The Great Blend Recap Post!

Annnnnnnnd I’m BACK!

Now, before I risk forgetting any of the amazing moments from my trip to Park City, I think it’s high time we got some recapping done around here! I’m sure you guys have seen it all already, so I’m gonna do my best to give you what I consider the HIGHEST of highlights…the BEST of the best…the FUNNEST of the fun!*

Blend 2014 - Mountains from the Plane

Like looking out the window of the plane and seeing this view! Seriously…Tennessee mountains ain’t got NOTHING on these beauts!

Blend 2014 - Cafe Rio, Moose Kisses, Bruschetta & Goat CheeseLike cruising into Cafe Rio (my only request) within an hour after landing for some fresh tostada action, sneaking some moose kisses while hitting up some local shops, playing “snow angel” in my 1000-thread count sheets (that I got ELEVEN glorious hours of sleep in that night) after filling my tummy with the most AMAZING homemade bruschetta, parmesan crusted bread, and fried goat cheese from Red Rock Junction.

Blend 2014 - Oiselle Fun Run & Arctic Zero CookiesLike pimping out the Nature Valley with my twin, having a blast during the fun run with Oiselle, and refueling with smoothies and ice cream sandwiches from Arctic Zero!

Blend 2014 - Cocktails, Desserts, & Dresses

Like getting all dolled up in my super mysterious cocktail dress, clinking glasses with some of my best girls, diving into some fine desserts (salted caramel tart and a chilled mint soup with fruit), and finally getting the chance to meet (and squeeze) in person some ladies, like Amanda, whom I’ve considered a dear friend for some time now…cough:three years:cough!

Blend 2014 - Gondola, Hike, Mountain Yoga

Like giving my KILLER abs a rest 😉 and using my legs for a perfect midday hike. We rode the gondola up and witnessed some pretty spectacular views, practiced a little mountain yoga, and chatted it up all the way back down…and back UP again if you know, you happen to forget your camera in the hotel room…big thanks to Heather and Melissa for making the trek back with me! :)

Blend 2014 - Mountains

Buy it was totally worth it!

Blend 2014 Yoga

Like rearranging our hotel suite so Kait could lead us all in a MUCH needed restorative yoga class…oh and I just have to say, Katie ROCKED her first yoga experience and watching Heather attempt mermaid pose for the first time was a thing of beauty!

Blend 2014 Saturday Night Out

Like becoming a mermaid myself and then meeting up with some girls for pre-dinner drinks at High West where I ordered a drink with an egg white in it (it was umm…interesting) and spent half the time mesmerized by the bars choice in decor. Must have all the mason jars!

Blend 2014 Dinner at Purple Sage

Like having a BEYOND amazing dinner (fancy schmancy southern comfort food!) at a place called Purple Sage where we wined…and dined…and dined some MORE! Favorites of the night: homemade sausage and cheese platter, (unpictured) cranberry & jalapeno mini corn muffins, shrimp with polenta cake with some kind of sauce that I could’ve bathed in, and lavender CREME FREAKING BRULEE!! Holy balls was that good!

Blend 2014 Shenanigans

Like seizing the opportunity for some classic Blend shenanigans (ninja’d pic from Amanda) on the way back to the hotel. And I do mean CLASSIC…

Blend 2014 - Bear AssaultHmm, this setup looks oddly familiar! 😉

Blend 2014 - Momma B & Utah Scones

Like getting back in time for some of Momma B’s FAMOUS Utah scones (now I know what I was missing last year) and then chatting it up to all hours of the night with my PJ-clad blends!

Blend 2014 - Yoplait & Nature Valley Breakfast

Like pulling off one AMAZING breakfast (if I do say so myself) with the help of Yoplait, Nature Valley, and the restaurant crew of the Hyatt Escala (their egg white fritatta was the perfect savory compliment to our sweet lineup of oats, yogurt, granola, and bars). Big thanks to all the ladies who posed for shots, helped with tweets, and of course didn’t laugh when I peed my pants…just kidding! 😉

Blend 2014 - Cafe Rio Trip 2

Like hitting up Cafe Rio AGAIN (it’s THAT good, people!) on the way to the airport and getting to enjoy some blend time on a much smaller scale while noshing on freshly made tortillas and tomatillo ranch crack dressing! 😉

Blend Retreat 2014 - Goodbyes

But none of this…not one SINGLE thing compares to the collective feeling in my heart when I think about all the friendships I strengthened, the new ones I made, and all the amazing adventures we were able to experience together!

Plane Home

It was those thoughts that got me through multiple flight delays, hours spent with crying babies, and a loooooooooooong drive home at two in the morning before I was finally in my house, tucked in my bed, dreaming of all my beautiful blends!

I can’t WAIT to see all those ladies (and MANY MORE!) for Blend 2015 innnnnnnnn Boulder, Colorado!

*Who am I kidding, like I could ever narrow it down that much! 😉

So WHO’S coming next year?!

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51 Responses to The Great Blend Recap Post!

  1. I’m coming!! For real!
    THIS post just made me smile. LOVE all the selfies, Bear hugging (dirty) pics, you gorgeous ladies and all that FOOD!! What an amazing weekend!

  2. I miss you! I don’t think we got a picture together this year (GASP!) and definitely didn’t get enough time with you. I’ll let you know when I decide to make my way to TN… 😉

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh I know…with all the hustle and bustle, I’m only now realizing that I need so much more one on one time with my best blends! Miss you too lady! And you BETTER let me know ASAP! xoxo

  3. You are the cutest! I’m so glad I met you. I think you are one of my new favorites! xoxo

  4. Shelly says:

    After reading everyone’s recaps, I want to go next year! I better start saving!

  5. Loved being able to meet you lady, it was such an amazing weekend!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Ditto! Girl, I’m SO glad you came! You’re exactly how I thought you would be…minus the whole “eh” part! 😉

  6. lindsay says:

    oh dang, i missed the feast saturday night. And more time with you! Next year, remind me to drink more water and not suffer from altitude headache please.

  7. Madi says:

    That looks so so so fun! And i may have one or two photos of my own in the same classy pose you have with the bear…..great minds? I want all of that food…especially the sausage…and dessert, because dessert.

  8. janetha says:

    i just love ya.

  9. Looks like you had such an amazing time! One day I will make the trek across to Blend but it won’t be next year as we have Europe plans but maybe the year after!

    So much delicious food in these pics but the one that caught my eye is those Utah Scones. They’ve got a serious om nom nom look about them.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh yes, that they do! It’s like a cross between a yeast doughnut and a pancake…so frickin good!

      And how awesome that you’re going to Europe! Yeah, I think I’d nix a trip to the states for that any day!

  10. I love your recap, and it makes me really really really want to go next year. Even more than before, if that’s even possible ha!

  11. It was nice to meet you and have dinner with you at Red Rock….even with the waiter issues!!! haha
    Looking forward to seeing you next year!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      So great to meet you too, Kate! And hey, thanks for saving the day on that bill! I swear that was probably the first time that waiter had ever seen a table full of women turn down free dessert! ha!

  12. Maria says:

    Oh hey! Remember me? Hope you are doing well and by the looks of Blend this year, you are :)

    Scones, yoga, and posing with bears (I have that same photo) = fun times! I am so sad I missed it!

  13. This was the sweetest recap ever!! I wish I could give my beautiful TWIN a hug while reading this :)

  14. Here I was finally coming to terms with the fact that Blend has come and gone, and you had to go rekindle my good memories. Gah! It was SUCH an amazing time, and I can’t believe we have to wait 11 more months until it happens again :( Oh, and for the record, it was so great to finally meet you. Love you tonnes <3

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      But hey, eleven is better than TWELVE! And ditto! It was so so great to finally hug your neck…though next year, I want more Amanda time for sure! Love you!

  15. Can we go back NOW?! Best Blend ever. Until the next one. :)

    P.S. I want that pic of the 3 of us!

  16. I am reaaaaally hoping to find a sponsor to go to BLEND next year! Every event needs a token Aussie girl, right? 😉

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Hell yeah it does!! Oh my gosh girl, it would be absolutely amazing to finally meet you! Fingers crossed!!!

  17. Next spring I will be done internship with all the free time in the world (well, not really… I’ll hopefully have a job) so I will definitely be going to Blend 2015! I mean, I’ve been reading your blog for HOW long without ever meeting you? Unacceptable!

    It looks like such an awesome weekend – and it seems like you did so much in only a few short days!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Omg, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! Girl, you just MADE my day! The anticipation just went up several notches for sure! Start preparing yourself now for the epic squeeze you’re going to receive! And it seems like I did so much because I DID do so much…be sure to bring extra energy stores with you because it is one HELL of a non-stop weekend! Lol

  18. SO-MUCH-LOVE-FOR-YOU. Seriously. Can ya tell? I Twitter stalked you for that selfie because I would have been distraught if I got back to AZ without a picture with my gorgeous Heather. I truly have the brightest and most loving personality. I felt SO comfortable around you (thank you). I hope to strengthen our friendship over the next year so NEXT time we blend I can be attached to yo’ hip! Not really, but pretty damn close. Deal? Deal.

    Love ya gorgeous lady. And you rocked your breakfast speech BTW. Future vanilla Michelle Obama? Haaay. 😉

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha, DEAL!!! Oh girl, if you could only SEE the stupid ear-to-ear grin on my face right now! Love you BACK!!

  19. Julie says:

    We had that bruschetta too and it was amazing!

  20. Just when I thought all the Blend recaps were done, you gotta come in and ninja another one.

    I’m glad you asked me to go; I’m still shocked I said yes.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I still am TOO! But omg, I’m SO glad you went! I didn’t think I could love you more, but that weekend proved me wrong! 😉

  21. If I could ever go to one blogger conference meeting thingy… this!
    You make it look so amazing.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Only because it IS amazing!!! Seriously girl, if you ever get a chance, you HAVE to go at least once! Time of my life!

  22. Stacy says:

    Thanks for the Cafe Rio shout out! We love people who love us, and it just goes to show you, you really are one of the cool kids!

    If you’re so inclined to email me, I may be so inclined as to make it worth your while. Just saying. Keep up the good work!

  23. I sure hope there is a bear to sexually harass in Boulder! Okay that would sound nuts if there was no picture of those shenanigans in this post.

    So good to hang out with you girl! I can’t freaking wait for next year! <3

  24. Well I was considering strongly to do Blend 2015 but I see you only want to see ladie’s next year 😉

    Loved reading all the recaps but most of all, pretending to be with you guys there- even if it had to be in the form of a vegemite tube.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Noooooooooooo! Omg, if you came…how awesome would that be?! And you’d look like a total playa! 😉

  25. so good to see you girl!!! Let’s seriously meet up again soon! xoxo

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