Philly Social Media Moms | providing community, support and education for Philadelphia mom bloggers http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:57:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Ronald McDonald Did Yoga With PSMM Bloggers http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/08/12/ronald-mcdonald-did-yoga-with-psmm-bloggers/ http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/08/12/ronald-mcdonald-did-yoga-with-psmm-bloggers/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:55:25 +0000 http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/?p=1565 As a New Jersey blogger and event planner, I love when I can combine my love for New Jersey with the thrill of planning an event, especially when it means I can introduce others to new places. I that chance this past July when as part of Jersey Family Fun, I cohosted a pop up yoga event with McDonald’s of the Greater Philadelphia Area and later took them to a quiet beach in Somers Point. The event was open to bloggers, their families, and the public, and was held to help relaunch McDonald’s Asian Salad.

 

McDonalds Philly Yoga Event – Photos by Swiger Photography

On July 9, Philadelphia area bloggers came together with their families and Ronald McDonald for a yoga class at the Somers Point McDonald’s. Our class was lead by a Hummingbird Yoga instructor and was initially supposed to be on the front lawn of the McDonald’s, but Mother Nature had other plans. Unfortunately, the grounds were pretty wet from the morning’s rain, but it wasn’t wet enough to dampen our spirits or desire to learn and stretch. Our friends over at the Charter Tech opened their doors and inside gym to us.

Karen Traa, local owner of the Somers Point McDonald’s, took time to not only talk to us about how yoga and McDonald’s salads fit into a healthy lifestyle but also how McDonald’s values their partnerships with bloggers through the McCafe Moms program. As we started our lesson, we were encouraged to disconnect from our phones and tablets so that we can connect to our bodies through yoga. And yes, us bloggers were able to disconnect. Joining our class were these Philadelphia bloggers from PSMM and their families:

Pictured from front to back: Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun; Barbara Spalding, Homeroom at Home; Jennifer Oxenford Fhilly Fun 4 Kids McDonalds Philly Yoga Event – Photos by Swiger Photography

McDonalds Philly Yoga Event – Photos by Swiger Photography

One of my favorite pictures from our yoga class. Pictured in front Barbara Spalding’s child, Homeroom at Home. In back Jennifer Oxenford Philly Fun 4 Kids McDonalds Philly Yoga Event – Photos by Swiger Photography

Ronald McDonald participated, big red shoes and all. He was a great yoga student and must have taken lots of notes between stretches. Later on, when most of us were enjoying our McDonald’s Asian Salad, I discovered him on the front lawn leading a yoga class. His students, members of the Tierney Agency, and PSMM’s own, Aida were right there with him.

Pictured from left to right: Aida Crooms-Ingram, Girlfriends with Goals; Tierney Agency reps, Ronald McDonald McDonalds Philly Yoga Event – Photos by Swiger Photography

Of course I did what any good blogger would do, I snapped pictures and then shared them across all my social networks in between bites of my Asian Salad. ;-)

McDonald’s Asian Salad McDonald s Philly Yoga Event – Photos by Swiger Photography

In fact, that’s what all of us did during McDonald’s Pop Up Yoga Event to relaunch the Asian Salad. We actively shared details and images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. It’s a fun part of our job, but it’s also a significant benefit to having bloggers at an event. By involving bloggers to attend and hiring a blogger to cohost the event, McDonald’s of the Greater Philadelphia area ensured that the news of the Asian Salad was not just amplified across all of their networks but also all of ours.

Here are some of the blog posts that came out of the McDonald’s Asian Salad and Pop Up Yoga Event

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Join Us for the #LiceAintNice Twitter Party 5/19 9PM EST w/ $400 in Prizes! http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/05/17/join-us-for-the-liceaintnice-twitter-party-519-9pm-est-w-400-in-prizes/ http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/05/17/join-us-for-the-liceaintnice-twitter-party-519-9pm-est-w-400-in-prizes/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 13:24:50 +0000 http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/?p=1549 Lice season is upon us. No, it’s not a pleasant topic, but a necessary one. Thankfully, Lice Lifters can help!

Lice Twitter Party

Join us for the #LiceAintNice Twitter Party this Thursday night, May 19th at 9PM EST, to learn more about lice and how to get rid of them naturally & quickly!

Follow @JoLynneShane, @NitNanny1 and @PSMMoms, and use the hashtag #LiceAintNice to be eligible to win one of the 5 prizes we will be awarding throughout the hour.

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Featured Member: Katie Lockwood http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/04/22/featured-member-katie-lockwood/ http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/04/22/featured-member-katie-lockwood/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:04:12 +0000 http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/?p=1487 Meet Katie Lockwood of Mommy Call.

Katie Lockwood

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

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Pediatrician and adoption doctor, blogging about my work-life balance as a working mom of two kids under three years. Although we were both raised on the Jersey shore, my husband and I enjoy raising city kids in Philadelphia.

What is your blog about?

Work-life balance as a pediatrician mom.

Is there a story behind your blog name?

The calls from parents at a pediatrician’s office are affectionately called “Mommy Calls,” so I named my blog after these parental worries and the call to motherhood.

What is your favorite social network and why?

Twitter — quick soundbites and news headlines makes getting information effiecient and fast.

Be sure to follow Katie Lockwood onFacebook andTwitter, and visit her at Mommy Call.

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Featured Member: Stephanie http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/04/20/featured-member-stephanie/ http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/04/20/featured-member-stephanie/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:02:38 +0000 http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/?p=1489 Meet Stephanie of Mamma Bear’s World.

Stephanie

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

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a Pennsylvania girl, born and raised with a short stint in France for college. I love learning new things, technology and being my own boss. I’m quiet, which is why I loved working in the technology field. My husband and I met during graduate school where we were both pursing MBAs. We’ve had 3 kids in just under 4 1/2 years, so I’ve been pretty busy changing diapers and rushing to get someone home for nap time for quite a few years now!

What is your blog about?

My blog is often about the activities and adventures of my little family. While it started as a site for posting photos for family and friends far away, it has morphed into more about our experiences as our family has grown. I try to show real life as a family of 5, along with all the fun of picky eating, food allergies, introducing a baby girl into the mix, and our adventures around town.

Is there a story behind your blog name?

My blog began as a way to keep in touch with family and friends far away after the birth of our first child. It morphed into more about our experiences as our family has grown.

Who or what inspires you?

My husband. He is always so cool, calm and collected. I know he gets frustrated (and with three kids 5 and under who wouldn’t?) but he always remains in control even when he is stressed.

What is your favorite social network and why?

Hands down it’s Instagram. It is so easy to snap what his happening at any given moment and caption the picture. I’m totally addicted to it!

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

When I was little I had wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. My parents were always ones to tell me that I could be anything I wanted to be and to aim high.

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

I’m pretty comfortable with my blog as it is. It’s personal and it’s definitely “me” so what I currently write are the topics that mean something to me.

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

The Vintage Mom

What is your favorite indulgence?

White chocolate. I’m a sucker for anything white chocolate and with Easter coming up I’m sure start stashing those white chocolate bunnies in the back of the pantry!

Be sure to follow Stephanie onFacebook andTwitter, and visit her atMamma Bear’s World.

Mamma Bear's World

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Featured Member: Holly Gruszka http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/04/17/featured-member-holly-gruszka/ http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/04/17/featured-member-holly-gruszka/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:01:41 +0000 http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/?p=1495 Meet Holly Gruszka of West Pear Avenue.

Holly

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 onFacebook andTwitter, and visit her at West Pear Avenue.

 

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Featured Member: Sarah Wagner http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/04/15/featured-member-sarah-wagner/ http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2015/04/15/featured-member-sarah-wagner/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:56:10 +0000 http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/?p=1509 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 meto 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 andTwitter, and visit her at USA Love List.

USA Love List

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