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.

so cloudy, still #beautiful: the #empirestatebuilding. Submitted by David Hanjani. #thisiswhyiloveny #nyc #nyskyline #love
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.

Revisit

Today, I am revisiting a blog I posted about months ago and for good reason. This week marks the first week of my last semester of college, so I thought it would be appropriate to revisit one of my favorite blogs: The College Prepster.

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Even though the author Carly graduated college last May, she still blogs about college-related things. Just recently, Carly posted about study tips and back to school clothes. While I love looking at her blog for other reasons, I think it’s great she still sticks to the roots of her blog and writes on topics that many of her readers relate to.

She has a list of INTENSE STUDY TIPS, a lot of organizing tips to keep you focused on studying and so you don’t forget dates or deadlines, and a list of Apps that are helpful for school.

Since Carly graduated over a year ago and has had a job working in NYC for exactly one year, she does not post much about college or give school advice as much. However, I love the things she posts about. She’s been talking a lot more about fashion and clothing and about what she does in NYC.

Carly posts a lot about work, which is great for me since I am hoping to have a job come December after I graduate. She gives advice on stuff ranging from what Shoes to wear for interviews and jobs to a list of apps that show all How to Feel Like an Adult.

I definitely see myself using the advice she gives (and she gives a lot on all sorts of topics) in my future.

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NYC. And this is why I follow the blog A CUP OF JO. Well, one of the reasons. The author, Joanna, lives in NYC with her husband and toddler son, so of course I like this blog. Babies, family, NYC. However, Joanna also happens to be a journalist who made her way from the bottom after moving to NYC after college. She started at Cosmopolitan and worked for many magazine over the years. It’s so nice for me to hear stories like that since I’m hoping to do the same.

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Joanna and her adorable son Toby. Ps. She’s pregnant!

Another reason I love this blog is because Joanna is very open and isn’t scared to state her opinions. Just because you have a family blog doesn’t mean you can’t mention your own opinions about something just because some of your followers might not agree. While the blog is definitely focused on motherhood now, she posts about a lot of other things too. Her posts are about anything and everything including a lot on fashion, travel, and relationships.

This blog is definitely focused on a lifestyle of more “aged” individuals if you know what I mean, but I still love this blog. Joanna is a great writer and very witty. One of my favorite things on A Cup Of Jo is her weekend post. Every Friday afternoon, she posts a bunch of links to cool things from around the web. They are usually pictures or articles or completely random stuff, but it’s so cool because it’s stuff you probably typically wouldn’t find on your own. At least I know I wouldn’t. This link, Models and Their Mothers, is just one of the links she put up this Friday.

No matter your age, I highly recommend this blog. She has received praise from many and is followed by many as well. It’s a great blog with great information. Enjoy!

It’s Not All Fun and Games

Since I am writing this blog for a college course I am taking, I figured I should write about a college-related blog. Fortunately, I happen to follow one of those. It’s called College Prep. Why, you ask? Because the author, Carly, is very preppy and started her blog her first year of college.

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Carly

Even though Carly is no longer in college, she still posts great tips for staying organized, getting work done, and more. While she was in college, she wrote some great posts about how to handle course loads, the best ways to study, and how to still have fun while doing all of that.

While the blog has a heavy focus on school work (and now real world work), Carly puts a heavy emphasis on fashion. I mean, it is called College Prep after all. She always makes lists of her favorite clothing items, new trends, and cute stuff that’s new in preppy stores like J. Crew and Kate Spade.

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Carly’s February Favorites

There are other reasons I love the College Prep blog besides all of her great work and fashion tips. For one, she just moved to NYC. She is from Florida and went to college in D.C., but she just happened to move to NYC when she graduated. How great! A blog I already followed just moved to NYC, so now I have even more coverage of my favorite city.

Another reason I follow her blog is because it’s focused on what people my age care about since Carly is my age. Many of the blogs I follow focus on family and children, which is not relevant to my life at this time. I would highly recommend that people in college or recent college graduates check out College Prep, as well.

One of my favorites

For my first post, I thought I would share one of my favorite blogs. There are many reasons this blog is my favorite, but the main reasons are because the blogger lives in New York City, which is a dream of mine, and because she documents her family’s life and delicious-looking foods. That’s three of my passions right there: NYC, family, and food.

Other reasons I love this blog are because her family is absolutely adorable and so is she, they do fun and interesting things all the time, and the blogger documents a lot of their life together. I believe that if you blog about your life, you must blog about it a lot otherwise followers will lose interest. This blogger blogs often and makes sure to include lots of pictures, which makes the blog very appealing (to me especially).

The blog is called Rockstar Diaries and is written by Naomi Davis. Naomi is married to Josh and the two of them have two adorable kiddos, Eleanor and Samson. The couple met in NYC and recently moved back after living in Washington D.C. for a while. They love the city just as much as I do, and not to mention adorable children. Naomi, who also goes by Taza, loves fashion and has great clothes, which is another reason I love the blog.

To sum up: I love this blog because it covers NYC, babies, family, food, fashion, and fun.

I hope you like it too!

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Taza and family.

How cute are they? Seriously.