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Monday, November 3, 2014

Perfect time to #FallBack into @FabFitFun - Keep your #Health Routines up for Fall! #FabFitFun

FabFitFun Fall 2014 Subscription Box

I am so happy to Fall Back an hour and enjoy an extra hour of sleep! Fall is going to quickly lead into winter and here in the Northeast, the snow, slush and ice sometimes make me want to skip the Gym altogether so to say keeping up Fitness routines is a bit difficult in Winter is an understatement! Thankfully I am a FabFitFun VIP Blogger, and they curate a box of goodness to keep me inspired, all I have to do is OPEN and ENJOY. (Pretty sweet right?)

Fab Fit Fun Fall 2014 Subscription Box Includes:

Jessie Steele Pink & Gold Retro Polka Dot Josephine Apron

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Jessie Steele Pink & Gold Retro Polka Dot Josephine ApronEnhanced with metallic gold to bring out that extra holiday sparkle! Features a waist pocket and removable grosgrain bow detail with adjustable ties at the waist and at the neck! Buy it for yourself to serve up some sexy hostess realness at your holiday dinner this year or buy it to give as a hostess gift to that special hostess with the mostest in your life! Retail Value of $32

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster - This intensely moisturizing concentrate helps relieves dryness and fine lines with hyaluronic acid, panthenol, glycolipids and algae extract to help restore moisture balance. I have always loved Dermalogica products and was totally thrilled to see them included in the FabFitFun Fall 2014 Box, Total SCORE! Retail Value of $56

Gramr Gratitutde Co. Thank You Card Set, Sealing Wax, and Wax Press

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Gramr Gratitutde Co. Thank You Card Set, Sealing Wax, and Wax Press - Gratitude Changes Everything! As someone who has had penpals since childhood I was super stoked to find this in my Fall FabFitFun Box. I love getting 'real mail', and who doesn't love a Thank You card? We all love feeling appreciated! These are absolutely awesome and perfect for the season of giving which is swiftly approaching and will soon be upon us! You know I am all about an 'Attitude of Gratitude' and you can purchase these kits WITH postage to make it easy peasy to send out Thank You Notes. SCORE! Retail Value of $43

Great Soles Pink Ribbon Ballet Barre Ped

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Great Soles Pink Ribbon Ballet Barre Ped - #GreatSolesGives is a national campaign joining a network of fitness studios from coast to coast in creating inspirational wellness experiences, they are helping to organize and support Breast Cancer events that feature these limited-edition Rose Pink Ballet Socks only for the month of October. $3/pair of the proceeds of each pair will be donated to the SASS Foundation. Comfort for your tootsies from a brand giving back, that's what I call a great deal! Retail Value of $12

Beauty for Real True Color Lip Cream in "Always There"

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Beauty for Real True Color Lip Cream in "Always There" - I am a total lippie lover and tend to customize my color myself so I love experimenting with different brands and colors to find a look that is just right for me. If high-impact, long-lasting color that smooths and softens to make your pout healthier with ingredients like capuaca butter, organic neroli and mandarin oils are what you are looking for then this is just right for you! And by the way the LED light and mirror on the 'tube' make applying easy, anytime/anywhere! Truly a lust-worthy lip cream, SCORE CENTRAL! Retail Value of $22

CHI 44 Iron Guard

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - CHI 44 Iron Guard - I blow out my hair frequently and follow that with a flat iron so a good thermal protector is a must have in my hair care arsenal. I was stoked to find the CHI 44 Iron Guard in my FabFitFun Fall Subscription Box! While your look should always sizzle butterflies, your hair shouldn't! (Most places are out of stock on this so I couldn't link you to it directly!) Retail Value $14.50

The Honest Company Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The Honest Company Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar - This hydrating bar soap is 84% organic and is made with coconut, olive and argan oils to soothe and nourish skin. I received mine in Juniper Sage and was happy to find out they also make it in Lavendar. Retail Value $4.95

LaNatura Travel Size BodyButter

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - LaNatura Travel Size BodyButter - This pure Vegan Body Butter is paraben free, sulfates free, petrolatum free and uses NO synthetic fragrance, colors, mineral oil, PABA or animal ingredients. I received the Matcha Green Tea Pure Vegan Body Butter which contains essential oils of White Tea, Ylang Ylang, Coriander, Clarysage, Ho Leaf and Sweet Orange. While the color threw me at first, this applied easily, absorbed perfectly and left my skin smooth. I look forward to trying out more products from LaNatura that's for sure! Retail Value $18


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - FitFusion - A 3 month Digital Subscription was included in the Fall FabFitFun Box - you can stream the workouts from iPhone, iPad, laptop, TV, Chromecast or Apple TV! With a variety of videos from a wide variety of trainers, including Jillian Michaels, Zuzka Light, Gaiam Fitness, Tara Stiles, Billy Blanks and more, there is literally something for everyone! Retail Value of $29.97

Mary's Gone Crackers

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Mary's Gone Crackers - My FabFitFun Boxes have been helping me swap out my bad late night snack while I am writing choices with options that are way more healthy! These are completely vegan, organic, non-GMO, whole grain and kosher! They feature super foods like brown rice, flax, quinoa, and sesame. Retail Value of $5.00 for a box or $60 for a case of 12 boxes

Numi Organic Tea

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Numi Organic Tea - Jasmine Green Tea using real Jasmine Blossoms and 100% real ingredients sourced directly from Fair Trade Certified Gardens, to inspire well-being of mind, body and spirit. Retail Value $6.99 for an 18 ct. box

My Take:

I absolutely adore being a Fab Fit Fun VIP Blogger, I love Subscription Boxes and one thing I think FabFitFun really excels at is the variety of items across categories, in my opinion it's a true lifestyle box that offers a bit of something for everyone. But the fact that it allows you to keep up a healthy lifestyle year round is the best perk of all!

Which item in this Fab Fit Fun Box is your personal fave or which one would you most like to try Butterfly? Can't wait to try the box and can't wait to find out if you won? I have three codes for $15 off a box, Tweet me @Ascending1 and tell me you want to 'try it and  buy it' - 3 butterflies will be selected at random to get a code for $15 off their next FabFitFun Box Purchase!

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FTC Disclosure: I am a Fab Fit Fun VIP Blogger and subscription boxes are sent to us free of charge for editorial consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Impressions of @mom2summit from a NON Mom! #mom2summit

I do Blog Conferences like I do my vacations, my preference is to do a different one each year. When I go on vacation I try to visit somewhere I have never been and I like to do the same with Blogging Conferences. Even with workouts I like to diversify and can't repeat the same type of workout over and over. It is just intrinsic to my personality. (If you are astrologically inclined, I'm an Aries, and we like to pioneer. Coincidence? You decide).

Mom 2.0 Summit went down in May in Atlanta and while it may seem odd that I am recapping it now, I did 'micro blog' and share my experiences as they happened via twitter, but it's when I take time to process everything that I experienced, that I tend to be more succinct.

You did read my headline correctly, I am NOT a Mother. While I do have a uterus/womb I haven't quite yet decided to use it, so I am not a Mom Blogger. Sadly if you are woman you are automatically lumped into the category of 'Mom Blogger'. If you are Latina, you are automatically a 'Latina Blogger'. I never wanted anyone to 'niche' me as I never chose to niche myself. The closest thing to a label I am willing to accept is "Lifestyle". And the beauty of that label in my opinion is that I do not need any one brand to garner content or make me 'relevant'. So long as I have life, I will have content.

Which leads me to the question I am sure you are asking in your head, Why did you attend Mom 2.0? For a wide variety of reasons, including:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I had never attended this conference before
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I had never visited Atlanta before
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I am a Best Buy Blogger Brand Ambassador and they invited their Ambassadors to attend as they were Supporting Sponsors of the Conference

But most importantly, Conferences are an incredible opportunity to learn and grow! And stretching my wings is exactly what an Ascending Butterfly is supposed to do!

Some of my Favorite Moments and Takeaways:

This one was filled in: 'Beauty is Instagram' - There is something beautiful about how instagram captures everyday moments in life!

This one was filled in: 'Beauty is Playing Outdoors' - Sometimes families are 'too connected' - spending time outdoors in physical and creative play is a panacea to the spirit! For both young and old alike!

The photo above is from a Garden Party that was sponsored by Dove. Dove was the conference title sponsor and they challenged us all to define what Beauty Is. The answers were all as varied we are, and that to me was the beautiful thing!

If you had to fill in that blank: Beauty Is ________ what would YOU  say?

Above: The dress I am wearing is by IGIGI and the shoes are by Earthies.

The photo above was from an offsite Garden Party at a very beautiful venue called The Estate in Atlanta - the 2013 winner of The Buckhead Beautification Award. Dove also offered Bloggers an entire Beauty Suite within the conference venue  where bloggers enjoyed Hair Touch Ups, Manicures and Cocktails in a very relaxed atmosphere. It was a great place to slow down and get away from the hustle and bustle of the conference floor and to take a moment to connect with other bloggers too!

Left: Tracy from Ascending Butterfly (ME!) and Deb from Just Short of Crazy - Best Buy Brand Ambassadors working the booth during Mom 2.0 Summit!

Best Buy made work fun and addition to the Ambassadors hosting a twitter party in honor of Mother's Day while we were there (a fun way to bring those who couldn't be at the conference in the mix too!), the Ambassadors took turns at Best Buy's Booth to engage with bloggers, demo amazing products like the Misfit Shine, Dyson, and Sony QX10 (a lens that helps turn your Camera Phone into a DSLR! which you will see a review of here very soon) and they also hosted giveaway drawings for attendees to have a shot at winning the great products being displayed. As you can see from the photo above we were having a Charlie's Angels moment with the Dyson. Best Buy and their great vendors who came along with us sure made work feel more like fun. I love working with a brand who you can truly be yourself with, and makes everyone feel like a team! Best Buy is always looking for bloggers to join their WOLF Blogging Program and I can share that this Ambassadorship by far is one my favorites! I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the program.

Bloggers who stepped up to the Best Buy Booth had a chance to win the Misfit - Bloom Necklace for Shine - Stainless Steel as pictured below:

Press on the Photo Above and you can go directly to Best Buy to purchase this Necklace for any special fitness lover in your life!

Press on the Photo Above and go directly to Best Buy to purchase the Misfit Shine Fitness + Sleep Monitor.

The coral color for the Misfit - Shine Activity and Sleep Monitor, is an exclusive color to Best Buy! It measures steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned, tracks how well you slept, provides up to 30 days of data storage without syncing, boasts 12 LED lights to help you see in low-light situations and functions as a watch! It is water-resistant up to 164' for underwater use while you swim or engage in other water sport activities. It is crafted from Aircraft-grade aluminum material - so you know it's durable!

Press on the photo above to purchase The Sony - DSC-QX10 at Best Buy

The Sony - DSC-QX10 is an 18.2 Megapixel Attachable Lens-Style Camera for Most IOS and Android Mobile Phones. Available in either black or white, it turns your regular mobile phone camera into on that is capable of taking DSLR quality photos with the simple click of an attachment! This little guy was quite popular at the Best Buy Booth during Mom 2.0 Summit and for good reasons. Most bloggers hate lugging their heavy cameras around but do so because they don't want to miss a moment or end up with a grainy photo. Well not anymore folks! I will go into this one in more depth later!

They also featured several products by Dyson at the Booth including:

Press on the Image above to purchase the Dyson - AM08 Pedestal Fan White/Silver at Best Buy

Press on the image above to purchase the Dyson - DC59 Animal Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum at Best Buy 
I reference the DC65, DC59 and the DC44 Animal Stick Vac HERE. And will be offering full product reviews on the misfit products as well as the Sony Qx10 so stay tuned!

Other Notable Moments from the conference included:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The Panels - ALL of them! Each panel I attended blew me away. I am not new at this, and my biggest complaint about many conferences is that the panels are always geared to very new bloggers. And I was once very new so I understand that it is necessary to offer panels for a variety of knowledge levels, but Mom 2.0 impressed me more than any conference in awhile with panels that actually spoke to me at MY level. It was very much appreciated.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Fruit of the Loom gave out underwear - Now there is swag you will use literally EVERY day!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Fandango had a fun photo opp and gave us a gift card so we could catch a movie as well as some popcorn (that got devoured in my room so it didn't make it to the movies!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I geeked out when I met the folks from Sea Pak because I love their Spring Rolls - I go super far out of my way to get them as I can't convince my local supermarket to carry them.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Adobe Revel gave us cute macro lenses for our phones and we learned about their GroupPix app that is free for Android and iPhone. The app allows users to gather and share photos while they are at events, they hosted the official conference photo album which contained contributions from attendees. You can create an event in the app, set up an invite code and then users you give the code to can share photos.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - We also learned about EveryDrop a new water filtration brand developed by Whirlpool Water, you can use it both at home as well as on-the-go.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Dove offered a super cute nautical inspired Stella & Dot Tote Bag loaded with great Dove products including their Dove Pistachio Cream with Magnolia that has become a new favorite!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The Honest Company (whose logo is a butterfly by the way) gave us a great assortment of their products to try out, you know how much I love both butterflies and brands that do good right? With every purchase from The Honest Co. a donation is made to families in need!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The Zen Suite - I think it explains itself but with a Mattress so comfy I didn't want to get up, and PureCare mattress and pillow protectors that have a pocket where you can insert AromaTherapy Sachets, it was definitely a very popular suite during the conference!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Trapper Keeper is back baby!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Weight Watchers Brownie Bliss - Yummy and guilt free? um YES PLEASE!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Microsoft Surface 2 - While this is separate from the conference, I have to thank the folks at Microsoft who helped keep me connected with a Surface 2 Tablet that allowed me to not miss a beat while at Mom 2.0! I love the Surface 2, it is a hybrid tablet with the functionality of a laptop, runs full MS Office, it's keyboard is it's cover and as I edit a ton of photos I added on a great travel mouse and the Surface was not only my portable office, but I was also able to help co-host a Best Buy Mother's Day Twitter Party while I was there on this bad boy!


This was my first Mom 2.0 Summit but it won't be my last that's for sure. It was the first time in a long time that a conference offered panels where I took so many notes! I learned a ton at Mom 2.0 Summit, met so many great bloggers who were willing to share and were super welcoming. Not once did I get the stink eye when I told someone I was not a Mom (which sadly has happened at other parenting conferences and does sometimes happen at local events in my city), and was impressed with the amount of time I was able to get with each brand. That doesn't always happen when a conference over packs people into a small venue. They chose an amazing venue that was well-layed out and while the swag was fab, it was the panels and the fact I could make real connections with brands that seemed to really want to be there and make connections too that were the main standouts for me!

And special shout outs to the brands that helped to make this conference not only possible but enjoyable. Best Buy who have truly made my Ambassadorship with them feel like family, IGIGI who has helped me re-discover the joy of wearing dresses again and have helped to make fashion fun for me again after a very long period of time where I didn't feel comfortable in my own skin nevertheless in my clothes, Earthies shoes that make comfortable footwear super fashionable and Microsoft for keeping me productive, with files from my home computer in the cloud, using the Surface was totally seamless and allowed me to take notes, make outlines for posts, update my database, keep track of my calendar, (both appointment and editorial) and help me be able to co-host a twitter party with ease while on the road.

The 2015 Mom 2.0 Summit will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, will I see you there?

What is the best conference you have attended in 2014 so far Butterfly? (or if you haven't yet attended any, which one would you like to attend?)

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FTC Disclosure: This recap post is NOT sponsored, however I attended the conference as a guest of Best Buy. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. There are affiliate links included in this post. And some items mentioned were provided to me free of charge, however this did not influence my opinions, all opinions are 100% my own.