This blog post is sponsored by Dove.
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I know it looks like I’ve been on a permanent vacation – it certainly feels like it and I’m not complaining. After Thailand I was home for barely a week before I took off to Mom 2.0 Summit in Laguna Niguel.

Remember how I said Thailand was 100 degrees plus humidity? If that heat can do anything, it can make you think twice about your deodorant. Before I left, I couldn’t find my regular kind in travel-size, so I bought Dove Advanced Care Anti-perspirant because it smelled good and came in a mini version. Fast forward to the end of my vacation and I’m hooked – not just because it kept me fresh, but also because it actually feels really good on your skin. Something I never thought about until I tried it.

Jump ahead a few more days when I’m getting ready for Mom 2.0, and Dove, the sponsor of the summit, asked if I would continue to put Dove Advanced Care to the test throughout my jam-packed itinerary. It didn’t take much convincing and I’m happy to report that I’ll be adding this beauty staple to my regular routine.

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Dove Advanced Care Anti-perspirant offers 48-hours of odor and wetness protection, plus its NutriumMoisture formula that leaves underarms soft and smooth. One of my best friend’s little sister can only use Dove’s Deodorant because all other deodorant irritates her underarms. If you experience a similar problem, you should make this essential upgrade to Dove! I swear up and down you will love it – if it could stand up to Thailand’s humidity and the hustle and bustle of a blogger at the Mom 2.0 Summit, it’s worth considering.

Have you ever left your house thinking, Oh shoot, I forgot to put on deodorant and I need to stop at the store or I guess I need to make my trip short (or hope no one notices). One less thing to think about – sweating – is all taken care of with Dove.

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As mentioned, the conference was hosted by Dove. It was my second time at Mom 2.0 Summit, I went last year when it was in Phoenix. My girlfriend Amy Carney hosted me at her vacation home in Dana Point she is a blogger as well! Isn’t her place darling? Conveniently it was right next door to the Ritz.

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The first day, we both sat in on a travel blogging session because we both love to travel and want to learn more about being able to work with cities, states and countries for travel. Then that night we attended the Bohemian themed dinner, hosted by Dove.

Look at this beautiful view – the summit was at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

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Dove did such a great job with the branding, I want to set up my backyard with the string lights and fabric streamers. Between them were little reflective doves – the Dove logo. There were also floral headbands scattered on the tables and it was fun to pick them up and participate in the theme.

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I know you can’t see the straw in the drink up close but it has the Dove logo all over it too – many of us bloggers agreed branding was on point!

The next day was a full day of talks and visiting sponsor booths. Here I am at the Dove balcony feeling like one lucky (and calm and dry) blogger.

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Dove’s theme for the Summit was #BeautyIs throughout the summit. It was a long day of meeting brands, shaking hands, meeting fellow bloggers and hearing wisdom from fellow bloggers, entrepreneurs and speakers. I can easily be addicted to conferences if you know what I mean – networking and learning are my jam – and travel too of course!

If you’re going to head to Mom 2.0 summit, or any conference I suggest bringing –

  • A lot of business cards
  • A battery pack
  • A cardigan or light jacket (it’s freezing indoors)
  • A trusty antiperspirant to get through the day, like this one of course

Later that evening, we had a free night and I decided after we returned to Amy’s house that I wanted to take a walk to the beach. I know I was just in Thailand so I saw an ocean but this is different, this the Pacific Ocean, what I grew up by, and every time I go back to California I miss home more and more. I get really nostalgic it can get sickening and annoying – ha!

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Yep, see how happy I am?

So I sat on the rocks since the tide was coming in. A few minutes went by, I’m Snapchatting (has this become an official verb in Webster yet?) and a wave comes and gets me. I realize if I don’t move, I’m going to get trapped by the tide.

So, I walk back up the hill and I find a wood bench with a pretty spectacular view.

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About 6 pm, I see surfers head out.

I decide I’m going to watch the sun begin to set for as long as I can.

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And I sit there for an hour in silence, thinking, watching. I call my husband and chat for a bit. Then I observe the sun disappearing behind the endless ocean and my heart swells with gladness.

Thank you Dove for sponsoring this post and giving me confidence while shaking hands at Mom 2.0 Summit.