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Boston Parent Bloggers Race to Back Bay Verizon Destination Store

A group of Boston Parent Bloggers celebrated the opening of the Verizon Destination Store located at 745 Boylston Street in the Back Bay.

Take a peek at some of the fun stops they visited while participating in a scavenger-hunt-type race.

Verizon Wireless Amazing Race #VZBoston #VZWBuzz Boston Public Library w friends

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More Amazing Race #VZBoston #VZWBuzz Verizon!

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Having fun in selfie booth at new Verizon Destination store. #VZBoston

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Big Apple Circus Comes to Boston: Giveaways and Ticket Discounts

Big Apple Circus In Boston Ticket Discounts

Big Apple Circus is bringing an all new show called METAMORPHOSIS to Boston’s City Hall Plaza on March 24th.

To save 20% per order for select performances, use the code APPLE* when buying tickets online at http://www.bigapplecircus.org/ by phone at 888-541-3750, and at the box office.

*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.

Check out the Boston Parent Bloggers’ member sites below for a chance to win a set of tickets and also to save on tickets!

I’ve mentioned a few times that LadyBug loves the trapeze, but now both of my kids are taking circus classes. LadyBug is into the tricks, especially silks, trapeze, and stilts. Bug prefers the clowning, but now has taken to the silks as well. What I love is that with two vastly different personalities and skill sets, they’ve found an activity that they can enjoy together. The other day I recorded a special on the Big Apple Circus and they were both captivated. I have never seen the circus in per…


  Hurry, hurry! — Fly away to the magical ring, to the circus — to the Big Apple Circus! — where an All-New Show — METAMORPHOSIS — with astonishing acts and startling transformations will transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top! PHOTO CREDIT: Bertrand Guay/Big Apple Circus For its 37th Season, Big Apple Circus soars on wings of artifice and illusion, to a dreamscape domain where no one sits more than 50 feet from the ring, and nothing is impossible!  PHOTO CREDIT: Bertrand Guay/Big Apple Circus Big Apple Circus presents METAMORPHOSIS in its annual Boston engagement at City Hall Plaza from Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, May 10, 2015.


The Big Apple Circus is bringing an All-New Show – METAMORPHOSIS – to Boston’s City Hall Plaza starting Tuesday, March 24 and running through Sunday, May 10, 2015. The performance features astonishing acts and startling transformations that will transport the whole family to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top!


It’s that time of year again, the Big Apple Circus is coming to Boston at the end of the month! It’s truly one of our favorite events in Boston because of all the fun. It’s an easy in and out to the City on the weekend, the show is the perfect length and everyone has a ball!


We have received complimentary tickets to a performance of the Big Apple Circus in exchange for this post. All thoughts are my own. #BigAppleCircus Friends! YAY! The Big Apple Circus is coming back to Boston!! AND, I have a fantastic giveaway for you to win four tickets to see the show with your family {or friends!}!!! Here’s what you need to know about this year’s all new show, METAMORPHOSIS: Hurry, hurry! — Fly away to the magical ring, to the circus — to the Big Apple Circus! — where an All-New Show — METAMORPHOSIS — with astonishing acts and startling transformations will transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top! For its 37th Season, Big Apple Circus soars on wings of artifice and illusion, to a dreamscape domain where no one sits more than 50 feet from the ring, and nothing is impossible! Big Apple Circus presents METAMORPHOSIS in its annual Boston engagement at City Hall Plaza from Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, May 10, 2015.


Big Apple Circus Ticket Giveaway


Big Apple Circus METAMORPHOSIS Boston City Hall Plaza PHOTO CREDIT: Bertrand Guay/Big Apple Circus


The Big Apple Circus is coming back to Boston this spring with an all new show, METAMORPHOSIS! And guess what? We’ve got tickets to give away!


Every year we go to see the Big Apple Circus and the whole family loves it.  You get to be so close to the action and it is a fantastic show with awesome performers.  I am giving you the chance to win 4 tickets to their new show Metamorphosis in Boston at City Hall Plaza on March 29th at 4:30 pm.  The show runs from Tuesday, March 24th through Sunday, May 10th.  Read on for a discount code on tickets and for a chance to win! More information about the show: Hurry, hurry! — Fly away to the magical ring, to the circus — to the Big Apple Circus! — where an All-New Show — METAMORPHOSIS — with astonishing acts and startling transformations will transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top! For its 37th Season, Big Apple Circus soars on wings of artifice and illusion, to a dreamscape domain where no one sits more than 50 feet from the ring, and nothing is impossible! Big Apple Circus presents METAMORPHOSIS in its annual Boston engagement at City Hall Plaza.

Quick Tip Friday: How To Backup Your WordPress Blog

How To Backup Your WordPress Blog

When was the last time that you backed up your blog? If you don’t know the answer, it’s time to do it again, and, while you’re at it, put together a process to keep it backed up moving forward.

You might be thinking that you can always get a copy from your host’s backup, but take our word for it, that is not always the case. Sometimes the backup is very old. Sometimes it just doesn’t exist it all. Sometimes it can be a copy of your site after something outside of your control has happened like a hack or a server issue.

There are a few options for ways to back up. Find out what your host does offer. Some hosts sell separate services for backups. Some managed wordpress hosts also create daily restore points. These are files that you could then download to your own hard drive or cloud storage for safe keeping.

You can also do a manual back up of your WordPress site using FTP and CPanel. It’s a process that should be fairly easy if you’re comfortable playing with the behind the scenes of your site. If not, it might be a daunting task.

Another easier option is to find a plugin to do the backup work for you. Research a plugin that will do the job and also not create too much havoc on the back end of the site (Daily backups by some plugins might be too much activity. Ask your web host for a heads up on any plugins that are on their block list.) Some plugins to look into are BackUpBuddy and Updraft Plus.

Take action on this tip and get at least a current download of your blog as of now. You don’t want to get in a predicament where it’s too late to rescue the work that you’ve put into your blog for weeks, months, or years.


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Quick Tip Friday: Start Using ALT Tags

Image Reminder To Use ALT Tags on your Blog Posts.

Let’s talk ALT Tags for your images.

ALT tags are pieces of HTML that give an alternative description for an image. This is helpful for anyone that may be “listening” to the site due to a disability, and it also tells search engines about the image (and hopefully your topic).

In addition to using it for search engine optimization, Pinterest pulls in the ALT Tag for an image as the default description when someone pins a photo or graphic for your page.

What should you write? Keep it short. Five to fifteen words is ideal. Describe the photo and its topic and don’t forget to include the text if there is text in the image.

Where do you write it? ALT is an attribute in the IMG tag. In WordPress, when you use “Add Media,” there is a box called ALT Text where you can type it in.

Do you need to go back and fix all of your photos on your site? Not a bad plan, but for this quick tip, commit to diligently adding an ALT tag moving forward.


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Quick Tip Friday: Delete Unused Plugins

Delete-Unused-Plugins

Today’s tip is a reminder to take a few minutes to delete any plugins that you aren’t using.

Letting those plugins that you don’t need hang around can cause your site to load slower, and they can also be an invitation for a hacker to exploit an old plugin’s code.

Make sure you need the functionality of the plugins that you have left, and also make sure they are up-to-date.

Commit just a few minutes to doing this now, and it will be a huge check off your list for blog maintenance.


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Quick Tip Friday: Remove admin As A Login

Remove-Admin-Login-From-Wordpress

Today’s tip is for WordPress users in particular but also a good reminder for those that use blogger that logins and passwords are important business matters.

The reason you would do this is to make it harder for someone to hack your site using the combination of your login and password. If you’re still using “admin,” which is the default login, you’ve done half the job *for* the hacker.

First up, backup your blog. That’s a good idea anyway. But it’s a really good idea before you make big changes.

Next, you’ll need to create a new username for yourself and assign an administrator role. Then you’ll need to actually delete the “admin” username making sure to assign all the posts you’ve done to your new username.

Here are a Step-By-Step Instructions.

If you’re not sure about this process, contact your host support to see if they can help walk you through the process.

If you’re not a WordPress user, be sure that your username and password are not an easy password to guess. Here are some tips on how to pick a strong password.


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Quick Tip Friday: Install Google Analytics

How To Install Google Analytics

Already have Google Analytics installed? Pat yourself on the back and skip down to our advanced tip to find out even more about your visitors.

Statistics are a bloggers best friend. They can be used to get insight about the visitors that are currently coming to your site and they can also be used to help make decisions on next steps if you are looking to increase traffic.

If you are beginning to engage with brands that want to work with bloggers, you’ve likely been asked for statistics about your site traffic. Unique Visitors per month (UVM)? Or maybe page views? Many will ask for those statistics that are reports from Google Analytics (GA).

If you don’t have Google Analytics, the first great piece of news is that it’s free! It’s an online tool offered by Google, and it measures your traffic based on a little snippet of code that you put on your site.

It’s not just beneficial for working with brands though, you can find out a lot of information about your audience in Google Analytics which provides perfect research for planning content that will keep your readers engaged.

Now, let’s get to work.

Step 1: Visit the Google Analytics web page.

Follow directions for creating an account. You’ll need to link to a Google account (it will walk you through creating one if you don’t have one.)

Once your account has been created, you’ll add your site information.

Google gives you a tracking ID that begins with a UA. They will also provide you with some code. At this point, you can do one of two things.

Option 1: The code needs to be on every page of you site including any new page that is created moving forward. Some themes make this easy by offering up an custom field for you to input your tracking ID (the UA number). Check out your theme if you are using wordpress. Or your options if you are using blogger or another platform. If it’s offered, use that. You can also sometimes include this code in a header or footer code.

Option 2: You can also use a plugin to achieve this on WordPress. Something like Google Analytics by Yoast. Plugins can slow down your site and need to be kept updated, so if you can insert the code in your theme, that’s the way to go first.

You’ll be on your way to knowing more about your blog in no time! Have any tips for great ways to use stats to improve your blog? Leave them in the comments!

Advanced Tip: Already have Google Analytics installed and running? Check out this post about how to use it to dig deeper into the behaviors of your visitors.


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Quick Tip Friday: Change The Copyright Date On Your Blog

How to Change Your Copyright Date on WordPress Blog Footer

We’re starting a new series for 2015! Every Friday, we will put up a tip that is meant to be something that will improve your blog and be accomplished fairly quickly.

Our first tip takes care of business and celebrates the new year!

Change the copyright date on your blog.

If you are blogging on WordPress, how you change the copyright text is typically dependent on your theme. A lot of copyrights are included in the footer of a page (although they can also be found in sidebars). Here are instructions for changing the footer a few popular themes:
How to Change Footer in Thesis Theme
How to Change Footer in Genesis Theme
How to Change Footer in Headway Theme
How to Change Footer in Woothemes

There are also several plugins available for WordPress that can help manage your footer and/or sidebars. If you use Blogger, changing the text will vary by template.

And how do you get the cute little © symbol in the first place? First, if it’s already there you can just leave it and change only the year. If you want to add the symbol, use this code for the symbol: ©.

Here is one suggestion from WordPress.com on text to include in your copyright notice. The post also has some other good strategies for protecting your content.

© [Full Name] and [Blog Name], [Current Year or Year Range]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Your Name] and [Your Blog Name] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Here is another great post with suggestions on wording to use for a Copyright notice.

This is also a good time to think about other places you might be using a year that needs to be updated. Do you watermark your photos with the current year?

What other new year tasks are on your to-do list for your blog? Share yours in the comments below.

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Meet Our Members: Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies

Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies
Let’s meet Danielle Driscoll from Finding Silver Pennies.

Where do you live?
South Shore of Massachusetts

What do you write about?
I write about my passion for painting furniture, DIY (on a budget), my family and coastal living on the south shore.

How long have you been blogging?
Three and a bit years. I started my blog on August 3, 2011.

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
Many of the blogs are design and DIY blogs.

Here are a few I love:

Miss Mustard Seed

Craftberry Bush

Chronicles of Home

What inspired you to start a blog?
I was inspired by a few blogs I read and also wanted a creative outlet to express myself. My crafts, furniture painting and DIY has grown out of the desire to write and share my experiences.

Favorite blog post that you have written?

I enjoyed writing this one on Scituate -http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2014/10/scituate-stroll.html

My fall home tour is also a favorite – http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2014/10/coastal-fall-home-tour-2014.html

Our dog Poppy was sprayed by a skunk last March. It was so horrible, the smell and the whole ordeal, horrible. We did our sunroom over due to this incident. We’ve loved every minute out there: http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2014/07/sunroom-reveal.html

How many kids?
Two

How old are they?
John is 8 and Conor is 5.

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?
I joined Boston Parent Bloggers to meet some local bloggers and make connections. I really love the world of blogging and how generous and helpful most bloggers are.

Any favorite tips, tools, or plugins?
I LOVE Instagram and Pinterest. I started on blogger and am now on WordPress which I love. PicMonkey is great for free editing and I’ve just started using Lightroom over the summer which has made a huge difference.

Braun No Touch Forehead Thermometer and Henrietta’s Table

Earlier this month, a group of Boston Parent Bloggers were invited to attend a luncheon at Henrietta’s Table to learn about the new line of Braun no touch thermometers. Bloggers were also treated to a cooking lesson by Peter Davis, Henrietta’s Table’s famed chef.

Visit the links below to find out more about the each blogger’s experience at the event.

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer - Mom's Lifesavers

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer – Mom’s Lifesavers

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer
Cooking Comfort Foods at Henrietta's Table - 30 Something Mother Runner

Cooking Comfort Foods at Henrietta’s Table – 30 Something Mother Runner

Last Thursday I had the chance to head up to Boston to cook some comfort foods with Chef Peter Davis at Henrietta’s Table and to learn more about Braun…
Preparing for Cold & Flu Season with Braun Thermometers & Henrietta’s Table

Preparing for Cold & Flu Season with Braun Thermometers & Henrietta’s Table |kimworld

Recently, I was invited by Braun Thermometers to a comfort food cooking class at the amazing Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge, MA.
Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer | New Hampshire Kids

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer | New Hampshire Kids

I recently attended a wonderful event hosted by Braun Thermometers at the beautiful Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge, MA. The event included a cooking demo from Chef Peter Davis (more to come…
Taking Temperatures with a No Touch Forehead Thermometer | Capability : Mom

Taking Temperatures with a No Touch Forehead Thermometer | Capability : Mom

When your children are sick, it’s not just about managing their symptoms and getting them well, it’s also dealing with, um, shall we say, heightened preferences – everyone is a little more particular when they’re under the weather. Some kids resist taking spit back up medicine, and taking temperatures, while critical, is another not fun sick-time activity. How to make it easy on everyone is something the engineers at Braun have figured out which is good, as we could all use the help. As a disclosure of my ineptitude at any given time, there are three thermometers in our house – the “good one” and two back up which are possibly either mildly or wildly inaccurate (why don’t I just throw them away? Maybe is the next great clean out I will).