Stilettos and Diapers: Blissdom Prep Series: The last minute stuff you don't want to forget.

2.27.2013

Blissdom Prep Series: The last minute stuff you don't want to forget.



It's almost time. 3 weeks from today, I'll by on my way to Dallas, headed to Blissdom to meet so many of you! I can't wait! I have a few last minute tips and reminders of things you don't want to forget. 

{If you missed them, here are part 1 and part 2 in my Blissdom Prep Series}


Hey, you! Don't forget:

Business Cards
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This year, I went simple. Blog, email, twitter, done. I ordered from 123prints, they were on my doorstep in 5 days and they were less than $40 for 250. Can't beat that. Do you need that many? I think so. You never want to feel like you can't give out a card because you're running out. A huge part of Blissdom is the connections.

Roomie Gifts

Now, this isn't a requirement at all. But it's fun. And it doesn't have to be anything huge. In the past, I've done stuff that is useful at the conference. Chapstick, gum and candy, along with fun socks, notepads and coffee. I've been given keychains, monogrammed goodies and cupcakes! Good ideas, I think, are a Starbucks gift card in a cute mug, or a piece of jewelry. Try to keep it somewhat small, since you'll be taking home lots of goodies from the conference. 

Computer/iPad 

I don't bring my computer. It takes up too much space for flying and I never blog while I'm there because it's entirely too busy. If your laptop is thinner than mine, it might be easier. I do bring my iPad and I bring that to all the sessions. I take notes on it and keep up with social media. 

Paper and Pens

I bring a notebook. Theres something about taking written notes, I think. Even though I have the iPad, I find myself writing a lot. It's kinda fun to get back to the basics for awhile. 

Snacks

I've never been hungry at Blissdom, but I know a lot of people talk about bringing snacks. I guess a few bars in your purse isn't a bad idea, though, especially if you have food allergies or are trying to keep healthy. The evening meals are probably qualified as heavy hors d'oeuvres. You will be eating plenty for breakfast and lunch, along with snacks at break times. And if you're like me last year and eat 5 bowls of Red Lobster's lobster bisque during the breaks, you won't be hungry. 

Power strip

They'll be computers, iPhones, straighteners and hair dryers x 4 all needing to be plugged in while you get ready. And why is it that hotel rooms seem to only have 1-2 outlets open? You may very well need a power strip during the sessions, too. You don't want to realize your phone is dead after you just asked your bloggy crush for a picture. 



Last Minute Tips

Get gifts for home
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The worst part of Blissdom? Leaving my boys. All of them. And while I know they'll have fun, eating way too much fast food, watching movies and getting their clothes dirty enough for me to panic, I'll miss them. As a fun thing while I'm gone, I leave each of them a gift for each day. I wrapped everything up last year after my then 3 year old went to bed, then hid the gifts in different places. Each day, I sent them a text with a clue on where to find their gift. For the hubs, there was wine, socks and chocolate. For my son, a movie and a bag of popcorn, a coloring book, and candy. It doesn't have to be big things. I hit up Target dollar spot for some of it and will probably do more of that this year with 3 boys to buy for. It gives them something to look forward to and lets them know you're thinking about them.


Packing Prep

Want to know what I do? Take pictures of every outfit. I put on the outfit with all the accessories, shoes and undergarments to make sure I have everything I need for each outfit. You can also see how you look in a picture, which helps me a lot in my clothing prep. The bottom line is, you don't want to realize you don't have that stick on bra and end up going braless. No, seriously. Don't do it. 

These are some of the things I wore last year. And no, I was trying to decide on tight color, I didn't wear 1 black and 1 mustard leg! 
I have all my outfits for this year and all the pictures are on my phone in a folder. When I'm ready to pack, I'll scroll through and be done in no time! 

Take a breath

I know I get panicky. About leaving the family. About the flight. About meeting new people. This is going to be such an amazing time for you. You'll get a break. You won't have to cook. You're going to learn. You're going to grow your brand. Take a breath and enjoy every single minute! 

That concludes my Blissdom Prep series! I hope the things I've learned from the past 2 years will help you prep for your Blissdom. 

Special thanks to Jockey, for being my Blissdom 2013 sponsor!  

10 comments:

  1. That was SUPER helpful! I'm so excited this is my first Bliss and I'm super nervous but looking forward to all that is in store!

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  2. Have fun!! What a great series you put together! Loved all your outfits!

    kate @ raisingtherogers.blogspot.com

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  3. I can't wait to see your face and HUG your neck!!! It's been FAR TOO LONG!

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  4. If I were going, I'd take written notes, too. I have notebooks for everything!! Hope y'all have fun!

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  5. You're adorable. :) These are great tips!

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  6. Awesome tips! A power strip.....brilliant!! I would have forgotten one for sure. Hope to meet you while I'm there :)

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  7. I cannot wait to see you in person!! This texting nonsense is just as much fun as our late night gab fests.

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  8. This all sounds like to much fun and someday I hope to go!

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  9. This just makes me want to go even more. Have a great time. I can't wait to hear all about it, and someday go myself.

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  10. This is like, the most helpful Blissdom series of posts ever! Totally doing the outfit photo idea. Can't wait to see you soooooon!

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