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I did go to Blissdom this past week – it is hard to pass up an chance to meet and hang out with bloggers right in your backyard.  Blissdom is a blog conference that is headquartered in Nashville TN so naturally it is a little easier for me to go!  I had a great time and got to finally meet a lot of great people in person.  (This is going to be a picture intensive post and a lot of Blissdom talk so just keep going if you aren’t interested!)

For me … it is always a little nerve racking to walk into a room by myself and try to recognize and meet up with people.  But everyone is always so nice and easy to get to know!  At the kick off party Wednesday night I got to hang out with these lovely ladies. (Charity @ Sit Relax and Read, Cyndi @ Walking in His Grace, Kellie @ This Blessed Nest, Amy @ Positively Splendid, Jen @ Tatertots and Jello, Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative, and me – yes that is the bump for those of you looking for bump pics!)   

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Photo by Angry Julie – from the Official Blissdom Flickr Stream

Can I just say that every single one of these ladies is a complete sweetheart!  Beckie is hysterical, Jen is just adorable, and Kellie makes the most beautiful bags!  And Amy lives right here in Nashville with me!  I think we be getting together soon!

In between all the sessions and the breakouts and the sponsored food breaks – we all also managed to get some time together.  Of course, I had to see my buddy Kate @ The Centsational Girl.

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She always has a kiss on the cheek for me – it is our Blissdom tradition!  I love her – she is a complete doll and an absolute ham!

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More lovely ladies here – Beth @ The Stories of A to Z, The Nester, Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality, and Myra @ My Blessed Life.  We had a great Mexican Dinner together – there were about six tables full of home bloggers.

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We spent a lot of time by the fireplaces in the Magnolia Lobby – here is a shot of me and Allison @ House of Hepworths.

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Loving this shot of some of my favorite bloggers – Myra, Richella @ Imparting Grace, Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick, Traci @ Beneath my Heart, and Rhoda!

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And of course I loved meeting Lori @ Be Different. Act Normal – you might know her as @milliemux on twitter!

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It was so great to spend some time with Sarah too!  She is such an inspiration and the biggest sweetheart! 

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There is so much talent on this couch I can hardly stand it!  I am sure you know most of these fantastic bloggers!  It was amazing to get to spend even the briefest time with them!  There were so many other wonderful women that I got to meet and hang out with I can’t even begin to name them all.  Our little tribe of bloggers is packed with some of the most creative and wonderful ladies!  I am inspired by all of you!

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Blissdom was in a word – a blast!  That isn’t to say that I didn’t come home overwhelmed and unsure of where to start with all the ideas I have.  I wanted to try to summarize some of what I learned but honestly my head is still swimming with info.   For now – I will just share the pictures and enjoy the memories!

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P.S. Melissa from The Inspired Room has a link up going if you want to link up your Blissdom recap post!  I did!

9 frugal friends said ...

Centsational Girl said... @ January 31, 2011 at 9:37 PM

I love it! What a great wrap up post, I totally forgot about the pic, but never the smooch! Ha ha ha! Can't wait to hear more about the little one, you look radiant!
xo
kate

Making It Work Mom said... @ February 1, 2011 at 8:53 AM

So happy that you got to go to Blissdom and also so jealous. Looks like you had a great time. Plus could you look any cuter with your baby bump!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said... @ February 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Ah, Jess! Thanks for the pics! I'm so glad you got to go. Nashville would be a stretch for me, but I'm going to start planning for next year right now!
It's funny . . . I didn't think I was 'ready' for a blog conference. But, after reading so many wonderful Blissdom posts, I'm more than ready!
(love the bump, Girl!)

Irene Robertson said... @ February 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I really wanted to go to Blissdom but didn't have the funds. *sadface* looks like it was a blast.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said... @ February 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM

K -- I had no clue you were in Nashville!! I did not go to Blissdom but I am south of Nashville. We need to do a little Nashville get together sometime! :)

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said... @ February 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM

It was so great to see you again! Congrats on that baby. :)
You are such a beautiful person, so well-spoken, gentle, and encouraging. You are just a doll!
xoxo
Traci

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said... @ February 1, 2011 at 7:32 PM

It was so wonderful to talk and get to know you better! Can't wait to hear more about that little Bub or Bubette!! ;)

Lindy said... @ February 1, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Blissdom looks like so much fun. I'll have to try and make it next year. Please tell us all the good info you got!

this blessed nest said... @ February 2, 2011 at 10:00 PM

aww, thanks for the shout out about the bags.

ha! i'm actually using the same pic of us that angry julie took...finally getting to my post this evening.

you are the best. hey, i had no idea that amy was from nashville. wow!

take care!
kellie

xoxo

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