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DinHer 2010

1st September 2010

DinHer is an event that I hosted during Blogher in NYC  a few weeks ago. What started out as a small dinner to get together some lovely friends and bloggers, turned out to be a great event that was relaxing, enjoyable and a wonderful opportunity to get to know some fantastic and cool women.

When I was planning the dinner, I thought it would be great to have a little swag bag for everyone. Turns out the swag bag ended up being kind of huge. It was actually really fun getting all these great products together for the bag, maybe a little less fun trying to get it over the border, but fun nevertheless. Thank you so much to Toni (@itsToni) who was a HUGE help along the way, and was key at getting some fantastic swag items for the bag!! Also, Sandy and Cheryl helped out with the swag overload, and I am so grateful to both ladies! Thank you!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the sponsors for the event – all 38 of them – THANK YOU for making the event a fun and successful one! First of all, I would like to give a huge shout out to Adria and GM Canada for not only providing myself and my roomies with a Chevy Equinox for the trip to and from NYC, but GM Canada was also generous to sponsor the dinner itself for all the attendees – We appreciate you GM Canada!!

We were given the chance to drive a Chevy Equinox and it was a great ride. As the back seat passenger, I was thrilled that I had a crazy amount of leg room, despite the massive amounts of luggage and swag that was stuffed in the car with us. Christine who was the driver on the trip said,

“I was really impressed with the Equinox loaned to us by GM Canada. The ride was smooth and quiet (well mostly, if you don’t count the passengers – KIDDING), but even better was the gas mileage. To New York, out of New York, back to New York (yes, that’s right) and then finally home again on $80. Now that rocks!”

Old Navy Canada was very generous and sent us a huge box of swag for everyone. Each blogger received a cute headband, sandals, a tank top, a handbag and the delightful surprise of an item also known as JACKET IN A PACKET!

Another great Canadian Company that sent me 5 huge boxes of swag that provided 10 full size products to all the ladies. From their shampoos, to the hand soap, it is all eco-friendly and it all smells wonderful. Thank you Live Clean!

A big thank you to Mabel’s Labels for their fabulous addition to the swag bags! Great Blogher1o specific swag, their famous labels, along with some fab panties, made these a hit!!

I knew that I definitely wanted to have a special little something for each of the ladies that would be a personalized piece of jewelery. Thanks to The Vintage Pearl, each of the ladies received a lovely necklace personalized with their initial, and a pearl. I handed them out to everyone after the dinner, and everyone was thrilled. THANK YOU!!

The Cow and the Moon co. contributed fantastic notecards from their new line of paper products, and even created this awesome personalized Blogher notebook for me as well. Thanks so much Kelly!

  • CHEVY MISSIONS

Thank you to Chevy Missions for contributing purse hooks, to help keep our handbags off all those dirty floors!

Touch’d contributed a full size Bath Butter to everyone. This product smells SO GOOD and is so versatile, it can be used as a moisturizing body soap and also a shaving cream. Thanks so much Rachel!

I was thrilled to be able to add the Mini Makeup Collection from E.L.F. to the bags – I really wanted to fill the bags with things that I would also want, and I always want fantastic makeup. Thanks again E.L.F!

I was thrilled when I found out that Penguin Canada was interested in contributing to our bags. We were lucky enough to be give three great books: Sima’s Undergarments For Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross, Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell and advance copies of A Room Swept White by Sophie Hannah.

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of EOS before Twitter, but then I kept hearing about their infamous lip balms and shaving cream, so I had to try it. Thankfully they contributed their shaving cream and their lip balm smooth stick for everyone. As soon as I got to New York, I also made a point of stopping to buy some more. Thanks EOS!

I’ve been tweeting with Tara for a while and I was thrilled when she said she would contribute her coffee sleeves for Dinher. They are impeccably made with these gorgeous fabrics – love this product!

Fun Movie Swag on Twitter is always doing these fun movie giveaways, based out of Toronto. They contributed some fun stuff, from some of the new releases like Salt, that my kids have enjoyed playing with, so thank you so much for that!

Who doesn’t love My Little Pony? I used to play with these as a kid, so I get a kick out of watching how excited my three year old gets when she’s playing with her My Little Pony toys. It was great to be able to add one to everyone’s bags.

A special thank you to one of the DinHer attendees who also contributed to the swag bags – as an Avon rep, she contributed some AVON products to everyone. Thanks Cheryl!!

All of the ladies received a 2010/2011 organizer from Busybody books – a great product for organizing yourself and your family’s commitments. Despite all the electronic organizers, I prefer pen to paper, and this is a great tool for just that, and it’s pretty to look at to boot.

Another fantastic Canadian company that is a shining example of good business, and I might be biased when I say this because I totally admire the owner, Lindsay. Grace Announcements does everything from business cards, to art, to stationary and invites, does them impeccably. I was thrilled to add some personalized notepads to the bags. Thanks so much Lindsay!

  • ENERGIZER

Thank you to Energizer for contributing  the Energizer® Recharge Smart Charger for everyone, which always come in handy with two young children and many toys that seem to need batteries all the time. Also,

Peartree is a U.S. based stationary company that makes some beautiful products from address labels, invitations to note cards. Thanks to Peartree for contributing personalized items to each bag, including return address labels and note cards.

Thank you to Sensodyne Canada for contributing their sensitive toothpaste and the Breathe Right strips (my personal favorite – my bed buddy just happens to be a snorer).

Thanks to DK Books Canada for donating a reusable tote and a fantastic book called A Slice of Organic Life by Sheherazade Goldsmith – a gorgeous book about leading a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.

Thanks so much to RuMe Bags for contributing the Macro RuMe bags that held all of the swag, that was very heavy. The bags can hold up to 50lbs and look gorgeous doing it too. These bags are beautifully made and they have a great selection of products available – love the kid’s totes!

  • PASSION PARTIES

My lovely twitter friend @ManiacalMom provided us some fun swag that she sells through passion parties, and was also lovely enough to donate a door prize that I gave away during the dinner, which one of our lucky ladies won! It was a much coveted prize – and we’ll leave it at that!

  • HALO SLEEPSACK

The Halo SleepSacks are adorable products that ensure babies can be both warm and safe when sleeping – we were sent adorable themed sleep sacks. They come in many colors, designs and sizes, so be sure to check them out. If you don’t have little ones any longer, they make a perfect shower gift I think.

  • COTY

Thanks to Coty, we received the latest perfume by Baby Phat called DARE ME. Cute bottle, and smells nice too.

  • REISENTHEL

A last minute addition to our bags were these great reusable totes from Reisenthel – the mini maxi shopper in a variety of designs. In a time where caring about the environmental and being aware of even the smallest actions that we can do to make a difference, you can honestly never have too many reusable totes, especially cute ones.

  • HADAKI

Hadaki generously provided each of the DinHer attendees a cool wallet, called the Large Money Pod – they were all different colors and patters, but beautifully made and such a unique product. Be sure to check out all their products on their website. Also, we raffled off a fabulous Hadaki tote to one very happy attendee!

  • BALBOA BABY

Balboa Baby is company that makes gorgeous baby slings and nursing covers, among other items in these beautiful fabrics and patterns. The ladies chose from nursing covers, the sling and the shopping cart/ high chair cover. Another great site to check out if you have a babe of your own, or need to get a special gift for a friend.

  • CHRIS BLAKE

Chris Blake is someone that you may recognize from Twitter – I recognized him a while back when he followed me. I thought he was quite the hunky dude. And then I heard him sing – he has a fantastic voice, and he was gracious enough to provide all the ladies with one of his cds entitled WAVE. If you haven’t heard his music yet, check him out here, and you can also now find him on Amazon and iTunes!

  • WANNA HAVA COOKIE

I knew we wanted to have one edible item in the bags, and I was thrilled that Wanna Hava Cookie wanted to be part of it. They sent us these lovely little boxes containing the most delicious whoopie pies in different flavours. Seriously to die for. They make many products and they ship to the U.S. and CANADA!! They just opened their first store in NYC, so try to make it out there if you happen to be in the neighborhood, you will be glad you did.

  • NAME YOUR TUNE

Name Your Tune cds are an award-winning, Canadian product that provides personalized music for your child. Within 14 songs, your child’s name is heard more than 80 times, which I can tell you from experience, is beyond thrilling for a little person. This is a fantastic product, from a company that knows good business, and just happen to be really, lovely people. A great kid’s gift!

  • THE JIMMIES

I was thrilled when I was contacted about adding The Jimmies cd to our swag bag – The Jimmies are a fun, rock band for kids. This particular double cd titled “Trying Funny Stuff” included a live concert cd, music videos, and 6 karaoke videos. A really fun, energetic cd that gets the little people dancing. Make sure to check them out!

  • SURVIVAL OF THE HIPPEST

For Twitter fans, Survival of the Hippest is a site where you can order jewelery to key chains to tie clips, that will immortalize your Twitter handle or perhaps a favorite hashtag. Thanks so much for providing us with a great discount on our first order!!

  • FELD ENTERTAINMENT

Thanks to FELD Entertainment for providing us some fun Disney products for our bags and as a door prize. Fun clown noses, disposable cameras, and other items were a great addition to our DinHer bags.

  • Blue Avocado

Thanks to Blue Avocado, another great eco-friendly company, for providing us two great door prizes for our event – the starter kits (which included veg, pack, and pod bags) were a big hit.

  • OWLSAY DESIGNS

Owlsay Designs is an Etsy shop that was generous enough to provide each of the ladies with a luggage tag that helped identify their bags, and will be great for their travels, as well as a discount on a future purchase. Please check out her sight where you find handmade items from passport covers, pouches, and magnets. Thanks so much!!

  • FOUNDATION STUDIO

And our last addition to our bag was from another Twitter friend, Foundation Studio, who provided each of the ladies a gift certificate that entitles them to a 125×125 pixel ad. They offer many different professional services, including web design and branding. Thanks so much Ariane!

  • CARMICHAEL DIGITAL

And a huge shout out to Carmichael Digital for providing our DinHer event with a fantastic site to show off all of our sponsors throughout the planning process. If you need help with strategy, assessment, training and/or coaching – they are the people to call! THANKS SO MUCH!!

Check out some pictures below of the great products that all the companies provided to the DinHer event! Thank you!!

BlogHer? I didn’t even know her!

29th July 2010

I’m going to BlogHer.

Let me give you a moment to celebrate. And by you, I mean me. *Celebration in progress.”

I know, right?

Awesome. I’m crazy excited.

BUT.

In case you happen to see someone who maybe, could possibly be me, you should probably know that I don’t look like my avatar anymore, because I’m aged and robustacular. I’m okay with that – because number one, I love that picture of myself, and two, I am pure awesome on the inside. So there.

Now that we’ve straightened that out.

7 days until Blogher 2010.

Woot.

This is my first BlogHer conference.

Actually, this is my first trip, without my kids, in 7 YEARS. Its my first trip without my husband in 10, and its actually the first trip I’ve ever taken with friends. EVER – and I’m OLD, people! I clearly don’t get out much.

This may also explain the crazy, perma-joker smile that I will be wearing all weekend. If you think I’m drunk, I’m not. I’m just REALLY, REALLY happy not to have to wipe butt for four days straight.

Truth is, I may not want to go home on Sunday. The BlogHer people might have to have me removed when I decide to stage a sit-in. I’ll be the one handcuffed to the Starbucks in the front lobby. Feel free to join me.

It could happen.

By the way, you probably have realized by now that this isn’t one of those Blogher posts that will actually help you prepare in any way. However, I might be able to confirm a few things for you.

  • There will be women there. Millions and millions of fantastic women. Also, a few dudes.
  • You will need to bring a cardigan – because cardigans make the world go round.
  • Every other store front is a Starbucks, so you will definitely be covered in the caffeine front.
  • Don’t wear your cute shoes for too long. Pain trumps cute every time. So not fair. Perhaps you can carry them around for a more bohemian tribute to the pretty.
  • Make sure you eat at least one cupcake and one black & white while you’re in NYC or you won’t be allowed to board the plane.
  • If you see Colin Firth, I better be with you.
  • Don’t leave NYC without getting a Colin Firth tattoo. This one is more for me actually, so carry on.

And now, a little head’s up about me.

  • I am mostly, if not always, smiling. On the inside. If you see me, and I’m not smiling, its because I’m doing algorithms in my head, or thinking dirty thoughts. Either way, very smiley.
  • I am a hugger and/or a hand shaker and/or a double and triple cheek kisser, depending on your culture. I am adaptable in my hellos.
  • I have the worst memory on the planet, unless it involves useless information. I will probably forget your name during our conversation, but I can always tell you about something random that I heard about 4 years ago, especially if it involves a trashy celebrity.
  • I never forget a face. Seriously – never. So if you catch me staring at you, I’m not giving you the stink eye, or the evil eye (which every Greek has perfected in their lifetime – yes that’s your warning) – I’m just trying to place you.
  • If you catch me staring at your ass, your boobs, your outfit, or someone else’s, it’s because I like your outfit, may attempt to replicate it in the future and probably envy how tiny your butt is. But in a good way – I promise.
  • I will not be wearing a dress, to any event or any party!
  • I might come off shy in the beginning. Seriously. Bashful is so in right now.
  • If you feel the need to learn some dirty Greek words, come find me. I will have an arsenal at the ready.
  • If you happen to bring your baby, I may feel the need to come say hello, talk baby talk, or perhaps even hold your baby? Do not be afraid! I am good people.
  • I don’t do drama, especially on a fab trip to NYC. If drama occurs, I will be that person, who suddenly doesn’t speak English, and is walking away in the opposite direction.

Don’t you feel more prepared! I’m so glad. Can’t wait to see you in New York City!!

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I do want to give a little shout out to an event that I am hosting while in NYC. It started out as a dinner, and has developed into something way fabulous. So a huge thank you to our title sponsor – GM Canada – and all of our swag sponsors for the DinHer event. I am thrilled with how it has turned out, and quite frankly, nothing makes me happier than planning something that makes other people happy. I am adding new sponsors everyday, with no end in sight. So thank you to everyone involved!!

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