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#FAAW Twitter Party and Tix Giveaway!

This year, for Celiac Awareness Month and Food Allergy Awareness Week, FABlogCon is hosting a Twitter Party to help you get to know FABlogCon a bit more, understand what we do for the food allergy community, and give you a chance to win a free conference pass, or a 1 year subscription to Gluten Free & More magazine!

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Don’t miss our Food Allergy Awareness Week #FAAW Twitter Party Thursday night this week!!! To help celebrate awareness for #Celiac Disease and #FoodAllergies~ We will be offering  prizes including a year’s subscription to Gluten Free & More Magazine, as well as two winners can win an all access ticket to this year’s Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Denver Colorado November 3-5! This prize is worth $250. (*Does not include travel or hotel.  Cannot be exchanged for monetary compensation*).

If you want to participate in this Twitter Party, you’ll have to RSVP before the party starts to be eligible to win a prize. Then spend the hour tweeting along with us using the hashtag #FABlogCon! To participate you MUST PRE-REGISTER through Erica Dermer and Celiac and the Beast’s webpage!

We look forward to having you join us! and GOOD LUCK!!!

 

Accepting Sponsors for 2017!

The 2017 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is taking place November 3, 4, 5; 2017 in Denver Colorado at the Denver Renaissance Hotel.  We’ve included a few quick links to get you acquainted with why you should come see us in Denver this fall!

UPDATES for 2017 will be posted as available!

Greetings! We are getting ready to start planning the 5th annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, and wanted to share some details with you!
The Conference will be held November 3, 4, and 5, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver again this year.  The Expo will be open to attendees on Friday 1-5 pm and Saturday opening at 9am, and closing at 3pm. There will not be an Expo on Sunday, however, you are welcome and encouraged to stay to attend sessions and network more if you so desire.
LIMITED OFFER ~ 10% Discount for Early Sponsor Sign-ups!

We want to offer a 10% discount on ANY sponsorship level to anyone who registers and pays prior to March 15th, 2017. (10% will be discounted from the listed pricing shown in the media kit). If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email us to request a media kit at jenny@fablogcon.com!

We look forward to seeing you this year!
Jenny

Sponsors Only Sessions!

Sponsor Only Business Sessions ~ FYI: Please note, Friday morning Sessions and lunch is for our SPONSORS ONLY! 

WHEN: FRIDAY November 4, 2016 starting 8:45- 11am.

This year, the sponsor only business sessions will be broken down into two critical pieces. 1) Social Media for Business and 2) How to Work With Bloggers. Bloggers, and marketers, Erica Dermer and Keeley McGuire will guide you through the process on how to engage customers and influencers, and work with influencers to engage even more customers. You’ll leave the session with check-lists and a better understanding of how to work with influencers to build your brand and gain loyal customers.

Social Media for Businesses: 

Okay so you have a Facebook page, Instagram, or Snapchat. But do you know the rules? Are you using each platform to its full extent for both customers and influencers? Do you know what to do and what not to do with influencers via social media? Learn about how to interact with customers, and ultimately influencers, online.

How to Work with Bloggers:

How do all of these brands have such big name influencers touting about their products? As you can guess, it’s not free, and it’s not cheap – but it’s valuable. You too can learn how to work with influencers, small to mega stars, to build loyalty and increase brand recognition in the market place. But where do I even start? What’s beyond a sponsored post? How much should I be paying bloggers? How can I do it all with a minimal staff? Don’t worry, you’ll learn all of this and more!

Sponsors will be served a light lunch and be allowed access to the expo to set up their booths prior to expo opening time of 1PM- 6PM; and Saturday Expo hours will run 10AM-6PM. Expo wont be running on Sunday – so be sure to get in to visit the brands who all help make this happen by Saturday night- Especially if you are trying to get raffle tickets for the various raffle prizes we will have this year! 

Session Spotlight: What’s New In Social Media

Session Spotlight:

What’s New In Social – Get Up to Date on the Latest Social Media Trends 

Missy Berggren Headshot      

For your planning purposes: Our Expo opens Friday at 1pm-6pm. and will be open Saturday 9-5pm. It will not be run on Sunday- so if you want to get in to meet those sponsors and get your raffle prize tickets- you will have to get in there Friday and Saturday!

Special Social Media Workshop will run FRIDAY November 4th 2016 from 2pm-5pm. It will include two (2) 45-60 minute sessions, then Q & A and hands on workshop/help group.

Are you feeling left behind by all the changes in social media? Want to keep your blog relevant and growing? Social media experts Missy Voronak and Rivka Kawano are here to save the day with a special social media workshop. Missy will be sharing the wonders of Snapchat, how you can use it to share more of your personality and behind-the-scenes blog content. Rivka will be making sure you don’t get lost on Facebook and show you how Facebook live can bring you more loyal followers, and how Facebook Instant Articles will change how you blog – for the better! You’ll have a chance to instantly apply what you’ve learned in this workshop setting, while having Missy and Rivka there to hold your hand every step of the way!

Bring your smartphone to this session with Snapchat already installed and follow along as Missy walks us through how to use Snapchat. You’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate the app,
  • Add friends by username, snapcode or nearby,
  • Use stickers,
  • Draw,
  • Use filters, overlays and lenses,
  • Protect your privacy or open up to all,
  • Explore Discover and Live, Stories,
  • Use chat and video chat features with friends,
  • Use Snapchat to connect with your blog readers,

For those of you who have had the pleasure of attending either Missy or Rivka’s previous year’s presentations, you will know that these ladies are a wealth of information and are not to be missed! Looking forward to seeing you in November!

Blog and Order: Legal Q & A Panel

Blog and Order: Legal Q & A Panel

Dear Attendees,

In preparing for this year’s 2015 FABlog Conference, please consider what questions you would like answers to from our “Blog and Order: Legal Q&A Panel” licensed and practicing attorneys. Our three panelists are Francis Rushford, Esq., Kelly Bagla, Esq. and Assly Sayyar, Esq. They will be available to answer questions and provided legal information in the following topic areas:

  1. Forming your own business.
  2. Trademarking and trade name registration.
  3. Copyright
  4. Copyright infringement
  5. Governing and operating your business.
  6. Contract drafting and signing
  7. Raising capital for your business – loans, crowd funding, solicitation of investors and the Securities and Exchange Commission
  8. Defamation and online harassment.
  9. Patents
  10. Hiring employees and collaborating with other businesses

Please email your questions to assly@vistalawyer.net and label the subject line “FABLOG 2015 QUESTIONS” by no later than October 30, 2015.  Our Panelists will consider the questions submitted and some will be chosen to be answered based on topic, scope, length, popularity, time constraints, and legal ethics.

PLEASE BE ADVISED, do NOT pose questions in which you disclose personal or fact specific details of an actual legal dispute as disclosure of such information or discussion during the panel event will NOT be confidential or privileged. The panelist CANNOT and WILL NOT give legal advice of any kind nor does submitting a question or attending the panel create any attorney client relationship. The panel and its contents are informational only and the panel does NOT substitute or take the place of the advice of legal counsel or representation. In participating in this panel and answering questions, the panelists do NOT promise, guarantee, or otherwise agree to take any case or client nor do they promise or guarantee any outcome or result from any legal dispute or transaction.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your questions!

Your 2015 Blog and Order Panel

Things to See and Do While in Las Vegas

No one roundup can do the options Las Vegas has to offer justice but we put out a call online to locals for their tips and suggestions and below are some of their recommendations.  If you have to see one thing while you’re in Las Vegas, it probably would be the Fountains at the Bellagio.  Remember that it will likely still be pretty warm in September so be sure to pack a bathing suit or swim trunks to get some pool time in.

ON “THE STRIP”

“The Strip” refers to the length of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Our conference hotel, the South Point Hotel and Casino, is located at 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89183.  Here are some attractions you may want to check out:

Restaurants at The South Point
The same wonderful attention to food allergy safety that you’ll enjoy as an attendee for dinner Friday night, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday, and breakfast/lunch Sunday is available on a personalized level at South Point restaurants.  Two in particular come highly recommended in our chats with staff – Silverado Steakhouse and the elegant Michael’s.

The Linq High Roller
The High Roller (catchy name, right?) is the world’s largest observation wheel.  Each cabin holds 40 people so you can buy tickets or rent out an entire cabin for a private party.

Minus5 Ice Bar
A unique experience – enjoy a drink while pretending you’re in an ice palace (for Frozen fans) or fortress of solitude (for Superman fans).  See pictures here.  

Cirque du Soleil
Some of our favorites?  “O” at the Bellagio is a water show and “Ka” at the MGM is great if you enjoy watching martial arts.  (Check here for deals/discounts.)

Bellagio

– Bellagio Fountains (and Conservatory)
Watch water dance and soar to music.  Wander inside the Bellagio to see the floral and blown glass displays as well.  If you are up for a walk, take the tram from the Bellagio to see Crystals, Aria, and other City Center attractions/shopping.  You can also see the world’s biggest chocolate fountain!

OFF “THE STRIP”

Red Rock Canyon
Natural beauty is not too long of a drive away – see the titular red rocks on the scenic loop or park and hike for a while.  If you don’t mind a longer drive, check out Valley of Fire State Park.

– The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas.  Downtown has its own unique vibe (check out the Fremont Street Experience) and this museum gives you a little bit of Las Vegas history to boot.

Springs Preserve

– The Springs Preserve
History, conservation, and native plants and animals are all available to explore.

Near Lake Mead

– Hoover Dam and O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge between NV and AZ
Tour the power plant or walk along the dam.  You’ll get a great view of the recently completed O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge.  If you’re into cycling, there’s the River Mountains Loop Trail – rent a bike and get a 30+ mile ride in over scenic paved trails.

– The Neon Museum
See old school Vegas signs up close in the Neon Boneyard.  Great place for photographs (though they do charge a fee).

The Red Velvet Cafe
Craving gluten free and vegan red velvet cake?  This may be the stop for you – of course inquire about any specific allergies and concerns but this is a popular stop for locals.

SHOPPING

The Fashion Show Mall

Las Vegas Outlet Malls

You can also search the Las Vegas events calendar for more ideas or email homa@fablogcon.com if you are looking for a specific recommendation or suggestion!  If anyone would like to get a group together to check out a specific attraction, do let us know.  You’ll receive information about shuttles from the hotel to the northern parts of “the Strip” or we can assist you with other arrangements.

Special thanks from Homa to her friends that contributed ideas for this list.  

Open Breakout Sessions:

This year we are having a series of mini-breakout sessions for our attendees, as an ice-breaker & for special interests. We have 15 breakout sessions that will be going on from 9-10 AM on Saturday morning September 27.  Many of these sessions will require participants to pre-register as space will be limited. We will be posting about these in upcoming posts. Today I want to share the 3 sessions that are open to anyone to attend without requiring pre-registration.

Blog to Book: Meet an Editor and Learn About Publishing, from Concept to Completion:

For many bloggers who have spent months or years creating recipes, writing about food and restricted diets, learning food photography, and promoting their work, a book is the natural next step. Whether you choose to self publish or work with a publishing house, you want your book to be the best it can be—and I’d love to help. I’m an Associate Editor at The Experiment, an independent publishing company with a strong track record publishing health- and food-focused books (including Colette Martin’s Learning to Bake Allergen-Free and forthcoming The Allergy-Free Pantry). There, I work with authors (many of whom are also bloggers) during all stages of the editorial process, from brainstorming a concept to developing a table of contents to fine-tuning sentences and checking facts to “packaging” the book with the perfect title and cover. Depending on what questions the group has, I would be happy to provide general editorial advice, discuss the publishing process and expand upon the relative merits of independent or “Big Six” publishers versus self-publishing.

Breakout Session LeaderMolly Cavanaugh is Associate Editor at The Experiment (Twitter @experimentbooks), an independent nonfiction publishing company in New York City, where she edits a variety of special diet books, including Colette Martin’s Learning to Bake Allergen-Free and forthcoming The Allergy-Free Pantry, Kelli and Peter Bronskis’ gluten-free cookbooks, and books on the low-FODMAP diet written by leading experts Sue Shepherd and Peter Gibson. Molly herself has celiac disease—diagnosed in 2013, after she saw her own symptoms described in the books she worked on—and blogs about it at Based on a Sprue Story (Twitter @spruestory). She grew up in Massachusetts, attended college in Chicago, and now happily cooks and eats gluten-free in Manhattan.

 

Evidence-Based Blogging:  

 Like a good pair of jeans, reliable online information about health can be hard to find. With information and misinformation about food allergies abounding online, how can readers know what’s fact and what’s fiction? Before you hit the “publish” button on your next post, join our conversation about how to ensure that your blog is providing recommendations and facts supported by scientific research and health data. FARE staff members Veronica LaFemina and Anna Luke, along with Food Allergy Sleuth blogger Jessica Martin and Asthma Allergies Children Co-Author, Henry Ehrlich, will give you advice on how to identify reliable research you can use to make your blog a reputable source for your readers.

Breakout Session Leaders: 

Henry Ehrlich
Henry Ehrlich is co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide with Dr. Lawrence Chairamonte and Dr. Paul Ehrlich, board-certified pediatric allergists, and editor of AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, which they founded in tandem with publication of the book because “medicine moves faster than print.”  A former corporate speechwriter, Henry has also published books on speechwriting, adoption, sleep medicine (co-author), business quotations, and edited Children’s Allergies and Asthma: one of nature’s dirty tricks, an anthology of 89 original pieces from the website.  He is currently writing a book on the work of Dr. Xiu-Min Li to cure food allergies and asthma by integrating traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and cutting-edge medical science.

Jessica Martin, PhD
Jessica Martin earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University in 2011. She is currently a faculty member in biology at Portland Community College, where she enjoys teaching undergraduate students enrolled in general biology, cell biology, and anatomy & physiology.  True to her passion for teaching, Jessica also educates on the science behind food allergies on her blog, the Food Allergy Sleuth.  She takes pride in breaking down complex scientific findings to make them understandable for all whose lives are affected by allergies.  Outside of her blog, Jessica’s writing has appeared at Asthma Allergies Children and Slate.  Jessica is also involved with the Oregon Food Allergy Network, supporting advocacy efforts to adopt statewide policies for food allergies in schools. Jessica is the mother of two young boys, one of whom has multiple life-threatening food allergies.

Anna Luke
Anna Luke is the manager of online community at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), where she runs the organization’s blog and social media platforms, contributes to the development of new programs and website content, issues allergy alerts and ingredient notices, and manages FARE’s Food Allergy Awareness Week initiatives. Anna came to FARE from an education reform nonprofit so she could work on an issue close to her heart: helping families and individuals living with life-threatening food allergies, just like her mother and sister. On the personal side, Anna was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and blogs about all things gluten free in her blog, Gluten Free? Gimme Three! She also is a contributing blogger for The DC Ladies, focusing on gluten free restaurants and news for women in the DC metro area. You can find Anna on Twitter and Facebook and get connected with FARE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the FARE website and blog.

Veronica LaFemina
Veronica LaFemina is the vice president of communications at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), where she leads the organization’s efforts to increase awareness of food allergy as a serious and growing public health issue. For the past decade, she has directed national strategic communications initiatives designed to garner attention for important health issues, including food allergy, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and the health of veterans and their caregivers. Veronica launched her first health-related blog in 2005 and has been passionate about making health research and information easier to understand, access and share by leveraging social media and other online platforms ever since. Having grown up in a food allergy family, she is also committed to helping all those who are managing the disease have the information and resources they need to stay safe and live well with food allergies. You can find Veronica on Twitterand get connected with FARE on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the FARE website and blog.

 

Thinking Outside the Blog:

 You’ve developed your platform, found your voice, and honed your writing skills.  What’s next?  Join a lively discussion about ways to reposition your ideas, voice and material and GET PAID, too. We’ll talk about pitching a story and about approaching the right outlets for your work.  Beth Hillson is food editor at Gluten Free & More (formerly Living Without magazine) and a freelance writer who has been pitching her ideas to the media (and getting published) for several decades.  A professional journalist who just lately started blogging, she’ll share her advice and help you sort through a wide range of food and food allergy topics and media outlets where your talents can shine.

Breakout Session Leader:  Beth Hillson is a food writer, author and blogger.  She is the food editor for Gluten Free & More and writes and lectures frequently on the gluten-free diet and lifestyle as well as other special diet needs.  Beth was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1976 and attended culinary school where she learned to adapt classic recipes to fit her own diet.  In 1993 she founded one of the first gluten-free food companies, Gluten-Free Pantry.  She is the author of Gluten-Free Makeovers (Da Capo, 2011) and a newly-released gluten-free lifestyle book, Living Well Gluten-Free. Her work has appeared in many publications including the Huffington Post, Gothamist, GoDairyFree.com, The Daily Meal, Yoga International, Yankee Magazine, FamilyFun, and Connecticut Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Hartford Courant.  Her regular blogs about the gluten-free diet, lifestyle and recipes appear on Glutino.com and on her own blog www.glutenfreemakeovers.com .   You can follow Beth on Facebook and Twitter.

From Left to Right, Susan Weissman, Tiffany Glass Ferreira, Jenny Sprague

Facing Adversity with a Smile – A Gift from #FABlogCon

We know that Mother’s Day, whatever day it falls on, can result in mixed emotions.  For mothers that have lost those they love, for those whose mothers have passed away, and even for those that struggle with fertility or the adoption process in their journey of motherhood… the list goes on.  Even so, ever since we got the video of the session “Facing Adversity with a Smile” from the 2013 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference we wanted to find a special day and way to share it with you.  Mother’s Day in the United States is the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week and the opportunity was one we didn’t want to miss.

Speaking on the panel were Jenny Sprague, Tiffany Glass Ferreira, and Susan Weissman.  Though there are a lot of tears during this presentation, we hope it is uplifting to know you are not alone in your struggles when you love someone with food allergies.  For many of us, this is why we write on our blogs, to reach out and connect with others as we struggle to process what it means to figure out how to feed our children, to interact with people that “don’t get it,” or to find our own smile.

Happy Mother’s Day,

Jenny & Homa

Conference Connection – Kate Hufnagel and Sun Cups

The theme of the first year of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference was “Connecting” and we are happy to report many of you did just that!  If you are considering attending this year and want to know if it is a worthwhile event, don’t just take our word for it.  This year’s conference theme is “Celebrating Others” so we wanted to celebrate and spotlight a few attendees that  credit the event with some exciting opportunities and experiences.  

First, we have Kate Hufnagel and Sun Cups.  Both Kate and Sun Cups plan to be back for FABlogCon 2014 and we are thrilled to read about their connection.  The post below is written by Kate, check out her blog at www.thediaryofanaphylaxis.com and see her Q&A post from last year prior to the event.

Kate Hufnagel, the founder of www.thediaryofanaphylaxis.com, attended the first ever FABlogCon about a year after experiencing her first anaphylactic reaction (thanks to lentils) and learning she was allergic to seven foods (this number has increased since then). 


While at FABlogCon, she came across the Sun Cups table and politely explained to the gentleman behind the table that she was familiar with his products but wasn’t stopping because she’s allergic to sunflower. The gentleman, Sun Cups Founder David Lurie, casually slid the box of Caramel Cups forward and said “these don’t have sunflower in them.” This stopped Kate dead in her tracks as her brain attempted to process the notion that there was a nut-free — and sunflower-free — chocolate in front of her. After tasting them, Kate knew she had finally found a new-found love in Sun Cups’ Caramel Cups and frequently stopped by David’s table to sweet talk him into another sample.

Caramel Cups Brought Kate and Sun Cups Together

Caramel Cups

After FABlogCon, Kate ordered three boxes of Caramel Cups to give as holiday presents to people who are important to her (well, she did keep a box for herself). As she was preparing to relocate from Virginia to Colorado at the start of the year, Kate reached out to David to find out if she could do a Twitter campaign for Sun Cups as she drove across most of the country. And, after settling into her new home, Kate contacted David to find out if he’d be willing to give her a tour of the Sun Cups facility (after all, her love of Caramel Cups had now turned into somewhat of an addiction). David happily obliged and invited her to the Sun Cups facility in Boulder, CO.  Little did Kate know that David had other ideas in mind. After a huge welcoming hug and a tour, David asked Kate if she’d be willing to help out Sun Cups. 

Today, Kate is putting her social media know-how and project management skills to use as the Sun Cups Customer Ambassador. She is thrilled to be associated with a company that is fanatical about not only creating some of the most delicious chocolate she’s ever had but also ensuring that their chocolates are free of so many allergens (gluten, nuts, soy; just to name a few).

Thank you, Kate!  Don’t forget to register today (be sure to check out our new schedule system that lets you build your own schedule of events and panels to attend) and we’ll see you in September!  

Interested in sponsorship?  E-mail us at jenny@fablogcon.com or homa@fablogcon.com.  If you have a connection you’d like us to feature, feel free to e-mail us about it as well.

#FABlogCon is excited to announce…

With HUGE thanks to Don’t Go Nuts,  (who are sponsoring our special guest) that we are SO EXCITED and pleased to announce one of our speakers for the 2nd annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference this year is none other than Ms. Robyn O’Brien!

Robyn O’Brien authored “The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It.” A former financial analyst, author, TEDx speaker and mother of four, Robyn brings detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of our children. She founded Allergy Kidswww.allergykidsfoundation.org,  and was named by Forbes as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter.” The New York Times has described her as “Food’s Erin Brockovich.” Watch Robyn’s TEDx Austin talk here or learn more at www.robynobrien.com.

Last year our conference theme was connection, this year it is celebrating others and Robyn has been cheering us on and supporting our event for the past year. She is thrilled to be coming and participating this year, and she is looking forward to meeting everyone!

Pre-Sale tickets will be available February 1 to the 15th, for $75 off regular price. Sale tickets go on sale 2/16 until 3/31 and will be $50 off regular price. We look forward to seeing you in September!