My Favorite Blogs

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Because they know how much I love reading blogs, people are constantly asking for my recommendations. Which I love, by the way. I always tell people I'll email them or facebook them or text them links and let's be real that doesn't ever happen. So this post is for you, friends!

Under the Sycamore- I've always loved reading Ashley Ann's blog for craft and photography inspiration, but in the past year the blog's focus has expanded to detailing this family's adoption of a precious baby girl from China. I love reading blogs that line up with my passions, and so many of them are all over this bloggy!

Bower Power- Precious family of four blogging home decor and lifestyle. They are precious and I fell in love with them very early on in my blog reading career.

Lara Casey-  I hope it's okay and normal to look up to someone I don't know, because this is how I feel about Lara. Her blog is packed full of encouragement and motivation to take control of your life and work toward your goals, all while putting Christ first. AKA we all need this. I am so blessed to be able to sit under Lara's teaching in just TWO WEEKS- at Making Things Happen- eek!

I'm Kristen and This is my Blog- This is technically a photography blog, but Kristen has been going through her love story in the "Oh My My My" series and I have recommended it to everyone I know because I read it like it's my j.o.b. Not a lie.

Young House Love- This is literally the first blog I ever began reading, and will always be one of my favorites. Getting to meet the masterminds behind the blog, John and Sherry Petersik was so fun for me!

Jones Design Company- I don't know where to start with how much I love this blog. Design advice? DIY projects? Free printables? It's all here in the blog of a very cute family.

Jamie Delaine- Jamie is a young photographer in Canada who loves the Lord, loves writing, loves productivity, and writes about it all. I want to be her bestie!

Southern Weddings- Okay. Had to go there and put a wedding blog. But here's a secret, I read Southern Weddings long before my engagement, simply because of how much this small business inspires me. The women of Southern Weddings are focused on beautiful weddings that lead to even more beautiful marriages, share the heart of the south, and are basically adorable in every way. Love them.

Love Taza- Ben and I have a slight obsession with this precious little family. Seriously, the two cutest children ever, and they are so stylin and basically I just love stalking them and thinking about how cute they are. Let's just be honest here!

Elm Street Life- A lifestyle blog of a precious young couple who just had their first baby. I love reading of how intentionally these people life for Jesus, and seeing all of their beautiful photos.

and because what's a blog post without a picture? :)

On Sunday afternoon I started our plate wall! I still haven't finished our Psalm plate.. still thinking about a Psalm that is meaningful to us! But I'm loving our sweet wall so far! Thank you to my sweet sister and brother (the other Straders :) ) for the green flower plate, and to Ben for the squirrel plate. I must have found my soulmate when I have someone who purchases me a squirrel plate for Valentine's day. :) Let me know what you think of the update! :)


  1. ahhhh, love kristen & jamie delaine!! they've been some of my favorite photographers for, like, EVER. and I just got introduced to lara casey, and I love her and her work! absolutely fabulous. :)

    love updates from you! :) HUGSHUGSHUGS hope to see you soon. :)

  2. Love this! So jealous you got to meet John and Sherry! Their blog was one of the first I started following too!


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