My Travels: #WeAllGrow Summit by Latina Bloggers Connect

Back in March, I had the opportunity to travel to Long Beach, California for the #WeAllGrow Summit by Latina Bloggers Connect. I had a great few days away and in today’s post, I’ll be sharing pictures from my travels!

When I got to Long Beach, apparently the weather was unusually cloudy. It was still quite a bit warmer than New York City — and beautiful! — so I wasn’t upset.

View from the grounds of Hotel Maya in Long Beach at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter

View from the grounds of Hotel Maya.

The conference featured several “room drops” by sponsors. It was always fun to get back to my room in the afternoon and find some goodies waiting.

Dove room drop at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter

Dove‘s room drop was particularly generous.

On Friday morning, I was part of a panel on podcasting with Bricia and Paulina from the Super Mamas podcast and Marianna from the Bilingual Avenue podcast. I stopped by the Dove booth for a little makeover on the way.

Marie with curls at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter

A selfie — with curls! — taken after I visited the Dove booth.

After the panel, I visited several other sponsor booths.

My Intent bracelet at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter

A personalized bracelet from MyIntent. You may remember that color is my 2016 word of the year.

One of the highlights was a stop at the Neutrogena booth, where I had the chance to speak to a dermotologist. She recommended a complete change to my skin care routine and gave me several products to try.

Neutrogena products at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter

2/3 of my new skin care regimen.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve gotten some great feedback on my skin, so I guess it’s working!

I should also mention that I didn’t suffer from hunger at this event. The ladies who put #WeAllGrow together know how to feed you! The meals were fabulous but I also enjoyed the snacks, like the smoothies at the AVEENO booth.

AVEENO Booth Shakes Recipes at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter

Yummy smoothie recipes at the AVEENO booth.

AVEENO Booth Shakes Recipes at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter

Even more yummy smoothie recipes at the AVEENO booth.

AVEENO Booth Shakes Recipes at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter

I tried “Absolutely Ageless.” Yum!

I also picked up some great body lotion at the AVEENO booth. I starting using it right away and forgot to take pictures, though.

#WeAllGrow wasn’t all just eating and getting free stuff, of course. I also went to some great workshops, like Next-Level Pinning with Enid from Pinterest and Media Kits 101 with Lina from Everywhere Society.

I also had the chance to meet up with the team from TurboTax, which just happens to be the software I’ve used for my personal and business taxes since I launched Underground Crafter back in 2008. I even won a YOU Party kit, which gave me 50% off on tax software for me and four friends.

Turbo Tax YOU Party kit from WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground CrafterSince most of my friends had already done their taxes by the time I got home, I reached out to some of my blogger buddies for a virtual tax party.

Turbo Tax YOU Party kit from WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter

My virtual TurboTax party buddies: Carmen and “A Little Chick” from A Simple Homestead and Elisabeth from Calleigh’s Clips and Crochet Creations. Photos © the respective blogger.

 

(I also shared the codes with my dad. But, like me, he wasn’t quite in a party mood at tax time!)

All of this was fun, but the highlight of the trip actually happened away from the conference. Carolyn from The Purple Poncho happens to live in the area, and she picked me up from the hotel for a night out in Long Beach.

Underground Crafter and The Purple Poncho WeAllGrow Summit 2016

Is there anything better than a night out with another crocheter? Me (at left) and Carolyn from The Purple Poncho (at right). Photo © The Purple Poncho.

I had an amazing time at #WeAllGrow and I hope to go again in 2017. (Maybe this time I’ll arrive a day early so I can check out the local yarn shops! You can find tips for finding local yarn shops to visit during your next trip in this post.)

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