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Mami Vice: What I Found at Hispanicize

It’s taken me well over a week to recap Hispanicize. Mainly because my brain is still overflowing with people, faces, names and places.

I won’t bore you with details of how my roommates and I had to switch suites or how exactly we made it work when we had 6 women in one room on one night AND ONLY ONE BATHROOM.  This only worked, as mami used to say, por obra y gracia del espiritu santo (by will and grace of the holy spirit).

My conferencing started off on the right foot when I met Rory from Mama Contemporanea on the first night there and she greeted me with “¡pero eres jovencita!” (you’re young!).  I was loving her before I met her but, that pretty much solidified it for me!  I’m so glad I had a couple of minutes to spend with her.  She’s one of those people that draws you in with her smile.  Definitely someone I was glad to meet in person.

I do have some bad news: after taking the “mami swagger” picture I lost my badge.  That’s what I get for taking it off and trying to look cute.  This hurts me VERY MUCH only because behind my badge, I was keeping the business cards for those bloggers and brands that I wanted to keep in touch with.  I have a handful of them but the majority were lost with the badge. So, if I met you, took your card and you haven’t heard from me, I apologize.

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Aside from the pictures, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Hispanicize rocked!  And not just because of the amazing parties and yummy food.  I so enjoyed meeting bloggers and brands alike that I had interacted with in this blogosphere.  I also very much enjoyed meeting new ones
  2. My love of GM was reinforced and not just because they served me croquetas during the first session of Thursday morning!  Their session was extremely helpful in outlining for me how to reach out to brands and also what to expect.  And yes, I totally enjoyed being chauffeured around Miami and having some cafecito at Versailles as well
  3. The one session that had me scribbling down more notes than I could handle was the one that McDonald’s put together regarding how to pitch to a brand. I found it helpful for myself but also because I have clients that ask me about this and though I always had the generalities, this session gave me specific how-to’s that I found invaluable
  4. The Target Luxe Lounge was RIDIC! I mean, it had everything that one would need during a conference.  I will have to say that my 2 favorite things in the lounge were: the box wine that I fell in love with AND Bryant, the masseuse. I ain’t gonna lie, I may have asked him to come home with me.  My only regret was not getting a second massage after lugging around my bags which brings me to
  5. The swag!  Okay, I may need more than just one paragraph for this.  So, I’ll move on down for the deets

Ya’ll, Radio Shack hooked me up.  I mean, really, really, really.  I couldn’t have made it through the conference without them.  Each person at the conference received an Enercell® 2400mAh Portable Power Bank in their conference bag. This was good for a full charge on your phone. Lifesaver.

But they went the extra mile for me and I received a true Radio Shack Survival Kit with the following:

  • iRig™ Mic for iPhone, iPad and ANDROID devices
  • Verbatim keyboard
  • ZAGGsparq™ 2.0 Portable USB Charger
  • AUVIO® Pearl Buds
  • Targus Backpack

I am sad to say that I never made it to the 4th floor where all things beauty related lived.  I’m very, very, very sad about this because I was sooo looking forward to checking out the great products and great people that were there.  My roomies made sure I knew what I was missing too.  So, special thanks to Myrah, Pattie, Yadira and Yanira for letting me know what wonderful things I was missing.  But, needless to say, I’m still in 7th heaven over the techy survival kit.

Speaking of heaven, don’t forget that through April 28, through this special promotion RadioShack guarantees customers at least $30 and as much as $300 in immediate store credit when they trade in a working mobile phone and activate a new one. Ah yes! Nothing like new phone heaven!

You may be asking yourself, mami, so what? You learned a lot and got great stuff, why should I care? Well, Radio Shack said “mami, your readers are so awesome that we want to give them a few things as well!”.  Personally, I’d be keeping all of this stuff but, how many Enercell batteries can one have, I ask you?  I won’t dwell on the response because then I won’t be giving one away.

Be sure to leave a comment below and you will be entered to win this handy dandy little lifesaver that we all fell in love with.  You have until May 7th to enter. And don’t forget to sign up for my RSS feed because in the coming weeks there will be additional giveaways for you thanks to Radio Shack. And let me tell you, they ain’t small!

There is so much more that I want to share with you but, it would take a week of nothing but Hispanicize posts to catch you up.  So many great people that I feel bad not mentioning everyone here!  Eva and Piera from Latina Mom Bloggers, thank you for being such a beautiful blessing and for the beautiful necklaces.  Joscelyn, thanks for taking the time to provide me with some much needed advice.  Manny and crew, THANK YOU for making this such a successful event!

This conference was the beginning of a lot of new projects for me.  It solidified what I’d be doing with Mami Inc Media, I made what I hope will be long lasting connections and more than that, it reminded me that I’m a proud Latina Afro-Latina.  And to think that if it wasn’t for The Clever Girls, I never would’ve made it here.  Thank you once again for providing me with the ticket.

I know I’ll kick myself for having forgotten something after this goes live but, such is life. I’m basking in the fact that there are no such things as coincidences, that blessings are put before you and you must be ready to receive them and that techy stuff still make this mami very, very happy.

Did you attend Hispanicize? What did you think?

Must be a US Resident 18 and over to participate.  No purchase necessary to win. Giveaway closes at 9:00 p.m. EST 5/7/12. Random.org will be used to select the winner. 

 

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About Sili

Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Mamihood Media and My Mamihood. Selected as one of Latina Magazine’s top Blogger to Know in 2014 and Latina Magazine’s top 10 Mommy bloggersin 2013, My Mamihood was described as “a haven for fashion inspiration, baby concerns, must read books and even tech musings! This blog will keep you reading for hours…” When not appearing on top 10 lists or speaking passionately about those things she holds near and dear to hear heart, this Afro Latina loves hanging out with her frog princess, helping others, trash talking in her setting up all-girl Fantasy football leagues, reading and finding new gadgets to play with. She is currently punishing herself by pursuing an MBA with a concentration in social media from Southern New Hampshire University on hiatus from school much to the chagrin of her Type A personality.

19 comments

  1. Irene
    Twitter: imasillymami

    Looks like it was a great time. Can’t wait til I get to go to a conference and meet so many great bloggers
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  2. Michelle
    Twitter: ThinkIncolornow

    I’m glad You had a great time. Thanks for Sharing what you learned with us. Makes me want to learn to speak Espanol so I can go next time! The Radio Shack battery pack sounds like a life saver!!
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  3. Pattie
    Twitter: PattieCordova

    I love my enercell, but now the hubster wants one too. It was really great sharing a room with you! You’re such a super great gal and I thank God for medias such as Facebook and Twitter so we can stay connected and I can know what you’re up too. Good luck on Mami Media. I’m rooting for you!
    Pattie recently posted..“Tips to Spice Up Your Parties” Farm Rich style #FarmRichSnacksMy Profile

  4. Gracias! you’re a sweetheart. it was nice to meet you, please keep in touch!

  5. I’m glad you had so much fun, learned a lot and made so many contacts. Your blog is one that I can laugh and cry in the same post. Keep doing what you do!!

  6. I’m not going to “bore” you with the details? Please share…that was the best part. Dios mio was that fun! I couldn’t have asked for better room mates.
    Yanira Garza recently posted..Wrap UpMy Profile

  7. Lucrecer
    Twitter: lucrecerbraxton

    How I hate I could not go to this conference. For one to see you and for two, it sounds like it was a great conference to go to.
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  8. Yery Robinson
    Twitter: mellownyellow

    nice…. I hope you hear back from them

  9. It was soooo very cool meeting you at Hispanicize. I got there on day 2 and missed all the cool Radio Shack swag but I heard it was the best bag in town! Love your blog amiga… Hasta la proxima!
    george torres recently posted..5 Tips on How To Effectively Reconnect With Your Hispanicize Friends. #hispz12My Profile

  10. Divina
    Twitter: Dancinghotdogs

    It was great meeting you! Thank you so much for being a part of my recap video. http://www.dancinghotdogs.com/2012/04/video-top-five-favorites-for-hispanicize-2012-miami/
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  11. And to think it was only two short years ago we sat in a tiny, PM-smelling office brainstorming on priorities, resource management and blog names :) I’m SO proud of how far you’ve come and can’t wait to see where this takes you.

  12. Looks like you had lots of fun! I can’t wait to go to my first conference!
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  13. Hispanicize was so inspirational to me. I left feeling validated and proud to be a Latina Mom Blogger. Hope to see you next year!
    Michelle Hernandez recently posted..Hispanicize for days! Take a leap!My Profile

  14. Yery Robinson
    Twitter: mellownyellow

    I feel like I was there, you were so descriptive about the experience.

  15. Wow, 6 women in one room. Reminds me of Myrtle Beach, SARC 2009. With 10 of us in one room (that includes 2 buns in the ovens…lol) Now that was an experience I would never try again. But I’m glad you enjoyed your trip. Seems like you’ve found your niche in this blog world. Like Chandra said, you have me ROTFL one minute and then reaching for tissue the next. I’ve never really been into the whole blog thing. But I really do enjoy your work. Great job LS!

  16. I had a great time at the conference. It was a pleasure meeting and hanging out with you.
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  17. Hispanicize 2012- it was special wasn’t it? Thanks for the post, the pics and the giveaway. I think Radio Shack was the only swag BB didn’t get!

    ; )

    BB2U
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  18. Deidre
    Twitter: missdei1908

    Sounds like you had lots of fun! I’m so happy that you are realizing your dreams!

  19. Cynthia
    Twitter: cynthialil

    I’d love to win this for my son. He’s always running around with a nearly dead phone!
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