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Blog Spotlight | Reviews from the Nuthouse

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Today I would like to welcome Shannon from Reviews from the Nuthouse. I had a chance to learn more about her blog and here’s what she had to say…

Please tell me about yourself.

I’m a SAHM to two girls (ages 7 & 9) and have been happily married to my husband for 12 years. I’m (slightly) addicted to Jane Austen, Coca-Cola, and most reality-TV.

Please tell me about your blog.

Review from the Nuthouse is a place where I can share and promote products that are “family-friendly”.

How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging since July 2008 on my personal blog, but just started my review blog in February 2010.

How did you get started?

I started my personal blog as a way to keep family and friends up to date on what was happening with me, my hubby and kids. I’d been thinking about doing product reviews for awhile, and finally decided to take the plunge a month or so ago.

What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?

My intent with the review blog is to review and promote “family-friendly” products, especially those that are environmentally-friendly. I also have a mild love affair with Etsy, and would love to feature more handmade products!

What was your favorite giveaway?

I’ve only done about half a dozen giveaways so far… they’ve all been great!

Who does your blog appeal to?

I’d say mostly women/moms!

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

I just want to continue having fun doing reviews!

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

Since my review blog is new, I’d say the biggest challenge has been getting the word out about it and getting followers. I’ve been declined for a few product reviews due to my lack of followers/subscribers (which I totally understand! Companies want to be sure a review post is going to be seen by the most people possible, after all) but I’m getting there!

What do you love about blogging?

Definitely the connections you make with other people!

Do you have a blogging pet peeve?

If it’s anything, it’s not having your email attached to your Blogger profile! When someone leaves a comment, I very much want to reply back and it’s so much easier to do that via email.

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

When entering giveaways, be sure to read the stipulations. I hate having to disqualify an entry because they didn’t adhere to what was mandated. As for review bloggers, I’d say focus on what products you’d like to secure for reviews. I’m a mom of 2 girls… I’m not going to review (and endorse!) football gear or action figures, since those are not items MY girls are into.

Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.

I have so many favorites… and for different reasons! One blog I recently came across that has now become a favorite is Couponing to Disney (http://www.couponingtodisney.com) We took our first family vacation to Disney World in 2007 and ever since, I’ve wanted to go back… I’m determined to prove to my husband we CAN afford it! Couponing to Disney is all about how to pay for a trip to Disney World by being a smart shopper.

How can people find you?

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NutHouseReviews

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reviews-from-the-NutHouse/112709982073616

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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