Friday, April 24, 2009

MyBrownBaby Is Road Trippin’ With The BlogRollers

Yup—I talked my way into the “BlogHer or Bust” Chevy with none other than the BlogRollers! I’ll be riding to Chicago to crash the BlogHer conference with Lorraine of Ask Wifey and Christie of A Work In Progress and BlogTalk radio’s Chatterbox. They’re the beauty and brains behind BlogRollers, the new blog venture that’s literally going to take social networking to the streets. We’ll be posting on Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube, 12seconds and a bunch of other social media outlets during our 10-day trip, hosting blogger/twitter meet-ups in cities along the way, and, of course, doing lots of fun contests and giveaways to keep it hot.

The purpose of BlogRollers is to take the business and pleasure of blogging and social networking to the streets in unique and entertaining ways, with the goal of raising awareness of the power of female bloggers and their impact on the economy.

Now, I’m not sure if Chatterbox and Wifey know what they got themselves into with MyBrownBaby; I’m a veteran road tripper from way back. I’m talking bumpin’ playlists (Maxwell, Ledisi, Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder and the elements we know as Earth, Wind & Fire), picnic baskets with sandwiches, fried chicken, chips, gummy bears, and Snickers, portable DVD players with great movies (“Love Jones,” “Love & Basketball,” “Hitch,” and anything with Idris Elba in it), and lots of real talk. About the kids. The husband, of course. Friendship. Work. My crazy dog, Teddy.

Nothing is off-limits.

It’s. About. To. Go. Down.

Here’s the thing, though: I don’t have BlogHer tickets. Nope, by the time I got myself together to buy them, they were all gone. Like they were Hannah Montana tickets or something. So MyBrownBaby is on the wait list, praying/begging/lighting candles with the hope that someone decides she can’t go and turns in her tickets. If that doesn’t happen, well I’ll be out in the lobby of The Sheraton Hotel, holding court, talking mess, meeting my favorite bloggers, and pressing my ear against the door, hoping I can pick up some tips from the wonderful line-up of speakers who’ll be telling us bloggers how to up our game.

Oh, trust: We’re going to have a helluva time, tickets or no!

To see what The BlogRollers are up to, become a follower at the super cute site Chatterbox and Wifey created at TheBlogRollers and follow each of us on Twitter. Stay tuned, too, to see how you can win a seat in the Chevy as a guest Blogroller. If you’re interested in sponsoring a day (or two!) of our BlogHer Or Bust trip to Chicago, or would like to donate items to help us make it to the conference in one piece (with a smile!), email us at theblogrollers at

Chatterbox and Wifey got the serious hook-up with BlogHer and Chevy, who are providing the wheels for us to get to Chicago. We’d love to be sponsored by companies that could provide the following (and anything you don’t see here):

• Gas for the trip
• Hotel accommodations for the entire trip
• WiFi capabilities while on the road
• Travel gear
• Fashionable clothing and accessories
• Snacks/beverages
• Tech gadgets
• Bath/body products and cosmetics
• Music
•Swag for our fans

We promise to make your donation well worth your while!


MyBrownBaby had the extreme pleasure of participating in a mom blogger Q&A with financial guru Suze Orman, hosted by Avon and Mom Talk Radio. Girlfriend answered questions like nobody’s business—about how to start a company, how to save even when you’re living paycheck to paycheck, the best ways to save for our kids’ college education and refinance our homes, and even how to wow investors for your small business. Renee over at Cutie Booty Cakes gave a fantastic recap of the call, with links to some of the great resources Suze shared. Suze’s most poignant message for me, though, was the one in which she implored us moms to take better financial care of ourselves. We are so busy making sure that everyone else gets fed/taken care of/paid that we will literally starve ourselves financially in order to make sure that no one else gets left behind. The problem with this, Suze said, was that we’re the ones who end up suffering. If we can’t take care of ourselves, then NOBODY is taken care of. She parted with these simple words:

You will never be powerful in life until you are powerful over your own money.

Oh, amen to that! I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve got A LOT of work to do. But after that chat with Suze, I’m definitely thinking about ways to handle my finances better—and I thank her for that.

As a gift to us mom bloggers for participating in her chat, and to celebrate the release of her new book, Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan: Keeping Your Money Safe and Sound, Suze’s offering up an incredible gift to MyBrownBaby’s readers: Suze Orman's Will & Trust kit... FREE! The kit includes all the paperwork you’d need to protect your family (don’t worry: it can be used in all 50 states). Let a lawyer fill out these papers, and you’d easily pay $2500. Let Suze tell you how to do it yourself, and it’s $13.50. Order it by Saturday afternoon and it’s f.r.e.e. FREE! Just go to and click the "Will & Trust Kit" link in the blue bar on the left-hand side of the home page. Click the orange "Gift Code" button and enter "Moms Rule" into the gift code field. Click the green "Submit" button and follow the instructions to redeem your free copy of the Will & Trust Kit. This gift code will be valid until 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, April 25th.

Go ahead—load up.

And then follow Suze Orman on Twitter @suzeormanshow, and check out hashtag #suze to see what we were chatting about yesterday.

Thanks, Suze!

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  1. You three are going to have such a great time! And now that I'm back in GA, I just might have to enter to win a set in that Chevy :) I know I'd be in the company of the best of the best!

  2. Have a fantastic trip! Look forward to hearing about it. And THANK YOU for passing on the Suze Orman information!

  3. aren't you the cat's meow! wow....super fun

  4. Oh man I'm SOOOOOOO jealous! I'm make my way over to Atlanta to get a seat in that Chevy! So so so so jealous!!

    And thanks for he Suzy Orman stuff! I love her!

  5. wow girl, I think even if you don't get tickets you are still in for a great adventure! I love the Blog Rollers!! Cool cool ladies for sure!

  6. Can you say crazy fun? So glad you're coming with us and bringing your picnic basket full of goodies, too! Peanut M&M's are Wifey's favorite - hint, hint!

    Can't wait to Roll...

    Winks & Smiles,

  7. If you end up in the lobby, I'll be sure to come visit you in segments, lol! The BlogRollers is what's up!

  8. I love Suze!!!
    I've been twittering about this for weeks now, but I am dying to know which mama of color bloggers are going to Blogalicious in the ATL. My birthday is that same weekend and I am hoping there is a lot of interest and it'll be worth attending! Anyone going? Anyone?

  9. Who are these other women riding with you? I don't know them, these Chatterbox and Wifey bloggers. I think they need to introduce themselves to the family before we let you trek across the country with them. This could be a Craigslist set-up, like the dude in Boston. I got my eye on y'all!

  10. great info. Denene, wish I was a mommy so that I could roll with your crew! Be safe and enjoy and thanks for the info. from Suze:)

  11. Oooooh, you guys are going without me! I'm still a blogger newbie, so I'll wait my turn for the next adventure!!! Whatever it is I'm down:)

  12. Have fun on your trip!!!

    And take LOTS of pictures too!!!

  13. You are going to have the BEST time. And you just HAVE to get tickets so you can take us along and show us the inside scoop. Lots of pictures and lots of craziness to come! YAY

  14. I can't believe the tickets are all gone. I had been toying with the idea of going, and it looks like those who were more serious beat me to the punch. I'm sure you guys will get tickets. (Hey check Craigslist) Sounds like a cool girl road trip. Have Fun!!!!!!

  15. This is a great recap! Don’t forget to remind your readers that there are more recaps and information about the Suze call at . Thanks for linking up!

  16. Wow, wow and wow, ok?! No words here!

  17. I'm sure a ticket will come through. A road trip sounds like so much fun. I'm boring and flying in. Can't wait to meet you!

  18. I was trying so hard to get onto your blog and Internet Explorer kept kicking me off, for some unknown reason. I wanted to say congratulations on your SITS day! It finally stayed on this post so I am taking advantage of it by leaving you some congrats here! - Preston


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