Does this mean I’m a Celebrity now?

Today I got a strange package in the mail. I didn’t recognize the sender and I didn’t order anything that I was expecting today.


I opened it and was still confused as ever… that is until I saw this sitting on the top of the swag.


I got a freaking SWAG BAG from the peeps at Blissdom. (Yes, I’m going to Blissdom next week!).

To say this package made my night is an understatement.


I thought only celebrities got SWAG BAGS (or boxes).


Included in the package were a bunch of fun items from Blissdom Sponsors including this Hallmark book:


A brand new type of popcorn:


A pizza slicer with a coupon for free pizza:




And a recipe binder full of recipes:


Plus, just to make it extra special, the entire presentation of it was great – lots of sparkly party bag filler and ribbons.


Most days I feel like a ho-hum anti-social momma blogger, but today… Today I feel like a super-star. Thanks Blissdom for making my day.

Speaking of Blissdom, I am getting butterflies in my stomach like I’ve never had them before. The armpit sweating has already started and because I’m fair skinned, when I get anxious I get all splotchy on my chest and neck. I’ve been sporting a nice splotchy hive for a few days now.

I’m so nervous and excited all bundled up into one stressed out ball! I’m excited to meet tons of bloggers that I worship and idolize, I’m excited and nervous to share a hotel room with my IRL & Bloggy friend Lorie from the ever popular blog
Be Different… Act Normal.

I’m scared to walk into a room all alone and just stand there like a dork with no one to talk to. What if I don’t have anyone to socialize with? I don’t want to be the girl with no friends.

I’m worried that I’m going to not be cool enough for everyone and no one will like me. I’m worried that I won’t have cute enough clothes and shoes.

I spent the day at Target today loading up on a new wardrobe. Partly because of Blissdom and partly because I freaking tore a hole in the crotch of THREE pairs of my jeans because of my Holiday weight gain.

I’m anxious about all the cool but overwhelming blogging info I’m going to learn. I’m worried that I’ll get a case of foot-in-mouth disease like I usually do when I’m in large groups.

ACK! I haven’t been this excited since I wanted the Barbie Play Mansion for Christmas.

I may just be a dork, but today I’m a celebrity and it felt pretty darn good if you ask me.

Blissdom 2011 or bust!

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  1. way too much whoring out on this blog, dropping you from my feed

  2. I’ll be there too! Please find me so we can meet!

  3. @Adam,

    I’m not selling Blissdom. I’m not affiliated with Blissdom. I signed up to go to their conference and I’m excited because they sent be a bunch of stuff in the mail. I’m not being compensated in any way, shape, or form for talking about Blissdom and my package. I simply blogged about it because for about 10 minutes (until I received your comment) I felt SPECIAL. I felt cool. I felt like I was finally part of a group. I’m really sorry if that has offended you.

  4. @ Jenny, I can’t wait to meet you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. @ Jenny,

    One more thing.. And this is for everyone going…

    I can’t wait to meet you too!! I’m terrible with faces and names, so if I don’t come say hi, it’s because I’m totally anti-social and awkward in social settings, so just come say hi to me!

  6. Awesome!! Hope you have a wonderful time. And, don’t worry! Everyone else is probably feeling the same way…

  7. Wish I was going – you are definitely allowed to be excited!!

  8. Poor Adam, he’s just sad because he’s not going to blissdom.

    Can’t wait to meet you!

  9. Ha! I just read your post and was like “wait a minute, I think she’s talking about me!” I get terrified in new groups, and I’m totally worrying that I’m going to be the biggest dork there. Hopefully we’ll run into each other!

  10. Emily @ On the V Side says:

    Forget about Adam – You are adorable and if I were going to Blissdom (jealous!!!) I would stand by you and we could be the awkward pale girls with splotchy necks. 🙂

    Hope you have a great time!


  11. This is GREAT news!!!!! I’m stoked just reading your post girl. We want to hear all about your experience.

  12. awww…adam must be upset because he doesn’t get to be one of the first to try out that new popcorn! Allison…can’t wait to meet you!

  13. You must come back and tell us every little detail!! I insist!

    This is like when I first started going to scrapbook retreats, where I knew maybe 1 person (if that??) and was going to spend a long weekend with people i didn’t know! by the end of the weekend I didn’t want to leave, and I had (30 or 50 or more!) new friends!

    Don’t worry, it’ll be Awesome!! 🙂

  14. Allison I’m so sorry that someone would leave you such a horrible comment. It made me really sad. I hope he didn’t upset you too much. I hope you have a wonderful time at Blissdom, It sounds like a wonderful experience.

  15. How awesome.

    (I am a fellow Texas reader!)

  16. Wow – that is a great box full of goodies! SO Jealous! I really wish I could have signed up for Blissdom but it wasn’t in the budget this year. Hopefully in 2012! Have a blast and don’t let haters like Adam get you down!
    Aimee @

  17. Soooooo excited for you! I would have feel pretty special too!

  18. Hey Adam, I’m thinking of a finger between 1 and 5. Love you Allison….Keep up the good work!

  19. That is SOOOOO Fabulous! You are special and you deserve it! Someone always wants to rain on a parade. And, don’t worry- everyone there will know who you are and want to talk to you! You will be funny and witty and down to earth and amazing, just like you are on this blog! You will rock Blissdom!!!!!

  20. Ah, totally a celebrity now – don’t let Adam get you – I just ordered the silhouette with your code, seriously it is like the call of the siren that thing… 🙂 can’t wait to get it!

  21. I love reading your stuff! You just described how I felt right before my first knitting retreat. I’m also a super pale splochy girl(with red hair). I hope you have a wonderful time. Disregard Adam, he is obviously jealous of the cool swag and all the fun your going to have.

  22. Even though you are scared as heck; you make me wish I was going. You will have a fabulous time and learn lots. Enjoy and I hope you make lots of new friends!

  23. Aw man! I am sorry Adam was your first comment :(. I was going to comment first, but I decided to be shy. I guess I will say what I was going to say anyway. I love that pizza cutter! I actually have one with a plastic blade, and I love it! I let my 5 year old use it to cut pizza. I will never use a regular cutter again!

    Jealous! 😀

  24. YOU ROCK! You are totally my favorite blog on blogger! Don’t let little boys get you down!

  25. You SHOULD feel special! I LOVE reading your posts, your post on “sneezing” made me laugh for the first time after a super bad day. Don’t let anyone ruin your moment! Have fun at the conference!

  26. YAY! That’s so awesome! “Adam” is probably just going around looking for nasty things to say on people’s blogs. I highly doubt he was ever a real reader. Hate people like that. Enjoy your package and upcoming plans!

  27. seriously adam? do you kiss your mother with that mouth? wow. you should be ashamed.

    i am so excited for you to go to blissdom! i have heard nothing but wonderful things coming from there, i wish i was going too…maybe next time! i hope you have an absolute blast! can’t wait to hear all about it!

  28. Funny! You crack me up all the time. Can’t wait to hear the details from YOU on blissdom!

  29. Boo hoo Adam! So sorry to see you go!

    Anyway………you will be fabulous at Blissdom! 🙂

  30. Allison, you are totally going to rock Blissdom! Right now there are women all over the country saying to themselves, “oh I hope I meet Allison from House of Hepworths!” You ARE a superstar! And I’ve read several other bloggy ladies who are worried about what they are going to wear to Blissdom, so you’re in good company 🙂

  31. @Rebecca,

    I don’t know if I’m really all that and a bag of chips, but thanks for making me feel like I am. 🙂 It’s funny because the last conference I went to there were several people there that acted funny around me like I was famous or something, but then there are other bloggers that I act that way around because I think THEY are famous! Blogging is such a funny thing and has created this entire subculture that is just random! I’m just a normal somewhat anti-social person who likes to write and take pictures and do crafts. When I met TipJunkie (Laurie) I could not stop tripping over my words and giggling and saying the dumbest stuff! I was so nervous and just was shaking. But she’s just such a normal down to earth person who happens to be a great business woman!

    Anyway, thank you! You’ve made my day!

  32. @Carmen,

    Thanks for taking the time to leave me such a nice comment. I appreciate all the love. xoxo

  33. @Rach,

    I’m so excited to go! I probably won’t blog about Blissdom until the following week when I get back home. But I’ll preschedule some posts so you guys don’t have to have Allison Withdrawal while I’m gone. 🙂 haha!

  34. @Jenni, OMG you made me snort. Haha! Thanks for coming to my defense and for making me laugh. I wish you were going to Blissdom too!

  35. @Gabby, Mean people suck! Thanks for your sweet comment

  36. Kristine Bunting says:

    I don’t even know what Blissdom is but I just want you to know that I follow your blog and LOVE it! Thanks for being funny and inspiring! 🙂

    Follower from Utah

  37. Oh boo on him. What a poop that Adam!

    Have yourself and ball and don’t worry in the least bit about that silly comment. It’s pretty obvious he doesn’t have a clue.

  38. Oooo… that is some fabulous stuff! And have fun at Blissdom! I am going to Creative Estates in April and it is my first blogging conference so I have the same exact fears as you! I don’t know why I didn’t just go to Blissdom instead… I am from Nashville and only live 2 hrs from there now. It would have been a lot cheaper route for me! lol

  39. When you post a comment on Slashdot anonymously like Adam did here, it shows the comment as being posted from “Anonymous Coward” … I think that fits here.

  40. Oh you are going to have so much fun!!! And what a great excuse for getting a new wardrobe. Very cool!!
    The bag of goodies from the Blissdom folks is fabulous! I would have been excited too!!

  41. I hope I get to meet you at Blissdom. It’s my first conference and I’m a little nervous because I really really want to meet more home bloggers.

    Don’t pay attention to Adam’s comment. He’s just jealous because that pizza cutter is pretty freaking sweet.

  42. SCORE! You ARE SPECIAL and no one can take that away from you! You’re going to have a fab time and come back and tell us all about it and we’ll all love to hear all you have to tell us about it!

  43. How COOL! I dream of things like this, but I think I would be far to afraid to do this all by myself… It is nice to hear that other people going to these types of things have some anxiety about it too. Have lots of fun!! I can’t wait to hear how it went on your blog! 🙂 and like everybody else says IGNORE Adam, he knows nothing and if he didn’t like it he should have just gone away.

  44. SO Jealous!! I want to go to Blissdom so bad! Just isn’t in my finances 🙂 AND I live in Nashville!!

  45. can’t wait to hear all about it;) you will prob post more info that Lorie!

  46. Wow, I didn’t even know what Blissdom was until reading your post, but I sure did get excited about it! LOL! Congrats to you and it is so obvious how grateful and excited you are! I’m sorry your first comment came from someone who is obviously miserable! Boo Adam! Allison, have fun and enjoy yourself and your accomplishments! Love you blog , BTW!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  47. Looking forward to meeting you at BlissDom!

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