Blogher 2015 Recap

Ok so this post is uber delayed. But I’ve had a pretty busy summer. I had the most AMAZING time at Blogher 2015. This year the folks at Blogher partnered with the She Knows folks and boy did they put on a show. This year’s conference was held at the Hilton NY which is an incredible hotel.

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On Thursday I walked around the expo center and chatted with all the amazing vendors. Best Buy was promoting their new wedding registry that they offer (which is pretty awesome right?) and R&B singer Kenny Lattimore was there. I only thought it fitting that he propose to me. After all it was bridal themed right? A few of my favorite booths were: Shark, AT&T, Dyson, Ninja, Baskin Robbins and of course the Embassy Suites (you know how I adore them).
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IMG_1132 (3)Friday was incredibly busy for me. My morning started out with a special breakfast and panel by Staples. Leeza Gibbons and Jaime Primak Sullivan were both on the panel discussing all things back to school. And I got to check out the amazing new back to school items from Staples. Seriously how sweet is this donut book bag? No pun intended. Also, I’ve been a fan of Jaime for a while now. I watched Jersey Belle and am religious about watching her Facebook videos. Even my hubby is into all her posts. I feel like she’s my sister from another mister. #Jersey And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that I met my new bestie Holly Rust at this seminar. We sat next to each other and hung out throughout the conference. While in Chicago this summer I got together with her and we went on a double date. Blogher creates friendships. Like lifelong friendships. I’m so happy to have met her and she gets my blogging butt in gear.

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If that wasn’t cool enough I also was invited to participate in a Sears panel on staying connected. I learned a ton about new products that help your home to stay connected and have a tech savvy home. Since we have been renovating, all these new products were super interesting and I’d like to incorporate them into my home. We actually purchased all our kitchen appliances from Sears. Including our awesome Samsung fridge that wait for it has sparkling water built in. Randi Zuckerberg was part of this panel and that was a huge surprise for me. She was so sweet and signed her book after for everyone. Seriously…. She’s so sweet. Another sister from another mister. Seriously. We might have been separated at birth.

 

Sheryl Underwood and I.

Sheryl Underwood and I.

I also got to meet Sheryl Underwood at the Depend booth.

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In the evening I was privileged to attend a screening of the new show “Grandfathered” featuring John Stamos and Josh Peck. Josh was available for audience questions afterwards and was super funny. At some point he mentioned that he can be bribed with Twizzlers. Which I happened to have in my bag. Not that I needed a bribe but I offered him one and this is what happened.

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I was so proud of myself for following my Blogher schedule. Every year I have a plan of attack and it always falls apart right away. And then Saturday came. My day started by an older woman asking me where she should wait for a car to pick her up at the hotel. Turns out the car wasn’t coming for about an hour. I didn’t want her to have to wait alone so I waited with her. Her name is Sylvia and she was in NY visiting her childhood friend that was in a nursing home. I learned a lot about Sylvia. Her first husband was in the entertainment industry. She told me all about old Hollywood and how one day she went to see her husband and John Wayne was in the room. When she left John Wayne told her husband how pretty she was. She never forgot that. So I hung out with Sylvia and didn’t attend any seminars I had planned on.

Guess the supermodel?

Guess the supermodel?

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I was super excited to meet Carson Kressley at the Depend booth. He was soooo nice.

And this happened!

And this happened!

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To end the night McDonalds treated us all to a concert with Boyz II Men and Nick Cannon. If you know me then you know that all of the Boyz II Men songs are my jams. I’m a child of the 90s.

Mitch aka GayNYCDad and I at the Gwyneth Paltrow luncheon.

Mitch aka GayNYCDad and I at the Gwyneth Paltrow luncheon.

My new bestie Holly and I!

My new bestie Holly and I!

Samsung Galaxy Tablet 8.9 – Product Review

Guess what I got for Christmas? Audrey McClelland is one of Santa’s elves, I’m convinced. I participated in the #ATT Twitter giveaway with @AudreyMcClellan the week of Christmas and won the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 8.9. I was thrilled! I was dying for a tablet as I’m always on the go and a tablet is perfect to throw in your purse and bring to events, meetings with clients or just to keep you busy while waiting for an appointment. Oh did I mention not only did I win it the week of Christmas it arrived on my door before Christmas. Yay! Merry Christmas to me!

This tablet is an expression of you – not its maker.

If you buy the wrong tablet, you’re at the mercy of the manufacturer regarding how much you can customize or personalize your screens. But the beauty of Android is that you have much greater flexibility to arrange things however you want. You’ll have multiple home screens to compose and design, plus live wallpapers to express your mood and personality. The Tab also offers you the freedom of TouchWiz®, the intuitive user interface that allows you to quickly drag and drop your icons, widgets and Live Panels with only the touch of a finger. Now, reorganizing your tablet’s menus and navigational options will be simple and straightforward.

A screen so lifelike you’ll want to touch it.

The Tab’s WXGA-TFT touchscreen redefines high resolution. Every image has amazing color, radiance, and clarity to capture all the detail of real life. The Tab’s dimensions give it an aspect ratio that lets you see more of the original image, without cropping or black bars. Now when you watch a movie with $100 million in special effects, you get the full impact. When you read eBooks or emails, every letter of text is razor sharp. Video chatting is more like talking face-to-face. And when your finger touches the responsive screen, every function is smooth as silk.

Performs at a higher level. So you can, too.

Surf the internet just like on a PC, and get the full enjoyment of Adobe® Flash® Player compatible sites, games, and videos. The Dual core 1GHz processor runs every function and app effortlessly. A full gig of ram gives you plenty of memory. The Tab’s Android ™ 3.1, Honeycomb platform is the proven gold standard to perform the full range of Google services like optimized Gmail™ and Google Maps™.

Does several things at once. Sound familiar?

Multi-tasking is the new normal. None of us have time to do only one thing at a time. The Tab keeps you up-to-the-second with widgets and live panels that update constantly. And you can have more than one window open at a time to bounce around on. Access the Android Market™ for thousands of apps that keep your life moving with the speed you need. Sometimes your Tab is for work, sometimes it’s for play, and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

Take gaming to the next level.

The Tab 8.9 is gaming heaven. It has the speed and processing power to run any Android or Adobe® Flash® Player compatible game with no buffering, stalling, downloads, or plug-ins. And the screen shows every dragon’s scale, every gold doubloon, and every sword glint with eye-popping, heart-pounding detail.

You can’t be too thin.

It’s only .34″ from front to back, which is about as thin as a typical ballpoint pen. The Tab also weighs just 447 grams – so light that you’ll hardly notice it in your briefcase or purse. The body is sleek yet easy to grip, and fits comfortably in your hand. It’s the perfect portable device to take anywhere and connect through any Wi-Fi hotspot without monthly service fees or carrier contracts.

Your Tab is the hub of your social universe.

For social networking, the Tab offers Social Hub, the pre-loaded app which organizes all your favorite sites in one, easy-to-access location.

Watch movies and TV shows anytime and everywhere.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 gives you access to Media Hub, where movies and TV shows can be rented or downloaded for purchase. When you choose to purchase, your content can be stored in the cloud and viewed on up to five other Media Hub enabled devices, or even watched on your television through Smart Show with an HDMI video-out adapter (sold separately). You can watch it now, or later for offline viewing. The list of content available is refreshed daily to include the latest episodes of last night’s TV shows. When you choose to watch something, you can begin watching within minutes with progressive download.

Want more places to get movies? Not a problem. The Google Videos app is preloaded, letting you rent thousands of movies starting at $1.99. Get Amazon Instant movies with Unlimited Streaming videos offering more than 2,000 movies and 500 TV shows. If you’re an Amazon Prime user, you get movies absolutely free with membership. Many movies and videos are Adobe® Flash® Player compatible, and you’ll be able to watch them all. Most networks offer free shows on their own websites, and you’ll be able to access the free content with a browser based website for TV shows. Want more options? Get the IMDB app from Android Market to watch movie trailers, or the Vevo App for premium music videos.

It’s like a bookworm’s heaven.

The Amazon Kindle app is preloaded, giving you access to the largest selection of the books (including New York best sellers) and periodicals people want to read. You even get free sample books, chapters and popular classics. Google Books comes preloaded, offering you free out-of-trademark books such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Pride & Prejudice” and many more. You can purchase thousands of books via Android Market.

Sync and Share Digital Content with AllShareâ„¢

Transform your digital living experience by enjoying your content on multiple screens, anytime, anywhere. You can wirelessly stream your movies, music and photos from your smartphone, or tablet to your Smart TV, PC and to other DLNA Certified® devices. Samsung AllShare™ seamlessly puts your music, memories and videos in harmony.

 

To purchase yours visit http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/GT-P7310MAAXAR

 

Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.