Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.

Branching Out


First off, thank you all of the explanations for the peculiar Southern behaviors I asked about. I’ll take them under advisement the next time someone driving is in the left lane 10 miles below the speed limit with Bush bumper sticks and I am considering perpetrating an act of Northern Aggression. I’ll also consider buying myself a tube of lipstick since apparently that is required down here.

Now on to a topic which encourages everyone’s participation. When I started this blog, it was after reading several adoption blogs out there. I liked what I was reading and I wanted to play too. (Some day my archives will return so you can all glory in the wisdom I spewed before and during the adoption process.) I’ve written a couple of times recently that I’ve been struggling with the “What now?” question. I’m not really an adoption blogger anymore. Sabrina is home. We fortunately aren’t struggling with attachment issues for now. So I guess that makes me a mommy blogger who happened to become a mommy through adoption.

I still read a lot of adoption blogs. I read the ones in my blogroll and I have a private stash on Bloglines. 90% are adoption blogs. I’ve stumbled across some non-adoption blogs that I enjoy but haven’t actively looked for them. Until now. I started reading some mommy blogs after the BlogHer conference when everyone was linking everyone else. Some I really like but I haven’t added any of them into my blogroll or Bloglines feed yet. I am hesitant to make the leap. I love our adoption blog community. I “know” many of you. It is a safe and mostly warm and fuzzy place to blog. Commenting and linking to the bigger mommy blogging world invites strangers (who might not be so nice) onto my turf. What if someone puts gum in my hair?

Anywhoo, back to the participation part. I want to hear about blogs you love – blogs that I don’t have in my blog roll. Give us the link in the comments and we will all go check them out. They don’t have to be mommy blogs or adoption blogs – just the blogs that you really like to start your day with. I want to branch out a bit and discover some of the other great stuff out there in blogworld that I might be missing.

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20 Comments to

“Branching Out”

  1. On August 26th, 2007 at 3:26 pm Shannon Says:

    One of my favorite non-adopting, non-motherhood blogs is

    He is a genuine foodie who lives in NYC. Great writer and food recipes to boot!!!

    PS-He developed the Janet Jackson super bowl cupcake!! HILARIOUS!!

  2. On August 26th, 2007 at 5:03 pm carla Says:

    blogs later but I must ask. beg. IMPLORE YOU to leave yer lips bare.

    stand united with another former pittsburgher sweating it out in the heat.


    The Makeupless Wonder in the ATX

  3. On August 26th, 2007 at 5:04 pm carla Says:


    Im back

    I love this one.


  4. On August 26th, 2007 at 6:27 pm carla Says:

    love her too:


  5. On August 26th, 2007 at 7:35 pm Kerri Says:


    This is my favorite (and really only) non-adoption blog. She’s the one who had the now famous ebay auction for pokemon cards. If you haven’t read it, it’s hillarious. There’s a link to it on my blog. She is a mother of 6 and absolutely hillarious. I have issues branching out into the non-adoption blogging world too. I have been expanding my adoption blog horizons beyond Guat though and am especially looking at blogs from countries I might consider for #2 if Guat is no longer an option.

    Happy blogging and blog-reading!

    Kerri and Ruby

  6. On August 26th, 2007 at 8:07 pm karen Says:

    I would so LOVE to be a lipstick woman. I envy every woman I see with those perfect lips 24/7. Alas, I’ve never figured out how to keep it on. Where the hell does mine go??????

  7. On August 27th, 2007 at 12:34 am JUlia Says:

    thanks for adding us to the roll 🙂

  8. On August 27th, 2007 at 6:12 pm Aardvark Says:

    You should check out my friend Sarah…she rocks!

  9. On August 28th, 2007 at 10:28 am mama k Says:

    I have a eclectic blog taste myself. Heck I’m probably one of the few breeders who read adoption blogs. LOL But that’s cause I someday hope to join the ranks.

    For good thrifty/homemaking ideas:

    Snarky, Southern Transplant (I actually knew her growing up in Jersey and our moms are friends)

    http://www.5minutesformom.com is sort of a networking blog with fun contestest and stuff

    AP-ish moms:
    http://twinkies.bastetweb.com/ (she is a twin mom after IF)

    Green/Natural Living Mom:

    I read a lot of crafty/foodie blogs too. Like I said, I’m all over the place. What’s up with all the labels anyway? Why do you have to be a “mommy blogger” if you write about your kid? 🙂

  10. On August 29th, 2007 at 8:32 am Oh, The Joys Says:

    DD likes me! (Blush)


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