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Save the Date for World Vision Canada #WorldVisionWater Twitter Party Tuesday, May 3 @ 8PM ET


  The year we are once again partnering with World Vision Canada to discuss another important issue: Water.  Globally 663 million people do not have access to clean water.  We take for granted how easy it is to access water in our daily lives.  We go to the bathroom, the kitchen even out outdoor taps in the summer to access water quickly and easily.  That is not the case for millions of families around the world.   World Vision Canada has taken on a 5 year project to invest $400 million to help tackle the global water crisis.  The goal is to provide accessibility to clean water!

World Vision asked a few Canadian influencers to take the World Vision Water Challenge and see if their families could go with minimal use of water in one day… one day.  You can read more about how Merry Spooner Kuchle of Merry About Town did the one tap all day challenge with her family or how Tammy of In R Dream did the World Vision water challenge with her family of six! Read more about her experience here: Opening Our Eyes. A couple more will also have stories to share before the part

We all have the ability to make a change even in incremental ways.  We would love for you to join us to learn more about The World Vision Water Challenge May 3rd at 8 p.m. EST.

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Time:  8 pm ET

Hosts:  @inkscrblr @WorldVisionCan @linkedmoms and @DownshiftingPRO

Guests:   @Merry120 as well as @MOMEO and @INRDream.

Hashtag:  #worldvisionwater


A few more facts about World Vision Canada Clean Water gifts:

  • Clean Water gifts range from $25 to $50 a month and they make a dramatic impact.
  • Every minute a child under five dies from diarrhea related to contaminated water.
  • Children lead healthier lives and child death rates dramatically decrease due to a decline in diseases caused by unclean water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene
  • When children and families have access to clean water, it transforms every aspect of their lives. Together with improved sanitation and proper hygiene, clean water brings real change.
  • Sustainability is a goal for WVC projects.
  • World Vision provides more people with clean water than any other NGO.

We hope to see you there May 3rd at 8 p.m. EST. And please take a moment to visit http://www.worldvision.ca/

Please join us May 3rd for a #worldvisionwater @worldvisioncan twitter chat. 8 p.m. EST.

Remember the hashtag #worldvisionwater and stay tuned for more information about this important topic. Please consider how you can make an impact on someone else’s life with the gift of clean water.


Showing our Love for our @LinkedMoms Community – Join us for a #LinkedMoms Chat on Wed. February 11 @ 8 pm


We want you to show us the love and join us this Wednesday for a LinkedMoms Chat about all things romance.  Tell us about your first date, how you celebrate now that you have kids or what you think would be the purrrrfect Valentine’s Day present.  There is so much that you can do to share the love.  You can share the love about your favourite recipe, your favourite meal or restaurant.  We want to know all about what makes Valentine’s Day special to you.

Like usual, we love to share the great content that you have on your blog.  So make sure to have some tweets ready with your best Valentine’s Day content: pinterest pictures, tweets with pictures, videos and Instagram posts that will make our hearts melt. 

Here is some of that wonderful content that we found from some great bloggers:

http://www.talesofmommyhood.com/2013/06/diy-chocolate-dipped-strawberries.html  Tales of Mommyhood


Little Miss Kate


The Bewitchin’ Kitchen


Tales of a Ranting Ginger

There are so many more bloggers that you need to meet so please join us tonight to see what they for you to see and read!  You can find all of the links to all of these wonderful blogs on my Canadian Blogs to Follow board on Pinterest.

We are hosting LinkedMoms Chat to bring back our community so they can share. 




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




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

@DownshiftingPROMargarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook

@DownshiftingPRO on Instagram
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

Maternal Health #LinkedMoms Chat Wed. May 14 @ 8 pm ET–#ohip4ivf #onpoli

Today I had to get blood test and give a urine sample so that I could get insurance coverage.  This is not unusual in the process of acquiring proper coverage.  I have had blood tests many times in my life. Who hasn’t?

Living in Canada we have the privilege of going to our doctor, asking for diagnostic testing and follow up.  We do this to keep ourselves healthy and to make sure that we are not creating problems down the line.

As I go through this process, I have come to appreciate our health care system and what it offers us in return: reliable and universal healthcare.  There are many of us that need only access this system sporadically.  I have had to be hospitalized only a handful of times in my life: three to give birth and two to deal with miscarriages.  For a women, these will likely be the most important times in our lives.

I have to say that when we had our first child, we had a few complications that required her to be in the neo-natal intensive care unit.  It was not for long but it was lengthy enough for me to realize that I did not want to return there anytime soon.

Beside the incubator housing our daughter was a set of tiny twins that had been delivered pre-maturely.  They were so tiny compared to our bundle of joy.  They were so fragile.  One was successful in thriving and one, Robyn (I still remember that child’s name), did not.  It broke my heart to know these parents were suffering this loss. They were there before our daughter was in the NICU and they remained there long after we were sent home.

These are the times that you reflect on the importance of good maternal healthcare.  The importance of helping a couple to become a family and wanting to make sure that they are in the best possible care and circumstance to have that baby.

I have been working on the Conceivable Dreams campaign to get one round of IVF publically funded so that other families can have the experience we have had with our children.  One round, one child… no trip to the NICU.

Join us for our continued dialog on #Linkedmoms chat as we discuss Maternal Health and what that looks like with IVF.

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 and fact filled hour on #OHIP4IVF:

MONDAY, MAY. 14th, 2014

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

@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF

LinkedMoms website


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

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

We have provided some tweets that you can share with your followers to create greater awareness of why single embryo IVF is a good choice for Ontario.

Multiples are 17 times more likely to be born pre-term, require a C section and need expensive care at birth and throughout life #ohip4ivf #onpoli

On average, low birth weight twins will cost the health care system about $1M over their lifetime. #ohip4ivf #onpoli

Multiple births create significant health risks to mother and baby and are a major burden on the overall health system. #ohip4ivf #onpoli

Public funding 4 IVF will help deliver health, social and fiscal benefits well into the future. #ohip4ivf #onpoli

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You’re Missing Out – Why Bloggers Need to be on LinkedIn®.

I was recently asked to write a blog post for Type “A” Parent on why bloggers need to be on LinkedIn.  I wanted to share this post with my LinkedMoms community.  I hope you enjoy it…



I have been on LinkedIn since 2009.  I have had a love affair with this particular platform long before many people got their first invite to connect.  I have tried, in vain, for years to preach the gospel of LinkedIn… It has not been easy but with over 225 million users in every country in the world, I know I was right in sticking to this platform.  When I joined, there were 50 million members.  I know that because when I started to do presentations about the virtues of LinkedIn  those were the numbers I quoted.

No so any more, LinkedIn has matured into a professional networking and social media platform that has more than 2 members join every second… yes, every second.

Why do I like LinkedIn?  Because you can see everything about me in one quick snapshot:  my picture, my name, the ‘many’ hats that I wear, my location, my current place of employment and most importantly, my personal URL.  It is my calling card… without having to hand out a business card.  All my contact information and links to my blog etc.  are all right here. In one spot.


I am amazed to this day how many bloggers are not on LinkedIn®. 

“I don’t get it”

“Its just for business people”

“Its not really a social network”

“I’m on there but I’m not sure what to do”

Here is my pitch to all of you blogger to get on LinkedIn® as soon as you can.

  1. It is where professionals are.  Your a professional aren’t you?  By this I mean that not only are professional bloggers to be found on LinkedIn so are those that we want to do business with: PR firms, agencies and BRANDS.  No self respecting brand is not on LinkedIn®.  You can find all those contacts that were eluding you.

    Below I have typed in PR Firm New York. First it will list all my 1st connections then, my second connections.  That means I could find someone that is currently working with a PR firm in my group of ‘business’ friends or colleagues.


  2. LinkedIn is a one stop shopping platform for clients.  How so? You can have your website, blog, twitter handle (s), Facebook page, Pinterest and Instagram accounts all listed in one place. 

    “Why wouldn’t they just go to my blog?” Some of the contacts that you find on LinkedIn may ONLY BE on LinkedIn.  They may not be on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.  “Well, I don’t need them then”… Wrong. You need for those that have the power to approve your brand ambassador application, your blogger outreach contribution to review your client list to find you on LinkedIn because it is the professional networking platform.  

  3. The SEO capabilities are astounding.  LinkedIn comes up in the top 3 spots when you Google yourself… Go ahead try it. If you are on LinkedIn®, Google will list your LinkedIn profile at the top of the page.  Why? Because LinkedIn works very hard at providing great SEO for its members.


  4. You can become an expert in your field by sharing great content on LinkedIn.  Maybe it is content from your blog or an article that you share about how bloggers should be compensated or an article about the benefits or working with bloggers.  You can be that voice that people listen to in regards to blogging (or social media or organizing or travel) on this professional network.

    One of the ways that potential clients can see your talents is when people endorse you for the skills that you have listed.  If you are an expert on Blogging, Facebook, Social Networking etc. clients can see how your professional network see you: as an expert in your field.  If you look at my skills and endorsements below, you will see that my strengths are in blogging, speaking and even professional organizing.  Clearly skills, I want to emphasize for those future opps.


  5. Lastly, you can have recommendations that will make your profile shine!  I have landed more then one speaking engagement because I have sent potential clients to my LinkedIn profile where they can see the recommendations that I have received from verifiable sources (i.e. a LinkedIn Connections).  Why is this important? Because those potential clients (brands & PR firms alike), can see for themselves who you have worked with and what great things they say about your professionalism, integrity, creativity, reliability… you see where I am going with all of this, right?


    Recommendations are golden and no there social network has that kind of pull.  It is a waste not to take advantage.

If you are serious about being a professional blogger and want to grow your network, make sure to fill out your profile and ask to connect with your new contacts via LinkedIn.  Any time someone wants to work with you, they’ll have YOUR information close at hand in their LinkedIn Contacts/Network.  They can recall your face by seeing your picture and they can review who you are and what you are good at. 

If you are a blogger, you need to be on  LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation.  All photo images have been taken directly from Margarita Ibbott’s LinkedIn profile.

#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!


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:


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


LinkedMoms website


@ShoeboxBeGone – Angele Lafond

Shoebox Be Gone on Facebook
Shoebox Be Gone Blog


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

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

#LinkedMoms visit @StorageWorx–iPadMini #Giveaway

#LinkedMoms were asked to drop by and take a tour of the facility as part of the Real Estate, Movers & Stagers Open House on March 20th.  We would never turn down an opportunity for a networking opportunity & a Cafe Mocha!

#LinkedMoms – Margarita Ibbott  and Paula Schuck with Storage Worx President, Colin Bierbaum

We are so excited about telling our community about a great companies that we are working with.  Storage Worx is a state of the art Storage facility located in London, Ontario.  It has a unique concept that stands alone in the storage industry.

In 2012 (the year the facility was opened) Storage Worx won the Overall and International Facility of the Year Award from Mini Storage Messenger Magazine.  Not too shabby for a facility that has been opened less then one year. The facility has a complete business center to supporting the growing needs of their customers: Wi-Fi, laptop desk units with phones are available for no extra charge to those that rent units.  Small business owners can also book the spacious conference room for a small fee if you are not a self-storage client. A large flat screen TV lets you display your presentation easily as the room is all wired. You can also offer your clients coffee & freshly baked coolies to your clients.



We got a personal tour by Storage Worx President & Blue Stone Properties Manager, Colin Bierbaum.  He took us around and showed us the space calculator (so you can visually see what each unit holds. One large unit had been divided so you could see the different sizes of the units).  We also found the QR code on the signage very helpful as it took you right to the website and the cost for each individual unit.  Very convenient if you were looking it up on your smartphone…They also have a visual illustrator that will give you an idea of what will fit and how to store it.


The whole building was spotless, well it and easy to navigate.  Colin showed us how the alarms sounded off if you tried to open a unit that was not yours.  The security system is extensive and the property has various cameras that monitor all areas.

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Storage Worx has 30 motion-activated camera in their facility!


Storage Worx has a unique idea for all those Western University and Fanshawe College Students that will soon be moving back home with all their ‘stuff’.

Leave it here & store it.  The package includes 4 months of rent, a moving van, $15 worth of packing boxes, a super secure disc lock, pick-up and delivery to your house, apartment, condo or town home. All of this for $395.  See more details here.

And last but not least, Storage Worx is having a contest.  Enter to win below and make sure to leave us a comment, follow us on Twitter and then support our great client.

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