brands & bloggers: my advice

When I created my blog, I never ever knew there was a business behind it.  I simply desired to write and share what was my life and loves, in hopes to connect with other women and moms out there.
Crazily, within weeks I was being sent pitch after pitch offering me products and opportunities, if only I’d share about them with my readers.

At first, I got caught up in the “What?!? Free awesome stuff???  Yes please!!!”  And I started reviewing water filters, shampoos, and other random items for FREE.  And suddenly I had so much “stuff” and so many reviews to write, that the lure of it all became less appealing.

Thankfully with time, I have learned so much about this blogging world and how it really all works behind the scenes.
(okay, well kind of.)
(actually, I only know what Mama Kat teaches me when we get together.)

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And while I may not be the expert of all things blogging, I do know as a writer and as an “influencer,” how I want to work with brands.  And especially how I want brands to work with me.

So if I had a chance to give brands advice on how to work with bloggers, here’s what I would offer:
(Just one moment, while I grab my soap box…)

#1: Know who you are working with.  My name?  It’s Summer.  Not blogger.  Not Blog.  Not even Le Musings.  It’s Summer.  And I get super happy when I hear people use my actual name, so know you can get much further with me by doing that.

#2: Know my brand.  I am a lifestyle blog.  Sometimes I blog about fashion.  Sometimes beauty.  Sometimes parenting, and sometimes about my personal life.  For example, I do NOT blog about loving to cook and especially not on how to grow male body parts in 15 minutes…  If I’m going to take on a project with a brand, it’s because I LOVE what it is or what it’s about, and I can’t wait to share it with my readers who I know will likely feel the same way.

#3:  Know my readers, because they are like my best friends.  Without them, I wouldn’t have anyone to share your products with.  Plus, they’re kind of amazing and totally worth getting to know.

#4:  Value my time and realize that blogging is more than a hobby.  I am passionate about what I do, so much so, that I take time and effort to make it the best it can be.  And that includes whatever I do when working with you.  Promise.

#5:  Stick around.  Relationships only getting better with time, and if things go well in the beginning, a beautiful bond has potential to grow.  There are many brands I have such a love and loyalty to because of how well we’ve worked together AS well as I love their products.
If you’re a brand looking to work with online influencers, learn more about BlogFrog’s Brand Solutions here.
As a part of the BlogFrog Influencer Circle, I have the chance to create meaningful, authentic content for brands I love.  If you’re a blogger interested in new opportunities, join BlogFrog’s Influencer Circle and check out some of the top brands already working with BlogFrog.
Now, I’m curious. What do you love most about blogs and blogging?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogFrog
The opinions and text are all mine.
© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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estrea skincare giveaway winner

Gigi!!! 
You are the BIG winner of the Estrea Skincare Giveaway! 
{email me with your shipping info!}
You guys.
I have a TON of kind of amazing stuff to giveaway to you guys, so stick around.  
Next one starts on MONDAY.
xoxo
© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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sum mo of my peeps, yo

So, I think it’s high time to tribute a few more of my favorite blogs and bloggers! (Of course I have more…so hang tight, eventually I will feature them all!)
On the Trail of Plastic Snappy Things: I love when a blog is not only funny and so totally real, but it’s also well written. This blog has it all!
Diane’s Added Ramblings: Again with the funny, true and well written. In fact, she’s so wise that often times we blog about the same things! It may be hard to believe that there’s someone else out there with not only my wit but my wisdom as well…but I think Diane may come close.
Sassy Secrets of a True Blue Housewife: This Mama is sassy and I love it. I like a chick who’s not afraid to call it what it is. But somehow she can make you laugh at the same time. She’s crafty too…for those of you who like that sort of thing. Me? I’ll just pay her to do it.
Lacey in Love: Fashionable, sweet, talented & crafty, this girl is one of my faves. She inspires me, makes me laugh, and makes me miss the days before kids.
flibbertigibbet: Two Words. Hi Larious.
Falling out of the Wardrobe: This very well could be my son’s future mother in law. Her daughter Lucy and Taylor have a on and off love affair at preschool. And I’m totally okay with that arranged marriage because Lucy’s mom, Bethany, cooks and bakes. And she promised she would do all the family holiday meal stuff. Now, that’s my kind of arrangement. Anyway, her blog is funny and her photography is amazing.
Le Musings of Moi….oh wait, that’s mine. But, I do love it. What can I say?
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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blogversation topic and other stuff

Okay, so I will do my best to let you guys know on Wednesday’s what the Blogversation topic will be.
This week we’re moving away from, I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours. And instead, we’ll just have topics.
This time it’s all about something we’re desperate to know.
Discipline. What Works For You?
It can be related to your dog, your children, your husband…yourself…whatever. Just tell us what works. So we can all learn.
So there’s that.
Also, I’m waiting on a few more things for The Care Package Giveaway, so I am extending the giveaway for one more week.
And finally, tomorrow I’m guest blogging for Tiffany from SITS…If you get a chance go over and check it out. You will be ever so inspired for doing so.
***Edited to Add: I just realized that I was supposed to guest post Tuesday, not Thursday!!! Oh my brain. This is why a girl should not go “hard core” in her eating ways. My mind is gone. I have failed at guest blogging. But, I posted anyway, and javascript:void(0)tomorrow Tattooed Minivan Mom will be taking it away.***
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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blog stuff you definitely need to know

…a few things here, and luckily I love you enough to share it all with you. Now get out your pen and paper and take some notes.
First of all, let me talk about how I really really want to reply to your comments through my email….but so many of you aren’t getting them. Instead, no-reply@blogger.com is getting them, hence all this time you may have been feeling unloved. And I just can’t have that. I’m a lover. And when there happens to be some feeling unloved by moi, then I feel sad. And we definitely definitely can’t have that.
So, here’s what you need to know.

The first thing you need to do is open an email account just for your blog. It’s free to do through Yahoo, Gmail, or Hotmail. Easy Peasy. Why open an email account just for your blog? Well, it’s kind of nice to keep it separate from your personal email account. This is your blog and if people are reading it, you need to treat it a little like a business. It’s not a “have to”, it’s just a suggestion. 

Now, go into your profile page and choose “edit your profile”. Check the box that says “show my email address”. Then, on that same page under Identity, type in your email where it says “Email address”.  What happens is when you leave someone a comment and blogger puts your comment into THEIR email account, all they have to do is hit reply and they can send a response into YOUR email account. Sometimes it’s nice to reply to someone’s comment specifically instead of going to their blog and leaving them a random comment to a question they might have asked on your blog.

Okay got that? Now, I can actually reply to your comments that I’ve so come to depend on.
Next, you need to know that next week will be another giveaway AND I will guest blogging at Tiffany’s (from SITS) blog on Thursday. It just may be my best blog….EVER!!! Cause you know, only the best for Tiffany.
So, okay then, that about covers it for today.
Lesson over.
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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my blog roll, part one



I want to highlight some of the blogs that I read and let you know just why I love them. If you want my favorite fashion blogs, click here.
Laughing Through the Chaos: Sera is so sweet and incredibly funny. There’s nothing off limits with her. And it’s refreshing to read her stuff, because it just goes to show you’re never alone in anything! She’s also amazing at leaving comments, (hint hint), and she always makes me feel loved.
Made by Girl: Jennifer is an amazing artist and she has the cutest stuff on her blog and her etsy shop. That Love Print I showed on my ode to etsy is one of hers.
Oh My God, I’m a Mom: This mom cracks me up. I have a thing for honest moms who are able to share the trials of motherhood and somehow manage to make it funny. She absolutely does that. I love it. I have yet to read a post I didn’t like. Plus, I think we live in the same town, and that makes her even more awesome.
Sippy Cup Chardonnay: Ahhh, Rachel. My old neighbor and one of my favorite friends. It was because of her family blog that I even began blogging myself. Not only is she one of the sweetest people I know, but she’s also an incredible writer.
“Deal”icious Mom: I found this blog through Entrecard, and she’s my go to girl for all my deals and steals. I have been able to get a lot of awesome FREE magazine subscriptions, toothpastes, reusable bags….and so much more. This is one you totally need to follow.
LuLu & Moxley: I just happened upon this blog a couple of weeks ago, and I actually was laughing out loud while I was reading it. Although she’s a mother of twins, most of her blog is snarky talk about reality tv and celebrities. And we all know just how much I love both of those! In fact, I think she might just be my blogging soul mate.
Baby on Bored: An author and blogger, she is another mom who takes motherhood trauma and makes it funny. I love her bluntness and honesty. It’s refreshing. And of course, what awesome blog wouldn’t be complete if she didn’t also follow and provide opinions on pop culture? Oh yes, she covers it all.
Okay, so obviously my blog list is much longer, but this is just the start. Part Two coming soon!
Now go check out Jay @ Halftime Lessons. He’s doing some amazing stuff for cancer research. You have to be a part of it. Or at the very least encourage him in what he’s doing. And yes, he’s a favorite on my blog list too. He also thinks my videos are funny. But, since today’s not about me, I won’t go there right now.
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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things i love: sits

Remember when I felt all big headed for a day because SITS discovered my amazing talent and put me on their saucy blogs list for a week?
Not only do I love them for that, but it has also been so fun checking in on their site every day. I love finding new blogs to read, more motivation to write, and amazing ideas for the family and home.
I have definitely found a few favorites from their site…
Sippy Cup Chardonnay: My neighbor and one of my favorite writers!
Pennies in My Pocket: She will find you all the deals and save you money!
Chatting at the Sky: Funny and deep, a good mix of both.
I Don’t Think I’m a Grown Up Yet: Super sweet girl and a great writer.
Octamom: Inspiring, inspiring, inspiring.
© 2008 “Le Musings of Moi”
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i’m saucy, did you know? SITS did!

Can I just say, I love SITS?

After a sleepless night due to the kickboxer in my belly and the insomniac 3 year old that wakes at least as many times as his age throughout the night, I finally decided to pull out my laptop at 6am to do some research. My google search went something like this, “how not to freak out on your child who is waking up 3 plus times a night.”

Anyway, before such research began, I stopped by SITS to see what what up with the girls today, and which hot blog was being featured. To my sleepy surprise, I saw to the left under Saucy Blogs a link to MOI!!!! This alone was reward enough for the pain I’ve endured over the last 10 hours.

I used to think only a morning diet coke could solve my problems, but SITS has come to the rescue!

I’m saucy! Who knew? (well, I did, of course.)

© 2008 “Le Musings of Moi”
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