and another one! this is my 3rd year attending the Blog Elevated conference.friday afternoon i cooked up and prepped a whole bunch of food & snacks for my boys to get them through the weekend. Sonny has been on a mission since july this year to lose 30 lbs or so before baby #3 arrives. because of meal prep and 6 Pack USA, he made eeeeeeet! achilles tendon issues and all. so proud of him.
my girl Ogechi & i usually attend the conference and enjoy a relaxing weekend together but she was unable to attend this year *insert gigantic sad face*. however, my prenatal fitness client, friend, belly buddy, and fellow mommy blogger, Marissa, was available and made the drive! i enjoyed hanging out and learning alongside her all weekend; check out her adorable, family, blog and try out her delish recipes while you're there! day 1! the conference was held in the newly remodeled South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center in League City, Texas.
i was crazy excited and honored to be a fitness ambassador for BE this year! i brought some fresh fruit to snack on throughout the day but y'all know i ate that soon as i got there, lol. lunch time finally rolled around though and roast beef sammiches were on the menu. unfortunately, brie is not a pregnancy friendly food, but i was so hungry i dismantled that bad boy and ate the protein and that pickle.Marissa headed out to find other options and did just that; isn't it pretty!? i told her i'd take an order of whatever she got; this grilled chicken cobb salad hit THE spot. right back to it after lunch.in between sessions there was "study hall".' it was a chance for us to go over the info we just learned and to take advantage of speaking with some of the BE mentors (other bloggers skilled in a particular area like Twitter or YouTube, etc.). i have been trying to remain consistent and spice up my YouTube vids for forever!! so, i hunted down Roccibel Volpicella to get some tips. her primary language is Spanish, so there was a translator present to help us communicate. she doesn't have a blog but has become insanely popular just from her YouTube makeup tutorials! since IG is my jam, i definitely wanted to attend the, "Perfecting Instagram Panel" session. each of these ladies (l to r: Meg Owens, Elly Brown, Brittany Ashmore, Jaclyn Kent) gave their own unique tips and pointers for growing their Insta audiences. they mentioned using some of the photo apps i am already use and love like Snapped, A Color Story, and VSCO. day 2! it's time to move! Kroger sponsored a 7am Zumba class and the turnout was friggin' awesome! look at all these girls (and 3 guys including our instructor) gettin' their early morning cardio ON!my fave way to start the day.i even won a raffle prize, wuuuut!? yeah, those chocolate almonds came in handy later in the day during sessions.
some of the breakout sessions were held at the same time, so Marissa and i split up and swapped notes afterwards #teamwork.
we learned about getting the most out of our email lists, tracking our blog analytics, and i especially enjoyed the photography session by Rachel Matthews! she provided plenty of tips for sprucing up our camera taking skills.
i tweeted a couple of my takeaways:
i hope they resonate with you too. thanks for reading!
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