Pinners Conference 2016

Pinners_illbethere STATES (2) I’m excited to say that I will be attending Pinners again this year. It’s become somewhat of a tradition, full of great classes, fun shopping, and of course, lots of blogging friends!

This year is exciting because Pinners has added a lot of new cities, so be sure to check out the options because there might be one near you.

I’ve really enjoyed going as a VIP, you get a super fun party the night before the conference, plus easy admission to all your classes for the entire weekend.

There’s also a VIP lounge with sodas and places to hang out and recharge. If you are planning to attend the entire weekend it is well worth the money.

They have a lot of ticket options though, even if you just want to shop the expo, you can do that!

Have you attended before? Will I see you in Salt Lake in November?

Hello Live conference

helloliveThis past weekend I got to attend Hello Live, which is an online conference you can attend anywhere with WiFi! The conference focused on live video, such as Facebook Live, and how to make use of it to grow your network.

I really liked the online format because if I wasn’t able to watch a video live, I could go back and watch it later. Watching live was the best though since you have the option to ask questions or make comments that the broadcasters can see and answer.

The information was great! I especially liked the keynote from Mario Armstrong. His points were spot on, especially about how important it is to build your community on something you own and supplement it with other things. He learned the hard way after the app he was using got killed off and he lost his HUGE audience. You can learn more about him here.

At one point Facebook was actually down, so I couldn’t view the conference. This was a bit of a bummer, but since there were replays nothing was lost. The other thing that I missed a lot in this format was interacting with other conference goers. To me that is always the best part of the conference. Since we weren’t together in person it would have been nice if the group allowed for discussions.

Over all, especially since it was the first year, it was a great conference. I am excited to see what more they do with it as it grows. While I haven’t really put live video to use much it did make me excited to give it a try and do more videos in the future. It really does seem like live video is creating the most engagement in online communities right now too.

What do you think? Have you done live video? Do you enjoy watching other people’s live feed on Facebook, Periscope, and the like?

We joined the club (the Instant Pot Club)

So, maybe it’s not an actual club, but we have joined the ranks of Instant Pot owners. We were one of the many who snagged the amazing deal on Amazon day, and then quickly learned that this is much more than just another kitchen appliance! There is an entire group of passionate users on Facebook (it’s been very helpful to have this group), and so many things that can be done with it too.

While we are not pro users as of yet, I have been impressed with what we have made so far. I’m going to share our recipes here so I can find them easily, and hopefully that will be helpful for you too if you have one.

I have to admit, there is a learning curve. It’s not so much that it’s hard, but there are steps that are new and different as opposed to a slow cooker in which everything just gets thrown in and left alone for hours. The upside is that because the pressure cooker cooks so quickly, if you did forget to put a roast in the crock pot in the morning, you could still have pot roast for dinner that night if you started on time! We did one in the pot and it tasted wonderful, with the same tenderness as the crock pot.

Do you have one? What is your favorite thing to use it for?




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