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Before I wrap up the file on Blissdom ‘09, I must give a well-deserved shout-out to the sponsors that made the weekend so much fun and such a success. You can check all of them out here and I love each one of them equally and play no favorites. Absolutely equal love spread to each one of them equally. If my love were a cookie, I’d chop it into fourteen equal pieces and give each of them a slice.

Shhh, come closer

…no closer, I’m not gonna bite you…


…what do I have bad breathe or something?

Ok, just between you and me, I did have a favorite:


That little lady went all out, baking up a storm for the attendees at Blissdom. I kept my foot out of my mouth many an hour with one of their tasty cakes. They’ve recently launched their version of 100 calorie offerings. In all fairness, I should admit that if you eat ten of the things at a sitting, the 100 calorie part kinda loses it’s effectiveness. But whatev (love ya Andrea!)… I couldn’t help it.


Snack Cakes as far as the eye can see – pic courtesy of Secret Agent Mom

For those of you not familiar with the new line, there are eight different varieties:


Chocolate Cakes Moist and delicious…a perfect hit of chocolate when you need it.


Yellow Cakes My least favorite as it contains no peanut butter, chocolate or marshmallow, but I’m sure there’s a bunch of weirdos demographic out there that eats such things

nutty_smNutty Bar Singles Just like the original LD fav, but in a single portion (though I double-dog dare you stop with one they are so good)

stix_smNutty Bar PB Stixs Hands-down, my daughter’s & (Blissdom roomie) Shannan’s favorite. I’m having a little trouble convincing P they aren’t actually cereal bars and/or a valid breakfast option.


Gingerbread Cookies I’m not a big fan of gingerbread but these were pretty tasty I must say.


Marshmallow Treats Similar to rice krispie treats, but so much softer. My favorite by far and this opinion must have been shared by a lot of folks as they were GONE quite quickly.


Triple Chocolate Brownies Now we’re talking. These were wonderful, but a little small. I don’t have nearly enough self-control to stop at one…or six as it turns out. Don’t judge me.


Snow Puffs A close second to the Marshmallow Treats. I’m eating one right now as I type (and try not to get coconut in my keyboard).

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So many choices, it might be hard to choose, but at $1.79 per box, you won’t have to. Check your local market for them and show my girl Debbie some love.

I’m nearly out of the ones I got at the conference, but fear not, another delivery just arrived:

img00283Off to make some room in the pantry!


img00240red snapper on a bed of lobster risotto, with scallops and shrimp
(if I ever find myself on death row, this is so my last meal)

Before the incident that shall not be spoken of again (but feel free to blog and @ the crap out of it: @hotel_preston), a group of twenty-four amazing, talented and wonderful women had an amazing, talented and wonderful meal at The New Orleans Manor.

If you’re visiting the Nashville area, check this place out. Jazz music serenades you upon arrival, the service is beyond superb (CLAUDE!), the bartender has a heavy hand and the food…I have no words. They “garnish” with shrimp and scallops – and not those wannabe scallops either! Garnish! … ‘nough said. (That lead pic is my dinner, taken seconds before I licked my plate clean and then made a move on Marcy’s.)


What started out as the usual “OMG, I don’t see any dinner listed on the Blissdom ’09 schedule, I could very well starve to death” quickly turned into an emailing spree to any and all Ohio bloggers Shannan and I were familiar with. Upon arrival, the numbers grew as did the geography. I mean you say “food” and “Ohio” in the same sentence and the people knock each other down to get a seat at that table baby. By the time it was all said and done, two dozen sexy dames, from nearly came together for a feast.

dinnerpicThat’s me before dinner – pic taken by the lovely Jenny at Mommin’ It Up!

I wanted to give a shout out to them and introduce them to you incase you’re living under a rock and haven’t surfed lately (What the hell do you do all day anyway? I know how busy you must be.):

Marcy Stretching A Buck

Shannan Mommy Bits (no, not those bits!)

Jennifer Playgroups Are No Place For Children

Christina A Mommy Story

Heather Domestic Extraordinaire

Dawn Kaiser Alex

Victoria Vdog & Little Man

Tricia Once A Month Mom

Cortney Once A Month Mom

Erin 5 Dollar Dinners

Emily Mommin It Up

Jenny Mommin It Up

Carrie Money Saving Methods

Kelly MrsCPA

Heather Queen of Shake Shake

Shari Crazed Mommy

Julia HookedOnHouses

Andrea Mommysnacks

Mrs. Flinger Mrs. Flinger

Angie The Arthur Clan

Amy Living Locurto

Kate A Simple Walk

Toni The Happy Housewife

And well, me!

If I’ve forgotten anyone, please forgive me, but I tried really, really hard and even drew a diagram of the seating arrangements.

(psst: Emily at Mommin’ It Up went the extra mile and listed everyone’s twitter name too so check it out!)

You can get a taste of the fun we had if you click here and here to Mrs. CPA’s most wonderful video clips (holla Flip – we love ya!). And pics here and here and here and here. I’m sure there are more but things just can’t be handed to you people so easily…sheez, make a little effort, would ya?

I can’t wait to see everyone again and just a reminder: Romance without Finance is Ignorance. Words to live by Claude, words to live by.



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"Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate." Charlotte Gray
October 2021