Monday, June 22, 2009

And the award goes to...

Since Collin arrived, I have managed to continue posting on a relatively regular basis. Reading blogs has been another story. I really want to keep up on all the blogs I read, but my goggle reader always indicates that I have over 1,000 posts to get to. I have noticed, however, that there are several blogs that I always read as soon as they are posted to. These blogs include all of my family and close friends of course, but several of these blogs are just totally for enjoyment sake. I thought it would be fun to let you know my favorite reads. So without further ado.... the natalie's sentiments favorite blog awards......


The Best "I don't know you from Eve, but I blog stalk you anyway" award goes to Natalie of 100 Percent Cottam. I start with this award, because even though Natalie doesn't know it, she really inspired my blog. When I was first entering the blogosphere I was totally overwhelmed. Should I have a simple family photos only blog (which I do have now, here). Should I have a blog where I vent, or discuss important topics? Well, around this time a friend mentioned that I might like one of Natalie's posts and after seeing her blog I knew exactly what type of blog I wanted. One that included anything and everything that I was interested in. Clothes, kids, food, mother-in-law issues...whatever. I realized I could just post for me, and if anyone else wanted to read it, they were welcome to. Natalie also inspired my "Currently" sidebar. When I first saw her blog she had a link on her sidebar that said "Currently Watching Lost" and I thought to myself, how cool would it be to have an entire sidebar of "currently" mini posts. So I did it, and it is cool :)

The Best Home Design Blog goes to Just a Girl. Always redoing her own house, she inspires me to try simple methods to make my house more lovely.


The Best Cooking Blog. I awarded this to two blogs. First to La Tartine Gourmande for the most gorgeous culinary creations. Every once in a while I really want to experiment in the kitchen, and this is where I head for inspiration. Second is Saltbox House Cooking Exchange. Reading this blog is like a mini food course, and everything they make is great for feeding a family. I make almost every recipe they post.

Best Giveaways. Grosgrain. I think everyone knows about this blog by now. Kathleen creates the most sublime clothes, frames them in breathtaking shots, and then gives them away. Currently, I want to win this contest for Lydia.

Best Inspiriaton blog. oh, hello friend. Written by a graphic aritst, this blog is full of craft ideas and design tips. It is also just about the most beautifully designed layout as I have ever seen.

Best "Brighten My Day" Blog goes to pretty good. Every day Mary posts a cheery photo from her life. No matter what, I visit this blog daily. It never fails to make me smile.

Best "Guilty Pleasure" Blog.
Awkward Family Photos. Genius.

Best "Just for Fun" Blog. snippet and ink: daily wedding inspiration. Maybe it is just that I like weddings, or maybe it is because I really do believe in true love, but there is something about seeing how people celebrate their special day that tends to make mine.


Best Mommy Blog. Classy Chaos. I first put this blog in my reader when I saw that the author, "OHmommy", called herself a Stiletto Ho. I thought to myself, she and I could probably be friends. Make sure to check her out. Her commentary on motherhood is priceless.

Best Overall Style. a room somewhere. Everything Leslie posts is lovely. Her style is impeccable. Whether is is a fabulous couch or a delicate necklace, I am always smitten. Again, she and I should be friends.

So there you are. My favorite blogs. For the winners, feel free to add this award button to your sidebar if you like. Thank you for all the reading bliss.

Now scroll down for a giveaway of some of my favorite things.....

8 comments:

Tiffany said...

This was such a great idea. I'm always looking for new blogs to read! Thanks for sharing your favorite ones. I hope you have a nice Monday.

OHmommy said...

awwww... thanks.

This is really a great idea. And my guilty pleasure is awkward family photos. How funny is that site?

mary said...

I am really flattered to be included on your list! I know how you feel with the over 1,000 unread items on problem with your Google reader...this is me, too! It's like a full-time job trying to keep up with it (and I've already got one of those!)

Thanks again...this just made my Monday. Now, off to explore some of the new-to-me blogs on your list!! :)

100 Percent Cottam said...

wow, THANKS, first of all! how fun! and thanks for the new blogs to read! i've added several of them to my reader, and i'm MOST excited to check out "pretty good". looks TOTALLY up my alley! thanks again. i'm so flattered! :)

Leslie said...

wow, what an honor, best overall style! we would totally be friends if we lived closer. now i'm off to search for you on facebook. at least we can be virtual friends. :)

kristi lee said...

and my award for introducing you to texas natalie is where???????!!!!!!

Madeline and Family said...

I don't know how I missed this pot. You are too sweet. I am so not up to par with all of those other food blogging gurus' out there. I think your just being nice because your my cousin ;) So, can I put your Natalie's Blog Award button on the blog, it that how it works. I still don't know if I am a real blogger yet. Let me know.

Madeline and Family said...

The word pot was supposed to be the word post. Just to set that straight.

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