Alt Summit {& what do you think about Martha Stewart?}

Oh Alt Summit, how I heart you! Alt Summit is a blog conference for creatives that happens twice a year in Salt Lake City (January and June). Let’s just put this out there… I spoke at a conference (about Google +) where Martha Stewart was the keynote, ahh! That makes this girl freakin’ excited. I kind of love Martha. I’m fully aware of the not so nice comment she made about bloggers (1:47 in video). But honestly, there are some not so great bloggers out there who steal people’s content and claim it as there own. Luckily, the vast majority of bloggers are very talented, real people who share their genius with us fo’ free! I love blog world! Maybe Martha said something she didn’t mean? I’ve certainly never done that, ha! And for the record, I don’t claim to be an expert, I’m just a mom who likes to make really awesome free things. Anyone can do it.  Clearly Martha is a genius entrepreneur, and has some mad baking/crafting/party planning skills or she never would have made it as far as she has today! Moving on…

This was Max baby’s second plane trip of his life (we took him to the Dominican Republic). But, this was the first plane trip that I took him on by myself. I was oh so nervous, but honestly all went well! (Coming soon: my tips for traveling with a baby via airplane.)

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Max and I took 2 planes and a train to the hotel (no car seat or stroller needed!), we stayed at Little America, the cheaper little sister of the Grand America where the conference was held.

TIP #1: The Little America is way cheaper than the Grand, super nice, and a super short walk across the street!

This is a baby friendly conference y’all! And honestly he was such a good little conversation starter. Everyone wanted to grab his little toes and tell him how cute he was, and he would give them a big smile back!

TIP #2: If you have a little one, bring him to the conference! 

Alt sets things up so that everyone gets to attend a sponsored dinner the night before the conference actually beings. I love the Honest company products and was lucky to attend this dinner at Pago. I got a baby sitter for the Max man and had a seriously delicious (baby free) dinner.

TIP #3: Bring that baby, but get a sitter for a few hours here or there. Ask around or e-mail me, I’ve got a good one in Salt Lake City!

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He loves his baby backpack, so he just hung out on my chest while we learned and chatted at the conference. This was the first nights food truck party. We hung out on picnic blanket and ate yummy Salt Lake City food truck treats! Maxbaby fell asleep.

TIP #4: If you bring a baby, baby wear! It’s so much easier than a stroller!

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I spy me at the Lewis Brothers food truck waiting for my falafel salad. I need more falafel in my life, y’all!
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I did not get to attend all of the sessions, Max baby needed naps and nursing. I went with that expectation, and all was well. I actually only missed one session! I certainly stood in the back of a few and had to sneak out when sweet Max started crying. For the most part, he was content just hanging out on my chest and talking to all of the ladies and gents! This was the photo styling session…

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TIP #5: Alt has professional photographs, so don’t worry about taking pictures! Just soak up the info and meet new peeps! They upload all of the pictures to a Flickr stream and you are allowed to use them!
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Max and I even had some fun at the Bing photo booth! Oh wait, he slept through the fun in this one…

TIP #6: Interact with everything there is to offer at Alt! Even if it means grabbing the sweet girl next to you to snap a picture in the photo booth!

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Max and I attended a round table about starting a podcast!

TIP #7: Check out the schedule before hand. Circle the sessions you don’t want to miss! It’s easy to get carried away and forget about the time!

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And then I did my Google + presentation with these talented ladies (Meg and Kris)! Our session was called: Media You’re Not Using, But Should Be: TV, Radio, and Google+. If you’re interested in learning more about Google +, here is a little Google + guide I put together for getting started! 

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So, have you ever been to a blog conference? How do you feel about Martha Stewart? Do you love falafel? Are you on Google +?

(All photos by Justin Hackworth or Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit)

Earth shattering family vacation, literally! {Punta Cana}

I have lots of crafty stuff to post about it. Really, I do! But, for some reason I’m being a mega procrastinator lately. And well, pictures of our cute Max are way more fun to edit and stare at then pictures of painted pots! (Although my painted pot turned out cute too!) So, we went to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with a 2 month old. And 8 of our friends last week! Here’s the back story, this trip was planned before I even found out I was prego! It was my 30th birthday celebration (I turn 30 on 6-29!), but Memorial Day weekend worked well for everyone and I’m all about dragging out the birthday celebrations for as long as possible! (Anyone like to celebrate a birthday month?)

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We made the executive decision to get Max baby a passport and make his first flight an international adventure! Getting an infant to take a passport picture is very tricky, I’m going to post about that situation soon. Max did very well on his plane rides. We nursed a ton and he only screamed bloody murder for about 10 minutes on the very last flight home. I think his ears hurt, and he had depleted his milk supply by that point, ha! Plus it was late and we had been traveling all day long. All in all, Max was a rock star traveler!

So, here’s the earth shattering part of our family vacation… we were in an Earthquake, y’all. True! We were actaully at the beach when it happened. We left immediately. I’m seriously scared of tsunamis! I’m way more scrared of a tsunami than sharks or jelly fish, silly? Maybe? But, I’ve watched home videos of tsunamis and it is terrifying! This site claims it was a 5.8 quake! That sounds huge, huh?! Apparently, it was a very deep earthquake. We definitely felt it in our little beach hut, but nothing fell over or anything. International travel and an earthquake… pretty exciting 2 months Max has had here on Earth!
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Max loves the water! The pool, ocean, baths, showers… he doesn’t discriminate. I love infinity pools. And I especially love infinity pools with views of the ocean!

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Here’s me and my bestie, Tina doing what we do best… drinking wine poolside after a day in the ocean!

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Maxwell got nice and spoiled on the trip since everyone wanted to hold him! I must say it was pretty nice having 8 adults who want to hold your baby all day long! I really get that whole “It takes a tribe to raise a baby” thing!  Maxwell loves being held and swayed and bounced and talked too. I mean who doesn’t?! I wish someone would hold me all day long!
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Max and I did lots of photo shoots! We started with a nice cozy towel for this floor photo shoot…

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Oh and did I mention he really prefers skinny dipping!

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Here’s my yummy cake to celebrate the 30th! I love cake. And cookies. And cupcakes. And candy. And icing. Oh I really love icing. 
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One day, we put on some real clothes and snapped tons of pictures of all of the couples/ families. I’m pretty impressed with our out takes! Max wasn’t feeling the camera that day, he was too sleepy from all of his swimming.

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Love me a good Max- wich.

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Nursing at the beach is greatness. Just find a shady lounge chair and voila… the bathing suit has instant access! I get to stare at sweet Max baby and the ocean for nursing sessions… perfectness!

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Have you ever been to the Dominican Republic? Punta Cana? When did you travel with your babies? Have you ever tried to take an infants passport picture? Anyone else born on 6-29? Or turning 30 soon? Cheers to a wonderful summer and being 30!

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Psst… All of the pics were taken with my new Samsung camera! My very favorite thing about this camera is that it connects to wifi and you can email anyone, any picture instantly! Perfect for when you’re on vay-cay friends! Oh plus the cam is white, which just looks cool! But, the super fun news is that I will be giving one of these camera’s away to one of you at the end of the month!

Austin craft party recap {Cricut Explore}


About the only thing I love doing more than crafting is crafting with others! I mean crafting alone is pretty awesome, but crafting with 20 other peeps (and taking a breather from your adorable, but needy 2 month old baby for an evening) is pretty dang exciting! Oh and Mallie, the Cricut Explore™  genius, brought 2 machines and a ridiculous amount of cutting material to let us play with! #CraftHeaven

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Here’s the craft we made… it’s cloud juice, y’all! My favorite kind of juice! I uploaded a cloud and a raindrop (using this tutorial) and cut out tons of vinyl for everyone to use on my fave water bottle. Everyone put their own twist on it, which was fun! There were a few dinos, and even a dino that ate a turtle, ha!

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Here’s the hungry dino water bottle… see the turtle in his belly? Ha! That’s the beauty of the Cricut… you can create whatever the heck you want!

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And what craft party is complete without treats! After I decided to make cloud juice bottles, I figured it would be fun to keep up the rain theme! You know how I love cheesy sayings, so this was the perfect opportunity to give my treats extra cheesy rain/cloud names!  We had rain sticks (veggie sticks and dip), cumulous dip (hummus and pita chips), hail stones (carmel popcorn), and cloud cookies! Oh and Laffy Taffy, because I take any excuse to buy a few bags of Laffy Taffy! (You might remember some of these decorations from my baby showers… black and white shower and twinkle little star shower!) The food name cards were made with the Cricut Explore… that craft took me all of 2 minutes! Gotta love that Cricut Explore machine.

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So, after everyone got to the Burlap Bag (PS: adorable store if you are ever in Austin!) I did a short tutorial explaining how to make the cloud juice bottles. On a side note, I’m really into pirate pants right now. It’s the perfect post baby pant (read: elastic waist band) and they are beyond comfortable! Anyone else?

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And then everyone went to work! I made lots of new crafty friends… gotta love that. There’s Jessie and Cristie and Julie and Krystal and Julie and Miranda!
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Lost of action around the craft table, and that’s Kara with her dino water bottle! Chelsy has Max’s girlfriend strapped to her chest, she’s just 3 days younger than Max baby! And then there is Tisa and her cute daughter crafting it up!
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And here is the super sweet Cricut genius herself, Mallie, before everyone arrived! She was a busy bee working those Cricut Explore™  stations! 
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The little hello iPhone case is another project a party goer made on the fly. Love it! And that’s Lorie, Annie, and Rachelle! And Julie on the computer hard at work on her Cricut masterpiece!

 


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Anyone else crafting with their Cricut lately? Wearing pirate pants? Love cloud juice? Anyone dying to get their hands on the new Cricut Explore? You can buy the machine and get all of the tools (including the deep cut blade that can cut leather!) for $339.99! And use the code FREESHIP35 to get free shipping! Oh and don’t forget to get the free images of the week right here!