I really love blogs. Not only writing my own but reading others as well. Writing this blog started as a way to share what was going on in mine & Jake's life as we were wedding planning and life as newlyweds, since I have a lot of family out of town/state and I could keep everyone in the loop very easily. Now it's adapted into sharing updates on Ryleigh and other random things going on in our lives. But mostly Ryleigh. Cause she's the cute one everyone cares about anyway ;)
I love reading blogs, especially good "mommy blogs" because they give good ideas and some comic relief, and they help you realize that everyone has tough days [like when you're trying to pump in the morning and you hear a diaper explosion happen....] but everyone also has really great moments that make it all worth while. These are ones I read on a daily basis:
3 Ladies & Their Gent
Amber is a young momma of twin girls and married to her firefighter husband. She shares stories and photos of her adorable girls, and also some great baby food recipes and toddler eating ideas. She is a registered dietitian so you can trust that her recipes and toddler meal plans give a nice, balanced diet.
Little Baby Garvin
Jessica is a momma of two girls, Harper and new little baby Eloise. I think she can be credited with being one to start the chalkboard pregnancy update craze with her cute designs while she was pregnant with Harper. She is refreshingly open and down to earth, and even her shortest blog posts are entertaining. I love all of her fashion and decorating ideas.
Mix and Match Family
Shay Shull is the sister of Sean Lowe from the Bachelor. This is her family blog, I also follow her foodie blog [info below]. She has two adorable kids and shares about everyday life with them and her hubby. They are travel agents, so she shares stories of their trips and travel ideas for lots of fun places. They are also currently going through the foreign adoption process so she has started sharing a little bit about that, although she's not giving tons of details until they bring their new daughter home, for privacy.
And of course the designer in me loves some home décor blogs:
Katie is a wife and a momma to her three little boys. She and her husband are very into DIY projects so her blog is mostly about that, while mixing in stories of her boys in between. She is humble and sarcastic and always finds a positive outlook on things. I wish I had her drive and planning skills to slowly tackle house projects. I just get overwhelmed with my ideas and never get around to anything.
This is a party planning blog from Tiny Prints [a Shutterfly company]. I love seeing their ideas!
And I love, love, love this food blog:
Mix and Match Mama
This is Shay's foodie blog, and the best food blog I've ever found. Her recipes are amazing and she has a ton of them. We have tried so many and they have all been delicious...to name a few favorites: Lemonade Pie, S'mores Cookies, Chicken Pot Pie, Caramel Apple Cider Bundt Cake, Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings and the list goes on. What I love about her recipes are that (1) her apps, dinners, and desserts are all fabulous. Sometimes a source is only really great at one of those categories, but you can get them all from her! (2) they are pretty simple. You can easily find quick options for a weeknight dinner or last minute dessert to bring somewhere.