Web Gems

Blogs I’m Currently Following [+ a Free Printable]

A long, long time ago I had a request or two for me to share a list of blogs I follow.  And I was like, now why didn’t I think of that?

Guess what? I’m finally doing it!

Here they are:


craft + diy blogs I follow via thelovelylauralife.com

A Beautiful Mess
Tell, Love and Party

Real food blogs I follow via thelovelylauralife.com


100 Days of Real Food
Primal Palate

interior design blogs I follow via thelovelylauralife.com

Emily Henderson
Old-House Online
The Makerista
This Old House: Latest

life + style blogs I follow via thelovelylauralife.com


Becoming Minimalist
Blog – Allie Seidel
Coffee + Crumbs
Heartfelt Hemphill
Meet Marloes
Merricks Art
Project 333
Seasons + Salt
smitten studio
Something Devine
Style This Life
The Daybook
This Mom’s Gonna SNAP!
Where My Heart Resides

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Now that I’ve shared with you the blogs I’ve chosen to subscribe to, I have a favor to ask:

Would you introduce yourself in the comments section below?

I’m not trying to make this like the ‘awkward first day’ or something (although I probably am), but I’ve been feeling the urge to ask this for so long and keep chickening out.  This blog has grown immensely since I first began writing it, and I write about such different topics I honestly have no idea what brought you here. Or keeps bringing you here (if you’re a long time reader).

I’ve struggled lately with juggling, life, work, this blog, All Of It, etc. and I guess I just feel like it’s time to “meet” more of the people here in this space. Because people usually motivate me, and because I’m a sucker for a good ‘how we met’ story.

To make it feel a little more natural (or even less depending upon your sense of humor) I’ll start:

Hi. My name is Laura and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember — I even competed in Power of the Pen during junior high for pete’s sake. I’m here because after a long absence in creative writing I started a blog documenting the pregnancy of my first son. Toward the end of my pregnancy I had a college acquaintance (who regularly read the blog) reach out to me and tell me,

“I hope you keep writing after your son is born.”

It was a more powerful message than I think she even knew.  And it was that message that brought me to this space: one I believe God has blessed me with.

Even if I’m still trying to figure out its specific purpose. :)

Your turn. Annnd go. ;)

. . .


Also, here’s the free printable download I made — consider it a thank you. :)

You can find other digital prints I’ve made in my Etsy shop.

Nothing worth having comes easy 5x7

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  • Reply
    August 25, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Hey Laura! Claire here. I currently have a blog at raisedbythefork.com, which has admittedly been pushed to the back burner as I work full time running out family’s restaurant business and we opened two new units in the past two months. I love to write and share but it’s often the first thing to get cut when time gets crunched. Would love to hear how you try to stay balanced and carve out time. Keep up the good work!

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Hi Claire! Thanks so much for telling me a little about yourself. :) Truthfully? Balance for me happens over long periods of time: I feel on top of one thing for a few weeks while everything else goes to you-know-where, and then once another need becomes pressing enough I’m on top of it and the thing I was on top of before that starts to become ‘neglected”. The same thing happens over and over and over again and cyclically achieves what I would call “balance”. I could honestly probably write here in this space every day, but my kids are my full time business that leave me pushing the blog to the back burner. ;) I usually write in the wee hours of the night when the house is eerily quite and I should definitely be asleep. I feel extremely encouraged and renewed by all these words of affirmation so thank you for taking the time to read and comment. :)

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    August 25, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I’ll start! I follow caroline on unfancy and a while back she recommended your blog for maternity style/ capsule wardrobe wearing, I have three children and struggled to find a capsule wardrobe guide similar to what I would wear. I checked yours out and loved it! I also love your posts on mum life, food and pretty much everything! Keep doing what you’re doing

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean so much :)

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    Caitlin Mauldin
    August 25, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Hi Laura! I started reading your blog when you were still pregnant with your second babe. I really love your writing mainly because it’s honest and real. There’s a lot of beautiful, staged, and fake stuff nowadays on social media but I’ve never felt that way with your blog/IG. Your style posts (along with un-fancy.com) really motivated me to de-clutter my closet, and I’ve never been happier with it. I’m 6 months postpartum so there’s a lot of style posts I can relate to on here. I really hope you keep this blog up, it’s one of my favorites to read with my iced coffee. I only wish we could meet in person, I think we’d be friends :) Sending lots of love from Denver, CO!

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Hi Caitlin! Gosh, thank you. Probably the best compliment ever. And yay for decluttering!! I’ll be sure to look you up if/when I’m ever in Denver — I’ll never say no to an iced coffee date, haha! :) Congrats on being 6 months into the best gig ever. :)

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Also? Your photos are gorgeous. Care to hop on a plane to Ohio and shoot some fall outfit photos for me? Lol

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        Caitlin Mauldin
        August 30, 2016 at 4:09 pm

        Um yes I’d so love that! If only the Midwest wasn’t so far!

  • Reply
    August 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Hey I’m Jennifer! I am so glad you opened the door for us to introduce ourselves because I’ve wanted to for so long. I have been reading your blog for awhile now, found it while researching wardrobe capsules. I love this blog space and the new doors you are opening with Etsy. Well done! I love seeing process as it evolves.

    The stage I am currently in is figuring it all out myself. Many major life changes happening in my cornor of the world. In the midst of change and chaos and uncertainty I keep coming back here because you speak kindness and grace and so it reminds me to walk in that way also.

    Also I love looking at all those wonderful pictures you capture! :) Somehow even mundane tasks such as laundry folding looks amaizing in that farm house.

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Thanks so much Jennifer! Sorry I haven’t prompted before now.

      It seriously does my heart good to hear that this space is inspiring kindness and grace, it’s a dream of mine. And thank you! Haha, it’s one of my favorite things: to capture the beauty in the everyday. :)

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    August 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Hi, I’m Julia. I think I originally came here via Un-Fancy too, since I was pregnant last year. I like the clean simplicity of the capsule wardrobe concept but have trouble with the philosophy/execution side of it (I struggle with “faith” of any kind in general), but I love reading about others’ attempts! I especially like your space here because it feels more authentic than other bloggers, but still has an emphasis on minimal styling. I’m a novelist with a book coming out next year, I have a 9 month old daughter, and my husband and I are adventurers: we’ve lived in four different cities on two continents in the five years we’ve been together! And I second Sarah, above: Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re fab! I love your outfit posts, and would love to see more content (outfit posts?!) about how you dress your children since they always look so cute!

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Hi Julia! Gosh thank you so much for sharing this. It’s so encouraging. :) Also, I can’t even imagine moving that many times (and so far!) in such a short time span — kudos to you to doing it with a little one in tow! Haha! I’ve actually been scheming a piece about how I put together my kiddos wardrobes so I think you just sealed the deal on that one. ;) Thank you:)

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    August 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Laura,

    First ever comment from my side. I felt some serious doubt vibes in this post and I really like your blog.

    My name is Nine – a Dutch version of Nina, often confusing to English speaking people. I live near Amsterdam, with my husband and 2 kids, and work in The Hague.

    I found your blog because I literally didn’t know where to start wardrobe-wise after kid no. 2 and a career change. The combination of young children and corporate wear is a tricky one. Finding a suit I can manage, escaping my house without handprints etc. is still a challenge.

    I always read your capsule posts. Respect!! Unlike some bloggers, you also use a lot of brands that we can get in the EU. And I completely relate to your family life posts (and the juggling act difficulties..)

    I hope that you treat yourself kindly, it must take a lot of discipline combining everything and writing something frequently for your growing audience. I wouldn’t be able to pull it off.

    Best from Holland

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Hi Nine! Thanks for introducing yourself! You’re very intuitive and have me totally pegged — I was definitely in need of some encouragement and you guys more than delivered. Thank you.

      Wardrobe changes are no joke after babies (and a career change?!). I’m so glad I could help you get your footing in this area.

      Haha! I know, my wardrobe posts are always books, lol. Thanks. :) And I must admit the linking to EU friendly links is total luck — so I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. ;)

      Thank you so much for the reminder to treat myself kindly. I needed it.

  • Reply
    August 25, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I’m glad you kept writing! I’m not sure how I got here originally (Pinterest?) but was drawn in by your post part dressing posts since that’s my current challenge. Also your second hand shopping and other tips on purposefully building a wardrobe were great!

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Hi Anastasia! Thanks so much for commenting. I love learning how people find my blog on the big wide web. :) The postpartum dressing posts were some of my favorites. And of course ya’ll know I love me some secondhand shopping. Haha!

  • Reply
    August 25, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Laura! I’m Jamie. I also found your blog through UnFancy and liked it, so I’ve hung around. I am a mom to three under 5, and have been working to reclaim my personal sense of style. Seeing your capsule wardrobe has helped me a lot. I love your outfit posts, and updates on your renovation especially, but I enjoy what your blog offers all-around. Keep up the good work!

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Hi Jamie! Thank you for commenting and your kind words. I feel so encouraged by them. Especially about the reno project bit — I never know! (But obviously go on sharing anyway…) Lol.

  • Reply
    August 25, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Hi, I’m Morgan! I found your blog via pintrest as I was trying to build my first couple of capsule wardrobes. I really enjoy all the content you share on your blog, if I had to pick one I would have to say its still your capsules that I most look forward to. I’m a mom to a two year old and a four month boys. I like to workout, read and learn, cook, and chase my son in the backyard. I’ve really loved the camping and road trips my husband and I have gotten to do with the boys this summer.

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Hi Morgan! Thank you so much. And yay for camping!! Teach me your ways (!!) because I want to go camping with my boys (it’s been so long) but they have a terribly rough time sleeping in the same room/space as one another. Fun fact: It sounds like our boys are space exactly alike :)

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    August 26, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Hi! I am Chiara and write from Italy. I think I found your blog through Pinterest, but can’t remember for sure. I sometimes write to put down my thoughts, and to practice english!
    I am in love with summer, good food, reading and of course my husband and baby girl.

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Hi Chiara! Hello from Ohio! Haha :) (Your English is perfect.) Thanks for reading and commenting her!. I really appreciate it. :)

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    Andrea H
    August 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for including me in your roundup friend!!

    Like you, my blog is a near-necessary writing outlet for me! It’s my creative outlet and helps me make sense of things. :) Keep up all the good work you’re doing here!

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

      No problem my dear, honored to do so. :) Thank you (as always) for the encouraging words. :)

  • Reply
    August 26, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Hi, I’m Charlotte, a SAHM to two (2 &4). I used to write, and even had a blog for a bit, but now I mostly just read other’s thoughts from afar. I like to read blogs because I feel a little isolated at times (introvert) so this is a way to feel connected to the world with like-minded people. I also like to get ideas from other parents whether it be for an activity for the kids, a meal or even what people are wearing these days. I enjoy your blog and hope you keep writing!

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Thanks so much Charlotte (love your name by the way.) :) I can sympathize with the introverted, sometimes it’s just nice to be able to turn on (and off!) the overwhelming feed of information and connectivity. I really appreciate your encouraging words, so thank your for taking some time out of your day (and away from your kiddos) to write them. :)

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    Lauren @ Lauren, Etc.
    August 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Hi, I’m Lauren. I found “The Lovely Laura Life” via Pinterest when I was looking for some inspiration for a year-round capsule. I stuck around because your content is beyond amazing. Your photography, your writing style, how candid you are in this space, I love it all. I identified as a writer for most of my childhood, but college and adulthood took me through a detour. Now I’m back with a blog that I don’t publish on nearly as frequently as I spend typing up posts that sit forever in draft mode. I strongly believe that the topics that come naturally to an author and are near and dear to their heart are best. So while I have my topics I prefer to read about, I would rather frequent a blog where I can feel the author’s passion versus them just delivering what their audience wants or what will make them money. So you keep doing you and I’ll keep coming back :)

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Lauren, you never cease to make me feel awesome. So (again) thank you for that. :) Also? I have exactly 20 blog posts currently sitting as drafts… so yeah. Lol.

      And gosh if you didn’t just hit the nail on the head. I’ve ALWAYS pondered this. Always wondered if I should zero in, create a more clear focus for this space. But (clearly) I’ve always just kept writing what I want to write about (despite the distinct push toward wardrobe and outfit posts) because I guess when it comes down to it I’m still just writing for me? With the hope that I’ll get to share my thoughts with others? To create dialogue?

      For awhile I hoped this blog would be able to replace my part time job (and income) so I pursued it with great vigor and ended up being way less fulfilled by it. I guess I’ve just always wondered if the passion came through? If people were somehow turned off because they asked for one thing and I gave them another? So thank you. Thank you for affirming for me this decision.

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    Allie Seidel
    August 27, 2016 at 1:13 am

    So honored to be in this round up! I feel similarly in that I needed space post-baby to process the change into motherhood. Grateful for the platform to do so and love the connections like these.

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      August 29, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Thanks for commenting Allie! I too am grateful the platform and connections like these. :)

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    Handcrafted Travellers
    October 4, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Laura! I am actually here from a comment of yours at Becoming Minimalist. An expat for the past ten years I am an American who emigrated to Hungary, then to the UK and who knows where next?! (possibly Romania, but no final word on that yet…) Similar minds think alike – it is nice to see that we follow many of the same blogs. Can’t wait for the time to come back and explore some more. Simply, Cheryl

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      October 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Cheryl! Thanks for commenting. I definitely hope you’ll stick around, always great to have more conversation in these spaces. :)

  • Reply
    October 6, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Hey there, Laura! About a year and a half ago I started blogging about my capsule wardrobe experience and got interested in other capsule wardrobe bloggers which is when I found yours :) I left that blog behind when I got pregnant with my second son and we also moved during my first trimester – life was too busy and I was too tired! But I’ve recently started up blogging again (campkrysta.com) with more of a lifestyle approach. This time I kind of blog about everything including life, motherhood, capsule wardrobes and interior design. Your capsule wardrobe + outfits are what first brought me here but I also love that you blog about many topics. It’s just fun and versatile, and hopefully keeps bringing you joy doing it! I agree with your friend, I hope you keep it up! Despite life being busy and chaotic most of the time ; ) I just subscribed to your blog so I’ll be following along with you now! Xo!

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