#KindnessSafari Today!

If you missed my last post about KIND’s #KindnessSafari… you can find it here!

Zoos across the country are hosting a family event sponsored by KIND Snacks and zulily! Can’t attend? You can still play along! Just complete each item on the #KindnessSafari list by posting a photo on Instagram or Twitter! Be sure to use the hashtag #KindnessSafari so I can find your entries!

Entries will be accepted through midnight Sunday 5/17/15 and a winner announced on the #KindnessSafari on Monday 5/18/15. Two days is plenty of time to complete the 4 tasks! Entrants who complete all 4 tasks will be entered to win a case of 72 KIND snack bars!

So… what are you waiting for! Get out there and be KIND!

*Note- this is not a paid ad.

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Let’s Go on a Kindness Safari!

Introducing

Kind Parents, Kind Kids is an ongoing program from KIND- the makers of our favorite snack bars. The goal of the program is to emphasis kindness among children through family-friendly activities. This year, on May 16th, KIND is partnering with online retailer, zulily, to host a Kindness Safari at zoos across the country! The Kindness Safari includes, a special family discount to participating zoos, interactive kindness activities, and a special gift pack!

And as if this wasn’t a fun enough event… I’ve developed a special contest for Everyday Childhood readers! While we’re on our real-life Kindness Safari… you can play along with us! Part of our event involves a Kindness Scavenger Hunt. On the day of the event, (Saturday May 16, 2015) I’ll post the scavenger hunt clues! Simply take a photo and post it to Instagram with our event hashtag for each clue! Participants that complete each clue will be entered to win a case of 72 KIND bars! Contest ends at 11:59PM Pacific Time on May 16, 2015.

Tune in on Saturday May 16th, for complete rules + the Kindness Scavenger Hunt Clues!

Visit zulily for discounted event tickets at participating zoos across the country! I’d love to know if you’re attending one of the events!

xo

Kelly

*Note- I have not been monetarily compensated for this post. My family will be attending the Kindness Safari at The Phoenix Zoo.

Host Your Own Paddington Movie Night!

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Every now and then… this little blog gives us the opportunity to have some really amazing experiences! Like… trying out new products before they ever hit the market. This is one of those times. Mom Select asked if I would host a movie night with my kids and share about our experience. I was given a small stipend, but I would’ve done it for free. Coming up with inventive ways to spend time with my kids isn’t always easy!

Here’s a step by step guide on how to host a Paddington Movie Night with your family!

Step 1: Visit Paddington Parties online at www.paddingtonparties.com

Step 2: Download your Digital HD copy of Paddington from Amazon, iTunes, Verizon Fios, Xfinity, or GoWatchIt (we used Amazon)

Step3: Download your Digital Party Kit! (includes invitations, party banner, cupcake wrappers, labels, and other themed activities)

Step 4: Download additional activity sheets (including writing  prompts, word search, mazes, dot to dots, and more)

Step 5: Find more party ideas at MyPrinterly.com

Step 6: Pop some popcorn and enjoy the show!

Our favorite part of our own Paddington Movie Night- was baking a wild stripe cake! I encourage you to find a related activity that your family enjoys to make your own movie night a success!

For more ideas… follow along on these social media channels:

I’d like to thank Mom Select for their partnership in hosting our Paddington Movie Night and for the huge box of amazingly *fun* party supplies! We hope you host your own amazing Paddington Movie Night! Be sure to share the pictures!

Love,

Kelly

Why I Do What I Do. New Media Expo.

I’m asked on nearly a daily basis if I can help someone start their business. Help grow their blog. Help manage their Twitter. Help write a blog post. Why? Because I’m pretty darn good at what I do. No… I’m not on any top social media guru lists. In fact, most of the time, I don’t ask for credit at all. I do what I do, because I love it. And I love people. And I love seeing people succeed.

Yes, I do have a pretty extensive speaker resume. It’s nice to be recognized as an expert in your field. But it was only recently that I’ve been asked to attend some pretty prestigious events as a social media influencer and not as a parenting blogger or a foodie. After almost 10 years… I feel like I’m earning my spot among some of the top people in my field and weirdly enough… they’ve been my friends all along. From blogging to community manager, to marketing strategist, to Director of Social Media Marketing… it’s been an amazing journey and I’m not done yet!

How did I get to where I am?

I worked my tooshie off! I read (and still do) every single day about the industry. Study the competitive landscape. Test out new initiatives. Not all of them succeed as I’d like them to, but that’s how we innovate. I ask questions. Lots of them. And I attend conferences to keep my skills sharp. Without the network of amazing people I keep around me… I wouldn’t be where I am today. So…

I’m writing today to encourage you to attend one of the best conferences in the digital space: NMX- New Media Expo. April 13-16 in Vegas.

Whether you are just starting out as a digital entrepreneur or you’re as seasoned as I am… NMX is where you want to be. The speaker line up this year is beyond words! Some of my favorite experts in the marketing space will be sharing their insights- like Joel Comm, Marcy Massura, David Griner and Jason Falls. And some of my favorite bloggers and friends that came from the parenting space like I did – Cecily Kellogg and Amy Lupold Bair, Kelby Carr, and Katja Presnal. I came up through the ranks with these amazing women and I’m so proud to call them my friends! There will even be a few celebs- like Adam Carolla and Dennis Miller!

Bring your note pad and pen… (I’m an old fashioned note-taker) and soak it all in! I’ll even meet up with you for coffee or a drink of the adult variety! You can register by clicking the banner below… Yes… it is my affiliate link. I have a chance to win a spot at a very amazing travel conference… so I’m sharing it! I even have a discount code for you! Just enter kloubet20 when you’re checking out!

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If you decide to come and register… let me know! Shoot me a tweet @kellyloubet and we’ll connect! See you in Vegas!

What to Pack: Beach Resort

I hate to check to bags. I like to have all of my things with me! When I decided to accept the invitation to attend Social Media on the Sand at Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos… the first thing that crossed my mind was- What do I pack!?

First off… this was not a sponsored trip. I paid to attend the conference and I paid for my airfare. This doesn’t take away from the fact that this was the most amazing trip I’ve ever been invited on. Amazing or not… I wasn’t about to sacrifice my carry on for a week’s worth of adorable resort wear! And this is where my obsession with capsule wardrobes began.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

It’s a small set of clothes that are able to be mixed and matched to create dozens of combinations. Perfect! This is just what I needed! I jumped on Pinterest and began some serious research. Then I did a survey of my closet and then… I shopped. Here is a representation of what I brought on my week-long, off-season trip to Beaches in the Caribbean.

what to packYou’ll need 3 easy breezy dresses, 3 basic tops (one patterned) 3 basic bottoms (one patterned). From these 9 pieces of clothing and a handful of accessories, I had the freedom to create 12 “normal” outfits. You could go crazy and start some  serious layering (as I’ve seen on many posts like this) but I’m not one to layer skirts or shirts over my dresses. You could also add the awesome scarf to everything and count that as a “new” option, but I’m trying to keep it real here.

My t-shirts are from Target. V-neck boyfriend style are the best fit for me. I can also credit Target for my uncontrollable scarf, bag and hat addiction. The beachy, jersey knit dresses in my closet are from Old Navy (mostly). I do want to make one HUGE shout out in this post to Iristocracy. They gifted conference attendees with their choice of sunglasses. I chose these polarized Ted Baker aviators. Awesome. Right?

I hope that this post has inspired you to look at how you pack a little differently. Save space. Travel light. Relax and enjoy your trip!

*Disclosure- I was not paid to write this post. I’ve given all the trip details and information on my gifted sunglasses within this post.

A Less Traditional Holiday

One of my favorite movies during the holiday season is- A Christmas Story. Remember when the dogs came through the house and ate the turkey? I love that the family then went on to celebrate their holiday dinner regardless… even if it was in a less traditional way at a Chinese restaurant! I don’t remember many untraditional holiday meals in my house growing up. My mother is an amazing cook. But I do remember a few. We ordered pizza from time to time. And now that I have my own family… I’m not as talented in the kitchen as my mom is. I love when our favorite restaurants have holiday menus. I can take the kids and celebrate without having to worry about dishes or cooking. They can start to associate the holiday season with time together around the table with me. It doesn’t really matter if it’s our table or not. The point is… we’re spending time together!

My kids love Denny’s. And I love Denny’s coffee :) Denny’s Season’s Favorites menu is now available and we’ll absolutely be creating new family memories around the table! I’m not a huge fan of Red Velvet but you might be! Be sure to try out the Red Velvet Pancake Puppies or new Red Velvet Milkshake! Do you love pumpkin? I do! There’s plenty of pumpkin in the new pumpkin pancakes! I’m most looking forward to the new Pumpkin Coffee! I’ll be sure to let you know if it’s available in the home brew varieties. You all know how much I love making Denny’s coffee at home! I’m planning on kicking off November with a nice fall holiday meal… The turkey and dressing dinner! It’s served with turkey breast, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, 2 additional sides and bread. The kids love the coziness of a turkey dinner :)

Vice President of Denny’s Marketing, John Dillon, says  “We believe that time spent at the table should be about making memories and being with your loved ones, which is why each year we strive to offer a hassle-free holiday celebration that combines the festive flavors our guests know and love, with the same value and variety that we provide every day.”

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The Season’s Favorites menu is only around for a limited time. Be sure you stop in your local Denny’s before it’s gone!

xo

Kelly

 

Disclosure: I’m a paid ambassador of Denny’s. This really excites me, because Denny’s was one of my first real jobs as a teenager! You can check out my first post in this series all about my real, authentic, love of Denny’s here. I’d never share about something I didn’t truly feel fondly about! xo -Kelly