Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I confess: I'm a blogger who's accepted a major gift

There's news today about guidelines issued by the Federal Trade Commission that stipulate bloggers have to disclose gifts—products or money—they get in exchange for writing reviews.

So, I guess I have to legally owe up to a gift I received, one that I write about daily. A gift I wasn't expecting, but one that makes me feel great day in and day out. A gift that pays off serious dividends in happiness. A gift that doesn't necessarily make me look any younger or prettier, but works wonders for my soul. A gift that didn't come with an instruction manual, but I've pretty much been able to figure out as I go along. A gift that enables me to blog daily. A gift that's priceless.

It's Max. Yes, my beautiful little boy with cerebral palsy is a gift.

OK, Federal Trade Commission, I've come clean.

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  1. Shhhhh!!!! Don't 'fess up....they'll find a way to make you pay a GIFT TAX!!

    Of course, you've more than paid for that gift, too--in chocolate pudding, or chocolate ice cream at the beach house, at the very least!!!

    Tee hee!!

  2. This is Joyce. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE It!!! I also love Felicia's first line. So true:)

  3. I couldn't help but smile when I read this. Max is quite the priceless gift.

  4. You know, I was just asked to do a review of an American book (I'm Canadian)...and that Trade Commission thing might be the reason why! That explains alot...now I know. We don't have to do that here...yet!

    Cristin...the picture that comes with your comments is absolutely hysterical! I love it.

  5. How FUNNY! I didn't even know this was true! HEHEHE

    Of course, I have done two or three reviews on my blog, but I have always done it on my own and never knew there were gifts to be had. Oh well, I guess the gift of my big fat opinion is enough!

    If they make you pay gift tax, can you write off care and maintainence? Just saying...

  6. Have you considered the fact that this might work another way? I am wondering if anyone else has come across something
    like this in the past? Let me know your thoughts...


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