On this Veteran’s Day I’m so grateful for all the men and women who have served this country – especially the Hubs. Thank you for your service.
As Thanksgiving is also approaching, I’m pondering my gratitude lists (of course I have lists; Virgo girl here!). I believe it’s time to once again update my favorite of favorite gratitude lists: The Best Bodacious Babes of the Blogosphere – 2016 Edition.
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I’m so grateful for my tribe of women bloggers – all writers extraordinaire – who inspire me weekly with their wisdom, authenticity, and laugh-out-loud insights. I pay tribute to my sisters-in-wit and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check out their musings for inspiration, advice, or a quick pick-me-up to get you through the day. Let’s now sit back and relax in The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats and enjoy these selections from the sisterhood.So grateful for my tribe of women bloggers – all writers extraordinaire – who inspire me weekly with their wisdom, authenticity, and laugh-out-loud insights. Click To Tweet
Writer, humorist, activist Kate Mayer is not famous for anything, has no agent, no book deal, no novel in the works, and yet she still manages to write out loud to make people laugh, think, then laugh some more. She writes all over the internet with humor, wit, and misguided wisdom, and is often, but not always, funny on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. When she can’t sell her essays, she publishes them on her blog at www.KathrynMayer.com for her mother, rather-attractive-husband, and four and a half semi-adult children to read.
Vikki Claflin’s blog, Laugh Lines , has one of my favorite taglines: “Humorous thoughts and advice on how to live young when you’re…well…not...” Vikki is an international best-selling author, humorist, and inspirational speaker. Vikki offers irreverent advice, hilarious how-to lists, and embarrassing anecdotes about aging in a world that worships youth. Her books Who Left the Cork Out of My Lunch? Middle Age, Modern Marriage & Other Complications and Shake, Rattle & Roll With It; Living & Laughing with Parkinson’s are available now at Amazon.com. Her next book, Chin Hairs & Back Fat; Somewhere Between Tweezers, Yoga Pants & a Box of Wine – BEST. TITLE. EVER. – is coming in February 2017. I’m SO looking forward to the release of this new book.
Marquita Herald is a personal development and resilience coach, author, founder, and chief evangelist at Emotionally Resilient Living. Though not my usual go to for humor, Marty’s road maps for developing everyday emotional resilience often challenge me to create, and take responsibility for, the quality of my own life journey. Her books Reflection on Resilient Living, and Resilient Living: Build Inner Strength to Master Life’s Challenges and Confidence and Courage are available at Amazon. Her next book, Women Breaking Barriers, will be available in December 2016 and will be a collaboration of 12 amazing women sharing empowering advice and inspiration on embracing creativity, overcoming adversity, and pushing through self-limiting beliefs.
Linda Roy is a wise-cracking musician whose “funny with a soundtrack” – http://elleroywashere.com/ – humor blog is a mix of original comedic songs and observational humor. She is the self-proclaimed female Larry David and she’ll criticize your parallel parking to prove it. A BlogHer Voice of the Year for Humor, she’s a contributor to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Humor Outcasts and Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, among others. She has co-authored several anthologies, including I Still Just Want To Pee Alone, from the New York Times bestselling Pee Alone series, as well as the bestselling Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor, and The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets.
Parri Sontag is a middle-aged semi-professional dieter and Broadway fan with a penchant for spontaneously burst into song. An award-winning journalist and marketing/communications professional, Parri’s hilarious blog, Her Royal Thighness: Torn Between a Little Waist and a Little Debbie (www.RoyalThighness.com) delivers side-splitting laughs as she weaves humorous life lessons into true and sometimes unbelievable life stories. A 2014 BlogHer Voice of the Year for Humor, Parri is also a stained and fused glass artist who recently ventured into stand-up comedy. She describes herself as: a recovering dodgeball target and Farmville addict, who has been mugged of her Halloween candy and accused of picking a fight with Santa. She also shoots a mean tequila shot – I’ve heard rumors.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check out these witty blogs for inspiration, advice, or a quick pick-me-up to get you through the day. Click To Tweet
Marcia Kester Doyle’s humor blog, Menopausal Mother, focuses on the good, the bad, and the ugly side of midlife mayhem. Her book, Who Stole My Spandex? Life In The Hot Flash Lane is a witty selection of stories from her madcap world of menopausal pitfalls, wardrobe malfunctions, and a family full of pranksters. No topic—no matter how crazy or unimaginable—is too taboo.
I had the good fortune of meeting Jo Salemink at the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (EBWW2014) and I’m so glad I hooked up with this funny and inspiring chica. Her blog Sandwich Mom on Rye is my go-to when I need a smile on my face. Hanging again with Jo at EBWW2016 was one of this past year’s true highlights. Look out for Jo’s first novel coming soon to a bookseller near you!
Betsy Ashton goes through life closed captioned for the cynically impaired. Whether she’s speaking through her snarky main character in her Mad Max series (Mad Max Unintended Consequences and Uncharted Territory) or being outspoken on her blog, she is a woman of strong opinions. Yes, she was an activist “back in the day.” Burned her bra for feminism. Marched with Cesar Chavez for field workers’ rights. Campaigned for Tom Hayden in California. You can find her and her rather twisted humor on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads and Wattpad. She blogs on her website.
Anne Bardsley blogs on her author site http://www.annebardsley.com. She admits freely to being perfectly imperfect. In fact, she now believes she has aged to perfection. Anne is the author of How I Earned My Wrinkles…Musings on Marriage, Motherhood and Menopause. Anne blogs about her hilarious adventures: buying the best bathing suit of her life and realizing it was a maternity suit, but worse yet, it fit perfectly. She confused her dentist and gynecologist phone numbers and called her gynecologist for an emergency appointment to fill a very large cavity. She can be charmingly confused. Anne’s next book, Angel Bumps … Messages From Loved Ones in Heaven, will to be released April 2017. She is speaker, humorist, and self-proclaimed tender-heart.
Do you have a favorite blog you love; one you visit often for insights, how-tos, or perhaps a smile or laugh? Add your favorites in the comments section.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Joyce Hansen saysNovember 16, 2016 at 3:44 pm
Kimberly, this is great. After being an avid follower of the political news and now at the stage of forsaking all media whatsoever, I need to plant my head in something meaningful. I’ll be checking these ladies out.
Kimba saysNovember 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm
Yay Joyce! I am sure you will find many smiles via these wonderful writers.
Summer Price saysNovember 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm
I love that you did this. I am only familiar with one of the blogs you listed but I am intrigued by several of them.
I have recently found http://kirstenoliphant.com/blog/. I really enjoy her take on motherhood and connect with her as a mother as 5. Sometimes it is nice to know there are others struggling with the same things and to read such a fresh & real perspective.
Kimba saysNovember 24, 2016 at 5:07 pm
Thx so much for the suggestion – will definitely check out Kristen’s blog.
Suzie Cheel saysNovember 12, 2016 at 3:25 am
Love being introduced to new blogs especially ones that make me laugh. i started at Anne’s blog- thanks these are all with the exception of Marquitea’s new to me
Kimba saysNovember 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm
Suzie, I’m sure you’ll find the writing of many of these women fun and enjoyable. LOVE your blog too!!
Cathy Lawdanski saysNovember 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm
Kimba – I didn’t know many of these! Thanks for a great post introducing them!
Kimba saysNovember 24, 2016 at 5:13 pm
Thx for stopping by Cathy – hope you enjoy some new sources of fun reading.
Vikki Claflin saysNovember 11, 2016 at 6:25 pm
Wow! Thank you mucho for including me in this group of uber talented writers. You’ve made my day (hell, you’ve made my WEEK). Back atcha, Ms. Kimba. I’m a devoted follower of your writing. And I didn’t ever borrow your books (although I know several people who had copies). I bought them. At full retail. Now THAT’S writer lover, my friend! 🙂
Kimba saysNovember 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm
Full retail?! You are a good friend indeed chica. I promise to repay the favor when your new book comes out 2017!
Marquita Herald saysNovember 11, 2016 at 10:31 am
What an honor it is to be included in this amazing list Kimba! Thank you for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to visiting everyone here virtually because if they make you laugh, guaranteed they will brighten my day.
Kimba saysNovember 24, 2016 at 5:16 pm
I love your writing Marty and thankful to have you in my tribe.
Marcia @ Menopausal Mother saysNovember 11, 2016 at 8:51 am
Love ALL of these awesome writers! Thank you so much for including me—I am honored. Smooches!!
Kimba saysNovember 24, 2016 at 5:17 pm
Kisses right back ya darlin. I must come see you soon in the sunshine state.
InspiredByMyMom saysNovember 11, 2016 at 8:44 am
Thank you for sharing and I look forward to discovering what these amazing women have to say.
I would like to add my own fav : “Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane” by Linda Peterson, an amazing woman and mother. https://5kidswdisabilities.com/
I have also read her book and my admiration for her and her family was escalated to new heights.
“The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Remaining Sane”
Kimba saysNovember 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm
Thx for sharing Linda’s blog – will definitely give her a visit.
Reba Linker saysNovember 11, 2016 at 7:58 am
Love the selection, Kimberly, and look forward to exploring these blogs – a good laugh is worth the world in my book!
Kim Dalferes saysNovember 11, 2016 at 8:13 am
Thx Reba – your blog is wonderful as well, especially loved learning about Queen Esther this week!