My name is Cara.
Three weeks ago I quit my job to blog. Guess how much of that I’ve done?
Between getting ready for Passover, taking care of a new pup, preparing for Nourished, working 2 days per week (from home!) for my old job, getting started on a dozen or so new recipes for Clean Eating…. yeah, I’ve been kinda swamped. It’s all good though!
PS. Wanna see the sweetest gal in town? Of course you do!
So here I am, blogging from Chi-town, after giving my very first presentation at a food blogger conference yesterday. You know what that’s like? Well, for the very first time in my life, I was too nervous to eat. I mean, what were they thinking when they asked ME to teach people about photography?
Turns out they knew what they were doing. I passed with flying colors – and thankgoodness it wasn’t just my darling husband telling me that. If you were at Nourished and enjoyed my presentation, thank you SO much for telling me so. You don’t even know how much it meant to me, to meet you and hear your kind words. To know that what I have taught myself over the past five years can in turn help you is just unreal. Thank you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of my heart. And a HUGE thankyou to my dear friend Amy, for giving me the opportunity and encouragement to do this.
For those who are interested, I will be making my presentation available online. I just want to spiffy it up a bit, and add a few more pictures and notes to answer some of the questions that were asked. So not only will you get the presentation, you’ll get a new and improved version. Just give me a week or so to enhance, pretty please? k,thanks
In case you couldn’t make it to Nourished, and want to know what went on, well, I might not be your best bet. How ironic that the girl speaking on food photography couldn’t deal with lugging around her camera along with a giant purse and laptop bag. But I did manage to snap a few pictures with my phone, and do some funky stuff with them (because otherwise what fun are phone pictures?)
I started with the best of intentions to show what really goes on at food blogger conferences. Like, here are some very accomplished bloggers-turned-authors generously signing their cookbooks.
But then I got lazy. And hungry. And only took pictures of what food bloggers really care about.
But my very favorite picture of the day is this one. Aside from all the goodies and lessons, the best part of the weekend was finally getting to meet Amy, Ricki, and Hallie, who have become great email buddies and true friends over the past year. Because it felt more like meeting old friends than new ones, I couldn’t help but give this photo a vintage feel.
It was an amazing time and I hope we (all the amazing bloggers with wonderful things to share) all cross paths again soon!
Speaking of girl time, you may remember that a couple weeks ago I posted a video about a Thirty-One Gifts party, and maybe you noticed that it disappeared. I deeply apologize about that. Unfortunately, my friend and Thirty-One Gifts consultant later found out that virtual blog parties such as we were trying to accomplish don’t exactly fit the rules. No worries, no one got in trouble, but we did have to take down the party links and photos.
The good news for you is that you can still watch the video and have an opportunity to win a free Thirty-One Gifts insulated thermal lunch tote, courtesy of Annie.
To enter the giveaway, just watch the video and leave a comment telling me what your favorite featured item was. That’s it! The giveaway will be open until Friday, April 20th at midnight and I will announce a winner next week.
And lastly, I feel it is my duty to alert you that Tropical Traditions is having one of the free shipping sales! This is always a good reason to stock up on coconut goodies like coconut oil, coconut flour, and coconut flakes. Maybe I will finally try some coconut cream concentrate. But you know what? It’s not just coconut. Remember my plug for freeze dried bananas? You can get those from Tropical Traditions too! There are also great deals on organic grade-B maple syrup, gourmet organic peanut butters in flavors like cherry vanilla and Thai ginger & red pepper, lavender scented coconut hair oil, and more. To get free shipping, simply use the code 16412 at checkout, from now until midnight on Monday, April 16th. Happy Tropical Shopping!