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!

My huge shopping spree – Kmart Sears Land’s End Review

I love that I can buy items from Kmart, Sears and Land’s End with any of their gift cards. Recently I won a Kmart gift card from the #kmartchat Twitter party hosted by @crissy, @mommyinsider, @jollymom, @kmart and @stacieinatlanta. As you can imagine I was thrilled because that meant…. Shopping spree for me! I was in need of a few items and this great win was going to allow me to purchase a few items I’ve been needing. Ok and maybe not really needing.

 

First stop…. Kmart of course. I was hoping to find a tablet case but wasn’t successful. That’s ok, I got the mousepad I needed. It has a memory foam wrist spot to eliminate wrist pain from using the mouse. I also picked up a few household items too.

 

Next up Sears…. I’ve been dying for a dutch oven. Not quite sure why I didn’t own one previously but was realizing a lot of recipes I wanted to try called for one. It’s on! Dutch oven here I come. I bought the cutest red dutch oven as well as a food chopper. One of the main reasons I wanted a dutch oven was to finally make Julia Child’s famous Beef Bourgionne. (See my previous post HERE.)

 

I still have money to spare, now what? Besides Sears wide variety and great prices, they also have an entire Land’s End department. Again… it’s on. I bought the cutest black velvet blazer. Perfect to dress up jeans in the fall and winter. I also bought another cardigan set, I’m addicted to theirs. Plus 3 draped open cardigan sweaters. All the same, but in brown, black and grey. Oh and another grey sweater. Everything I purchase was on sale which was awesome plus I used my Sears Rewards so I could rack up points towards my next purchase.

 

All this for under $250. You heard me right! Kitchen goods, a new wardrobe and I still have some money to spare.

 

Thank you #KmartChat for a great party and all my new goodies. You rock!

 

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