Thanks so much to Peggy from The Stepmom’s Tool Box for awarding Stepmum Of The Year the Best Blog Award.
It means a lot coming from you, Peggy, and it also means a lot to be receiving it in the company of blogstars like Wednesday Martin, Jacquelyn Fletcher, Jennifer Newcomb and Izzy Rose (whose books I own to the last woman!).
Now, to business:
My solemn duty as a Best Blog Award recipient is to nominate my fifteen (fifteen! eeek!) most read blogs.
As newish blogger, I’m kind of unsure about the etiquette of awards. Ideally it would be nice to spread the love more widely and avoid awarding the blogs that Peggy awarded, but I’d be lying if I didn’t replicate just a little.
Wednesday Martin, whose book, Stepmonster, saved my life when this story was oh-so-new and oh-so-scary. Even the reader comments on her blog rock!
The Wicked Stepmom, who writes with such humour and grace about being anything but wicked.
Becoming A Stepmom. Jacquelyn Fletcher’s Stepmom Circles podcasts are absolutely required listening when I’m commuting to work.
Fools Rush In. Jacob’s recent post on Measuring A Stepmarriage in Dog Years is a scream. A true scream. Enough said.
Jennifer Newcomb Marine and Carol Marine, author/bloggers at No One’s The Bitch. Their book was the first place I turned when the Boys’ Mum said she wanted to meet me for the Very First Time.
A Touch Of The Crazy, and not only because her 10 things never to say to a stepmother post should be syndicated onto the sides of buses.
21st Century Stepdad Man. I love hearing about stepfamily life from a bloke’s point of view. Especially thoughtful ones with such fabulous turns of phrase.
There are lots of other fantastic stepmother blogs I read each day, but many are either password only, or the content is fairly personal, so I’m loathe to send links their way.
My other favourite bloggy morsels include:
The Sartorialist. I once read a confession on PostSecret that went something like “Every single morning when I get dressed, I ask myself whether The Sartorialist would photograph me in my outfit.” Not being a sensible shoes type, I can relate.
Making Things Up for the rough and tumble plus giggles of life with kids.
Dooce, of course. I’m reading in the hope she’ll spill the beans on how her baby’s eyes got so damn blue.
A Dress A Day. Check out the Secret Lives of Dresses series if you’ve ever wondered what your frocks are saying to each other about you.
Peter Black’s Freedom To Differ for a bit of politico-legal-media bite with breakfast. I don’t agree with all you say, Peter, but I often chuckle at your special way of saying it.
Kitchen Retro for some “pop culture retrospectacular” action. The toast wheelbarrows may be the silliest piece of food frippery I’ve ever seen.
Tales of the Read Headed Devil Child. I first came across Nikki through her post 10 things you probably shouldn’t say to a teenage mum, but kept reading because I so admire her feistiness. If I’d been a teenage mum I would have been a pathetic mousy little thing, quailing before societal disapproval; I love that she speaks up strong.
Pithy & Cleaver. I’m planning to make the Chewy Ginger Cookies with Cardamom and Black Pepper…. well, not this weekend maybe, but Sometime Soon.
Thanks again, Peggy!