Papoe is kid-speak for Peek-A-Boo

August 5, 2010

in Blogs to Bookmark

Last week I announced I would begin writing about the bloggers I follow. The series is called Blogs to Bookmark and there is now a Category dedicated to blog reviews. I will be sharing talented writers who will inspire you, move you, make you laugh, help you, make you think, or maybe even anger you (hope not to do that too often). Please leave me feedback if there is a blogger you think I should be reading or your thoughts on the new series.

Papoe writer and her wonderful husband

For the first Blog to Bookmark, I would like to introduce you to Michelle from Papoe. She is a wife and mom to two young children. Jocelyn is 2 and Aja is almost one. Papoe first came on the blogging scene in February 2010. Michelle is a talented, funny writer. I enjoy the mornings I visit Papoe because I know I will laugh or shake my head in agreement to Michelle’s take on life.

From Michelle’s own words:

“Welcome to my blog, or the place for me to talk about my life, my children, and rant about the reasons that I could be doing something more productive with my time. I always think back at the end of the day on what I had intended to accomplish and wonder where I went wrong. Right now I blame it on the babies. There are two, and they are young and helpless, as babies often are, and they have each mastered the art of the gut-wrenching shriek for attention. Mind you, I love them more than life itself. So I only complain when it’s before dinner and I’m lacking coffee, or after dinner and I’m lacking wine.”

It is such a great opening to her blog and explains clearly what to expect. And I promise you she delivers.

Michelle’s first post is called You’re as Pretty as Steak, which her husband said to her lovingly the week before she launched Papoe. I love this guy.

A Letter to my Girls on this Special Day was the first post I read by Michelle and the moment I bonded with this funny lady.

“Dear Aja & Jocelyn,

If there is one thing that I’ve learned from the Internet it’s that good mothers write letters to their babies. So dear daughters, this is the first proof you have that I am lacking. I have not written a letter to you for every month that you were in my womb, nor have I spent time putting pen to paper in your honor after you escaped. I was too busy trying to keep you alive. Trolling the carpet for choking hazards is one of my favorite past times.”

It is a laugh-out-loud letter to her girls. Please read the entire letter. You can thank me later.

Michelle is a versatile writer , adding thoughtful advice posts to her blog. Are you a Happy Parent is a must-read post for anyone considering parenthood. My favorite advice: don’t be an asshole.

There are also cute posts like Summer Wishes that will make you smile. It’s not just the writing; check out the adorable photo.

As a huge baseball fan, I was excited to read the sport was worked into her wedding day. It was Michelle’s idea. I love this woman. Read Celebaration to learn about her wedding and her love of the A’s.

After you have read Papoe and fallen in love with Michelle and her family, please stop back here to leave a comment.

What do you think about the Blogs to Bookmark series?

Isn’t Papoe a great blog?

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen August 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

love her blog. thanks!


Jade @ No Longer 25 August 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Great series, I love when other bloggers recommend blogs.

Over from the 31DBBB from SITS.
Have a lovely day,
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Jamee August 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm

What a great series! I love getting recs for new blogs to visit! Visiting from SITS/31DBBB!


Naked Girl in a Dress August 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Jade and Jamee~ Thanks for stopping by from SITS! I hope you will visit Papoe to learn firsthand what a great writer she is.


Holly B August 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I think its a great idea!!


Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny August 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I just saw your tweet and started laughing when I saw your twittter name. Just to be sure I understood what you meant, I clicked through to see your blog. Sure enough, Naked Girl! Lol! Funny Girl meets Naked Girl in blogosphere.

I’m delighted to visit your blog. I love this new idea – it fits in perfectly with the goals of #31DBBB. I’m going to do something similar with single blog posts.

After I get a sense of the kinds of blogs your readers like, I will send some suggestions I find in my blog treasure hunts.
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Beth Zimmerman August 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I think I want my blog to look like yours when it grows up! Truly beautiful!

This is an awesome idea for a regular feature! And I will definitely visit Papoe!

Visiting from #31dbbb. Love your blog so I subscribed and will be back!
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homemom3 August 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I hopped on over from #31DBBB and LOVE this idea. Headed over now to read her blog, thanks for suggesting it.
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Erica August 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I saw this on #31DBBB. This is a GREAT idea!
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Thank you for coming over Erica! I hope the #31DBBB is working well for you.


Naked Girl in a Dress August 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Cheryl, Beth, and Homemom~

Thanks for taking the time to check out my new series. #31DBBB has been a great focus for us all this summer and I am so excited to incorporate what I am learning into my blog.

Can’t wait to visit you ladies too!


Adelle @ ready...GO!...get set August 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm

What a great idea for a series! I kind of did something similar yesterday in passing on some awards, but this is more comprehensive. I’ll be stopping by often to see who you review!


Naked Girl in a Dress August 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Great! I hope to help promote bloggers I love. Please do come back. My goal is to do this once a week.


mutiplemama August 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm

What a fabulous idea. I just read another blogger’s similar post in which she interviewed another blogger. Such great networking tactics!
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Alana Morales August 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm

LOVE your blog and the new blog idea you have – it’s a great idea. Popping in from sits and will go look around now! :)


Naked Girl in a Dress August 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I love your Blogher10 video! I just tweeted it and am now following you on Twitter. Thanks for stopping by.


T August 5, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Awesome. Love this! And you’re a baseball fan too! :)

Will definitely check out her blog.
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Kristy August 6, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Awww, pretty as steak, that is sooo sweet! :) I’m serious!


Mark August 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm

This is a great idea! Thanks for the review and sharing your find.
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Tamsin August 7, 2010 at 7:25 am

Is that her in the picture? Surely it isn’t fair that she should look like a movie star after having two kids? I am SO jealous! Oh, and it is also a fantabulous blog (grin) and this is a lovely idea. It is so nice to see people encourage other bloggers.
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

Tamsin~ Yes, that is Michelle and her husband. I am glad you enjoyed the first highlighted blog in this series and so happy to hear you visited Papoe.


Beth Zimmerman August 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

I have written a post, introducing a similar series on my own blog, which will be published Monday here: . I couldn’t think of a better name than Blogs to Bookmark so I stuck with it but I did give you credit for the idea and include a link to your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

Beth~ I am so flattered that you thought this was a good idea. Thanks for the recognition on your site too. I will visit your blog tomorrow for the unveiling of Blogs to Bookmark.


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