You Wouldn’t Work For Free, So Why Should I?

Three years ago when I started my blog it was purely to share our memories as a family, to document our days, and to claw back a little sanity with three under three, during those crazy pre-school years when I was knee deep in nappies. And I was truly grateful to all of those who took the time to read it, to offer their support, and to leave such lovely words of encouragement.

Back then I had no idea that, if I worked hard enough, there would be opportunities to experience new and exciting things together as a family, to travel in and out of the UK, to collaborate with some of our favourite brands, and, ultimately, to make a decent living.

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Over time, as offers of work began to pop up in my in-box, I realised I had a decision to make – go back to work, to a job that I hated, putting my children in nursery and missing out on all of those moments I had waited such a long time to witness, or to to make a career out of blogging, to grab every opportunity with both hands, to work around the children, and give them a life we never dreamt of as a family of six.

And to me, that choice was simple.

I won’t lie to you, I was in no way prepared for just how hard it would be to blog as a full time career. I had no idea that it would be so time consuming, or so stressful, that I would still be awake at 2, 3, 4am, working through the night to meet deadlines. I didn’t realise that I would have to become an expert in free-lance writing, marketing, social media managing, publicising, and accounting; I was utterly clueless about how difficult it would be to juggle all of that whilst parenting four children and battling chronic illness. And yet I also knew that I was incredibly lucky to be in that position, and I still am.

So I was slightly taken aback this week when, after the best summer of our lives experiencing various holidays, trips, and countless magical moments, I received a comment on a holiday review to say that “it was a shame I was doing so much paid work lately” and to inform me that they much preferred the “real stuff” I share.

And at first I felt incredibly hurt, as I do whenever I receive negative comments naturally, and I was sad that anyone, let alone another parent, would feel the need to call me out on making a living and supporting my family in such a way. But pretty quickly I just felt angry that someone would imply that I had sold out, or let my followers down, simply by receiving payment for all of my hard work. Because as much as I love to write, this is my job.

And it’s crazy because should I comment on a friends status, announcing their latest promotion or celebrating a pay rise, and say that I find it a real shame they are being paid for their 9-5 job instead of volunteering in the same position, I would be lynched. It’s like berating an actor for receiving mega bucks for appearing in the latest blockbuster instead of appearing in their local amateur dramatics production, purely for the love of it. For me, it’s unthinkable to criticise another mother, or anyone at all for that matter, for how choose to earn a living and support their family.

Because you know what, it would be amazing if I was paid to sit here and write about my family each day. How lovely it would be to be paid for the posts I write about the children’s first days at school, or raising awareness of the subjects close to my heart, or the ordinary moments we share together as a family. It would be great if I didn’t have a mortgage to pay and bills to cover, and I had the luxury of writing purely for my, and your, enjoyment; but that’s not how life works. Surely we all know that, right?

So yes perhaps we do go on press trips as a family, and yes we do write about that on the blog, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t real. The looks of happiness on my childrens faces as they flew for the first time this summer were real; the sound of their laughter as we jumped waves on Jersey beaches, that was real. The moments we share, and the memories we make, whether those experiences are paid, gifted, review opportunities or not, they are still real.

Just because something is paid does not mean that it ceases to be real.

So I want you to know that when I share a review of our holiday and I tell you it was amazing, I mean that. If I tell you about a toy, or a service, or an attraction we have visited, and I tell you we enjoyed it, you can guarantee that we did. If I say I loved it, I did. If I say I recommend it, I do. If I had an issue with it, I’ll say so. I am not paid to pretend to love these items, to write purely positive reviews or to fabricate the truth, nor does the fact that we are gifted an experience mean that we have to enjoy it.

It’s advertising people, it’s not bribery.

And so whilst I will continue to document our days, to share my little doves as they grow, and to raise awareness of baby loss, both on and off the blog, I also need to make a living here. And I would like to think that all of you, particularly those who have followed our story over the years, will be happy for us that my hard work is paying off, that I am giving my children a wonderful childhood, that I am here for them when they need me, on sick days and sports days and class assemblies, beaming with pride on the front row.

And I hope you can recognise that these opportunities don’t just land at my feet, or come for “free”, but that I have worked bloody hard for this in just the same way you all do in your own careers; and I hope you can share in my excitement that, for the first time in my life, I am doing a job I love, that I am good at, that is paving a life for the children that I never could have hoped for.

And whilst I’m sad to have to write this post, to have to explain myself to those select few who feel let down that I fail to produce “heart felt posts” each day, just know that my heart is in every single word I write on my blog. In paid posts, in reviews posts, in gifted experiences; every single word is real, and honest, and carefully considered. And just know that everything I do, be that for payment or through my love of writing, I am doing for my children, for these four little ones in my arms, and the most beautiful little boy in my heart.

Please be kind, always. 




  1. September 11, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    Laura you are amazing, I look at everything you achieve in awe. I know for you to do what you do you have to put the hours in, I know that you must work throughout the night to achieve deadlines. I know how hard blogging is. When I am offered a day out in return for a blog post as lovely as it is, its still work and it is still stressful. You have created something so wonderful you should be so proud of yourself. XXX

    • Laura Dove
      September 11, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much Natalie. I think us bloggers are pretty amazing and it really does sadden me that our careers aren’t recognised in the way that other professions are. We work bloody hard don’t we? And ultimately those paid posts pay our wage, so to be criticised for doing so is crazy!!! xxx

  2. September 11, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    I love this blog for the honesty and frankness. We all have to make a living and as long as we’re honest, then our followers shouldn’t really have an issue.

    I know I could make a lot more money from my blog but I’ve always refrained from ‘selling out’ and I hope that is reflected in my content!

    C x

    • Laura Dove
      September 11, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      Exactly that Charli. I turn down a LOT of work because it doesn’t fit with my blog, and so the things we do share are always relevant. Even those who take on work simply for the cash shouldn’t be judged, we are all doing whatever it takes to get by! xx

  3. Devyani Ray
    September 11, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Love the honesty. Do what it takes to support your family. Keep up the good work!

    • Laura Dove
      September 11, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you, I wish everyone was quite as supportive. xx

  4. September 11, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    It amazes me all the people who think it’s OK to ask bloggers to do it for free, to offer things for exposure or in return for a tweet?

    Like OK would YOU seriously say yes to what you are asking me to do?

    • Laura Dove
      September 11, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Haha yes, if you think of all the hours we put it in it’s crazy that anyone would think we do it purely for the love of blogging. I LOVE writing, and I absolutely love my job, but I still have to earn a living! xx

  5. September 11, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Everyone will ALWAYS have an opinion but you have to keep doing what you think is best for you!! F the negative people in this world.

    • Laura Dove
      September 11, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks lovely, I think as a whole everyone is so supportive but the odd comment really can make you feel bad, can’t it? xx

  6. September 11, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    Spot on! So much work goes into blogging and while a lot of it is enjoyable, for every minute a blogger spends blogging they’re not doing something else – housework, jobs, kids time, hobbies. And then frankly sometimes it’s not fun, there’s the business side with bills to pay and obligations to meet. I do think with any job there will be people who don’t ‘get it’, like people who like to complain that teachers get paid for holidays. Well done on turning your passion into a living!

  7. Ally
    September 11, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    I love this post. I would love to really grow our blogging career as well, it really does take a lot of work and effort!

  8. September 11, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Very well said Laura. I still can’t believe that comment! You have made it very clear previously that blogging is your job and I have to say for all the sponsored posts and reviews you post, you also post an awful lot of personal and thought-provoking content – your posts on Joseph and baby loss, your letters to your children etc. No one would criticise a magazine or newspaper for having adverts or reviews. I have no idea why they do it so much to bloggers. I find reviews from real families of days out, holidays and products so useful and book and purchase loads of things because I trust the person reviewing it. You should be so proud of everything you have achieved – hold your head up high and ignore the haters.

  9. September 11, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    I would rather buy something or go somewhere the recommendation of bloggers I trust, like you, than go through a salesy blog or traditional shop, y’know? I’ve recently started doing some affiliate stuff, but I really believe in said stuff. I love everything you write, and like you say, there’s heart in everything, or it wouldn’t be up there.

    You do you, and people who don’t like what you do can just scroll on.

  10. September 11, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    I get the same comments sometimes. Most from anonymous people because they are cowards. I just let it roll off my back. Sometimes I’ll ask them, “Do you want to pay my water bill? No? Then hush.” I really enjoy your blog and love your photos!

  11. September 11, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I really loved this post and it is such a shame that people still do not take blogging as serious job. Funny how people expect you to give all of your time and effort for free, while raising 4 children.
    But you are doing a great job, so may these mean comments not stop you!

  12. September 11, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    This actually resonates with me… I’ve been in this blogosphere for a while now and alot has really been going down with me, clients, family and Passion(blogging).

    It sometimes breaks my heart that those who aren’t in these industry but need help from we.. Never know what we go through down here.

  13. September 11, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    People are so deluded and rude I have people ask me oh how do I start a blog and get free stuff. It is not free it is part of a payment. I know the hours I put in and I don’t even really do IG so many people do jot believe how all encompassing and intrusive it is.

    You have built a good brand but it is also your life not invention what a silly comment x

  14. September 12, 2018 / 12:30 am

    Thanks for sharing your down and up experience for blogging. I am pretty sure that it is not easy to care for 4 children and blogging at the same time. People just dont know how much work it has to be, how many hours to spend in a day. People only think you need a good an hour to write and that’s it. Bloggers has to spend extra hours to work as compare to a full time work!

  15. Jessica Taylor
    September 12, 2018 / 12:36 am

    YESSS YESSS YESSS! I try to explain to people that blogging is a job. As much as I love it, it’s a lot of work.

  16. September 12, 2018 / 4:05 am

    Well I really believe blogging is an underrated job, not everyone understand well. It is not easy to do this career if you have lot of things in your plate. But I believe, just having aptience and right choice can makes the difference and not to forget support.Some say it takes them an hour to write, some says it takes a whole day, week or a month. Point is let them be themselves, when it comes to writing.Maybe I will start my own someday.

  17. September 12, 2018 / 4:40 am

    I loved to read your story, and yes I also struggle through the rabbit hole of a small business owner, people only see the flexibility but the don’t realise the amount of work there is behind the scenes to make everything work. Keep it up mumma!

  18. September 12, 2018 / 4:44 am

    I always believe in this world nothing is free. Yeah you are right, blogging should be free unless and until they are doing it for their own and just to want to share the views. But many brands fail to see this POV. They think it is just an tool to reach consumers and nothing else.

  19. September 12, 2018 / 4:56 am

    Girl, you do you. As a fellow blogger who is super new to it all – it is a lot of work. And if you’re actually supporting yourself and able to not only live but also thrive then that is truly amazing. That is the manifestation of your hard work!!

    Also, everyone is entitled to live their life the way they want! I live in a van! Some people have made me feel bad like I’m not living a real life because I’m on vacation or whatever. But really a lot of people are jealous. They wish they could drop everything and live in a van and travel the country. But the real reality is that no one really knows what you go through in your day to day life to make your dreams come true. Or what sacrifices you make.

    So I say, you do you and it’ll all be okay.

  20. September 12, 2018 / 6:20 am

    Absolutely. Why should we do it for free even if they are start ups? Blogging is hard work and if someone wants space in our blogs then they need to pay for it. Good luck to you!

  21. September 12, 2018 / 7:01 am

    Absolutely amazing and inspiring. I believe blogging is something which still today underestimated. Blogging requires knowledge and a way to express your views. I’m still learning from my every post I post on my website. We should not work for free if we are doing it for brands. Our views helps them to gain popularity.

  22. September 12, 2018 / 9:52 am

    I saw the comment that may have triggered this and was appalled. We work so hard for what we do, people just dont get how much work goes into a piece of work. Your such an amazing blogger Laura and you dedicate so much time to writing wonderfully in-depth pieces, keep doing what your doing xx

  23. September 12, 2018 / 10:09 am

    It’s frustrating when companies expect things for nothing. It’s also a shame they don’t treat all bloggers fairly and take advantage – that’s an issue I am experiencing a the moment.

  24. Blair Villanueva
    September 12, 2018 / 10:22 am

    If you can enjoy the both worlds, the why not?! Press trips for the family + its sponsored and you share your whole experience doesn’t translate you favor on one side. It is how you deliver the story and staying true to yourself.

  25. September 12, 2018 / 10:29 am

    That comment really annoyed me. Sadly blogging is an unknown to everyone and people are quick to judge and make comments on things that they know nothing about. We sit in the world of press/journalists and when people are reading that great article in a magazine, there is always a large AD on the opposite page because that is how it works. That is how they make money. It’s the same for us, but we are fortunate that we can be in control of those ADs and make sure they are right for our audience and our family. x

  26. Olga Zak
    September 12, 2018 / 10:36 am

    Loves your honesty! Blogging is fun and entertain at the same time it has business side. We should not work for free if we are doing it for brands.

  27. Tinuke
    September 12, 2018 / 10:57 am

    I really enjoyed reading this. I don’t think people realise just how much work goes into blogging for a living. You keep your integrity and are honest about the products you review. I think it’s a lack of understanding and a pinch of jealousy that leads to those negative comments

  28. September 12, 2018 / 11:30 am

    A lot of people have a weird image in their head about blogging….like it’s just a 5 minute thing that you do because you have “nothing better to do” “you are a bored housewife” “you need something to get you out of Mommy mood” (I heard them all). Only a few can understand how much work is to put together a decent post, to promote it, to create nice design and imagery for your site and all the social media that has to be connected to it…. not to mention the investment of a blog… So hey! You are doing amazing, it’s a wonderful thing that you can actually support your family with your blogging biz. Keep up the fantastic work!

  29. September 12, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    I saw the comment and her follow up comments and I wondered what reaction she was expecting to be honest. Many people have no clue on how hard our job is. I have given up trying to explain to those who just won’t get it.

    • Laura Dove
      September 12, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      I don’t believe she was trying to be unkind, but I do think that it was a thoughtless comment to make and it came across as spiteful. I have given up trying to explain too, I often just say I’m a free lance writer! xx

  30. lauren porter
    September 12, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    It is so very frustrating when people think blogging isn’t a real job. It’s damn hard work & why should we work for free? Noone else would!

    • Laura Dove
      September 12, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Exactly Lauren, and you know what, I bet I work more hours than most people I know! I never moan about how hard it is because I know I am in a great position to be doing this, but it’s so disheartening to be criticised for earning a living. xx

  31. September 12, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Such a great post and well said. I blog full time too and I often feel I am being judged when I tell people what I do for a living. I’ve even been asked outright what I earn at dinner with strangers!

    • Laura Dove
      September 12, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      No way! It’s crazy isn’t it? When I am asked what I do I often just say I’m a free lance writer or even just say I’m a stay at home mum, because I know that if I say blogger it will lead to awkward questions!! xx

  32. Kate
    September 12, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    I’m wondering what moved you to write the article about this?

  33. September 12, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    “Just because something is paid doesn’t mean it isn’t real.” True true. Last Saturday, I was bullied by another blogger in a restaurant. He insulted me saying that he is paying and so are his friends. So what. If hobbyist bloggers are going to look down on pro-bloggers, then all homemakers should look down on professionals because we cook at home for free and a lot of times give away the food that we make to friends. It’s just silly and childish.

  34. September 12, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Beautifully put as always. It irritates me so much how we are expected to work for free by brands/PRs without the average person starting. Paid posts are no more of a sell out than working any other job – it’s a compromise you make in order to make a living.

    Like you said in your post, imagine the outcry if you commented on a friend’s post saying you thought they were selling out by going to work. Why can’t people stop judging and just be happy for you. You’ve worked damned hard to get to where you are and of course that deserves something in return.


  35. September 12, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    It is the nature of blogging that as you get more successful, you do start doing the paid stuff too. I often feel guilty that there is less personal on the blog these days, but that is partly because the kids are older and I am not allowed to over-share anymore. I also get asked when I am going to find a “proper job”

  36. September 12, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    I’m so glad you’ve written this, as I imagine most bloggers have felt the same way at one time or another. Personally, I’ve always felt that, provided I write useful content, it shouldn’t make a world of difference if I’m paid or not, so long as I make that clear, obviously, I’m not out to deceive anyone. I also think this post will really help readers understand what goes into writing a blog and perhaps prevent others from making such an ill-informed comment and inadvertently hurting someone’s feelings. No one deserves that, whatever they choose to do for a job.

  37. September 12, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    Thank you for your honesty! As long as you keep being objective, I find it very normal after putting so much effort and time in your blog. Writing a good piece is time consuming! Your money is well deserved:)

  38. Becca Wilson
    September 12, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    This is such an amazing post that needs to be shared AGAIN AND AGAIN. I have had so many negative comments towards getting things paid for and then running an advertisement on my channels for it. Ummm if I don’t believe in it or support it, I am not going to want anything to do with it, so honestly even though it’s compensated in some way, it’s still me!

  39. September 12, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    It is unbelievable that yet again blogging as a full-time job is called into question. Why should it be seen as any different to working in an office or driving a taxi. All jobs are different from one another and yet they all have the same goal. To help us pay our bills, keep a roof over our family’s heads and treat our children now and then. It enrages me that many people don’t see it as a job, because it is. There are so many aspects to a blog people don’t see. They read the post, see the pictures and think that’s it. But what they don’t see is the editing of said post/pictures, research, seo, promotion and everything else that goes along with the day-to-day running of a blog. And blogs can and do contain varied types of posts to try and suit all our readers, not just one! I personally don’t make money from my blog but I put blood, sweat and tears into it like you and I’d have eaten that person alive if she’d written those words about me. It’s a shame you’ve had to write this post to clarify things but you’ve done it so well Laura x

  40. September 12, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    I think most people don’t realise the hours we put into our blogs, far more than in a regular job. The onlyhb people I tend to work for free for are charities that I believe in. Mich x

  41. September 12, 2018 / 11:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! As a blogger, I felt exploited when people ask me to blog about their brands for free. I always explain to people that when you hire a blogger, you hire a photographer, a writer, and an influencer at the same time. I hope more people will value our worth.

  42. Hannah
    September 13, 2018 / 12:24 am

    I think it’s great that you have a job you love. It really does annoy me when people expect others to work for free

  43. September 13, 2018 / 4:21 am

    This blog’s charm is really something. It’s not about doing it because your paid instead, it’s about doing it because you loved it. Honesty and bluntness is really a must-have for some bloggers. This is such a very interesting post 🙂

  44. September 13, 2018 / 9:29 am

    It’s good when you can give yourself a little funny activity, and you do not have to go anywhere

  45. Melanie williams
    September 13, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Yes, yes and yes!! Well said, I completely hear you on all these points. It can be extremely frustrating and annoying having to justify yourself to people. there is just no need for it and what you do is great – keep going 🙂 x

  46. September 13, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I have zero issue with you wanting to be paid for your work. That’s my goal as well. It takes me days to write a 1500 word story. I write then edit and re-edit and then edit twenty times more. That’s all before doing any SEO. So you just keep on keeping on. I am with you. Darnitt, I’ll even take it one step further and subscribe.

  47. Lauren
    September 13, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    This is an amazing post! Needs to be shared all over social media. It’s very true. You deserve these opportunities and to be paid and just because you are getting paid to write these posts, doesn’t make them any less genuine. You’re an amazing writer by the way.

  48. September 13, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    I agree, just because it is paid does not mean it is not real. As long as the writer is being real, right? I got paid to shop at a new to me store — and now it is my favorite store. I shop there anytime I can. That’s real!

  49. September 13, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Great read, very true blogging is enjoyable and you stay up late meeting deadlines. I live the family picture looks like yall had a great time. Glad to see you were able to have fun time as well

  50. Whitney Kutch
    September 13, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    I agree 100% and I wish that more people took the time to talk about these things! Great job breaking it down and explaining 🙂

  51. September 13, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    You go girl! You have an amazing blog and I love reading your stories and viewing your gorgeous pics and you deserve everything that you have worked so hard for. As a fellow blogger I know how hard you work and keep it up as you are awesome!

  52. September 14, 2018 / 7:50 am

    I agree. We are freelancers but we pay bills too! We don’t work for free.

    • Blair Villanueva
      September 14, 2018 / 8:06 am

      hahaha that is true Angela. Even here in the Philippines there are lots of freeloader PR, Marketing and brands. The culture of FREE is still strong here.

  53. September 14, 2018 / 8:54 am

    I’ve been following you since and I’ve always felt connected to you and your blogs. Just keep it up and keep it real as always.

  54. September 14, 2018 / 9:55 am

    It seems that bloggers are being taken for granted everywhere. Well if you are earning from our exposure popularity then you better pay.

  55. Angie
    September 14, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    Don’t let anyone get you down lady! I have freelanced for many years, and I know all too well the expectation of doing stuff “just for the love of it” or even worse “exposure”. We all have to make a living, blogging is a lot of work, so make that money!!

  56. September 14, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    I could have written this post myself that is how much I can relate right now. Except I have twice the number of children. Still in my earlier days of making my blog profit but it’s paying to meet our needs so it’s a good start at this point. Holy lots of work! But holy lots of REWARD! I am home schooling, blogging and living! Isn’t it a blessed life we have?

  57. Jennifer Prince
    September 14, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    Yes! People look at my travels and think “wow” but they have NO IDEA how much work it is. Although I love it and definitely wouldn’t trade it at all. <3

  58. September 15, 2018 / 6:52 am

    Laura, no matter what you do, someone will always have something bad to say about it. You don’t have to explain yourself, your children’s happiness is all that matters. Keep doing what you do.

  59. September 17, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Laura, I think we started blogging at similar times to each other. I remember joining my first linky and discovering your wonderful blog. At the time I still worked in an office (same job I’d been in since I was 19) I hadn’t even considered earning money from my blog – I just loved sharing our adventures, like you. Even after my redundancy 2 years ago I was still not earning but getting the odd day out was enough for me! In the last year I have started to get more paid work, this work pays some of our bills. Like you, I work 7 days a week, every trip out involved research, photography, travel costs etc….. I love what I do. Yes it is tiring, sometimes I do not earn enough other months are great. I make up my earnings by being a VA and working at a school. Thankfully I have yet to receive a comment like that but I know it would hurt me. Truth is as bloggers, we are bloody hard workers and I know for a fact I have received messages thanking me for my honest reviews and inspiring ideas and that is all I need to keep me going. You are awesome, I love seeing your family’s adventures and you should be proud x

  60. September 17, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    You put that so very well Laura. It is about hard work and we have bills to pay and that’s an important message to our readers and brands that approach us

  61. September 17, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    I don’t think non-bloggers really understand the amount of time and work that goes into a blog that’s unseen. As a full time blogger getting a family holiday organized on the blog is great achievement so well done for that and of course it is work, and lots of it. Don’t doubt yourself or question yourself based on words from people who don’t understand or choose to not understand. x

  62. Kay Oliver
    September 17, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    I’m sad you have had to write this post but have to say how well you have written it! Blogging is not an easy career but done well can be an amazing and rewarding one. Well done to you for all you have achieved so far and will achieve in the future by being there for your kids and writing a fantastic blog sharing your experiences. From one mother to another a big well done ?

  63. September 17, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Don’t let one negative comment get you down. I love following your adventures on Instagram and think you did look like you were having the best summer ever! And good for you! If you were in a ‘regular’ job, you’d be able to spend your money without such comments! I think that people don’t really ‘get’ blogging and so don’t see it as a job. I love your blog and say, ‘good on you’,for following your dreams.

  64. September 30, 2018 / 9:15 am

    I love watching your holiday unfold and it’s definately made think about going to Spain! I get this a lot from people that don’t understand it and it does grate. Espically when they ask for you to get some ‘free’ stuff for them and their kids! Your doing amazing lovely xx

  65. Monidipa Dutta
    October 1, 2018 / 10:47 am

    Love the honesty. Do what it takes to support yourself and family. Great one.

  66. October 1, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    I can only hope to have success like yours! Blogging can be incredibly frustrating and it takes so much more work to get your blog to the place that you want it to be and we don’t get paid a cent until all things work correctly. We have so much work that’s gets done behind the scenes that we never get paid for. If you get free product or trips in exchange for your work, take it! You’ve earned it!

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