Oh California, you won me over for sure. I’m currently trying to work out how we can move there permanently. In the meantime, there’s so much I want to share with you. From Shiftcon, to the q+a panel at the Detox Market, to checking out the best of what SoCal has to offer, I have a lot to fill you in on. First, let’s start with Shiftcon.
This year, Shiftcon took place in Irvine California, at Hotel Irvine. A lot of you messaged me on Instagram asking about Shiftcon and what it was. The event is all about shifting common thinking and business practices to be more eco-friendly and healthier for you and the environment. Topics that were covered ranged from pesticides in our food, to how to eat organic on a budget, to how to heal food allergies naturally. They also had some sessions with information just for brands and influencers. It was so interesting to hear different speakers’ takes on our food system and what’s happening with the everyday chemicals used. Truly, we have so much work left to do, but it’s refreshing to see so many like-minded people come together to advocate for change. I believe we are to be good stewards of the planet and all of the resources that are here, so I will keep beating my drum against pesticides and GMO’s and every other way we are tinkering with the delicate ecosystem of this planet.
The best part of Shiftcon was the people. I got to spend time with so many of my blogger friends and compare notes on everything from green beauty to how we raise our families as healthy as possible. Courtney, Janny and I discovered some great spots, including Krisp which had coffee and smoothies. We went back multiple times and sent the rest of our crew there as well! It was great spending time with some of my other blogger friends like Suzi, Sarah and Lisa and meeting some new friends, like Becca (click their names to see their respective blogs). We all had a great time feasting on gluten-free donuts and giggling so hard that our cheeks hurt. We only get to spend time in person together once or twice a year, so we always make the most of it!
A very special surprise is that Leah from Leahlani happened to be in LA at the same time as us! She rarely leaves Hawaii, so I couldn’t believe the timing worked out the way it did. We had a big dinner at Puesto and hugged a million times, took selfies in the bathroom, you know.. the usual lol. Leah was one of the first brands I connected with when I started blogging back in 2014 and she’s always felt like an old friend to me. I just love her sweet spirit and she’s exactly the same in person as you’d imagine her to be.
The Detox Market Event
It was so fun to head to LA to check out The Detox Market in person and be able to speak on a Q+A panel along with Janny, Suzi and Lisa. Merrady, who I’ve known for a while through Instagram, was our moderator and we got to dish on our favorite products, how we balance it all and our current routines. I LOVED being at their store in person. I really wish we had something like it in Charlotte.
Merrady matched me perfectly with the liquid Vapour foundation (so much easier to do in person) and they generously provided goody bags to all who came out to hear us speak and gave us some major swag from their store and from W3ll People. They also gave us some gift cards to some spots around LA. It’s almost worth a trip back just to experience it all!
I also was able to meet one of my very first blogging friends, Lauren from Free Love Beauty. Lauren is an incredibly courageous mother (and super gorgeous!). Our kids are about the same ages so we connected right away. She has her own line of gorgeous products that you can check out here.
The Family Vacay
It just happened that my husband had a conference in Carlsbad a few days after my stuff ended, so we decided to have him meet me out in Cali with the kids. We did Disneyland, a couple of days at Legoland and then the kids and I headed up to Laguna Beach for a couple more days. It’s SOOOO gorgeous there and we had great weather, so it’s really hard to fathom going back to the cold weather that’s waiting for me at home.
We enjoyed Disneyland, but the kids really loved Legoland. We stayed at the resort onsite and though it was hard to find a lot of food options, we were able to eat pretty healthy there. They were accommodating to Carson’s food allergies and our requests for various things swapped out on meals. The rides were amazing and the resort was over the top with the LEGO theme and really geared towards kids. Needless to say, the kids loved it and can’t wait to go back. Also, buying a photo pass to download your pictures from around the park is worth it’s weight in gold. We got some gems that we’ll keep laughing at for years to come!
It’s hard to say goodbye to Laguna Beach, but as I write this on our flight home, I think we’re all ready to be back in our own beds and get some rest. Until next time Cali! xo