To see Jean Kilbourne speak in real life!


Jean Kilbourne is an amazing woman who has done so much to promote positive body image for women AND men in media.  She is a “a feminist author, speaker, and filmmaker who is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising.”  She is speaking during today’s general session of the Girls on the Run conference, and I cannot wait to hear her.  I’ll be back with all the deets, providing I don’t pass out from excitement.


Hotel breakfast:


We bought a loaf of bread, peanut butter, and a banana at the grocery store yesterday so we wouldn’t have to eat all of our meals out.  Since these items don’t required refrigeration, they are perfect for hotel rooms!



Plus some coconut water.  The dry heat in Arizona makes me feel so parched (coconut water has natural electrolytes)!


Gotta dash – be back for lunch and a Jean Kilbourne recap!



  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 18, 2011, 10:11 am

    How exciting! I can’t wait to hear what she has to say 🙂

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 18, 2011, 10:16 am

    Glad you are having fun!

  • Ashley (The Vegetable Life) January 18, 2011, 10:17 am

    Ooooh! I cant wait to hear how the seminar went!!!!!

  • Kathie @ Frugal, Fit and Fabulous January 18, 2011, 10:17 am

    Ohhh, that sounds like fun!! Can’t wait to hear how you liked it.

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black January 18, 2011, 10:18 am

    Good luck! Have fun!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) January 18, 2011, 10:18 am

    Mmm I need to bring back coconut water in my life.
    Glad to hear that you were able to workout yesterday without foot pain! Hopefully the x-training will help give your feet some rest.
    Have fun at the seminar today…can’t wait for the recap!

  • jen @ taste life January 18, 2011, 10:19 am

    Bread, pb and bananas are always our travel food, too! They certainly are perfect for hotels. Good luck today, can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods January 18, 2011, 10:19 am

    Very cool – looking forward to a recap.

    When we travel we rarely stay at places with a microwave or other kitchen possibilities, but we still eat a lot of grocery-store-bought food. Many sandwiches with peanut butter and banana, or cheese, avocado, and tomato. It saves a lot of money, and it’s fun.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 18, 2011, 10:19 am

    I can’t wait to hear your re-cap! I think Jean Kilbourne is such an inspiration. Have fun!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 18, 2011, 10:19 am

    I have watched earlier versions of Killing Me Softly in my college courses. Great speaker! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 18, 2011, 10:20 am

    HOW cool!!!! I show her Killing Us Softly lecture in my class every semester during our section on the media and our identities!!!

  • Heather January 18, 2011, 10:20 am

    Enjoy the speaker!

    I love bringing bread or bagels and peanut butter to a hotel – no refrigeration and makes me feel better about eating out as much.

  • Camille January 18, 2011, 10:22 am

    Have fun! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  • Cheryl January 18, 2011, 10:22 am

    I saw her a few years ago at a charity event. She was amazing.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 18, 2011, 10:24 am

    Awesome! I’m excited to hear the recap.

  • LauraJayne January 18, 2011, 10:30 am

    Your hotel looks lovely – and I think you are finally on my side of the world (or the US at least)! I wanted to let you know that reading about you and GOTR inspired me to sign up – so I am hoping to start coaching this spring!
    Have a great vacation!

    • Caitlin January 18, 2011, 12:20 pm

      I hope it works out and your can coach!

  • Ashley January 18, 2011, 10:31 am

    have fun! I love that video. I’ll be looking forward to the recap!

  • Kristy @ January 18, 2011, 10:34 am

    Can’t wait for the recap! Mmmm…coconut water!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 18, 2011, 10:41 am

    That video is really, really interesting..I love how she says that advertising sells values, as well as concepts and a sense of normalcy, a normalcy that for women is portrayed as flawnessness. It’s a thought-provoking message, one I think all women need to be more aware of!! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!!

  • Amber K January 18, 2011, 10:41 am

    Have fun!

  • Stephanie January 18, 2011, 10:46 am

    Can’t wait to hear your re-cap!

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine January 18, 2011, 10:47 am

    Awesome!! It’s always fun to meet people who inspire you! I think I get star struck even more so with those type people! Can’t wait to see your recap!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 18, 2011, 10:53 am

    So cool! I’ll be checking back for the recap!

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) January 18, 2011, 10:55 am

    Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Cait January 18, 2011, 11:00 am

    Jealous! I first saw “Killing Us Softly” in a gender studies class in college and it’s totally changed the way I look at media. I can’t wait to hear how the talk is.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 18, 2011, 11:06 am

    Ooh, can’t wait!! Have fun 😀

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 18, 2011, 11:13 am

    Ohhhh I CANNOT wait to hear about your conference!!!! Have so much fun!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt January 18, 2011, 11:24 am

    Love coconut water, and I am so excited to hear your recap!!!! Have a great time! 🙂

  • Courtney @ the granola chronicles January 18, 2011, 11:32 am

    So jealous! We studied her books in my Women in Contemporary Society class back in college. Loved it!

  • Kiran January 18, 2011, 11:33 am

    Enjoy the presentation! Can’t wait to read the deets. And oh, I love anything and everything coconut 🙂

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf January 18, 2011, 11:42 am

    I love peanut butter, banana, and bread! I think it’s the ultimate breakfast/lunch/snack/go-to-travel-meal.

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 18, 2011, 11:50 am

    I like the idea of storing peanut butter and bananas in your hotel room. Very economical and healthy!

  • Kelly January 18, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about her presentation!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic January 18, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Know what you mean about feeling parched in Arizona! Make sure you stay hydrated!!

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle January 18, 2011, 12:24 pm

    I can’t wait to hear the recap!!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 18, 2011, 12:28 pm

    love bringing breakfasts while traveling. I can mix up my lunches and dinners, but breakfasts are so hard for me to eat out!

  • Josephine @ Creating a Positive Life January 18, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Ahhhh I am so jealous you get to see her speak in person! I can’t wait to hear a recap and I wish I was there. I was first introduced to her amazing-ness in a gender studies class back in college. Ive been a big fan ever since. 🙂

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence January 18, 2011, 12:31 pm

    I heard her speak in a class my freshman year- it was awesome!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous January 18, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Ohh sounds fun, I totally need to her hear words right now!

    And I’m totally with ya on the PB, toast and bananas. They are easy eats and ALWAYS satisfying!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs January 18, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I love the porch you have at the hotel!! It looks so relaxing!

  • Sharon January 18, 2011, 1:08 pm

    What I want to know is what kind of peanut butter you use because it sure doesn’t look like my Jif! Looks so much creamier…mmmm

  • Natalia - a side of simple January 18, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Wow, this is too ironic! Last semester in one of my media classes we discussed Kilbourne and for our assignment I wrote about you and Operation Beautiful “in discussion” with Kilbourne!! I’m so excited to hear about her presentation!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) January 18, 2011, 1:51 pm

    How exciting! Enjoy the speech! Good luck today yourself, too 🙂

  • Erica January 18, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I love jean kilborn! I watched some of her work in a class in college, and we had to write some about advertising- it really open your eyes!

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary) January 18, 2011, 2:00 pm

    I love coconut water! I drink one after I have a really sweaty workout or on a really hot/ dry day! It’s SO warm here right now (So Cal) and will be having one after my bike ride this after noon 😉

    PS I don’t know how, but that close up shot of your pb toast looks SO purdy! I want a bite!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 18, 2011, 2:26 pm

    Can’t wait to hear the recap! 😀

  • Lu January 18, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Coconut water is one of my favorite things! I remember growing up in Costa Rica where you could get it on the street, right off the tree. That kind of makes it sound like an illegal substance… Anyway, delicious stuff. Good luck on your talk. You’ll be awesome.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 18, 2011, 2:35 pm

    That is really exciting! Enjoy her speech! I like taking things to hotels too! I normally take quick oats and steep them in hot water from the coffee pot.

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl January 18, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Great video clip!

    I love coconut water. I always find myself craving it when I can’t seem to control my thirst.

  • Hannah January 18, 2011, 2:46 pm

    I love Jean!!! I never saw her in real life but I watched her film in TWO of my classes last semester.

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 18, 2011, 3:03 pm

    I have seen so many posts lately about hotel breakfasts. I travel a TON am and definitely going to implement the self-made breakfast. Great way to save some $$$!

  • Kelly January 18, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Such a great video…enjoy the live presentation!!

  • Amanda @ JustAmandaJ January 18, 2011, 3:27 pm

    Can’t wait to read the recap on what Jean presents! I’ve not heard of her, which is weird considering I’ve taken several psychology classes gears toward womens issues as well as several gender studies classes for my degree. I like her message though. My Husband and I have already taken the TV out of our lives for over a year now and with the addition of our daughter will not be adding it back. We’re also strongly considering homeschooling.

  • Kristina @ life as kristina January 18, 2011, 3:34 pm

    Your bfast kind of looks incredibly simple and delish!

  • Jolene ( January 18, 2011, 8:12 pm

    That is some creamy looking peanut butter!!!!

  • Natalia@ The Health Script January 18, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the video, I just watched it twice in a row!
    My jaw dropped open when I heard the ad slogan “The more you subtract, the more you add.” Thank goodness for people like Jean Kilbourne and YOU!

  • Beatrix @ Beaglebea January 19, 2011, 2:03 am

    Looks like you had a great time.

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