On July 17th and 18th, my family spent a few days in New York City, my former home. I always love visiting, but this time it was for a series of special events: Blogger Bash NYC, EA Events, and Kidzvuz Back to School event! I had a great time – and so did the kids! here is a recap of the events. Blogger Bash 2014 was AWESOME! This event was part expo, part party, part meet & greet, and part educational – and ALL networky! I met some amazing bloggers. Philly Social Media Moms was representing in a big way, since one of the cohosts was Joey Fortman of Real Mom Media with Stephanie Glover of A Grand Life assisting. Charlene DeLoach, of Charlene Chronicles, who I met in 2011 as my roommate for the first She Streams conference, demurely co-hosted.
Sweet Suite 2014
We were wined (by Zipz Wine!) and dined (most notably by Vita Organics Food) as we tested foods, toys and gadgets to make a moms life Sweeter at Suite Suite 2014 on Thursday night. I spent SIX HOURS there, on my feet, taking my time and soaking it in. (Who’m I kidding? It was a refreshing break from the kiddos!) Some of my favorite brands there included:
- Lego, who’s new Fusion game sounds amazing
- Skylanders showing off Trap Team
- Hasbro with NEW Nerf Rebelle bows
- Roobiee Red Tea with organic juices and teas
- Vita Organics Food Non-GMO and AWESOME chocolate
- USAopoly providing innovative games for us bloggers to idle the time way
- Razor with super cool new vehicles
- Faber-Castell charging up our creativity
- Fashion Angels turning our girls into entrepreneurs
- and my new all-time fav, Just Pretends Kids!
The after party featured Angry Birds Stella, the new game from my daughter’s beloved series. THIS time, Stella is not just a new Angry Birds game with new environments and more actions from the developers, and integrates with iPad, she ALSO has a house, accessories, and clothes. For those of you who have kids that love to play with the Skylanders toys (like my Zoe), Stella is a perfect fit that encompasses both!
Speaking of Skylanders, they were prominently featured that night and the next day as well. They hosted a room at Friday’s Blogger Bash event, where the rep, Ali, told me all about the latest game. The new Skylanders Trap Team is awesome! The twist is you get to not only capture your enemies but use their powers as well. All new system, launching in October – I’m excited! I also attended a media panel, that featured former ABC & CBS Veteran producer Deborah Mitchell, Samantha Meiler, Marketing Director at NickMom, Samantha Murphy Kelly of Mashable and Ciaran Blumenfeld of Hashtracking and Momfluential Media. They discussed their careers, shared tips for appearing in media and answered blogger’s questions. They were very approachable too, and I have to give a special shout out to Deborah, who is just as lovely as she is smart and savvy, who kindly helped me with advice for an upcoming TV appearance!
Element Associates Social Suite
This was a fun mini-event inside of Blogger Bash, where we got to meet with more brands. I was excited to meet author Lauren Willig, who writes historical romance. I’m totally sucked into her book, “That Summer”!
Favorite brands there are Joseph Nogucci, who makes beautiful bracelets, and Wubble Bubble Ball, something my kids will love! These are gorgeous! Check out these beauties for your wrists – and other jewelry – at JosephNogucci.com. Review of their necklace coming soon. We got to see their brand new Miii bracelet collection. Take a good look:
I had a lovely time hanging out with some bloggers I have met and some new ones, all of whom were awesome! Shout outs to Reesa of Mamma Lew, Larisha of We’re Parents, Caitlin of Fourth St. Payphone, Adam of Dadapalooza, Estelle from Musing on Motherhood & MidlifeTM, Holly of She Speaks and SO many of you that I’m sure I’m forgetting, for providing the GROWN UP talk 🙂 (One of the hardest things about raising kids is the lack of adult conversation, especially during the daylight hours!)
Actually, I can’t wait for next year’s bash! Blogger Bash 2014 was a must-do event for bloggers, great fun, low pressure and lots of amazing brands to discover. You should definitely check out Blogger Bash 2015, I know I will. Stay tuned for reviews about these amazing brands