Broadcast journalist coed, turned tech PR woman who fell in love with full-time motherhood. I love words; reading, writing, talking. If I could I would throw up a monstrous pile of words in the air, and just roll around in it, clothing optional. You can also find me at Frankly My Dear, Cheers!

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Hot Air Balloon at evo’12

Up, up, and away!


Candle Warmers, Etc. Hot Air Balloon Ride (image from Candle Warmers, Etc.)


The Wizard of Oz movie always disturbed me as a kid. However, that scene when the wizard’s hot air balloon left Dorothy behind always made me want to fly in one. Of course, I also wanted ruby red slippers too.

While I’ve always wanted to fly up in a hot air balloon, I had contented myself with the thought that it might not actually happen.

Imagine my surprise, and delight, when in preparing for the fantastic EVO ’12 conference, I happened upon a contest sponsored by Candle Warmers, Etc for a hot air balloon ride. Yes!


Belle Star


My family and I had just returned from a cruise to the Mediterranean, and I did not have a lot of time to submit an entry for the contest, what with the deadline hours away. So I quickly put together a video, with a nasally cold, and sent off my video without any expectations. What do you know? I was selected!

First of all, I’m afraid of heights. But, I’m willing to conquer them. On our cruise they had a ropes course. While it was a bit humiliating to see all the 10-12 year old kids zip on ahead of me, and impatiently wait for my scared-as-heck self, it was so satisfying to finish the course.


Winners of the Candle Warmers, Etc. contest

 {Kathy, Anne, Jenny, Monika, Lindsey, Me, and Helen)

At EVO’12 conference, the winners woke early to leave the hotel at 6am to meet our balloons. Mine happened to be named Belle Star. I learned that Belle Star is a racing balloon. It can carry three people, including the driver. All of us bloggers were able to help set-up our balloons.


The elegant Kathy Dalton of and me holding the balloon open.

I had no idea that there were just four pins holding the balloon to the basket. I put in two. There might be a few clamps as well, but that’s it. I made sure the experts double-checked my pinning. We also helped hold the balloon as it filled out. The size of the balloon was pretty magnificent.


Nervously inserting the pins for the basket. (image from Candle Warmers, Etc)


Then we were able to ride. I was thoroughly surprised at how smooth the ride was. I had no fear of heights riding a hot air balloon. It was so gorgeous watching the sun rise, and so quiet up there. I really could’ve taken a nice nap. The view, the perspective you get flying in a hot air balloon is breathtaking. Huge thanks to Candle Warmers, Etc for sponsoring, and giving me this chance to check off an item on my life list, that I had resigned myself into never doing.


Riding with lovely Helen Jane of


If you ever get a chance to fly on one, I wholly recommend it.


Gorgeous Belle Star


Have you flown in a hot air balloon? Where? What did you like about it? Would you do it again?


Belle Star Aeronauts (Fabulous Lindsey Petersen of, Me, Kathy & Helen)




Bloggers with Candle Warmers, Etc.


Huge thank you to Candle Warmers, Etc. for sponsoring this contest, and helping me check off one of my life list activities. At EVO’12 each attendee was given a plug-in fragrance warmer. Oh, my heavens. Mine smells so good. I love the concept of enjoying the aroma of a candle, without, you know, burning a house down. You can find Candle Warmers, Etc. online, on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.


All images are mine, unless otherwise noted. While Candle Warmers, Etc. sponsored the hot air balloon ride, and gave me a plug-in fragrance warmer, all opinions are my own.


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