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.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of March 25, 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 March 18, 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.

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!

Boston Parent Bloggers Members Giveaway: Week of March 11, 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.