Power Presenter Monday: Aprille Franks-Hunt

Power Presenter Monday: Aprille Franks-Hunt

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When it comes to obliterating your comfort zone and taking long-lasting entrepreneurial risks, Aprille Franks-Hunt is your go-to woman for advice and inspiration. Her valued precision, experience and overall passion is why she’s one of our Power Presenters in our very first VIP Mastermind Day at Blogalicious Conference weekend this year. Aprille is an esteemed author, speaker, life and business advisor who walked away from a successful career to pursue her passion of inspiring women beyond motivation. She’s dedicated to helping others become successful in all of their pursuits, and we couldn’t admire that trait more.

Want to learn more about Aprille Franks-Hunt? Here’s her biography and yet another reason you should attend VIP Mastermind Day 2015!

 

Aprille Franks-Hunt is an author, speaker, life & business advisor, as well as a multi-faceted business professional, who walked away from a successful career to pursue her passion of inspiring women beyond motivation. Her book, Confessions of an Independent Woman: Truth, Lies & Relationships releases fall 2011. Aprille is natural born leader and the Creator/CEO of Women Recharged, a powerful movement designed to spread the global message of transformation through Aprille’s compelling LIVE, LEARN, and THRIVE mantra.

Aprille is also embedded in the business community consulting with small business owners, speaking at conferences, events and workshops. Aprille’s tenacity and determination also landed her first national speaking engagement on the stage of Women for Hire’s CEO, Tory Johnson’s Spark & Hustle Women’s Business Conference in Atlanta, Ga. As a result she has been sought after by other organizations to deliver her candid messages to women on a vast array of topics. Aprille is also responsible for bringing the first edition of CRAVE, The Urban Girls Manifesto, a guide featuring women entrepreneurs, to Oklahoma

She’s Co-Hosted Oklahoma’s own KSBI’s live show, All About You, a show dedicated to empowering and informing women. Additionally, she has been featured in several print publications and radio outlets for her business savvy.

Through all of these platforms, Aprille candidly shares her life experiences with honesty and transparency, revealing how it has helped her to become the woman she is today. She is passionately dedicated to the advancement of women personally and professionally. Her sassy, funny, down-to-earth style makes her the virtual best friend and advisor that every woman needs – when they are ready to embrace the truth. She continues to be an inspiration to many.

Aprille lives just outside Oklahoma City, Ok (Norman) with her husband and two teenagers.

 

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Power Presenter Monday: Aprille Franks-Hunt

3 Reasons Why You Need the #BYOE15 VIP Mastermind Day

3 Reasons Why You Need the #BYOE15 VIP Mastermind Day

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Legendary success expert Napoleon Hill defined a mastermind as “a coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.  This form of cooperative alliance has been the basis of nearly every great success.”

To put it plainly, masterminds are people of outstanding intellect who may have mastered balance, success and are constantly hungry for knowledge or what’s next. These kind of people know how to spark change and create wealth in their fields. Thankfully, our community is inundated with some of the best who are ready to share their insight with you in our first-ever VIP Mastermind Day.

Read why Forbes suggests that you join mastermind groups!

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, we’re launching our first VIP Mastermind Day. What this could mean for you is real guidance, direction and advanced level strategies on how to take your blog business to the next level! And we’re not taking advice from newbies who are figuring things out along the way. Instead, our Mastermind Day is etched with entrepreneurs with tried and true advice on how to turn your passion into real, attainable profits.

Your dreams deserve the chance to come true! Why not nurture them with knowledge from an expert panel of bosses who can help you?

 

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3 (More) Reasons to Join Our VIP Mastermind Day

1. Advanced level content that you won’t find anywhere else! If you’re in a place where Google searching leads you no where fast, it’s time to up the ante just a bit. You don’t need generic content, exercises and presentations. You need the advanced stuff that can change your life when implemented. We’re giving you this for starters.

2. Targeted strategies from Power Presenters…like Lamar Tyler, Jessica Clark, Aprille Franks-Hunt and Stacey Ferguson. Who better to get hands on strategies from than the folks who’ve used and profited from them? This day will give you the opportunity to speak with our presenters and guests face-to-face about what’s irking you in your blog business and how to fix it.

3. Networking with others who are crazy passionate like you in a safe environment! Imagine 100 of your smartest and most focused colleagues together, in a room, talking empire-building strategies with no-holds barred – for an entire day. THIS is what VIP Mastermind Day is all about and we want you to grow from that experience. Plus, you’ll get access to the full Blogalicious Weekend Conference pass.

 

Get 8 hours of expert strategies and tools that will both energize and equip you to rock your blog business like never before. Learn what you need in one day so that you can bless the rest of the world with your gift! Register for the VIP Mastermind Day today. Questions? Email info@beblogalicious.com.

 

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[updated!] CONFERENCE EXCLUSIVE: Introducing #BYOE15 Brand Board Meetings

RSVP for Your Brand Board Meeting!

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Source: Vulture.com.

 

As you know, the conference theme for the 7th Annual Blogalicious Weekend is: Build Your Own Empire. And, you also know that we’ll never shy away from the opportunity to beat a theme into the ground (#BeGreat anyone?)

We think that this idea is super cool! Check it out: the goal is to provide Blogalicious Weekend attendees with programming and resources in the 4 empire-building blocks of :

1. People (i.e. your network, team, etc.)

2. Credibility (i.e. your brand identity, speaking gigs, etc.)

3. Self (i.e. your personal wellness, personal development, etc.); and

4. Resources (i.e. technical resources, professional resources, etc. that will get you to where you need to be).

In line with the theme, we are announcing the opportunity for the conference attendees to RSVP for one of four Brand Board Meetings! These are meant to be private, exclusive opportunities for a limited number of attendees to engage directly with our top-tier sponsors and for the brands to develop relationships with you. Can’t you just picture Luscious and Cookie at the head of the table when you hear the term ‘board meeting’?

 

How the Brand Board Meetings Will Work

On Friday, September 11th from 7pm – 9pm, the Brand Board Meetings will take place at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront. Each Board Meeting will have its own special format and vibe – and it’s up to you to make the most of it.

Worried about not knowing what to do or what to say? Don’t worry!! Blogalicious will also send registrants quick and helpful videos before the conference to helping you to prepare for the Meetings.

 

What You Need to Know:

  1. Registration for Blogalicious Weekend 2015 is a pre-requisite for the Brand Board Meeting.
  2. A new Meeting opportunity will be announced once a week starting today! And for the next 3 weeks. The brand for each week will be a surprise! Don’t try to wait it out and gamble, grab your spot ASAP.
  3. There are ONLY 25 spots available for each Board Meeting!*

*one 1 board meeting per attendee
**RSVPs are final

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? If you haven’t registered for the 7th Annual Blogalicious Weekend, GET ON IT! We’re looking forward to watching your Empires grow.

And Our First Brand Board Meeting RSVP Opp is with…Toyota!!

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Brand Board Meeting No. 2: Wells Fargo!

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RSVP HERE!

 

Grants, Ideas & Food :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Grants, Ideas & Food

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With this year’s Blogalicious Conference being less than 50 days away, our thinking caps are set on all things entrepreneurship, social media and pitching. This week’s round up is drizzling in similarly themed hacks, as well as the one thing neither of us can live without — food. Take a look around!

Grants for Women-Owned Businesses. How many women do you know that have amazing business ideas, but little to no capital to execute them properly? Are you that woman? Well, thanks to Entrepreneur.com, the answer to your problems might be under your nose. Yesterday, Entrepreneur listed 11 grants for women-owned businesses that will blow your mind. In this article, you’ll also learn how grants work, how to apply and what you can expect from the entire process. If you still need convincing as to how powerful women are, read this opener:

 

In 2014, there were close to 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, a 68 percent increase since 1997, according to The 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report from American Express. This percentage increase exceeded the national average of small business growth by 1.5 times.

 

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Source: Entrepreneur.com.

 

Guy Kawasaki on Pitching. The Perfect Pitch III contest has been the talk of our Blogalicious community. Everyone is pitch crazy and its exciting to bask in the ambition. But what if your pitch game is…off? Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of the beloved Canva, gives impeccable insight on how to pitch. According to Kawasaki, most entrepreneurs are pitching wrong. Read this:

 

The typical way most entrepreneurs structure their pitch is worse: They talk about their company in detail. Talking about their product would be an improvement. Selling the dream is even better [than selling the product], because it focuses on what the product does for people—that is, benefits, not features. Even better than all this, of course, is a great demo.

 

Whether you’re a Perfect Pitch III fan or not, the truth is that your pitch game must be tight! Read the rest of his interview with American Express here.

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Source: American Express.

 

TapInfluence Educates on the FTC. The FTC introduces new endorsement guidelines and TapInfluence breaks down what it means for influencers and marketers. If you utilize a space on the internet for reasons other than email, chances are that you’ll need this information. So, first things first: Read TapInfluence’s article. Then learn about the FTC’s notice to social media marketers. Finally, familiarize yourself with the FTC’s full list of guidelines here.

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Source: TapInfluence. (document folder with the label compliance)

 

Baltimore + Food = Love. In addition to our Build Your Own Empire themed Blogalicious Conference in September, here are 17 more reasons to visit Baltimore this year. Spoon University names some of Baltimore’s finest diners, drive-ins and restaurants that locals and tourists will equally love. Go ahead, drool a little and make your travel foodie budgets now!

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Source: Spoon University.

 

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NASA, Amazon & Summit Love :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

NASA, Amazon & Summit Love

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World news and pop culture inundate our lives with information, whether we want it or not. While we can’t recap every piece of news, we try to give you the run down on all things tech, community and fun. This week, see why we’re talking about Amazon, Serena Williams, NASA and more in our Weekly Round Up.

Amazon #PrimeDay Deals. For weeks, Amazon.com has thrown #PrimeDay in our faces, claiming that its sales would be equivalent to those of Black Friday. With air in their chests, consumers across the globe prepared to spend their hard earned money on TVs, makeup, clothes and techie gadgets only to be let down by lack luster, barely marked down products that no one needs (or wants). As imagined, the Internet fired shots at the company about the illusion of sales. Here’s one from Gizmodo. Did you purchase anything for Amazon’s #PrimeDay sale? Were you satisfied with the outcome?

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Source: Google.

 

Serena Williams #ForTheWin. Is it OK for us to call Serena Williams the GOAT now? The undefeated tennis player won the 2015 Wimbledon tournament like the [beautifully designed] boss that she is. Though most athletes can’t compare to Serena’s athletism or graceful sportsmanship, haters still came for her physical appearance, saying that she’s built like a man. But in true Serena fashion, she handled those hagglers by showing up to the Wimbledon’s Champion Ball looking like a real life princess. Hater or not, one thing for sure is that you will respect the GOAT that is Serena Williams.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Serena Williams attends the Wimbledon Champions Dinner at The Guildhall on July 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) ORG XMIT: 564363743 ORIG FILE ID: 480522458

 

NASA & Pluto. Most of us grew up acknowledging Pluto as a planet. A few years ago that all changed and outside of Mickey Mouse’s dog, the name has been forgotten. Leave it to NASA to bring Pluto back to the forefront with new close-up images of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body.

 

The mountains likely formed no more than 100 million years ago — mere youngsters relative to the 4.56-billion-year age of the solar system — and may still be in the process of building, says Jeff Moore of New Horizons’ Geology, Geophysics and Imaging Team (GGI). That suggests the close-up region, which covers less than one percent of Pluto’s surface, may still be geologically active today.

 

NASA.gov extensively covers the region with scientific facts, myths and photos. Check it out here.

 

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Source: Nasa.gov.

 

#WeAllGrow Summit 2016. You know how much we value community here. That’s why we’re sharing the early bird news of the We All Grow Summit with you now. So what is this Summit all about?

 

#WeAllGrow Summit is the go-to professional conference for Latinas in the digital space. The conversation, networking and learning experiences — all bilingual and in-culture — are crafted to create unique and long-lasting connections, as well as professional growth experiences.

 

The 2015 inaugural event is sold out, however, early registration is available for next year’s event. Attendees will be meeting on March 3-5, 2016 in Long Beach, California. For more information, visit We All Grow Summit online.

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Source: We All Grow Summit.

 

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Kids, Community & Cosby :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Kids, Community & Cosby :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

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Is it possible to cover kids, community-building, Trump and Cosby in one sitting? It sure is and that’s exactly what we’re doing in this week’s round up! See what’s new in the world of digital start-ups, the future of children and why both Donald Trump and Bill Cosby deserve to be fired.

 

Is There a Right Way to Discipline Kids? Of course there is, but there’s also a wrong way to do it, too. This article on MotherJones.com walks us through this process of meeting children where they are, not where we think they should be. “The goal is to get to the root of the problem, not to discipline a kid for the way his brain is wired.” Thorough in real examples and psychological evidence, the article delves into behaviorial disorders and school-to-prison pipeline:

 

The children at risk of falling into the school-to-prison pipeline, Greene says, include not only the 5.2 million with ADHD, the 5 million with a learning disability, and the2.2 million with anxiety disorders, but also the 16 million who have experienced repeated trauma or abuse, the 1.4 million with depression, the 1.2 million on the autism spectrum, and the 1.2 million who are homeless. “Behaviorally challenging kids are still poorly understood and are still being treated in ways that are adversarial, reactive, punitive, unilateral, ineffective, counterproductive,” he told the audience. “Not only are we not helping, we are going about doing things in ways that make things worse. Then what you have to show for it is a whole lot of alienated, hopeless, sometimes aggressive, sometimes violent kids.”

 

Read the full article here.

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Source: motherjones.com.

 

So, What’s BeVisible.soy? We’re always excited to learn about new digital start-ups that push connectivity and community. BeVisible.soy is thriving to be that and more for Latino millennials. “BeVisible.soy allows them to open doors for each other while giving companies the opportunity to recruit diverse and educated talent,” states co-founder, Andrea Guendelman. The platform charts a new course to help companies recruit diverse talent and find career and educational opportunities for the Latina market. It combines the community-building aspect of Facebook, with the ability to search in-network for professional contacts as with LinkedIn, along with the highly appealing graphic elements typical of Pinterest. BeVisible is a one-stop interface for Latinas.

Learn what’s next and how you can join BeVisible.soy here.

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Source: BeVisible.soy.

 

Donald Trump, You’re Fired! And for good reason. Companies across the board have cut ties with Trump over his insulting and incriminating remarks about Mexican immigration. Even though the real estate mogul has literally offended millions of people, he’s still insistent on running for the POTUS seat. He’s even confident that he’ll “win the Latino vote”. As he defended his relationship with Mexicans in the wake of international outrage over his repeated and offensive remarks about undocumented immigrants on Wednesday, he said, “I’ll win the Latino vote because I’ll create jobs. I’ll create jobs and the Latinos will have jobs they didn’t have, I’ll do better on that vote than anybody, I will win that vote.” Fam, if there was an emoji that could describe the nation’s feelings about this, what do you think it’d look like? Deep, collective sigh.

Read MSN’s full Trump write up.

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Source: MSNBC.

 

Bill Cosby Should Be Fired, Too! From everywhere. While he was busy winning the hearts of Americans in the 80s, forty women have recently surfaced saying that he was busy drugging and raping them, too. When the scandal broke earlier this year, the masses rejected the allegations because that would mean shattering the beloved Huxtable, Jello-loving persona. Then, he said that “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.” But now, Cosby has admitted to giving women Quaaludes, a drug to make them dizzy, so that he could have sex with them [without their consent]. Our hearts go out to the victims of these heinous crimes. The fact that forty women were disregarded until Cosby’s admittance speaks largely to the fact that rape culture should be examined, discussed and dismantled for women.

 

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Source: People.

 

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College, Celebrations & Culture :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

College, Celebrations & Culture

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Last week, we “went there” about race and inequality in America. This week, we’re slightly scaling it back in an effort to share spirit-nurturing news as it relates to college, culture and reasons to celebrate. There’s a bit of pride for everyone in this week’s round up, so get into it quickly.

 

WeMontage All Over Your Wall. Tear-filled parents and teenagers all over the country are counting down to one of the first monumental moments of their adults lives: college! For the past 12 years, you’ve prepared them for a college education and probably schooled them on how to find employment after. But what may have gone unsaid is the homesickness that those who leave their home towns might experience. This sense of detachment and feelings of lonliness are real. In fact, “according to Academia.edu, up to 95% of first year college students will experience feelings of homesickness when placed in a new environment, and some of those students will drop out of school altogether.” WeMontage knows that neither you, nor your child would want to face dropping out of school and that’s why they’ve created the most amazing product.

 

WeMontage.com is the world’s only website that allows you to turn photos of loved ones into high-quality customizable wallpaper. WeMontage is the perfect gift for a high school grad because being surrounded with images of friends and family could help ease homesickness, allowing freshmen to focus on their education and enjoy college life.

 

To learn more about how WeMontage can enhance your soon-to-be dorm student’s quality of life, visit WeMontage.com for pricing, FAQs and their mission.

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Source: WeMontage.com/

 

Misty Copeland is a HERO! Yet again, this insanely gorgeous powerhouse has made history by becoming American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer. This makes the 32-year-old the first African American woman principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history.

 

Copeland is credited with bringing a new, and diverse, audience to ballet. It was all part of her plan. She also teaches young Black girls ballet. “When I was growing up, I didn’t have any Black role models in ballet, and it would have made a difference in my life,” she told ESSENCE in 2011.

 

 

Read the incredible news for yourself right here.

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Source: Essence.com.

 

Generation One Movie. Our friends, The Tylers, at Black and Married With Kids and Tyler New Media are hitting us with another great film. This one is called Generation One and it “takes a hard look at the numbers (referencing the housing crisis and soaring unemployment rates), giving historical context to early wealth creation in the Black community and tapping the expertise of the nation’s top financial experts to weigh in not only on how Blacks fell behind, but surefire strategies families can implement to begin building a strong financial legacy for generations to come.”

Generation One is schedule to release on July 14, 2015. Get in on the action of live screenings, online chats and how to join in on their Blog Tour HERE.

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Source: Generation One.

 

FIFA Women’s World Cup. Team USA battles top-ranked Germany in the Women’s World Cup and we’re kind of stoked! The ladies have been playing hard and representing for our country like the true warriors they are. So far, the US Women’s team has advanced to the World Cup Final, which is amazing in and of itself. Find the latest news surrounding the Final here.

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FRISCO, TX – JANUARY 31: Sydney Leroux #2 of the U.S. Women’s National Team celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Canadian Women’s National Team on January 31, 2014 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

 

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We Want YOU to coLAB! [Deadline: July 3rd]

Grow Your Tribe & coLAB

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Did you hear? #TeamBlogalicious – and some lucky Blogalicious contest winners – recently attended Altitude Summit’s 9th conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  What a blast!!!  Thanks to all who attended and repped us so well.

We adore #AltSummit and our fellow #Altees – their creativity, enthusiasm and inspiration so much so that we’ve decided to team up with Alt (and our friends at Latina Bloggers Connect) for … coLAB!

This is collaborative project between our three communities. Latina Bloggers Connect (that’s the L), Alt Summit (that’s the A) and Blogalicious, (you guessed it, that’s the B). We’re all teaming up to cross connect our communities to make magic happen.

 

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Here’s How YOU Can ‘Up’ Your Collaboration Game:

As a Blogalicious community member, you can opt into this inaugural program!  If you do, you will be partnered with a member of the Alt or Latina Bloggers Connect communities.  And, together, you and your new partner will come up with a fun, collaborative project, large or small — it’s totally up to you.

Then, you and your partner will share your project across your platforms, in whatever way you’d like. We will be featuring some of these great projects on the Blogalicious platforms as well as our partner networks social channels.

 

What sorts of projects?

Like we said there is no project too big or too small, the sky’s limit… but here are a few ideas to kick start your brainstorming:

 

  • Engaging in specific collaborative projects (perhaps 2 takes on the same DIY, or two essays on a related topic), that would be presented on both participant’s blogs and/or social media outlets.
  • Introducing and interviewing each other on corresponding sites or social media to highlight each partner and what they have accomplished in their own community.
  • Consulting with each other on how each of you have achieved brand growth, what has worked, what has not worked, sharing information about blogger-friendly brands and contacts, and engaging in a conversation about the future of blogging as a business.
  • Creating a project (artist/crafter) sold on another partner’s site (shop owner).
  • The ideas are endless…

 

Why Should I Do This?

GREAT question. Maybe you…

  • Are looking for a new project to spice up your blogging life
  • Need a partner for a project with a particular area of expertise
  • Would love to expand your reach through a partner list
  • Are looking for guest posts for your site (or are wanting to guest post on another’s site)!
  • Want to learn a new skill
  • Would love to teach a new skill
  • Are in search of a mentor or mentee
  • Have been dying to JV with an awesome content creator
  • The possibilities are endless!!

We think this is going to be a really amazing way to make connections , increase your network and expand your horizons, and we want you to be a part of things! We can’t wait to see what kinds of projects, promotions, and friendships come from this program.

 

Wanna coLAB? Here’s How:

If you’d like to participate, please fill out this simple form by Friday, July 3rd.

 

CLICK HERE TO CoLAB!!!!!!

 

Let’s get this party started!

 

Cheers,

Team Blogalicious

It’s Summertime: Don’t Forget to Come #OutToPlay! {sponsored}

Don’t you feel like summertime gives everyone permission to be a kid again? Wearing cute sandals, splashing in the pool and swinging in the hammock on our patio all take me back to summertime as a little girl – growing up in Montreal meant that summertime was cherished  because, before you knew it, it would be even too cold to snow.  Now that I’m grown (in theory), I try to treat summertime with the same amount of anticipation and appreciation so that my kids consider it as special as I do.

Since Hubby LOVES being outside anyway (a Florida boy, born and raised), it take zero convincing to get him to hang out by the firepit on a mild summer evening or to head out saltwater fishing – his most favorite pastime.  One of my family’s most favorite summer fun activities is to attend outdoor festivals.  WE LOVE THEM.  And, in DC, we have no shortage of outdoor festivals to choose from and to keep us playing outdoors.

Technically the summer season hasn’t officially begun and we’ve already been to the Colors of the Caribbean Festival at Strathmore and the Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post Pavillion.  And we’re gearing up for a full summer of tons more, including going out with a bang during Labor Day Weekend; last summer we hit up Jazz In the Garden at the National Sculpture Garden, The National Book Festival and the DC Blues Festival – all in one weekend!  We even made it to the last Truckeroo food truck festival of the season last year. We were one of the only adults with kids in tow, but it didn’t bother us in the least.

Why Do We Love Outdoor Festivals So Much?

  1. They’re low-maintenance.  We don’t have to be there at a specific time or wear a certain kind of attire or bring a dish.  We’re all about get-up-and-go around here.
  2. There’s something for everyone.  Be it music or food or games or dancing or really awesome people-watching; everyone in the family, from Mom and Dad to L’il Buddy can expect at least some enjoyment out of a festival outing.
  3. The energy is contagious. There’s just something about a large group of people getting together for a good time. The mood is light and the smiles are plenty – throw in some funnel cake and a live band, and you’ve got a recipe for a levity.

I recently co-hosted an outdoor festival of sorts with Blogalicious community members Jessica McFadden of A Parent In Silver Spring and Amy Mascott of TeachMama on behalf of CLIF Kid – makers of super delicious and nutritious snacks for our little ones.  CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play, and they’re encouraging boys and girls (and families!) everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries and feed their adventures.  The brand has taken great care in creating CLIF Kid snacks to give kids fantastic-tasting food with the right kind of nutrition they need for their growing, active bodies. To demonstrate their commitment to play, CLIF Kid created an online Hub to inspire outdoor experiences that will encourage kids (and parents) to get outside and be kids.

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We chose a local splashground in the city where we live to host our CLIF Kid party – and it was a hit!  Let’s see if it meets my checklist for Outdoor Festival Fun:

It Was Low-Maintenance. Check!

All we had to do was to invite our friends to join us on a certain date and time and be ready to splash! With help from CLIF Kid, we were able to provide some simple play snacks and easy outdoor games.  The gazebo at the splashground provided the perfect respite from the heat and housed a spread of fresh fruit and vegetables and dip in addition to BUCKETS of CLIF Kid Zbars and Zfruit twists, as well as bubbles, hula hoops and sidewalk chalks for the kiddos to grab and giggle with.


There Was Something for Everyone. Check!

The splashground was brilliant because all ages were able to enjoy the afternoon.  The smallest of babes could play in the gentle spray; the bigger kids could splash to their hearts’ content in the big waterfall; the sports fanatics (there were lots!) were able to hit the baseball diamond for a game; and the parents were able to kick back and chat as their kids played, worry-free.

The Energy Was Contagious. Check!

I can speak from personal experience that the energy was contagious.  My kids and I arrived with at least one 9-year-old in tears because a certain little brother of hers had just deleted her Minecraft house that had taken her 3 hours to build.  And, at least one 10-year-old was already in her Tween ‘mood’ because she was anticipating that there wouldn’t be any kids her age there and it would be boooring.

Let me tell you that it just took one run through that waterfall and all troubles were washed away!  All three of them had a blast and played with all of the kids there and ate up all of the snacks and way too many Zfruit twists.

My best friend of 18 years even came and brought her two little girls, so Mama had a chance to catch up with her friends too.

Clif KID 2

In the spirit of the CLIF Kid #OutToPlay initiative, I want to encourage you and your family to check out at least one new outdoor festival this summer! Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need to have a great time:

Outdoor Festival Checklist

  • Find festival that is kid-friendly (and one that allows you to bring your own cooler is a bonus!)
  • A cooler (if permitted). Pack it with cold beverages and a few snacks. You’ll most likely end up buying a funnel cake or gyro or two, but at least you’ll have some munchies to buy you some time before hitting the concession stand lines.
  • A blanket and folding chairs. It’s always a good idea to roll with your own seating – that way you’re not at the mercy of the venue.
  • Sunscreen, mosquito spray, hats and shades. For, you know, outside.
  • Hit the potty before you enter the festival. Festival restrooms are never a good look.

Here’s to seizing the rest of your summer by feeding your adventure and discovering new frontiers in the great outdoors. After all, a family that plays together, stays together.  Show us how your family plays by sharing a fun summer activity using the hashtag #outtoplay!

 

This post is sponsored by CLIF Kid in partnership with One2One Network. All opinions are my own!

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