Blogger Bash Sweet Suite Unboxing (1 Year Later)

Thinking about heading to Blogger Bash NYC? We had so much fun at the #SweetSuite in 2016 and here's what we got in our swag box #unboxing #BBNYC #BBNYC2016

Ok, so I’ve been meaning to write this post for nearly a year now!

Big apologies for that one, but if you’re on the fence about the upcoming Blogger Bash NYC conference, maybe this will help. I attended last year as an ambassador for Acorn Influence. I can’t go this year because July is SO TOUGH with Scarlet’s birthday, my birthday, summer camp, Cape Cod, seeing Aunt Deborah for one time a year, etc. Basically the fact that it worked out last year is a magical unicorn. I had an amazing time, of course, meeting blogger friends and catching up with some of my oldest and dearest friends over breakfast. Then there was staying in a NYC hotel ALONE. The shower was so magical. I was staying near my mother-in-law who happened to also be solo in a NYC hotel. The hits kept coming.

It was magic, as I’ve said three times!

About a week (month? two months?) after Blogger Bash, we received a GIANT box in the mail filled with.. toys. Yup. This was if we attended the Sweet Suite Expo, which of course I DID! Basically instead of getting your swag there, and having to potentially drag tons of toys onto planes, trains, and automobiles, the brands send you the swag instead. I didn’t have the foresight to make an unboxing video, but I did take pictures. I think that’s almost as good? Is it as good? No one told me to write this post, by the way. I have always wanted to do it, and needed to publish it before it was too late. You may be going to Blogger Bash or thinking about it. The time is getting closer. I got ya, here. These brands took great care to send us toys.

And I have wanted to thank them for a long time now.

So.. drumroll. I will say that I should have saved things up for birthdays/holidays/special occasions, but I didn’t. My kids were practical, though. They knew how to divide up toys based on their interests and also to donate toys to our cousins or to the survival center, if we had any doubles or whatnot. I’ll give them credit for that. They were super excited to open a giant box of toys (as was I) but they were thinking ahead too. Nearly a year later, they still love and collect many of these toys.

And I was excited because they thought I was pretty cool (they still do). And some of the things I do for work rate as VERY interesting on my kids’ meter. Stick around this week. There’s sure to be some pretty intriguing things on Facebook, and maybe here too. That said, thank you to Blogger Bash 2016. I’m thanking you from 2017. I have wanted to thank you for a long time. All of these brands were awesome to meet face-to-face, and I loved their products to surprise my kids with.

Would one would be your kid’s favorite? Or YOUR favorite

Summer’s Day: EASY Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

These EASY Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches are perfect for a summer day! You only need four ingredients, and these are perfect for parties and play dates. #recipe

I have to say – most of my summer days are wrapped and built around the attainability of the perfect ice cream.

This weekend had no exceptions. Summer started last week with fanfare. Des graduated preschool in front of 1 sister, 2 parents, 1 baby cousin, 1 Aunt, and 4 grandparents. We took Scarlet out of school for the hour long ceremony/crossing the bridge/potluck lunch, and then took her back to school for the school summer solstice ceremony! That’s a mouthful. We found out then and there that she was giving a speech and presenting flowers to some of the retiring teachers. Be still my heart! Somewhat importantly, I survived two school ceremonies featuring my kids. I did get emotional at both schools.

I did not, however, get that light-headed, floating-away, terrifying anxious feeling I sometimes get.

These EASY Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches are perfect for a summer day! You only need four ingredients, and these are perfect for parties and play dates. #recipe

Summer did start, but summer vacation starts today. Next time I see her, she’ll be a third grader. She’ll have eaten my hand-packed lunch and she’ll have spent time in her future classroom with her future teacher. What a year it has been. So much growth. So much growing. A lot of bad weather and good dreams. So much wondering why the time goes through your hands like liquid sometimes. I’ve opened my heart during the last week in ways I didn’t know it was capable of discovering.

What do we do now? Where do we go from here? We just ride the waves – surf them high, and surf them low.

I had what can only be described as a WONDERFUL weekend. I’d say perfect, but that’s so overrated. It was summer. It was sun on skin, and closeness, and big steps out of my usual footsteps. In fact, I’ll update about that SOON. I had to be brave this weekend, but I wasn’t as scared as I was before my first roller coaster. So there’s that. I promise I’ll share soon! In things I can talk about, I went to a dinner party on Friday night. My friend’s family is away and she had a group of women over for a Moroccan dinner, homemade strawberry shortcake, and hours of laughter, stories, and Cards Against Humanity.

My cheeks are still sore from smiling.

On Saturday morning, I had a haircut. I asked Scarlet to come along and we ruled that salon! We had a good 45 minutes in a massage chair, and kept smiling at each other and laughing. It was unexpected and also a good bonding experience. Those chairs are somewhat awesome. She also got her nails painted red. Then we went to the library for her first library card.

At night we went to the town fireworks. I thought it would be just the two of us, but Des was ready this year. Cassidy came with us too because I was burning out faster than I’d like. We found some of the same friends from my Friday night dinner – but with their husbands and kids – and sat with them to watch the show. I love the finale, and also I love when it’s over and hundreds or thousands of people are walking back to their cars late on a summer’s night. Some carrying kids, some pushing strollers, and many carrying cotton candy/ice cream. After the looong walk to our car, the kids fell asleep fast at home.

Sunday was more unexpected. I had planned to go strawberry picking with my friend who threw the dinner party, and Cassidy and Scarlet wanted to throw a lemonade stand. I wound up with them for about an hour, seeing a few friends come and go, and then my friend picked me up for strawberry picking. It’s nothing short of incredible to hang out with a friend for a few hours – talking, laughing, sharing stories, and having nowhere to be at any given time. That’s all I can say about that.

Pure friendship magic.

And all this magic and summer needs a wonderful recipe:

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients

Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vanilla Wafer Cookies
Ice Cream, flavor of your choice
Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Lay out cookies on a baking tray.
  2. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, put a small scoop of ice cream on each cookie and place another cookie on top. Press down gentle to get the ice cream around the edges.
  3. Roll the ice cream sandwich in the sprinkles until the ice cream is covered.
  4. Place in the freezer for about an hour until the ice cream has hardened again.
  5. Enjoy this fun little treat!


Enjoy!

These EASY Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches are perfect for a summer day! You only need four ingredients, and these are perfect for parties and play dates. #recipe