This weekend I attended a blogging conference.
If you would have asked me 4 years ago about Blissdom I would have laughed and thought "a blogging conference?? REALLY? is that even a real thing? is it even necessary?"
I thought it was a waste of money (at $400 per ticket) and that I'd never attend.
Well 4 years later, I went, and I'm here to tell you, it was definitely NOT what I thought it was going to be.
I thought several times about sharing my total experience with Blissdom, I thought about just posting the pictures and telling you what an amazing time I had.
And then it hit me.... why start being fake NOW?
You know I tell it like it is. That's why you're here in the first place. Because you want the truth, and you know I'll tell it to you.
So in light of that, I will be telling my Blissdom experience in a several part story.
Because it's too long to sum up in one post.
So lets start with a preface, shall we??
(if you follow me on Instagram (@mamalaughlin) you know this was NOT what was originally written in my thought bubble- I originally put a Jenna Marbles quote that I love so much, but toned it down for the blog. It was not aimed toward anyone at all, just a quote of hers I use on a daily basis, because let's face it, bitch is HILARI. Also, when you swing by Holly's blog today, make sure you use words like "totes", "hilari", and "obvi"... she LOVES them. ;))
You all know I'm real life friends with Megan (or SkinnyMeg as she referred to herself all weekend- even to random strangers, so they were all "ummm hi, I'm NormalBen"... we had a good laugh about this all weekend) and that she is one of my best friends and that I seriously love that girl.
You also know that I've met Holly before in Tulsa.
Homegirl drove from St. Louis to Tulsa in November of last year to cheer me on and watch me run a half marathon.
To say she is an amazing woman and friend is the understatement of the century.
She is hands down, the sweetest and funniest girl ever. Period.
So I was super excited to room with these two ladies at one of the most kickass hotels in the Dallas area, The Gaylord Texan.
I do live in the Dallas area, so when I'd heard that Blissdom would be moving from Tennessee to Texas this year, I was really excited.
I just knew I had to go. So I saved up for the $350 ticket (I got earlybird pricing) and we made plans to room together and make a big weekend out of it.
I was really excited about having a "girlfriends weekend" where I wasn't being referred to as "mama" (at least not by my kiddos) and not having to wipe runny noses and change dirty diapers all weekend.
I am a firm believer in the fact that we, as MOTHERS, need some time to ourselves every now and then to just be us, and let loose and have some fun.
There was NO shortage of fun had, that's for sure.
Honestly, I was more excited about hanging with the girls than the actual conference.
But I'd heard from a lot of people how awesome Blissdom was etc., so I was anxious to see what all the fuss was about.
And after having gone to the conference, there is nothing I want more than my $350 back...
It was NOT a total bust, however!
Megan, Holly, Becka and I made the absolute best of it, and we had a freakin' blast regardless!
My sides hurt from laughing (at myself, mostly ;)), and we made some great friends and memories and have some great pictures (and videos) to prove it!
Throughout the rest of the week I'll tell you more, in detail, why we were ignored all weekend, how the conference was like high school, why I learned nothing, and how I think blogging cliques are the dumbest thing since pajama jeans...
But mostly how I'm pretty sure we had the most fun of ANYONE there...