Sunday, July 27, 2014

Safely Home and Super Sleepy

I touched down in Tampa at 10:15. Made it to my apartment at 11:05. Soooooo ready for bed. I'm anxious to start on my plans I made at the blogging conference though. Updates coming soon. Xoxo everyone and goodnight!!!

Diets Don't Count On Vacation

So I have not cared at all about what I have eaten during the conference. I'll get back to my diet tomorrow but it sure feels good to take a break and pig out! Greetings from Texas! Tampa bound in t-minus 2 hrs and 25 mins!!!

Waiting to Fly Home

Continuing to rock the tiara as I wait to fly home to Tampa from California. Will be home @ 10:15p.m. Tampa time. This weekend has been a whirlwind of fun!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy Meal = Happy Ashley

How can you not get this happy with a cheeseburger AND nugget happy meal?!? #nomnomnom

Blogher closing party!

#blogher14 First we eat, then we drank then Rev Run for the partay!!!! Woohoo. And yes I am wearing a tiara because I CAN!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Twisted Shotz

@TwistedShotz is here at #BlogHer14 sampling amazing shots. The cool thing about these shots is they are already mixed & ready to shoot. Drink em chilled or room temp & enjoy the party!!!

Baskin Robbins

@baskinrobbins #bloger14

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Getting Slushed #SonicBlogher

Who doesnt love a free slushie?!?

Firestone Selfie #driveguard #contest

#driveguard #contest Fingerscrossed guys! Trying to win free tires from Firestone Complete Auto Care :-)

Firestone Cake Pops!

#BlogHer14. Finally made it into the blogging conference & first vendor booth has cake pops & mimosas. Alcohol & cake! Hard to top that :-)

Made it to California!

30 minutes late but I'm HEEEEEERE!!! Now to find my shuttle to my hotel. xoxo

Stuck at the Gate

Sigh.... Sitting at the gate because someone forgot to fill the plane with beverages & snacks. Who is in charge and screwed this up? Glad I gave myself buffer time before my meeting, but very anxious to get going!

Oy vey. Captain just said catering is down right now so no clue when we will be cleared to leave the gate.

Have any of you ever had a catering delay? LoL!

Writing from Texas!

Howdy from Texas ya'll. My flight arrived at 10:27 a.m. local time, 11:27 a.m. Tampa time and I'm currently writing from a Chili's at the airport while I wait for my next flight that will take me to San Jose. I have already used the joke "Do you know the way to San Jose?" when trying to find my connecting flight gate. The gentleman assisting me was old enough to be my grandfather and he cracked up a little to hard that I sang the question instead of asking it LOL! Needless to say I think I made his morning.

My plan was to write on the plane but said plan was thwarted by the fact the lady in front of me leaned her chair back all the way into my lap and therefore prevented me from opening my laptop. Note to self- buy a minilaptop or make it so my tablet can save text I write to be copied into a word document later...

Anyway, I'm definitely having a blast so far. One thing that has been made abundantly clear just in these past few hours is that I want to travel a hell of a lot more often and I am going to keep looking for a way to do just that. Welp, the next time I update I'll be writing from California. Til then ya'll xoxo!

Window Seat!!! Woohoo!

All I wanted for my flights were window seats. I've never been to Texas or California and I want to see all I can of the land when I ...well...land! Layover in Texas is two hours. Turning of my phone now & will update again from Texas :-) Happy dance!!!!

Made it to the Airport - California Bound!

#BlogHer14 Sitting in the airport waiting to board my plane to California. So stoked!!! Can not wait to land. My first meeting is 5p.m. today. Fingers crossed it goes well & that this weekend yields many great things for my blogging career!!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 30

 

Today's blogger shout out is KATY IN A CORNER! Yeah, I know I already featured her on this blog once before too, but this is my blog and I do what I want so THERE! Katy in a Corner is awesome because she can make you laugh, she can make you cry, and dammit she is just entertaining! Katy is a former motivational speaker, military wife, mom and a blogger. You have to check out her hilarious videos on Youtube and her blog HERE!


TOMORROW is BlogHer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 29

 

So, I wrote about Quirky Chrissy when there were 67 days until BlogHer, but I feel like not including her in my 30 bloggers in 30 days would just be wrong because of how obsessed  fascinated I've become with her blog since I first met her. She ain't got no niche ya'll but that's what makes her blog so awesome. It's got a little about her life, a little product review, a little food, a little bit of everything. Seriously, check out her blog HERE.


2 days to BlogHer

Monday, July 21, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 28

 


Today's blogger shout out is Lisa Page Rosenberg of Smacksy. Here's her intro on her page: "My kid is in the first grade. His name is Bob. He talks a lot. I write it down." One of my favorite things about her blog is that she actually writes down things her son says. Yes, I know her description said that is what the blog is about, but reading some of the things her kid says is very amusing. It kind of reminds me of that old twitter page $#it My Dad Says only in the PG form! Check out her blog HERE!


3 days to BlogHer

Sunday, July 20, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 27

 

Today's blogger shout out is Casey Carey-Brown of Life With Roozle.       

"Life with Roozle follows the adventures of two moms and a little Roozle as we navigate our life as a family of three in Boston. We love our bikes. We arrange our food in circles. Life totally rules."

Casey is a lesbian parent blogger living in Boston with her wife, MCB, and their daughter Riley who they call Roozle.

Check out her blog HERE.

4 days to BlogHer

Saturday, July 19, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 26

 

Today's blogger shout out is Rita Arens of Surrender, Dorothy. Rita is the deputy editor for BlogHer.com and a freelance writer.

Here's a little about Rita: "I started this blog in 2004 shortly after the birth of my daughter. I started it to chronicle her life and my experience as her mother. At this point, I'm writing so we both will know who I am and who I was after I've long since forgotten."

Check out Rita's blog HERE!


5 days to BlogHer

Friday, July 18, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 25

 

Today's blogger shout out is Linda N. Edelstein of Life Ain't for Sissies. Linda is a clinical psychologist, author and professor.What will you find on her blog? "Ideas from psychology that make life better. Most posts are observations, derived from my work as a clinical psychologist, teacher, writer, and aging adult." Check out Linda's Blog HERE.


6 days to BlogHer

Thursday, July 17, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 24

 

Today's blogger shout out is Kathie Bergquist of Ms. Fit Mag. Kathie is the Editor in Chief for the magazine. Ms. Fit Mag is a body-positive, LGBTQ-friendly, unapologetically feminist women’s health and fitness webzine. The site is filled with awesome stories about eating, body changes, learning how to be healthy and sex (GROWL). I am personally bookmarking this page to check out more in the future! Regardless of your sexual preferences your sure to find something the will resonate with you on the site. Check out Ms. Fit Mag HERE.


1 WEEK to BlogHer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 23

 

Today's blogger shout out is Lee Allport of My Sentiment ExactLee. I didn't actually meet Lee, however. I met Jackie Pletsch. Jackie is Lee's sister. Lee created the blog and Jackie posts to it occasionally. I love

Lee is a Nielsen Top 50 Power Mom and a Huffington Post Blogger. Lee's blog is filled with reviews, entertainment posts, giveaways, travel posts and more. Check out the My Sentiment ExactLee blog HERE.

8 days to BlogHer

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 22

 

Today's blogger shout out is Courtney Nawara of Phyrra- Beauty for the Bold. Courtney's blog is a beauty and lifestyle blog. She features cruelty free and vegan beauty brands. She loves bright makeup, colorful hair, sparkly nails, alternative fashion and standard poodles. Best part? If you want to learn how to wear the make up she features she has a bunch of awesome tutorials. Check it out her blog HERE!

9 days to BlogHer 

Monday, July 14, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 21

 

Today's blogger shout out is actually a VLOGGER shout out! I met Jess from the Jess and Miya Hapa Hour on my last night in Chicago. I was in a bad mood and she made me laugh and laugh and feel so much better. I've seen a few of her vlog's on her personal channel, but after seeing her Jess and Miya Hapa Hour channel I just new I had to share it with others. Check it out HERE!

10 days to BlogHer

Sunday, July 13, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 20

 

Today's blogger shout out is Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits. What is this awesome blog of dessert recipes? It is a blog of HEALTHY dessert recipes. How frikkin awesome is that?


Check out her "about me" section: "People correspond the word “dessert” with butter, sugar and extra empty calories added to the day’s total… but not here on Desserts with Benefits™!  The healthy dessert recipes you see on this blog are nutritionally beneficial and wholesome enough to be eaten on a daily basis without causing you to feel guilty ONE BIT!

I am a university student majoring in Nutritional Sciences, and due to my schooling, I have acquired quite a bit of knowledge on the ins and outs of nutrition and dietetics.  My academic knowledge allows me to make truly healthy desserts.  I know firsthand the downside of restrictive diets, processed foods and the typical baking ingredients (such as hormone-filled butter, highly processed/refined/bleached white sugar, highly processed/refined/bleached flour, etc.)

Desserts with Benefits™ makes it possible to eat healthy and stay sane!"
   
Check out Jessica's awesome blog HERE!

11 days to BlogHer

Saturday, July 12, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 19

 

Today's blogger is Zakary Watson of Raising Colorado. Here's her "about" statement from her facebook page: "I would like for my children to go to bed at a decent hour, learn to make homemade tortillas, and ride around with a squirrel in my bicycle basket. Also, someone find a cure for Type One Diabetes, kthx."

I can't help but like her blog simply because she likes squirrels. Check this out from her FAQs:
"1. What’s with you and the squirrels?
I dig squirrels. Mainly a black squirrel that lived in my old backyard and ate the bread I threw into my yard....He’s a squirrel genius and possibly a ninja. In training. My goal is to get him (or any squirrel really) to sit in a basket on my bicycle while we ride around town at the Farmer’s Market and stuff."

LOL. Love that! Check out Zakary's blog HERE!
  
12 days to BlogHer 

Friday, July 11, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 18

 

Today's blogger shout out is Sheri Ann Richerson, The Experimental Homesteader. Lately, I've been reading more and more about homesteading, being self-sufficient, growing your own foods, etc... I definitely want my own home and I want to learn more about how to live more self-sufficiently.

This is her brief bio from her facebook page, "Sheri Ann Richerson is a leading pioneer in the self-sufficiency movement. For the past 19 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting organics."

From product reviews, to how-to guides, crafting tutorials and more, The Experimental Homesteader is sure to please a diverse group of readers. Check out Sheri Ann's blog HERE!

13 days to BlogHer

Thursday, July 10, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 17

 

When I got back from BlogHer 13 last year I mentioned today's blogger and she is sooooooooooooooo deserving of another shout out and kind of HAS to be featured in my 30 Bloggers in 30 Days series. Okay, so now that I've no doubt gotten your curiosity up, today's AHMAZING blogger is Jill Nystul, wwner and creator of One Good Thing By Jillee. Seriously ya'll this blog is amazeballs! Going to her site and reading her posts will teach you ways of saving money, new ways to use old things, how to do some pretty cool projects and so much more.

You simply MUST check out Jill's blog HERE!

2 WEEKS until BlogHer

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 16

 

Today's blogger shout out is of Anjali Handa of Rock That Look. Now, when I met her she was blogging on the regular at Rock That Look. Curious as to why there haven't been posts since February I dug a little deeper by visiting her on twitter and learning that the girl is BUSY! I mean DAYUM! She is Editor in Chief of Beyond the Drop which is "a site dedicated to bringing you coverage on the music, fashion, lifestyle, and technology associated with Dance Music culture". I imagine if I was editor in chief of a site like that I'd be too busy to keep up with my personal blog too. So, today you get a two-fer. Check out Anjali's personal blog HERE and the blog that is keeping her busy HERE!


15 days to BlogHer

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 15

 

Today's blogger is Norine Dworkin-McDaniel aka Chief of Scientific Snarkiness at Science of Parenthood. Love that don't you?!? Chief of Scientific Snarkiness . That is just awesome on so many levels!

The first line of the website's "about me" page sums up all you need to know about the site: "Science Of Parenthood is an illustrated parenting humor blog inspired by the madness of raising kids, which not even science can explain."

Even though I don't have kids, I particularly liked her Mommy Math posts!

You should definitely check out the blog HERE!

16 days to BlogHer

Monday, July 7, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 14

 

Today's blogger is Stephanie Liebold of Travel Craft Journal. "Travelcraft Journal is made for creative adventurers who want to discover new places, experience culture, try things out themselves.

It’s a place to read about travel tips, DIY/crafting experiments, quirky road trips, art, food, and sights to see in Phoenix and beyond. We take a pragmatic approach that acknowledges that things rarely go exactly as planned. It’s about embracing the journey and savoring the moment instead of stressing about constructing a perfect day, meal, or project."

Check out her blog HERE. It's only fair to warn you though. Reading her blog will make you want to travel more...and possibly journal. Not sure about the journaling part, but definitely the traveling! Enjoy!

17 days to BlogHer

Sunday, July 6, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 13

 

Today's blogger is Jana Seitzer of Merlot Mommy. What drew me to her site? Come on! Anyone who calls themselves Merlot Mommy has to write a cool blog right? I love her title!

Here's her "about me" info:

"About Merlot Mommy
I’m a wine and food girl. I’m a mom to 4 amazing kids, full-time marketing/communications professional and graphic designer and freelance photographer. I’m also an active Thirsty Girl (chapter head) and love my mommy time.

Things I love, in no specific order:

- colors
- textures
- my husband
- handbags
- design
- my children
- wine
- Mad Men
- reading/writing
- cupcakes
- cocktails
- bubbly
- social media"

Check out Jana's blog HERE

18 days to BlogHer. Getting in the teen digits. It's so close!!! I can't stand it. SO EXCITED!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 12

 

Today's blogger shout out is Julie Dellinger (aka Joules) of Pocketful of Joules. What I love about Joules is how open and honest she is about the subjects she writes about. One of my favorite posts she wrote was "Strangers in My Business" which could have been called the One and Done Post. In the post she talks about how she and her husband made the decision to just have ONE child and how people have reacted to that decision. I agree with her that it's nobody's business what she and her husband want to do. People can be so judgemental- amiright?!?

Well, anyway, you should totally check out Joules' blog HERE. I for one will definitely be reading more of it on the regular :)

19 days to BlogHer

How I Spent My 2014 Fourth of July


How did you celebrate America's 238th birthday? As for me, my husband came up with a romanticly sweet idea. Warning! I'm about to get all gushy about how sweet my husband can be.

I had suggested going to a park near one of the many places in Tampa Bay that would be having fireworks. He upped the ante by suggesting we stay home drinking wine, eating cheese and watch fireworks from our balcony (lots of folks light fireworks around the lakes of our apartment complex). To take this romantic gesture even further he took me to Publix where we tried a bunch of cheeses to find four we liked the most for a yummy cheese plate. Then it was off to the wine aisle to grab a couple of bottles of wine and on the way to the check out we grabbed some crackers.

Here's the final cheese plate with the crackers:

During the fireworks my hubby asked me to stand up and he and I hummed our first dance song from our wedding as we danced on the balcony. I felt like the only woman in the world on that balcony as the fireworks lit up the sky and we danced to our song. He definitely scored high on the romantic scale. After a while the fireworks faded but he had a plan for that too!

He grabbed a couple of RedBox flicks for us to finish out the night with.- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 47 Ronin. We started with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and although I confess I fell asleep during 47 Ronin, overall I have to say this Fourth of July was the most fun I've had with my husband.

How did you celebrate your Fourth of July?

Friday, July 4, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 11

 

Today's blogger shout out is Tarja Parssinen aka the Writer and Humorist of The Flying Chalupa. Tarja is also a co-author of the book You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth (the photo you see above).

I absolutely love Tarja's "about me" page. Check out what it says and enjoy!
"Wife to the Husband.
Mother to the Boys.
Putter-together-of words.
Putter-outter of fires.
Re-builder of me.
Re-builder of Thomas the Train Tracks.
Watcher of trashy TV.
Tamper-downer of small, daily insurgencies.
Hideous cook.
Lover of books.
(Free) Lancer of words.
(Diaper) Changer of turds.
Eternal hater of writing the About Page.
Welcome!"

Check out Tarja's blog HERE

20 days to BlogHer

Thursday, July 3, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 10

 

Today's blogger shout out is Jennifer Mathews of My Beauty Bunny.  

What is My Beauty Bunny? Well, here is the website's description: "My Beauty Bunny (TM) is THE award-winning, number one, cruelty free beauty blog. We're here to help you find the best hair, skin, makeup and other beauty products NOT tested on animals!

My Beauty Bunny (TM) focuses on finding the best in beauty from companies who do not test on animals. We are NOT a strictly vegan blog, but we do have a vegan section. We are positive that once you go cruelty-free you'll never go back. Follow us for the latest in cruelty free beauty, hair, makeup and skincare!"

Jen Mathews is the chief bunny. Such a cute title! LOVE IT! "Founder & Cruelty Free Beauty Expert, Jen Mathews, is the founder of Top Tier Social Media. As seen in People Style Watch, HuffPost Live, Shape Magazine, and QVC. Founder of the Beauty Blog Coalition and Executive Member of iFabbo (International Fashion and Beauty Blogger Organization). Co-host, Alayna's Beauty Talk on LA Talk Live (with over 450,000 listeners)."


Check out Jen's blog HERE

21 days to BlogHer

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 9

 

Today's blogger shout out is Heather Hills of The Grape Stomp. Now, I've never stomped grapes but I have drank wine! I love what Heather's blog is about. The tag line on the top of her page is Traveling in Search of Amazing Wines, Beers, Spirits, and Delicious Food! Be careful looking at her site though because it will make you hungry and if you are already hungry it could make you drool!

Check out her blog HERE

22 days to BlogHer

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 8


Today's blogger shout out is Stay At Home Humorist Ann Imig of the Listen to Your Mother Show. Stay at Home Humorist? How can you not love that?!? AWESOME!

The mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor.

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially–through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need.

This is Ann's bio on the Listen to Your Mother Show website:
A stay-at-home humorist, Ann began inflicting herself upon your internet with her blog Ann’s Rants in 2008. Her writing appears on numerous sites including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and College Humor. Babble named her one of their 2012 Top 100 Mom Bloggers and their 2011 funniest Top 50 Twitter Mom, BlogHer honored her as a 2010-2013 Voice Of The Year, and her 7 and 10 year old boys deemed her The Most Annoying Boss of Everything. Ann founded the live-reading series Listen To Your Mother, spurring a national movement giving Motherhood a Microphone.

30 Bloggers in 30 Days - Day 
Check out here website HERE

23 days to BlogHer
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