I am Olivia Winn, and my mother created This Mom Loves. I can’t remember a time when she was not a blogger- writing on the weekends, going on trips and taking photos for others to see. And it definitely has pros.
First, free stuff! People send things to mom, or let her go on trips and take us along, so she will write about it. My sister and I love to sort through big boxes, deciding who gets what… though in the end we don’t actually get to keep all of it! (For some reason, mom thinks we already have enough stuff and she likes to donate it or share it at school. Which we actually do understand.) I especially love the Hallmark ‘itty bittys’- I currently have fifteen!
I have also had great experiences with my family because of the blog. For example, last summer we visited the Corus building. I was shown where parts of my favorite TV shows are recorded, I went down a two-floor slide, I stood in front of a plant wall, and I still sleep with the Disney Channel blanket they gave me every night! Over the years we have been to cool places like Santa's Village, Centreville, Casa Loma, Disney on Ice, Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, a boat cruise, different hotels and movies and way more, all for This Mom Loves.
Mom gets to interview cool people...and when she was talking to Kortney Wilson from Masters of Flip on the phone my sister even got to say hi to her!
My mom always asks us before she shows pictures of us...and sometimes I say no, or that I want her to take a different shot! But it can be fun to be a model too and to show cool new things to the readers...who might get them for their kids!
There aren’t really many cons to having a blogger mother, but I can think of one. After a trip, she needs our opinions. What was our favorite part, what was our least favorite, do you recommend it, and why? Seriously, is she the blogger, or am I? But at least we get to share our point of view!