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Hola from Miami!

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I’m in town for BlogHer Food, a massive food blogging conference – and I’m having so much fun!  I’m also feeling extremely inspired and energized by all the amazing stories and tips from the bloggers that I’m meeting. 

 

We’re staying in a big hotel in Biscayne Bay.

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BlogHer Food revolves around core break-out sessions and keynote speeches, as well as (you guessed it) a LOT of eating.  I feel like I’m going to be full for the next week.

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One of the sponsors had a table where you could whip up your own salad dressing – that was fun!  Mine included olive oil, honey, balsamic vinaigrette, and spices.

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I’m excited to do a full recap of the ALDI sensory tasting workshop because it was SO interesting.  Also, I got to eat a lot of cheese and chocolate.  Is this the best conference ever or what?

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I attended a panel this morning on Food Ethics, which was really well done.  The panel members put together this awesome resource guide that is helpful for anyone wanting to enact social change using social media.

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The panel moderator, Andrew from Eating Rules, hosts a challenge called October Unprocessed where he encourages followers to eat only real food for an entire month.  Pretty interesting, right?  This would be a really fun way to kick start a healthy eating lifestyle shift, save money, and motivate yourself to do more cooking.  Andrew says he’s going to post a page about 2014’s challenge soon, but there are lots of good links on the 2013 challenge page if you want to get started right away.  

 

So… the conference hasn’t been all work (AKA eating) and learning!  There’s been time for play, too, which I’ve really enjoyed.  Some of my other blog friends are in town for another event.  It was awesome to see Kath, Monica, and Anne!  I think someone kidnapped and replaced me with a woman much cooler and energetic because I stayed out with them until midnight.

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I also ran into Savvy Julie, who is organizing this year’s Healthy Living Summit.  I haven’t seen Julie in YEARS so this was truly special.

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And last, but not least, I’ve been fitting in some fitness, which I’m proud of myself for.  Really trying to stay committed!  Our days are jam-packed so I’m pleased that I’m making time to sweat.  I did a 2.0 mile walk on Thursday and ran/walked another 2.5 miles yesterday.  I actually did a portion of the Half Ironman route, which gave me traumatic race flashbacks… Hah.  Just kidding.  Kind of.  It was pretty humbling to return to the ‘scene of the crime’ and pump out a 30 minute jog – October’s race seems like a lifetime and a different body ago!  At least I have the race shirt to prove I did it! :)

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Okay – on that note – I’m going to squeeze in a LONG RUN before the rest of the conference’s events!  Wish me luck – it looks extremely sunny out there.

 

Hope your weekend is fabulous, too!

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  • Nancy May 17, 2014, 3:51 pm

    I’ve never been to a BlogHer Food – been to the ‘reg’ BlogHer once in 2011 and since I moved to CA and it’s going to be here again this year, I’m heading to it again – are you going?

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  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs May 17, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Sounds like a great time so far — enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 18, 2014, 6:24 am

    Looks like a super fun weekend so far – enjoy today’s events! :)

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  • Emily @ Fit as a Mother... May 18, 2014, 8:08 am

    Looks like such a fun time!!

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  • Anne @fANNEtasticfood May 18, 2014, 12:26 pm

    So good seeing you again this weekend! <3

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  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! May 18, 2014, 2:04 pm

    Looks like an amazing weekend. So glad you are getting to catch up with friends and meet new ones, always fun!!!

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  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRuns May 18, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Looks like you all are having a great weekend! :) Enjoy!

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  • Runner Girl Eats May 19, 2014, 6:11 am

    I need to go to conferences loaded with tasty foods! The weather was gorgeous this weekend…glad you got to enjoy it with some nice runs!

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  • cursor May 19, 2014, 7:52 am

    I can feel it that you really enjoyed yourself to the fullest. I love it

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  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 19, 2014, 11:17 am

    This sounds like so much fun, Caitlin! Awesome that you got to catch up with Kath, Monica, Anne, and your other friends there, and squeeze in plenty of fitness! The food looks amazing and the panel discussion sounds awesome too. Can’t wait to hear more!

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  • katie May 19, 2014, 11:20 am

    Hooray for seeing Julie!!

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  • Maddie May 19, 2014, 3:11 pm

    Hmmm…thinking I’m going to have to start putting in requests that one of our brands attends BlogHer Food next year – looks educational AND delish!! :) Have fun!

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  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork May 20, 2014, 11:27 am

    Sounds like an incredible weekend jam-packed with food and fun! Love seeing all of you lovely bloggers together! Can’t wait to hear more about your experience.

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  • Aggie May 20, 2014, 9:11 pm

    It was great to meet you at BHF Caitlin!

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    • Caitlin May 21, 2014, 9:03 am

      You too!

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