Monday, September 22, 2014

Probably One Of The Best Weekends There Ever Was (#bloglifeiskindaneat)

As bloggers, we completely open up online about our lives, friendships, favorite things, tough times we might be going through, and so so much more. Our readers support us each time they leave a nice comment or a tweet that makes us laugh hysterically. We read other blogs and completely connect with that person who's sitting on the other side of the computer completely pouring their heart out. It's kind of a weird thing if you think about it. And yet, we keep coming back to it - whether it's every single day or every single week, we continue to make our mark on the world wide web.

You know what's even weirder than this? Meeting that person whose ramblings you've been following. You've never met them in person or even heard their voice, and yet you know more about them than most of your coworkers or maybe even some of your friends. The first real conversation you have with them is not a normal introductory convo because you already know their husband's name and how many pets they have. You already know they just started a new job or love different nail polishes. So your conversation jumps right into the deeper stuff: you hear details about the new job. They ask about your new apartment because they already know you have found one. You talk about the struggles of some friendships, tough family issues, and (every so often) you talk blogging. 

Let me just say that every single one of these women is beautiful: inside and out. They are kind, funny, and passionate about life. And I am so grateful to have been provided this weekend to meet them in person - even though I swear we were already besties.

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Shelley // Jess // Amanda // Me // Alicia // Laura // Sammi // Sandy // Julie

Visit Grand Forks provided me with a free weekend trip. But all opinions in this post are my own.

The Grand Forks, ND Convention and Visitors Bureau organized a weekend for North Dakota bloggers, completely free of charge. We showed up, checked into a hotel, and got to know other ND bloggers throughout the weekend. There were quite a few different activities planned for us - like canoeing on the river and attending the art & wine walk downtown on Saturday. Considering drinking wine is one of my favorite activities, I had a lot of fun :) 

We tried out a few different restaurants (there are links below each photo) and they were all absolutely fabulous. We talked blog, we talked life, and we talked about how we can collaborate or help each other out in the future. The spin class refueled my desire to feel exercise endorphins again - let's be honest, it's been awhile. And the only thing I spent money on all weekend was my almost-4-dollar coffee I grabbed before heading home.

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My room @ the Staybridge Suites

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Middle photo: Pamatini @ Fuji Japanese Steakhouse

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Spin class @ Choice Health

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Some of the festivities from the Art & Wine Walk

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Goody basket from Visit Grand Forks // Beer @ Brick and Barley // Fish tacos @ Brick and Barley
Dinner @ The Toasted Frog // S'mores dessert @ The Toasted Frog // Caramel rolls (after spin class!)

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Canoeing along the Red River with Ground Up Adventures

That's the most fun weekend I've ever had for only spending $3.93. And I truly know that I have made some good friends as a result. This whole blogging thing is kind of weird, but I kind of like it. In the words of my husband, #bloglifeiskindaneat.

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