The Summit Has Begun

by Meghann on August 19, 2011

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

My heart is fluttering a million beats a minute. The Healthy Living Summit is finally here and I couldn’t be more ecstatic on how great it’s gone so far. Woo hoo!!!! :)

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Seriously, tonight was amazing and I couldn’t have done it without all of the help of my countless volunteers. You guys rocks. Big time.

Two of my biggest volunteers (my brother and sister) were crying uncle from moving and stuffing more swag bags this morning. I played nice and agreed to an extra long lunch for a little sight seeing while we were in town.

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This is Ben and Kelly’s first time in Philly and they’ve never seen the liberty bell. It was just a short walk from the hotel and a great chance to stretch out legs.

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One photo and we were in and out. :)

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From the liberty bell we headed to the highly recommended Barbuzzo for lunch.

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The restaurant had a lot of hype, but lived up to every bit of it. I would return tomorrow in a heart beat.

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I ordered the mojio mocktail, which was club soda, fresh mint, and some juice. It was delicious.

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Annelies (who ha walked to the liberty bell with us) ordered an antipasti platter to share with the group. I had a bit of this and that and loved how flavorful all of the cold veggies were.

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Hands down , my favorite thing was the Asparago Pizza. Wow.

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It had shave asparagus, a secret white sauce, cheese, truffle, and a farm egg. The egg was what made the pizza. It was cooked to perfection and had just enough runniness for the crust to soak it all up.

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I also tried the fig pizza. It was good, but very sweet. I had originally wanted to order the fig pizza, but was happy I had switched it to the Asparago at the last minute.

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After lunch we got back to work!

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Early registration opened at 3 and there were tables that needed to be set up and badges to organize.

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Yay – real badges!

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A thousand thanks to Five Bamboo for working with us on the shirts this year. They’re so soft and colorful. Love!

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We had a pretty steady flow of girls from 3-5. Everyone was sooo excited to be picking up their stuff, it had me grinning from ear to ear all afternoon. :)

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And…. in case you were wondering… here’s a sneak peek of the swag bag. It. Was. Epic. It was also all Julie – she rocks!

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Three years ago Kath, Catilin, Heather, Tina, and I started planning the first Healthy Living Summit over an email (with Jenna who moved on after the first year). Tonight, before the cocktail party, we reconvened for the first time since last year’s summit. Three years later and I’m still in amaze and awe with each of them. It’s crazy how far we’ve come. :)

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It was also nice to have a minute to breathe before the kick off of the Summit at the Reading Terminal Market.

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Can you think of a better Philly inspired location? I think not! :)

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At 7:00 on the dot we opened the doors and welcomed the masses.

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It’s party time people!

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I was a little nervous when we walked in to set everything up and the lights were all on and trash was everywhere, but they did a fabulous job. The atmosphere of having a cocktail party in the middle of the market was great. We dimmed the lights, put on some music, and invited 225 bloggers inside to mingle.

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It was a rush of catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, and everywhere in between.

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Each attendee was granted two drink tickets that could be used for a Drink Chia Signature Cocktail, local beer, or wine.

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I went with beer. ;)

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I was even more impressed with the amazing Philly inspired food spread. Everything was picture perfect.

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It took me a while to build a plate, but where I finally made my way to the food table I found everything incredible.

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Dress twins!

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My favorite part was the photo booth. You can never go wrong with a photo booth at a party!

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Especially photo booths with props. ;)

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Derek said he felt like a celebrity and everyone wanted to take his photo. I told him not to get a big head and just smile. ;)

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This night would NOT have been possible without Allison! She did it ALL!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I dedicate this party to YOU!

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And because I know you’re going to ask…

The dress is from Dillard’s! It was the one I only felt so-so about when I picked it up last week, but now I’m in love. It was comfortable, bright, and perfect. Sometimes you just need to let a dress grow on you before you fall head over heels in love with it. ;)

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I have an EARLY morning. Better get some rest.

Good Night!!

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm

a) that shade of orange on you is PERFECTION

b) although it looks and sounds delicious, who in their right mind would shave asparagus like that, lengthwise? wouldn’t you be afraid for your fingers? I am so befuddled over this.

c) glad everything turned out so well

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2 Jamie@everydaydolce August 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Love your dress!!! So pretty, I’ve found really beautiful dresses at Dillards! :)

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3 allison @ thesundayflog August 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm

oh psssssh now youre making me blush! it was so much fun planning it with you and im so glad it was a success!!

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4 s August 20, 2011 at 12:05 am

love your outfit, that looks like so much fun.
if you don’t mind me asking, where are your shoes from? i am on a mission to find some taupe pumps… :)

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5 s August 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

my first sentence doesnt really make sense, so i should probably clarify- i love your outfit, reading terminal looks like so much fun. sorry, late-night commenting … :)

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6 s August 21, 2011 at 12:21 am

never mind, i found some that are sort of similar at macy’s today ;) btw, i have loved reading the recaps of the HLS! i gotta say, can’t even imagine how much work that would be to organize. you’re totally rocking it though :)

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7 Jana August 20, 2011 at 12:26 am

What about Jenna, didn’t she plan the first one too?

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8 Christine @ BookishlyB August 20, 2011 at 12:28 am

How fun! All my favorite health bloggers in one place!

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9 Amy August 20, 2011 at 12:32 am

M’dear you rock! The color of your dress works great with your complexion. I’m so glad things are going well-you had a lot of pressure on you these last few months. Enjoy the rest of the summit-it’s something i will probably never manage to get to, but i will be thinking of you all this weekend :)

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10 Jessica August 20, 2011 at 12:45 am

Dannnng that logo looks good ;) ;) ;)

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11 Khushboo August 20, 2011 at 2:51 am

LOVE your dress- u are rockin’ it, girl :)

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12 Sandy August 20, 2011 at 2:53 am

Didn’t Jenna plan the first one with you too?

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13 Meghann August 20, 2011 at 7:03 am

Yes, she did! Unfortunately, she left after the first year.

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14 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 20, 2011 at 5:56 am

I doubt there is anywhere else to find better food :)

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15 Allison August 20, 2011 at 7:01 am

CONGRATS on the first day of HLS- all of your pictures from the party look great! I can’t wait to read more recap! I’d love to attend in the future :D

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16 Shosh @shoshandthecity.com August 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

Last night looks like so much fun! looking forward to meeting everyone today! By the way, love the dress!

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17 Sophie August 20, 2011 at 7:44 am

You should be so proud of yourself for organising all this Meghann, looks like (and seems it from reading the other blogs!) everyone is having a wonderful time! Love your dress too – I hope I can attend a HLS one day!

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18 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

Everything looks like it went perfectly!

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19 Dina August 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

Love the dress, it looks really cute on you.

So glad everything is going well. It is always such a great feeling when your hard work pays off.

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20 Hillary August 20, 2011 at 8:46 am

That kind of looks like the coolest cocktail party ever.
And your dress is adorable!

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21 Nikki August 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

Ahh I so wish I could be there!! Looks like you did a tremendous job!

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22 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups August 20, 2011 at 9:56 am

Congrats on all your hard work! I love your dress, especially the color and pockets! So cute!

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23 Deva (voracious Vorilee) August 20, 2011 at 10:00 am

It looks like y’all are havin a blast! I’m sorry I couldn’t come this year- maybe next!

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24 Shayla @ The Good Life August 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

That dress is absolutely gorgeous on you – the fit and color is beautiful!

Congrats on such a successful night and good luck today!! :)

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25 Natasha August 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

It looks like everyone is having a great time at the Summit. Kudos to you ladies for getting this event started. I recently found your blog and I love it. I hope to attend the Summit next year.

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26 Lyndsi @ Lyndsi and David August 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

From everything I’ve read, it seems like everyone there is having a great time!

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27 MC August 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

Hi, I’m a recent new reader, drawn to your blog because your HIM training. You are doing great in your training and I love reading about it. I must say that I love the tone of your blog. Your down to earth personality shines through (some bigger bloggers can really be too full of themselves, or at least it reads that way). That dress also looks fabulous on you!!

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28 Meghann August 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Thanks MC :) That means a lot to me!

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29 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake August 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

Everything looks amazing!

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30 Alaina August 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

I LOVE that dress! And the belt gives it a great pop. :-)

Congrats on a successful first night!! That is so cool that all of the hard work you and the other 4 have put in over the past three years has become this huge event!! I am THERE next year!

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31 Courtney August 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

How fun! Wish I was there, too! and I love the dress… so fun! :D

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32 Emily@SavoryandSavage August 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

The color of the dress looks wonderful on you.

I hope everything goes smoothly today!

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33 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm

mmmm your plate looks oooober delicious!

Love the dress color :)

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34 Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise August 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Aloha! Looks like a blast! Maybe I’ll be able to make it one of these years… I’m voting for Honolulu as future location! :)

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35 Ellie@fitforthesoul August 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm

haha love the photo booth!!! You’re the first one who talked about it on the blog teehee :) That’s so nice of your bro and sis to help! So sweet of them. Have a great time Meghann~

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36 hillary August 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

looks like an amazing event! and you have my life-giving drink in the goodie bag: vega shaken-n-go! that is amazing stuff. i want to come next year!

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37 Carissa August 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I can feel the HLS excitement in this blog! It looks amazing and so do you. When can I sign up for next year’s HLS?? :)

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38 Lauren August 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Cute dress! Orange is a great color on you!

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39 Hilary August 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm

You look just adorable…and the party was AMAZING (as was the whole weekend)…big kudos to you!

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