Friday, September 27, 2013

6 Favorite Friday Five

Hello Friday...What took you so long!

It has been a long, busy week...maybe that is because I had such an amazing time last weekend....and now that seems like a hundred years ago....

Florida Bloggers Conference

I have been an "official" blogger for 9 months already but still feel like such a "newbie"!
When I discovered there was a conference for Florida Bloggers I registered right away!
(I have So much to learn!)

Who else should attend this learning experience with me?? My Beauty Contributor/Daughter of course...So my first favorite thing this week was some spectacular Mother ~ Daughter Time!

Mother ~ Daughter Time

Last Friday we headed to Orlando for the Fl Blog Con, full of giggles and girl talk! 
Life is busy so I really APPRECIATE when I can get away with one of my girls for some  quality one on one time! First on our agenda? SHOPPING!

  The Container Store

I have been dying to visit The Container Store since their Grand Opening a few months ago...

We had a BLAST looking at all the possible ways to CONTAIN things! I was inspired with new possibilities to try to get my life in order!


Then we were off the The GREATEST Place on Earth...for some that may be Disney...but for me it is IKEA! (Just look how happy I am!)

Talk about they turn the tiniest spaces into functioning living quarters is incredible to me! Tons of ideas jotted down and pictures taken for future projects.

Making Connections

After our shopping adventure was complete we headed to the hotel for a quick wardrobe change and then jetted off for dinner.  I was excited mixed with a little bit of nerves because I was going to meet two of my FAVORITE Blogger Buddies in person.

Claire from A Little Claireification and Lauren from the thinking closet.
(Thanks Claire for setting up our dinner plans!)
I felt like I already knew these two amazing ladies through e-mails and blog correspondence...but now I was going to meet them in the flesh...those adolescent fears came creeping in...."Will they like me?"

My fears were immediately at ease when the hugs began immediately followed by laughter and girl chatter!
Fabulous photo by Claire

Joining us for dinner ~ a fantastic book blogger, Rebecca from Love at First Book (you know this Reading teacher instantly connects with a BOOK BLOGGER!)
Let the evening begin!! So much FUN connecting with others who understand the dilemmas of the Blogging world....was ate, talked and laughed for hours....we finally tore ourselves away because it would be an early Saturday morning!

Florida Blogger and Social Media Conference

This was truly an AMAZING event! If you are a Floridian BLOGGER this is a MUST DO! 
Lauren has a FANTASTIC recap of the event here
Photo by Rebecca of Love at First Book via Instagram

Photo by Bruce Burke of Social Mobile Engagement
 The Venue was perfect! My brain was packed with excellent information and my stomach was spoiled by fantastic food!
Instagram Photo

Brianne and I enjoyed some of the goodies provided by the Florida Dairy Farmers

 Our fantastic lunch provided by Bahama Breeze!

Afternoon cheese snack thanks to Florida Dairy Farmers.

Pages and pages of notes later-my Blog TO Do List is 10 feet LONG!

But the BEST part of the week was making these Blogging Buddy Connections!

L-R, back row, Lauren from the thinking closet, Keri from Shaken Together, Me & Brianne, Dori from aDoribly Done, front row: Sarah from While They Snooze, Kelly from Simply Kelly Designs (photo cred!), Katie from Sew Woodsy & Katie’s Cucina, Rebecca from Love at First Book, and Wendi from H2O Bungalow.

 Rebecca from Love at First Book, and Wendi from H2O Bungalow. Wendy now lives in the area of Florida where I grew up...small world!

 The Blogger I stalk view daily for advice and inspiration; Lauren from the thinking closet.
 I know we will be friends forever!

SNAP Photo Booth

 Learning + New Friends + Laughter = A GREAT Week!

The memories of the past weekend are etched in my mind...I can't wait to make more at the next conference! 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Thanks for Reading!


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  1. You are right, the last week HAS flown by - wow! It was so wonderful to meet you, Brianne, Lauren, Rebecca, Keri and Wendi and several others at FlBlogCon! Such a fun re-cap post. You and Lauren are so organized! lol
    Can't wait to see you all again and hopefully sooner than later.

    1. Time does fly Claire so we HAVE to make sure we plan another get-together SOON!

  2. I had so much fun meeting you and Brianne, too! Fabulous recap post.

    And isn't the Container Store just amazing? I love that place!!

    1. Loved meeting you and "book talking"! I have been pursuing your blog for my "next read" ideas! Followed you on Good Reads too!

  3. This post warms my heart to no end. Yes, we are friends for life! THAT is a fact. Soooo happy that I got to hang with you and your fabulous daughter last weekend. If only I could rub shoulders with you lovelies every weekend. Sigh. We'll just have to plan that retreat at your country home sooner than later. K? K! HUGS!

    1. I'll keep you posted on that country retreat! Then you can bring your hubby and the 4 of us can do a DIY project together...there will be plenty to do!
      2 1/2 hours isn't we WILL get together again SOON!!


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