener Every Day

Tami at Running with Tweezers

Chris at Mele Cotte

and so many, many more!

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Day 1 of the conference started off with breakfast and an opening address before we broke out into the different sessions on visuals, vocations, voice, and vittles, depending on what we were interested in.

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I ended up going to a few of the vocation sessions and a great basic photography class.

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And in between each session, we had time to walk around and visit the sponsor tables, talk to the reps, and try samples.

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I was so happy to see Bob’s Red Mill there – I love their products!

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There were all kinds of samples: mango, chocolate tarts, POM juice, Dole salads and fruit, Bay’s English Muffins, Quaker oats, Scharffen Berger, and more.

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Next recap coming soon! There’s a lot to tell.

Thanks again to Stonyfield for sponsoring me on this trip. I had a blast and was so thrilled to tell people about the new products coming out soon and represent them at the conference.

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34 Responses to “BlogHer Food 2011, Day 1”

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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — May 23, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Sounds like a packed time but so much fun!

    • admin replied: — May 23rd, 2011 at 12:09 am

      It was definitely non-stop!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 23, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Sounds like a great time! So sad I didn’t make it :(

    • admin replied: — May 23rd, 2011 at 12:09 am

      I know – next year? :)

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner? — May 23, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I’m SO envious!!! You got to go, AND you got to hang out with some of my favorite people! Isn’t Farihah just the best?? We had so much fun at Foodbuzz Fest :) Can’t wait to read more!

    • admin replied: — May 23rd, 2011 at 12:16 am

      YES, she is so fun :) Which just means that we HAVE to meet in person at some point. I need a reason to come to Chicago, for sure :)

      • Spiceaholic replied: — May 24th, 2011 at 11:32 am

        Haha, I feel so famous now! I have been very lucky to have met both of you, you guys are even more awesome in person! :)

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    Lauren — May 23, 2011 at 12:21 am

    What a great recap! I’m so glad you had such a wonderful experience! :)

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    VeggieGirl — May 23, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Sad I couldn’t make it to the conference this year :( Looks like a fun first day!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — May 23, 2011 at 12:31 am

    So glad we got to meet! And I’m glad I got an invite to the pajama party ;) Perfect way to start the weekend!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — May 23, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Very nice recap for those of us that weren’t there! Glad you enjoyed! Look forward to more

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    cara — May 23, 2011 at 12:42 am

    What a great weekend it was! Great recap!

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    Chris — May 23, 2011 at 12:53 am

    It was wonderful to finally meet you. I am glad you enjoyed your time here in Atlanta. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get back here one day and see a little more of our city. :) Can’t wait until next time!

    • admin replied: — May 23rd, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      I know – I hope I can come back just to see the city sometime.

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — May 23, 2011 at 1:04 am

    What a fun conference!! I love Bob’s Red Mill too :)

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    lynn @ the actor's diet — May 23, 2011 at 1:08 am

    looks like a lot of fun. will you be going to blogher in san diego?

    • admin replied: — May 23rd, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      I’m not sure yet! It’s so $ with travel and everything…but it would be so fun!

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    Robin — May 23, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I’m honored to be on your list! It was great meeting you, sharing ice cream in pajamas, and generally learning and partying alongside you.

    Can I ask a favor? Looks like you took my blog from my Twitter. I didn’t realize that old blog was linked to my Twitter still. If you could change the link you have for me from A Little Greener Every Day to http://www.southjerseylocavore.com/ , I would really appreciate it. That’s my food blog and it’s current. The other one has been inactive for almost a year. If it’s too much trouble, don’t worry about it.

    Thanks for being one of the wonderful girls that made my first BlogHer really memorable.

    • admin replied: — May 23rd, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      done and done :)

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — May 23, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Glad you had such a good time! Can’t wait to read about the rest of the conference! :)

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    Leslie — May 23, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Ahhhh..thanks for the shout out. You took some great photos. I was suck a slacker!

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    Erica — May 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    What an incredible experience! I so wish I could have gone!! I think the best part must be meeting the other bloggers, but the products and information learned sound just fantastic too!

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    Brittany — May 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Ahh.. it looks like you had such a blast Brandi. I’m excited to read more about it!!

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    emily — May 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    That looks awesome! I went to BlogHer last summer and it was fun, but I think BlogHer Food would have been a way better fit.

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    jenna — May 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    sounds like such a wonderful time, Brandi!! You have blogged the event so well!

    • admin replied: — May 23rd, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      thanks so much! it’s crazy how much went on :)

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    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen — May 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    SO jealous!!! Looks amazing. :)

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    JulieD — May 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    It so awesome to meet you!!! I love your pictures, I wish I took more. I can’t believe it’s over, hope to see you again this year and hope to keep in touch, you’re so awesome!

    • admin replied: — May 23rd, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Ditto! :) We’ve got to meet up again – and soon!

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    Shannon — May 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    jam-packed for sure, but totally worth it i bet! i’m jealous :)

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    Lori — May 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Great recap photos!

    I didn’t get a chance to meet you at BHF11, so I’m officially introducing myself to you now! I think you may have been a row or two ahead of me on the bus trip back from the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

    I look forward to following your blog and seeing what you do next!
    -Lori

    • admin replied: — May 23rd, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks for the note! I’m sad we didn’t get to meet in person!

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — May 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Looks like an amazing conference. Thanks for sharing the details.

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