Archive for December 2011

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways – Week of December 18, 2011

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveways on the Boston Parent Bloggers member blogs. While you are there to enter the giveaway, take a moment to look around and read a few posts. Your next great blog “find” might be waiting for you.

[These contests are not affiliated with Boston Parent Bloggers. Rules of entry and deadlines are determined by the individual blogs.]

*Bloggers: You must be a current member of the Boston Parent Bloggers to post. Non-member submissions will be removed. Please submit the name of your blog; a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” spot; and the end date.

Fashion Show with Fashion Playtes and Boston Parent Bloggers

This past weekend, a group of Boston Parent Bloggers and our oh-so-lucky-and-excited daughters had the opportunity to get a “backstage” peek at Fashion Playtes, a local Massachusetts company that offers little girls the chance to design their own clothing.

Before our visit, we received a store credit so the girls could decorate their own clothing.  They were shipped directly to the Fashion Playtes office, so they’d be ready for our visit.  When the girls arrived, they each received a “backstage pass” which included a list of all of the stations they were to visit.

The girls visited hair and makeup (makeup optional, of course), an “interview” station, the dressing room, and a fun station, while the moms learned more about Fashion Playtes.  Each girl had the chance to be photographed with their fabulous outfit, and once everyone was ready, the girls were whisked away to practice for their runway appearance.

When the girls were ready, us moms headed down to watch the show.  As the girls headed down 2 by 2 or 3 by 3, they were announced.  My daughter was unbelievably excited by how real this runway show was, and she already wants to be in another fashion show!

Thanks so much to Fashion Playtes for providing Boston Parent Bloggers and our children this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Disclosure: Fashion Playtes hosted the event and provided us each with a gift certificate to purchase an outfit. 

Here are some other posts from Boston Parent Bloggers who were in attendance!

Vicks Behind the Ear Thermometer Event with Dr. Meg Meeker and the Boston Parent Bloggers

Dr. Meg Meeker at Vicks Behind the Ear Thermometer Event

Photo Courtesy of Kerry Goodwin

Nearly 30 members of the Boston Parent Bloggers joined other local bloggers for a Winter Warm Up event hosted by the makers of the new Vicks Behind the Ear thermometer.

The event was held at Finale Desserterie and Bakery where guests were treated to a delicious spread of tasty treats.

Dr. Meg Meeker, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and author of “The 10 Habits of Happy Moms,” gave a presentation that touched on tips on dealing with fevers in children and keeping a healthy household.

She also stressed the importance that mothers should not parent out of fear, instead they should trust their gut when it comes to the health of their children.

The new Vicks Behind the Ear thermometer is a great way to quickly get an accurate reading for the whole family especially the sleeping baby and the wiggly toddler.

Vicks Behind the Ear Thermometer

Photo Courtesy of Kerry Goodwin

In addition to thermometers, the same manufacturer has other complementary products to help keep the family and the house healthy over the winter season including a wide range of humidifiers, vaporizers, and monitors. Each attendee was sent home with a bag of products to sample.

Read a little bit about what some of the Boston Parent Blogger members had to say about the event using the links below.

Special thanks to Kerry Goodwin Photography for use of the photos.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways – Week of December 11, 2011

Be sure to check back each week to discover what great giveaways our member blogs are hosting. Enter to win and then stay for awhile. Your next favorite blog may be right around the corner.

[These contests are not affiliated with Boston Parent Bloggers. Rules of entry and deadlines are determined by the individual blogs.]

*Bloggers: You must be a current member of the Boston Parent Bloggers to post. Non-member submissions will be removed. Please submit the name of your blog; a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” spot; and the end date.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways – Week of December 5, 2011

If you are looking to win an awesome giveaway, start here. Our member bloggers work with great brands to offer readers wonderful opportunities to win each week. Take a visit through each of the blogs listed below to find out more information about their giveaway. Don’t just enter to win, though, be sure take a moment to read a little of each site. You never know, you might discover your new favorite blog.

[These contests are not affiliated with Boston Parent Bloggers. Rules of entry and deadlines are determined by the individual blogs.]

*Bloggers: You must be a current member of the Boston Parent Bloggers to post. Non-member submissions will be removed. Please submit the name of your blog; a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” spot; and the end date.

Win Tickets to The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Featuring The Rockettes

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Rockettes Boston Wang CenterThe Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes are coming back to Boston. They will playing the City Performing Arts Center – Wang Theatre Friday, December 2 through Wednesday, December 28th.

We asked the Rockettes what Boston can expect this year from the show, and here’s what we heard:

“This year’s show features brand-new scenes and songs, spectacular new sets, dazzling new costumes, an amazing 50-foot LED screen, and an unforgettable new finale! You’ll marvel at the incredible precision dancing of The Rockettes® in beloved scenes like the legendary “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and the stunning reenactment of the first Christmas in the “Living Nativity.” An you’ll adore the new number “Christmas in New York,” featuring a chorus of Broadway-style singers and a life-sized double-decker bus! This year, through new technology and jaw-dropping new special effects, Christmas becomes more magical than ever before!”

Many of the Boston Parent Bloggers will be attending a show during the opening week, and they are giving away tickets on their blogs that include exlusive opportunities for meet and greets with a Rockettes before the show. We invite you to blog hop your way through the member sites listed below and enter them all! While you are there, take a moment and follow the blog on facebook, twitter, or rss feed. Your new favorite blog could be right around the corner.

[These contests are not affiliated with Boston Parent Bloggers. Rules of entry and deadlines are determined by the individual blogs.]

*Bloggers: Please submit the name of your blog in the “Link Title” spot.

Should You Be Working For Free?

Thanks to this great article by Danielle of the Sway Group, a whole lot of bloggers are talking about when it’s appropriate to work for free.  It seems that there is a lot of confusion, because, let’s face it – a lot of what bloggers do is work for free.  So, when is it appropriate?  And when are you being taken advantage of.  I think it’s important to break this discussion out between content on your blog versus content on someone else’s site.

On Your Blog

First and foremost, I think you should use a five-pronged rule of thumb whenever deciding what to post on your blog.  If you are answering no more than yes, you shouldn’t post, regardless of pay.

  1. Is there value in it for your readers?
  2. Are you going to enjoy writing about it?
  3. Does it fit in with the existing content and strategy of your site?
  4. Is it somewhat exclusive to your site?
  5. Is it something you believe in?

Once you’ve satisfied the rules, then it’s time to decide if you should be paid.  The key question here is – Is it a purely editorial review?

If it’s a purely editorial review – i.e, you receive the product, use it, and write about it on your own terms, this should not be paid beyond the product.

If the company is asking you to include specific content, to highlight specific features, to include anchor text and links, to Tweet and Facebook, or do anything else beyond write your own opinion, then you should probably get paid for it (and disclose appropriately).

Content on another site

Sometimes bloggers are asked to post on another site (even this site) for no pay.  Is it worth doing?  In some cases, yes it is, but in other cases, no, it is no.

Here are a few key questions:

What are you being asked to do?

If you are signing any paperwork at all, you should be careful here.  Are you giving up your ownership of the content?  You should be paid.  Are you signing a non-compete?  You should be paid.

What are they offering in return?

Are you being offered exposure?  You should know what that amounts do.  If you are blogging for a micro-site, keep in mind that the micro-site may have almost no traffic.  If the site is asking for you to Tweet and Facebook, chances are, they are looking for YOU to offer THEM exposure – so how can you expect to get exposure from them?  I once agreed to blog for free, and look at what happened!

If you think you are going to get a reasonable amount of exposure, or are going to have a great learning experience, it may be worth it to blog for free.  But keep an eye on your stats and see if you are getting anything from it.

Finally, if you are a SOURCE of info for a television show, news program, newspaper article, or magazine article, you probably shouldn’t expect to be paid.

Win Tickets to Disney On Ice Presents Treasure Trove

Disney On Ice Presents Treasure Trove in Boston

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Disney fans in Boston, listen up! There is a treat coming your way during holiday vacation week this year. Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove will be at the TD Garden from Monday, December 26 to Thursday, December 29.

There seems to be something in the show for just about every Disney fan. The show description promises a lot of appearance by fan favorites:

“Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses -Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond NeverLand! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter asthey march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards.”

Many of the Boston Parent Bloggers will be attending the opening day show at 11 a.m., and they are giving away tickets. We invite you to blog hop your way through the member sites listed below and enter them all! While you are there, take a moment and follow the blog on facebook, twitter, or rss feed. Your new favorite blog could be right around the corner.

[These contests are not affiliated with Boston Parent Bloggers. Rules of entry and deadlines are determined by the individual blogs.]

*Bloggers: Please submit the name of your blog in the “Link Title” spot.