Featured Newbie Blogger @misteedawnw

Each week at the Newbie Blog Hop, we choose a Featured Newbie to interview and get to know a little better. Our Newbie group is growing so fast and I love meeting everyone and discover new blogs.

Let's go meet another!!

 Meet Mistee from Giveaways and Glitter

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family.

I am a 30something stay-at-home homeschooling mom of 1 beautiful 6 year old girl. She was born with special needs. As were 2 of my nieces and nephews. I did go to college for 3 years at West Virginia University (Go Eers! lol). I was majoring in Journalism, but I quit for personal reasons. I do have a man in my life. He's been with me for 18 years. I call him my husband, but the truth of the matter is, is that we never married. We've been together since highschool. We just didn't ever feel the need to get married. lol. To each their own, I guess.

Do you have more than one blog? If so, tell me about them! How long have you been blogging? Why did you start blogging? Is this also why you continue blogging?

I only have the one blog, Giveaways & Glitter. I initially started it back in February of last year just to list the giveaways that I entered so that everyone else could enter them, too. But I got bored, busy, and posted only 8 or 9 times. 3 months ago, I decided that I would really start blogging. I gave my blog a new name and a makeover and I went to work. I wanted to do product reviews and giveaways, and that is what I've been doing for the last 3 months.

Who does your blog appeal to? Is this who you thought would be your target audience? What direction do you see your blog going in the future?

I've never really thought about who would read my blog or who my target audience would be. Or even where my blog is heading. I just take it one day at a time.

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

The biggest challenge I have had so far is just keeping up with it. I homeschool, so it is hard to find enough hours in the day to do schoolwork,, spend time with family, cook, clean, and blog. Plus I also like to read, watch TV, swim, play softball, and bake and I am the biggest sport fanatic!! So there just is never enough time in the day.

What do you love about blogging?

I love blogging because it makes me feel useful, productive, and like I am helping other people.

What do you NOT love about blogging?

The only thing I dislike about blogging is that I feel like my humor does not come across well. My humor is rather dry, sometimes dark. I laugh when people fall down or get hit in the no-no parts. (haha…that made ME laugh :))

What types of product reviews and giveaways do you feature?

I'm fairly new to the product reviews, so I review pretty much anything right now. Whatever might become available and that I would actually use.

What was your favorite product to review?

My favorite product that I have reviewed so far are the PetCakes Toys because my daughter liked them so much.

What advice do you have for those wanting to get into this or up the value of their giveaways?

My only advice to people wanting to do product reviews is to make sure that you have the time. It really is a lot of work.

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

I'm also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +. Facebook is probably my favorite because I am on there the most. I probably use Pinterest the least just because it is new to me.

Share your top 3 favorite posts from your blog.

I don't have any favorite posts right now. I'm still learning. I hope to do more in depth posts later on about subjects that are close to my heart. Such as special needs children, education, and civil rights.

Share your top 3 favorite blogs to read and why.

My top 3 Favorite Blogs to read are GoingCrazy!!WannaGo??!!, The Jolly Blogger, and The Kids Are Grown, Now What? and I have to cheat and add a fourth. Life's Cheap Thrills. I love these blogs because these are 4 of the nicest, most helpful bloggers you will ever come across. And I consider them all to be mentors, as well.

Do you have a weekly, daily, or monthly Blog Hop or Meme that people should join in? Tell me about it and share an info link.

I do have 2 weekly memes that are just fun list-type things. '10 on Tuesday' and '5 on Friday'.

How do you find time to blog?

I usually blog when everyone else has gone to bed. Or when my daughter is doing school work of her own. If I find myself unable to get something done with my blog that really needed to be done. I don't stress, I just tell myself that I will get to it when I get to it.

What is your best advice for a Newbie Blogger?

I would tell other newbie bloggers that they really need to be sure that this is what they want. It's a lot harder than it looks. It takes a lot of time. And it can be stressful if you let it be. Remember, it's supposed to be fun. If mistakes are made, mistakes are made. You won't be the first or the last person to forget to spellcheck your post and a commenter let's you know that you spelled 'weiner' instead of 'winner'. (How do they really know I didn't mean weiner?)


Mistee really is quite hilarious!! Thanks for making me smile today…and every day!!

If you are a newbie or feel like a newbie, you are all welcome to join us on the Newbie Blog Hop and Newbie Blog Hop Facebook Group.


  1. Thank you Janet! And everyone else. =0)

  2. Christine SD says:

    What a fun read! I love Mistee! And I appreciate that you love my blog. Thank you!

  3. Ghada says:

    Haha! No-no parts made me laugh too! I love a dry sense of humor so I’m off to check you out 🙂

  4. Laura of OUr Virginia Home says:

    I appreciate that Mistee is realistic with how it takes work and time to make a blog happen. I enjoyed learning more about her. 🙂

  5. So nice to meet a new blogger!

  6. I love being the weiner! 🙂 Great post Mistee & Janet!

  7. Aww! *sniff* Thanks, Mistee!

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