6 Things You Learn at Your First Local Blogger Bash + A GIVEAWAY!

Sure, I’m a travel blogger, sailor and writer, but I’m staying put for the moment as I plan my next adventure. So I was delighted at the chance to see what’s going on close to home, by heading down to Union Depot in St. Paul for the first annual Minnesota Blogger Bash sponsored by Lowertown Pop. I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first local blog event. Here’s what I learned:


  1. There are so many local makers I didn’t know about! From vodka made from sugar beets to designers offering versatile apparel for travelers, people in Minnesota are kicking ass with their entrepreneurial spirit.
  2. From fitness to parenthood to travel to fashion, the Twin Cities is a haven for bloggers looking to collaborate. I only wish I could have stuck around long enough to meet more of them.
  3. Getting there early pays! The first 50 bloggers in the door received a goodie bag to pack with free stuff from every maker, and of course I wanted to be one of them.
  4. Food! Crave Catering showed up with a table full of treats.
  5. Don’t be shy. Striking up conversations is how you get tips and collaborations. (Believe me, as an ambivert, I’m still working on this myself).
  6.  You can win prizes!!

Wait, actually you don’t have to go anywhere to win prizes. You can win them right here. I have 2 tickets (normally a $30 value) to give away to the inaugural Lowertown Pop, an even bigger, bolder version of the bash, happening April 15 at Union Depot. Here’s the details:

 “A Minnesota Maker market featuring local artisans and craftspeople including brewers, bakers, distillers, artists and musicians. The annual market will be held on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 in the Waiting Room at Union Depot and will benefit River’s Edge Academy, a non-profit organization challenging students to discover their greatness by learning through experience in a small, supportive community. Lowertown Pop is a crowdfunding market, meaning 50 percent of ticket sales will be donated to River’s Edge Academy and 50 percent will be given to one lucky Minnesota Maker.”

So what do you have to do win these tickets? Leave me a message in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (“I want those tickets,” Gimme the tickets,” etc. etc.) I’ll choose a winner at random Monday, April 10.


Join me on the #girlsquad! I’ve been named a Mogul Global Ambassador: and you can be, too!


I’ve joined the #girlsquad!

I’ve been named one of the first 100 Mogul Global Ambassadors. Mogul is a platform to connect women worldwide to trending content. Their goal with Mogul Courses is to educate 62 million girls worldwide on how to rock their careers, relationships, and every other aspect of their lives. Sound ambitious? It totally is.

Founder Tiffany Pham, who’s a social media rock star, was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and one of Elle’s 30 Women Under 30 Who Are Changing the World. The Mogul team of advisers include Jennifer 8. Lee, founder of Plympton and adviser to Upworthy, and Alexandra Wilson, founder of Gilt Groupe.

Basically, this is a team made up of the coolest women influencers, and you can join me in being part of it by clicking here, or on the button located conveniently on the sidebar. You get a chance to win swag for everyone you help sign up, and for a limited time they’re offering $500 off any course on Mogul (in other words, free!) I recommend the Travel course (duh!)

As if that weren’t enough, Mogul is partnering with the following folks to give away an all-expenses paid trip to JAMAICA? If you’re like me and live Up North, you’re already cranking up the thermostat and dreaming of equatorial waters, so why not enter? It includes a $1500 airfare credit, 4 nights at the Round Hill Resort in Montego Bay, a free Mogul Travel course, and six months of wine from Wine Awesomeness. You can enter by clicking here. See on the #girlsquad!


I need your votes!

Big news, guys! I’m a finalist in the Time Out New York “Win the Ultimate New York Life” blogging contest. I didn’t know a life was something you could win, but I stand corrected! I have a one in 15 chance of getting a rent-free six-month stay in NYC and a chance to blog for the magazine! You know what that means: Broadway shows, subway flashers, the Peking…

But YOU–yes YOU–need to vote #8 to win! Vote early, vote often, and spread the word! Tell your friends and send me to New York!