Hey everyone! I am back in New York after a great weekend in Maryland. I was at FitBloggin for 2 days and at my friend’s house on Sunday. For those of you who don’t know, FitBloggin’ is a conference for anyone who blogs about fitness, wellness, good food, and a healthy lifestyle. It was a great place to connect with other bloggers and learn more about social media and other health and wellness topics. I will start with a recap of Friday!
I had off from work so I went into the city nice and early to get my nails and hair done. I stopped at Pax Foods for some breakfast.
I got an egg white, mushroom, and cheese omelet on a whole wheat wrap. It was delicious!
After my nails, I took the train to my house in Philly to get my car. I picked up another wrap from Penn Station for the train ride.
I got a California wrap. It had lettuce, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and roasted red pepper. I got to Philly, picked up my car, and drove the rest of the way to Baltimore. I made it there by 5:30, just in time for the POMtini cocktail party!
We were served complimentary POMtinis. I had about 3 because I didn’t taste much alcohol in them!
It was great meeting so many bloggers!
After an hour at the party, a bunch of us decided to head to dinner because we were all starving. About 20 or 30 of us found a nearby restaurant. My hotel roommate, Jen from PriorFatGirl and I immediately got drinks at the bar while waiting for a table. We could not wait! 🙂
I got a vodka soda with a splash of cranberry.
We all sat outside and got very loud! It was nice to see that I am not the only health blogger who drinks a lot!
I got a house salad to start.
I got the vegetarian sandwich with avocado, fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, lettuce, and tomatoes. I asked for a whole wheat wrap instead of the white bread. It was delicious! I loved the huge chunks of avocado!
After dinner, Jen and I decided to call it an early night and head back to the room. We had a really pretty view!!
We ended up bonding and chatting for an hour before bed. It was great to finally meet her since I’ve been stalking her blog for a year now!
On Saturday there was a 5K walk/run but Jen and I decided to go to the hotel gym instead. I did about 25 minutes on this crazy elliptical machine and also did a few weight machines. I love working out in hotel gyms for some reason. It felt like a real vacation!
The event was sponsored by Quaker so of course we were served oatmeal for breakfast!
I made a bowl with cinnamon, dried cranberries, pecans, and banana.
I had some Starbucks and skim milk to drink! Perfect breakfast!
After breakfast I wandered around to meet people and get free stuff from all of the booths!
New Balance gave everyone really cute running shorts!
The conference had 2 talks at once so I chose the ones I thought would be most helpful to me. I started with a Search Engine Optimization session.
This was a bit technical and confusing for me but I learned a few helpful tips about WordPress.
Next I went to Get Noticed: How to Pitch to Traditional Media.
This one was not too helpful because they talked about how to pitch your stories to local TV. I thought it would be more about getting into magazines and freelance writing. They did tell some funny stories about people trying to get on TV and in the paper.
Eventually it was lunch time and I was starving!! I started with delicious mushroom soup.
I also got a grilled veggie sandwich and filled the rest of my plate with salad, asparagus, eggplant, squash, and mushrooms. It was all very good!
Dessert was fruit and Jell-O since Jell-O was another sponsor.
I met Melissa from Crunches for Cupcakes! She was really nice and we ended up spending the whole day together!
I was also excited to spend the day with Julie from Cheese and Cookies! It was great meeting her since I read her blog every day!
The next breakout session was Beyond the Blog: Getting Published. It was nice to hear Caitlin speak about how she got her Operation Beautiful book deal. All of the panelists gave great tips on how to write a proposal and shop around for an agent.
We snacked on some delicious raw snacks from the Pure2Raw twins. I had another cup of coffee since it was a long day!
The final breakout session was about how to earn money through blogging.
The day ended with a Jell-O reception. We got to try their new Mousse Temptations.
I tried the Dark Chocolate Mousse. It was very good!
I also had some sushi rolls for dinner.
I did not stay in the hotel that night because my best friend from college lives in Maryland so I spent the rest of the weekend with her! We went to a bar in Federal Hill Saturday night. There was Bubblegum vodka involved so I don’t have too many memories from the night!
The weekend was so much fun! It was great to meet everyone. I have about 20 new blogs I need to check out now!! We left with some awesome goodie bags.
Thank you to Roni for planning such a wonderful event! I’m really excited to try all of my new goodies! Stay tuned for some giveaways as well!