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The Blogher 2012 Awards

13th August 2012

First off, I have to thank my sponsor Chevrolet Canada for making my NYC trip to Blogher possible, and also for giving us some wheels to get there! THANKS SO MUCH!! I APPRECIATE YOU!!

The trip started with a road trip with two of my favorite people, Lindsey and Karen who I love even more after spending five days with them (not sure they would say the same), but they put up with me that long, so that clearly earns them bonus points.  I’m pretty sure we covered every possible topic during our many hours driving to and from NYC – none of us will be running for political office now.

Okay, so yes, technically I’m late with my Blogher post since everyone and their dog has already published theirs, but I blame the Olympics (and general laziness). Here are my overall thoughts on Blogher – it was HUGE (thats what she said). Really, really big and so, so many people. Too many I think, but that much estrogen in one building would make anyone nervous. Don’t get me wrong, I like most females, but the weird ones that push people, and are rude and steal swag from displays are just not my kind of females. Thankfully, most everyone I met were real sweeties, and had a great, fun vibe which just happens to be the exact vibe you need in NYC. Will I go next year? Probably not – it’s very close to my birthday, and I’d rather spend my 40th in NYC.

Yes, that gives you an entire year to plan the perfect birthday gift for me. You’re so welcome.

In the meantime, I would like to share my best of list for Blogher 2012.

BEST ROOMIES: Lindsey and Karen, although technically, the lovely Karen wasn’t officially a roomie, but she makes a great crasher. Also, she snores louder than I do, so thanks for that, Karen.

BEST NYC STREET SHOPPING: I’ve been looking for sunglasses that would look good on my face FOREVER, and I finally found some for $10 at a street vendor. Seriously, how can you resist me?

BEST JERSEY ACCENT: I liked Heather before talking to her, but I like her more now, because she sounds like Snooki, minus the dirty, drunk, leopard print tights factor. Also, she laughs at my jokes, so she’s a keeper.

BEST DANCER: I have NEVER seen someone bounce/jump/dance this much consistently for HOURS before Sparklecorn. Sam wins the award for best dancer hands down and if she can get someone to videotape her doing that for 30 minutes, she may just have the next big thing in fitness videos. Also, that is some funny, funny shit.

BEST Snub Comeback: You know when someone looks right at you, smiles and makes small talk and you’ve been talking to them on Twitter for three years and they have NO IDEA who  you are? That is the social media snub at it’s best – Karen snubbed me the first night of Blogher – we had a convo and she smiled politely and I knew she had no idea who I was. I thought it would be fun not to say a thing until she figured it out. Two days later, she  full on attacked me with her huge smile and kind of dirty hug, so I forgave her. I kind of love her.

SWEETEST Blogger: Hands down – the lovely Elaine is a doll.

Best Keynote: Martha wins, with Katie Couric a close second.

BEST Snark/Champagne Buddy: Emma is just funny as hell and I just want to figure out ways to spend many hours just hanging out with her because she is cool. Total girl crush.

BEST Cupcakes – sugar never tasted so good.

BEST Art: By best, I mean strangest because I still don’t get it at all. I love a great museum, so I took some time to check out the MOMA since it was so close to the hotel. No offense to Marcel Broodthaers, but “Belgian Lion” or “found object in frying pan” makes no sense to me. My 5yo leaves found objects all over the place, so technically I am living in a messier version of a modern art museum. Goldmine! YES!


Did you go to Blogher? Did you like? Will you go next year??

The Lysol Booth At Blogher 2012

7th August 2012

I’m back from Blogher in NYC and I had a great time. I’ll have a post about it in the next couple of days, but until then I wanted to share a video with you.

While at the Expo, someone (and I’m sorry but I can’t remember who it was), suggested I check out the Lysol booth and ask them if they know a song.

So I did.

And here’s what happened.

Clearly, the most entertaining booth at the expo.

Good times.

My Blogher Advice For Blogher 2012

10th July 2012

Back in 2010, I was lucky enough to be able to attend Blogher in New York City, or what I like to call, My Four Days of Sanity Tour.

Thankfully, I’m going again this year and am super psyched it’s back in NYC!

It of course makes perfect sense that since I have attended ONE Blogher conference in total, I am absolutely qualified to share my worldly Blogher knowledge – with you. Enjoy and take notes.


  • I’ll begin with the obvious – wear COMFORTABLE shoes. You will walk A TON, and you will need to wear something you can run in when you’re mowing down people at the Expo to get to that pen you so desperately need and can’t live without.
  • Wear what you love to wear – just leave your Easter bonnets at home.
  • Do not leave home without a CARDIGAN – obviously. Also, because the hotel is chilly and nipple action in photographs is so 2004.
  • Wear some good sturdy underwear – it’s damn hot and humid in NYC and thongs will only contribute to painful chaffing action. Or you could wear thongs and we’ll know why you’re walking funny.

The Hotel

  • The hotel is actually very nice and in a great location, so WIN. However, the elevators may break you – prepare yourself for the longest elevator waiting times you will ever experience. Now get over it and use it as a time to chat with your neighbour. Also, bicep curls while holding your bags of swag is very productive.
  • The hotel bar in the lobby is the place to be late at night. Don’t want to go to sleep because these are the only four days you get to be sans kids for at least a year? Well then I’ll see you there (bring your pennies – the cocktails are tasty, but not cheap).
  • Be nice to the staff – because being rude to people makes you an asshole. Also, they have access to your toothbrush when you’re not around. Remember that when you’re brushing your teeth and tasting toilet water.

The Conference

  • Oh yes, the real reason we’re in NYC (nope it’s not the shopping). It doesn’t take a genius to realize that this conference isn’t possible without the hours and hours of hard work and preparation of some amazing people (no I don’t work for Blogher). So appreciate it and check out the sessions and events, and all that it has to offer. The keynote speakers (hello Katie Couric and Martha Stewart), the Voices of the Year – it’s all just too good. By the way, you heard about the Colin Firth/Magic Mike Final Keynote right? 
  • Don’t just show up in NYC without some preparation first – Sit down and figure out the schedule and what you want to attend in terms of sessions, etc. Figure out the parties you can’t miss and all that jazz ahead of time so you don’t feel completely lost when you get there.
  • Introduce yourself! But remember, introducing yourself is a two part process. For example,

1. “HI, I’m Maria! (Followed by the blank-who-is-this-chick stare).

2. “Online, I’m BORED Mommy (Ding, ding, ding – OH, Hi! How are you?!!).

I’m not kidding – I did this every single time I met someone new. People you haven’t met in real life won’t know what you look like or who the bleep you are until you’re face to face, and staring at each other’s nametags. Don’t be offended by that, it’s just reality. Think of it as a blind date, but with less groping.

  • Don’t skip meals, no matter how tired/hungover/lazy you feel. This is the perfect time to meet other ladies and see if they chew with their mouth closed.
  • Travel in Pairs/Packs – Every year, you hear the same complaint about people being clique-y – I don’t agree with that. It’s just natural that you want to be around people you know and/or are comfortable with. If you’re shy or easily overwhelmed by thousands of women you don’t know, then make plans to conquer those moments with your roommate/girlfriend/bestie. Don’t miss out on a great weekend – be confident and tell yourself that you belong there as much as anyone else, because you do. Yes, this is a sarcastic free bullet point. You are welcome.


  • Blogher weekend is party overload – tons of official parties, and tons of unofficial and private parties. It is literally impossible to go to everything, so don’t even try. Go to some, skip others and have fun regardless.
  • Do not, I repeat, DO NOT miss Sparklecorn – it is a four hour dance party and just crazy fun.
  • Don’t get too drunk and end up in some weird, compromising situation because we are a people obsessed with the internet. Yes, your fellow bloggers can also be your worst nightmare/paparazzi.
  • Don’t forget or lose those drink tickets you will get at the start of the conference – those babies are prized and will save you some money at the parties. Also, use them to trade for electronics and designer handbags with the drunk people who don’t know what is happening until it’s too late. Ahem.


You need a ton of stuff in that oversized (I’m going to try to fit in every piece of swag known to man in here on the way home) suitcase. Including:

  • Cell phone, laptop, ipad, chargers
  • Business cards – if you forget, just bring a permanent marker and write your info on their cleavage
  • Clothing – no really, because that would suck
  • Shoes, supportive underwear, nude pantyhose (one of these things is not like the other)
  • Camera
  • Schedule
  • Cab fare x 4 days – it’s more than you think, I promise you
  • Canadian flag decals – put these on so people don’t have to ask you why you’re so nice, polite and apologetic
  • Lysol wipes – no really, bring an entire container, and wipe down your room (and roommates) before unpacking a thing. You’re welcome said the germaphobe.
  • Heavy Duty, XL garbage bags – Double as obscenely large carry-alls, for the SWAG of course.
  • A copy of Fifty Shades of Grey (or other dirty book)  – for a weird/spontaneous (yes dirty books make you smart) book club and also so you can actually READ IT before you constantly tweet about how much it sucks. Seriously, that’s how reading works. Read first, speak later.

But I digress.

Oh look, Bruce Jenner.

Oh, and if nothing else, just remember this and you’ll be fine:

See you there.

March to Blogher – Setting Up Goals and Rewards

8th March 2012

If you have no idea what March to Blogher is about – please check out the first post here.


I’m going to talk about how the first week went below, but first, I decided to offer myself some incentives.

The fact is even when you have people supporting you, if you can’t get over that voice in your head telling you can’t do it, you won’t.

Let’s just say that for me personally, that voice is STRONG. I’m such a self-doubter in the weight loss thing, and it’s my biggest downfall by far.

So, I thought that perhaps if I gave myself some goal/reward incentives it might help.

I’ve seen other bloggers do this on their blogs when trying to lose weight and I thought it was a good idea, so here goes.

Personal Goals: 

  • First Goal: 10 pounds (Reward: Magazine subscription)
  • Second Goal: 20 pounds (Reward: New perfume)
  • Third Goal: 30 pounds (Reward: Sephora!)
  • Fourth Goal:  40 pounds (Reward: Cute flats)
  • Fifth Goal: 5o pounds (Reward: Some new clothes)
  • Sixth Goal: 60 pounds (Reward: New Glasses/Sunglasses)
  • Seventh Goal: 70 pounds (Reward: Massage)
  • Eighth Goal: 80 pounds (Reward: Get my hair done)
  • Ninth Goal: 90 pounds (Reward: Weekend away with my girlies)
  • Final Goal: 100 pounds – GOAL WEIGHT! (Reward: An overpriced, obnoxious handbag)

A couple of these may change or get switched around, depending on when I actually reach them. I’ve also been promised a shopping extravaganza when I reach my goal weight, so that’s some additional incentive for me to do this, once for all.


So, what has happened in the last week?

It was a bit of a lunchbox letdown.

I wasn’t 100% prepared to start on Friday, because I didn’t have the groceries I needed. Big mistake of course. And with the husband gone for two weeks on business, I was kind of exhausted by the end of his trip which coincided with this past week. Excuses, excuses I know.

A bigger problem I had, is that I had some issues with some of the foods that I was supposed to eat. Following the dietician’s suggestions from last week, I tried to eat from Canada’s food guide and stick to the food groups. However, all of the fruit that I ate (except for bananas) gave me unbearable heartburn and acid reflux. It’s not the first time that has happened, but it usually involved drinking juice and not eating the fruit. I also had a lot of stomach pain/bloating, etc (I will spare you the details), when I ate starches and dairy. I don’t really know what’s going on but I had to basically avoid all those foods in order not be in pain. It was weird and uncomfortable, to say the least.

So, for this week, I think I’m going to have to switch the plan up a bit. I still plan on eating healthy and drink a ton of water, but I’m going to focus more on protein and vegetables and see how I feel. Since I’m deviating a bit from the original plan, I’m still unsure on whether I should in fact count calories or keep track of how much I eat using Weight Watchers points (small confession here: I’m actually an online WW member).

Uncertainty does not bode well for me clearly, so I’ll push the restart button and go from here.


I’m adding a linky below as I will each week. I would love for you to link up so that I can stop by your blog and support you on what you’re doing to get healthy. You don’t have to be following a certain diet or anything like that – it’s just about supporting each other for these next five months before Blogher NYC!!! If you’re not going to Blogher, you are more than welcome too!!

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