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

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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.

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!