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Blog Spotlight | Growing a Baby in Seattle Reviews

I am running a feature spotlighting other Review & Giveaway Blogs. If you have one and would like to be featured, please email me at [email protected] (it’s free!).

Today I would like to welcome Carrie from Growing a Baby in Seattle Reviews. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…

Please tell me about yourself.

My name is Carrie, I’m mom to Ethan (2 1/2) and Vivian (7 months). We live in Seattle with my husband, just a few blocks north of the Space Needle. We love living in the city and spend lots of time going for walks and exploring museums and attending cultural festivals.

Please tell me about your blog.

My blog is a review blog, where I write about all the things that I use and love in my life as a mom. I started out writing about baby gear, but the focus has really expanded outward to include everything I like, including makeup, food, websites and toys.

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for a little over three years now, at my personal blog. I started doing the review blog in August 2009.

How did you get started?

During my second maternity leave I was looking for something to do with myself- not that I had a lot of spare time, but I was home with a toddler and a newborn, and they kept me busy, but didn’t engage my brain too much. I’ve been reading review/giveaway blogs for ages, so thought it would be a fun thing for me to do. Then I just began with writing about things that I had bought for my second child, things that I really liked and wanted other moms to know about!

What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?

As I mentioned above, it’s a bit of everything these days. Baby gear, toddler gear, toys, clothes, websites, makeup, skin care… if it crosses my path and I like it, I’ll write about it!

What was your favourite giveaway?

Definitely Mrs. Smith’s Diaper Bags. This is a product that I absolutely adore and the company let me giveaway two diaper bags. I was so excited to pick winners and see who had won!

Who does your blog appeal to?

Mainly moms and grandmothers, since I do write about a lot of baby/kid things.

What direction do you see your blog going in the future?

I’m hoping it’ll continue on the path that it’s on now- not a full-time job, but something fun that keeps me from going insane at home. I hope to be able to feature more products that my readers would like to learn about. Since my kids are the main testers, I imagine the products I feature will “grow up” as my kids do.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?

Finding things to review. When you start review blogging you have to work really hard to get products, sending lots and lots of emails to companies and PR people. It probably takes me 20 or 30 pitches to get one product, so it is pretty time-consuming.

What do you love about blogging?

I love writing, and I love “meeting” other moms online. Being a stay-at-home mom can be very isolating, but blogging makes me feel like I’m part of a great community. I’ve actually met several great real-life friends through blogging, and there are many other people that I only talk to on the computer, but that I consider to be good friends.
For the review blogging in particular, I love getting to try out new things that I either didn’t know about or couldn’t fit into the family budget. My other favorite thing is being able to help out start-up businesses or Etsy shops by featuring them on my blog. I love supporting other people who are following their passions!

Do you have a blogging pet peeve?

People who leave mean comments. I think everyone should abide by the old adage “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all!” Fortunately this doesn’t happen often to me. I’m glad!

Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?

For people entering the giveaways- please read the rules carefully! They aren’t always the same for every giveaway and it makes me sad when people work hard to enter and don’t do it right! For newbie review bloggers- be prepared to work hard, it does take time and effort to get things to review. And be very very organized- you don’t want to work hard to get something to review, then lose track of the item or somehow upset the company/PR person!

How can people find you?

http://www.growingababyreviews.com

 

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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