Caught On Video – The Messy Twins Behind 5 Minutes For Mom

by Susan

Okay, this is embarrassing…

In fact, it’s so embarrassing that we weren’t even going to publish it.

We laughed and laughed as we watched it over and over, but we thought it was a bit TOO real to share with the rest of the world.

But, as I read Janice’s post yesterday about how to get the most FUN out of blogging conferences, I thought maybe we’d let you all in on the laugh that Janice, Erica, Louise and I had with our camera girl in the middle of the final night of BlogHer’10 in New York.

In this video we reveal the crazy mess of our hotel room and the mad life we lead during our BlogHer video shoots.

Now, before I show you this… I assure you that we ARE capable of keeping a hotel room in decent shape and Janice has had many blogging conference roommates who have not kicked her out.

(I’m a little scared that when we show you this video that neither of us will ever get a blogging conference roommate again. But, really it’s only when the TWO of us get together at BlogHer that it is THIS bad.)

Okay… Here it goes…

Pretty bad, hey?

Well, BlogHer’10 in New York was especially crazy because we were shooting video at a bunch of different off-site party locations. We were taking cabs and running around the streets of NYC trying to make it to as many parties as we could.

The hotel room is overflowing with swag — most of which we ended up giving to the hotel housekeeper the next morning as we couldn’t take it all on the plane with us.

I think this year BlogHer’11 in San Diego will be very different. I’m guessing there won’t be so many off-site events and I know I won’t be using up precious time in a cab, stuck in traffic, trying to get to a party.

But don’t think for a moment I’m complaining… BlogHer’10 in New York was so much fun and a most unique blogging conference. It was an experience of a lifetime.

What About You?

So tell us… are you going to BlogHer in San Diego? Have you ever been to BlogHer? What about any other blogging conferences… have you been? Do you want to go?

Thanks to Our Sponsors

kmart designWe want to thank Kmart Design for sponsoring our video shoot during BlogHer’10 in New York.

Watch more of our BlogHer’10 video interviews here!

Also… here’s a little tip…
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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Susan.
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Jenn July 1, 2011 at 8:43 am

OK… now that kinda reminds me of what things *might* be like when my 3 sisters and I are together just having fun without kids or husbands around :)


2 Janice July 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Isn’t it brutal! That trip was madness — we were running in and out of that room dashing to parties and meetings. So fun and SO messy!!! The worst ever I am sure!


3 Mikki July 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

You girls are a trip. LOVED watching this video.!!! Looks like you had a great time!!

I soooo wish I could go to Blogher 11 but I didn’t jump on soon enough and doubt I could get sponsors.. bummer.
Would love to learn and grow my blog..

Oh well, I live vicariously through you 2 ! :-)


4 Janice July 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Awww – wish you were coming too!!! You gotta come to a conference at some point. SO much fun!


5 Christieo July 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

Hahahaha! I love it! Honestly, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a hotel room that DOESN’T look like that during a conference!!! I saw Louise in there, too, HI LOUISE! LOL seriously, love the candid videos!


6 Janice July 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Girl — if you EVER see one THAT bad please take a photo! I need proof that I am not the only one THAT out of control! lol


7 Brandi July 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

That video is hilarious!!! No BlogHer for me, but you ladies enjoy it!


8 Janice July 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Thanks girl! Wish you were coming!


9 Nolie July 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

The room may be “slightly” messy but at least you are having fun. Last I checked enjoying yourself at a conference is what it is all about after all.

Either of you have room in your suitcase to sneak me into BlogHer 11?


10 Janice July 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

:) I so wish we could fit you in!


11 Nolie July 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I hope to make it one year to BlogHer. It sounds fantastic. Just need a passport, get over the fear of flying and the money to go. I want to set my eyes on 2013 as a goal.


12 Katrina - July 1, 2011 at 11:48 am

I’ve never been to a blogging conference and honestly, it’s my dream to be able to attend with you ladies. I don’t even mind if I get to go because it’s my job to keep your hotel room clean…lol. They always sound like such amazing events!


13 Janice July 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

LOL – :)


14 Tammy July 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Wow…this is kind of like a scrapbook retreat! how fun! It’s been a while since I did a girlfriend trip! Love you guys!


15 Janice July 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Yes – any time to get away with friends is SUCH a treat! :)


16 Jayme (Random Blogette) July 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

You two are adorable! One of these years I need to meet you at one of these lovely Blog conferences. Someday….


17 Janice July 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Yes — it would be SO great to meet you!!! :)


18 Lolli July 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Why didn’t I think of taking pictures or video in our room at Type A?! That was totally fun to watch. And, hey, the room last weekend was not as bad….so you’re doing good! LOL

PS – now I am REALLY wanting to go to BlogHer with you! Waaah!


19 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:46 am

Girl – I am SO sad you aren’t coming. It is SERIOUS fun we have!!!


20 Marissa July 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I love this real look behind the scenes! I hope to meet you at this year’s BlogHer :)


21 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:45 am

Yes — make sure you say HI! Would love to meet you! :)


22 Kelley July 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I wish I was going! I used to live in San Diego, but we recently moved to the Chicago area..what a bummer!


23 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:46 am

Awww – and just when it gets back to the pacific coast too! :(


24 Rachel July 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Uh oh – that’s bad? I was hoping for much worse.
**slinking off to contemplate my own bad hotel room**

I’ll miss seeing you girls this year! I’m not brave enough to take a nursing baby all the way across the country with me…or worse, a breast pump. #Torture


25 Janice July 7, 2011 at 2:25 am

Oh yes – we will miss you!!! And girl – seriously – if yours has EVER been worse, I need photographic EVIDENCE! :)


26 shelly July 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Too funny. Yes, that is a mess. Tsk Tsk. Your poor roomie. lol I would love the opportunity to go to a blogging conference. I hope to when there is one close to me so I can save on hotel stay. Though it would be fun to trash a hotel room with swag like you ladies do with style.


27 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:47 am

Oh no worries – we didn’t have any roomies!!! Just the two of us! Erica and Louise and our camera girl were in other rooms. :)


28 Sara July 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Ok, so you are MY kind of gals!!! I am gooffy and crazy (and messy, NOT on purpose of course) just like that!! Yep, we’d get along! ;)


29 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:47 am

Perfect — sounds like a great match! :)


30 Alyse July 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

This makes me feel better about my own hotel messiness! This will be my first year at Blogher, and I’m so pumped!


31 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:48 am

YAY for messy rooms!!! :) Make sure you say HI at BlogHer ok!!!


32 Kelly July 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

I am going to BlogHer ’11 this year and it will be my 1st Blog Conference. I am super excited, but after seeing that video a little scared! LOL! I am sure that I am even messier, and now I am worried – How am I going to clean my hotel room before I leave?


33 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:48 am

LOL – no – I don’t think you could be messier than that!!! LOL


34 Cathi July 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I was at BlogHer in NYC but amidst the crowds I didn’t introduce myself to you or Janice. I and my roomies, Kailani (An Island Life) and Debra (A Frugal Friend) left much of our swag for the hotel housekeeper too! (I bet they love conferences)
I just attended Type A and once again didn’t swim upstream through the crowds to meet Janice … eventhough I was on the same small plane as she was into ORD. I loved Type A! I liked the intimate setting with the smaller crowd. Also the sessions! I learned SO much.
I’ll be at BlogHer in San Diego (just south of where I live) with my roomies Kailan & Debra AND…I will fight the crowd and introduce myself to you and Janice!! ;D


35 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:49 am

GIRL!!!! You were on the same plane as us?!?!? Where were you sitting??? Why didn’t you say hi? Did you see us in the airport???

For SURE say HI in San Diego girl!!!


36 Cathi July 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I sat three or four rows behind you! I was last to get my luggage off the cart and by the time I lugged the dang 40+ pound thing & my 20 pound backpack up the stairs to the terminal I was beat! haha
And…after lugging it all back down stairs to catch the shuttle to terminal C and back up stairs again I thought I was going to die! While sitting at my gate trying to catch my breath! and waiting for my flight to LAX… I saw you waiting at the very next gate. I was just about to come over and say hi when you started boarding. :(
Before my flight backed away from the gate I read your comments on FB that you were still AT the gate. That is when I commented back that I was on the next plane waving at you. Small world especialy for two people going to such different destinations! I will see you in San Diego & say hi!! ;D
Oh…I was the gal carrying Papa Smurf since he wouldn’t fit in my overpacked bags! A birthday gift for my 34 yr old son.


37 Janice July 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

Oh that is TOO funny that you were there and I had no idea! Yes – let’s connect in San Diego!


38 Joe the Tenant July 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

“Okay, so I’m going to Seaworld’s residency camp from grades 10 to 12. and I was wondering if anyone has gone there before? As in how was it? We’re the campers there friendly? and how are the roommates? What if your roommate was really rude or something? That’s the most thing that concerns me.. thanks!. “


39 boomama July 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

This made me so happy. :-)


40 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:50 am

Awwwww! :) You know girl — it would make me SO happy to see YOU!!!! Tell me you are coming to BlogHer!!!


41 Amy July 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

LOL! As a mom of 5 year old twin girls, I’ve often wondered when the “that’s MINE!” game will stop. Now I know…never!! hahaha. That was awesome to watch. Thx for sharing.


42 Janice July 5, 2011 at 5:51 am

Oh it NEVER EVER stops!!!!!!!!!!! But we have a blast together! :)


43 Annie July 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I am going to BlogHer for the first time EVER this year! I am so excited Janice! While I hope to see you again, I hear it is crazy busy at this conference and won’t be too hurt if we miss each other in all the craziness.

I will have fat baby Lucy with me, so no partying for me. But I’m saving up my money cause next year? I’m totally doing ALL the parties and everything!


44 Janice July 6, 2011 at 3:20 am

It is BRUTAL how many people you never even SEE at BlogHer! It is a ton of fun but that is the one sad part — that you can’t possibly spend time with everyone!


45 Janice July 6, 2011 at 3:21 am

But I will be LOOKING for you and sweet baby Lucy!!! So if you see me – holler! :)


46 ChiMomWriter July 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Heading to BlogHer this year, the first conference I’ll be attending. At least now I know I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing that extra dress, shoes, and whatever other grown-up clothes I can muster into my bag!


47 Janice July 7, 2011 at 2:26 am

Oh yes – throw everything you want in that bag! But make sure to leave some room for swag. ;)


48 ModernMom July 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

LOL Oh I love that you showed the “real” hotel room! Fabulous!
See you at BlogHer!!!


49 karla porter archer July 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

lol – reminds me of summer camp :)

although, at this point i doubt i’ll ever be able to make it to another blogging conference, if i do, you must show me your room IRL!! Promise?? :)


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