Blogs I love

I’ve been a daily blog reader for the past 4 years or so.  I now have a handful of blogs that I follow on a regular basis.  A few years ago, my friend, Melissa, said that one of the reasons she likes Facebook is that, as a stay at home mom, it’s her “water cooler.”  What (I think) she meant was that it’s a way to stay connected to adults when she’s at home all day with her kiddos.  I actually find that the opposite is true for me–I check a couple of family-life blogs a day during my breaks from work to stay connected to family life.  For the record, I never get on blogs when I have kids in the classroom or when I’m suposed to be working on something, but when I get those few minutes each day to breathe, I find that reading a blog or two soothes my soul.  As a teacher, I need that.

Anyway, I thought you might like to see some of the blogs I follow–mostly so that you’ll know for sure that most of the ideas for this blog were someone else’s great idea first. Here’s a list of women who inspire me:

The first blog I started following religiously (for those of you who read this one, enjoy that pun) was MoneySavingMom.  This blog is written by a woman named Crystal.  She posts deals, freebies, motherly advice and encouragement.  Because of the nature of her domain name this is one I can access at work, so it’s a blog I read daily.

The second blog I picked up to follow on an almost-daily basis is Jen’s Balancing Beauty & Bedlam.  This blog changed my life and it can change yours, too.  Jen does amazing things with second hand clothing.  Since becoming a daily reader of her blog, I’ve bought almost all my clothes second hand.  She teaches you how to shop garage sales, thrift stores, and second hand shops.  And her home decor is amazing!

The third blog I started following/stalking is Jessica Quirk’s What I Wore.  Another awesome, awesome blog.  Jessica is a woman who lives and breathes fashion–AND she’s from Indiana, so she totally gets seasonal dressing. Buy her book, rearrange your closet and check out her amazing outfits daily.  I actually got to meet Jessica in person at a book signing over the summer.  She is as beautiful in person as she is in her pictures, and she was so gracious and kind.  We’re so lucky to have her in Indiana!!

From a mommy stand-point, it doesn’t get any better than Melissa from Dear Baby.  Melissa is a working mom whose style I really admire.  Of all the blogs on this list, she’s the one I’d most like to spend an afternoon with–her love for her little family is poured into each post.  I can only imagine what her children will think when they read their mother’s words one day.

I’ve followed Rebecca’s Fosterhood NYC journey for over a year.  Her dedication to her foster daughter, Jacket (name changed to protect the adorable), post reunification is nothing short of inspiring.

I also have some personal friends who blog on a regular to semi-regular basis:

Melissa is a local photographer whom I am fortunate enough to call my friend.  Her blog features photos from her latest shoots as well stories about her sweet family.

My adorable husband is attempting to blog.  We’ll see how it goes.  He’s a way-gifted writer, he just needs to sit down and DO IT.

My sister-in-law, Jen, has a blog that she updates occasionally.  Her son Koko and her daughter Tiny (names changed to protect the adorable) will probably be mentioned frequently on this blog.  Check them out–they’re CUTE!

My friend Ratina has begun a blog through her weight loss journey.  She’s just started, so it’s a great time to jump on board and support her.

Stephanie, my old college roomie blogs about her awesome family when she gets a chance.  Her blog has lots of sweet mommy-ness and she’s hilarious.  Win/win.

Sara hasn’t blogged since July, JULY people, but when she does, she’s so funny and honest and awesome….I was thinking maybe if I put her on the list she’d start blogging again :).

My friend Sue’s husband Justin’s little sister, Lauren, (who has become my friend) has a beautiful blog. She posts recipes, home and design ideas and family life posts.  This is especially nice because she and her husband currently live in Canada, so it gives all us Hoosiers a chance to keep up with her.

That’s all I can think of for right now–if I’ve forgotten anyone that I follow regularly, I do apologize.  If you have a blog of your own, won’t you please leave a comment with a link–I’d love to see what other people are doing!!

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Ladies Room Fashion Show

One of my favorite blogs, Dear Baby, used to have a weekly post called “Ladies Room Fashion Show” that I loved.  Melissa would share her weekly outfits for better or for worse (although I always thought she looked fabulous).  In the past couple of years, I’ve become increasingly interested in fashion.  I’ll blog more about that sometime soon.  Now that I have my own captive audience (that would be you.  How are you doing, by the way? Can I get you something to drink or maybe a pillow? You should really take your left hand off your face, it isn’t good for your skin.) I thought I’d give my own Ladies Room Fashion Show a try.  Here are a couple of this week’s outfits.

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Top: Old Navy (Christmas present)
Pants: ?? Probably thrifted
Boots: JC Penny Day-After-Thanksgiving sale

Not super sure about these pants. They’re a bit short when they’re not tucked into boots and I don’t like the bunching around the knees. The chances of them being repurposed into skinny pants is high.

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Shirt: Old Navy (before kids, it’s oooold)
Dress: Thrifted
Leggings: Target–compression pants
Boots: JC Penny Day-After-Thanksgiving Sale

Yup, those are compression pants and they made a HUGE difference in the way my leg felt at the end of the day. This dress is one of my all-time favorite thrifted finds. When I don’t know what to wear, I can throw it on and instantly look put-together. Or at least put-together for me :). My mother would say that this dress needs heeled boots, and she’d be right, but it’s not happening today–maybe next week, PJ.

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Top: Gap outlet
Dress: Thrifted, reworked a bit
Leggings: Wal-Mart
Boots: Croc outlet (BOGO w/my fabulous SIL)

Some mornings I know exactly what I want to wear. Today was one of those mornings….but I couldn’t find my grey leggings, so, this. Another go-to dress that I love. Don’t tell anyone, but this outfit is so comfortable it feels like pajamas. I really shouldn’t be allowed to wear it to work it’s so comfortable. And dont even get me started on the boots. I love these boots. It’s an internal battle not to wear them every day.

I did worry that my new student teacher would think I was a hippie who lives in a van, though.

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Top: Target (Christmas gift from my momma)

Jeans: Old Navy (Christmast gift from my SIL)

Boots:  JC Penny Day-After-Thanksgiving Sale

The boots are more light suede than they appear in the picture, I promise.  Today was YET ANOTHER day when I knew exactly what I wanted to wear and even laid it out the night before only to have my best-laid (out–HA!) plans foiled.  Again.  Cut to me scrambling around, cut to this shirt laying on the floor near me when I realized my first shirt wasn’t going to work for school (it’s been relegated to the “Date Night Only” category) and cut to me throwing it on and running out the door.  I have got to get this closet cleaned up, folks.  And maybe try on outfits the night before.

So that’s all for this week’s Ladies Room Fashion Show.  What did you think? Did you like it? Hate it? Think it was okay?  Is this the type of post you’d like to see on a weekly basis???  Leave some comments & let me know!!