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Blog Spotlight | 20 to Life

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]

Today I would like to welcome Joe from 20 to Life. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…

Please tell me about yourself.

Well, I’m a mom of 5 – 2 boys, 3 girls and am from New Zealand. Happily married to my soulmate (cliche, I know) annnnnd – LOVE to blog! It’s almost an addiction I think …

Please tell me about your blog.

My blog started as a way to waste time really, then I figured a friend of mine could use it to advertise her local business, and then that evolved into a giveaway blog. But really, I like to leave comments about my day – my kids, frustrations, all the good stuff that comes with parenting. πŸ˜€

How long have you been blogging?

Technically I’ve been blogging for about 2 years, but only seriously for about 3 months or so.

How did you get started?

I started when my mother in New Zealand complained that I never answered my phone enough so she never got to hear what was going on with our family, so it was an ode to her, kind of πŸ˜‰

What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?

I like anything that really appeals to me. Things that as a Mom, make my life easier or more fun. Soaps, chocolate (oh yeeeeees), clothing, kids toys, jewelery, books, anything that helps me really!. I’m also looking to expand onto bigger companies (BUT I LOVE etsy stores, so I want to keep promoting smaller stores, because I love the fact that there are Moms out there who can create amazing products and do it while watching all their kids, AND turn it into a business. It’s impressive!)
Also at some point, I want to expand into “preparedness” type products (we’re LDS, “mormons”) so I want to feature stores and companies that help families with food storage, camping supplies, hunting and gun type things (and that would require my husband to join me on the blog, so yay!)

What was your favourite giveaway?

My favorite giveaway was my first! Krishala Burchill agreed to let me do a giveaway of some amazing paintings she does and shes based in Switzerland (London born though) and was SO lovely, and she had so much talent I was honored to show case her pieces. I’ll never forget that one!

Who does your blog appeal to?

Hopefully my blog appeals to everyone – but I like people with a quirky sense of humor – sarcasm, and able to take a joke. Laid back, happy and NO NEGATIVITY! Moms, Dads, women – basically anyone who is interested in anything I have to say, lol.

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

I’d like to take my blog to the big leagues. The blogs where you know the name when you hear it. Thats my ultimate goal, so we’ll see, and I’d also love to be able to meet other Blog Moms by attending the blog mom get togethers. BlogHer etc. I love that other moms out there have the same passion as I do for blogging, and like attracts like!

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

The biggest challenge so far has been people following me because they’re interested in my blog, not because I follow them, they follow me kind of thing. I like people who want to be on my blog because they’re intrigued, and like the advice, tips etc. I have.
Oh! And also, not having enough time to get all my reviews, and giveaways posted and kept straight. Wow does that drive me nuts – I have so much sratch paper everywhere since I’m definitely NOT an organized type, so keeping them all straight is tough, lol.

What do you love about blogging?

I love being able to be myself with blogging, and having a response from other like minded moms. I love that they can relate – and the being-comrades. Finding other moms, no matter where they live, that have the same problems and thought process’ and can sympathize. I enjoy meeting other mom bloggers who just have a spark about them that makes my day brighter thanks to them.

Do you have a blogging pet peeve?

YES! My pet blogging peeve are people who do giveaways to “get” something free from it. It isn’t to bring attention to a company who are trying to get their name out there, it’s to get something for free. I HATE that! And also blog snobs. Another pet peeve.

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

Any advice I would give would be to BE YOURSELF. Not to try and emmulate another blog, have something unique – something “you” to put out there. And I also love to help “newbies” overcome the difficulties in the beginning, so I love when people contact me for “secrets” to blogging!

Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.

I LOVE 5 Minutes for Mom, JLeigh Designz, (they actually have their own folder in my email, lol) Simply Stacie (not because you’re asking me all these questions, because I’ve looked around, and you have a sense of style, and uniqueness and also genuine interest in other blogs, I like that), Midday Escapades, Piece of Me, Eighty MPH Mom, basically any button on my sidebar – I love them all, and they’re regular reads for me!

How can people find you?

I’m found at http://twentytolifeblog.blogspot.com, my Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/20-To-Life-Blog/315968967291?ref=ts and Twitter as @Malisce – also I’m on MBC, Twitter Moms, the PR Place – all those great sites!

I want to add that even being a “veteran” blogger you can make mistakes – and I’m only a “beginner”, so I face all those horrid problems of self doubt – did I do it right? Will anyone enter? Have I ticked someone off by entering their giveaway wrong? But at the end of the day – everyone out there understands, we’ve all been there before, and I LOVE how Mom Bloggers all rally around to help out another blogger that they’ve never before met. It gives the blog world a real sense of “family” and I adore that. πŸ˜€

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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