I had the privilege to jet off to Chicago a few weeks ago in order to attend BlogHer 2013 with 5000 other female bloggers (and a few brave men). I haven’t felt that much concentrated girl-power-spirit since the summers in college I worked at an all girls camp. This was like sleep-away camp on steroids where you recognize your cabin mates from Pinterest and arts and crafts is replaced by video editing workshops.
I was able to hear messages of encouragement from thought leaders and I left feeling amazingly inspired. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said that even in a caretaker roll, women cannot not afford to put their health last, as so many do. Guy Kawasaki opened my mind to the new world of self publishing. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg empowered working women encouraging them to ‘Lean In’ to their careers and not sell themselves short. And, unsurprisingly, Ree Drummond made us all double over laughing by singing to her basset hound in front of a crowd of thousands.
Here are 7 bloggers I met and loved:
If you aren’t already a Ree Drummond disciple, you should be. Whether you catch one of her meals on the Food Network , her blog, or one of her cookbooks, you’ll be amazed at the simplicity and scrumptiousness. Her step-by-step photo tutorials for each recipe make following along foolproof.
2. The Noshery
Another incredible food blog with some Puerto Rican flair and unique offerings like the Thai Peanut Butter & Bacon Burger. My mouth is watering just thinking about this one.
3. Toddler Summer
Take an honest look at parenting from this blogger who has been featured in The New York Times and Huffington Post. She and her husband have just started remodeling a new house. I’ll certainly be following along to see if it turns out as gorgeous as their first fix-er up-er (see below).
When I met Reb and she told me that she had hand made her adorable vintage dress from a 1940s pattern, I know we needed to get to know each other better. She writes about the food, fashion and manners back from the good old days of the 40s-60s in an attempt to bring back a simpler way of looking at life.
Natalia is a jet-setting American girl who calls France her home for most of the year. She’s bringing french fashion tips to those of us across the pond with beauty tutorials and style inspiration for the everyday woman. She also uses her blog as a travel diary which never fails to give me a serious case of wanderlust.
This young mama to three (with another on the way!) proves that motherhood and a killer sense of style can coexist happily. Emily has some of the most gorgeous hair on the planet and her easy-to-follow styling tutorials can’t be missed. If you’re expecting, head on over for unique maternity style ideas.
Looking for easy back to school dinner ideas? Stop by The Little Kitchen for simple, yummy recipes like Lemon Thyme Chicken, Smoked Paprika Chicken Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing and delicious snacks like Brown Butter Peach Milkshakes.