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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Haven Recap (Part 1- Blog Friends)

Although I'm a blogger, I'm also a blog reader and follower of (many) other blogs.  I continue to get lost in blogs for hours late at night and am giddy when I find a blog that is full of creative talent, exciting ideas, and cool projects.  I fall hard for beautiful photography (especially food photos), the way a post is written, and the little thrill of getting to peek into someone's home.

Last weekend, I went to the Haven blog conference in Atlanta, where home and DIY bloggers can connect face-to-face, instead of just visiting with each other online.  Social media platforms like Instagram have made a lot of us closer these days because we can see what each other is looking at, working on, or doing throughout the day.  It's easy to leave a quick comment and respond back and forth.  But, getting to actually hear someone's voice and interact with them in person is priceless.



I'm fortunate to have a close group of blogging girlfriends, but there is always room for more!  At Haven, I was able to talk to bloggers I've been looking forward to meeting, and was happy to be approached by blogging peers as well.  If you ever end up at a blogging conference (or any event) and want to meet someone, just go up and introduce yourself and say hi!  I'm sure the person you are meeting will be happy you approached, and if they aren't, then maybe they weren't worth meeting after all.  Either way, it's good to know!  

The blog world that I love is based on relationships and a friendly, welcoming, encouraging network of women.  I wanted to give a shout out to the ladies I got to meet for the first time and hope you'll visit them too.

Ten June (It's about time we met!  Michelle and I go way back as blogging buddies and meeting her just felt really comfortable and natural.  I miss her already!)

The Chronicles of Home (Jennifer was a previous contributor to Honey We're Healthy and I got to hug her in person and thank her for her wonderful recipe posts.  She's the kind of person you feel instantly at ease with.  I wish we had more time together.)

Useful Beautiful Home (I was so happy to get an email from Rachel saying she'd be at Haven this year.  She guest posted on my blog awhile ago and we've kept in touch through email ever since.  Loved getting to meet her in person.)

Life on Virginia Street (I've been drooling over Sarah's home for a while now, so I was really looking forward to meeting her in person.  We got to connect several times throughout the trip and I really liked her.  P.S. serious hair envy!)

Desert Domicile (Caitlin and I got to eat lunch together on day two and chat about her work, blog, and life in general.  If you're not familiar with her blog, go check it out- I bet you'll like it.  Her projects, styling, and photography are spot on).

Eat, Sleep, Decorate  (Amy is so easy to talk to and pint size like me:) I almost didn't recognize her with her hair straight and a little lighter than her profile pic!)

Organizing Made Fun (Becky and I share a love of organization, but I had no idea she lives in LA.  And we are both clinging to 'ole blogger)

A Home Full of Color (Shavonda was so delightfully genuine.  So great to meet her.)

The Piggy Toes & Just a Girl and Her Blog (We shared the Marta together as well as Cassie's foot-in-mouth comment- uh-oh!)

Craftberry Bush (Lucy can be described as gorgeous and lovely.  She taught a photography class and there was an audible gasp in the room when her photos and artwork were featured.  I will be ordering a watercolor from her asap.)

Iron & Twine (Michelle might just be the cutest pregnant woman (with twins!) I've ever met.  I know it sounds cheesy, but she really was glowy.)

Blue I Style (Angela is really down to earth and I adored her business card.)

Walking in Grace & Beauty (Cyndi and I had emailed before Haven, but it was fun to hear her Southern accent in person.  We talked style and fashion for a long time the first night.)

Awexquisite Design (Wishing you lots of fun with your new blog Anastasia:)

The DIY Playbook (Casey and Bridget are super talented blonde bookends!  I almost mistook Bridget for Cassie several times because their hair is almost identical.)

Parties for Pennies (Heidi was one of those women who approached me with a kind smile and introduced herself.  She's adorable!  With so many people at a large conference like this, I'm thrilled she said hi or we might have missed each other!)

Bliss at Home (Kristin and I have followed each other online for a long time now.  Got to meet this beauty finally!!)

Cuckoo 4 Design (I think Julia was having a blast because every time I saw her, she was radiating happiness.  She's another one I almost didn't recognize because her hair was up sometimes and I'm used to it being down in her profile pic:)

Lucky Scarf (So good to meet Candance- and she explained why I was seeing that scan code on people's business cards - if you scan it with your phone, it can take you directly to someone's blog.)

Krystine Edwards (I was happy to chat with Krystine and and discover we have several mutual blog friends.)

Chippa Sunshine (Darnetha wins for warmest smile.  She's cute as can be.)

Not Just a Housewife (Something tells me you won't be staying in a hostel Stacy!;)

With Heart (I'd be happy to see Jennifer's adorable daughter on Instagram everyday.)

Wind Gate Lane  (Bee was one of the last women I got to meet, but we shut the last party down chatting away.  I bet we could have talked for hours.)

6th Street Design School (I finally got to meet Kirsten after following her blog for four years.  About there years ago, she gave my blog a boost by featuring my home on her blog.  I still remember being so excited about being contacted by her.  Very cool to get to meet in person.) 

Danielle Oakey Interiors (Who knew how fun Ms. Oakey was?!  Girl is spunky and cool and gorgeous.  I could not believe this is the same woman I followed on Instagram as she hung in there, day after day, on bed rest with her son, who's now 18 months old!)

As for old friends, I'm not gonna lie, getting ready in our hotel bathroom with a mirror/lighting combo that mimicked like a real-life Valencia Filter was pretty fun!  We joked that we wished it could have followed us around during the conference. ;)  


Hunted Interior  (Hanging out with Kristin is kinda surreal because she's so stinkin' talented, but is just as kind and humble as can be.  For example, she went to the store specifically to buy peaches for Jen because she heard us mentioning how sweet it was that Jen's son asked for a peach for his birthday present that weekend.  Kristin is that kind of sweetheart.  She also chauffeured us around all weekend!)

Hi Sugarplum (My travel companion, accessorizer, and genuine ear all the time.  Cassie is funny and in high school, I'm sure she was voted "Most Popular"  because if you meet her, you fall in love.)

I Heart Organizing (I've had the pleasure of traveling with Jen twice now and I can honestly say she has a heart of gold, especially for her readers.  If you read her blog, I'm sure you know what I mean.)



Middle: Lakeitha Duncan (Lakeitha and I connected on Instagram recently and bonded over our fitness journeys.  I'm so proud of her- to date, she's lost 78 pounds and she's not done yet!  I didn't get the greatest shot of the Iman Tribal Necklace I bought from her, but I got tons of compliments on it), Pretty Well Organized (I'm smitten with her new etsy site), Thrifty Decor Chic (OG of the blog world and as down-to-earth as you can imagine), All Things G&D (I had a great long talk with Dusty and it was just what I needed.  She truly is one of a kind, full of energy, and so vibrant), & Just A Girl (just awesome- and we got to meet her adorable family too.  They are even better in person.)

Bottom:  Hunted Interior, Hi Sugarplum, I Heart Organizing, A Thoughtful Place (Courtney is one woman who has her priorities straight and I so admire her for that.  She always helps me put things in perspective when I feel out of control.  Not to mention her talent for pulling a room together with just the right amount of glam and comfy feel.  Love her like a sister and just wish we lived closer.), Hunted Interior 

There are so many more awesome women I chatted, laughed and shared blog tips with, but didn't get a photo. Some people I didn't even get to meet. :(  At a conference this large (I heard around 350 attendees??) it's impossible to meet everyone.  You can see more photos of everyone on Instagram at #HAVENCONF

And, oh yeah, there were classes- two full days of lectures/workshops from experienced bloggers on everything from DIY with power tools/decorating/photography/working with brands/managing ad networks, etc. ;)  I took some good notes for you on the classes I attended and I'll be sharing them tomorrow! 

My roomies and I collapsed into bed at 2am the night before we had to be up at 6am to catch our flights home.  Even running on fumes the next day, I wouldn't have had it any other way.  I didn't want to miss a precious moment with these girls.  


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51 comments:

  1. So fun, Megan! I really wish I could have made it this year. It looks like you had so much fun!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing I feel like I was there! I wanted to go so bad being it's my first year of blogging, but unfortunately couldn't get tickets! :( Hopefully next year I'll be there! I love how you introduced everyone so we can get to know them as well!! Take care Kathy @The Daily Nest

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    1. I was worried about not getting a ticket too- so I ordered early. Let's plan on meeting up next year!

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  3. Love it Megan :) I'm so glad I got to meet you gorgeous girl. I am so sad that I couldn't make a lot of the sessions and parties. My diet is so strict and the food messed with me big time :( I tried to be so careful with my choices, but it's so hard to know all the ingredients. That was the pit of my trip for sure. I feel like I missed so much. Lakeitha was telling me that you pack your own meals for trips when you are training. I need to pick your brain about that sometime! If I go next year I'm going to have to have a better game plan for that. Thanks for sharing this and including me in your round up. You are such a sweetheart! xo Kristin

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    1. Kristin, I didn't realize you had food restrictions- would have loved to chat with you more about that. Also, I clicked your blog from your comment and it took me to your old site- would be good for you to change that. I added the correct blog address to my reader so I'm not missing your posts in the future. You are so talented! Congrats on the magazine feature! I love it when I see my friends in print- I'm all, "That's my friend!!!" :)

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  4. This looks incredible! You've listed so many awesome looking blogs... my late nights just got later!

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  5. so so fun!!!! ive followed all of you through the years!!!

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  6. Happy to hear you had a wonderful time! So glad you got to hang with the girls, but more importantly got to meet so many more bloggers and introduce them to those of us who did not attend. Love reading your sweet comments about each. However, I would expect nothing less from you...you're a doll. Just bummed I missed out again, especially since it is in my backyard! Looking forward to reading the rest of the recaps.

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    1. I'm dragging you to Haven next year Lauren! Tell your hubby, girls and dog to make other plans!! :)

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  7. So, so, glad we finally got to meet in person! You seriously couldn't be sweeter (and your hair is rockin' too girly - not to mention that hot little bod of yours!). Great recap - it really is such a wonderful event. Thanks for the shout-out and I'm looking forward to the next time we can meet up!

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    1. Ah Sarah- my blog crush! :) So great to meet you. We'll keep in touch for sure!

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  8. love this post! so glad to finally meet you in person! glad you had such a wonderful time at Haven. now go take a nap! :) :)

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    1. Me too Whitney! Now I have an adorable face to go with the name! :)

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  9. It was so nice to actually give you a big hug in person!!! Can't wait to chat more :) xx

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    1. I can't believe I didn't beg more to come visit your house!! I want to see all that goodness for myself!

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  10. Hi Megan,

    You are a great blogger; I read your blog every week. You’re such an inspiration to all the working moms out there! I always wondered how you came up with such a catchy blog Title "Honey we’re home". Will you be so kind and put my curiosity to rest?
    Love your Blog! dont ever stop being so Awesome!

    Robin

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    1. Robin, I think you might be the first person to comment and ask me that! :) When my hubby used to come home from work, I'd always say, "Welcome home Honey!" or if he got home first, and I'd walk in the door, I'd call out, "Honey, I'm home!"- kind of in that I Love Lucy Ricky Ricardo way. When we moved into our current house, it felt like WE were home, so without much thought at all, I named my blog, "Honey We're Home". I guess technically, there should be a comma after Honey. :) So funny you ask because I've wondered through the years if I should have given my blog name more thought. Once you choose a name and people start to know you by it, you're kinda stuck with it. ;)

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  11. such a great recap...thank you so much for hunting down all those blog links...can't wait to dive in to all that creative genius!!! Love you girl, love traveling with you...not to mention late night spooning! ;) xoxoxo

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  12. Oh my goodness Megan thank you so so much! I was so nervous to meet you, and when you approached me it was the best surprise ever. You're so incredibly beautiful and sweet and literally everyone I spoke of you to couldn't stop saying how amazing and sweet you are. You're reputation precedes you and for good reason:) Thank you so much for making this newbies Haven experience a great one. You're the best.

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    1. You are the sweetest! You have great energy and I love meeting people like that! It's contagious! Hope to see you again next year and hang out more.

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  13. I can't believe the weekend is already over! I'm so happy I got to meet you! You're so sweet and welcoming and made me feel like I was sitting at the popular girls table at lunch. Thank you so much for including me in your recap and for your kind words about my blog :)

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    1. Thank God we got into the same lunch line Caitlin! It was really a pleasure to get to know you better. I will be digging into your blog more for sure. Cassie was agreeing about how talented you are too. :)

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  14. So sweet of you to list down all the bloggers' website! Can't wait to check them out. I wanted to go this year but couldn't make it. Aiming for 2015! Do you think the conference was useful only for DIYers or would organizational bloggers like myself benefit as well? Thanks for the wonderful post!

    Seher | Simply in Control
    http://simply-in-control.blogspot.com

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    1. You would benefit for sure Seher! There's so much general content about growing a blog in general, not necessarily for a specific niche. I skipped the heavy-duty DIY stuff.

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  15. Thank you so much for the shout out, Megan! You are seriously the sweetest and I am so glad I had a chance to meet you! I've been following your blog since before I started my own, and it was so wonderful to learn that you are every bit as wonderful in person as you are online!!

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  16. I loved meeting you! Maybe our Texas paths will cross again soon! xoxo

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    1. I hope so too- let me know if you come my way!

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  17. Megan you're a doll thank you so much for including me! So glad we got to meet and chat & congrats on all your hard work you look amazing! I think I need to coordinate a Charleston trip and have a little reunion ;-)

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  18. I can't tell you how much I loved meeting you in person! So glad we had some time to chat and connect. I wouldn't have thought it possible for you to be sweeter or more beautiful in person, but you are! xoxo

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    1. You were definitely one person I really wanted to meet! I wanted to thank you in person for contributing to Honey We're Healthy and I'm such a fan of your blog and skills. You make furniture!! So impressed with your talent and genuineness Jennifer!

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  19. Getting to spend time with you was one of the highlights of my trip! You are such a beautiful soul, and this recap was just that as well. Thank you for making my days so bright! Missing you already!

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    1. Me too Jen! You are a great roommate! I'm already looking forward to next time!

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  20. Looks like you ladies had so much fun! What a great group of girls! I hope to be able to attend the conference next year. :)

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    1. It's a great girls' trip! Let me know if you attend next year!

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  21. Megan - It was so wonderful to meet you! Thank you for your mention here! I wish we had more time to chat, but it was good the small moments we had! Becky B.

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  22. How awesome are you for giving a shout out to all the wonderful people you met? I think at the end of the day, its the people we meet through our blogs who give us the fire to keep going. So glad you had a fun time. Hope to meet you someday too.

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    1. We HAVE to meet in person someday! I've admired you from afar for so long- years and years! Only other bloggers really "get" what we do!

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  23. My goodness, thank you for the shoutout! I'm still gushing over your rock hard calves (and really everything else on you!) You are as beautiful inside as out-- lovely to meet you. Hope we meet again soon! xx, Jen www.withheart.com

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    1. Such a sweet comment Jen! I've been browsing your blog and I'm smitten for sure! So happy we got to meet- please keep in touch!

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  24. Great recap! Hope to meet you at Haven next year!

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  25. I wish we would have had more time to chat, I really would have liked to clone myself during the conference. I was totally having a blast, you are right but then I have to say that I'm mostly having a blast all the time LOL.
    And you have to have your hair up in humid situations ;)

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    1. Clone yourself- I can relate to that one! ;) Loved getting to meet you in person Julia!

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  26. Love your recap! I loved following along via everyone's Instagram pics and now through all the recap posts. I still feel like such a newbie and worry about not knowing anyone at the conference, so I haven't attended yet. I am hoping that I can get organized, get over my worries and attend next year, I would love to be able to say "hi" in person to the lovely ladies (yourself, Cassie, Jen and Kristen are all totally in that group) that I follow and that have inspired me on my blogging journey. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Just now getting a chance to read this post; life has been crazy busy since the conference.

    Awww.....thanks a bazillion for the mention in your post about Haven!! Can't tell you (as a newbie on the blog scene ;) ) just HOW much that means to me!! I loved getting the chance to meet you, Megan, and only wish we had more time to hang out together. You are precious and definitely an inspiration to me.
    Love your blog. I have many friends who are into fitness and I promoted your blog through Facebook. Hope to see you again at some of the other blog conferences in the near future!

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  28. I am new to blogging, but I'm going to Haven this year. So excited. Hopefully I will get to meet you and lots of other nice blogging ladies.
    Jennifer
    yourstrulyjenn

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