An Explosion of News – Blogpodium 2012

In no particular order….

Image by Freckled Mommy on Flickr

B’s visit. Awesome.

Blog Podium 2012. Awesome.

Image from Blog Podium website.

Finding out I am now officially a member of the Para Paints BLOG CREW. AWESOME!!!

Wow huh? I am still in shock. Pinch me. Really hard.

This is Garry Belfall (Para Paints) announcing that myself and four other talented bloggers had won the contest!

Image from Mango Studios

You see… There is a story behind why I needed to see a picture of Garry announcing who won because I sadly missed the glorious moment. I was pounding the Queen Street pavement at that exact moment. But before that? Ya well I was racing down the Queensway as I had to walk from the Humber Loop to Roncesvalles when the streetcars lost power – not a big deal if I had planned for it but I hadn’t. It was a #TTCfail but that’s okay. I made it in one piece to Blog Podium.

Here is Garry again with Jen Knox (PR – Deb McCain Communication) at the Para Paints booth. Such nice people. I can’t wait to work with them. I think I am going to need to buy some painter’s coveralls to go along with my years’ worth of paint!

Image from Para Paints on Facebook

There have been tons and tons of amazing Blog Podium recaps published by other attendees and honestly, I really don’t think I could do a better job so I am going to encourage you to head over and read all of their lovely reviews, perspectives and thoughts on the fantastic day that it is.

Adriane’s at The A & B Stories

Lauren’s at The Wee Lass

Rachel at the paper hearts blog

Brian at The Duke of Design

Now I need to give a special shout out to Lauren, Brian, Rach and Adriane – I ‘knew’ Lauren before from living vicariously through her Instagram images, sweet blog and oogling images of her beagle Wendel (who I have mentioned before) but Adriane, Rach and Brian were newbie friends who I really really really loved meeting. Even more amazing? Each person has a super awesome blog that I can’t believe I hadn’t spied before (WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? It makes me love/hate the blogsphere when I randomly come across a blog I didn’t know about before! I feel cheated but also thrilled to have finally found ’em).

And more great recaps!

Nicole at Adding the Finishing Touch (LipstikEvents)

Christine at Bijou and Boheme

Jen at Rambling Renovators (and co-founder of Blog Podium!)

Heather at Interior Groupie 

April at the Money Pit Love

Jeanette from This Dusty House (NETTE!)

Michelle from The 236

Brittney from My Daily Randomness

SEE WHAT I MEAN? So many great roundups, recaps and reviews. I would just be re-inventing the wheel. Please go check out each blog. All of these bloggers are very talented people and deserve lots of blog reading love! And sorry if I missed anyone, it isn’t/wasn’t intentional – I just remembered these ones off the top of my head and Twitter (yeah for Twitter!).

One of the best parts of Blog Podium? Connecting with new people, meeting up with old and taking spicy pictures together!

Images from Mango Studio (HomeSense Photobooth).

I thought I would take more photos with my Iphone, but I didn’t. I was too busy chatting or listening! Anyway, I can’t wait to find out more about the Para Paint Blog Crew that I am now involved with – I think it’s going to lead to lots of amazing paint-filled adventures.

Oh! And PS? I met Barbara from Hodge Podge (by Markova Design) and Nancy from Marcus Design too!!! Long live the West Coasters! So FANTASTIC! I can’t wait to see them again. 🙂

  • Lora Banks

    Congratulations Meagan! Soooooo deserved. Keep us “post”ed on what you’re doing with them. Nice work!!

    • Check Ms Banks! Was bigging up your blog this weekend to some friends, keep your eyes peeled for new readers 🙂

  • Michelle from

    Awww, thanks for the shout out! Saturday was so great. I’m still full of the warm fuzzies! Congrats on your win! Can’t wait to see your paint masterpieces!

  • theweelass

    Aw, I love this post! I was so happy to finally meet you face-to-face. You were every bit as wonderful as I thought you would be 🙂

  • Meagan! I’m SO excited we met and are now blogger bffs, our little group was so much fun!!! I think we need to plan a follow up get together (perhaps involving some sort of alcoholic beverage) ASAP!

  • Awesome re-cap & congrats on being apart of the Para Paints Blog Crew! I can’t wait to follow along and see what you do. Thanks for the shout-out! xo

  • IT was a fun event! Hopefully I can say hello next time!

    • YES! We need to meet Sundeep!

  • Darling

  • Darling Dear,
    These pictures are complete SPICE, and we totally called that woman winning her ottoman because the spice gods were looking out for her. I am so glad that I met you! I totally agree with Adriane, we need to get together soon!

  • Congrats Meagan! Can’t wait to see what you paint!

    • Thanks Shannon!!!

  • Fabulous recap!! And congrats again on winning the Para contest! It was so great to meet you and discover your fabulous blog 🙂 xo

    • Thanks so much Brittany! I look forward to keeping in touch.

  • Jules

    I am insane proud of you babes! xoxoxo

  • barbara @hodge:podge

    Congrats on the win! I am thrilled for you. I am sad I didn’t win but relieved, now I won’t have the pressure to have to paint! I love your recap and can’t wait to see you in the summer when you come out west!!!!

  • Love your recap! It’s already Wednesday and I’m still kind of reeling from the awesomeness that was Blogpodium… Congratulations on your Para Paints win! I’m kind of kicking myself for not even making the attempt to join the contest… That year’s supply of paint would likely come in extremely useful in a couple months… But, I’m so glad you won it and can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with it.

    Wish we’d had a chance to chat more. Oh well… there’s always the next one!

    • Thanks Nette! We shall hang out more next time for sure, was just nice to meet you in the first place!

  • Sheila @SZInteriors

    Meagan! Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you to be part of the PARA team. I can’t wait to see the projects. And how can I not hear-hear to long live the West Coasters? Now, what about that than 😉

    • Thanks so much Sheila! Love the West Coast

  • Kelly

    Yay! Congrats on your Blog Crew win – I’m on the Crew too! It’s going to be an amazing experience working with PARA and getting lots of to-dos done! Sorry you had a hard time getting to BlogPodium, but luckily you made it in one piece 🙂 Such a great afternoon filled with talented bloggers and lots of useful information 🙂