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The People of the Type-A Mom Conference

I apologize, Dear Reader. I can't shut up about the Type-A Mom conference.

Imagine a slumber party with 200 of your closest friends, and throw in some business elbow-rubbing, pats on the back, fun, and learning. That's kinda what it was like.

Tara & Allie at Type-A Mom Conference

I met so many wonderful people at the Type-A Mom that I can't possibly name them all, but I'm going to try. I'm also going to link to all of their sites, and I hope you'll check them out.

I spent most of the weekend with my dear friend, Allie. We should be sisters.

Except that she's Canadian, and we aren't actually related. But aside from that, we could be sisters. We stayed up late into the night every night, chatting and laughing like teenagers.

The photo above was taken by Dawn, who I met at my speaker dinner at Bouchon. She is the mother of eight, and I loved every moment that I spent chatting with her.

I would never have guessed that I'd have so much in common with a mother of eight, but really! I did, and I loved her.

I wish I had a picture of Sarah and Shannon. Sarah and Shannon rescued me and Allie when our shuttle driver ditched us at the airport. His replacement ditched us, too, but Sarah and Shannon drove to the airport to pick us up.

Julie, Alisa, Tara, and Allie at Type-A Mom conference

This is Julie, Alisa, me, and Allie.

Julie could be the coolest person and the best writer that I have ever met. Every single thing she writes is brilliant. I was thrilled to make her acquaintance (in an unfortunate speechless fan sort of way).

Awkward moment of the conference #17 – When I approached her, Julie was standing and chatting with Alisa. I assumed that Alisa was Julie's friend, but I didn't recognize her URL, so I didn't probe. A few minutes later, I heard Alisa introduce her site to someone, and I nearly fell over. Alisa writes Project Happily Ever After, another site that I adore!

barbarajones

Photo courtesy of Rick Bucich at Tiny Prints

I have talked to Barbara Jones many times over the past year or so, and I've always hoped to meet her. I missed her at BlogHer, and I didn't want to make the same mistake twice. Barbara is even more friendly and even more beautiful in person than she is online.

Amber, Tara, and Rick at the Type-A Mom conference

One night, the gorgeous woman above approached me and said, “Oh my gosh! You're Feels Like Home! You're kinda famous!”

And I was feeling pretty good about myself.

Then she introduced herself as Amber, and I had to return the compliment because, seriously, she's a lot famous. It turns out that she's also delightful and smart and an amazing photographer.

Awkward moment of the conference #43 – I thought that Rick from Tiny Prints owned the company. He doesn't. This came out while we were chatting with Amber about photography and bloggers and mints.

robin dance from Type-A Mom Conference

Photo courtesy of Rick Bucich at Tiny Prints

Almost as long as I've been blogging, I've been reading Pensieve. Robin Dance is glorious and lovely and real. I had the fortunate opportunity to sit next to her during our speaker dinner at Bouchon, and then we spoke together at the Blogger's Balance session.

suburban farmer, Chris at Type-A Mom conference

Chris is one of my editors at Foodie Mama. She is finishing a book on suburban gardening, and she raises chickens and a host of other animals, all while taking care of her children and grandchildren (who I believe all live with her). I was really happy to meet her.

Many Hats of a Mommy Blogger with Angela, Shannan, and Tara at Type-A Mom conference

Awkward moment of the conference #61 – I moderated both of the panels on which I spoke. It was no big deal for me since I am a teacher, and I speak in public all the time. Or so I thought.

Until I introduced Shannan as the author of the wrong blog. D'oh! I did, however, remember to announce Angela‘s pregnancy.

balance panel with Robin, Melanie, and Tara at Type-A Mom conference

No awkward moments on this panel. Thank goodness! Robin and Melanie were both wonderful to speak with.

bouchon - Robin, Amanda, Tara, and Michael at Bouchon during Type-A Mom conference

This is Robin, myself, and Amanda posing with Michael, the chef/owner of Bouchon. I thought he was fabulous and fascinating. After leaving France, he lived in Texas for 22 years, and then retired to Asheville. If you're ever in the area, you should look up Bouchon.

Other people I loved but don't have any photos to show off include Danielle, Lucretia, Marissa, Caroline, and Tiffany.

And I noticed something. Everyone was much more beautiful in person.

We should meet up and have slumber parties more often.

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46 thoughts on “The People of the Type-A Mom Conference”

  1. You made some wonderful connections at the conference, as did I. I just wish there had been more time and that I had taken more pictures! And you’re right about Barbara, she is so gorgeous.
    .-= Mary@Everyday Baby Steps´s last blog ..Type-A Mom Conference =-.

  2. Can you believe I didn’t even think about my camera until the last day was almost over??!! It was such a pleasure to meet you. You are FABulous dahling 😉

  3. You made some wonderful connections at the conference, as did I. I just wish there had been more time and that I had taken more pictures! And you’re right about Barbara, she is so gorgeous.
    .-= Mary@Everyday Baby Steps´s last blog ..Type-A Mom Conference =-.

  4. Can you believe I didn’t even think about my camera until the last day was almost over??!! It was such a pleasure to meet you. You are FABulous dahling 😉

  5. Thank you!!! It was beyond wonderful to meet you…we do need to have these slumber parties more often, because there just wasn’t enough time! I needed a week with everyone!!! So, so glad that I ‘really, actually, truly’ know you now!
    .-= Julie Roads´s last blog ..Into every life, a little Michiko Kakutani must fall. =-.

  6. Thank you!!! It was beyond wonderful to meet you…we do need to have these slumber parties more often, because there just wasn’t enough time! I needed a week with everyone!!! So, so glad that I ‘really, actually, truly’ know you now!
    .-= Julie Roads´s last blog ..Into every life, a little Michiko Kakutani must fall. =-.

  7. Oh, it looks like sooo much fun!!! Glad you had a great time and great photos!
    .-= Janel ´s last blog ..Ready to Be Home =-.

  8. You are just wonderful – LOVE your energy, your joy and your love that you give – all-the-time. Great pics!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Free Meal Plans: Week One =-.

  9. You are just wonderful – LOVE your energy, your joy and your love that you give – all-the-time. Great pics!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Free Meal Plans: Week One =-.

  10. Wow, I didn’t realize there was such a conference! It looks like you had a lot of fun. Always neat to see the people behind the blogs, isn’t it?
    Lori (aka Plans4You and Serenity in the Suburbs)
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Friday Show-n-Tell with Canada Girl ~ Concord Grape Pie =-.

  11. Wow, I didn’t realize there was such a conference! It looks like you had a lot of fun. Always neat to see the people behind the blogs, isn’t it?
    Lori (aka Plans4You and Serenity in the Suburbs)
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Friday Show-n-Tell with Canada Girl ~ Concord Grape Pie =-.

  12. It was fantastic to meet in person and I LOVED what you shared in our panel about developing a writing schedule. It’s important and worth being scheduled – brilliant. You semi-famous-foodie-mama-you!

    Angela <

  13. It was fantastic to meet in person and I LOVED what you shared in our panel about developing a writing schedule. It’s important and worth being scheduled – brilliant. You semi-famous-foodie-mama-you!

    Angela <

  14. Wow! There are so many link to follow I may have to devote some of my weekend to reading – not a real travesty at all. The conference sounds like a great place to meet and share and encourage – I’ll have to look around my area for something of the like.

  15. Wow! There are so many link to follow I may have to devote some of my weekend to reading – not a real travesty at all. The conference sounds like a great place to meet and share and encourage – I’ll have to look around my area for something of the like.

  16. Oh…Tara…it was great meeting you! I KNOW it was hard for your to be away from home (& your lovies!) but you seemed to be having the best of times, which made it even more fun to hang with you. You’ve encouraged me prior to the conference with your words, but HEARING you? I love your perspective and you STILL continue to encourage with your positive outlook.

    The way you began your post made me smile; I *feel* like writing a million Type-a posts, but I’ve made myself not; I’m chicken I’ll leave out people. You’ve modeled a great way to handle writing about it, and I think your readers will give you a “pass”…it was a wonderful weekend and one of the highlights was DEFINITELY meeting YOU! So glad we lucked out and got to sit together at dinner!

    xo
    .-= Robin ~ PENSIEVE´s last blog ..2009’s "must-have" fashion necessity =-.

  17. Oh…Tara…it was great meeting you! I KNOW it was hard for your to be away from home (& your lovies!) but you seemed to be having the best of times, which made it even more fun to hang with you. You’ve encouraged me prior to the conference with your words, but HEARING you? I love your perspective and you STILL continue to encourage with your positive outlook.

    The way you began your post made me smile; I *feel* like writing a million Type-a posts, but I’ve made myself not; I’m chicken I’ll leave out people. You’ve modeled a great way to handle writing about it, and I think your readers will give you a “pass”…it was a wonderful weekend and one of the highlights was DEFINITELY meeting YOU! So glad we lucked out and got to sit together at dinner!

    xo
    .-= Robin ~ PENSIEVE´s last blog ..2009’s "must-have" fashion necessity =-.

  18. Great report of all of the fun at Type A Mom. Sorry we didn’t get to spend more time together and get a picture. Next time…Def. next time!
    .-= Chesco Mom Sarah´s last blog ..Ask Shelby: Fighting the Bedroom Blahs =-.

  19. Great report of all of the fun at Type A Mom. Sorry we didn’t get to spend more time together and get a picture. Next time…Def. next time!
    .-= Chesco Mom Sarah´s last blog ..Ask Shelby: Fighting the Bedroom Blahs =-.

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