Table Rock Retreat

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  • Our retreat was sponsored in-part by Mediavine, a leading ad management company for lifestyle sites.

    If you follow along on Instagram, you may have noticed that I held a retreat last week at #calmwatercottage. After months of planning, it was a dream come true.

    flowers to be arranged

    A couple years ago we purchased the lake cottage and began to renovate it. We always planned to host family and friends, but I never dreamed some of those friends would be bloggers.

    wood table

    Our home is nestled in Southwest Missouri – a far trek for most, as it’s four hours from a major airport. That didn’t deter Inspired by Charm, Boxwood Avenue and Pizzazzerie from traveling across the US, hopping flights to a tiny little airport and then driving an additional hour to spend the week together.

    entertaining website

    As a 10+ year blogger I have learned that it’s not just the conference, but those conversations in between that leave me feeling inspired, empowered and ready to grow. After the fun and success of the retreat I attended last year in Round Top Texas, I decided to elaborate on those conversations and host my own retreat.

    how to make the best sandwiches

    best sandwich

    I enlisted the help of brand partners Mediavine {who manages my ads, has saved my site and helped enhance it more times than I can count}, Terlato Wines and Bob’s Red Mill to make the retreat happen, and invited friends who I felt had different perspectives and strengths that compliment one another.

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    It could have gone terribly wrong, but it was a huge success! I’m feeling more inspired than ever after learning new styling and photography tips, how to optimize our sites for speed, how to make them more searchable and user friendly and so much more. We mixed business with pleasure spending mornings at the cottage focused on helping one another achieve their goals and afternoons boating and venturing across the lake to one of my favorite destinations.

    outdoor entertaining

    In case you missed it, here are a few glimpses into our week in case you’re curious what bloggers really do when we get together {hint: selfies and lots of iPhone photos}!

    champagne on boat

    bloggers

    Lisa {Farmhouse on Boone}, myself and Chloe {Boxwood Avenue}

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    boat champagne

    lifestyle bloggers

    Michael {Inspired by Charm}, myself, Courtney {Pizzazzerie}, Chloe {Boxwood Avenue}, Emma {A Beautiful Mess}

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    At Top of the Rock

    things to do in Branson

    sunset table rock lake

    sunset at top of the rock

    Each night at sunset a bagpiper plays to celebrate another day in the Ozarks and the canon is fired.

    canon at sunset

    We call this one the ghost of Michael, but I still love it because without them, I’m not sure I could manage being a wife, mother and business owner…they make work so much fun and so much easier through sharing their knowledge.

    I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse into our week!

    entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

     

     

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