Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of May 6, 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: MaryAnne from Mama Smiles


Let’s meet MaryAnne from Mama Smiles.

What do you write about?

Everyday parenting – crafts, learning activities, fun things we see, make, and do.

Where do you live?

Middlesex County, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?

Since the end of 2008.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

Doing What We Do

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?

http://ikatbag.com
http://learningwithmouse.blogspot.com/
http://blissfule.me

What inspired you to start a blog?

I wanted a way to focus on and remember the best parts of being a mother of young children.

How many children do you have?

Three, ages 5, 4, and 2

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

I wanted to meet other local bloggers.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?

I have a self-hosted WordPress blog. I love the commentluv plugin, and the broken link checker. And I love the versatility of the Atahualpa theme.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of April 29, 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: Cheryl from The Life of LilMisBusy

Let’s meet Cheryl from The Life of LilMisBusy.

What do you write about?

The Life of LilMisBusy is the story of my life and that of my family. LilMisBusy is an old AOL screen name, and the name I was using when I met my husband back in 1999. My friends in college had given me a copy of the Little Miss Busy book, and well, it resonated. It seems life never really slows down much, and I’m trying to capture some of the details about our lives before they’ve been forgotten. So everything from jam-packed weekends to vacations to coping with chronic medical issues gets covered there.

Where do you live?

Newton, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in March 2007, anonymously at first. I had Mr. Bee (my husband) and BusyBee (my daughter) and BabyBee (my son), but after I began posting my blog on facebook, I started using our names. I’m excited to hit 5 years of blogging in the next few months!

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

http://lilmisbusy.blogspot.com/2011/10/34-new-diagnosis.html

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?

I keep a LOT of blogs in my Google Reader, and I make a real effort to read almost every post. I read many other Boston Parent Bloggers, but my favorite is The Mama Bird Diaries.

What inspired you to start a blog?

I’m obsessed with people’s stories. I love knowing all of the details that go into living a life, both the bad and the good. After years of reading about other people, I decided it wasn’t fair to not share my own story too.

How many children do you have?

2, ages 8 and 4.

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

I am hoping to meet others like myself in the area. I find that people willing to share their lives in this medium and others like Twitter (@cherylstober) are generally people I can get along well with. The events might interest me, but I’m not looking to do work with brands or monetize, since I work full time and this is more of a hobby for me. But I would love to connect with more readers and follow them back as well.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?

I don’t have any! I use Blogger. I care more about the content than the packaging at this point, but maybe that will change some day.

 

 

 

 

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of April 22, 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: Alexandra from Mommy Glow

Let’s meet Alexandra from Mommy Glow.

What do you write about?

My blog Mommy Glow, highlights my journey as a young woman and mother navigating my way though life’s mazes, and trying to hold a smile. The blog talks about living, loving, learning, and choosing to parent on purpose.

I cover parenting, single parenting, co-parenting, young parenting, giveaways, fashion, and inspiration.

Where do you live?

Cambridge, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for a little under 2 years.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

One of my favorite and most honest blog posts was when I spoke about my fears surrounding co-parenting. http://thepushback.org/what-scares-me-about-co-parenting

This post was featured on the blog The Pushback, the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy’s blog.

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?

Natasha Vianna
The Young Mommy Life
Mommy Delicious

What inspired you to start a blog?

What inspired me to start Mommy Glow was my desire to bring a voice to a seemingly invisible demographic. I couldn’t find many resources talking about young parenthood in a positive light. I am a young parent and proud of it, and I wanted to create a safe and inviting space to share my story and connect with others.

How many children do you have?

1, age 6.

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

I joined to connect with other local parents, to find tips and to build friendships!

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?

I love blogger!

 

 

 

 

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

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways offered by members of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re entering the giveaways, be sure to hang around and check out their writing!

[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: Kim from The Girl Is A Mom

Starting today, we’ve got a new feature here on Boston Parent Bloggers – Meet Our Members!  First up is a conversation with Kim from The Girl is a Mom.

What do you write about?

I write about motherhood and being a stay at home mother. Relationships with friends, with your children and with partners. What it is like to have 2 children and not lose yourself :) I talk about events in the city and I do reviews and giveaways for baby/family products.

Where do you live?

Boston, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?

In this form I have been blogging for 3 years, since my first pregnancy.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

Madness of Motherhood A Rebuttal

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?

Girl’s Gone Child
Melanie in the Middle
Trees Will Bend
Making it Lovely

What inspired you to start a blog?

When I got pregnant, I felt like there was nothing out there that spoke to me. I felt like I didn’t fit in with the communities of pregnant mothers out there. I wasn’t married, I wasn’t trying to get pregnant, I didn’t look anything like someone who was going to be a mother…I thought there must be others out there like me. It quickly became an outlet to share all the things I was learning about pregnancy and babies that I didn’t see anyone else honestly writing about. I try very hard to continue that theme of complete honesty, even when a subject is a bit tough to be truthful about.

How many children do you have?

2, aged 2 and 6 months.

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

I really wanted to extend my circle of friends to those awesome like minded mamas who were local and not just living on the internet :) The prospect of being able to meet and hang out with the people behind the blogs I read, that is awesome.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?

I love all the usual things, twitter, facebook. I personally use Squarespace for The Girl Is A Mom, I pay monthly for it but in the end it saves me tons of time and energy which is better spent with my girls. Before I would spend way too much time on the design and upkeep of blogging and not enough time writing or spending time offline. For the Growing Up blog I use WordPress, which is something that works well even though it is new for me. I’m also a huge fan of Picnik, for graphics and doing things myself.

 

 

 

 

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

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways offered by members of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re entering the giveaways, be sure to hang around and check out their writing!

[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 Givewaways: Week of April 1, 2012

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerThis is no April Fool’s Day Joke! Look below for a list of member giveaways this week. Visit the links below to enter the contests and read a few posts while you are there!

[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.