All Things Allume

Later this month, I’m heading to my first blogging conference – Allume. I’m looking forward to spending several days in Pennsylvaniawith hundreds of other Christian women bloggers.

Even though regular Accidentally Green readers know an awful lot about me by now, my soon-to-be Allume friends don’t. Today I’m taking a break from my regular content and introducing myself (in an insanely long post) just in time for Allume:

The lowdown

Hi! I’m Hilary. I’m a writer, and once I became a mom, I quit my full-time newspaper editor and columnist job to take care of my children. I couldn’t stop writing, though. Researching and writing had been part of my daily life for so many years and I missed it as I made the transition into full-time mommyhood.

At that time, I began looking into common parenting decisions made in the first year of a child’s life, and was astonished at just how unhealthy many of them are. Aside from changing the way my family lives, I began writing Accidentally Green because I had to share the information I’ve found.

Accidentally Green began as my first (still unpublished) book. However, once my manuscript was finished and I looked for an agent, I discovered the importance of having a platform. I began blogging on Jan. 1, 2011, partially as a way to build a platform, but mainly as a way to help readers learn how to make healthy decisions that honor God – and happen to help the environment.

I’ve loved blogging. I love writing every day, I love interacting with readers, and I love knowing that I can make a difference in this world one person at a time.

In the past year, I’ve written my first eBook, First BitesIt’s the book I wish I had when I became a new parent. When I was starting out as a new mom, I wanted my baby to become a healthy eater, but I had no idea where to begin. After a lot of research and trial and error, I learned how breastfeeding and formula feeding are so different, why making your own baby food is healthier and cheaper than store bought food, and also what common food choices are harmful to children.

First Bites includes all of this information, along with a timeline when certain foods can be introduced into a baby’s diet, and stories from other moms. This book educates parents who want their babies to have a healthy start, but don’t have the time to do all of the research. I’m excited to finally launch First Bites this Thursday!

Top 5 things I hope to gain from Allume

Last winter when I contemplated going to Allume, I prayed that if God really wanted me there, I would get one of the early bird tickets. I did. I went to bed late that night with my heart racing. I had no idea why I was going to this conference, but knew that God did.

Even though I don’t have many expectations for this weekend, I do have five things I hope to gain:

1. I would love to finally understand why God wants me there.

2. I’m looking forward to learning a lot about blogging from women who have done it a lot longer than I have.

3. I hope that I will be able to come home with a lot of great ideas to implement through Accidentally Green.

4. Recently I’ve been partnering with other bloggers to promote the launch of my eBook. Some of these women are going to Allume and I can’t wait to meet them face to face!

5. Spending time with women  rejuvenates my spirit in an amazing way. Three days of girlfriend time sounds like it could be pretty wonderful.

10 things my Allume roomies need to know about me

Finally, I’d love to share 10 things my Allume roomies need to know about me. (I’m rooming with my long-time friend Shannon – she used to disciple me in college, and we haven’t been on a roadtrip together since the mid-90s! We’re also rooming with two other women I can hardly wait to meet.)

1. I am pretty laid back and easygoing; if I say I don’t mind or something doesn’t matter, I mean it.

2. I have a hard time getting going in the morning. I hate setting an alarm clock.

3. I also like to be on time, even though I’m typically running late. (I realize this sounds absolutely ridiculous. And it is!) Hopefully my whole timeliness factor will outweigh my slow morning starts.

4. This weekend is the longest I will have been away from my two babies. I’m kind of nervous about this. And I miss them already.

5. Before I leave on a trip I always feel the need to thoroughly clean my house. Even though my husband and children will be staying at home while I’m gone, I’ll be in a cleaning frenzy the day before I leave.

6. I also always wonder if I’ll make it home from a trip. (Don’t worry. I don’t have a certain feeling that something will happen on the trip – I just know that tomorrow is not a guarantee.) Because of this, I’ll make sure Prince Charming knows where all of our important documents and passwords are kept before I leave.

7. Unfortunately – or fortunately – I wrote about bedbugs this summer for Accidentally Green. The thought of them now freaks me out. The good news is that Logic Product Group sent me bedbug repellant spray. The good or bad news, depending on your opinion, is that I’m packing it for this weekend.

8. Fortunately the bedbug spray is all-natural and has a pleasant, non-bug-sprayish fragrance. And I am more than willing to share it!

9. Even though I devote so much time to blogging, I am a technological dinosaur. I don’t text. I won’t be tweeting updates during the weekend. I don’t have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. And I haven’t even decided if I’ll bring my computer.

10. I love spending time with friends – new and old. Because of this, I can hardly wait to meet you!


Today, I’m linking up with Surprised By Life and Permission to Peruse.

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Hilary Kimes Bernstein is a Christ follower, wife, mama, and journalist. She writes about making healthy decisions that honor God and happen to help the environment at Accidentally Green. Short and sweet - like her writing - Hilary is the author of several healthy living eBooks.

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. I’m so excited to meet you! Not sure about the computer either. Got the smart phone, but really it’s easiest to take notes and listen while using pen and paper. And I really don’t know what to wear! I’m so the Jeans and t-shirt kind of lady but think maybe the evenings will be dressy?

  2. Ah, you had my heart at a writer. My best friend since 3rd grader worked on a newspaper out of college for several years.
    Looking forward to meeting you!

  3. um, so I love your list… except that I now have the heebie jeebies and must meet you early in Thursday afternoon, in order to beg, borrow, or steal your bedbug spray!! :)

  4. Okay…so I could completely connect with #4, #5, and #6…(and even the bedbug one :)

    But #6…that is soooo me…it’s not that I’m morbid…it’s just that as you wrote, I’m aware that each day is a gift and no tomorrow is promised.

    I’m not sure why I feel like cleaning before I leave either???
    Hope to have a chance to meet you at Allume :)

  5. bed bugs. hmmm. can I borrow some of that spray??? LOL Looking forward to meeting you!

  6. Hi Hilary! Wowzas! this is so stinking interesting and I can’t wait to meet you in person. The count down is at 13 days and counting. Yay!

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