My first blogging conference was a blast #blogherfood #afmpitcrew #iloveavocados

Last month I attended the BlogHer Food Conference in Austin Texas.  I’ve not been to a blogging conference before- I did get one day squeezed in last summer in NYC at BlogHer but honestly, there wasn’t much “conference” in my day and it was such a blur I don’t remember.  This year, Avocados from Mexico asked me to be part of their Pit Crew Team and were nice enough to fly me down the day before the conference started, and home the day after it ended so that I could enjoy the full experience of the conference.

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The BlogHer Food conference was held at the Austin Hilton, a quick (and hot!) ride from the airport.  Great accommodations, friendly, helpful staff and really nice sheets (I have this thing about hotel sheets and I love them).  Of course, I didn’t get to spend much time in my room but that’s ok.  The time I did spend, I was able to get some sound sleep (no noise from adjoining rooms), enjoy the views of Austin at night (so pretty) and even make myself some coffee in the morning while getting ready.  Definitely recommend visiting them!

I was really excited about the conference because I got to see a blogging friend I’ve met a few times on trips, and also meet several bloggers I’ve been friends with online for a while but since we live all over, never met in person before! It was awesome. I also met some of the PR folks I’ve worked with in different ways over the years…as well as many new ones.  This was a really nicely sized conference so I was able to visit booths and actually have meaningful conversations with people and chat with them about their brands, their products, and get to know them a bit in person.  Of course, being a food blogging conference, there were also many delightfully delicious snacks, beverages and goodies to sample at almost every booth and- well, if you go to a food blogging conference, wear loose fitting pants.


Not the best quality photo but we were having oh so much fun!!

While in Austin, I got to enjoy some amazing Italian food at The Backspace with Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods- we actually got to meet and chat with Michael and his mom, who create each recipe for their brand themselves.  It’s a very family oriented business and they are really quite dedicated to what their product is and how they produce it.



I should also mention here, since the above photo was taken with my iPhone, that two of the sessions I attended at BlogHer Food were about mobile photography and also editing with a smartphone.  The above photo was taken with my iPhone 5 and edited with the Snapseed app (avail. at the app store).  Not too shabby for a mobile phone pic, right?  In all seriousness, learning more about mobile photography and how it can really work and be used as a real tool for photography was really interesting and I loved learning more about it.

Brew Over Ice with Keurig- this was a booth I visited time and time again.  We’ve loved our Keurig for a while now, but it never even occurred to me that I could put ice in a cup and have fresh brewed lemonade, iced tea, iced coffee, energy drinks and more…it’s marvelous.  Plus, they gave out bendy straws with the cups….which had lids.  I was carrying many things and this was helpful to clumsy me.  I can’t even explain how I have brewed over ice since June.  Nor can I admit to you how many packages of the Snapple Lemon Iced Tea K-cups I’ve purchased.


(Food) Photography- learned a whole lot about food photography, photography editing, and mobile photograph and editing.  I can’t believe I’m admitting this but I had the Snapseed app for almost 2 full years and kind of hated it, and then sat in a session where they showed us step by step what they did to edit a few photos on a screen and oh my gosh.  What a whole new world! I’m loving Snapseed.  (There really are a lot of great apps out there to help you edit photos on the go with your phone or tablet if you aren’t able to sit down and access your full editing software….and if you don’t have the budget for a fancy camera or fancy editing software, this is a really affordable alternative).

Parties- Apparently, blogging conferences include many parties.  Fun parties.  Parties in different places- I think I got to visit at least 10 different restaurants in Austin- something I’d never have done otherwise- and walking from location to location gave us a chance to really see how vibrant and fun the city is- always moving, and music everywhere you turn.  I’ve never been to Texas before, so every single part of this trip was new, fun and exciting to me.

Food- Big name brands, smaller brands, vegan, gourmet, mainstream, all kinds of brands and products were represented at BlogHer Food.  You will not walk far at a conference like this without some tempting food morsels calling out to you.  From basic to gourmet and everything in between,  we were able to sample things like Lentil Burritos (with bacon), Greek Yogurt Dips, Breakfast Sandwiches, Parfait desserts, main dishes, side dishes, hors d’oeuvres and more.

Live music is everywhere in Austin.  You can literally walk up and down a street and hear about 10 genres of live music playing.  For this not-very-well-traveled girl from Connecticut, this was just really awesome and so enjoyable.  I wish I’d gotten a photo of a guy we saw playing drums on 5 gallon buckets- it was amazing.  Just a ton of fun. I could spend a few weeks just wandering around enjoying the sights and eats of this city!

I also got to sit in on a session about blogger-brand-pr relationships which was just a really great conversation for ALL sides to have.  I think for those of us who are a blogger, a brand who works with bloggers, or a pr rep working with bloggers, it’s a good idea to hear the perspective from the others’ sides, and not just that of our peers.  I think we all often forget  in this day and age of email and digital media that there are actual people on the other end of the communication- people who may have some amazing ideas and suggestions to offer.

BlogHer Food is also where I took the #bingiton challenge and, I won’t lie, shockingly preferred Bing OVER Google 4/5 times…. and started my journey of breaking up with Google for my search engine.  If you hear me tell you to “Just Bing It,” now you know why. (If you take it, I’m curious to know what your result is- so please drop a note and let me know!)

I got to experience so many wonderful sights, sounds, dishes and interact with some amazing people thanks to my sponsor, Avocados from Mexico- and also got some ideas on different ways to incorporate avocado into my own dishes here at home- one particular recipe is coming next week, so be on the lookout!

Have you attended any blogging conferences? Which ones? How was your experience?




Swimming Pool Safety PSA #PoolSafely

Today I’m going to talk a little about swimming pool safety.  Part of owning a swimming pool includes safety, and there are some things that folks often overlook or just don’t think much about.  Safety isn’t just about watching swimmers, not swimming alone, or not swimming while intoxicated (nor supervising swimmers while intoxicated).  Swimming pool safety encompasses the pool, the equipment and tools used for upkeep and maintenance of the pool, and also the area surrounding the pool.

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I hate to even be writing this post but one of my son’s little buddies (we’ll call him P)  had a scary incident at his family members’ swimming pool and since I’ve seen pool hoses in water many times myself, I felt like I had to share.  This is P’s back not long after a pool hose suctioned onto his back. P is a great little swimmer, but at 5 1/2 simply isn’t strong enough to pull away from the suction of the pool hose.  Someone was vacuuming the pool and took the vacuum off the hose but left the hose in the pool while children were swimming.  I don’t know if you have ever felt the strength of the suction from a  pool hose, but it’s strong.  Really strong.  My husband was vacuuming behind our pool ladder earlier today and thinking of P, I put my hand in front of the hose end.  It took me some strength to pull my hand away.  I’m 39, and consider myself to be fairly strong.  P is 5.  By the grace of God, the hose was at the surface and the family he was staying with was able to grab him out of the water quickly.  He’s sore, shaken up, but he’s here. He’ll be fine.  They got lucky. swimming pool safety pool filter safety

For reference, this bruise/mark on P’s back is about 3 inches wide.  If you look closely you can see where the hose end actually was touching his back.  Please, please, do NOT let young children vacuum your pool.  Don’t even let children  into the pool if the hose is hooked up.

When you are finished vacuuming your pool, turn the hose off, and remove it from the pool immediately.  Don’t answer the door, don’t answer the phone, don’t leave it for later.  Take it out.   The suction is incredibly strong and bad things can and will happen.   P got very lucky, but much worse could have happened.  Public pools have to have covers on their filters to help prevent injuries like this.

Diane from Philzendia wrote about the importance of Pool Alarms in swimming pools.  We have an alarm on our pool.  It was one of the things we purchased for the pool and installed immediately.  I know many who have a pool, I don’t know many who have an alarm. Diane has some great thoughts about it.

Kecia from Southern Girl Ramblings wrote some helpful tips about Pool Safety for Kids and includes some great ideas.  Swimming in pools can be oh-so-much fun and a great way to play, bond and get some exercise for all ages- but only when done safely. One of my favorite swimming pool safety tips that Kecia touched on was watching children.  I can’t say it enough- it takes just a second for something to go wrong.  Don’t leave kids unattended.  Be there.  Be present. Be watching.

Get some great pool safety information, printouts and brochures from  It could save a life.


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Play-Doh from sea to shining sea – #win some goodies from in between! (Giveaway)

Play-Doh has been running an ongoing nationwide social media campaign called the “Play-Doh States of America,” where their 1.1 million Facebook fans have gotten the chance to vote on their favorite landmarks throughout all 50 states.  They emailed me earlier this week to ask me if I’d share the image of the States of America, offering to send me some sets and goodies as a thank you for sharing.  I had to say yes- this is the CUTEST map of the USA I’ve ever seen!  What can’t you make out of this stuff?

All of the landmarks have finally been voted upon, chosen, sculpted, and turned into a fantastic US Map made entirely of Play-Doh!

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This image is only being released today, July 4th.  Happy Birthday, America!!  To celebrate the Play-Doh States of America and our Independence, one reader will win a Play-Doh prize pack including:

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(HASBRO/Ages 2 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 13)

With 33 individually wrapped 1 oz. PLAY-DOH colors, the Color Sticks ULTIMATE RAINBOW pack offers the most color variety you can buy in one set! With so many vibrant colors at your fingertips, there’s no end to the colorful, creative play! Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on

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Join the club and stamp out some fun with the DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE CHARACTER TOOLS assortment designed especially for little hands.  Set includes a character mold, two tools and one standard can of PLAY-DOH compound; each sold separately.

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Help Rapunzel let down her hair with the RAPUNZEL HAIR DESIGNS playset! Load the PLAY-DOH compound and crank out Rapunzel’s long locks! Girls can use a characterized comb to create a cool crimp or twist up a braid with the roller featuring the princess’s best friend

Pascal. Use the amazing sparkle PLAY-DOH compound to make her hair really shine! Includes three different accessories, one large PLAY-DOH can and two standard cans of sparkle color.

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 One reader will win a Play-Doh Prize Pack that includes the Ultimate Rainbow Pack, Disney Princess Rapunzel Hair Designs Playset, and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Character Tools! 



Celebrating the Fourth of July with Liberty’s Kids #LibertyKids (Prize Pack Giveaway)

As we are celebrating the Fourth of July this week, it’s important to take a minute between the barbecues and fireworks to remember why it is that we celebrate this day at all. With so many in the world without their liberty, we need to remember so we can appreciate all that we have in the USA.
Some fun facts about the Fourth of July:
-July 4, 2013 marks 237 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed.
-Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag in 1776
-Those who created and signed the Declaration were doing so in objection to the British taxing them without representation
-In May, 1776, after nearly a year of trying to resolve differences with England, delegates were sent by the colonies to the Second Continental Congress….in June a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence.
-The 4th of July wasn’t declared a federal holiday until 1941
-Stars on the original American flag were laid out in a circle so each colony would appear equal.
-Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird but was outvoted by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams who wanted the bald eagle
-56 men from 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence (which was not actually signed by most until August of 1776)

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Liberty’s Kids is an animated series geared toward  7 to 14 year olds to teach them about the United States of America. The show  tells of young people in dramas surrounding the major events in the Revolutionary War days. Wikipedia calls it an “animated educational historical fiction television series.”  I call it a great way to engage kids to want to know more about our nation’s history.  We need to find ways to keep our history alive and exciting to youth so they’ll continue to find ways to keep it alive and exciting for the next generation.
One reader will win a prize pack which includes these DVDs: (Approx $75 USD retail value) 

Easy airport parking with The Parking Spot (Newark)

This post brought to you by The Parking Spot. All opinions are 100% mine.

Airports aren’t usually what I’d call “fun” places to visit.  Sure, they often bring us someplace fun, often on a relaxing (or maybe not relaxing) vacation.  But the getting to the airport, the parking, the check-ins, all of those?  Notsomuch fun.  Especially the parking.  Every single time we’re planning a trip we start to think about hiring a car, or parking- oh, the dreaded parking.  It always seems like you can pay through the nose and park near where your flight will land, or you can save money and have to wait for the shuttle that runs every hour, etc.  What we WANT is to be able to bring ourselves to the airport, in our own vehicle, so that when we return we can just get in our car and go home.  What we want to do with the vehicle while we are away is park it someplace secure, fenced in, and well lit.  In a dream world, we’d be able to use a parking garage, but that’s not available everywhere.  Next time fly we’ll be checking out The Parking Spot- a company that works to offer top notch parking options at affordable pricing with a lot of extras at the bare minimum price.  They even have specials like the current one, Show Us Your Spots.

The “Show Us Your Spots” promotion is available at the 2 Newark area locations : $8.95 daily self-park at it’s The Parking Spot 2 facility  AND $9.95 daily valet parking at The Parking Spot McClellan facility.  To get these prices you literally have to show them your spots. Show your  Spot Club card, bring a spotted piece of clothing or draw spots on yourself. As long as you show  your ‘spots,’  they’ll show you a discounted airport parking rate from now through Labor Day. (Other areas may have a similar promotion going- be sure to check with your local Parking Spot for details). Why choose The Parking Spot for airport parking? Shuttles every 5-7 minutes FREE USA Today papers Monday through Friday until 9am. Chilled bottled water Fenced, well- lit parking areas Luggage assistance Next time you are heading to the airport, be sure to check out The Parking Spot!  Their promotions and service seem SPOT on!

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#NudgesMoments Twitter Party July 17 2-3 pm ET #CBias #Shop

This is a sponsored post inviting you to join us for the #NudgesMoments Twitter party on July 17, 2013 from 2-3pm EST.  We’ll be talking about our furry family members, and giving them treats like Nudges Dog Treats- a new, high quality dog treat line that is made right here in the USA! Please join me (@brettbmartin) and my cohosts (@WiCProject) and (@cbTweetChat) as we talk about these treats for our furry friends! I know our Tobey can’t wait to enjoy some Nudges, I just need to get to the store to grab some for him!


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Protecting your skin with Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen (Enter to win!)

This post about Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen is sponsored.  Opinions are my own. We’re outside all day, every day in this family.  We go through a LOT of sunscreen.  I think that as of today, July 2, we’ve gone through 4 full containers.  We put it on before everyone gets dressed and reapply throughout the day, particularly on days we’re in and out of the water a lot.  That, paired with the kids wanting to apply their own for the most part, means we go through sunscreen like crazy.  I’m finding that while I am better about using sunscreen (back in the day, I was a suntan OIL user), I’m not liking the kids’ sunscreens, and I want something made for adults.  I’m intrigued by Neutrogena’s Beach Defense Sunscreen and hoping to give it a try very soon.  I have to be extra careful to protect myself from the sun given all of the reckless and stupid things I did to it when I was younger.  All of the “tanning” tricks you have heard of, I’m 99% sure I’ve tried.

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Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn (Trailer inside!)

I got to catch a sneak peek at Delivery Man, coming in theaters on November 22.  I can’t wait to see it- the more I see of Vince Vaughn, the more I love him, and this movie is promising more of the hilarity and fun that he always comes through with.  This time around he plays an  underachiever looking for his purpose in life, when he finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them want to meet their biological father…and now YOU can see the same sneak peek I did, right here!

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While the concept of the film is amusing, it’s also a really heartwarming look at what it means to be a family — no matter how unconventional. The definition of family has evolved and, as seen in the film, can come in all shapes and sizes.

My family comes in all shapes and sizes. I’m the youngest of 8 kids- I have one brother who has the same mother AND father as I do.  I have 2 more brothers with the same father, different mothers, although their mother is quite a lovely woman and I adore her.  I also have a brother and three sisters from my dad, and while their mom was alive, she was very much a part of my family.  It’s crazy and weird and I wouldn’t have it any other way- it’s made me who I am, quirks and all.  I think that’s why this film drew me in so much- my own family history is so off that I wanted to know more!

Check out the trailer being released RIGHT NOW and only seen on my site here- oh…well, and 532 other blogs.  Only on ours.  We’re like a trailer family, of sorts…sharing this.