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9 Reasons You Want to Join the Blogalicious #SocialSquad

The “Social Squad” is our term of endearment for our conference volunteer team. They deliver the utmost in attendee experience and are the definition of service! From the things you do see, like their smiling faces at Registration, to the things you don’t see, like them getting down and dirty unloading pallets of boxes and stuffing the hundreds of swag bags, their hard work and dedication contributes to the Blogalicious Weekend experience in countless ways…

Why would you want to join the social squad? 

1. You’re in THE official Blogalicious Club! #SquadGoals
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It is THE squad to be in! This group of ladies (and gents) have the most fun behind the scenes and form a bond that extends beyond the conference.

2. (Purple) Flower Power

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Every member rocks a purple flower with pride. When you see the flower, you can rest assured that this person is ready to help and to provide service with a smile.

3. Complimentary Registration to Blogalicious Weekend

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In exchange for complimentary registration, volunteers work 12 hours over the course of the conference to help us pull off an successful event. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to play and attend the workshops you desire.

4. Extra Swag!

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Every year, we have extra swag. Sometimes folks don’t claim their bag or sponsors send us more than we need. On the last day of the conference, we give everything away. Squad members usually get to pick first!

5. Jana, the BEST Squad Leader

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Picture is blurry because it’s hard to catch Jana in action!

Jana, the Social Squad Coordinator, is THE. ABSOLUTE.BEST. If you don’t know, now you know. She runs a tight ship but she is the sweetest and protective of her troop. Squad members always make sure to remind Jana to eat at some point during the conference. She doesn’t always listen ;) Tweet her to say hi.

6. Grow Your Network / Make New Friends

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The bond that forms within this group is tight. Everyone keeps in touch after the conference and engages via their very own private Facebook group.

7. Give Back and Save

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When planning to attend any conference out of town, costs add up quickly! By volunteering their time, Social Squad members can offset that by donating their time. Win-win!

8. The Behind-the-Scenes Blogalicious Experience

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Squad members are required to show up at least one day before the event to help us prepare. This affords our volunteers a chance to see #TeamBlogalicious in action and observe the machine that is Blogalicious Weekend.

9. Get to Know Brands and Speakers On a Personal Level

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Volunteers work closely with sponsors and speakers assisting them with whatever they need to ensure they have a positive experience. This means developing a personal relationship with key players that you can add to your Rolodex (do they still make those?). You get our point!

Want to join the #SocialSquad? There’s still time to apply. Application deadline is 4/3. If you have any questions, tweet us at @Beblogalicious!

New Book Alert :: “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges Of Raising African American Children”

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Y’ALL! Here. We. Go. Denene Millner’s (www.MyBrownBaby.com) new black parenting book, “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children” is fresh off the press and arrived at bookstores and online retailers last week.  “My Brown Baby” is currently available in paperback and eBook form.

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Denene, a long time friend of Blogalicious, graciously allowed us to preview an excerpt from her book.

Read below:

Raising 14-Year-Olds Ain’t For Punks: Learning How To Let My Baby Spread Her Wings & Fly

She started high school last week—left this house in a ball of nerves and excitement and fear and delight, curious about this new, independent path she was about to walk, sans her mother’s hand to squeeze during the scary parts.

I offered to make her an omelet. She wasn’t hungry. I plotted to drive her two blocks to the bus stop. Her father told her to walk, and he parked a block away, in case her ride didn’t show up. She did let me take a picture of her dressed in her first-day-of school outfit, a custom we’ve practiced every year since her first day of school at age two. For this small piece of ritual, I am grateful. I stared at her picture through tear-filled eyes for at least an hour.

It’s so cliché, that whole “where did the time go—it feels like she was born just yesterday” thing. Still, the feeling is visceral. True. And really, it’s starting to sink in that the sweet little ball of chocolate I carried in my belly and pushed through my loins and fell totally, helplessly, eternally in love with all those years ago is a baby no more.

My firstborn child, my Mari, is 14.

There’s so much that comes with this age, things that make all the other milestones we parents tend to fret over—sitting up, first words, first steps, potty training, dry nights, first day of kindergarten, first lost tooth and all of that—feel trivial. After all, when they are little, they are dependent and vulnerable and our jobs as parents, as my mother once told me, is to “keep the kids from killing their fool selves.” We grown-ups are in total control. We know it. The children know it. There is no pushback. It is what it is.

But, my God, how those dynamics change when our babies mature and those hormones are in full effect and they start smelling themselves and get behind the wheel of their own thoughts and emotions and desires and… pull away. My Mari has her own ideas on how she wants to dress, what she wants to listen to and watch, how she feels about the world around her and how she wants that world to really see her. My once sweet and helpful and bubbly child has morphed into straight lines and sharp edges, with an attitude and opinions and a fierce hunger for independence—the kind that comes with a challenging of rules and a demand for self-sufficiency and a smidge, too, of secrecy.

I remember 14 and I (try to) understand—(try to) acknowledge that she has the right to like what she likes (within reason) and think how she thinks (with logic and evidence to back it up) and feel what she feels and that those likes and thoughts and feelings may not necessarily sync with mine and this is okay. As she evolves, so, too, do I.

So I loosen my grip. Just a little. Enough to let her wings flutter. For her to make her choices—in clothing, in friends, in the things that interest her. She can walk across the street from school to the Starbucks and the Earth won’t stop its rotational spin. She can talk to her best friend on FaceTime until midnight on a Friday and let out that primal teenage girl squeal when a Mindless Behavior video comes on TV and ignore her little sister and, for hours at a time, answer questions with one-word mumbles and the sun will still rise in the morning. She can choose the blue shirt instead of the green, wear the stretch jeans, purple shirt and sneakers instead of the hip pink dress and sensible flats, and rock her hair cascading on her shoulders instead of the gorgeous top-knot I think shows off her beautiful face, and she will still be… mine.

Still, allowing this feels like she’s taken one of my lungs. She’s learning to live. I can barely breathe knowing that while I am still a part of the equation she uses to factor how to legislate her space in this world, I am no longer the absolute in my 14-year-old’s math.

So this is where trust comes in. Not only in my daughter but my own parenting skills. My husband and I have done our best to steer our daughter down the right path—our family path. We have reminded and still do remind her constantly that the world is bigger than our little corner of Georgia, that a hairstyle or a stupid, ratchet reality TV show doesn’t define her or her blackness, that the price of her shoes or the label in her shirt is no measurement of her worth, that books and art and culture are as necessary as air and the only time she should ever stop learning and challenging herself is when she is gone from this Earth. And as she navigates high school, this new terrain of peer pressure and hormones and boys and no-nonsense teachers, I want—really need—my Mari to know that she has a voice and opinions and feelings and an experience that is valuable and important and true. And that she has the right to use them. To have them heard. Respected.

Silence is not an option.

This is all to say that raising a 14-year-old ain’t for punks. It’s when parenting gets real. I face the challenge head on, knowing that my one-on-one time with my daughter will be cut short in just four years, when she heads off to college. I accept the challenge, too, because I am hopelessly, helplessly in love with her.

This will be so until dolphins fly and parrots swim the sea.

Always.      — August 2013

 

Loved what you’ve read so far? Go ahead and purchase your copy here: http://amzn.to/2mutjus

If you’ve already purchased your book, let Denene know! She’d love to hear from her Blogalicious Family:

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I’m celebrating brown babies today with @MyBrownBaby and her new #MyBrownBaby parenting book! http://amzn.to/2mutjus

ABOUT DENENE:
DENENE MILLNER is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 books, including books co-written with Taraji Henson and Charlie Wilson. She also is the editor of MyBrownBaby.com. “Raising 14-Year-Olds Ain’t For Punks: Learning How To Let My Baby Spread Her Wings & Fly” is an excerpt from her new parenting book, “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges Of Raising African American Children.” Purchase her book here.
Denene

 

 

 

 

Call for Volunteers! Applications Now Being Accepted for Blogalicious Weekend Social Squad
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Volunteering provides an opportunity for anyone, from the novice blogger to the social media enthusiast, to help #Blogalicious9 run smoothly both for presenters and participants — and to be an active Conference participant with a complimentary Conference Registration (Note: if you are selected to join the Social Squad and you have already purchased a conference ticket, you will be reimbursed).

Each year a robust network of social media influencers and enthusiasts from all over the world gather to collaborate, connect and uplift one another, and this impressive gathering couldn’t happen without the help of an amazing group of volunteers.

The 2017 Conference will be held from Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8, 2017.  The policies below outline guidelines and procedures that will allow the Blogalicious Weekend 2017 volunteer experience to be beneficial to both Blogalicious and its volunteers:

Recruitment & Eligibility

Volunteers for Blogalicious Weekend 2017 are selected based on:

·       Ability to perform the volunteer position (experience, knowledge, skills);

·       Ability to work a minimum of 12 hours over the course of the Conference;

·       Ability to volunteer for entirety of the 4-day Conference unless an emergency occurs;

·       Ability and willingness to attend mandatory orientation;

·       Ability to handle multiple tasks with a positive attitude; and

·       A heartfelt desire to serve

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Benefits

Volunteers, lovingly referred to as our “Social Squad,” are considered representatives of Blogalicious for the entirety of the Conference, and are therefore asked to present themselves accordingly.

In exchange for their service, volunteers will receive a complimentary conference registration.  This ticket includes: Admission to all official conference social events workshops, keynote sessions, meals and swag bag.

Time Commitment

During the Blogalicious Weekend, all volunteers are required to work 4-hour shifts daily or a minimum of 12 hours.  Every attempt will be made to place volunteers in positions that meet both their needs (free time to attend sessions of interests and enjoy the Conference) and the needs of the Conference.

Volunteers should plan their travel to arrive by Wednesday morning, October 4, 2017 to participate in swag bag stuffing and to attend the mandatory on-site Social Squad Orientation. {Note: Volunteers will not receive travel assistance or travel reimbursement to or from the Conference site.}

Age Requirement

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Performance Concerns & Dismissal

All volunteers are expected to maintain high standards of productivity, cooperation, and attendance.  Blogalicious accepts the service of volunteers with the understanding that enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitudes are expected for a well-managed and successful volunteer experience.

In cases of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance, Blogalicious reserves the right to make determinations regarding the suitability of volunteers to continue in service.

Timeline

April 3: Application Deadline
April 28: Applicants are Notified
October 4: Social Squad Orientation

(Volunteer positions are limited.)

Apply here to be a member of the #Blogalicious9 Social Squad!

 

Questions? Please email Jana Pauldin, Social Squad Coordinator: jana (at) beblogalicious.com

What You Need to Know About Attending, Speaking, Sleeping, Nursing, and Volunteering at Blogalicious 2017!

 

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If we had a dollar for every time an excited member of our community inquires about submitting to speak or volunteer during Blogalicious Weekend, we’d be writing this post from a beach in Bora Bora! Thank you, thank you for your emails, messages, texts and DMs! Your interest and enthusiasm is not taken for granted because our conference doesn’t happen without your talents, energy and gifts. Here are some details that will hopefully allow us to allow you to allow all of us to be great:

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Blogalicious Weekend Tickets:

General Admission Influencer Passes, General Admission Industry Passes and VIP Experience passes are available for purchase. Early Bird ticket sales ended February 2nd, but our regular ticket prices are still great! What is the difference between the ticket types? We’re glad you asked!

Influencer Pass:
This ticket type is for Bloggers, Social Media Influencers and Entrepreneurs and includes the 2.5-Day Regular Conference on October 6th, 7th and the morning of the 8th. The Regular Conference includes workshops, keynotes, social events, conference meals and coffee breaks, and swag bag.

Industry Pass:
This ticket type is for PR agency executives, brand representatives and professionals on the corporate side of the social media industry.  The Industry Pass includes includes the 2.5-Day Regular Conference on October 6th, 7th and the morning of the 8th. The Regular Conference includes workshops, keynotes, social events, conference meals and coffee breaks, and swag bag.

VIP Experience Pass:
This ticket type is for anyone who wants to participate in advanced-level trainings and take advantage of VIP perks. The VIP Experience Pass includes a full day of trainings (VIP Mastermind Day) and a private cocktail reception on October 5th. In addition, this ticket type includes all of the benefits of the Influencer/Industry Pass. For an idea of what VIP Mastermind Day looked like in past years, check out the Thursday agendas for 2016 and 2015.

NEW THIS YEAR: We’re adding some super-fly perks for those who are VIP Experience ticket-holders. We’re still dreaming up fun and valuable surprises to stay tuned for those details. For this reason, we’ve upgraded the name of the ticket from VIP Mastermind Day to VIP Experience – why contain the awesome to just one day?

But I already Bought My Early Bird/Influencer/Industry Pass! I want to enjoy the VIP Experience!
No worries. If you have already purchased your ticket and want to become a VIP, simply select the VIP Experience Upgrade option to add on – you’re all set!!

 

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Blogalicious Weekend Speaking Opportunities:

We love sourcing our speakers from the community – we truly do. Here’s the cool thing: over the last 8 years, the landscape of the blogging, business and social media space has evolved in an amazing way. This means that your expectations and needs have grown drastically. We love this. It means that we have to carefully curate who our conference presenters will be. Each year, the bar is raised! Also, if you’ve attended a Blogalicious Weekend, then you know our agenda is jam-packed. We’ve got to balance the sessions with the sponsor events and activities and also allow you precious time for networking and connecting with your Blogalicious family. That means we have a limited number of session slots (like 12 max!) available.

If you are a knowledgeable and charismatic professional speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator, subject matter expert WITH speaking experience, then we want you to submit, submit, submit.

Our Call for Speakers will open on May 1st and it will close on May 22nd. Put those dates in your calendar and make sure to check back here on the blog or on our social media profiles or in the Social Suite or in our Newsletter for the announcement.

 

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Blogalicious Weekend Volunteer Opportunities:

The Blogalicious Social Squad is EVERYTHING! Seriously, our volunteer team is amazing and makes the engine run like well-oiled machine on-site. If you have a serving heart, are willing to work, play well with others and want to be a part of a special sisterhood, then the Social Squad is for you. It’s important to note that our volunteers have to dedicate a minimum number of hours to working during the conference, and will need to roll with the punches, be flexible and rise to the occasion! That said, the Social Squad members have a BLAST and get to experience the conference sessions and events too. Sound interesting to you? Great!

Our Call for Social Squad applications will open on March 1st and will close on April 3rd. Put those dates in your calendar and make sure to check back here on the blog or on our social media profiles or in the Social Suite or in our Newsletter for the announcement.

 

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Other Items to Note:

Hotel Rooms.  Our discounted Blogalicious 2017 Room Block at the Hilton Miami Downtown is open and rooms are available for $199. Our room block closes on September 12th. Please don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your room! Click here to reserve.

Policy re. Children.  Only nursing infants are allowed in the conference space at Blogalicious Weekend in order to provide the best possible experience for our attendees. [Neither Team Blogalicious nor the Social Squad are responsible for tending to your child.]

Ticket Refund Policy. Your ticket purchase is non-refundable but you may transfer your registration to another participant by contacting the organizer NO LATER THAN September 3rd, 2017. The exception to this is if you have purchased a ticket and then are chosen to be a speaker or a volunteer, then Blogalicious will refund your purchase.

 

Ok! That’s it for now. Hopefully this post answers a few FAQs. Look for Blogalicious Weekend updates to ramp up in the Spring!!

xo,
Team Blogalicious

 

Blogalicious 2017 Badge Bling Is Here!

Hey now!! Are you dreaming of warm, sunny days and the crashing surf like we are? Since October can’t get here soon enough, we’re doing our best to daydream and these site badges for Blogalicious Miami are helping to do the trick for now! For starters, they’re nice and blue like that Florida ocean, and – if you put your face real close to your laptop monitor – you’ll even feel the sun rays beaming on your face [see what we did there? ;)]

Once you’ve registered and booked your room, make sure to make your friends jealous by letting them know that you’re Blogalicious by displaying a badge on your site, on your Instagram feed, heck, make it your new profile pic!

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The Blogalicious Top 5 Moments of 2016

2016 has been a year to remember for the Blogalicious team and brand. If we say so ourselves, we’ve done some pretty cool things! Here’s a shortlist of our 5 greatest moments this year. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.

The Blogalicious Top 5 Moments of 2016

Number 5

For the past 7 years, “she” was just the girl in our logo. But, because she was an important part of our company, we had to give her a name. We launched a contest and the best name won: Lady B! It’s so fitting and elegant; just like the slight sway of her hip in the Blogalicious logo. Thanks to Sommar Winfield for picking her name. We gifted Sommar a two-night stay at the Blogalicious Conference hotel in Atlanta back in October.

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Number 4

Blogalicious in the news! The word continues to spread about our brand and we have been in great company! In past years, we have been featured in Essence, EBONY, and on NPR to name a few. This year, Chief Curator Stacey Ferguson had the amazing opportunity to share the Blogalicious mission with Inc.com and FastCompany.com as well as on CBS Atlanta, AJC.com and Rolling Out! Next on our bucket list? Our own reality TV show (ha ha)!

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Number 3

The bLink Marketing Network, our multicultural influencer network for sponsored campaigns, has been busy! We fostered amazing partnerships with the American Heart Association, Dove, Disney Dreamers Academy, Lifetime Movie Network, and Geneva Naturals.

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Number 2

We had finally outgrown our space. What space you ask? Our living rooms! This year we moved into an official office space that we affectionally refer to as “Blogalicious HQ.” After spending an entire weekend decorating, peeling and re-peeling wallpaper, we finally opened our office to the community to visit. Our HQ party was lit and the bubbly was flowing. Our DC-based team loves coming to this space to create Blogalicious magic.

 

Number 1

Some days we have to pinch ourselves at the thought! This October we hosted the 8th annual Blogalicious Weekend conference. We headed back to Atlanta, which we affectionately call our “sweet spot.” (You know Atlanta + Georgia peaches, and peaches are usually sweet. Our sweet spot! But, we digress.)

Back in 2009, Blogalicious Weekend was supposed to be a one-time event because we saw a void in the blogging space of an intimate place for social media influencers of color to connect and collaborate. The response has been overwhelming and we are so, so proud to still be going strong 8 years later. Most importantly, we announced the venue and city for Blogalicious Weekend 2017: Miami, Florida!

 

Register for #B9 HERE!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your continued support and for bringing your magic to our corner of the world.

We wish you a successful and prosperous 2017! If there is anything we can do to help your business or blog grow, do send us a shoutout!

Happy New Year!

xo,

Team Blogalicious

Get Ready With Geneva Naturals #client
Photo credit: Ria Michelle

Photo credit: Ria Michelle

Do you find yourself changing your skincare routine during the winter months? Do you question whether you’ve spent enough time on self-care by the end of the year? Do you wonder how you can combine the two without sacrificing time for other things that are important? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our solution to you would be our client Geneva Naturals!

What is Geneva Naturals?

Geneva Naturals creates natural skincare products using only the highest formulation standards and all of our products are 100% made in the USA. The company was created with the belief that self-care shouldn’t be limited to vacations.

We created Geneva Naturals for the woman who never takes a break — whether that be in motherhood, her career, or anything that she endeavors. We became aware that as a consequence of you changing the world, sleepless nights and long days can take a toll on your skin. This could mean a dull complexion, tired eyes, and premature signs of aging.
 
We empathize with this problem deeply. More often than not, we put ourselves second to move our passions in life forward. And while our life’s dedications are what make for the most beautiful moments, we disregard self-care as a form of self-respect.  With the same fire underneath us that we’ve seen in the women that inspire us, we created Geneva Naturals to take you away on an overdue vacation, without having to take any of your time.
Geneva Naturals makes it easy to treat yourself! We love that they’ve taken into account that their customers are already busy with their range of harmless products. New skin care and beauty companies are conveniently at our fingertips, which makes it hard to select the right one for your needs. In a recent campaign, we selected an amazing group of busy bloggers to work with Geneva Naturals who’ve since blogged about their experience.

Bloggers Love Geneva Naturals

Danielle, a 35-year-old stay at home mom of 2 says, “Makeup and fussy routines are not for me. You’ll never see me with a million-step facial routine, or a makeup routine that requires half an hour every morning. I just can’t. I love that Geneva Naturals has an easy routine to follow, but is packed with so many good ingredients that it does a lot for your skin. I need to stay looking young and fresh without it taking too much time.”
Ria Michelle enjoyed herself at the Geneva Naturals blogger’s brunch in Miami. She was impressed with their serums. “I’m really into serums at the moment in my skincare journey. I got super excited to try theirs and immediately rubbed some on my arm to test. Their serum features 20% Vitamin C and Edelweiss. Edelweiss is a special anti-aging plant that grows in the Swiss Alps. The serum helps with firmness and lines and wrinkles. So I’m sold.” Check out her beautiful photos of the event here.
Talk about the right place at the right time! Z had been looking for harmless skincare when the blogger’s brunch rolled into town. Here’s her favorite product so far: “Between traveling often and spending most of my time outside in the heat it’s no secret that my skin has been needing some extra TLC for quite some time. I’ve been using the Advance Vitamin C+E serum along with the Advanced Anti-Aging Moisturizer Cream with SPF and I can’t tell you enough how much I love these products. Just four days after using the new line both in the morning and at night before bed, I noticed that my skin (especially around my eyes) started to feel a bit more firm.” Read more.
Tiffany Gonzalez named her favorite product! “So far my favorite of the bunch has been the Vitamin C+E Oil. It smells so good and goes on the skin smoothly without leaving any type of residue behind. I see my skin brighter and more hydrated after using it for a week! Must try if you ask me.” Read more.
Claudia, a 30-year-old beauty feels like she started on her skincare journey too late. We can totally relate. Here’s what she started doing after the brunch, “I‘ve been trying to give my face as much TLC as I can and I can’t think of a better way than with natural products. I have been using the Advanced Vitamin C+ E Serum every night this week followed by the Advanced Anti-Aging RetinolCream. I only use them at night before I go to sleep for now, and I am so happy with the results so far! Seriously I started feeling the results right away. Oh, and another plus, the products smell amazing!” Read more.
More recaps and rave reviews by #BloggersWhoBrunch
Busy, short on time and on-the-go career women and mothers (and men) now have an ally in the skincare and self-care departments! We’re thankful to have partnered with Geneva Naturals and these amazing bloggers for the #BloggersWhoBrunch event in Miami. Now that you’ve heard rave reviews about Geneva Naturals, take a moment to shop their collection of fine products here.

Will you try these Geneva Naturals?

The 2016 ‘Content Is A Gift’ Guide

Today is Black Friday, so all we can think about are deals, discounts, and must-have products. With last year’s Gift Your Empire being a success, it was only fair that we upped the ante with our 2016 Content Is A Gift guide. In this quick and easy guide, you’ll find deals on fashion and accessories, decor for your home and office, new planners to #GetYourLife, and so much more. As always, we’ve got your back.

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Art, Lifestyle, Decor

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Fine Art (& enamel pins) for Everyone from Christa David

LIT wrapping paper from Fetti Wrap

Crystals, sage & candles from Homegirl Por Vida

Mystery gift bags from Bawdy Bookworms

 

Fashion & Accessories

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Checks or It Didn’t Happen t-shirts from the B Store

New tees & sweatshirts 15% off from Shop Slay Culture

15% off trendy tees from Shirts for Sirens

Because, Kids tee from Tired as a Mother

Glam tees from Naturally Glam

Feel good t-shirts from Love Always YJE

Beans, Greens, You Name It tee from MESS in a Bottle (Winner of Perfect Pitch IV contest)

25% off Faith-inspired apparel from Ven & Rose

 

Hair, Skin & Beauty

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Beard oil (& so much more) from Koils by Nature

All the natural hair products from Naturalicious

Arrayed liquid matte lipsticks from Liquid Courage Cosmetics

 

Planners & Books

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The New & Improved Visionary Journal from Keep Chasing the Stars

From Entrepreneur to CEO, by Shahara Wright Esq.

I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

The Official #Blogalicious8 Coloring Book sold here

 

Services + Courses + Workshops

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Blogalicious Small Business Weekend Bundle Sale HERE! (Get your 2017 conference pass, the #Blogalicious8 t-shirt & coloring book!)

Create Your Keynote (private coaching) with Amber Wright

Holiday Copyright Law Bundle from Hughly Smith Law

Dope DIY design services from Roseredd Etc.


Happy Shopping, Blogalicious family!

 

The Top 13 Best Recaps of Blogalicious 8

When it comes to gauging what does and doesn’t work for a major event, bloggers and content creators are golden! We scoured our community for recaps of #Blogalicious8 and hit the jackpot with these writeups. Below, delight in 13 conference recaps from some of your favorite bloggers, writers, influencers, and content creators. See how our panels, conference events, and sponsors ranked among our beautifully diverse friends in the Blogalicious community.

The Top 13 recaps of Blogalicious 8 We Love

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5 Dope Chicks You Should Know [#Blogalicious8] by Kenya Rae

Kenya writes,

“To say that I enjoyed myself is an understatement. To say that I learned a lot is minimizing the fact that my mind was on overload when I left. And to say that I was thoroughly impressed is nothing but the truth.

“While I had heard great things about this conference, I can not say that I was convinced. I have only attended one other blog conference in the past.  I vowed I wouldn’t go back to that conference.  Honestly, I was not sure that investing in this one would be any different.

“I needed to be there, and I am truly convinced that I was selected to be on the squad for that reason. Yes, I needed the information.  But more than that, my little introverted self needed to meet some of the dopest chicks out here.  I needed to see (and feel) the importance of building and maintaining awesome relationships while building a brand.”

 

5 Things I Learned from Blogalicious 8 by Michelle

Michelle writes,

“If I didn’t leave with anything else, I learned that don’t leave the conference without setting some goals for yourself. I have already written down some goals that I WILL achieve for the rest of the year and next year. I also already bought my ticket for Blogalicious 9 that will be held in Miami! I will not be in the same place this year when I return. I will have grown as a content creator! I also have goals to start my own small business so be on the lookout for that! Don’t believe me just watch!

“This was my first conference and I really enjoyed myself! I felt like I belonged, and that’s huge for me! I started this blog because I needed an outlet. I had no idea it would turn into something so amazing. Thank you to Stacey and her team for putting on an amazing conference. I will see you all next year in MIAMI!!!”

 

In 7 Simple Ways to Gain Financial Self-Reliance, Elayna Fernandez, one of this year’s Social Media Ambassadors writes,

“Be Your Own Prince Charming: I am definitely my own Prince Charming and I love this message so much, because it refers to taking personal responsibility and being your own advocate. A man is not a plan, whether he’s your husband, your boss, or the president of the country you live in.

“You have everything within you to be your own Prince Charming, to create your own rich life in every way. I loved the analogy of how he should be the icing, not the cake – you are the cake, and you’re always baking the cake to make it better.”

 

Kiwi loved all things Dove! Here’s what she had to say about their #SpeakBeautiful campaign:

Dove wowed us all with the #SpeakBeautiful message and it definitely gives me something to think about more. In a world where Filters and makeup/beauty trends can have us feeling inadequate about our own beauty, we have the power to change that. Young women and adult women are constantly bombarded with what is in trend and what isn’t but it’s up to us to uplift each other and ourselves and it does start with speaking beautiful. The young women look up to the older women, and the older women need to be an example on how to carry high self-esteem and standards when it comes to beauty.”

 

The “conference hangover” is real! Kimberly Brown shares 5 things you should do after #Blogalicious8 to get your life in order. We really enjoyed this tip:

“Organize your notes. All of those great sessions. All of the handouts. All of the inspiration, motivation, and advice is probably in a notebook or computer document that may not be organized. I get it, you were running from session to session; but if you wait too long to go through everything, you won’t understand your own notes when you get around to it.”

 

Don’t forget to read these Blogaliciou 8 recaps, too!

If you’ll be joining us for the first time in Miami next year, read Toiia’s 10 things to do before attending my first blogging conference or Canesha’s write-up on her first (and definitely not her last) Blogalicious conference.

Sponsored content is a huge money maker for all of us. If you want to learn how to secure sponsored content for a blogger’s conference, take heed to Kiwi’s advice here.

LeAnne Fairweather, one of our conference Social Media Ambassadors, really drove home what our theme Content Is Life meant. Check out her 3 quotes to prove that in this blog post.

Stacey Taylor enjoyed a wine tasting with our speakers the McBride Sisters. See which wine is her favorite in Tasting Wine With The McBride Sisters.

Young entrepreneurs Elyssa Fernandez and Elisha Fernandez hosted a talk on how to be authentic in your content. In case you missed the sisters powerful presentation, watch it here.

Finally, Neosha Gee of CreateHER Stock, and one of our conference Social Media Ambassadors, we have a beautiful concluding recap of the entire weekend that’s sure to give you the feels. Catch her 2016 Blogalicious Conference Atlanta Recap right here. Don’t forget to also read The Blogalicious Weekend Toolkit, which is filled with free resources, tips, and great photos.


Want your recap included? Email ariel@beblogalicious.com and enter Add Me to Recap in the subject line. Thanks!

5 Lessons Dove Taught Us About Self-Care at #Blogalicious8

Dove being a premium conference sponsor was one of the best things we could’ve asked for. Our community enjoyed having them — and their amazing products — onsite, and wasted no time revealing that on social media. The #SpeakBeautiful hashtag twists and turns between photos, live videos, and blog posts from our beloved bloggers and influencers. We took some time to reflect on the impact Dove made at #Blogalicious8 and wanted to share 5 things we learned from the beauty company.

5 lessons we learned through Dove

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Women are powerful

Dove’s Speak Beautiful campaign resonated because it’s one that empowers women and girls to love themselves and uplift one another when the world chooses not to. Reading so many beautiful blog posts, and hearing friends like Luvvie and Marie Leggette share their stories, proved how important it is for women to be confident in their power.

 

Our power starts with self-care

Luvvie spoke beautifully when she told our audience that, “you are enough when you wake up in the morning.” That version of yourself that you hide from others or leave at home every morning is more than enough and holds value. Before we can properly start our journeys to daily self-care, it;s important that we love who we are sans masks for work, society, family, and friends. Marie shared sage advice to get there and that is to “write beautiful words about yourself on the mirror.”

 

Learn what you need

In Dove’s Hospitality Suite, attendees basked in a friendly atmosphere were makeovers, massages, and desserts were in heavy rotation. It was obvious that when women walked out of the Suite, they felt better about themselves because they’d devoted at least 20 minutes to personal care. We noticed that some women walked out with a #BeatFace thanks to Atlanta makeup artist Ashley Greene, while others walked lighter because they’d gotten an amazing foot or back rub. Seeing our attendees choose how they wanted to take care of themselves in thar moment drove home the importance of learning what you need when you need it, and making sure you receive it by any means necessary.

 

It’s okay to feel special and beautiful

The community roared after Dove’s surprise room drops. Everyone received beautiful backpacks filled with full-sized products for the whole body. We felt the love traversing through the hotel’s hallways, and honestly, it was a great feeling. That small act of kindness reminded us that it is okay to feel special and that we don’t always have to do anything extraordinary to feel that way.

 

Life really is a party!

Thanks to Dove, we ended a long-weekend conference to an amazing all-white rooftop Day Party! At every turn, we found laughter, dancing, photo ops, long hugs, and fantastic drinks about the deck. Many of us are conditioned to celebrate only when we’ve accomplished something. And if we fail, there’s no cake or ice cream or balloons to make us feel better. Instead, we deprive ourselves of feeling good until said accomplishment is achieved. Dove’s Day Party was a catalyst in teaching us that you don’t always have to earn something to party. Taking a break in the middle of the day to just celebrate is what life really is about. And that is okay!

Closing out Blogalicious Weekend on a high note. Thanks @Dove! #SpeakBeautiful #Blogalicious8 #ContentIsLife

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What did Dove teach you about self-care?

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