I arrived at the venue Thanksgiving Point for Snap Conference at 10:30am so excited and eager. I met up with my friend Kari from Newlyweds on a budget and we went together to check in. I received my name tag
and awesome big fat swag bag (which I will share the contents of later). I mean look - it is huge!
It was heavy and full of goodies. After stowing my swag bag somewhere safe I headed back to the break room and visited with a few sponsors. I first visited with Vinyl Outlet - they shared some fun vinyl ideas and I was happy to find out that they are local because I use vinyl a lot. They put this fun vinyl assortment in my swag bag
Next I hopped on over to the sponsor Homes.com - I was excited to visit with this sponsor because I have chatted with them a lot on twitter - it was so fun to put a face to someone I have been chatting with. They gave me this cute house cookie cutter
The next sponsor I visited with was Royal Design Studio - This was also very fun because I have been emailing Regina (who works with Royal Design) back and forth the last couple of weeks so it was so nice to meet her in person. Keep a lookout this week for some fun things I have planned from Royal Design Studios. We had fun rolling a dice to win a stencil and I won the one that I was hoping for! Royal Design gave me this beautiful stencil - I cannot wait to use it!
There were several other sponsors there but I did not yet have time to visit with them because I needed to get to my first class.
My first class was Blogging Basics. Even though I have had my blog for a few years I knew that there is so much I need to learn. This class was a panel that had Amy Anderson from Mod Podge Rocks, Cheri Heaton from I am Momma Hear Me Roar, Cindy Hopper from Skip to My Lou and Kari Sweeten from U Create. These ladies did a fabulous job in their class. I learned so much from this class and was able to get some great ideas and resources.
Pick your Plum gave away some fun goodies in this class like this great collection of thread
What was also so great was I saw a friend of mine there - like a friend I play bunco with every month. And do you know what? I didn't have a clue that she has a blog or that she would be here. So that was an extra special surprise! It was my friend Katie and she has a fantastic blog called The Crafty Blog Stalker I also became quick friends with her friend Julie who is still in the planning stages of her blog. These girls are both so fun!
Dinner that night was very yummy. For those of you that love food I took some pics with my phone - here is what we had:
*Baby Spinach salad with caramelized walnuts, pears, Gorgonzola cheese and strawberry balsamic dressing
*Marinated chicken with artichoke and tomato jus with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus
*Sweat treats like strawberries, pineapple, cinnamon bears, pretzels, cream puffs with melted chocolate
The salad was very good, the main course was super yummy -especially the garlic mashed potatoes and the dessert - Oh My! It was to die for.
Velata sponsored our dinner and shared with us their new product that is being unveiled in May. I was in heaven! Velata is from the parent company of Scentsy and can you believe they have come out with Chocolate warmers? The chocolate was so delicious! I tried the dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel milk chocolate (yup you read that right - caramel milk chocolate!) When you have the opportunity to try this make sure you do!
One of my roomies Ashlee from I'm Topsy Turvy made this fantastic cake for Snap Conference, isn't it fabulous!
I headed back to my hotel with some of my roomies and was to bed by 11pm - not too late because I knew the next day would be super busy.
Snap Conference Part 1