Still Recovering from #EAEvents Social Suite launching at Blogger Bash 2014

ea eventsThis last week was exhausting and fun as I joined the team of Element Associates in creating the Blogger Bash Social Suite during the two-day Blogger Bash event in NYC this last week. I think I can finally feel my feet!

We had so many amazing sponsors that you see listed below but it was also really great to reconnect with so many bloggers who I “meet” online through blogger outreach and sponsored posts. It is truly rich to meet people in person and get to know them one-on-one.

Check out some of the fun pictures and information about the sponsors who joined us below.

JOSEPH NOGUCCI

Bloggers attending were the first to see the new Miii jewelry collection by Joseph Nogucci. Miii bracelets are crafted from semiprecious stone beads and gleaming rhodium-plated magnets  designed to bring all of your bracelets together in a perfect arm stack. Like individual charms on a bracelet, each Miii commemorates a specific milestone or memory.

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SMOKEY BEAR 

#EAEvents focused on social good also.  Smokey Bear, who celebrates his 70th Birthday in 2014, posed for photos and shared birthday cake with bloggers. Nine out of ten wildfires are started by humans, and Smokey Bear still plays a key role in educating the public that “Only YOU can prevent wildfires.”  You can help wish Smokey a Happy Birthday by signing his online card: https://www.facebook.com/smokeybear/app_647757158645348.

Smokey Bear

COVERGIRL

COVERGIRL provided beauty services as well as COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lip Gloss samples to the bloggers attending. Manicures featuring the new COVERGIRL XL Nail Gel collection—the polishes provide the plump, polished look of a gel manicure without having to go to the salon. The formula glides on smoothly and evenly, and one coat is all you need. Also, there’s no UV light required. Makeup touch-ups featuring essential beauty products for moms-on-the-go including: COVERGIRL’s new #instaGLAM Collection (Ready Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation, Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer, Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Pressed Powder, and Colorlicious Lip Gloss), Bombshell ShineShadow by LashBlast, truMAGIC, and Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara.

AUTOTEX PINK

AutoTex Pink encouraged bloggers to help “Wipe Out Breast Cancer.” A donation is made from each purchase of AutoTex Pink wiper blades to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. AutoTex Pink wiper blades are available in pink or in black with a pink ribbon online at www.thecequentstore.com.

WASHDROPS

Bloggers received samples of Washdrops, an award-winning green car wash solution. Finally, there is a quick, easy and environmentally responsible way to wash your vehicle.  Washdrops uses only one bucket of water—no hose or rinse is required to get a beautiful shine. Washdrops is ideal for school and non-profit car wash fundraisers too!

 WUBBLE

Everyone had a chance to play with the amazing Wubble Bubble Ball, which looks like a bubble but plays like a ball.  The Wubble ball is available for $19.99 at Target stores nationwide.

Here is a picture of my own Wubbles at home that we are having tons of fun playing with:

wubble ball

 

Additional Sponsors included friends from at Affiliate Summit,  JetSet Dress, author Lauren Willig and Alex’s Lemonade stand who came with delicious lemonade and lemon flavored candies and Peeps.

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Here’s to next year!

Preparing Your Family – Your Life for Hurricane Arthur and other storms

wireless emergency alertsAre you ready for Hurricane Arthur? Does your family have a plan?

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15 and will end on November 30. By working as a community, lives can be saved despite natural disasters breaking apart our homes and towns. They don’t have to break apart our families if we properly prepare and are aware of what to do.

Ready.gov/hurricanes  has tips about what to do to prepare:

1. Sign up for WEAs (Wireless Emergency Alerts): Wireless Emergency Alerts are automatic texts sent to you in an emergency. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

2. Build an Emergency Kit

3. Making a Family Communications Plan

4. Download the following guide: How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide

Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas. How to Prepare for a Hurricane explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly at a time when every second counts.

Special NYC edition of The Talk: Tune in Friday at 2 pm #everybodytalks

This Friday, at 2 pm, make sure to tune into The Talk for a special NYC edition with all your favorite hosts and a couple of extra special guests, including myself & my mom in the audience and several other very special blogging friends.

This last week, we headed into NYC for a pre-taping of this Friday’s show which features very special guests and really fun giveaways. I won’t spoil it now. You have to see it to believe it!

What an incredible fun day and even more fun that that my mom got to share it with me as a special post-Mother’s Day treat.

Watch for an update on all the amazing things the audience won. Like, really?!!!!! Can you saw jaw-dropping?!

Follow The Talk on Facebook and Twitter to join in the fun and live tweet your favorite moments. Follow #everybodytalks on Twitter and join the conversation with some of your favorite ladies. Tweet them individually if you hear something you like! @JulieChen @aishatyler @MrsSOsbourne @THEsaragilbert @sherylunderwood

May 16, 2014

 

(Pictured: Sheryl, Vera, Sara, Kate, Beth, Sharon, Aisha, me, my mom, Julie, Danielle)

SPOILER ALERT: (CBS shared it and so will I):

[Tune in] TOMORROW: the incredible @idinamenzel, lifestyle expert @chilanlieu & @Chef_Aaron Sanchez: http://t.co/PcPsqU9vci #Frozen #letitgo

See you on The Talk!

HorseTalk at the horse barn today

Love this image. I snapped it on the way out of the barn this morning. According to my daughter, this is Linus and he loves to pose. Looks like he is saying, “So, what are you looking at?”

horsetalk

 

Great resource for kids wanting to learn about horses: The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia

Recognizing Caregivers and Their Moms on Mother’s Day #thanksproject

Caregivers spend a lot of time taking care of their loved ones who they cherish and adore but any caregiver will tell you that it takes a physical and mental toll to watch a mother or dad dip into dementia or cry in chronic pain.

The AARP created several wonderful resources for caregivers as seen below:

For Mother’s Day, AARP partnered with the Ad Council to create  ThanksProject.org This Mother’s and Father’s day, honor the parent you care for by ‘thanking’ them on the Thanks Project platform and contribute to the tapestry of appreciation.

Thanks Project

In-Real-Life at the April #MomMixer

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As my teen daughter gets closer and closer to the scheduled date to try for her license, I use every opportunity to have her drive to get the 65 hours in, required here in PA, before the official road test at the end of May.

Last Saturday offered up an especially sweet opportunity to visit with my blogging friends in-real-life (and hosts Colleen & Whitney) and let my daughter drive an hour into the city and an hour back. We made up a few errands to round out the hours since technically it was only 45 minutes each way but definitely a somewhat stressful path down a big, busy road, otherwise known as the Schuylkill (or 76) going into Philly.

We drove to the lovely Four Seasons and rather than drive around the block to find parking, we chose the uber-easy way of using the wonderfully efficient valet services.

At the event, several delightful sponsors offered delish mocktails and cocktails in addition to treats from CVS, chocolate from Hersey, coffee from McDonald’s in Philly.

We also learned more about the Philly 3-Day with Susan G Komen and tweeted to win 2 tickets to the Academy of Natural Sciences which my younger daughter will love!

academy of natural sciences

We were given a fun bag of swag to take with us. I gave the Pampers to a fellow blogger going to see another blogger who just had a baby.

From CHARM IT! comes the opportunity for children under 14 can enter the  CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Design-A-Charm Contest to design their own charm between now and May 21st.

After the event, my daughter and I had fun browsing the vintage flea market across the street and found one or two treasures there too. What a great mom-daughter day!