I’m Going to Mom 2.0 Summit! Are You Going?
I have been blogging now for almost five years at The Mommy-Files and this will be my third big conference I’ve attended, but my first time to Mom 2.0 Summit! Yeah – that is less than 1 conference a year! However, 2 out of the 3 conferences I paid for myself (that’s right – NO sponsors)! But now that I am working on my site full time, I expect the number of conferences I attend each year to go up. I’ve been to BlogHer ’11 in San Diego, BlogHer Pro ’12 in San Francisco, and am now going to Mom 2.0 Summit in Laguna Niguel. I am so excited!!!!
WHY ATTEND CONFERENCES?
#1 – Networking! Social media is all about networking and sharing thoughts and information via word of mouth. As a mom, I find myself doing that a lot with family, friends, and my readers! People want to know what I really think about products, services, and brands and whether I would purchase from them again as well as how they fit into our family life and home.
#2 – Meet with Brands! I have only been to one other conference where I met with the brands and am super excited to meet some more of my favorite brands at Mom 2.0 Summit! At Mom 2.0 Summit, I’ll have the opportunity to attend some events with Tree Top, Whirlpool, Dove, Honda, SeaPak Shrimp, Farm Rich, CVS/Pharmacy, Kidde Safety, Disneyland, Whirlpool and Lowes.
#3 – Meet Blogging Friends in Real Life! While this is much like networking, it is also different. At these conferences, I get to meet up with some of my amazing online friends in real life. It is so neat to see these different bloggers (men and women) and connect with them face to face. Not to mention the memories we make together at the conference!
#4 – The Opportunity to Travel! While all of the conferences I have been to have been located in my home state of California, I do know of bloggers who had the opportunity to travel to different cities and states for the conferences. These included New York City, Chicago, Orlando, and many other places.
MEET SOME OF THE BRANDS AT MOM 2.0 SUMMIT
This year, there are several awesome brands for Mom 2.0 Summit! I can’t wait to shake hands with the reps from these companies, learn more about their brands, and introduce them to The Mommy-Files. Here are some of the featured brands that will be at Mom 2.0 this year!
Dove is committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.
Dove research found that anxiety about beauty begins at an early age, and can keep girls from doing what they love. This is why we created the Dove Self-Esteem Project. We want to build a community in which women everywhere can help each other and the girls in their lives develop a positive relationship with beauty and inspire confidence.
During this year’s Mom 2.0 conference, we would love you to join us in helping build positive self-esteem in the next generation.
Dove has reached more than 11 million girls with self-esteem programming. With the help of influential women like you, we can achieve our goal of reaching 15 million girls by 2015.
Honda offers a diverse lineup of 12 cars and trucks that include the mid-sized Accord, compact Civic, CR-V crossover SUV and Odyssey minivan. Honda also offers a wide range of fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles that include the Insight hybrid, Civic Natural Gas (compressed natural gas-powered vehicle), Civic Hybrid, CR-Z (sport hybrid coupe), Fit EV (battery electric-powered vehicle) and FCX Clarity (fuel cell-electric vehicle). Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda’s first overseas subsidiary. Honda began U.S. production of motorcycles in 1979 and automobiles in 1982.
WHIRLPOOL & LOWE’S
Refresh your home inside and out with tips and ideas from Whirlpool and Lowe’s. Join us in our suite for design ideas and simple tips to help bring the outdoors in – through meals, cocktails, décor and more. At Whirlpool, we advance technology to the point of simplicity and Lowe’s helps customers improve and maintain their biggest asset – their home. Together, we never stop seeking smarter, simpler ways to make your house a home.
For 137 years and counting, Michigan-based BISSELL Homecare, Inc. has developed innovative floor care solutions that make cleaning easier. As the top-selling brand in floor care appliances, BISSELL understands that fuller lives often mean more messes, and that convenient cleaning tools help us embrace life’s messier moments. Now in its fourth generation of family leadership, the company supplies households across the globe with vacuums, sweepers, deep-cleaning machines, hard surface cleaners and cleaning formulas. For more information, visitwww.bissell.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Farm Rich, as well as SeaPak & Carvel, make family entertaining easy.
SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. brings the taste of the coast to dinner tables across the country.
Carvel is all about adding flavor to any Birthday occasion; and Ice Cream Cake Land is all about adding flavor to Every occasion. We know that a great ice cream cake is a wonderful way to remember special times and celebrate new memories. Visit icecreamcakeland.com and see all of our yummy flavors like Carvel®, OREO® and Snicker’s®. Any way you slice it, ice cream cakes get the party started. Available at a grocery store near you, enjoy!
MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who provide treatment for common family illnesses and injuries, administer vaccinations, conduct physicals and wellness screenings, and offer monitoring for chronic conditions.
Our board-certified practitioners can:
- Diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat, bladder infections, pink eye and infections of the ears, nose and throat
- Provide common vaccinations for flu, pneumonia, pertussis, and hepatitis, among others
- Treat minor wounds, abrasions, joint sprains and skin conditions such as poison ivy, ringworm and acne
- Provide a wide range of wellness services, including sports and camp physicals, smoking cessation and TB testing
- Offer routine lab tests, instant results and education for those with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or asthma
Most services are available for those age 18 months and older, but ages for specific services may vary. To see services available and age restrictions please visit MinuteClinic.com
Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, educates, connects and empowers Americans to help protect children in developing countries from vaccine-preventable diseases. By joining this movement, you can help save a child’s life every 20 seconds by learning about, advocating for and donating vaccines to children who need them most. Follow us on Twitter @ShotAtLife or go to ShotAtLife.org to learn more.
Starbucks Refreshers™ beverages contain real fruit juice and a natural boost of energy from green coffee extract – perfect for an afternoon pick-me up. Unlike the traditional process of roasting coffee beans, the green coffee extract used in Starbucks Refreshers™ beverages is unroasted and unbrewed – resulting in a mild, fresh flavor while still retaining naturally occurring caffeine. The flavor is nothing like traditional, roasted coffee.
Available in three formats making it easy for our customers to reenergize wherever they are:
- Ready-to-Drink Starbucks Refreshers™ Beverages – Available in U.S. and Canada Starbucks stores and where you buy groceries inRaspberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Lemonade and Orange Melon
- Handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers™ Beverages – Available in U.S. and Canada Starbucks stores as well as 15 markets internationally inCool Lime and Very Berry Hibiscus
- VIA Starbucks Refreshers™ Beverages – Available in U.S. and Canada Starbucks stores in Cool Lime, Very Berry Hibiscus and NEW Strawberry Lemonade at select grocery stores and Starbucks stores in the U.S.
ARM & HAMMER™
ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergents come in a variety of options to fit all cleaning needs and budgets. Formulated to hammer away the toughest stains, our portfolio of laundry products have the power of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda and deliver exceptional performance and a fresh, deep-down clean in every load. The makers of ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergents provide great options for consumers to get the clean they need at a fraction of the cost of premium detergents. For more information, please visit www.armandhammer.com.Facebook.com/armandhammer #cleanyouneed
Jamba Juice® is a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand and restaurant retailer of better-for-you, specialty beverages and food offerings in over 788 locations globally. Founded in 1990, Jamba® encourages everyone to Live Fruitfully™ by embracing each day, each moment and each opportunity to be healthy and active! It all starts with making the right choices and inspiring others to do the same. With products including fresh squeezed juices, real whole all-fruit and fruit & veggie smoothies, functionally beneficial Fit ‘n Fruitful™ smoothies and the all-new Jamba Kids™ Meals, Jamba Juice makes it easy for every member of the family to make nutritious and delicious choices. Fans of Jamba Juice can become a Jamba Insider, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter (@JambaJuice) to learn more about specific offerings and promotions.
RoseArt® provides parents opportunities to connect with their children while they develop important skills for self-expression and creativity. From core art materials to fun activity kits, RoseArt boasts a wide array of safe and easy-to-use arts and crafts products at a price that fits every budget. @RoseArtFun
Snugli™ has been keeping babies snug and safe since 1968. The brand started with the original soft baby carrier which provides caregivers a safe, stylish and convenient carrier option. In 2012, Snugli extended its line with the launch of a stylish new Stroller, High Chair, and Infant Car Seat. Each item features compatible Style Sets that are interchangeable, allowing parents to easily choose the pattern that best fits their sense of style, while experiencing optimum comfort and functionality. Most recently, they introduced a new line of car seats featuring OUTLAST® temperature management technology, a category-changing innovation that keeps children temperate during car seat outings by actively absorbing and storing excess heat. Key retailers include Buy Buy Baby and specialty stores. For more information on Snugli, visitwww.Snugli.com
THE WRITE DUDES®
The Write Dudes® and The Board Dudes® offer office, home and school products that improve organization and increase productivity. From bulletin boards to magnetic dry-erase boards, calendars and planners to pens, pencils, highlighters and permanent markers, the Dudes help families, students and educators stay on top of their busy schedules.@TheWriteDudes
Tree Top is a grower-owned cooperative passionate about fruit. For more than 50 years we’ve focused on being the world’s premier fruit-based company, producing wholesome products including top-quality juices and sauces and premium ingredients. Tree Top is the producer of the only major brand of apple juice made from 100% USA apples.
VASELINE® SPRAY & GO MOISTURIZER
New Vaseline® Spray & Go Moisturizer is a quick, continuous 360° spray lotion that moisturizes deeply and absorbs in seconds, so you can put your clothes right on and get on with your day! Available in three formulas – Total Moisture®, Aloe Fresh, and Cocoa Radiant™ – this fast to apply, quick to absorb line of lotions leaves skin instantly soft – not sticky or greasy. With a more than 140-year heritage as America’s most trusted healthy skin expert and more than 30 years as a leading global hand and body lotion brand, Vaseline delivers products that meet the specific needs of consumers, no matter their lifestage or lifestyle. Visitwww.maxthemorning.com to learn more.
Vita Coco’s an all-natural, super-hydrating, fat-free, cholesterol-free, nutrient-packed, potassium-stacked, mega-electrolyte coconut water! Enjoy Vita Coco in six delicious flavors for nutrient rich, calorie poor natural hydration.
AMERICAN CLEANING INSTITUTE
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry®, representing companies who make many of the household cleaning products you probably use regularly in your home.
ACI and its members are dedicated to ensuring consumers are equipped with the information they need to help keep their homes and families healthy. Most recently, with the launch of single-load liquid laundry packets, ACI has been committed to increasing consumer awareness around the proper usage, handling and storage of this new laundry product for a safer laundry room and routine.
For more information on ACI, including useful laundry safety tips that you can share with your readers, please visit us at cleaninginstitute.org.
Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them.
Holding a finished book with your name on the cover is a truly amazing feeling; it’s one of those experiences everyone should have. As software people, designers, and publishing professionals at the top of our game, we realized something both incredible and obvious: there’s no good reason why it should take tons of time, technical skills, big bucks, or friends in high places to publish a book. Or a zillion books, for that matter.
So we put our minds together, and developed a creative publishing service simple and smart enough to make anyone an author – every blogger, cook, photographer, parent, traveler, poet, pet owner, marketer, entrepreneur, everyone. (This means you.)
Bona is all you need to clean, shine and protect your hardwood floors for a lifetime. For more than 90 years Bona has brought out the best in hardwood floors with its full suite of floor care. Bona’s cleaning solutions are non-toxic, biodegradable and GREENGUARD certified. In addition to being highly effective Bona helps keep floors healthy for homes and families (pets too!) with no odor. Bona is the first in its industry to carry a full system of hardwood floor finishing and floor care products certified for indoor air quality. For Bona’s full line of cleaners, polish, mops and accessories visit www.mybonahome.com or one of our many retailers including Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, The Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, WalMart and Target. For information on a Bona Certified Craftsman to refinish floors visit www.mybonahome.com.
Contours is dedicated to offering you baby products with innovative designs that fit your family’s ever-changing needs. We combine safety, style and simplicity to help you embrace the everyday moments with your little one. Speaking of family, we’ll be introducing a brand new addition to our growing Contours family at the Mom 2.0 Summit: Bliss, the first all-in-one stroller, pram and carrycot! This baby’s got it all. Visitcontoursbaby.com and discover our contemporary strollers that make afternoon walks a stroll in the park for both your baby and you. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. #ContoursBaby
In the more than 15 years since its launch, the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCareprogram has grown to be the most successful retail savings and rewards program in the world with more than 70 million active cardholder households. Shoppers love ExtraCare because the ExtraCare program is designed with customers in mind, offering value and a personalized experience every time a cardholder shops.
Cardholders can scan their card for:
ExtraSavings: ExtraCare members receive ExtraSavings by taking advantage of personalized coupons, circular deals, and automatic discounts when they shop at CVS/pharmacy. ExtraSavings include money-saving offers on register receipts, at the in-store Coupon Centers, and delivered via email, as well as sale prices for simply using your ExtraCare card during each visit.
ExtraBucks® Rewards: ExtraBucks® Rewards are like “free CVS money” you can spend on almost anything at CVS/pharmacy. ExtraCare members earn these rewards in a variety of ways, including getting 2% back on nearly all dollars spent on non-prescription purchases. These rewards are just for scanning your ExtraCare card during each shopping trip, and are paid out on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. Members also earn ExtraBucks® Rewards by purchasing specially-advertised items, and by participating in optional programs like the ExtraCare Beauty Club, ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes, or the new ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards Program.
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation, is America’s leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com.
Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, CA, is one of the world’s largest weight management companies. Jenny’s clinically proven program combines nutrition and physical activity with a weekly personalized one-on-one consultation to help its clients eat well, move more and live life! Available in-centre and at home, the flexible program allows clients easy access, whenever, wherever. And in 2013, Jenny Craig is celebrating their 30th Birthday, as well as the second year of their relationship with the American Heart Association, by sponsoring more than 300 Heart Walks across the nation this year. To learn more, visitjennycraig.com and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, andPinterest.
KIDDE FIRE SAFETY
As the world’s largest manufacturer of fire safety products, Kidde’s mission is to provide solutions that protect people and property from the effects of fire and its related hazards. Offering advanced safety technology in its residential smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers, Kidde’s newest line of Worry-Free Smoke Alarms are powered by sealed-in, 10-year lithium batteries to provide 24/7 fire safety protection while eliminating the hassles of low battery chirps and battery replacement. Visit worryfreealarm.com for details or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/Kidde or follow us on Twitter attwitter.com/KiddeSafety.
At Nature Made® we make vitamins for people like you. Whether through rigorous quality testing, third-party verification, scientific studies, or groundbreaking innovation, we make products to your higher standards. We believe that’s the only way to make vitamins.
We are always trying to make taking your vitamins even better. That’s why we created Nature Made® VitaMelts™. VitaMelts are a new family of tasty, melt-in-your-mouth vitamin supplements. Not only do they taste great, you can take them anytime, anywhere because you don’t need water. Yep, vitamins have officially changed forever.
THE MOTHER COMPANY
The Mother Company is driven by the mission of “Helping Parents Raise Good People” with a comprehensive parenting advice website and their “Ruby’s Studio” children’s imprint, which features a line of award-winning videos – on DVD and Download – books, eBooks, apps, activity kits and more. In addition to helping children navigate social and emotional issues, The Mother Company helps parents find the tools and discussions to alleviate some of the stress of everyday parenting. Additional information on The Mother Company can be found atwww.TheMotherCo.com.
Wells Fargo loans more money to America’s small businesses than any other bank (2002-2010 Community Reinvestment Act government data) and is a leading lender to women- and diverse-owned businesses. In March, Wells Fargo announced a commitment to lend a cumulative total of $55 billion to women-owned businesses in the U.S. by 2020, updating our lending commitment first established in 1995. We believe women-owned businesses are major contributors to rebuilding our nation’s economy, and we want to provide the financial services and support these businesses need to thrive.
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