April 16, 2011

Where Y'at?

I'm so glad Rachel caught this moment on the sly. 
At the opening keynote, me + Meagan + Polly

New Orleans is fun. I absolutely and completely understand now why- after all the years I've visited family in Louisiana- I was never allowed to come here when I was younger.

It's been such an easy conference. I am so impressed by the Mom 2.0 Summit. The size makes it so un-overwhelming. I am also in love with my Club Suite at the Ritz. Thanks, Sara! We have our own private lounge with "four meal presentations" throughout the day and huge glass jars filled with homemade cookies of every kind in the hall to our room.

Last night was my "free" night when I'd promised myself not to make any commitments so that I could come and go wherever. I ended up catching dinner at Cochon (best part of my trip!) with Jodi, Gina of Forty Weeks, Elina of A-list Mom, and my friend Amy Wilson (who has a book that I want to give to many people I know. I am just in love with it. The best way I can describe it is that it's, like, what so much of Listen To Your Mother is about, for me. I wish she could come read a chapter or three in my show. So. It's called When Did I Get Like This. ) Oh yeah, and then Amy and I did end up on Bourbon Street. I got hit in the head with beads.

It's been really nice to take a breather from mothering and writing. Last week was Tough. With big deadlines and feeling like an awful parent. So, this is a much-needed getaway from it all. (And it's also been super cool that Noah has been texting me while I've been away!)

Speaking of deadlines, I was published in the Times on Wednesday if you want to check it out here's the web version- Easter gifts: creative alternatives to candy. I posted a pic of it in the paper on Facebook if you want to see. It's so much cuter in print.

Here's some other things I've mustered up elsewhere this week-ish:

Bedtime Stories at NWIparent (remember when I said I wanted to read to the kids more? We haven't missed a night since!)
Working From Home: how I do it (or rather how I don't?)
I am the Opposite Of Extreme Couponing
What I'm watching: Best shows about parenting
Also, did you hear I'm going to Vegas, baby??

Anyhoo. I fly out later this afternoon. Such a good time and I'm ready to get home again.


  1. I'm trying to stay with envy instead of all out jealousy.


    So glad you got to go! Adorable picture.

  2. Love your photo - too amazing to meet actual bloggers!!! Anytime you want to visit Cape Town...

  3. When are you going to Vegas??!!! We are too!!!! So excited!!

  4. That sounds like a FABULOUS time. Enjoy! :)

  5. So glad I got to hug you!! I need to get Amy's book. I adore her and I'm sure I would like her book a lot too.

    Glad you had a good time, bead-heading and all! ;)

  6. so fun right Stephanie? Thanks for all the support of my book. It means the world to me.

  7. Congrats on being published in the Times! Sounds like a well deserved and super fun trip! It's nice to do something for yourself and get refreshed once in a while.

  8. YOU -- a highlight of my trip!

    I'm so glad you like the pic! I love that pic! xooxox

  9. Isn't it funny how the best part of conferences tend to be the spontaneous dinners and late-night chats with friends? I have definitely found that to be true,



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