Just got back from the Haven Conference in Atlanta. I spent 4 days at the Hyatt in Buckhead with some of the most creative talented women and (some men) that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I am ready to buy next years ticket!
I met up with some friends I regularly talk to on Facebook. It was so great to finally meet them in person.
Let's start from the beginning. Picture heavy!
I hit the road on time. I was so ready to get to Georgia as quick as I could to get started at my 2nd Haven conference. So happy when I seen the sign!
After checking in we headed out to Ballard's Outlet! Of course there had to be shopping!
We exchange gifts we brought for each other!
don't judge :)
The conference opened with Ana White giving a memorable heartfelt speech and the Haven team teaching us a new dance they made up "The DIY Shuffle".
There were several classes photography, 5 Essentials for you blog and how to get published in a magazines and more.
Cocktails yummy Margarita and hors d'oeuvres
We went to several cocktail parties but the most memorable of the night was hands down RYOBI!!
They hosted the evening on Friday at the Intercontinental Hotel in a ballroom. They had Oprah's chef cater the food. A pasta bar, carving station and dessert table were loaded with yummies! The bartenders supplied us with any drink we wished for.
The famous Brian DJ'd the night and we all danced it away. The cute little Ryobi guys strutted their stuff on the dance floor with umbrellas to "It's Raining Men". There are no pictures because I literally stood there with my mouth opened.
I thought at first they were Chippendale dancers!
Then all the guys and girls learned the DIY shuffle! Throughout the night they handed out tools and yours truly came home with a handful! Oh what fun we all had!
Home Depot and Rustoleum had a party the same night as Ryobi
I came home with this beautiful arrangement made with Rustoleums Mirror spray! Funny I won these bottles last year!
Classes great food and Vendors!!
Ryobi, Home Depot, Moen, Lucy Inspired, and 3M to name a few
and this Jersey Guy! George Oliphant from George to the Rescue on NBC
We are like family now lol He is from my neck of the woods.
Unfortunately I didn't get enough pictures of my friends!!!
This one came out blurry and it probably would have been a good one of Karen and I. Our last one at SNAP wasn't very good because we were all sweaty from dancing! I guess we will shoot for next year!
My sweet girl Dusty!
Also Bad....I could never learn how to roll my hips like my friend Kirby!
and never instagram a pic standing in a robe in a shower with a giant rubber duckie! It is just BAD!
I guess you can say it happened Saturday night when I went to bed. I had an allergic reaction to something. I think it was something they used to wash the towels. Anyway it wasn't pretty.
but it went away long enough to eat a 99 cent breakfast and go shopping at IKEA before I left for home
and on the way home I got stuck on top of Mount Eagle Mountain for 21/2 hours in the hot sun with a car starting to overheat and sweat poring down my face
It was ugly
but not as ugly as the swelling from whatever I was allergic to
it came back!! UGH!! like a bad mug shot!
But I can't leave you with this UGLY picture in your mind!!
The conference was a blast!
There were a lot of great memories made.
And I came home with lots of goodies from the vendors
and made lasting friendships!
It's all Good!