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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.

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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
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  • Craft
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  • Seasonal (Summer vacation, Thanksgiving, Halloween)
  • Summer activities
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LinkedMoms Learning Toys Twitter Party March 6th

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LinkedMOMs are celebrating spring and March break with a Learning Toys Canada Twitter Party. Join @inkscrblr @linkedmoms and @downshiftingPRO as we launch @learningtoys_ca on social media and give away a few prizes too.

We know how you all love a great twitter party.

This one is Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 8 p.m. EST on twitter. (That’s the regular Linked Moms chat time and we are the happy hosts.)

There will be four great prizes given away during the one hour chat. All toys your children will love. Learning Toys is a caring Canadian company http://www.twitter.com/learningtoys_ca whose owners I have come to adore. These are ladies who believe quality toys last and are timeless as well. This is a company that believes in giving back and stocking toys that are socially responsible and environmentally responsible too. Nothing here falls apart after one use.

Learning Toys Canada has a philosophy of play that goes like this – parents help power their children’s play. How do they do that? By providing opportunities to explore, engage and learn, by stocking a child’s room and life with toys that are good quality and designed to spur creativity, build their abilities and help grow strong brains and bodies.

Learning Toys Canada has a great site that has been around for quite some time and has two walk in storefront locations. One is in Mississauga and the other is in Montreal (Westmount). The site itself stocks great brands like Plan Toys, which is an industry pioneer in manufacturing socially and environmentally responsible products. There is a little bit of everything here from Bruder toys to Calico Critters and science kits. Oh, and can’t forget those Kettler tricycles which are perfect for spring!! Learning Toys Canada celebrates differences and stocks a great number of sensory toys and various items for special needs children. (I confess this is what makes me love them even more. Their toys help build everyone’s abilities.) Toys are clearly labelled by category of age, Brand, and play style.

Learning Toys Canada also stocks the full line of Wimmer Ferguson Infant Stim Mobiles, which are completely washable and sterilizable. They also appeal to children who have visual impairments. Learning Toys Canada has donated several of the stim mobiles to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. The Wimmer Ferguson stim mobile is one of the only choices for hospitals like Sick Kids because it is completely washable and can be sterilized.

Join us on March 6th at 8 p.m. EST to learn even more about Learning Toys. Please leave a comment here, or on one of our blogs http://www.thriftymommastips.com/

RSVP – prizes are only open to Canadians. See you there.



The prizes are: Calico Critters, Plan Toys firetruck, Plus Plus Midi or Mini (depending on the age of your child) super hot building toys and my favourite – a Kimochis Cat. Kimochis is Japanese for feelings and each one of these stuffed toys also comes with three stuffed emotions that help facilitate communication about difficult topics like sadness, or how do you get over having your feelings hurt.

Please show Learning Toys. ca some love.

Visit their web site, like them on Facebook, follow their Pinterest boards and follow them on twitter.

To win: You have to be at the party actively taking part. Please follow @linkedmoms @inkscrblr @learningtoys_ca and @downshiftingPRO You will need to answer questions. You need to RSVP here in this link so we know who to expect. Leave a comment here too please, just to be nice (not necessary to win) You must be Canadian to win, but Americans are welcome to take part in the party.

Party hosts not responsible for shipping.

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