Meet the Bloggers

Six people and spouses/kids/moms will travel to Franklin County on Friday, October 5.  They are all bloggers and come from Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and New Hampshire. We’ve invited them to be a part of the Harvest Tour 2012.

They are staying at the Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast.  They’ll see the REA Plant and Museum, Old Stone House, Maynes Grove, Historical Society Museum, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, Roy Arends Farm, Windsor Theatre Vaudeville Show, Leahy Grove, Rehabilitation Center of Hampton and Harriman-Nielsen Historic Farm.  It will be a whirlwind weekend and a lot of fun!

Michael Libbie– His one line bio states; Branding, Marketing, Advertising and Public Speaking all designed to help you grow your product or service.  I’ve worked with Michael on other projects in Iowa and always learn something new.  You’ll often see him with a Flip in his hand!

Stephen Smith comes to us from New Hampshire.  We first met at SOBCON in Chicago (Successful Outstanding Bloggers Conference).  While we are different sides of the political fence, we always find a way to have an intelligent conversation.



Liz Nead is a speaker I met when I hosted the State of Now Conference in Des Moines.  She’s vibrant, fun and extremely smart.  The 2011 LLS Celebrity of the Year, Liz Nead is an expert in Bringing Life Back to Everyday Life for those seeking beyond daily responsibilities by directly impacting the lives of thousands with inspiration CD’s, life coaching, magazine articles, public speaking engagements and life improvement television.

Kate Canterbury is someone I met online (twitter), then in person at the Jody Halsted’s I Blog Conference two years ago.  She’s funny, a mom, a cheerleader for Columbia, Missouri and has the best Hire Me page I’ve seen in a long time.  It simply says “Through my company one small spark, I help companies find their path to a more efficient, profitable relationship with their customers. My specialty is new media marketing.” 

Adam Sommer is a new contact for me, but anyone who writes a blog called Visit Fly Over Country has gotta be a friend of mine!  His about me page states “I love to travel, and am fortunate enough that my wife and toddler son go along. We love to experience new cities, attend festivals, eat at the best “foodie” dining spots, and enjoy all that the world offers, both home and away. Although I travel almost every weekend to locations near my St. Louis, Missouri home, we also travel all over the world…”

Francesca Mazurkiewicz comes to us from Chicago, Illinois.  She’s another traveler that brings a toddler along!  Francesca states “Keeping with the spirit of adventure, a weekend in Michigan, or even an excursion in our hometown of Chicago, is classified as “travel” because, really, it’s a state of mind. I should also add that we are not independently wealthy, that my husband and I both must work in order to provide a good home and to fund our travels.  I see it as a fair trade-off.”




  1. Sara Broers on October 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Looks like a great week-end for Franklin County!

  2. Claire Celsi on October 4, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Looks like a great group! I know they are going to have a great time!!

  3. Deb on October 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Thanks ladies — we enjoyed both of you on the first bloggers tour!

  4. Stephen P Smith on October 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Really looking forward to this trip and meeting you all!

  5. Glenda Cates on October 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Sounds like a great group of people. I can not wait to hear more about there time there.

  6. deb on October 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Stephen – looking forward to reconnecting!

    Glenda — it will be fun, be sure to follow the hashtag #HarvestTour2012

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