Recently several O2O members had the opportunity to share with their readers their experiences with caregiving. November is National Family Caregiver Month and the AARP and the Ad Council have been working to spread the word about the hard work that family caregivers put in each and every day.
Professional care in a nursing home or assisted living center or in your own home is very expensive. To offset and delay costs, many families perform most of the essential caregiving needs themselves. They do things like cooking, cleaning, and driving to appointments but also do things like transferring from bed to chair, bathing, and toileting (called Activities of Daily Living) their loved ones who have grown older and are too frail or sick to care for themselves. Across the country over 42 million people, primarily women between the ages 40 – 60 are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older family members and friends each and every day.
With November being the month of Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to head over to The Thanks Project website and leave a shout-out for the hardworking caregivers that you know!
Michelle from Domestic Online Executive writes about her mom who provided care for Michelle’s grandmother.
My mom’s caregiving duties began right after my grandfather passed away. It hit us all pretty hard. Hardest hit was my grandma. She hadn’t lived alone in over 5 decades. My Grandma never really said anything about it but losing him was a terrible blow to her health. Within a few weeks my grandma’s health declined and my mom became totally responsible for everything she needed. She made sure bills got paid, prescriptions were filled, doctor’s appointments were scheduled and a plethora of other things that left her more frazzled than she had ever expected. With her own full time job, she was constantly on the go and rarely had time for herself. She never complained once
Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker thanks her sister-in-law for the caregiving she provides for Kristen’s mother-in-law.
[My sister-in-law] has devoted the last eight or so years to caring for my mother-in-law as dementia has slowly robbed her of herself and all of her abilities. While we give moral support from hundreds or thousands of miles away, she has carried the burden of daily care. At first, she bore the brunt of Mom’s frustration and anger at not remembering. Then, as time went on, she was the one who had to convince Mom that she was home, that no one was coming to pick her up, that Dad had died. With infinite patience she has taken her to get her hair done, made sure she eats, takes her medicine, drinks her water, goes to bed and a million other tasks that children hope they never have to do for their parents.
Shelly from Two Classy Chics shares her caregiving story of the years she spent caring for her aunt.
5 years ago I became a caregiver to my 87 year old great aunt. For 5 years I shared the caregiver duties with my mother and my husband…we took great care of auntie until a few months ago when we were forced to move her into assisted living. Even though she resides there, we are still responsible for about 30% of her care.
Thanks to all the bloggers who shared their stories and helped spread the word about this important program!
That’s the (holiday) spirit! ‘Tis the season of giving, in every sense of the word. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, December 3rd, from 1:30 – 2:30pm ET for the Unilever #BrightFuture Twitter Party.
First comes Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, and with Giving Tuesday, the giving and getting is good!
We’ll be discussing how you can support your local food bank, volunteer your time, and help families in need—or as Unilever likes to call it—acts of “sunlight.”
Spread the light! Because learning is the first step to making a difference. Small actions add up—and that’s something to behold.
We’ll be doing some giving, too! One2One Network will selecting 12 winners throughout the hour. All of our lucky winners will receive a gift basket filled with Unilever food and personal care items—AND a second one to give away! (Anyone else seeing a theme here?) You can donate it to your local food bank, church, women’s shelter, or whomever you think would appreciate it.
Make sure you RSVP below to be eligible for prizing!
Okay, so we might not walk the red carpet or dodge paparazzi every day, but we still want to have A-list skin!
Please join us this Thursday, October 10 from 2:30 – 3:30pm ET for a Simple Skincare Twitter Party with Brand Ambassador Allison Williams (day job: co-star of HBO’s Girls). Follow the #AllisonWilliams Live Q&A session to learn about how she manages her hectic schedule and still maintains a crystal clear complexion.
We’re so excited to partner with our fab co-host Sarah of Sarah Scoop—you’ll get the scoop on her skincare, nutrition, and fitness routine and get glowing.
You know it’s not a One2One Network Twitter Party without prizes! Throughout the hour, we’ll be randomly drawing 120 winners to receive a Simple Skincare gift bag. One hundred and twenty. No, that’s not a typo.
Make sure you link up below to be eligible for prizing!
Sayonara, Summer! Autumn is officially in and brings with it a new crop of makeup must-haves. And hey, just because it’s chillier doesn’t mean your workouts should freeze up!
Please join us this Wednesday, September 25 from 8 – 9pm ET for a Simple Skincare #FallBeauty Twitter Party. Simple Skincare and Walmart will be having a conversation about how to season and spice up your beauty and fitness routines. Makeup artist Gita Bass and fitness expert and Equinox co-founder Kacy Duke of the Simple Advisory Board will also be chiming in to answer your questions.
You know it’s not a One2One Network Twitter Party without prizes! Here are the simple ways you can win: Throughout the hour, we’ll be randomly drawing forty winners to receive a Simple Skincare gift bag of products and—ready for this?—10 Simple gift bags to share with 10 lucky friends.
We’ll also be giving away four grand prizes. Each one will get: a Simple gift bag of products, a $100 American Express gift card, a yoga mat, a makeup sample, and 10 Simple gift bags to share with THEIR friends! Warning: Prepare to become extremely popular if you win. Make sure you RSVP below to be eligible!
Our monthly #O2OChat Hangout is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17th at 1:00Pm ET. The Hangout will be broadcast on air and we invite you to come by and watch, make comments, and ask questions!
In June, we covered How to Write a Fabulous Review and this month we’re going to take a look at How To Rock a Sponsored Post.
Our discussion about The Review Post focused on those times when a blogger receives an item from a network or a brand and is asked to share their thoughts and experiences with it on their blogs. Generally, these kinds of posts do not come with any compensation beyond being provided with free product.
The other side of this coin is The Sponsored Post. Again, generally this means that a network or brand is paying a blogger to spread the word to their readers and communities about a product, brand promotion, brand experience, or event.
These posts are more advertorial in content since they do not provide feedback about the bloggers’ experience with a product, service, or event. This can make writing a sponsored post tricky. You don’t want to come off sounding like a commerical but at the same time, you want to be sure and share the brand’s objectives with your readers and community.
So what’s a blogger to do? How can you honor the commitment you’ve made to the brand but also be engaging and authentic with your readers? Come by our next #O2OChat Hangout and listen in as we discuss what makes a rockin’ sponsored post.
About the Panelists
For this month’s chat, we’ve gathered some bloggers that really know their stuff when it comes to sponsored posts. These ladies have a wide range of blogging experience, they are: vloggers, photographers, recipe developers, travelers, conference speakers, and published authors. Let’s meet them!
Casey hates writing bios, but she wants you to know she’s a writer, photographer and nice person who loves using her talents and skills to work with brands as well as relate to readers and friends from all over.
Crissy is a happily married, work-at-home-mother of two from Ohio. She’s the author of Dear Crissy which features savvy product reviews and poignant glimpses into her life as a midwestern mom. She has a B.A. in English from Ohio University, and an unquenchable passion for creative non-fiction. In addition to writing for her own site, she has contributed to Babble, allParenting, BabyCenter and New Parent. Crissy loves photography and writing and enjoys being able to foster both of those creative outlets on her blog.
Danielle is a digital correspondent, host, storyteller, speaker, media trainer, vlogger and author.
In her ‘free time’, she juggles work as the founder and primary author of ExtraordinaryMommy.com and DanielleSmithMedia as well as hosting and producing her lifestyle series Keeping Style in Your Life, creating original video content for well known sites Babble and SheKnows and producing Vlogging Tips for people looking to jump on camera. She also travels around the country as both a seminar and keynote speaker.
Danielle lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and two children whom she affectionately refers to as her ‘small people’.
Jodi (@Jodi Grundig)
Jodi resides in Massachusetts with her husband, seven-year old son, nine-year old daughter, and Havanese dog. Jodi specializes in travel, finance, and family products. She teaches classes on blogging and social media, has spoken at several blogging and PR conferences, and has served as a social media consultant for several companies. She’s been writing about all her favorite things on Mom’s Favorite Stuff since 2007.
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