Hi! My name is Rhea (REE-ah). I was formerly known as the Mommy to Three Monkeys (mommy23monkeys.com) but I have moved past being just a mommy and am developing my own space full of just me! I have been married to Bob for 10 years and together we have three young sons. I have a penchant for funky colored hair and have a day job where I support adults with developmental disabilities.
Here on OhRheally? I shares stories of my boys, my experiences as a (recently retired) surrogate, of my son’s ADHD and of my crazy testosterone filled life. Occasionally I do product reviews and I am one of a small group of Sam’s Club community bloggers. I am passionate about helping others and have been working hard with fund raising efforts for my cousin’s fight against Neuroblastoma cancer. November, 2010 I represented Energizer® as the Keep Going® Blogger in the San Diego Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure and raise money for breast cancer research. This was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to do it again and again! I have been blogging since 2008 and thoroughly enjoy meeting new friends, facebooking, tweeting and using my social influences for good.
Anthony was born September 2004. From the very beginning he was an extremely intense child. He was born screaming and he only stops making noise to take a breath! He is a really neat kid. Smart, funny and such a good helper (when he’s in the mood to help). Most people think Anthony is several years older because he is very tall and he’s an excellent conversationalist. I have to remind myself sometimes that he’s only 7. Last year he was diagnosed ADHD and at first we tried to go the non-medicated, organic food route but that did not work for him and we recently started him on medication. It was a difficult decision but one that’s turned out amazing. Instead of being frustrated and angry with each other all the time, we are having tons of fun!
Nathan was born May, 2006 and is the “middle” child. He is FUNNY. Nate is a natural comedian and has been making jokes since he was very young. Nate is very easy going and always smiling (mostly). He makes friends easily and he is also the more sensitive of the three and while he smiles and laughs the loudest, he also is the first to cry. His teachers say he is a “perfectionist” and is testing very high in his kindergarten class…something mommy is pleasantly surprised and happy about. Nate is my video game addict!
Gabriel was also born May 2006 and is the “baby” of the three. He is very introverted and enjoys playing by himself. He has lots of silly little quirks and I enjoy his departure from the “norm.” For a long time, we assumed Gabe was the “dominate twin,” but I’m thinking that roll is changing as he becomes more quiet and Nathan steals the daily show. Gabe likes to play with LEGO’s and build train tracks. Gabe is my cuddle bug and I share quiet mornings with him while he drinks his chocolate milk. He’s definitely the momma’s boy.
OhRheally? is a PR friendly site! I enjoy doing giveaways and reviews. It’s fun for me and it’s (mostly) fun for my family. I generally will only accept product reviews from companies that I am already interested in. I’m particularly fond of camping, hiking and other outdoor gear. If your campaign is not appropriate for my family or visitors, I won’t do it. Why would I? In turn, I only contact companies that WOW me. You’re not likely to find a “bad” review here since I only accept items that I expect to like. However, if I feel something needs to be improved, I’ll be sure to tell you.
I do not accept cash payment for product reviews. I do expect to be provided (at no charge) a full size, usable sample so that I can properly review it, photograph it and/or video it. These product samples will not be returned. Really, what would you do with a used sample? It’s mine to keep.
If you like, I can host a giveaway for your product. Giveaways are a nice way to drive more excitement and traffic to your product. If you prefer not to provide a review item along with the giveaway, I have the option of running a giveaway only for a fee. Giveaways are a lot of work for me. I have to write the post(takes me about an hour in between refereeing my boys, going to the bathroom, getting a drink, etc), list the giveaways at various contest sites, tweet the heck out of it, link to it on other blog contest linky’s, etc etc. So unless you provide me a product to review along with the giveaway, there is a fee. It’s not a big fee, really. I’m cheap. Just don’t tell anyone.
I also have the options for posting paid/sponsored “advertorials” and Press Releases. These are informational only and not based on a “review.” I have a small fee for posting these and they always include images and keyword links.
In case that wasn’t clear:
- Product reviews = Free
- Product reviews + Giveaways = Free
- Giveaway only = $$ for my time
- Advertorials/Press Release = Reasonable Posting Fee
In addition to all this fun stuff, you can buy ad spots on my site. It’s actually the best option. Everyone sees my sidebars, no matter what page or post they are on. Your product review/giveaway post is only front and center for about 7 days while it is on my front page before it goes to the permanent archives. Ad rates are listed in my media kit for your easy reference. Ad rates are subject to change so be sure you request the current media kit.
My blog is my job and I do accept text link placements and insert affiliate links where appropriate. Please know that you are under no obligation to click on these links, but think of it as a little tip for me to you without actually costing you any extra money!
Currently Accepting Brand Ambassadorships
I really enjoy the one on one, special relationship that comes by being a brand ambassador. I’ve had this relationship with Sam’s Club, Energizer and AT&T.
Media Kit Available On Request
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