I probably do owe you guys a day by day, second by second, recap of BLEND. It’s all I ever talk about lately.
But I’m lazy.
And I’m still on vacation, darn it!
Besides, there are 70 blogs right now, berating you with BLEND this and BLEND that (sounds like a recipe). Even as the “momma” to this Retreat, I feel like too much talk is overkill and people will get bored and jealous that they weren’t there. I do know that Janetha will do a day by day post and she always does a fantastic job with making those seem not boring.
I’m going to try to recap in the best way I know how…..list-style.
BLEND 2012 – Lindsay’s LIST-style
Some descriptive words:
Amazing. (yes, an overused word – gah! <-another one.)
Some AMAZING (<-see!) Sponsors!:
Chobani. Fitmixer. Xagave. The Simply Bar. Bob’s Red Mill. Larabar. Green Mountain Coffee. Pure Bliss Eats. Core Power. Cheribundi. Probar. mix1. Love Grown Foods. Cascadian Farms. Pangea Organics. Attune Foods. Nuts About Granola. NuNaturals. Lush Nuts. Optimum Nutrition. Twin Cakes Bakery. Colorado Fudge Maker. PopChips. Beanitos. Dry Soda. Bobo’s Oat Bars. Hanna’s Herb Shop. Healthy Bites. KIND Bar. NatureBox.
Say all that in one breath. Betcha can’t.
I have swag for MONTHS! Thank you to our sponsors! Without you, we couldn’t have done this…period.
Meeting Janetha and Katie for the first time. Best friends forever. No joke.
Spending ALL of Friday morning, assembling 75 swag bags. I’m pretty sure they each weighed 50 pounds.
Meeting all these bloggers, whom I had email-bombed over the past 6 months. Best blends forever. No joke.
Drinking my first alcoholic beverage in over 7 years!!
The bartender asked me if I trusted him and proceeded to create “Summer is Here” – a mix of vodka, cranberry, grapefruit and orange juice.
Chatting with Steve from Xagave about how cool Carolina is!
I must’ve impressed him with my cupcake eating skills, as he gave me the only copy of the Xagave cookbook he had.
Eating 4 5 mini cupcakes. Delicious!!
Getting Cookie Dough Nutty Butter from Sarah. EPIC. Thanks, girl!
Leading a 70 person bootcamp with Tina. EPIC. (post coming soon entirely devoted to that experience!)
Thanks to fitmixer for providing pre-workout aminos!
Leading a hike up to Royal Arch (fueled by The Simply Bar). Yes, again I led. I’m uber competitive.
The Boulder Farmer’s Market and Pearl Street Mall.
(photo – Ashley)
Being the most adventurous I have ever been in my life. (teaser alert – promise I’ll divulge later!)
Dinner and drinks gallons of tequila at Rio Grande.
(it was hilarious. promise. Picture stolen from Alyssa)
Late night custard.
Taking a bootcamp from one of the best trainers in the field! Thanks for kicking my butt, Tiffany!
Raffling off some amazing prizes.
Saying farewell. Although I wouldn’t call that a highlight.
1. Reading about these people is fun. Meeting them in person, life changing.
2. Women are BEAUTIFUL! With the sweat, the dirt from the hike, the laughter, the drunken stupor. We are a beautiful sex.
3. Working out is fun. Eating is fun. Drinking is fun, but not the next day.
4. Company interaction and participation is crucial to successful blogging and event planning. I’m thankful for how many companies stepped up and made BLEND a success!
5. BLEND Retreat is here to stay. This year’s retreat was ABOVE and BEYOND what we had ever hoped for!
BLEND 2013 is already being planned. Stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone who made this past weekend a success!
I’m still on cloud 9.
And I don’t plan to come down anytime soon.
QUESTION: Have you ever attended a blogging conference? Which one? Did you enjoy it? (if not, come to BLEND next year!)