Mom 2.0 Summit at The Ritz-Carlton – Thoughts, Opinion, and Recap from a First Time Attendee

First thing first, if I have to summarize everything about my experience of Mom 2.0 Summit in one sentence I’d say it was a “definite resounding success.” — in fact, I have no idea where to start. I figured I’ll be breaking things down into multiple posts to make it easier for everyone. Especially for those who have been considering to go and needs a little more convincing. This post is definitely a perfect fit and will serve as your guide and walkthrough.

I’m telling you this now, I had an absolute blast. I’m not just saying that because I went. Trust me, no sugar coating on my end. I literally had been suffering from severe morning sickness, and I am so glad the meds I got switched to helped a lot. Because if it didn’t, I would miss out on a whole LOT of learning, connecting and entertainment. I did, however, miss the Iris Awards as I was already feeling very nauseous and had to prepare for a really early morning flight the next day. Had to get up at 3:30 am to check out at 5 am.

First thing first, I flew out from New Jersey and arrived in Orlando Florida with a ride from Kia waiting at the airport. No booking needed! Just find the guy holding a red umbrella and that was it.

Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia Optima HybridPIN IT!

I arrived at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes and right away I was floored. The hotel looks grand, and I felt like royalty stepping into a world of fairy tale. Checking in was a breeze. They even offered to have my luggage delivered to my room so I can get started with my conference registration. That, by the way, took just a few minutes, and I received my badge and a welcome booklet with detailed info as far as the event schedule. Afterward, I went back to my room to relax before heading to the SunFest Welcome Party. Here’s what my room looked like …

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande LakesPIN IT!

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande LakesPIN IT!

Yes, the view from my room is phenomenal! More details about my room and what I think of at The Ritz-Carlton in a separate post. The party area was held by the pool, the ambiance was very relaxing. At first, I felt a bit shy and didn’t know if I should say hi to the other attendees … Here’s a major tip: a simple HELLO is enough to break the ice! Everyone is there to communicate, connect and network! So if you’re attending the next one, just know that you’re definitely at the right time and place.

About the brands/sponsors of the event … they’re there to educate, inform and connect. There are more than 20+ sponsors altogether so I can’t really recap each and every single one. If you’re wondering which brands you missed for not attending this year’s conference, you can check them out at Mom 2.0 Summit 2017 Sponsors. Of course, we each have our own favorites! As for me, my top 10 brands that I can’t get enough of are:

  • Best Buy » gotta love all the latest tech and innovations!
  • Dove » I love and swear by their #RealBeauty campaign. I advocate after their mission and embracing who and what we are.
  • Baby Dove » discovered this at the summit and after seeing the demo first-hand, I now know what I want for our little angel. Mommy’s going to be ready to keep the little one fresh, clean and well cared of!
  • Munchkin Grass Fed » Munchkin’s baby products have everything I could want for our little one. Now they even have 100% grass fed milk which is GMO-free, rBGH free, and antibiotic free formula!
  • Similac » I love their StrongMoms program where they share their expert advice for a healthy pregnancy and healthy babies.
  • Kia » with our growing family, we totally love that every Kia is designed technology, grace, safety and its users in mind. At the end of the day, our family comes first, and Kia knows that!
  • Prudential » we can never prepare too early for our future, with a baby coming this November and a big move to Las Vegas in less than 3 years, taking charge of our finances is crucial. Prudential helps take guess work out of all that.
  • Toca Boca » I literally download one of their apps to check it out and see the gameplay first hand. I wanted to find an educational way to stimulate my little one’s imagination without having to worry about certain dangers. I definitely approve of their service and highly recommend it to fellow parents.
  • Fresh Wave » as an expecting mom and with a little one on the way, having “CLEAN” natural odor-neutralizing products to remove certain smell is welcome in our home!
  • Smarty Pants » as someone who had been struggling with all the medications I am taking, it is refreshing to find prenatal vitamins in gummy chewable form and also very delicious!

Mind you, this isn’t just my first time at Mom 2.0 Summit, altogether this is my very first blog-related conference. Since I am new in the “mommy blogging” industry, it was totally refreshing to get to know and meet fellow bloggers who are also expecting (like me!), new moms and veterans! I never imagined I would feel so welcomed, wanted, as well as appreciated.

Before attending the event, I researched, googled and read a lot about the previous Mom 2.0 Summit conferences. I was prepared to have a great time. What it turned out to be was way better than I imagined, and more.

Overall, if you’re one of those who’s on the fence about attending, I hope that this post has helped you change your mind to check out the next Mom 2..0 Summit. The next one is their 10th Anniversary!!! Oh, and if you are a blogger, this is the best investment you could ever do for yourself and your blog to take things to the next level. Let me know your thoughts! xx

Comments

  • Kristina

    This looks beautiful and like an amazing time. I would like to go here. I’ll have to check out the one next year!!

  • Kara

    I’ve always wanted to attend mom2.0. It looks like the Ritz was the perfect place to host all of the fun!

  • Sona Sethi

    Wow! I haven’t attended such events but I am sure it must be a lot of fun! Very nice pictures.

  • robin rue

    Glad you had a fun time at the conference. I am considering going next year because literally everyone I knew was there this year.

  • Cassie

    This summit looks awesome Angela! We visited Orlando but strictly stayed in Disney so I would have loved to explore some places outside! This Ritz-Carlton looks amazing and sounds like you got in some good networking!

  • Janel

    Wow I don’t think I’ve ever had service like that with her car was waiting for me right from the airport. I always have to stand in a long line of people before I get my car .

  • Karen

    oh…. girl! The Ritz Carlton! Swoon! Jealous of just you mentioning you stayed there! But, really I am so happy that you had a blast at this Mom conference (and you’re not feeling so much morning sickness) and that you also got such cool royal treatment! That Kia ride sounds amazing! You’re so fancy! …

  • Heather Garcia

    Looks like you had a great time! The view from that room is perfection! Nothing like palm trees to set the tone for a vacation!

  • daniella

    The ritz calrton is so nice! My favorite hotel probably. I have only stayed there once in new orleans though before hurricane katrina.

  • Journa Ramirez

    That’s an awesome service! I know you had a great time and that you’ve learned lots of things. I want to go next year..

  • Marcie in MOmmyland

    This is so helpful! I’ve been thinking about which conferences I want to attend next year. I saw so many posts about Mom 2.0 this week!

  • Jessica Joachim

    It looks like you had a great time! I have been wanting to eventually make it to a conference in my area and meet other bloggers. It seems like a really awesome experience.

  • Ana De- Jesus

    Aw a big welcome to the mummy blogging world. So glad that you had a good time at the summit and I can’t wait to see you grow! Good luck x

  • Cindy INgalls

    Sounds like such a fun time and great place to meet new people and do some networking.

  • aish das-padihari

    Really loved this post and I think, you were lucky that, you could participate. I love Ritz-Carlton properties.

  • Amber Nelson

    It looks like you had a great time. I am definitely going to try to make it there next time.

  • Donah @ SJB

    So KIA has a hybrid? Awesome. I always adore KIA for having durable yet affordable cars. It is great to know that they also develop hybrid cars. Yes, I would definitely bookmark the next one!

  • Charlotte

    This looks like a great event and definitely one I would consider going too! Thanks for the walkthrough it gives a bit more info to help me decide

  • Heather

    I have been thinking about this blog conference for a couple years now, but my kids have been so little that I haven’t felt like I could go yet. I am hoping next year to get to one though!

  • Latasha Peterson

    Looks like so much fun at the conference! Your photos look awesome.
    and I love the red car.

  • Chelle Dizon

    Wow that’s very good to hear that you had a blast and enjoyed the event. I know how excited you are to attend this. You look very lovely beshy! I’ll be waiting for more blogs about your Mom 2.0 Summit experience.

  • Dawn McAlexander

    I can remember when I attended my first conference. It was a lot like this one. I got to test drive new cars and all. It was a lot of fun. I can relate to your excitement over this one.

  • B rittany

    Okay that’s it! I am definitely going next year. I was about to go but then I couldn’t afford it. I’ll definitely save for it next year.

  • anvita

    Sounds like you have a great time and found it super useful. Wuill stay tuned for the next one.

  • Courtneylynne

    Awwww glad you had a fabulous time at the conference!!!! I just love Grand Lakes! One of my favorite Ritz Carltons!

  • Heather

    This looks like a fabulous conference and I wish I had attended this year! Hopefully I’ll find someone selling a ticket for 2018 in CA!!!!

  • Rachel Catherine

    This looks like it was such a fun event! I’m hoping that I can go to it next year. Such a great experience for everyone.

  • Toughcookiemommy

    I’ve been hearing some really good things about this conference from other bloggers. The lineup of sponsors is really amazing.

  • angela milnes

    Looks like you had a great time there and have an awesome experience and I really love your photo

  • Katriza

    I would love to go to something like this! I’ve heard some great things about this summit! I hope I’ll be able to go next year!

  • Debbie-jean Lemonte

    reading this made me a little jealous. Maybe I should become a mom so I can attend next time. It looked like so much fun! Haha!