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

Summertime Snacks & Summertime Memories

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Summertimes memories are built around campfires, in beach houses, and around the sand. What snacks will you remember most? #ad #SnackStories #SnackSnapShare

When I was a kid, we had a large swimming pool, and that’s where we would spend most of our summer days.

We were all fairly close in age and I know we must have eventually gotten old enough to fix our own snacks, but I fondly recall my mom’s voice calling out the screen door – “Snack time!” The thing is, swimming creates a hunger! For me, summer does in general. I think it’s because I remember being active and hot and getting intense snack cravings after hours at the poolside. When you have five kids, you find something everyone will love to eat. Enter pretzels and potato chips.


Fast forward to now.

One of the most magical places we go to in July is the family’s beach house in Cape Cod. My father-in-law built it decades ago, and has kept up this four bedroom, two bathroom wonder for all this time. It’s only improved in style and design, but the general classic “beachiness” about it stays intact. Truro is probably the quietest part of Cape Cod, but it’s near all the action and delight of Provincetown. When we go, I’m actively aware that we’re creating similar summer memories for our kids to the ones we have had. It’s place of safety and excitement, comfort and wonder, and all of the summer delights of a perfect beach house experience. I love raising the kids to know this as a place they can go to answer the calls of summer.


Cassidy introduced me to the house when we were dating the 2nd time. Before kids we’d go there to get away, or even to fight morning sickness in a remote, beachy place. Now that we have kids, it’s even better. I love the gravel road, the hammock, the wraparound deck, the outdoor shower, the cool breezes, the swimsuits hanging to dry, and the people coming and going all day long. I love that we carve out our spaces of summer happiness – sometimes apart, and mostly together.

snack time

From home to beach to home to market and then back home again, it’s a true vacation. One of my favorite summer vacation rituals, both from when I was a child, and now as a mama, is when we go grocery shopping for the beach house. Why is this such fun? It just is! It’s the food you’re going to use to energize your trip and your many beach days. It’s about satisfying everyone’s snack cravings with great snack products. It’s about finding something that everyone loves.

Summer memories are built around campfires, in beach houses, in the sand, and around yummy crunches of summer snacks.

Summertimes memories are built around campfires, in beach houses, and around the sand. What snacks will you remember most? #ad #SnackStories #SnackSnapShare

For us, it’s Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels and Cape Cod® Potato Chips! All of my favorite summer stories feature these snacks. I can remember so clearly that time of day in mid-afternoon when it’s all about snacks to share. Everyone loves pretzels and potato chips, and we all find different dips and hummus flavors to enjoy with them.

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sharing snacks

Summer vacations come and go, but some traditions stay the same every year. And that’s those moments of beach waves and summer snacks with family and friends. Our favorite snacks are great tasting products made from simple, high quality ingredients. You know you can never go wrong, and I love that they offer limitless opportunities for summer snacking. You can enjoy them with family and friends all summer long! Everyone has a favorite summer snack.

Now, enter the best sweepstakes ever! Share your own snack stores and submit photos of yourself, your family, and your friends in your snacking moment using the hashtag #SnackSnapShare. It’s so easy! In fact, this is my happy snacking photo:

(If I were to enter, I’d say: “Here I am in my happy snacking place. #SnackSnapShare”)

#SnackSnapShare #Sweepstakes (5/30 to 7/25)

(1) Grand prize- $10,000 cash prize for a family vacation of the winner’s choosing.
(8) Weekly Winners- One weekly winner will win a year’s worth of snacks so they can continue to share the love all year long.
(57) Daily Winners- winners will receive a $50 prepaid Visa gift card to stock up on snacks at their favorite retailer

What is your favorite go-to summer snack for all your family’s needs?

Summertimes memories are built around campfires, in beach houses, and around the sand. What snacks will you remember most? #ad #SnackStories #SnackSnapShare