What I loved and hated about the Healthy Living Summit 2010
The Healthy Living Summit this year was held in Chicago. It was my first time attending the conference, and I was excited. I am not sure what I was really excited for between the delicious food I knew I would eat, the friends I would make and see, and the things I would learn about food and blogging.
Over the past few years of blogging I have become friends with more than a few people attending the conference, some of which were even on the committee. I couldn’t wait to support my friends in this great adventure and get to be a part of it too. Here is what I loved and hated about the Healthy Living Summit 2010.
*The hard work of the HLS committee members to put together a great weekend. It would not have happened without them. There are a few highlight conferences for me, and they would include the Foodbuzz Festival, Fitbloggin‘ (which I have yet to attend), Healthy Living Summit, and BlogHer. Each offers something unique to me, and I wish I could attend all four each year.
*The Open Sky cocktail party. It was fun to mingle with all of these people I know through my blog, and some who I did not know! It felt like an ice cream social the first week of freshman year of college.
*The Athenos snack break & the fun accessories for their photo opportunity (seen in yesterday’s post). I work with a few brands here and there that I really support and believe in. Athenos is a brand I really believe in. I think they maximized their opportunity at the Summit by having a well planned snack break with more than just hummus and chips. They created some great recipes using Athenos feta and hummus, and it sparked my creativity for dishes I now want to create at home. I also liked that they engaged us by having the photo opportunity. It was really fun to get silly with an olive helmet or a salad helmet and take fun photos.
*I can’t talk about the Healthy Living Summit without mentioning Evan of Food Makes Fun Fuel. I really loved meeting him and enjoyed his presentation on ethical eating. his co-presenter, Lin, also did a fabulous job. Evan shared with us the best and most ethical options for buying items like eggs, chicken and beef. I usually just kind of close my eyes at Whole Foods and pick the eggs that look to come from the most ethical and healthy place, but I literally was blind and didn’t know what the right option would be. Now I know!
*Another presentation I enjoyed was about time management and organization. All three women offered different perspectives and solutions, and it was very useful for me. I wished that PB was at this session so he could have learned some of their great tips too. The one I enjoyed the most was to prioritize. Think about what is important to you in your life and make those things your priority. I was surprised what my priorities were when I really thought about it, and I am ready to make a few changes in my life.
*Heather of Hangry Pants. She is just awesome. So is her sister! It was fun to spend a whole weekend hanging with them!
*On Friday before the Open Sky cocktail party I had dinner at Karyn’s on Green with Gena, Gina, and Angela. The food was delicious and the company was even better. It was so nice to spend time in a small group and get to know all 3 ladies better. And did I mention the food was fantastic?
*The swag bags. HA! The Acqua Panna water was fresh and refreshing all day, and there were Glo bars and Tide samples in the bags too. I guess I like yummy snacks and cleaning supplies? Oh, and Gina the Fitnessista (aka my roomie) gave me some famous macaroons!
*My new RhodeyGirl Tests bags! If you want one and didn’t get one, I can send one to you for $5 to cover shipping etc (unless you see me in person). Just email me and we will figure it out! (photo by Meghann)
*I gave a presentation on healthy entertaining, and I started sharing the first part of how to become a great entertainer. I will finish up the series within a week so everyone has access to it. It was really fun to share my love of entertaining with all the attendees that attended. If you were one of them and have any tips for me for future presentations, please share them! I can take constructive criticism and would appreciate any help in making future presentations better.
*The hotel. It was haunted. I am not joking. The worst moment of my day was when Tina of Carrots n Cake along with a few other girls came flying over. A few of them had been ghost hunting ON MY FLOOR and heard someone singing behind a nailed shut door at the end of the hallway. I already felt uncomfortable in the hotel and had not slept well the first two nights, but that was the last straw. True story- My first night at the hotel I woke up and the closet door was open. I went back to bed and when I woke up later it was completely shut. It was not an easy closet to open and close. My second night my roomie Gina was so uncomfortable she want to stat with Gena. My third night we both ditched the Congress Plaza and headed to The Westin, where I had a fabulous night of sleep in a heavenly bed.
*The cabs. Anyone who lives in Chicago please confirm that this was not just my bad luck. Every cab I went in claimed that their credit card machine didn’t work. This is really annoying for someone who likes to keep track of her travel expenses via credit card. One driver even went so far as to push some foreign buttons and making me sit for 6 minutes before claiming there was nothing he could do. I wish I had stayed my ground and insisted to use his credit card machine- since I could clearly see it was working. Hogwash!
What did you love and hate?