I laugh when friends ask me how I find time for “all” of the blogs they assume I’m reading. Truth is, while I do read a lot of blogs, it’s not nearly as many as you might think.
Like all of us, time is precious, and I don’t have endless hours to find (and obsess over) all of the stellar talent out there. I rely on the writers and sites that I’ve come to know and love – those who will always reward my “clicks” with time well spent, maybe a laugh, and definitely something to think about. And it’s especially nice when that blog is penned by someone I actually “know”.
Like PJ Feinstein, creator of the blog Bunny and Dolly.
all images courtesy of PJ Feinstein
PJ has fast become not only one of my favorite bloggers, but a new friend too.
Like Mari, PJ and I met on the way to dinner on the first night of Alt SLC earlier this year (she, too, made it into my business card round-up – coincidence? I think not.). PJ is a former East Coast-er, now living in Nebraska with her husband, adorable son Levi and pooch, Briscoe. She is due with her second child early next year.
I eagerly await PJ’s posts each week. Like many of the blogs I read regularly, Bunny and Dolly is a “lifestyle” blog – containing a little bit of this and that, from recipes to style posts, to easy and affordable decorating ideas.
Bunny and Dolly is that friend that is not the loudest or flashiest in the room but has a cool, effortless style and intelligence that you come to appreciate the more time you spend there. PJ is warm, smart, thoughtful, and oh-so honest.
Now that I’m asking my “blove” subjects to pick their favorite posts to share, I sit and wait and “hope” that at least one or two will be my faves too. And PJ didn’t disappoint. She picked pieces that I am so fond of, and I’m thrilled to share them with you right here!
Sometimes all I need to make my day is a great tip. As a card-carrying french-fry-lover I am ever grateful for this suggestion. And I love that PJ a) doesn’t take herself too seriously, and b) doesn’t take blogging too seriously either….
“This is my version of a recipe post! I don’t cook much (thank goodness my husband knows his way around the kitchen), so I don’t have many food-related posts to share. Figuring out how to reheat French Fries so that they’re crispy again seemed like important information I just had to write about!”
Pregnant or not, PJ has great style – practical, comfortable and fashionable. I wish she’d do more posts like this one (hint-hint, PJ!):
“I could never be a fashion blogger, mostly because I feel ridiculous posing for the camera in public places. However, this was a fun opportunity for me to be in front of the camera (I’m the designated photographer in my family). My parents happened to be in town, so my dad snapped some photos for me at the Omaha airport, which was practically deserted at the time.”
While I enjoy all of PJ’s posts, I LOVE when she gets real up in there. She does not shy away from topics that we – especially we moms – can all relate to, yet rarely discuss. Even among close friends. PJ shares the frank talk I wish I saw more of in the blogosphere, which would offset the onslaught of “perfect” mommy moments we seem to be inundated with on all channels.
“I like to start conversations about things that other people are afraid to talk about in public. Admittedly, these are not my most flattering photos, but I wanted to talk about postpartum hair loss in a real and authentic way. I continue to get emails from readers with questions about my experience losing my hair.”
So glad PJ included this post or I would have – it’s my very favorite. Yes, it’s a cute and original gender-reveal. You could love it for that alone. But PJ went on to discuss her feelings about having another boy. It was one of the most refreshing and relatable posts I’ve ever read, and made me a reader for life. Loved this to bits.
“I love this post for two reasons: 1) I had an idea for how I wanted to visually reveal the gender of my second child, and I was able to work with a photographer who made it possible. 2) I literally felt nauseated after hitting the publish button because I worried people would judge me for admitting I wished I was having a girl. To my surprise, I received so much positive feedback and support, which made me feel like I was really part of an online community.”
PJ also has a blove-like series – called “AM/PM” – where she chronicles a day in the life of a busy mom: “I frequently felt like I was dropping the ball and wanted to know how other moms juggled their responsibilities, from work to motherhood to self care. It’s been refreshing to learn that even the most seemingly put together women struggle with doing it all.”
Though she doesn’t write about this often, PJ is a military spouse and I’ve come to learn so much (and respect) about what this means, as both a wife and a mother.
And I couldn’t help but include this clever post on how to make an at-home manicure last (it really works!).
I asked PJ if there was anything in the works that she could share with us:
“I’m currently working on rebranding my site. Bunny & Dolly will have a new name and a new look in early 2014! My goal is to shed the “mommy blog” label and write more lifestyle posts that will appeal to a broader category of women, including moms! I’m super nervous about the change but I think it’s the right move at the right time.” (Update: She did it! Go take a look at PJ’s beautiful new rebranding!)
So exciting, and I will be right there when she launches! Go take a look at Bunny and Dolly and say hi for me!
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