Top 10 Things I Learned at Healthy Living Summit 2013


Hey all! I’m back from Healthy Living Summit – and had a blast! It was so nice to go out of town for a long weekend with a few girlfriends, and in turn, meet a few more! I’m planning on some fun summaries of the event, plus some restaurant reviews from my trip, but for today, I thought I’d mix it up.

Top 10 Things I Learned at Healthy Living Summit 2013

1. Bloggers don’t have traditional last names. For example, I’m Alex Tries it Out. This weekend, I met Marissa Barefoot Colorado, Stephanie Snacking on Sunshine, Katie Looking Forward, and Tara Brody Chronicles (this is by no means an inclusive list! I met so many wonderful ladies this weekend. I had to stop somewhere!).

2. Minneapolis has traffic. You’d think I’d have known this before, but apparently this was the first visit to the city where I’d actually had to be the one driving.

3. There’s a good chance there are bloggers from your own city that you had no idea existed (I’m talking to you, Gold Standard Women, and Fit Farm Wife!).

4. Plantains can go in nachos.

5. It’s not kosher to snuggle up to your bed buddy (but you handled it well, Mollie).

6. The difference between mermaid hair (that’s Katie) and princess hair (which is me).

7. Food trucks. I mean, come on Iowa – can we catch up?

8. A lot of bloggers have just as many blog questions as I do.

9. Amanda’s skillet cookie-dough pie is just as good as expected.

10. I’ll get to visit Madison, Wisconsin for Healthy Living Summit 2014!


What’s the top thing you learned? (I’m not being 100% serious with this question … if you can tell by my list.)


  1. Amanda’s cookie dough pie looks amazing!

    The top thing I learned was that when you find yourself talking about kabocha squash for 10 minutes with others… you know you’ve found your people haha.
    Chelsea @ Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen recently rocked the world with…Tempeh coconut curryMy Profile

  2. Too funny– my post today has the same title :) Bummed I missed out on those plantain chips!
    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently rocked the world with…10 Lessons Learned at the Healthy Living SummitMy Profile

  3. I love all of these! Those plantain nachos seriously look awesome. It was great meeting you this weekend!
    Emily @ More Than Just Dessert recently rocked the world with…First Time For Everything: Healthy Living Summit (Day 1)My Profile

  4. Oh, so glad to see it will still be close by next year! And totally agree on those food trucks. And glad to find new Des Moines bloggers. We really need to all get together sometime.

  5. So nice to meet you!!! Loved this list, especially #4 – holy yum! Can’t wait to hear more about that meal. :)
    Katie @ running4cupcakes recently rocked the world with…HLS13–Day 2My Profile

  6. NEXT YEAR!!!!! :)
    jennifer recently rocked the world with…Competitions are over.. time to refocusMy Profile

  7. What a fun list – love it!!
    mindy @ just a one girl revolution. recently rocked the world with…#hls13: friday.My Profile

  8. Hi, My name is Katie Talk Less Say More…LOL! But so freaking TRUE!!

    And seriously LOVE the mermaid vs princess hair. :)
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently rocked the world with…Treat Yo’SelfMy Profile

  9. It was so good meeting you Alex! I love meeting DSM friends and coffee meet up will be in order soon. You’ll have to check out our blog on Thursday for a little #hls13 surprise! :)

  10. That pie! Holy yum! Great recap and I can’t wait for next year! Great meeting you!

    – Kammie Sensual Appeal
    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal recently rocked the world with…Healthy Living Summit in Twin Cities, MNMy Profile

  11. LOL- I forgot to tell you that the next night I ended up with your leg wrapped around me twice!! LOL
    Mollie @Sprinkles of Life recently rocked the world with…and we’re off!…to #hls13My Profile

  12. Glad you enjoyed MSP! 😉
    Carrie @ Season It Already! recently rocked the world with…Buffalo Tap – SavageMy Profile

  13. This recap is perfect! I’m trying to figure out how to include all of the bloggers I met..but there are so. many! Thanks for sending me that pinterest link with all the faces btw!! That will be super helpful! :)
    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently rocked the world with…A Healthy Living Summit Un-RecapMy Profile

  14. Also the fact that you have your name IN the blog makes it super easy to remember!! 😉
    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently rocked the world with…A Healthy Living Summit Un-RecapMy Profile

  15. WHAT THE HELL. When did you get pie?!?!

    Haha hope to see you soon, sister! Good luck on the marathon!!
    Marissa @ Barefoot Colorado recently rocked the world with…HLS Recap: Days 2 & 3My Profile

    • The fact that’s your reaction? I think we are pretty much bffs. And I got it Thursday when I stayed at Amanda’s (Semi Healthy Blog) place. She makes delicious pie!

      Right back at you! Methinks you need to go to Blend, kay?

  16. Looks like you guys had fun! I should’ve gone! You’re looking good too! Have you lost weight?

    • It was a great time! Thanks. I’m not really sure – I don’t weigh myself – but I’ve been training for a marathon so it’s likely.

  17. whoa! plantain nachos? that looks awesome.

    looks like you had a good time!
    calee recently rocked the world with…Let’s talk numbers.My Profile

  18. OMG, skillet cookie dough pizza?!? I can’t even look at the recipe, I need to forget it exists…mainly because I’m already dreaming of the cookie dough eggrolls I’ll be inhaling at HLS14!
    Katie recently rocked the world with…Fast Friday: 5 FactsMy Profile

  19. Aw, man, sounds like a lot of fun :) And I am eyeballing that cookie dough pizza. Wish I could have gone!
    Sonia the Mexigarian recently rocked the world with…Marathon Training Week 4My Profile

  20. #4…yummmmm. And I’m really upset that I missed #9!!
    Ari @ Ari’s Menu recently rocked the world with…Mexican SlawMy Profile

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