Friday, December 7, 2018

Blogger Love

Fri, Dec 7th:
The Blogger Love Edition
Recommend some bloggers for us to check out 
and tell us what you like about each blog

I follow too many blogs. 
It's a problem I'm trying to cut back on. 
I don't have enough time to read them all, 
and many times end up farrrr behind. 

In the meantime, 
here's my attempt at classifying my current blogs. 

And wow, this is a long post. 

Mega Blogs/Sites with Multi-Content 

This blog has been around forever 
and has transformed into a booming empire 
with clothing line sold at Nordstrom. 
I don't have a lot in common with the primary writer, 
Emily Schuman, 
except a shared first name
 and us both being mothers, 
but I truly love to read what she has to say. 
She's a delight on IG 
and I find her voice soothing 
which sounds incredibly creepy 
but oh well. 

I can't pinpoint why
since much of it doesn't relate to me
but I really love the content of this blog, 
either written by Emily or others on her staff. 

The ultimate fashion / shopping blog, 
with a side of well-being, 
current affairs, 
and a whole host of other content. 
I skim over a lot of the fashion posts
 (the majority of the posts) , 
but LOVE LOVE LOVE the deeper content this blog puts out. 
I have linked to many of their articles 
because they are just so well done. 
So well researched. 
Informational and insightful. 
Love them. 

Also the main editor/founder Shana lives in Philadelphia. 
And since no one important lives in Philadelphia ever
it's super fun to see someone blogging from my home. 

Beauty with a side of Lifestyle 

My all-time favorite IG personality. 
She is fucking hilarious. 
I have cried laughing 
and nearly peed my pants. 

A married mom of 4, 
I started following her years ago when they lived in Alaska 
(omg, those posts were breath-takingly beautiful
then followed her family's journey down to Georgia, 
and then the BIG ONE: 
Finding out your favorite blogger has breast cancer: wow. 
And she's so open about it. 
About every little tiny detail that you may not want to know. 
She doesn't know the meaning of "TMI" or "privacy" 
and I fucking love that. 
She does a podcast (the only one I listen to) 
and I have learned so much about cancer, 
it's side-effects (both physical and mental), 
and what cancer patients need.
And through it all, her humor has stayed strong. 

Also with this cancer diagnosis, 
she dove headfirst into CLEAN BEAUTY 
and she has been my literal guide, 
every step of the way, 
from where to shop

I lovvveeeeeee Kate. 
She is delightful. 
She's my second favorite IG personality. 
I love how she talks to the camera. 
Her blog is the ultimate on beauty and skin care information, 
and not just products but how
I have learned SO SO SO SO MUCH from watching her. 
Little things like brushing my hair before I shower 
to letting my primer dry before applying foundation. 

If I had one complaint, 
it's that I wished she would dive into cleaner products. 
She did one single post and it was "meh." 
But I can forgive that because she named her daughter after me.

For Fun/ Lifestyle 

Generally, I just enjoy reading them. 

Bridget lives up near Boston 
and has older kids from her husband
 (his first wife died of cancer)
as well as two new little ones. 
Her love story with her husband is PERFECTION. 
Please go read it (Ch 1, 2, and 3)

While most of her blog is about travel and sponsorships 
(not my thing) 
she has a deep caring heart for the world 
and it's inhabitants who struggle
and I have learned so much from her. 

While I may not read every post of her blog, 
I make sure I hit up her weekly links post, 
because it's the best of any blog. 

Sadly, this blog is on sabbatical 
but I can't ignore it because I really truly loved reading it. 

Brittany lives on a sailboat in the Caribbean with her handsome husband, 
and three girls, 
including toddler twins. 

To tell you how good this writing is, 
I introduced my coworker to this blog, 
and my coworker read the entire 8+ years of this blog from start to finish 
in about a month. 

I've followed Jessica Garvin since the beginning. 
Her posts were honest and hilarious
 (incld my fav parent story ever). 
She's long since morphed into my curated / sponsored content, 
which I tend to skim, 
but overall I still find her an enjoyable read. 

Mother of six-soon-to-be-seven children. 
Her writing is infrequent, 
but hilarious. 
I appreciate she doesn't clog up my feed with sponsored posts, 
but just writes the occasional "here's life" blurb 
that somehow is incredibly amusing. 

She's a huge Bachelor fan, 
which I consider a negative but most consider a positive. 

Mom of four-soon-to-be-five. 
Similar to Jessica Garvin, 
I've followed her from the beginning 
(and loved some of her early posts 
about baby & toddler meal planning
but she's since morphed into a curated blog, 
which I like much less 
but I still follow her because old habits die hard. 

Real People 

People I actually interact with. 
And some of their blogs may be near death 
(side-eye... Amanda) 
but I have enjoyed getting to know them through it!

Amanda documented her infertility journey 
and one quiet afternoon at work, 
I read through every single post. 
It may be 5+ years old now 
(her twins are 2 weeks younger than Aaron) 
but it's still great if you ever want to learn more. 

She lives in Texas, 
doesn't blog anymore, 
but is still super awesome anyway
She's the first holiday card I receive every year, 
and I love a person who is consistently prompt. 

The most exciting thing is that I MET AMANDA IN PERSON this spring. 
Which was super super super cool. 
I gushed about her in that post so I'll refrain from further detail here. 

I met Natasha through Amanda's blog. 
Natasha lives in Canada 
(which I'm super jealous of)
and is a veteran mom 
(meaning her kids are older than mine) 
and the perfect example for my #parentinggoals. 

Natasha reads allll the books allll the time 
and even in my best life, 
I could never keep up with her. 
Her book recs are on point!

Natasha was the one who tagged me in this monthly favorites, 
which also means she knows me pretty darn well. 

I met Alena through a combo of Natasha/Amanda's blog. 
(Which came first?)

She lives in Texas 
and shares my super nerdy love of stats. 
Alena also completed this crazy challenge of book prompts
reading 50 books in half a year, 
which I am totally impressed / intimidated by! 
And obviously, Alena is spot on with book recs. 


Whew, there we have it! 
All my blogger love! 
Clearly too much love because I'm so behind on reading blogs!


  1. Awww, thank you! Your book recommendations are awesome too! And if my kids were younger than yours I'd be getting a lot of inspiration from you. I love how much time you spend outside with your boys. Even though I have older kids, I should be encouraging more outside time.

    And I'm laughing because I'm pretty sure I found Allena through you but we can both claim discovery of her!

  2. Woo hoo, glad I made the cut even if I'm a total slacker now, ha!! ;)