Archive for June 2012

Meet Our Members: Kelly from Tiny Sophisticate

Let’s meet Kelly from tinysophisticate.com.

What do you write about?
Family, fashion, food, fun…and sometimes a little bit of marketing/business! Basically…my life!

Where do you live?
Metrowest, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?
I began blogging in early 2011.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?
Things My Kids Will Never Know

Dressing Like a Mom

A Great New Baby Gift

My Disney Adventure

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?
I love blogs that have a sense of humor. If they are teaching me something, I want step by step tutorials. If it is just funny…it better be funny.

I love younghouselove.com. I think I’ll copy their entire house someday…but I actually feel like I learn from John and Sherry.

I love the bloggess.com…who doesn’t! I mean, most of the time, I’m in tears laughing so hard.

I enjoy charlenechronicles.com, especially some of her “business” focused posts on the blogging industry, trends, etc.

There are a lot of blogs that I frequent…too many to mention!

What inspired you to start a blog?
Life inspires me…and I needed a way to record it all. As a new parent, I’m navigating this new world and figuring out what it all means to me. If I can share my experiences with others, or just have a record for me and my family some day, it makes me happy! I also like to talk…and write so it all works.

How many children do you have?
2, daughters ages 3 and 10 months

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?
I joined BPB for a chance to meet people who have similar interests to me. Networking is key not only in the blog world but in every industry and in life. I’ve met some great people and look forward to making new friends and connections.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?
I’ve been pretty loyal to wordpress and obviously Twitter and Facebook. I am hoping this year I engage more with Google +. It’s had a slow start but as a Google offering, you know it will take off or morph. I’m also focusing a lot on videos in 2012 and other creative ways to engage with readers.

Boston Parent Bloggers: Giveaways Week of June 24, 2012

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways from the member sites of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re there, take a few moments to read a post or two. You never know when you might find a brand new blogger to follow.

[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 and a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” area.

Meet Our Members: Laurie from The Family That Laughs Together

Let’s meet Laurie from The Family That Laughs Together.

What do you write about?
I write about my journey as a parent, business owner, wife, friend dog owner, and social worker. I try to be mindful and enjoy the ride of this busy life and learn and find joy from my experiences. I also write reviews and participate in giveaways…and enter many myself!

Where do you live?
North Shore, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?
A little less than a year.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?
http://www.thefamilythat.com/2011/08/25/words-i-never-thought-i-would-muster/

Anything with Skyfox and Tommy always makes me laugh

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?
I like Adventures in Parenting- you can just feel the love and joy Kate gets from her family
http://www.adventuresinparenting.me/

I really like to read Tykes Mom’s Blog, simple and good advice
http://the-north-forty.com/

What inspired you to start a blog?
I have always kept a journal (since i was in 2nd grade) and I feel like a blog is a really cool way to keep a journal. The idea of making a little money and opening myself up to new opportunities is also very exciting. If I ever get the chance to travel and write about my families experiences I will have completed a life long dream of mine!

How many children do you have?
1 age 3 and one on the way!

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?
I am interested in learning more about blogging and joining a community of writers and parents.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?
Still new to blogging platforms and all the lingo – I do like using facebook and twitter and connecting with readers. I love when I get a message from someone I don’t already know and they share some insight into a dilemma I am facing- it shows what a small world we live in.

Boston Parent Bloggers: Week of June 17, 2012

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways from the member sites of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re there, take a few moments to read a post or two. You never know when you might find a brand new blogger to follow.

[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 and a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” area.

Meet Our Members: Marshall from The Four Father

Let’s meet Marshall from thefourfather.com.

What do you write about?
I’m a 41-year-old married father of a 8-year-old daughter, 5-year-old son, and twin boys who are almost two(ish). I was a recent “victim of the economy” who’s back in in the work force again after a few months on the beach. I will periodically offer something up that will either be about my new circumstances, my family, or something in my past that contributed to getting me to the where I am now.

Where do you live?
North Shore – Lynn, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?
Since early November 2011.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

This has proven to be my most popular thus far:

http://thefourfather.com/2011/11/30/a-girl-a-boy-and-a-pink-flamingo-named-dot/

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?
http://thebloggess.com
http://themommahen.com/
http://www.everywhereist.com/

What inspired you to start a blog?

Becoming unemployed and the very strong urging of my lovely wife who was probably tired of me talking about all these things just to her.

How many children do you have?

4, ages 8, 5, and twins at 2(ish)

“ish” explained here: http://thefourfather.com/2011/11/20/the-completion-question/

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

I live in the Boston area, my writing is heavily influenced by my kids, and my writing is on a blog. That may be a bit wise-ass-ish. That is also a highlight of my writing style and, again, probably a big reason my wife wanted me to stop talking to her so much.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?
I am honestly too new to the whole thing to figure that out. At some point I hope to sit down with someone who understands the internet and computers better than I do and they can explain everything that I am NOT doing correctly.

Boston Parent Bloggers: Giveaways Week of June 10, 2012

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways from the member sites of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re there, take a few moments to read a post or two. You never know when you might find a brand new blogger to follow.

[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 and a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” area.

Dr. Panda

Boston Parent Bloggers Review Dr. Panda! Teach Me

Dr. PandaThis past April, 20 members of Boston Parent Bloggers had the opportunity to participate in sponsored posts and reviews of Dr. Panda! Teach Me.  This fun iPad/iPhone app, focused on kids aged 2-5 years old, teaches kids with fun games and puzzles. Our members played the app with their kids and then wrote thorough reviews on their own blogs.

Check out our members’ reviews, linked below!

Disclosure: This campaign was sponsored by Dr. Panda!

Meet Our Members: Leah from Pearls & Oysters

Let’s meet Leah from Pearls & Oysters, Oh Baby Boston, and Foodie Family Eats.

What do you write about?
I write about food and family. Raising kids and feeding them in addition to where to go out and eat on date night or with the kids. Some travel is included especially since where to eat on the road is always a question with picky eaters.

Where do you live?
Cambridge, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?
For about 5 years.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

Not yet, but I do really like my first post I did on examiner.com http://foodiefamilyeats.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/pizzanight/

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?
http://smittenkitchen.com/
http://labelsareforjars.wordpress.com/
http://angrychicken.typepad.com/

What inspired you to start a blog?

I thought I was just keeping a journal for myself…and then it snowballed into a job freelance writing. Now I still mostly blog for myself but I enjoy the community of bloggers and am always happy when to share information with those who are interested.

How many children do you have?

2, ages 5 and 7

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

I like the community of bloggers and to find out about the different interests as bloggers, as parents, as “business” folk.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?
I like wordpress.

Boston Parent Bloggers: Giveaways Week of June 3, 2012

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways from the member sites of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re there, take a few moments to read a post or two. You never know when you might find a brand new blogger to follow.

[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 and a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” area.