We started our Big Blog Family feature to introduce you to the parent bloggers who inspire us in all kinds of ways - to cook more, try new crafts, explore older books - as well as those who use their corners of the web to share their fresh and unique perspectives on this whole parenting thing. Here's a taste of the blogs of the men and women we featured last summer and who we still love checking in on.
Meet Ryan Marshall of Pacing the Panic Room: "I was kind of the first of the friend circle to jump into the next phase of life, and I was at the point where I should have decided to put away my pipe dreams and get a "real" job-- and instead I took it as my last chance to make my life exactly how I wanted it."
Meet Holly Keller of Chez Beeper BeBe: "I am passionate about creating and making toys and it is good to connect with a community of people who appreciate that--because, honestly, I know my friends could give a rip that I just designed a little chicken plushie or whatever."
Meet Kenny Friedman of Smonk You: "My blog is about my journey from being a guy who was totally freaked out by kids to becoming a father. I mainly started it because I have a knack for having no filter and saying the wrong thing."
Meet Rebecca Coleman of Cooking with My Kid: "I was standing there, in front of the freezer, choosing between chicken nuggets and fish sticks and it struck me that I had really gotten lazy about mealtime. Don't get me wrong, the chicken nuggets were organic but the foodie in me was appalled! It was at that moment I decided to make a commitment to spend the next 365 days cooking at least one new recipe a day together with my kid."
Meet Burgin Streetman of Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves: "Whenever I think I'm going to run out or get tired of doing this, I find a new illustrator or a new thrift shop I've never visited and the world opens up again. My son spends several hours a day reading and has read every book in our collection at least once — and his favorites, dozens and dozens of times."
Meet Vicky of The City Cradle: "The City Cradle is a place where I share my passions, inspirations and designs for handcrafted parties. I am currently in the middle of a challenge I've given myself to plan 30 parties this year before turning 30."
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