Haven Highlights 2015

Haven Conference 2015

Well hello there…I’m so glad you stopped by! Today I’m taking a break from the usual to bring you another kind of fun…a peek into my trip to the Haven Blogging conference! It is held in Atlanta, GA , and is an amazing three days of meeting fellow blogging friends, connecting with top Brands, and learning ways to improve all aspects of our blogs.

My favorite is getting to hang out in person with the bloggers I have come to know and love online, and of course meeting new friends is awesome as well.

This year I traveled with my girls Nancy (Artsy Chicks Rule) and Kim (Sand and Sisal) again. This was us last year getting ready to board the plane:

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Me, Kim, Nancy

We didn’t think to get a pic before this time!  Nancy was roomie again this year.

When we first got to our hotel, Nancy had a meet up with Porch.com, so I decided to unwind in the hotel room and order room service since we hadn’t eaten lunch yet. I had to share this because be still my thrifty heart…a cheeseburger and a diet coke was $30!!


(That’s melted cheese.)

That was THE best cheeseburger I have ever eaten.

These are my blogging BFFs…


Shanna from Restoration Redoux, Christy form Our Southern Home, Nancy, and me. We are in touch almost on a daily basis.

I think this was before our first class.

Here we are with Debbie from Refresh Restyle:


She is so fun! This is our Décor Enthusiast group minus Laura from Top This Top That. We eventually met up with her, but never could get us all together for one group shot! She is hilarious.

Then Nancy and I had a little fun at some of the booths…

Like Ryobi:


and Kirklands…


Kirklands was giving away a $150 gift card and I won! I never win anything!

Then Nancy won a basket of Home products from GE! Look I have a bright idea lol. I never saw that bubble caption when I was posing for the pic!


Then I ran into this girl…one of the highlights of my trip was meeting Mandy from The Hankful House!


She is part of our Get Your DIY On crew, but was the only one who couldn’t make it last year. This year we were missing Krista from The Happy Housie. 🙁


Here’s Mandy and I on Saturday:


Twins! Really? What are the chances? It was good for a laugh.

Then we found Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog, another one of our Get Your DIY On cohosts:


She is super sweet!

Nancy and I lingered at this booth a while…could you blame us? This Yoga Bed was so comfortable!


Seriously this is the most comfortable mattress I have ever felt! I told my hubby I want one. This is my “I really really pretty please REALLY want one of these” face…


Later we met up with Abby again, and April from House by Hoff, that’s our whole GYDO crew except for Krista. I missed you this year, Krista!!


This was at the end of classes and I think we were all pretty worn out at this point. I had been outside for a photography class and the wind was crazy!

The conference closed with a party. Here’s my girls again all dressed up.


Except for me of course. I planned on dancing. 🙂

I love these girls!

Here’s a final “it’s good to be home” shot taken at the airport.


We were officially pooped! No matter where I go, it’s always good to get back home, especially when I’ve been away from my boys. I know my hubby was happy to have me home again too!

Then I got to unpack, and check out all the goodies I brought home. 🙂


I love being a blogger. I love sharing my ideas and interacting with the most supportive readers ever. Every once in a while though it feels so good to get together with others that share the same passion, and truly understand the work behind the blog.

I enjoyed sharing this little recap with you, and I hope you enjoyed it too!

(You know you guys REALLY are the BEST readers ever. )

You can visit last year’s Haven Recap here:


We Don’t Just Sit in our Basements Blogging! {Haven Highlights}





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  1. It was great to see you again at Haven! I always feel like I’m at a summer camp for adults when I’m there. Have you put away all of your swag? I have had mine spread out on the dining room table and finally put the last thing away yesterday. Hope to see you again in person soon!

    • I loved catching up with you, Paula! Wished I gotten a picture…I took a lot less this year. I finally just unpacked my suitcase yesterday ha ha. Most of my swag went in the Home Depot bag and now it’s sitting in the garage. 🙂

  2. Looks like a great time! Glad you enjoyed yourself with your bloggy friends! Good to have you home though……have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Sue Farmer says

    Looks like you had lots of fun!!

  4. Enjoyed seeing your pictures Christy. Wow, that’s quite the loot you brought home! You gals looked like you were having way too much fun.

  5. Great recap Christy!! Thanks for the sad face! I’m totally bummed I missed it all but still have such amazing memories of Haven last year. I can’t believe it’s been an entire year!! Maybe we will get to hang out again next year:)

  6. So fun to see everyone again! It flies by so fast though! Not enough time to do it all…see it all…and talk to all! 😉
    See ya soon!

  7. I love your blog and I can tell you spend a lot of time on it. It’s so professional looking and I have learned so much through it. I look to it nearly every day for inspiration. I’m so glad you were able to get away and have fun, fun, fun with your blogger buddies! Tracey

  8. So so so glad to meet you girlie! Can’t wait for next year 🙂 XOXO