My #BlogHer13 – Yep, I’m Naming Names!

I’m back home from Chicago. BlogHer13 was, not surprisingly, a colossal success. Mel and I managed to have fun AND get some real work done at the same time. I just love it when that happens.

  • We’ve got some incredible products to review. (Monster Inspiration and Kiss Products, can you hear me?)
  • We made a lot of new friends … (Thanks, Ulta, for picking us to interview Wendi McLendon-Covey!)
  • … and business contacts. (High five, White Cloud!)
  • We even got a little writing done together. (Our August article is ready, Manilla!)

But there is always room for improvement. So, naturally, I made a list.


  1. Elleroy Was Here is dressing me. As cool as I tried to look this year, this lady always outdid me. Seriously, she is one of the coolest in the biz. (Nicest, too.)
  2. Skew the Jen Mold is calling all my shots. I’ve never met someone more decisive so I’m handing her the keys in 2014. (God speed, Jen.)
  3. The Spin Cycle is teaching me some of her magic tricks. Picture it. A solid white dress, an exploded red wine bottle and not a single drop on her. Her sleight of hand was incredible. I recommend you reserve your seats for the show now. We’re gonna be better than Siegfried & Roy! (I get to be Roy, Susan.)
  4. My Life & Kids and Kelley’s Break Room are going to facilitate the BlogHer After Hours sessions. I expect a power point presentation along with the demonstration next year, ladies. (And snacks.)
  5. The Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms is hosting the opening ceremonies. They introduced me to most of my posse for the entire weekend. (I’m still sorry I taught that kid one of my PG13 words at the Expo, Erin.)
  6. Leigh Bones is doing my hair. Anyone who saw her Friday night will know why. (Leigh, can mine be rainbow? Oooh! Or ablaze? The Blogger on Fire!)
  7. The Cat Lady Sings is going to tell everyone she’s older than me. And you guys are all gonna just nod and act like you believe her. (Right?)
  8. Parties for Pennies is riding between Mel and me on the shuttle whenever we’re “broken.” That cheerful little person had no idea what she was getting herself into when she sat down beside me. I’m pretty sure she heard my life story from age 12 on. (Remember to pick your seat mate more wisely next year, Heidi.)
  9. Thoughts From Paris is carrying me on his shoulders throughout the Expo so I can see everything and maybe go head-to-head with Optimus Prime. That dude is huge. (I’m talking about DJ. I think he was actually taller than the spacebot.)
  10. According To Mags is serving as my wingman, co-cheese eater, technology tutor, talk show co-host, handholder, stunt-double, evil twin or whatever the situation calls for. Why fix it if it isn’t broken, right?

Honestly, these ladies (and DJ … sorry, DJ) were just the tip of the “great people iceberg.” But I promised myself I’d limit it to ten people I just met. (The exception being Mel who, for the second year running, didn’t abscond with my kidney while I slept.) Because I have two kids, a spouse and two furry, little vermin, all of whom I’ve neglected since Thursday. And I’ve missed them terribly.

Suffice it to say, I met a lot of great people last weekend. And I loved all of them. (Fine, fine. Most of them.) And now … I’m off to unpack my suitcase FULL of product samples.


This is what BlogHer is all about, Charlie Brown.



That Suburban Momma

27 responses to “My #BlogHer13 – Yep, I’m Naming Names!

  1. Lady you are the sh*t for real. I never met someone I liked so fast and had such a great time with! You kept me laughing and made me feel so comfortable in a sea of new people. I’ll make your decisions any day! And it’s a date for BlogHer 14!

    • Okay. It’s actually a year-round position. I tend to employ a committee for most of my decisions. Ordering at a restaurant, picking an outfit, choosing cereal brands. Sure you’re up for it? 🙂

      GREAT meeting you, too. Hope your re-entry into the real world was a good one.

  2. I’m ready for next year. Especially with all these people!!

    And, of course, missing your face this morning. Thank you for pushing me, encouraging me to take risks and, as always, making me laugh until I cry. Love you (much bigger in person) xoxox

    • The sum of our parts is much greater than each of us individually. I have no idea how to say that. How about 1 + 1 = 3? Does that get my mathy point across?

      I’ll just return the XOXOX and be done with it.

  3. Well. Color me flattered. That conference was magically delicious, in more ways than one. I was thinking Copperfield, on the magic show, but meh. Po-TAY-to, po TAH to. So glad to have met you and look forward to stalking you regularly in the future. xo

  4. nataliedeyoung

    Wait a minute, I missed the ketchup bottles???? Now I’m really disappointed.
    Also for the record I’m really 48. Had you going there, didn’t I?

  5. I’ll share my closet with you anytime girl! I had the best time hanging with you and I’m ready to do it all again next year. xo

  6. Stephanie Sprenger

    Loved the photos! And I loved shakin’ it with you on the dance floor…you rock. I’m already having BlogHer withdrawal… It was a great conference, and you summed it up perfectly! -Stephanie from Mommy, for Real

  7. canigetanotherbottleofwhine

    I had no idea that that was you in the TP hat I was dancing next to. I would have loved to have met you! Next year

    • Me on a dance floor AND wearing a toilet paper hat? Perhaps it’s best that it wasn’t our first meeting. 🙂

      I’ll gladly look for you again next year. Let’s keep in touch!

  8. Hahahah! We — @ScienceOfParenthood — totally loved meeting you guys at the opening ceremonies aka dinner at Tapas Valencia. Thanks to Mom’s New Stage for that tasty recommendation. I too wanna rock Leigh Bones hair. I’ll go blue … with glitter please. Carisa Miller should do the off hours planning. THAT girl is DECISIVE. “NO! We’re sitting OUTSIDE.” (okay.) And My Life As Lucille, Mommy, For Real and my very own partner in SOP crime, Jessica Ziegler, will be the dance instructors. Those girls definitely move like Jagger. And finally Martinis & Minivans will teach us all to jump up and grab the mike at the keynote FIRST. THAT’s how you become a Twitter sensation. (And Guy Kawasaki’s new BFF.) Word.

    • Okay. You’re definitely in charge of job assignments next year. You seem to have an eye. We’ll just call you Julie McCoy from here forward.

      Great meeting you, too. I wish I could eat Tapas Valencia … right now.

  9. Happy Wordless Wednesday! If you haven’t joined in on the linky fun at The Jenny Evolution, there’s still plenty of time. See you there!


  10. I know we didn’t get a to spend a lot of time together..but the times I did get to smile and hug you were awesome. I hope next year we at least can share a meal (you and me and Mel) or a bottle of something. 😉

    you’re gorgeous in person and I am so glad you had such an incredible time.

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  12. I was soooooo happy to meet you! Seriously, that dinner was a GREAT start to it all. Please send me the agenda for next year and you might want to remind me around, oh, July 15th that I have an opening ceremony to plan.

    You know what my favorite part about this post was? Your voice is in my head reading it to me! xoxo Ellen

  13. I wish we got a chance to meet! YOu seem like a truly amazing person!!!

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