Blog Party Awards

Lately, the TV has been filled with pictures of women in beautiful gowns, waiting to see if they'll get an award for their performance. Today, I'm going to acknowledge some beautiful women I've recently "met", through this week's blog party (thanks to 5minutesformom for this great event!) I bet you'll find a new friend or two among this list of "greats" as well!
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The first great "find" from the party is "Life is Not a Cereal." The author, Jennifer is most certainly a kindred spirit. She reads like mad, is a devoted wife and mother, and yet recognizes that life is not all black and white and easily sorted out. She shares real stories from her real life and doesn't sugar-coat it or tie it all up in a neat little bow just so it will look best from all possible angles. I appreciate Jennifer's transparency and genuineness, and I look forward to getting to know her better.

My favorite new blog about babies, childrearing, and pregnancy is Fruitful Vines. Julie-Anne writes there about all things baby from a Christian perspective. Gracious and informative, she has just been blogging here for 2 months (and thus, my award has a double meaning- it's a blog about babies, and it's a baby blog!), but I look forward to more delicious posts from Fruitful Vines.

The best money-saving blog I found this week is Frugal Upstate. This New Yorker will save you money in all kinds of ways, if you'll take th
e time to dig. Whereas some people just focus on coupons or grocery shopping, she offers all kinds of frugal tips: how to hem your own jeans, how to get free TV programming, how to mend clothes, and regularly posts frugal recipes. Poke around over there, and save some bucks.

By far, the most crafty blog I found this week is Let a Woman Learn. From photography to knitting, and from fabric art to card-making, this Christian woman could teach us all many things about being crafty and creative. I come nowhere close to this, but I occasionally get a little urge to pull out a hot glue gun or do something fun with yarn, and the next time I do, I'll go to this great blog for new ideas!

The most beautifully designed blog I found this week is Musings of a Housewife. The pinks and browns of her design all flow together SO beautifully that it makes me wish my blog was all retro hip too! But beyond having a very lovely, visually pleasing site, her posts are bound to make you smile. She likes memes and American Idol and has a light-heartedness about her that makes for a fun read.

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I also found some noteworthy posts that you'll be interested in, on other blogs I came across for the first time this week.
This was a really enjoyable blog party week, and I'm so glad to have met all these lovely friends and come across such beautiful and interesting blogs. I hope all of you enjoy browsing through these fun new sites!

To all blog award winners: Please copy your award banner from above and feel free to display it on your own blog.


Jennifer said...

Hi Jess-Thank you so much for my award! I will display it on my sidebar with a link to your site! As for the avatar creater, after you save your avatar, click on the tab that says home. It is to the left of the appearance tab. There is a box on the right hand side of the home page that has a link labeled export. Click that. From there you can copy the code to put your avatar on your blog. Or there is a link that says download right above the Export Your Avatar title. If you click that, you can download your avatar in jpeg form. I hope this helps!


Julie-Anne said...

Hi Jess!

Thank you so much for bestowing upon me the honour of "Best baby blog". I have already put up my award banner! I truly enjoy your blog as well. I spent many years seeking the Lord about rising above mediocrity in my Christian womanhood. It has all started to come together for me in the last year or so as the Lord has brought mentors (precious older ladies) my way and sound biblical teaching on biblical womanhood. I crave authenticity as well and I have found commons threads of my life (and heart) on your blog! I will be posting on blog treasures I have found during the blog party soon. Your blog will definitely be on my list. And, I'll be sure to visit other Making Home blog award recipients as well! My baby seedling blog just grew an inch I think!



Jess said...

Well, I love you site and your thoughts. Thanks.

Email me at said...

Jess-Thank you so much for the award! I'm glad that you found my site useful and fun. Hopefully I'll be able to make it a bit prettier soon too :O Now if you just know someone smart enough to help me figure out how to do a 3 column blog. (Darn it, I just know I'm going to have to teach myself html-like I've got time!)

I've copied my beautiful award banner and will be posting it in my sidebar momentarily.

Andrea said...

A kindred book-lover. I always get teased with my "book list". I am glad there's another reader out there who does what I do. I am enjoying your blog as well!

dcrmom said...

Wow! What a fun surprise. I never won a bloggy award before!! Yours is displayed proudly in my sidebar with a link to your blog. Thanks so much!!

Keziah said...

Thank you for saying I am a new friend! I look forward to having a look at these blogs and the articles and getting to know you a bit more!