To Do List For My Dream Housekeeper

ImageDana from was a tidy child, a neat college student and a clutter-free adult. That is, until she had kids. (Sound familiar?) Now, with another spring cleaning adventure on the horizon, she wants a housekeeper more than anything.

Read her post to hear her interesting list of requests!

What do you dream of in a house cleaner? Tell us!

New Features on BigTent Groups!

We are thrilled to announce an upcoming release featuring Facebook sharing, sticky posts more!

Here is what you need to know about each of our new features:

Facebook Sharing

Part of a BigTent Group and a Facebook page? We are making it easier!
 With Facebook sharing, you will be able to post group Events, News, and Classifieds to your Facebook walls, group page and more!

Sticky Posts

Sticky forum posts are finally here!
 Groups now have a place to welcome new members, share forum guidelines, important announcements, and more.
Check out your BigTent Group to see all the new features.

6 Ways To Make Parenting Easier In The New Year


Parenting is a rewarding, and yet undeniably stressful job. Renowned parenting blogger Christine has 6 tips–from delegating chores to evaluating busyness–to save you time and sanity. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy family life a little more this year?

Read her post in which she shares some secrets of how she makes being a mom of two so easy!

What ways do you make parenting easier? Tell us!

Helping Victims Of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

As most of you have already heard, and BigTent have joined families! We are excited to start sharing some of our great tips, tools and resources, as well as showcase all of the wonderful groups here on BigTent. Be sure to tell us what you think, what you want to read about, and reach out if you want to participate. We look forward to hearing from you!

For our first post, we’d like to share something a little more personal from the family.  Our CEO, Sheila Marcelo, is from the Philippines and in the aftermath of the Typhoon Yolanda devastation, has been overwhelmed by numerous messages of concern and queries of how to aid the relief efforts.

Read her blog to hear her story and learn how you can help those affected by the disaster.

Free Webinar: Household Tax Talk – What You Really Need to Know

blog button2Do you employ a nanny, eldercare provider or other household help?

If so, you may not realize you’re entitled to certain tax breaks when paying your household employee legally, and your employee gains valuable protections and benefits.

Join us for a free webinar — “Household Tax Talk – What You Really Need to Know”– which will cover the basics of household payroll and tax requirements, plus dispel the most common household employment myths.

Household Tax Talk – What You Really Need to Know

Presenter: Stephanie Breedlove, Head of HomePaySM, Managed by Breedlove

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 25th at 1:00 PM EDT

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The true cost of paying your employee legally
  • A clear understanding of the law and the process
  • How to avoid the most common pitfalls

Learn more

Member Tip: How To Control Your Profile Privacy Settings

BigTent allows you ultimate control over your information. While group leaders may require certain information, such as address and phone number, to approve your membership, you can choose whether that information is shared with other group members.

Information about you is shared with other members on your profile and on the member list (if enabled by a group leader). There are two ways you can control what information is shared with other group members:

During registration:

1) Check the box to beside each piece of information if you would like it to be visible to group members on your profile and the member list (if enabled).

2) Complete the enrollment process.

If you are required to enter any information (address, kids’ information, etc.) which you are uncomfortable sharing with the group’s leaders, please contact a group administrator directly.

After you’ve registered:

1) Go to my bigtent > settings > profile privacy and choose your group from the drop-down menu.

2) Check the box next to any information you’d like to share with the group. Leave unchecked any information you don’t want other group members to see on the member list or your profile.

3) Save your changes.

To view your profile, go to my bigtent > profile. Use the drop-down menu to see how your profile looks to other members of your group(s). To edit any of the information on your profile, click “settings” and choose from the personal, contact, and family info tabs.

The BigTent Team

Admin Tip: How To Give Event Posting Permissions

As we enter into the holiday season, sharing of events becomes ever more important. In order to help manage your group events, you can give all members (or just one member) permission to post events to your BigTent group calendar. Here’s how:

1) Go to manage > manage membership > permissions.

2) Choose “events: [your group name] ” from the drop-down menu and click “Filter.”

3) Under “Post,” you’ll see your current permissions. If it says “all group moderators,” click “change”  and use the drop down to choose “all group members” and hit “submit.” This will give everyone in your group permission to post events to your calendar (e.g., they will all see the “Add event” link).

4) If you would rather only specific members have permission to post events, click “add a member” under “Post” and add the name or email of the specific member.

As always, please visit to find solutions to any BigTent questions, or please contact us at

Wishing you a great start to your October!


The BigTent Team

Member Tip: Using Bookmarks


Fall is a great time to get organized. Using bookmarks can be a great way to keep track of group content you find interesting, and to ensure that you see any updates to particular topics. When you see a forum topic, classifieds listing, or calendar event you want to tag, click the “Bookmark Now” link at the top of the page.


You’ll find a list of all your bookmarks at my bigtent > bookmarks. Content in your bookmarked items that is new or has been updated will be marked with a “new” icon. If there’s been an update to one of your bookmarks, you’ll also be notified with an alert in the Greetings Box. 

Please note that all content you create on BigTent is automatically bookmarked.

How do I add a bookmark?

1) You can bookmark almost any content on BigTent. To bookmark a forum topic, news post, or classified listing, click “bookmark now.”
2) To bookmark a person to stay updated on content he or she posts, click “Add to friends list” while viewing that person’s profile.
3) To bookmark a Review, click “Add to favorites” while viewing that Review.

How do I remove a bookmark?

There are a couple of options for deleting bookmarks.

To remove any type of bookmark:
1) Navigate to the bookmarks page by going to my bigtent > bookmarks.
2) Check the “remove” box next to the unwanted item(s).
3) Save your changes.

Another option to remove a forum topic bookmark:
1) View the forum topic.
2) Click “Remove Bookmark” at the top of the page.

How do I manage my bookmarks and how they update me of new content?

You can specify how bookmarks update you by default, and you can also specifcy how each individual bookmark updates you (e.g., if you want to get emailed immediately for a special topic, but generally want bookmark updates to appear online).
Learn more about managing bookmark notification options here:  Video & Guide: How do I use bookmarks to follow content that interests me?

The BigTent Team

It’s Back to School Time!

It’s that time of year again. While the weather cools down and the days get shorter, families are adjusting to having school become an integral part of their schedule. And if you have a child who is entering school for the first time, chances are this month is rather stressful for you!

If your child is a first-time rider of a school bus, here are some helpful pointers on how to ease their anxiety.

Clothes, backpacks, pencils, and now even iPads, are just a few of the items on parents’ shopping list. If you have a kindergartener, we suggest this handy holder for crayons, which is as fashionable as it is useful. For more shopping inspiration, check out DailyBuzz Moms.

Bullying has become a hot topic as of late, and it can be a good idea to prepare your child for how to handle prickly situations they may find themselves in either in the classroom or on the playground. Here are some pointers on how to bully-proof your child.

Preparing the packed-lunch menu can also be a stressful task for many parents. Here are 30 ideas for school lunches from Good Housekeeping, as well as a full array of delectably easy recipes from

Wishing your family a smooth transition into the school year!


The BigTent Team