How to Attend a Google+ Chat / Hangout On Air


Google+ is one social media outlet that needs a little explaining.  I'm not sure why Google thinks these things need to be complicated.  Regardless of how complicated Google+ may seem, there are some really cool features if you have patience to learn how to use them.  Google+ Chats (or Hangouts On Air) are a fun way for you to interact with bloggers, brands, and friends live on air. The first thing you'll need to do is set up a Google account if you don't already have one.  Most of us have one connected to Gmail, YouTube, or other Google owned application.  Once you have a Google account you can set up your Google+ profile.  It's very similar to setting up a Twitter or Facebook profile and you can decide what information to share.  If you're using your mobile device or tablet you may need to download the Google+ app first. Next you'll need to RSVP or confirm that you'll be attending (or watching) a specific chat or hangout.  For the reference of this post we'll be using the ... [ Read More ]

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 ]

Thirsties NEW Ocean Collection {and a Giveaway}


With the chill in the air across most parts of the country today, the new Thirsties Ocean Collection makes me want to pack up and move to a tropical island paradise.  I know I really shouldn't complain with highs in the 50-60's here in Florida, but those 35-45 degree mornings are chilly for my thin blood.  (I don't expect any sympathy from my northern friends.) Thirsties actually revealed their Ocean Collection earlier this Fall but they weren't done with production yet.  You don't have to wait any longer though, because retailers have them in stock starting today! There are 5 new prints and 2 new solids making up the Ocean Collection.  The prints are all soft tones of blue, yellow, grey and salmon on a white PUL.  The 2 new solids are Coral and Fin.  The prints include fun little fish, whales, squid, and sand dollars.  While the prints do have a lot of blue; they are very gender neutral and would be adorable on your little sailor or mermaid. The Ocean Collection are available ... [ Read More ]

#MenofTheBabyIndustry Live Chat Nov 25th – Revealing the Secret Project


  About a month ago, Jen with Spray Pal approached me and a few of my friends about a project she was interested in putting together.  After a lot of private Facebook messages amongst ourselves, we decided to begin contacting some of the men in the baby industry. Kim (Dirty Diaper Laundry), Amanda (Green Child Magazine), Jen from Spray Pal, and myself coordinated to get some pretty amazing photographs of the men that were selected for this project.  Did someone say photographs of men? What kind of photographs?     Join us Tuesday night, November 25th as we reveal our first ever, Men of the Baby Industry calendar for 2015!!  If you've followed us around Instagram and Facebook you may have seen (and guessed) some of our hints and the brands that are part of this project.  You may see the men behind Planet Wise, AppleCheeks and bumGenius....and a few others we've kept secret...on the pages of the calendar.  Here's just a little teaser for you... Follow us ... [ Read More ]

Save Water, Drink Wine

Moms Drink Wine to Save Water

Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything goes haywire?  It's been one of those weeks here for sure!  It started on Monday when my daughter decided to cut her hair at school. That was followed by a parent/teacher conference for testing our boundaries with our new teacher, then with a phone call that she had fell and scraped her face up pretty bad, followed by a stomach bug getting my oldest for 24 hours, delays at work due to other people's emergencies, and planning for Black Friday madness at work.  Oh, and I have to get all the laundry done today so that I can pack tonight for a trip. I've felt like crying on more than one occasion this week; but I saved the tears and drank wine instead! Now that both kids are back in school today and (so far) there have been no more accidents, I'm going to treat myself to a wine tasting tonight..... ...and you're invited!! Amista Vineyards, Frick Winery, and F. Teldeschi Winery have teamed up for a live Ustream (and ... [ Read More ]

Surviving Parenthood… bag of hair at a time!

Surviving Parenthood one bag of hair at a time

Parenting is hard, yo! There are no owners manuals to raising kids.  Just when I thought I was starting to grasp this parenting thing, my daughter thought it would be fun to write a new story in her childhood. It was just an ordinary day; I had left the house to go pick the kids up after school, stop off at home for a few minutes to change clothes before heading off to Girl Scouts.  We have our routine conversations on the way home.  You know, "How was your day?" and all that jazz. I had just pulled out of the school parking lot when I asked that question today.  My son started by telling me about a project he was working on.  We made it about 1-2 miles down the road when my life was changed forever!! It started with my son.  I honestly can't remember what he said, but my daughter must have handed him the bag of hair.  He asked her a few questions before I realized what was going on and he handed me the bag of hair. It was at this time that I think all the breath left my ... [ Read More ]

Flu Shots? Yes or No?


While this post is sponsored by CVS MinuteClinic; all opinions are my own. Let's debate (peacefully please) flu shots!  Do you get them for yourself?  Do your kids get them? Why or why not?   I asked this question earlier in the month on Facebook and received a wide range of replies.  Many of you swear by the flu shot and get them every year for your entire family; while others are anti-vaccinations and never get the flu shot.  I can respect both sides of this debate. Post by The Eco Chic.   Fact: This is the first year that I can ever remember getting the flu shot myself. Fact: My children almost always receive the flu shot; although we haven't made it in to the doctors for them yet this year. Fact: My husband almost always gets the flu shot at work. Why did I decide to get a flu shot this year, but never have in the past?  I'm sure as a child and young adult that there were years when I probably received it; I just don't remember.  The last time I ... [ Read More ]

MommyCon Newport Beach – November 1st – Giveaway


It's time for another exciting MommyCon weekend.  This week they will be in Newport Beach, California celebrating with a Halloween flare!  If you're in the area and are pregnant, have babies, or even should consider going to MommyCon. MommyCon is a full day of workshops to help parents learn some valuable tips to help make parenting a little bit easier, and much more fun.  During the day you can attend workshop sessions on cloth diapering, breastfeeding, sleep consultations, babywearing, car seat safety and more.  Dr Alan Green will be there to help you navigate your way through the tricky toddler years when your child may not want to eat what you are eating.  Jamie (The Baby Guy NYC) will help you find the right baby gear during; Don't Buy Things That Suck and will be in charge of some of the giveaways at the end. Did I mention the giveaways?? With your general admission ticket (only $40) you'll be entered to win giveaways (valued at over $10,000 total) and ... [ Read More ]

Confessions of a Chocoholic

Confessions of a Chocoholic

There's really no use in hiding my secret any longer, I'm a chocoholic!  Ok, so I guess if you follow me on social media then it's really no big secret that I have a love affair with chocolate.  My #chocolateaday hashtag on Instagram may have given that away! For the most part, my addiction to chocolate is very mild.  I have my limits and I am good at moderating my chocolate intake.  My husband actually laughs at me because I can make a full size Godiva bar last for 2 weeks by only eating one square a night.  It's just enough of an indulgence to cure my craving. I prefer dark chocolate because the rest of the family won't touch it.  I can keep it in the house longer that way. I really only eat chocolate at night, but if I'm having a rough day I'll sneak a piece during the day. My mother was a chocoholic before me, I blame it all on her!  She's still a chocoholic and I have to hide my "good stuff" when she comes for a visit.  Shhhh.....she reads my blog! I like my ... [ Read More ]

Giveaway – New Thirsties OS AIO + Rumparooz Sherbert


Did you see what was released today?  Thirsties released their new One Size AIO and Rumparooz released their new Sherbert color.  Both of these brands are based in Colorado and run by amazing families. Would you like to win one of each? I'm giving away one pair of these new diapers to a lucky winner!!  All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below. Short cuts:  As part of the Rafflecopter entries you'll need to comment on one of the release posts for either the Rumparooz Sherbert or the Thirsties New OS AIO.  <---click the names to get to those posts! This giveaway is sponsored by Rumparooz & Thirsties and each diaper will be shipped to the winner from them. Giveaway is open to residents in the US over the age of 18 yrs. Ends Oct. 30th at 12:00am ET.  Winner will be announced here!  Good luck!! a Rafflecopter giveaway ... [ Read More ]