Thursday, August 11, 2011

BlogHer Swag

As it was my first BlogHer Conference and my participation in outside parties or events was nil minimal, my swag intake was also minimal.  But I also I wanted to avoid the 'Swag Hoarding Syndrome'.  

The swag I did bring home though were things I really liked and would use.  (Excluding the Softcup - which I'm still undecided if it's a viable alternative to tampons.)

Here is an overview of the cool swag I scored:
  • Softcup. Listed first so I can be sure you read about it.  What can I is a cup that fits over your cervix to catch your period blood.  Um...I tried this about 15 years ago and it was a little messy.  But I give props to the woman at the booth who described in detail the features and benefits of the product.  They even had a life-like diagram to demonstrate how it's used.  She didn't even blush or crack even a hint of a smile.  I'm too immature for that; I would be laughing through it all. Fired by lunchtime I'm sure.
  • Snapfish photobook with 2011 BlogHer best of blog photos. I picked this up at the swag exchange room.
  • Snapfish pink sunglasses. (Takes 15 years off your age.)
  • Lowes houseplant. Plants are good for your health and make you happier - FACT.
  • Best Buy bracelet made by women in India who took advantage of their microfinancing charity program. Love this concept.
  • Passport to Good Health by to document your health history and keep track of necessary exams by age.  
  • BlogHer pin - every attendee received one in their registration bag.  PROOF I WAS HERE!
  • Pfaltzgraff bicentennial crock. Cute little ceramic jar that picked up at the swag exchange room.
  • Mommy Day Planner. I traded a few drink tickets for this with a woman in front of me at the humor session.
  • Retail Me Not water (or vodka) bottle.  It's BPA and lead-free. Score!
  • Tempurpedic travel pillow.  It is so soft, comfy and awesomeThe booth chick was smartly dressed in cozy PJs and fuzzy slippers; it really set the mood.  What was great about the Tempurpedic booth was that it was directly in front of the Kudo's booth, which had hunky men in hard hats working it.  You could lay down on the Tempurpedic bed and drool liberally. 
  • Hallmark t-shirt. Their booth and marketing tactics were awesome and interactive.  You write in a purple Sharpie something that is a special occasion.  I wrote, 'Sleeping Through the Night'.  Then you pose with your shirt for the camera.  They upload your picture to use in a mosaic and later email it to you.  You also write on a big sticker what you like to celebrate and stick it to their exhibit wall.  Also, in their meeting room, they have cards that you can write in and they will mail it for you.  So sweet!
Hallmark Warms My Heart
  • Knorr chicken stock and flashdrive of recipes. Their food samples (chicken and asparagus) were delicious and they were very friendly people.  The booth dudes were all handsome too.
  • Kudos snack bar. Delicious of course, but did I mention how hot the guys in hard hats were?
  • Dole apple and cinnamon fruit cups. Not only that, but coupons too.  Sensible and good for you too.
  • HTC goody bag with pen, notebook and tissue.  This was given out at the Voices of the Year keynote, so it was very clever.  There were a lot of tears in the room.
  • Waterpik SinuSense neti pot and sinus cleaner. This came in all attendees' bags and I can't wait to try it out. It's supposed to help prevent and lessen cold symptoms. On a side note, I have a neti pot that has a strangely phallic tip.  It was interesting putting it in my nose. 
  • Ella's Kitchen organic baby food in a squeeze pouch - sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apples and blueberries.  I spoke to a dynamic woman about the product and the company. I love the concept and the wide range of fruit/veggie combos.
  • Baby Orajel Naturals - a natural way to treat the discomforts of teething.  Perfect timing as the l'il chicken hawk is starting to teethe.  It is benzocaine, alcohol and dye-free; it uses a clove oil formula for the pain reliever.
  • Lansinoh lanolin nipple ointment, breast pads and milk storage bags compliments of the Lansinoh Lactation Lounge. Loved that room!
  • Shari's Berries were giving out delicious cake pops! Loved them! I also got a cute little reusable bag in a strawberry themed that packs up into a little strawberry. Adorable.
  • Dove travel cooler bag packed with coupons and catalogs on their new products and programs.  I had no idea they had a Dove Chocolate franchise business where you host parties.  I've never been one of those women to sell products to my friends, but if I was, I would definitely pick this one.  Everyone would love all the things in their catalog.
  • Paper Culture - a box of baby announcement and card samples to review on my blog.  Their exhibit was so adorable and quaint.  Small, and not in the best location in the hall, but perfectly inviting with beautiful baby room art and decorations.  I will write up a review of their products and website in the near future, but I love what I've experienced from them so far.
So there is my swag list.  Not as exciting as winning an iPad2 perhaps, but I'm content with it.  My biggest take-away was what I learned in the sessions.  I also really enjoyed meeting some very smart and savvy women and hearing about their blogs.  


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