Don’t you love news that makes you feel warm and fuzzy – like when someone tells you, “Hey, I read your blog and I have to say I kinda sorta like it.”. That happened to me today when Dr. Marissa from Land of Once Upon a Time nominated me for the Versatile Blogging Award.
The secret is, I am an avid reader of Dr. Marissa’s blog. I found her on a local group board for Philly-area bloggers and have been following her ever since. So to think that she values my voice as much as I value hers is so rewarding. Head on over to her blog, it really is a fantastic place to find smart, well-written, and witty posts about reading with the preschool set.
The rules of the award are that I share 7 things about myself and then nominate 15 other bloggers for the award. This is reminiscent of middle school chain mail, but seems like a great way to share with readers some of my favorite bloggers.
First, about me.
1. I have a Ph.D. In Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on reading education. It happened a bit by accident. I was teaching second grade, applied for a part-time master’s program, got notification I was being considered for a full-time fellowship that paid more than my teaching gig, got the fellowship, and stayed in school until I finished my dissertation.
2. My husband was my TA my first semester in grad school, but we barely talked back then. We started dating 3 or 4 years later and defended our dissertations a few days apart from one another. Our mantra during that final push was “Every man for himself.” It worked.
3. I love sushi but hate the seaweed wrapping. I might just eat sushi for the soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger combo, I think.
4. When I was pregnant with both boys, I couldn’t eat anything green or red.
5. I was a rower in college. Our team was horrible, but they were the world’s sweetest women. I miss them.
6. I love to “straighten and organize” (like my mom, sister, and Nana) but I never have time to. I dream about it though!
7. I have been charged by deer in the woods, hit by deer in a car (deer ran into our stopped car, not the other way around), and creeped out by deer staring in my window.
1. Rocking the Suburbs with Team Treichler: a darling blog by married 20-somethings, rocking their way through home ownership, dog parenting, and other life events. A must-read if you love cute dog pictures, as the Treichlers baby their pup, Fitz, like I baby my children.
2. Am I a Funny Girl?: An quirky blog that you’ll start reading and find yourself 10 blog posts in in no time. I really admire Lizz’s wit and photography. Go take a peek!
3. Maybe if You Just Relax: a heart breaking, no-holding-back kind of blog about parenting, pregnancy, and life. I stumbled across Jen forever ago and I think she may have the most witty one-liners on the web. I feel like I know Jen through her writing and I think often about her family, hoping that good things come their way soon.
4. Clean and Scentsible: Jenn’s blog is fresh, fun, and chock-full of great ideas. Her boo boo box is high up on my to do list!
5. Mess For Less: Vicky’s blog always gives me inspiration for adorable craft activities with the preschool set.
6. Local Fun for Kids: Easy craft ideas and links to local fun…no matter where your locale is…
8. Dukes and Duchesses: whenever I spot a new post from Randi at D&D pop up on my reader, I know am in for a treat. Her parties are to-die-for and her details are awe-inspiring. I think she has awesome taste, as evidenced by all of my repins of her pins on Pinterest. Love. This. Blog.
9. Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line: Jenny dazzles us with party and craft ideas. I must recreate her How Rocket Learned to Read book swap party someday…Tad Hills would be proud of this party!
10. The Heir to Blair – Beth Anne is the reason I started blogging. I started following her 3 years ago while pregnant with DS1 and I read her blog daily. I read her blog so often even King Phekus suggests her blog to our female friends. I was scared to list her on here because she is like a blogging goddess, but in an effort to be authentic, it would have been inauthentic for me to leave her off the list. So, if you aren’t reading her yet, you should be. If you are reading her, make us to follow her on twitter. Her one-liners are priceless.
11. That’s My Letter – Jamie’s whole concept is adorable … A letter a day, with darling homemade crafts. I am a particular sucker for her signage, as her “L is for Lemonade” sign should be sold at Pottery Barn or something of the like.
12. Pink and Green Mama: Mary Lea uses her experience as an art teacher to share creative, cheap, and quick crafts to do with your little ones. Lots of ideas on this site!
13. Just Children’s Books: Need a good book for kids, go hear what Nichole has to say!
14. Filth Wizardry: Lindsey has messy but totally worth-it craft ideas for young kids.
15. The Crafty CPA: Megan is smart and creative. Her typewriter key alphabet magnets belong in my office. Must. Make. ASAP.