The Best Swag From BlogHer ’13

I’m back from BlogHer ’13, exhausted, but happy after spending time with thousands of bloggers in Chicago. I’ve already started seeing the opinions of the best swag received at the event, from free phones to wine to vitamins to books and yes, even adult novelties. There are swag collection photos on Facebook and Instagram.

And I’ll admit I’m all for the swag. It’s fun to bring home some new products to try out, and my kids love seeing what new toy or game I’ll bring home for them each year. My husband loves the iPhone case that Best Buy was handing out on Saturday. I was thrilled to bring home a few Vitamin Burst Brew Over Ice k-cups from Keurig so I can try them out without buying a whole box of them first. And thanks to Nature Made I’m all set on vitamins for the next month or two.

So what was my favorite swag from the event? It was all of this:

A lovely Expo hall with wide aisles holding sponsors who were (mostly) easy to talk with and interested in working with bloggers.

Expo Hall, BlogHer13

At the Welcome Reception (sponsored by Daily’s Cocktails – yum!), a band I’ve never heard of – Sidney York  – who were so much fun and introduced me to the idea of “weapons-grade love.”

Sidney York at BlogHer13Yes, they’re rocking a french horn and a bassoon.

The beauty of running/walking along the edge of the lake in Chicago at 6:30am for the Best Buy/BlogHer 5K. And finishing.

Chicago morning BlogHer13quiet beauty of Navy Pier at 6:30am

5K Finished BlogHer13Ow, my feet.

Spending quality face-time with my co-workers.

Bathtub at BlogHer13This looks like a tame photo of a few of us. Where are we sitting, you ask?

Bathtub at Cheeseburgher BlogHer13Yep, same location. In the bathtub of the presidential suite for the CheeseburgHer party. Best seat in the house.

Another bathtub photoWe somehow convinced Lisa Stone to join us for a (blurry) photo, too.

Team building exercise - BlogHer 13Team building exercise at the White Cloud booth – or maybe just goofy photobombing.

I work with these peopleAll team meetings should be like this.

Dressing up for the occasion BlogHer 13Dressed up for the occasion

Napping with Serta at BlogHer 13Needing a rest when we considered the email waiting for us after the conference.

Watching amazing keynote speakers, like Gale Anne Hurd (producer of Terminator, The Walking Dead, etc) who won’t rule out a collaboration with Joss Whedon should the opportunity present itself.

 gailannehurdPhoto credit: BlogHer 13 photo team (Danielle Tsi, Nader Khouri and Ricky Kluge)

Crying during the BlogHer Fashion Show as I watched other bloggers, despite their fears and insecurities, show off their inner and outer beauty like I did a year ago.

 BlogHer13 Fashion ShowPhoto credit: Melisa Wells

And, of course, catching up with newer and long-time friends, even if some of them do live an hour or less than me and it’s silly that we only see each other at these conferences. (All of those people called “coworkers” up above? They also fit in this group as well.)

BlogHer13 fun

Meeting Tabulous

Hanging out with Tracey

Liz, me, and Melisa

Who could ask for better swag than that?

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  1. I can’t believe I missed it, but I can live vicariously through everyone’s photos and posts. Also, we need to get together soon! Miss you!
    Heather recently posted…Just Write-I can’t believe I’m parenting an adultMy Profile

    • You were missed!! And yes, we do need to get together soon, even if it’s just seeing each other at conferences in September.

  2. Shannon Chastaine says:

    You are the best and your wrap up posts are too! I still remember (and love) the title of last year's! It was good to see you and spend a little time together. 🙂