Saturday Featured Blog | Newly Crunchy Mama of 3
Welcome to Simply Stacie’s Saturday Featured Blog!
Today I would like to welcome Brandy from Newly Crunchy Mama of 3. 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 Brandy, and I am the fun-loving, slightly frazzled, fluff-obsessed mama behind NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3.com. I am 29, soon to be 30, (how the heck did THAT happen?!) and I am the SAHM of 3 amazing kids. I have a 2 month old boy, Xander, a 15 month old, Sophie, both of whom are in cloth diapers, and I also have Kyle, an 11 year old who keeps me on my toes. I am married to a man who I have known since I was 13 years old, and he is truly my best friend and the best Daddy in the world! I have a wide variety of interests, and am always looking to try new things. Some of my favorite activities include cooking, reading, singing, playing guitar and piano, and spending time with my family and friends. I am also a beauty junkie, and addicted to cloth diapers.
Please tell me about your blog.
Newly Crunchy Mama Of 3 is my new blog. I did have a pregnancy blog, Oops I’m Pregnant Again, but once I had my youngest in January, I felt that I should graduate to bigger and better things. I was no longer experiencing any of my preggo pains, and was enjoying life as a mommy, and wanted a new blog that reflected upon my hectic adventures of being a mom of 2 babies and a preteen. I love reviewing products that I feel my readers may be interested in. I like to feature all types of products, although baby and beauty products are personal favorites of mine! I also love housewares, couple’s products, and everything in between, I am a very detail-oriented and honest blogger, and I like to find the humor in just about everything. I don’t “hide” behind the keyboard. I give 100% of myself in my posts, and I am not afraid to open up and speak my mind. If I am going through something, chances are, I will share about it. If I could offer support or make a difference to just one reader who may be going through similar things, I feel that it makes my “job” as a blogger worthwhile. Oh, did I mention I also love giveaways? 🙂
How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for about 9 months, although NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3.com was born in February, a few weeks after the birth of my son, Xander.
How did you get started?
It’s kind of funny. While I was pregnant with Xander, I was put on bedrest. I was soooo incredibly bored, and I found the wonderful world of blog giveaways. So I started entering them like crazy. I then decided to start my own blog. I love writing, and I love trying new products, so why not? I just knew it would be something I could be good at, and also a way I could help contribute to my family while I am home taking care of my babies.
What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
ANYTHING! I feel that with a baby, a toddler, a preteen, a man-child (husband), me, and a dog, I pretty much have all my bases covered! Yes, that’s me, the PR agent’s dream! I can literally review anything you could throw at me. I love cloth diapers, baby and kids’ products, and beauty products the best, though.
What was your favourite giveaway?
My favorite giveaways are actually in the works now, for my Mad About Mama Mother’s Day event! I have several wonderful giveaways coming,and I couldn’t be more excited about them! I have clothing, fluff, jewelry, some edible treats, and a few wonderful beauty products coming up!
Who does your blog appeal to?
I would hope that my blog would appeal to everyone! haha…I target mostly moms and families, but I think I have something that would appeal to any woman, mom or not.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I would LOVE to expand and have a bloggy-cult following, much like YOU do, Stacie! I dream of being able to host the huge giveaways and working with more awesome companies. Right now, my goal is to build up my numbers and hopefully get to work with Sunshine Kids (love their car seats) Britax, Summer Infant, Guidecraft, Melissa and Doug, and Little Tikes. Those are on my blogger wish-list!
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
Finding the time to enter all of the blog hops to increase my followers. Between taking care of the kids, the house, the hubby, and posting to my blog, I find very little time to enter all the hops I would like to. It is very time consuming. I need to revamp my schedule and MAKE time for that, since I am always looking for new blogs to read and love making bloggy friends.
What do you love about blogging?
I love everything about blogging! I love being able to share my thoughts and ideas, and to learn new things from other bloggers. I also love being able to try new products and share my opinions with my readers. I especially love hosting giveaways! I feel like Santa, and I love how excited my winners are when they get their notification!
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?
One word: Captcha.
Do you have any advice for the readers entering your giveaway? newbie review bloggers?
Extra entries. I always offer them, and they do make a difference! I use random.org to choose my winners, and the more entries you have, the better your chances are. So tweet, share, and vote away! It might just pay off in a big, bad way! Look! I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it,lol
Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.
Simply Stacie, of course! Boobies, Babies and a Blog, Biehl Adventures, Marlie and Me, Real Mom Reviews, Tatum’s Family Reviews, Happenings of the Harper Household, and a zillion others!