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#CaStrawberryTour

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I think my sleep is catching up with me. The past 2 weeks have been super busy. I don’t think I’ve seen this much of downtown Chicago in my life & my car will thank me for the rest after this coming weekend.

Last Thursday I went to #CaStrawberryTour at the Merchandise Mart hosted by @MJTam. They had some members of the California Strawberry Commision, a strawberry farmer and David Grotto. They gave us some very informative information on strawberries. Did you know that strawberries are packed in the picking field & put directly on the truck to ship to stores? I didn’t either. That’s why it’s important to clean them before we eat them.

They had a variety of recipes to try with strawberries. One was Strawberry Gazpacho. It was like a strawberry soup. One flavor I knew was in there was cucumber. The soup was sour & that’s how I eat my cucumbers. I peel, cut them up & add salt pepper and vinegar. We were discussing at the table what was in it & I said I taste cucumbers. They gave us a cook book with those recipes & many others. When I looked it up, there it was, cucumbers.

Another treat was David Grotto. He’s a diatician & author of numerous books. Not only does he know his stuff, he’s really funny & after Thursday I think he can make anyone eat their vegetables. I don’t know if I’ve told you all this, but I can only eat a few fruit whole. Strange, I know! I can eat grapefruit no problem. Strawberries I only eat in smoothies & yogurt. Any other fruit has to be in some form of creamy yogurt. It’s something about the texture I don’t like & makes me sick to the stomach. Anywho, he had us take a strawberry twizzler & a strawberry and do a bit of a taste test. I’ll be the first to say I was shocked the strawberry tasted better!

Lastly, they gave us a recipe book for giveaway. I’ll post the giveaway this Thursday so be sure to stay tuned. Do you all like strawberries & what’s your favorite way to eat them?

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Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Midwest Moms Media – Brands & Bloggers Summit 2011 #BBSUMMIT11 (Motivational Monday)

Last week was an exceptionally busy week!  My daughter had tournaments everyday so, preparation was key to keep my sanity.  And! I thought ice was suppose to last more than a day in the cooler?!  I had to purchase a bag of ice everyday to keep her sports drinks and water cool.

Saturday I went to my FIRST blog conference! WooHoo!!!!!!(dancing, doing the Dougie)  I attended Midwest Moms Media – Brands & Bloggers Summit 2011 here in Chicago(2011 means there will be more 😉  I’ve been blogging since 2009 and haven’t attended any conferences because traveling doesn’t fit in my schedule when the kids are in school.  Let’s not forget budget!  My kids are ripping us off!!!!  Well, the oldest with AAU fees and her travel schedule.  Gee-sh Louise!  However, it was worth the sacrifice!  Any who, attending a conference in my city fit perfectly.  Find babysitter and go!

The conference was more of an intimate setting which had wonderful advantages since it was my first conference.  I’m not the social butterfly type, an intimate setting is less intimidating and if we’re honest, many of us are the same way.  You know how I know?  How many times have you went somewhere walked by someone and neither of you said a word to one another?  Before the conference I had to have a social skills talk with myself.  I said to myself, “Self.  When you pass someone at the conference or are in the restroom, be sure to speak, um kay?.”  Did self listen? For the most part lol.

Midwest Moms Media was hosted by City Connect Media, Inc. / Chicagonista, created by  @MJTAM.  The event was packed with a wealth of info and I’ve been trying to simmer my brain because I’m in think mode and when I’m in think mode I can’t sleep.  Hopefully by Wednesday I’ll be a little better.  I do want to share with you 5 2 things that I took away from the conference.  I’m only doing 2 because I don’t want you to scroll to the comment section before you read them all lol.  I have a lot of notes that I’ll sift through over the next weeks.

1. Be Ready!

“What do you do when Google calls,”  MJ said when she gave the welcome intro and as she shared some history about her blogging career.  She was contacted by Google to speak on a panel.  Sweet!!!!!  That’s like the Oprah for bloggers!  Very inspiring for bloggers that may be taking blogging as a career path.  So what do you do when Google calls?  GO!  We have to be ready at all times!  I know everything my not always go as planned, things can get rough and throwing in the towel seems easier than taking the next blow.  I’m not speaking of blogging only.  It can be our relationship with our spouse, rebellious child or job.  If, we give up to soon we will not be available or ready mentally because we have given up.  Be ready!

2. Don’t Give Up!

There was a representative there for the brand Flat Out Bread and she spoke on how they’ve been in business for 10 years and over the past 5 years their business has exploded.  We can’t give up!  Sometimes we reach a plateau in life and it can be down right boring and unsatisfying!  Especially if your vision is bigger than the place you’re in at the moment.  Have you ever had one of those “Its got to be better than this moments?”  Sometimes I have them more than I would like.  I remember going through a very rough patch in my life.  I said, “God! Its got to be better than this?!”  He spoke to my heart and said, “For I know the plans I have toward you. Plans that are good and not of evil to bring you to an expected end. Jer 29:11” .  I’ve never felt peace like that before.

We have to be ready and not give up.  If we give up too soon we won’t be ready when Google calls.  What’s your Google?  You don’t have to answer it in the comment section, you can answer it to yourself 🙂

 

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Wow what a view

Just a quick view looking out from the World of Whirlpool’s balcony. Located in Downtown Chicago.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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