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Gulf Coast through the eyes of a blogger…

The past five months or so, Lynsey, Kim, Blondie and I have been planning an event meet up. We started what we call “Brandcation” a few years ago, but last year couldn’t host one because I was pregnant.

Thanks, Phoenyx.

The idea behind the event is that so many conference focus on classes that the majority of professional and long term bloggers are already well versed in. That we could get together on the premise of relationship rather than classroom activity and learn just by being together and amongst our peers.

Having attended many past conferences most have their pluses and minus’ and it’s true that you get out of something what you put in. Yet, for me personally, the only thing I was getting out of a large conference was a full nights worth of sleep without my kids.

I wanted something MORE.

I wanted to walk away feeling like I had longer than a 30 second conversation and business card exchange, I wanted a feeling of being equal, and I wanted the chance to form a memory with someone, thereby solidifying our online and personal relationship. And thus Brandcation was born.

Bloggers on Bourbon  (New Orleans)

Global Getaway  (Orlando)

And with the help and generous donations of the amazing brands that we work with every day and the inclusion of fantastic bloggers of all niches, we embarked on our 3rd Brandcation, Bloggers Gone Coastal in Pensacola Beach, Florida:

(not everyone is in this banner one…had a few flights go out before we remembered to take it!)

Every time I leave a Brandcation I think…”that was the best group yet” and truly, this time it really was. The bloggers were fantastic, the companies were fantastic, the location was beautiful, we had a blast, and even better, all the bloggers have been raving about the trip and doing some social media overreach for the gorgeous gulf coast!

As an event planner, I could not be more pleased but as a blogger, I am blessed to be surrounded by so many talented and amazing women that are full of kindness and knowledge. Truly not the blogosphere that the media wants you to believe is out there.

While I will be writing about our Blogger Olympics Contest (Hunger Games Sandcastle building, anyone?)

Gulf Coast Zipping and Tubing (who knew that you could have so many injuries…TUBING)

and enjoying the beautiful Gulf Coast Scenery with dolphins and nighttime StarGazing,

for now I want to say thank you to all the companies that made this Brandcation such a success!

Event Sponsors:

Swag Sponsors:

Giveaway Sponsors:

We hope to see you on the next one…. Bloggers Go Camping anyone??


Hi, y'all! If you got this far, awesome . I am assuming you want to know more about me. I am a *cough* 36 year old mom of 2 great kids, 6 rescue animals and proud wife of my high school sweetheart. This blog is my outlet and allows me to pretend I am a kid at heart. I get to play with glitter and glue, eat lots of sweets (its for the blog, I swear!) and connect with readers and friends. As a blogger I love to share with you- so the rundown is that I am currently reading this, using these for calmer bedtimes, giving away this, and suggesting here if you ever wanted to be a blogger yourself.

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  1. It truly was EPIC and I say this an experienced conference attendee. :P

  2. Looks like you all had fun! I’d love to do one if close enough. Camping, huh! There’s a great place in Kentucky for camping where you can do some hiking and whatnot. It’s a great place and would be fun, let me know if you’d like to hear more lol

  3. I would do camping in a heartbeat…but we need some electricity to charge our phones lol

  4. Ohh camping huh? Like REAL camping with tents?

  5. joy williams says:

    I had no clue what to expect when attending, aside from what the itnerary mapped out. What I walked away with was an entire new support system and memories that will last a life time. Thanks for being the visionary behind everything and bringing it all together. It was a wonderful expirence.

  6. Mellisa says:

    Trisha I had such a great time! I’m so glad That I got a chance to experience something like this and meet people from all over the US and CAN who have the same interests as I do. It’s very rare that you can get a large group of woman together and they all not only get along so well but they bond and build lifelong friendships in only a matter of days. There is something unique and special about mommy bloggers and I’m so glad I get to be apart of it. Thanks again, I can’t wait till the next one.

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