Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of November 20, 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 November 11, 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 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

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Boston Parent Bloggers: Giveaway Week of November 4, 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.

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Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of 10/28/2012

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.

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Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of 10/21/2012

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.

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Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: October 14, 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.]

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Boston Parent Blogger Member Giveaways: Week of October 7, 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 Attempt Aerial Yoga with TD Bank

TD Bank Aerial YogaLast week, TD Bank challenged Boston Parent Bloggers to learn more about freedom and flexibility with aerial yoga.  Why aerial yoga?  Well, TD Bank is all about freedom (offering free checking without the requirement of high balances) and flexibility (many checking options and extended branch hours) – two characteristics that aerial yoga embody.

Personally, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was amazed that I was actually able to do most of the moves, once I got past my fear of falling.  The instructor was great at walking us through the steps, and it was fun to do the class as a group.  I was also impressed that the TD Bank execs were right along with us – doing the aerial yoga while wearing their work clothes.  That’s dedication!

South Boston Yoga offers this intro class on a regular basis – but it’s not something I would have done on my own.  So, a big thanks to TD Bank for getting me out of my comfort zone, and for my fellow Boston Parent Bloggers for being brave enough to try it out!

Disclosure: TD Bank engaged Boston Parent Bloggers to help coordinate this event. 

Photo credit: TD Bank

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.