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Part 1: Notable Keynotes and Celebrities that Showed Up and Showed Out at Blogalicious Weekend

Selecting a keynote speaker for Blogalicious Weekend is a task we take very seriously. This individual has to bring the energy and set the tone for the entire Weekend. Below, we share some of our notable favorites! 

Blogalicious 2009:  Karen Walrond and Kim Coles 

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Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks lit up our inaugural conference with her powerful message about “The Beauty of Different.” Kimberly Coleman (Mom In The City) shared this reaction: “The message really resonated with me. She encouraged us to figure out what made us different – our “superpower.” That’s the only way that we can be who we are meant to be and to live out our own personal dreams.”

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During Disney Interactive’s The Princess and the Frog New Orleans-style Luncheon, one of us did a double take. Is that THE Kim Coles from ‘Living Single’ tip-toeing into the ballroom?! Turns out she was in the hotel as part of the presenting team for the BET Hip Hop Awards, and saw the fabulous group of ladies entering the luncheon; she decided our event was more fun to attend and she crashed for a few minutes. She said she would be back! Later that night, Kim joined us in the Clever Girls’ Yummie Tummie Suite. We had a ball sipping on bubbly and noshing on tasty cupcakes Good times! We love that, 8 years later, she is still connected with our community.

Blogalicious 2010:  Loni Love, Marc Morial and Kindred The Family Soul

Whew! Let’s talk about Miami, shall we? We had the great honor of having Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League (and former mayor of New Orleans), present our Opening Keynote. We felt inspired as Mr. Morial applauded us for lifting our voices and talked of the important work to be done in our communities. We’ve remained good friends with the Urban League – and Blogalicious family members were invited to live blog President Obama’s speech at their Centennial Conference! A Moment to remember.

And then, there was Loni Love! Presented by McDonald’s – a long-time Blogalicious partner – Loni, a Cafe Mocha Radio personality and co-host on The Real, had us in stitches as she hosted our luncheon AND took the time to interview several bloggers one-on-one.

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A private performance for the Blogalicious attendees by Kindred The Family Soul, capped off an evening presented by General Mills (complete with topless waiters serving Yoplait martinis!) The duo was so down to earth and personable that they blessed us with a repeat, surprise, performance the next day. We’ve kept in touch and have been cheering them on ever since, through their webisodes, Wal-mart commercials and more!

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Blogalicious 2011:  Jessie Jones, Paula Patton, and Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.

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Jessie Jones’, then-founder of U-ology, motivational speech tackledrelationship building.  “We need to develop an “army” with those that want to build with us. If you only have support from 2 people then great, build from there. Don’t waste time with people who won’t support you.” (Quote source: Mommy Factor) We enjoyed having our Canadian brother grace the stage – congrats on your new agency, Jesse!!!

 

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The line for the Cover Girl QUEEN Collection Suite was out the door! That’s because the gorgeous and warm Paula Patton was their brand ambassador on hand to meet and greet with the Blogalicious community. Justice Fergie’s mom was oh-so-tickled when Ms. Patton told her that she should be so very proud of her daughter – we’re proud of you, Paula!

 

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Breakfast for dinner you say? We think that’s a great idea! And so did Aunt Jemima, who brought their brand ambassador, Chef Aaron “Big Daddy” McCargo from the Food Network to Blogalicious. Not only did he perform live cooking demos  and host our Pancake Dinner, but he also took the time to autograph his cookbook: Simply Done, Well Done for everyone in attendance. Keep cookin’ with grease, Chef!

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Blogalicious 2012: Mario Armstrong and Doug E. Fresh 

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Mario Armstrong kickoff Blogalicious 2012 on a high note. He gave an energizing keynote sharing his entrepreneurship journey, and kept it all the way real by sharing a screenshot of his negative bank account statement to show that the road to entrepreneurship is not always paved in gold. After his keynote, 30+ bloggers continued the conversation outside of the ballroom! Attendees couldn’t get enough to his wisdom and energy. [P.S. Congrats on the launch of The Never Settle Show, Mario!!]

 

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Those of you where were there already know. This is hands down THE BEST closing party we hosted in the history of Blogalicious. Gain took us back to early 90’s and bought Doug E. Fresh to help us relive the nostalgia. Attendees are still talking about this party today! Thanks #GainFresh!!

 

But wait! There’s MORE. Part 2 Up Next!

 

Blogalicious 2017: Who would YOU want to see this year? 

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Comment below or tweet us at @beblogalicious with your suggestions!

 

{P.S. Blogalicious 2017 Weekend call for speakers will open in May! Stay tuned for more details) 

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?

[FREE DOWNLOAD] Flipboard #FlipBlogger Webinar Replay + Resources

Thanks for Joining the Flipboard Webinar!

Keep reading for your free download and resource pack.

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By all accounts, you enjoyed the #Flipblogger webinar and were excited to learn why you should incorporate the platform into your content distribution strategy in addition to making it a regular part of your day!

But if you weren’t able to join it live, or if you just want to watch it again, we have the recording for you. Click the button below to access it (as well as the slides and resources shared during the webinar).

We’re looking forward to learning even more about Flipboard at #Blogalicious8!

Download the Flipboard Webinar Replay & Resources Here. 

Introducing Your #Blogalicious8 MC: Deya Smith | @deyadirect
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Deya Smith (aka Deya Direct!) is warmly regarded as ‘The Go-to Girlfriend’ as a result of her producing high-level media content that counsels, empowers and caters to women and their lifestyle. In her quest to help women with self-love and love relationships, Deya Direct also developed the “The Man Whisperer Series” which is a multimedia panel and course that teaches women the art of connecting to a man’s heart. A former Miss Black USA, she brings her unique skills as a national correspondent/host; her passion and knowledge as a veteran producer; her charisma and sense of humor as an actress, blogger, personality, inspirational speaker, and most recently author; to the world of multimedia. She is also the creator of the social media community Fly and Fabulous Women of Purpose.

This best-selling author has been writing blogs for the benefit of millions for over 12 years. Known for her direct and provocative style, Deya works as the Lead Content Producer for the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS). The TJMS reaches 8 million listeners daily. DEYA DIRECT, who speaks directly to the hearts, minds and souls of women, pulls no punches with her engaging approach, is becoming an influential voice to be reckoned with.

Originally from New Haven, CT.  Deya now resides in Dallas, TX.  She is a graduate of Howard University. And engaged to be married.

Follow her on: Instagram @deyadirect | Twitter: @deyadirect | Website: DeyaDirect.net

With her vast experience producing content for radio, for web and most recently with her newly released book, Soft Is the New Power (affiliate link!), Deya is the perfect fit for this year’s conference theme #ContentIsLife!  

Flipboard is Coming to #Blogalicious8 + Your Special Invitation

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With just 26 days until we meet in Atlanta, we are excited to introduce you to this year’s lineup of peach-tastic sponsors, starting with Flipboard!

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What Is Flipboard?
Just in case you don’t have you ear to the social media streets, Flipboard is a social magazine where you can find and share stories that move the world forward. Use Flipboard to follow your favorite sources from around the world; then save stories, images and videos into your own Flipboard Magazines that reflect your interests, express your perspectives, or are simply things you want to save for later.

How Can Bloggers Benefit?
Bloggers can add content to Flipboard using the Flip.It button, making it instantly accessible to millions of readers on the platform. Flipboard is also the ideal tool to feed your passions, as well as organize post ideas, research and inspiration.

Try it today! Download Flipboard for free in any app store or visitwww.flipboard.com.

The #FlipBlogger team will be at Blogalicious to help you get the most out of your Flipboard experience and to learn more about you. Be sure to stop by to say hi!

 

 

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A Special Invitation Just for You:

“Flipboard: Where Stories Find Their Readers”
Wednesday, October 129am PT / 12pm ET
Presented by @kikarose and @randwiches

Life moves forward one story at a time–and some of the best stories can be found on Flipboard, the first-ever social magazine. Come discover the many ways Flipboard enhances your life and your work, all while helping you grow your readership and your community.

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In this 30-minute webinar, your new friends at Flipboard will show you what sets this platform apart from other social sites and why bloggers should incorporate it into their content distribution strategy and make it a regular part of their day.

RSVP here!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Dream Big w. @DisneyDreamers Academy! Join the #ddaDisney Twitter Chat 5/18 @ 8pm ET
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Join us next Wednesday, May 18th at 8pm ET for an info-packed Twitter chat about the life-changing Disney Dreamers Academy. Applications for the 2017 Class of Dreamers are now being accepted and we want that bright and motivated teenager in your life to apply! The Disney Dreamers Academy introducing its young people to inspiring professionals in an environment that encourages them to dream big.

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apply for the Class of 2017 HERE.

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Here’s the Scoop:

When: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 @ 8pm ET

Where: On Twitter! Follow @beblogalicious, @socamomdc, @frugalflirtyfab and follow the conversation using #ddaDisney

Prizes: Four (4) $200 Disney gift cards (woot!!) to registered participants. [Giveaway open to U.S. Residents Age 18 and older. Visit THIS PAGE for complete rules.]

 

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See You on the Farm! A Special Invitation from Our Blogalicious 2015 Partner…
Blogalicious 2015 may be over but the fun is still harvesting with one of our conference sponsors: Monsanto. Because our community had such a positive experience engaging with the farmers in the Hospitality Suite,  Flinchbaugh and Haynie Farms want to extend invitations to you to visit their farms! This time of year, farmers are busy with harvest & have a lot to show you! Both farm tours will include lunch and transportation (details TBD).
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October 31 at Flinchbaugh Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam, PA – Harvest & Halloween go hand-in-hand! Several of you visited with Andy and he’d love for you to see his family farm. You and your family will experience an educational farm tour that outlines how their farm serves as a hub for local foods – a mix of locally grown and prepared food items from farmers and nearby food processors. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and have a delicious lunch with Andy and his family. Transportation will leave Maryland mid-morning & return early afternoon so trick or treating is still on.
November 15, 2015 at PJ & Lisa Haynie’s in Reedville, VA — P.J.’s got a lot going on that he’d like to show you: harvesting soy beans, planting winter wheat, and preparing fields for winter. You and your family will get to visit a working farm to learn from the farmers about some of the crops they grow and challenges they face. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and have a delicious lunch with P.J. and his family.
 If you are interested in more information or touring either (or both) farms, please email Janice Person at janice._person@monsanto.com
Whether you can attend one of the DC area events or not, we would like to continue the farm to plate conversation. Catch Janice Person on Twitter as @JPlovesCOTTON.
I Stand #WithMalala

“There’s a moment when you have to decide whether to be silent or stand up.” – Malala Yousafzai

Such wise words from such a brave, but youthful spirit.  If you haven’t yet seen the film, “He Named Me Malala” — make that a priority — the payoffs are huge. We had the honor of screening the film at Blogalicious Weekend 2015 last month and had the experience of being moved to tears, laughter and to a place of inspiration and gratitude…all by the powerful story of this young woman and her father.

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Eighteen year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has as her personal mission to “enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.” Something that so many of us take for granted. As my own 6th grader is coming into her own at school – middle school to be exact! – by making friends, playing the saxophone in the performance band, rolling her eyes at her math homework, and having spent the last 3 days at Outdoor School – it’s impossible to imagine her being denied any and all of those experiences simply because she’s a girl.

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And yet.

Malala’s Story

Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, ran a school in Swat Valley near her childhood home in Pakistan. His passion for education influenced Malala’s zest for learning and she looked forward to attending school every day, but the opportunity was stripped from her by the Taliban military. In 2009, the military’s hold on Swat intensified, deepening Malala’s fears that her school would be attacked or bombed.

Think about that for a second.

Death threats. Bombs. All to keep girls from learning.  It’s truly inconceivable in a place where we will most likely have a woman presidential candidate very soon.  In her zealousness to see change, Malala began to speak out against the Taliban’s harsh control with the support of her father, who’d seen several of his friends killed for doing the same thing. Despite their fear, they continued to shed light on the Taliban’s acts of terrorism, first through blogging for the BBC Urdu blog and then in a documentary made for The New York Times.

 

 

On October 9, 2012, as Malala and her friends were travelling home from school, a masked gunman entered their school bus and asked for Malala by name. She was shot with a single bullet which went through her head, neck and shoulder. Two of her friends were also injured in the attack. Malala miraculously recovered and is destined to help girls like her around the world receive the education they deserve.

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the surreal experience of joining in on a phone call with Malala herself to hear first-hand about her passion for education equality for girls and the wisdom that she had to share about what her young life has taught her. She was humble and thoughtful and soft-spoken, but there was no mistaking her strength and conviction for her cause. Truly a memorable experience!

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The International Day of the Girl Child

In celebration of International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th, we’re urged to continuously create a world free of discrimination for young women and girls. The UN Women Organization breaks down the horrors of being a girl child worldwide. From the website:

  • Worldwide, more than 700 million women were married as children (below 18 years of age). More than one in three—or some 250 million—were married before 15. And child brides are often unable to effectively negotiate safe sex, leaving them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy [1].
  • Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, anadolescent girl dies as a result of violence [2].
  • In emergencies, adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to sexual violence, and in some cases, are abducted and exploited for sexual purposes by armed groups [3].
  • Nearly half (44 per cent) of adolescent girls worldwide aged 15 to 19 think a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife or partner under certain circumstances [4].

 

What You Can Do

Getting involved and advancing this important cause that impacts all of us is easy.

See the Film.  Find the theatre nearest you that is showing the documentary, HERE.

Talk About the Issue with Your Daughter(s). There is even a downloadable Parent Discussion Guide, written by Elena Sonnino – part of our Blogalicious Family!

Share, Share, Share. Write your own blog post on the issue. Share your thoughts on social media. All of the handles, and hashtags and links you need are right here:

 

I stand #WithMalala. For my daughters. For your daughters. For all of us.

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I Stand #WithMalala  | Be Blogalicious

 

Thank You, Kikkoman!

Kikkoman was one of our Blogalicious sponsors at #BYOE15 and the response from our community has been great! Thank you, Kikkoman, for showing up and connecting with all of us on a deeper level. Here’s a quick roundup of  #BYOE15 Empire Builders who loved what Kikkoman had to offer.


“Kikkoman also had some soy sauce ice cream in their suite. It sounds strange but so good!” — I’m Not the Nanny blog

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“And then Kikkoman was there.  You know the soy sauce people?  I was like, what the heck!  Soy and blogs, do they even mix?  But then they hit me up free soy sauce ice cream (tasted kinda like coffee) and some soy chocolate milk which was pretty awesome.  The people at the suite were pretty awesome too so I’ll accept it as normal.” — Uncle Walter’s Rants blog

 

“I even gotten to meet the founder who created the Blogalicious. I even met the Chef of Kikkoman Soy Sauce through a dinner sweepstake!” — In the Mix Bakery blog

 

“Thanks for the ice cream !! ” — @avshawPR

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“Soy sauce and brown sugar ice cream? It’s sooo delicious! ” — @laflowers

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“Enjoying Chef Helen’s sriracha spiced popcorn in the suite ” — @NaturallyGlamTV

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“A little brought us amigas together tonight… Love! ” — Cristy Clavijo-Kish

“Not only were our minds fed with awesome speakers and content – but our tummies were blessed as well! Maryland lump crab cakes, beef short ribs, salmon and let’s not forget the desserts – mini-pineapple upside down cakes, peach cobbler and the brown-sugar/soy-sauce flavored ice-cream suite sponsored by Kikkoman (I know what you’re thinking, but it tasted much better than you think!)” — Finer Women Rising blog

 

Most importantly, Kikkoman brought us together!

 

Wonderful evening making new friends at the Kikkoman dinner at#BYOE15 #justaddkikkoman” — Piera Jolly of @TheJollyMom

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To learn more about Kikkoman, visit KikkomanUSA.com, where you will find their creed story, recipes, food services, products and more. You can also find more Blogalicious + Kikkoman stories on social media with hashtags #JustAddKikkoman and #BYOE15.

 

Thank You, Kikkoman | Be Blogalicious

#bLinkbiz ASUS T300 CHI Laptop Compilation

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#bLinkbiz ASUS T300 CHI Laptop Campaign

Through our bLink Marketing Network, 20 selected bloggers got a chance to test a brand new product and share how the the ASUS T300 CHI tablet fit into their everyday lives!  The bloggers were hyped to try their hand at this new device.  After trying out their tablet for a week, this is what they had to say:

“I’m in love with my new laptop/tablet! So lightweight, yet so powerful! It’s been going with me everywhere!” – @TLCSocialite

“It’s incredible!” – @MostlyMorgan

“I need something I can move from room to room, that stores my information and allows me to research quickly.”  – @1FineCookie

“This is the perfect tablet for travelers…”  – @KathrinSapiha

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Heather van Mil (@heather_vmil) blogged about her experience with the ASUS T300 CHI here.

She tweeted: It really is easy to get attached to the T300 CHI!

 

Keisha (@TechGirlTweets)  says she’s attached to her laptop! We love the enthusiasm in her blog post, ICYMI: I’m Attached! Reviewing the ASUS T300 Chi.

Briana M. Ford (@brianamford) calls the ASUS T300 CHI the work-life balance computer! Her review was thorough and convincing.

 

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Our friends at Black Celebrity Giving (@BlkCelebGiving) raved about this laptop. Ladies on the go, we should also add that it’s small enough to fit in a large purse without crowding everything else inside. Check out BCG’s photo for proof! Here’s the review post.

 

Blogger Whitney Nic James (@wnicjames) says you can “go, play, create and work” easily with the T300 CHI. How awesome is that? Her review is excellent (and informative).

She tweeted: Looking for a new laptop? Here’s my honest review on the T300. 

 

Sisters With Beauty (@SisWithBeauty) gives out natural hair advice on home hair care, hair styles, tutorials, maintenance, tips and counseling. Now, they can advice the masses on which laptop to discover and that’s the ASUS T300 CHI! Read their blog post, Full of Discovery: Life with the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi.

 

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And if you still haven’t been sold on this baby, blogger and author Arkeedah McCormick (@ItsArkeedah) has stamped it as the “perfect all around 2-in-1 device”! The only thing better than that is her Tech Talk review.

 

We’re sending a huge THANK YOU to our #bLinkbiz partner ASUS as well as our blogger friends for their outstanding reviews and tweets!

 

Disclaimer: The bloggers who participated in this campaign were compensated for their reviews.

 

ASUS T300 CHI Reviews | Be Blogalicious

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