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Chicago here I Come!

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A few weeks ago I hinted that I may be traveling to Chicago. Well, it’s true! Arrangements are made, itinerary set and I’ll be packing my bags next Friday!

Here’s the deal…

Nov 7-9 I will be joining some of the most amazing health, wellness and fit bloggers from around the blogosphere. Seriously I’m not kidding, look at this lineup!!!

I’m so honored to have been invited along with these awesome women (and 1 man :~P)!

Quaker invited us to talk about a few things, including their new LivingProof Campaign. I was excited as I’m a fan of Quaker and have shared some of their products as FoodFinds for quite some time. Plus, who doesn’t like oatmeal?

So, needless to say, I’m ecstatic! I’m going to get to meet other awesome bloggers, spend a weekend in a new city (have I told you how much I love cities and cityscapes?), and (most importantly) I get a BREAK. Nothing beats a weekend away. Especially a weekend without the husband and the toddler. That sounds so mean, but you other moms know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. ;~)

Ok, here comes the BEST part! While we are there, most (if not all) of us bloggers wanted to do a meet and greet with our readers. The details aren’t set in stone yet. We wanted gauge reader interest first to get a lose head count and help determine a place.

The group is thinking of either a Sunday brunch or a Saturday night (around 10pm-ish) bar thing. Or, my idea… BOTH why not? I’ll be FREE! ;~P

So please let me know if you want and are able to come out hang with us in Chicago. EIther leave a comment or twitter me. If you live in Chicago, and have any ideas for great meetup places, please feel free to share!

Can’t wait to meet some of you!

Picture thanks to RcktManIL

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There are 30 comments so far.


    October 29, 2008

    I LOVE Chicago and would be there in a heartbeat if I could! Have fun!! Say hi to Jennette and Mizfit for me:)

    Check out Lynns last blog post..Food Is…


    October 29, 2008

    I left a comment on Jenna’s blog but I would love to meet up. I’m out in the burbs so it’s about an hour drive for me. I would prefer brunch on Sunday. This would be a lot of fun to meet all of you.

    Check out Angies last blog post..National Potato Day

    Lauren P

    October 29, 2008

    Way cool! Maybe the Quaker tour will make a stop in the DC Metro area. I’ve got family and clients in the Chicago area, I always love going to the Navy Pier. Might be a tad chilly this time of year, though.


    October 29, 2008

    Darn it, so close…I am in Indianapolis, but I work every weekend so I can’t! darn labor and delivery unit!


    October 29, 2008

    Ohmygosh! I’d love to come up to Chicago, Roni……I live in central Illinois, near Springfield, so it’s just about 3.5 – 4 hours drive there. I think I’ve already agreed to babysit grandies on Saturday the 8th, but I’m sure I could get out of it. I’d have to stay all night Saturday night in a hotel. Where will you be staying? Oh man….I’d love for this to work out…..not sure it will, but I would sure love it! Need more details!

    Check out Bonnies last blog post..Coleen

    Madison (FollowMyWeigh)

    October 30, 2008

    i’m in chicago and i’d LOVE to meet you guys!! how exciting =D. saturday night is good, sunday brunch is cool too~ AWESOME!

    Check out Madison (FollowMyWeigh)s last blog post..nails & pizza – great combo!


    October 30, 2008

    dont forget steph!

    Check out MizFits last blog post..It’s getting HOT in herre.


    October 30, 2008

    HOW COOL IS THIS! Take lots of pictures! OMG…what if they ask you guys to be spokes people? That would be so awesome. I would be like “ya, that pretty blonde lady on the quakers box…i know her. She’s even emailed me and left comments on my blog” …lol…I would say the same about Mizfit too!

    Check out Christys last blog post..Booyah!


    October 30, 2008

    wow that is truely an amazing line up. its like you guys put all my favorite blogs together.


    October 30, 2008

    That’s so awesome for you!
    Chicago is a great city — very walkable.
    If you ever have a blogger convention in NYC and do a meet up there I’d definitley attend!
    I *totally* get what you mean about taking a break from the fam! ;-)
    You earned it!


    October 30, 2008

    I’m in Chicago and I’m available whenever, wherever!

    Charlie Hills

    October 30, 2008

    Oh man, if I’d only not moved away from Chicago, we could have met. (It’s where I spent my first eighteen years on this planet.) You’re going to love it.

    The good news is, both my sisters are still in the vicinity!

    Check out Charlie Hillss last blog post..Caveat Emptor


    October 30, 2008

    Way to go Roni!!!! I am so happy for you, go knock em dead girl. They will be blown away by you.
    I hope you have the time of your life and that this opens even more doors in your life.
    Just remember next time your in Toronto you have to come visit us again, I was so excited when I met you, just as excited as you are now.
    Good luck Roni, I can’t wait to hear how it all goes.

    Chris :o)


    October 30, 2008

    How fun! I can’t wait to hear all about it! I am making my first trip to chicago in December and I hear its such an awesome place.


    October 30, 2008

    So fun!!! If I were anywhere near Chicago I’d come for sure :-)

    Check out Angies last blog post..Hard core kripalu :-S


    October 30, 2008

    My sister and I will be there if you guys decide to do a Sunday brunch thing. I live in Oak Park which is a suburb about 8 miles from downtown Chicago. It will be great to meet you Roni! I’m the sister of Charlie from Back to the Fridge! You will love Chicago! I’m lucky to have lived here my whole life!

    Check out Jennifers last blog post..Marinated flank steak

    Laura N

    October 30, 2008

    Roni, I am seriously thinking of asking my husband for an indulgence and letting me drive up to Chicago for this. And it would have to be drinks AND brunch if I’m driving 6 hours to meet you guys! Are you staying downtown? Would you mind emailing the hotel name so I can see if they have any rooms available?


    October 30, 2008

    Yep, I’d prefer Sunday too as I am an hours drive from Chicago – I am the other sister of Charlie at!

    Check out Bizs last blog post..soup salad and sammie!

    Michele D

    October 30, 2008

    I would meet you in an instant, but I am much closer to your hometown! I live in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania….if you ever do anything like this at home, count me in!!!

    Check out Michele Ds last blog post..Michelle

    Michele D

    October 30, 2008

    This is STILL not linking to me, it’s linking to my friend Michelle Hull…..HELP!!!!!

    Check out Michele Ds last blog post..Michelle


    October 30, 2008

    Ah ha, I was wondering when the Great Quaker Convention was taking place (MizFit mentioned it a while back). If I was closer, I would totally be down for a meet and greet, but unfortunately, it’s a little out of the budget to hop on a plane. But have fun, and can’t wait to hear about it!!

    P.S. Chicago is a great city. I was there right after 9/11 and saw a ton of cool stuff.

    Check out RooBabss last blog post..Playing Hookie


    October 30, 2008

    Darn…Wish it was in Minneapolis! But on a high note..I’ve been to Chicago twice and you will absolutely LOVE it! Enjoy!

    Check out Robyns last blog post..Kay


    October 30, 2008

    Roni, I follow your blogs/sites and Back in Skinny Jeans. I’m a little less than 2 hours from Chi town and would love to come but am afraid I have WAY too much homework.

    I hope you have a big turnout. If you like city life, you’ll love Chicago!


    October 30, 2008

    I’d love to meet up with you guys in Chicago! Either time should work for me, but probably Saturday evening better. I’m also in the western blogs and would prefer some place NOT downtown as it is crazy traffic to get down there on the weekends.


    October 30, 2008

    oh god that sounds like too much fun. thanks for the list of new blogs to read!


    October 30, 2008

    This is so great! Either time works for me, as I’ll be driving in. Looking forward to meeting you, Roni. You’re a great inspiration.


    October 31, 2008

    Chi Town is awesome…dare I mention Carson’s ribs??
    Congrats to you that is a big deal!


    October 31, 2008

    I’m in south Florida so I cant be there..oh that would be soooo cooool to say hi in person.

    Mr. Meltdown

    November 2, 2008

    Wow I wish I was going! Have a great time and bring a warm coat it can get kind of cold out there. Have fun!

    Mr. Meltdown


    November 4, 2008

    I live in Chicago! Let me now. I work down the street from Quaker!