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    5 Ways To Rock Your Next Conference

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So you’re registered for a conference and you’re ready to soak up all the information you possibly can. But that’s not all you should be doing!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    How To Maximize Your Conference Experience

    Conferences can be overwhelming in both a good and a bad way. I used to actually plan conferences for a living (there isn’t much that I haven’t done in my career!) and know just how much can be jam packed into them. While conferences are really great for information presentation, that’s not the only thing that you can get from them!

    While at the conference, here are some tips to making it count:

    1. Network with other attendees.

    This is huge whether you’re at a blogging conference, tech conference, mom conference, whatever. Often times people feel like they shouldn’t network and really connect with other attendees because they’re there getting information the same way you are so they must have nothing to offer. This method of thinking couldn’t be more wrong! Conferences are where you meet your tribe and people who can hold you accountable to your goals. Meet and greet your fellow attendees!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    2. Network with the presenters.

    This is kind of obvious but not really. I can’t tell you how many conferences I’ve planned and attended where people just dipped after the presentation instead of exchanging information with them. This is ABSURD! They are clearly an expert at whatever topic they are speaking on but they may also have more information to offer so network and see what that is!

    3. Exchange business cards

    And make notes on them when you get a chance. Some think that business cards are impersonal but they can also be a great ice breaker. I have square cards that I got from Moo.com and absolutely love but they’re also a great conversation starter! I met someone at my most recent conference–Blog Life University Conference (BLU)–that had a flip card! It was really cute and we just started chatting easily because of it!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So You Rocked Your Conference, Now What?

    Just because the conference is over doesn’t mean you’ve fully rocked it. The post conference to-do is just as important!

    4. Follow-up with your new contacts.

    And keep their business cards. Seriously. I have a drawer with them. Why? Because in this business of blogging where I’m constantly receiving digital notifications I can get overwhelmed and the cards serve as the perfect reminder of who I want to connect with. This goes for brands, fellow attendees and presenters. After the conference is over, send a follow up email just saying hey and some other awesome words. I got an email from Jenny with The Melrose Family following the conference and I loved feeling like she remembered me and I mattered!

    5. Make a plan to apply what you learned.

    At BLU, I was super excited for the Pinterest & Travel sessions–these are 2 things I’m pretty passionate about. I learned soooooo much from Kita and Tiffany but in order to NOT be overwhelmed, I developed a plan of action to really make all the information I learned count. I mean, what’s the point in attending a conference if not to make you better right?

    A Review: Blog Life University Conference

    I can’t even sum up the experience with 1 word–so many of them come to mind as I think back on my experience! But let’s get down to the nitty gritty:

    My “Not So” Fave

    Initially when it started, I thought that this was a conference I should have attended last year when I had made the decision to go full time as a blogger/writer/influencer. The experiences were relatable but I felt like it was a little toooooo elementary for me.

    And that’s it.

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    My Fave

    Everything else! Ha! No but seriously, the sessions were basically everything that I needed. I had my first post get some quality attention so I learned how to make that happen again. I’m rather Pinterest savvy but I learned some even better tips to take my Pinterest game to the next level. And like I said, travel is something that I’m really working on ramping up. Kita gave some incredible tips and steps on how to make that happen.

    Oh, and did I mention there was a party after?

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    Dixie Crystals sugar scrubs + Unlimited DoubleTree Cookies + Chateau Elan Wine = one happy conference attendee!!!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    Do you attend conferences? What’s your favorite go-to tip?

    Blogging Conferences: Why You Need To Attend Them

    Serious about blogging? Then you need to start attending conferences and here I tell you why. Live in Atlanta? There's a conference here this month!

    A little over a year ago I decided to be super serious about this blogging thing and make it my full time job. Yes, job. I left corporate America to pursue this increasingly popular profession. But I wanted to because I want to make a difference in the world and this is just the start.

    Last year, I had the opportunity to attend SoFabUOTR in Atlanta. It was a blast. I learned so many things and truly fell in love with the whole idea of blogging conferences. I left inspired, enriched and ready to take on the world as an amazing blogger. While I haven’t blown up just yet, I do attribute a lot of my success this past year to the conference along with some of my amazing mentors.

    But if you’re a blogger or looking to become one, you need to attend conferences. Why, right? Here are my top 3 reasons why you should be there:

    1. Hands-on Learning

    Within the blogging community there is A LOT to learn and digest. Between the algorithms of every social network changing, learning how to succeed, and trying to figure out what works best for you, there’s a lot of information to be acquired. Instead of scouring the internet for all the answers, the conferences have the information that you need at your fingertips.

    2. In-Person Networking

    Yes, social networking is the wave of the now but honestly, nothing beats networking in-person. Getting to know companies and what they need and how you can provide it while making a lasting impression is really important. There are some things that are lost in translation via social networks and meeting face to face bridges that gap.

    3. Meeting Other Bloggers

    This may be my favorite thing. Other bloggers offer a wealth of knowledge and truly get what you’re going through. I am a firm believer that once you become a blogger, you need to have blogger friends. We’re the only ones who understand the thrill of a high profile person sharing your posts!

    BlogLife University Conference

    Atlanta, GA – July 21-23, 2016

    Yes! You read that right! This month BlogLife University Conference will be here in Atlanta!!! And they’re here for my birthday weekend!!! So I’m telling you this for a reason–you should be here with me. They’ve put together a truly stellar conference that is already telling me that this will be a fruitful event. Check out the different sessions they’re offering:

    Serious about blogging? Then you need to start attending conferences and here I tell you why. Live in Atlanta? There's a conference here this month!

    And they’re speaker line up? Bananas… Don’t know who they are? Google them!

    Serious about blogging? Then you need to start attending conferences and here I tell you why. Live in Atlanta? There's a conference here this month!

    Register Today!

    I even have a discount for you because who doesn’t love to save money. Click here to register and then enter code “BLU16” to get $100 off the ticket! Yes, I love you guys that much!

    If you’re serious about blogging you need to meet me here!!! I hope to see you!

    Serious about blogging? Then you need to start attending conferences and here I tell you why. Live in Atlanta? There's a conference here this month!

    Creating Comfort Daily with TAZO® Tea

    “This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

    Sipping the comfort of the sweet and spicy deliciousness that is Chai tea has been made easy by TAZO® with the Chai Latte K-Cup® pods.

    It’s 10:45pm and I’ve just fallen asleep after running on about 10 hours of sleep within 3 days. Happy to finally be in the bed at a decent hour, I slowly drift off to sleep only to be awakened 10 minutes later by a screaming abc. Disoriented is an understatement for that moment. Abc walked into my room screaming and I felt like I was being tortured. I was reaching my arms out for her to come to me and she was standing there screaming for me to come to her. It was a standoff. Neither of us won since Daddy swooped in and saved us both. Well, almost both.

    I’m one of those sleepers that sleeps hard until they’re woken up and then I can’t go back to sleep which is why I’m so dependent on my morning cup of caffeine. I’m the perfect blend of my parents’ vices of coffee and tea–I have a love affair with them both. I love the comfort that a warm cup of either coffee or tea provides first thing in the morning. As does my husband. In fact, when we first started dating, I would bring him cups of his favorite chai tea to work.

    Now that I work from home and he works in the office, I make him at home tea instead.

    Sipping the comfort of the sweet and spicy deliciousness that is Chai tea has been made easy by TAZO® with the Chai Latte K-Cup® pods.

    Sharing Comfort with TAZO® Chai Latte

    TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods makes it easy and convenient for us to continue to experience these moments of comfort together. We have a single serve Keurig®–it makes it way easier to regulate how much caffeine I consume–that gives us everything we need. Parenting is a tough job but it’s easier when parents function as a unit. We use the time that it takes for us to make our cups of tea to go over the current day, highlight any “Reminders” and just connect with each other. After marriage, so many people forget to do the things that they did to get them married. Sharing smiles and giggles over cups of tea has always been something that keeps us connected.

    When the hubs and I first started dating, I found out his favorite tea was Chai and I would bring him cups. Now that I work from home, we still catch up over tea. #ChaiLatte #KCup #IC #ad

    Sweet & Spicy: The Perfect Blend

    The TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods has made it so easy to bring the coffeehouse home and really gets the flavor balance right–down to the froth on the top. When the scent of the tea hits you, it’s perfection. There are bold notes of cardamom sweetened by the likes of sugar and milk that leave you feeling balanced, ready to tackle your day. The mixture of the sweet and spicy flavors is almost representative of he and I in our marriage. I won’t lie and say I’m the sweet since I’m definitely the spicy but like the TAZO® Chai Latte, we’re the perfect blend.

    Sipping the comfort of the sweet and spicy deliciousness that is Chai tea has been made easy by TAZO® with the Chai Latte K-Cup® pods.

    New to Chai?

    Chai tea is a black tea that is a balance of sweet and spicy flavors that has a deep rooted history in India. It’s made with the following delicious flavors:

    • Sweet Cinnamon
    • Fragrant Cardamom
    • Spicy Ginger
    • Black Tea

    When making the tea, it’s mixed with milk and sugar to give it the sweet creaminess that balances the spicy.

    TAZO has partnered with Padma Lakshmi, New York Times Best Seller and host, to introduce the new TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods which is made from milk, tea leaves and spices. Padma teaming up on this project was natural since both tea and chai have been part of her life and family heritage. She’s even come up with perfect recipe pairings–these Cinnamon Cookies are right up my alley!

    Ready to taste the perfect blend of sweet and spicy? Find the TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods here.

    Sipping the comfort of the sweet and spicy deliciousness that is Chai tea has been made easy by TAZO® with the Chai Latte K-Cup® pods.TAZO® Facebook  – TAZO® Twitter – TAZO® Pinterest – TAZO® Instagram

    So, what’s in your cup?

    Juicy Juice Teasers Event + Recipe

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    “Mommy I got my first autograph!!!”

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    Mini’s excitement after the Juicy Juice Teasers Event was summed up in this one line. She’s always loved music and had a flare for the dramatics which is rapidly developing so when she met YouTube sensation Ryleigh Ledford at the Atlanta Juicy Juice Teasers Event, she was over the moon. And I was incredibly appreciative of Juicy Juice for offering the opportunity for mini to feel like a rockstar as she ate, drank more juice than ever, and sang her heart away.

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    Juicy Juice Teasers

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    We aren’t big juice drinkers in our household since my girls have enough energy without all the extra sugars that are involved with the juice. But Juicy Juice Teasers has 50% less sugar than the average juice making it easier for me to loosen the reigns when it comes to allowing them to have juice. There are 4 new delicious flavors:

    • Peach
    • Apple
    • Berry
    • Half/Half

    Juicy Juice has taken a fresh take on the traditional Arnold Palmer with their new Teasers. These refreshing drinks are half decaffeinated/caffeine-free tea and fruit juice. There is 50% fruit juice in each of these drinks and they have no high fructose syrup.

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    The Teasers Event

    As an adult, I can say that it was pretty fun and it wasn’t geared towards me! I loved the fact that Juicy Juice created a space that was easy for parents to really just let our kids have fun. The MC was awesome, funny, and age-appropriate. He seamlessly interacted with the kids and also seemed to have a good time.

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    The Food

    So. Frickin. Delicious. So I mentioned awhile ago that we decided to let go of the vegan lifestyle (post to come) and I’m happy I did! They had Sweet Tea chicken, kale salad, shrimp and grits, and macaroni and cheese. It was perfect for both kids and adults.

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

    The Entertainment

    Ryleigh Ledford is a pretty big deal in the land of YouTube and she made her way into the hearts of my girls as well. She’s a 15 year old young girl with a sweet voice and personality. She sang some well known songs and invited the kids to the stage to rock out with her. Mini (and abc worked her way up there too) got to sing a duet with her and her mind was blown! I really appreciated Ryleigh for being so age-appropriate and kind to the kids. She was so sweet!

    Mini is trying to take over the show!!!! She loves @juicyjuiceusa and the stage loves her ha! #juicyjuiceteaserkickoff

    A video posted by The Crunchy Mommy (@thecrunchymommy) on

    We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you! We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!We had the opportunity to check out the Juicy Juice Teasers event in Atlanta. I've got a giveaway AND wine friendly recipe here just for you!

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    Did I mention a giveaway?

    Juicy Juice Teasers Giveaway

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    Book Review: Little Chickies (Los Pollitos)

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    At 18 months, mini was in a Montessori school that taught English and Spanish. As someone who lost their Spanish fluency just due to lack of practice, I loved that she was immersed in a language that is sure to be used more often than not in our country. Most jobs ask if you’re bilingual and languages are important. Which is why I was so excited to get my hands on the Little Chickies by Canticos book.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    A Love For Reading

    My girls love reading. I’m not going to lie, I was worried about mini because she would clown me so much when I would review her sight words with her or try and sound things out, but now at 6 she’s in the advance readers program in her school and I couldn’t be more proud.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    And abc? Well if I need her to sit down then I just feed her books. There are moments where I’ll here her talking to herself only to walk in on her surrounded by books that she’s reading. Both their dad and I are lovers of books so the fact that this love has rubbed off is wonderful and it makes incorporating books that will ultimately aid in the teaching of a new language organic and easy.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    Little Chickies/Los Pollitos Book by Canticos

    We’ve all seen the books that are written in both Spanish and English. The Spanish is written either above or below the English words. These are cool but I love the design of the Little Chickies/Los Pollitos books. It’s a board book that has little chicks that pop up. Abc loooooooves this though she’s a little rough so I have to help her with the pop ups.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    But the book folds out! The design of it is sheer genius. When you’re reading one side, it’s all in either Spanish or English but then you flip it over and then the book is in the other language. Here’s what I love about this: it forces you to retain the words in Spanish/English that you just read.

    When learning a new language, people say that you should watch the soap operas or read the magazines so that you can get a better feel of the context in which words are used, conjugated, etc. And this is exactly what this book does all while providing a sleek design and engaging pop-ups for kids.

    But it gets better…

    Little Chickies/Los Pollitos App

    In the app that compliments the book, the little chickies that were pop ups in the book come to life as the hatch and sing and dance! The kids get to crack the eggs on the screen (make sure your screen is protected first, ha!) and watch the little chickies hatch before engaging them in nursery rhymes in different languages.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    The design of the app flawlessly compliments the book. You can tap on the little chickies and they peep out “Pio! Pio!” just like the pop-ups in the book.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    As if the book and app weren’t good enough, they donate a portion of each purchase to provide books and learning apps to low-income families. Grab your book and app (it’s on Android & iPhone) and get your kids falling in love with an engaging and fun way to learn a new language!!! Check out Canticos to keep up with future releases: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest YouTube

    Oh! Did I mention that I love my readers so much that I want to give you one?

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    The Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Canticos Giveaway

    **Disclaimer: TCM has received some form of compensation for this post though all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. There may be affiliate links in this post which means that by clicking them, I may benefit from it.**