Archive for July 2012

Meet Our Members: Lollie from Fortuitous Housewife

Let’s meet Lollie from http://www.fortuitoushousewife.com.

What do you write about?
Parenthood – the highs & lows, raves & rants.
Cooking – breaking out of the Mac & Cheese and Chicken Nugget box.
Craftiness – a craft-challenged Mom & two Star Wars obsessed boys.
Momming style – striving to conceal the jiggly bits, balance of function, comfort and budget all while desperately trying to stay semi-fashionable.

Where do you live?
Needham, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?
Since January 2011

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?
http://www.fortuitoushousewife.com/2012/01/wii-bit-o-blackmail.html

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?
Scary Mommy, Take the Side Street, Lost in Suburbia

What inspired you to start a blog?
No one was paying me to write (journalism & features), I was buried in a sea of little boys, and friends encouraged me to share my riffs & rants on parenthood – so off I ventured into the blogosphere.

How many children do you have?
2, age 6.5 & 4.5

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?
I love that there’s a community of blogging parents right here in my adopted home town!

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?
Started on Blogger, preparing to migrate to self-hosted WordPress in the next month or so.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of July 29, 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.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of July 22, 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: Ashley from The Savings Momma

Let’s meet Ashley from The Savings Momma.

What do you write about?
I write about saving money in everyday life, whether it be frugal recipes, DIY household tips, online shopping, or anything else that help save people money!

Where do you live?
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since 2009.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?
Yes, I wrote a 2 part series called “Supermarket Smarts” covering marketing tactics used by stores to get the consumer buying more.

http://thesavingsmomma.com/upermarket-marts-part-1/

http://thesavingsmomma.com/upermarket-marts-part-2/

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?
That’s a tough one, there are so many! Two of my all time favorites are:

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom

Blessings Multiplied

What inspired you to start a blog?
When I started couponing about 10 years ago, I did so primarily to save a little money. In 2009, when things became really tough for my family, I began couponing heavily. I think one day, I just woke up and realized that saving money isn’t limited to using coupons, so I began researching and educating myself on all the other ways to save money. By the time I retrained myself on how to spend less and save more, people were chomping at the bit to know how I was doing it. That is when The Savings Momma was born.

How many children do you have?
I have 2, age 2 & 7

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?
I was looking for a network of parent bloggers, geographically close to me to keep in touch with. Living on Cape Cod, well…..it’s an experience, but there aren’t any resources for bloggers. My passion is blogging, and really the only “extra curricular” thing I get to enjoy so I figured it would be great to connect with other bloggers close to where I live.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?
Honestly, I am such a tech-wimp. I have a wonderful IT lady who helps me with all the technical bits :) Don’t know what I would do without her!

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of July 15, 2012

    Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways that are being offered by members 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 favorite blogger.

    [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: Charlene from Charlene Chronicles

Let’s meet Charlene from Charlene Chronicles.

What do you write about?
Fashion and Fitness, Technology and Travel, Home and Parenting with a focus on Moms.

Where do you live?
Metrowest, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?
Since the spring of 2008, but only since 2010 as Charlene Chronicles.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?
Hmm, I guess it depends on your interests. But a lot of people like these:

How to Start a Running Program
Monthly Page Views are So 80s
Conference Swag
Making Your Blog Functional

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?
Honestly, I don’t have any favorite blogs as I love to pop in and out of many of them. I also have such varied interests that I read blogs in many niches. Generally, my favorite topics are the social media blogs. They often provide great tips for better blogging, neat new plugins, and amazing apps. I find most blogs posts I want to read on Twitter and thus find other people to follow and engage with at the same time. I use hashtags like #socialmedia or #technology to find interesting blogs. Or even if I am not going to a conference, I may follow the conference hashtag to find other like minded bloggers to follow their posts. However, I think everyone in Boston Parent Bloggers are fun to follow and read, so as these Member Spotlights get posted, it will be great way to ensure that I’m following them.

What inspired you to start a blog?
My wedding. I created a website with wedding details for our guests but I started adding funny stories about our wedding preparations. Then it grew into stories about our marriage and my pregnancy with my first son. I switched to a semi-serious stage when I started my Metrowestmama blog just 12 days after my son was born. A few months later, that became more of a Facebook group when I started my blog CharleneChronicles. My inspiration now is being a Mom and keeping a business focus in my life (which sometimes seems like an oxymoron.)

How many children do you have?
Two. An almost 2.5 year old and a newborn.

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?
I joined because I was already friends with a lot of these great women and men, and it was wonderful to see it morph into a more formal group with opportunities and information to be shared in a timely, friendly, supportive way.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?
This is constantly changing in the evolving world of social media, but as of this particular hour as I write, I love the Zemanta, And the Winner Is, WordPress plugins. A great tool is Click to Tweet, and I am currently obsessed with Pinterest. Not so much with Google+ but I am on there anyway.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of July 8, 2012

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways that are being offered by members 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 favorite blogger.

[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.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of July 1, 2012

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways that are being offered by members 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 favorite blogger.

[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.