Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bloggers: This is Why You Need a Hip Media Kit

Do you want to generate more income from your blog? Of course you do! What Blogger doesn't. But without a truly standout media kit, it's unlikely that you'll get very far.

If you've already done the hard work of finding the brands, clients, or organizations you want to work with, you don't want to drop the ball on the easiest part: showing your value.

When delivering your pitch, you need an attractive, succinct method for communicating what you bring to the table.

If you aren't using a media kit for your blog, you could be missing out on a lot of potential income.

And if you're using a media kit, but it's lackluster, you could be pushing opportunities out the door instead of bringing them a knocking.

The 411 on Media Kits

A media kit is a snapshot of your blog's statistical information that sponsors and advertisers use to make decisions about whether your audience and influence will be a worthwhile use of their resources.

It can be a one-page or multipage document that you offer as a link on your site (normally under the headings of Advertising, PR, Work with Us, Media Page, or Media Kit). You can also send your media kit to potential sponsors and advertisers when pitching a campaign or responding to an inquiry that you've received.

Any size blog needs a media kit to show interested parties what you have to offer and how they can benefit by working with you.

Here's what some of The Virginia Bloggers Club members had to say about media kits:

I love having a Media Kit. I send it out every time I get a pitch and let PR people know about my readers' demographics and interest so we're working towards the same goals. It makes me feel more professional and is a place to catalog my achievements.
- Gina Lincicum,

I think that media kits are a great way to let companies know that you take yourself seriously as a blogger. I love that it gives you a chance to creatively show off your assets!
- Aubrey Griffin Johnson, Homegrown & Healthy 

I think it's definitely important to have a media kit to show your reach, what makes your site unique, and your level of professionalism. Templates can be a good starting point but you'll want to customize it to be sure your media kit aligns well with your site. I gladly share my media kit with sponsors, publicists, and media organizations.
- Patricia Lee Hall, Fairfax Family Fun

I look at a media kit as a resume of blogging. I like mine to be short and simple with all my highlights on one page as "cliff notes."
- Ashley Recio Langston, Frugal Coupon Living

You don't have to start from scratch! The good news is while you definitely need to have a media kit, you don't have to start from scratch when creating it.

You can use a proven template that already has all the elements your kit needs, and can be easily customized to fit your blog and brand.

Introducing... Hip Media Kits

Hip Media Kits is a collection of five super affordable media kit templates.

You buy them separately, or you can get a discount when you grab all five.

Sidenote: They are all so awesome, it's hard to choose!

There are one-page and multipage formats that you can choose from.

The templates are easily customizable to fit your brand essence - and ensure consistency with the established colors and feel of your site.

The best part about the templates is the formatting. Everything is done for you. 

You don't have to spend hours googling "what should go in my media kit" or trying to get everything to fit on the page correctly.

All the required information is there. You just have to replace the sample language with your personal stats, narratives, and pictures.

These templates are great for a brand new media kit and for a refresh.

You could easily create a new kit or spruce up your existing kit with these super cool templates.

Click the picture below to check out our new media kit for The Virginia Bloggers Club. I used the Moon Media Kit Template for this one. And it was so easy, finished in about 30 minutes.

You can view the complete collection of Hip Media Kit Templates here

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Friday, May 8, 2015

What is STEM and why do our children need it?

This post is a sponsored post for Nova Enrichment Academy. Most of the information seen is being provided by Nova Enrichment Academy. First things first, what is STEM? It is a way of thinking that combines science, technology, engineering, and math in an organized fashion. Our education system has become utterly disconnected. Right now, our children go to individual and distinctly separate classes(social studies, English, math, etc...). Math is math and English is English only. STEM is integrated learning in which one study also applies to another and is also applicable to the world our children live in now! STEM does not teach our children how to think. It simply gives them the tools they can use to solve any given problem. There is a big push for STEM integration in our education system. Below is an interesting CNN video on future jobs with STEM as the main topic of discussion.

It is clear that STEM is the education of the future. The time is now! The next step? Get your kids introduced to STEM and give them a true head start in their early childhood education! The more pressing question, however, is which "STEM focused" education facility is right for your children? Not all "STEM programs" are created equal. Here are a few things you can look for in a high quality STEM program that will help you(as a parent) choose the best facility.

Quality of content. High quality programs focus on their curriculum. Their should be many hands-on activities, team work, and the latest technological innovations. Look for programs that have "true" integration and go beyond building simple kits.  

Delivery matters. Meaning teacher delivery. Ask your potential STEM facility about the instructors that are teaching your children. Their resumes should speak volumes.  

Program Stability. High end STEM programs offer year round classes.  

Community Involvement. High end STEM programs will offer free events, private events, field trips, and introduce active members of the STEM community to induce creative thinking by both parents and children alike.  

Transparency. High quality STEM programs will lay it all on the table. They will introduce you to instructors, go over day-to-day policies, content, and prices without having to be prompted. Nothing is hidden and you should know exactly where you stand.

In short, quality content, instructor delivery, program stability, community involvement, and transparency are the most important elements when assessing a potential STEM program. Also, the best time to introduce your children to STEM is when they are young and their imagination is boundless. Kindergarten is the perfect time to start your child in a quality STEM program. STEM is integrated learning with real world applications. STEM is now and STEM is the future!

What is STEM and why do our children need it?
Interested in learning more? Visit Nova Enrichment academy at one of their upcoming events, visit their website, or give them a call!

May 9th - Nova Enrichment Academy in association with LCPS and ERMS PTA is hosting a talk on Saturday, May 9th by Mr. Tom Dubick  discussing “New Trends in STEM Education for Parents and Teachers.” This event is FREE to attend and is open to Parents, Teachers and Students. The talk will be held at Eagle Ridge and Broad Run School. Details of the event are available on their website

June 20th - Nova Enrichment Academy will be hosting an open house for the benefit of its students and local school officials only. There will be a private talk with a NASA executive at this event.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cycle Scene SPIN Studio in Ashburn, VA

Cycle Scene SPIN Studio in Ashburn, VA
Did you know that we have a SPIN studio in Ashburn, VA called Cycle Scene? Now you do! Intense exercise is truly a satisfying thing and to be honest I did not know you could get a total body work out from a SPIN class! 45 minutes of non-stop cycling action with energetic and enthusiastic instructors. For those of you who also adore a luxurious atmosphere, perhaps you will find the chilled eucalyptus towels and spa grade amenities to your liking! They also have key-less lockers in their locker room and plenty of showers! No need to elbow your fellow spinners out of the way when exiting class.

Welcome Loudoun County to the Best Spin Studio in Northern Virginia!

Last Thursday was my first SPIN class ever at Cycle Scene! I am truly hooked. I cannot wait to go back! The workouts are motivational, inspirational, and sweaty(in the very best sense). While "spinning" you get to rock out to fresh beats that make you feel like you are hanging out at the best nightclub(aka spin studio) in town. After your work out concludes, they have bottled water, replenishing granola bars, and an entire vending machine filled with an array of healthy snacks! Honestly, I just wanted to hang out with everyone after I was done with class. Cycle Scene has a true community feel with positive vibes all around.

Are you a local blogger or small business owner? Looking to take Cycle Scene for a SPIN? We are having a private class and networking party on Sunday, May 31st at 11:30 AM. If you are interested in joining us please e-mail Jenn at See you there!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Grand Opening Premier Laser Spa Richmond

Welcome to Premier Laser Spa! Right here in Virginia YOU CAN obtain affordable, comfortable, safe, and beautifying laser hair removal services. The legs are coming out of hibernation and you want them looking their very best. You may already know that Premier Laser Spa has a location in Virginia Beach and now there is a NEW location in Richmond. For a limited time, you can join the Friends & Family Event and get four body areas for the price of one(Expires Wednesday, April 15, 2015)! That is an amazing offer that you and perhaps your spouse will enjoy during these warm weather months.

Premier Laser Spa’s LaserFast™ hair removal system eliminates unwanted hair through a process called selective photothermolysis – the matching of a specific wavelength of laser light and laser pulse duration to obtain optimal effect on targeted hair follicles with no effect on surrounding skin. LaserFast provides a safe and effective treatment to all areas of the body and on all types of skins.
Premier Laser Spa caters to men and women a like. So, guys don't be shy! They can eliminate unwanted hair from your chest, back, legs, arms, neck, underarms, face and your bikini areas. Check out some of these amazing before and after photos. Still not convinced? Call and schedule your free consultation today! You have nothing to lose except undesired body hair!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Grow Your Health Festival - Fairfax, VA

Grow Your Health Festival - Fairfax, VAGrow Your Health Festival - Fairfax, VA
@GrowHealthNoVa #GrowYourHealthFest
Our mission is to teach people how to grow their own food or identify sources of locally grown, organic farm-grown food for a joyful and nutritious diet! The Festival will provide tips on how people can garden their way to good health, understand what “organic” really means, find sources for local organic food and make sustainable, healthy food and wellness choices!
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm the Northern Virginia Whole Food Nutrition Meetup Group will host its 3rd annual Grow Your Health Festival at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. This is not your average wellness festival. There will be many exhibitors showcasing everything from doTerra essential oils to local wellness centers, but the main focus of Grow Your Health is teaching. You will find a large list of gardening and nutrition classes here.

There is really something for the entire family! My kids are looking forward to the "Gardening with Kids" class where their will be activities and gardening information geared specifically towards youngsters. Check out the scheduled classes in advance so you do not miss the topics that interest you the most! There will also be a very interesting movie called "GMO OMG". Check out the trailer below. The movie starts at 3 pm and you do not want to miss it!

The awesome and surprising twist? There will be healthy dining options available for you and your family courtesy of Bonita Woods Wellness Institute and other carefully sourced vendors. If you are a gardener or a wellness enthusiast in Northern Virginia, then you cannot miss the Grow Your Health Festival! The Virginia Bloggers Club will also be there sharing our top DIY, gardening, and wellness topics. Be sure to get your tickets online to save money at the door! Also, just so you know children under 16 are free! Get ready to kick off Spring with a fun, entertaining, and educational experience at the 3rd Annual Grow Your Health Festival. See you there!

A special thanks goes out to Karmalades, Oh So Good Organics, Seven Oaks Lavender Farm, Carin Kilby Clark, Beagles and Bargains, Goodie Godmother, Blue Crab Martini, Blooming Secrets, Mindful Healthy Life, Jeanne Grunert, Second Ave Photography, and the whole team at Grow Your Health!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Women Impact Now Launch

Women Impact Now Launch
Women Impact Now(WIN) is a voice for women in need right here in our Loudoun County community. WIN is women helping women. We are not only talking about poverty-stricken women that would benefit from immediate basic necessities. We are also talking about women who need that extra boost of encouragement, help with building a resume, help in finding a job, and help with finding hope. We as women can be that for one another and that is what WIN is all about. Women are tough, resilient, caregivers, and fighters. Perhaps no one more so than the female Founder Leah Baker.

Miss Leah Baker has a passion and desire to help other women in need. Not only for today, but for the future...their future! WIN is a network of resources that give these women a chance not only at survival, but a thriving fresh start. We all struggle and go through hard times, but in Loudoun County you are not alone. This is why it is my privilege and honor to support and announce the launch of Women Impact Now on Saturday, March 28th from 10:00am to noon. Everyone is invited. This is a community celebration for the many women who are fortunate enough to find and receive these valuable resources. Cheers to the launching of WIN and to the strong women who are supporting and nurturing each other!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blogtographie: Small Biz & Blogger Photography Course

Blogtographie is a special photography course for bloggers and small business owners! The instructors of the course are two very special Northern VA photographers: Beryl Ayn Young and Alicia Bruce. Alicia is a 30-something "quirky and cute" owner of Love Knot, which is a wedding photography business here in Leesburg, VA. Her photography begs me to get married all over again!! Beryl Ayn Young is an old soul with a flair for teaching others. Miss Beryl loves teaching so much that she also teaches mums during the evening hours on how to use their cameras. The teaching never ends and I am pretty sure she loves it! Both of these talented ladies(behind the camera lens) are going to teach you how to use your DSLR camera to its maximum potential. You know your fancy Nikon or Canon that you have in the closet collecting dust? My is time to learn how to use it!

Who is this course for? Anyone that has a profession that revolves around online selling. That's you overworked blogger and small business owner! The most important part of selling your products, a brand, or your blog is imagery! It is the difference between a mediocre piece of work or product and an extraordinary one. It is your job as a small business owner or blogger to sell yourself and your brand. No one else can sell yourself or your product better than you can! Learning how to use your DSLR camera correctly does more than give you a competitive edge. It allows you to stand out from the crowd.

Now is the time to learn how to use your DSLR camera! It is the beginning of a New Year and a beautiful new direction for your business and blog. Get more details and enroll now for Beryl and Alicia's Blogtographie course March 8th located in Fairfax, VA!!