I can hardly believe it, but I am already home from Haven Design and DIY Conference and our beach trip to Hilton Head. Time sure does fly when you are having fun! This year I was so lucky and was able to attend two different blog conferences: Southern Blog Society and Haven. When I first learned about Haven, I went back and fourth about whether or not I should attend. Now that I have attended, I know it was the right decision and I can’t wait to go back!
The Haven Conference was held at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. I flew into Atlanta early Thursday morning, so I had plenty of time to relax and prep before the conference got underway. I even had time to enjoy lunch at True Food Kitchen with my friend Jenna from Gold and Bloom.
The first event on the conference schedule was a cocktail party on the beautiful garden terrace of the Hyatt. It was the perfect time to meet new friends since I didn’t know anyone attending. Before the main cocktail party started, there was time for first-time attendees to get to know each other. I was thrilled to find out I was not the only one there that didn’t know anyone. After networking over a few cocktails, I headed to dinner with some of my new friends.
Keep on reading to learn more about my time at Haven!
Of course, another exciting part about attending a blog conference is all of the swag. I received everything from a Rust-oleum Comfort Grip sprayer, a variety of Decou-Page from DecoArt, a selfie stick from Moen and more! I can’t wait to start incorporating these goodies into my blog posts. First, I need to start unpacking! A big thanks to all of the wonderful conference sponsors, especially Home Depot, who made the living room so comfortable!
I spent the next two days, Friday and Saturday, mainly attending educational blogging sessions and a few DIY sessions. The conference opened with keynote speaker Jon Acuff. Prior to Jon speaking, I knew nothing about him, but now I look forward to reading his blog and his new book, Do Over. He shared inspiring words of wisdom about the ever changing world of blogging, but many of his ideas carry into the everyday.
“Care about what the people you care about care about.”
I also learned how to use a nail gun at Haven! I’ve already asked Chad if we can get one of these bad boys. I attended a take-and-make class sponsored by Ryobi. We put together these adorable mason jar totes using the Ryobi Airstrike nail gun. I look forward to showing you how you can make your own tote and what I use mine for.
Lunches were the best at Haven. They had a great selection of salad & toppings, veggies and fish each day. And, on the second day, Behr provided a delicious candy bar! I was in heaven.
I learned so much during all of the sessions, but networking is one of my favorite parts of a blog conference. I met so many amazing ladies (and a few gentlemen too!). I spent a lot of time with the following ladies, so be sure the check out their blogs!
Jennifer of The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Laura Jo of Wildwood Vale
Liz of Smart Girls DIY
Kim of Hunt & Host
Pam of Our Little Tinies
Rachel of Architecture of a Mom
Sandy of Pink Tool Girl
Sharon of Pretty Practical Home
The conference ended on a high note with closing speaker Mandi of Vintage Revivals. She has a truly inspiring story and amazing projects that I recommend you check out (Just be sure you have some time!). Haven left me inspired and excited for the future of blogging. I cannot wait to start implementing what I learned at the conference. Read more Haven reviews on their website.