My Altitude Summit DIY Gift Bag


First of all, I have to apologize for the lack of a new post yesterday. In the year and a half since I started this blog I have not missed a post….so you know it wasn’t something I did on a whim. I just reached a point last night where something had to give…and it turned out to be my post.

As some of you may know…I am attending a blogger’s conference in Salt Lake City called Altitude Summit.  Today was the first full day of festivities and WOW…what a day! Not only did I get to speak in a workshop on “DIY’s + Pinterest” with the incredibly talented Chris Gardner of, Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt, Chelsea Costa of, and Melissa Esplin of…but after the workshop I ALSO got to chat with Jessica Alba. :-)  She is in Utah attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City (her film A.C.O.D. premiered Wednesday) and talking up her business venture “The Honest Company” with bloggers. I have to say…she couldn’t possibly have been nicer! Such a pleasant surprise. :-)


Below is a picture of the DIY gift bag I presented to my fellow panelists AND Jessica Alba! It included a bag of my Highly Addicting Granola Clusters, a sampler of essential oils, some Homemade Altoids, and a bar of my Homemade Soap from Wednesday’s post! It also included a few other non-homemade goodies…but I was especially proud of the DIY stuff. :-)


It was a small gesture…but one I hope will have some sort of lasting effect. :-)

Two more days of conference ahead…and then things will settle down again….but I promise to have a “real” post tomorrow. :-)  Thanks for your patience!!





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  1. Deborah Jennings says

    Everyone has an off day at times. Even though I did miss your post, all is forgiven. =) Have a good time. We (I) will be waiting for more posts when you get home.

  2. Donna Hart says

    It looks as though you are having fun. You deserve it for all your hard work. I have to agree with the others. The print is really hard to see, especially for these old eyes. And, I even have new glasses. But, I still love your blog, so I will deal with it. Enjoy..

  3. Robin says

    all I can say is that I missed you yesterday, had to check to make certain nothing was wrong with my computer. Glad to see you back today……missed you girl.

  4. Linda says

    Love the new look of your blog!! Very clean and contemporary. The,print is a bit light to read, but I’m sure you will sort it out. You look great btw.

  5. Megan says

    Love the new look of your blog! I have been following for about a month now and I love it! It is so obvious how much hard work you put in to this! :) Looks like you are having so much fun and you deserve it!

  6. Mary Alice says

    I was a bit worried about you when there was no post yesterday. You are an incredibly prolific blogger so I wondered if life just caught up with you. Glad you are well.

    Can I make a comment on your new blog look? The light blue is a lovely color but I can barely read it on my computer screen. The light grey is also difficult (the color used in your post) but the blue is really, really hard to read.

    • Farmgirl says

      I third this request, they light grey font color is really hard on the eyes, perhaps darken it a bit? Love you blog!

    • Nancy M says

      I miss your old blog design. I loved the color blocks; clean, relaxing color choice, and so unique. I think this blog design now looks like all of the others I see online. I still love your content though, so I will remain a loyal follower.

      • Katy says

        I agree – I’m really thrown off by the front page appearance – every other post is minimized to a one-line “headline” between full posts, whereas I used to see the current day’s post at the top of the page, followed by the previous day, then the day before that, etc – a logical layout, as in most blogs. The new layout makes it all seem out of place to me. I like the color scheme but I really don’t like the layout. Just my honest two cents. :-)

    • Nancy says

      I do agree about the font colours – while quite lovely it is rather difficult to read. I keep wanting to change or darken it. I will miss your old look but this is also lovely. Sometimes changing things up can be very inspiring! I look forward to all your wonderful posts!

      • Colleen says

        Hi Jillee! I echo all the comments here on your new blog format. The first thing I noticed when the page opened was that I had to minimize my screen substantially to be able to see the whole page. That, combined with the lighter font is giving me eyestrain. Still love you and what you put into your blog though :-) You are obviously a very thoughtful and kind person, to have done up those gorgeous gift bags with home made items no less. That would have taken a lot of effort. Surely will have a lasting impression.

    • Sue says

      I agree about the colors.

      Hope you are having a wonderful time and learning lots of things to share with us. :)

  7. linsey says

    Looks like your having a blast!! And yay for meating jessica alba!! i bet that was very exciting! looking forward to another post soon! :)