It’s Here Our 4th Issue of The SpecialMoms Parenting Magazine

SMPM tablet cover November 2014 Welcome To The Fourth Issue of“the SpecialMoms Parenting magazine”.  I am so excited to share this issue with you!

I can’t believe this is our fourth issue of the SpecialMoms Parenting magazine. It has been an extreme honor sharing the stories of these inspiring women who are making an impact in the community. 

Over the last year we have interviewed over 20 motivating women and men who are advocating for their child with special needs, while becoming entrepreneurs! 

We shared with you over 30 articles from business, health, education, advocacy and more!

This FREE digital magazine was designed to celebrate the contributions of women, mom entrepreneurs who are making an impact in the special needs community. 

To start receiving your free online copy of the magazine, please subscribe here!

In this FREE download, you will:

  • meet 5 inspiring moms who are making a difference not only in the special needs community but for their child as well.
  • learn how these motivating women try to find balance and harmony in their lives, while juggling the demands of caring for their families.  All while creating awareness and advocating for their child, running a business, blogging or even writing a book!
  • we wanted to spotlight a few of the SpecialMoms that we interviewed in the past and see where their businesses are at now
  • read more about “Smith-Magenis Syndrome” from a Mom Advocate  and more!

So are you excited to meet these wonderful moms?

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Here’s a peek at the feature articles inside this issue:

    • Charitable Giving At The Holidays: by: Tawni Reller
    • Surviving The Holidays With Food Allergies by: Lauren Kossack
    • The Amazing Benefits of Yoga by: Helene Shafer
    • Business Briefcase: Networking To Promote Your Work From Home Business by: Marla Murasko
    • Occupational Therapy Corner: Top Toys For Children With Sensory Process Disorder by: Cara Koscinski
    • Passing the Torch: Life changing conversations every special needs parent needs to have by: Lenore Vassil
    • Look Where They Are Now! (Spotlight on some past SpecialMoms) by: Marla Murasko
    • and more!

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why type a parent is the first blogging conference on my 2015 calendar

It was a little over a month ago that I was in Atanta, GA attending my first .  Sure I attended the Bootcamp in Walt Disney World, which was amazing in and of itself, but I heard such fabulous things about Type A that I was so excited to be attending for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I got to my hotel I settled in.  I looked around for a place to eat for dinner.  The hotel suggested a great place Gordon Biersch right across from the hotel, and since I was a little early for dinner I pretty much had the place to myself.

 

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That night I stopped at the VIP Reception and met some wonderful people.  Got the chance to meet Monique Johnson and Crystal Collins from DIY Mobile. Then it was time to head back for a full day of learning at the first day of Type-A Parent.

VIP reception

The morning started off with a great breakfast and networking.  I got to meet some really wonderful women.  Some I knew like Sara Broers who I met a few years prior at Bloggy Con, but stayed in touch. Then I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Susanne Young, Celeste Eatherton, and Alisha Lampley. The great thing about this group of ladies is every morning we sat together, and attended the parties at night together, even though we may have split up to attend different presentations during the day.  We felt a sisterhood, and I enjoyed their company.

Our keynote speaker was Mack Collier:

 

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Then we got to listen to the amazing Rachel Martin and Dan Morris from Blogging Concentrated.

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We also got to listen to some other wonderful speakers Julie Cole from Mabel Labels.

Love the panel discussions were so great to hear from fellow bloggers and to bounce questions off them:  

The one on one Vlogging session I had with Desiree Miller was so insightful.  Great opportunity to learn from the best:

So much learning and networking was taking place:   learning in progress at type a   That night I had the wonderful opportunity to join Rowland Day, CEO and Founder of Websafety at a brand dinner.  This was wonderful to speak to a brand that you want to potentially partner with.   brand dinner with rowland day from websafety why created websafety   After dinner we attended a Party.  I received a pirate mouse hat, which was perfect as it was “Talk Like A Pirate Day”. disney party   The during the day you got to meet the sponsors at their tables.  This was so wonderful to chat with them, figure out a way you can partner together or how their product can help your business and of course the freebies are always great.  Thanks Redfin for my charger.     redfin charger at type a   How can you not be excited about taking a picture with Lassie.  I can’t wait to work with this non-profit organization Save The Children.  They are doing such wonderful work keeping our children safe.   met lassie with save the children    Here is another great company that I plan to partner with. I think their product is wonderful!

The breakout sessions were great.  I learned so much from all of them.  So much information to take back and start implementing.

As I headed back to my room to decompress and get ready for tonight’s party. I decided to share a picture of the Must-Haves I bring to a conference:

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Must Haves for Blogging Conferences:

1) Plently of Business Cards
2) Tablet, Ipad or computer
3) Wireless mouse as you will be doing a lot of typing whether it’s tweeting, instagramming or taking notes
4) Nametag
5) Portable charger
6) Gum/mints
7) Planner
8) Essential oils (definite)

But we had one more party to attend, and that was the 90’s party.  These ladies and yes men know how to have fun after a day filled with learning and networking.

So I got on my 90’s Clueless costume and went down with my fellow Type-A Parent bloggers to have fun.

ready for the 90s party at type a

 

time to party at type a

We ended this wonderful conference with an amazing speaker, one that I truly connected with, Thom Singer. What he talked about was networking isn’t a digital thing. When you go to a conference you can’t always have your face in your phone or even with your family. I retweeted the following tweet from a fellow blogger because is exactly what he was talking about:

 

Here is another quote.

Basically what he is saying is get back to writing thank you notes instead of texting or emails. 2014 is the year of the handwritten note.

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What a way to end an amazing conference.  Here is the tweet that I ended with:

 

Then a quick tweet to Kelby Hartson Carr the Chief Executive Officer of Type-A Parent:

So enclosing you can see why the Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, GA is already on my calendar for 2015. Ticket is purchased and hotel is booked. You will definitely not want to miss this next year, register at Type-A Parent Conference.

How to Integrate Pinterest into Your Marketing Strategy

pinterest for business If you are a business owner, chances are you have a marketing strategy. You have established goals for each of your individual marketing tactics, including content marketing. And you have created a step by step plan to achieve those goals.

Your marketing strategy likely also has a plan for testing and tracking the success of your goals. Finally, if you’ve been in business for some time then your marketing tactics overlap and you plan how to maximize each new tactic by integrating it with the others.

For example, you may integrate your content marketing efforts with your Facebook strategy by posting teasers and links on Facebook to newly published content on your website. As Pinterest continues to grow in popularity you may be looking at how you can capitalize on this social trend. Before you join

Featuring SpecialMoms – Want To Share Your Story?

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Want To Be Our Featured SpecialMom?

Are you a mother of a special needs child, who wants to share an inspiring story? Whether it be about your child, your experience of being a mother of a special needs child or maybe you are an entrepreneur and you want to share how you juggle being a mother and business owner. Let’s share!

Sharing your story may inspire or motivate others. It may help them to reach for their dreams of running a business from home, or it may help to build awareness or an understanding of how difficult yet rewarding it can be for a family that has a child with a disability. This may promote compassion and maybe even some tolerance for people with disabilities.

Support * Inspire * Share that’s what SpecialMoms Entrepreneur Club is all about.

Whatever your story is, you never know how your story can touch or help someone else.

If you want to be one of our “Featured SpecialMoms, please fill out this form Featured SpecialMoms Form and email it back with a picture (if you want) to specialmompreneurs@gmail.com. We will post your story on our website and share it on our Facebook page, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Special Mompreneurs

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Hello Special Mompreneurs are you familiar with social media and how to use it to build your business?

It seems like the social media world is constantly changing and if you don’t stay up with it you can soon be left behind.  Knowledge is power and staying on top of the new and upcoming things when it comes to social media will only help make your business grow.

So here are 3 free ebooks that I found for you to help you in your social media endeavor:

1) How to Monitor Your Social Media Presence in 10 Minutes a Day

The Hubspot team, has created this 20-page eBook all about time management and social media. Now that you’re online and networking, learn how to optimize your social media efforts without spending hours online.

Find answers to questions like “what should I monitor and how?” Learn about tools that help you organize your social networking efforts and track them effectively.

2) How to Enhance Your Internet Presence with Social Media

This 34-page eBook by the generous and talented folks at Hubspot will help you toimprove and increase your brand’s presence on different social media networks including Twitter and Facebook. To download the eBook, you will have to provide your details and be a part of their email list. A very small price to pay for all the goodness that Hubspot offers business owners.

3) Why Your Blog is Your Social Media Hub by Debbie Weil

Debbie Weil is the authority in the world of business blogging and in this eBook she draws upon the experience of 32 other experts, including Seth Godin, David Meerman Scott, Guy Kawasaki and others to understand how and why a blog is actually a social media hub. The eBook is basically a compilation of what these experts had to say on the topic.

Why I find this eBook useful is that it helps a small business to understand why you need both a blog and a social media presence and how to use both effectively.

What social media ebooks or tools would you like to suggest?

Special Mompreneurs