Marianne's Excellent Adventure (aka "Coca-Cola's Balanced Living Workshop")

When Coca-Cola invited me to their two-day Balanced Living Workshop, I was giddy. Two days away from laundry and the kids! I would get to hang out with other Chicago-area mom bloggers! There was a cocktail party! Don't tell them this, but they pretty much had me at "hello."...more

Small Changes for a Healthier Life After Coca-Cola's Balanced Living Workshop

I try my hardest to live my version of a happy life.What is my version? Well, a life that includes adventure and joyful experiences has always been pivotal in my personal happiness. Closeness to family and friends is key for my mental health, so I have made conscious decisions with my husband to remain within the Chicagoland area as we raise our children....more

The BlogHer PRO Mobile App Is Available

I can hardly believe that BlogHer PRO is just two weeks away! The BlogHer Events Team is excited to host you for this event, and to make it a little easier to keep track of all the great programming, speakers, sponsors, and other conference details, we've created a BlogHer PRO mobile app....more

Your BlogHer PRO Mini Conference Guide

The BlogHer Events Team is excited to welcome you to our very first BlogHer PRO in just a few weeks! I’m particularly excited about the location for this event, because it’s not only in my hometown, but my neighborhood -- the beautiful and historic Nob Hill. Here are some tips and information to help you get here, and enjoy your time at the conference....more
Love San Francisco!! Lucky lucky girls!!more

Adopting a Shelter Dog

Back in August, I had the pleasure of helping organize the BlogHer ’12 Pet Fashion Show, partnering with PetSmart and the ASPCA. The best part of the experience was seeing all the cute pups that participated and hearing their adoption stories (which you can read more about in my recap post)....more
I love coming across reading other people's joy of adopting animals from shelters. My family ...more

BlogHer Food '13: Behind the Scenes as We Plan for Austin

BlogHer Food '13 is still eight months away, but the BlogHer Events Team is already hard at work, planning for our best BlogHer Food event yet! The newest member of our team, Melinna, and I were on the road last week in Austin, visiting our host hotel, and focusing on preparations for our off-site excursion and closing party.One of the great parts about working in events is the chance to get out of the office. And in the case of BlogHer Food, that means exploring the food culture of Austin....more
@ForkYourselves  @blogher Thank you!  Great advice!  ~~ lorimore

(SLIDESHOW) On the Floor of the BlogHer '12 Expo Hall

At BlogHer '12 we had not 1, not 2, but ....3 Expo Halls! Our Conference Sponsors really brought it this year (as they do every year). If you missed something, or want to relive your favorite Expo Hall experiences, here are some of our favorite scenes from the Expo this year......more

From Rescues to Rockstars, the Furry Fashionistas of BlogHer '12!

I can still remember the first time I saw my dog Molly. It was August 29th, 2006. She was in pretty rough shape, with some medical issues that needed attention (and let's face it, money), but as soon as her paws hit the floor, she was like a toy who had been newly wound up. Goofy and playful, running all over the place, jumping up and trying to give kisses. And she opened up a place in my heart that I never knew existed before (and yes, I realize what a cheesy line that is, but it doesn't make it any less true). I think that's the beautiful thing about adopting a pet. That symbiotic relationship. You may be rescuing them, but they rescue you right back, in their own way. ...more

BlogHer '13 Is Heading Back to the Midwest -- Chicago Here We Come!

Today we are thrilled to announce the dates and venue for our ninth-annual BlogHer Conference:BlogHer '13 will take place on July 25 - 27th at McCormick Place and the Sheraton Chicago!So, to anticipate your immediate questions:  1. Registration will open September 1st. Look out for that announcement soon!...more
@maomau That is a good question. My suggestion is to park near the Sheraton and use shuttles ...more

BlogHer '12 Sponsors: Highlights to Keep an Eye Out For

Our BlogHer '12 sponsors have got quite a show in store for you! With products and giveaways sure to delight and amaze you! You want samples? Step right up! Fun swag? Right this way! And this year, we've got not 1, not 2, but 3 expo halls (more on that later). Here are just a few things to keep an eye out for when you're in New York this week:...more
@BlogHer morning all women need to empower each other... I agree!more