Blend – The final recap

Since I recapped our awesome sponsors and eats from Blend earlier this week, today is all about what my fabulous fellow bloggers and I did while in Utah!

Let’s start from the beginning…

Thursday began bright and early with a wake-up call from my Orlando hotel at 4am (I was traveling for work earlier in the week) – after almost throwing a mini-tantrum out of exhaustion, I jumped out of bed, threw on some workout gear and headed downstairs to catch my ride to the airport.

Orlando –> Houston –> SLC

My flight landed just before Lindsay’s so I decided to be super creepy, find her gate and greet her with a big hug as soon as she landed! We met Alyssa, who was kind enough to pick us up from the airport, and we were off to our SLC hotel. After our other Thursday night roomies arrived at the hotel, the girls went out to lunch. I grabbed a quick bite to eat at the airport and had some work to finish up so I stayed back at the hotel.

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Since it was a gorgeous day in SLC, before dinner we took a lovely (although quite hot…) walk around downtown and explored Temple Square. It had the most beautiful city gardens I had ever seen!

Next up was happy hour and dinner that I told y’all about yesterday :)

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Since we had all been up for around 24 hours, once dinner was over we immediately crashed in our beds. I had the pleasure of sharing a bed with Lindsay on Thursday night. As an FYI, she hums while sleeping, hehehehe!

I kicked off Friday morning with an early 5k run! Let me tell you, going from sea-level to mountain elevation is no joke. I thought I was going to die during the first mile but managed to push through. I strategically ended my run near a Starbucks… the promise of iced coffee will get me through almost anything ;)

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After packing up, we were on our way to Park City!

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First on the agenda – SWAG! I didn’t get a photo showing the generosity of our sponsors, so I’m stealing this one from Julie – thanks girl! As I said earlier this week, our sponsors were incredibly generous and because I’ve yet to go grocery shopping this week, I’ve been living off of my Blend swag since Monday.

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The rest of the afternoon involved the pool, beer, snack time and getting ready for the cocktail party! I loved spending the afternoon getting to know all of the lovely ladies attending the retreat – they truly are the best.

Dinner followed the cocktail party and then we attempted to watch Frozen before realizing there was no way we’d stay awake through the entire film. We made it to “Let It Go” (<– best part of the movie, IMHO) and then headed back to our room to fall asleep.

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I also managed to do a little online shopping Friday night (surprise, surprise) while watching Frozen – multitasking at its finest ;) Ashley gave us all coupons for Fabletics so I decided to try out an outfit I had been eyeing for quite some time. It arrives next week and I’m PUMPED to finally try Fabletics. To save $$ on your first purchase, here’s my referral link.

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Lindsay and I showing off our Fabletics headbands.

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Saturday morning kicked off with a killer workout sponsored by Onnit. It was all based on body weight, functional movements and I was sore until Tuesday night – no joke! Again, I blame the elevation… ;) (Thanks to Heather for catching Katie and I in some mid-burpee action above!)

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Thank goodness we had Spark to fuel us through the weekend – It’s a long story, but I actually had AdvoCare shipped to our hotel in SLC. Desperate times (aka running out of Spark!) call for desperate measures, hehe!

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Following breakfast, we hit the mountain trails for a hike thanks to Organic Valley. The hike – minus the terrifying gondola ride up the mountain, yikes! – was my favorite part of the retreat. Along with the gorgeous views, the fresh air and mountain hiking was the perfect way to reset my crazy, city-life soul.

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Post-hike came more pool time and snack time and beer time… When in Rome Park City! And then it was time for a night out on the town!

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Dinner and drinks and dancing happened on Saturday night. I’d love to share more details post-dinner, but because Lindsay made me pinky promise to keep her shenanigans a secret and what happens in Park City stays in Park City, I’ll have to leave you guessing ;)

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No workouts happened for my roomies and I Sunday morning – we were exhausted and sore from Saturday’s workout. Instead we decided to grab some Green Mountain coffee and take a walk around the resort.

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After breakfast and the closing ceremony – where I won 2 jars of Nuttzo (heck yes!), it was time to figure out how to pack my week’s worth of apparel and swag and head to the airport. I have never been so happy to fly SouthWest and get 2 free checked bags.

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Alyssa was again so so so kind and drove a group of us gals to the airport where we begrudgingly said our goodbyes. Linds and I had some extra time so we hung out, blogged, laughed about the weekend before I flew back with Katie to Chicago.

It was, just like last year, one of the best weekends I have ever had. I love my blends and as corny as this sounds, I am thankful every single day for starting my little place in the blogosphere. Without it, I would have never met these beautiful, smart and driven women that I am blessed to call friends.

Who’s coming to Blend 2015?! It’s in Boulder and I CANNOT wait!

Do you prefer the mountains or the beach? Until this past weekend, I honestly would have said beach. However, there is something so peaceful about the mountains and if I had to choose, I would pick living in the mountains over living on a beach.

Comments

  1. Ahh that all sounds so fabulous! I am really hoping that I can make it out to blend 2015 next year! In fact I shall start a fund now so there is no question about it!
    Hilary recently posted…WIAW – Mugcake RecipeMy Profile

  2. Everything about this event sounds lovely! I totally would go next year! Is there a special place to sign up to receive updates? I just followed them on FB and Twitter! And you’ll love Fabletics–such fun stuff!

  3. SO much fun! That swag is seriously amazing! I still can’t get over how much stuff you all got! I really, really hope to make it to Blend next year. The babies will be about 7 months old or so by then, so I hope to leave them home with Justin and take off for a few days. It would be amazing if I could work it all out!
    Holly @ eatgreatbegreat recently posted…Totally Random Bits of Info #18My Profile

  4. Love this! These always look like so much fun, and it being in Boulder next year, I might just have to go, I’ve always wanted to go to Colorado! But I know things will change next year for me, so I’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
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  5. I would love to go in 2015! Colorado is a beautiful state. Have the dates been announced?

  6. LOL! you did NOT have Spark shipped to SLC! You crazy lady! ;)
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted…4 Ways That I Modify CrossFit for ME!My Profile

  7. awww you’re such a great friend!!! Love all the fun times you all had!
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) recently posted…Baked Tortilla Chicken-and a Better Chip review! #TBCInsidersMy Profile

  8. Ok I need to get in gear and go next year!! :)
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  9. I love Colorado! I would still choose the beach over mountains, but I love both! I am def hoping to go to Blend next year!
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  10. Yay! Love your cute Fabletics headbands. I hope you love your outfit too!

    As much as I do love the mountains, I will always be a beach gal through and through. There’s something about being in my swimsuit with the ocean roaring in the background that is just so perfect to me. :)
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  11. OMG I cannot believe you said that Lindsay hums in her sleep – I would totally kill you if that was me. ;) And I LOVE that you had a containter of spark for the weekend. #awesome #loveadvocare And yes “let it go” is the best part of that movie. And you know I am not going to miss BLEND next year – it’s already on my calendar!!!
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    • Hahah – oh the things I could say about your sleep ;) You better get your behind to Blend next year too!!

  12. So jealous- looks like such an amazing time. I am hoping I can make it next year if we dont have a zillion more wedding to go to!
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  13. I can’t wait for Blend in Boulder- all I have to do is hop in the car for 20 minutes so I definitely HAVE to be there next year! Then I don’t even have to worry about shipping my swag ;)
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  14. 2015… I’m there! It looks like a blast!

  15. I am SERIOUSLY considering Blend next year know that it will be in Boulder! I hope it is on a weekend that works well with my schedule.
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  16. I said the same thing about the mountains vs beach thing – before I would have said beach, but park city may have changed my mind ;-) It was so gorgeous up there!
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…Blend 2014: The Workouts.My Profile

  17. Do we seriously have to wait another 11 months until Blend 2015? Because I need it to be, like… tomorrow. Such an amazing weekend… and I think you can guess my answer to the mountains vs. beach question ;)
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  18. Live in the mountains, take vacations to the beach. Sounds like a win-win to me!

    Also I love how you implied that only Lindsay got into any shenanigans on Saturday night…hehehehhe. At least no one lifted me this time :)
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition recently posted…Blend Retreat 2014: What Healthy Living Bloggers Eat on VacationMy Profile

  19. Love this so much girl! and I loved Blend and am right there with ya, I’ll be back for Boulder no doubt!

  20. I didn’t realize we got a fabletics card until I read your post. #toomuchswag #bloggerproblems
    MegaN @ the skinny-life recently posted…9 Weight Loss RulesMy Profile

  21. What a super fun weekend!! I just opened your Fabletics link – perfect excuse to purchase an outfit and tell the hubby it was discounted. ;-) And I’m totally jealous of your Nuttzo!
    Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely recently posted…Thinking Out Loud # 15My Profile

  22. LOVE this!! I still have to do mine. I’m so behind! haha It was soo wonderful to meet you and spend the weekend becoming friends. Miss you girls! Love that we get to keep in touch with our blogs and of course Instagram :)
    Alyssa @ See This Girl Run recently posted…London – Days 2 & 3My Profile

  23. So much fun!! Fingers crossed for next year. Plus I heard it’s in Colorado and that just sounds gorgeousssss and I’ve always wanted to go there.
    Erin @ The Almond Eater recently posted…Lemon Pepper Brussels SproutsMy Profile

  24. Looks like fun! Love your pics! Laughing over the Advo getting shipped to the hotel–makes sense, though!! :)

  25. Haha!! I think it’s actually a good thing that she made you pinky promise to not share details about Saturday night ;) But I thought she made you pinky promise that you would not say publicly that she hums when she sleeps?! Lol.
    Julie @ my sweet n healthy life recently posted…Blend 2014 recap – day 2My Profile

  26. HAHAHA! I love this post so much. Still dying that you got Spark shipped to the hotel – my look at you when I saw what the package was is still making me laugh. Second, I’m totally okay with the fact that you let everyone know I hum while I sleep. Maybe they’ll find it endearing? Third, thank gahhh you listened about Saturday ;) Don’t let anyone bribe you with Spark to tell them my secrets (her is so big because it’s full of secrets…) LOVEYOUMISSYOU!!!!
    Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In recently posted…What They Don’t Tell You About Loss (Father’s Day 2014)My Profile

  27. a humming sleeper, eh? That’s a new one! Can I say mountains and beach? Don’t make me choose.
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted…Random Ramblings #14My Profile

  28. I live by the beach and I’ve lived by the mountains and there’s just a tranquility with the mountains that there isn’t with the crowded beaches here. :)

    See you next year!
    Julie recently posted…Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Fit Friends [Blend Retreat]My Profile

  29. Ahhh, this looks like it was SO amazing!! I wish I could have attended! I’m definitely putting it on my “must do” list for next year!
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  30. Oh man I relax instantly when I see the mountains!

    So funny that Lindsay humms in her sleep! We definitely had a roomie on Thursday that moaned in her sleep haha I almost threw a pillow at her!

    Sad I missed out on Saturday shenanigans. Girl was tired! We really packed so much into 4 days but I’m so glad we did! :)
    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently posted…Restaurants in Utah [ Salt Lake City + Park City ] for Blend 2014My Profile

    • The mountains are fab, aren’t they?! Bahahah and I’m cracking up at the pillow throwing comment!! :)

  31. so great hanging out with you!!! I’m a beach girl… I LOVE my mountains, but the beach is so peaceful to me. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the mountains and the beach is a change??
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  32. Blend sounds awesome! The scenery is just gorgeous! And all the swag. Gotta love swag :)
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