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This will be my first time attending the Bloggy Mom Conference in September and I can’t wait. Whether you are a first time blogger or a seasoned blogger I hear this is the place to be.

Bloggy Conference, presented by Bloggy Moms, is an event suited for those in social media who want to connect with their peers in a community setting while further developing their presence and brand. Designed for the beginning blogger as well as the seasoned blogger at Bloggy Conference you can network with others in your niche while honing your skill and authentic self.

Bloggy Conference was created to enable the members of the blogosphere to attend a conference where family can come along and enjoy the trip as much as conference attendees. Attendees will walk away from Bloggy Conference with a better sense of authentic self, community, education and direction.

There is such a wonderful lineup of speakers, you can click here to see who will be there.

What a great place to network with other moms and find women in your niche that you can network with, create relationship with and enjoy each others company.

Come join me at Bloggy Con!  And because I really hope to see you there, you can take advantage of this wonderful offer for SpecialMoms, just type in “marla” (lowercase) as the promo code :


Look forward to seeing you in September!

BabbaCo has introduced the BabbaBox! It’s a monthly interactive subscription box that is delivered right to your home with ALL the physical materials plus easy-to-use content to help you create activities to engage with your kids.  The monthly box is based off of a theme.  So each month you will have a new activity to create, story to read and theme to explore that your kids will love! These boxes are targeted for are 3 – 6 year olds!

So what’s Inside? There are 4 major components that are included:

  • Create: 2-3 projects kids can do with their hands
  • Explore: Activities to engage with the world and nature
  • Story Tell: Books and stories for their imagination
  • Connect Digitally: Interactively learn with BabbaCo approved downloads

Here are the details:  You can sign up for 1 single BabbaBox, a 3 month subscription or a FULL year (great idea for Christmas Presents if the grandparents are looking for ideas!)  Then a themed BabbaBox is shipped right to your doorstep for your children to enjoy!  That’s right…to your doorstep!  No more getting a great idea and then having to drag your kids to the store to purchase the items, and to get home and they are no longer interested in doing the activity.

I was very fortunate to have been asked to review this wonderful product.  We received the Sun, Moon & Stars Box:

The box was filled with the necessary supplies and direction for your children to create their very own glowing nightlight moon and constellation frame.




With the BabbaBox there is a lot of thought that goes into each activity because of the team of individuals that create the box each month.  As you can see these are the skills that your child will utilize when creating each activity:

With the explore activity my son was able to use his very own binoculars to explore the world outside and he especially loved to explore things inside.

I absolutely loved the book that was enclosed about “Twinkle Star Of The Week” by Joan Holub.  It was such a wonderful story about sharing, helping and wishing on a star.  It was perfect timing as I have been getting my little guy in the right mindset to start getting ready for school.  Talking about his teachers and his new friends he’ll meet.

Join Twinkle on her journey to discover her special talent when it’s her turn to be the Star of the Week at school.

There was even a little gift inside for the moms and dads as a way to say thank you for joining and for giving their children a wonderful gift of learning.  Look at this beautiful star wine stopper:

This is such a wonderful product and such a fantastic idea for an educational activity for your children or even for a gift.  The idea of having a new activity delivered right to your door every month will even excite your children.  Here is Jacob receiving his box: So here comes the fun part, I have a been given the opportunity to share this wonderful product with you all, and have a unique offer for the SpecialMoms Entrepreneur Club members

Get the BabbaBox: A new, all-in-one activity box for kids. Save 20% off your first box! Use code:MM20OFF when you checkout!

Please Note: I received a product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

3 Easy Steps to Managing Your Social Media

social media

social media

Managing your business, your family and your social media can be tricky, but here are 3 easy steps to consider to “be social.”

3 Tweets

Set up 3 tweet updates to go out during high traffic times.  Those times are usually 9am, 12pm, and 5pm when people are usually checking their Twitter account.

You can schedule these tweets using programs like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Twitterfeed.


2 Facebook Updates

Post consistently and throughout the day.  You don’t want to over post and become annoying or a spammer, but you want to make sure that your audience sees your posts.  You can manage this with scheduled posts by using Hootsuite or PostPlanner.

Keep your posts interesting with photos, links, a call to action message.  Varying up different multimedia content for your Facebook posts will keep your audience engaged.


1 Blog Post

Are you an impulsive blogger or do you plan your blogs posts?  You need to “blog smarter”  by planning your next week’s blogs by Darren Rowse, ProBlogger.

I know that people have a hard time blogging because they can’t always think of things to write about.  But there are different options to find great content:

  • Private Label Rights Articles (PLR) are a fantastic way to add new content to your website or blog and fill up your newsletter or autoresponder.
  • Hire Ghostwriters
  • Request “Guest Blog Posts”


To keep these posts organized it’s best you create a blog calendar.  I know a lot of people that use excel spreadsheets or Google Docs to coordinate your blog schedule.
Make sure to always use a “share” button at the end of your blog posts so your content can be shared.  You can see mine a the bottom of this post.
Create an RSS with like Feedburner, so people will be notified when you have uploaded a new blog post.



Parenting Tips On How To Inspire Greatness in Children


Guest Post: by Sharon Gress, she is a contributing author at

Part of being a good parent is recognizing challenges and facing them head on.  You don’t have to get bogged down in guilt or self-doubt.  There are many ways to inspire your children towards goodness.

“You must nurture the ability
to care about others in
their early years.”


By admitting to our own weakness and fears, we teach our children not to fear a challenge.   parenting After all, they are little sponges that learn by example.  This does not mean that everything that we do or say will require an excuse.  When we make a mistake, we should be able to admit it openly without any fear of ridicule or finger-pointing.  People are not perfect, and everyone inevitably makes mistakes.  By surrounding ourselves with loving, compassionate and honest people you will teach your children a valuable lesson:  an open heart and a non-judgmental mind leads to a beautiful, compassionate person.

Be A Parent
Children need the benefit of parents who will truly parent them rather than trying to be their best friends.  We all know how difficult that it is to hear a child talk back to their parents, especially during the tween and teen years — parents must command a certain amount of respect, and this is impossible when the child thinks of the parent as his or her friend.  That being said,


(Guest post: Marta Bagley, Independent Consultant)

You probably have all heard about Scentsy candles, may even have some around your house.  Have you ever considered being a consultant?


Let me share with you Marta’s story:

I started my Scentsy business in August 2010. My husband had been unemployed for almost 9 months when I saw Scentsy for the first time.  I thought to myself “Could this really work? Why wouldn’t it? We love candles and most people we know do too!”

I started scheduling parties and soon the holiday season was upon us. Wow! Who knew selling wax and warmers would be so much fun AND easy!! I was working 2-3 nights a week and it was on MY schedule, not someone else’s. Another upside was my commission check…$500+ a month! Winter of 2010, I contributed enough income to help support our struggling family with my Scentsy business.

Fast forward to April 2012, my Scentsy income averages close to $800+ a month! During the holiday season, my paychecks are $1200 a month, working 1-2 hours a day.  Along with that I also earned an all-expense paid vacation for two to the Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, now how can you beat that!

I love being my own boss! My children are my life and Scentsy has allowed me to be there when they need me.   

When was the last time your company paid you $75+ an hour? How about the last time they rewarded you with an all-inclusive vacation for two?

Scentsy’s philosophy of Simplicity, Authenticity, and Generosity has made us one of the fastest growing companies the direct selling industry has ever seen. As an Independent Scentsy Consultant, you’ll be embarking on an exciting new business opportunity, enjoying flexible hours, the ability to earn income, and the satisfaction of connecting people you care about with products you believe in.

If you would like to learn more about Scentsy and how to become a consultant, visit my page at:

To Live A Life Inspired is what Uppercase Living’s mission is.

The Art of Self Expression

Make your space a reflection of the unique individual you are. Whether you identify with a deeply motivational thought, a beautiful embellishment, a bold image, or a combination of these, Uppercase Living® expressions let you be who you are and let you express that uniqueness in your surroundings. We call this the art of self expression.

Today’s guest blog post is from Linda Atkins, Uppercase Living Demonstrator.

My name is Linda Atkins and I sell Uppercase Living. We sell beautiful vinyl expressions either available through our catalog or custom designs using our MyDesign Suite.

At Uppercase Living our mission is to help others Live a Life Inspired and I just love representing a company that exists simply to help all of us live the best

Special Mompreneurs

Special Mompreneurs

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

SpecialMoms Entrepreneur Club Motivator Mondays: “Having A Good Goal”

Motivator Mondays

Welcome to Motivator Mondays:

Today’s Motivator Monday is:

“A Good Goal Is Like A Strenuous Exercise ~~It Makes You Stretch” – Mary Kay Ash, Businesswoman and Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics


Whether your goal is personal or business related you have to have one.  For you to achieve success you will need to push yourself and always reach for more.

I found this article and strongly suggest you read it.  It was very enlightening.  But the part of the article that I wanted to share with all of you was this “I laid out a timetable, made sure I understood what was required to achieve these levels, let others know what I wanted to achieve, and kept moving forward.”

You have to know exactly what you want and what it’s takes to take to get there.

If you have not signed up to receive my blueprint, please go to the SpecialMoms Entrepreneur website and opt-in to receive this FREE ebook.  It will help you to get a blueprint of what is needed to start a business and become an entrepreneur.

Motivator Mondays

Motivator Mondays