I woke up excited and ready for what was to come of Day 2 at Blogger Bash. I was anxious and ready, very different from yesterday, because I just wanted to get there and be a part of the wonderful things that were planned! I ended up arriving so late due to the insane traffic that started in Paterson, NJ all the way into NYC! Have you ever had that 'so close, yet so far' feeling?-that was me! I took a taxi to Pier 60 and headed straight to the entrance. I had completely missed the Disney Infinity breakfast! I was really looking forward to it because the kiddos love their video games and Disney(the perfect combo). I also missed out on the swag bag that was given and desperately tried to get one in hopes I hadn't missed important info, and understandably so, they weren't giving anymore out! I didn't let that bring me down and met up with my Blogger Bash buddy , Lillie of Jersey Fashionista.
The day was going to be jam packed with speaking panels, all day exhibitors, a Peanuts movie Lunch and to close the festivities, a Canadian Lentils Carnival! I started checking out some of the wonderful exhibitors. I didn't take many pictures, and I don't feel too bad about it because I just wanted to focus and really pay attention to the information I was receiving from everyone especially some of the wonderful organizations that where there.
Boiron ( homeopathic medicine), Teleflora (of course, the wonderful company which provided flowers for the event) AlSol hotel &resorts, Amrita Singh (fine jewelry, handbags, accessories), Hashtracking (specializing in helping you make the most out of your hashtag game), Gwynnie Bee (plus-size monthly subscription boxes) and last but not least I took advantage of the Rite Aid Recharge Station which had delicious chocolate, a massage station and gifted us all personalized bags full of goodies (full size products)!
After that I sat down for the Noodle - How to Double Your Traffic Potential Through Simple Seo Steps
There was SO much useful information given by Sheryl Simonitis and Jeff Herbst that I honestly spent the whole time writing on my little notebook like Speedy Gonzales. I just didn't want to miss anything they were saying because it was all so new to me. I loved the fact that I was learning all these new things I had to pay attention to when it came to my site and what and how I posted. I dread the thought of them going to my little blog and actually seeing what I got going on here!ha! On a serious note, time to learn, time to step it up!
After that, I made my way to the Peanuts Keynote Lunch where, dare I say, I got to enjoy some of my favorite delicious food of the day. I made sure to be very proper and polite and not go "full beast mode" on this food!
I got to learn about the new Peanuts Movie hitting theaters Nov 6! What a treat as well, that we got to meet some of the adorable cast. There was a little q&a with the cast Francesca Capaldi (little red-haired girl) A.J. Tecce (Pigpen), Noah Johnston (Schroeder), Alexander Garfin (Linus) my personal fave.
Check out Snoopy striking a pose being all cute!
Next was Rene Skyler - Good Enough Mother Brand New You event. Rene talked a little bit about herself, her ups and downs in life, overcoming cancer and personal struggles that helped her reflect on who she wants to be. She was such an inspiration and wonderful to listen to. One of her many inspiring quotes that really stuck with me was "You have a right to be as good to yourself as you are to others. " I can't go without mentioning one of her guest speakers, Nicole Sanders of Ladimax Sports. Tough and real, Nicole cut to the chase and explained how we are doing this dieting thing all wrong and she was right! We focus too much on the scale and numbers, it's weight loss vs. fat loss. I was enlightened by all she had to say and I know I have to work hard and give 110% into getting healthy! I left motivated to better myself as a whole, mind, body and spirit!
One of the most impacting and favorite parts was getting to learn more about some of the wonderful charities and organizations that were there. Alex's Lemonade Stand (helping the fight against childhood cancer), Unicef (fighting against poverty and hunger- some of the many things-for children all over the world) Food Bank NYC (fighting hunger right here close to home in NYC) There are so many ways we can all do our part! I have to tell you that when I walked to the UNDERSTOOD (online resource to support parents of kids with learning and attention issues to help them thrive in school and in life) table I was immediately taken back. I had never heard of them before, but I was so relieved to have found them I don't really share much on here about our struggles in school, and in general with my daughter because we're still not too sure about what we're dealing with. I literally asked Amanda Morin, where have you guys been?! I was trying so hard not to cry not because I was sad but because I finally didn't feel alone! Thank you so much Amanda and Debbie Bookstaber for being so kind to me!
that's me (all teary-eyed)....with Amanda!
Still with me??! I don't want to miss out on sharing any of my experiences. You know what I missed so many other things that were going on and I'm sure other attendees covered them. I had a little bit of time before my Speed Dating with brands time slot so I sat a bit at the Lights, Camera, Fashion where I got to see some awesomely fierce ladies model some of the beautiful, confidence-boosting and very flattering fashion from Project Gravitas created by founder and CEO Lisa Sun. I also had a very nice chat about family with Tracy of Just Be Friends. I didn't stay long because it was time for Speed Dating!
I sat with two other fun and kind veteran bloggers for my session with the brands. Gemarla from The Mommy Elf and Christy from The Bloggernista! I was nervous because I didn't have much to offer when it came to numbers but I am very loyal and I do love sharing what I believe in. If it's a brand I believe in I will always work hard! I had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful companies and learning about them. I told them a little bit about this little blog of mine. I do hope we can work together in the future.
The night was coming to a close but not before the very extravagant Canadian Lentils Carnival.
There were fun carnival games, juggling, acrobatics, fortune-telling, a strong-man! The traditional carnival food but with a twist- everything was made with a touch of lentils!
I seriously have to get this posing thing right, especially when you got a pro right next to you ;)
I know everyone from the Blogger Bash will hear so much positive feedback from all that attended because it is all true. The event itself was extremely successful but the connections, opportunities and memories far exceeded anything I had expected. I am a little changed because of it and that was the best part of all!!