Blogging Conference, Organizing Bags, and a Baby Bump

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2011

This weekend I’m attending and speaking at Gleek Retreat — a blogging conference right here in West Michigan — and I’m so excited for everything I’m going to learn and for all the amazing blogging friends I’ll FINALLY get to meet “in real life”.

I’ll share more about the blogging conference next week, but I just wanted to show you the fun new organizing utility tote bag I got from my cousin {and it’s PERFECT for this conference}

 

Not only is this organizing tote super cute, it’s also really light weight, and has a million pockets to keep all my technology, business things, {and snacks} organized! It’s perfect.

 

 

I’m so excited to use my new organizing tote, but I’m even more excited to announce that this bag will be part of an awesome gift package {from my cousin and Thirty-One bags} which will be one of the giveaways for my huge birthday giveaway celebration!

Yippee!

 

Oh, and just for fun, here’s a picture taken this morning with my bag…and my mini baby bump.

Just over 17 weeks now :

I know…it’s kind-of sad and non-existent, but I’ve been getting hounded for belly pics and I even tried to push it out a little for you!

Happy Weekend :)

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17 comments

  1. Tammy aka @Tammy_Skipper

    05/21/2011

    You look gorgeous! Have a great time.

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  2. Anna

    05/21/2011

    Beautiful bump :) you look gorgeous! Just wanted to share a little tip for when the bump gets even bigger : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carriwell-Maternity-Adjustable-Trouser-Extender/dp/B001TH9M98
    Saved me a lot of money as i was able to Fit my normal jeans throughout the preagnancy. I am sure you can buy them in the us too – or even make one yourself :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for that link Anna.
    My cousin gave me a few Bella Bands, which also allow me to wear my “normal” pants {unbuttoned} with this band over top. It just looks like the bottom of a tank top over my pants and it’s really comfortable to wear.

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  3. Cassie

    05/21/2011

    Very cute bag! Your baby bump is soo cute! You are going to be one of those adorably cute pregnant woman! I can’t wait to see more pictures as your bump gets bigger! I hope you have a great conference!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Cassie, come back in a few weeks and you might just be able to win this bag!! And don’t worry, there will be more pictures to come…eventually :)

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  4. Suzanne at Delightfully Organized

    05/21/2011

    Congratulations! You might want to pick up a second one of those organizing bags… The work great for a diaper bag!

    I love my thirty one organizer…use it to organize baby supplies in the car

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Suzanne,
    I was actually thinking it would be a great diaper bag…so many pockets! The only downside is there aren’t any zippered pockets.

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  5. dawn

    05/21/2011

    Lucky!

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  6. Emily

    05/21/2011

    You are adorable!! I LOVE 31 bags, my sis-in-law sells them and donates her profit to charity of her party hosts’ choosing. Just used one at a homeschool conference we attended this weekend and it was perfect! :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Emily,
    My cousin is doing very well with her 31 bag business…so many people LOVE them and I can see why. And how generous of your sister in law to donate all her profit!

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  7. Karen @ Abundance on a Dime

    05/21/2011

    Congratulations, Andrea!! I hardly “showed” for most of my first pregnancy,,,you look great :) If my rough calculations are correct, you’re due sometime close to my older son’s birthday – he will be 14 on Nov. 4th (holy cow – I *really* can’t believe I’m the mom of a teenager, lol).

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Karen,
    I would be perfectly fine if I didn’t “show” much…I don’t want to get so huge!

    And yes, your calculations are correct, I’m due late Oct / early Nov. They told me with the first baby, there’s about a 2 week window on either side of the due date so we’ll see when “it” comes!

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  8. Stacey

    05/22/2011

    I want to have a thirty-one party really bad. I never want to host the home party things but their stuff is just soooo cute!

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    Andrea Reply:

    You should contact my cousin Nina, I know you can simply purchase products even without having a party {I didn’t want to have a party either}. Here is her website with contact information: http://www.mythirtyone.com/ninadegroot/

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  9. Kris Cain

    05/23/2011

    I completely missed seeing your bump this weekend! I did not notice at all. Congratulations!!! Now, all those wonderful tips that you gave us and said “I know you may not want to listen to me because I don’t have kids” will truly be put to the test! In either case, I soaked up all of your wonderful advice and am started on some organizing today thanks to you. :)

    Kris

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kris,
    Yes, I’m not showing much {which is fine by me!} I definitely wasn’t broadcasting it at the blogging retreat either :)
    And yes, now I’ll be able to put all my “preachings” into practice. Hopefully I can do it…

    Anyway, it was great meeting you and I look forward to following along on your blog too!

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  10. April W.

    05/23/2011

    Enjoy the tiny bump while it’s tiny. I’m now into my 20th week, and it seems like the bump just crept up on me overnight. At the beginning of last week, I was hardly showing, and now my “comfy” work pants are tight when buttoned.

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