If you’ve read my post #WOWSummit 2014 | My Blog Conference Planner, you know (1) That I was a blog conference newbie and (2) I was pretty excited for #WOWSummit 2014 organized by Moms Meet, even though I didn’t quite know what to expect.
Would I stick out like a sore thumb since I hadn’t in the past subscribed to a healthy or a very eco-friendly way of life? Would I make Blogging Buddies easily? Yes, I know this isn’t high school, but I still had my concerns.
To be clear, my blog conference ticket was sponsored by Moms Meet, but all opinions are 100% my own, so I plan to give you the honest lowdown.
There were a few tense moments at the airport and during the transfer to the Caribe Royal Resort, but all of the travel stress melted away once I settled into my room. My suite was embarrassingly spacious for just one person, beautifully decorated and completely lush with amenities. I’m not the most girly-girl, but even I can appreciate having two vanities in the room.
I’d arrived in Orlando on Thursday evening to give myself time to wind down before the Summit started. I think that was a great plan and if possible, I’ll do the same on subsequent conference trips.
Registration for #WOWSummit started on Friday afternoon in the corridor off the main lobby. Yes, if you happened to be in that area that day, I was the crazy lady wondering around the hotel after 3 pm trying my best not to look lost. The construction work in the main lobby prevented me from spotting the rather large #WOWSummit registration sign. Thank goodness some friendly bloggers took pity on my addled brain and pointed me in the right direction.
I even made a #WOWSummit Buddy! We were standing in line together at Registration and just clicked. So much so that I let her talk my out-of-shape self into accompanying her to the Resort Gym. I have to admit though, the view was worth the sweat.
Poolside Cocktail Party Sponsored by Zevia
Friday evening’s cocktail party was a beautiful start to the conference. After obligatory pre-party pictures set against a Hawaiian Luau backdrop, the party and party games began.
Each of us was given a scavenger hunt card with different phrases. Our task was to find someone at the party to fit each of the statements and sign their name. Once you completed your card, dropping it into the box entered you to win a sponsor prize. I admit that I didn’t actually finish mine because I got distracted by the buffets.
During registration, we’d been told that the Luau wouldn’t be a meal, but drinks and light snacks. I would disagree with that statement wholeheartedly.
There were (2) two food stations and (2) drink stations. The first food station had beautifully arranged platters of fruit, cheese, roasted veggies, crackers, and so much more. The second station had grilled, seasoned chicken and beef, with all the fixings for soft tacos. I found it to be plenty for a light supper.
Each of the drink stations were offering mixed cocktails featuring Zevia Soda.
- Aloha Captain – was a light mix of rum, pineapple and Zevia cream soda.
- Hibiscus – vodka, cranberry juice and Zevia Black Cherry
- Spicy Hula Girl – Pineapple, jalapeno puree, and Zevia Lemon Lime soda
I had a hard time deciding, but ultimately went with the Aloha Captain. My husband I’m sure would have opted for the Spicy Hula Girl. Guess I’ll have to get the recipes to make at home.
I wanted to share some of the lovely ladies I met at the Conference who’ve posted their #WOWSummit recaps. Visit to read their thoughts and show some love (especially my #WOWSummit Buddy Cindy Lane Ross!).
====> Fat to Fit With Cindy Lane Ross <====
====> The Acting Mom <====
====> Simply Southern Mom <====
====> Frugal and Fun Mom <====
====> My Boys and Their Toys <====
====> Exploring Domesticity <====
====> Three Different Directions <====
====> Where There’s a Meal, There’s a Way <====
====> The Lean Green Mom <====
====> Can’t Google Everything <====
Stay tuned for ====> Part 2 of #WOWSummit Recap <==== and
===> Sponsor Spotlights <=== on some of my favorite products from WOWSummit.
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