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Conceivable Dreams Twitter Party–What’s Next? Looking to support our efforts #OHIP4IVF #ONPOLI

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Spring has sprung. The flowers are in bloom. It’s a beautiful day to have a baby!  It seems that on my Facebook feed there is an ever present feed of baby announcements, baby sonogram pictures and baby arrivals.  Its is the time of year that we think of birth, re-creation and celebration.  It is the time of year that we look at life with the glass half full.  That is what so many of us see but for many, this particular time of year when we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, can be difficult if you are a couple waiting to conceive your bundle of joy.  You have been counting the days since that historic announcement.  The joy of celebrating is diminished by the fact that you have patiently been waiting for the Government of Ontario to roll out their plan for IVF treatment.  What is it going to look like? Who will be able to access the services? What do those services and treatments look like?

In 2014 budget the Government of Ontario committed $50 million dollars to patients seeking infertility treatment.  Promising patients access to one round of IVF with a single embryo transfer funded by OHIP. 

As we wait for the roll-out many are frustrated with the delay in program details and implementation.  Although there has been consultation with medical and patient groups, it is important that we get this funding model right.  There are lessons to be learned from other provincial programs that were not as successful.  As we review the Quebec government-funded IVF model, we can see the demise of the original program (and, currently, its almost unattainable requirements to qualify for treatment) are pitfalls that we need to avoid here in Ontario. 

We must ensure that the Ontario model is manageable and sustainable for all patients.  We do not want this to be a one-shot deal that cannot be renewed because the costs were too much over the long haul.  Consultation is necessary so that we can plan better and continue to keep IVF at the top of mind as a means to save tax-payers money. 

As you well know, if you read my blog and that of Paula Schuck (community manager for Conceivable Dreams), you are aware that proceeding with IVF treatment and dealing with the possibility of multiple births creates a greater strain on our healthcare system. Taking care of mom and multiple babies can be a high-risk affair not to mention the increased chance of pre-mature birth. All very costly. We need to continue to support IVF funding in Ontario BUT it needs to be rolled out correctly with proper consultation. 

We want to ensure that the patient groups are covered throughout the program and not just for short period time.  The future of the program depends on the success of families.  It’s important that we continue to share our stories of creating Ontario families with the help of IVF. 

How can we help?  We need to support the MPPs and let them know we appreciate the efforts that they put forward for the benefit of families in Ontario. The Ontario patient group continues to be really active and success based.  We need to continue to share the success of IVF treatment and not just the frustration with the roll out.   

We have to talk about what we should be looking for in the latter part of 2015 and then 2016.  We are hosting another Twitter Party to talk about the role for the patient group in Ontario.  How do we keep the group relevant.  Strategies on how to keep the role for infertility patients in 2016.   We can look to see how we can remain focused, positive and supportive.  We need to continue to be engaged while understanding that programs like these must be accessible to as many patients as possible. 

Join us this Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST when we discuss ways that we can support our patient groups during this waiting period.  All patients in Ontario need to be here for this special twitter party event.

  Please be sure and follow Conceivable Dreams on: Twitter and Facebook.  Join the conversation using the #OHIP4IVF hashtag.

Website: Conceivable Dreams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConceivableDreams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OHIP4IVF

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ohip4ivf/conceivablebooks/

Please join us for this very important hour on #OHIP4IVF:

DATE:


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015

TIME:


8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:

@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF

LinkedMoms website

HASHTAGS: #OHIP4IVF #ONPOLI

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr  on Facebook
@inkscrblr  on Instagram
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPROMargarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook

@DownshiftingPRO on Instagram
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

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Happy New Year and Our Hopes for 2015

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Hello and Happy New Year to all of our friends and loyal brands we have worked with over this past two and a half years.  Hard to believe, but this will be our third year working together as Linked Moms community. We are so proud of this beautiful community we have built. We wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has been with us from the start and welcome to the newcomers who are excited about joining us this year. 2015 will be an amazing year for us!

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These are a few of the brands and causes we have worked with in the past year.

Linked Moms (and Dads) are savvy and smart and they want information. We know our readers well and they are a passionate bunch who love to read. Linked Moms and Dads are somewhat nostalgic when it comes to certain brands like Kisko. Remember that twitter party over a year ago? It was a ton of fun. We are also a batch of informed consumers hungry for knowledge. We joined together to learn about Staples Canada’s back to school products last year. Our Linked Moms and Dads make smart choices with their money and they enjoy learning about new products. They love travelling and they really have big hearts.

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One of our most successful chats was centred around tax season with our special guest, owner of Shoebox Be Gone dishing our thoughts on how to save money and maximize deductions for bloggers and self employed business people.

This past year, in 2014, we did several great twitter parties and chats. Some of the most memorable topics were focused on health care – infertility, adoption and poverty are incredibly close to the hearts of both Margarita Ibbott and myself (Paula Schuck). Paula travelled around the world and attended a media familiarization trip in Puerto Vallarta and then flew all over Colombia with World Vision Canada before chronicling the journey on her blog and then running World Vision Canada’s blogger outreach program, which culminated in a Linked Moms twitter party for their annual Christmas gift catalogue. You can read some of Paula’s World Vision Colombia posts here.

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We are both Moms to kids with special needs. We have a wealth of knowledge about social media, bloggers, health, education and parenting. We both love to read and travel. This year we attended Blissdom together again. I also attended Blogher in California in the summer and I hit Mom 2.0 for the first time ever in May. We have some conferences and personal education opportunities to look forward to again this year. We hope to see some of you again and meet some of you in person for the first time.

In the summer we hosted a Simon and Schuster summer slide twitter party.

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In the spring we did a constant group of health care related topics with several patients groups focused on raising awareness for infertility, IVF, adoption and EEVA1stBC. We are very committed to building a better world for children and our conversations on line are often centred on using social media for social good. That will never change here at Linked Moms. It is part of our mission and a huge part of each of our daily lives. In 2014, our year culminated in a meaningful gifts twitter party that helped amplify discussion about child poverty and the brilliant goals of World Vision Canada.

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In 2015 we plan to bring the same combination of smart topics and brands to our readers. When you join us, or hire us, you know you will get a well planned party with consistent promotions. You get the Linked Moms package. We are professional, passionate and dedicated.

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For more information, or to book a time to talk about our packages you can contact Paula at

inkscrblr@rogers.com

Otherwise follow us on line for more information. We love to share.

Follow us at Linked Moms on twitter

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
DownshiftingPRO Blog & Website

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog and website. 

Easter… Bunny…. Easter, Easter Bunny–Join us for #LinkedMoms Chat Wed. Apr. 16 for all things Easter

There is nothing I like better then eating chocolate and reading great inspirational blog posts.  So this Wednesday, April 16 we invite you to share all of your Easter blog posts, recipes, crafts, DIY projects and family stories on all things

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Here are some great posts from my fellow Canadian Bloggers that we would love to share with you:

Make some easy Easter treat pops from Merry About Town

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Maybe you just want to keep decorating simple.  What better way then to use traditional eggs in untraditional decor?  Drop by and see Daniela at Lifeovereasy.

You can also see how Amanda got creative over at Multi-testing Mommy and created this napkin fold with a special surprise in the middle: a Ferrero Roche (nifty instructions are included for other fancy napkin tricks).

Easter Table Decoration

If you  need a cute, fun and easy craft, head over to Raising my Boys and see how Deborah put together these paper plate Easter baskets.  There are a great craft for little kids.

I simply ADORE this Simple Rag Wreath that Heather teaches you how to make on mmm is for mommy!  How cute is this and once again, keeping it simple.  My kind of craft!

 

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Not to be out done… You can find a recycled paper wreath with flowers from Jenn over at 1 Family 1 Heart.  Isn’t it lovely?  Also pretty easy.

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I don’t think that you have enough sweets in your life so I will temp you with a delicious Lemon Coconut Easter cupcakes made by Elizabeth over at Life, Love, Liz… Yummmy!

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There will be more and more recipes, sweets, treats and crafts to share with you tomorrow night on #LinkedMoms Chat.

Join us…

DATE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

HASHTAG:  #LinkedMoms #EASTER

TIME:

8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)

7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)

6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)

5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:

@Linkedmoms

LinkedMoms website

MODERATORS

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott

@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook

@DownshiftingPRO Blog

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck

@inkscrblr on Facebook

@inkscrblr on YouTube

@inkscrblr Blog

Join us on @LinkedMoms Chat – Wed. March 26 at 8 pm ET for #LinkedInForBloggers–You need to be there!

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I have a passion for LinkedIn®.  Long before others understood the importance of networking on-line, I was preaching to the doubters.  LinkedIn® is a powerful networking platform.  So much so that every second two more people join LinkedIn®. With that kind of growing professional network it is no wonder that we find many brands and brand managers listed there.  Remember LinkedIn® has over 277 million global members.

Here is the thing, many bloggers have yet to discover the benefits of being on LinkedIn® feeling that it is not ‘social’ enough or that the platform does not welcome  mom or dad bloggers.  That is not true.  LinkedIn® helps expose you to potential clients (brands, PR firms/agencies or digital marketing types) that are looking for professionals.  So if you are a professional blogger that is always looking for opportunities, then you need to be on LinkedIn. 

If you are looking to connect and work with a particular brand, then you need to be on LinkedIn® just to be able to see if you are connected to someone that works in that company.  Working on the principal of six degrees of separation, you will be able to find someone that knows someone that works with someone that may be able to help you out.

Remember, as bloggers, we live in a very social world, but that does not mean that brand and marketing people are there.  They may be in a boardroom or office with little to connection to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  It also means that some owner and decision makers are to busy running their business and they just need to find you in a directory.  That is what LinkedIn® is: a worldwide professional directory.

If you want to know more about why blogger need to be on LinkedIn®, you can read my 5 Reasons Bloggers Need to be on LinkedIn post that I wrote for Type A Parent.  Please leave me a comment and let me know how you use LinkedIn®.

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Once again in an effort to help our Blogger Community grow, we will be hosting a #LinkedIn4Blogger Chat.  Join me as I give you tips on working with LinkedIn® on #LinkedMoms Chat

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms

LinkedMoms website

MODERATORS

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

#LinkedMom Chat tackles TAXES–with Guest Angele Lafond of @ShoeboxBeGone Mar. 5 – 8 pm ET.–There will be Prizes

Angele Lafond pictureLinkedMoms could NOT be more excited!  We have manage to secure a ‘rock star’ for bloggers. Angele Lafond is a blogger, entrepreneur and tax specialist for bloggers.  As the CEO of HotMESS Consulting, Owner of Shoebox-Be-Gone Bookkeeping Solutions she bring extensive knowledge on tax and financial issues that is applicable to bloggers.

Paula and I first met Angele when she was a session leader at Blissdom Canada in October.  We loved her direct, no nonsense approach to taxes and finances. She was very  helpful and we know that she can help you understand what Bloggers need to do to make sure they are in line with CRA (Canada Revenue Agency).

If you are starting to think about your 2013 Tax Returns you have to join us.  Angele has been gracious enough to donate 3 Ultimate Shoebox packages (Original OR Blogger’s edition).  Each is a $60 value!

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This put’s Angele’s philosophy in a nutshell (from her aboutme.com profile): 

“Forget everything you think you know about accountants – my distinct approach to the often dry world of tax law and accounting is both engaging and informative. I am the Founder of Shoebox-Be-Gone and the creator of Shoebox Parties™ – a revolution in business bookkeeping. I am the leading expert in blogging and taxes.

I bring a fresh take on accounting, finances, and entrepreneurship; I have been speaking for 15 years and current topics include taxes, leadership, self-motivation, and the power of YOUR influence. My wealth of knowledge and experience as well as humour and anecdotes are sure to engage any crowd.”

Parenting Blog: Domestique Manager: Parenting, Wifing, Living

Business Blog: Making Cents of Business: Bookkeeping Made Easy

Please join us for this very important and fact filled hour on #LinkedMomsTaxes:

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms

LinkedMoms website

GUEST:

@ShoeboxBeGone – Angele Lafond

Shoebox Be Gone on Facebook
Shoebox Be Gone Blog

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

#LinkedMoms Chat–Blogger Shout Out–Who do you love to follow?

Paula and I have been busy in the last few weeks getting to know and meet brands and bloggers.  Last week we attended STRUT2013. A Toronto PR agency organized a day of socializing, meeting with brand reps and agency heavyweights to help us develop our relationships with ‘corporate Canada’.  This week we were invited to Earl’s in London for a Tweet Up with 10 other London and area bloggers.  We had a great time but more importantly, it gave us the opportunity to get to know two bloggers much better.  They blogs are listed under the ‘new blogs to me’ section.

At both of these events, it let us reconnect with bloggers that we only get to see on-line.  We “see” them often (sometimes multiple times a day) but seeing them in person is always a great reunion.

We are growing closer as a Canadian blogging community and we thought it would be great to share some of their blogs with you.

So this week on #LinkedMoms we are randomly picking bloggers that we think you should check out.  Some we know well, some are new to us… none of them know that we are mentioning them… We will ask some to drop by if they can.

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You can also follow my CANADIAN BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW board on Pinterest. It is a collaborative board so you’ll see blogs listed from Vancouver to Halifax.

We want out community to come along and give us some of their favourite blogs that they like to read and why.

This is what we want to know:

  • what three blogs do you follow in these categories?
    • Family
    • Special Needs
    • Lifestyle
    • Travel
    • Fashion
    • Urban Living
    • Rural Living
    • Tech
    • Business
    • DIY
    • Foodies
    • Pets
    • Self Help or Inspirational
    • Health & Wellness
    • Fitness
    • Crafts
    • Organizing (yeah, I hope my blog is one of them)
    • any other topic that you think is interesting….

There are many, many, many blogs out there.  Please tell us what your favourites are and why.  We want to learn about as many new blogs as we can.

These are a few that I love to follow:

Echoes of Laughter

DIY Dreamer

OrgJunkie

A Canadian Foodie

These are a few that are new to me but I look forward to reading more about them:

The Global BookShelf

One Giant Step

Spaceships and Laser beams

Brazen Woman

 

DATE:
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms

LinkedMoms website

MODERATORS

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

LinkedMoms Anniversary

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Happy Anniversary to our community of LinkedMoms!

Here I was (@inkscrblr) tinkering around today working out chat topics and doing routine blog maintenance when I spied that our welcome post here was written one year ago today. So, this is our anniversary and I felt it appropriate to take a quick trip down memory lane. Oh how far we’ve come since last year.

To be 100 % clear we started LinkedMoms concept well over one year ago, but our Linked Moms blog launched October 23, 2012! You can read our Linked Moms welcome post here. It gives you a glimpse of what we are about!

So much has happened in one year! We have some amazing fans and followers to thank for that!

Let’s recap shall we? We started with an idea – that Moms want to connect and share every week and we ran with it, every Wednesday. Some of our biggest, early supporters still chime in every week. We love each and every one of you for that. We are truly grateful. We have shared some deep topics – like special needs parenting. Margarita Ibbott and Paula Schuck are both parents to children with unique abilities and needs. So we get that. We always have and always will. We have talked about some simpler topics like conference planning, turkey recipes and fun ideas for summer day camps and travel options for families. We are always family friendly and will remain so forever. We have had some amazing weekly chats _ sometimes sponsored, sometimes just opportunities to connect and share. We have grown, given out prizes, built an audience, generated some campaigns and a few case studies along the way.@Inkscrblr and @DownshiftingPRO = @Linkedmoms

Several highlights jump out for LinkedMoms first year. We travelled together to sooo many conferences. We connected and enjoyed New York in 2012 and Chicago Blogher in 2013. We generated a gorgeous new photo above from Anna Epp Photography when she set up shop recently at Blissdom Canada in Toronto. We love it. What do you think?

We also hit a business high with several twitter parties. Two outstanding parties were Staples Canada in August 2013 and Kisko Freezies in May 2013. We have many more in the works. We did a quick blogger outreach program with StorageWorx London and we can’t ait to bring you more of these in the near future. So bloggers and brands get ready for a dynamite year two of blogging and connecting here on Linked Moms. Join us every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted) and we will talk, share strategies for business and life. We will continue to bring you more brands and prizes and more information to help you build a life that is meaningful, organized and sometimes even witty and poetic! As always please remember we are only as good as our audience and we very much look forward to hearing your thoughts about brands you love and ideas you want to explore.

For Brands: You can sponsor a chat, inquire about rates and training options. You can reach us easily here, or via either of our emails: inkscrblr@rogers.com or info@downshifting.ca Our reach is now over 8 million regularly.

LinkedMoms Business Partners and MODERATORS

Follow us on:

@Linkedmoms on Twitter

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

@DownshiftingPRO on YouTube

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

We launched in 2012 early spring and have covered many topics:

  • Office and hope organizing
  • Work/life balance for parents
  • Time Management & Planners
  • Homeschooling
  • Back-to-school
  • A Gluten-Free Lifestyle
  • Pinterest
  • Craft
  • Virtual Book Clubs
  • Seasonal (Summer vacation, Thanksgiving, Halloween)
  • Summer activities
  • Blogger Conferences
  • Twitter Parties 101
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