If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you saw that I had the amazing opportunity to go on my first blogging business trip last week with Miele. When I was told that I had been selected to go on this amazing trip, I was a few weeks away from having Isaac. I was torn – do I turn down this awesome opportunity, or do I get creative and figure out a way to (insert Tim Gunn voice here) “make it work”?
Fast forward a few weeks…
That’s right. I took my 7 week old baby on a blog business trip. Call me crazy, but we did it, and we had a blast! I brought my mom with me so she could stay in the hotel with Isaac while I was a part of the media tour.
The event took place at Miele center in Priceton, NJ. We packed up the car (with all of the bajillion things that come with a newborn) and headed here:
How awesome is that building? It was just a preview of the excellence that the Miele company provided us with over the course of 3 days. After we arrived at our hotel, I left my mom in the room with Isaac and I headed out to Eno Terra (amazing restaurant!!) with the 7 other bloggers that were part of this trip:
Let me just tell you – this was an awesome group of women. I was totally nervous to get out of the yoga pants I’d been living in the past 7 weeks and get back to work, but this group of women was more than understanding. I am now following every single one of their blogs not just because they’re all super talented, but because they’re all seriously great women. From L-R: Shannah (Just Us Four), Amy (Atta Girl Says), Samantha (Crafty Texas Girls), Rachel (Mom Colored Glasses), Ashley (I love you more than carrots), Aimee (It’s Overflowing), Tracie (Cleverly Inspired), and me! Meeting all of these great women truly helped me to feel so much more comfortable about being there (with my baby!!).
The next day we headed over to the Miele center and got to learn everything that we ever wanted to know about Miele vacuums. We first discussed WHY we would want a Miele vacuum, and then we discussed which vacuum what right for each of our particular houses/lifestyles. Let me tell you – I left that training SO impressed with the quality of the Miele brand, and I was literally itching to get home and start cleaning everything. Starting with my mattress.
After hearing about the pure air technology that Miele delivers, I don’t even want to look at my old vacuum anymore. As someone who suffers from asthma and allergies, and now with having my sweet newborn son, I am so excited for what this pure air technology can do for our health!
Once I was completely convinced about the superiority of the Miele brand, we got to test out the different vacuums they offer. Miele previously only offered canister vacuums in the USA – but about 4 years ago they began to offer upright vacuums as well, which is huge for me because I’ve only ever owned upright vacuums, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about the canister, even though I knew it was a great product. Now everyone can have a Miele vacuum – it honestly just depends on your preference of upright vs canister!
In the afternoon we toured Princeton University. I had visited Princeton before, but I wasn’t prepared for the amazingness of our tour guide:
This little lady was a RIOT. She had us laughing throughout the entire 2 hours we were touring Princeton. I’m not even exaggerating! We all kept looking at each other saying, “Oh my goodness! Can you believe she just said that??” I will never look at Princeton the same way – I learned so much!
We even got to see Albert Einstein’s house! How cool is that?
The town of Princeton, NJ was more fascinating than I had imagined. They truly embrace the unique people that fill their town, and they celebrate everyone’s individuality. One of my favorite things to hear is that their public library has a soundproof children’s floor because they don’t ever want children to have to be “shushed” while they’re in a learning environment. As a teacher, you know I loved to hear that!
After our fun tour, we went back to the Miele center to be part of a super fun cooking class led by Jon (owner of Savory Spice Shop in Princeton). Did you know that Miele makes amazing kitchen appliances as well? We got to test them our in the kitchen at the Miele center while we made SO MANY amazing pizzas. Seriously – so many pizzas. I think I rolled out the door that night.
The next (and final) day, we woke up from our food comas and headed into New York City! We had learned that Miele vacuums carry the Good Housekeeping Seal. I didn’t realize what a big deal this was – but I now will never buy a product without first checking Good Housekeeping’s seal website! Did you know that if a product has the Good Housekeeping Seal then they will refund your money if it doesn’t perform up to standards within the first 2 years you own the product?? I had no idea!
The people at Good Housekeeping were so friendly and professional. They even welcomed my mom & Isaac into this *fancy* room right outside where we ate a delicious brunch.
Speaking of brunch – we ate in the Good Housekeeping dining room – where every president and first lady have dined since the early 1900’s (except Bill Clinton & the Obamas). Wow – talk about a change of pace from my PB&J sandwiches I’ve been scarfing down between feedings lately!
The views from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (in the Heart Tower) were phenomenal – it overlooked Central Park!
I got to witness the integrity of the Good Housekeeping Seal – they have scientists and engineers all throughout their building that do extensive tests on products. This is the real deal!
As amazing as all of this was, the best sight for me to see was this:
Seeing my baby boy passed out on my mom’s lap at the end of the tour was so reassuring. We did it! (I’m sure that we performed the first diaper change in the Hearst Tower café – surrounded by men in business suits – ha!) Hey, you do what you’ve got to do!
A HUGE thanks to Miele for sponsoring this incredible trip. The BEST part? I get my own Miele vacuum to test out and share my thoughts with all of you! You can’t even begin to understand how exciting this is to me after all that I’ve learned – I want to share this company with the whole world!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.