What a weekend. I still haven’t recovered.
If you read healthy living blogs, you’ve probably been bombarded with Blend Retreat recaps this week. Sorry, but we’re not sorry. Blend 2013 was something for the books. It’s hard to put the emotions into words. If I had to pick a few, I’d summarize the weekend as WARM (hearts, not weather – it rained all weekend) and NEEDED.
I stepped away from the experience with a rekindled love for this community, as well as an appreciation for the blogger/sponsor relationship. I must say – we could NOT have done this Retreat without the help from all of our sponsors, especially our Official Sponsor, Chobani! I plan to devote an entire post to the swag bag – a “thank you note” if you will for all of the products, money and time that each of the sponsors gave us. Be on the lookout next week for that post (we had to get Janetha’s mama to ship our bags to us so they haven’t arrived yet)!
Instead of writing a boring play by play, I’m doing this recap a little differently. The weekend’s story is best told in PICTURES and very few words because I hate writing recaps. For those of you that couldn’t be there, I hope you can share in the “experience” by looking through these pictures (taken by my dear/supportive/sexy-as-hell husband). I’ve divided everything into sections so that you can move through the weekend with us.
Enjoy (and come next year! We’re already conjuring up ideas for Blend 2014!)
Friday, May 17th
Attune Snack Break + Green Mountain Coffee
Silk Cocktail Hour
Saturday, May 18th
Laughing Cow/Muesli Fusion Breakfast
Zumba with Annette!
Onnit Snack Break
Dinner out + Momma B’s Utah Scones
Sunday, May 19th
Blue Diamond Closing Ceremony
BLEND 2013 – Your name will go down in history!
QUESTION: What’s the last “best” thing you did??
Just looked through these and reminisced the amazing weekend last year!!! I SO hope it works out again for me this year!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for a FABULOUS weekend! My daughter and I had such great time! I can’t thank YOU, JANETHA and KATIE enough for all the hard work that you put in to BLEND to make it such a success!
Have a great day!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for a FABULOUS weekend!!! My daughter and I had such a great time and we are so thankful for YOU, JANETHA and KATIE!
You all do such a great job with Blend!! East coast next year!! ;) Miss you girls already friend!
It was SO great to meet you. You three did an amazing job putting this together and I am so glad I got to be there to experience it. I had a blast! You and your husband are absolutely adorable by the way!
I love reliving last weekend with everyone’s posts. Makes me so happy. :)
beautiful! i am sold on next year!
I’ll be there next year for sure! No excuses!
I wanted to go so bad this year but because of a divorce and life I could not afford it. For sure next year though.
Is this event only for bloggers? I’d love to go next year, but I just read blogs…I don’t have one.
love love love!!!! miss you and miss everyone!
we are sooo honored to have been able to go to Blend this year. we had an amazing time! you girls did a GREAT job!!!
it was perfect :)
LOVE the photos! Thanks for sharing :) I’ll have to get use to living ‘vicariously’ haha
This looks like such a fun time!! I really hope to be able to go next year!
so so jealous that i couldn’t make it – really makes me determined to get there next year! looks like everyone had a BLAST!
Looks like so much fun! Where did you get your adorable green capris??
I seriously think I am going to do just pictures the next time! lol everyone who reads my posts went to BLEND anyway, so why write anything!? ;) Great pictures! MUCH thanks to Travis!
I cant believe you narrowed it down to just the ones you did because you had so many good ones! I found my head once, my body a couple times :) lol. Great trip, I cant wait to go back!
I didn’t think I could possibly be more jealous of all the fun that was had this past weekend….but yes. I am even more jealous now. #IWILL go next year!!
After last years I said I must go to Blend, and then I just couldn’t make it happen this year. So again I am saying NEXT YEAR. And hoping for a little closer to home ;) I’ll even volunteer!!
LOVE this! He did such a fantastic job… makes me want to go back!!
I sooooo need to go to Blend next year! It looks like you ladies had a great time! :)
Thank you thank you thank you!! For being the beautiful woman you are and for arranging this amazing event! This is my only blogging event (this year and last) I’ve experienced, but people keep saying how everyone was so nice and approachable and I credit that to the attitude that you, Katie and Janetha have. I hope it stays this way and that all the newbies will continue to feel welcome! :)
Thank you to Travis as well for all of the pictures!!
Also that picture of you and Travis melts my heart!! <3
These photos are all beautiful! They perfectly capture the weekend. Big thank you to Travis for taking them all :)
I almost just teared up a bit there. That would have been awkward if my next group of kids came in and I was crying into my lunch. :)
Thank you Travis for capturing the picture of Nutty Butter being shoved into a purse. Clearly what would be the prime picture in any marketing campaign.
Thank you to Travis for all these pics!!! SO SO fun this weekend. I had a complete BLAST <3 Thank you for all your hard work & kindness. You are such a gem!!!!
Sorry I freaked out for a moment about the whole Zumba thing (did ya see my face in that pic where you're telling me about it?! HAHA), but it ended up being so fun, thanks to all you guys!!! xo
What a blast! I need to make it to next year’s! Please say there WILL be a next year :D
Your hubby is such an awesome photographer. We are blessed to have such candid and beautiful pictures to remember such a special and life-changing weekend. It was so so wonderful meeting you and I cannot express how thankful I am for all your hard work. You have such a bright spirit! xoxo
Great pictures! I loved every moment of it! I think the most memorable part of the weekend… ah so many great memories! The run with a few other ladies is up there, the hike was amazing, and of course just meeting everyone was the #1 highlight.
Thank you again to ALL 3 of you lovelies for organizing the best weekend ever. I love all of these pics – Bonnie’s expression in that pic at the welcome/schwag pick up pretty much sums up how I felt all weekend. :)
Get some REST!!!
It was an amazing weekend, and I’m SO happy I got to see you again! Looking forward to next year!!
Oh I just love all those wonderful pictures! I can’t wait until next year! I will SO be there!!
Beautiful photos!!! I especially love that one of you and Travis – adorable! And where did you get those awesome green capris?! Love them!
Those are some seriously gorgeous photos. My very, very favorite one is of you and Travis on the first day. So much love and happiness. THANK YOU so much for putting together this incredible, life-changing weekend. You are incredible <3.
bahaha. i didn’t see you ladies were doing planks! love all the photos. I was terrible about taking any photos because i was having such a good time, and i’m seriously regretting it. but i wouldn’t have been having as good of a time if i was taking pix every 2 seconds. thanks to Travis for being a great photographer. :)
Love the tanks with cute sayings! Where can I get one!
Love them too! They’re from one of our sponsors- Living Proof Gear. Go here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LivingProofGear
I know it takes a tremendous amount of work to host things and get sponsors and answer 8 million little questions, so thank you and thank you for showing us how to do it with grace and love!
ohmygosh I love this so much. I think that I’ve read just about every Blend recap so that I can relive the weekend. It really was incredible. Thank YOU, Janetha and Katie for such an amazing weekend. I’m so glad that I decided to come this year. Can’t wait for next year. Love all of Travis’ pictures!
major thanks to your dear hubby for being the best photographer ever this weekend and for sharing all your pix!!!!!!!
IM SO SO SO SO THERE NEXT YEAR.
or wherever you are.
SUCH an incredible weekend!!!!!! I loved this post with all the pictures — such a great way to capture it. A million thanks to you, Katie, & Janetha (again) for being so wonderful!
This was perfect! The weekend was really indescribable. I won’t lie that I was nervous to meet people that I had never met before, but this community is so incredibly supportive and friendly, my nerves were at ease immediately. Thank you so much for putting together such an amazing event! I can’t wait for next year! Thanks to Travis too for coming and capturing it! He did an amazing job! xoxo
best weekend EVER! Thank YOU friend. And thank you Travis for the awesome pics. LOVE YOU!
great pictures! You are beautiful!! :-)
LOVE. I’ve been revisiting pictures all week, and they continually make me SMILE. Thanks for all you did to organize last weekend–it was simply amazing!! And I’m so happy to have finally met you and been able to give you a big hug!! :)