Meet Our Members: Gilda from Evan and Lauren’s Cool Blog

Let’s meet Gilda from Evan and Lauren’s Cool Blog
(Gilda is also a guest blogger for Label Daddy.)

What do you write about?
Local shows, area attractions, activities in the area, product reviews, crafts, cake decorating, and the adventures of our family.

Where do you live?
Billerica, Massachusetts (right outside of Boston – 20 minutes away)

How long have you been blogging?
4 years as of April 2012

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

My favorite one is when I got to work with Disney and have an In Home Celebration. I love Disney and sharing my knowledge with others, and I got to gather items to rebuild my daycare provider’s daycare. Her house had just burned down and she lost almost everything. This was a great way to host a wonderful event and give back.

http://evan-and-lauren-a.blogspot.com/2010/04/42510-celebrating-giving-back-and.html

It goes along with this post:

http://evan-and-lauren-a.blogspot.com/2011/11/111511-mickey-mouse-will-always-have-my.html

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

Mommy Niri – She was my friend before she started blogging (I already was). She is great and very grounded due to what she has gone through in life. http://www.mommyniri.com/

Occasional Rambling – She is my friend Dorene who started me blogging – http://www.occasionalrambling.com/ Though she hasn’t been posting much since her 3rd child. :-)

http://www.adventuresinparenting.me/ – I love people that move to Boston from some where else and share their thoughts. I have lived here forever so she has a different outlook.

Quirky Fusion – I also have known Christy for quite a while. Starting with Gymboree classes, and we have two common friends. http://quirkyfusion.com

And of course all of the Boston Parent Bloggers.

What inspired you to start a blog?

I love sharing pictures with friends and family. In fact when we got married I created a Wedding Web Page. I guess that was my true start. I am technical as I went to school at WPI for Aerospace Engineering – Read:

http://evan-and-lauren-a.blogspot.com/2010/02/21710-what-do-you-want-to-be-when-you.html

So sharing pictures and being technical was great. I could combine two passions. Despite the fact that my husband is a computer developer I learn on my own how to set stuff up.

How many children do you have?

2, a boy age 6 and a girl age 4

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

When I joined Twitter I noticed Christy on there and then made the connection.

What are some of your favorite blogging platforms, plugins and/or tools?
Statcounter for statistics
Google Reader
Blogger – I guess not my favorite but it was what I use
Linkys

Boston Parent Bloggers: Giveaways Week of 5/27/2012

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.

Meet Our Members: Laura from Being Loopy

Let’s meet Laura from Being Loopy.

What do you write about?
Life, bargains and chocolate.

Where do you live?
South Shore, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?
It was two years on January 19, 2012.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

http://beingloopy.blogspot.com/2011/09/kardashian-kollection.html

What are two or three of your favorite blogs to read?
The Coupon Goddess
Kelly On The Brink
Laugh and Say Cheese

What inspired you to start a blog?

Melanie from The Coupon Goddess inspired me to start a blog. After reading her wonderful, quirky adventures I decided to give blogging a try.

How many children do you have?

0, I’m an Auntie to 9 children ranging in age from 6-22.

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

I joined BPB to connect with other area bloggers. As a part-time nanny, I knew I would enjoy connecting with parents.

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

Truth be told, I’m not a “techie.” I use Blogger for my blog. I like it because it’s user friendly.

Boston Parent Blogger Member Giveaways: Week of May 20, 2012

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerTake a look below for the links to this week’s giveaways from the Boston Parent Bloggers member blogs. Entering a contest may lead you to discover your new favorite blog!

[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” spot.

Meet Our Members: Sarah from In the Trenches of Mommyhood

Let’s meet Sarah from In the Trenches of Mommyhood.

What do you write about?

Life as a full-time working mother of 3 boys.

Where do you live?

Northbridge, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?

Holy crap, it has been over FOUR years now! (Started September 2007.)

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

http://www.sarahviz.com/2011/02/bieber-fever-and-puberty.html

http://www.sarahviz.com/2009/12/raindrops-on-roses-and-boogers-on-bedsheets.html

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

Enjoying the Small Things: http://www.kellehampton.com/

The Extraordinary Ordinary: http://extraordinary-ordinary.net/

Dutch Blitz: http://www.dutchblitz.net/

What inspired you to start a blog?

I had never kept baby books, thinking that I would always remember the first tooth, the first steps, the first LOST tooth. Yeah, notsomuch. Keeping a blog was the best way I could think of to keep track and to be able to look back. And from there, it has just evolved and grown.

How many children do you have?

3 sons, ages 10, 7-1/2 and 6

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

It is so nice to have a local network! I love attending events and feeling comforted by the fact that I am sure to see a familiar face!

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

I wish I knew! I just recently switched my blog over to WordPress and am struggling with it. I need a tutor! Or better yet, someone to come HOLD MY HAND through it!

Boston Parent Blogger Giveaways: Week of May 13, 2012

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways from some of the member blogs of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re there, check out some of the other posts. You may just find your 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” spot.

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!

 

 

Meet Our Members: Emily from Random Recycling

Let’s meet Emily from Random Recycling.

What do you write about?

I share eco-friendly product reviews, healthy recipes and reviews of local attractions. My audience is primarily female with young children.

Where do you live?

Metro West, Massachusetts

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging since November 2009.

Do you have a favorite blog post of your own?

I did a review of the new Wallababy yogurt and also offered some ways to reuse yogurt containers, which are not easily recycled in many towns.
http://randomrecycling.blogspot.com/2011/10/reuse-those-yogurt-containers.html

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

Simple Mom: http://simplemom.net/
My Baking Addiction: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/
Kitchen Stewardship: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/

What inspired you to start a blog?

My blog started the year my daughter was born. I started reading blogs for the first time and enjoyed the openness in which the writers shared their stories. The environmental issues facing our children really bothered me. I was working full time as a buyer but didn’t feel like I had any creative outlet. I started the blog to capture my ideas for a more sustainable life. In November 2009, I started Random Recycling.

How many children do you have?

2, My daughter is nearly 3 and my son is nearly one.

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?

I joined Boston Parent Bloggers as I was so intrigued when I read about bloggers getting together with other bloggers in their area. I knew there must be other Boston bloggers and my search led me to BPB.

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

I’m currently on Blogger, but dream of a chance to shift over to WordPress. I’m a sucker for analytics and can get lost in the numbers for a bit too long.

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.