O You! Recap (sponsored)

My trip to Atlanta to O You! put some spring in my step, which was it’s objective. I would never even have known about this O Magazine event had the Toilet Wand gang at Clorox not asked me to go to it and give a trip away for it.

Here is what it was: A convention of Oprah fans who wanted to be inspired to improve their lives or get over a hurdle.

Pros: it was well produced, heard some good talkers: Suze Orman, Martha Beck, Donna Brazile — who knew she was so fired up? She always seems a little bored on the political shows. Dr. Oz told us all we needed sleep. I could have told him that and my face isn’t on the back of a bus. Meeting the winner of the Cool Mom contest and hearing Oprah speak live, she almost made me cry.
suze orman on stage o you 11

Cons: It was crowded. The lines for the bathroom in the morning were insanely long (fortunately I knew to beat up to the Ode to Commode where there was no line. Apparently, so did Nate Berkus because I saw him going into the men’s room there as well. By the time my seminars were done (one could pick 2 out of 3) there was no food left. The irony was not lost on me as I stood under the lunch pavillion at the empty baskets where salads and sandwiches use to be, glassy eyed attendees shoving potato chips in their mouth, as that was all that remained, save the bad cookies, while Bob Greene talked on a nearby stage to a woman who had lost over 90lbs.

“Yes, eating right is the most important part of weight loss.”  Um, Bob, yo, Bob, can we get an egg white wrap over here?

I have some choppy footage I’m going to get edited, but the uploading part is … problematic.  Also, Lori, the CM winner, is going to do a guest post.  She was the sweetest, most unjaded gal. So glad she won the trip.

I loved being in Atlanta. Great to see my long lost cousin Sue Ellen and eat Southern chow. The other night I had a great meal with my dear friends from Nashville who came down to see me. Their bourbon drinking put me under the table, but well worth it.

The overall message from Oprah in a nutshell: the past can’t hold you unless you let it. Your life needs to be about service. Your life matters. Everyone’s story matters.

Win a Trip to “O You!” (sponsored)

Ever watched Oprah and just wanted to walk into her show sit on Suze Orman’s lap as she redoes your finances and have Dr. Oz look into your ears?  Well, that’s not going to happen, but the next best thing.
you could win a trip to go to  O You! O, The Oprah Magazine’s Signature Event.
Look for the key under your seat!  I’m very excited to tell you that I have been chosen as the only blogger by Clorox to give away a trip to Atlanta to attend this SOLD OUT event.


All day Oprah’s faves..and OPRAH herself will be giving lectures on how to live your life to the fullest.  The tickets, if they were still for sale are $125. Clorox toilet wand is one of the sponsors of the event and is paying for one lucky Cool Mom viewer/reader to fly to Atlanta, putting them up in a hotel for the event October 15th.  I am going as well and will be doing some of my Cool Moming (yeah, it’s a verb) on the ground (Nate, oh Nate, it’s me, Daphne, we did a segment on Fashion Team once, oh Nate!) Here is a partial list of speakers:

Oprah Winfrey, founder and editorial director of O, The Oprah Magazine and CEO and chief creative officer of OWN
The top 20 things Oprah knows for sure

Gayle KingGayle King, Editor-at-Large, O, The Oprah Magazine and host of The Gayle King Show on OWN and Sirius/XM Radio

10 things Gayle knows to be true

Lisa LingLisa Ling, host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN

Go behind the scenes with Lisa

Suze OrmanSuze Orman, financial expert, O columnist, host of The Suze Orman Show and co-host of Ask Oprah’s All Stars on OWN

The six words Suze lives by

Nate BerkusNate Berkus, design expert and host of The Nate Berkus Show

We asked 9 questions. Nate answered

Dr OzDr. Oz, health expert, O columnist, host of The Dr. Oz Show and co-host of Ask Oprah’s All Stars on OWN
Dr. Oz gives strategies, advice and the quickest route to calm


Clorox, the makers of the ToiletWand, reached out to me to help promote this event. I will be attending the event, and my airfare and hotel is being taken care of.  Which means I also get to visit with my cousin Sue-Ellen, so that’s a plus.
So how can you join me – and that Winfrey lady–in Atlanta?

For an entry, comment on this post and let me know that you “Like” Ode to the Commode on Facebook: www.facebook.com/odetothecommode. Also, answer if you will, who usually does the toilet scrubbing in your household?  ( no right or wrong answer)

For an extra entry, follow @OdetotheCommode on Twitter and tweet: Ditch the ick w/ #cloroxtoiletwand to #win a trip to #OYou2011 w/@coolmomdotcom & @odetothecommode

Yes, toilet cleaner, but let’s face it would we be living our life to the fullest without modern plumbing?  I know when we say what we are grateful at Thanksgiving I so frequently mention it at the top of my list my family makes fun of me. To which I say, the pilgrims wish they had a toilet.

Hey, a free trip with inspiring speakers and lots of like minded people, follow, like, write on the wall AND please write a comment that you did or “enter me” or any brief thing so I can keep track of you all.

One winner will randomly selected from all entries received by 3:00pm PT on Friday 10/7. Good luck!

Look forward to seeing one of you in Atlanta.

For official rules, click here.