Archive for October, 2013

Meet the Specialist- Allison DeCesere

Monday, October 28th, 2013

rsz_headshotAlthough I did not plan it intentionally, this month marks two years of publishing our Bridal Specialist column on Here Comes a Bride.  Since this column began on October 24, 2011, Allison DeCesere has provided our readers with advice for a plethora of their wedding quandaries.  Allison is the co-owner of My Bridal Dream, along with Tia Lori Bergeron.  Dedicated to helping brides plan the wedding of their dreams, My Bridal Dream currently is helping brides find vendors in New Hampshire.

Today I’m pleased to introduce you to Allison.

MPK: Our readers know you simply as our bridal specialist.  What is your role in the world of weddings?

AD: I am the co-founder of MyBridalDream, a website that helps match brides with vendors that meet her specific needs.  I am also a self proclaimed, wedding addict.  I love weddings and always have.

MPK: You cover a variety of topics in your weekly column.  What is your favorite part of wedding planning?

AD: Reception décor.  I know it sounds funny but there is so much you can do with decorating for a  wedding.  The sky is really the limit.  It’s your one chance to have your personality shine through while throwing the biggest party of your life.

MPK: You are co-founder of My Bridal Dream. What do you like best about this online resource?

AD: The best part of MyBridalDream is how it actually makes wedding planning easier for the brides.  There are a ton of lists of wedding vendors out there.  You can find them online and even in print but we are the only website that allows a bride to answer questions about who she is looking for and we narrow down her list of potential vendors based on her answers.  You can even get reviews and hear what other brides have to say about these vendors.  Plus communication with them is even easier because you can use our internal email system to send an anonymous message eliminating the dreaded 100 emails in your work inbox from vendors or sites that have sold your personal information.

MPK: What was the inspiration for creating My Bridal Dream?

AD: Wedding planning.  I had helped many friends and family members plan weddings.  We would spend countless hours scouring the internet, looking through magazines and going to bridal shows all over.  Then you’d still have to call each one to get more information to even see if they would meet our needs.  I knew there had to be a better way.  Turns out there wasn’t, so I created it with MyBridalDream.

MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?

AD: I didn’t get married until I was 35.  As much fun as wedding planning is, I still recognize that it is the most important decision you will make in your personal life.  Finding the right person for you is all that really matters.  Weddings are great and fun and I absolutely love them, but you really need to find your best friend because the party ends and real life begins.  I was lucky enough to find mine, and he was more than worth the wait.

Fill Your Bookshelves

Monday, October 21st, 2013

paperback_booksMost of my workday focuses on the world of the internet.  My livelihood is supported by PeKu and its presence on the web.  I love having this career, even with the occasional technical glitch.  However, when my projects are done for the day, I love to close my laptop and immerse myself in the world of print.

Maybe it is because my day is spent in front of a screen, but thus far I have chosen not to use an eReader.  Rather, I prefer to read from actual books.  There is something about the weight of a book, the sound of the page turning that comforts me like a fuzzy blanket.  It is a love that I shared with my children when they were younger.  I can’t imagine having read to them from a Nook or an iPad; the experience seems completely different.

Because of my love for books, I visit our library regularly.  I also am involved with our library, serving as the president of our Friends of the Library group.  We’re a small library with an even smaller Friends group, but we do manage to find ways to support our library.  Every year we purchase museum passes for the patrons to use.  We contribute to Love Your Library Month.  We provide funding for a small portion of library programming.  Currently, we are holding our annual porch sale, selling books for ridiculously low prices.  (Hard covers, 2 for $1.00, anyone?)

As I stop by the library to restock the sale with more books or to choose a new read for myself, I always feel so fortunate to be surrounded by so much literature.  Books own a large space in my life.  Whether it is a book I borrow or buy, it has a permanent place in my mental library.  Through reading I’ve experienced adventures and learned facts.  While I am not a hermit that doesn’t like to leave her house, reading gives me extra opportunity to see more of the world.

The next time that you have an hour of free time, consider spending some of it with a book.  Whether you grab a classic off your bookshelf, stop by the library, or visit your local bookstore, take time to reacquaint yourself with the beauty and wonder of written words.

5 for October

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Top 5 at PKPWhat’s new at PeKu this month?  Here’s a quick peek at five highlights.

  1. Couch Tuber reborn– Last week we launched a brand new version of our tv publication.  Not only is there a new look for the website but we also have changed the format of the articles.  Rather than highlighting tv shows by their genre, each week we highlight the best, the worst, and one in between.
  2. ‘Bout Books redesigned– Although not undergoing a change as big as Couch Tuber, ‘Bout Books has a new look.  Still featuring book reviews of recently published books, we cover many genres and all age groups.  Each month a topic is highlighted with a percentage of our reviews dedicated to that topic.  This month we’re focused on Halloween and have some great recommendations for our readers.
  3. New editor– Although the change in staff occurred in September and has been visible on our Team page, it seemed worthy of note in this column.  Lori Sciame has left the role of associate editor but has stayed as a columnist.  Kimberly Hays has taken the role of associate editor covering four of sections, including Circuitry, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, and Style.
  4. New(ish) writer–  Joe Lawrence returned to writing for us in the past month.  Joe had been an original member of our team, writing for us from the summer of 2008 through early 2011.  He has rejoined the team and will be writing on health, fitness, and parenting.
  5. More boards– One of our communications specialists has been busy over the past month, creating five new boards.  These include Today’s Top TV, Feathers Fins and Fur, Health & Happiness, Tech Town, Wanderlust. These are in addition to many other fun boards.  If you haven’t started following us, check us out on Pinterest today.

It’s been a busy month here, but when isn’t it a busy month?  Here’s to a terrific October!

October Highlights

Monday, October 7th, 2013

OctoberWe may be seven days into the month, but it is only the first Monday in October.  Here in New Hampshire, the nights are colder, and the leaves are turning brilliant shades of orange, yellow, and red.  Pumpkins are everywhere- decorating homes and appearing in almost food and beverage available.  I love this time of year.  The days are warm enough that there’s no need for multiple layers of clothes, but the nights have a delightful chill to them.  Perfect for sleeping with the window cracked and an extra blanket.

At PKP, we are embracing October in many different ways.

  • ‘Bout Books– For many children (and adults), October is all about Halloween.  This month we will be reviewing an assortment of books, both fiction and nonfiction, children’s and adult literature, in hopes of helping you find the perfect seasonal read.
  • Health Eagle– Probably one of the best known monthly health observances is breast cancer awareness.  We, too, will be covering this important health topic, sharing the latest data and educating our audience.
  • Outdoors Eagle– Our destination for October is right in my backyard.  Lake Winnipesaukee is a great place for boating, fishing, hiking, and more.  Plus, at this time of year, the foliage is simply breath taking.

For me personally, I look forward to the delights of October.  The scent of mulled cider simmering on our store.  The taste of a crisp apple, freshly picked at a local orchard.  The warm flicker of a candle in our living room on a cool evening.  The cheers of the crowd at the local high school football game.  The comfort of fuzzy socks on a chilly weekend morning.

October holds so much to enjoy.  Be sure to take some time to savor it.