Archive for 2011

Good grief, no relief! It is 97 degrees here in Portland, Maine!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

BASTILLE DAY, mais oui!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Sunny and not so crazy hot morning here in DC…I’ll take it! Looking forward to updates from RBaby Foundation and Children’s Institute Today — 2012 here we come!

Goodbye 2011 — Bring on the New Year

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

As the year ends, I find myself slowing and reflecting – appropriate I would say after the wild ride that was 2011. Looking back this was a year of remarkable challenges and frankly some very happy endings. And when I wander back through the months – one thing stands out and that is commitment. The deep, undeniable commitment of the Forty Weeks team to their clients, projects, partners, ideals, core values and biggest picture view of what needs to happen next. I continue to be moved by the way in which the entire team reliably navigates with such grace and passion. Coque huawei Soldes And frankly the results impress even the very hard-to-please me!

I am lucky to be surrounded by such remarkable people, engaging projects and to be at the epicenter of such a vibrant industry.

What do I see for 2012? Funny you should ask…

STRATEGY SESSIONS

This sector of our business continues to grow and thrive – in fact, this particular sweet spot of ours has lined up perfectly with the needs of some of our oldest industry friends as well as international newcomers, expanding brands and organizations in transition. The process of stopping and defining via the Forty Weeks Road Map has led some of our clients on the way to the very best of what is next for them – and of course, we take great pride in these critical accomplishments. Look for Forty Weeks to continue to lead the category in strategy and for new brands to find their way to our innovative methodologies.

PHILANTHROPIC PARNERSHIPS

It is where I live – in clear lane of ALL mothers needing the tools to survive and thrive for themselves, their children and their families. Vente Coque samsung I have had a long-standing commitment to bringing the Forty Weeks savvy to a wide scope of philanthropic organizations. This year, expect to see some new milestones – think both brands and non-profits raising the bar both on what they will do to reach much needed funding milestones and awareness and also on what they will deliver to all women. This is both energizing and incredibly exciting for all parties and something we will take great pride in on an ongoing basis. Some hints – think celebrity, programming, anniversary and celebration.

INFLUENCER MEETINGS OF THE MINDS

There is a great deal to say about how the collective sum of the women I connect with on a daily basis is much greater than the individual parts. produits coque huawei And the parts are outstanding too! It is community made up all of some incredible secret sauce. coque iphone 7 And with that power, commitment and drive I can hardly wait to see what comes next! Well I may have a little idea, but you will need to stay tuned…

CONFERENCES, SPEACHES, SESSIONS

Join us as we explore a wide range of topics with some of the brightest women in the business. Expect new, provocative topics, insights and calls to action in 2012!

BABYMOON, PAMPERING, PLEASE!!!

Oh yes, I will keep my “Fairy Godmother” wand well polished, my bump-style spree step-out in high gear, my craving radar at the ready and my pampering play list well studied — this is the fun part, and I would not pass on the privilege of sharing a little Gestational Girl-time for all the tea in China (oooh, tea sounds good!!!).

PHILANTRHOPIC HONORS

I did hear a little something…

CONTENT

Yes, there is lots brewing here and mainly I will say, stay tuned and you will not be disappointed

Am I a tease? Well yes, I am – but I promise the “what comes next” is the stuff that makes us all glad we came along for the ride.

LOOK!!!!

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

As my kinder, coque pas cher samsung s8 friends, office-mates and beloved Bob will tell you I don’t eat potato chips (ok, coque telephone pas cher I do eat Popchips – they are quite good). coque de samsung galaxy I don’t even keep chips in the house. My children will tell you this just adds to my status as “Meanest Mom Ever”. coque samsung Yet, there is something magical, coque de telephone samsung s7 even transformative that happens to this Philly ex-pat when I drive by Taylor Gourmet in Bethesda,

Red Carpet Perfection

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Natalie Portman – was a radiant,

GIVING BACK FOR GOOD

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Is a busy day of making amazing things possible for ALL women. coque samsung s7 There is no doubt,

Sunny….the way we like it

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Welcome to a Sunny Morning in Bethesda…it is a day which promises great ideas taking form,

Making Plans to Embrace My Inner PunditMom with the One and Only….

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Tonight we will fete my beautiful and brilliant friend Joanne Bamberger (aka PunditMom). Coque huawei I am so looking forward to an evening of super savvy and sharp women hosted by the ever-wonderful,

Facebook’s Madonna Whore Complex…Explained Via Roundtable

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

I have been in the business of pregnancy and baby for more than a dozen years. And yes, I have seen a great deal. Brands come and go, trends come and go, enemies du jour come and go – it is part and parcel of being smack in the middle of one of the most profound and powerful moments in a woman’s life. Coque huawei But what remains constant is the awe with which we accept the responsibility of bringing life into this planet (no matter what form that takes) – and the incredible feeling of connectivity (to other women as well as to the universe as a whole) a woman experiences as a mother. This bonds us to each other and makes friends of seamless strangers. This is what connects us despite the wide range of our life experience, age, expectation and certainly situation. We are mothers unified by our desire to “figure it out” the best we can as we make our way down a new, unchartered path.

So, it would seem natural then that the rise of Facebook would be a boon for women. Here was a vibrant open community on which we could collectively see, share and experience the remarkable and new (and often overwhelming) journey of pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Yet, somehow Facebook has decided this is neither the place nor the community for such endeavors. coque imprimé huawei pas cher We have all watched as breastfeeding and birth have become high targets on the censor list. Ask Ciaran Blumenfeld about how we have managed to build a successful Facebook community for Bravado without so much as the use of the world “nipple” (forget a breast image) to keep us safe. And now, this week it seems pregnancy photography is an issue as well.

Too Much for FB?

Too Much for FB?

I’ve asked some of the best brains in the business for their (very) quick take on the reality of Facebook and mothers. It was my goal to bring together a wide range of voices to help us make sense of this one. And so meet:

Audrey McClelland- Founder of Mom Generations, Co-Founder of Getting Gorgeous and other landmark projects connecting women. Mother of 4 active boys – . www.momgenerations.com

Sarah Evans -Social Media Expert – UNDERSTATEMENT. Sara is excited to be pregnant with her first child. www.sevansstrategy.com

Samantha Ettus – Bestselling author, media personality and personal branding expert. Author of Forbes Personal Branding Blog. Mother of three beautiful children. www.samanthaettus.com and www.expertsmedia.com

Danielle Friedland

Danielle Friedland, mom of 2 breastfed babies. The Social Media Manager for giggle and Healthy Child Healthy World and Editor-in-Chief of Bravado Designs’ Breastfeeding Diaries blog. She created the Celebrity Baby Blog in 2004 which she sold to People.com in 2008. www.bravadodesigns.com

Nicole Feliciano- Founder and Editor of Momtrends.com. Super savvy and connected Mother of two equally stellar breastfed daughters. www.momtrends.com

Here is what this amazingly well informed and diverse group of Social Media leaders had to say on the question of why images of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding – all central themes of motherhood, are such a challenge to Facebook.

Audrey McClelland – I have to admit, I was surprised to hear all of this was being censored by Facebook. Pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood is natural… and considering there are over 85 million moms on Facebook, it’s shocking to me that there isn’t a “safe” place to post certain things. I had always viewed Facebook as a place where women can come to connect, meet, share and engage… and I feel like this is stripping us from that. Truly. coque samsung s7 edge As modern moms, we look for ways to connect digitally because that’s the way people connect nowadays… it’s sad to see Facebook pull away such natural and open and honest images.

Sarah- I’m definitely new to this conversation, so what I’m sharing our preliminary thoughts…I don’t necessarily want to see my friends’ naked body parts on FB, but it is their decision to share.

Samantha – It is only this year that you could add your kids names and ages to your FB page in addition to your spouse. FB has been a late bloomer every step of the way in regard to parenting. In my mind it is a simple explanation – it was originally created for college kids by a college kid so it would be logical then, that the “grownup” categories are coming later, as the founders and the company age. Perhaps now that Randi Zuckerberg is married, a kid isn’t far behind and in turn, parenting will be a new focus. That is, if they get there before a competitor takes it on.

Danielle- Facbeook is not anti-woman — their staff is just not mature. I can’t confirm this but my impression is that Facebook is staffed by recent college graduates who don’t have pregnancy and motherhood in their mindset. They probably see a pregnant woman as fat instead of radiant. They probably see breastfeeding as “gross” instead of natural and nourishing. They have probably never seen a baby breastfeeding in real life nor were they raised thinking that breastfeeding is normal given that the majority of babies born within the last 20-40 years were not breastfed themselves. They just don’t get it. But you know who is? The COO of Facebook is Sheryl Sandberg, a woman who is also a mother. She needs to communicate to Facebook employees that pregnancy, breastfeeding and pride in motherhood is quite normal and in no way obscene. coque samsung She needs to set policy that respects women and mothers as they are the largest growing population on Facebook.

Nicole- As for me, I find navel piercings more challenging than bumps and boobs. I’m sure this phenomenon is all about boys making decisions. Was social network (the movie) sexist? No, they just didn’t involve women that is different from being anti-woman.

The more companies we start the more conversations we steer.

And so with these insights comes more questions.

Goodbye to Liz Taylor, an Extraordinary Female Legend

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor has passed away at the age of 79. coque samsung s7 edge And, Samsung coque a8 she will be missed as will all the beauty she brought to us.taylor120108_468x561

Let’s remember her this w3271979ay: Powerfully feminine, coque iphone occasion independent and deeply committed to making the world a better place….A woman of style and conviction….a woman of grace. coque imprimé huawei pas cher She lived with passion,