SNAP! Recap

Kari from Newlyweds on a Budget, Me, Jill from Being Spiffy


That may be the only word that can describe my experience at the SNAP! conference. It was every emotion wrapped up into one. Before I got there, I was more nervous than I could have ever imagined. I was going to a blogging conference, not knowing anybody there. Of course I felt like I knew most of them because I follow their blogs, tweet with them, stalk them, and follow them on facebook. But most of them I have never met IRL. So I thought I would either

  • Sit in the corner like a loner all weekend
  • Act like a complete idiot and be picking my chin up off the floor when I saw my idols (I did this one!)
  • Get too scared that I would not come back on day 2.

But i was shocked to see how welcoming each and every person was. A whole bunch of the attendees were at their first conference just like me, so we all made friends right away.

I only had one negative experience with a blogger, where she kept using the phrase “ugh, small starter blogger”. I was a follower of this blogger, but after meeting her IRL, I will not be following her any longer.

But on the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many other bloggers were exactly how I thought they would be!

For example, Shelley from The House of Smiths. She is 100% EXACTLY how she comes across on her blog. Bubbly, Happy, Enthusiastic, and Lovable. She is such an inspiration to what each and every blogger should be!

The theme for the conference was “Just Be You“.
This was great timing for me, as I have been struggling with the concept, brand, and direction of Our Thrifty Ideas. The theme has helped me focus on what their blog is, where I want it to be, and how to get there! (fun changes coming!)

I also got to meet the incredible Ana White. Ahhhh! This is a saying that she has in her work space. She talked about how she looks at it whenever she does a project or a blog post. She makes sure that it is 100% her. All of the other words are qualities that describe her, but above everything, she says to “Be Yourself”!

Of course one of the main stresses of the weekend was if I would be cute enough to blend with these incredible women! Being an “I shower when I get a chance” mommy, it was a pleasure to get ready 3 days in a row…but also a major stress.
But I think my outfits turned out ok!

They held classes about the basics of blogging, techniques to use on your projects, turning your blog into a business, and getting yourself noticed in the media. Oh, speaking of media…If you don’t know yet, I love to watch Studio 5 on KSL. I have a slight girl crush on Brooke. I love her personality and what she stands for. So when she walked in the door to be a guest speaker, gah! enter “lift chin from floor” here.

I’m surprised this picture is not blurry, as I was shaking so hard I could barely stand still! Meeting her was incredible.

Oh, did I mention that the conference was held at the beautiful Thanksgiving Point during their Tulip Festival

I can’t wait for next year and having an amazing time with some new fabulous friends!

Wait, what?  You want to see more pictures?!

 Pictures include: Shelley from House of Smith’s, Kari from Newlyweds on a Budget, Summer from Summer Scraps,  Bridget from Bridgey Widgey, Amber from Posh Ideas, Celeste from A Lotta Living, Jeanee from Dirty Laundry

If you are wishing you had been there, you can find some recaps of the classes on the SNAP! website. And I hope that you sign up for next year’s SNAP! conference so that we can meet each other IRL.
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  1. You looked adorable! I was wishing I’d taken photos of all the cute outfits so my fashion-impaired self would know what to wear in the future.

    I’m dying to know who made the rude comment but I won’t ask. I got to participate on a panel but I’ll ALWAYS be a “small starter blogger”. Who the heck cares? It’s supposed to be about enjoying what you do, not about popularity. Keep doing what you are doing!

  2. It was so great to meet you last friday! Thanks for the tip about exporting the blog you’re awesome. I’m so joining you fun girls next year for the whole thing!


  3. So fun and super cute pictures! I saw you from afar but I don’t think we got to meet. So many fun things going on last week!!

  4. Vanessa, I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you! You are adorable! I can totally relate to what you said about getting “ready” three days in a row! LOL I look forward to following your blog and keeping in touch.

  5. WOW! Thank you SO MUCH for your super sweet comments about me!!! This made my day and almost made my cry! You are so nice, and I’m so happy that we had a chance to meet 🙂
    Thank you for coming, it’s bloggers like YOU that make SNAP so fun! I can’t wait till next year!

  6. You’re so cute, I saw you but I don’t think we officially met at SNAP. It was a first for me as well, thought it was a blast! Maybe we can meet next year (: Kelli

  7. YOu are so stinking cute I can’t stand it! SO fun to read your recap and hear that you loved SNAP as much as I did! Means a lot to all us SNAP teem members! Can’t wait for next year!

  8. I am so very glad you were able to come to SNAP! this year! It’s so fun to read through everyone’s recaps and see SNAP! through their eyes!


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