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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Blog Roll Please.

I've been reading a variety of blogs for a few years now and writing in my own for a little over a year.  I wouldn't consider myself a "blogger", but I do enjoy writing to keep my friends updated on our lives, to have something written to look back at and remember these crazy times, and just a place to vent!  Having my own little strand of this great big spiderweb we call the internet is fun.  And I love reading other people's strands too!

I thought it'd be fun to list some of my favorite blogs.  You know, the ones you read first when a new entry pops up on your reader?  Anyone who reads blogs knows what I'm talking about!  Funny thing is, when I did just that this morning and clicked onto my dear friend's blog, I saw that she had done the same thing!  I love it when even after more than 10 years of friendship, I'm reminded why I keep certain people in my life.

Anyways, here are some of favorite things to read while feeding and rocking babies (and maybe sitting on the toilet behind a closed door with the sole purpose of getting some alone time without husband, kids, or dogs.  Shhhh, don't tell them).  Because, let's be honest, holding babies is mostly what I do all day.  No one asked me to write about their blogs.  These are honestly just my favorites, with my own little descriptions.  Enjoy.

  • the Heir to Blair:  I feel like I could be friends with BethAnne in real life.  And her blog is probably popular because that's how a lot of other mamas feel too.  She writes about real life with a toddler (a little boy just a few days older than Brennan), being a working mom, battling with postpartum depression, and struggles with her weight.  She's real.  She's witty.  I like her.
  • Baby Rabies:  Jill is a lot like BethAnne.  In fact, I think they're friends in real life.  She's funny and honest and makes no bones about putting in writing what a lot of moms think about life and kids but won't say.  Her Momisms make me laugh out loud.  
  • The Southern Belle {and her boys}:  Jessica is another mama that I feel like I could be friends with.  She writes about being a mommy, a wife, and a child of God.  She has a little boy who's cute as a button and another arriving any day now who'll no doubt be just as cute.
  • What the blog?:  Jenny has freaking triplets.  Triplets!!  So she writes a lot about them.  And she pumped, nursed, and bottle fed them for a year, so she's a great inspiration.  And she's funny and marches to the beat of her own drum.  And she has triplets.  'nuff said.
  • Baby Making:  This one is pretty new to me.  I stumbled upon it from another twin blog, and I like it so far.  Becky has twin boys who are a few months older than mine.  She's relateable.  I like that. 
  • Young House Life:  So I guess this isn't technically a Mommy blog, but more of a family blog.  John & Sherry's main blog is Young House Love, a DIY and home reno blog that I also follow and love.  But since we're renting and can't do anything to our current home, reading that one just makes me jealous.  So I get more excited for Young House Life posts because the focus is Clara, they're sweet little girl.  So cute!
  • Momastery:  I recently stumbled across this one too and I'm IN LOVE.  Glennon writes so beautifully.  When I read some posts she writes, I think, yeah, that's exactly how I feel, but she prettied up the words a lot.  Her article for the Huffington Post "Don't Carpe Diem" went a bit viral on facebook recently.  I believe it's because she's saying things that many mommies are too afraid to admit.  Honesty goes a long way with me, and she's got plenty of it.
    Funny Ladies
    • The Bloggess:  I discovered Jenny's blog when my friend Emily sent me a blog post about Beyonce, the giant metal chicken.  It's pee-your-pants funny, if you have the same sense of humor as I do.  She suffers from anxiety and depression and seems to use her writing as an outlet for recovery.  Respectable AND hilarious.  What's not to like?
    • Barefoot Foodie:  Self-proclaimed chubby girl, Brittany loves herself no matter how big or small she is at any given moment.  She curses, she babbles, she's flippin' hysterical.  You should read her blog.
    People I Know
    • A Modern Family:  My best friend from high school.  She's known her husband for over half of her life (and she's only 28), they've lived in 4 different places in the last 5 years (or so), she has a sweet little girl who's a month older than my boys and half their size.  She's an eternal optimist and a great friend.  She writes about all things mommy and family.  
    • oneCHURCHaWEEK:  My sister-in-law has decided to try out a different church each week for a year and to blog about it.  She's funny and irreverent and pretty much the female version of my husband ... no wonder I like her.
    • My Happy House:  I went to high school with Molly and discovered her blog when I asked her about some freezer meals I had seen her write about on facebook.  She writes about keeping a tidy house (and shares some great tips - although I won't be able to keep up with them til my boys are out of this house), shares yummy recipes, and talks about her cute chubby-cheeked Cam.
    • Adventures in Mommyland:  My friend Steph from my L&D days started a blog about being a mommy, which morphed into the perfect outlet to chronicle her experiences as a surrogate gestational carrier.  She hasn't written since shortly after giving birth to that little man, but I'm hoping I can talk her into it because having 3 kids in 3 (or so) years is definitely interesting to hear about...

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