Attending #blogher11 as @salsasensations delegate: Taking advantage of opportunites #salsablogher

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I consider myself to be a fairly ambitious person. However, in the world of blogging, sometimes it is hard to make it on the radar of worthwhile companies.  Ranks, followers, and so many more factors go into play on whether a brand will consider you.  When I found out Salsa Sensations Blogher 11 delegate contest, I thought what do I have to lose.  I had convinced myself I would go next year to Blogher until I heard about the contest.  As many of you know, after what seemed like an eternity, I was chosen to represent Salsa Sensations. I was ecstatic and then fear set in.  I had to start finding flights that worked, deciding what to wear, what did I want to do when I actually got there, and wondering if I could handle the intimidation of attending BlogHer has a newbie. Day 1:  Of course, the morning of our flight to San Diego my stomach was in knots.  While there are parts of my life that are quite flexible, I tried to micromanage many details of BlogHer.  The setback: I had never … [Read more...]

Blogging for Salsa! $50 Wal-Mart #giveaway at #blogher11 #salsacraving

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I committed that I will blog for salsa and that is what I plan to do! If you are wondering why Salsa Sensations, then read my other Salsa Sensations posts.  Overall though, what's not to love?  Salsa Sensations is a company that provides high quality salsa that is a Wal-Mart exclusive.  Salsa Sensation has about half the sodium of regular salsa and their ingredients are fresh & simple.Tomorrow I leave for BlogHer 2011, so I thought I would leave my readers with a giveaway. You need javascript enabled to see this giveaway. Don't forget to follow my journey on twitter with #salsacraving throughout BlogHer! Please note: This post is a part of my attendance to BlogHer 2011 as Salsa Sensations Delegate. … [Read more...]

#Blogher11: How I am preparing for my first conference: Advice? #salsacraving

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I am just barely past my 6 mos. blogoversary.  I am amazed of what I have accomplished.  Such as, who knew I would be attending BlogHer 2011 courtesy of Salsa Sensations.  As Salsa Sensations BlogHer delegate, I am receiving a sponsorship to BlogHer 2011.  Without Salsa Sensations generosity, BlogHer would not be a possibility for me. Preparing for something full of so many possibilites can be over-whelming at times. These are several things I have learned from observations and assumptions: ~Packing:  I am a minimalist.  I don't like to take more than I need ever and rarely go beyond a single carry-on bag (shared by 2).  However, I have been told that swag may get in the way of my plans.  I am now checking a large suitcase  that will be storing an extra carry-on filled with gluten free food (just in case :)). Then, I am carrying on a suitcase plus laptop bag.  Yes, I am already packed.  It is my least favorite part, so I like to get that out of the way early. ~Supplies: … [Read more...]

@salsasensations (recipes, giveaway, taste test): Vote for me! I will blog for salsa! #salsacraving

Can you believe it has been a month since I posted my entry as Salsa Sensations potential Blogher 2011 delegate?  I hope that I have shown the passion that I have for healthy living and how important companies like Salsa Sensations are.  This is not just about winning a trip to Blogher, but about representing a worthy company.  Salsa Sensations offers the same healthy living passion that I provide my family, but allows me the security that many other companies cannot.  They offer minimal preservatives, fresh ingredients, and gluten/dairy free products that I can rely on to be safe for my family. To learn more about Salsa Sensations visit their website. As for the opportunity of winning a trip to Blogher that means I can make Great Contradictions even better and receive networking opportunities I wouldn't have otherwise.  Before blogging I never realized how much I loved public relations. Dealing with companies on a daily basis to provide great posts, reviews & giveaways for my … [Read more...]

Salsa Sensations vs the others: are all salsas created equal? #salsacraving

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For almost a month, I have been showcasing Salsa Sensations in an attempt to represent them at Blogher 2011 (see video submission here).  Talk can be cheap when not backed by actual proof, because we all have our own version of the truth.  Today I am going to give you a look inside a bottle of a store brand salsa , a brand name salsa, and Salsa Sensations that are all found at a local Wal-Mart.  The health content is based on what the bottle states, the taste & quality is my opinion, and the value is a combination of both.  The reality is that not all salsas are created equal. The store brand When first glancing at the jar, the words "all natural" catch my eye immediately.  In my world natural means minimal processing, fresh ingredients, and the likes not natural flavoring.  When making natural, fresh foods, adding natural flavoring should not be necessary.  It was a bit of a surprise that the tomatoes come from concentrated tomatoes along with diced tomatoes further down in … [Read more...]

#salsacraving? $25 Wal-Mart giftcard to taste Salsa Sensations for yourself!

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As if you need more reasons to eat salsa, May happens to be National Salsa Month!  According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, salsa is defined as a spicy sauce of tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers. What makes salsa great is how versatile it is from eating it as a dip to adding it to your favorite recipes, salsa is a great compliment to many foods.  As many of you know, I am in the running to be Salsa Sensations 2011 Blogher delegate.  I am so excited at the possibility of representing such a great company at Blogher as well as to take my blog to the next level.  Salsa Sensations is a company providing salsas that are "simply fruits & vegetables from our farms to your table".  Getting great-tasting homemade salsa requires work that not all people have the time or the patience.  Salsa Sensations has created the perfect salsa from mild to hot that allows you to provide healthy options (2 TBSP is 10 calories) for your loved ones. All 3 of my children have unique taste buds, but they all … [Read more...]

Salsa Sensations Blogher 2011 Contest: Will blog for Salsa! #salsacraving

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If you have noticed I have been talking a lot about Salsa Sensations, I would love to be their delegate at Blogher 2011.  In case you don't know, Blogher is a conference held every year and it is a great networking tool for bloggers.  Blogher allows bloggers to connect with brands as well as with other bloggers.  I have been blogging full-time since December 2010.  During that time frame, I have worked very hard to provide content with substance, promote worthy companies with wonderful reviews and giveaways, and networking beyond my wildest dreams.  I feel like attending Blogher 2011 is the next step along my path, so help me get there as Salsa Sensations delegate.  I have noticed my readers really like giveaways (& why wouldn't you?), so I can assure you my attendance at Blogher will make those even better!  Over the next month, I will be providing posts about Salsa Sensations talking about their products & creating recipes inspired by them.  My most recent recipe is chili … [Read more...]