Don’t worry, though, we’re nearing the end of my BlogHer Chronicle. First, because I know everyone is curious — the swag. I had to take several pictures (categorized by type of item) to get it all in:
First, coupons — including free eggs, free Stonyfield Yogurt, and free Dannon yogurt:
Some random stuff — a Furby t-shirt, fleece blanket and some Lysol
Toys, from the Hasbro Party bag and the Baby’s First Test Baby Shower. I was most excited about this since I can get several Christmas gifts/baby gifts/stocking stuffers from this:
Health & Beauty Products, including a whole bunch of Udder Cream I won. Many of these will be great donation items:
Sixteen (!!) reusable bags. I really like the Cotton totes- they’re heavy duty and nice for kids’ stuff. I think I’ll use some of these as a “green” wrapping alternative:
Finally, there weren’t a TON of green or natural companies, but the ones who were there were great. There is stuff from Boiron, Maty’s, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Econuts, and Weleda:
Oh, and I was thrilled to have the amazing Beth Terry sign my copy of Plastic-Free: How I kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too! I look forward to reading it and reviewing it soon:
In all candor, though, the very best part of BlogHer was meeting my roommates! Yes, I said meeting, because even though Jenny @thecrunchywife and I have been online friends for nearly 3 years, I had never “met” our other three roommates. 5 women. 2 double beds. 1 dry ice debacle (yay, we’re all alive!). It could have been so, so bad. But it was fantastic, primarily because of these cool chicks:
Ultimately, I think BlogHer12 was a success. I was away from my family for 3 nights for the first time, both my children had a great time with my husband and their grandparents, and I was able to have a chance to remember how to have a good time with some great friends. My ROI (return on investment): On a personal level, I believe it was worth it. I became even closer to a dear friend that I previously only knew virtually. I made several new friends, and was inspired by many, many women who are working to change the world for the better.
In terms of financial ROI, I’ll let you know in about 6 months. I made some great connections with stellar brands like Wholly Guacamole (@EatWholly), Maty’s Natural Health(@Matysproducts), and Stonyfield Farms(@Stonyfield). I’m looking forward to working with those brands and more in the future. I enjoyed the sessions I went to (about Branding Your Blog, Working with Brands, and another one that I can’t remember right now lol), but I feel like the benefit of the convention for me was making connections with awesome green bloggers and companies who share the same goals.
Oh, and it was pretty freakin’ fun.
Did you go to Blogher? What were your thoughts?
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