Blend Retreat 2012–Friday

by Jillian on May 8, 2012 · 22 comments

Friday morning started off kind of hairy for me. I received a text message that my 8:47am flight was right on time. “8:47????" The confirmation e-mail said 10:10am! I hopped out of bed, didn’t shower, didn’t get to throw any ‘last minute unnecessary packing items’ in my suitcase, and pulled Joe out of bed to drive me to the airport. Needless to say, he wasn’t happy.

I printed out the confirmation e-mail to show United airlines, because my flight home was different than I had suspected, too. I was on the 1:50pm flight according to the e-mail, but after logging onto Orbitz, it showed 12:33pm, which was not happening considering that checkout was at 11:00am. Anyway, the woman who greeted me as soon as I walked in saw that I already had tears in my eyes and offered to help. She ended up changing my flight on the way back for free ($150 charge normally) which was a blessing in disguise because I didn’t want to have to rush out of there to make the 1:50 (12:33) flight. Are you confused yet? Good.

Anyway, the flight was shorter than documented, which is always a good thing. When I arrived at the airport, I met up with Heather and Ashley and we grabbed a Super Shuttle to the Chautauqua lodge in Boulder, CO. We arrived at Mission’s House, which is where our check-in was and where we were staying. We were greeted by a huge sign welcoming us to Blend Retreat, which was sponsored by Chobani (check out their blog post about Blend)!



The house had a huge common room.


We dropped our stuff off in our bedroom and proceeded to chat in the living room with everyone else who was arriving.



I started to go through my swag bag – I couldn’t help it! Look at all of the amazing stuff we got!




We received swag from:

Throughout the weekend we picked up samples from Xagave, CheriBundi, Simply Bar and other leftover swag that was laying around the lodge!

Eventually, we got ready to head down to the cocktail hour and dinner.

I started off with a class of Chardonnay.


During cocktail hour, a fruit tray and and crudité were served.



After mingling for a bit, it was time to sit down to dinner. Janetha, Lindsay, & Katie, the organizers of Blend, talked to us a bit before it was time to eat.


We started off with a salad and the main course was chicken with quinoa, broccoli, and caramelized onions.


I enjoyed meeting and speaking with Candice and Jeff from Fitmixer!


The best part, however, was dessert!




We had mini cupcakes from a local Boulder bakery. I tried coffee cinnamon, peanut butter pretzel, and lavendar raspberry (which was surprisingly my favorite). They even offered vegan and gluten free options.


After dinner, we all chatted a bit before heading back to the lodge.


Jessica, Katie, Susan, and I

Everyone was tired from a long day of traveling so we went to bed to get some rest before 7am boot camp. Stay tuned for Saturday and Sunday recaps!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie May 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

Beautiful recap!! Thank you for coming! ( and so glad you got the flight mix-up straightened out – there is nothing worse than travel chaos!).

Also, your swag pictures are fantastic – I may steal them (and give you credit of course <3).


2 Jillian May 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

You are welcome to steal any photos you’d like! :) If you click them they are bigger so you can save – if not let me know I can e-mail them to you!


3 RunEatRepeat May 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Ah! It looks like so much fun :)


4 Jillian May 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

It was!! You should definitely come to the next one! :) will you be at Fitpicks tomorrow?


5 Heather @ Better With Veggies May 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Wow – I didn’t realize all the crazy airport issues you had – glad you were able to get there and back okay!! :) I still haven’t unpacked all my swag to take photos yet, there’s definitely a LOT of goodies!!


6 Jillian May 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Yes it all worked out though! You may have to rearrange your cabinets like I did! Haha!


7 janetha @ meals & moves May 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I loved your dress! And your face.


8 Jillian May 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Thanks! We were almost twins Friday night- didn’t wear my stripes though. Loved seeing you and can’t wait til our next meetup!


9 Tina @ Best Body Fitness May 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I know your favorite part of the swag….those beanitos. ;)


10 Jillian May 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Hahaha I can eat them, but only when I’m by myself!


11 Lisa May 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

so. much. swag. Sounds like so much fun! I’m so jealous of everyone’s recaps. Glad you had a blast!!


12 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes May 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Wow I did not understand anything about your flight situation. So glad you got there okay!


13 Lauren May 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

This retreat looked fantastic! I love the fact that is was so chill, laid back, and all about just having a good time with wonderful ladies. So glad you enjoyed yourself hun. You totally deserved a nice relaxing weekend with good people.


14 Paige @ Running Around Normal May 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Eek what a rough start! Glad it all ended up being ok though – could have been worse, right? :)
Looks like you had such a great time, Jillian!!


15 Jillian May 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Yes! I totally overreacted! What’s new!? lol. I hope we are able to meet up again soon at another blogger conference. Are you going to HLS this year?


16 Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl May 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I love the way you laid out your swag! ;)

And the cupcakes…. total nom nom. loved the lavender-raspberry and the pretzel one.


17 Alysha @Shesontherun May 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

Hi! I just found you through Courtney’s blog. Awesome recap – I could totally go for some cupcakes right now!


18 Jillian May 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Thanks Alysha! The cupcakes were amazing! I am usually a chocolate & peanut butter person but the lavender raspberry were delicious!


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