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Blog Spotlight | Second Time Around

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Today I would like to welcome Rachel from Second Time Around. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…

Please tell me about yourself. 

I am a SAHM to a 18 month old boy who is my pride and joy! I have been married for 5 years to my High School Sweetheart. I love to read, ride horses, make crafts with my son and just play with him, bake, play games with my family, take bubble baths, watch movies, and of course…blog!

Please tell me about your blog.

This is my second blog. My first blog is dedicated to my son and is more of my personal journal about him and all his stages. This one is called Second Time Around because I feel like I am in my “Seconds” with everything. My son is experiencing all of his second holidays, we are trying to buy our second house, and we are trying for our second baby. In between my ramblings I also do reviews and giveaways since I love trying out new products and sharing them with everyone!

How long have you been blogging? 

I started blogging almost 18 months ago (shortly after my son was born), but I didn’t start this blog until August ’09.

How did you get started?

I stumbled upon blog giveaways and I entered a few and actually won. That was all it took, I was hooked! After a few months of winning I began to toss the idea around of starting my own giveaway blog. A friend offered a product that she makes to give away and that was the push I needed and it’s just blossomed since.

What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?

I feature children/baby products, clothing, family friendly products, books, and anything that I find that I love and want to share with others!
What was your favourite giveaway?
That is a tough question because I have had so many that are my favorites! I had a Plan City Airport from Plan Toys that had a really great response and was a lot of fun! I am also really excited about my DownEast Clothing giveaway which I haven’t posted yet, that should be happening later in January!Who does your blog appeal to?
I hope it appeals to everyone! =) I think my majority of my readers are young moms who can relate to what I am going through…and of course people who like to enter giveaways!What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I see my blog going far and I’m hoping to one day have enough reviews/giveaways so that I post at least one each day….and also where I don’t have to contact companies, because they will all be contacting me! =)What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
Customizing my own blog since I don’t have money to pay someone to do it. I’m not computer savvy at all, so I’ve just been learning as I go! Also, computer problems since I don’t have a laptop and our computer is located in our basement, so it’s not in a convenient spot to quickly check my e-mails or blog a quick post. Our computer is also very temperamental, so sometimes the time it takes me to post one post, I could have posted three!
What do you love about blogging?
I love meeting other bloggers and I love having a creative outlet that I can go to. I also love discovering new products and hosting giveaways!Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
When people enter my giveaways and say they did something (like follow my blog) and they really didn’t. To me, that’s cheating.Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
My advice for people entering my giveaways and for newbie review bloggers is the same…Always check your junk/spam folder DAILY! I have found so many e-mails in my junk folder that didn’t belong there such as e-mails from other bloggers telling me I won on their blog, companies asking me to do a review or replying to my request to do a review, or my readers replying to their winning e-mails. So, be sure you check it as often as you check your regular mail so you don’t miss out!Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
The Mommy-Files
Freebies 4 Mom
The Adventures of Paul & Natalie
Kindred Spirit Mommy
Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves
I’d Rather Be Changing Diapers
Sweeps4bloggersHow can people find you?
They can find me at You can also find me on Twitter: @tobinsmommy08.

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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