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Well, it’s official.  We love Texas!  We’ve been traveling around the country this year, speaking with a wonderful women’s organization and each stop just keeps getting better and better.  We get so many questions from readers about what it’s like being a part of Time Out for Women, so I thought I’d give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at a typical travel weekend.

Kate and I travel to cities all over the US.  Besides getting to meet amazing women and reconnect with our TOFW friends, the best part is actually getting to hang out with each other.  Many people don’t realize that we live on opposite sides of the country, and speaking events and book tours are the only times we actually get to hang out in person, so that’s one of the highlights for us!  Our husbands are amazing and completely take over at home, holding down our respective forts while we’re gone.  I headed off at the crack of dawn Friday morning.  Actually, who am I kidding, it was well before the crack of dawn.  Want to know my favorite part about plane rides?

Some people have to make sure they have their laptop and neck pillow.  For me, it’s all about magazines and M&M’s.  Every flight, every time. By the way, in one of my magazines, I found the perfect workout for Kate.  Not that she needs a workout, pregnant women really shouldn’t be exercising, they should be eating ice cream.  But if she were to want to work out, she should try this:

Yes, my friends.  That is a Hunger Games Workout.  Perfect for those of you who ate one too many District 11 rolls.  Sure it must be performed in a forest, while wearing lace-up leather boots.  But just think of all of the wonderful things it will prepare you for, like shooting long distance bow and arrow targets and being able to scale trees to cut down hacker-jacker nests.  That’s why it’s important to have magazines on plane rides.

I arrived in Dallas late afternoon and was happy to be greeted with warm, spring weather.  Thank you Dallas!  I’ll skip the part about how I took the wrong shuttle, which took me to the wrong hotel, in the wrong part of town and pretend I didn’t have to waste 3 hours and a $50 cab ride to end up in the right spot.  Apparently I need a babysitter.  I finally did find the right hotel, in which my room had a view of Six Flags out one window and Cowboy and Ranger’s Stadiums out the other.  Not gonna lie, I was a little tempted to skip out on the day’s events and head to Six Flags; I’m a sucker for roller coasters!

 

By this point, Kate and I were starving so I used the Local Scout feature on my Nokia Lumia 900 to find a place to eat.  I use this feature a lot when I’m at home around town and need to find something quick (a craft store, a grocery store, an I-need-a-cupcake-NOW-or-I-might-die store) but it’s seriously my favorite feature when traveling.  It immediately picks up everything around you from restaurants to things to see and do, and gives you reviews, ratings, directions, and more.  We picked a place to eat judging entirely on distance from where we were standing at that very moment.  For the love of GPS.  If you could see Kate’s poor swollen, puffy, preggo feet, you would know exactly why!  Lucky for us, we were practically right in front of a great restaurant, and the fact that the maître d’ spoke with a thick French accent made me think that everything in the place was instantly delicious.  And it was.

Time out for Women is a weekend event, which starts with a Friday night program and then goes on for most of the day on Saturday.  We don’t speak until Saturday, so we get to just to watch on Friday night.  There are both musical guests and speakers on both days.  So after our dinner, we headed over to the event center.  I was so happy to get to run into one of my dear friends, Amber from Her Notebook {aka Be Sassy Classy}.  Amber and I met in college and I can’t believe it’s been over ten years since we’ve seen each other in person!  Honestly, with Facebook and blogging, it’s like we haven’t missed a day!

The Friday night program was great, and afterwards, Kate and I headed back to our rooms.

Saturday morning starts early.  We have to be dressed and ready, and in the event center at 7:30 am for sound checks.  It takes a massive audio-visual team to pull off an event like this.  There are anywhere from 2000-3000 people attending each event.  Here’s just a portion of the seating in this venue (before doors were open!)  Once those doors open, it’s like Target on Black Friday.  We actually saw women scaling over chairs like ninjas trying to get as close to the front as possible.  That’s when we hide.

There’s a stage up front with two huge jumbo-tron screens on each side.  This is Tyler, working all the details from backstage.

And this is Rod, who got us all hooked up to our microphones.  This man works wonders, because I broke a cardinal rule and attempted to wear giant dangly earrings (they’re peacocks!  And they match my owl!) and instead of promptly telling me to take them off, he worked magic and made the over-the-ear microphone work while letting  me stay fashionable.  I love you, Rod.


Kate told me I wasn’t allowed to post any photos of her, but how CUTE is that tummy?!Our presentation is about 35 minutes long.  We laugh, we joke, we cry, we tell funny stories about how ridiculous we are.  It’s a blast.  (Look, see the owl ring?  I told you
it was awesome.)

(above photo by Macy Robison Photograpy)

And the moment we get off stage, my heels come off.  Oh, the things we do for fashion.

Each event has a different line-up of speakers and musical guests and this was our first event with this little lady.  Doesn’t she look so unassuming?  Just a sweet southern belle?

Her name is Mary Ellen Edmunds; she’s an author and public speaker, and I am not exaggerating or being overly dramatic when I say she is quite literally one of the funniest people I’ve ever met in my life.  She could win a stand-up showdown with any famous female (or male!) comedian.

We’ve also done several events now with these gorgeous girls, recording artists Mercy River.  Words cannot describe how much we love these ladies.  If you haven’t heard their inspiring music, check it out.  They sing like angels!
(photo credit: mercyrivermusic.com)

At intermissions, our favorite part is meeting all of the great women who have attended the event that day, and signing cookbooks, too!  It’s so fun for us to meet the people who are reading this blog and cooking our recipes; honestly it’s the highlight of our weekend.

Check out this gift- she had a great idea that I should start collecting potholders from every city we visit.  I love it!

It was such an amazing event full of inspiring messages.  As a parting gift to our beloved Texas, we joined with some of the other presenters to leave you with this masterpiece of musical composition.



I know.  Don’t say it.  I should definitely record a CD.

After all was said and done, the flip-flops went back on and we headed out for some authentic Texas BBQ (Holy YUM!)  To top it off, we stopped at the store so we could all try the famed southern Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Kate has been talking non-stop for years about Blue Bell so I was excited to finally see for myself what all of the fuss was about.  We bought just a few.  Ya know, to sample.

I’m not that big of a pig.  Okay, I kind of am.  But I shared.  We made a ridiculous mess and people stared.  And the ice cream was just as amazing as everyone says it is.

After one more good-night phone call to my kiddos and an ice-cream induced sleep, I woke up once more well before any normal human should wake up, to catch my flight home.  More magazines and M&M’s  got me through layovers and hard airplane seats.

It always takes a few days to get back into the groove and schedule back at home, but that’s all we have, because we do this all over again starting this Friday, when we head to see a sold-out crowd in Harrisburg, PA!  We’ll also be making stops this year in Denver CO, Phoenix AZ, and Logan UT.  Hope to see some of you there!

 

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93comments

  1. 1

    What a blast you had – felt like we were along for the crazy ride! Yes, the owl ring is awesome, though that phone is pretty cool too!

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    Jessica says:

    Oh my word, this makes me love you guys even more! We Texans are pretty proud and you sure know how to butter us up! I’m so sad I had to miss out on TOFW this time around. I seriously almost bought me a plane trip to Dallas just so I could come meet you, but the weekend just didn’t work out for me to be able to make it. LAME-O! Anyway, I am curious about your phone. My husband and I are FINALLY joining the world of smart phones when our contract is up next month and we have been debating about what kind to get. Do you REALLY like this phone more than others you’ve had, and are there any cons to it, compared to what you’ve used? Can it do all the cool stuff while still being EASY to use? My husband and I are both a little retarded when it comes to all things techno, so this is a must for me. I was curious through the whole post, but then when you said we could ask you any questions, I figured now was my chance to be annoying! I’m glad you had fun in Dallas. Come back again another year when I can make it! And yes, isn’t Blue Bell the BEST?

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    Kelli says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing you in Harrisburg!!

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    Ellie says:

    I SO wish I was coming to Harrisburg. But a nursing baby makes it hard to do an overnight trip, even if it’s only 2 hours away. Tell the Time Out schedulers that we want to see you in Northern Virginia next year!! Good luck with all your trips!

    • 4.1
      Jessica says:

      Ellie, just so you know, they let nursing babies into the conference. I went last year with my nursing baby and it was no problem. Very easy!

      • Ellie says:

        I think I did know that, but my baby isn’t a very easy one and it wouldn’t really be worth it to have to take her. Another time! I just hope I’m not missing my only chance to see Sara and Kate.

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    katie says:

    travel tip: Buy an ipad. they are amazing for flights since they have a 10 hour battery! movies, music, games…..

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    Janet Moran says:

    Just wondering when you are headed to Phoenix?

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    Rachael W says:

    So excited to see you in Harrisburg this weekend! Thanks for taking the time away from your family to do these events. :)

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    Anne says:

    Oh man, that picture of you with all of the blue bell ice cream makes me want to cry. I used to live in tx and always had some in my freezer. I miss it so much! Luckily my inlaws still live there so I am not completely deprived. In fact, I always peruse the list of seasonal flavors at least a month in advance of visiting so my mother in law can have those harder to find flavors waiting for me in the freezer. I’m basically obsessed.

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    Liz says:

    When is the trip planned for Utah? Logan is about 3 hours away, but I’d love to be there!

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    Angie says:

    YEAH! I’m going to TOFW in October in Logan, UT.

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    Brenna says:

    How do we find out when and where you will be in Utah? And do we need to get tickets? Me and my sister would love to go!

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    Erin says:

    I will be seeing you this weekend in PA!!! I am so looking forward to it!! You two are the reason I am going. I have been fans of yours since the beginning. I was also on the LDS Baby-center board when you two “met”! I was so excited to see a TOFW post today, It makes me even more excited!! See you SATURDAY!!! :)

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    nichole says:

    are you ever coming to st. louis or kansas city? would love to see you and possibly meet you two! great pictures…looks like you and everyone involved had a blast! a sidenote…if my daughter ever makes a recipe that flops, my son-in-law tells her that he knows she didn’t get it from OBB!! we’re all fans :)

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    Jen Meeks says:

    LOVE Time out for Women! Thanks for sharing your amazing talents and time. And also a big thanks for a behind the scene peak of TOFW, how fun! The one thing I would change about TOFW, start at least an hour later! It’s the one night we have to be away with our girlfriends and they make us get up so early!

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    Kim G says:

    I was there! It was my first TOFW & I loved it. Since I moved to Texas 5 months ago, it was my first day sans kiddos! I loved hearing from you & Kate. I have your cookbook, bought it last year for mothers day and haven’t had it out in awhile so I pulled it out to make some cooking plans. I think one of the ways to improve TOFW is that all you girls that dress so cute & stylish can tell us ‘who you are wearing’. I loved your top on Saturday, but didn’t have the guts to come up and ask about it. Also Mercy River was dressed adorable and wish I would have asked them about the lace slip & top! I have scoured the internet looking for those 2 pieces. Anyway, sorry to ramble. I loved this post. Thanks for the behind the scenes!

    • 15.1

      Guess what? I can help you out! My top is just from Maurices, and I loved Brooke’s slip that I asked her about it at our last event! lol I have the same blue dress that she wore and I needed it too! It’s from a cute Utah boutique. They don’t have on-line ordering, but if you call the store, the owner is SO nice and she’ll have one shipped off to ya! I ordered two and love them. They run a little small though, just FYI, next time I’ll order it in a size up (because I’m going to order one more in black too, lol!) You can find the number here:

      http://www.rockpaperkarma.com/

      And Soni’s lace top was so cute too, right? Just ask on the Mercy River FB page and I’m sure she’ll tell you where she got it!

      • meredith says:

        I live right by this Utah Boutique and it’s actually called “Karma”. I shop there a lot … it is so very cute and the owner there is amazing … darling and so sweet! They have great stuff, one of my favorite little shops!!

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    garysgirl says:

    Looks like you gals had fun! :) As a Texan myself, I’m so happy to hear ya’ll love my home state! :) And yes, Kate’s tummy is adorable! Glad you got a shot of it! She looks radiant, too! :)

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    Sandy says:

    I wish you were travelling to Northern California so I could come to Time Out for Women and meet you guys! Have fun on your journeys! :)

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    Sarah says:

    Are you guys comign to Las Vegas anytime this year?!

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    Gwen says:

    I was a disappointed that your TOFW schedule didn’t include Idaho Falls but it is a wonderful program, not matter who shows up! I love that you share your lives with us, because a love of food ties people together. It’s your blog, you post whatever you want! You go girls!!!

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    Patti says:

    Yes, MEE is a total riot, and Mercy River rocks! Did they sing the song again about putting the kids to bed, Bye Bye Bye? That’s the funniest thing I have EV-ER heard. Glad you had a good time!

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    Emily E says:

    Hey, I saw that you guys are going to NYC in June for Book Expo America with Deseret Book! I can’t wait to meet you there and snag a copy of your new cookbook!

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    Sarah E. says:

    You were both ADORABLE!!! You made me laugh and cry! You said all the things I needed to hear! I REALLY enjoyed listening to both of you. Thanks for your uplifting words!

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    Dawn Ashby says:

    I am so excited you will be in Logan, for the TOFW. I have never been to one and decided that since my kids are finally out of the stage of needing mom 24/7 I am planning on coming! Your post made me way excited:)

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    Amanda K says:

    Oh what a small world! I grew up with Amber. I thought she looked familiar. I love your recipes and blog. Keep up the great work!

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    Emily Z says:

    Sounds like a good time!

    As for Phoenix, I hope you are visiting/conferencing in the late fall, because it is already in the nineties here. For the love of a banana, it’s hot. Do you know what sweats when you hit those triple digits? Everything. Everything sweats.

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    Rebecca says:

    That was my first TOFW. It was fun. I think I started crying I was laughing so hard in the beginning of your guys talk…flowers the size babies faces, yoga pants, feather beds in forests! Seriously, crying. I tried to reenact it for my husband…didn’t have the same effect. It was fun to meet you gals during the lunch break, thanks for taking the time to talk with us locals!

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    Nancy says:

    I wish I could have gone!! I was at Six Flags instead. :)

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    Carly says:

    If there was a “like” button, I’d click it for this comment. I’m glad you spoke up, Hilary. :) And I’m with ya, you guys rock, Sara and Kate!

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    Marcy says:

    Kate & Sara…Thank you so much for coming to TEXAS! It was so fun meeting you in person! (I was the one who made the comment that I felt like we were already friends!) My Sis, SIL and I had the best time and loved listening to you both!
    And I have to agree about MEE too! I could listen to her all day! Oh, who am I kidding, ALL of the presenters were amazing and exactly what I needed to hear!

    Thank you so much for coming and glad we could share a little piece of heaven (blue bell) with you! Ya’ll come back now, ya hear! :) lol

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    Tricia Sutherland says:

    I’m typing this on my brand new Nokia Lumia 900 as well! I’m in the car for a zillion hour car ride up to Utah for my daughter’s college graduation! I love my phone, too! More importantly, I have followed your blog almost since its inception and I love it! I own your cookbook and use it often. I bought one for my daughter and look forward to your next one. Thank you for sharing so many fun ideas. I actually enjoy the sponsored posts because I learn what products are useful particularly in the kitchen.

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    Dawn Pope says:

    You asked for TRAVELING TIPS!!! One of my tips that I do all of the time whether I am going camping or on vacation. I buy multiples of everything. All of my daily products that I use, I buy for my camping/vacation bag and my bathroom, except for my Sonicare toothbrush, that goes with me no matter where I go and they are too expensive to have 2 of them just sitting around. Deodorant, toothpaste, hairbrushes, makeup, lotion, perfume, hair products, tweezers, shaving cream, razor, Q-tips, cottonballs, ibuprofen and cold meds, tummy meds, etc. I may be a walking pharmacy, but I am prepared no matter when or where. I try to buy all of my liquids in small bottles, for two reasons, one, if you have carry on’s you of course have restrictions, but most importantly, small sizes means more room for other things and unless you are going somewhere there isn’t a store, you could always go get more if you run out. I got a nice medium sized CLEAR (each to find things) toiletry (makeup) bag at Walmart for each of one in my family. My toiletry bag is always packed and ready to go. It is a great way to have things ready for grabbing. Just remember to replenish after each trip as needed so you are ready for the next time. Also great to have on hand in an emergency.
    Another tip, if you are short on room, buy those compression bags that you can put your clothes in and then press all of the air out. I roll mine to get the air out and then flatten out. We went on a month long vacation a few years ago, so I bought everyone in my family a few bags each and we were able to pack enough clothes for at least 2 weeks each. Be sure to get the ones that you don’t need a vacuum cleaner to suck out the air. Not convenient at a hotel or camping.
    Hope this helps! Happy traveling!

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    Tiffany says:

    I have a tip: take me with you! I’ll be your “babysitter!” Really, if it means hanging out with people such as yourself and Mary Ellen Edmunds (got to listen to her every week in the MTC ions ago) then I am IN!

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    Amber says:

    It was such a treat to see you again Sara and to meet Kate as well! My mother and I agreed you were our favorite presenters. I laughed and cried right there with you. It was a joy to hear the message you shared. It was so from the heart and relatable to what we as women and mothers put ourselves through. It is comforting to know that two amazing women as Sara and Kate experience the same ups and downs. Very inspiring. You both spoke so eloquently and honestly, it made us love *y’all* even more! P.S. Thanks for the shout out ;)

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    Kim-the-girl says:

    Ok, maybe its my hormones but I’m seriously in tears right now that I missed this event! I had tickets and everything, but my family needed me to stay home. :( I wasn’t even planning to go until I found out you two were presenting… So glad you had a good time, though. Thanks for this fun look behind the scenes! Good luck with all the travel!

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    Kellie McCarrel says:

    So fun! Mary Ellen is in my stake and teaches the most amazing religion class, she is a hoot!

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    Mark Petersen says:

    Travel protip:

    When arriving at the airport, put your phone, watch, keys, belt, and extra jewelry in your carry on bag. Wear slip on shoes. Once you pass through the check point, quickly pick up your bag and head to your gate. Once at your gate, feel free to accessorize.

    PS: For this next book tour, you should stop in Twin Falls, Idaho. Just a suggestion.

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    Annie says:

    Oh my, that was funny funny. I was laughing till tears came out at TOFW. Great job.

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    Mands says:

    Wondering where Kate got her cute Maternity ( or maybe not Maternity) shirt? Love it!
    Mands

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    Erin Martino says:

    How excited was I when I read this post and saw the picture we took together?!!! So surprising! I had so much fun at TOFW. Y’all were hilarious, too. I laughed so hard at the “decorate your whole house in owls”. It was my first time going and I was truly inspired. I converted in 2005 when I was 24 and I’m the only Latter-Day Saint in my family. My mom came with me to TOFW and I was really nervous but she said she really liked it! So much so that she mentioned to me we should invite my Nana, her mom, to the next one!!! Pretty stinkin’ cool!!! Thanks girls for an awesome weekend! My sisters-in-law and mama had a killer time! Y’all are the best!!

    • 40.1
      sara says:

      Surprise! You just never know what can happen when you take a picture with the Best Bites girls ;) I’m so glad you had a great weekend, and especially happy your Mom enjoyed it too! That’s wonderful!

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    Monica Smith says:

    I just wanted to let you know my mom has been collecting pot holders from every state she visits for 30 years! Her plan is to make a quilt with them when she gets all 50. Since she only travels for fun, she only has about 40 of the states… She is so close!

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    Caitlin says:

    Sounds like yall had lots of fun. Sara, where did you get YOUR shirt from? I am in love with it!

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    Matilda says:

    I LOVE your blog and am very thankful for all the things you are willing to/ want to share with us.
    My question – Sara, where did you get your owl ring ?? I think it is adorable and looks fantastic with the blue blouse.
    Thanks.

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    Trisha says:

    I am curious about the gorgeous owl ring too. I’d be up for a sponsored post from that company :)

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    Blythe says:

    Please forgive me if this question has already been asked… I skimmed the comments but didn’t see anything… Sara, where did you get that beautiful blue shirt?! I love it!

    BTW, I have been a reader for years and I find it sad that people feel like they have to comment on what you choose to post on YOUR blog for FREE. I know I’m not the only one that appreciates that effort you wonderful ladies put into the awesome food you post (and crafts, etc!). Thank you for all you do! :)

    • 45.1
      sara says:

      Oh you are right. We are definitely not a “mormon mommy blog!” Olivia, you are more than welcome to your opinions- obviously we don’t delete comments that don’t agree with our own. If you are referring to your previous comment that said, “I agree” I sincerely apologize for deleting it. You wrote that in reply to a comment you yourself had written so I assumed it was a mistake. If you intentionally wanted to agree with your own comment, go right ahead, I promise I won’t delete it! Or if you meant to agree with someone else’s comment, feel free to write it again in the correct spot. It sounds like we actually agree on most things. As I said in my previous comment, we most certainly don’t produce this blog for nothing. It takes a great deal of sponsorship and advertising to keep it running and that’s not something we ever attempt to hide. This is our full time job and we support our families off of the income we earn from it. It’s a business that we’re very proud of and we work hard to keep it running! So yep- there will always be some commercials. It’s cool if you don’t like them though, we can still be friends because we cook darn good food, too ;) Have a good night!

      • olivia says:

        Actually I was referring to a comment I left on a post about crafts or your house decor a while back, where I simply said I thought that the crafts were nice, but I’d like to see more recipes. At the time I didn’t realize you were trying to do this whole Martha Steward branding “recipes, home, crafts” stuff, I just thought it was a recipe blog. Anyway, that innocent and non-rude comment was promptly deleted and followed by a very rude email sent to me from Kate, about how she would never in a million years tell someone about something she didn’t like on their blog. (Good for her. I like to speak my mind when I’d like to see more or less of something, and I had no idea it would upset you so badly to see that I wanted to see more recipes and less craft stuff.) I responded to the email, explained myself, and said my goodbyes, expecting not to hear from you ladies ever again, and was met with another holier-than-thou email, demonstrating how important it is for you to have the last word and respond to “idiots” like me. (Thanks Jessica. It’s much easier to ignore potentially valid points being made and call people names than to actually have a conversation, isn’t it?) So, that’s the deleted comment I was referring to, and by my “I agree” comment, I was actually trying to reply to the previous poster who basically said she didn’t enjoy seeing the way you handle your sponsorships. But your website didn’t allow for directly replying to her comment, so it looked like I was agreeing to my own comment. Anyway, goodbye. I’m happy to have made you happy that I won’t be reading this blog or commenting anymore, or buying your cookbooks. You’re welcome, and congrats on doing what you probably set out to do with that first email you sent me anyway.

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      Regina says:

      I think when people are saying ‘free’ they are referring to the fact that the recipes are free to us as readers. I certainly don’t pay for them but I use a ton of them! Loved just about every one! And I noticed more links in the post for other things than for the phone. For me personally it is not bothersome, even though I am a die hard iPhone user. ;). I don’t expect them to work for free and I love that even though this post was sponsored by the phone, it still had enjoyable content, tons of pictures, and fun stories. Maybe there were a lot of links to the phone, but I didn’t notice and I don’t know what an acceptable number of links is anyway!

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    Rachael says:

    I was there and have to say that you two were so, SO great! Lots of what you both said really registered with me. I’m a long time fan of your blog and my friends and I are always trying out your recipes. Thanks so much for coming down here to Texas, and for all your inspired words and preparation!

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    Marci Clark says:

    So glad you got to try (and enjoy) Blue Bell. That was one of the first things my husband introduced me to when we moved to Texas! I just wish I lived a little closer to Arlington and had been able to come to TOFW!

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    Alysha says:

    REALLY enjoyed what you two talked about at the TOFW! I have to say that I LOVE the ranch and chicken nuggets and whatever else you can serve with ranch. I know how that is… my little guy only eats to live. He is super picky! I have made several of your recipes for my little family and for other friends and family! You are lifesavers! It was great to see the pictures of your kids and fun times in your households. Makes me feel like I am not the only one. :) Thanks again for coming to Texas!

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    paige says:

    Sounds like so much fun, and I love Mary Ellen Edmunds!

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    Stephanie G. says:

    I love that you enjoyed Bluebell icecream, it is pretty much a staple in all of my relatives homes. I am Texan born and breed and grew up on it’s creamy goodness.. My sister lives in California now and every year we send her 4 half gallons of Bluebell (they ship overnight from Dannon, TX)…. When I lived out there, I craved the stuff. I was able to get home more often than she because I don’t have kiddos. So I would text her a picture of myself eating Bluebell… I had to be a nice sister!!!

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    Regina says:

    Hi! I was there too and I am SICK that I didn’t get to meet y’all! It was my first TOFW and I loved it! Y’all were my main attraction, I have to say!! Wonderful job, so funny!! I absolutely love you girls!

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    Kasey says:

    I LOVE Sister Edmunds, I could not wait for sisters meeting at the MTC because of her. Most of my memories of the MTC are of her and the talks she gave. How great you got to meet her! Just so you know…a place in Provo called the Provo Beach Resort sells Blue Bell ice cream. Logan isn’t that far away….;). Looks like an amazing time for everyone!

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    Becky says:

    Now I want to know where you got the cute blue dress that you and the girl from mercy river have!! That was dang cute too! I love your blog! Have given your cookbook to many friends for their birthdays!! I think you guys are remarkable!!! You are honest and open. You let all of us into your lives and we love you more for it. I think toucan post about and sponser what ever you want to!!!
    Thank you for working so hard do we have have yummy meals on our families dinner tables!!!

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    Carly says:

    And I hate my typos in that paragraph! :) Clumsy, frustrated, fingers!

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    Angela says:

    I never comment, but totally “delurking” to say – Keep up the “awesome-ness”… Recipes, crafts, products you love! You guys rock and I will buy those cookbooks that the mean commenters won’t be buying! You both are wonderful!

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    Jennie says:

    I bought yalls book at the TOFW event in Arlington last weekend and can I just say….its amazing! My husband says it was worth me going just to get that book! Its so nice to have a cookbook that doesn’t call for an array of obscure ingredients that’s NO ONE has in their pantry. Love love love!!!

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    Cammee says:

    I LOVE Mary Ellen Edmunds! She is the most hilarious, positive, outgoing, spiritual person. I’ve had the priviledge of hearing her speak a couple times and I have read all of her books. You should read them if you haven’t–insightful and of course, hilarious. You girls look so cute and are obviously a lot of fun yourselves.

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    Amanda Whitt says:

    I was at TOFW in Arlington and I loved hearing ya’ll. My mom and I go every year. We really enjoyed seeing ya’ll. I feel like I have been living under a rock because I have not heard about your blog. I am so glad now that I know about it. Thank you for coming to Texas. :)

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    Laura says:

    Just saw you all in PA. Loved! Now I have to look through your blog and see what I should attempt. Mary Ellen Edmunds is awesome. I had the priviledge of seeing her at the MTC – a highlight for us sister missionaries!

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    Tricia Folsom says:

    I just saw you at the Harrisburg TOFW. So glad you were able to make it to the event! It was a really fun weekend and it was really great hearing you both speak! Thanks for leaving for families behind and coming out to visit us women all over the country!

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    Rachael F. says:

    I wish you all were coming to the TOFW in Springfield, MA!! Sniff. It won’t be the same knowing you could have been there… Sigh…

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    Marie Dalling says:

    Yeah!!! I’ve been a fan for a few years, and I loved seeing you in Harrisburg this weekend. Thanks so much for your message, it was JUST what I needed to hear. And thanks for making me laugh and cry…. Love you ladies!!!! Keep up not keeping up (with the Joneses, that is, the other Joneses, Kate :)

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    Amie says:

    I can’t wait to see you here in Denver! Maybe I’ll be lucky and be the person assigned to pick you up from the airport! (I’m surprised they didn’t do that in Texas. I’ve worked at TOFW four times here in Denver and there is always someone assigned to pick up presenters from the airport.) See you in Septemeber!

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    kresta says:

    i don’t miss much about texas after having lived there as an air force mommy, but i do miss the ice cream. I may just get some sent out here in ohio, another AF assignment! lucky for me they have some good stuff here too, Graeter’s (spelling on that?!?) its almost as good as Blue Bell.

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    Jenna says:

    I’m hoping to go to the TOFW in Massachusetts. I was thinking you were going to be at that one too! I’m so disappointed you won’t be:( I’m sure it will still be fabulous, but it would be great if you got added to the schedule;) Glad you liked Blue Bell! That stuff is AWESOME! I wish they had it up here in New England.

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    Rebecca N says:

    You two were great in Arlington! Made me laugh the whole way through! Thanks for your awesome presentation and for sharing the weekend with us Texans!

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    Oh, believe me, my feet were poor, swollen, puffy, prego feet. :) They’re doing much better now, but they reached epic proportions on the Arlington trip, there’s no way around it. :)

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    How did I miss you girls doing the TOFW circuit??? I would have totally been there!!

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