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01.21.14 / Off to Alt

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I’m headed to Alt Summit this week. It will be my first time attending the design bloggers’ conference. In fact, it will be my first time attending a bloggers’ conference, period. #blogconferencevirgin

I’m super excited but, honestly, I’m crazy scared too. There is a lot of hype over fancy business cards and fashionable outfits but I’m way more focused on learning something new and stepping outside of my comfort zone. For years, I’ve wanted to go but I always have an excuse. The money! The kids! The weather! The timing! I won’t know anyone! When tickets went on sale last summer, I forced myself to buy one.

The timing is less than perfect. Steve is out of town on business this week. My kids had yet another snow day today. I need to run a few last minute errands (with three kids of course!) but the driveway needs cleared and I can’t even see our road. I’m scrambling to pack and arrange childcare. The logistics of everything has my head spinning. At times I’ve thought, “Ugh. It would be so much easier to stay home.” If you’re a parent, I’m sure you can relate.

But I know that life’s most wonderful experiences rarely come easily. So I’m forging on and feeling lucky that these little things are my “big” problems. I mean, I will be staying in a hotel room WITHOUT KIDS for three nights so…that’s pretty much a vacation in my book.

I will be posting to instagram from Alt if you want to follow along!

image: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

26 Comments

Most important, HAVE FUN!!!
I find it incredibly hard to get away from the kids (there’s always a good excuse). But once I do, I don’t regret it ;)

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replied on January 21st, 2014

I plan on it!

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21.January.2014

HAVE A GREAT TIME DANA… ENJOY AND RELAX EVERY MINUTE…YOUR TIME ALONE..XO

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21.January.2014

Don’t you think it’s actually good for the smalls when grownups give themselves permission to step away from the parent guilt trap? Pretty sure that when you come back tired but jazzed by all that creative energy, your 3 will respond to the happiness factor. And you’ll bring your own perspective on Alt here, so that’s something fun for us to look forward to. Adding “have fun” wishes to those that will pile up.

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21.January.2014

When I travel for work, I always make sure I carve out some time for little indulgences. Baths (or long showers). Painting toenails. Gluttonous tv watching (who cares if it’s The Bachelor or House Hunters!).

Enjoy yourself! The time will fly by and before you know it, you’ll be at home snuggling your little ones again, and likely all of you appreciating each other a bit more than you did before you left.

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Have a great time and enjoy the parties, the conversations, and the dressing up too ;)

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replied on January 21st, 2014

It was your advice, Jen, that gave me the courage to go. Thank you!

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replied on January 21st, 2014

That’s crazy and awesome! Now I’m a little bummed I won’t be there; it would have been so great to meet. Have the BEST time. You deserve it. xoxo.

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21.January.2014

Have fun! I’ve never commented before, but I love your posts lately! And now I have to know where you got that bag!

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replied on January 21st, 2014

I bought that bag at JCPenney on clearance for $14. Score!

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replied on January 22nd, 2014

Wow! It’s so cute!

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Oh Dana. I so wish I was going, too. Have the best time. Can’t wait to follow (read: live vicariously through) your instagram updates!

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replied on January 21st, 2014

Wish you were going too but you are where you need to be. Take care mama!

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21.January.2014

have a wonderful time! enjoy the alone time, the social time and rush of stupid love you feel when you hear your kids teeny tiny voices on the phone saying good night to you. they always sound years younger on the phone! I’d love to attend one year but, you know, it’s not the closest place!!!!! look forward to your updates x

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replied on January 21st, 2014

Well, if it makes you feel any better I’d love to visit Australia ;) Lucky you gets to LIVE there.

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21.January.2014

Oh my gosh! Have so much fun! I think it’s wonderful that you are going to the conference and that you are having the getaway. Please report back when you get home!

jbhat

ps) I made the chicken marbella last night, and as you promised, it was a hit! Thanks so much for the recipe. My husband even said that he looks forward to it being in the weekly rotation. Weekly! That’s pretty impressive.

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21.January.2014

You’re ahead of me on packing, see you tomorrow!

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Have a great time Dana! Enjoy this opportunity to soak everything in. No guilt ;) Id love to get to Alt one year. Maybe next time.

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21.January.2014

Have a great time!!! You deserve it!

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21.January.2014

I know exactly what you mean – I get the same way when I leave the kids but that usually ends when I get on the plane :) Push through the doubt and enjoy! And yes, treat yourself to some indulgence – it’s worth it!

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24.January.2014

Your room is beautiful! Can you share the bedroom wall color here please? Thanks!!!

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replied on January 26th, 2014

The wall color is Benjamin Moore half moon crest. We love it in our bedroom!

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24.January.2014

I love that gray and white chair – where did you find it. Also, I absolutely love your blog :)

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replied on January 26th, 2014

The chair is from West Elm.

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25.January.2014

i tried to find it on your blog but couldnt… so here i am bugging you (sorry!). where did you get that fantastic pillow?!

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replied on January 26th, 2014

Etsy! Try searching for “kilim pillow” and see what turns up.

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