Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blogger Bash 2015 Recap

Earlier this month I attended Blogger Bash 2015 in NYC at Pier 60 (which is beautiful by the way if you have not been there).  The Blogger Bash team once again knows how to party. They had 2 full days packed full of events to get bloggers, like me, in contact with other bloggers, moms, brands and products.  It is one of the only conferences full of people strictly wanting to connect and collaborate with mom bloggers and business owners.  As Apple Moms has exploded this year and going at a veteran attendee, I knew more of what I wanted to get out of it, who to connect with and of course way more friends in attendance, adding to the fun.
Starting on Thursday 7/16, brunch was sponsored by Care Bears Share Your Care, where we learned about the CareBears brand and what they are up to currently.  Care Bears has a 98% awareness amongst moms (well most of us grew up with them), there originally were 10 and now 52 different characters.  This September 9th is National Share Your Care Day, and Care Bears will be donating bears to homeless children in NYC along with ZachKapCares, a nine year old philanthropic boy.

Next we were bussed over to the Astor Place Theater to check out Blue Man Group.  Have you seen it yet?  This was my second time, but first for "poncho seats" and first for fellow Apple Mom Nicole. It is a great interactive show for ages 6-102! Although my kids loved it even younger, depends on sound sensitivity.  Next time I want to be front row for sure.  

That evening Nicole and I went to the Sweet Suite, a great night of moms playing with toys and our kids not complaining.  I was able to check out toys on the market now and toys coming out for the upcoming holiday season.  Checking out new toys from Crayola, Dynacraft, Fisher Price, Spin Master, Alex Brands, Educational Insights and more.  The Blogger Bash team assembles an unforgettable night of fun that has become Sweet Suite, and we just got our boxes of fun with toys from many of the sponsors the kids and I are still going through and checking out.  We are working on videos of those toys to come out soon!

Day two I split between Blogger Bash and another conference I was volunteering at.  I participated in Speed Dating, which was different this year, these brands/companies were also in Expo but we were able to pre register a "path" and met with travel and tourism places.  I am working on guides and reviews of travel- day trips and vacations on Apple Moms so it was perfect for some insight.    I stopped in for Leveraging LinkedIn Panel before heading back uptown.  Side note: if I hadn't lost my Fitbit on Wednesday I would have rocked at steps that day, I walked from Pier 60 (17th & Westside) to the hotel I was staying at 54th and Avenue of Americas (Warwick Hotel), in under an hour and in the heat.  Go me! 

I cannot wait for Blogger Bash 2016.  As a blogger and an influencer it is a must! 

Thanks! +TheToyInsider +Blogger Bash for such a great time

Thursday, July 23, 2015

On the Bikes

We are clearly not your typically soccer or t-ball parents.  Have you met us?  I tried soccer with Jack two years ago- I ended up wearing him in the carrier and Charlotte played when he wasn't pretending to be spiderman on the fence.  So we may not be in the World Series or World Cup years from now,  Oh well!  Our family dreams of the X-Games and Winter Olympics.  Perfect since we (Tim and I)  met as teens on a ski mountain.   Our hobbies include hiking, bike riding, dirt bikes, quads and recently we signed the kids up for strider bike races.

Having active young ones they are on the go,  to sleep, they need to be worn out, so how do you wear them out?  MOVING!  Having issues listening and waiting, team sports are hard right now, probably even more for me.  Stares, comments, do you want me to add a sign to my kids back with a label?  Individual but skilled activities are participated in with ease and they are good.  I mean what kid doesn't want to get on a motorcycle and go?  Or sit on a bike and fly down a hill balancing?  My sport back in high school was running, yes I ran for fun, as much as team sport that was, I was able to let off steam, energy, and set my mind on one goal independently to the finish line.

We love watching them, we love riding with them, heck I like getting on a balance bike myself and racing the kids down the hill.   Its a rush, a thrill and its outdoors.   Hyperactive and busy kids need to move, they need to burn off energy and they need to get unplugged and play outside.  Bikes do this.  Our goal too is to work on riding without training wheels, both have balance its the fear.  Then he can start racing the entire track length.  Until then we will watch bike racing while other watch baseball, and dream of dirt jumps instead of white bases and strikes.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Conference Recaps July 2015

While I continue to recover and plan out posts and reviews coming up between here and Apple Moms in the Hudson Valley, I learned some valuable information.  Be yourself and true to yourself.  When I started this blog, it was before kids, after marriage and just to keep up to date and inform family and friends what we were up to.  Then I began to share pregnancy and house updates.  For there I started to share my opinions on brands/products after becoming involved in some influencer programs.  Then as a person who loves to inform, share and influence others with what I learn and know. (I am a teacher after all), I started Apple Moms (Tots) which is a lot of work, its not just parties and swag.  I have to follow through, hence separating and starting independently as Moms.

Authenticity is important.   I do not like everything, everyone and everywhere I go.  Sometimes things purely do not impact me, I do not have a need or want.  Having a team of moms helps and works as there are moms, who these things do work for, and they do like and want to visit.  So I am still able to get opinions out, just not my own.  Every mom, baby, kid and family are different.  Why do you think Facebook boards do so well too?

So when I meet with brands, companies and people I am able to portray that.  I know what works for my family and what I prefer, like and love.  So I can still help them get their product/message out in some form.   What I am passionate about, you can tell.  Education, travel, family and my kids top that list.

Messages I learned were to share your passions with other, don't push your opinion, don't be unreal, but share your feelings respectfully.   Even more important is to have FUN.  The people I have been over the past 2 years have all helped, changed or became friends.  Everyone's goals are different and most importantly their voice is different.  Like I said above, what works for them may not work for me, their kids and not my kids- we are all different.  I hope and plan on continually being real and true to myself and helping others.