Blogger of the Week #21

This week we are bringing you Emily and Laura from Good Not Perfect (love that name!)  Be sure to drop over to her site and say Hello from Who Needs a Cape!  ~ Heather

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  1. When did you start blogging?

Emily and I started blogging in August of 2013, so are pretty new to the blogging world, but we have known each other (and our third college roommate and GNP contributor, Mary) for almost 15 years now. In recent years we found ourselves calling each other more often to talk about balancing everything. We try to be each other’s voice of reason and remind each other that REALLY, it’s ok to let some things go, you don’t have to try to please everyone, and definitely don’t forget to take time for yourself.

 

We vowed to take more time to do what we enjoy – for me, reading, cooking, writing, and for Emily, baking, gardening, and sewing. I enjoy the “real food” movement and helping others get in the kitchen and away from processed foods. Emily has been taking on some medical writing projects and taking some fun web design classes online. We both want to learn how to take better photos … hence the blog was born.

 

By blogging we can take the time doing what we love, sharing it with each other, and hopefully entertaining or inspiring others to do a little bit better. We just want to remind each other (and hopefully others) that you don’t have to have an organized sock drawer unless it is important to YOU. And if it’s not, let those socks get jumbled up and go spend that time doing something you enjoy, like baking a big loaf of bread.

 

  1. What’s your favorite thing you have published?

It’s hard to pick – I love my co-blogger Mary’s recent Granola recipe , and Emily’s DIY Compost bin… but the favorite Good not perfect 2post I published is Mindful Spending , which is all about sticking to a budget.

 

  1. Bloggers you love?

So many.The ladies at Covet Living (http://covetliving.com/) when I need a smile. I always drool over everything Lindsay at Pinch of Yum (http://pinchofyum.com/) cooks (and I have to say, in addition to great photography, she has a real gift for writing). I also don’t want to miss anything from Simplify, Live, Love (http://www.simplifylivelove.com/) or Real Food Real Deals (http://realfoodrealdeals.com/)– those are two more of my faves. Emily loves Made (http://www.danamadeit.com/). And of course,I have immense respect for Lisa Leake at 100 Days of Real Food who has done a lot to increase the “approachability” of real food. If I kept going, the list would be a hundred pages long. One of the most amazing things we’ve learned is how strong the blogging community is and how we all love to collaborate and share each other’s work.

 

  1. Biggest flop?  Biggest success?

Honestly, there have been a few recipes I CANNOT believe don’t take off – I know it must be something lacking with photography or headline – because we know the recipes are tasty. But on the other hand, the posts that have been successful have been somewhat surprising too! One isn’t even a recipe – Dr. Mary’s guest Sensible Science post reviewing a popular diet book has brought a lot of visitors to the blog. Our Leftover Chicken Tetrazzini recipe has been the most popular recipe since inception – it was widely shared. But the Cinnamon Crunch Granola recipe post last week brought us the most total visitors we have ever had in one day – so that was a great feeling! Right now I’m working on a series where I makeover people’s grocery carts, which our readers are getting really excited about.

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You have to go over and check them out!  They have awesome recipes and some GREAT tips!  Thanks again to the ladies from Good Not Perfect for doing this with us 🙂 ~ Heather

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
Easy Crock Pot Meatballs

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