My Heart Lies in BLEND 2012

After a crazy 9 hour wait in the airport, a red eye from Colorado, and 2 days of work – I can finally sit down and reminisce about this past weekend at the Blend Retreat. Many have said it and I will repeat it, It was honestly probably one of the best weekends of my life.

Everything was perfect! I left Blend feeling Honored and Inspired to be among such a great group of women.


Ashley’s Photo

(Lindsay + Gina, Bobbi + Katie, Brittany, Tina, Jillian, Jessica, Lena, Laura)


Roll 380

I will have to work on my collaging skills


Laura, The Other Heather, Me, and Ashley from Edible Perspective was one of my first blogs back in 2010!!! So happy I met her finally.

(Ashley’s photo)

Uplifted and connected. The conversations with fellow bloggers never hit a lull. It is great to discuss how much you have in common, and then to learn what everyone does/ and their background outside of the blog world. Heather (far right) was the first new friend I made, and we immediately hit it off. And I owe good friends Jillian and Katie (both center) a huge thank you for helping me talk through some things. Could not have asked for a better roommate with Jill. Love you girls.

IMG 2121

Relaxed and At Ease: Chautauqua and Boulder, CO was the perfect venue.

IMG 2092 NewImage

Stuffed! There was a healthy balance of well balanced meals sprinkled with good beer and some sweet treats.

IMG 2089 NewImage

(Jillian’s photo)

IMG 2137 IMG 2098 IMG 1800 IMG 1796

That homemade jam and almond butter at the Xagave breakfast was the shit! This breakfast is seriously what dreams are made of. Thank you Steve and Amy!

IMG 2139

Love Grown – best granola ever!

IMG 2136

Mahi Mahi Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

IMG 2131

IMG 2129

Sweet potato tots + beer at Avery Brewing Company

IMG 2115

Rosemary hummus at Mountain Sun

Strong, Invigorated, and Satisfyingly Sore. Two 7 am bootcamps, a 4 mile hike (that kicked my booty) , and Sunday yoga at Core Power

IMG 2094

Check out the view at this 7 am bootcamp


(Janetha’s photo)


The winning team from Saturday’s bootcamp! – Team Awesome because we just can’t help it. We were lucky to have Lindsay the fit ambassador from Chobani.

IMG 2102

576775 10150766045499615 525229614 9784278 323471714 n

IMG 2111


IMG 1805

Hiking with Miss Smart

IMG 1807

Laura’s fitbit said we took 17,000 steps and over 170 flights of stairs on this hike…phew!

IMG 1806

Love Gina!! Y’all need to run over to her site and check out her recipes – now!

Grateful and Pumped about all the swag and all the sponsors!

NewImage(I swiped another of Jillian’s photos – figured only one of us needed to empty out the swag bag)

We were showered with so much stuff the entire weekend! This isn’t even the half of what I brought home.

I want to do a special post just to thank all the sponsors. Here are a few:


The only thing I could think of to change would have been to make the weekend longer. 4pm Friday to 11 am Sunday was just not enough time to squeeze in all the blogger love. And this recap doesn’t do the weekend justice.


Many hugs plus a huge, massive thanks to Katie, Janetha, and Lindsay.

IMG 2132

I’m a wiped from the weekend, but feeling great and motivated about my life. I really needed this trip with recent events. Words cannot describe how much Blend 2012 gave me. Can’t wait until we meet again!

Share a feeling word that describes something from your weekend!


  1. Ashley, your post hit it right on the spot. Blend 2012 gave me a world of new friends and helped me to work out some issues I had in my head.

    I definitely need a fitbit. And knew I received a good workout cuz my calves have been hurting the last 2-3 days! LOL.

    And Xagave’s jam WAS the bomb. Need the recipe!

    So glad to meet you Ashley. Can’t wait til next year. :D

  2. It was so so so fantastic to meet you. I’m really glad we got to hang out so much! xoxo

    P.S. Add another “0″ to that number of steps we took. :)

  3. It was so good meeting you, Ashley! That hike kicked my booty, and I live here, so good job kicking ass on it!

  4. your post is dead on! Blend was really amazing. It was great to be around so many wonderful ladies and the fellowship that was felt was very uplifting. It was great getting to meet you and cannot wait til the next time our paths cross again :)

  5. Love you re-cap, and loved meeting you!! I feel the exact same way as you- super inspired and motivated. The only thing standing in my way right now is that pesky full-time job…

  6. What is BLEND an acronym for?

  7. So happy I met you this weekend!!! I agree – next year needs to be longer. I need more time with everyone. Miss you!

  8. So glad I got to meet you! :) It was fun hanging out on Saturday night … even though we didn’t manage to get any fro-yo (which I mentioned in my WIAW blend recap today).

    And I too need a fitbit. That would make my day. :)

    • Haham I talked about froyo all night. And I did get some amazing 16 handles with Katie here in the city yesterday.
      I asked for a pedometer for my bday this Saturday!

  9. Great photos + recap!! It’s been so much fun reading what everyone has to say and seeing all of the different photos. I’m so happy we got to meet this weekend!

    • I would love if you could send me some photos from the weekend! Or are you posting them all somewhere. Just to have the memories. Thanks for joining us at dinner on Saturday. You and Katie are great – miss you already!

  10. Grateful — for the time to spend together and meet such wonderful women!

  11. you are precious! and so are these women! next year i am there!

    • Everyone was incredible. I would love to meet you! Do you ever come to NYC??
      Also, it is funny that you say precious because one photo I didn’t put up was me in the arch and I looked like Gollum from lord of the rings.

  12. I miss it sooooo much! Great recap! See you soon lady!

    • Thank god you are close so we can still hang out. I will in touch to schedule brunch – maybe 2 weeks or so!

  13. WOW what food! i drool. :) Looks like a great time!! Glad you had fun; such an experience and great group of people


  1. [...] would not have survived the high energy Blend Retreat weekend without these two protein packed beverages from our sponsors Fitmixer and Core Power [...]

  2. [...] talk about Blend again. There are so many sponsors to thank. But I was surprised about how much I learned from and [...]

  3. [...] talk about Blend again. There are so many sponsors to thank. But I was surprised about how much I learned from and [...]

  4. [...] with 3 great days at the BLEND Retreat. I kept the love and the high going. I’ve been having and scheduling lunch/dinner/coffee [...]

  5. [...] All my new blog friends from BLEND. [...]

  6. [...] left my apartment at 830 this morning, and got home at 1030 pm! Everyday since coming back from the Blend Retreat. I feel like I have not had a moment to sit down. I’ve been all Engerizer Bunny just going, [...]

Speak Your Mind