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Monday, July 28, 2014

Batkid Begins: The Documentary


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"It's the day Caring and Compassion Won"

If you were not in San Francisco on November 15,2013 you surely heard about the day that Batkid saved the city! I grew up in the San Francisco bay area and moved to Wa. State in 1992. When I heard about the Make-A-Wish campaign being put together in San Francisco for 5-year-old Miles Scott, I knew San Francisco was going to go big for this child. It is a city of so much diversity and so often forget to stop and come together in unity. The day Batkid saved the city brought more than a billion people together from around the world to watch this campaign unfold. I was glued to my TV following the story. There is something about a child who has suffered that will bring any community together and soften anybody's heart. It is that bond that resulted in so many stopping for a moment to watch this child's dream come true after his long battle with leukemia. If you missed it, you will get to see the entire campaign play out again in the new documentary: Batkid Begins if they can continue the successful IndieGoGo campaign that KTF Films will be running through August 19,2014. This will be a hit!

The Story

Batkid Begins is 5-year-old Miles Scott's story. On that November day in 2013, the Make-A-Wish in Greater Bay Area decided to help make Mile's only wish come true-he wanted to be Batman! Miles had just fought and won his leukemia battle and the only task left for him was to save a city-Batman style! No one anticipated the world-wide recognition this day would bring. Thousands of volunteers in the Make-A Wish Greater Bay Area came together to plan Mile's day as Batman. In the end, the hastags #BatKid and #SFBatKid had over 1.84 million hits on Twitter and Instagram. Among the millions of hearts Mile's captured, people like President Obama and famous celebrities sent messages and tuned in that day. A 'course' was created that sent Batkid through the streets of San Francisco and he caught his crook!



The IndieGogo Campaign

Batkid Begins: The Documentary is directed by Dana Nachman, an independent filmmaker and portrays the how and why this event came together and captured so many hearts that day. All proceeds from the documentary will benefit San Francisco charities. Make-A Wish Greater Bay Area grants over 300 wishes a year to children who have battled life-threatening illnesses and it will be amazing to see how they pulled this one off for Miles. 

Your IndieGoGo campaign support will be used to finish off the $100,000 post-production price tag. KTF Films is teaming up with many well-known musicians, animators and visual effects professionals who have all agreed to work at reduced rates to complete this film. For those who can support, there are fun perks! Some perks include your name in film credits, digital download and soundtrack of the movie, mugs, capes and more! This campaign will end on August 19, 2014. I contributed my $25 and will get my name in credits and a social media shout out! Will you join the team?

"Can’t get enough of Batkid? Lend your support and learn more about the exciting new Batkid Begins documentary here." and see below for the video preview of Batkid Returns!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Daddy's Health & Skincare Review & Year Supply Giveaway

This is a product review and sponsored giveaway on behalf of Daddy & Co.


Daddy deserves his own products. He helps with baby's bath and morning & bedtime routines. If he is the one changing diapers at times, he needs to feel he has lotions that are for him. We have our sweetly scented lotions that also need to be safe when handling our young child as Mom's. It's Dad's turn. Daddy & Co. always have Dads in mind! With the new line of Daddy's Health & Skin Care products, Dad can be pampered too! The calming lavender smells great and if he does not like the fragrance, then the fragrance-free option is great as well.

The Health & Skin Care line offers lotions, baby bubble bath, shampoo & body wash, baby powder, bug spray, travel sizes and disposable changing pads. These products are for Dad and come scented or fragrance-free. They are safe for him to use on and around the baby. These products are hypoallergenic, paraben & sulfate free and are made in the USA.

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The Giveaway
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Win a $50 Target Gift Card-Ends 8/11 #Target50

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Parenting Healthy, Giveaway Goddess, TomboyAngel, and several other awesome bloggers are joining Beachbody Coach Christine Horchak for an awesome $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway! The summer will soon be coming to a close and Back to School will be in full effect! Spend it on school supplies, clothes, groceries, whatever you want! Enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post for your chance to win!

About our Sponsor!

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Hello, my name is Christine. After my first pregnancy I gained 60lbs and really struggled to find a way to get it off. Due to the challenges all new moms face as well as having my husband deploy for the next year, 5 months after my son was born, I became very depressed. I found it extremely hard to get myself motivated to want to workout and to lose that weight. Then there he was, Shaun T, the man behind Beachbody's Insanity workout, motivating me and telling me I could do it! I decided to ordered the program and it literally changed my life. I dropped all of that extra weight doing the Insanity workouts and it was right before I welcomed my husband home from his year long deployment. I felt and looked better then I did when we got married and I was so excited for him to see the new me. Now here it is a few years later and I again found myself in the same situation. Baby number two, not the weight gain I had with first, but an uncomfortable weight gain none the less. And, as before, my husband deploys to Afghanistan for 10 months. So the depression of being alone with now 2 kids and trying to lose weight strikes...I again turned to Beachbody. This time I signed up as a coach because I knew how awesome their products were and I wanted to help others along with trying to help myself. This was the best decision I have ever made! I started the new 21-day fix program along with drinking Shakeology, and successfully lost 10lbs, now I moved to doing Focus T25 and PiYO. I have also made such good friends with people who have consistently motivated me to stay on track with my goals and for that I am so thankful! I am still on my weight loss and fitness journey but I was able again to welcome my husband home from this deployment to a lighter and firmer me, and that is truly the best feeling! I would love to help those who are wanting to get in shape and lose weight like I did. I have been at that place where it can be hard to get started and sometimes you need someone with the right tools to motivate and point you in the right direction. Let me be your coach and let's do this together!

It's Giveaway Time!

Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a $50 target Gift Card courtesy of Beachbody Coach Christine Horchak! U.S. residents only, giveaway ends 8/11. Good Luck!
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Disclosure: Parenting Healthy is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response, a new winner will be chosen.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blogger Opportunity-School Spirit Event with $1 links

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Creative Play with the Boys Michelangelo Costume

This is a product review for CostumeSuperCenter



My son loves his costumes. He has a toy chest with nothing but capes, costumes, swords, masks and everything a boy would want so he can be the super hero he wants. His favorite characters right now are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has sais', a katana, nunchucks and other ninja-style weapons so he can defeat all the evil out there! It helps him stay young and gives him independent play that brings out his creativity and imagination. Cowabunga!

Costume Super Center has all your child's favorite super hero inclusding more Nickelodeon show inspired TMNT costumes and you can also pick up some accessories for the costumes for maximum fun! 




My son is wearing the Boys Michelangelo Costume that includes the jumpsuit with hard-shell lined chest & brown belt, padded shell, ankle and elbow pads and mask. He will surely be protected from all of Shredder's attacks and has easy access to his weapons he can keep in his belt or shell.

Find your child's (and adult) costumes and play accessories at CostumeSuperCenter

What are your child's favorite role play characters?

Parenting Healthy was provided the above product for review. All opinions are 100% my own.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

How to Plan & Maintain a Holiday Gift Guide on your Blog

This post will tell you how to plan, where to find brands and how to maintain a Holiday Gift Guide on your Blog. Below is an image that is attractive enough for your post shares on Facebook or Pinterest.


You see them on Blogs- Holiday Gift Guides! I don't typically write Blog Resource posts as I am a healthy parenting blog, but this will be my 4th year doing a Holiday Gift Guide (year 1 I worked with another Blogger) & I want to share what has worked to make my guides successful. I will break this post into categories that you can read depending on your own questions or curiosities you have. There is a lot that goes into a Gift Guide and I want you to leave feeling you have everything you need to give it a try this year. When should you start pitching? NOW!! August and into September as your guide should be live in October!

Style & Theme

There are 2 main styles of gift guides. If you are ebook or publisher savvy, you can do an actual guide. This is where you create 1 downloadable guide (think JC Penny catalog) and have an image, short write up and link to the brand and break the guide into chapters. You can use this guide as a Free Download you send to your readers. Brands may enjoy this, but they also know it will not produce an actual review post and you cannot hold giveaways through this style. One idea (I have never done this style) is write your product review posts as normal AND create a guide downloadable for your readers.  More work for you, but you can also charge brands to be in the guide on top of the review for revenue. Just make sure the guide is FREE to your readers.

The second style (the one I use) is an entire section/label on your blog for your Holiday Gift Guide. You will solicit brands and post reviews. This style would mean that as a reader lands on that post, they KNOW this is a Holiday Gift Guide post. Create 1 high quality Holiday Gift Guide image and make it your top image in every gift guide product post. Use your Holiday Gift Gift title you choose (mine is '2014 Happy, Healthy Holiday Gift Guide') and use this title in every post title, image and within the first paragraph of your post. As well, use this same image that is in all posts as a sidebar image linking to the labels that contain these posts and don't forget to add a 2014 Holiday Gift Guide label to your header. Look above, because I titled my label to start with 2014 it is first in my labels.


Connecting with Brands

Oh, the most asked question! Every blogger you ask may have their own sites and own sources and I still find new avenues myself. However, the right way to ask is "How do I get brands to notice me?" There are over 20 million female bloggers right now and you are competing for the brands attention. Soliciting is easy. You google 'media contact for______' and find a name. You keep an eye on PR sites and post inquiries through PR Newswire or Coyne. You browse Tomoson or other review sites. I am also a member of many sponsored posts groups-SoFab, SITS Girls, MBS and more. Those are great connections to brands, but that brand still has to say Yes to you! Before you start anything at all in a way of a gift guide-clean up your webpage and make sure you are writing in a ratio of about 30% sponsored posts and 70% organic posts. I say this and have to keep reminding myself too! I get so buy with sponsored campaign requests, I wait too long to post organic content in between. Brands want to know you have enough organic content to keep your readers engaged for the reason you write! 

Cleaning up your sidebar and header is something I do every quarter or even more often. Make sure your header is in correct dimension to your Blog and that the header image has words-a descriptive of your blog. If I look at your header I should know that I can come to 'ABC' Blog and find 'ABC' content! Have labels! If you are soliciting clothing brands, make sure that they have no doubt your blog works for them. By this I mean that if I were selling jewelry and I visit your blog and you have a label a reader can go to and find all of your jewelry posts, I am more likely to think my product will not get lost n your blog in time. My labels run horizontally below my title image. Up top and easy to find and click on. Fonts are easy to read and colors are consistent throughout my blog background and images. Get those spammy ads off your sidebar or at least create categories-put them all in one section and move that section to the bottom of the sidebar or footer. Many bloggers who are ad junkies may disagree, but if you write for content, you cannot spam your sidebar! If you notice on my sidebar, I have 1 adsense in header using colors I customized to blend well with  my site. I have another adsense near upper sidebar and all the rest are shoved to the bottom. 

Now you are ready to pitch. I mentioned some sites above to connect with brands. As you read blogs and see products that fit your guide theme then google media contacts for that brand or use their contact from their website! That's all I do. I know these products already work with bloggers as that is where I discovered them. Like a product? Pitch them. I recently was at a Mariner's game and we were handed samples of a delicious snack and I went home and email them using the contact from their website. I have more product on the way to me as we speak from them. They responded. Why? I told a story and made sure they knew that I don't just share their product, I tell a story and have high quality images. That was all I said! I do not send quotes, just a short paragraph introducing my Blog and niche, how I found them, how I organize my posts and a link to my media kit for them to visit. I just connected with them, told them what to expect and invited them to my Blog. It is really that easy!


Maintaining your Gift Guide

No matter what Gift Guide style you choose, make sure you commit to each brand. Use high quality images and tell a story. Have share links available to your readers can easily pin or share your post to their own files for reference later. Communicate often with the brands. Once I receive their product, I give a quick email telling them I have it and invite them to send images, hashtags, links they want used. Make them help you work. You are partners now and let them bring the information to you! NEVER copy and paste a thing-nothing! Your post should be your words! A brand will pick up on this and you will most likely never work with them again! 

Create a folder in your email to hold all Holiday Gift Guide correspondences in one place. You can use this folder next year to connect with these brands again!

After your post is live, email  your post link and invite them to tweet, share your post from their social sites. Many brands have more followers than you and if you remind them to share also, your post is getting around to a relevant audience. ALWAYS tag the brand in every social share and state (twitter mainly) if your post is sponsored. Posts payed with product are NOT sponsored, but any money that is exchanged is and needs to be stated (use something like Ad: or Spon: right before the link to your post). Schedule your post in all social media to be shared at least 3 times or more during your campaign. ( I use Hootsuite except for FB-I only schedule right from FB).



I hope these tips help you feel more confident to give a Holiday Gift Guide a try! Pick a theme, clean up your site, pitch away and follow through many times with that contact! Remember, as I stated above that you are 1 in 20 million females bloggers (more if you add the men). Communicate often and have an attractive site!