BlogHer is an event that I look forward to attending each year, especially now that blogging has become so important to me. BlogHer is so important to me because of its community of women. It’s a time that allows us to get together. It’s this community of women that has made blogging so essential for me. It’s this community of women that makes me get up every single morning, ready to go. It’s this community of women that I learn from, that I grow from and that inspires me.
This past weekend at BlogHer, after my Getting Gorgeous event, I had the pleasure to co-host an event with Stride Rite. We wanted to get mom bloggers excited about the Spring 2011 Collection and unveil an amazing opportunity that Stride Rite is offering right now – a chance for a mom to design her own Robeez shoe and have a limited run manufactured. I was very excited to be part of this evening because I have been a Stride Rite lover and user for over 25 years. I’ll never forget getting my first pair of Stride Rite shoes at Jamiel’s in Warren, RI. This evening, to me… was the perfect partnership (especially as a mom of 4 little boys, 5 and under).
One of my tasks for the Stride Rite party was to put together swag bags to be given to guests. We had invited 140+ bloggers and wanted to make sure the evening was special for them from entrance… to leaving the event with their swag bag. Stride Rite put this in my hands and allowed me to assemble some items to include. With the items that were included in the bag was a sample package of Parent’s Choice Formula. I do want to make it clear that I was not paid to include it. I was, at the time, unaware of the WHO code and I want to publicly apologize to anyone who was offended, hurt or felt slighted by my allowing the formula in the swag bags. I never meant to upset anyone, that I promise from the bottom of my heart. I spent the afternoon educating myself on the WHO code via PhD in Parenting’s post and in chatting with some friends who are very educated on this topic. I am very appreciative to the women with whom I spoke this afternoon as they took the time to speak with me at length, openly and candidly. I am much more informed now and feel very armed with powerful knowledge.
I am making a promise that I will never include formula and/or bottles in any gift bags that are put together for any Getting Gorgeous Events, Mom Generations Events or any events/brands/companies that I partner with. Someone’s word is the most important bond, and I want to stress that I absolutely support breastfeeding. I wasn’t able to breastfeed and it was very difficult for me to accept. I think it’s incredible to have women online and resources that are such wonderful advocates for breastfeeding moms, and these resources are where I turned in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. My own Mom is a vocal breastfeeding advocate who has helped innumerable women in their needs and desires to breastfeed, and I still remember my Mom breastfeeding my younger sister until my sister was 3 years old.
The beauty of gathering with women is the ability to share, teach, grow through discourse, discussion and the knowledge it creates.