7 QT: My first time & 7 of my favorites

I just published my first post on this blog today. Could not log in to my other blog so I decided to start this one. We shall see how it goes 🙂 I regularly check out other bloggers 7QT so I thought it only fitting that I share 7 of my favorite blogs on my first ride on the 7QT merry-go-round. I hope to share my other favorite in coming posts or in a blog roll section.

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do!

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Conversion Diary

Jen, a woman who grew up atheist and is now Catholic shares her story on her blog Conversion Diary. I love how authentic Jen is and that variety in her posts – give two examples here. You’ve got to admire someone who has and home schools six kids under age 10, hosts a popular blog, authors books, and takes time to shares her story and the beauty of the Church!

Check out some of the things I have in common with Jen (beyond her name) below. Maybe one of the reason’s why I love her blog so much! They are all gleaned from Jen about me section. Don’t worry I am not that much of a blog stalker.

– Her husband is a convert – Justin and I converted just months apart: Justin in Dec. 2005 and me in April 2006
– Her favorite genres of music are Gregorian chant and gangsta rap – mine are just as varied and pretty similar
– She’s tall! – If my high waters did not give it away…I’m 6′
– She’s a crazy dancer – you can see a hint of my crazy dancing in a previous post

For more on her conversion story check out her blog or her book, Something Other than God, released this month.

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Camp Patton 

Camp Patton has to be one of my favorite blogs of all time! Somehow Grace finds a way to combine her faith, family, fashion, funnies and fotos (I know, I know) all into one awesome blog!

A little bit about Grace and the Camp Patton blog:

  • Grace is the mother of three under three, with a fourth on the way very soon.
  • Her husband is very busy OB/GYN medical resident, and quite a comedian himself.
  • Grace and her family are faithful Catholics! Check out her NFP posts.
  • She has the best sponsors and giveaways.
  • Her kids are hilarious! When Madeleine, our almost 14 month old, starts speaking in sentences I think they will sounds an awful lot like her daughter, Julia’s.

There is really nothing that I can say that can illustrate just how awesome Camp Patton is. You’ll have to check it out for yourself!

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Team Whitaker

Team Whitaker is hosted by Kathryn Whitaker. She shares her life as a mother of six – five under 13 and one on the way. Like Jen and Grace she is a devout Catholic woman. She is a work-at-home mom, operating a freelance graphic design business in her spare time.

One of the reasons this is on my list of favorite blogs is because she shares the wisdom gained over 13+ years of being a mom. You can find all of her How I Do It posts here. I really enjoyed the posts on how to Survive (and Love) Mass With Kids, Celebrating Lent as a Family, Meal Planning, and how to Keep the Romance Alive with Children.

Check out her DIY and organizing skills! I wonder if I could employ her as a home designer, decorator and  organizer.

In all seriousness, I am grateful Kathryn and others host blogs like Team Whitaker and freely share their lives. I can use any advice I can get on how to be a better Catholic, wife, mother and friend.

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Time Flies When You’re Having Babies

Ann Hahn is the host of Time Flies When You’re Having Babies. She is a mother of three under four, with a fourth on the way soon! Her husband is a Ph.D. theology student at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!). Like Grace she shares the funny things that her little ones say, as well as her super cute and creative sewing creations.

Her participation in the What I Wore Sunday Link-Up is a good reminder to me to look my best when going to Mass on Sunday. It can be hard as a mother of a small child with an ever-changing body. When I see other people being conscious of their pocket book and still looking great, I am inspired to do the same.

I am especially grateful for her willingness to share her experience with miscarriage. While I have not experienced this myself, I can only imagine how painful and heartbreaking it must be. I think it is important for people to publicly share their experience so that others know they are not alone. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost a child, to miscarriage or in any other way.

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My Own Frequency

Andrea is the author of the blog, My Own Frequency, in addition to be a dear friend of my husband’s late sister, Christie. Her blog, as she describes it is her talking about the three of the things that have the heaviest influence on her life – music, media and Jesus. Not only is she a spectacular writer, but she is also a truth seeker and speaker.  A powerful combination!

I am having trouble articulating myself…but one of the things I am most grateful for about Andrea’s blog is her willingness to share about her relationship with Christie and her experience dealing with her loss. I was only blessed to know Christie for a short time, and know that I did not get to know her in the fullest sense because of what the tumor and the treatment stripped away. Each time I hear a story about Christie, even if it is what people miss about her, I come to know her a little bit better. Like Andrea, I look forward to seeing her again in Heaven someday. Christie Englemann, pray for us.

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The Balanced Life

The Balanced Life is a “Pilates-inspired” blog by Robin Long. Her mission is to help women who “look and feel their best without giving up everything that makes life so enjoyable.”

In February of 2014 she hosted 28 Days of Pilates, providing free 5-7 minute Pilates workout videos for all 28 days of February. It was a wonderful way to ease back in to taking better care of my body and a good exercise (no pun intended…or maybe their is) in setting aside time for myself each day. Another part of the 28 Days of Pilates that I loved was the community she created on Instagram. Check out her Instagram account for inspirational posts and photos.

I was not able to swing it this go around, but I hope to one day participate in her Pilates Body program and/or Prenatal Pilates Program (Balanced Beginnings). An ankle injury and work and family commitment have kept me from consistently exercising, so I appreciate blogs and people like Robin for making a healthy lifestyle more accessible.

And a bonus…only after starting to follow her blog did I learn that Robin is fellow graduate of Westmont College (Go Warriors) and lover of Santa Barbara.

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Barefoot on 45th

Leslie, the author of Barefoot on 45th is another Westmont Warrior and recently relocated to Santa Barbara. She has the coolest About Me page where she highlights who she is, why she writes and where her work has been published. I am not sure that our paths even crossed at Westmont, nor do I remember how I stumbled upon her blog. However, I do know that I have really enjoyed following her blog over the years, watching her family grow, following her family journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and remission(!), and reading her ideas and opinions on faith, family and more.

So there you have it 7 of my favorites. I would love to learn more about your favorite blogs!

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

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6 thoughts on “7 QT: My first time & 7 of my favorites

  1. Hi, I’m visiting from 7QT and I really enjoyed this 7 takes and visiting the blogs that you enjoy! I’ve added Camp Patton to my reading list. Best wishes for a blessed Easter!

    • So sorry for the delayed response! Thank you for the kind words! Glad to hear that you added Camp Patton. She’s great, isn’t she? I hope you had a wonderful Easter as well. I have enjoyed reading posts on your blog and look forward to reading more!

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