My Surreal Life

When I started blogging over five years ago I had absolutely no idea that my voice as a digital mom would be as valued as it is today. Like most mom bloggers, I have no shortage of opportunities to work with companies (large and small), speak at conferences, and even be flown all over the country to visit corporate headquarters of brands I have used for years. Right now, I am living a dream life.

Next week not only will I be heading out to San Francisco with my daughters courtesy of EA Play, I will also be going to Minneapolis to visit the Betty Crocker kitchens at General Mills. And that’s just next week. Someone pinch me!

Even though I have seen some blogger junkets where moms have been able to take their children, this is my very first blogger trip with my daughters. Because of EA’s willingness to reach out to influential mom bloggers I am able to show my children up front that they can become anything in life they want to be, as cliché as that sounds. My daughters have no limitations and in this new technological age, the world is really their oyster. I hope through this trip they grasp this life lesson, even if only a little bit.

I am truly excited to be living in the digital age and am thrilled that I started blogging so long ago. My timing was perfect. I just so happened to grab hold of the medium when it was first taking off and I took off with it.

It is never lost on me that my mother, who was a stay-at-home mom 25 years ago, did not have the types of opportunities I have today. When I tell her about my trips and the products I receive for review she is constantly flabergasted and amazed and secretly I know she wishes she had the opportunities then that I enjoy now.

Every time I am invited to a swanky blogger event I am instantly reminded how lucky I truly am. Don’t get me wrong, though. I work extremely, extremely hard (oftentimes to exhaustion) and have worked hard building my personal brand on the Net for over six years. I have certainly paid my dues and they are finally paying off.

I am thankful that brands care about mom bloggers and invite us to their company headquarters. I am thankful that PR firms work tirelessly on behalf of their clients to get products into our hands even though our community is increasingly oversaturated with product reviews and giveaways. I am thankful to be a digital mom in 2009. It is a thrilling time to be a member of this online space.

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