Last week, Lucy and I headed to the BlogHer Food Conference in Austin, TX to spend a little time with my friend Shelly.
Anytime I go to anything like this, I room with Shelly. She’s one of my best friends, so I feel totally comfortable with her, and we just mesh well together. I know lots of bloggers who show up and room with people they barely know, and I can tell you 100% that I will NEVER DO THAT.
Sharing a bathroom and bedroom with someone is just too much if you don’t know a person. And when I discovered that I had caught a nasty stomach bug the evening I arrived in Austin, I was grateful that the girl hearing me hurl through the bathroom door wasn’t a stranger.
Don’t even play. It was awful.
THANKFULLY, it passed quickly and I was better the next day. Other than that, the trip had gotten off to a great start — my flights were all on time and Lucy was perfectly behaved on the plane.
Once Shelly and I got up and around, we headed to a restaurant/bakery called Easy Tiger.
We ordered a fun appetizer plate that came with homemade jerky, homemade Chex mix, beer cheese and soft pretzels. Then we realized that it looked like something our husbands would eat.
But it was still really good. Even if we only finished a quarter of it.
Also, the jerky was the saltiest ever on the history of Earth.
Later in the day, we met up with Amanda, Maria, and Jenny in their room. The last time I saw Jenny, we were both pregnant, so this was her first time meeting little Lucy. Pax was at home, so I think she had baby fever!!
All the girls loved snuggling Lucy, but this shot I grabbed of Jenny was my favorite. It really captures how sweet and loving she is. We spent a lot of time talking about our husbands and kiddos and you can really tell she is a great mom!!
We all headed to Delish bakery and tried the Cookie Dough Millionaire Bar and Strawberry Basil cupcake. No one cared much for the cupcake but the bar was fabulous!!
Of course, the girls had to take photos before anyone could eat. Hilarious!
The next day we attended a brunch hosted by Nestle. The food was great and the table was just gorgeous.
It turned out that Weelicious was invited too, and I acted like it was no biggie but I was DYING inside.
I sat there obsessing over whether or not to tell her what a huge fan I am of her cookbook, but then she left early and then I was mad that I didn’t just go for it.
I FINALLY got to meet Lisa from the blog With Style and Grace. She and I connected when we discovered that we were due to have babies within weeks of each other. We quickly became online friends, but had never met.
She was seriously the sweetest and most fun. She’s so genuine and easy to get along with and I really hope I get to see her again. She was missing her sweet boy, so Lucy got extra love.
Later on, a bunch of us girls got together and headed to Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop.
Isn’t their chalkboard sign the cutest?
We purchased a variety of goodies — the S’mores Bar was amazing, and their Ginger Molasses Cookie is what inspired me to make my own!! So good.
Finally, we closed the day with a trip to a couple of food trucks.
We had such a great time in Austin. Lucy was SO well behaved and had a BLAST. It really was a really great bonding experience for the two of us. I kind of like the idea of an annual mother/daughter trip!!
And as always, Shelly was the perfect roommate. Lucy ADORED her Aunt Shelly, and there is no other friend I’d rather throw up in front of ;)
A few other things:
I met Bridget’s husband Mr. E!! Definitely one of the highlights of my trip. (He’s even cuter in real life. AHHH!!!)
Lucy met Pioneer Woman. I think she liked her red hair.
If you see Pioneer Woman’s kids in the hotel lobby and casually follow behind them, they will always lead you right to Marlboro Man. Who is also cuter in person.
I don’t know how Amanda doesn’t weigh a thousand pounds. That girl knows her bakeries!! She’s got a knack for planning and navigating.
I didn’t attend any sessions this go around, although I am sure they were fabulous!! I always learn so much just talking to friends about our own experiences, whether it be with photography, working with brands, or writing a cookbook, they all have so much to tell me.
Can’t wait for next year!!