MOM 2.0 summit IN ARIZONA. gewoon wow.

otherwise known as reconnecting with friends, company connections, inspiration, and random fangirl moments at the 2015 mother 2.0 Summit

Pretty sure @rookieheather would be ok hanging here forever. @fairmontscotsdl

A photo posted by Anna Fader (@mommypoppins) on Apr 29, 2015 at 7:09am PDT

Last week, I had the extreme pleasure of attending a four-day trip in Scottsdale, Arizona while my amazing spouse kept the balls in the air at home. I fully believe that when I leave my family for any length of time, my primary job is to “earn it” and suck the marrow fully out of my new surroundings.

I arrived early so that I could explore the Scottsdale area with Anna from mommy Poppins. We had a blast on the waterslides, got way unwinded at the spa, ate entirely too much at Hacienda restaurant (including my face in the bowl of guacamole and a glass of whipped cream). The next day, we were joined by Jyl from mother it forward and Liz from amazing mother picks to check out a butterfly wonderland and another amazing pants-unzipping meal.

How suitable for this #butterfly to land on Anna’s phone while we were attempting to take a #selfie at the @ButterflyWonderland in #Scottsdale. hou van deze plaats! #Mom2Summit

A photo posted by Jyl Johnson Pattee (@momitforward) on may 2, 2015 at 9:23am PDT

I guarantee to share much more about suggestions for traveling to Scottsdale with families in the near future.

Since I’ve been running this blog for nearly ten years now, I typically meet people in person and can’t recall if we’ve ever met in real life or only on the Internetz. in some cases I get embarrassed in these moments when I’m not sure if my relationship with someone is a two-way street or lives mostly in my imagination. This is especially true at blogging conferences! once the summit was underway, I was bombarded blessed with large and small moments with favorite people, some of whom I had never met:

Attending panels and workshops given by content producers like Kelsey and Erica from The girl next Door who taught me so much about podcasting, I plan to launch one this year.

Meeting Katie Workman in an elevator. I have a well-worn copy of her book, The mother 100 Cookbook, and heartily recommend it to anybody who needs to eat and prepare three meals a day. I am so grateful for Katie’s book and was thrilled to meet her in person, so of course I blanked when she asked me about my go-to recipes. P.S. They are spaghetti With Meatballs, Teriyaki Flank Steak, and numerous of the vegetable side dishes.

Hugging the truthful Toddler. Bunmi Laditan is funny and engaging; she completely gets me and the little crazy people I live with. If you’re not already reading her books, following her on twitter, or checking out her various blogs, I implore you to do so! check out The truthful Toddler, a child’s guide to parenting, her new one Toddlers Are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault, and @HonestToddler on twitter because you ought to be laughing more.

Attending the Iris Awards. It was a serendipitous honor to be sitting at the table with two of the founders of BlogHer, Lisa stone and Elisa Camahort Page, when they won their Vanguard Iris Award. Super cool!

Being the makeshift paparazzi. Whitney and I were assigned the job to back up the professional photographer on the Iris Red Carpet so people could have pics for Instagram on their own phones. I also tried to recreate the Kim, Kanye, Amy Schumer moment in front of The Bloggess with mixed results.

Seeing pals that live too far away. My check outs with down-to-earthiest parent blogger Asha Dornfest are always too few and far between. She has been writing a million Internet years — or ten, same as us — and has a new book in the works that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Catching up with Momables writer Laura Fuentes about homeschooling, food, and email newsletters. I also can’t wait for her new book to ship: The best Homemade Kids’ snacks on the Planet, which is completely inspiring for those of us with mother guilt about purchasing sooo numerous pre-packaged snacks.

Meeting Krystyn Hall, who made it all ok when I stuck my foot in my mouth at least three times during a beautiful dinner with Beechnut baby Food. (Thanks, Beechnut, for the good dinner and putting baby food in our drinks and dessert. I completely didn’t imply it when I joked that I hoped dessert wasn’t baby food. and then it was.)

Trading tricks and tips with the folks behind some amazing hyper local blogs like Stephanie TucsonTopia and Colleen from San Antonio mother Blogs for our own east Bay family site 510families.

From left to right: Andy from how to Be A Dad; Whitney and me from; Asha from ParentHacks; Anna from MommyPoppins; David Vienna, author of Calm The F*ck Down: The only Parenting technique You’ll ever need and blogger behind The daddy Complex. We’re just winding down from an amazing day of winding down from ourechte levens.

Zijn er vragen over mijn tijd op de Mother 2.0 Summit?

Opmerkingen: Delen van mijn reis werden aangeboden door de goede mensen van Scottsdale.

Foto’s: Alle foto’s met het watermerk zijn van de Mother 2.0 Summit -fotograaf, Michael Cummings, Instagram -foto’s zijn gelabeld, anderen zijn Heather Flett Selfies.

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