Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Blog Conference Just Exploded

I, along with my bloggy friends Fawn and Julie, have been working with Beth from Ozark Natural Science Center (who is Carpe Diem Beth in the blog world) on a little blog conference in Arkansas. But, this little blog conference that was a yummy peanut butter and jelly kind of conference just became a big time birthday cake kind of conference! Because.......

The phenomenal social media company Collective Bias has signed on as presenting sponsor for the Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged Conference. They manage brands such as Elmer's Glue (& their trifold science project style display boards!), Truvia, ConAgra Foods and many others. Specifically, they have an invitation-only "exclusive community designed to connect influencers, brands and retailers" called Social Fabric and work with thousands of women and bloggers nationwide.

We will be announcing the lineup of workshops in the coming days, and ladies, you will most certainly want to attend. Let's just say "ROCKIN'". We even received a nod from SheBlogs about the event recently - read more here.

Here are all the delicious details:
The Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged (#AWBU) Conference will be held June 10 - 12 at the Ozark Natural Science Center in Huntsville, Arkansas! This mini-conference is a networking retreat and informal blogging conference all rolled into one. The cost is $199/person (a weekend getaway including two nights of lodging, meals, speakers, networking, relaxing and *ahem* beverages).

The ultimate goal for the weekend is to unplug. Feel free to bring those laptops, chi chi tablets and smartphones if you have separation anxiety, but don't plan to spend any time with them. You won't want to with the speakers, activities and old fashioned chatting you'll cram into every spare minute. Hop over to Arkansas Women Bloggers for more information!

So, all you Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Timbuktu or wherever you are from gals, sign up today before it is too late!!!! I can't wait to meet you!

Getting excited about a weekend with fellow bloggers (and not wiping little boys behinds),
The Park Wife

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lost in Space

Yes, that is how I have felt lately, lost in space. Not on a cool mission, but on one that is consumed with meetings, running the roads, phone calls, events, errands, and other time suckers, yes, I am referring to Facebook, Twitter and blogging. Gasp! I am sure none of you are addicted to Facebook. Oh, poor lonely me, the only one who checks status updates four times a day, yes four (sometimes five), and I even quit a while back and loved it!!!! I am weak.

So, I am stepping back AGAIN, taking a breath, and refocusing. This is a constant battle for me. I want to only do what blesses my little family and glorifies Him. I recently got to a point where social media was taking more time out my life than actually spending it making my community a better place, yes the one with real live people that you are face-to-face with when you talk to them. Yes, I am very weak, need discipline.

With that said, I am hitting my main priorities first and with gusto. Husband is happy. Kids are educated, healthy, happy and FUN. Garden is planted. House is not spotless, but, clean as can be when you live with 3 boys.

Hey, being lost in space is not all that bad. The Buckaroo's had a pretty cool mission last week. I got a freezer box from a local store, taped it up with help of an 8-year-old and then let him paint it.
We bought Moon Pies, Starburst, cosmic brownies, and Milky Ways. All my foodie friends are hyperventilating right now. We spent a lot of time all week with the NASA channel on in the background. Got ready for launch of Endeavour. UGGGG! No go for launch. Oh well, we ate some of our "out of this world" food anyway.
Happy astronaut who knows more about the solar system and how it works than his parents put together. I love homeschooling!

I am a work in progress (with many warning and danger signs),
The Park Wife