Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So Who Is In Your RSS 'Fab Five'?

Thanks to Trop 50 for sponsoring my writing about fabulous bloggers. This year Trop50 is granting 50 fabulous wishes. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to help grant a friend's wish!

That Phone Isn't the Only One With a Fab Five!

Remember those wireless phone commercials asking 'who is in your fab five'? Well today I ask you 'Who is in your RSS Fab Five?' - Name Five Blogs you make it a point to read daily.

I can't ask you to take up that challenge if I don't do it myself right? (I do hope I'm one of your fab five!)

1) Layla Grace - The Backroom Blog - I absolutely adore Layla Grayce's blog, it's called the 'The Backroom' and while it's not an individual voice, but a corporate one, it manages to give you a welcoming and very personal feel. They really do engage with their readers about almost anything under the sun, holidays, recipes, color schemes, decor, it's just a melange of fab all around, and the graphics are always outstanding. I get home decor ideas from them, enjoy reading the recipes, and each year look forward to their pictures from the Rose Bowl Parade which is apparently right outside their door! They do fun giveaways and polls to also help keep readers engaged and coming back. If you are not currently reading them you should be! Tell them Ascending Butterfly sent you!

2) Kim Coles - I'm definitely not celeb obsessed, and have to admit I rarely even think about what they are up to in their private lives. However when my very first celeb blog follower, Kim Coles, left a comment on Ascending Butterfly it totally blew me away! It truly made me wonder how she even heard of me. After getting over the excitement, I decided to visit her blog also, and I found a voice that was fun and familiar, a sort of big sis and best friend rolled into one. I like that her blog invites readers to 'celebrate their true potential' and she has a section on her site, called 'G.I.F.T.S.' this is an acronym for 'Gratitude, Intention, Forgiveness, Triumphs and Self Love.' This is very much in line with how I try to live my life each and every day. And when I miss a few days, I find myself going back and reading each and every post I have missed. She is incredibly open and honest about her journey, that's a rare gift. Very few people are that willing to truly bare their soul!

3) Angela @ Mommy PR - While I remind you that I am not a mom blogger, I do have nieces and nephews, and a godson. I am always on the lookout for product reviews when it comes to all things related to kiddos. I like to keep up on new trends and products, it helps me score world's coolest Aunt points and makes me feel better knowing what I purchase has been actually road tested and rates highly! I turn to Mommy PR for her great reviews. But she is also an amazing person. She is helpful to other bloggers, and even offers up plenty of opportunties for brands and bloggers to connect. She is happy to SHARE knowledge and make connections, very rare these days! If you don't yet know Angela, you certainly should!

4) Hispanic PR Blog - As a Latina I find it's important to stay abreast of industry trends, to become more savvy about the interest of Corporate America in relation to the Hispanic Community, and as a result, The Hispanic PR Blog is definitely one of my Fab Five! (I also enjoy HispanicBusiness.com, although they are technically a magazine and not a blog!)

While this year has found me more overbooked than ever, these blogs are a must read for me, they are a mixture of different sides of my personality and of my personal and professional interests. I don't always get to read them each day, but when gaps exist, when I do go back, I find myself spending a great deal of time reading over the posts I've missed to get 'caught up' again!

Don't forget to enter the 50 Fabulous Wishes contest for a chance to win $1,000 to support a friend's wish. I was selected for this Tropicana Trop50 sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. I received compensation to use and facilitate my post.

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FTC Disclosure Info: This is a Sponsored Post. While Tropicana as part of their Trop 50 "Fabulous Five" campaign did sponsor this post, my affection for each blog mentioned is very much sincere! These are five blogs I do make it a point to read daily!


  1. I am honored to be mentioned. Thank you so so much for the great honor. :)
    I am feeling so loved this week lol!

  2. Thank you for sharing your RSS Fab Five. I checked out Layla Grace - The Backroom Blog, and found the images very stunning. I'll probably go to that blog on a regular basis to find design inspiration.