Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Five Link Up!

Welcome to the Friday Five link up!  Link up your Friday Five post with us below- any list of 5 is welcome!  From a list of 5 tips to just 5 random thoughts, your Friday 5 post can be about anything!  This week our guest Friday Five post comes to us from Jill, who writes the blog And Life Goes On...An Angel and a Rainbow.

5 facts about rare diseases:

There are many different days in the year for different causes. February 28 is Rare Disease Day.


World Rare Disease Day is an annual observance held on the last day of February (February 28th or February 29th in a Leap Year) to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatments and medical representation for individuals with rare and genetic diseases and their families. (source)

Here are 5 facts about rare diseases:

1. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time.

2. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are between 6,000 and 7,000 rare diseases affecting from 25 to 30 million Americans.

3. 80% of rare diseases have identified genetic origins  and 50% of rare diseases touch children. (source)

4. Patients with rare diseases are frequently misdiagnosed or are undiagnosed. (source)

5. Approximately 50% of rare diseases do not have a disease specific foundation supporting or researching their rare disease (source)

If  you see people walking around sporting a denim ribbon, ask them which rare disease they are supporting.

Please take a minute to click on the source links are read a bit more about rare diseases and how you can help spread awareness.   To learn more about Niemann Pick Disease, the disease I support, go to the National Niemann Pick Disease Foundation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Parseghian Foundation.

Thanks for sharing this information with us Jill!  Be sure to check our her blog as well!

And now it's your turn!  Do you have a Friday Five post to share?  Link up with us below, and please be sure to visit some other blogs in the link up!  We hope you'll link back to us or add our Friday 5 button to your post!  Thanks for linking up!

If you have a Friday Five you'd like featured as a guest post, please do not hesitate to email us!

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

State Love from our State Reps!
and one last giveaway!

To help celebrate our one year anniversary, some of our State Reps are sharing what they love about their state!

Meg from Maryland:


I have never seen a state with pride quite like Maryland pride. Walk through the Inner Harbor any given day in the summer- you’ll see Orioles t-shirts, Maryland flag board shorts, and Natty Boh tattoos on calves and biceps galore. Touristy spots aren’t the only place you’ll see the easy to spot Maryland pattern- drive through the streets of Federal Hill and you’ll see almost every house on a single city block is waving the MD flag. The pride amongst residents is easy to understand when you know about the many wonderful things associated with the state like Berger Cookies, Old Bay, Baltimore Ravens, Crabcakes, Utz, Edgar Allen Poe, and The National Anthem. Maryland is also the home of one of the largest US aquariums, The Naval Academy and one of the top 25 Medical Universities in the world, Johns Hopkins. The next time you are looking for a weekend getaway think of us over here in Maryland- we’ll share our Natty Boh but only if you can guess the riddle under the cap. 

Kate from Massachusetts:

Massachusetts, a state that has a lot to brag about although we'll leave the recent frigid weather off the list. We have amazing sports teams and fans who love them through the good and the bad. We have fantastic schools, great beaches for the summer, so-so mountains for winter skiing and even a rock that boasts hosting the first settlers. History is abundant but so is the future. You can visit final resting spots of our country's founders in the same city where groundbreaking research is being done. How many states have all that?


Kallie & Meg from Connecticut:

Hey! We're Meg and Kallie, State Representatives for Connecticut. Kallie has lived in Connecticut for 18 years and Meg has been here since she graduated from college 3 years ago.  We love Connecticut for a lot of reasons.  As you can see from our photo, we love Connecticut because we love our UCONN Huskies! We love to tailgate for football games and visit Gampel for basketball.  We love that our state has oceans, lakes, rivers, mountains, forests and farmland.  We also love being a quick trip to some of our other favorite Northeast cities: New York City and Boston!

Jessica from Rhode Island:

Rhode Island is awesome because we have a little bit of everything. You can get from one end of the state to the other in under an hour. In one day you can go from the beautiful coast in Narragansett to the dense woods of Glocester. We have a little bit of a city like feel in Providence and surrounding areas to the rural feel of the rest of the state. Being one of the original colonies, Rhode Island offers historic architecture and a dense history. It a beautiful little state with a lot to offer.  The summer is the best, but you cannot deny how beautiful it can be right after a snow storm that leaves it looking like a winter wonderland. So you can agree, Rhode Island is *wicked* awesome right?


Thanks to all our State Reps for showing off how awesome their states are!  Stay tuned because we have a few more "State Love" posts coming up in the next few weeks!

And now for our last giveaway of the week!

We are giving away 4 awesome ad spots!  Three from our members and 1 on Northeast Bloggers!

Jacquelyn from the blog justjacq is giving away a Group Giveaway 2 months BOGO 250x250 ad!

Bekah from the blog re solve is giving away a 250x250 ad spot!

Amy of the blog Love and Hot Chocolate is giving away a 250x250 large ad spot!

And the Northeast Bloggers Network is giving away a 200x200 "gold" ad spot!

One lucky winner will take away all four of these awesome ad spots to help advertise their blog!  Enter to win below, and good luck!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Year of Northeast Bloggers!
and another giveaway!

To help celebrate our first year, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at our year of firsts!

Northeast Bloggers officially opened our virtual "doors" on February 25th, 2013 with our first post: Welcome!

We quickly began accepting members and our first member was Vicki, who writes the blog My Vicklicious Life!  I asked Vicki to give us her thoughts for our anniversary and she said:

"How has it been a year already?! I was so excited when Rachel first told me about her plans to start "NorthEast Bloggers" and was honored to be its first member! I've loved how we've grown and it's been so much fun getting to know everyone!"

Thanks Vicki!   Vicki was also our first ever Blog of the Week!

In April 2013 we started our Photography Challenge and the first theme was Family!

In June we started our Pinterest page and opened up community pages for our members to pin their post to!

In July we reached 200 members and had our very first giveaway!

Then in August we had our first meet up at the Field House in Philadelphia!  We also started offering upgraded memberships, so members could be featured on our side bar (along with other perks throughout the year)

In September we had our first theme week which was also our first Fashion Week!

In October we hosted our first Twitter Chat!

November brought us our first Foodie Week (yum!)

Finally, in January we hosted our first Pin Committee link up!

It's been such a great year of firsts, with more to come!

To help us continue our first year celebration, we have another giveaway for you guys today!  One of our members, Melanie, is also an amazing blog designer!  Her design shop is called Adorability Designs and she has some seriously great stuff!  She is offering an awesome prize to one lucky winner- a free premade blog design OR 50% off a custom design!  Woohoo!  Enter below to win, and good luck!

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Blog of the Week: Another Clean Slate


This week our blog of the week is Another Clean Slate written by Kate!  Meet Kate:

My name is Kate, and I am a not-so-young-anymore professional living in the Boston area, who spends my days in a cubicle.  I work in Marketing & Sales and while I ask a lot of questions, my Journalism degree isn’t put to too much use.

I’ve moved back and forth from Massachusetts to Florida more than once after graduating from the University of Florida- Go Gators!

My friends are everywhere and while I miss them, I love having people to visit.

You can usually find me drinking wine with friends, reading at the beach, cooking dinner with my boyfriend or watching mindless TV shows on my DVR.

I’m a firm believer that everything is better when the sun is shining.

If there is anything else you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I figure since I started this blogging adventure, my life is an open book- or at least an open Web page.

http://anothercleanslate.com/

Thanks Kate!  Be sure to check out her blog, Another Clean Slate, this week and say hi!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Giveaway from Love Forward!


One of our members has a really cute shop on Etsy called love forward!  She creates handmade cozys, decorative garlands and some cute jewlery!  You can also join her "cozy of the month club" and receive a new themed cozy each month!



Aren't they cute?!

To help celebrate our anniversary week, Jenn is giving away a custom made cozy to one lucky winner!  The winner gets to pick the color cozy they want!

Enter to win below and be sure to check out her shop love forward! Which one is your favorite?
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Anything Goes Social Media Link Up!


As part of our anniversary celebration week we are doing an "anything goes" social media link up today!  So, instead of just linking up one certain kind of account, you can link up whatever you want!  You can link up as many or as few social media accounts you heart desires!  So, if you want more instagram and google+ followers, link up those!  If all you want in pinterest follows, link up that one!  Or do all five!

The only "rule" is, if you link up, please do go follow at least 5 others in the hop!  

After all, the point of linking up is to gain more followers on you social media accounts, so let's all help each other out with some follows!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Welcome to Our One Year Anniversary Week!

Welcome everyone to our big one year anniversary celebration week!  This week we are going all out with tons of give aways, special post and an "anything goes" social media link up party!  I am also sharing my thoughts in a blogging first- my first ever vlog!  I hope you'll watch below and then scroll down after the video for a super awesome giveaway from our State Reps!

Northeast Bloggers was started in February of 2013 after a short brainstorming session driving home from brunch with my husband!  I was explaining to him what blogging networks are and how there are so many networks for Southern Bloggers, Texas bloggers, Florida bloggers, etc, but none that I knew of for North-easterners!  And he simply said "why don't you start one yourself?"  And so the Northeast Bloggers Network was born!  After we got home I immediately went to work on the blog layout, our first header, buttons and brainstorming ideas of how it might all work.

I am happy to say that after a year we are 500+ members strong, with an very active Facebook community,  and tons of great networking opportunities for everyone each week!  If you don't read our monthly newsletter (check your "promotions" tab!) I highly recommend you do, because that's where we promote all the fun things going on that month!

A big thank you to everyone for being an awesome member of our network!  I hope you are finding it useful and having fun meeting other bloggers in your region!

And now on to the vlog....


Thanks for watching!  

Our first giveaway this week is a super awesome CASH give away sponsored by our amazing state reps!  Please give them a big thank you for all their behind the scenes hard work!  By entering the giveaway you are thanking our State Reps by following them on their various blogs and social media outlets!  Plus, of course, you could win money or a giftcard, winners choice!  So it's a win-win (win) situation!
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Pin Committee #5


Welcome to the Pin Committee link up!

Do you have a "pinnable" post from last week that you'd love to see more traffic to from Pinterest?  Then this link up is for you!  Link up below with your most pinnable post from the last week. 
Remember to link up a new post from the previous week only.  Please do not link up with the same post as you did last week, it will not be pinned twice by our committee!  The link up is open on Monday only, and the committee will work on pinning your content throughout the week.

Please do the following when you link up:

Follow our Pin Committee members on Pinterest 
(and their blogs too if you'd like!)
and
Participate by helping Pin a few other post in the link up!

Please keep in mind- only post that are "pinnable" will be repinned by our team.  For example: tips, how-tos, recipes, kids activities, travel tips etc.  If you have any questions about this please let us know.

Meet our Committee: 

Emily of Words I Wheel By Follow Emily
  NJ of A Cookie Before Dinner Follow NJ
 

Please note- starting next Monday, March 3, the Pinterest link up will switch over to be hosted on our Facebook group page.  If you aren't part of our Facebook group, check in your welcome email from us for the link!  The link up will be a weekly thread with group participation.  If you link up a pin, you will also then repin the others in that thread.  More information will be given on that link up next Monday!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Five Link Up
5 Health and Fitness Apps

Welcome to the Friday Five Link up!  You can link up any post today with a list of five!  Five random thoughts, 5 photos, 5 must haves or whatever you heart desires!

Today we are featuring a guest post from Kelly of A Lovely Life, Indeed!

5 Apps to Help You Keep Your Health and Fitness Goals

If you were someone who made resolutions related to health and fitness, here are some apps designed to help you achieve those goals.

Some are old standbys, but still delivering the goods, and others may be new to you. Check them out and see what works for you, and in the comments, please share with me which apps work best for you. 
 
1. Sworkit. This app, available for Apple and Android devices, designs a custom circuit workout for you, depending on the time you have and the body part(s) you want to work. It's that simple.

2.Waterlogged. If you're concerned about hydration, this app is for you. Available on iTunes and Google Play, this app allows you to measure your water intake. It will send out reminders and it can sync to your Fitbit device.
 
3. Couch to 5K. Are you looking to start a running regimen? Here's an app that will prepare you to run a 5K (3.1 miles) in 9 weeks. Available through iTunes and Google Play.

4. My Fitness Pal. If you're looking to keep track of what you're eating, My Fitness Pal is the gold standard. Use the extensive data base to track your calories and macronutrients in order to achieve a weight loss or maintenance goal. Coupled with a desktop platform, this app allows you to track wherever you are. There is also a fitness tracker, which will calculate your cardio and strength training burn. It also syncs to Sworkit.

5. RunKeeper. RunKeeper is an activity tracker that tracks your running, walking, or cycling. It measures distance, time, pace, and calories burned. It includes audio cues and coaching and a chance to engage with other athletes and friends through social media. Available through iTunes and Google Play.
 
Thanks Kelly, these are great ideas!  Be sure to check out her blog A Lovely life, Indeed and see her original post here!  

Now it's your turn!  Link up your Friday Five post with us below!  And, if you have a Friday Five post you'd like to see featured here, please email us!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Connecticut Bloggers Meet Up in Hartford!

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February Photography Challenge!

Welcome to our Photography Challenge!  This is a once a month challenge to take a photo that fits into the theme for that month.  This months theme was: heart.  The link up will remain open the rest of the month so everyone has a chance to show off their photos!

Please be sure to visit other blogs on this hop if you link up and leave a comment on their photo!
Remember you can link up to a post with the photo you want to show off, or to your instagram photo that fits the monthly theme.  Please do not link up to your blogs main page, this link up is for the photography challenge only!  

We also pick a featured photo to show off from the previous month's challenge!  Last month's theme was snow and there were some great photos in the link up!  The featured photo from last months link up from the blog In The Valley and is her photo of a frozen beach!  How cool is that?  The beach was actually frozen!
"A Frozen Beach" -In the Valley
The theme for March is: GREEN and the link up will be posted again on the 20th!

Do you have a photo to share for this month's theme, heart?  Link up below!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Blog of the Week: Debra's Random Rambles

Welcome!  This week our blog of the week is Debra of Debra's Random Rambles!  Meet Debra:



My story is pretty simple. I'm a stay at home mom of 7. I am a retired Paramedic and I wouldn't have it any other way. My children and their ages are:

Adam 21 (moved out)
Zachary 15
Emily 14
Jordan 12
Abigail 8
Ethen 5
Deven 5

Yep, my youngest 2 are twins. Identical boys. I have been with my wonderful husband, Scott, for 17 years and we have been married for 12 of them. I'm so blessed that he is such a great dad and husband. He works hard to provide for us. 

I know what its like to grow up in hard times. My mom was a retired teacher by the time I was adopted and my dad was a Firefighter. We lived tight but we lived and I learned alot about the hard things. I can garden and do all the house stuff but I can also run a wood splitter, build things and change oil and tires

I live in Central Maine and except for the extreme weather changes in a 24 hr. period, its a great place to raise kids. We have 2 cats, and we used to have a dog until we realized that the twins were not friendly and nice to dogs. So we allowed him to adopt another family, after our careful screening.




Thanks for sharing with us Debra!  Be sure to check out her blog Debra's Random Rambles this week and say hi!



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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Instagram Hop!

Welcome to the Instagram hop, photography lovers!  Please link up directly to your instagram account, not to your blog or other social media site!  
 (for example: http://instagram.com/NEbloggersnetwork)

This hop is all about finding new friends on Instgram specifically!

While your there, please be sure to follow the Northeast Bloggers new instagram account!

And, don't forget, the link up for our Photography Challenge for this month open on Thursday!  This months theme is: HEART.  You can link up to your blog post with the picture you chose, or to the photo in your instagram account!  If you don't have a picture for this challenge yet, don't worry, you have 2 more days to take one!



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Monday, February 17, 2014

Pin Committee #4


Welcome to the Pin Committee link up!

Do you have a "pinnable" post from last week that you'd love to see more traffic to from Pinterest?  Then this link up is for you!  Our Pin Committee wants to help you increase your Pinterest traffic and here's how:

Link up below with your most pinnable post from the last week.  Our Pin Committee will then work on pinning your post!  Combined, our committee has thousands of followers, so you know your post will be seen!

Remember to link up a new post from the previous week only.  Please do not link up with the same post as you did last week, it will not be pinned twice by our committee!  The link up is open on Monday only, and the committee will work on pinning your content throughout the week.

Please do the following when you link up:

Follow our Pin Committee members on Pinterest 
(and their blogs too if you'd like!)
and
Participate by helping Pin a few other post in the link up!

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weekend Wander Hop

 Welcome to another wonderful weekend here in the Northeast!  After those big storms we are getting a slight warm up this weekend, woohoo!

Celebrate by linking up your favorite post of the week with us in the Weekend Wander Hop!   Be sure to check out some of the other post in the hop and leave them a comment, too!




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Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Five Link Up
and 5 Facts About Congenital Heart Disease

Welcome to the Friday Five link up!  Please join us by linking up your Friday post of five!  You can do a list of 5 things, 5 pictures, 5 random thoughts- whatever!  Link up after the guest post below!

This weeks Friday Five guest post comes to us from Marla of the blog Luck Fupus!  Marla is sharing 5 facts about heart disease with us today, because it's Congenital Heart Disease Awareness day.

Well hello there, and Happy Valentine's Day! I'm MJ, the NJ state rep and I blog over at a little space on the interwebs that I like to call Luck Fupus.

Take a second and think about it.

Anyway, I'm here to bring you some knowledge about congenital heart defects, Friday Five style. Why, when I have lupus, would I be writing about congenital heart defects? Well my friends, I am a genetic wonder (read: mess), and I was also born with a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, which took 4 heart surgeries to correct by the time I was 6.

I'm like Viki from Small Wonder. I'm fantastic. Except I'm not made of plastic, nor do I have microchips here and there. But, I do have surgical wire holding my ribcage together.

Ahem.

Why on Valentine's Day am I here to tell you about congenital heart defects? Because it's Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day!!!!! I'm not here to scare you, I'm here to raise awareness! There are a lot of mommies in this network. Knowledge is power, right?

So, without further adieu...

Five Facts About Congenital Heart Disease
All of my facts came from here, a very reputable source!

1.
Congenital heart defects occur in the early stages of pregnancy when the heart is forming. They include abnormalities in the heart's structure, electrical system, and other abnormalities that affect the function of a baby's heart.



depending on where you read, that number ranges from 1-100 to 1-120. 

2.
Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, and is the leading cause of infant death. In the US, twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined. Yet, funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.



3.
It is estimated that at least 400 infants with an unrecognized CHD are discharged each year from newborn nurseries in the United States. Pulse oximetry is a simple, inexpensive, non-invasive test done at the bedside to determine the percentage of oxygen in the blood. Low levels in the blood can indicate a critical CHD. Many states have mandated pulse oximetry be performed on every newborn prior to discharge home, but it is still not mandated in all 50 states! 

4.
There are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause of most of them. There is no known prevention or cure for any of them.

5.
For the first time, due to medical and surgical advancements, 50% of CHD survivors (me!) are adults.

I know it seems like pretty heavy stuff for this forum, but, so many of you are mommies (or mommies-to-be), and this is important information. Although CHD can't be prevented, early detection is key...


Happy HAPPY Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day and a Happy Valentine's Day to you all! Thank you Rachel for allowing me to share some knowledge! I would love it if you all came on over to Luck Fupus and said hello! You can find me on BlogLovinTwitter, and Facebook

Thanks so much for sharing with us Marla!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Welcome New Team Members!

We are so excited to share the news today about our new team members!  We have added four new State Reps and a Pinterest Admin to our Team!  Meet our new team members below!  All this info can also be found on our Team Page, as well links to all our team member's blogs, Facebook pages and twitters!







Welcome to the team ladies!

We are still looking for a State Rep for Vermont as well as Western Pennsylvania!  Please let us know if you're interested, we'd love to have you!

Don't forget- you can now find us on Instagram!  Be sure to follow us and tag us in your Northeastern photos!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Blog of the Week: P is for Preschooler


Come meet our new blog of the week- Emma of P is for Preschooler!
 
 
Hi! I'm Emma! I'm a stay-at-home mom to an almost-5-year old daughter. I love genealogy, reading (yep, totally nerd!) and trying to learn French (key word there- trying!). We live just outside Boston, Massachusetts. 
 
  My newest interest (read: obsession) is blogging.   P is for Preschooler is a blog about toddlers and preschoolers. I started it believing no one would read it and just wanting to keep a record of things my daughter and I did. Now my long-term goal for the blog is to be a resource to parents and caregivers for easy ways to learn and play with their little ones.
 
  Blogging has been an amazing creative outlet for me. I had forgotten how much I liked writing! And I've met so many other great bloggers. Hope you'll stop by and say "hi"!
 
Thanks Emma!  Be sure to check out her blog P is for Preschooler this week and say hi!


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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Facebook Hop!

Welcome to the Facebook Hop!  Join the hop by linking up your Facebook page below!  

After you link up be sure to go visit some of the other Facebook pages and give them a "like"!  Why not like the 2 above you and 2 below you in the hop?  Spread some Facebook love!

While you're at it, be sure to like Northeast Bloggers Network on Facebook as well!


Link up your Facebook fan page here!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Pin Committee #3


Welcome to the Pin Committee link up!

Do you have a "pinnable" post from last week that you'd love to see more traffic to from Pinterest?  Then this link up is for you!  Our Pin Committee wants to help you increase your Pinterest traffic and here's how:

Link up below with your most pinnable post from the last week.  Our Pin Committee will then work on pinning your post!  Combined, our committee has thousands of followers, so you know your post will be seen!

Please do the following when you link up:

Follow our Pin Committee members on Pinterest 
(and their blogs too if you'd like!)
and
Participate by helping Pin a few other post in the link up!

Meet our Committee: 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Weekend Wander Hop

 Welcome, welcome to the Weekend Wander Hop!  You know the drill, but just in case you're new here read what to do below!

Also- did you know we are now on Instagram?  Follow us and then share a photo from your weekend!  Be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #weekendwander and/or #nebloggers



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Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Five Link Up
and 5 Date Worthy Restaurants in Philly

Welcome to the Friday Five link up!  Whats going on in your world this week?  Link up with your post of five!

Today's Friday Five post comes from Rachel of Can't Google Everything

Five Date Worthy Restaurants in Philadelphia

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my favorite "date night" restaurants in Philly!

1.  Amada- this is by far one of my favorite restaurants ever!  It's a tapas place and the food is amazing!  I especially love the baked goat cheese and the sangria.  This is a great place to go on a date or for a celebration with a small group of friends.

2. Hawthorne's- located in South Philly (well, just south of South St, so more like Queen Village/Italian Market area) Hawthorns is a nice relaxing place to go on a date.  It's not "fancy fancy,"  but the food is really good and they have a huge beer fridge to choose from, along with growlers you can order for here or to go.  Inside is a comfy vibe, with a fireplace and homey decor.

3. Cochon- another Queen Village favorite of mine is Cochon (French for pig).  Cochon is a great restaurant with a French influence.  They food is seriously good!  It's a small, intimate place, so great for a date, not so much for large groups.  It's BYO (which helps with the bill!) and cash only.

4. Mixto- Mixto is a Cuban restaurant in Center City.  The bread is seriously good and I always get to ropa vieja to eat!  Yum!  They also have great cocktails and serve brunch on the weekends.  However, if you go in the summer I recommend asking for a seat on the first floor because it is seriously hot on the second floor!



5. Beaumonde- last but not least is my favorite Creperie!  I've actually never been here for dinner, just brunch, but they do serve dinner and I'm sure it's fabulous.  We go here sometimes for brunch and get crepes and they are just amazing!  They also have great mimosas and the coffee is really good, which I find to be rare at brunch places!

If you're ever in Philly, be sure to check these places out!

And now on to the link up!  Link up your Friday Five post below and be sure to hop around to check out some of the other posts! 

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Northeast Bloggers Team Openings & a little giveaway!

As we grow and expand our network we continue to expand our team and reorganize as needed!  The Northeast Bloggers Network is currently looking to fill the following positions:

State Representatives:  State Reps are leaders in the NE bloggers community and will be responsible for helping promote the Northeast Bloggers community as well as promoting bloggers from their state.  They may also plan blogger meet ups for the state they represent and help provide resources to bloggers.  Lastly, state reps will work with me on coming up with ideas for the network and new ways to improve our community!  Click here to learn more about the position benefits, responsibilities and qualifications!

We are currently looking to fill the following State Rep positions:
-Maryland/Delaware
-Vermont
-New York- NYC specific
-Pennsylvania- West (Pittsburgh etc)

Pinterest Administrator:  The Pinterest admin will be responsible for running the Northeast Bloggers pinterest account.  They will have the liberty to organize the boards, follow members pinterest pages, repin members pins from the news feed etc.  They will also work with the Pin Committee link up on Mondays.

If you are interested in either the State Rep or Pinterest positions, please apply by emailing us your info!

And now on to our give away!  This week we are giving away TWO Featured Memberships!  Not only will your blog be listed in our normal blog directory, you will also be featured on our main page blogroll, as well as other surprise perks throughout the year!  This giveaway is for members of our community, or bloggers who are in the process of applying for membership, only!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blog of the Week: A Daily Does of Vitamin D


This week's blog of the week is a daily dose of Vitamin D, written by Dariel!  Meet Dariel:

I’m Dariel, a 20-something living in Boston, MA.  I spend my days crunching numbers, while my nights are filled with dancing and dreaming about puppies and all things floral (especially Gerber Daisies and Ranunculus).  In the midst of a busy work life, I found myself in desperate need of a daily creative outlet… and that’s how a daily dose of Vitamin D came to be! Much like we all need a little sunlight and the valuable vitamin D that comes along with it (seriously, look it up!), my blog features the things I need: the sources of sunshine in my life!

Thanks Dariel!  Be sure to check out her blog this week and leave a nice comment or two!


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February Twitter Hop!


Welcome to the February Twitter hop!  The Twitter hop takes place the first Tuesday of the month!  We hope you'll take advantage of this networking opportunity to meet and follow other Northeast Bloggers!

Be sure to follow Northeast Bloggers Network on Twitter as well and tag us in your post tweets so we can retweet you!
 


Here is a great infographic about best Twitter practices for you to check out while you link up:


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Monday, February 3, 2014

The Pin Committee Week #2


Welcome to the Pin Committee link up!

Do you have a "pinnable" post from last week that you'd love to see more traffic to from Pinterest?  Then this link up is for you!  Our Pin Committee wants to help you increase your Pinterest traffic and here's how:

Link up below with your most pinnable post from the last week.  Our Pin Committee will then work on pinning your post!  Combined, our committee has thousands of followers, so you know your post will be seen!

Please do the following when you link up:

Follow our Pin Committee members on Pinterest 
(and their blogs too if you'd like!)
and
Participate by helping Pin a few other post in the link up!

Meet our Committee: