Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blog of the Week: Just Another Mom

Welcome to our Blog of the Week!  This weeks blog of the week is Just Another Mom, written by Kori!  Kori is a mom of three who loves spending time with her family, watching Jeopardy and crafting.  Meet Kori:
Tell us a little about you:
I'm a stay at home mom of 3 (16, 13, and 1), a full time college student majoring in Psychology (studying online via Mercy College which is based in Dobbs Ferry, NY), and blogger at Just Another Mom. My hobbies include listening to music, reading, crafts, knitting, and scrapbooking. I also enjoy baking, cooking, and singing in my church choir.

What is your blog about?
Just Another Mom is a parenting and lifestyle blog that covers topics such as: special needs, parenting (co-parenting, blended families, general parenting, family friendly activities), health & wellness (going green, fitness at home, healthier eating), all natural & minimalist beauty (organic products, minimalist makeup), recipes, frugal living (budgeting, couponing), learning experiences for little ones, and product reviews. So I guess you could call it a little bit of everything.

Where do you live and what do you love about it?
I live in Albany, NY- the state capital. I love the proximity of Albany to some of the major cities (NYC, Boston, Philly, Montreal) and the amount of free to almost free activities that are available in the greater Capital District. 

What is your favorite spot to visit in the Northeast?
My favorite spot to visit is a tie between NYC and Boston. I love the diversity and the variety of activities that are available in both cities. 

What do you love most about blogging?
The connections that I've made with fellow bloggers and brands. So far, everyone I've met has been super helpful and friendly.

What is your favorite form of social media?
That's a toughie! My favorite though is Pinterest because of the visual aspect. I get very inspired by Pinterest (and very sidetracked) even though I'd consider myself to be more of a Pincrastinator (someone who see's something on Pinterest to try and never gets around to it or takes forever to do it).        

Anything else you want us to know?
I have a weekly share day on my Facebook page which welcomes any family friendly post.

Thanks Kori!  Be sure to visit out her blog this week and follow her on social media!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

12 Hours in Charm City

Hi! Megan, your MD/De rep and blogger at Soup of the Day blog, here!
One of the things I love the most about living in the North East is how close I am to everything! Living in Baltimore I am less than an hour from Washington DC, three hours from NYC, two hours from Philadelphia and two hours from the Eastern Shore. I love that I can make a quick day trip to any of these places and see what they have to offer!
I’m also a believer in word of mouth. I work for Yelp Baltimore and love the idea of people share the good and the bad about the places they visit.  I will always follow a blogger who actively posts about their city so I can learn more about the places I should visit and the things I should do.
Soooo…let’s say you have a Saturday coming up and have no plans. Maybe a day trip to Baltimore should be penciled into your planner.
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I love the Inner Harbor and spend quite a bit of time there myself, but so does everyone who visits. You want the inside scoop right? Well I’m going to tell you the best way to spend 12 hours in Baltimore that doesn’t include the harbor. We will start in Canton (a neighborhood outside of the city) and work our way across the harbor and over to Federal Hill (where I live!).  
Breakfast in Canton
Breakfast is the best way to jumpstart your day! You will definitely want to check out THB Bagels on Boston Street for some of the best doughy and perfectly seasoned bagels I’ve ever had. The line gets pretty long on the weekend around 9-10am so make sure you stop by around 8am for the freshest bagels and a yummy cup of iced coffee.

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Walk in the Park
Patterson Park is one of the biggest parks in Baltimore and can cause one to forget that they are even in the city! I love their paved paths which are good for walking or jogging. They also have a rec center, a pool, and two dog parks if you want to bring your furry friends along!
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Lunch in Fells Point
Fells Point is one of the prettiest places in Baltimore, in my opinion. The cobble stone streets really remind you how old this city is. There are plenty of cute little shops, art galleries and antique shops along the water.
Check out Woody’s Rum Bar & Island Grill for lunch. They are hard to find if you don’t know where you are going since they are located above Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream shop. There’s a door on the side of the building that takes you to a staircase that takes you up to Woody’s. Make sure you grab a table by the windows and enjoy the view of the Harbor. Their Jamaican Jerk Marinated Chicken Tacos are almost as good as the view!

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Little Italy
As you head towards Federal Hill you will pass through Little Italy. I highly recommend stopping at Vaccaro’s and getting a cookie box to go. Their Nutella cookies and Pizzeles are so buttery and delicious.
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Dinner in Federal Hill
The day is starting to wind down so I recommend going straight to Federal Hill. The walk to the top will get you hungry for dinner, but the view at sunset is something everyone has to experience. Federal Hill is my happy place in the city. I like to go to the top and look at the city- reminding myself that there are over half a million other people out there sharing the city that I have fallen in love with. 
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Once the sun has set I suggest you make your way over to Sobo Café (don’t forget to make a reservation!) for dinner. Everything on their menu is made from scratch and they use only the freshest ingredients. The staff are super friendly and welcoming so make sure you let them know it’s your first time to Charm City! Sobo makes the best chicken pot pie and one of the juiciest burgers I’ve ever tasted, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.
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Night Cap
Your visit is winding down and you have to make the trip back home so I think a night cap is in order…a night cap of the dessert variety (helllllo you’re driving home). Pop across the street to Afters Café and get a cup of their Nutella Frozen Yogurt and pile on the toppings.
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Baltimore has been known to have a bad reputation but we are called Charm City for a reason. Stop by for a day and we will show you why.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Blog of the Week: Breakfast with Bentley

This week's blog of the week is Breakfast with Bentley!  Breakfast with Bentley is written by Kristine and is about a little bit of everything!  Meet Kristine and Bentley!

Tell us a little about you:
My name is Kristine and I'm a native New Yorker. I am a former high school English teacher and last year, decided to make a huge career move. Now, I work at a law firm in the marketing department and I handle their social media accounts and their events.

Best. Decision. Ever.

I will be married two years this May (time flies!) to my best friend. We have a boxer named Bentley who is the most amazing dog and friend. We love to go out to dinner, binge on Netflix and play Cards Against Humanity with our friends (where wine is definitely involved).

In my spare time, I like to watch reruns of the original Beverly Hills, 90210, sweat at a Hot Yoga class, get together with my girlfriends, take walks around the neighborhood with Bentley, read a good book, and create blog posts. I also started an Etsy Shop last year where I create ornaments out of wedding invitatiosn. 

What is your blog about?
My blog is a little bit of everything. I share everything from wedding planning advice, successful recipes, DIY projects, reviews of restaurants, funny childhood stories, inspirational quotes... I insert my sarcasm/humor in the majority of my posts. I'm always trying new things and I like to share my experiences with others.
Bentley sometimes will write a post or two, but he is often found sleeping in the sunshine in the corner of our house.

What is your favorite spot to visit in the Northeast?
The beach! I live on Long Island, so the beach is practically in my backyard! Once the weather gets warmer, I love to take my bike and head for the boardwalk. I also recently fell in love with Montauk. It's such a quaint, beach town and my husband and I love to vacation there in the summer. 

What do you love most about blogging?
I love all of the great people I have met along the way. I started blogging in July 2014 with little to no idea what I was doing. I reached out to some great bloggers who have guided me and given me some great advice. I've formed friendships with these ladies and I'm very fortunate.
I also love writing. It's a great creative outlet and I want to share my experiences with the world. 

What is your favorite form of social media?
If you asked me two years ago, I probably would've said Facebook. But times have definitely changed and my favorite form of social media would have to be a tie between Twitter and Instagram. I LOVE taking pictures (don't even ask how many I have on my old Flickr account) so Instagram was a natural fit for me.
I love how informative and interactive Twitter can be; I can get involved in a Twitter chat with bloggers from the UK or I can tweet with a celeb, or I can share random thoughts and people from all over respond within minutes... it's pretty wild. 

Where do you live and what do you love about it?  
I live on Long Island and I love that we are a hop, skip and jump away from New York City, and about two hours from Montauk.
We get the best of both worlds here: the beach and the city life. You just can't beat that!

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