I’m headed to New Jersey tomorrow for Camp Baby, Johnson & Johnson’s all expense paid retreat for blogging moms and moms with baby/child/momcentric websites, however you want to slice this piece of the Internet pie. We are moms. We are wired. Hear us type!
This is my first big blog event as I couldn’t quite justify the bucks required for BlogHer after last year’s budget killing surprises, and not the fun type of surprise like finding an unopened bottle of Corona in the back of the fridge, but more like the gross surprise like finding an abandoned sippy cup, contents unknown but guaranteed to eat through metal, in the back of your car. For starters, there was the refrigerator that died while we were hundreds of miles away in Florida at my dad’s condo, the microwave that bit the dust, and my breast MRI, lumpectomy, and other medical expenses.
I’m really looking forward to meeting some fantastic bloggers from around the country and Joisey and Canada (yo Jen and Tonic) and seeing my blog buddy and fellow DivineCaroline advisor Amy from MomAdvice again, taking part in a wine tasting led by Ted Allen, being treated to dinner sans chicken fingers and chocolate milk, and taking a tour of Johnson & Johnson’s facilities, and I don’t mean their toilets, although I am sure they are lovely. I’m going to miss my girls and hubby, but I could use a little retreat (what mother couldn’t?) and they will be in school and daycare during the day and the hubby is taking them out for pizza Thursday to their favorite air hockey joint and to get jazzed up on Sprite.
I’m scheduled to post a review while I’m gone as part of Mother Talk’s blog book tour of the hilarious new book by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, “Naptime is the New Happy Hour.” It is funny, funny stuff people. If you are a fan of the Girlfriends’ Guide books by Vicki Iovine or Jenny McCarthy’s pregnancy book, you will love this book! Seriously, I’m sure Stefanie is the only person on Earth to reference the 1972 film Deliverance in a parenting book and ponder whether or not Captain Feathersword of Wiggles fame is a retired porn star. I’m giving a copy of the book away, so stay tuned!
Now back to this camp business. I’m hoping to at least bring home samples or coupons for Johnson & Johnson’s new tangle free hair product line, because have you seen Miss A’s hair? If you’re missing an ink pen or maybe a half a sandwich from lunch it might just be stashed in there.