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Bloggy Boot Camp- CHICAGO

{part one}

Allow me to set the scene for you.

It’s late August in a Chicago, IL suburb- August 19th, 2011 to be exact when 3 giggly, goofy, girlie girls with blogs get together for a quick weekend of blogging fun. Temperature is in the high 80’s with a moderate chance of rain. Umbrellas have been tucked inside suitcases. Right next to the midnight snacks. And an insane amount of accessories.

These 3 giggly girls haven’t seen each other since Martha Stewart Dreamers Into Doers- NYC…….held in January.

There were squeals. There were giggles. There was jumping on hotel room beds.

And then they took a break to dress for dinner and meet up with up with someone new.

 (Me, Kristen-3littlebirdsboutique, Terri-CraftyWorkinMommy)

The absolute joy of online networking is connecting with people, having a pretty good idea that you’ll adore them in person, then actually meeting them.

 Sometimes it’s a let down when people aren’t who they portray, sometimes they are exactly as you imagined, and sometimes they’re even better!

And when that happens,  it’s a bond unlike any other.

Here’s the girls with their new friend.

(Doris- Piggy Bank Parties, Terri- CraftyWorkinMommy, Me, Kristen-3littlebirdsboutique)

After dinner, the girls retreated to the hotel to get some sleep.

However, there wasn’t a lot of sleep that took place.

There were more snacks, more secrets shared, and even more giggles.

They somehow managed to get hopping and get down to the lobby on time the following morning.

There was another forever friend to meet. And even more goodies to be shared.

Yes, my car is LSU purple and gold, and yes it can be yours too. Piggy Bank Parties makes them into a printable file that you can put together. Seriously cute.

Those cookies to the left were compliments of Sandy from Firefly Confections.

To. Die. For.

If you look closely, you’ll spot cakepops from the extraordinary Terris Party Treasures.

And in the hands of conference founder, Tiffany Romero.

Next you find Terri and Aimee rocking the same 3littlebirdsboutique necklace.

It’s rumored that these two think so much alike they refer to themselves as “shared brain”.

Aimee Broussard Events helps keep you AND your event looking fabulous with swag in the form of pink compact mirrors.

Kristen trying her mirror out. Yep, looking fabulous. Mirror is working.

Exhausted yet?

The conference hadn’t even started and it appears our “Tribe” had already been formed.

(Sandy, Terri, Kristen, Me, Doris)

 Not sure what a “Tribe” is? Don’t fret. The explanation of the importance of a tribe, conference take aways, and personal blogging goals coming in {part two}.

Happy Monday!

 

Too Many Aprons?

Accessories Aprons

Today, I’ll be sharing with you one of my many collections. I “collect” a lot of things…..

Cake stands….. Serving platters….. Stationery….. Ribbon…… Stationery with ribbon…… Notepads…… Notepads with magnets…..  Antique milk bottles…… Antique Atlas glass…… Antique anything….. Shoes….. Handbags….Headbands…..

 Whoa, those are just flying out of my brain. I better stop. I think you get the picture.

For now, we’re going to focus on my current collection of kitchen aprons.

I knew my collection had grown, but I didn’t really realize that it was pushing double digits.

I’ll be showcasing my favorites with you now.

There’s the “sassy” aprons. You know, the ones that make you feel like this when you bake:

Then there’s what I call the “seasonal” aprons. The ones you break out for your Holiday baking, and for checking who has been naughty, and who has been nice. I have a Valentine’s apron that decided to hide for the photo shoot. She’s going to pay for that later.

I call these my “accessories” aprons. Matching placemats or matching serving pieces? SOLD!!!

And finally, there’s the obligatory apron with your name on it, because, well if you have a cute apron someone might accidently take it from you? No? Because it’s cute! Oh yeah, how could I  forget.

Now you might be thinking,  “That Aimee, she sure has a lot of aprons. I bet she’s done for a while”. And my reply would be……….Of course not!

I’m hosting my 1st ever crafting party in November, and just guess what we’re making?

We’re doing another project as well, but you’ll have to stick around to see that one.

What about you? Do you have any fancy aprons you’d like to share? If so, I’d love to see your pictures!

Until next time…..

Watermelon-Lemonade Spritzer Recipe

Watermelon Lemonade

Sometimes, you look back at your blog and notice just how much you had no idea what you were doing when you first began blogging.

Or, worse, you come across posts featured on websites, photographs circulating on Pinterest and you just want to hide your head in shame.

Here’s an excerpt from a post I’m referring to, and one that was featured on Yummly back in the day:

Did you know it was National Watermelon Day?

For me, nothing says summer like a plump, juicy watermelon. And nothing says Happy National Watermelon Day more than a Watermelon Lemonade Spritzer!

Ingredients:

 1 (6-pound) seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 8 cups)

1 can (12 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate

1 can (12 oz) pink lemonade concentrate

Chilled seltzer/club soda

Limes for garnish

Directions:

  1. Puree watermelon, in batches, in blender until smooth. Pour into a 2-quart pitcher. Stir in lemonade concentrates until completely melted. Cover; refrigerate overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, fill 10-ounce glasses with ice cubes and 1/2 cup of the watermelon mixture; top with seltzer or club soda and garnish with lime slices.

Oh y’all.

Let’s chat about how many things are wrong with this post.

For starters, I don’t even title it as the recipe (I’ve since changed it). Originally, the title was “Happy National Watermelon Day”.

So, you’d have to be searching for National Watermelon Day to potentially stumble upon on it.

Not Watermelon-Lemonade Recipes.

Let’s move on.

That photo?

Wowzers.

A for effort for the incorporation of the striped straws and chalkboard paint carafe.

But the tray in the grass?!

Heavens.

And then a teeny tiny photo as your featured image?

I blame not knowing any better.

And then? And then we just send you on your merry way to the watermelon.org website because well, someone didn’t tell us that outbound links are coveted and you should use them sparingly. Or at minimum, make them no-follow. (I deleted it entirely. I mean, if they haven’t noticed me in 2 years they’re probably not going to).

So, let’s see how far we’ve come and try this thing again shall we?

Beat the Heat with a Watermelon-Lemonade Spritzer Recipe

For me, nothing says summertime more than a plump, juicy watermelon on a sweltering hot Southern day.

Combined with ice cold lemonade and some club soda for fizz and you’ve got yourself a summer cool down treat that is sure to beat the heat.

Watermelon-Lemonade Spritzer Recipe
 
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Summertime Spritzers!
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Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 (6-pound) seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 8 cups)
  • 1 can (12 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 can (12 oz) pink lemonade concentrate
  • Chilled seltzer/club soda
  • Limes for garnish
Instructions
  1. Puree watermelon, in batches, in blender until smooth. Pour into a 2-quart pitcher. Stir in lemonade concentrates until completely melted. Cover; refrigerate overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, fill 10-ounce glasses with ice cubes and ½ cup of the watermelon mixture; top with seltzer or club soda and garnish with lime slices.