Featured Member: Holly Gruszka

Featured Member: Holly Gruszka

Meet Holly Gruszka of West Pear Avenue.

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We asked Holly some questions, and here is what she has to say!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been married for 5 years and have 2 young girls ages 4 and 16 months. I like to cook but don’t cook as often as I would like. I love coffee and design. My dream project would probably be designing a local coffee shop.

What is your blog about?

My blog is a way to showcase my design work and projects. I work with clients on styling, color consultations, accessorizing, space planning, and full renovations.

Is there a story behind your blog name?

I started my blog on a whim when we lived in Conshohocken. Since we lived on the “West” side of Conshohocken that’s where that came from and our last name means “Pear” in Polish – and West Pear Avenue was born. About a year later I opened my business West Pear Interiors.

Who or what inspires you?

The changing colors in nature are always inspiring. I love to browse thrift stores and consignment sales for treasures. And of course flipping through design magazines and blogs.

What is your favorite social network and why?

Instagram – design is visual.

What is your biggest claim to fame?

2nd Place in the ReStore Montco Spring 2014 Upcycle Challenge
I designed a “Moody Vintage Chic” office/reading room that was bold and so much fun!

When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a fashion designer and dreamed of going to FIT. I would watch QVC when I was little too. I’m not sure I ever wanted to be on TV but it always fascinated me.

What would be your dream brand to work with?

Anthropologie or Target – I also like that West Elm works with local artists and artisans.

Be sure to follow Holly Gruszka on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her at West Pear Avenue.

 

Featured Member: Sarah Wagner

Featured Member: Sarah Wagner

Meet Sarah Wagner of USA Love List.

Sarah Wagner of USA Love List

We asked Sarah some questions, and here is what she has to say.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am the founder of MITUSA Media and USAlovelist.com, a shopping and style site celebrating the best of American-made. I started my career in Silicon Valley during the dot.com boom, evaluating and implementing new community-building technologies at Stanford. During the “home with baby” years, I earned a graduate degree specializing in the design and support of educational and social networks. A Philadelphia mom of two, I led a handful of start-ups before a cross-country road trip in a Winnebago inspired me to launch USA Love List: Stuff We Love Made in the USA. In two short years, USA Love List has exploded into an active online magazine produced by a staff of eight and has been featured on NBC News, Forbes, CNN and more.

What is your blog about?

Celebrating the very best of American Made.

Is there a story behind your blog name?

Not really… I was looking for three words. I did not want a typical boring but patriotic name. I liked the idea of publishing lists of gift ideas, things we love, all of the American made shoe companies we could find, etc. I’m not sure it’s the greatest name, but I’ve never thought of one I liked better.

Who or what inspires you?

I wrote a long blog post explaining the three things that inspired me to start USA Love List: my brief career as a car saleswoman, a cross-country road trip in a Winnebago, and the Girl Scouts. It would be tough to recreate that whole story here, but if you are interested, here’s the link.

What is your favorite social network and why?

Facebook. I write posts for my family around the country. I connect with old friends. It creates connections with new friends that build our relationships. It makes my life better.

What is your biggest claim to fame?

I’ve been known to throw some great parties. I am an eagle eye editor. I am a free range parent. That’s all I’ve got.

When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I remember a lot of people telling me what I should be, and I don’t like doing what other people tell me to do, so I never did any of those things. And now almost nobody understands what I do, so that worked out perfectly.

What subject would you like to blog about but won’t?

I can’t answer this question. If I wanted to blog about something, I would. I don’t want to blog about personal stuff. I share personal stuff on my (public) Facebook page. But I purposefully started USA Love List to be NOT based on my personal anecdotes and memoirs. I wanted something professional that would make a difference for American businesses.

What would be your dream brand to work with?

I would love to work with the American auto companies. They are the heart of American manufacturing.

What is your favorite blog or blogger that is not your own?

Free Range Kids

What is your favorite indulgence?

Vodka martinis. Desserts of all kinds. Potato chips. Gin. and… oh wait you said indulgence… singular. Just one? Ooops.

Be sure to follow Sarah Wagner on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her at USA Love List.

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Organics Live: Franchise Opportunity & Organic Grocery Delivery

Organics Live: Franchise Opportunity & Organic Grocery Delivery

People are becoming more mindful of how they eat, and buying habits are rapidly changing. Did you know that sales of organic products in the United States jumped to 35.1 billion in 2013, up 11.5% from the previous year’s 31.5 billion?? That’s right, 81% of U.S. families now choose organic food at least part of the time.

There’s no doubt that people are seeking out organic options more and more, however, many still feel that buying organic is inconvenient and/or too expensive for their family budget.

That is why a group of dads in Canada got together and founded Organics Live, a company that delivers certified organic, sustainably produced, and locally focused food and groceries for less than the cost of shopping retail.

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Until recently, they have only existed in Canada, but now Organics Live is expanding to the U.S., and they are partnering with local bloggers to spread the word. Organics Live is looking for franchise partners in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware areas. If you’ve ever been interested in being in business for yourself, if you are passionate about health and wellness, or if you’re looking for a way to generate income from home, this might be a great opportunity for you.

Join a rapidly growing company founded by concerned dads with a shared belief that strong, prosperous communities can be fueled by good clean food.

“At Organics Live, everything we deliver is sustainably produced with a heavy focus on supporting local growers and producers. We run a carbon neutral operation, offsetting all parts of the businesses, from field to plate. Our boxes are “best-of-season”, meaning that we source the freshest, highest quality fruits and vegetables available at any given time and deliver to homes and businesses weekly. Our mission is to build sustainable local food systems by providing our franchisees the support they need to move sustainably produced goods and services from makers to consumers with as little waste as possible.”

Corporate makes it easy.

No inventory, warehouse space, or product management. No receivables, billing, or collection. No sourcing, buying, receiving, packing, or deliveries. Corporate even provides your website, I.T., sales hotline, and marketing materials.

Not the usual franchise start-up costs.

Territory ownership of households and businesses, full franchise status with resale rights, no royalties, and no brick and mortar required means your investment is 1/10 of a typical franchise operation start-up cost.

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If any of this appeals to you and you want to learn more or claim your desired territory before it is taken, visit Organics Live to learn more at http://franchising.organicslive.com.

If you’re not interested in the business opportunity, but you would like to know more about Organics Live and when it will be available in your area, be sure to follow Organics Live on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with their happenings, expansion, and seasonal recipes.

Twitter Party

You can also tune in to the Twitter Party this Thursday night, April 16th, at 7PM EST for the chance to hear more about Organics Live and a chance to win prizes. The hashtag is #OrganicsLive, and be sure to follow @OrganicsLive and @PSMMoms.

Date: April 16th
Time: 7PM EST
Hashtag: #OrganicsLive
Follow: @OrganicsLive and @PSMMoms
NO RSVP

Giveaway

To celebrate their U.S. expansion, Organics Live is giving away this beautiful Vitamix S30 Blender.

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Good luck! And we look forward to chatting with you at the Twitter party on Thursday night!

This post is written in partnership with Philly Social Media Moms for Organics Live.

Featured Member: Reesa Lewandowski

Featured Member: Reesa Lewandowski

Meet Reesa Lewandowski of Momma Lew.

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We asked Reesa some questions, and here is what she has to say!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a Stay-At-Home-Mom to 2 Preschool-Aged children from New Jersey. I love to share her recipes, product reviews and giveaways with my readers, who I consider to be friends. My goal for Momma Lew’s Blog is to ensure everyone can make confident decisions for their families so that they can enjoy each and everyday with one another.

What is your blog about?

Family Friendly reviews, giveaways and lifestyle content.

What is your favorite social network and why?

Facebook – I can interact with thousands of people I wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

Be sure to follow Reesa Lewandowski on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her at Momma Lew.

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Featured Member: Angelique Buckley

Featured Member: Angelique Buckley

Meet Angelique Buckley of Mrs. PTB Makes.

Angelique Buckley

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We asked Angelique some questions, and here is what she has to say!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a mom of 2 little boys. I grew up in the Lehigh Valley and moved to the city as fast as I could after high school. Now I’ve relocated to Phoenixville to have babies, I’m having a crazy time adjusting to the far suburbs. Prior to babies, I blogged my cooking adventures. Then I had babies and well…never cooked again.

What is your blog about?

I wanted to put my sewing skills to use and make fun things for our first son. Then a friend wanted something too, then another friend, and it kept growing. I started making fun things for my mommy friends and their littles. I write about my parenting and crafting adventures.

Is there a story behind your blog name?

My husband has gone by his initials for as long as I have known him plus at least a decade. I started going by Mrs. PTB online, and it sort of stuck. We made some beautiful babies and then I started making/sewing for them. And here we are…

Who or what inspires you?

My children inspire me.

What is your favorite social network and why?

Facebook because I’ve joined so many groups and expanded my social community and network all over the world. My best friends have kids the same age as mine, but some of us have never met in person despite talking every day for years.

What is your biggest claim to fame?

My biggest claim to fame is that I received a request to be featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Shop Local Gift Guide in 2012. When we went to Wawa on Thanksgiving morning to pick up the paper, we opened it up to find my little boy with a half page full color photo. I just about died, but not before going back inside to buy 5 more papers.

When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don’t know that I ever really had a specific “I want to be”. I remember my mom asking me this when we went to tour my future college. I didn’t have a certain job in mind, but saw myself owning my own business someday. I guess my main dream was I grew up was to be independent.

What subject would you like to blog about but won’t?

I limit what I share when it comes to personal struggles with my children and parenting. It is the internet. Nothing is private. I have no issue sharing my name, but do not want certain things tied to me or them for life.

What would be your dream brand to work with?

I would LOVE to get to the point where a sewing machine manufacturer like Baby Lock or Janome sponsored my company. A girl can dream right?

What is your favorite blog or blogger that is not your own, and why?

My internet BFF writes at Bre Writes.

What is your favorite indulgence?

Chocolate. Most specifically Green’s Chocolate Babka. It is responsible for any and all weight I ever gain.

Be sure to follow Angelique Buckley on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her at Mrs. PTB Makes.

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Featured Member: Colleen Kennedy

Meet Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I married someone I can truly call my best friend. He sure can get on my nerves sometimes, but no one has my back more than he does and I love him to pieces! The greatest thing I ever did was to become a mom, and I had the joy of doing it twice. I never knew life could hold this much joy, pride, fear or hope until I became a mom! I give thanks every single day for my kids, my husband, my family and my life. I am truly grateful. Cooking has always centered me, growing up as the oldest of 5 kids I also think it identified me. I wasn’t the smartest “one”, the most focused “one” or the artsy “one”…I was the “one” who could cook which surprised and delighted people as a result and just I loved it! That’s what I do, I juggle corporate America, a family, friends and I find time to make everyone happy – one bite at a time – and THAT makes me happy!

What is your blog about?

My site is about cooking. SO many people I have run across in life have proudly stated, “I can’t cook”! Well, you can’t grow 4 inches or change the country where you were born BUT in my opinion you can learn to cook. Anyone can cook…they just have to want to :)

Is there a story behind your blog name?

Yes – I know Souffle Bombay is not a good name for a food blog, after all just what the heck does that mean. I spent hours thinking of names for the site. I had it narrowed down to about 5 names. I asked the kids if they had any ideas on what to call it (not really expecting to get an answer “better” than the ones “I” had agonizingly crafted) when my then 5 year old daughter Samantha (now 9), instantly responded”Souffle Bombay”!!

I was like “what”??? I literally had to have her say it 4 times before I understood what she was saying!

Samantha said “Mom” (like I should KNOW this) “Souffle Bombay” is oatmeal put inside a scooped out pumpkin!”… I was like what??? What??? Where did you hear that???

However I instantly fell in LOVE with the name…so there you have it!

About 6 months later I finally found out that “Hamilton the Pig”, who is a chef on a cartoon for kids called Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, actually made a dish…just what my daughter said…on the show and called it a Souffle Bombay! I smile every time I think of that!

Who or what inspires you?

My 9 year old daughters passion for learning in the kitchen amazes and excites me! Also – Pinterest…Through Pinterest, I have found that there are SO many talented women out there who come up with the most amazing solutions to problems and ideas. I was never a blog reader but Pinterest has led me to some amazing sites!

What is your favorite social network and why?

Pinterest – Hands down! Pinterest has led me to a whole new world of possible! The instant I saw it years ago, I was stunned at its brilliance!

What is your biggest claim to fame?

I wrote a unique cookbook for kids, self published it, had it printed professionally and it was lucky enough to catch the eye of QVC where it was sold. That was a very interesting and exciting experience!

When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a nurse – however the year I asked for a nurses kit from Santa I received a small bag of coal with a note instead and I have the photo to prove it…I wish I could remember what I did, lol!

What subject would you like to blog about but won’t?

Parenting! THAT I think would be a touchy subject!

What would be your dream brand to work with?

Oh, so many but one that comes to mind is Chambord – I am a Chambord lov-ah and work it into a number of recipes. I just adore the flavor it can lend to a dish or cocktail!

What is your favorite blog or blogger that is not your own, and why?

Tasty Kitchen - I love seeing how America cooks via all the people who post their recipes

Be sure to follow Colleen on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her at Souffle Bombay.

What is your favorite indulgence?

I am obsessed with Buffalo Pretzel Crisps, seriously obsessed! I literally hide bags of them around the house so that when I want to relax, watch TV or read a book I can always get my hands on some!

 

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