You guys, I feel terrible! I was so busy melting down, I forgot to get you guys something for Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/Festivus/whatever it is that you celebrate. I'm hoping that y'all will agree - better late than never, right? I couldn't decide what to get you so I decided to just give you everything. I know! I'm really, really nice. I've made a list of the BEST of the BEST Bloggers of 2014 that are going to be blowing up in 2015. You can get everything from this group - from essential oils, DIY beauty, recipes, heart felt stories, down right crude humor, to psychological advice from an actual Dr. Yeah, pretty major.
I don't want you to just believe me though. That would be really bossy of me and that's not how this friendship works. I know you want proof and I'm here to deliver -
Jenny at Jenny Kanevsky
Who she is: "I’ve done a little of everything from living in a commune, stand-up comedy, to living in Italy, to International marketing and traveling in Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, and South Africa. In 1991, I moved from Philadelphia to Seattle for graduate school, worked in software, met my husband-to-be, married, wrote a novel, and had two kids."
Why you'll love her: She is hilarious and incredibly down to Earth. She writes about any and every thing. You've probably read her article about How To Survive Costco With Kids but here's more -
Click and enjoy: Good Enough Mom
Alison at Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops
Who she is: "Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops is the neurotic brainchild of Alison Tedford, a mom of one rambunctious boy, from Abbotsford, BC. She is a data analyst and an eating disorder support group facilitator. She sells Steeped Tea, likes naps and long walks on the patio with a skinny vanilla latte."
Here's why you'll love her: Not only can she rock a feminist article but she can rock a pole! Alison's move are so badass she actually teaches pole dancing classes and then follows that up with getting online and being your best friend and biggest cheerleader. You can't help but smile when you read her stuff. She is definitely your new best friend.
Click and enjoy: Anti-Rape Advice from Gremlins
Sara at Happy and Humble:
Who she is: "Yes, I’m a granola mom – and I mean that literally because I do make my own granola, and I strive to be more self-sufficient. However, I do not sew so let’s get that out of the way now. I also like my skinny jeans and lip gloss. I talk about sex and enjoy drinking whiskey on the rocks. I like to laugh…a lot and it gives me great joy to make others laugh. Finding the humor in this crazy life of mine make me happy. Shit gets real often and I’m gonna tell you about it."
Here's why you'll love her: Sara is effortlessly hilarious. You know those people that you have one conversation with and you feel like you've known them forever? That's Sara. She'll give you a healthy pizza recipe, tell you about the latest disaster going on with her kids and then take a shot of bourbon with you. Seriously? What else can you ask for?
Click and enjoy: Chores! Glorious Chores!
Jill at Ripped Jeans & Bifocals
Who she is: "I’m a wife and mom of three who writes while everyone else is sleeping. Two of my children are adopted from China. Adoption and over-forty parenting are common themes in my writing but I write about other stuff, too, like underwear, wine and general women’s issues…important stuff . I believe the glass is half full, unless it’s my wine glass, then it usually isn’t. I have a love-hate relationship with running and I consume a very unhealthy amount of caffeine. So, that’s me!"
Here's why you'll love her: There is nothing about Jill to not love. Really. She is talented, hilarious, can have a serious heart to heart with the best of 'em and then turn around a post a picture of a hot dog and boxed mac-n-cheese and make it hilarious. Yeah, talent. I was sharing Jill's posts before I "met" her, then when we actually met she was even MORE awesome. It's kind of annoying now that I really think about it.
Click and enjoy: I had to post two because she's that good -
Ashley at Smashley Ashley
Who she is: She is known for her love of dinosaurs, miniature ponies wearing sweaters, and her overuse of commas. She won a spelling bee in the 8th grade for correctly spelling the word ‘carrot’ and knew from that moment forward she was destined to be an amazing journalist…or a sarcastic blogger. She went with the latter.
Why you'll love her: You're gonna love her because she's not right. She's not! She is the perfect amount of crazy and brilliant that makes you shake your head and wonder if she's actually sane while hating yourself for not knowing her longer. She is a party in a box....a box wrapped with dinosaur wrapping paper, of course!
Click and enjoy: Don't Let Smash Watch Your Kids
Jill at Totally Inappropriate Mom
Who she is: "I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a business owner. I love to talk about vaginas- well, private parts in general, bodily functions are a favorite of mine. I’ve been know to call my sweet and most precious children assholes because, well, kids can be major assholes. I openly discuss the feeling of having days where I’d like to walk out the front door and never come back because being alive, raising kids, having a family can be fucking hard. I can’t tell you why, but it cheers me to talk about flatulence, pubic hair and the like."
Why you'll love her: This chick is FUNNY and honest. She's not afraid to throw an F bomb out there when it's needed and I appreciate that about her. She can own up to a mistake and turn around and make you laugh with her brutal honesty. Jill is honestly one of my favorite bloggers because she is so honest and makes no apologies....well, except that one time.
Click and enjoy: Two because I can't decide-
This one I related to so much that I couldn't leave it out! How I Became The Pickle Tray Bitch
Cajun at Blooming in Bedlam
Who she is: Hi, I’m Cajun. I’m an introvert, but I have a sassy inner monologue that is always straining to come back with a smart retort. I’m a natural beauty and skin care blogger making a life with my Husband in Nashville, Tennessee.
Why you'll love her: DIY, beauty and essential oils - need I say more? She knows her stuff and explains it in a way that is easy to understand and makes you want to go meet her for lunch just to talk to her more. More! More! More!
Click and enjoy: Citrus & Sandlewood Lip Scrub and Balm
Samantha at Dr. Psych Mom
Who she is: "Dr. Psych Mom is Dr. Samantha Rodman, a clinical psychologist and dating coach originally from Brooklyn, NY and now practicing in Takoma Park, MD. I moved down here for grad school at UMD College Park and have not left. I have a husband and three young children and one betta fish. I have a book, How to Talk to Kids About Divorce, being published by Adams Media in August 2015!"
Why you'll love her: She's a freakin' psychologist and if you even like my blog in the smallest way, you need to talk to a psychologist. She offers up smart and realistic advice for marriage, dating, raising kids, and anything else you can think up to ask her. Every post by Samantha is a can't miss because she is so damn funny!
Click and enjoy: What Moms Say to Each Other & What They Mean
Alyssa at Babies, Bloodhounds and Booze, Oh My
Who she is: "Writing is my way of not only helping other moms to let them know they aren’t alone in their struggles but to help myself. No one ever wants to feel alone. You shouldn’t be alone and I want you to come here to not only vent your frustrations with me but to find out great techniques for DIY, how to survive the daily grind and how crazy you have to be to start your own business."
Why you'll love her: Because if you can't relate to beer pong, I know you can relate to gas!
Click and enjoy: I'm Having a Heart Attack - No, It's a Stroke
There ya have it! A list of some of the best bloggers I think you'll really enjoy reading! Let me know what you guys think. Enjoy and happy belated merry all of those holidays.