I love blogging. Duh. I live and breathe blog. And meeting bloggers IRL (in real life) is super fun for me. Conferences (BlissDom, Haven, Bloggy Boot Camp, Snap) are awesome, but can be expensive. So, here is my suggestion: Get to know the bloggers in your city and have you own meet ups! (Interacting with other bloggers is #9 on the first post I wrote about how to grow your blog!)
If you’re new here, let me give you a brief recap: I finished grad school for educational administration in Dec. 2011 (I could be a principal in Texas!), quit my teaching job I’d had for 4 years, and moved to FL in January 2012. Andy and I got married in our living room (with 4 guests) on 2.22.2012 (Read more about that here). I found a part time social media job at EDENS, that I loved, continued blogging, and Andy worked for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Fast forward to November 2012. Andy got a job offer in Texas with a friend’s family business. I wrote a letter to the universe and BAM… Andy put in his 2 weeks notice, I had to quit my job, and we moved back to Texas (Read more about the why we moved here). We just bought a new to us house in Austin and I got a few new jobs! Which leads me to the point of this post… I promise I was going somewhere with all of that!
So, let me start with TreeHouse. It’s awesome, and I loved shopping/browsing there before I moved to Florida. It’s kind of like the Whole Foods of home improvement. It’s a start up in South Austin, and only one location as of now. When I moved back to Austin, I knew I needed to find a part time job(s) to supplement the blog income. Since I did social media for a EDENS in Florida, and loved it, I figured contacting businesses I love in Austin and asking if they need social media help was a good start! I contacted TreeHouse and bam, I do social media for them part time. (If you love environmentally friendly home building, follow along on facebook and twitter!) Not only do I do facebook and twitter, but I also get to plan blogger events which is my very favorite part! TreeHouse did its first blogger event last week, and we tested products, toured the store, and hung out with local DIY bloggers. Fun! I got to meet and hang out with some awesome bloggers: Lindsey, Kristen, Allison, Beth, Gina, Amy, Lisa, Marla, and Jenn!
Jason led us on a tour through TreeHouse and we learned things like:
Everyone got goodie bags filled with treats:
Here are all of the girls starting the TreeHouse tour. Ohh and check out those prize packs… Switch light bulbs are pretty amazing. I would love to have them in every room in our house! And look… Andy even attended our blogger event!
Kristen, the lucky duck, won the grand prize… a Nest thermostat! We recently got one too. We just switched our HVAC to a 2 zone system, so more on all of that and how to install a Nest thermostat soon.
I heart my job(s) and these peeps. Oh and the boys in the pic are Kane and Jason. Kane does marketing for TreeHouse and Jason is one of the co-founders, who was also our tour leader of the evening.
So, if you’re in south Austin and want to check out a fun store… come on by TreeHouse! And if you’re a local Austin green/DIY blogger leave me a comment if you’d be interested in attending the next blogger event!