Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Fab Five (And a Thank You)

Thanks to Trop50 for sponsoring my writing about fabulous bloggers. This year Trop50 is granting 50 Fabulous Wishes. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous!


This move has totally kicked my ass (and continues to do so), and I'm just so glad that my readers (yes! you!) haven't abandoned ship. It feels like I have little to say other than to complain, and even then, I'm too exhausted to even spellcheck my drivel. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.) So, to show my appreciation, I've come up with a few fun things to say thank you. This, today, just happens to be one of them (but stay tuned for some giveaways, too! I mean, they're fun...right?)

Today I'm highlighting five blogs that I think are fabulous. They're all amazing writers that can make me cry or laugh so hard that I'm forced to brainstorm for ways to destroy them. (But usually, they can to both.) You've probably heard of them already:

First, we have Marinka of Motherhood in NYC:

I first started reading Marinka last Spring. When I went to BlogHer in New York last summer, I happened to sit behind her (and Wendi Aarons...I think...smelled like her anyway) during one of the sessions. I didn't have the courage to say hello, so I pretty much stared at the back of her head. It's quite lovely, the back of her head. Anyway, Marinka does "effortlessly funny" like Angelina Jolie does "effortlessly glam." Except that Marinka isn't a husband-thieving actress, so she's way better. Her writing makes me want to be a better writer, even when she's just rehashing the latest gossip. If you'd like an intro course to Marinka, I suggest you begin with her I'm Right, You're Wrong series. Hilarious, all of them.

Another favorite of mine is Stacey from Is There Any Mommy Out There?

Stacey is an honest and moving writer, and she also cracks me up on the regular. She has this amazing little (big) family, and I love reading about them all. She is sweet and loving and nurturing, and reading any of her posts feels like I'm sitting down with a good friend and some coffee. She can share a tale about a hilariously hectic day and I'll laugh until I'm in tears (ah, hopefully WITH her, know...). And the next day, I'm reading something so honest and raw, that I am tearing up at my computer. What I'm saying, of course, is that I love everything about her. I think you will too (if you don't already.) It was hard to pick a specific post to point your toward on this blog because I love, like, ALL of them, but I think this one about her children learning to read will give a good taste of Stacey's magic.

Third is a blogger that I've been reading almost since I started Wait in the Van: Miss Yvonne of Yo Mama's Blog.

Her stories--without fail--make me laugh out loud (or LULZ! as those young folks say) all the damn time. It's not natural, that woman's level of humor. What's worse is that it's the kind of humor writing that often makes me think, "damnit...I wish I'd thought of that." And then makes me silently hate her for a while until I remember that I've just moved to Texas and she's now practically my neighbor, and I LOVE YOU, FUNNY WOMAN! (Wanna babysit?) Plus, I can tell she's super sweet, and I'm not saying that just because she kind of hates her cats like I do. (Though hers ARE trying to kill her, soooo...) Here's a brief post that summarizes one of her weekends. I feel like she needs her own TV show.

Next up is a relatively new find. I think I stumbled upon her through...Twitter? I think? Say hello to Ilana of Mommy Shorts!

This woman is like a powerhouse, I tell you. She blogs more often than I floss, and each post reads like something I'd need to spend hours and decades polishing. Ilana also has lots of great features over there at Mommy Shorts: photo caption contests (that are actually funny), Baby Profiling (which is less criminal than you might think), nonstop giveaways, and even something called Ask Dr. B, where you can submit your questions to a bonafide school psychologist. Plus, Ilana is charming and funny as hell, so it's hard to hate her for her talent and success. (HardER, anyway.) I loved this recent post of hers about how you can't take your toddlers anywhere.

And last, but not least by any means, is the stellar Jett Superior of Alphabet Junkie.

I don't even know where to start with Jett. This woman never ceases to amaze me. Her writing is FULL of the type of images and phrases you'd expect to be highlighting in some college explication essay. Woman needs to be CANONIZED, is what I'm saying. And beyond that, her heart is exceedingly large (not literally, of course, thank goodness), and she reminds me constantly--as I need to be reminded--that we live in a painfully beautiful world. Here is a post about her Christmas Cards that made me simultaneously laugh and pause and swell with something wonderful...pride, is it? She's a pretty swell gal to call a friend, and, of anyone, I'd most hope to see her name attached to a book someday soon.

Anyway, these are my lady-crushes of the hour. (Mind you, it doesn't mean I love YOU any less.) I'll give you a heads up about the exciting giveaways as they come closer. WINK-WINK. In the meantime, THANK YOU for reading my stuff. I mean that sincerely, and would give you a big squishy hug if I could. (Though, if you're going to BlogHer this year, I WILL!) (You've been warned.)


Don't forget to enter the 50 Fabulous Wishes contest for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous. I was selected for this Tropicana Trop50 sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. I received compensation to use and facilitate my post.