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Family-Friendly Wine Country: Touring the North Fork of Long Island

Tractor races at Harbes Family Farm

Trying out the tractor races at Harbes Family Farm, Photo Courtesy of Christy Matte at QuirkyFusion.com

Several Boston Parent Bloggers, along with a few other select travel writers and bloggers, were recently invited to tour the North Fork of Long Island to get a taste of all that the region has to offer. Cross Sound Ferry brought us across the sound for a delightful 24 hours spent touring wineries, sampling local food, exploring local family-friendly attractions, and relaxing in some of the very accommodating inns and B&Bs in the area.

Check out the reviews and learn more about the region:

 

1. Trip to Long Island Wine Country (Lauren and Evan’s Cool Blog)

2. Long Island Wine Country Tour (Dollops of Diane)

3. Long Island’s North Fork Wine Country Getaway (Fortuitous Housewife)

4. Long Island Winery Tour (ViolaCay)

5. A Tour of Long Island Wine Country (Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms)

6. New Vacation Spot: North Fork of Long Island (It’s Not Like a Cat)

7. Long Island: Closer Than You Think (Leah’s Life: Pearls and Oysters)

8. Boston Family Road Trip Destination: North Fork, Long Island (Family Friendly Boston)

Boston Parent Bloggers Welcomes the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

P1180659I know we’re always looking for new and fun things to do with the kids, especially when it’s too hot/cold/wet to be outside. The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston in Assembly Row, Somerville, launches next week (May 23) as the newest option for indoor family fun. Several of our members had the chance to check it out and are giving away passes so you can enjoy it with your own family.

Check out the reviews and giveways at:

 

 

Boston Parent Bloggers Visit Harvey Building Products

Guest blogger Leah Klein lives with her family of four in Cambridge, MA where she and her husband are slowly bringing their house out of the 1970′s and into the present.  She writes as the Boston Family Foodie and blogs at Pearls and Oysters.

Boston Parent Bloggers are handy when it comes to juggling schedules, baby gear, screen time, homework time, but what about around the house? Well, just like with parenting we all have our strengths! Luckily, the bloggers who attended the Harvey Building Products Showroom in Burlington didn’t have to also don hard hats and pick up tools of any sort.

As most home owners are, we were all in different stages of redoing, repairing, or upgrading our homes from minor details to major overhauls. Bloggers were given a chance not only to tour the Harvey showroom, but also to hear from the Boston Globe’s Handyman on Call, Peter Hotton, who has been the Boston Globe’s Handyman on Call for over thirty years and had plenty of great stories and handy anecdotes to share.  Since Peter answers questions in a variety of ways he hears from all sorts of homeowners. Savvy homeowners who tend to be older and know quite a bit about taking care of their home usually call in (from 1-6 p.m. on Tuesdays at (617) 929-2930. Then there’s the chatroom (Thursdays at 2 p.m.) where everyone is young, enthusiastic and don’t know anything about their homes. It was great to hear from someone who knows his home inside and out speak honestly about everything from his former dislike of the original, now much improved, vinyl siding to his Harvey windows that he is extremely satisfied with.

Then, it was on to exploring the show room. It was great to see the windows in mock houses and get a real feel for the options. Windows and sliding glass doors was a focus for me, because the windows in our Cambridge home are all from the 1970′s and as the chill in the air outside becomes more and more pronounced so do the drafts through our house. It was great to learn that the Harvey classic windows are guaranteed for 20 years. It’s also nice to know that you’re supporting a company that is respected by its employees and that manufacturing happens just one state over up in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

As we were walked through it all, it was nice to see outside clients coming in, sent by their contractors or neighbors perhaps, to look at materials in person so they knew what they’d be getting. Harvey works directly with contractors and not the general public, but you can always find a good recommendation for a contractor through your parent webgroups, in person groups, neighbors, or sites like Angie’s List.

Lastly, I learned about the Mass Save programs that will help you make improvements to your home. Since Harvey windows have very clear Energy Star ratings, they qualify and will save you money especially if your windows are as old as ours.

Thank you to Harvey Building Products for taking the time to walk us through the showroom and host us.

Editor’s note – Also thanks to UrbanSitter for providing a babysitter to watch the kids who attended the event.

Harvey Building Products
Burlington Showroom
1 Wheeler Rd.
(overlooking Rt. 128, Exit 32 Middlesex Turnpike, former Tweeter building)
Burlington, MA 02803
781-272-0411

Here are posts from attendees:

PR Panel Springboard

The First Springboard Conference in Boston was a Success!

PR Panel Springboard

Photo Credit: Judy Petraske

Last week, Boston Parent Bloggers co-hosted the first ever Springboard Conference in Boston, MA.  Springboard brought bloggers in from as far as California, all to get hands-on information on how to improve their blogs.  With sessions from App Development to Monetization, Photographer to Stop Motion Videography, the conference truly offered something for everyone.

The conference started with a Zero to Business pre-conference on Friday, with a dinner cruise aboard Entertainment Cruises’ Odyssey.  While some guests drove to the event, many stayed overnight at the nearby Westin Boston Waterfront.  Conference participants had the option of starting their day with gentle yoga before the sessions started.

I had the honor of presenting my Show me the money - Tips to monetize your blog NOW session toward the end of the day, and found that the audience was still lively and excited to learn.  I was also energized from a day of learning and networking.  I already can’t wait for next year’s Springboard Conference.

Check out the links below for the experiences of other attendees.

Boston Parent Bloggers at #BlogHer12

Boston Parent Blogger Members snap a photo with reality-tv-star-turned-blogger Kate Gosselin. Photo courtesy of Emily Roach.

Over 30 members of the Boston Parent Bloggers took BlogHer12 event in NYC by storm in this month. The weekend kicked off with a BlogHer-bound bus sponsored by McDonald’s that transported over half of the members to New York.

There were sessions, brand meetings, and parties! Lots of time to connect with fellow Boston bloggers and new friends. Check out the posts below to get a flavor of each of the individual experiences by the Boston Parent Blogger members that represented at BlogHer!

Boston Parent Bloggers enjoy themselves at CheeseburgHer, one of BlogHer's official parties. Photo courtesy of Viola Cay.

McDonald’s Host Boston Parent Bloggers on Bus to BlogHer

Photo Courtesy of Jodi Grundig.

McDonald’s [@McDEasternNE and @McDonalds] hosted a group of over 15 Boston Parent Bloggers bound for BlogHer in New York City on August 2nd.

On the way, the bloggers were joined by a Chef [@ChefJessRD] who discussed ways that the restaurant chain is working to offer healthier options. In addition, the bus of bloggers stopped by a roadside McDonald’s restaurant so they could sample some of the favorites under 400 calories menu including oatmeal, egg mcmuffins, strawberry lemonade, and coffee.

The BlogHer swagfest started early with aweseome McDonald’s snuggies that were handed out to all of the bloggers for the bus trip.

Thanks again to McDonald’s for hosting the Boston Parent Bloggers to BlogHer!

Boston Parent Bloggers Take On the Mom 2.0 Summit in Key Biscayne, FL

Boston Parent Bloggers

Charlene, Melanie, Jodi, and Annie (Roxanna not pictured) Photo credit: Melanie Feehan

This past week, several members of Boston Parent Bloggers attended the Mom 2.0 Summit in Key Biscayne, Florida.  This conference, known as a “conversation between moms and marketers”, is in it’s fourth year, and I’ve been thrilled to attend all four.  This year, the conference offered fabulous speakers, amazing parties, and a thought-provoking environment.

I enjoyed the keynote discussions, which featured such notable speakers as The Bloggess, Liz Lange, and Brene Brown.  The breakout sessions were also wonderful, and I came home with so much to ponder.  But, the highlight of the event was the party held at the former Versace Mansion on Ocean Drive in South Beach.  The party, sponsored by Intel (who was surprisingly absent throughout the rest of the Summit), featured a DJ, a delicious buffet, and some fabulous desserts.  It was a great way to end the conference on a high note.

Other sponsors of the conference included Hallmark (who offered a wonderful card-giving suite), Honda (who offered test drives of their newest vehicles), Bounce, LG, Pom, Sargento’s, Aldi, and Lawry’s.

Next year’s Mom 2.0 Summit will be held in Laguna Beach, CA, and I plan to be there for #5!

 

 

Blissdom Recap

As I write this, it is 6 o’clock in the morning. (Kinda like that song by T-Pain now that I think of it…)

Fellow Boston Parent Bloggers Sarah, Christine, Kim and I just boarded the plane to head back home at this ungodly hour. I’m definitely not posting pictures of that. No one ever said going to and from blogging conferences was glamorous.

Yet, it seems a bit surreal that I am heading home to diapers and online chats after spending 48 hours meeting celebrities and having real life conversations. That is what makes Blissdom a great conference. The ability to step out from behind the computer and into a setting with growth, inspiration, connections, learning and, of course, bliss. Frankly, Blissdom 2012 rocked. (Rather literally, as you soon will see.)

At Blissdom, workshops fostered discussions. The sponsors respected attendees. The attendees supported each other. While it is no easy feat to find childcare, juggle schedules, leave work or find sponsors (or your own checkbook) to cover costs, the overall professional atmosphere is why so many Bloggers recommend attending Blissdom.

The sessions included subjects such as growing your Facebook fan page, how to use your camera for great blog images, learning to brand yourself or creating a blog mission statement. Thus, Blissdom has the right blend of content, talent and conversation to improve your blog.

Yet, fun screenings like the new Dr. Seuss “The Lorax” movie or Oprah’s new show “The Next Chapter” or the amazing musical acts by Rascal Flatts, Chris Mann or Joe Jones, rocked the house. (I still cannot believe we saw all of them perform live.) While we were tweeting away, it enabled us to renew ourselves so we can continue to tackle our roles as spouse, coworker, parent and social media marketers when we get home.

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(From left to right) Sarah, Chris Mann, Charlene, Jodi

All in all though, no matter what conference you choose, it is what you make of it. You have to put in what you want to get out. No matter how slick or professional a conference is, it still comes down to you. It can be overwhelming, but retreat to your room from time to time to regroup or go with a friend. However, if you are looking for a way to engage offline, meet brands or learn more about blogging, then definitely put Blissdom 2013 on your ‘To-Do’ list.

If family or budget prevents it, you can always sign up for Blissdom at Home to get notes, video and audio. So when the kids are asleep or when you have a spare minute or two, you can get great tips and ideas shared in the Blissdom sessions for a really reasonable rate (no hotel or airline fees!) Or if you would like to read more about the blogging tips and new products showcased at Blissdom 2012, including a video recap I am putting together, follow me on Twitter or head over to my Facebook Page to learn more.

All in all, whatever you do this year, may you find your bliss!

Win a Ticket to Blog Better Boston

We know how hard it can be to travel to conferences, but we also know the value in the learning, networking, and inspiration. That’s why we’re so excited about the upcoming Blog Better Boston conference on March 24, 2012. We’re not the only ones… Blog Better Boston is now sold out, but we’ve got a ticket for one lucky blogger!

The giveaway is open to all, but we do have a bonus entry for Boston Parent Blogger members. The giveaway runs through the end of the day on Wednesday, March 7. Enter now! Leave a comment below answering the question, “What is one thing you want to learn about blogging or social media?” and then click “Do It!” in the Rafflecopter widget.


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JM Barrie’s Peter Pan 360 and Boston Parent Bloggers

JM Barries Peter Pan 360 Boston

Boston Parent Bloggers and their families get a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Last month, a few Boston Parent Bloggers had the opportunity to take in a performance of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan 360 that was playing in Boston at City Hall Plaza.

Gilda Alberti from Evan and Lauren’s Cool Blog was in attendance and shared her thoughts, “The show is truly breathtaking! The 360 theatre is something you have never seen and brings so much excitement to the show. Plus you feel totally immersed in the action. When the cast was flying through the air to Neverland it was absolutely amazing that it gave me chills. My kids who are 4 and 6 were awe struck by the performance. The other nice thing is that it could be enjoyed by all ages.”

Behind the Scenes at JM Barries Peter Pan 360 in Boston.

Boston Parent Bloggers and their families learn about the puppets used in the performance.

The theater also had a new twitter-friendly seating location which some of the Boston Parent Bloggers took advantage of by live-tweeting the performance. Gilda Alberti was one of the bloggers that was seated in the twitter-friendly area of the theater, “While we were at the show we were also part of a tweet up with the other bloggers in attendance. This was a really cool experience as we could be sharing our thoughts real time with each other and with our Twitter followers. We were also treated to a back stage tour after the show and the kids got to meet two of the puppets – the crocodile and Nana, and got to meet Peter Pan and Wendy! What an extraordinary experience for all involved.”

Check out what some of the other members that attended had to say about JM Barrie’s Peter Pan 360.

Thanks to Gilda Alberti from Evan and Lauren’s Cool Blog for the photos.