10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Hockey – Tampa Bay Lightning


It's no secret that our family loves sports.  Our primary love is college football (go Dawgs!!), but we have fun watching just about any sporting event.  It's been quite a while since we've been to a hockey game, so I was excited when the Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena invited me to be their social captain a few weeks ago.  I wanted to share with you just a few of our favorite moments from the night and 10 reasons why we love the Bolts!  #1: Social Media Captain - What's not to love about a sports team who is social and engages with their fans over social media.  On game nights, Twitter and Instagram are filled with several different #hashtags from fans attending the game.  The Bolts & Amalie Arena have a very interactive program and hold lots of contests for their social fans.  As the Social Media Captain, we got to show the fans a little more about the team and the arena - from behind the scenes! #2: Behind the scenes experience - When we arrived we were met ... [ Read More ]

10 Things I Did This Summer


Have you missed me?  My last blog post was July 2nd!  I should feel ashamed that I didn't touch my blog for the entire month, but honestly I feel so refreshed.  I worked, took vacations, and had a lot of fun.  Here are the Cliff Notes for my summer: Disney World Orlando Staycation:  Did I mention that we have season passes to the parks?  We spent a few days in Orlando relaxing at our favorite resort, meeting Princesses, riding in race cars, and traveling to the moon!  Of course we never really left Orlando but it was a lot of fun.  To see a video of the new Jr. Ride-along <sponsored blogger event> at the Richard Petty Driving Experience in Orlando check out my YouTube channel.  Bryce got to take a few laps around a real race track in a real race car. Ichetucknee Springs Vacation:  We went on our annual trip to Ichetucknee Springs and tubed down the river over the 4th of July.  We stayed at our favorite Hideaway Cottages, ate smores, sat by the campfire, and this year we ... [ Read More ]

Phantom of the Cloth (Diapers) – The Great Cloth (Diaper) Mystery

Phantom of the Cloth Diaper Mystery

What is the Great Cloth (Diapers) Mystery? You'll have to wait and find out!  Join me back here on Monday, September 17th at 12pm (noon) ET to learn more about the Mystery!  If you'd like a sneak peek at what the mystery may be find me on Twitter or Instagram and look for #phantomfluff.  There are a few other guests involved in this mystery - have you found them yet? ... [ Read More ]

iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli Worthington

I'm a huge fan of iPhone photography, in fact I have over 40 photography related apps on my phone.  I always have my phone with me and some of my favorite photos were taken from it; including many that you see on this blog. Last week while I was getting ready to pack for our trip I stumbled upon an ebook, iPhone Photography, by Alli Worthington.  I didn't even realize Alli had written an ebook (I'm a bad blogger and don't keep up with what everyone is doing) but I knew it would be good.  If you don't know who Alli is, she is a blogger and the founder of the Blissdom blogging conferences.  She is beautiful, spirited, and incredibly talented.  I immediately purchased the ebook so I could have some reading for our trip. WOW!!  I wasn't prepared for 173 pages full of gorgeous iPhone images, tips, app recommendations, and personal photography advice.  I read the entire thing on our car ride up to the cabins.  I immediately installed several new apps (mostly free) that I'm learning to ... [ Read More ]

May Cloth Diaper Happenings

Great Cloth Diaper Hunt

There are so many fabulous events (and new products) happening in May with the cloth diaper community I just had to share them all with you. Great Cloth Diaper Hunt (GCDH) hosted by Diaper Decisions.  This will be the 12th year of the internet scavenger hunt and is now under new management.  The hunt lasts all month long.  I know that Kelly's Closet is one of the sponsors for the hunt and has a fun mini-hunt planned along with a coupon code just for hunters. #CBSNAP - the first photo-a-day challenge sponsored by Cotton Babies.  If you're familiar with Fat Mum Slim's monthly photo challenge you'll love #CBSNAP - while it is cloth diaper themed you don't have to post pictures of cloth diapers each day.  If you are on Instagram be sure to Follow Me (@TheEcoChic or theecochic@gmail.com) so I can see all your pretty pictures. Do you "Like" DiaperShops.com on Facebook yet?  They are SO close to reaching 25K fans and have promised a big celebration when they reach it.  Join me ... [ Read More ]

#marchphotoaday Challenge on Instagram (and everywhere else) with @FatMumSlim


February is almost over and my favorite month is coming up - March!  Why is March my favorite month?  #1) My birthday is on the Ides of March, #2) My anniversary is the first week of March, and #3) My oldest turns 9 on St. Patty's Day!  I am 100% Pisces and my son shares many of my traits as well.  I love spring!  I love seeing flowers in bloom (but I hate the pollen).  I love the first real beach trip of the year.  I love Spring Training baseball.  I love everything about March!!   It's also time for a new Photo-a-Day challenge with @Fatmumslim!  Every month I get a little better and one of these days I may actually finish a challenge!  For February I did great until I left for Blissdom.  I'm a few days (ok - 5 days) behind and should probably catch up! What is #MarchPhotoADay?  You can read all of the 'rules' over on the @Fatmumslim blog.  It's amazing how many people are participating in the challenge and I love following all of you on Instagram (and Twitter and Facebook) and love ... [ Read More ]

5 Things I’m Looking Forward to at Blissdom 2012

 In just a few short weeks I'll be boarding a plane and heading North to Nashville for my second Blissdom conference.  Last year I decided on a whim to go and it was the best decision I made all year.  I actually learned so many valuable lessons last year that I can hardly wait to see what I will learn this year.  I'm excited to see that they have revamped their schedule this year too.  For those who have never been to Blissdom or for those who may be going for the first time here are a few things I'm really looking forward to... 5 Things I'm Looking Forward to at Blissdom 2012 NEW! Handmade Marketplace - I need to remember to bring some cash and be ready to shop!  I can't wait to see what these creative moms have in store for me.  It will be like shopping on Etsy only in person - I think I may get in a little bit of trouble.  Perhaps I will find some inspiration for some craft projects of my own or perhaps I'll find some new site sponsors.  Only time will tell.  This will be ... [ Read More ]

#Febphotoaday Challenge on Instagram with @FatMumSlim


I don't do well at challenges so I'm challenging myself to do more challenges!  Last month (#JanPhotoaDay) I started a few days late and failed miserably at the end.  It's a new month and a new chance for me to actually finish something I started...we'll see how it works out! What is #FebPhotoADay?  You can read all about it on the Fat Mum Slim blog. To follow my photo stream on Instagram simply like me on Twitter @TheEcoChic and watch for my #FebPhotoaDay post.  If you are already on Instagram be sure to "Follow Me" there.  Beware - I have an iPhone 3gS and my pics aren't always the greatest quality - still holding out for the iPhone 5 (if and when that ever happens)!! Here is a sneak peek at my Day 1: Your view today I'd tell you what this is but that would ruin the surprise later in the month!  Any guesses? ... [ Read More ]

Instagram #JANPhotoaday Challenge


Aside from Pinterest I have one other addiction...Instagram! If you follow me on Twitter you have probably already noticed that I like to share photos of my babies, my pug puppy, and lots of other random photos.  I noticed some of my Instagram (a photo app on my iPhone that is linked to my Twitter account) followers were posting #JANPhotoaday pics each day and couldn't help but join them.  Do you have an iPhone or other photo-enabled phone?  Join us - or at least follow along for some cute pics.  You can find me @TheEcoChic/Calley P. and Follow Me!  (I don't know how to link that from my laptop...just search for me and you'll find me!)  I started the photo challenge a bit late but I've been on Instagram for a while now.  Enjoy! About the January Photo-a-Day Challenge:  http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/2012/01/january-photo-day-challenge.html     ... [ Read More ]