I feel like the ladies behind these blogs are my virtual friends who just don't know that I exist. I've been following some of them for years and others for just a few months. Here they are along with some of the reasons that they keep me huddled with the laptop in bed until 1am. (PS: If you are not prepared for the time commitment involved in finding new sites that suck you in as soon as you visit, you should leave the page now. Do it. I understand.)
Say Yes to Hoboken
You will find a little bit of everything on Liz's bog- food, crafts, gorgeous pics from travel destinations. She is San Fran mom and one of the most established bloggers in around, for good reason. Her writing is so transparent, and there are tons of gorgeous pictures to accompany everything she posts about. How cute is this DIY notebook lined T she made for her son??
When a fellow Texan recommended I check out this blog, I fell in love. Lisa is a Texan transplanted in NYC who blogs about her love of Texas cuisine. She throws in hilarious bits on trying to cook and live outside of the Lone Star State. The first time I was on her blog it felt like a field trip though my eating past. Sometimes when I'm really missing good Tex Mex or Southern food (in the wasteland of the Midwest where I currently reside), I just spend ridiculous amounts of time drooling over the recipes she posts. These are tacos al carbon, a staple at any Houston Mexican joint.
You won't find a blog with more gorgeous images than this one. Creature Comforts is one of the first blogs I ever started reading and a huge source of inspiration to start my own blog. EZ is the blogger behind CC, and she is genius. She posts about great products, fashion, DIY, and everything that's just plain pretty. I got so many great ideas for Christmas last year from her free ezine, Gifted. It. is. amazing.
Making it Lovely
Nicole is a blogger that makes motherhood look stinkin' cool. I can't think of any other way to put it. Every single post just oozes with her personal style-retro, clean, and feminine. You'll find great info about home renovations and styling as well as sweet posts about her family. You MUST tour her house-it is mid century eye candy!
Joy The Baker
I think that I ever met Joy, we would be friends. This girl reads all the food fantasies in your mind, and then she bakes them into reality. Below is a strawberry upside-down cake with cardamom. Uh-huh...I told you, food fantasy. Below is the cover of her new cookbook that I hope shows up underneath the Christmas tree for me this year. (What, two pictures for this blog? Yes. Remember- I want to be her friend one day.)
Other blogs that I love and have kept me from cleaning, cooking, sleeping, or doing anything productive for hours at a time are below...
SFGirl by the Bay
Olivine's Charm School
Oh Happy Day!
Eat Drink Chic
Do you read any of these? I'd love to hear some of your favorites as well!