The Fab Five

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Me with two fabulous bloggers: Cheryl (middle) and Gigi (right)

I want to tell you about 5 fabulous bloggers that I admire and appreciate.

What makes a blogger fabulous? Well, these ladies know their stuff, and they are also willing to share their knowledge and help others grow. They also know how to make us think, they make us laugh, make us cry…they make us feel. In my book, that means they’re fabulous.

Please don’t get me wrong…there are a lot of fabulous bloggers out there, and I couldn’t possibly name them all. These five bloggers hold a special place in my heart because through their words, they’ve helped me grow and become a better woman, mom, wife and blogger. If you don’t know these ladies and read their blogs, believe me when I say that you are missing out.

Here they are…in alphabetical order…

Gigi – One of my fairy blogmothers, Gigi of the Kludgy Mom fame is one of the most well-rounded bloggers that I know. She blogs about everything: parenting, marriage, being a mom, her kids, food, and how-to blog and do it well (just to name a few). She’s not afraid to be controversial, she speaks her mind, she’s funny, she’s helpful, and she’s fabulous. And she is my friend.

Liz – Everybody knows Liz and a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog. And she is EVERYWHERE! You can find her at The Blog Frog (she’s got 2 communities there!), Our Mommyhood, she is one of the most active commentors I know, and (like me) she is a Twitterholic. Liz seems to know everything that there is to know about blogging…she just gets it. Anytime I have a question, she’s the person I ask first. And I’m honored that we (along with KLZ from Taming Insanity) are part of a tribe. I’m also honored to call her a friend.

Nichole & Cheryl – Yes, I know that’s technically two bloggers, but together they are the red dress club: and I have found a passion in writing that I owe to them because of the red dress club: writing prompts.

Nichole, of In These Small Moments, can write. Her words move me; they make me feel. There are very few other bloggers that I read that have such a strong way with words. I want to learn to write like her – with her passion and her power. She is also incredibly friendly, and I look forward to meeting her IRL so that I can give her a hug and thank her for pushing me to write. She is truly a fabulous woman and friend.

Cheryl, of Mommypants is also a truly gifted writer. Her words can move me to laugh and cry, sometimes all in the same post. She’s just as funny in person as she is in real life. She’s smart, honest, and sassy, and a friend that I hope to see again soon.

Shell – My other fairy blogmother, Shell blogs at Things I Can’t Say and she is another of my favorite Twitterholics. She also blogs at Babble’s Famecrawler, and does some amazing product reviews and giveaways. She’s honest, she speaks her mind, she has an amazing following, and she also knows SO much about blogging. She helps me more than I can even begin to say. She is all kinds of fabulous.

The Empress Okay, her name is really Alexandra, but if you’ve been blogging or tweeting for any length of time, you probably already know The Empress from Good Day, Regular People. She’s smart, she’s funny, and incredibly supportive. INCREDIBLY supportive. Everybody loves her, and she guest posts in more places than any other blogger I can think of. She also loves the twins so much that I’m dedicating a page on my blog to the twins in her honor! Fabulous doesn’t even begin to describe how fabulous she really is (and I think everybody will agree with me on that!)

If you know these ladies and think they are fabulous, I ask that you help me introduce them to others by tweeting this post for me!

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  1. Mommy Needs a Vacation says:
    EXCELLENT list!!! I LOVE all of these bloggers! And you of course!!
  2. Wow! I'm so honored, especially when there are SO many fantastically talented bloggers out there! Thank you so, so much - for putting me on the list, and for your incredibly kind words.

    I will see you soon, my friend!

  3. Oh, Natalie...I don't even know what to say!

    Thank you so much for including me here. What an amazing group of women with whom to be included! I admire each of these other women beyond words.

    But you, Natalie, you are a dream. Truly.
    I admire you, I trust you, and I value you. I'm so very blessed to call you my friend.

    Thank you so much for including me here. So very much.
  4. Sippy Cup Mom says:
    Great list!
  5. What a great list! I need to check some of those ladies out more. Thanks for the awesome reminder. :)
  6. wow, so inspiring! I am going to check out their blogs and read more!

    Glad I found your blog, I'm now following and will check back often :)
  7. Thanks so much!

    I think it's fair to say that we run in a pretty fabulous bloggy circle, eh? :)
  8. Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud says:
    Liz couldn't be here to accept her award so I'll gladly accept it on her behalf. First and foremost, she'd like to thank God because through Him all things are possible. Next, she'd like to thank the little people - Maddie and Kate - for their uber cuteness which inspires her to blog like a mad woman. To Jack, for his willingness to wear questionable doggy costumes, specifically the hula skirt. And finally, to Craig...her metro-sexual beast of man, for the blog fodder that oozes out of his pores 24 hours a day.

    I think that about covers it. ;) In all seriousness, great list Natalie!
  9. Thank you so much for including me in this list! Love you!
  10. great list!! (i think that was more than 5... but who can pick just 5?) :)
  11. What a great group you have here. Its good to have friends.:)
  12. Aw, Nat. Thank you so much for including me in this list. I appreciate it more than you can ever imagine. This has made my day. Thank you for being one of my bestest bloggy friends. I know 2011 is going to bring lots of exciting blog adventures for both of us! :)

  13. Ok, I can't beat Kristi's comment. That's just too perfect.

    What an excellent list!
  14. This is such a great list! Love all y'all.
  15. The Empress says:
    Oh, shazaam!

    I'm jumping up and down.

    Cannot believe how happy you've made me.

    Oh yeah oh yeah. *doing the backwards robot dance with baby e*


    My own twins page.

    Oh,'ve made me so happy.
  16. Great post! I love these people.
  17. The Empress says:
    I kid! I kid!

    Of course, thank you, deeply, for the honor of being on your list of faves.

    Your entire community: Liz, KLZ, Gigi, Cheryl, Nichole--you were all so kind to me when I began blogging. You never gave up on me, even if I didn't understand all the commenting/guesting/blogging/tweeting etiquette.

    You all never held my lack of common sense against me.


    And you're all going straight up for that. Straight.Up.

    I love you, lovely ladies.

    And, thank you, made me smile.

    Here, I thought I was coming over for a twins in prison tale.

    Which, you know, couldn't hurt....I mean, I feel due...

  18. Sluiter Nation says:
    oh happy sighs! these woman are so wonderful!

    They are all super special to me. I have already gotten to know a few really well...and am having so much fun getting to know the rest...and you!

    I absolutely love LOVE the support of all of my bloggy friends. I feel so lucky to have found all of these women.

    Damn. Now I am getting all mooshy on YOUR post. sheesh! :)
  19. Perfect list, every one of these ladies is amazing and I am glad to have gotten the chance to read and learn from each of you the past through months, my blogging life has grown immensely rich from all of you ladies.
  20. Just Another Mom of 2 says:
    These are such great blogs-- and bloggers! Shell was one of the first bloggers I ever started reading and I'm so glad I did- and can't wait to meet her at Blissdom! I found Gigi through Liz when she ran the B2SB2B event and have read her ever since. The writing of these bloggers is amazing and I have learned so much from them (and you!). I love reading these Fab 5 posts- thanks for sharing!
  21. MultitaskMumma says:
    You've picked 5 (6) fabulous people!! Couldn't agree more!
  22. Love your list ~ already follow all of you (them. either way).

    So I just have one question:

    How are the three of you in that picture all so damn cute?

    Not fair!

    Now. Carry on.
  23. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says:
    I love every woman on this list!

    Every one of them!

    You, lady, have excellent taste.

    But then, so do I.

    Cause, well, I'm here!
  24. The Flying Chalupa says:
    Great list! And Nichole truly is just as amazing in real life as she is on her blog. As for the Empress - who doesn't love her? I, personally, she is 10 people operating as one.
  25. Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip says:
    AWESOME list! I love your picks!! And that is so cool that you got this sponsorship. Go Nat!
  26. Great list, these are all of my favs too!


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