Last week, in my recap of the Brands & Bloggers Summit, I mentioned that while the whole idea of the perfect brand/blogger relationship is interesting and important for other bloggers, I really didn't think it applied to me all that much. Sure, I like it when brands give me free stuff, but I just don't see myself being business-minded enough to ever get that lucrative endorsement deal.
But, upon further thought, I realized that I still do want to play the brand/blogger game, just on a much smaller scale. I'm never going to compete in the Brand/Blogger Olympics, but I'm happy to play on an intramural level.
Which means the rules of brand/blogger relations still apply to me. I still need to find the right relationships and rule out the wrong ones. I still need to limit my endorsements to products I legitimately like. I still need to find brand/blogger relationships that work.
This is the story of a brand/blogger relationship that worked.
The story began a few weeks ago when I wrote this post about redecorating my home office. You may recall that I specifically mentioned my plans to make the home office a pretty, feminine place.
Enter Caitlin and Sara, two women I know in real life but met through blogging. Caitlin and Sara, in one of those awesome "how mama got her groove back" stories, joined forces to create their own PR company, 2 Moms Media. Their company represents Blue Sky, a trusted maker of planners and organizers, which has recently launched a new line of pretty home organization products.
What better fit for a mom like me who is trying to juggle a personal and professional life at home, and who specifically mentioned wanting something pretty?
So, Caitlin wrote me a personal email (as opposed to a cheesy form letter) and asked if I'd like to try a sample of the Blue Sky Home Series, along with the option to give another set out to a lucky reader. It was one of those perfect, authentic, real brand/blogger connections that I think would make the panelists at the Brands & Bloggers Summit proud.
Now, I realize that was a really long introduction for a giveaway post, but I just wanted to make it perfectly clear that I legitimately endorse these products, and that there is a real, human connection behind my relationship with the brand.
Okay, so let's take a look at the goods, shall we?
These are two nice-looking, professional, well-lit photos that Caitlin sent me of the product line:
Cute, right? Now here are several pictures I took of the products, placed atop one of my bath towels on my kitchen table.
This first product is the Multi-Task Notebook. It's divided into three sections: Do, Buy, and Call. Each section has several lined pages arranged in a to-do list style with check-off boxes. The notebook also includes 6 storage pockets for small papers, business, cards, etc.
This is a close-up of the notebook's Do section and one of the storage pockets:
Next, there's the Weekly/Monthly Planner:
The planner includes monthly calendars:
The planner also has a Do/Call/Buy checklist adjacent to each monthly calendar:
And the planner includes more detailed weekly calendars:
These next two items are my personal favorites. There's the Grocery Checklist pad, which is arranged by section of the store (produce, dairy, etc.), and the Door Pad, which is a notepad that hangs on the door so you can write down reminders for yourself:
And finally, there's the Mousepad, which is also a to-do list notepad:
One lucky winner will get the whole line of Blue Sky home products!
Here's how you win:
In the comments section, leave me a comment with the answer to the following question:
What dream activity would you love to put on your calendar for the next year?
And if you want an extra chance to win, go and like Blue Sky on Facebook, then come back here and leave a separate comment saying "I liked Blue Sky on Facebook."
So, you can have two comments total. Please make sure the comment includes your name somewhere.
This contest ends Friday, July 29 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time. After that time I will assign each comment a number, and have random.org choose a comment number to win. I will announce the winner next Monday, August 1, and tell that person to send me his/her address via email. I will then pass the address on to Caitlin and Sara, who will send out the products.
And if you aren't the winner, you can still pick up Blue Sky products at a little neighborhood boutique called Target. They're also available online at Blue Sky's website.
Good luck, everyone!