Flamingo Fest Smilebooth Pictures and Checking In!

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Remember how I did all those parties with Bing and never posted on my blog?! Well here are some of my favorite photos from the Flamingo Fest Dance Party that happened Provo on June 30th! Haha, then read on for more info about everything else!

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I flew my sister, Andrea, in just for the party! Lot’s of cleavage shots. Sorry friends.
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THE BEST GROUP OF LADIES! These hot mamas helped set up and take down the party! Thank you girls!
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This is Eric’s sister! My sis-in-law.
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Yes, that’s the Mayor of Provo and he’s THE BEST! Check out his blog!

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I will bomb every photo.

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Hello fabulous friends! How good are those pictures?! A huge THANK YOU to Bing for getting Smilebooth out to UTAH! It’s always SO SO FUN! And in case you’re wondering how I look so FLY in the picutres…HA…remember I have a HOW TO LOOK HOT IN PHOTO BOOTHS TUTORIAL VIDEO! I know. I know.

So this is me, Alison. Remember how I have a blog here? Remember how I haven’t posted in FOREVER! AH! I know. I’ve just been thinking a lot, about all I do, and what I want to do. Oh and there was that little matter of me hosting/throwing 6 parties in 2-3 weeks. And in case you were confused, to reiterate, I was hired by BING to help host 5 workshops/parties for bloggers, makers, influencers all over the country (and I did one party for a BING dinner for the blogging conference Alt Summit).

In four of the cities they were small 20-person workshops, we learned a skill (with fun blogger co-hosts) and I spoke about my How to Be Awesome series. But for Provo, I hosted the Flamingo Dance Fest. AND IT WAS AWESOME. Because that was my “skill” throwing a dance party. Hahaha.

I can’t wait to share the rest of the parties/pictures/videos with you!

But in the meantime back to the blog. I’ve been gone a lot! Haha. And so busy doing what I love: bringing people together and hopefully making them feel good! But anyway. I’m not sure how the blog fits in really. It’s obviously something I love. But there are so many other ways to share content. And I just don’t know if this format is the best for me anymore. I’m toying with the idea of turning the blog into more of a site. So that the content is easier to navigate through in like a series format. So for example, instead of posting 3 times a week or so…I’d upload my content chunks at a time. Like when I post the pictures of the 6 parties I did, I put all 6 posts up at once. SONIC BOOM! Then use my social media channels, like IG and Facebook to update you on a more regular basis. I also have been trying to get a newsletter list together and I’m failing at that. But I love the idea of it. A newsletter! Would you be into that? If it was a RAD ONE?!

Do you really read blogs? How do you consume them? Do you link from Facebook, a reader, Instagram? Lots of people have been saying “blogs are dead” for a while now. But I don’t think they are DEAD. I just think that the way we consume them is changing. Pinterest and Instagram changed the online world! I mean if you’re here that means you read them. But I feel like the times, they are a changing, and there are only so many hours in the day! And I’m just always trying to figure out how to use them best. Anyway. Changes are underfoot!

I’d also really love to hear your feedback and I love you all! Thanks for being a part of this online life!

Let me know if you have any questions!



  1. You know it’s funny that you brought thing up today because Jamie and I just were talking g about this last night. We were stressing that we weren’t posting as much during these summer months and were bouncing ideas to post more frequently… Then I starting thinking about how often I visit blogs. The answer? Hardly ever. I follow my favorite ones on IG and FB and scroll through their feeds. It’s only when I need more info that I go to their actual site. So my thought was, it didn’t matter how often we were posting as long as we were keeping up our SM. We seem to have less and less time for things these days so the quicker we can recieve the info we want, the better. ie.. Scrolling through your IG. Does any of this make sense? Ha ha

  2. I still read blogs, but usually the more personal ones where I feel I can get to know the author/blogger. “Lifestyle” sites to me usually rival magazines or that sort of thing and I feel less connected. Sometimes I’ll read posts that interest me, but for the blogs I keep in BlogLovin’ I typically read every single post. But I am literally OCD so that might be why. I still love IG, barely can function on twitter, and am not sure why I even bother with the new things like Pippit, just too much.

  3. I don’t think blogs are dead at all! I read my favorites daily. I use the bloglovin app to read them.

  4. Courtney

    I definitely agree with EHayes–I love blogs, but read them when they are personal. Sometimes I wonder if blogs are dying because people aren’t feeling as connected to the author as they used to? At the same time, it’s pretty hard to mesh personal with lifestyle/business, etc.–I say go for the site but PLEASE keep a “confessions” tab, like The Pioneer Woman has. She has all of her series in a specific spot, but also has a series that is more personal in nature. I think if you lose the personal, than the site will be more like a Pinterest board and I really think the humdinger here is your vibrant personality that uplifts people (the crafts and parties are part of the fun) but if the site loses you then it will be like any other site and frankly, that would be sad:(

  5. Tyler

    I still read blogs through a reader and you’re so awesome I would still follow whatever format even if that format was sexy selfies paired with rap lyrics on IG ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I do get pulled in more to posts that are more on the personal side.

  6. Hi-
    I’ve just discovered your blog recently (via Elise Blaha’s blog), and have really enjoyed it. I keep up with the blogs I like through feedly and love it’s format. I’m not sure I agree that blogs are ‘dead’ as good content will always interest me and make me want to click on over to read, no matter where I find it on social networks. In-depth thoughts just can’t be fully expanded on a 140 character post. I’m using IG more and more lately, and checking FB a bit less. I do use Twitter for my business, but don’t really pay much attention to it. It definitely takes lots of time to write up these posts (and create videos!), so it’s always good to re-evaluate your goals and make changes where needed. I’m sure we’ll all enjoy whatever you come up with!

  7. J

    I’m with COURTNEY and EHayes. What keeps me coming back to blogs is the author/reader connection. While I do love Pintrest and can get lost in it for hours, I don’t ever read the posts, (it is more of a inspo stop but not a destination). I started visiting your site for all the craft and fun stuff but your ability to be vulnerable and honest, furthermore turning it into a positive message, is what I most admire about you. It is easy to whine or pretend everything is great but it takes a really strong person to open up to the world the way you do. Personally I’m not into social media but would absolutely visit your site as long as the essence of you is not lost.

  8. Yes!!!! Best night ever! You really know how throw a party ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m directly quoting someone from that night “best night of my life” sooo…there’s that! Aaaand now I’m headed over to study up on how to REALLY work a photo booth!

    1. Tia

      Tosha I love u

  9. Theresa

    I LOVE your blog! Please don’t stop writing about your life and all of your fun ideas! Maybe I’m behind the times (although I thought I was still pretty cool) but I read blogs everyday. I can’t stand Facebook or Twitter. I do love into Instagram though. I guess being a SAHM can be pretty lonely at times and the blogs I read are like my inspiring little friends (wow that sounds kinda lame). What I’m trying to say is there r people like me in the world who are super social and although we have real life friends that I honestly see a lot I’m alone sometimes and I get lonely and then I read your blog and I’m happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Carmen

    I’ve been following you for quite some time via instagram and your blog and I’ve started to see you’re at a critical point in the brand you’ve created. I’m not expert at all, but I do think that eventually you will need to turn your blog into a site and not because of not enjoying blogging – but simply because you’re evolving. You may share tidbits here and there, but truthfully you’re more involved in strategizing, traveling, and now speaking. You have to do what is best for you. There are many successful blogs that started when “blogging” wasn’t even a thing and you know that, but they’ve stayed their own course only evolving around their brand. I don’t necessarily know if a newsletter will be more of a hassle than a joy for you. Make a site based around your strength which is kick ass party planning and throw in some moments of vulnerability as your time permits. Once again I’m just a reader, but I think you know The Alison Show is headed a brand new direction and you’d cheat yourself if you didn’t accept the challenge.

    Best of Luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Natalie

    I think Courtney nailed it. The Pioneer Woman is the perfect comparison. I have been reading her blog for years. She is a social media and content powerhouse, but whether it’s a cooking show on TV or a kids book, in all of it you hear her voice. You get her humor and you almost feel like part of her world. That’s what keeps me coming back. Website, blog, whatever you want to call it, this whole digital world is organic and evolving and can’t be defined. Go with what feels right. Don’t force yourself into some defined bucket. Just be you. Be awesome. And the opportunities will come to you. xo

  12. I very much enjoy reading your words, but you have to do what is best for your business! Since I’ve been following along with The Alison Show, you haven’t seemed to post a ton, but when you do your words matter – it’s as if you only speak when you really feel it’s necessary. That’s why I think you have the following that you do – your words are genuine and it is so evident that you put your heart and soul into your work. No matter which route you take, you’ve got tons of followers who will journey with you, and lots more out there waiting to be charmed by all of your awesomeness. It’s been exciting to see you find so much success and joy in what you do. Can’t wait to see where you go next!

  13. Tia

    Blogs are dying – only a little bit tho!
    But not yours- never yours- I will always go out of my way to read yours.
    Love you
    (Really tho-)
    ((Non lesbian way…))


  14. Liz

    Oh goodness I love this so much! You have such a unique voice and it’s so powerful. There’s power in looking silly and being who you are. I struggle with that and you remind me how to be brave all the time. Thanks so much for that!

  15. Liz

    Oh yeah and blogs are definitely not dead. Please don’t stop writing on yours, I love it!

  16. Hi Alison, I met you at the Minneapolis Bing party. My tiny pregnant friend and I were the ones who didn’t belong there but somehow managed to get into your party and hang out with you in the hallway at the end of the evening. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I just wanted to say that I love your blog and I still am an avid reader of blogs . The personality you bring/brought to your blog is what drew me in in the first place. Had it strictly been about cookies and crafts, I may not have kept on reading for all these years. I don’t blame you for wanting to venture out and try new things–your business has obviously grown into something much more than just a blog–but whatever you decide to do, PLEASE keep that personal touch that we all know and love! I am a firm believer that no matter what the topic of a blog is, people will or won’t come back based on the person behind it. I can’t bake or sew for the life of me but I keep reading your blog because you keep it interesting and at a normal, personal level. And when you mix in stories about your family, that’s all the better! Like others have said, it’s fun to see the ‘person’ behind the blog, not just the glitz and glamour that makes the pages pretty.
    And on a separate note, I don’t know if I would take the newsletter route. I have a feeling those are a thing of the past and it may seem nice at first but soon it may become just another email in someone’s inbox that they skip over and eventually delete.
    Good luck with whatever you decide! I’ll be a fan no matter what.

  17. Emily

    I sort of fell out of love with blogs, but I have a list that I check often. It has to be good writing and real or I’m just not into it. I agree with those who have commented before me, a site is a great idea but I think you should have a tab for your bloggy-type posts. Like Tina Fey says “Do your thing, don’t give a f*%k what anyone thinks”

  18. Linzi

    I love blogs, but really only go to them now through Insta or Facebook posts, if they look like something I want to read. I unfortunately didn’t find another ‘reader’ program I liked like my beloved Google Reader and after that my blog reading just really died down. But, there are a few, like yours and some of my other craft/scrapy/stampy icons that I always go back to to catch up on things.

    Any chance a Louisiana girl who couldn’t share in the Flamingo fun could get one of those awesome rings?! I *need* that in my life! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. AH! I need to find the etsy seller who did them custom for us and link to her! and thank you for reading!

  19. I hope blogs aren’t dead!!! I just FINALLY decided to dive into the blogging pool. I’m still wearing my floaties and treading water but I’m loving it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. This blog helps me be happy.

    Really, truly, deeply.

    That’s all.

    1. HEY! thank you.

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