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Blog Brulee 2015 Recap

Hi friends! I was up in Vermont over the weekend at Blog Brulee, a cool weekend workshop/mini-conference for Registered Dietitians and nutrition-minded folks who blog. I spoke at Blog Brulee last year and was honored to be invited back to speak again this year! A big thank you to Blog Brulee and its sponsors (Siggi’s, Smuggler’s Notch, Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs, California Almonds, and California Ripe Olives) for covering my travel and lodging and providing me with an honorarium in exchange for speaking.

If you’re interested in attending Blog Brulee next year, check out their website, BlogBrulee.com, for more information. This was the second year of the conference (here’s last year’s recap: Blog Brulee 2014), and once again we had a great group of smart, interesting, and engaging women (and one man – representing sponsor California Olives!) at the conference this year, and even though I was there to speak I feel I learned so much myself!

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I love that photo of this years’ attendees and speakers, pilfered from the California Almond Instagram account. Too cute! It was a pleasure to get to know everyone.

In addition to the speakers (more on them in a minute) and the founders of Blog Brulee (Registered Dietitians Regan Jones, Deanna Seagrave-Daly, and Robin Plotkin – and Gretchen Brown, who has a newborn and wasn’t able to attend this year – we missed you Gretchen!), here’s who was in attendance this year:

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If you’re looking for some new health/nutrition/food blogs to read, those are all pretty awesome ones to start with. :)

On the speaker front, we had an amazing line up as well. Here’s what went down:

  • Blog Brulee co-founders and dietitians Regan Jones and Deanna-Seagrave Daly taught us the basics of photography for both DSLRs and smartphones.
  • Katie Webster showed us her tips for food styling and post-processing of photos. Her photos (and recipes) are gorgeous – and she also just came out with a beautiful Maple Cookbook (affiliate link) that she shot entirely herself. Mad props!

how to take better food photos

how to work with brands as a blogger

Like last year, the weekend took place at beautiful Smuggler’s Notch near Burlington, Vermont. During our breaks, many of us enjoyed walking around on the trails on the property – I bet these are even more gorgeous when the fall colors pop.

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We were also treated to a yoga class on Saturday before dinner, held outside with a nice view of the skiing areas at Smuggs (what those of us in the know call Smuggler’s Notch ;) ) and led by conference attendee and yoga teacher Alex of Delicious Knowledge. Loved meeting her, by the way – she has a fabulous recipe blog and I loved her yoga teaching vibe. She’s into teaching mindful eating, too, which you know I give a big thumbs up.

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It was a wonderful class, and over half of us showed up for it! (I’m pictured below with my buddy Kylie, whose blog, ImmaEatThat, I love – gorgeous healthy recipes. I also love that she’s all about intuitive eating and working to combat disordered eating when working with her nutrition clients. Keep fighting the good fight, Kylie – you rock!)

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The big other highlight of the weekend, besides the educational sessions, was of course the food! From Siggi’s breakfast bowls…

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… to learning how to make our own Skyr (thick Icelandic yogurt) at home from Siggi himself…

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To gluten free Quinoa Energy Bars at snack time (I don’t have the recipe, but they reminded me of my Cranberry Quinoa Peanut Butter Power Bars)…

gluten free quinoa energy bars

To delicious BBQ (my favorite meal of the trip, so good)…

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And finally to breakfast in our room! Like last year, Blog Brulee randomly paired people up with roommates (well, we had our own rooms, but we shared cute little lodge apartments with kitchens), and this year I was rooming with two great women: Dana and Lauren!

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On Sunday morning, it was up to us to make ourselves breakfast before heading to the final morning of the conference, and the Blog Brulee sponsors stocked our kitchens to inspire us.

Lauren is basically the breakfast queen (she’s working on a breakfast cookbook, actually), so she spearheaded our breakfast. I basically slept in and rolled out of bed to find all this waiting – color me impressed! Orange creamsicle overnight oats (vanilla siggi’s + milk + oats and topped with sliced oranges and zest), protein pancakes (like my Flour Free Breakfast Pancake but with oats instead of ground flaxseed), and french toast.

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I went for the protein pancakes, topped with banana and almond butter, and the overnight oats. So good – thank you again for making and feeding us such deliciousness, Lauren!!

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And there you have it! Another successful Blog Brulee. I’m so honored to be a part of such a great event. Thank you again to their team for having me back, and I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation online with the ladies I met this weekend!

Comments

  1. 1

    love Vermont! sounds like an amazing experience – thanks for sharing!

  2. 2

    What a fun looking conference! Glad you had a good time!

  3. 3

    Looks like a productive and fun conference!! I love seeing bloggers get together in real life – makes us all seem much more “real” for sure. Also – Mr. Siggi looks exactly like what I picture him to. Lol!

  4. 4

    It looks like it was an awesome weekend! :)

  5. 5

    Ahh, can we go back? Thanks for your comprehensive wrap up and of course for being part of the event once more – your presentations and comments are always so incredibly helpful and inspiring for all who attendee. So great to see you again -until FNCE!

  6. 7

    It was such a great event and so great to see you again. Your session was so helpful and a great reminder that there are lots of different ways to work with brands. I needed that! Hope to see you again soon.

  7. 9

    Thanks so much for the recap! It looks like an amazing time.

  8. 10

    Anne, it was so good to meet you! Thank you for a great session on branding. It reminded me that I need to update my media kit and to think of other ways to work with brands. Have a great rest of the week. I’m missing the Smug’s already!

  9. 12

    Thanks for sharing your recap! This looks like a great conference. I’m a certified health coach, so this may be a conference I look in to for next year!

  10. 13

    Oh, and thanks for listing all the bloggers and speakers. I followed all of them on their social media channels ; ) I’m always looking for new healthy living blogs!

  11. 14

    Great recap Anne! So glad I got to meet you and learn so much from your presentation! Such a great weekend. :)

  12. 16

    It was so cool to meet you!! I loved the whole weekend, such a great experience. I have a huge list of things I learned that I want to get started on ASAP! :)

  13. 18

    Thanks so much for the awesome recap and shout out! Your session was fANNEtastic and I’m so glad we were roomies :-) See you at FNCE!! xo

  14. 20

    That looks like so much fun! What a beautiful landscape!

  15. 21

    Love the wrap-up and photos! It was wonderful meeting you and being roomies! Thanks for the great session and inspiration to get out there and make my passion into a career.

  16. 23

    It was so great meeting you, Anne! I am so ready to put some of your tips to good use and I’ve been brainstorming lots of new ideas. Looking forward to staying in touch and hope you’re feeling better :)

  17. 25

    What a neat event! Nice that you could be a briefer again!

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