My Love of Alt Summit (and a contest!)

I'm thrilled that Hayneedle asked to sponsor this post! I adore them just as much as I adore Altitude Summit.

In January of 2012, I was online looking at the Flickr album of photos from Alt Summit, a blog conference held in Salt Lake City. It wasn't the first time I had ogled the beautiful backdrop of The Grand America, the well-orchestrated outfits, the cocktail parties. Not to mention the caliber of bloggers and businesses in attendance. It was organized by one of my blogging idols, Gabrielle Blair, and her sister, Sara Urquhart.

I turned to my husband and said, "I want to go there. I want my blog to be worth going there." He told me I should get to work. So I did. I started reviewing my haphazard blog, streamlining its purpose, cleaning up design, and ended up rebranding completely from to Being Spiffy.

I attended my first Alt Summit in January of 2014. I was scared out of my gourd. Even though I'd worked hard on my brand, and knew other bloggers that would be in attendance, and had gone shopping for just the right ensembles, I still felt unprepared and uncool. What I soon learned is, I wasn't alone. So many where there for the first time. So many were just starting their blog (I had been blogging since 2005). Some people wore amazing day dresses and high heels. Others jeans and Converse. All the things I had worried about were inconsequential. We were all there to support each other, collaborate, and have a good time.

Some of the fab people I was able to meet…Girls with Glasses, Dooce, Christy Turlington Burns, and someone who became a dear friend, Troy Williams

I wasn't sure when I would be able to attend Alt again, but I was lucky enough to be donated a ticket to their first Summer Alt Summit in June 2014. I was definitely more open, since it wasn't my first rodeo. I chatted it up, hip hop danced in a park, sat 10 feet away from the hilarious Martha Stewart during her keynote, and met one of my scrapbooking mentors Ali Edwards.

Through a random set of circumstances, I was able to score a ticket at the last minute to Alt in January 2015. Since it was my third time, I knew I couldn't attend "just for the experience." So I went with a goal in mind — to discover the WHY behind my blog, discover my mission statement, and establish myself as a brand. And you know what? I did all that! (Plus I got to see my friend Brit and had some really rockin' headshots taken by my girl Bax Miller.)

Finally in June 2015, after applying multiple times, my dream was achieved. I taught at Alt Summit.

My roundtable was entitled "How to Create a Type-A Editorial Calendar with a Type-B Personality." We had just moved three days before and I felt overworked and underprepared. But I knew I would get the support I needed from the Alt community and they didn't disappoint. My 10 years of blogging had truly paid off and it's an experience I will always treasure.

My husband was super jealous that I met Guy Kawasaki but I was just jealous of Melissa Esplin's hand-lettered photo backdrop. Melissa also did the lettering on my sweet arm art from Fanciful Face Painting. Hayneedle threw a magical party to end an equally magical conference.

Now that I've convinced you that attending Alt Summit will change your life, the good news continues. is sending one lucky home design blogger to Alt in January 2016! Here's how…

Visit Hayneedle's website and click on the Alt Summit banner on their homepage. Nominate your blog to be eligible then get your community to vote for you! The blog with the most nominations wins an all-expense-paid trip, complete with conference ticket, airfare, and hotel. Guys, that's a $3000 value! Hurry, because the contest ends October 15, 2015.

I hope one of my freaking fabulous readers wins! And if you do…can I be your roommate? :D

Back to School is Cool Party

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School is back in session and my kids are in a new school. I didn't want to throw them a party before school started since they didn't know anyone yet. Now that they've gotten into the groove and made friends with some of their classmates, I thought I'd throw a School is Cool party for them to celebrate the new year!

This may be the easiest party I've thrown yet. For real. The reason? Making my version of awesome desserts kid-friendly by using Go-Paks!, Snack Pack Pudding, and Reddi-wip!

I knew I didn't want to spend a lot of time (or money) on the food since my kids are willing to eat almost anything. So I decided to create recipes that were delicious and FUN! I took some of my favorite desserts and simplified them using Go-Packs! and Snack Pack Pudding with some Reddi-wip thrown in for good measure.

I put my recipes on my IKEA chalkboard that served my "back to school" theme but also reminded me of a food truck. Perfect for food you can eat on the go! 

In case you can't read my fantastic handwriting (lol), these are the recipes I came up with.

NABISCO Go-Packs! TEDDY GRAHAMS Honey Graham Snacks
Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding
banana slices

NABISCO Go-Packs! TEDDY GRAHAMS Honey Graham Snacks
Chocoate Snack Pack Pudding
mini marshmallows

NABISCO Go-Packs! Mini OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Chocoate Snack Pack Pudding
mini marshmallows
chocolate syrup

NABISCO Go-Packs! CHIPS AHOY! Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocoate/Vanilla Mix Snack Pack Pudding
chocolate syrup

NABISCO Go-Packs! Mini OREO Golden Sandwich Cookies
Butterscotch Snack Pack Pudding
caramel syrup

NABISCO Go-Packs! NUTTER BUTTER Bites Sandwich Cookies
Chocoate Snack Pack Pudding

The best part for me was I didn't need any additional bowls or plates. Everything fits into the Go-Pak! After choosing their recipe, the kids could squeeze in the pudding and top with the remaining ingredients. Just grab a spoon and go! Because what kid wants to sit still at a party to eat?

Just make sure you have black cups at the ready for water. Just write the kids' names with a white marker and they'll always know which cup is theirs.

I found these amazing marquis letters from Scrapbook Steals and knew they'd be perfect for the party. I didn't want everything to be black and white so I inserted some paper from My Mind's Eye that coordinates with the photo backdrop I made (pictures to come!). The party fans on the wall are My Mind's Eye too. They have the best party supplies!

I love how everything turned out. The food fit so well on this desk I made for my daughter. The plans are from Ana White and I couldn't wait to showcase my first big build at this school-themed party!

Want to try your hand at your own simple dessert recipes using Go-Paks! from Walmart? You can typically find them in a large container by the registers. And they're only $1, so stock up!