Newbie Blog Hop Feature – The Clever Neighbor!!

We’re having a slow week at the Newbie Blog Hop but I am so thankful for the loyals who are being supportive and tweeting, blogging, and telling others about it!!

We did have some new blogs join us so go check them out!!

From the linked up blogs in Week Five, I was thrilled to feature Kristin at The Clever Neighbor. She is my bloggy buddy and a really great friend!!

Oh, Oh, Oh!!! I almost forgot to tell you all…

Kristin is the talented designer behind my Blog Makeover!! She came up with my pirate theme without even asking what I would like…and I love, Love, LOVE pirates!! In fact, Hubby and I have an ongoing joke about pirates and when we got married, I had an eye patch on my leg when he went looking for the garter!! :) I’ll have to post that picture sometime soon!!

Kristin also was a WINNER this week on my blog in The Day That Just Keeps Giving!! She won a Personalized Rhinestone Tank Top from Advantage Bridal and I cannot wait to see what she picks out!!

Okay…on to our interview…I’m so excited that she is being featured this week!! (**No, I did not cheat!!)

First, I wanted to remind you about the Newbie Blog Hop that opens at 9pm CST every Tuesday!! The link stays open until midnight on Wednesday, but you can stop by anytime to hop through the blogs and see what they are all about!!

Don’t forget to comment, like, follow, show your support!! I am a Newbie and I love getting comments and visits!! I mean I really love, Love, LOVE getting comments!! Have you noticed that I respond to every single one?!! Go show Kristin some comment love!!

Featured Newbie


**The Clever Neighbor**

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family. 

Hello, my name is Kristin! I love to save money, but there is a lot more to me. I am in love with music, art, and animals! I am addicted to Master Piece Classics. I think I could go on about their movies for hours. I also love photography, though I am horrible at it. ;)

I used to live at concerts in Florida, I can’t wait to get back and enter into the scene again! I can’t go to as many as I used to, but I just can’t get enough of the atmosphere.

My family is consisting of a husband and dachshund. Both of which I adore more than anything. They are my two ‘loves’.

How long have you been blogging?

I have not been blogging for fairly long at all. I think I started around July? Hmm. (**here’s the story…I know how long she’s been blogging… ;) )

Why did you start blogging? Is this also why you continue blogging?

I started blogging to show my family what they could save and get. I was getting freebies or cheap items in stores and they wanted ‘in on it’. I wanted to help them help themselves as well as anybody who happened to come across my blog.

I continue to blog because I love it! I love finding things and posting them for others to get! It is a lot of fun. I am also adding in a DIY section to this blog, which I am also excited about. (**check out the crayons post…love it!!)

Basically if I am able to get what I need for free, why not tell others about it?

What direction do you see your blog going in the future?

I really want to continue to post about freebies, but I’m also dying to get a DIY section started on my blog because sometimes you just can’t save money on certain things.  For example, I made a dog bed for $10! And my dog loves it!

I also am trying to start reviewing products and brands. I can see that becoming a lot of fun on its own.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?

Blogging in general is foreign to me. I have problems with trying to get feedback. It can be hard sometimes when you don’t even know if anyone sees what you post! I have a lot of new and old fans contributing on facebook now compared to the beginning though.

What do you love about blogging?

I love helping anyone and everyone I can. It’s as simple as that. I also love having an outlet to throw out my projects!

What do you NOT love about blogging?

Getting discouraged. {ugh…I hate that feeling :( }

Besides your blog, how else can people find you? Which method is your favorite/least favorite? 

I have a Facebook and a Twitter account. At the moment I update on giveaways and freebies more frequently on Facebook. If you have a Twitter I would love to follow you though!

Share your top 3 favorite blogs to read and why.

Going Crazy! Wanna Go?I love GCWG because *cough* the author of the blog is sweet and down to earth.  She is relatable and I check her blog for new post literally every day. {She was NOT paid to put this…and I actually had to read this several times to finally figure out what GCWG meant…ha!! ;)}

High Kicks and High Hopes - I like HK&HH because I love how inspirational she can be. She doesn’t post as often anymore, but when I first started to read her blog years ago she posted a lot. She is a vulnerable person and lets that out completely.

I really can’t decide on a 3rd.

How do you find time to blog?

I am a stay at home wife for now. I have been working on something on the job side, but I should be able to post during the day once that starts.

What else would you like us to know?

I love to help anyone so if anyone ever needs help with anything, just ask.

What is your best advice for a Newbie Blogger?

If you get discouraged don’t quit what you are doing. Don’t even take a break because it just becomes a vacation. Sure, other blogs might be getting more viewers or comments or ‘likes’, but that doesn’t mean your blog isn’t just as awesome. Just keep on going.

{{I love this part – “doesn’t mean your blog isn’t just as awesome” and I would say “OR MORE!!}}

I want to wish you all a wonderful weekend!!!

Come back tomorrow – October 1 – for some giveaways!!!

  • Go International
  • Three different t-shirt giveaways
  • I’m sponsoring a giveaway for another blog
  • And anything else I can dream up overnight!!! :D



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