Friday evening, we headed over to the cocktail party at Rustic Kitchen for the start of the Healthy Living Summit. While the layout of the space made the gathering a bit awkward (it was basically a narrow aisle), the food was amazing. We sampled the arancini, various pizzas, and goat cheese and mushroom bruschetta. Also? The sangria was pretty perfect. We will definitely be heading over to Rustic Kitchen for an entire meal very soon.
(our Sangria, pardon the napkin!)
(Us with Tarryn and Melanie!)
We’re taking a cue from Joe and Betsy and giving our honest opinions of the Healthy Living Summit, since we like to keep things real around here. We think that’s the best way to do it since it was the girls’ first time putting on an event like this and we’re sure they want to hear the good and bad. Considering none of them have planned a blogging event like this before, holy wow, they did an amazing job. I don’t even know how they began to put this together and how they managed to pull it all together so well.
The speakers weren’t all amazing, but we understand it’s hard to find speakers who are able to talk to a large audience about something everyone is going to be interested in. That’s why BlogHer conferences are so successful; they are so huge and have such a variety of sessions, so you’re able to select sessions that best fits your blog or lifestyle.
We loved the idea of having a dietitian speak, but we felt like everything she talked about we learned in high school. Or Shape magazine. We were also super excited to learn about beauty products from Martha Stewart’s Body + Soul magazine, but the girls were not excellent public speakers and couldn’t pronounce a lot of the words, could have been nerves though! We loved loved loved meeting Zesty of ZestyCook, but definitely didn’t get much out of the blogging for beginners talk. It would have been much more awesome to hear him talk all about his blog since it’s so successful (but that’s just us, we’re sure lots of people did like learning about blogging for beginngers!).
We loved the Stonyfield Keynote Speaker, Regina Beidler (an organic dairy farmer), and definitely learned the most from her. It was great how her talk was part life story – she showed lots of photos of her family and farm!, part educational, and all-around enjoyable to listen to. We also loved that Stonyfield was a sponsor. I wish I snagged a bunch more coupons for Oikos because I think everyone should try it! I gave mine to my mom because she loves Greek yogurt but hasn’t tried Oikos yet.
There were times we felt totally out of place at the event. Maybe it’s because our blog isn’t focused on healthy living and we don’t photograph every single thing we eat or talk too much about food portions or running marathons. Or it could have been because we live right in Boston so we didn’t get the whole hotel bonding experience. But it also could have been because we’re not used to the total lack in blog diversity. All of our friends we’ve met through blogging write about totallyyy different things and we think that’s why we all love hanging out with each other. So, it was a bit strange to be around lots of bloggers with super similar blogs.
We loved the swag bags and, out of all the blogging events we’ve been to, we both agreed this was by far the best. There are so many awesome products in it that we cannot wait to try!
It was also great to meet Andrea of POM! We have been meaning to write about POM for a longgg time now and we’re thinking a fun post will be coming up in the very near future. We loved the POM juice bar at the Summit!
We’re definitely glad we attended the Summit and are excited to see how it grows throughout the years. The first is always the hardest and we’re sure the girls have tons of good ideas for next year already. It was a blast meeting some other bloggers (some who are We are not Martha readers! hello!) and we love that we’ve added so many interesting and unique people to our Google readers.
(us with the lovely Nicole of Healthy Chow)
And I’m sure we’ll be writing a lot more about the products as we make our ways through the amazing swag bags. In a market where so many questionable “healthy” products exist, it’s great to have a bunch of “pre-approved” ones to try out. We’ll obviously keep you posted on our favorites!
Barney Butter is one of the products that I’m most excited to sample. People seem to be obsessed with it and since Im a HUGE peanut butter lover, I’m hoping i feel the same about almond butter (sadly, Chels is allergic to nuts, so she won’t get to indulge in the BB).
Now that we’re all into the green, healthy drink trend, it will be great to try out the Amazing Grass products! Anyone have any experience with them and/or favorites?
We also got a selection of bars that are always good for when we’re on the go. There are SO many bars on the market these days and lots of them taste gross and chalky or are packed with calories, so hopefully we will fall in love with some of these.
We’ll obviously keep you posted on our favorites as we try them out. If you went to the Healthy Living Summit, what was your favorite thing about it?
[Sues and Chels]