I got a lot of free “swag” at BlogHer12. On the first day in the city, I had to buy another suitcase just so I could lug it all home!
Now, a lot of stuff were products I wouldn’t think to buy on my own normally, but I did end up with some pretty amazing things. My top pics? A purse, a $10 giftcard to Kohl’s (that paid for half of a shirt I bought the other day, thank you very much!), a banana shaped usb drive, my nails, and a lot of coupons. The dorky soon-to-be-student-teacher in me also got really excited about the notebook I got from Martha Stewart. It reminds me of the moleskins I’ve had over the past few years, but it’s slightly larger. It’s perfect.
I may be a blogger and a product of the digital era, but I still prefer pen & paper over my Macbook. (Unless, of course, I have hand cramps or forgot a pen. Then my computer wins.) There’s something magical about the smell of a new notebook, the crispness of untouched pages, the undeniable serenity of blank pages just yearning to be written on. As Natasha Bedingfield might sing, “I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined/ I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned.” Blank pages are amazing, and nothing made me happier than to get the notebook from Martha… it even has perforated edges! This is bliss.
As you might be able to tell, I’m really excited about the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery line. (And no, I’m not being paid to say this.) All of the products are really cute and perfect, and the line’s coming into my life just in time for me to stock up for the school year. I’m starting to get a bit nervous about student teaching a bunch of tenth graders, but I know as soon as I hit Staples I’ll over-buy organizational supplies. (I have a slight office and school supplies addiction.) I’m super excited for all of the cute binders, journals, and notebooks, and I know I’m going to go overboard with the desk accessories. (Have you seen these cute document storage boxes? I’m already thinking of turning them into “Homework” boxes for my students!)
The BlogHer12 loot explosion.
A lot of women who attended BlogHer12 were petty, immature, and ungrateful. It disgusted me that people could be so ungracious towards such a phenomenal experience. In the days that followed the conference, they complained about not getting enough free swag, about the quality of swag, and some even insulted NYC, the host city! I think these women all had glue guns up their rear-ends…They should be ashamed of themselves. The conference was AMAZING. I learned so much, and I am so grateful for all of the fabulous bloggers, brands, and individuals I met. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend my first BlogHer. As for those complainers, I think they just didn’t get a notebook. Notebooks make the world go round.
If you want to score some of Martha’s fabulous line, here’s a coupon she tweeted during BlogHer that gets you 50% off. Yipee!
(PS You can see my other BlogHer12 posts here.)