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I’m Lovin’ It – Blissdom Conference, Nashville

So,  Blissdom was two weeks ago already! I’ve struggled with writing this post, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it all.   It’s hard to express my gratitude and emotions.   One word can sum it all up……….and if you read my blog, tweets or facebook, you know it’s a word I love…..


Like ten million different kinds of AWESOME!

For now, I want to personally thank Bounce and the Bounce Brigade for giving me the opportunity to attend Blissdom (my first blogging conference), but also for allowing me the opportunity to see my friends in the computer come to life!!

It was 3 days full of hugs and squeals with some of the girls I talk to and connect with daily!  These are the girls I bounce ideas off of, the ones who inspire me, the one’s who speak my language.  With them I laughed harder than I have in a long long time….by Thursday night I had one of those moments where you know we were just meant to be friends

Blissdom Gaggle Girlfriends

Gaggle Girlfriends at Blissdom ’11

Aimee of Simple Bites, my roomie Bridget of Bake at 350, Kristen of Dine and Dish, Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen , me, Amy of She Wears Many Hats, Shaina of Food for My Family

Creative Tribe Blissdom '11

Creative Tribe Blissdom ’11

photo credit Angie Arthur

Kami of No Biggie,  Laurie of Tip Junkie, Amy of Living Locurto,  Marie of  MakeandTakes,  Jen of Tatertots and Jello,  me, Bridget of Bake at 350,  Angie of The Arthur Clan,  Mique of Thirty Handmade Days

“If you ever get a chance to meet a blogger you love, DO IT! Believe me, it’s nice to talk to someone about blogging and not have the person look at you, tilt their head to the side and say, “huh?” “

~Bridget, Bake at 350

photo credits Hannah BraboyAngie Arthur and Heather Durdil

in photos with me …..Amy, flat Cathe, Amy, Kristan, Kristen Bridget, Shaina, Angie, Kristina

When one is surrounded by people who get them, there’s no room to be uncomfortable.

~Aimee, Simple Bites

in photos with me….. Kim, Bridget, Kristan, Lisa, flat Cathe HoldenAngie, Amy

As much as I loved learning about public relations and monetization (i did, surprisingly), the underlying take home was the friendships and relationships planted solidly from round table discussions and late night chats.

~Mique, Thirty Handmade Days

Thanks again, to Bounce for giving me such great memories!

photo credit Jen at The Dirty Shirt

I even learned a few things about my friends by sending them to the Bounce Suite at Blissdom[pullquote]Always looking for savvy, high-tech ways to achieve automatic results ~Team Bar[/pullquote]

Angie, Amy and Jen are all on board with Team Bar!! WOOT WOOT!

Angie says…. “I hate doing laundry and i want to get it over and done with as quickly as possible”

While I still have to work on converting my roomie Bridget, as well as Kristen, Kristan and Shaina who all say they are Sheet girls! [pullquote]Loves to freshen every area of your life—from the laundry room and beyond—and wants freshness made to order ~Team Sheet[/pullquote]

Kristen says ….”because that’s what my mom was… and I like how many different uses the sheet offers. We put them in the van, in drawers to freshen things up, rub over clothes to remove static electricity

Funny that my creative tribe friends are Team Bar, while my foodie friends are Team Sheet.  Certainly interesting!

Photobooth FunFreschetta Photobooth fun when Chris Mann joined us in the booth!

More photos on my Flickr

and…….if you haven’t heard, about 90 of pulled off a surprise flash mob right after the closing note—oh yes we did!

WHEW!!!  I know ………I’m Lovin’ a LOT this week! lol

Now it’s your turn!

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Let us know what you’re lovin’ this week!

If you have something to share with us on your blog, add your link below.
*Don’t forget to come back over the weekend for the I’m Lovin’ It Wrap Up post……where I feature a few of the great links!!

What is I’m Lovin’ It Fridays? get all the info, how to’s and button here


Disclaimer:  The awesome people at Bounce provided me with a Blissdom conference ticket and hotel room, they did not compensate me in any other way to write this post.  All opinions and love of the Bounce Bar are all my own.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Cheryl – I am so happy that I finally got to hug you in person. Keep being made of awesome sauce girlfriend!

  2. It looks like you had a fabulous time at Blissdom!

  3. Looks like such a fun time! I hope I will get the chance to go in the future! Thanks for hosting the party!

  4. i swear everytime i link up to your i’m lovin’ it party, i leave feeling so hungry! lol. i think you have the best “sweet treat” link ups, i’ve EVER seen!

    it was so fun meeting you at blissdom. you are everything i thought you would be & more. thanks for taking the time to give me some advice! i appreciate you so much!

    have a fab weekend.


    • SO fun meeting you too Kellie!!…….and LOVED LOVED LOVED my TidyMom bag!!

      I agree about the BEST sweet treats link up to I’m Loivn’ It don’t they? YUM!!!

  5. Thank you for hosting and thanks for sharing your experiences at Blissdom! Love the bloggy quotes!

  6. I loved meeting you! I love your blog and to meet the person behind it , makes it that much better. This post makes all the memories come back!

    See ya around!

  7. Cheryl- I love this post! So fun looking at all the pics and hearing what everyone had to say. It was great to finally meet you!! xoxo

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  9. Loving all the inspiration to be found in the party. Linked up my beads of love tutorial !

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  15. I’ve gotta say that your hair looks awesome! Great pictures from Blissdom!

  16. That looks like a fabulous time. How fun to meet all your virtual blog friends and see them face to face. I have yet to make it to a blogger conference…. one of these days. Thanks for hosting the blog hop.

  17. I really love checking out what everyone is lovin’ ! Thanks Cheryl and Linkees! I really enjoy this blog 🙂 So many great ideas. Always a “Happy Place” to come!

  18. What a totally awesome post. I had just asked Kristen (Dine & dish) where her FB profile picture was from and had noticed yours looked like it was taken in the same place. That’s when she said you guys took them at Blissdom. What a fabulous time! Blogger trips are so fun. I’ve only been on a couple, but they were a complete blast!

  19. What fun! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  20. I loved looking at all your pictures and seeing you and the girls. It looks like so much fun!

  21. Waaaa!!! I still can’t believe it’s over already! 🙁 It was absolutely such a huge highlight to finally meet you in person…although I did hang out with Flat Tidymom all last year so it felt like we had already met. lol!

    • HAHAHA Angie!! Funny how when you meet your blogging friends in real life…..there’s no small talk …you just jump into covo like you were just together yesterday!!

      hanging with you guys was SOOOO awesome!!?

  22. Aww… made me teary-eyed! I think my favorite part was hanging out after the party….and in the elevator!

    I miss you! 🙂 (Move to Texas.)

  23. Love your recap!! It looks like you had the most fun of all! xox

  24. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Bloggers definitely have a unique bond.

  25. So FUN! Looks like you guys had such a fabulous time!! Can’t wait to one day (hopefully soon) hang with with the Gaggle in the flesh too! 🙂

  26. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!! I miss you girls so terribly….when I left for the conference I was so sad to leave my family, I never imagined I would have so much fun and have such a hard time leaving YOU GUYS!!

    Thanks for hanging with me and for all the help you give me every day. You are such a good friend!!

  27. It looks like you guys all had so much fun; I’m sad I couldn’t be there too! Love you guys! 🙂

  28. How much FUN Cheryl!
    I was BEAMING from BAINBRIDGE just knowing you Girlie~Girls were together HOOTING it UP non~stop!
    I know how much this meant to you!
    So delighted you LOVED it!
    Just think how much you have grown as a blogger!
    Sky’s the limit!
    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY for you!
    LOVE seeing and feeling all of this GIRLIE~GIRL~GIDDY~GOOFY BLISS!!!!!!

  29. Love you, girl! That is so funny about the divide between the creatives and the foodies!

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  31. Ok. Your hair is WAY cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Loved all of your Blissdom pictures! You all are so adorable! 🙂

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  34. Great post and pictures! It looks like you girls had so much fun.

  35. thanks for tweeting to us from Blissdom and for sharing some of your pictures. For us who are not ready (too chicken) to attend a blogging conference, it is very nice to get a peek at the fun you all have.

    As for the Bounce….I’m a sheet girl 🙂

  36. Hi all! New to the blogging world. I love your’s! It looks like you had a great time! I linked up my Super simple skirt tutorial! Not much, but I do love the simplicity!


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  38. It was awesome! I’m so glad we met!

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