Saturday, May 28, 2016

Enter to Win a Gourmet Weekend in Portland, Oregon! (Ends June 13, ARV $3,500)

One lucky winner will receive the ultimate gourmet weekend in the indie capital: Portland, Oregon! Prize includes a $1,000 airfare stipend and a two-night stay at the chic Ace Hotel Portland, complete with $500 to eat and drink at new and eccentric pop-up restaurants, hip eateries and infamous microbreweries. (Plus, the winner will receive $500 to shop for the trip.) Enter the sweepstakes now!

Giveaway Dates: May 16 - June 13 (11:59pm EST)

Prize: One travel stipend (value up to $1,000), two-night stay at the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon (value up to $1,500 USD) and one American Express gift card or similar items to be used for dining out and shopping (value up to $1000 USD). Total ARV: $3,500.

To enter this contest, CLICK HERE (See Official Rules, here)


Friday, May 27, 2016

Bloggers and Social Media Influencers: Join us at Universal Orlando Resort for Mom it Forward's 4th Annual "Family Forward" Retreat!!! (Sept 1 - 5, 2016)

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Enjoy an $8,500 Family Vacation - for Only $1,999!

Now in its 4th year, Mom it Forward's Family Forward event in Orlando offers the perfect way to grow stronger as a family and make meaningful theme-park vacation memories - at a fraction of what it would normally cost!

Come join 70 other digital families for 4 nights & 5 days of hands-on activities that the whole family can enjoy, along with theme-park entertainment and poolside fun in the sun! Mom it Forward is inviting all bloggers and social media influencers (along with their families!) to their exclusive Family Forward retreat at Universal Orlando Resort, September 1-5, 2016 - where every activity includes the entire family!

What: Mom it Forward's Family Forward Retreat
When: Sept 1 - 5, 2016
Where: Universal Orlando Resort

Family passes (for a family of five) include:
  • 3-Day Universal Orlando Resort Park-to-Park Passes
  • Express Passes and VIP Tour
  • 4 Nights Lodging On-site at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • 5 Meals and 2 Dessert Parties
  • Blue Man Group Tickets
  • After-Hours Exclusive Party in the Parks
(Have more than five family members? No worries, the Additional Family Member Pass - priced separately - has you covered!)

Retreat Schedule

(Subject to change)

Thursday, September 1, 2016
  • Registration at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Opening Kickoff and Welcome Event Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort 
  • Special Exclusive Nighttime Event at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®

Friday, September 2, 2016
  • Breakfast Buffet at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Hands-on Activities/Workshops at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Afternoon pool party at a Loews hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

Saturday, September 3, 2016
  • Breakfast at Antijitos
  • VIP Tours With Your Family at Islands of Adventure®and Universal Studios Florida®
  • Dinner on Your Own With Meal Vouchers
  • Blue Man Group Show at Universal CityWalk®

Sunday, September 4, 2016
  • Free Time With Your Family at Islands of Adventure® and Universal Studios Florida®
  • Dinner at Universal CityWalk®
  • Event Finale at Universal Studios Florida®

Monday, September 5, 2016

  • Free Time With Your Family at Islands of Adventure® and Universal Studios Florida®

Enter to Win $50 Paypal Cash or $50 Amazon Gift Card in this Weekend Flash Giveaway! (Ends May 29, ARV $50)

Giveaway Dates: May 27 - May 29 (11:59pm EST)

Prize: $50 USD Paypal Cash or $50 Amazon Gift Card

To enter this contest, CLICK HERE


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mom it Forward's Free eBook of the Week... "Becoming a Super Hero Family: Communication"

Mom it Forward's Free eBook of the Week...

"Becoming a Super Hero Family: Communication"

No matter how busy our lives get, it is super important to find time for family communication. (Most times, even the most complicated of problems can be solved with a simple talk!)

Download this free eBook from the folks over Mom it Forward - and learn tips on how to unlock your family's super powers! "Becoming a Super Hero Family: Communication" is full of ways to strengthen your family communication - and how to say exactly what you feel. A great (FREE!) eBook - no matter how old your kids are!

How to get your free eBook:

  1. CLICK HERE and add the "Becoming a Super Hero Family: Communication" eBook to your cart
  2. Use the code FAMILYTALKS (case sensitive) at checkout to enjoy this free eBook
  3. Start becoming a Super Hero Family!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Disney Junior's Choo Choo Soul is coming to Baltimore's B & O Railroad, Sat March 5! Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets (Ends Feb 24, ARV $120)

For one day only (Sat March 5), Disney Junior's Choo Choo Soul will be at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Children and their families will love to sing and dance along with hip-hop singer and train station manager, Genevieve Goings; and her dancing / beatboxing engineer, DC, as they entertain the audience - all while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABCs and 1-2-3s!

What: Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:00am or 12:30pm

Where: B&O Railroad Museum
             901 W. Pratt St.
             Baltimore, MD 21223

Tickets are on-sale now and start at $30 (for B&O members) or $40 (non-members). There are also Meet and Greet tickets available (call 410 752 2462 x 221 to purchase).

"Maks and Val Live on Tour: On Our Way" is Coming to Baltimore's Lyric Opera House! (Sun, July 10)

"Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way" will be the thrilling, all-new smash hit dance tour of Summer 2016! Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, the hottest stars of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars are coming to The Lyric on July 10th!  The brothers are bringing to life the show they've dreamt of since childhood, combining an honest and unfiltered narrative of their life story - with the world class dancing, creativity and passion they're known for! Collaborating with the greatest choreographers in the business and supported by a cast of fellow professionals, the show will surprise and delight with timeless elegance and steamy seduction. In Maksim Chmerkovskiy's own words, “Val and I have pushed each other to be better dancers every day since we were kids, and this show will fulfill a lifetime dream to perform on the same stage together across the country. We want to connect with our audience and take the performance to a whole new level.  There will be no holding back on this tour.” (Read more)

You deserve a vacation. How about winning a trip to Talum, Mexico? (Ends Feb 28, ARV $4,200)

You deserve a vacation. How about Tulum?

Imagine yourself sipping margaritas on a white sand beach as you watch the waves roll slowly in... This sweepstakes is sending one lucky winner to Tulum, Mexico - and it could be a Baltimore Mom reader!

Giveaway Dates: Feb 18 - Feb 28 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Grand Prize (Total ARV $4,200):

  • 3 nights stay for two guests at DESIGN HOTELS Papaya Playa Project** ($1,500 value)
  • $1,500 AMEX gift card towards airfare
  • $1,000 AMEX gift card towards beach wardrobe from Lyst
  • $200 AMEX gift card towards Dinner for 2 at Posada Margherita,Tulum

**(valid through December 31, 2016, upon availability

 To enter this contest, CLICK HERE (See Official Rules, here)

Buy 3, Get 1 Free on Kcup Coffee Boxes (Use code BUY3GET1211, Ends Feb 23)

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Cross Country Cafe Sale:

Buy 3 boxes of any 1 type of Kcup coffee - and get a 4th box FREE!
(Average Savings: $14.25)

How to get your FREE box of Kcups:

1) Head over to

2) Find your favorite brew

2) Add 3 boxes to your cart

3) Use coupon code BUY3GET1211 at checkout

4) Cross Country Cafe will automatically add a 4th, FREE box to your order!

Fine Print:
  • Offer ends Tuesday, 2/23/16 at Midnight EDT or while supplies last
  • Customer may not mix roasts or flavors to earn the 4th box. Customer must purchase 3 of the exact same types of Kcups. For example, if customer purchases 3 boxes of hazelnut Kcups, s/he will get a 4th box free. If s/he purchases 2 boxes of hazelnut and a box of vanilla, s/he would not qualify to get a free box.
  • There is no limit to the amount of roasts the customer can redeem this offer on. For example, s/he may purchase 3 boxes of hazelnut and 3 boxes of vanilla - and get 1 box free of each! However, customer may only redeem this offer on a given roast 1 time. (Example, if s/he purchases 6 boxes of hazelnut then s/he will get 1 box free, not 2.)

Enter to Win $10,000 to Spend on All Your Favorite Healthy Foods! (Ends Feb 29, ARV $10,000)

Giveaway Dates: Feb 1 - Feb 29 (11:59pm PST)

Prize: $10,000 Shopping Spree on

To enter this contest, CLICK HERE (See Official Rules, here)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Enter to Win a Trip for Two to Beautiful Napa Valley! (Ends March 5, ARV $2,545)

Enter to win a trip for two to the scenic countryside of Napa Valley and stay at the luxurious Carneros Inn! Wine and dine at the elegant FARM restaurant, specializing in delicious farm-to-fork cuisine. Rest and relax with 60-minute spa treatments for two. It's your time to visit California wine country - enter now!

Giveaway Dates: Feb 15 - March 15 (11:59pm EST)

Prize (ARV $2,545): Grand Prize Package includes three (3) nights at Carneros Inn, blackout dates subject to the hotel apply and subject to availability; expiration date: 03/16/2017 (ARV: $1,965); $1,000 credit toward flights, non-redeemable for cash (ARV: $1,000); dinner for two (2) people at FARM, does not include alcohol or gratuity (ARV: $250); Spa treatments for two (2) people; does not include gratuity (ARV: $330); Total ARV: $2,545

To enter this contest, CLICK HERE (See Official Rules, here)

5 Steps to the Perfect Flat Lay Photograph for Your Blog or Instagram

Flat lay photography is a favorite for posting on Instagram - it’s a simple, fun and classic way to show off a few of your favorite things. But there is an art to it! Master flat lay photography for your Instagram or blog in no time at all with these five great tips from LaShawn of 'Everyday Eyecandy'!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Free Blogging Class: "Building A Profitable Blog From Day One" (Feb. 22 - Feb. 26)

Are you ready to focus on your blog and to set up the foundation for a sustainable online business? This upcoming (FREE!) class focuses on Internet marketing to help you build passive income using your blog.

Join The SITS Girls and Ponn Sabra (cofounder of Blogger Babes) from Feb 22 - Feb 26 for this FREE online class! They'll teach you exactly how to set your blog so that you can earn a steady revenue stream - even with a small, loyal audience!

Enter to win a luxury trip to the Maldives Islands in Tasting Table's "2016 Trip to Maldives Sweepstakes" (Ends March 14, ARV $5000)

Enter to win a luxury trip to the Maldives Islands in Tasting Table's "2016 Trip to Maldives Sweepstakes"

Enter to win a luxury trip to the Maldives and you could be enjoying five-night all-inclusive stay at the Centara Grand Island Resort. Soak up the sea and sun while enjoying a spa credit, snorkeling excursions, sunset cruise and more - plus, Rebecca Taylor will send you off with a $500 shopping spree! Stop daydreaming about paradise and enter the sweepstakes now!

Giveaway Dates: Feb 15 - March 14 (11:59pm EST)

Prize (ARV $5,000): Grand Prize Package includes one (1) Gift card from Rebecca Taylor value $500 USD, 4-night all inclusive stay at the Centara Grand Island Maldives. Value up to $3,500 USD. One (1) Travel stipend. Value up to $1,000 USD. Total ARV: $5,000

To enter this contest, CLICK HERE (See Official Rules, here)

Join Star Jones' "Go Red Connect Webinar" Heart Health Q&A (Feb 19 @ 1pm EST)

Join the Go Red Connect Webinar 
Friday, February 19, 2016 
1 – 2pm ET 

Did you know that Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the US - and the leading cause of death for minority women? Every year, 1 in 3 women dies of heart disease and stroke. But we can change these statistics!

Join the Go Red Connect fundraising webinar now - and help to raise funds for the American Heart Association and its Go Red For Women Movement! Participate in an interactive, informative and enlightening hour with your host—NAPW President and AHA National Volunteer, Star Jones—to learn how to reduce your risk of heart disease and live a heart healthy life of success and achievement!

Let’s End Heart Disease Together! 

7 Musts for the "About Me" Page of your Blog or Website

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"About Me" pages for your blog or website are some of the very toughest to write. It always feels so awkward writing about yourself and it starts to feel like an extra long biography (which we all hate writing, too!).
As difficult as it is to put together, the "About Me" page is actually one of the very most important pages on your entire site. It gives your audience a little glimpse into your life and also gives them an extra opportunity to relate to you. (When readers feel like they can relate, they quickly become followers... and when your followers are passionate about what you're writing, they become customers of whatever you are selling them. ;)
Make sure you're including everything you should be by checking out Business2Blogger's list of must-have elements for the "About Me" page of your blog or website, HERE.

Good luck!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

BLOGGERS: Save $100 on Business2Blogger's Upcoming BlogPreneur Program (and receive exclusive VIP bonuses) when you enroll by Feb 29

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In the today's email from Business2Blogger, the B2B team announced a "Grand Opening Special" for their upcoming BlogPreneur class:

Enroll in BlogPreneur and receive a ton of BONUSES - but hurry because the Grand Opening Special ($397) will only be available until Feb. 29th, 2016 and then the price will go up to $497!

Wow. A $100 savings is a lot of money - but so is $497 for one course! I've been using Business2Blogger for a few years, now (they're a great resource for bloggers - whether you're looking for lessons on monetizing your blog, social media tips or articles on time management) but this was the first that I've heard about their BlogPreneur course and so I decided to check it out.
What is BlogPreneur?
In their email, the B2B team boldly claims that "even if you're not making a penny today, we're going to teach you how to earn 6 figures on your blog!" (Wow - that's a pretty bold statement!)
Here's Becky from B2B (you might also recognize her from introducing viewers to the BlogPreneur program and discussing how it will help bloggers to reach their goals, whatever they may be - whether they include making more money with your blog, increasing your page views, bringing in more readers, keeping readers engaged or selling to your readers. (Or maybe your goals include all of those objectives????)

Why Blogpreneur - and not another blogging course?
Aside from their video introducing the program, the B2B team lays out the following advantages to enrolling in their BlogPreneur program:
Instruction: Together, the three BlogPreneur instructors bring in nearly six figures a month, run 11 different blogs, have 9 children and 15 published books. If anyone knows how to teach others about transforming your blog and earning money while doing it, it's definitely these three women!
Quality: The B2B team spared no expense when it came to video creation for the BlogPreneur program. Every video is hi-def and produced to be engaging and digestible in manageable chunks of time. They've worked hard to make sure that bloggers taking the course will be able to understand - and APPLY - what they've learned, without any confusion.
Social Learning: Their new learning site was built specifically with the blogger in mind, with tools to help engage them in a social learning environment. (Everyone knows that interacting with others makes learning much more fun. And that's what the B2B team wants - FUN that leads to success!) BlogPreneur enrollees will be able to collaborate, make friends and share how they're implementing what they're learning. (And mobile-friendly? You bet!)
Valuable Tools: To top it all off, the B2B team has created printables for each and every lesson - valuable tools to maximize learning and act as a resource as bloggers enrolled in BlogPreneur apply what they've taken from the program, for years to come.

About that Deal...?
For folks that take advantage of today's offer and enroll in BlogPreneur by Feb. 29th at midnight, they will save $100 - in addition to getting the following bonuses:

FREE eBook, A Stronger Blog in 30 Days ($19.99 value): One day at a time is what it takes! Going through this book as a supplement to the BlogPreneur program will solidify the tactics and tools that you're learning about. Embark on a journey for A Stronger Blog in 30 Days and take steps to guarantee that great things will happen for your blog. With knowledge comes success; as you read this book, implement what you've learned as you go. Try out new tools, test out new techniques and remember that you can set your dreams as high as you want - and reach them!
Access to an EXCLUSIVE, Closed Facebook Group - for BlogPreneurs only: Along with the B2B team, folks enrolled in BlogPreneur will work through each and every module - together! The Facebook group is a place to really "dig deep", as you apply what you've learned. As questions, get encouraged and share - all with the support of the B2B team.
50% OFF B2B's Upcoming Course, YouTube 101: Explode your reach with YouTube! The B2B team will walk you through every single step as you learn how to set up your very own YouTube Channel and how to optimize your channel for the most exposure possible. Maximize your reach with YouTube, which is still widely untapped by bloggers! The industry is starting to 'sit up and take notice' of the power that bloggers can have on YouTube - and they want you to tell your story. And finally, learn from the team how to create very own YouTube videos - the ones that will drive the most traffic to your blog!
FREE Course in Email Lists from Kirsten Oliphant (of Learn to LOVE your email list - because when other platforms fail, your list is still yours. Create lasting readership as Kiki teaches you - through videos, downloadable worksheets and podcasts - fundamental tips on creating readers that engage with your content. Your email list is an asset. Learn how to maximize your reach - because when your relationship with your list is good, then your conversion rate will be even better! Whether you're looking to drive more traffic to your site or pitch multiple products, your list will get you there - if you learn how to take care of it and grow it just right.