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2011 Countdown to National Conference

raebates

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Nope, Becca. You've covered that well. And, I prefer not to think about what might be lurking. Eewww.
 

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Today is July 3. There are only 4 days left until the start of National Conference!

Don’t forget your meds and vitamins. As a diabetic, I take several prescription meds and a whole passel of vitamins and supplements. If you have regular medications you take, make sure to take plenty with you. These are not things you’ll want to put in your checked baggage if you’re flying. I always make sure to take an extra day’s supply just in case something happens to delay my return.

I’m serious about the vitamins, too. If you’re used to taking a daily multi-vitamin, you’ll want to continue that even at NC. A tiny zippered bag would hold enough to get you through NC and would fit in just about any purse or bag.
 

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triple dog blech!!

TOTALLY!!!

Now I want to pitch a tent and sleep in the park! Maybe I'll pack an air mattress.

I'm totally creeped out now.
 

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Yuck, hadn't thought about those nasty little buggers! Brings new meaning to the old saying, "sleep tight and don't get the bedbugs bite"! :-D
 

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Yuck, hadn't thought about those nasty little buggers! Brings new meaning to the old saying, "sleep tight and don't get the bedbugs bite"! :-D

If I bring a small can of Lysol and spray the heck out of the bed before touching it or putting anything on it, am I safe then?
 

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I don't think Lysol will do anything to them. If you find bugs in the bed, don't touch anything - not even the walls - and get a different room on a different floor, preferably several floors away.
 

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Im sleeping on an air mattress with my own sheets and blankets... So I dont need to worry to much over bed bugs this was our way of saving on the hotel room squese more it in.. lol
 

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Today is July 4. There are only 3 days left until the start of National Conference!


Happy Independence Day!


Have you checked the fridge? This would be a great day to make note of anything that’s gotten low after your celebrations so that you can pick those things up. You don’t want their memory of your NC trip to be that there was no milk for their morning cereal. This will also give you an opportunity to pick up those healthy snacks you’re going to take along. You can unpack them from the grocery bags right into your suitcase so no one else will be tempted to eat them.
 

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Today is July 4. There are only 3 days left until the start of National Conference!


Happy Independence Day!


Have you checked the fridge? This would be a great day to make note of anything that’s gotten low after your celebrations so that you can pick those things up. You don’t want their memory of your NC trip to be that there was no milk for their morning cereal. This will also give you an opportunity to pick up those healthy snacks you’re going to take along. You can unpack them from the grocery bags right into your suitcase so no one else will be tempted to eat them.

I am so blessed to have a Mother-In-Law who is not only taking care of my little guy for me while I'm gone, but she is also feeding both of my men dinner Wed, Thurs, and Fri!
I have packed lunches planned for the little guy to take with him to Grandma's house, and so DH only has to worry about lunches for himself (which he usually does anyway) and breakfast for them both. That's easy - I'm baking high protein blueberry muffins, and the fridge is stocked with yogurt, and I'm making a batch of soaked oat porridge for them to heat up if they want cereal. Right now I have a 9x13 pan of Chocolate Chip Blondies in the oven, and that should be enough for them to last through the week for a snack.
 

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I am so blessed to have a Mother-In-Law who is not only taking care of my little guy for me while I'm gone, but she is also feeding both of my men dinner Wed, Thurs, and Fri!
I have packed lunches planned for the little guy to take with him to Grandma's house, and so DH only has to worry about lunches for himself (which he usually does anyway) and breakfast for them both. That's easy - I'm baking high protein blueberry muffins, and the fridge is stocked with yogurt, and I'm making a batch of soaked oat porridge for them to heat up if they want cereal. Right now I have a 9x13 pan of Chocolate Chip Blondies in the oven, and that should be enough for them to last through the week for a snack.

Can you share your blueberry muffin recipe?
 

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Can you share your blueberry muffin recipe?

Here is the link. It's a new recipe that I'm trying, but I've been baking quite a bit with coconut flour and really like it. The changes I'll be making are to use honey instead of agave, and I'll also use coconut oil in place of the grapeseed oil.

***The properties of coconut flour are such that you can't really substitute a different flour though, without majorly changing the rest of the recipe too.

http://www.elanaspantry.com/blueberry-muffins/
 

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The Sheraton had some listings from 2010. Fingers crossed they got it cleared up.

Not the Sheraton that is a Conference Hotel:
"301 E North Water St
Chicago, IL 60611-4318
There are no bedbug encounters on record for this address."
 

chefa

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Whew! Thanks for double checking that Carolyn!
 

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Can someone from the Chicago area explain what some of our relatives (from the Chicago area) are trying to warn us about? They said that if we see a large group of teens to turn around and go the other way. Anyone know anything about that?
 

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I think they're talking about flash mobs that have been vandalizing and beating people up. I wasn't really paying attention when it was on the national news (I'm not in IL).
 

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Today is July 7. There are only 2 days left until the start of National Conference!


Clear my camera’s SD card so I’ll have plenty of room for pictures. Check.

Extra batteries for camera. Check.

Sticky note on luggage reminding me to grab my cell phone charger. Check.

Don’t forget to make sure you’re set for all of your electronic gadgets. If you pay roaming charges with your cell plan, you might check to see if you can add Chicago to your plan for just a few days. It could save you a bundle.
 

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I think they're talking about flash mobs that have been vandalizing and beating people up. I wasn't really paying attention when it was on the national news (I'm not in IL).

Yes thats what they are talking about. I haven't heard any in the last couple weeks, but I'm in the suburbs. It's like any big city, stay alert and stay in groups in the evening.
 

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Hmm...I thought today was July 5th.
 
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she's so excited she's already in Chicago mentally :)
 

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lol I forgot my charger for phone! had to be another. I am already having great fun in chicago with my new found buddy Laurie! :) We went to the field and it was awesome!
 

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My wife and I are here at the Hilton already. Took a rickshaw ride through the park.
Is it ok to put our cell number on here?
 

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lol I forgot my charger for phone! had to be another. I am already having great fun in chicago with my new found buddy Laurie! :) We went to the field and it was awesome!

laurie garza-carl?
 

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laurie garza-carl?

Probably! That girl gets around :) Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow Kristina! Laurie said maybe Navy Pier. Do you know if she's thinking of walking there from the Hilton or cabbing it?
 

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DANG! I hate it when people are having fun without me...... :)
 

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For those on a budget, I was told that you can walk out by the lake near the hotel (Hilton) and see the fireworks.
 

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We are leaving in 10 hours and I am so excited I can't sleep! Thank goodness I am not driving first :)
I haven't been on much (busy with the kids and business) but I have my button and I am ready to meet all of you terrific people!!
Look out Chicago, here WE come!!

Jan (staying at the Hilton):sing:
 
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Today is July 6. Tomorrow National Conference begins!


Don’t obsess too much about what you might have forgotten to pack. You’ll be in Chicago. There’s little you could have forgotten that can’t be purchased easily near where you’re staying.

See everyone soon! I’m leaving in just a little while, and I’ll be praying for safe travel for everyone. The fun is about to begin!

Thank you for reading my notes and indulging me in my need to keep myself on track and to share tidbits of information.
 

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and know that we all thank you - Rae!
Travel safe. I take off in 4 hours.
 

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Only thing I can't seem to find is my Chef Success button .. had it just last week. :( I leave in 2 hours so I will keep looking til then.
 

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Only thing I can't seem to find is my Chef Success button .. had it just last week. :( I leave in 2 hours so I will keep looking til then.

I realized when I got here that I left my CS button at home.
 

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For those staying at the Chicago Hilton; I'm on the 10th floor and there's men working just outside our window.
 

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Only thing I can't seem to find is my Chef Success button .. had it just last week. :( I leave in 2 hours so I will keep looking til then.

Oooh, thanks for the reminder angel! I would have forgotten mine, just packed it!
 

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Were on our way to Chicago yay
 

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Anyone think it's wrong to share the internet code for the Hilton? Will save everyone at least $10 per day.
 

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I can't find my CS button either! I'm not leaving til this evening, so I've got time for some frantic searching! (I remember I took it to Spring Launch.....but where did I put it then!?!?!?)
 

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