Starting at the Beginning

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A New Favorite

I follow two family blogs, and both happen to be two of my favorites. I wasn’t sure why I was drawn to these mommy blogs, but I think I know now. I’ve learned so much from these types of blogs that I follow. Also, seeing a family develop and grow is really fascinating, even if it’s not my own.

Recently, I found yet another family/mommy blog that I for see as being one of my newest favorites. It’s called Momma’s Gone City. You may have heard of it because it’s been all over the news recently (I’ll get to that shortly).

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The blog is written by the mom above, Jessica, and features her three beautiful children, cat, and puppy. One thing I really like about this blog is all of the pictures Jessica posts. She does not skimp. Each post is accompanied by many lovely photos that she takes herself.

 IMG_4375 IMG_6563IMG_6481Another thing about this blog that I love is that the family lived in NYC for quite some time… and I love NYC. Also, they just moved to Santa Cruz, which looks absolutely beautiful. And I love the ocean. Win-win for me.

Back to this blog being in the news recently. Not too long ago, Jessica and her family adopted their little puppy Theo and brought him home. Theo immediately took to Beau, Jessica’s youngest child, and would sleep with Beau every day during his nap. The pictures went viral because they are so unbelievably adorable. Search the hashtag #TheoandBeau on Instagram to see all of the pictures.

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I can’t get over these pictures. They are the cutest.

I (Still) Heart NYC

It has been quite some time since I have blogged about New York City, but no worries, I still love it. I am graduating in December and, therefore, have been applying to (many, many) jobs. Since I have high hopes to go back to the city I fell in love with two summers ago, most of the jobs I’m applying for are in NYC. Needless to say, New York has been on my mind even more so than normal lately.

This brings me to the next blog I am blogging about: this is why i love ny.

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The woman who writes this blog (her identity is not part of the blog) will either post random things that make her love the city or will write longer-form posts that go more in-depth of why she loves NYC. I like that she combines both styles because sometimes I don’t want to do a lot of reading but more seeing.

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In this post, she said she loved NYC for the creation of a new food genre: Japanese-Jewish food. This is matzo ball ramen soup from Shalom Japan, a new restaurant in New York.

The author also excepts pictures and explanations of why YOU love New York. You can submit them on her blog or you can instragram a picture with the hashtag #thisiswhyiloveny.

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This is a submission from one of her followers. She included his name and his caption along with the picture.

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Recently, she wrote a post called “How Desirable Is Unavailable? A ‘Bachelorette’s’ Human Experiment.” Her and a few friends had a fake bachelorette party where they took turns being the bachelorette at each bar. They discovered some pretty cool things about men and it’s worth checking out. In fact, Huffington Post, Fox 5 News, and The Frisky spoke about her post on their news segments!
If you’re a lover of NYC but cannot currently be there, this is definitely something that helps cope.

One That Covers It All

Ever now and then, I come across a blog that covers a wide variety of topics. That’s exactly what the blog The Pioneer Woman does.

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer WomanYou may know that The Pioneer Woman, aka Ree Drummond, has her own cooking show on Food Network known as The Pioneer Woman. She got a show on Food Network because of her blog, which has won numerous awards, and her best-selling cookbook. However, I discovered her on Food Network because I have a mild (more like huge) obsession with Food Network shows. I really don’t know why…

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Later, I discovered her blog and man, oh, man does she do a great job blogging! She lives in the middle of nowhere on a cattle ranch with her husband and four kids. One might wonder how she has so much to blog about then. Well, I’m assuming living in the middle of no where with four kids forces one to come up with interesting stuff to do.

Her blog has a number of sections making it easy to search through this wide-ranging blog. The Confessions section includes photos and stories of her husband and children and the animals on the farm.

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The Cooking section includes step-by-step photos of all the cowboy-friendly dishes she taught herself to cook through the years. There’s butter involved.

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In her Photography section, Ree gives tips to starting photographers and photoshop tutorials.

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In the Home & Garden section, Ree shows the step-by-step saga of a start-to-finish remodeling project of an old guest house on the ranch, as well as general home tips and photos of things she loves.

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And in the Homeschooling section, she discuss the adventure of homeschooling four children on an isolated cattle ranch, hold regular “Smartypants” trivia quizzes so readers can test their brain matter, and share Words of the Day, interesting trivia, and occasional brainteasers.

There is so much on this blog. So many great recipes, so many amazing photographs, great stories, and more.

Preppy & Fun

I recently came across a new blog that I really like. It’s called Classy Girls Wear Pearls and is all about preppy fashion. The author, Sarah Vickers, loves to wear preppy clothes and clearly does so all the time.

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While I do love this blog for the fashion, I’m not an always-preppy-clothed kind of woman. However, Sarah and her friends live in Rhode Island on the coast and are always finding adventure. They do things that me and my friends don’t often do, living on the coast and in New England.

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They go walking on the rocks along the shore, they go “birding” or bird watching in the water, and they go play in the ocean and the lighthouses. It seems that her and her friends are always doing something whether it’s going out to the water and finding adventure or going to a friend’s lovely home and hanging out with friends. Whatever she’s doing, she’s dressed to perfection in preppy bliss.

Another thing about this blog that I really like is that it features men’s fashion, as well. All of her guy friends happen to be impeccably dressed at all times too, not just the ladies.

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And not to mention the fabulous parties they hold and attend…