a brunchshop weekend!

BRUNCHSHOP WAS SO MUCH FUN!

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My mind is blown that it’s already over. We had the most lovely morning and there is nothing like spending time with other creatives who just… GET it.

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12 people for the workshop was PERFECT. It was intimate enough to get to know one another, spend some one-on-one time chatting about blogs and business and entrepreneurship and not feel overwhelmed.

In a nutshell, we spent the morning talking about finding your own genuine style and branding yourself, determining your passion and how to use blogging as a launchpad, building an engaged audience and getting through creative ruts along with creating content that inspires.

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The DeLallo space was so ideal for this event. You’ve seen the kitchen before in the videos I’ve done with DeLallo and it is super open, bright and a food photographer’s (or kitchen lover’s) dream.

We had the most delicious yogurt parfait bar with yogurt from Naturi and tons of granola from my friend Nicole at Blissful Eats. Guys, I haven’t even told you about this yogurt yet but it’s a local Pittsburgh company, it’s grass fed and it’s RIDICULOUSLY delicious.

Also, they have a coffee flavor. I cannot. It’s to die for. (P.S. so is the lemon. so is the pure!)

I’ve raved about Nicole’s granola now (it’s what I used on this oatmeal latte) and it’s definitely the kind that you never want to stop eating. After we had our podcast interview, she was so generous and sent us tons of granola for brunchshop. Such a hit.

Also, obviously, tons of croissants and muffins (um, hi, peanut butter filled chocolate) and delicious pastries from the bakery in DeLallo and champagne and mimosas galore.

brunchshop recap I howsweeteats.com

brunchshop recap I howsweeteats.com

brunchshop recap I howsweeteats.com

After I rambled for what seemed like a billion hours (god I’m so wordy), we had an avocado toast bar (yes, with my favorite ever tangy peppers, ah!) and a style-your-own cheeseboard bar for practice, tips and of course, well, eating.

brunchshop recap I howsweeteats.com

brunchshop recap I howsweeteats.com

I was so super spazzed about brunchshop and had to keep reminding myself that it was only four hours. FOUR. I knew it would go quickly but wasn’t prepared just for how quickly our time together went. It flew.

I’ll definitely hire a photographer next time (!!!) because our group was just so… enagaged and wonderful and BUSY chatting and learning and sharing and asking that the conversation flowed and I didn’t even notice anyone on their phones. Four hours is a short time to talk about turning your dreams into reality, and while I should have figured out the photo issue before we began so I could better document this, knowing that those four hours were chock full of valuable info, sharing ideas and being real about what it takes makes me so happy.

[I do have to give a HUGE shoutout to Alexa, who did run around and take almost all of the photos in this post and so graciously is allowing me to use them.]

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I just told Eddie tonight – this weekend re-energized me. It’s no secret that I really love my job, am insanely passionate about what I do everyday and feel so lucky to do it. But I’ve struggled with finding a working balance since having Max. I’m so flawed with the all-or-nothing attitude and it’s been a change to not be able to “literally” give my ALL to just this one thing anymore. You know?

Sharing the things I’m most passionate about with a group of people who is equally as passionate? It’s fabulous. So stay tuned… there will be more!

[Super gigantic thanks to DeLallo for allowing us to use their incredible space, I heart them and all of their food. You can find them on instagram, facebook and snapchat at delallofoods. You can find Naturi on instagram and facebook, as well as Blissful Eats on instagram and facebook too!]