Disclosure: I was part of the Blogger Bash team as an 2016 Ambassador. All opinions are my own.
This was my second year attending Blogger Bash and 2016 was one of the best, if not the best, Blogger Bash I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of. Not only did it have that classic Bash feel and the opportunity to meet so many of my fellow bloggers, making new friendships in those 2 days was a plus! As I mentioned, this year, the Blogger Bash event was on a boat! Full steam ahead for fun! And boy was it fun. So honored and lucky to have gotten the chance to be an ambassador for such an amazing event!
A Boatload of Fun
Literally. It was a boatload of fun. Three full floors of swag, good times, good food, and great learning on the beautiful Conucopia Majesty. I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a blog conference being held on a boat. It was absolutely the coolest and unique thing ever!
Care Bears Breakfast!
Day 1 started off with a yummy brunch with the Care Bears in honor of their 35th anniversary. We even had the chance to hang out with Funshine Bear. Funshine was there to make sure we all remembered that Share Your Care day is Friday, September 9th. I and my fellow bloggers became Care Bear Ambassadors, (how cool is that?) and we’re all making 2016 The Year of the Hug! So fun! Another great highlight was the golden ticket I won! I got to take home my very own Funshine Bear!
In addition to hobnobbing with Care Bears, all we bloggers attending the Blogging Concentrated seminar packed to the brim with great blogging tips and information on how to take our blogs to the next level. I wasn’t able to stay for the entire session, as I had signed up for “The Ride NYC” bus tour! Those that did stay, however, had only great things to say about it.
The Ride is an one-of-a-kind interactive entertainment experience where the streets of New York City are the stage, and we’ve got front row seats! We spent an hour on the moving theater touring through Midtown Manhattan and Times Square. The hosts are hilarious! I love how they im improvised. This is a must do if you are ever in NYC!
After a few hours of rest, we were headed to the event of the day: Sweet Suite from the Toy Insider, the biggest night of Play! Digital influencers and bloggers from the U.S. and Canada gather for the meeting face-to-face with the biggest companies in the toy industry to be the first to play with some of this holiday season’s hottest toys…. and we did!
Three FULL floors FILLED with newest toys in the market and for every age group! Many of these toys haven’t aren’t even at the stores yet! We got to chat with the brands about the new toys and their products.
Kate and Mim-Mim breakfast
Day 2 began with a Kate and Mim-Mim breakfast, where we had a chance to listen to the creators of Kate and Mim-Mim talk about following dreams. It was such an inspirational experience and so important for bloggers to hear. While we love what we do, I personally know many bloggers – including myself – who sometimes wonder if it’s worth it. This reminded me that it is! Make sure to have your kids watch it on the Disney Channel
After that we hit up Babypalooza, a place to be if you are soon expecting! Packed with all kinds of fun swag for babies, kids, and adults. They had everything from protective phone cases to baby wraps and more. While I had a lot of fun, I was a little relieved when we left. My daughter is off to college and being around all that baby stuff activated my want to jump into motherhood all over again…..but NOT….too late for me! LOL
Blogger Bash 2016 also found us bloggers at a wonderful Peanuts Lunch where we got to see the kids who voiced the characters in the movie (soo much talent!) as well as hear Ginger Zee talk about life as a mom. It’s funny. Even though she’s a famous television personality, her stories about mom life are very similar to mine and my fellow bloggers.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley Give Keynote Speech! They shared how their lives have evolved from the two party girls on MTV’s Jersey Shore to the life of a mom, entrepreneurs, wives.
New Product Expo
Another great highlight was the New Product Expo! Showcased product lines from top brands with this year’s hottest new products, looking to meet digital media. It was an utmost opportunity to meet face-to-face with dozens of brand reps, who gave us excellent samples, demonstrated their products and got to chit chat with them!
Finally, I got to peruse all the cool items at the Shop Ireland expo. It may surprise you to learn that this Mamacita is loves jewelry, art, and the like. I love Irish Knots, the colors of the culture, and I think kilts are the coolest!
A Blog Party Worthy of a Yacht!
Blogger Bash’s closing party was the place to be! I was impressed! After 2 days on a boat, at the Chelsea Pier New york City, the Conucopia Majesty sailed away around the waters of NYC, with gorgeous views of The Statue of Liberty and the skyline! This was epic! The music was great! Make a point to include Blogger Bash into your lists of conferences for 2017.
Blogger Bash 2016 is easily one of the best Bashes I’ve ever been to. In fact, it might be THE best. Between the three floors of amazing swag, fantastic speakers, wonderful meals, and the general comradery of hanging with my fellow bloggers, I had the best time of my life. These bloggers were the cream of the crop and the nicest group ever. I look forward to Blogger Bash 2017 and what’s to come. Yay!
A huge THANK YOU to the Blogger Bash team that organized this magnificent event! See you in 2017!
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