I'm a mommy blogger. I know that. And a small-fry mommy blogger with a tiny, tiny fraction of readers that others have.
I blog letters to my kids. I blog life stories. I blog little DIY projects. I blog about things that are important to me; things that I'd want to read about if I was reading this blog. I blog because I love to write.
I don't blog to make money or get free things.
However, I do often link to things that I've enjoyed or that the girls have enjoyed, and I do have several gear lists up on the blog. These posts do contain Amazon Affiliate links. I do not post them BECAUSE they are an affiliate link; rather, I post an affiliate link because I use them. If you buy from an affiliate link, I get a tiny, tiny percentage of the sale. Clicking through and purchasing through an affiliate link does not change your cost of the item. The cost of the item remains the same whether it comes from an affiliate link or whether you found it yourself through Google.
Again, just to be clear: nothing I recommend in any of the gear lists was provided free of charge - these are all my actual recommendations based on actual life. None of the companies listed asked to be included. They probably have NO idea that I even listed them.