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5 Blogs You Should Be Reading Right Now

My Picks for Great Canadian Blogs

BlissDom is coming! BlissDom is coming! Have I mentioned how much I love BlissDom and why? One of the best things about BlissDom Canada is meeting new bloggers and discovering their fabulous blogs.

When I was asked to write a post about five blogs you should be reading, I have to be honest, I sort of panicked. Picking only five from a sea of incredible blogs seemed rather daunting! How would I pick? What criteria should I use? Could I accept bribes? (KIDDING!) Then I got all scientific—I would pick five categories of blogs and list three good blogs in each of those categories! Sadly, I soon realized that those lists already exist, in a multitude of forms.

I finally decided to share the blogs that make me stop and read them, regularly. I am not a chef, I am not a DIY/crafty Martha Stewart-type, and I'm no fashionista shopaholic, so that should forewarn you about what won't be on my list, with all due respect to those blogs. The things I love are: a good read, a good laugh, and a post that makes me go, "Hmmmm," so my fancy is tickled by any writing that has these elements.

Here are a few of those blogs, in completely random order:


Rebecca Cuneo Keenan posts about motherhood, marriage, life, and hot topics in the media with dry wit, eloquence, and insightful opinions. And her concise writing often summarizes what is swirling chaotically around in my mind.



Chantal Saville writes beautiful posts, sometimes candidly exposing areas of her life and circumstances with a touch of sardonic humour that makes me giggle, yet still feel the rawness of her non-humorous emotions.


Tempered WithKindness.com

If you are fortunate enough to follow Peady on Twitter, you know what a bright light she is. Her positivity has often inspired me to try to see the silver lining of even my worst days. Her posts are upbeat and simple Polaroids of her life and the love she has for it, which always make me smile.



Tara Wilson makes me laugh. Her posts are a thoughts-to-blog app running from her mind into a writing style that flows into an amusing chronicle of her life.



Amanda Jette Knox knows from sarcasm and self-deprecation. She tells stories with worthy life lessons and advice, sometimes without you even knowing you've been schooled, because she's THAT funny and gifted with words.

Oh, and in case you really, really wanted a "categorized" list of blogs, here are a few honourable mentions, listed according to how I'd classify them:

Holy Hell, Kids Need a LOT of Shit!


Mommy Gearest.com has well-written reviews of all the stuff parents and kids want or need. If a product really is shit, you'll know about it here.  

I Want These Bloggers as My Personal Chefs

Vegan food blogger Alimentageuse.com and hilarious kitchen goddess Foodretro.com make good food that I want to eat, just not necessarily get off my duff and prepare, but not because their recipes are complicated! Lovely photos and interesting cooking/kitchen tips entice me to maybe cook, one day...


I'm Totally Bored Right Now or Avoiding What I SHOULD Be Doing

ThatJennPerry.com and BrazenWoman.com offer all kinds of useful and interesting tips and stories that are perfect for perusal during a coffee break. Stop scoffing, you're not THAT busy!


I Want to Know What a Dude Thinks

Dad-Camp.com provides honest stories and relevant reviews from what else? A dad's point of view. Sometimes it's good to sneak into the other gender's mind.


Holy Crap, Did They Just Say That?

With a name like BluntMoms.com, you should be prepared for some blunt talk. Sometimes it's fun to read the stuff you're thinking but afraid to say!

Please note that this is only a teeny, tiny list of very good bloggersthere are SO many more out there. So, if you're a bit peeved that your blog isn't on this list, please don't take it personally, and mention your blog in the comments below, ok? Or, if you don't want to toot your own horn, buy a friend a coffee and ask him or her to do it for you.

Now get reading, and make sure you buy your ticket to BlissDom Canada so you can meet some of these fantastic bloggers. Hope to see you there!

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