Spotlight Saturday: 09.12 to 09.18.10

Spotlight Saturday

Here are FIVE of my favorite posts from the past week. Each week I will be highlighting some of my favorites. I have many blogs in my reader, as I have many friends with all different types of “niches” or “non-niches”. I will post serious stories, fun stories, pictures, recipes, etc. They will most likely be in a random order.

Note: I’ve been a total slacker with this lately.  I read blogs still, I promise.  I just forget to spotlight the awesome ones.

1.  FamilyFreshCooking-Food Blogging for Money, Passion, and Living

Marla speaks about monetizing and blogging.  Although Marla is a food blogger, this post applies to every blogger.  It just makes sense.

2.  Moosh in Indy: I Am

After years of dealing with the roller coaster of infertility, after having her first child…Casey is pregnant!!! Woot!

3.  The TomKat Studio-Kim Stoegbauer on MarthaStewart.com

I had the pleasure of meeting Kim at BloggyBootCamp in Phoenix.  She is a fabulous party planner and creates her own printables.  She was featured on Martha Stewart’s website for Dreamers Into Doers.  If you are trying to plan a party, make sure to check out Kim for some ideas.

4.  Loralee’s Looney Tunes-The Accidental Midwife

After getting her precious Diet Coke, and having some car troubles…well, she helped deliver a BABY!

5.  BusyDadBlog-Yay for Community

Jim, a dad blogger..is awesome.  He is one of the community leaders in our SoCal Family Connect community that I participating in on BlogFrog.  And of course, he created an awesome video.

Spotlight Saturday: 07.04 to 07.10.10

Spotlight Saturday

Here are FIVE of my favorite posts from the past week. Each week I will be highlighting some of my favorites. I have many blogs in my reader, as I have many friends with all different types of “niches” or “non-niches”. I will post serious stories, fun stories, pictures, recipes, etc. They will most likely be in a random order.

Note: I have been a bit slow in my blogging for the past few weeks.  I’m going through some bumps and changes in the work sector of my life.  I’m adjusting to a new schedule and I’m still trying to fit everything in.

1.  Tips for Hosting a Blog Giveaway

Amy takes you step by step through the process of hosting and keeping track of a blog giveaway.  She even shows how she utilizes spreadsheets.

2.  10 Facts-A City Kid’s Trip to The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch

Amy and her son visited the Pioneer Woman’s ranch on the 4th of July.  She talks about her son wearing Crocs in the land of cowboy boots, along with a never-ending fireworks show.

3.  Hold On To Your HEADbands

A simple tutorial for headband storage.  Now if you’ve read my blog, you would know that I have a bazillion headbands. This is right up my alley.

4.  Snickers Caramel Cheesecake Cookies

Wow, Jenny did it again.  These look delightful. Are these even legal? Just looking at the pictures make me gain 10 pounds. But seriously, everything that Jenny makes is FABULOUS.

5.  Well Play, Kelly Ripa (An Ode to the Fug Girls)

Sarah posted a photo of herself and Kelly Ripa at an event.  She also made up some dialogue to go with the photo.  I laughed so hard, that I might have spit out my Dr. Pepper.

Spotlight Saturday: 06.13 to 06.19.10

Spotlight Saturday

Here are FIVE of my favorite posts from the past week. Each week I will be highlighting some of my favorites. I have many blogs in my reader, as I have many friends with all different types of “niches” or “non-niches”. I will post serious stories, fun stories, pictures, recipes, etc. They will most likely be in a random order.

1.  According to Kelly-Coming Out of The Closet

Kelly talks about suffering from Postpartum Depression and how it has been the last year for her, in addition to having three children.

2.  Living Locurto-Happy Father’s Day

Amy tells the story of her father’s heart transplant, which was on of the first in their area.  She also talks about organ donation.

3.  Diary of an Unlikely Housewife: Craving: A Fabulous One-Piece

Elisa shows some fabulous one-piece bathing suits.  She also talks about wearing one-pieces.  Really, I have to agree with her. No one sees my stomach but Angry Husband. I really don’t think he cares if it is bright white.

4.  Skip To My Lou-Craft Camp

Cindy, one of my favorite crafty bloggers, is featuring a craft camp the entire month of June. So although this isn’t this week, it is every day this month. There are tons of great ideas featured.  Every day she will be linking to a new craft.  These instructions look so simple, I might even be able to do crafts. That is saying a lot!

5.  Copyblogger-5 Reasons Why Trying to be Successful Will Keep You Poor

Almost everything that I have been successful with was by accident.  I don’t think you can really plan success. It just happens.

Spotlight Saturday: 05.30 to 06.05.10

Spotlight Saturday

Here are FIVE of my favorite posts from the past week. Each week I will be highlighting some of my favorites. I have many blogs in my reader, as I have many friends with all different types of “niches” or “non-niches”. I will post serious stories, fun stories, pictures, recipes, etc. They will most likely be in a random order.

1. Kara’s Party Ideas-Retro Surf Birthday Party

I love to see party planning/idea posts on blogs.  It is so inspiring to me as I do not have a party planning bone in my body.  I wish I could magically wave a wand and have a party like this. But alas, I can just read about them on fabulous blogs like this.

2. Joy’s Hope-A Carnival of Tiered Trays

I pretty much love Julie because we share the same and she also loves turquoise.  She was the Mistress of Spray Paint when she made these fabulous trays.  I love the bright colors.

3. Tip Junkie-3rd Annual Tip Junkie Birthday Bash

Laurie is approaching her 3rd Anniversary of her blog, Tip Junkie.  She is requested links and submissions for your party posts, printables, and anything that would be a GREAT party tip for her readers. She will also be doing some giveaways, the week of 06.14.10 to 06.19.10.

4. Nesting Place-Summerize Your Home Part II: Keep It Calm

The Nester has some simple and easy tips to bring a little “summer” to your home by decorating and accessorizing.

5. Musings of a Housewife-Helicopter Parenting

Jo Lynne talks about the community pool and the parents knee deep in the pool with their children.  She said that all the law chairs are crowded with towels and flip flops, yet the parents are hovering over their kids in the actual pool. Where there are a ton of training lifeguards.

Spotlight Saturday 05.23 to 05.29.10

Spotlight Saturday

Here are FIVE of my favorite posts from the past week. Each week I will be highlighting some of my favorites. I have many blogs in my reader, as I have many friends with all different types of “niches” or “non-niches”. I will post serious stories, fun stories, pictures, recipes, etc. They will most likely be in a random order.

1.  Adventures in Babywearing-Closets: a rare peak into my blog closet

A great post about blogging about blogging. Yea, I hope that made sense. She also talks about Stumble Upon, Blog Conferences, and commitment to her family.

2.  Seven-Thirty-Three-Candy Shoppe First Birthday Party

This is an adorable them for a First Birthday Party for a sweet little girl.  She did everything herself too, with some teeny help with ideas from other sites and blogs. So smart! Just seeing this post makes me want some candy.

3.  Centsational Girl-Patriotic Porch

Kate does it again with the fabulous red/white/blue themed porch.  It just screams summer!  I love how she mixes and matches the several different types of pots that the plants and flowers are in!

4.  This Mama Makes Stuff-Learning to Ride a Balance Bike

Carrie and her family are bike riding addicts.  This is a great post about balance bikes.  Kids do not need training wheels, they need to start on a balance bike.

5.  Mama’s Losin’ It-Pageant Moms of Blogging

Kat’s daughter found her video camera and taped herself.  She then had Kat makes some cartoons on the computer for her also. HILARIOUS!

Spotlight Saturday: 05.09 to 05.15.10

Spotlight Saturday

Here are FIVE of my favorite posts from the past week. Each week I will be highlighting some of my favorites. I have many blogs in my reader, as I have many friends with all different types of “niches” or “non-niches”. I will post serious stories, fun stories, pictures, recipes, etc. They will most likely be in a random order.

1.  Mama’s Losin’ It-How To Grow Your Blog

Some great tips there.  Her tip “titles” are pretty hilarious too. Who wouldn’t laugh at, “And Most Importantly…Write Gooder.”

2. Mommy Niri-5 Reasons Big Bloggers Need to be Nice to Small Bloggers

The blogging world can sometimes be like high school with cliques and mean girls.  She outlines why everyone should just be nice to each other.

3. Life with my 3 Boybarians-Sweet Shot Tuesday

Darcy hosted a photo carnival every Tuesday. She always has great prizes too. You do not have to be a professional photographer.  It is a great blog/post if you want to show off some great photos that you took.  I’m always up late Monday nights trying to get my photo post done.

4.  Let’s have a cocktail-Homeade Peanut Butter Cups

One word: YUM! Don’t these sound delicious.

5.  Momfluential Media-Fashion Haul Friday, Share Your Shopping

Ciaran talks about a new trend-Fashion Hauling. She does a vlog (video blog) showing some of the things that she recently bought.  This is a great way to get into vlogging, as you have a topic to easily vlog about. And really, who doesn’t like vlogging?

Spotlight Saturday: 05.02 to 05.08.10

Spotlight Saturday

Here are FIVE of my favorite posts from the past week. Each week I will be highlighting some of my favorites. I have many blogs in my reader, as I have many friends with all different types of “niches” or “non-niches”. I will post serious stories, fun stories, pictures, recipes, etc. They will most likely be in a random order.

I did not do Spotlight Saturday last week because I was out of town. I hope y’all forgive me as I had absolutely no time to read blogs. My reader has over a 1,000 blog posts to read right now.

1. Tales from the Sippy Cup: Yeah, my toddler Skypes-doesn’t everyone’s?

Shari rocks.  I finally met her recently in person. She’s dragging me over to her house soon so I can help coordinate paint colors. Anyway, Skype is awesome. I can’t say enough good things about Skype.  I used to use GChat and Facebook Messaging for chatting with my friends. I use Skype chat now. LOVE IT!

2.  The Happy Housewife-How to Win Swag Bucks

I’ve heard about Swag Bucks and never knew what they were. This is a great post explaining how to win them. Can you believe she bought a new iMac with her winnings? How awesome is that.

3.  Infarrantly Creative-Shirred Summer Dress

What a great re-fashion of a skirt found at The Salvation Army. She is so creative. I wish I knew how to sew.

4.  Riding with Jessica-WiseStamp-E-Mail Signature Tool

Jessica shows how this Firefox Add-On can great a personalized signature for your gmail account.

5.  Aura-Joon: Love Our Earth Week-Backyard Farming

Great photographs and a great idea. Now I just wish my backyard was a little bigger. But then again, our yippy dogs would probably chew on the vegetables.

Spotlight Saturday 04.18 to 04.24.10

Spotlight Saturday

Here are FIVE of my favorite posts from the past week. Each week I will be highlighting some of my favorites. I have many blogs in my reader, as I have many friends with all different types of “niches” or “non-niches”. I will post serious stories, fun stories, pictures, recipes, etc. They will most likely be in a random order.

1.  The Bitchin’ Wives Club-Prepping for BlogHer ’10: The Popular Blogger

Amy made one of my most favorite vlogs ever.  It’s hilarious.  She talks about being a “popular” blogger.

2.  Controlling my Chaos-I’ll Never Buy Another Font Cartridge Again

A post on how to adapt your Cricut without buying additional cartridges.

3.  Hostess with the Mostess-DIY Parasol Topiaries

These would make awesome centerpieces for spring/summer parties.

4.  Trenches of Mommyhood-Comment Moderation and Word Verification

Sarah says it plain and clear, “Don’t do it”. Amen Blogging Sister, amen!

5.  Today’s Creative Blog-Photo Wall

Kim has posted some great decorating ideas.  And the photo wall, I totally have a blank one, just waiting.