Ohhhmygosh you guys! Today is the first day I woke up feeling refreshed after attending the 2013 SNAP creative blog conference. Yes, it was a week ago. Seriously, that is how little sleep I got. LOL Oh-so-worth it, though? Absolutely!
There are a handful of awesome what-to-know-for and what-to-wear-to your first blog conference posts and this is not one of those posts. Although I will say that I packed exactly what I needed (clothes, toiletries + comfy shoes) and then brought our semi-handmade business cards, a cute notepad/pen, portable phone charger and iPhone. Yep, I left the bulky DSLR at home; pics aren’t as clear but I promise, a good camera phone is all you’ll use anyway (; Oh, I did take an awesome Jessica Sprague photoshop class and was glad I lugged my laptop across the state lines just for that one class.
To us, the key to enjoying a blog conference is to surround yourself with other bloggers you like, you enjoy and most importantly, you are 100% comfortable in front of and not intimidated by numbers-wise. The latter is just asking for drama, trust us!
We were lucky enough to room with one of our childhood besties, Katie from Sweet Rose Studio, a fellow AZ blogger Lindsey of Better After (she was one of the first blogs we read, especially since we’re a sucker for “after” projects) and one of our dearest friends that we can text and bounce design + DIY ideas off of, Kristen from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Photography, (who Kelli met at SNAP 2012 but instantly clicked with and since meeting her, so have I.) We had a blast with our roomies and just love them!
Note: all of the clear, pretty pics are courtesy of the talented Kristen
We also formed some new friendships and strengthened some older ones… late night ice cream runs will do that (; Thanks for starting the tradition, Jen, Jamie & Jodie… we missed you, Jodie!
Okay there are 2374 bloggers in this pic but let’s break it down! Andrea, Taryn, Mandilicious, Katie, Brooke, Court & Shauna, Jen & Jamie, Landee & Shellie, Becca, Sunny and Jaime. Phew! I think that’s all!
SNAP not only provided some yummy dinners but it provided us with time to chat distraction-free with new friends and this particular dinner was hilarious!
SNAP had some amazing sponsors this year, Ryobi being one of them. Kelli took Ana White’s class on learning to use power tools, where they gave away a brand new miter saw as the grand prize. To say Kelli was excited when she heard her name called as the winner is an understatement! LOL
Of course for us it was just as exciting to meet Ana herself, (hello there Ryobi rep! Kelli says sorry for mauling you. Haha!)
We also snagged some awesome swag! Kristen, Kelli and I popped in the fun sponsor suite to chat it up with some of our fav’s and World Market IG’d us! As if winning a $20 gift card wasn’t sweet enough! (:
Kelli and I competed against eachother in the LOWES challenge to build something from provided tools. It was a madhouse and so fun! We really appreciate Tauni (SNAP founder) creating elements of this conference like this that appeal to the DIY blogger in us. We truly enjoyed ourselves!
The closing night was a blast- dance party! I thought it would be weird at first to dance with a bunch of mom’s and fellow bloggers but it was fun to let loose and just enjoy my youth! Sometimes I forget I am still Kristi, a fun 31-year old, ya know? (;
Picture by Kristen and hey there, Whit!
Kelli and I had a photo sesh together then snagged our roomies (and honorary roomie Bec) and am so glad we waited in that long ‘ol line for it. It was the perfect ending to a fun conference!
As fun as SNAP was, I admit that I missed my littles like CRAZY. Like, homesick for them before I even got off the plane homesick. We enjoy blogging but rarely travel and are away from our kids. I had a hard time fully enjoying the experience but am glad I went and even more to be home. Check out more SNAP recaps from fellow attendees!
Blogging is fun but there really is no place like home (: