A blogger event unlike no other. How could I resist? Only an hour and a half away in New York City? I was there!
A few months ago, I entered a contest to win a ticket to Blogger Bash, and I won! I could not wait. I had a chance to go mingle with bloggers and brands, and get some me time. This was going to be great, and it was!
Hosted by an amazing team of women, Joey Fortman from Real Mom Media, Charlene DeLoach from the Charlene Chronicles, and Laurie Schacht from The Toy Insider and The Big Toy Book; Blogger Bash featured 10 themed parties taking place over the course of two days.
I must have looked like a hot mess when I arrived. After getting off the train at Grand Central, I walked to Location 05. My husband assured me that it was not a bad walk. Ummm…ok. I think my blisters had blisters. It was all worth it once I entered the building… and powdered my nose.
This was my first blogging conference, so I did not know what to expect walking into Sweet Suite. Our hosts went above and beyond to amaze us with this phenomenal event. I was greeted with an assortment of toys and brands I am familiar with, as well as new and exclusive sneak peaks of what is to come. My son is going to flip over the Build Your Own Hexbug Kit. The new line of LaLaLoopsy, or as Lucie calls them, LaLaLucie, dolls are going to be at the top of my little girls' Christmas lists. Personally, I couldn't wait to check out The Beatrix Girls London Collection.
While at Sweet Suite I tried my hand at Imperial Toys Splat X. Surprisingly, my sticky Smack Shotz hit the center of the target, winning me a Fuzzbies. Just Play brought me back in time with the new line of Care Bears. Funshine was always my favorite. While I was there, I was able to play with Doc McStuffins and her Get Better Mobile.
With all the sweets abound, I was delighted to quench my thirst with Rooibee Roo Tea.
I was quite addicted to the peach tea, as well as the mango tea from the kid's line. Since arriving back home, I have been going through some serious withdrawal. Luckily, I can order some online. Hopefully, my local store will start carrying it soon.
I was excited to check out Kurio at Sweet Suite. The Kurio phone is a must have for my middle schoolers. Not only is is equipped with parental controls, but it is durable enough to withstand a tween's busy day. It seems to be the wisest choice when it comes to purchasing a phone for my kids. Also, I have been researching tablets for my little ones, and I have been particularly interested in the tablets offered by Kurio. These tablets are Andriod based, like mine and my husband's tablets, but they come preloaded with educational and kid-friendly apps. Another plus is the ability for parents to control which apps they want their children to be able to play and the fact that you can set time controls. It was a lot of fun to try out the new Kurio Xtreme tablet. My kids are going to love the fact theat the Kurio Xtreme comes with motion sensor games, similar to what they like to play on Xbox. These tablets will be available in the fall of 2014, just in time for the holidays. I know all of these great products from Kurio will be on my kids' wish lists this year.
The day ended with and Angry Birds party featuring Stella.
Friday started off with a delicious pairing of breakfast and Batman where I was able to play Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. My kids are always playing LEGO games on the Wii, and I know this is going to be a big hit.
Friday afternoon was spent speed dating with brands, sipping delicious milkshakes with Johnny Rockets, and meeting Anne Geddes.
Element Associates hosted an awesome Social Suite. I was able to pick out a CoverGirl Colorlicious Lip Gloss. Candylicious is my new favorite lip gloss, so I needed to hide it from my daughters once I arrived back home. It was so much fun bouncing the Wubble Ball. It looks like a bubble, but doesn't pop. My kids are going to love this. I recieved a beautiful Joseph Nogucci necklace, and I had a blast trying on bling. This is my favorite from their Miii jewelry collection.
#EAEvents had a focus social good. I loved chatting with Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Our community recently lost a Neuroblastoma warrior and I am happy to help #Stir4ACure. We also celebrated Smokey Bears birthday with cake and photo opportunities. Auto Tex Pink encouraged bloggers to wipe out Breats Cancer with their wiper blades. A donation is made from each purchase of AutoTex Pink wiper blades to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Plus I recieved a sample of Washdrops, an award-winning green car wash solution. My car is going to thank me once I get done with it.
All that talking got me thirsty so I headed over to the bar just in time for The NickMom Social. I grabbed a glass of white wine and posed for pictures with a very handsome fireman.
It was all in the name of blogging, of course.
In the evening, KidzVuz took over the venue for their amazing Back To School party. I couldn't think of a better way to end Blogger Bash. My family was having a blast playing in the GameTruck downstairs, waiting until it was time to meet up. I almost got a little teary eyed as I saw my little ones walk towards me.
My kids started off the party filling up their lunch tote with essential school supplies courtesy of School Specialty. Then, it was toys galore. They could not wait to get down and play with Hasbro's Transformers, Nerf Rebelle, and Littlest Pet Shop.
When it was time to leave, the kids were gifted with Lands End backpacks filled with goodies as well as a cool Guardians of the Galaxy mask which they wore all the way home.
Photo By: Justin Lee of Josh Strauss Studios
I could not possibly fit everything into one blog post. It was all this, plus more! When considering which conferences to attend next year, you should definitely put Blogger Bash on your list.