Be Out There e-book cover


Mark your calendar! You’re invited to a summer celebration not to be missed! No need to book a babysitter. Your kids can come too. Just log onto Twitter tomorrow at 1 p.m., and join Caitlynn and I as we celebrate the release of the National Wildlife Federation’s  e-Book entitled Be Out There: Cool Outdoor Ideas for Hot Summer Days. Click here to RSVP!


I’ve teamed up with National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement and The Motherhood to encourage families to spend time outdoors, even in the summer heat. Along with other mom bloggers, we’ll chat about our ideas for fun-filled summer days with your kids! Using the e-book as a resource, you’ll have plenty of fun and feasible activities for all different occasions to suggest kids of all ages.


And just for being the loyal DFTM reader that you are, here’s a party favor–a free, downloadable copy of the e-Book! In addition to this super cool book, you’ll have the chance to win super cool prizes, like Visa gift cards and a Be Out There t-shirts




In addition to the hosts, check out other like-minded mammas who will join the conversation.

All Things Fadra: @allthingsfadra

Green Mama’s Pad: @GreenMamasPad

Jolly Mom: @JollyMom

Li’l Kid Things: @AndreaUpdyke

Live.Do.Grow.: @ElenaSonnino

Mom in the City: @mominthecity

Mom Start: @MomStart

MommyCoddle: @mommycoddle

Mommy Instincts: @mommyinstincts

Rockin’ Mama: @RockinMama

Stuff Parents Need: @tiffanyblogs

Nicki’s Random Musings: @nickicoupons

This Mama Loves: @brettbmartin

Tropic Home and Family: @Tropic_of_Mom


Hey DFTM Fam–What are your cool outdoor ideas on hot summer days?


About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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