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Three Things I Loved and Learned at Bloggy Boot Camp Minneapolis

Ever been to a conference where you didn’t have a problem staying awake the ENTIRE day?  Me neither – until last Saturday.

I attended my first blog conference, Bloggy Boot Camp, in Minneapolis, and not once did I have to worry if I was doing the head bobbing thing and making a fool of myself because every-single-presenter was interesting and enthusiastic and entertaining and knowledgeable.

Could it be that I was just hungry for the knowledge they had and was feeding to me?  Nah – we’ll go with they were pretty cool peeps who knew their stuff and knew it well.

Bloggy Boot Camp Minneapolis

Three things I LOVED

  1. The small group – Only about 100 attendees with assigned seating for the first portion of the day to help break the ice and get to know one another.  Awesome idea ladies!
  2. The information – I think whether you are a newbie to blogging or a pro or someone in between, you could learn something from each of the presenters.
  3. The SITS Girls confidence – You walked away from the day feeling like you can achieve your goals no matter how big or small they are, with the organizers of the conference confident that if you want it, you can make it happen.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies


If you combine two of my favorite desserts – a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie – what do you get?  A Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie!

I know I’ve been a little dessert heavy here on the blog and I promise to throw in some other stuff within the next month or two but these are just too good not to share with you right away.

My daughter and I shared one of these at a volleyball tournament about a month ago.  Yes, you read that right, we SHARED one.  Rarely will we share desserts because we both love them so much and we’re selfish and want it all to ourselves but this was a BIG brownie so she decided to share it with her momma.  So in actuality it was she who shared it with me but since I paid for it, I will say I shared it with her.  Either way, we both ate it.

Candy Corn Fudge

Candy Corn 2

When I think of fudge, I think of Christmas.  Then Pinterest changed my mind.  I typed in “candy corn” and up came images of candy corn fudge.

Who would have thunk? Not me.

That’s because I don’t think far enough outside of the box.  I peek outside every now and then, but thinking totally outside is way out of my comfort zone.  Thankfully there are others who are totally comfortable out of the cardboard.

Candy corn whole


Whoooo is ready for Fall and Owl Cupcakes?

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Whooooo is ready for fall?  I am!  I am!

Fall is my favorite season of the year.  Cool nights, warm days, changing foliage, apple cider.

There is just something about fall that makes me OK with saying goodbye to summer but yet not ready to say hello to winter.

A Healthy School Snack to Slow Down Time


Do you ever wish time would slow down?

Most days I’m OK with the time that passes. But then there are days when I look in the mirror and say, “Hey lady, where did you come from?”

I look at my kids and think “Golly, they were all babies just yesterday.”