Blog Sugar 2011

This past weekend my friend Heather & I headed down to So Cal to hear our friend Julie speak at a blogging conference called Blog Sugar that was being held on Sunday afternoon.
I had no idea what to expect, but Julie really wanted our moral support, so we went.
There were about 180 women at the conference (most of them from California) but a lot of people flew in from other states. One of them being Meg (who was the keynote speaker & was awesome).
Blog Sugar is all about using your blog to glorify God.
It was so awesome to be in a room with other women who love God and who blog.
I met some people who's blogs I have been reading (and vice versa, who have been reading mine). It was so nice to put faces to names!
Genn, me, Nancy, Kristy, Janna

On the left, Casey & I. She also worked at Kanakuk!
On the right--- Jess, April & I.

Rachel was the brains behind Blog Sugar.

This is Heather. Love her & love her blog!
She is the cutest! I went to one of her sessions. Amazing girl, amazing story.

On the left is me & Andrea (one of the girls who put on Blog Sugar)
On the right is me & Julie who sat at my table.

On the left, me & Gussy. I have one of her laptop bags. Love it!
On the right, me and Kimberlee. LOVE her.

Me & my Nor Cal friend, Keri!
I was so excited to meet Genn. We both have 2 girls, and she has a Claire also, who is 2 months younger than my Claire. They are both Crazy Claire's!
This is Katy. We have several friends in common & I go to the same church as her Aunt. Small world!
Kristen, Lindsey, Denise & I:
Me & Meagan
Lisa, Julie & I
Danielle, me & Rachel.
The Project 320 girls:
(me, Heather, Julie & Erin)
{The weekend wasn't the same without Marta & Heather. Sad Face.}

Besides meeting all these sweet ladies, there were also lots of sweet treats.
They had Cotton Candy! This is my new profile picture, since my old one was 2.5 years old!
The dessert table was beautiful. Amy Atlas would approve!

A sweet girl named Jacqui of Baby Boy Bakery made most of the desserts.
Love the verse that they chose to represent the event.
It was such a great night of being spiritually feed & encouraged by other women.
Blog Sugar was supporting the charity, Love146. An amazing organization. I encourage you to check it out!
The night ended with Meg speaking to us & encouraging us as women, as Christians & as bloggers.
God wants us to use our blogs to glorify Him.
Whether you have 5 readers or 5,000 readers, you have been given a platform to glorify Him. God has a purpose for your blog.
Use your blog for good.
It was SUCH a great weekend.
I originally went to be moral support & hear my friend speak.
I got so much more out of the weekend than I ever expected.
A huge thanks to Julie for letting myself & 10 other ladies stay at her house for one big sleepover. More on that later!


  1. AHHHHHH! You met my sweet friend Casey! :-) Isn't she incredible! :-)

  2. Ok how did we not end up getting a picture together. Loved meeting you finally at Blog Sugar!! #armpithugsforever

  3. great recap, mel! miss you guys already. such a fun weekend.

  4. it WAS such a fun time. i love your pics. can you believe i didn't bring a camera of any sort!!?? so lame. it was great to meet you and you know i was a big fan of our outfit. good choice.

  5. It looks like so much fun! I hope someday I'll be able to go to a blog get-together! ♥

  6. Love your post.
    So much so I'm thinking of writing my post like this:
    Go read Mel's blog. The end.

  7. SO fun meeting you Mel! Loved it.
    I felt like we had known each other for years.
    Great recap of the day. It's been so fun reading everyone's posts on their take of it.
    So so so fun. I can't wait til next year!!

  8. Loved. loved. loved. Blog Sugar. What a great time. Seriously loved meeting you in real life. I felt like we already knew each other. Awesome! Your pics are fabulous. Can't wait for the next one. I love Kimberlee's response. Ditto!

  9. Love all the pics and all the sweet faces smiling back! And I love, love, love the P320 pic!

  10. Sounds like a great event, will have to hear more about it! :)

  11. dang girl what a great recap! beautiful pics...want to steal yours I'm getting so anxious to see Ruthannes and do a proper blog sugar post! glad to finally meet you sassy pants. Sassy girls UNITE!

  12. Beautiful blog...I love the "live...laugh...photograph!" Brilliant!

    Thank hyou so much for the kind comment on my blog post about the conference. I can't wait until next year!

  13. you were one of the girls i couldn't wait to meet and hug, and girl...you did not disappoint. i loved every minute with you.

  14. You are adorable. What a great recap of the event!

  15. great pics and recap.

    so fun getting to meet you this weekend!

  16. I was so thrilled with the conference. To be surrounded and encouraged my so many beautiful, creative, and God login' gals, was AMAZING. Love you pics, too!

  17. I'm so jealous!!
    I hope I get to go sometime.
    Looks like an amazing day!

    PS- I love your shirt.

  18. greating meeting you also. loving your blog. excited to follow you.

  19. loved your recap mel. wish we would've gotten a pic together. you are so svelte and fashionable! love your smile.

  20. I'm sooo thrilled I got to meet you Sunday! Thanks for welcoming me with open arms and chatting it up. I hope we get to do it again soon! Love the picture of you and me. Just wish my hair held up as great as yours. ;)

  21. I haven't been by in a while, you look great! (and having lots of fun :) good for you!!! Happy Tuesday!

  22. it was terrific to see you again, mel!

    you are fun and intentional. a blessing to be with!

    these words you shared are EXACTLY what i took away from the conference~
    "God wants us to use our blogs to glorify Him.
    Whether you have 5 readers or 5,000 readers, you have been given a platform to glorify Him. God has a purpose for your blog."

    i'm praying and asking what it is God wants to say at Victory Rd.

    may he continue to be glorified through us all. i know He will!

  23. I had no idea that's what Blog Sugar was about-- that's awesome! I just may have to go next year, it looked like so much fun. :)

  24. Wow...that looks like such an amazing event!!!!

  25. How awesome! I REALLY wanted to go, but it would've been next to impossible :( But I am SO happy to see a next yr??
    It has been on my heart for a long time to use my blog somehow, someway to glorify Him. But to be honest I've always felt like who reads it, is it even worth it? And what you said is SO true, whether its 5 or 5000 its all about HIM! :)

  26. It was a very special day. One I will remember for a long time. It was great to meet you!!!!! Gennifer just loves you!!!

  27. Such a great recap of the day. And wonderful pics! I have a question, I made the desserts and forgot my camera (bad blogger) and was wondering if I could snag a few of yours (I would give photo credits, of course). Thanks in advance!

  28. I'm stealing your P320 picture! This weekend was so, so much fun!

  29. Wow, super fun! Were you star-struck? Because some of those girls are ... BLOG-FAMOUS. ;) If I'd been in town, I would've gone! I'll be in SoCal in November, think they'd do it all over again? Ha!

  30. I wish we would have met too! I'm so looking forward to another one.

  31. It was great meeting you(finally!) in person Mel. You're one stunning lady with a sweet heart and fabulous smile to match! Hard to believe its over but its been alot of fun reading everyones recaps.
    Have a great week!

  32. LOVE the message from this post! very inspiring :)

  33. it was so great to meet you in person! You are so beautiful!

  34. Heck even with sand in it you got awesome pics! I think you need to teach Jess and I to use our dslr's.

  35. Wish we could have met. Boo! But I shall think of you every time I eat your mac and cheese. Totes delish :)

  36. wow it looks amazing (food too!) i am definitely going next year

  37. so sad I didnt get to meet you! I remember seeing your smiling face but never came by and said hello! so HELLO!! next time for sure!

  38. i had fun chatting with you at blog sugar. what fun that was!! so glad we connected. =)

  39. Thanks so much for the fab recap! I had a great time obviously because I was too busy to take pics. Thanks for sharing yours! :) Wish I would have met you there!

  40. Hi Mel!
    I know I saw you at Blog Sugar! Hopefully at some point we can meet....next year! ;)
    I look forward to keeping up with you through your blog!
    Can you tell me what the Cookie Exchange is? Can I be a part of it?!
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  41. Blog Sugar was incredible and uplifting in many ways. Great recap with gorgeous pictures. I recognize you from your photos - and your shirt, which I was admiring your shirt from afar.

  42. meeting you was a joy, mel!! blog sugar was such a beautiful, inspiring and fun event!! loved your recap! xo

  43. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure so well!
    Love your outfit...you look beautiful!

  44. Mel, I SO LOVE your striped shirt! Where did you get it? I need it :)



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