Nourished Food Blogger Conference, the recap

A few weeks ago now I drove down to Chicago with some of my local blog friends. We went to Nourished, a conference to learn more about blogging…….food blogging to be exact.

And why would a person want to learn ‘how’ to blog?

Well, if you’ve ever tried to start a blog, you know. It’s a lot harder than you’d think it might be!

Photography, SEO, keywords, trying to write so that you don’t sound like a dufus…….

One of the biggest benefits, besides the learning, is the food. Fantastic food brought in by some of Chicago’s finest gluten free restaurants!
Oh yum. Food at the Nourished Food Blogger Conference! #nfbc

And yes. See that back there by the subs? That’s tofu folks, and you all know how I feel about soy!

I was to busy chatting with a new friend and fellow natural fertility enthusiast, Jennilyn from Eat a Real Meal, to notice.

Being not so lady like, I was shoveling in the fantastic food on my plate until……with food still in my mouth(again, unladylike) “Oh my gosh…that’s not chicken!”

I am sooooooo glad I do not think soy is healthy. I may just starve because of the gross texture.

So there you have it – don’t eat soy or you may gag in public.
Quail eggs. The liquid yolk is......tough for me to get past!

It might actually be a good thing we don’t have a place in town that makes these yummy morsels. I might have to start blogging at “Natural Birth Control and How to Shut Down the Ovaries”.
I'll be dreaming about these yummy little morsels from the Nourished Food Blogger Conference. #nfbc

I’ll admit it though – I had two of these mini cupcakes and enjoyed every second of them as I bonded with new blogger friends over lunch.

Speaking of friends……

I got the pleasure of spending my day with (L to R) Katie from Kitchen Stewardship, Kelly from Kelly the Kitchen Kop, (me – seriously, when am I gonna learn to keep my chin up! Though the weight that came on after the miscarriage may be affecting that double chin of mine…..) and Dara from Elysium Naturals.

In the nature of a blog conference, we also got photo bombed.

They took off before I got the chance to ask who they were.

So… friends that I don’t know you’re name……let’s meet officially. Hi, I’m Donielle. And you are………..?

I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go to the Nourished Food Blogger Conference this year! I was pleasantly surprised at what I took away to add to my blog, and of course how awesome the SWAG bags were, but also how friendly everyone was – even though we all had different ideals on diet and nutrition. People were very open and honest, but also very open and didn’t look down on anyone else because of the way they ate.

Just as a blog conference should be.

I’ve heard next year that’s it’s in Texas! I should go dig out my boots and cowboy hat now.



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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. I’ve never heard of this conference but it sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  2. ~Misty says:

    Looks like so much fun. It’s always great to see you with Katie & Kelly as I also follow their blogs;)

  3. Andrea says:

    I think it’s harder to remember to keep your chin up when you are tall. ME TOO! But You are beautiful and don’t need to worry about anyone judging your appearance.

    I’d LOVE to hear what you took away! I’m in a sort of muddle right now. I’ve been doing GAPS but wondering if it is wise to continue. I am gluten and dairy free for my thyroid and my nursing baby (who had colic and eczema early in life when I was eating both), but I am wondering if I should be eating starches and trying to add in dairy and soaked grains. AH! :)