Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Five Favorite Blogs That You (Maybe?) Haven't Heard Of

I'm really, totally awful at realizing which blogs are "big" and which aren't.  There are some blogs that have a small readership that I for some reason think everyone has heard of and just put off the "huge blog" vibe.  Probably because they are hilarious and/or very deep and/or have great pictures and definitely have great writing.  And then they'll write something like, "I'm so excited I got 500 page views today!  New record!" And then I think, "No way!  I assumed you got 10x that number of page views. Hourly."  And then I feel bad because I was assuming they were big blogger status and that I was the last person on earth to discover them and 


So today, I shall be sharing with you the blogs that perhaps, maybe you have not heard of and that I love, love, love.  My-heart-bursts-with-excitement-when-I-see-a-new-post-from-one-of-these-blogs-in-Bloglovin' kind of love.  I had planned to share these blogs this week anyway, but it just so happens that Bonnie is taking nominations for the second annual Sheenazing awards through Friday, so I will also be adding which categories each of these blogs should dominate in case you are up for doing some nomination domination.  And even if you do not wish to nominate, won't you thank Bonnie for her hard work because organizing something like that sounds scary.

Without further ado and in no particular order:


You've heard of this one, right?  Been following along for quite some time, right?  I was kind of reluctant to put this on the list because I feel like everyone has to already know and love Jenna, but in the case that you are the one person on the earth that does not, you should and you will.

Nomination domination: Coolest Blogger, Best Blog by a Mom


Rosie has the funniest kids, good fashion sense, and a great sense of humor about the disasters that often befall a family with four kids (including twins). 

Some of my favorite recent posts: perhaps the funniest post I've read ever Not Much But Grace..., her regular "What They Said" link up, Words That Shouldn't Be Said

Nomination domination: Funniest Blog, Best Blog by a Mom


This one is a rather recent find, but one that's so good I've been working my way through the archives.  And can I mention the really cool way I found this blog?  Another blogger contacted me and asked me to send Mary, author of Better Then Eden, a Flexi clip (I'm a Lilla Rose hair accessories consultant).  And it was all to be anonymous.  How fun right?  Anyway, I had to visit the blog to find email address to tell Mary that her fairy godmother (or fairy blogmother?) was sending her a clip.  And I was curious about how awesome Mary must be that she would have such a sweet anonymous friend and I started reading and I found out why.  Mary has a lot of love and some deep insights into faith.

Nomination domination: Most Inspiring Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog, Best Blog by a Mom


Ok, I know, you'd been reading this blog for years before I stumbled upon it.  Everyone reads this blog.  BUT, it just didn't feel genuine to make my list of favorite blogs without including Haley's.  This was my favorite blog long before I ever exchanged an email with Haley, but now that we're blogger friends, I have even more respect for Haley because she's not only a quick mind and great writer, but a sweetheart too.  And if her blog isn't enough for you, you can always purchase her liturgical year book of recipes and reflects, Feast! 

Some of my favorite recent posts: Breastfeeding in Public, Hungry Babies, and Pope Francis, What Happened to Christian Art? (Why is CCM So Awful?), Sex, Tomatoes, and High Fructose Corn Syrup (this last one is one of the semi-regular guest posts by her smart husband, Daniel)

Nomination domination: Smartest Blog, Most Inspiring Blog, Best Blog by a Mom


I love Kendra's post because they are so matter-of-fact.  I don't always agree with her, but I always appreciate the confidence with which she rights. And that confidence comes from being the mom of seven children and a very unapologetic Catholic and just plain knowing what she's good at and what works for her family and not feeling the need to please others.  When you read her posts, you'd be shocked to find out that her blog is just over a year old because she definitely has her personal writing style down.  I also really trust her movie/TV reviews.

Some of my favorite recent posts: An Open Letter to People Who are Good at NFP, The Cuckoldry of a New Era: TV husband and abortion, all her birth stories (and remember, I don't like birth stories!)

Nomination domination: Smartest Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog, Best Blog by a Mom

Go nominate and then see Hallie for more Five Favorites!


  1. You make me blush! I am all smiles seeing my blog name up there with 4 other of my favorites! Let's not forget another of my favorites too: You!!!

  2. Love those blogs! I haven't heard of Better than Eden, I'll have to check that one out :-)

  3. Oh, wow! Thank you so much, Mandi! You just made my day :) And I'm still CLUELESS as to who sent that super sweet gift!!

  4. I am shameless- I NEVER 'surf the web' for blogs or videos or memes- I just go where people I trust recommend- so I will check these blogs out! ;)

  5. Wow, thanks Mandi! You are so sweet to include me with those awesome ladies!

  6. I'm excited to check out the blogs that I haven't read yet. And I agree about Kendra's blog - I was completely shocked that she hadn't been blogging for a long time. You're right - she's got this thing *down*!

  7. Love all of these - pretty sure each of them made it into my nominations cuz they're the best!

  8. You are so sweet! And I'm proud to say I've been following all those blogs for a while :) But I'm so excited to see the nominations when they come out and discover some awesome new blogs!

  9. Thanks Mandi! Having all these opinions is finally paying off!

  10. I love lists like these!! Thanks for sharing!


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