What’s in my Conference Bag? + Giveaway! (closed)
This giveaway is now closed. The winner is #13 Dionne!!
This past weekend I attended a blogging conference here in Western Canada. It was a smaller conference which is what I most prefer as it makes for great conversation with plenty of time to meet everyone.
What I’ve found with conferences is that I always have a lot of stuff I need to have on hand with me. With all past conferences I’ve attended I’ve never had the right bag to schlep all my stuff until now. In addition, this particular conference wasn’t being held at a hotel so we weren’t staying in the same location. This meant I needed to come prepared as I wouldn’t just be able to run back up to my room to get what I needed. That’s where my new Martha Stewart small tote bag came in super handy dandy. It was exactly the size I needed and it fit everything perfectly. Seriously can you believe Martha’s Home Office collection via Staples now includes tote and laptop bags? Couldn’t be more happier about that.
Here’s what I carry in my conference bag:
Ipad ~ I bring this along to follow along with the conference Twitter/Facebook feeds and to join the conversation myself. I find the battery lasts longer than on my netbook and then I don’t have to stress about finding an outlet which at conferences can be pretty hard to come by. I also used it to follow along with the workshops that had interactive elements online. I protect my iPad with a pretty padded sleeve ~ these are also a new addition to the MSOH line.
Netbook ~ for taking care of blog business. The pink padded case I purchased from a thrift store.
My Conference Notebook Binder ~ This is what I use to write my notes. Yes I know I could do it on the iPad but I still prefer good old fashion pen and paper in some instances. It also includes a calendar, various sections using colorful dividers and business card clear pockets where I organize the business cards I collect at conference. I purchased this binder last year from Staples and it too is from the Martha Stewart Home Office collection.
Water Bottle ~ I never leave home without it
Business Card Pouch ~ Martha now also has these FANTASTIC clear pouches that are the best for organizing just about anything but are especially useful for organizing totes and purses. The small size was awesome for holding my business cards and it tucked nicely into the front pocket of my tote bag for quick and easy access.
The best part of my fun pink tote bag is that it can be made bigger or smaller with the side snaps. I really like this feature because I’ll often leave my netbook in the hotel room which means I don’t need quite as much room in my bag for all the other stuff.
I’m so excited about today’s giveaway because it is AWESOME! One lucky commenter is going to receive BOTH a Martha Stewart tote bag AND a Martha Stewart iPad sleeve!! To enter simply leave a comment on this post telling me what’s in your bag or purse. While these giveaway items aren’t available in Staple’s stores in Canada just yet this giveaway IS open to both US and Canadian residents. Can I get a whoot, whoot!! Giveaway ends on March 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm PST.
There is currently a 1 week promo on right now at Staples that started yesterday: spend $40 on any MSHO tote/accessory and get $10 off. I’m not entirely sure yet if a coupon code is required but I’ll update here should that be the case.
Good luck everyone!!
Please note that for the purposes of this review I was sent samples of the tote bag and sleeve. All adoration is entirely my own :)