i’ve been steering away from product reviews and sponsored posts over the past year or so.
i did enjoy writing for the blogher/Huggies campaign, which was great because the content was ad-free [had nothing to do with Huggies, but was just baby-centric posts] and because — well, the extra funds really helped during a year with a lot of expenses. i justified the purchase of our treadmill with those checks, and to this day i am still thrilled with the purchase even though it’s been weeks since my last indoor run [not sure why!].
ANYWAY. this post is not about finances or diapers [by the way, we don’t even use Huggies, except for their swim diapers! sshh.] i just wanted to say that in the future, you will only see ‘sponsored’ references that are:
— a truthful and balanced review of something that i actually was interested in trying out
— related to causes and/or people that i personally believe in.
which takes us to today’s shameless plug:
she opened up her brick & mortar store in cary, NC nearly 1 year ago. and now, yarn addicts from farther away have the option of perusing her wares from afar. she specializes in fancy hand-dyed yarns, many from small home-grown operations themselves, but also carries some standard brands. i can’t say much more because i have no idea what i’m talking about, because i’ve never knit anything in my life. but her store looks like the kind of place i would want to shop if i were into yarn! and i figured perhaps some of you are, so . . . just wanted to throw it out there.
she is offering you all a 10% discount on top of the rewards program that they have ($15 off of $150), so really you all could score a total of 20% off!
just head to the shop
and enter the code: shubox
the code is only good until 8/15. you will have to let me know if you check it out!
more later from miami. getting [sort of] settled. feeling completely scattered. apparently moving to a new place with about 2 hours/day to get anything productive done will do that to you . . .
mother of 3 // MD // south floridian // ESFJ // upholder.
into: planners, great food, running, reading, writing, mornings, podcasting, and coffee.
You will never catch me with a pair of knitting needles in my hands, but I have to say, that yarn shop looks positively blissful. Colors! Softness! Lovely!
I crochet (occasionally) and need to start a be blanket for the newest addition…as soon as I finish Benjamin’s. At this point my goal is to be able to give it to him when he is ready for a blanket in his crib 🙂 My mom also crochet each kid two afghans, so I will send her to your sister’s shop to check it out!
totally acceptable to plug your own sister. i, personally, do not like/appreciate when blogs review things that are mailed to them (or the like) to "try" or whatever. it just seems very fake.
with that said, at least you’ve got some guidelines. got to be tough to give a balanced review when something is free, but i am sure you can make it work
Yeah, I know what you mean about those "reviews". Don’t worry- I have none planned right now, and don’t know if I’ll ever do any again! But if the right opportunity presented itself (a running gadget, interesting book, child-related product that I truly wanted to try) then I wanted to leave the option open. Plus, trying to put a truly honest review out there might counter some of the more ad-like copy. Maybe 🙂