Spreading Love

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A few weeks ago, I had an idea to start a new series here, called Fangirl Friday, where I’ll share with you my favorite blog posts, Facebook updates, tweets, and Pins from around the blogosphere. I even made a button and all.

It did not happen. The first few times I tried to get it off the ground, I was overwhelmed by other things (and quickly realized that regular content curation is very time consuming). I started using ‘Fangirl Friday’ on my Facebook page to highlight my favorite blogs, and this week, was convinced that if I don’t get my series started, at the very least, I need to have one blog post sharing with you many of my favorite people. This was inspired by a post by Kim of Let Me Start By Saying, where she shared her favorite bloggers/ Facebookers/ Tweeps, who have under 800 Facebook fans and really, should have more.

I love this idea so much, I asked if I could borrow it, and spread some love (thank you Kim!).

No one asked me to feature them, this is from the bottom of my heart. I truly like and love these ladies, and know that you will to. Do show them some blog/ Facebook/ Twitter love!

Lollygag Blog


Keely is one of my favorite people in the world. She makes me laugh, she has a huge heart, and she makes really cute babies. Like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter!

The Miss Elaine-ous Life


I love Elaine. I love her blog name (so clever!). I love her writing. I love her photographs. Can you tell I’m a huge fan? You need to check her out on Facebook and Twitter.

The Kir Corner


She’s the sunshine in my Internet! One of the most genuine, sincere, kind, sweet people I’ve ever met, and a stunning writer to boot. She loves shoes and cupcakes – she’s my soul sister. Facebook and Twitter her too.

The Good Life


If you’re on Instagram, you must know Stasha (known as @NorthWestMommy there), she’s a superstar. She’s also an amazing photographer, down-to-earth, has a wonderful sense of humor and humility, and she hosts the awesome weekly Monday Listicles. Go on, Facebook and Twitter stalk her!

The Strategic Mama


Vanita has saved my blog behind so many times, and talked me off the ledge when I’ve been in crisis. She’s a WordPress guru and an SEO whiz. I recommend her to everyone because she has been my godsend, and I know she will be yours. She’s there when you need her. Love her to pieces on Facebook and Twitter!

Love, Life, Surf


She does yoga in her kitchen. She runs, and she’s a surfer lover. She writes one of my favorite Friday reads, and her posts always make me think. I do love me some Christine. You should too, she’s on Facebook and Twitter, of course.

The Fierce Diva Guide to Life


If I lived anywhere near Ilene, I’d want her to be my yoga teacher. She’s still badass though (check out her army boots!), and is a stunning writer. Despite going through a rough time in the past year, she’s remained positive and an inspiration. Go get inspired on her Facebook page and on Twitter.

Co-Pilot Mom


Kim has a great sense of humor, a fierce love for her children, and a beautiful way of writing that just draws you in. She’s also one of the most thoughtful commenters around the blogging world. Go like her on Facebook and follow on Twitter, you won’t regret it!

Your turn! I would really love it if you could tell me who you love – leave a link to their blog and/ or Facebook page in the comments. I want you to spread the love too!

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • May 30, 2013 Natalie

    Look all this love! I know some of these wonderful gals and can’t wait to check out the others. What a great idea and thanks for introducing us to some of your faves πŸ™‚
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I hope you find some new reads, Natalie!

  • May 30, 2013 Janice

    Thanks for the cool new places to visit. I will definitely drop by once I’m on the laptop.

    But how sweet you are to give some blog lovin’ to your favorite peeps!

    I’d like to give a shout out to my fave – Rorybore at “Time Out For Mom” at http://amothersluv.blogspot.com. She is one of the funniest people on the blogosphere. If you’re ever in need of a laugh, don’t hesitate to stop by her place. Oh. And she’s Canadian. Enuf said. LOL.

    • May 30, 2013 Rorybore

      you are the sweetest, nicest most giving soul my muse.
      ya know I big fluffy pink heart ya. even if I would totally spike a volleyball at ya — haha.

      And this is such a great idea Alison, sharing and spreading love around. good, good vibes on the web is never a bad thing at all. All these blogs sound amazing – some I already know are amazing.
      may lots of love and good things be returned to you!!
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I know Rorybore, thank you for the reminder to visit her again!

  • May 30, 2013 Janice

    Since we’re on the subject….I must show some love for my fave Florida gal – Susi at http://bocafrau.com – she’s German born, transplanted to Boca Roca in Florida!

  • May 30, 2013 Julia

    Elaine’s blog is one of my favorites. I also love Making it work mom http://www.makingitworkheather.com
    What a great list, gives me some new people to meet.
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  • May 30, 2013 Kim

    Oh, Alison, thank you!

    I am touched by your sweet words and kindness – and so very honoured to be included on your list with such amazing company!
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, Kim!

  • May 30, 2013 Susi

    Love this post. So sweet of you to share. Other than the bottom three I’ve been following those blogs for quite some time too and love them! πŸ™‚ Gosh, I would like to give a shout-out to Beth Ann of It’s Just Life (http://bethannchiles.com). She’s the sweetest person ever and does comments for a cause. Also, Hilary at http://feelingbeachie.com deserves a shout-out. She’s a real life friend and I still remember her telling me about her blog and me thinking, I could never do it… and here I am. πŸ™‚
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for the introduction, Susi. If you say they are good people, they must be good people.

  • May 30, 2013 jasbeeray

    This is truly brilliant. Helping to spread good work. It’s a little like RT in twitter. I’ve got my nights full of interesting read. Thank you.

    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I hope you find some new reads that you’ll love!

  • May 30, 2013 Stasha

    Love all the love. And there are two new ladies up there I never met before so this is super exciting! Thank you Alison. I knew you would be my favorite the day I saw your monkey in the kitchen illustration. You really should get back to drawing πŸ˜‰
    Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I hope you’ll meet and love the two you’ve never met.
      And thank you! I do love drawing, although I’ve always been terrible at it. But that makes it fun!

  • May 30, 2013 Kerstin

    Great idea and great post, Alison!(and great taste ;))I really love Sarah at the Sunday Spill and Jamie at South Main Muse (http://jamiemiles.com). And I adore Bill\’s writing, over at The Authentic Life (http://living-authentically.blogspot.com).Sigh, so many great ones!
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I already love Sarah!
      I am familiar with Jamie, and I agree, Bill is a classy writer act.

  • May 30, 2013 Katie

    I love all of these ladies! And I LOVE posts like this.
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Katie! I remember when you did this too, was so thrilled to be included. xo

  • May 30, 2013 Michelle

    I see a few of my favs here and some others to check out as well! Here’s a couple of my favorites: Mothering from Scratch: http://motheringfromscratch.com/ & Tidbits from the Queen of Chaos: http://tidbitsqueenchaos.com/
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Have fun checking them out!

  • May 30, 2013 Laura

    You are such an incredibly supportive blogger. I love that about you. Some of these are new to me, or not frequented enough by me. I look forward to getting to know them!
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I hope you do, they’re really terrific people.
      And thank you, I just really love sharing my favorites.

  • May 30, 2013 vanita

    ha! you just shocked the heck outta me girlfriend! didn’t see that coming. thank you for the love and much love back atcha.
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      It shouldn’t be a shock, you know I adore you!

  • May 30, 2013 Christine

    I’m with Vanita – you shocked the hell out of me! Thank you so much for the love Alison. Truly incredibly honored to be included in such incredible company. It means a ton.
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, my friend!

  • May 30, 2013 RJ

    I can’t wait to go visit the blogs you listed. Such a great idea! πŸ™‚

    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, I hope you find some good reads!

  • May 30, 2013 Maureen

    Awesome list here, Alison. Thanks for sharing these. Will be on my way to meet these awesome peeps πŸ™‚
    Maureen recently wrote…I Choose LoveMy Profile

    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I hope you meet some you will come to love!

  • May 30, 2013 Ilene

    I am humbled and touched beyond belief and I think you know I feel the same way about you too. Also, what’s nice is that I know some of these blog and love them as well – but the ones I don’t know I plan to get to know…today. Thank you for sharing. xo
    Ilene recently wrote…Get Up!My Profile

    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      You deserve all the love, my friend!

  • May 30, 2013 Kir

    it is posts like this that make me know that your heart is even bigger than I can comprehend. What a beautiful, generous and authentic way to spread love. While I am one of these ladies, I have to agree that all of them (excluding me) is worth reading, worth knowing and you showcasing them is nothing short of spectacular.

    thank you from the bottom of my heart for this. I am speechless, grateful and hugging you from OVER HERE,

    Kir recently wrote…Keeping Secrets {The Path You Choose, Master Class }My Profile

    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Not excluding you, INCLUDING you.
      Love you, Goose. We need to talk again soon. xo

  • May 30, 2013 Robbie

    Lovely idea! It’s always fun to learn who other people love to read and follow. Thanks for sharing.
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Robbie!

  • May 30, 2013 Tamara

    Blog referrals (as I call them) by other bloggers is one of my favorite things. It always gets my attention because it’s someone I respect and pay attention to showcasing people they respect and pay attention to. What could be better?
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      What could be better would be that this was more regular. I hope to do this once every two weeks!

  • May 31, 2013 Elena

    Thanks! I know what I’ll do for the next Hour:)

    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I hope it was an enjoyable hour!

  • May 31, 2013 keely

    You gave me the warm fuzzies when I read this- mere moments after stepping off the wackiest flight in the history of ever. It more than made up for the stomach-clenching turbulence.

    (Seriously, lady. You are amazingsauce.)
    keely recently wrote…Family, Sleepiness, And Ill-Advised Travel.My Profile

    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad I helped in my small way.

  • May 31, 2013 tracy

    You have a very big heart my friend. xo
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Almost as big as my ass! xo

  • May 31, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Awesomesauce! Vanita is the best though =]
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      She is a damn fine person, definitely

  • May 31, 2013 Greta

    Love this list, and love the sharing of the love! There are a couple I haven’t followed yet…doing it now!
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Yay! Hope you love ’em!

  • May 31, 2013 Leighann

    Love that you’re doing this Alison!! A great way to get other people to recognize and find out about each other.
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Leighann, I hope it works!

  • May 31, 2013 My Inner Chick

    –Can’t wait to check out some of these cool chicks πŸ™‚ Xxx
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!

  • May 31, 2013 Stevie


    What a great post. As a newer blogger, I appreciate you introducing me to some new blogs to check out!
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I hope you’ll love them all!

  • May 31, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I love it Alison!!! I don’t know many of them, so I’ll be happy to go check out their blogs, add their twitter handle, etc. This whole idea is just in keeping with your generous heart.

    (And I have a Pinterest board called Spreading Love, so great minds think alike). πŸ™‚
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      You have a big heart too, my friend!
      (definitely great minds, heh)

  • May 31, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    Thanks so much for this list!! I love to find new blogs to follow and since I love your taste I know I will love these ladies!! Very fun!!
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I do hope you enjoy them, Kathy!

  • May 31, 2013 Blond Duck

    Can’t wait to check out these ladies!

    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Hope you enjoy them!

  • May 31, 2013 Elaine A.

    First of all, thanks for the intro to some of these new-to-me interent ladies. Most of them I already knew but not all.

    Second, THANK YOU for including me in this post, Alison. It really means a lot to me. And for spreading the love, such a GOOD thing. I need to do it myself more often…

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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      It’s my pleasure, Elaine. I want everyone to know and feel your awesomeness!

  • May 31, 2013 Crystal

    Love Kim of Co-Pilot Mom! She is one classy lady! πŸ™‚ Will check out some of these other bloggers.
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    • June 1, 2013 Alison

      She is, absolutely!

  • May 31, 2013 Tess

    This just gave me an idea for my blog-love it!
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    • June 1, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad, Tess!

  • June 1, 2013 Alexa (katbiggie)

    Oh you have highlighted some of my favorite favorites! I love Ilene so much (and had the pleasure of meeting her and drinking wine with her in Charlotte!) and Kir is such a beautiful writer! Elaine has a great blog too! The others are new to me, but I will be checking them out. My favorite blogs, that I always make time to check (besides yours) include Four Plus an Angel, Another Jennifer, Breadwinning Mama, The Mom Cafe, and More than Mommies… and so, so many more!
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    • June 1, 2013 Alison

      I am envious that you’ve met Ilene! Those are some great bloggers you’ve named.

  • June 1, 2013 Jessica Smock

    I love this list, Alison! Another wonderful idea… And I haven’t heard of quite a few of these, and I’ll be checking them out. I love to branch out into new blogging communities!
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    • June 1, 2013 Alison

      I hope you love them as much as I do!

  • June 1, 2013 Erin

    Followed All! Thanks! They sound like awesome women! Can’t wait to get to know them better.

    • June 1, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Erin, you will love them!

  • June 1, 2013 Hilary

    Love this idea… here are two of my favorites -Belle of the Carnival – http://belleofthecarnival.com – Darcie is one of the first bloggers I considered to be a friend. She is an amazing writer and so funny! Brian’s home http://www.brianshomeblog.com- is a blog by a cat supporting adoption. Brian’s dad, Terry, is an amazing guy who helped me greatly when my cat needed his tail amputated and then had to be put to sleep.
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    • June 1, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for the introductions, Hilary, I’ll be sure to check them out!

  • June 2, 2013 Lorna

    I’ll be following along with this. Love getting blog recommendations from bloggers I respect. Y’know, like you. πŸ˜‰
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    • June 2, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Lorna!

  • June 3, 2013 Martine

    Great stuff! I have a similar feature on my blog, too! Used to tweet out #momblogfinds, but took too much energy, LOL. Looking forward to checking your finds, Alison.
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    • June 3, 2013 Alison

      That’s a great hashtag! Hope you find some good reads, Martine.

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