About The Tween & Me
Hi! I’m Paula and I’m the “Me” of The Tween & Me. Ariel, my daughter, is the “Tween.” I started this blog in July of 2010 so I could share my trials and joys of mothering a tween. Since I’m also a huge couponer, I may sneak in a deal or two that I think you might like. I tend to post several times a week, but sometimes might post several times in one day. I almost always have a thought of the day published on Thoughtful Thursday. (like the alliteration? ) Those are usually great quotes, snippets of songs, important (to me) poems, things that I think Ariel would benefit from knowing. Most of the time, they pertain to current events in our lives. I hope they will “speak” to you too.
I also review favorite products, some newly discovered and some oldies-but-goodies. I like to write about family life, community events, travel tips… just about all facets our lives. The good, the bad, and the interesting. Boring stuff? Meh. No one ever really wants to read about that. So, the boring stuff I embellish to make funnier. Then I share it with you. 😉
Some words that describe me: mom, wife, collector of deals, reader, writer, jokester, would-like-to-be-world-traveler, letter-boxer, historian, cook of little skill or patience, punster, idealist. Oh, and daughter and sister. (props to my parents and sibling…and my wonderful in-laws. I heart all of you!)
I will tell you my real name, but not my age, weight, or any other numbers. I won’t tell you my husband’s or daughter’s real names, since I think that’s their business to tell or not. I simply call my daughter Ariel, since her favorite Disney princess waaaay back when had a fin, and I call my husband, King Triton, who is the Little Mermaid’s father. It sometimes gets abbreviated as A and KT. I will also change the names of family members and friends, simply because most of them are innocent and I believe in protecting the innocent. (even those darn chipmunks in my yard that my dog insists on tormenting.)
I will always tell you the truth. I was raised in a good Southern home (yes, ma’am!) and know that while honesty is the best policy, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. So with reviews, if you read something here about a product, please know that I adore it. Life is too short to talk about things we don’t like, agreed?
I only review things that my family uses. Most of the time, these are things I have paid for and not received for free. There will be times when a company has sent me an item to review, and I will review it. I will always tell you if it was a freebie and I will always tell you exactly what I think of it. My words and opinions cannot be bought. I do accept advertising on my blog, but those paid ads don’t effect what I say, if anything, about those products.
I do belong to a couple of advertising networks, through which I am able to pick and choose which ads to display on my blog. I only pick ads for products I have or will use and can wholeheartedly recommend. I have high standards for my family and my blog. I hope that my high standards will create an atmosphere of trust for you, my reader, so that you know that when you’re here, you’re a valued member of my family.
Oh, those ads on the side and in the text? (Amazon, VistaPrint, Chili’s, just to name a few) I do get a very small commission from them when you click on them. It doesn’t amount to much. If you choose to click on them and buy something, I may earn the equivalent of a virtual cup of tea…. but it won’t cost you any more. That’s what is called affiliate marketing and it’s how I pay some of the blogging bills around here. So, if you see something you want to buy, please click and buy. That is super-nice of you, but not expected. I just want you to enjoy your time here. Relax, put up your feet, and enjoy. Make a few comments. Let me know your thoughts and what you expect from me. I don’t pretend to be all things to all people, but I do treasure the time you spend here and want to make you as comfortable as possible.
Comments. Yes, I do welcome all comments that are constructive in nature. I won’t tolerate language or attitude that could be construed as un-family-friendly. And I detest spam. So I do moderate all comments just to make sure things are appropriate. But I won’t not post your comment just because you don’t agree with me. Family members sometimes disagree… and we can agree to disagree, right?
Again, WELCOME. I’m glad you’re here. If you ever need to contact me, my social media buttons are at the top of the page. You can also contact me at thetweenandme (at) gmail dot com.