Christmas in July

Think back to the most exciting time in your life…

Your heart suddenly stops beating, falls to your stomach, and then jumps back into your rib cage. You can’t understand why all of a sudden you feel so dizzy until you realize you’ve forgotten to breath for a few seconds. You want to laugh and cry and jump and sing, but at the same time you want to be so still and live in that the moment forever.

That, my friends, is how I felt for the ENTIRE thirty-six hours
I spent in Minneapolis last week.


I felt like a kid waking up on Christmas morning! And as I sit here now amidst the crumbled wrapping paper typing up this post, I am pinching myself. If I didn’t have pictures to prove it, I’d say it was all a dream!

Yoplait Driver

There was the driver who carted me around everywhere…

Yoplait Makeup

The makeup artist on standby…

Yoplait Camera Crew

The lights, the cameras, the knee-knockingΒ nervousnessΒ ACTION!

Yoplait Hotel View 2

The incredible city views…

Yoplait Hotel

The swanky hotel room…

Yoplait Hotel Tub

The freaking jet tub with a TV mounted above it!

Yoplait Yogurt Fridge

The grand tour, complete with a fully stocked “yogurt fridge”…

Group photo with Yop Pres

The tour guide (none other than Yoplait’s president, herself!)…

Heather_Photo prop room

The oh-my-god-I’ve-die-and-gone-to-heaven prop closet!

Yoplait Greek Tray

The yogurt (of yeah, the WHOLE reason for the trip!)…

First Taste of Yoplait Greek

The exclusive sampling scene…

Yoplait Post taste test photos

The photos of the carnage that followed! πŸ˜‰

Yoplait Art

The amusing artwork (pound cake mop or yarn noodles anyone?)…

Yoplait Cereal World

The cereal nation that I wanted to smuggle home…

Yoplait Lucky & Me

The surprise LUCKY celebrity sighting!

Betty Crocker Kitchens

The Betty Crocker kitchen…

Yoplait Heather Kitchen

The cooking and creating…

Heather_Kitchens 3

The cheese-eating grin on my face that only HALF represents my excitement at the time!

Yoplait Bloggers

Three bloggers (Me, Brianne and Katie)…

Yoplait Tanya & Seth

Two incredible hosts, Tanya and Seth (plus the ENTIRE company atΒ General Mills!)…

Welcome Heather

One incredibly grateful/overwhelmed/ecstatic Heather!Β 

I didn’t even missΒ the pony! πŸ˜‰

I promise, there’s more to come…I just need a little more time to pinch myself PROCESS!Β 

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36 Responses to Christmas in July

  1. Lucie says:

    Oh my Gosh. You are a celebrity!! Girl, that looks like such a FANTASTIC event and I love all the pics – you look STUNNING!! I especially love the one of you cooking. I can clearly see the passion! πŸ™‚

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you Lucie!! I am IN LOVE with that pic…couldn’t believe how well it pictured my excitement! πŸ˜€

  2. It looks like you had an amazing time! Lucky you! I hope you ate yoghurt up to your eye balls. Hehe!

  3. Ahhh!!! I’m so freaking excited FOR you for your trip!!! πŸ™‚

  4. I’m so happy for you! This trip looks beyond amazing and you are positively GLOWING in each and every picture. I love it!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thanks girlie! I really was shocked with how great a job the photographer did with capturing our excitement in his shots…and SO glad he let us use some of them! πŸ˜€

  5. oh. my. gosh. look at you chickie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all of these pics made me smile so big. you can FEEL how happy you were! AHHHHHHH we need a phone chat so you can tell me EVERYTHING

    so happy to see you this happy πŸ˜€

  6. sara @ fitcupcaker says:

    what a great event, so fun!


    I can’t wait to read more πŸ™‚


  8. Wow, it looks like you had an absolutely awesome experience!! And seriously, that yogurt stocked fridge is purely amazing!

  9. It looks like such a fun event! I’m glad you had such a fabulous time, I’m excited to hear more about it!

  10. You even had a make up artist?!?!?! I can say I knew you when… πŸ˜‰

  11. I suppose I will forgive you not visiting me while you were in town…you seemed a tad busy. πŸ˜‰

  12. It certainly sounds like a dream! That kitchen setup and fridge is mind blowing. They literally stocked it FULL. Now, let’s be honest… How much yogurt have you eaten since you got back? πŸ˜‰ Lol. I know if I had eaten that much yogurt (or any food for that matter really) I would need a nice two day break before diving head first into it again. πŸ™‚

    I see peppers! Did you make a savory recipe? For some reason I just assumed that it would something sweet that you concocted up, but savory is good too πŸ™‚

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Well, now that you mention it, I guess I did lay off over the weekend…didn’t even have my usual fro-yo cravings…but I was back at it come Monday morning! Haha!

      I DID go with a savory recipe! Actually, besides my pancake creations, I tend to lean more toward savory dishes…I can follow a recipe, but I am in NO WAY a baker so I wasn’t about to go making any kitchen snafus and embarrassing myself! πŸ˜‰

  13. YAYYYY!!!! Everything looks so amazing!! What a wonderful dream come true!!

  14. Lisa says:

    That is so amazing! Sounds like such a wonderful experience for you!
    Seriously, what a dream event!
    Can’t wait to hear more!

  15. Emily says:

    This is AMAZING! I had no idea you were even taking part in something like this….and I’m jealous. Very jealous.
    You look absolutely gorgeous, by the way!

  16. OK I know that you were going on a tour of Yoplait because I had seen posts leading up to it but I must have missed the one saying what you were actually doing there – it sounds like some kind of blogger challenge? How did it come about and what were you doing exactly (see how nosy I am)?? Haha, you can even just link a post if I missed it but I scrolled back through and couldn’t see. Anyhoo, it looks like you were treated like a queen and I’m so glad you had a great time! I actually love Minneapolis – I’ve only ever been in the summer but that’s probably a smart idea ;).

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh no worries, I actually didn’t go into much detail before the trip because I wasn’t really sure what to expect from it. I was contacted a few months ago by one of the reps from the company. He invited me to come up with a couple of other bloggers to tour the test kitchens, chat with the team, and sample their newest line of Greek yogurts. I was completely blown away/flattered that he reached out to me, but to be honest, none of it seemed like it was real until I was actually THERE and living it! Definitely a once in a lifetime experience…I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to do this! πŸ˜€

  17. WOW what a seriously amazing weekend!! I’m so glad you got selected for this because it sounds like it was such a good opportunity for you! Also that bath tub looks spectacular. I hope you took advantage of it!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you Chelsea! And yes, I most definitely put that tub to good use! And watched a bit of Food Network while I was at it…a double dose of self indulgence! Though I have to say, I was SO nervous I was going to drop the remote in the water! Lol

  18. Wow I can’t wait for the full recap!! What an amazing opportunity and an amazing time it looks like you had πŸ™‚

    You so deserve it all and more πŸ™‚

  19. I am so glad you enjoyed your little yogurt-filled getaway so much, you definitely deserved it! I can’t wait to hear more. πŸ™‚

  20. Oh my godddd! Wow it looks like you had an incredible time..that hotel room..and that yoghurt stocked fridge?!?! Wowzaaaa.

  21. OMG!!!!!! What is happening here?! I’m so jealous. Also I was JUST in Minneapolis over the 4th! Crazy. Why did I not think of trying to get a yogurt tour!? πŸ˜‰

  22. Kat says:

    1. your freaking gorgeous. 2. your a freaking celeb now!
    This sounds like such an awesome time!
    But hey, don’t forget us little people when you go and get all famous and rich πŸ˜‰

  23. That’s awesome! I’m so happy you got to experience this, and I’m also glad you got such great photos. πŸ™‚

  24. SO FRIGGIN EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Saw the Instagram pics too! πŸ™‚

  25. Jessie says:

    Eh, I am already counting down the minutes until you tell us more… so let’s get on it soon because I may be counting for a while, Ha Ha!

  26. What a truly incredible and amazing experience, which was completely deserving. You had a makeup artist! And spent time under the intense glare of the cameras! Looking fabulous by the way. I think it’s safe to say, “you have arrived!” Two snaps and a twirl for you.

  27. Allie says:

    I had a CELEBRITY at my house last weekend! Rider of chauffeured cars and all!

  28. I’m a little behind, and I don’t really know what this is, but I LOVE that you were spoiled for whatever reason…and I feel like I’m looking at scenes from The Next Food Network Star, and that makes me VERY happy for you! You deserve this happiness. πŸ™‚

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