Blends, Bits, & Breaks

I told myself I wasn’t going to do another Blend recap. 

Actually, I told myself I wasn’t going to post today at all, but as I sit here, STILL trying to adjust to “normal” life, all I can think about are my blends.

Blend 2013 Group Shot

The laughs…

Blend 2013 Photo Booth

Seriously, every event should come with its own photo booth!

The hugs…


She may be little, but she hugs something FIERCE!

The strength…


Even AFTER 10 million burpees!

The wings…?

Blend 2013 Momma B & Me

Where’s the bow of the Titanic when you need it…or at least Leo? 😉

The gingers…

Blend Gingers

Count ’em, there’s FOUR!

Girls I feel like I’ve known for years…

Blend 2013 Heather, Laura, Lindsay

Who inspire me with their writing on a daily basis.

Girls I hate that I didn’t get enough time with…

Blend 2013 Group

And will now be blog-stalking on the regular! 😉

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…

This weekend simply went by too fast. I was surrounded by so many strong, inspiring, passionate, and wonderful women, but I felt the sand draining from the hourglass the moment I stepped off the plane.

And none of it would have ever been possible had it not been for three brilliant ladies and a TON of help from Chobani and all our other amazing sponsors!

Blend 2013 Lindsay, Janetha, Katie

Lindsay (who I snagged half of these pics from), Janetha, Katie…from the bottom of my heart (tucked behind chest muscles that are STILL sore from those workouts)…

Thank you!!

Blend 2013 Group Shot Fun

I seriously CANNOT wait until Blend 2014!

But one thing I CAN wait for?

Getting back to blogging.

I’ve felt it coming for a while now but I’ve chosen to ignore it. I’ve been blogging steadily for over two years now with only a couple of small breaks here and there. I love every aspect of blogging…the interaction, the support, the fact that I feel so close to so many of you though we have never met (all the more reason you should start saving for your Blend 2014 ticket NOW!), but there comes a time when you have to reset, prioritize, and remember that promise you made to yourself to find happiness.

I’m not sure how long I’ll be gone…a couple of days?…a week?…a month? But I PROMISE I’ll be back. Just promise me you’ll still be here?

I love you all SO much!


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53 Responses to Blends, Bits, & Breaks

  1. purelytwins says:

    we can’t wait for 2014 either!!!

  2. It looks like SO much fun!

  3. Calee says:

    LOVE YOU!!!

    Take that break because you seriously need it. I need to take a break too. I felt pretty obligated to post this week, though I still am yet to do a recap post … whoops.

  4. I LOVE YOU! And I miss you already! We need to figure out a time for a girls weekend (clearly not happening this weekend). 😉

  5. Looks fun! Have a nice bloggin’ break! 🙂

  6. Aww, I am so jealous – being a lonely Swiss Blogger sometimes really suck (sorry) – how MUCH I wish I could have met you all! Could you maybe make it to Europe one weekend??
    I am going to miss you Sweetie, but I know that a break is needed sometimes, so ENJOY and I am already looking forward for you to be back!!
    Love you!!

  7. Truth be told I’ve been feeling the same way. Maybe some “me” time is in order. Or a couple days off. Hooray for the loooong weekend!

    Love you. And loooove the ginger pic.

  8. Gosh it sounds like such a fun weekend Heather! I love that it’s so small and personal. I hope I get to attend next year!

  9. Already looking forward to 2014 as well, wherever it may be. 🙂

    Stepping back, taking breaks is good for our well being, mentally and physically. Sometimes we just need to get away from the computer and just live outside.

    We’ll be here whenever you come back <3

  10. I’ve been so unproductive this week. All I can think about is all of the amazing Blends I made! Miss you all! And I’ll definitely still be waiting here when you get back ;).

  11. katie says:

    I love this post, so sweet! BLEND truly is an awesome event and beautiful people are part of it and attend! I am SO going to be there next year for sure!!!

    I love you friend and am wishing you a happy weekend! <3

  12. I LOVE that you took a pic with the other gingers there! So awesome, wish I could have been there (though I’m not a redhead so I would have felt bad being left out of that pic haha).

  13. For sure I will be here!! That’s what blends are for, right?! Whenever you feel the desire to type and hit “publish”, I will be excited to catch up on what’s going on at your end. Do what’s best for you, girl! 🙂

  14. There once was a ginger named Heather.
    Whose writing was light as a feather.
    A blogging break,
    she must take.
    Then she will come back, but better.

    I will miss you.

  15. Totally! Love seeing all the photos! Have a good break 🙂

  16. Again, looks like such an awesome time. Enjoy your break from blogging, we’ll all be here when you return!

  17. That retreat looked like such a blast! I would love to get a whole bunch of blog friends together for one weekend. So many friends, so little time!

  18. lindsay says:

    it went by WAY too fast. I am craving a good slow weekend, just wish it was with my BLENDS> Rest up, take your time, we’ll be here.
    I adore you.

  19. I wish I had the opportunity to attend Blend! I really hope that I can make it sometime in the near future. You look like you truly had a phenomenal time. I hope you enjoy your break from blogging. I know that I will personally miss checking your blog out and seeing all of the delicious recipes that you are always whipping up!

  20. I can’t wait for Blend 2014 either because I’m totally going!!!

    And I hope you enjoy your blogging break. I know how important it is to take those every once a while… but I’ll still miss you while you’re away. 😉

  21. I’m glad you had such an amazing time! Just to reiterate: taking me next year 😉

    And I get the need for a break, but I’ll miss you while you’re gone! <3

  22. Aww no I’ll miss your posts!! But I totally get it, blogging often can sometimes be a grind and it is good to take breaks (although I haven’t taken any myself yet I know I may need to at some point).

    Wish I’d been able to go to Blend, looked amazing!

  23. I’m glad you had such a wonderful time at Blend! I hope you enjoy your blogging break, I’ll look forward to your great posts when you come back!

  24. I am so glad that Blend had such a positive impact on you, it seems to be a theme with so many people who went, I love it. Take all the time you need, lovely, I and I’m sure everyone else will be here waiting when you return. 🙂

  25. Aw, this post is making me both happy and sad. Happy because you are amazing and had an amazing time at Blend – and sad because I’ll have to get along without your posts for a while. Okay, okay, I might be overly dramatic around here but without your wittiness there will be a bit less giggling happening while blog-reading around here. That being said I can’t guarantee I’ll keep myself from mailing you in anyway ;).
    Really, though, I do fully understand you feeling the need to take a break and better take one now that when your burned out on blogging forever, right?! Not that you didn’t already know but yes, I’ll be around for sure when you’re back.

  26. There once was a blogging Queen.
    Pancakes were her scene.
    Super sweet and kind,
    she’s just divine.
    She will come back a fighting machine.

  27. Katie says:

    Love, love, love. Enjoy your little (or long!) break, my dear.

  28. I loved your thoughts on BLEND! It really was amazing–and so so good to meet you!!

    I am already saving for B 2014!

    And girl, take whatever break you need–there is more to life than blogging, that is fo shizzle, and something I’ve tried hard to find balance with. Whenever I don’t feel like blogging, I don’t. And guess what? Life goes on <3 muah!

  29. Love the photos! Whenever you get back, I’ll be here Heather! I hope, because I’m a selfish woman, that you won’t be gone long. Hugs!!!!

  30. Ahhh you’re making me wish I went to blend!!

  31. I SO wish we’d had more time to chat at Blend, Heather! <3 All the more reason to go next year, though, right?

    ENJOY your break, girl. I completely understand the need to rest, reset, refocus, and stay true to your promises. You will be greatly missed, but when I need a dose of pancake inspiration (and wit to go along with it!), I know where to come. Huge hugs! <3 xoxo

  32. Fran@BCDC says:

    Ok…I don’t like it, but I’ll be patiently awaiting your return, Heather. We all need a break sometimes! Hugs!!

  33. Great pictures! Again, the weekend looks like it was absolutely awesome – I truly hope to attend next year 🙂

  34. Katherine says:

    Wow! This looks like it was incredibly fun. I really hope someday I can attend something like Blend. It looks painfully life changing (in a good way!)

    Even though I’ve just found your blog, I’m sad to see you go for a while! But, if blogging isn’t enjoyable and fun to you, you need a break! From what I can tell from your other posts, you’ll come back bursting with inspiration, new ideas, and a fresh perspective! I look forward to your great return and more marvelous recipes!

  35. Oh girl.. I miss you so much! I need a mental break too. I haven’t been reading blogs like I used to. But don’t worry. You couldn’t get rid of me if you tried! xoxo

  36. I really hope that next year’s Blend location is closer to me so that I can go. From everyone’s posts, it looks like an absolute blast!

  37. Allie says:

    You take all the time you need, lovely lady. You know we’ll all be here, ready and eager to read about your adventures, when you get back to blogging!

  38. The let down after Blend is pretty real in a not so good way. I feel so connected to so many that I finally got to meet face to face. Seriously, you don’t find people like that (like you!) everyday. I am so thankful I found blogging. I have become more me through blogging. Life has gotten extraordinarily out of hand and blogging has sadly taken a back seat. I’m so with you on this. I just hope you are taking some time to get some rest and just live a little more easily. You know I will ALWAYS be here! Now, we need to get together! I need another hug! xoxo

  39. Blend looks like fun!! I guess I totally missed out, huh? I would LOVE to meet a fellow pancake lover, so maybe next year. 😉
    Hope you enjoy your blogging break & come back refreshed & with lots more yummy pancake creations. I’ll be here! 🙂

  40. Yes yes yes. I totally understand your need to step away for a little bit. It’s so necessary sometimes to simply reset and reconfigure. But please come back! I looove your blog and the amazing recipe ideas!!!
    Blend looked amazing. I am hoping to make it there someday when I move back to the other side of the planet 🙂

  41. I LOVE you, and I’m happy you are taking a break. I know you need it, for many reasons, and I’m only accepting of it because it will be positive for you…AND because I know how to get in touch with you when I need you. 😉

  42. Yes, Blend went by wayyyy too quickly! Glad I got the chance to meet you! I’ll see you again next year!! Maybe even sooner!

    I’ll be anxiously awaiting your return to blogging! 🙂

  43. There once was a foodie genius.
    Whose beauty compared to Venus.
    As a part of her overall charm,
    she’s randy, snarky and means no harm.
    She’s also obsessed with the male p%nis*.

    *Maybe that’s just me.

  44. It looks like such a fun weekend! I definitely want to go to Blend 2014!

    I can totally understand about needing to take a break. I feel that at times, especially lately with moving and everything that we have going on. Enjoy your break and I’ll definitely be here when you get back!

  45. It looks like it was such a fun event! Maybe someday I’ll end up going to a blogger conference like this. They always look amazing!

  46. Rach says:

    Oh fun! You seem like you had the best time there! I love that hugging pic! 🙂

  47. sophie D says:

    Of course we will still be here! I keep checking to see if you are back yet 😀 Take all the time you need! <3

  48. 1.) Thank you SO much for all your comments on my blog! It always makes my day 🙂 2.) I’m so glad you had a blast at Blend! Blend is such a fabulous idea- I’ve always wanted to meet blog world friends! And haha- I love your Titanic comment 😉

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