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Conversations with Coca Cola 2012

A few weeks ago I was able to attend Conversations with Coca Cola, a blogger event Coca Cola held at their headquarters in Atlanta. I wanted to attend this event to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the biggest brands in the world today, as well as connect with some of my fellow bloggers.

We stayed at the beautiful W Hotel in downtown Atlanta and I must say… sleeping alone in this comfy bed was one of the highlights of the trip!

The day started off with breakfast and introductions followed by a presentation by Megan Calhoun {SocialMoms.com} about building our brands. I’m always a little nervous meeting other bloggers because chatting behind the computer screen is very different then actually meeting everyone face-to-face!

The day was jam-packed, but time was always made for a good meal! We had a delicious lunch catered by Subway, one of Coca Cola’s major clients.

Monica Vazquez, the official trainer for Subway, gave us some healthful tips followed by a rigorous workout!

One of the highlights of the event was listening to this panel of distinguished women in Coca Cola’s leadership positions. Many of these women have to balance work-life and family-life like us and are so successful at it. One of the main thoughts that stuck with me from the panel was their thought on the importance of women helping women succeed.

In a world where there are millions of blogs, many “mom bloggers” are too busy competing than actually lifting up and supporting other moms who have a desire to make extra income for their families.

We finished off the informational part of the day at the World of Coca Cola, which is a museum full of artifacts from the history of the company.

You might be surprised that Coca Cola produces 1.7 billion servings of beverages per day on machines like this one. Amazing!

The “secret formula” of Coca Cola is often imitated, but never re-produced. They have security and a vault to keep this special formula private!

There is a tasting room at the World of Coca Cola, which includes fountains of different Coke beverages from across the world. This was a fun experience! {with @Traci, @HighImpactMom, @Table4Five, @Sharon and @2wired2tired}

Group Shot!

We concluded the night with a wonderful dinner at BLT Steak. {with @2wired2tired, @mamadweeb, @babymakingmachine and @MidwesternMoms}

Our first day included a ton of information and what I was most impressed with is the amount of time and money Coca Cola gives back to the community, both locally and globally. Most of these programs we don’t even here much about, so in a few days I’m going to highlight some of my favorite programs that Coca Cola is a part of. You will be impressed! 

My trip to Coca-Cola, including travel and accommodations was provided by Coca-Cola. Thoughts are my own.

What You Add Makes It. {Cool Whip Blogger Ad Launch!}

As Moms we often have a lot on our plate, but still find the time to add special touches to our family’s daily life. Maybe you surprise your family with their favorite meal on an ordinary weeknight, add fun notes to ordinary lunch boxes, or add a dollop of COOL WHIP to an ordinary dessert.

What you add makes it.

COOL WHIP’s newest ad campaign features several bloggers (including myself) who are real moms that believe in adding those special touches for our families. You will see us throughout the next few months in several of my favorite magazines: Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and Real Simple among others.

The photo shoot for this ad campaign made us regular moms feel like stars for the day! Colton thinks it’s pretty cool that his Mom is in a magazine. It is definitely an experience I won’t forget and the ad will be fun to show my future kids and grandkids! Here is my behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot {also check out this new behind-the-scenes video!} and here is the finished product:

That scrumptious dessert you see me holding? It’s a Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake inspired by one of my very own recipes. Turn an ordinary meal into something special by serving this simple recipe for dessert!

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
Prep Time: 10 min. | Makes: 8 servings; each cake serves 2

What You Need

  • 1/2 cup COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 8 chocolate cookies
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam, warmed

Make It
Place four cookies on dessert plates. Top each with 2 Tbsp. of Cool Whip.
Top with berries and jam. Repeat layers.
Serve immediately.

What do you add to something ordinary to make it extra-special?

I am working in partnership with the COOL WHIP brand and I am receiving compensation for my participation in this campaign. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own.

Sneak Peek of My COOL WHIP Photo Shoot

The beginning of January brought a fun new adventure and my first trip to New York City. I was fortunate enough to share this experience with a few amazing gals (Shelly from MomFiles, Jenny from Picky Palate and Ana from SpanglishBaby). The trip was for a photo shoot with the famous Martin Schoeller who has photographed everyone from the President to Angelina Jolie.

The photos (which I’m sure will be amazing) will actually appear in an upcoming advertisement for COOL WHIP in several women’s magazines this coming March.

Jenny, from Picky Palate and I on set.

The day of the shoot, one of my worst fears came true and my phone didn’t charge. I woke up fifteen minutes before we had to be out the door. Let me tell you, that was the fastest I’ve ever gotten up in the morning in my life.

No time for a shower. I literally woke up, brushed my teeth, washed my face, threw on some clothes and tossed everything in my bag because we were scheduled to fly home right after the photo shoot.

I had no reason to panic though, there were fabulous hair and makeup artists on set to get rid of the bed head and dark circles.

The skyline view from the set was breathtaking. You could see everything.

I am not going to lie, I was pretty nervous about the shoot itself. I am not a model, so at first, having several people standing around watching while I pose was a little intimidating. Everyone was very friendly and encouraging which eventually made it a little less scary.

I am very excited to be in this partnership with COOL WHIP and I had a blast with the other bloggers and everyone who made the photo shoot happen! Stay tuned for delicious COOL WHIP recipes and be on the lookout for the finished photos in magazines this March!

I am working in partnership with the COOL WHIP brand and I am receiving compensation for my participation in this campaign. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own.