This weekend was a fun one and yet a bit of a stressful one. Friday, I didn’t scrub (or even clean) the house like I typically do. I tried to get all my weekend blogging stuff done instead since I knew I wouldn’t have time to on Saturday. I didn’t take any pictures of the Sleepover Soiree, but we did have photographer…And, because of the lack of sleep and the junk I ate on Friday night, I wasn’t feeling well at all Saturday afternoon and evening. We even had to leave Trunk-or-Treat early because Rhys (who took an hour nap in way early) was cranky and getting chili everywhere.
But, I still enjoyed myself.
I will get pictures up as soon as our photographer, Jordan Bree, sends us copies of our pictures. By the way, she is astounding. Definitely the type of caring photographer who wants to capture the real you!
This is the second blogging sleepover I’ve been to, set up by Aubrey Zaruba. She is fantastic and puts so much effort into the sleepover, as well as contacting sponsors! It was smaller this time, with only 7 of us. It was hosted by a cosmetics blogger in Saratoga Springs in her beautiful, large house with an amazing view of Utah Lake. We all met each other and followed each other on Instagram. Dinner consisted of soup, chili, chips and salsa, salad, and a ton of soda and desserts.
We talked about our strengths in blogging (mine is having a ton of ideas), and our weaknesses or something we wanted to work on but were stuck. I had to think and think. And although I sometimes still get stuck in the statistic trap, I feel that happens a lot less. My blog and other social media platforms are having slow but a now steady pace of growth. I feel that I am networking well and creating community on my blog, and I don’t lack for ideas. I could work on photography, but I still get comments and shares on my pictures. I could do this and that something. But, the fact of the matter is, even though there are all these things that I could work on and change, they aren’t bugging me. They aren’t worrying me. I feel I have finally come to a place where I feel completely content with my little corner of the internet. And, when I realized that during the discussion, I had a wave of peace wash over me. It was relieving and invigorating at the same time to know that for once I am truly content with something in my life!
One of the sleepover’s sponsors was Agnes and Dora and they gave us all adorable and super comfy leggings. I also got a quartz necklace from Bonnie’s new shop Hey June. Definitely check out her necklaces and bracelets. She takes the idea of birth/month stones, but uses them to celebrate different times in life: birth of a child, birthday, anniversary, a new job, etc. I got quartz because for some reason, it is kind of my muse for fantasy writing and I want to get back into my novel for NaNoWriMo.
We all changed into our leggings and then talked a little bit about working with businesses while blogging. We talked about how we want to change the stereotype of bloggers expecting to get everything for free, how to pitch to a business, what businesses expect and want from a blogger relationship, etc.
Then, we got ready for bed…which included putting away all the food (except for the soda and candy), taking off our makeup, and grabbing blankets to talk into the early hours on the couches. We then talked about dating, toddlers, scheduling with blogs and social media, our husbands’ missions, and a ton of other stuff. We all got very few hours of sleep.
In the morning, we ate some delicious and sweet home made oatmeal (as well as more candy and soda) and talked about electronics, schedules, business of life, and time management. Because we all happened to be Mormon, we started talking about remembering the why and the bigger picture of life–God and family. It was so nice to be able to be on the same page as other Mormon bloggers–we know what is truly important in life–taking time away from the addiction of electronics and social media, to focus on our faith and our family and other hobbies. I left the sleepover feeling very inspired both blogging-wise, but also faith-wise.
Our church does a yearly Trunk-or-Treat party. We all dress up and pass out candy from the trunks of our cars in the church parking lot. Last year, Rhys was almost 4 months and just sat in his Bumbo dressed as Batman. This year, though, we dressed him up as a doctor and he got to trick-or-treat. He loved walking around looking at everyone and saying hi. He got good at grabbing a piece of candy from the bowls and putting it in his pumpkin. Our congregation typically goes all out for the Halloween event. We also have a chili cook-off, wonderful desserts, an auction, and games for the kids. However, we were barely able to finish our chili when Rhys decided he was done for the day.