A Big Fat Thank You

October 11, 2010

This post isn’t about sucking up.


It isn’t about scoring points with major companies.



This post is about saying THANK


For being humble. Admitting that we couldn’t have done any of this without some help.

The BLEND 2012 Swag Bags were….EPIC.

They seriously weighed 30 pounds. We were worried the handles might break.

Attendees brought extra carry-on bags just to take these swag bags home.


Let’s break it down (in no particular order):


1. Beanitos, @Beanitos, https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Beanitos

2. DRY Soda, @DRYSoda, https://www.facebook.com/#!/DRYSoda

3. fitmixer, @fitmixer, https://www.facebook.com/#!/fitmixer

4. NuNaturals, @NuNaturals, https://www.facebook.com/#!/NuNaturals

5. Lush Nuts, @lushgourmetfoods, https://www.facebook.com/#!/lushgourmetfoods

6. Nuts About Granola, @Nutsboutgranola, https://www.facebook.com/#!/NutsAboutGranola

7. Bob’s Red Mill, @bobsredmill, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bobs-Red-Mill/

8. Probar, @theprobar, https://www.facebook.com/theprobar

9. Pure Bliss Eats, @pureblisseats, https://www.facebook.com/PureBlissEats

10. Core Power, @corepower, https://www.facebook.com/CorePower

11. Twin Cakes Bakery, @TwinCakes, https://www.facebook.com/twincakesbakery

12. Colorado Fudge Maker, https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoFudgeMaker

13. mix1, @mix1, https://www.facebook.com/mix1life

14. Popchips, @popchips, https://www.facebook.com/popchips

15. Cascadian Farm, @cascadianfarm , https://www.facebook.com/CascadianFarm

16. Zesty Blog Consulting, @zestycook , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zesty-Cook/189962824409505?sk=wall

17. Hanna’s Herb Shop, @HannasHerbShop, https://www.facebook.com/HannasHerbShop

18. Optimum Nutrition, @Team_Optimum, https://www.facebook.com/teamoptimumnutrition

19. Pangea Organics, @PangeaOrganics, https://www.facebook.com/pangeaorganicsmalaysia

20. The Simply Bar, @thesimplybar, https://www.facebook.com/SimplyBar

21. Cheribundi, @cheribundi, https://www.facebook.com/cheribundi

22. Bobo’s Oat Bars, @BobosOatBars, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bobos-Oat-Bars/81113707241

23. Larabar, @larabar, https://www.facebook.com/Larabar

24. Xagave, @xagave, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Xagave-Premium-Agave-Nectar/105387691325

25. Chobani, @chobani, https://www.facebook.com/Chobani


Janetha, Katie and I are completely aware that we need support. A swag bag donation. A sponsor’s fee.

That’s how these things work.

But, if I learned anything over the past weekend, after meeting with company representatives and really getting to know the PEOPLE behind the LOGOs, it’s this:

Positive, mutually-beneficial relationships go a long way.

Companies need bloggers. Bloggers need companies.

Do we hope that company reps are reading this post and smiling?

Of course.

Would we like all of these companies to work with us again next year?

You betcha!


Thankful, grateful, humbled, in awe…all the things we are.

Fake, exclusive, ungrateful…all the things we are not.

BLEND 2013 is on the horizon.

Be on the lookout.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

Well said, girl, well said. And the bags were epic! And the reps that joined us seemed to have as much fun as we did. Loved every moment. 🙂


Heather @ Better With Veggies May 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all the awesome sponsors!! It was a wonderful weekend AND I’m loving the chance to discover new products I might not have otherwise found. 🙂


Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

I’m getting on this thankful train! It was amazing. All of it. And the small bit I was able to salvage, I’m loving. 🙂


Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut May 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

The swag bags were great but what was really awesome was getting to hang out with the reps from the companies! Sometimes I forget there are some really great people behind the yummy products I munch on day-to-day. Thanks to all of them we had a great weekend and plenty of fuel for all of our activities!


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

I’m so overwhelmed with my swag bag that I haven’t unpacked it yet. I’m also too tempted to use/eat/drink everything at once- because every single item in it is awesome! My plan this weekend is to sort out and organize everything in my pantry. 🙂
And yes- I did go buy an extra suitcase at REI just to bring my swag home. 🙂
THANK YOU sponsors!!


Lena @Fit on the Rocks May 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

This was my first retreat, and I CANNOT believe how awesome the swag bags were! It’s going to take me awhile to get through all of the stuff (good thing!). Serious thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors!!!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

This was the most incredible schwag bag ever. So many new products to try! I’ve been drinking my FitMix BCAAs all week pe- and post- workouts. Yesterday I discovered that sweet potato PopChips are life-changing. That Bobo’s bar didn’t even make it off the plane… and the Pure2Raw chia brownies didn’t make it much further. 🙂

Thank you to all of the amazing sponsors!


lindsay May 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

next year healthy bites will be there LIVE! hehe.


Lindsay @ Chobani May 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

We at Chobani loved this post, Lindsay! We certainly wouldn’t be where we are without the support of bloggers and fans like you and all the lovely ladies at the Blend Retreat. It was our pleasure to sponsor the fantastic weekend, and it’ll definitely be one we’ll remember. Even better was getting to finally put faces to names for so many familiar and new blends! Nothing is more important than making personal connections with the fans who spoon into our cups each and every day. Thanks again for having us, the Blend Retreat rocked! Be sure to check out our lil’ recap of the weekend: http://chobani.com/blog/?p=4674


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

TSA did not like me and my swag yesterday in the airport. The Fitmixer container really threw them off. TSA agent: “what’s this?” Me: “powder. Can you put it back now? Thanks.” haha
Seriously though, amazing sponsors, amazing swag, amazing support, amazing retreat. Can’t wait for next year!


lynne @ lgsmash May 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

THANK YOU Sponsors!!!!


Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl May 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Swag has been keeping me forever happy and healthy in my daily 2hr commutes. Thank you to all of you!


Brittany May 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Yes! A HUGE thank you to all the sponsors! I was overwhelmed by my swag bag!!


Vanessa Yanez May 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Dear Blend Retreat sponsors: Thank you!!


Can’t wait until next year.


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