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Saturday Featured Blog: Mommy Living the Life of Riley!


Today I would like to welcome Melissa from Mommy Living the Life of Riley! 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 former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley.

Since staying home, I’ve learned about many new things, such as parenthood, contests, and finally, blogging. I also love to cook, create handmade crafts of all kinds, as well as being a total technology junkie!

Lastly, I am involved in starting a home business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I’ve patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go.

Please tell me about your blog.

My blog is about my interests now, such as parenthood, contests and sweepstakes. I always try to give my point of view on a variety of topics and infuse those opinions with plenty to make you smile! I’m reviewing products and hosting giveaways here too!

How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging last February and can’t believe it’s already been a year…boy, did the time fly by!

How did you get started?

As a new stay-at-home mom, I was looking for a fun and interesting social outlet for as well as a great way to keep my mind active since leaving the education field. Blogging definitely provided both of these things as well as a fun way to help make ends meet!

What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?

Anything family-friendly…if I like it, then I’ll feature it!

What was your favourite giveaway?

Probably the Oreck Edge giveaway…it was hard to write a not-so-glowing review for an $800 vacuum cleaner, but I am proud that I stuck to my guns and wrote my honest opinion anyway.

Who does your blog appeal to?

I think my blog appeals to parents, primarily. My writing seems to slant toward the family life and my readers can definitely identify with that.

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

I would love to partner with other moms out there who are interested in writing regularly for my blog, though honestly, I don’t know where to begin with that.

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

Writing at least one product review a day…when family life calls, it is hard to juggle it all, especially when I am also trying to launch our Toothpaste 2 Go home business too. But I am proud to say that I’ve always stuck to my review schedule and managed to get it all done.

What do you love about blogging?

I’ve learned so much about parenthood, children, WordPress, computers, SEO, etc. I wouldn’t even know where to start! I love learning new things, so blogging has definitely been a blessing to me.

Do you have a blogging pet peeve?

I guess the biggest pet peeve I have with blogs is when they take 30 seconds or more to load. Speed is very important when running a blog, for no one wants to hang around and wait that long to read what you have to say.

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

Newbie review bloggers need to realize that this is definitely NOT easy and will require a lot of work, patience, organization and diligence in order to reap the rewards.

Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.

Why yours of course! 🙂

How can people find you?

I’m frequently chatting it up on Twitter (@melissaaggie98), Facebook (Mommy Living the Life of Riley) and of course, on my own blog!


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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