If money were no object, I’d forever choose to stay at Ritz Carlton properties. Over the top attentive staff, luxurious accommodations, grandiose staircases, floral arrangements everywhere. I could go on and on. It is luxurious.
Located on Key Biscayne, this Ritz Carlton property felt like an island to itself. Situated on a lovely beach with killer views, one could spend days here and not feel inclined to leave the property.
My friends and I popped off the property once to check out downtown Miami. I had never been, so I was curious what all the hulabaloo was about.
We went to lunch at Versailles which had incredible Cuban food. The best I’ve ever had. But then again, it was the only Cuban food I’ve ever had, so I have little to compare it to. But I can assure you it was fantastic.
The next day the conference started. People often times ask me why I go to blogging conferences. Well, there are a few reasons….
First of all, I go to learn how to blog better. There are panels on how to fine tune your writing skills, how to grow your readership, how to promote your blog, etc. I’ve been doing this for a long time and I always learn something new at these conferences.
I also go to meet new bloggers. Be it brand new bloggers who’ve just launched blogs, or bloggers that I just haven’t crossed paths with yet. It’s good business to keep in the know in this industry.
Also, I go to connect with brands that I might want to work with. Basically, I look for brands/products that I’d like to review and give away here on The Coupon Goddess. And everyone seems to enjoy a good giveaway. Don’t you think?
Of course I also go to hang out with my blogging buddies….
We started with appetizers and cocktails in the mansion court yard, which was pretty over the top elegant. But after a little while they opened the doors into this lovely area….
Of course there was even more socializing and networking. Above is my new friend Ellen who writes a blog that addresses the topic of special needs children. If you have special needs kids, I’d highly suggest checking out her blog.
And for all of you green conscious people, above is my friend Sommer who writes a blog that is focused on green living. I’m certainly no expert in this area, but I’d sure love to start heading in that direction.
It was an amazing evening and such a special experience to visit the Versace mansion with my peers. I doubt that any of us will forget this conference anytime soon.
Mom2.0 was not very swag heavy, but I did manage to grab some goodies for a giveaway. Hallmark was there promoting their newest card line and their recordable story books. I was able to grab both a recordable story book and an assortment of cards.
Check this one out…
I thought you might like that one. I also grabbed a free product coupon from Sargento for the new Thin Slices. Two free product coupons for Ecover laundry detergent, $10.00/1 coupon for Charmin toilet paper, a yummy bag of chocolate strawberry granola from Love Crunch, and a laundry bag from LG.
I’m also throwing in a $25.00 Chevron gas card because I’m in a super good mood that my flight went well this evening. No major bumps. No electrical fires. Just clear skies and smooth sailing. My kind of flight.
To enter this giveaway, just comment on this post with your first name, last initial, and the state you are from. Entries must be received by Friday, May 11th 11:59pm ET. Good luck!
Also, thank you for letting me share this experience with you. I know it’s off the beaten path, but I promise to get back to business as usual lickety split.