edit: I wrote this early this morning, but couldn’t find any internet – story of my life! I’m back home now, so normal posting will resume!
Hellooo from 32,000 feet! I’m currently en route to Wichita where I’ll be picked up by the husband and whisked back to Stillwater. I didn’t get to bed until about 1:30 am this morning and had to be up by 5, so I literally feel like I’m walking around in a bit of a haze. I know I’ll sleep well tonight at least! On the way to the airport, I munched on a carrot cake larabar and a Solixer drink.
The Solixer came in the HLS swag bag – I wasn’t familiar with it before, but I have to say I’m impressed. It’s pretty tasty, and the ingredients are simple:sparkling spring water, pure juice from white grape, blackberry, and lemon concentrates, botanical extract blend (chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, hibiscus). And if you go to their website, click on the blue can to see for yourself + feel like you’re at the beach!
I’m ultra sad that HLS is over – it was a weekend full of good food, good blends (blog+friends) and good information. It was truly even better than I thought it would be to meet the faces behind so many of my favorite blogs. Every person I met was even more fun and sweet than they come across online – such a highlight! My favorite part is that now the blendships I had already are 100x better – it’s like they’ve been taken from black and white to color. I already can’t wait till next year!
I planned on blogging about everything as the weekend progressed, but the internet in the conference room was MIA most of the time – I didn’t want to miss out on sessions to go up to the room to blog, so it just didn’t happen. I’m looking forward to recapping everything over the next few days, though!
Let’s get started, eh?
On Friday I got to the hotel just in time to hop on the bus to the Frito Lay tour. Three hours later we finally arrived at the plant. It was a great tour that started with a short presentation on how Frito Lay is striving to make their products healthier and more environmentally friendly.
I’m sure some of you have been wondering why a Frito Lay tour was planned as part of the Healthy Living Summit, and there are a few answers to that question.
First, if you pick up a package of potato or corn chips, you will see three ingredients: corn, oil and salt. The good news about that is that they don’t have a lot of ingredients you can’t pronounce. They are recognizable, whole ingredients. So, considering that most of us are not going to avoid potato chips completely for the rest of our lives, it’s good to know there is a brand out there that uses simple ingredients.
The bad news is that those three ingredients, while simple, are still corn, oil and salt. So, obviously not something you want to be eating all the time – they’re just not that healthy no matter how you slice it. Either way, the tour was fun because we got to learn about what a great company Frito Lay is to it’s employees and the environment, and we got to see the ins and outs of how a product goes from a raw potato to a bag of chips in less than 15 minutes!
Fun fact: did you know that 1regular sized bag of potato chips has 4.5 real potatoes in it?
And I got to get my picture taken with this guy:)
They also provided a stellar lunch!
salad with feta, dried cranberries, sprouts, croutons and shredded carrots + fruit
(left to right) Julie, Laura, me, Jennifer
As soon as the tour was over, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the cocktail party, only to get stuck in some serious Chicago traffic. So, we staged a blogger takeover by ditching the bus and jumping on the subway. It was a lot of bloggers…and a lot of red Frito Lay bags for sure.
I know all the nice people on the subway really appreciated it;)
Because it took us so long to get back, we arrived at the Open Sky Cocktail party, fashionably one hour late.
a little blurry:( Theodora, Paige, Amy, Kate, Heather, Julie, me
By that time, it was packed out! The party was awesome, and it was a great way to mingle and get to meet everyone as a precursor to Saturday’s conference. A (unpictured) club soda with lime was my beverage of choice for the night:)
so excited to chat with Caitlin this weekend
I also partook in some of the hors d’ oeuvres – namely spinach dip, pita triangles and vegetarian quesadillas.
We stayed around the party until about 10pm before heading back to the hotel to hang chill for awhile.
So, I have to tell you guys about this dress since you were so sweet in helping me decide which one (s) to order. I ended up ordering 3 of the dresses from Modcloth that I had posted – got them in the mail a week later – and was severely let down! Each of the three was way too short! I guess I should have known that based on measurements, but that wasn’t even the biggest problem. They were not at all like they appeared on the website – the material was very thin and felt cheap. They were definitely not the quality of $60-$80 dresses.
Fortunately, a few days after I placed my order, I received an email saying that one of the dresses I loved was back in stock, so I ordered it too. I know, right? 😉
This one was much better! It was still pretty thin, but looked a lot nicer on.
However, in the time that I was waiting for all these dresses to arrive, Jon and I took a trip to Walls (a discount store in town) and I found this blue, strapless, a-line dress, originally from Target, that fit positively like a glove. And the best part is that it was $20! I also found these cute heels the same day, and came home with an entire outfit for less than $50. Score!
So that’s the one I ended up wearing to the party. Now I just have to send all these others back!
Well, this post got to be a bit long winded somewhere around the Frito Lay chip discussion, so I’m gonna wrap it up. I’ll be back later with recap #2!
I still need to get around and catch up on everybody, but tell me what the best part of your weekend was!