On my BlogHer sponsor:  AOL Shopping

Each of my BlogHer related posts will mention AOL Shopping – because they made my trip possible by sponsoring my attendance at the conference.  Tons of folks had sponsors at the conference and I while I was looking for a sponsor, I was very specific in whom I would allow to sponsor me.

I was thrilled to be sponsored by AOL Shopping.  I’ve been writing for them for over a year now and I have a column there as one of their Parenting Experts.  They feature cool stuff to buy and put together seasonal shopping guides and reports like this one on Educational Kids Toys:  Getting Ready for Back to School.


Hanging w/a bunch of amazing women at lunch one day. Photo credit to Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife

The cute AOL Shopping totes I gave out

Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus hangs while we wait for the bus to take us to the Scholastic BreakfastWith Nate Berkus at his launch party. Seemed like a really genuine guy.

 I’m still coming down from my three days in New York City for BlogHer.  You’ll most likely be hearing about it for awhile – it was a wonderful experience and I’m still digesting everything I heard and saw.  I did things like ride on a bus with Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus to attend a brunch at the Scholastic Store in SoHo, to attending an exclusive and awesome Mom bloggers cocktail hour to meet and greet with Nate Berkus, formerly from Oprah and about to launch his own show this fall in New York. 

I danced to ’80s music at the Sparklecorn party at the Hilton with lots of ladies wearing glow bracelets.  I got gorgeous with Getting Gorgeous Events.  I tried on bras at a Hanes party and I talked to a nutritionalist in a Slim Fast room at the Unilever Penthouse.  I could go on and on but the short of it is that I’m one lucky blogger with an amazing set of bloggy friends.

I’m on vacation now, so I don’t have a way of getting all of the awesome photos I captured via my digital camera online (duh.  Who forgets that.  Apparently the bazillion other things I had to remember got in the way.) so I’ll have to share those when I get home.  So apologies for the continued posting of either iPhone quality photos or borrowed ones but I promise I have some great ones (including some Philly Mom Bloggers Gone Wild photos!) for when I return.

In closing, it was a great 3 days, it really was.  I do wish I had more time to actually devote to BlogHer itself.  It’s a shame the way the events seem to overlap with the actual conference. While I completely understand the appeal for the brands to promote themselves to the influential blogging world during this conference, I do lament the fact that I couldn’t just be that newbie who got to sit in sessions all day.  I don’t want to sound like I’m ungrateful for the wonderful invitations and opportunities I am allowed after having been blogging for so many years – but I do hope that at some blogging conference in the future I’ll feel a little less stretched thin time-wise.

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