Blogging Conferences Summer 2015

It seems as if this week is chock a block with blogging related events and while I do love to get out and meet fellow bloggers, it can be overwhelming to have a super scheduled week. Need ways to keep it together? Yes, me too, that’s why I’m writing this – I need the reminders.IMG_1424

1. Load up that calendar on your phone with the dates, times and locations of the events and the links to the tickets in the notes section. Build in plenty of travel time, you’ll be glad you did.

2. Traveling with a few events to go to? Try on planned outfits ahead of time and try to pack early and light! Nothing like finding out you are missing a button or the shirt you were planning on wearing is ripped. Comfy shoes! Seriously! You will be on your feet non-stop.

Card design by Rugg Road Paper Company, Boston

3. Download apps like Uber and Lyft to get you where you need to be. In the city? Or grab a metro card and try public transportation – it’s the fastest way to get around.

4. Have plenty of business cards – if you can write on them all the better. You think you will remember but there’s a lot going on. Take notes.

5. Bring your smile and look forward to getting to meet other bloggers and company representatives, and that means looking up from your phone now and then.

Have fun! I’ll see you there!


Only You Can Prevent Wildfires #SmokeyBDay

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires #SmokeyBDay

Did you know that Smokey Bear, along with his trademark, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” has helped reduce the number of acres lost annually to wildfires from 22 million to an average of 6.5 million annually today? Nine out of ten wildfires are started by humans, and Smokey Bear still plays a key role in educating the public about how to prevent wildfires.

Smokey Bear was at Blogger Bash at the #EAEVENTS party a few weeks ago and turns 70 on Saturday and is still getting the word out. No retirement in sight for Smokey! Here’s the hashtag so you can follow the fun #SmokeyBDay

There’s a Twitter Chat:

  • Wednesday, August 6
  • 2-3 PM Eastern
  • #SmokeyBDay 

And wish Smokey Bear Happy Birthday here and

Take the Pledge to prevent wildfires.

Only you can make a difference. Sign the pledge to help stop the spread of wildfires.

VIEW AND MAKE THE PLEDGE  Why? It doesn’t cost anything, it raises awareness and don’t you want to do some good today? I thought so.



Here’s the pledge for those of you who like all the information up front:

I pledge to:


  • To use caution and common sense before lighting any fire.
  • To understand that any fire I or my friends create could become a wildfire.
  • To understand and practice proper guidelines whenever I or my friends create a fire outdoors.
  • To never, ever leave any fire unattended.
  • To make sure any fire that I or my friends create is properly and completely extinguished before moving on.
  • To properly extinguish and discard of smoking materials.
  • To be aware of my surroundings and be careful when operating equipment during periods of dry or hot weather.
  • To speak up and step in when I see someone in danger of starting a wildfire.


There are great games and activities for kids on this site, and remember Smokey’s ABC’s: “Always Be Careful with fire. If you start a fire, put it out when you are done.”


I’m so old that I remember when it was Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires


Smokey Bear, the icon featured in the longest running public service campaign in U.S. history, turns 70 years old this Saturday, August 9, 2014. Created in 1944 by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council, Smokey Bear, along with his trademark, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” has helped reduce the number of acres lost annually to wildfires from 22 million to an average of 6.5 million annually today.

To commemorate Smokey Bear’s seven decades of impact, the U.S. Forest Service will be hosting a birthday party in Washington, D.C. at the USDA Whitten Patio from 1pm- 3pm ET on August 8. USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Ad Council President and CEO Peggy Conlon, New Jersey State Forester, Lynn Fleming and Smokey Bear himself will be in attendance for the festivities.

Did you know Sam Elliot is the voice of Smokey Bear and has been since 2008? They also share the same birthday so go say Happy Birthday to Sam Elliot on Twitter.

Smokey Bear was at #EAEvents during Blogger Bash 2014 (BBNYC) thanks to Element Associates.

In addition to his website,, Smokey also has a large following on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter for more information about wildfire prevention.

Good Peeps And Looking Forward to Blogger Bash NYC

IMG_8145Good Peeps And Looking Forward to Blogger Bash NYC

I have to give a shout out to the many people I have met while blogging who are wonderful, kind, generous and caring. I never would have met them but for this modest blog where I try to stretch my skills – learning how to get plug-ins to play nicely and managing to learn a little CSS and even some HTML and making myself write on a (fairly) regular basis. Really, Thank you my IRL friends who at one time were on line only and who make this journey the joy (ride) that it is! I’m looking forward to connecting to old friends and meeting new friends at Blogger Bash NYC this week, too. Already the Facebook group has shown what a varied and lovely group this will be. #BBNYC

Getting Gorgeous, MiniLuxe,Boston Bloggers, DennehyPR, P & G
Boston Bloggers at an event at MiniLuxe October 20, 2013
Getting Gorgeous, Dennehy PR, Miniluxe, P & G,
Boston Bloggers at event at Miniluxe October 20, 2013


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