3.25.2013

BlissDom 2013

Why yes, this is how I introduced myself to people all weekend.
It's just a little awkward when they have no idea what I'm talking about.


It's going to be a rough Monday, the weekend was jam packed and I'm pretty sure I feel like I could sleep all day today.
But I can't, someone has to pay for my shopping habits, haha.

Friday started out early, Holly stayed at Casa SkinnyMeg and obviously we had to hit the gym....at 5am.


Your welcome Holly :)
Miss Madison had a freak out because she wanted to sleep with Holly in her bed, so I guess we now know how to get a toddler out of your bed....the Stanfields need to move to Dallas.

Thank you for the pretties Aunt Holly!

We headed over to BlissDom, which is a blogging conference that was being held at the Gaylord Texan.


This was my first blogging conference and probably my last. It didn't turn out to be what I thought, I imagined leaning new things about blogging and networking with other bloggers. While the speakers they had were great, I came away feeling like I didn't learn anything new. It was more a chance for bloggers to come stay at a nice hotel and hang out with each other, which is fine except for the $400 ticket.
I felt a lot of the women were cliquish and I felt out of place among them, the majority of them being 'Mommy' bloggers and I don't mean the kind that write about their kids.
We even had one group of ladies tell us how 'famous' they were, I'm not even joking. We looked them up and hopefully their 80 Facebook followers agree.
And no gathering of women would be complete without a group of "Mean Girls'.  I just don't understand why so many women have a hard time being supportive of each other, if they feel jealous or competitive then it turns into snark. I heard from someone I don't even know that another Dallas blogger was telling people not to 'talk' to us and I don't even KNOW her.
I've never interacted with her in any way, so that's weird.
Girls and their drama, no thank you.

That's not to say we didn't meet some awesome people.


I may have accosted her in the lobby to find out where she got this cute chevron bag!
Turns out she makes them, pretty sure I'm going to need one!

We also met Kate and yes her hair is just as awesome in person :)


I also got to meet Allison from House of Hepworths, I've followed her forever and she has one amazing DIY blog so if you don't know her hop on over and spend a few hours browsing all her amazing projects.


I also got to meet Stephanie from Food and Fitness 4 Real, she is a Dallas blogger who was super nice, super hot, and a rockstar who went and ran the Rock and Roll Half {in the freezing cold wind!}  Sunday.


The weekend wasn't a waste, hanging out with Mama, Holly, and Becka guarantees a good time.
I laughed so much I think I just mayyyyyy have a 6 pack forming.


Tomorrow I will fill you in on my amazing birthday party Saturday night, complete with video and pictures. You won't want to miss it!


59 comments:

  1. Megan, you totally forgot to post about how awesome you look in chevron!!! lol!!

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  2. That makes me sad about the "mean girls" thing. Some ladies in Dallas are simply pretentious....blah! But, it sounds like you got to meet some great people!!

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  3. I am sorry that Blissdom was not what you expected. I can see how some bloggers could be that way. it only takes a little bit of "fame" to go to a persons head. LOL. or so they think. I am sure there is some jealousy involved bc you and mama always have such a great time together. :) I am sure they are not all bad apples, just maybe a bit intimidated.

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  4. Skinny Meg, Can I just say you are awesome and such an inspiration to me. Please don't change and keep on keeping on. Can't wait to read about your awesome bday party! Happy Belated Birthday! Holla!

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  5. Awwww! This was my biggest fear about BLissdom. I'm sorry you had this negative experience. Women should lift one another up instead of pitting against one another. Hope your Birthday party was amazing! Can't wait for the recap!

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  6. Seriously. WTF. I will NEVER understand why in the hell women are so mean to other women... it really grinds my gears!!!! NO THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! You guys are just awesome and I want to insert myself in that last picture. K thanks bye.

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  7. It is amazing to me that women are still just as cliquey and catty as adults as they are in high school.

    Also that girls bags are super cute! Thanks for sharing!!

    Jess
    Operation Skinny Jeans

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  8. Aww bummer that it wasn't what you thought it would be, but you're right...meeting new people and spending time with good friends is never a waste! Hope you had a happy birthday Meg!

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  9. How RUDE!! I'm sorry those bitches treated y'all like that! On the bright side, y'all are super hot and so that just means those ladies were jealous!! :D

    Don't let them get ya down.

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  10. Oh that's sucky that some girls/women are like that. I'm with you let's raise each other up not bring each other down. That's just BS! But I'm glad you were able to have some fun! Happy belated birthday to an awesome amazing inspiring momma!!

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  11. Aww, I'm sorry to hear that Blissdom was less than expected! :( I actually never heard of it until you, Holly, & Mama were writing about it. i was kinda excited to hear about it, and thought it'd be fun to go next year! I don't know what direction to take my blog in yet, and blog help would be useful. Maybe you girls need to just start your OWN blogging convention/skinnymeg birthday bash!! And don't let snarky cliques come. ;)
    Speaking of....I've used the term "mommy blogger" in reference to myself on occasion....but it sounds like that's a bad thing...ahh!! What is a mommy blogger who doesn't blog about her kids?? I need a better title....
    I can't wait to see the birthday post!! I celebrated via IG and had some wine in my sweatpants on my couch for you, ha!

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  12. I loved seeing your alls instagram pictures and it looks like you had fun with the ladies! I have always wanted to go to Blissdom but I have to agree with you in that it's probably like high school all over again with mom blog cliques. Ain't nobody got time for that!

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  13. It truly breaks my heart that women can't be more supportive of another. I truly have very few (less than a handful) good girlfriends because of this. *hugs*

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  14. looks like loads of well-deserrved fun!!!!

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  15. remember there's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.
    eff those bishes. ha.

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  16. I think you are amazing. Its such a shame that some female bleeks who feel inferior and intimated by strong role models like you have to shame themselves with their own insecurities by reliving their high school drama. Lets come together and celebrate everyone's accomplishments! Go Meg!

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  17. Of course I could not wait to read what you had to say about Blissdom...I was really sad that I didn't go- I have dreams about hangin out with you and MamaLaughlin, but think would they like me?! and then I read this and thought OMG people were mean to THEM!? haters gonna hate! I think its funny that you two were told by others that they are famous, because I pictured you two with paparazzi :) I lovvvved the keeks and IG pics, pretty much made my night after traveling yesterday from Chicago back home (only a couple hours but still). Hey PS you DO look AWESOME in Chevron ;)Laughed so hard I may have peed a little!
    Lots of love from Illinois!

    cowboybootsandanapron.blogspot.com

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  18. Of course I could not wait to read what you had to say about Blissdom...I was really sad that I didn't go- I have dreams about hangin out with you and MamaLaughlin, but think would they like me?! and then I read this and thought OMG people were mean to THEM!? haters gonna hate! I think its funny that you two were told by others that they are famous, because I pictured you two with paparazzi :) I lovvvved the keeks and IG pics, pretty much made my night after traveling yesterday from Chicago back home (only a couple hours but still). Hey PS you DO look AWESOME in Chevron ;)Laughed so hard I may have peed a little!
    Lots of love from Illinois!

    cowboybootsandanapron.blogspot.com

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  19. Haha, mean girls are awesome! And by awesome, I mean really really lame! And the worst part is, those girls probably actually listened to the one mean girl when she told them not to talk to you ladies! Some girls NEVER grow up (I'm using 'girls' because they are FAR from being women). I think it all boils down to their insecurities. Clearly, you, Mama L and Holly pose too much of a threat to them. They are probably so afraid of "losing" the friends they have, that they feel the need to control them. Very sad. They should be punched in the face.

    Keep doing what you're doing, because clearly you are MUCH more of a successful, happy individual than they could ever dream of being :)

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  20. My least favorite part of my job at the hospital is, not the wiping ass or the plethora of other gross things I endure, it is the cattiness of all the women who work there. Vicious creatures. I try to lay low.

    Does Madison keep headbands in her hair? That one is so cute but I can never buy them as my 3 year old throws them in the bottom of her toy chest never to be seen again!

    Sorry the conference was kind of a bust but you all look so gorgeous. Hope you had a great birthday!

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  21. I considered attending but was scared I would feel out of place and not know anyone there. Glad I didn't! Not that it would have been a bad experience but I would have felt totally out of place and if it was cliquish, I would have mentally checked out. Jr High drama is where it should be...in the past. Glad you made some new friends and I would have stalked Kate until she did my hair! Love her!

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  22. Awww, I hate that you felt that way! I was really happy to meet you and, in my world, you are famous! LOL! I hope you didn't find it awkward when I ran up to you in the hall and was all like "HEYYYYY I WANT A PICTURE WITH YOU GIRLS!!" Haha!

    I am so sorry I missed your party...I met the hubs about 30 miles away from our hotel so by the time I got back it was late! Sounds like it was a good time!!

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  23. Hi there, I'm a new follower and found you through mamas blog. I have been thinking of doing a conference too but that is what I was affraid of- the catty-clique ness of it ;( sad that as grown women they feel like have to be excluding people. booo ;( anyway it looks like you still had fun with your friends, too bad ya had to spend all that money for the disappointment though!
    Have a great week ;)
    xoxo- Kaara @ In the Kitch with Kaara

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  24. Hi there, I'm a new follower and found you through mamas blog. I have been thinking of doing a conference too but that is what I was affraid of- the catty-clique ness of it ;( sad that as grown women they feel like have to be excluding people. booo ;( anyway it looks like you still had fun with your friends, too bad ya had to spend all that money for the disappointment though!
    Have a great week ;)
    xoxo- Kaara @ In the Kitch with Kaara

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  25. Oh boo... that makes me really sad to hear. You would think that women would be more encouraging and uplifting in person, not the opposite. They just feel threatened by your rock'n body. :) I'm glad you were able to meet some fun women and have a good time regardless. And screw the $400 ticket next year right?

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  26. Ugh, the cliques sound like a nightmare. I hate self-important bloggers who are too obsessed with themselves to treat others like HUMAN BEINGS. If a person is too childish to even attempt civility, their blog is obviously not worth following. I hope you wrote their names down so you can warn us all away!

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  27. Why do women have to be haters??? Middle school called and wants them back!!! They are jealous on how fabulous, real, and just amazing you and Mama are. Glad you had a fabulous birthday!!!

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  28. I'm so glad you told the truth about this conference.I was regretting all weekend not going but with Ash in college, I can't afford much of ANYTHING right now, muchless that price tag! And mean girls, scoff...I hate that! What the hell!! anyway I love that you told it like it is...I always appreciate that about you haha and I agree we should all support each other!! Lots of LOVE!! Rita :)

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  29. I'm so glad you told the truth about this conference.I was regretting all weekend not going but with Ash in college, I can't afford much of ANYTHING right now, muchless that price tag! And mean girls, scoff...I hate that! What the hell!! anyway I love that you told it like it is...I always appreciate that about you haha and I agree we should all support each other!! Lots of LOVE!! Rita :)

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  30. It's clear that girls will be girls, no matter what age they are. Please know, not all of us are catty and weird like that. There are still some of us cool chicks left! Haha. I'm glad you had a great birthday! Happy Birthday!!!! :)

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  31. I was shocked when I read the way some people treated you at Blissdom! I heard mixed things from lots of people there but your experience sounds awful. Glad I was not too FAMOUS to come and introduce myself to you on Saturday. Your pep talk about the Rock n Roll race really helped me when I was standing there in the freezing cold on Sunday. I kept thinking, Skinny Meg said this would be FUN so I am going to have FUN!!! Sorry I missed your party Saturday night but I needed sleep more than I needed to stay out drinking and dancing all night before the race. But next time you go out drinking and dancing, give me a call. Loved meeting you and looking forward to keeping up with you on your blog.

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  32. I am thankful to see you honest post on this. I've been wanting to go to a blog conference because I would love to meet some of the bloggers I love reading and try to connect with some great people.....but in the blog world I'm a no one.

    I had been wondering if it was cliques and high school-like, now that I know maybe it isn't for me.

    I'm glad you and your friends were able to have fun and not let other people's negativity spoil your fun!

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  33. Thanks for the shout out Meg! You rock and are the main source of my Etsy traffic today! Email me, we need to chat. Omega@selbylane.com

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  34. That is a total bummer that it wasn't as awesome as y'all (and I) hoped! Maybe that's not a conference I want to look into going to!

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  35. Glad to finally read something honest and upfront about Blissdom... those "mommy bloggers" always just post about how ah-mazing it is. Glad to have saved my $400!

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  36. I love that you said "not the ones who write about their kids" because I've been dying over the comments one Mama Laughlin's post! I'm one of those dreadful "mommy bloggers" I suppose, but it's really just because I'm too lazy to keep up with my twins' baby books. :-/. Now all I can think about is the fact that everyone in the blogosphere thinks I'm trying to be all fake and stuff... Cause I'm so not. I've stayed clear of BlogHer conferences for the same reason you're talking about - it just seems like cliques are all over the place and I'm not exactly in one. I just recently found you and your friends when I got an instagram follow from Hubby Jack, so naturally I am obsessed with how fun and hilarious you girls are.

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  37. there isnt much worse than a woman who is cruel and unsupportive of others! especially when in reality, we all have something in common! im sad to hear it was such a bust. i hope to go to a conference someday as im eager to learn new things and meet friends, but ill be avoiding blissdom!

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  38. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy Blissdom! It was my first time, too. I can't believe you ran into so much rudeness!

    There are a couple other conferences that are more technically orientated. I've gone to the Type A Parent Conference a few times, and I've always learned a lot. The organizer caps the number of attendees, too, so it's a much smaller event. I've heard good things about the Savvy conference, too.

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  39. I can't believe how rude people were to you! I hate that about some women who et all jealous and clique-y! So annoying! Looks like you and mam laughlin had some fun and did meet some great people!

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  40. it was really nice to meet you!! bummed you didn't have a good time at the conference though!

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  41. That is so super crazy, that someone was telling people to not talk to you. Guess it just goes to show how famous you guys are ;-) Anyway, sorry BlissDom was BlissDumb... Glad to see you girls had a great time anyway!!

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  42. Seeing all the pictures from Blissdom made me think that it was just like you explained it...a bunch of stuck up mommy bloggers who think they are too cool for everybody else...oh and their shit don't stink. Kind of like high school. If I were to go I would have to hang out with you and your friends because you look like way fun, and you could kick my ass in the gym.

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  43. I am so glad I did not run into said mean girls because that would have been enough to make me dislike it. I have a bit of mixed feelings on it all...

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  44. Great recap, even though you didn't have the greatest time. I was just reading along nodding my head in agreement about everything you said and then bam! a photo of me! What a surprise. Thanks for the shout out!! And I didn't even look half dumb. lol Usually I am the WORST picture taker.
    I'm sorry you had a not-so-great time. I did see a lot of the same crap going on, but I tried to ignore it. I went to Blissdom in 11 and 12, and after last year swore I would never go back - it was terrible and I left feeling the same way you did this year. I came back because my friend asked me to room with her.
    I'm glad I did though. My attitude was totally different with this go-round. This time I decided I didn't care about sponsors, I didn't care about classes, and I just wanted to hang out with my friends. The laid-back attitude with no expectation really helped me have a much more enjoyable time. And it apparently helped that I don't do twitter at all, and so I never saw any of that drama going on.
    I am so glad I got to see you for a few minutes but honestly I wish we could have hung out even more! You are a hoot and I am so glad I got to finally meet you IRL.

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  46. looks like fun. I think females feel some sort of threat from other women when they have friendships. Crazy...

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  47. I wish I came to BlissDom but I never knew what that was since I am a new blogger but now I am happy I didn't pay the 400.00 ticket to go plus the hotel and airline tickets. A lot of girl are caddy and it really is a shame. Sorry that happened to you girls.

    Looks like you had the best time with the people who mean most and that is all that matters.

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  48. That sucks that the conference wasn't that great....and about the "mean girls"!!
    Why do we womens (dammit, Hubby Jack and that catchy word, "womens"!) do that?? If we could all learn to lift be another up and not be jealous and catty, we would be unstoppable!!! I'm a work in progress in that area...I've learned a lot through this blogging world that I don't know anyone's journey so who am I to judge!!
    Also, I said it on Instagram (@kbeavtann) but you looked absolutely gorgeous in that chevron dress with your hair like that and your makeup!! Seriously gorg! (Not that you're typically not beautiful, but you were on fiyahhhhhh that night...I guess it was your last night being 31 so you had to go out with a BizzzzANG!!)

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  49. What a small world! Omega and I cheered growing up. I was scrolling through my blog feed today and was stopped in my tracks. Can't wait to check out her shop!

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  50. What a small world! Omega and I cheered growing up. I was scrolling through my blog feed today and was stopped in my tracks. Can't wait to check out her shop!

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  51. First off, Madison is so freaking adorable!! Love her in the sunglasses! And I think you, Mama, Holly and Becka need to put together your own fun blog anti-Blissdom! lol. Without any of the mean girl drama. It really is sad that grown women can act like that. And telling someone not to talk to you?? Are we in middle school again, lol

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  52. I'm very sorry that you felt that way! I don't think we had a chance to meet, but I wish we had!! You seem very sweet and genuine!

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  53. I'm sorry that you didn't have the experience you hoped for, and really, really sorry that you ran into some of those "mean girls". I was very fortunate to not experience that, but then I tend to repel those kinds of people. I think I give off a vibe. ;)

    That said, I really hope it doesn't turn you off of blog conferences. There are some great ones our there. I know that Bloggy Boot Camp Advanced is coming to Dallas in the fall and those are some great girls (if you are interested in that type of content), and the Houston bloggers will be doing a conference this year as well, Blog Elevated. You may want to check into that too. I know for a fact that they are all pretty awesome. (*ahem*)

    And I just realized who the Kate is in your photo. Man, I wish I could have met her. She has changed my hair life with her tutorials.

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  54. Lord have mercy! After reading this I really want to backtrack on my plan of attending Blissdom next year! Sheesh. Though I consider myself to be very outgoing (having worked as a general manager in a hotel in Jamaica for years) - I do not like or put up with snobby attitudes and would have thought that as Bloggers in unity - everyone would try to get along and just be happy as we say in Jamaica!

    Just discovered your Blog - love it...!

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  55. UGH. So sorry that you ran into mean girls. That is insane. We are WAY too old for that...well, I am anyway! haha.

    Totally understand why you hunted down the bag. It is incredible.

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  56. I'm sorry to hear there was cliquey-ness, but am so glad you met some lovely folk too!

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  57. Wait just one red hot second. 80 Facebook followers is famous? Well why didn't someone tell me this 8 followers ago? I'm famous now!!!

    I am so sorry that a group of Mommy Bloggers left a bad taste in your mouth. I'm a mom blogger who only has 88 Facebook fans and less than 400 followers on my blog. While the numbers have gone beyond what I ever thought they would, I'd never presume to tell someone that I'm "famous". Because I'm not. I'm so far from fame. I'm not aspiring for fame. Just honesty, and hoping that honesty helps someone else along the way.

    Also, many congrats on the weight loss! I myself have been trying to lose weight, and chronicling it on my blog a couple times...I was 217 in November of 2012, and now I am at 159, only 19lbs away from my goal! Even though I had a goal set from the beginning, I never really thought I'd lose more than 20lbs.

    Anyways, I like your blog, and I think I'll add it to my links. If you ever have a spare moment (I know how busy momhood is, haha!), I'd be really honored if you checked out my humble and totally NOT famous blog, especially the post on my own weight loss: http://bigfamilytinyhouse.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/weight-loss-diets-and-the-sahm/ .

    You look AMAZING, Meg, keep up the awesome work!! :-)

    *Merry*

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  58. Wait just one red hot second. 80 Facebook followers is famous? Well why didn't someone tell me this 8 followers ago? I'm famous now!!!

    I am so sorry that a group of Mommy Bloggers left a bad taste in your mouth. I'm a mom blogger who only has 88 Facebook fans and less than 400 followers on my blog. While the numbers have gone beyond what I ever thought they would, I'd never presume to tell someone that I'm "famous". Because I'm not. I'm so far from fame. I'm not aspiring for fame. Just honesty, and hoping that honesty helps someone else along the way.

    Also, many congrats on the weight loss! I myself have been trying to lose weight, and chronicling it on my blog a couple times...I was 217 in November of 2012, and now I am at 159, only 19lbs away from my goal! Even though I had a goal set from the beginning, I never really thought I'd lose more than 20lbs.

    Anyways, I like your blog, and I think I'll add it to my links. If you ever have a spare moment (I know how busy momhood is, haha!), I'd be really honored if you checked out my humble and totally NOT famous blog, especially the post on my own weight loss: http://bigfamilytinyhouse.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/weight-loss-diets-and-the-sahm/ .

    You look AMAZING, Meg, keep up the awesome work!! :-)

    *Merry*

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