Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blog of the Week: Boston Sweet Tea Party

This week's Blog of the Week is Lauren of Boston Sweet Tea Party!  Meet Lauren:

I'm Lauren.  I love food, fashion, and finding fun ways to make my house a home for me and my high school sweetheart husband, Kevin. Here I write about things that I love.  It's as simple as that.   
Lauren's blog features Decor, Food, Style and more!  She has some really yummy sounding recipes such as Truffle Potato Chips and Blueberry Smash!  

Be sure to check out here blog and show her some North East bloggers love!

This will be our last blog of the week until September due to the August Blogging Challenge!  If you want to be a blog of the week this fall, please email me!  

Don't forget!!  Tomorrow kicks off the August Blogging Challenge!  Hope to see you all there!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

200 Member Give Away!

Woo-hoo!  We've reached over 200 members and as promised we are going to do a little give away to celebrate!  While you're here reading about this give away, please make sure to check out all our awesome blogs in our Blog Directory!

Want to win?  Enter below in the Rafflecopter!  The give away will be open through next Tuesday, August 6th at midnight!  Good luck everyone!

AND... don't forget about our big August Blogging Challenge Link Up starting in only TWO days!

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Monday, July 29, 2013

July Photo Challenge Link up!

Welcome to July's Photography Challenge link up!

This month's theme was: blue!

How to participate:
1. Link up your photo below!  You can link up a blog post containing your photo or a direct link to your instagram photo featuring this months theme.
2. Be sure to check out the other participants and leave them a nice comment on their photos!

This link up will be open through Friday!
Next month's theme is: funny!  The link up will be posted on August 29th and is the prompt for the blogging challenge that day!  See you then & don't forget to link up below and spread the word! 

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

August Blogging Challenge Prompt List!

Welcome to the prompt list for the August Blogging Challenge.  This challenge to open to ALL bloggers out there in blog land, not just North East Bloggers members.  So, please help us spread the word and tell all your friends- tweet, facebook, google+, pinterest- let's share it!

Here is the list of prompts to help you prepare.  Each day the link up will go live at 6:00am EST and will also remind you of the prompt for that day.  Please only link up your response to the prompt for that day and not to your blog main link!

The prompts are open to interpretation so you can respond however you want!  Be creative!  Have fun!  Want to do all of them?  Awesome!  Want to link up a few times a week?  That's great, too!  You can do as many or as few of the prompts as you'd like!

August 1 Thursday:  Who are you?  Introduce us to you!
August 2 Friday: If you had three wishes what would they be and why? (submitted by Kendra)
August 3 Saturday: What is the worst advice you've ever received?  (submitted by Jen)
August 4 Sunday: Favorite Summer Traditions/Activities. (submitted by Jessica H and Justynn)
August 5 Monday: 10 Things you shouldn't know about me but I'm going to tell you! (submitted by Elena)
August 6 Tuesday: Everyone has a favorite beach...describe yours and why you like it so much. (submitted by Karoline)
August 7 Wednesday: What is your favorite summer destination? (submitted by Liz)
August 8 Thursday:  Beat the heat and share a snow related memory! (submitted by Jen)
August 9 Friday: Talk about something fun you did this summer (submitted by Kallie E)
August 10 Saturday: Summer Cooking. (submitted by Tree and Meg)
August 11 Sunday: Your 5 Favorite Blogs (blog crushes!) (submitted by Krystal)
August 12 Monday: What 5 words would your best friend use to describe you? (submitted by Katie)
August 13 Tuesday: Introduce us to the state you came from (submitted by Kayla)
August 14 Wednesday: What is your favorite place to visit in the Northeast? (submitted by Amanda)
August 15 Thursday: Somewhere new you visited in your town. (submitted by Amie)
August 16 Friday:  A summer memory. (submitted by Justynn)
August 17 Saturday: Best Grilling Recipe/Tip (submitted by Krystal)
August 18 Sunday:  Your favorite ways to beat the heat. (submitted by Karoline)
August 19 Monday: Something new you learned in the past month. (submitted by Jhan)
August 20 Tuesday: What are you reading? (submitted by Kristen S)
August 21 Wednesday: A memory that makes you smile. (submitted by Meg and Rachel)
August 22 Thursday: Sand. (submitted by Meg)
August 23 Friday: What Superhero do you identify with? (submitted by Jen)
August 24 Saturday: Favorite book. (submitted by Krystal)
August 25 Sunday: Favorite TV Show
August 26 Monday: Recap your 5 favorite blog posts you've written (submitted by Krystal)
August 27 Tuesday: Back to school shopping (submitted by Tree)
August 28 Wednesday: What are your goals for this fall? (submitted by Rebecca)
August 29 Thursday: August Photo Challenge Link up.  This months theme is: funny.
August 30 Friday: A day in the life of ... (submitted by Rachel)
August 31 Saturday (you did it!): Something fun!

Whew!  Looking forward to seeing everyone's responses to these prompts and I hope you all want to participate!  All the prompts were submitted by various North East Bloggers members, as indicated in the note next to the prompt.  If you submitted a prompt, your idea will also be linked back to your blog on the day it is posted.  

31 days in August, 31 prompts.  Can you meet the challenge?

P.S.- Due to the intensity of all this, the blog of the week will be suspended through August, but will resume in September!  If you want to be blog of the week in September (or beyond) please email me!  Otherwise, they will be randomly selected!

Please take a button for your post and sidebar if you are going to participate!
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Weekend Wander!

Welcome to another Weekend Wander Hop!  
Please make sure to read the "what to do section" below!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bloggers Meet Up in Philly!

I am so excited to announce the very first ever North East Bloggers meet and mingle!

The meet and mingle will take place on August 17th at 3:30 at the Field House in Philadelphia.  This is a very central location and easy to get to as it is right by the Center City train station!  Field House is a sports bar type of atmosphere and very relaxed.  This location is very welcoming and children are welcome as well!

We will have some fun and games, including some prizes and goody bags!  So far we have a couple of sponsors with some fun prizes we are giving away!  There is no cost for this event, except any food or drink you want to order!

Although this is in Philly, it is open to all North East Bloggers!  Come one come all!

Think you might be interested?  Please RSVP so I can give an estimated count to the place and let our sponsors know an estimation as well!  Please RSVP by August 12th.

P.S.- I would love to do more meet ups in the future in NYC and Boston but I need help!  If you are interested in helping plan a meet & greet in either of those cities this fall please email me!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July Newsletter!

So something was up with my email and I realized a lot of you did not receive the July newsletter!  I guess I tried to send it to too many people at once and my email didn't like that!  Here is the newsletter info from July for everyone who did not receive it in their emails!

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Welcome to the July of the North East Bloggers Network Newsletter- aka "North East News!"  This is a once a month newsletter for the network members.  Here's all the news that's fit to print!

August Blogging Challenge
We are still seeking prompt ideas for our big August Blogging Challenge!  We need about 10 more ideas.  All prompts will be listed towards the end of July so everyone can see them ahead of time and have time to prepare their post.  Each prompt idea will be listed with the person/blog who submitted it so you will get credit for your ideas!  For more info and to submit your ideas click here!  Also, I would love some help spreading the word, since the link ups will be open to ALL bloggers!
Philly Meet-Up
News will be coming soon about the first ever North East Bloggers Network meet up in Philly!  It will be sometime in August- TDB!  Keep your eye out for more details!  I am also looking for goody bag sponsors for the event as well- please let me know if you are interested in contributing!
Blog of the Week
I recently polled everyone in the Facebook group and the results are in!  Blog of the Week will now be a randomly selected blogger each week!  I will email you ahead of time to let you know!  If you do not wish to be featured you can let me know at that time.

Photo Challenge
Don't forget about our monthly photo challenge!  This month's theme is "blue" and the link up will be posted on July 29th!  Click here for more information.
There are many opportunities available with us!  We are always looking for great guest posts, blogs of the week and posts for our new Friday Five series!  Please email us if you are interested!
We are currently seeking sponsors for the network and have many options available.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in advertising with us, or hosting a give away, please send them my way!  Advertisement is done through passionfruit ads, which is a secure way to purchase ads online.  Money raised through ads/sponsors will be used to benefit the network on things such as give aways, goody bags at meetups and better network tools for us!
Don't Forget!
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Thanks everyone!  I hope you are having a great July!
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