#AWBU – A Blog Conference Through the Lens

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Thinking of attending a Blogging Conference? Think about Arkansas Women Bloggers University!! #AWBU

A look at #AWBU through the lens of my iPhone. Captions follow each picture. :)

Heading to #AWBU

Heading to #AWBU

Have to start my travels off with the perfect graphic tee!

Have to start my travels off with the perfect graphic tee!

Boy did I feel special receiving Car Service from the airport to #AWBU!! Y'all check out Jim's next time you are in NWA!!

Boy did I feel special receiving Car Service from the airport to #AWBU!! Y’all check out Jim’s next time you are in NWA!!

Hotel Bathrooms + Large Mirrors = Outfit Selfie!!

Hotel Bathrooms + Large Mirrors = Outfit Selfie!!

I was super excited to listen to Heather (Heather's Dish) talk about Food Photography!!

I was super excited to listen to Heather (Heather’s Dish) talk about Food Photography!!

Heather shares her various food props for her Food Photos (Heather's Dish)

Heather shares her various food props for her Food Photos (Heather’s Dish)

LOVING the Front Cover of the #AWBU Program!!

LOVING the Front Cover of the #AWBU Program!!

Looky looky!! It's MEEEEE!! :) Speaking bio for #AWBU

Looky looky!! It’s MEEEEE!! :) Speaking bio for #AWBU

Speaking of Speaking Bio….here’s a link to my Pinterest Rockstar Presentation

LOVE this lady....XOXO to you Stephanie (aka The Park Wife)

LOVE this lady….XOXO to you Stephanie (aka The Park Wife)

Misty from Petit Jean Meats showing off her knife skills

Misty from Petit Jean Meats showing off her knife skills

Chef Matthew McClure (The Hive) hanging out before his cooking demo

Chef Matthew McClure (The Hive) hanging out before his cooking demo

I’m excited to share the recipe and photos I took during Chef Matthew McClure’s cooking demo. He made an amazing chicken dish with an okra ratatouille. The smells coming from the kitchen while he was cooking were AMAZING!!!

Chef Matthew McClure from The Hive demonstrating an amazing Chicken Dish at Foodie Friday

Chef Matthew McClure from The Hive demonstrating an amazing Chicken Dish at Foodie Friday

Photo op with Alli Worthington (Keynote Speaker) and Stephanie Buckley (owner of The Women Bloggers, LLC)

Photo op with Alli Worthington (Keynote Speaker) and Stephanie Buckley (owner of The Women Bloggers, LLC)

Riceland Foods was proudly represented this year at #AWBU

Riceland Foods was proudly represented this year at #AWBU

Here I am trying to get you to drink some Keurig and come to my Pinterest talk. ;)

Alli Worthington was our Keynote Speaker this year at #AWBU 2014

Alli Worthington was our Keynote Speaker this year at #AWBU 2014

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by my hometown news station, KFSM. Here’s the snippet of my portion:

Here’s a link to the entire clip which is a great story on #AWBU.

Delta Moxie modeling a Rubberband Dress for Rubberband.com

Delta Moxie modeling a Rubberband Dress for Alliance Rubber Company

These are my people...my blogging people :)

These are my people…my blogging people :)

#AWBU was an amazing weekend. Truly a Blog Conference that needs to be on your must attend list (even if you aren’t a member of AWBU). Filled with great speakers/education, fabulous activities, amazing sponsors and fantastic fellowship. Arkansas Women Bloggers (as well as all of the other state sites) truly embodies their mission: Gather * Grow * Connect.

I’m super proud to be a part of this fabulous community both as an Honorary AWBU Member and as the Community Director of Texas Women Bloggers. If you ever have the opportunity, I HIGHLY recommend this conference!!

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Friendship + FREE Printable

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Friendship Quote + Free Printable

I’ve talked about Friendship before (here). And how as an adult it is (for me) super hard to make IRL friends. Sure, I’ve got friends, but I mean real-I-can-call-you-in-the-middle-of-the-night-and-you’ll-answer-to-find-out-why-I’m-waking-you-up-from-deep-sleep kind of friends. I can count on one hand the amount of true IRL friends I have. I’m not saying I need a lot. I need the ones I DO have to always meet me in the middle, or pretty close to it. I need the ones I do have to be the person in the quote. I need to know that know matter what, they’ve got my back.

I’m on the road full time and work in an industry dominated by men. Currently I’ve chosen not to live in a hotel to give myself a break from 3+ years of hotel living. So I’m basically secluded away from my co-workers at night. That is both good and bad. Good because I enjoy being alone but bad because I’m still a people person and love interaction. I’m super thankful that through blogging I’ve met some pretty amazing people that I call my friends. Heck the ones I talk to on the daily I call my true friends even if we’ve never met IRL. My only wish is that we were all in the same state. ;)

Friends are hard to come by. True friends even harder. My IRL and blog friends mean the world to me. I cherish each one of you. You each make me a better me. I puffy heart you!!!!

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Back to School Memories #BTS

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Share your Back to School Memories with Me!

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This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to chat with @VZWaudrey, @MyDFWMommy and @jmroubinek along with lots and lots of my fellow Texas Twitter peeps about Back-to-School Memories. Lots of talk was made about the best gadgets/tech devices for Back-to-School plus lots of fun memories.

We chatted about how you can print from your mobile device and about the Fit Bit. We chatted on how the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet is water resistant and dust proof!

We learned 4 Ways your Middle Schoolers can use your Tablet for School (some great tips in there!) We also chatted about some great accessories for tablets: like wireless headphones and keyboards.

Today, I thought I’d re-live some of my own Back to School Memories. I’m a child of the 80s/90s when I was in elementary, middle and high school. I remember a lot of things from Kindergarten (it was half-day school for me at that time…did anyone else have half-day Kindergarten??)

I remember learning my street address and phone number by heart. I remember a hunt all through the school trying to find the Gingerbread Man (we found him in the Cafeteria…lol). I remember different learning stations during school (kindergarten)…one was a reading area, one was a home area (think kitchen stuff)…one was a coloring area…one was a nap area.

I have various memories throughout Elementary School…just bits and pieces of random stuff. Like Earth Day in 3rd Grade. Having a Split Class in 3rd grade (so there were half 3rd graders and half 4th graders). Having a Split Class in 5th grade (so there were half 5th graders and half 6th graders).

I remember the Oregon Trail on the big bulky computers with the green screens. I remember Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? game. I remember the eye sight and hearing tests all throughout Elementary School. I remember getting a salad bar in the 6th grade as an option at lunch. I remember taking the Presidential Fitness Test in 6th grade…the chin up bar specifically (where you had to hold yourself up for so many seconds and then once you got past that specific time, then how long you could stay up there…I was a rockstar at that).

I remember cleaning the erasers outside for the chalkboards. I remember the Book Fairs. Ohhhh the Book Fairs. I would spend hours going through the Book Fair catalogs and marking everything I so badly wanted.

In Junior High, I remember having a Lunch and After-School Canteen where you could buy sodas and Candy. I remember being on the Drill Team (dance) my 9th grade year and going bowling twice a week once our seasons were over. I remember typing class. Sometime in Junior High, my parents bought a home computer. I think it was an ASIS. And we had AOL. And my brother became a computer nerd/hacker and ended up getting our account shut down at one point. We had all get new email addresses. I still have my email address from way back then on AOL.

In High School, my first cell phone was this huge bulky Nokia Flip phone that had a battery that weighed like 5 pounds. It’s what I took with me to college.

In College, I ended up getting a new cell phone…it was this tiny little Nokia. It was dark blue. Text messaging still didn’t exist. And you cherished your phone minutes. There was no such thing as Night and Weekends. I owned a beeper. That was my text messaging. ;) My parents bought me a desktop computer (an HP) to go off to college with. I had it from 1999 till well…I honestly don’t remember when I got rid of it. I remember having it in 2003/2004. But then I don’t remember having a computer for awhile after that.

Ultimately for me, back to school meant new clothes and school supplies to start the school year. Even as a College Student, I would go on the hunt for new clothes and school supplies. If the technology had existed way back when, when I was in school….I would definitely had asked for a tablet for school and an e-reader. I would’ve had a smartphone because it would’ve been something else that I would’ve asked for (either birthday or Christmas). The advancement of technology even since I’ve been out of college (2003) has come leaps and bounds. I foresee text books going digital. I foresee tablets being used more and more in the classrooms (even in Elementary Schools and Junior Highs).

What are some of your Back to School Memories?

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