Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Survey Says...

Well, the majority of you who voted in my poll, said you'd like my reviews and giveaways posted on this same blog so you don't have to go to 2 separate places to read. That works for me. Some of you wrote and said you didn't like the reviews and giveaways at all. Here's the deal. I don't make any money on my blog. Now and then I have an ad or two on here and make a little bit, but for the most part, I only have PSAs and ads for friends on here. And that's fine with me. However, I do get approached by PR companies asking me to talk about/review/give away products every day. You might be surprised to know that I turn down more than half of them. I only agree to things that I really believe

A. I or my kids will like

B. are fun and unique

C. are a good value or great green idea

D. are things that my readers will enjoy

I don't accept money for writing about products *unless otherwise specified* because I want to make sure people understand that I only give honest opinions and am not being paid to say nice things. It's my goal to be transparant. I do take a free sample of the product because I'm not going to tell you it's great when I haven't even seen it. I'm not going to say it stands up to wear and tear by kids if my kids haven't had the chance to destroy it play with it. So, I take a sample and thoroughly check it out before writing a review and/or coordinating a giveaway. This is a little perk for my family. Like I said, I don't make money for all the time I spend working on my blog, so when I'm offered the chance to review a toy that my kids love or take them to events like Disney on Ice, I happily accept.

So, because the poll results said the majority wants everything on the same blog, I'm going to do that. But, for those of you who don't want to read about the products I review, I'll try to keep my product reviews to one day a week. I'll post a review and/or giveaway every Monday. If you don't want to see them, just don't check my blog on Mondays. Cool? Everybody happy? Now, if I could just send a nonfat double espresso caramel vodka latte grande to the 36% of you who voted for that...

* I was paid to write some articles for Goodnites and I'm being paid to do some work for V-Tech Toys.

Oh yeah! I suppose you all want to know the winner of the Whimsy ring. Without further ado :::drumroll::: the random winner is...

Here are your random numbers: 207

dgmommie said...
Night sky is beautiful!

Congratulations! Email me at mom2my6pack@aol.com with your shipping address and I'll get this out to you right away! Thank you to everyone who checked out these rings and left a comment. :)


Frau Mahlzahn said...

Thanks for this post. You explain your position very well. I admit, I was wondering about the give aways and reviews myself, but now that I know how you handle that, I don't have a problem with it (and if I had: there is still the thing with the free will -- nobody is forced to read something he or she doesn't like.)

So long,

Anonymous said...

I know you did the Kraft a while ago but did someone point this article out to you? ;)

Don't mind the reviews/giveaways though, even though not being a US citizen most of it doesn't apply to me...

Gayle said...

Do you have any recommendations for other moms who might like to review products to make some extra money? In this day and age, with the economy being so bad, any kind of extra money would be helpful. Being a single mother and raising my daughter and my niece, I need it even more, because I have no help from a husband or signifigant other. I know you kind of stumbled into this from a great story on Ebay- which is how I found out about you in the first place. So with that being said, what can other mother's do that may want to make some extra money from home while not taking time away from their children?

Love your blog so much and I am so happy that you are able to do this and still be with your kids!

Knitty said...

I hope nobody came on strong in their dissenting opinions. Regardless of what you are writing about on any given day, the price to read here is just right. There have been days I have skimmed your blog, maybe because your moon and my star weren't in alignment, but I didn't feel the need to red pencil your post or complain that your words didn't meet my needs or tickle my funny bone that day.

I hope the majority who leave comments are always positive and kind. Do unto others really is a good motto.

With that in mind, if you do get that nonfat double espresso caramel vodka latte grande, I really hope you will share.

Anonymous said...

I love, love the reviews. Its nice to have someone I trust to tell me if a product is good or not. Thanks and keep up the good work!

B said...

I too love your blog and reviews. I keep coming back for more. I like how real your blog is. Nothing is fake. Now thats my kinda blog. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I won! I'm off to email you my address right now. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

I was so excited about winning... not sure if I said it or not - THANK YOU!

Michelle said...

I love the addition of the vodka to that latte. Smart move. And I totally missed the poll. Lame me :)

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