Friday, March 21, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Conference Speakers

2014 Speakers

Cara Brook {MaskCara}

A makeup artist and lover of all beautiful things. Cara thinks most people are twice as beautiful as they give themselves credit for. Inside & out. She is on a journey to change that.  On her blog Cara shares tutorials on make up and hair as well as her favorite beauty products and fashions.  Her highly successful make up line, Maskcara Cosmetics,  is available in her shop.

Ashley Stock {Little Miss Momma}

Ashley is a California girl,  married to a Wyoming bred guy, and together they made two blue eyed baby boys.  She is a momma, wife, free lance writer, mommy blogger, an independent marketing consultant, and self-proclaimed glue gunning extraordinaire.  Upon graduating from the University of Southern California, she joined the world of high heels, blazers and briefcases–until she welcomed early retirement from a career in marketing and public relations to stay home with her little man.  Today you will find her keepin-it-real on her blog, Little Miss Momma, as she writes about life lessons as a Momma-in-training {with some crafting during nap time}.  She is best known as the girl who writes like she talks, who has cheerios stuck to her bum most days, who looks hideous in skinny jeans, who revealed her most personal secret on her blog, who wears sweatpants way more often than her hubby would prefer, and who sometimes super sizes a McDonald’s value meal to overcome a tough day.

Lisa Leonard {Lisa Leonard Designs}

Lisa has been making jewelry since high school but  decided to get serious after her first son, David, was born. She wanted to start a small business that would enable her to quit her job and stay home with her boys. At the time, she had never taken any formal classes or received special training in jewelry making. She just went for it!  Creating jewelry not only allowed her to work from home, but has connected her with so many amazing women along the way.  Lisa's desire is to create simple, lovely pieces that can be worn with jeans or your little black dress. She wants each piece to be meaningful. Her custom jewelry is hand-stamped with your kids' names or a special phrase or verse. She loves to touch her necklace throughout the day and reflect on her husband and her sweet boys.

Alissa Circle {Rags To Stitches}

Alissa Circle, is the founder of life + style blog, Rags to Stitches, where she shares her addiction to food, fashion and healthy living, and Co-Founder of Pollinate Media Group, a content marketing agency founded in 2012. Alissa sought to pursue her passion to help companies grow their brand by teaming them up with bloggers who love to spread the word about fantastic companies and products just as she does. A warm weather city girl at heart, Alissa lives in Southern California with her husband and 2 children: Katelyn and Brayden.

Desiree Campbell {The 36th Avenue}

After years working in interior design, Desiree fueled her passion for DIY into her own corner dedicated to creativity, her blog The 36thAvenue.  She's grateful that blogging has giving her the opportunity to do what she loves and share her passion for transforming, creating and reinventing with millions of readers.
Nicole Klinger {True Atelier Photography}
Nicole taught dance for the first seven years her my marriage, and is the cofounder and current marketing director for The Dance Collaborative, a professional dance company in Idaho Falls, Id. She dove head first into photography in 2009 after her second son was born, as a way to document his life and also create marketing images for her dance company. That was such a life changing decision and she have never looked back!  Every milestone in the lives of her family members, every moment, has been all the more sweet because of the ability to capture and freeze it in time.  She is blessed to be a wife to the most amazing man, and a mother to brood of four busy, but precious kids.  The ability to see this life of theirs through a lens, and preserve it for years to come, is truly humbling.
Chantri Keele {True Atelier Photography}

Chantri's love for art began at a young age.  Having 3 sisters and a very talented Mom, there was never a day that went by that they were not being creative in some way. The ability to see the beauty in everyday life came naturally and documenting it was apart of life.  It wasn't until her first son was born, in 2005, that she craved to learn more. As a self-taught photographer, her learning was hands on.  Many evenings were spent taking shots of toys that were still lying about in the room, desperately waiting for it all to click. It eventually did and she began shooting professionally in 2006. She thanks her Heavenly Father daily for her amazing husband who has supported her journey and (now) 3 beautiful children who have and keep her passion strong.  Gratitude fills her heart for the gift she has been given to see the beauty in life and in other people, although there is nothing more beautiful and fulfilling than capturing a moment in the lives of her children.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Elevate 2014 Attendee Link Party

We created this link party so you call get to know each other before the conference and connect.   We have also created a closed Facebook group.  If you would like to be added click HERE and we will get you added.  This is a great place to post questions on what to bring, what to wear, what to expect so others who have been before can help you prepare for this years conference.  Feel free to use it to arrange carpools, roommates or "extra curricular" activities. 

 Please link to your blog.  If you do not have a blog then link to your personal Facebook page.
This link party is ONLY for those who are attending this years conference.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Girls' Night Out at Queen Bee Market

Are you in need of a Girls' Night Out?
We got just the thing for you!
We are teaming up with The Queen Bee Market to bring you a night of shopping, pampering, treats and mingling.  GNO will be held at an adjoining room at the Market and is open to shoppers, bloggers and vendors.  Grab your party shoes, your girls and your ticket!
Pre-Sale Tickets: $10
At the Door: $15
Click Here to purchase your pre-sale tickets.

Monday, September 16, 2013

The 2013 Favorite Things Party

We just couldn't help ourselves, we missed you all too much to wait till 2014 to see your beautiful faces.  We are so excited to announce our first Elevate Event: The 2013 Favorite Things Party!  What's even more exciting?!  We have teamed up with The Printed Palette who will be graciously hosting the event.

Here is how it all works:
  • Tickets go on sale at 9 am pst on October 1st and are limited to the first 25 people.
  • All sales are final, but may be transferred until November 10th.
  • You know we likes to grub so Dinner and Dessert will be provided.  Wouldn't be an Elevate Event without it!
  • Think of one of your favorite things in the world ($5-$7 value) and bring 5 of them gift wrapped to exchange.  Ideas: Beauty products, candy, accessories, cleaning products, home d├ęcor, GC to your fav. coffee or juice joint.  The possibilities are endless, be creative in your selections and packaging.
  • You will draw 5 names, stand up and introduce yourself and why you selected your item then give your gifts to those 5 people.
  • Story short: Bring 5 awesome items (all the same) and leave with 5 awesome items (all new and different!)
  • Get your Holiday Shopping started with BANG!  The Printed Palette will be offering 15% off in store and will be hosting some awesome giveaways.
  • This event is open to anyone who wants to join in, not just bloggers.

So set your alarm and had back HERE on Oct. 1st at 9am to get your ticket!

In the mean time, we thought we would make the day of one of you all by giving away a FREE ticket!
We will announce the winner September 27th, Good Luck!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Elevate 2013 Review Post Link Party

One of the things that we most look forward to about throwing Elevate is stopping by the blogs of all our new {and old} friends and reading about your personal experience at the conference, what you enjoyed, what inspired you, how it has changed you as a woman and as a blogger. 
Here is the link to all the photos Lora took, feel free to grab as many as you like!  We just ask that you provide photo credit and link to her site.
And here is the link to the video she created so you can repost it if you like as well.
Here are a couple of our very favorite photos..make sure to link up your Elevate related posts below and leave a little love on each other's posts!

Thank you to all of our incredible sponsors!

We can't do this without amazing sponsors and we loved working with each of these companies! Hope you will give them some love!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Do You Miss Us Yet?

Do you miss us yet?  Cause we miss you guys already!
We can't believe that Elevate 2013 has already come and gone, it makes us kinda sad.  The one good thing about Elevate being over is that we get to read all your amazing heartfelt posts recapping your experiences and what you have taken away from the day.
Thursday we will be posting a linky party so you can link your Elevate related posts and hop around to visit each other so make sure to stop by and add your link!  We will also have a link for you to download all the photos that our amazing photographer, Lora, took.  For now, here are just a couple including our group photo.  All we ask is that if you use them in your posts, you link back to Lora's site (
Make it a great week and we'll see you back here on Thursday!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Elevate Service Project: Sole Hope

We are so excited to have Nat from Take the Cannoli on the blog today to introduce the service project that we will be working on during Elevate this year.  It's a charity near and dear to her heart and we are so blessed to have her helping to organize this inspired project.
Take it away Nat!

Have you heard of Sole Hope? Well they are amazing and are striving to help change lives and offer Hope to so many in Africa but  have touched the lives of thousands around the world through their journey.
Sole Hope is a group of passionate, committed people who are putting closed toed shoes on African children, one pair at a time. It all started with a chance encounter with a YouTube video (see below)--a video that broke their hearts, took them WAY out of their comfort zones, and lead them to Uganda. 

Along the way, Sole Hope realized they could not only help African children, but also help African men and women by teaching them a simple trade—how to make shoes. And so it began. They soon discovered they could teach others—homeless, unemployed, recovering addicts, and nonprofits—how to make shoes, so they could earn a decent living and raise funds for their causes. 

So Sole Hope is touching lives in the U.S. and Africa, and they're only getting started!

They began in chaos; they now have a plan, a vision, and core values. They also have an amazing team, high-energy, crazy folks that love God, people, fun, and saving the world. 
First if you haven't already, please check out Sole Hope's website HERE but please understand that there are millions of these precious children in Africa right now, becoming infested because of a simple problem. Sole Hope is solving that problem, one pair of shoes at a time!
See for yourself in the short video below. 

Not everyone can do everything but everyone can do something. Having a Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party is not only fun and easy, but it is a tangible way to give back and affect lives thousands of miles away

And this year during the Service Project, all Elevate attendees will have the opportunity to be part of changing lives.

During that time you will be able to cut fabric for shoes while mingling with awesome ladies and having a blast! What better way to be crafty than to be purposeful and being part of something bigger!

Every single piece of fabric you cut will clothe the feet of children and will protect them from jigger infestations. It will provide jobs for a woman in Uganda who sew the shoes. It will change her family’s life and give her pride in her skill and workmanship and provide income to care for her family.

So excited to have Sole Hope part of the Elevate Conference this year!

All denim provided for Service project is donated from 
Laugh Brand Denim