Remember when I told you all about how delicious and perfect the philosophy Red Velvet Cake lip shine was that I received at BlogHer 2011? Well, now you have the chance to purchase their new flavor for Fall…Caramel Apple Lip Shine! Their new line of Fall scents are now available, and right now, there is a special offer happening.
Continuing on my journey from the BlogHer 2011 Social Media Conference in San Diego…my remaining Top 10 Likes (6-10): (To the right is @RedLotusMama, @JustOneMiss and me taking a stroll down PlaySkool’s Sesame Street. They recently acquired the Sesame Street license and have a new line of toys out in time for Christmas!)
6. Johnson&Johnson Corporate and Social Responsibility– Having been a loyal subscriber to my blog, you know by now that I am an advocate for all things natural, and I also am an advocate for community support and social responsibility. That is why when I first walked through the Johnson&Johnson exhibit, I went in a little judgemental. The first thing that popped in my mind was all the chemicals used to make our babies smell so delicious with their infamous pink lotion. The thought of the eczema all over my daughter’s skin because of it, and the fact that I now had to read labels everywhere I went because obviously, Big Biz isn’t looking out for me and my family’s well being. But I took a gander anyway, and was intrigued by the community programs they have set up for consumers and bloggers alike. The one that helped me walk away with a bit of a different outlook on the company was their Corporate and Social Responsibility table. Again, I pessimistically asked the rep, “How long has Johnson&Johnson had this division?” Thinking, naively that they would respond within the last 10 years or so, a quick fix to appease the changing demands of their more culture and community savvy consumers. She answered with a matter of fact, “Since 1906. In fact, our first philanthropic campaign was to help out those affected by the Great Fire of San Francisco in 1906.” Their company has been based out of New Jersey since it’s fruition. That is some serious dedication to the United States, especially 100 years ago when it wasn’t so easy to get across the country to lend a hand. I do believe there is more they can do to make their natural products, well, more natural, but in a pinch, I will go with the product whose company I feel good about because they are community advocates as well.
7. edenfantasys.com– Yes, I was given a BOB (Battery Operated Boyfriend) at BlogHer 2011. I said it. And, it’s a totally girly BOB! Would that make it my BOG (Battery Operated Girlfriend) or my BOGB (Battery Operated Gay Boyfriend)? Either way, it’s pink, with big crystal ball on the handle and embossed pink hearts all over it. And, it’s my prize SWAG because it took me two days to get to the front of the line at the edenfantasys.com booth…every day they were at least 2-3 bloggers deep grabbing for their SWAG bag filled with all kinds of fun, adult stuff. Mom’s need a break, too! So deep inside my bags filled with cleaning products, school supplies and food stuffs, hid my fun, pink, BOB to take home for me! The funny thing is that it is totally noisy, and it sounds a lot like the bubble gun my mom bought the kids at Sea World. Every time I heard that noise, I would turn in fear of them holding up this bright pink, vibrating object ala the movie, Parenthood, and asking if it was a flashlight. Go ahead, click the link…you know you want to!!
8. philosophy SkinCare Line– As I mentioned in the previous post, I was given the opportunity to try out this line, or at least some samples from it. For the rest of my vacation, I used the purity made simple one-step facial cleanser and the keep the peace protective color corrector spf 20. What intrigued me by this line was the close comparison to the skin line I already use, and the price point was a little more appealing. You can purchase the full size anti-age skincare collection for $110, which includes all the products you need to get started. I am a Cetaphil girl myself for cleanser, but I have to admit, I really liked this face wash. My skin felt a little congested after the moisturizer, but that could have just been the fact that I switched to something new. I will be giving that anti-age line a try though to see how it compares with my current products.
9. Boiron Products– I was introduced to this homeopathic, all-natural brand back in college, and it has been apart of my medicine cabinet ever since. I even use the children’s line, that’s how much I believe in it. At the booth, they handed me their Cold Season starter pack, which has everything I have already used, along with a bag full of their teething product, Camilia. It started out as a box or two, then they found out I had teething twins, and handed me a whole bag. I have to admit, it was a sweet deal. I’ve been using it on the twins for the last few weeks. Admittedly, I still succumb to Children’s Advil at night time because, let’s face it, we all need our sleep around here. But, during the day, I prefer to give them the Camilia because otherwise, I fear they would be constantly dosed up with Advil, and it’s nice to have options where I’m not concerned about their little bodies handling that much medication. It seems to calm them during the day, enough to get by. It is also benzocaine free, the stuff that numbs their gums. This is also the same stuff that can make it tough for them to swallow or breathe if given too much due to the numbing effect. At the Expo, another leading brand offered me a tube of their new natural product for teething. I tried that as well, and my Baby A was gagging and struggling a little with swallowing, so that was enough for me to toss it. The reps at the Boiron booth were also happy to be there. You could sense they were proud of their products and the company, so they were engaging with us Bloggers. I love supporting a company that supports their people and genuinely believes their product is for the greater good.
10. The Mother Company– “Can I offer you a Starbucks iced latte?” That was how I was lured into The Mother Company booth. A cute, spunky woman who sought me out in a crowd of about 25 bloggers, gathering around her booth. She asked me if I had kids, which to my reply, her eyes got wide and she gasped a little. I love the reactions people give me when I tell them how many, as if I am the only person in the world with 4 kids. Anyway, we started talking about the Mother Company, and what is was all about. But she had me sold when she handed me a DVD with a sassy looking 1950’s mama on the front (reminded me a bit of Joan from Mad Men in an apron) about feelings…a subject I’ve found challenging to address with my own kids lately. I didn’t have time to check out their website right away, but I got a really good feeling from the women there. Especially since they also had their investors with them, women who had grown children, investing in us women, with the new generation to raise. Talk about support! I popped the DVD into the car when I had the kids and they loved it. My daughter was singing the “Happy Song” for days. I finally had a chance to visit their site, and loved how they address everything from Kindergarten readiness, to divorce, to Helicopter parenting, to imaginary friends. It’s all there. A wholesome resource for mamas to explore.
That was fun to re-live! BlogHer 2011 went so quickly, there was so much to learn, and I was exhausted come Saturday night. It was a great experience and hopefully, you gained a little more insight into products and places as well.
Thanks for reading!
*Products discussed in this post were given to me for free, however my words and thoughts are 100% my own.
Taking a break from my blog over the summer allowed me the time to focus on getting creatively charged, re-inspired and more in touch with Blogging and Social Media. In August, I attend the BlogHer 2011 Conference in San Diego, California. Since I began my blog in April 2010, I’ve taken advantage of some of the Social Media conferences available to me in the last year. BlogHer 2011 was by far, the biggest. I had no idea what to expect, so I went open minded, and came out with a whole new perspective on direction for my blog. (Above: Rocking it @CheapSally party @StingareeSD with @RedLotusMama. Photo courtesy of @SDBargainMama)
One of the reasons for these conferences is not only to learn more…there are seminars and sessions and key note speakers throughout the entire event. You get to hob nob with some pretty impressive Social Media Mavens who have fought to make a name for themselves in this vast dimension of communication, and it is also quite inspiring to have such a large group of women in one place, all looking to achieve the same goals, as different as we all may be. But, it is a huge opportunity for SPONSORS! PRODUCT! SWAG! Though I found many of the seminars to be quite interesting, and did take away quite a bit, let’s get real…the reason you are reading this is to find out what products and companies I got the goods on! So, without further ado…
Here are my Top 10 Likes from BlogHer 2011:
1. philosophy Red Velvet Lip Gloss– The Expo is huge! It literally took me all three days to make my way through this monster, and see every booth. I set out on a goal to make Philosophy my priority, but oddly enough, I didn’t come across it until my last day. And, it was well worth it. I spoke with the PR Rep who introduced me to their entire skincare line, Miracle Worker, which I will go into later. At the end of our conversation, she handed me their Press Kit, which just so happened to include samples of this line, along with their Red Velvet Lip Gloss. OMG. I love it! It’s the perfect amount of sticky, sweet and color rolled into one. Especially since I have a complexion that can handle reds, this hint of color is perfect for me! I really don’t have time to get all dolled up every morning with a fabu make-up job, so I tend to stick to some powder around my eyes, a swipe of neutral shadow across my lids, some charcoal liner (on a good day) and mascara. Forget any thought of lipstick…so this fun little treat made the perfect addition to my purse to keep me looking somewhat put together throughout the day.
2. “The Help” screening- Some of you may have seen my posts on FaceBook and Tweets about the movie “The Help”. Many of you may have already seen this terrific movie, which surpassed $100 million at the box office recently. Being a RockStarMom of 4, I never get to see adult flicks, so when Disney/DreamWorks invited me to this special screening during the conference, it was one of my top things to do. The movie was played at the Reading Gas Lamp Theater in DownTown San Diego. Following the movie, they treated us to Southern-inspired desserts created by Campine Catering and cocktails concocted by The Snake Oil Cocktail Company that were literally out of this world. My favorite cocktail was The Skeeter. If you haven’t seen the movie, I encourage you to check it out. I would pay to see it again, it was that good.
THE SKEETER 1 OZ. TEQUILA 1 OZ. TRIPLE SEC ½ OZ. CRANBERRY FINISH WITH JALAPENO ORANGE FOAM
3. SmashBurger- While down there, I was also invited to attend dinner and an after-party with a group of amazing women bloggers in San Diego, the SDMomfia. They arranged for their group to be driven by limo to the Smashbuger restaurant located DownTown, followed by an after-party at the Stingaree (more to come). The great thing about Smashburger, is that there are several locations in Las Vegas! (Just missing Henderson...) And, the food was truly delicious. Scott, the owner, took us into the kitchen and gave us the 411 on the hows and whys of "smashing" the burger. A few of the ladies even got to try it out, proving it to be a culinary skill one must obtain. It's a great little burger joint offering burgers- build your own or order one of theirs: chicken, beef or veggie; sides-sweet potato fries w/sage, onion rings, skinny fries to name a few; milkshakes like Peanut Butter Cup and Butterfinger; sodas, beer and wine. Here is the list of Las Vegas locations. Write to Scott and tell him we need one in Henderson, too!!
4. The Stingaree San Diego– Coming from Vegas, I’m going to be honest and little
snotty here, but, yes, it’s difficult to find hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in other cities that can compete. Now, I’m not saying ALL cities, obviously, New York, Miami, Los Angeles…right up there with the nightlife. But, sadly, San Diego and Orange County sometimes just don’t cut the mustard when it comes to that sort of thing. So when we were invited to the Stingaree San Diego for the Cheap Sally party, I really wasn’t expecting much. Wow. I was wrong. First off, the venue is huge. With over 13,000 square feet of space, including a rooftop bar, dance floor, lounge areas, and table seating…I was seriously impressed. I loved the rooftop bar…it reminded me of being at parties in New York in the summer time. Atmosphere…great. Drinks…great. Food…great. I couldn’t stop talking about how great the Stingaree was, and wondering why it didn’t exist when I was attending college in San Diego. Probably because the guy who owns it went to college with me, and needed a few years to make that happen. (No bias. I found out when I got there.) It was a beautiful place that I will definitely be recommending to anyone that travels to San Diego looking for a fun night out.
5. Ella’s Kitchen– When you have twins, the organic baby food booth is also on your top products to see list. They handed me a few coupons and some samples, which I gladly took home, but what I loved about it…100% all natural, organic ingredients. There is not even added ascorbic acids or water or anything to enhance*. It just is what it is. It is a company based out of England, and as the story goes, Ella’s dad wanted her to have the best baby food available to her, and thus created Ella’s Kitchen. It is on the pricier side, I must admit, but the combinations offered make it well worth it. I was able to find it at my Target store, and they are now available at Smith’s (Kroger). So far, the boys are loving the combos: butternut squash/carrots/apples/prunes; peaches and bananas, strawberries and apples, & sweet potatoes/pumpkin/apples/blueberries. They also have some pouches for “brekkie” that is a combo of fruits with rice cereal and yogurt.
*Does contain less than 1% of organic lemon juice.
For the sake of not taking up all of your time, and keeping this short…I’m stopping with my Top 5. I will continue next time with my top 6-10.
Thanks for stopping by! Lots of great things to share with you guys! For more fun pics of my BlogHer2011 trip, visit my FaceBook page.
BlogHer 2011 is a Social Media conference that I attended and paid for out of my own pocket. There were sponsors, product and services offered to me for free. Any of the top 10 places/products on my list were given to me for free, however, my words and thoughts are 100% my own.