On Bloggy Con & Cedar Point

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When I first heard about Bloggy Conference, I was super excited to find out it was held in Ohio – just one state over down from Michigan. When I heard it was at Cedar Point, I bought my ticket as soon as I could. Growing up in metro Detroit, Cedar Point is the closest amusement park – only two hours away. As a kid, teenager and young adult I went on a regular basis.

Glenn Fam goes to CP

Because the conference started early Saturday morning, we decided to take the kid out of school at midday and got on down the road. Since we hadn’t been in nearly five years, we were excited to check in and get some time in, at the park.  Especially since I would be busy with conference stuff most of Saturday and Sunday.

Mom and the Kid at CP

 

All-in-all, the conference was great. I had an awesome time. The speakers were wonderful. I learned tons from Missy Ward about monetization; got to talk photography with Angie Keiser from Fashion by Mayhem; received a crash course in SEO from Allison Kulage-Chaney from Bareknuckle Digital; got some great tips on vlogging from Katy Morgan of Katy in a Corner fame; learned the legalities of blogging from Rachel Brenke; and ended up with sore wrists from typing so many notes during Ang England’s session on writing, e-Books and publishing.

As previously stated, I had an awesome time at Bloggy Con 2014/Cedar Point; however, there were a few things I wish had went a little differently.

  1. I love the babies, really; but having them crying through presentations was super distracting. It’s like when your baby cries in church you take them out, as not to disturb everyone else. The same should be done at conferences – everywhere, really.
  2. The Wi-Fi in the conference portion of Hotel Breakers was very spotty. Granted, I was just using the free version. It’s possible that if I would have paid for the “better” access, would’ve my connection have been more consistent.
  3. One of the rooms the sessions were held in didn’t have any additional power sources, other than the ones in the walls. A blogging conference without tons of plugs available? Two thumbs down. I should say, that the other room had more than enough, for which I was eternally grateful.
  4. The convention hall very noisy with vendor area separated by just a curtain. At times, it made it hard to hear the presenter(s).

I also loved Hotel Breakers and the old, creepy vibe tied in to Halloween/Halloweekends. Parts of it reminded me of The Overlook Hotel from The Shining. While you could tell it used to be beautiful in its heyday, some parts of it could use a bit sprucing up. Luckily, they’re in the midst of a major renovation that will be completed sometime next year. I can’t wait to see it, once it’s done.

Scary Photos

In addition to me enjoying the conference and hotel immensely, we (the Glenn fam) had a wonderful time at Cedar Point. Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween one of my favorite holidays. Halloweekends was a great time to be there, for the most part. Unfortunately, the kid was a bit freaked out by some of the monsters – not when they were by themselves, just when they traveled in packs. Luckily, there were family-friendly options as well. Also, he had been coming down with a cold the entire weekend, and on Sunday afternoon my poor baby had had enough and wanted to go home. We stopped at CVS on the way out of Sandusky to get some cold medicine for him, and hopped on the freeway home. Apparently, the medicine had him feeling better because he wanted to know when we were going back.

Weekend Links

For Your Weekend Reading TMwM

I’m going out of town today, on my way to Bloggy Conference 2014 at Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio. Since it’s at an amusement park, I decided to drag the hubs and the kid with me, for some weekend fun. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow the hashtag #BloggyCon14 to get in on all the fun.

Since I’ll be traveling this weekend, thought I’d share some links to keep you entertained.

In this super-busy world, I crave simplicity. When my days are chaotic, I feel off balance. Courtney Carver over at Be More with Less talks about 3 Ways to Streamline for Simpler Days.

In addition to my day job, blogging here and everyday life, I also like to write – both fiction and nonfiction. Paul Jarvis has some great tips on cultivating a writing routine.

I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately. This post really spoke to me: 31 Days to Feeling Physically and Emotionally Lighter.

Another one from Paul Jarvis that I love… More Doing, Less Promoting: The Key to Creating Great Work.

Got any interesting reads to share?

Back to School: The Woe is Us Edition

Despite not falling asleep until darn near 11 p.m., even though he went to bed at 8:30 p.m., the kid woke up this morning bright eyed and bushy tailed.

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Everything started off, great. He got up and he ate his breakfast, with very few complaints. Then, it happened…

“I don’t want to wear that outfit anymore.”

“I don’t want to wear this one either.”

“I don’t want to brush my teeth. You do it. Never mind, I’ll do it.”

10 minutes later, I found him playing in the bathroom. He still hadn’t brushed his teeth.

He finally finds the outfit he wants to wear. I iron it, and assume everything will be OK moving forward.

“Ugh! I hate these underwear. They’re too big.”

Changes into a new pair.

“Arrg! I hate these too. They’re too small.”

At this point, I’m wondering if Mr. Goldilocks will ever find the perfect pair that fit “just right.” Finally, finally, he found a pair he could live with – while only complaining a little bit.

He puts on his clothes, and I hold my breath hoping he doesn’t have any complaints – especially since it’s his third outfit.

Then, it’s time to put on his shoes (his new shoes he begged for) and get ready to go.

“I hate these shoes! The laces don’t tie right and the tongue moves to the side.”

Puts on a second pair. No complaints. Phew! I quickly kiss the hubs goodbye and usher the kid out the door.

As we’re walking to the car…

Wait for it…

“I hate these shoes! They’re too small!”

Seriously.

The entire ride to school he fussed about these shoes. Ranting and raving about how much he hated them would be attending the first day, shoeless.

I park the car, and take a deep breath before telling him, calmly, that he would be wearing shoes – those shoes he’s currently glaring at. I told him that he was doing to have an awesome day, and learn lots of fun things. He (begrudgingly) agreed, although a bit peeved.

We get out of the car, and walk into the school. He’s still upset.

Then he sees his best friend. All of a sudden, his shoes don’t matter. He gives me a big old kiss, tells me he loves me and runs to play. All is right in his world.

I get the car, take another deep breath and wonder if 8 a.m. is too early to have a drink.

So, that was my morning. How did your kid(s) first day go?

It’s Back to School Time

School started to day, for the kid. This morning was definitely a test of my patience and I’ll be posting about it later today. However, to tide you over and overwhelm you with cuteness, here is a cute collage documenting his first days of school for the past four years.

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Because “do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t work.

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I come from the time where kids were raised in the way of “do as I say, not as I do.” And while that worked (kinda) for my parents, I don’t want that to be the way I parent. I mean, I know that sometimes the kid just have to do something, “because I said so,” however, if I want him to do something the “right way,” I feel I’d better be providing a good example of what the “right way” is.

Want him to eat his vegetables? I’d better be eating mine.

Want him to watch less TV and read more? I’d better have a book in my hand, more often than the remote.

Want him to do his chores, before playtime? Then the kitchen should be clean, before I logon to Facebook.

Want him to turn off the video games and go outside and play? I’d better be turning off the computer and getting some sort of physical activity in as well.

I could go on and on, with example after example – but I think you get what I’m trying to say.

You see, as easy as it is to say, “I’m the parent, and you do what I tell you to do,” It’s easier – in the long run – to provide a good example of what “doing the right thing is.” If you want kids to choose to do the right thing – you have to show them how, in addition to telling them.