Seven Bloggers Doing Cool Things

Friends | Posted by Jannie on 30 April 2010 @ 1:58 PM 32 Comments


Here are lucky 7 of the at least 77,777 bloggers doing cool things.

ONE.  Guess who’ll be laughing it up in NY, NY this coming Sunday morning?? Katie West and her Levity Project gang!! And guess who’s posting this teary-eyed because she won’t be joining them in the flesh? (Me.) If you’re gonna be in NY on May 2nd, go play for World Laughter Day at 10:00 a.m. for an hour and a half. Or if you have a brother, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker, blogging bud who lives in NYC? Tell them to register!  The Levity Project is a global celebration of simple joy that’s big, Big, BIG fun — and growing.

TWO & THREE. I wasn’t even going to read Betsy Wuebker’s and Lori’s Hoeck’s co-authored “The Narcissist : A User’s Guide” because I didn’t know a narcissist (or so I thought.) But I read it for my daughter’s sake.  And you know what?!! I learned I was allowing a certain narcissist to make themselves feel better by making me feel like less.  Yuck.  But, no more, baby!!  I was absolutely gripped for the entire 50 minutes it took me to devour this free e-book.  This guide is helpful, helpful, helpful with concrete ways to understand and move on from difficult people.

FOUR. Holy cow — has it really been one one full year plus a day since I first touted Ma Vie Folle Sheila’s magical vanilla kisses that instantly transport to forests of delights? Far far too long to go without raving about her natural, organic, handmade Aventine Hill wonders of the earth!! And you know what?? Her body products are not only gorgeous to soak in and to slather on — but when you’re reading and writing blogs you can keep her sun-saturated namaste wares right beside you to bask in the sight, smells — and yes — even the sounds of, like this…


Mothers’ day is coming up — perfect time for Aventine Hill!

FIVE. When I first crashed Jeanne’s old blog a year and a half ago she had maybe 47 signatures on her (tho she calls it “our”) Endometriosis e-petition. Now she has 578 signatures — and growing! If you haven’t yet signed it, PLEASE pop over to Jeanne’s Chronic Healing blog or straight to the Endometriosis Petition and take 1 or 2 minutes to sign and make a difference in the lives of millions of women (and the ones who love them) who are not getting the correct diagnoses and treatment they need. THANKS! Thanks SO much!!!

SIX. Laura Hegfield of the Shine The Divine blog! Her young daughter, Rosewillow — as part of her preparation for her Bat Mitzvah —  has taken it upon herself to captain a team for the upcoming MS Journey Of  Hope Walk  in Hanover, NH on May 22nd.  Please consider sponsoring Rosewillow with a small donation for this wonderful very worthy cause. It ALL adds up! With the support of her generous family and friends, Rosewillow has so far raised $1663.00 of  her $2000.00 goal.  (I plan to sponsor very soon!)

SEVEN.  The Pioneer Woman  — I LOVE The Pioneer Woman!!!  If I had to choose between giving up her blog or giving up donuts and beer, I most definitely would get used to cake and wine.  Ree doesn’t know me from Adam and possibly never will, but that matters not one whit. She is sweet, funny, giving, loving, and kind.  Yes, she’s now THE top female blogger, and will most likely remain so, but that’s not why I read her, ’cause she’s all popular and such — I read her because of the sweet, funny, giving, loving, kind part.  Oh yes — and she is wildly creative.  And a little naughty on occasion!  😉

Posted with love by Jannie Muffin on a Friday afternoon.


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  • 1

    On 30 April 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Lori Hoeck said, 

    Hi Jannie,
    You are too kind! “Cool” is a nice label to have hung our (Betsy’s and my) work.

    And thank you for letting folks know about your insight after reading “The Narcissist: A User’s Guide” — I’m glad you will be able to pass the info on to your daughter as well.

  • 2

    On 30 April 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Betsy Wuebker said, 

    Hi Jannie – Thank you so much for the kind mention! And to be in any group with Ree Drummond is an honor, even if she has no idea we are, LOL! Have a great weekend!xoxoxo

  • 3

    On 30 April 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Cake and wine? LOL. I only visit Pioneer Woman now and then the similarities and differences between her experiences and mine are a bit jarring.

  • 4

    On 30 April 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Lynn said, 

    I can think of at least one other “sweet, funny, giving, loving, kind” woman – you, Jannie Muffin! I like the Pioneer Woman’s blog, too and have her linked at my blog.

    Happy Friday, my friend!

  • 5

    On 30 April 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Tess The Bold Life said, 

    I love the way you spread da luv around here! Love Kelly’s photo she’s beginning to look older:( Does everyone have to grow up?!?

  • 6

    On 30 April 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Jeanne said, 


    Thank you so much for listing my blog and OUR endometriosis awareness petition as part of your “Lucky 7”! I’m honored. 😉 I call it “our” rather than “my” petition because I believe it belongs to every person who has signed it.

    We’ve used the petition to hold the media accountable for printing (and thus spreading) endometriosis misinformation. We’ll keep using it as a tool to help raise awareness and understanding of endo for patients and their loved ones.

    Thank you so very much for sharing this with your readers. While Endometriosis Awareness Month was last month, we work on endometriosis year-round. Thank you for helping us to disseminate endometriosis facts!

    Women and girls with endometriosis can potentially get diagnosis/treatment sooner if more awareness is created and if we continue to call the media out when they print erroneous stories about endo.

    Anyone who wishes to support endometriosis patients can sign the petition.

    I am very, very glad you “crashed” my blog!! xo

    Thank you very, very much for mentioning the petition! 😉


    P.S. This week is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). Many endometriosis patients experience infertility as one of their symptoms.

  • 7

    On 30 April 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Will I be commenter lucky 7? I hope so! :)

    Lori, Dear Lori, “Cool” is a perfect word what you and Betsy have done with your User’s Guide. I know you both most likely had to relive painful things from the past to bring what you learned forward to help others. And that is about as selfless and COOL a thing as there is! Very valuable yes, for my daughter. For anyone. Thank you.

    Betsy, Dear Betsy, you are as real as Ree, and she would be honored to be included on a list with YOU. I just looked at her cookbook for the first time at the store about 30 minutes ago. Nice book! There’s a chocolate sheet cake in there I think I could LOVE on!! :)

    Alice Audrey, Dear Alice Audrey, hello again!! Okay, I am going to obviously get to know you better, to learn your similarities and differences with The Pioneer Woman!! Yes, I envision a bold red wine with a dark chocolate cake? :)

    Lynn, Dear Lynn, now all those nice things must be repeated right back for YOU!! I didn’t realize you have Ree linked to your blog! Down your sidebar, I’m guessing?? I will have to look when I get over there next! Which should be very very soon. :)

    Tess, Dear Tess — I think you and I may be sparing ourselves that growing-up thing! :) And Tess, if anybody knows about spreading the love it’s you! Speaking of which, I did a little more on your interview questions — and should have those to you early next week — or before!

    Jeanne, Dear Jeanne, I am only so so happy to be able to spread the word a bit more. I hope your petition goes viral, as it need so.I mean OUR petition!! :) I’m ‘way glad I crashed your blog too!! For more reasons than one, I think you ROCK!!


  • 8

    On 30 April 2010 at 5:29 pm

    vered | professional blogger said, 

    Thanks for this list – I’m actually not familiar with everyone on the list so thanks!

  • 9

    On 30 April 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Mama Zen said, 

    This is totally off topic, but I have to say that Kelly looks more like you every day!

  • 10

    On 30 April 2010 at 6:32 pm

    william said, 

    awe that was really nice, u are the best xxx

  • 11

    On 30 April 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Lynn said, 

    Yes – at the bottom under “links.” I am a sucker for romance and loved the story of how she met her cowboy. :)

  • 12

    On 30 April 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Ji said, 

    mother’s day,
    time flies
    thank you for the reminder!


  • 13

    On 30 April 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Ji said, 

    Kelly ready?
    She holds the best or lucky number 7.
    7 is rhyme with eleven,
    both cool
    Happy Friday Evening!

  • 14

    On 30 April 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Ji said,

    friends are special,
    friend such as you are super special,
    I overlook,
    I forgot,
    I make up,
    I bed your pardon

    Enjoy a smiling evening!
    be your best,
    treat yourself some sweet treats…

    See you next time.

  • 15

    On 30 April 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Talon said, 

    Happy lst of May my bra-flinging friend! xx

  • 16

    On 1 May 2010 at 1:30 am

    Tony Single said, 

    Wow, I’ve actually read a couple of those things, especially the free narcissism book. That must mean that you and I and everyone here have good taste, right?


    Why do I hear only crickets? 😛

  • 17

    On 1 May 2010 at 1:36 am

    vikum said, 

    Hi Jannie,
    You’ve done a great job by putting all of them together. I’m gonna visit all 7 sites :) God bless to your kind heart and lovely soul !

  • 18

    On 1 May 2010 at 7:09 am

    Ana Goncalves said, 

    Dear Jannie,
    What a wonderful thing to do, share your love for these blogs and connect us with these beautiful people. When I clicked on Katie West and her Levity Project’s link, my computer become infected with malware and I had something scan my system? :S
    I shall look forward to finding out about the other blogs. I too follow Pioneer Woman and drool over all her recipes and love her life and everything inbetween. She is an inspiration to us all.
    Hope you are well, and Happy weekend.

  • 19

    On 1 May 2010 at 8:30 am

    Jannie said, 

    Good morning!

    Vered, Dear Vered, you are welcome.

    Mama Zen, Dear Mama Zen — I LOVE when you go off-topic. In fact, off-topic is how I lve my life so let ‘er rip. Yep, she does, poor little sweetie.

    William, Dear William, ahhh, thanks — but I thought YOU were the best!! :)

    Lynn Dear Lynn, it’s a great story! And after I posted this, after I picked Kelly up from school I looked through her PW cookbook at B&N. Gorgeous book! I love that she and her husband did all the photography themselves in it!

    Jingle, Dear Jingle! I know. And holy cow — today is the first of May! Yikes, summer is coming. I will have flowers delivered to my mom in Canada. To late to mail something. Oh Jingle! You never need apologize to me for anything. I do not feel overlooked in any way — you always make me feel so special!!! Thank you. Sweet treats sound very very good! :)

    Talon, Dear Talon!! Ahhhh, I’m dancing around the May pole for sure!! :)

    Tony Dear Tony, you make me laugh and laugh. NO crickets here now. Jannie is finally awake and in the blogging house. Good taste? But of course!

    Vikum, Dear Vikum — well the Funsterment Global team works hard to find on only the highest quality bloggers to link to!

    Ana, Dear Ana, I am so sorry for whatever that malware thing was. I have NO idea how that happened. The link was fine when i published, then just as you say, because I clicked it, it went to a malware site. I have stripped out te original code and resinserted Katie’s link, and re-checked it. I am so sorry for whatever it was. Damn malware people. I wonder how they do that? Anyway…Ooo, I wonder if The Pioneer Woman has posted yet today?? She is super-prolific with all her pages and categories she posts in. After I post this I’ll check!

    And here I go!!!


  • 20

    On 1 May 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Daisy said, 

    Hi Jannie! Thanks for all the links. You are a kind and generous soul to share them and to support so many good causes. Happy weekend to you!

  • 21

    On 1 May 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I’m a rancher’s granddaughter on both sides, called a city slicker by both. My parents rode the rodeo circuit; barrels and bull riding. Our land was in the Rockies – mostly Texas and New Mexico. I live in Montana. She’s a real city slicker transplanted to a ranch on flat lands. The way they handle the cattle is different. The way she sees it is different. The way everything looks is different. But it’s all close enough to make me think the differences shouldn’t be there.

  • 22

    On 1 May 2010 at 4:48 pm

    sheila said, 

    Awe Jannie, you make me blush…:o)
    THanks for the wonderful words on both my wondrous bath goodies and my personal blog. You’re the best! Now…on to lurk at the others blogs, lol!

  • 23

    On 1 May 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Paige said, 

    way to go dear subscriber, you are the bomb when it comes to spreading the www love and friendship flowers (amoung other things). i’m one to count myself as lucky for having meet you and your beautiful family. and that means you rate at least 9.9 on the ritcher scale (or however it is spelled)

    xxxxoooooxxxxx & air kisses

    signed me :-)

  • 24

    On 2 May 2010 at 1:16 am

    Sean said, 

    So many good bloggers doing good things, it really is inspiring.

  • 25

    On 2 May 2010 at 2:01 am

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Wonderful post highlighting folks who are motivated with big blog projects! Now I want to go visit everyone on your referral list…
    So many blogs, so slow a computer…
    Cake? I have some chocolate cake-

  • 26

    On 2 May 2010 at 2:17 am

    Jannie said, 


    so sleeeeepyY See you all later.


  • 27

    On 2 May 2010 at 2:21 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. today’s the day for the NY Levity Project .. may they all have a great day of laughter and fun .. I suspect they will .. despite the rain – I’ll be laughing here .. and feeling lighter! Betsy and Lori – that Narcissist guide is invaluable to all .. Holy Cow – I haven’t been to yet .. better get there .. there might be some paradise milk to sup, let alone deliciosa bath essences to soak in .. Jeanne – so good to hear about her making a difference to the world of women .. so important. Rosewillow definitely sounds a daughter with a goal and the determination to succeed .. Laura is I’m sure so proud of her .. MS is terrible .. & Pioneer Woman .. I’ll have to get to ..

    Pioneer Women seems a good name for all the women you listed .. and you Jannie with Kelly’s pouting help – “not me again, Mum” … and definitely these 7 of 77,777 bloggers deserve their ‘cool accolade’ … thanks for telling us about them – always good to learn and see what others are doing & we don’t all have time to get around and find new bloggers .. love finding out ..

    Thanks Jannie Muffin! .. have a good Sunday en famille and with Blue Bunny .. hugs from a damp UK – Hilary

  • 28

    On 2 May 2010 at 10:08 am

    Jannie said, 

    Daisy, Dear Daisy, Thanks so much! Kind and generous? Once in a while, I guess. :)

    Alice Audery, Dear Alice Audrey! Hi again. I can imagine vast differences between flat and mountainous ranching. The Horse Whisperer was in the mountains, I think. Been a long time since I saw that movie. Something undeniably luring about mountains. One day I’ll get to Montana!!

    Sheila, my Dear Sheila! I love your personal blog — you always make me smile. And I love your Aventine Hill!! I’ve got only that one cake of soap left now, so I guess I better go ahead and use it. And order some more!! Your body stuff is truly truly wonderful. I can see Aventine Hill getting really really BIG, and I hope it does!!

    Paige, my Dear Paige!! Wow, a 9.9, eh? My family and I have really “shaken up” you and yours. :) I am grateful to the tippy top of my happy soul that I met you guys too. And YOU are mighty-fine at spreading the bloggity love too. And sharing all you do.

    Sean, my Dear Sean!! Yes, I could’ve included many many more of you here — but that will wait for future posts. 7 seemed a nice lucky number.

    Snaggletooth, my one and only Dear Snaggle!! Howdy!! When in doubt, go for the cake. Speaking of which, our little broken-arm patient had her mishap right as the dad was putting the candles on the cake — so no cake for Kelly yesterday. Poor Baby. She’s watching t.v now with her big blue cheese block propping up the arm.

    Hilary, my Dear Hilary!! Hello!! I’ve missed you!!! You are becoming very special to me, incase you were not yet aware of that. You are so nice. Shoot! Are they having rain in NYC today? They should be alright down in the subway. Oh, the laughter will be going on as I type this. Wish I were there, but my Kelly might’ve gone ahead and broken her arm anyway and needed me. So here en famille today is a GREAT place to be.


  • 29

    On 4 May 2010 at 1:22 am

    Mia @ Finding Balance said, 

    Liking the shouts to the blogs. Gives me some fun ones to start following… and she looks ‘thrilled’ to be holding up that #7! LOL.

  • 30

    On 6 May 2010 at 9:25 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Sweet Mia!! Yes, she was thrilled beyond compare to participate in yet another Jannie Photo Plan! (I bribed her with Skittles to do it.) :)


  • 31

    On 10 May 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Jeanne said, 


    The petition now has 598 signatures… Woo woo woo!!!!

    You totally rock and I will always cherish the day you “crashed” my blog.

    You’re hosting the beer and donut party where we’re recruiting more people to sign, right? Kelly can entertain the guests with daring gymnastics feats. After all, you’re on the hospital’s frequent flier program now, right? Of course, I suppose she should heal first. Hmm. Maybe the party can be held after she’s had some time to recover from her latest bone-bending trick – worthy of the special effects masters in the Harry Potter movie featuring the Quidditch accident.


    P.S. Next petition goal: 700!!! Maybe this lovely lucky 7 post can help us achieve that with *our* petition, huh??? 😉

    P.P.S. Did I tell you we are in Little House on the Prairie land? Yes, the LH books are in full swing.

  • 32

    On 11 May 2010 at 10:31 am

    Jannie said, 

    Jeanne!! Oh, wait we’re oot of donuts. Hang on!

    runs off…

    There… replenished the pastry tray.

    Oh wait — Kelly jsu tbroke her leg. Hang on…

    runs off…

    Nope — just a bruise.

    NO?? REALLY!!??!?!? You’re reading the Little House books?? You getting them from the Library?? You think you’ll read the whole series?? I hope so.

    Kelly LOVES a graphic novel series called “Bone” by Jeff soembody, she’s read ALL those about 10 times each. I’ve gotten her out a bunch of Judy Blume’s. Hopefully she’ll like those. THEN we’re off to HARRY POTTER land!!


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