Making an Impression at Blogger Bash 2015 #BBNYC

A few weeks ago I had the awesome privilege of attending Blogger Bash 2015 (#bbnyc) in NYC.


There are all sorts of blogging conferences and conventions out there to attend each year, but this one is by far my favorite because it is the only conference that focuses on helping bloggers make true connections not only with brands, but with other bloggers as well.  It is a two-day fun and informative networking event.

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The Wall of Sound – HTC One Harman Kardon Smartphone & Sprint Sound Sessions Review #SprintMusic #SprintMom

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint Sound Sessions. I received a sample of the HTC One to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” As always, all opinions expressed on this site are my very own.  Please be sure to do your own research, as your opinion may differ.

Have you ever heard the saying “music hath charms to soothe a savage beast?”  Not that I am comparing myself to a savage beast, but music certainly plays a role in setting both my temperament and emotions.

When I’m working in my office, I often listen to music played off my smartphone. I mostly listen to 80s music.  Lots of songs from that era feature fast tempos that help me get into a groove when I’m writing.  When I’m in the kitchen, I’ll play hits from the 70s including tunes. The sing-songy nature of that music gets me moving melodically as I make dinner.   If I want to chill, I listen to classic crooners from the 1950s.

However, just as important as the music selection is to setting my mood, so is the sound quality. Quite honestly, the sound quality from most smartphones is pretty horrible — whether it be for music, video or just plain talking on the phone. It always sound tinny and the music is muddy, never quite picking up bass or drum beats.

THM_HTCHarmanKardon_2That was until I got to personally experience the HTC One® Harman Kardon® edition – a Sprint exclusive smartphone with a premium sound experience. I first checked it out at a Sprint Sound Sessions event that was recently held in NYC.

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Finding Pixie Dust & Getting To Go “On The Road” With Disney Social Media Moms

I’ve got a confession to make. I never stepped foot inside a Disney Park until I was an adult. My father wasn’t much into amusement parks, so growing up it was never a destination my family ever considered for vacation. It wasn’t until I was 22 years old and on a business trip to Southern California. With some down time, a colleague suggested we head on over to Anaheim and check out Disneyland.

THM_DisneyOTRPhilly_2aI was mesmerized and fell in love the moment I entered!

Walking thru Sleeping Beauty’s castle, wearing my very first pair of Mouse Ears, riding on the Railroad, getting drenched on Splash Mountain and having my picture taken with Winnie the Pooh was like taking all those Disney movies and TV shows I watched growing up come to life right in front of my eyes!

It took me another two more years before I made it to all the parks in Orlando, but since then I’ve been back many times.  My most recent trip was last spring when The Hubs and I took the kids on their first visit to Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Join Purex in Supporting Make-A-Wish & Laundry Giveaway

I’m a huge supporter of companies who team up their products with worthwhile causes for a greater good.  Throughout the month of February Purex® Laundry Detergent is teaming up with the Make-A-Wish foundation, one of the world’s leading children’s charities for their “Bright Washes, Bright Wishes” promotion.

MAW-purex-insiders-290x180_RI’m sure you’ve heard of Make-A-Wish before, but they help to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.   The kids helped by this organization say that granted wishes give them a renewed strength to continue in the brave fight against their illnesses while their parents say these experiences help strengthen their entire family.

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Keep Calm And Get Blogging!

Happy New Year!  It was great to unplug the past two weeks to enjoy the holiday with friends and family.  As much as I love being connected, it was relaxing not to be a slave to social media or a post schedule.  It was a time for me to re-charge and get ready for a brand new year of blogging excitement!

But getting started again is hard!

I sat down at the computer in my home office no less than a dozen this past weekend with the intention of getting my editorial calendar in order and even getting a jump-start on some blog posts for this week.  Somehow though, staring at an empty year calendar and even worse, a blank Word document, was daunting.  The post ideas and words just wouldn’t (or couldn’t?) come to me.  Had I taken too long of a writing/blogging/social media break?

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Old School Blogging – Lists Of Five

Back in the day do you remember passing around lists of questions and sending to your friends to fill out and then laughing or smiling at each others answers?  Well that’s the premise behind “Old School Blogging” (#OSB for short) and it’s been resurrected in a fun  meme, which has quickly turned into one of my favorite monthly posts to write!

The rules, if you want to call them that, are simple.    Just copy and paste the questions below and add your own answers, then link up over on the blogs of its hosts Elaine and Alison to join in the fun.  Make sure to include the hashtag #OSBlog when you Tweet so others can find you!

This month speaks to my inner OCD gal who makes lists for just about everything (I even do lists about doing laundry, I know, it’s a sickness!).  Keep reading to see some of my favorites and get to know me better and leave me a link in the comments if you’ve done it too so I can check yours out!

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ABCs of Old School Blogging

It’s that time again to join in the fun of “Old School Blogging.” This month theme is the ABCs of blogging…the Alphabet Meme.  There are 26 questions, each starting with a letter from the alphabet.

You don’t have to be tagged to join in the fun – just copy and paste the questions and add your own answers, then link up over on the blogs of its hosts Elaine and Jennifer. Make sure to include the hashtag #OSBlog when you Tweet!

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I’m Mom-ing It Forward Today With A Musical Maracas Kid Craft

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  It was beautiful here on the East Coast with sunny skies and warm weather which all tells me that Spring is finally here!

One of the first Spring celebrations is coming up later this week.  It’s Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) and last week I shared some fun ideas and a yummy recipe from Ingrid Hoffman for Turkey Nachos to celebrate the holiday.

images-6Well, I’m still in a fiesta mood and I’m “muy feliz” to be guest posting today at Mom It Forward with a fun and easy “Musical Maracas” kids craft.  To see me and my little senorita shake our homemade maracas,  just click on the Mom It Forward logo below – and make sure to leave me a little love there!

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Old School Blogging – Marriage, Babies & Bliss Edition

At 3 pm today, spring break officially started in my house and I’ve got 10 full days of family fun ahead!  We’ve got playdtes, outdoor activities, movie marathons and even an amazing trip on the agenda!  Even The Harried Mom is taking a spring break of sorts – this week we’re loading up on reviews and giveaways of “fun things to do with kids!”

However, I’m going to start this break off by kickin’ it back old school and joining in again with a new installment of “Old School Blogging.” I really enjoy these posts because they are so entertaining read and I always learn something new about my favorite bloggers!

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My First Vlog — Shaklee Update: Month 1

This is my first-ever vlog!  I hope you’ll watch my post about the Shaklee 180™ Program and my first month results and how I make my favorite Strawberry/Blueberry smoothie!!! My daughter makes a cameo — and no lie, she does that every time I make a smoothie in the blender!

Please be kind!


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