7 Blogs You Should Be Reading (if You’re a Mom)

In a previous post I shared a list of some of my favorite blogs. These are blogs that I think everybody should check out and most people will benefit from reading regularly. Their focus is relatively general, offering information relevant to most people's lives.

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Today I want to share another list of favorite blogs. These are more narrowly focused–they are particularly of value to moms (of varying stages of life). Most moms that I know will appreciate the blogs I recommended in that previous post (here), but the blogs below offer content especially targeted toward moms. If you're a mom (or expect to be at some point in the future), consider visiting–and subscribing to–one or more of the following:

  • The Gypsy Mama. Lisa-Jo says she thinks “motherhood should come with a super hero cape and a cheerleader.” In her blog, she transparently shares her thoughts about life as a mom and tries to be that cheerleader. She also offers a free e-book called The Cheerleader for Tired Moms, available at the blog.
  • Simple Mom. This one's written by Tsh Oxenreider, author of Organized Simplicity, a really helpful book that I reviewed here. (You can order it from Amazon by clicking on the image at the bottom of this post.) Tsh's objective, through her blog, her books, and her other Simple Living Media endeavors, is to help people live more simply. She offers lots of useful information and encouragement toward that end.
  • iHeart Organizing. Jen loves to think and write about home organization, and her blog gives you an inside look at the projects she undertakes at her own home, in addition to lots of tips you can put to use at yours. This one is fun because she includes lots of photos.
  • 4Word. Aimed particularly at working women (that is, those with employment outside the home–yes, I know that all moms work), this one offers encouragement and advice for women who work . . . love . . . pray.
  • Tricia Goyer's blog. Tricia is an author and speaker with a heart for moms. She blogs on a variety of topics, including writing as well as family-focused posts. She also broadcasts on an internet radio show. Information and links are available on her site.
  • Digitwirl. Hosted by Carley Knobloch, Digitwirl presents short weekly video broadcasts that introduce you to “killer tech tools that will keep you organized and simplify your life.” The Digitwirl team tests all sorts of devices and apps and websites and then shares their recommendations via these fun little video clips. Really useful info here.
  • BlogHerMoms. Articles by moms on lots of different topics of interest to moms. Quite a variety of perspectives; take it all with a grain of salt and your own good judgment.

The internet is awash with blogs aimed at women, some better and more useful than others. Of those blogs that specifically speak to moms, these are some that I enjoy, which isn't to say that I necessarily agree with everything they say. You can click on the blog titles above to visit them and see whether you like them.

Which blogs do you enjoy most? Leave a comment below with your recommendations so we can all check them out.

Laura
Greenville, Texas
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When You’re About to Lose Your Mind

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I'm delighted to be blogging again this morning over at Stepcase Lifehack, this time about how to restore sanity when you're about to lose it. My post's title refers to workplace sanity, but don't be fooled — I'm not talking about just the office. I used to use the same techniques when I was home full time with my kids!

Here's a link to my guest post there. I hope you'll stop by and read it, and leave a comment there with your thoughts.

Laura
Greenville, Texas
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6 Blogs You Should Be Reading

One of the great things about the internet is accessibility to information. Anyone with a computer (or a smart phone or a tablet) and an internet connection can log on and find or share info on any subject in the world. Countless people have taken advantage of that opportunity by launching blogs on every topic and from every perspective imaginable. The upside: whatever you're interested in, there's a blog (or two or twenty) that covers it. The downside: wading through the plethora of blogs on any given topic can be an overwhelming task. Many of the blogs you'll find are badly written, full of useless (or just plain wrong) information, and/or little more than a sales pitch for the author's product or services.

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I could easily spend all day, every day, reading blogs. My RSS reader currently lists subscriptions to over 100 blogs. Thankfully, most of them don't post daily. I usually try to spend no more than 30 minutes daily scanning the titles in my reader and reading the posts that interest me.

Of the 100+ blogs in my reader, there are some that I make a point of reading almost daily. Here are a few blogs that I recommend you consider subscribing to:

  • Michael Hyatt's Intentional Leadership. If you're not in a formal leadership position, please don't assume this blog has nothing of interest to you. Chairman and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers Michael Hyatt is a bestselling author and speaker who blogs on topics of interest to most of us, including productivity, social media, and life management. I've found his posts to be insightful, inspiring, and life-enhancing. I particularly enjoy when he shares the technology and systems that he uses in managing his busy life. It was on this blog that I was first introduced to Evernote and several other apps that form the foundation of my efforts to get my life under control. In addition to his written posts, Michael also produces weekly podcasts that are well done and informative.
  • Jeff Goins Writer. Jeff Goins is one of the most generous and encouraging bloggers on the ‘net. Although aimed primarily at writers and other creative types, his blog contains much of interest and value to people who don't think of themselves as creative. Jeff encourages his readers to pursue their dreams and openly shares what he knows about how to do so. If I could read only two blogs daily, the two would be Jeff's and Michael Hyatt's.
  • Stepcase Lifehack. If I could add a third blog to my daily reading, this would be it. Billing itself as “your daily digest on productivity and life improvements,” Lifehack publishes several short posts each day on a variety of life-enhancing topics in the categories of communication, lifestyle, management, money, productivity, and technology. The posts generally are either inspirational or practical–or both, usually including truly useful tips that you can put to use immediately to improve your life. Unlike the first two recommended blogs, Lifehack is not the work of a single writer. Instead, the Lifehack directors seek contributions from writers from a broad spectrum of specialties and perspectives. I'm proud to be one of their newest contributors, but I was a devoted reader long before I began writing for them.
  • Mary DeMuth's Live Uncaged. Multi-published author Mary DeMuth is a determined, devoted, and effective encourager. On her Facebook page, Mary says that she writes “so people don't feel alone anymore.” That purpose is reflected in her honest sharing of lessons that she's learned (and is learning) from life. Many times I've found myself nodding (and sometimes crying) as I've read her posts, grateful to find encouragement there from the fact that there are others who share my struggles. If you're a writer, you'll benefit from her posts on the writing life.
  • Lowering the Bar. This one is just for fun. Written by a practicing attorney, this blog offers hilarious commentary on court cases and legal escapades that will having you shaking your head at people's odd and sometimes downright stupid behavior. Just reading the author's bio and “comical yet binding disclaimer” pages will have you laughing out loud. I read this blog when I need a laugh, and it never disappoints.
  • Time Management Ninja. Just what it sounds like–this blog is a treasure trove of useful tips on time management. Written by Craig Jarrow and his talented guest posters, this blog's stated purpose is to help you “win the battle against wasted time, disorganization, and all other things evil.” Unless your life is always quiet, calm, and under control, you will find valuable information here.

I read and enjoy many great blogs, but these are some of my favorites. (Check my blog's right-hand sidebar for links to others.) I encourage you to check them out; then come back and let me know what you think. In the meantime, what blogs do you read regularly? What motivates you to subscribe to a blog (or at least return to it to read more)? Please share your recommendations in the comments below.

Laura

I Was Just Thinking . . .
Legal Blog: Real Estate Law Blog

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New Adventure for Me!

I'm honored and excited to be blogging today over at Stepcase Lifehack, a blog/website/compendium of useful information on communication, technology, lifestyle, money management, and (my favorite) productivity. I've been a regular reader of Lifehack for at least a year. If you pay attention to these sorts of things, you might have noticed that I've posted links to various informative Lifehack articles on my Facebook page over the past several months. I am thrilled to now be a contributor to this great site!

I encourage you to subscribe to Lifehack directly — there's an easy subscription button on the top right of the Lifehack main page.

I'd love it if you'd check out my simple little article and leave a comment there so I know you dropped by! Then Like it on Facebook and/or Tweet it to your followers (there are buttons there to let you do that easily).

Laura
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"People Watch What You Do . . . "

“more than they listen to what you say.” At Marc and Angel Hack Life, they talk about how to live a more productive, purposeful, and meaningful life. Please take a moment to click through to, and read carefully, their post on Ways to Inspire Everyone Around You. I could not say it any better than they did. It's worth re-reading daily until the words sink into your soul.