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Top 10 Tuesday: Those OTHER Blogs We Visit

Happy Tuesday! The Broke & the Bookish has done it again — another great meme that is sure to cause our Google Readers to blow up even more. I don’t know about you guys but Magan and I do a lot of blog reading and while we absolutely love perusing all the fun book blogs, we do dabble in other arenas as well! You know what they say: variety is the spice of life! And also… the more blogs you subscribe to, the more distraction you have! Here are our picks:

ESTELLE

1. Disney Hipsters

For just about a year, I’ve been working on a Disney blog. I mostly focus on my trips to Walt Disney World, the Muppets, and Disney Theatrical Productions. At the same time, it means I have to keep up on all the Disney news! But I find the most fun I have reading Disney-related blogs is when the owners have original, clever content. I was so happy when I discovered the talented Hipsters. I never know what to expect when I click on their page but I do know I will always be entertained. They write snappy posts, take fun pictures, and sometimes even write their own songs. (Plus they are the nicest guys in person!)

2. MK in Wonderland

I don’t know how I stumbled on MK’s blog but I’m sure glad I did. I can always look to her for honest, well-written posts about life, her son, shopping, pop culture, etc. I think she is such a talented writer and I just love her voice. It’s so distinctly her. (Her most recent post about motherhood made me cry.) Plus her son is so adorable.

3. J’s Everyday Fashion

J shops on a budget and puts together some awesome outfits inspired from all different kinds of places. I’ve been following her for awhile, and I just love the variety found in her closet and her honesty when it comes to what she is spending and when certain pieces just don’t work. I’m sort of a shopaholic so she definitely puts things into perspective for me. I know there are a ton of fashion bloggers out there but J remains classy and down to earth. Love her!

4. Lauren Elise Crafted

I found Lauren when she was featured on The Knotty Bride and took a chance emailing her when I was totally stuck with my own wedding decor. Let me tell you that this girl listened to my ranty/crazy bride emails and always wrote me back the most comprehensive responses completely with links, explanations, and encouragement. I love following her own projects — she is so creative and you are always sort of hitting your head and thinking WHY DIDN’T I COME UP WITH THAT? She features free fonts, Instagram weekly updates from life, and some great DIY projects. She is a total genius.

5. A Practical Wedding

Even though I’ve been married for over a year, I still read A Practical Wedding everyday. I like to think of it as a place where women can truly be themselves and express the many different layers of marriage, before, during, and even after. Also, I’m pretty inspired by the blog’s founder who was able to leave her job and take on the job full-time (and she released a book too). She features posts about working for herself, which I find very motivating. All in all, this blog helps me keep things in perspective. Even when I’m not the bride anymore, even if I’m just a bridesmaid, or even if I’m already a wife.  Thought provoking and tough material here.

MAGAN:

1. Keiko Lynn

I am extremely addicted to Pinterest (here’s mine if you’re interested). I found Keiko last week because I kept seeing pins from her blog pop up. I read through so many previous posts that day. So many. I shared her blog with Estelle and we ooohed and ahhhed over her adorable hair and fun make-up tips. I’ve been growing out my hair for four years (yep, FOUR!); to ward off boredom, I am trying to find new hair styles that are easy to do with my long hair. This blog inspires me to be cute, too, which is helpful because I could easily spend ALL day in my pajamas with no make-up since I work from home.

2. The Beauty Department

The Beauty Department is another blog with great hair, make-up, and nail tips. Lauren Conrad and her stylist, Kristin, post about LC’s hair styles with step-by-step how-tos (with pictures!) so that you can figure out how to re-create the style on your own. I cannot wait to try this crown of braids; I recently tried this new twist and really, really loved it. If you have a nail polish addiction, you will love the step-by-step tutorials for unique manicures.

3. Tatertots and Jello

By degree, I am an interior designer. My husband says I “retired early” from the profession so I could be a photographer. I still love working on our home to make it a very homey, “us,” well-designed place. I like owning things that I’ve made, repurposed, or put some TLC into. Tatertots and Jello is a great blog for finding new ideas for our home. While Jen posts about projects she does on her own, one of my other favorite features is that she does themed lists with other people’s projects and links to their sites. I also love seeing before and afters and there is a lot of that, too.

4. ProBlogger

This blog isn’t as cute and fun, but it’s purposeful. ProBlogger was recommended by April of Good Books & Good Wine in her SEO post with tips for bloggers. I subscribed to it after I read through some of the posts and read their daily posts in my Google Reader. Not everything applies to us because we’re not trying to make bank off our site, but I do find it helpful to learn about how to make Google like our site. If you’re new to SEO (search engine optimization), check out ProBlogger for tips.

5. Style Me Pretty

I am a professional wedding photographer in Austin, TX. I love keeping up with current trends and checking out other photographer’s work. Style Me Pretty is a place where brides can gather inspiration and it’s a wonderful resource for couples to find photographer’s in their area. SMP publishes incredible weddings that I drool over, wishing I had photographed them.

Well, that wraps up our top ten favorite blogs to follow we read outside of book blogs. Let us know if you have recommendations for us based on what you see above. We can’t wait to check out your lists!

 

June 18, 2012 - 3:13 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m going to be in trouble now – I’m catching up on the blogs I’m already reading BUT you guys have given me a great set of blogs to check out. I can’t wait to go through – especially MK in Wonderland, since that one sounds fabulous.

By the way, I’ve been a long time fan of Keiko – I think she’s so pretty and I love her makeup tutorials. Plus her dog is adorable!

May 28, 2012 - 10:52 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I already love The Beauty Department, but I’m so excited to check out some of the others on here. I love affordable fashion blogs (because so many of them blog about clothes that are WAY out of my price range) and am addicted to anything interior design. Can’t wait to add some of these to my reader!

May 27, 2012 - 12:30 am

Alison (AlisonCanRead) - Problogger sounds great. I need to check it out. I love J’s Everyday Fashion.

May 22, 2012 - 9:48 pm

VeganYANerds - Today has been the most unproductive day for me work-wise because all I’ve done is visit these top 10 posts and then spend hours going through all these cool sites! You two have listed the most that interest me and such a good mix too (home/fashion/make up) – I don’t think I will get anything done for the rest of the day!

May 22, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Anna - TOO MUCH PRETTY ON ONE POST

May 22, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Mary - Disney Hipsters is the most brilliant thing ever. I love disney! Also thanks for the tip re problogger – and sending me to the good books, good wine post! I’m just starting out and much of this is very confusing!

Mary
http://mysistersbookshelf.com/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-blogssites-we-follow-not-about-books/

May 22, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Lisa - I was putting together my Top Ten blogs and have A Practical Wedding in there too (and I also got married almost a year ago now)! I definitely agree that it keeps life in perspecitve.

May 22, 2012 - 11:41 am

Nicole - Lauren features free fonts? I’m in. /love me some fonts.

May 22, 2012 - 11:15 am

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Great links! Following you on Pinterest 🙂 I Love Disney.

May 22, 2012 - 10:23 am

Vikk @ Down the Writer's Path - Great list of sites. I enjoy Problogger, too. This is turning out to be a great Top Ten Tuesday. Lots of new places to visit.

May 22, 2012 - 10:11 am

April Books & Wine - Sigh, I need to make trip 3 to Disney World, maybe if I take those Problogger tips and make enough blog bank that can happen LOL.

ALSO I AM HOPPING ON THAT DISNEY SITE LIKE RIGHT NOWWWWW.

May 22, 2012 - 9:49 am

Jamie - Oooh fun sites! I will be checking out all of these. I read The Beauty Department and ProBlogger as well. For another blogging site, read Copyblogger!

May 22, 2012 - 7:58 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I went & checked out that blog (MK in Wonderland) and after reading her Mother’s Day post, I forwarded it to both my sisters – who are both Moms to boys. I thought they could use some words of encouragement.. especially since I know one of my sisters is going through those rough sleepless nights & is about to strangle someone lol.

May 22, 2012 - 7:20 am

Alexis @ Lit. Hitchhiker - I love your list- what awesome blogs! I just got engaged a few weeks ago and I’m already obsessed with SMP but I hadn’t heard of The Practical Bride yet!. Can’t wait to check it out! Lauren Elise Crafted sounds really cool too- I love crafty/creative folks. I’m always so impressed with the things they can dream up. I go could on and on about pretty much every blog on this list but instead I’ll just bookmark ’em and get reading. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

May 22, 2012 - 6:46 am

Annabelle H - Wow, I love the Disney site!

My Top Ten!

May 22, 2012 - 5:43 am

Lori - I’m definitely checking out Lauren Elise Crafted and Keiko Lynn! They sound fabulous! I really need to visit more non-bookish sites so I’m excited to start reading everyone’s favorites!

My Top Ten

May 22, 2012 - 5:02 am

BarefootMedStudent - These are awesome, especially the Disney Hipster Blog. Fits and giggles!

Feel free to visit my TTT 🙂

May 22, 2012 - 12:32 am

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - I love finding new blogs to check out. This doesn’t look good for my productivity at work tomorrow.

Magan, I have to agree with you regarding you love of Beauty Department. I will sheepishly admit to watching The Hills and Laguna Beach, and I find LC so fascinating. It’s great that she’s transitioned her career into what it is today.

Great list, ladies!

May 21, 2012 - 11:52 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I couldn’t come up with any non-book blogs for this week’s TTT, but I shall definitely be checking out some of your favourites! Especially the crafty ones — I used to be much more crafty than I am now. Feeling the urge to scrapbook…

May 21, 2012 - 11:24 pm

Melanie - I really like Problogger, but the blogging blog I read most often is Copyblogger. They share a lot of similarities, though.

May 21, 2012 - 11:20 pm

elena - Estelle, I love how much you love Disney!! I haven’t been to Disneyworld in awhile but you make me want to go. I even have a free ticket that I need to use! I love the look of Lauren Elise Crafted and I’m glad she was so encouraging when you were having your wedding.

Magan, I didn’t know you were an interior designer by degree! I think that’s awesome and even more awesome you’re a wonderful wedding photographer. I love looking at your wedding photography site, haha. Your photos really capture the couples! I’ve heard of Problogger but never really used it. I’m hopeless with SEO so here’s to hoping they can help.

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