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Inaugural Fabulous Five Friday

by Deborah Cruz

Good Morning, fine folks of the blogiverse.  It’s Friday and I have decided that I would like to start something that I will call “Fabulous Five Friday ” or something to that effect. Basically, what it will be is every Friday I will list 5 blogs of consequence. Blogs that I think you should be following or at the very least check out. Some of my favorite reads. I will be honest, it will most likely be a mix of some that you are already aware of, some that everybody already knows of and a lot that maybe you aren’t familiar with. My purpose for this is that I have discovered some absolutely fabulous reads out there and I think you would probably enjoy, as well. My plan is to help you all find one another and make the world a better place:)

MommyNaniBooBooI am Jenni Chiu- most of the time, I give you my heart and soul, tied up in a pretty bow, dipped in poop, and then run through the washer on cold.” Her blog is honest, raw and real. It’s is the perfect blend of brains and beauty. Jenni is witty, wise and snarkilicious and definitely worthy of daily read status. Her blog tag line says it all “Not perfect, just right” isn’t that where we all fall on the spectrum if we are brave enough to admit it. Oh yeah and did I mention? She is HILARIOUS wrapped up in deep dipped in chocolate. She is one of the most genuine people out there on the interwebs. I want to give her proper heart hugs on the regular and so will you.You can also find her on Twitter. Go find her now!

A(n)(Un)Common FamilyAnd while being a mom is a huge part of who I am – the part that changed me in ways nothing else could, that made me get in touch with an inner soft side (one that could actually cry!), the part that suddenly realized what true, unconditional love actually feels like – it’s not all that I am.There’s more to me, even if it’s far less adorable than my kids.” Laura’s blog is about motherhood, marriage and how she has evolved over the years while maintaining the woman she was before the kids. It started with adoption and she touches on just about every single issue a mother or woman can face. She shares her soul and knowledge all with a twist of wicked sense of humor. I love her and so will you. You can also find Laura on Twitter.

Parenting Ad Absurdum “An irreverent, humorous and honest look at what it is truly like to parent small children, the highs and lows, the thrilling parts and the not-so-thrilling-at-all parts.” This blog is written by the lovely Peryl, an awesome Mommy to two spirited young boys. On any day you can read about a variety of topics ranging from little vampires ordering blood off the Starbucks menu to the correct protocol on how to name a Canadian baby. No matter the topic, Peryl will deliver it to you with grace and poise. She’s the lady who has the magic touch and can make any pill easier to swallow.Do yourself a favor, check her out. Peryl can also be found on Twitter

Kludgy Mom(clue-gee mom) is a mom who uses clumsy or inelegant, yet effective, solutions to problems, typically using  items that are cobbled together. In other words, a mom who makes things up as they go. A kludgy mom practices the art of embracing a life lived haphazardly. I’m a kludgy mom.” Gigi is much more than just a Mommy blogger, she is a Mommy who is a blogger. But she also blogs about a lot more. She blogs about food, she blogs about parenting, and she blogs about blogging and social media.  She is my go to girl for blogging information because aside from a ridiculously off the map sense of humor, she has a heart of gold and is living proof of one of my biggest dreams. There can, in fact, be sisterhood through motherhood. Sisterhood through blog writing. She rocks my world in loads of ways and she will rock yours too. She can also be found on Twitter.

Madame Paradox “Heidi David is a writer and freelance producer.  She is the author of an as yet unpublished work of dark commercial fiction, THE FLYING JEWEL; a tale of a traveling circus where the price of admission is one’s free will. Brought up in a pleasant yet dysfunctional suburb of New York, Heidi’s excessive exposure to musical theater at a young age as well as a lifetime of insomnia have contributed to her peculiar world view. Ms. David has been known to take an occasional tango class as well as repel down cliffs, thus defying the centuries old tradition of nice Jewish girls finding excuses to get out of gym class.  When she’s not writing or producing, Heidi lives a gluten-free existence in her Manhattan apartment while pining for the bagels of her youth.” Heidi is a writer’s blogger, meaning if you have a reverence for the written word you absolutely MUST give her blog a look. You won’t be sorry. Her words will take you to the four corners of the world, traveling space and time, she will make you laugh and cry. Heidi will take you to the brink of insanity and then rescue you from yourself. Her posts remind me of why I write. She expands my imagination and stimulates my brain, she can do the same for you. Heidi can also be found on Twitter.

These are my inaugural five blogs. They are all amazing. I think you will love them as much as I do. There are no crazy rules or requirements, I only want to share these great blogs with you. Of course, if you want to add me to your blog roll or put a button on your blog (it can be found under the “buttons” tab) that would certainly be awesome.

If you were looking for me this week, I was all over the internet. In case you missed it; I was techy here and then again over here. It’s a new writing opportunity working with one of the ladies I respect most in the blog world, Jessica Gottlieb. I am super excited and hope that you will stop by and check us out. I was spreading the crazy truth about having a second child and sharing my funny over here. Then I was featured as one of the top 500 over here. Not to mention, giving you the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth with a side of Throat Punch on Thursday here! Happy Friday,my Friends!

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Her from @6degreeslove 2011/04/01 - 9:33 am

LOVE this. Thanks for doing my footwork. Off to read some good stuff.
You promise it’s good, right???


Truthful Mommy 2011/04/01 - 9:52 am

Oh yes, I promise they are all great reads:)

julie gardner 2011/04/01 - 9:56 am

Love this. Already follow a couple of these fabulous bloggers and will now check out the rest.

I think it’s lovely when a blogger celebrates others. And generous. And it’s Friday, so Hooray.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/02 - 7:01 pm

Thanks. I agree. It is lovely and beautiful and I am a big advocate of sisterhood thru motherhood..and just sisterhood in general, I thought it was high time that I spread the love to these fabulous women. I think they are great reads and I hope my readers will too.I can;t wait to share my next batch:)

Cynthia 2011/04/01 - 10:30 am

I love your idea! Thank you for sharing. I can hardly wait to catch up on these blogs. Watch….soon enough I’ll be hooked and adding these lovely ladies to my reading list! Happy Friday. Cynthia

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/02 - 7:02 pm

They are great and I hope you love these ladies as much as I do! They are awesome.Thanks fro stopping by:)

Katie 2011/04/01 - 10:57 am

Awesome! I love Kludgy, so I’m excited to check out recs from someone else (you!) who loves her, too.
Thanks for sharing!

Bruna 2011/04/01 - 10:59 am

I follow a few of them already but I notice one or two I need to check out. Thanks Debi!

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/02 - 7:04 pm

I’m pretty sure you know most of these ladies and you will definitely want to check out next Fridays list:) XO

Mommy Nani Booboo 2011/04/01 - 12:29 pm

Well aren’t you the best thing since * insert baked good here*!
Thanks, lovely. Got some new reads to go check out.
PS- I am so jealous of your new gig with Jessica Gottlieb! She’s my secret best friend. She says it’s best to keep it under wraps because I shame her a little. She’s smart like that.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/02 - 7:07 pm

Jenni, I heart you so much, but you know that already! Im sure anybody who is in your inner sanctum would shout it from the rooftops. You’re not a Down low kinda friend. Perhaps, she just doesn’t want to share your awesomeness:)

parenting ad absurdum 2011/04/01 - 12:42 pm

You are such a super sweetheart and completely made my day. You are such a fine representative of the supportive sisterhood. Big love coming your way!!

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/02 - 7:10 pm

You are amazing…Mommy, writer, blogger, and friend. I think everybody should know you and love you like I do….obviously:)

Laura 2011/04/01 - 12:50 pm

Thank you so much, girl. You are so amazing. You also make me blush. I can’t wait to finally meet you and sleep with you.

In our hotel room. In our own beds. At BlogHer, after we’ve had crazy fun days! I know nobody took that the wrong way.

Love you bunches. xoxo

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/02 - 7:17 pm

LOL! Yes, Im sure nobody would take that wrong…especially not our husbands:) I can’t wait to meet in person either.YOu are amazing. Remember that. And, U R going to win that MOst inspiring blog…just watch and see! XO

gigi 2011/04/01 - 1:20 pm

Debi, nicer words have never been said about me. Truly, this warmed my heart today. It is my blogger mission to pay it forward – we get so much from blogging, we owe it to give back. I love that you’re doing the same.



Truthful Mommy 2011/04/02 - 7:19 pm

Thanks Gigi,
You inspire me with your generosity. I just cant believe it took me so long to think of it.I;m so glad I did. It gives me something to look forward every Friday!Have a fabulous weekend!

Jennifurla 2011/04/01 - 2:45 pm

Off to check out your links.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/02 - 7:21 pm

Hey, thanks for stopping by.You will love them. I assure you:) Now, Im heading over to your site:)

If anyone else tells me how awsome I am, my head might explode 2011/04/01 - 2:52 pm

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nic @mybottlesup 2011/04/01 - 4:39 pm

CONGRATS on the new gig!!! awesome feature up in this piece for fridays. can’t wait to check out the ones i am unaware of, and loving those who i am aware of.

A Mommy in the City 2011/04/01 - 7:24 pm

Great idea! Can’t wait to check them out! Thanks for sharing.

Truthful Mommy 2011/04/02 - 7:23 pm

I can’t believe it took so long to think of it.Your Tropicana 5 that you listed me on, was sort of the inspiration.Thank you. And you WILL want to check next weeks list:)

January 2011/04/02 - 8:15 am

Thank you for sharing these amazing blogs! What a fabulous idea.

Mommyfriend 2011/04/03 - 12:33 am

Love new reads! Can’t wait!

MommaKiss 2011/04/04 - 11:15 am

how cool is this? I love it! Great choices.

Amber 2011/04/04 - 6:42 pm

This is great! Thanks for all the great reads.

The Apocalypse Is Nigh, In Other News… | Madame Paradox 2011/04/04 - 8:50 pm

[…] “blogs of consequence”. I was incredibly honored to be included in the inaugural batch. Her kind words made Madame Paradox cry is what I’m saying, people.  So please find her at:   www.motherhoodthetruth.com Admire […]


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