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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"You've Just Been Spotted" OC Blog Awards

Drumroll please, we are happy, thrilled, absolutely ecstatic to announce the 2009 "You've Just Been Spotted" Orange County Blog Awards. Can I get a "Woot! Woot!"? There are so many fantastic & incredible websites written by our very own Orange County locals, we thought it was high-time we did a little celebrating & recognized all of these wonderfully talented people. So here's the deal...

We are looking for the "best of the best," websites & blogs that Orange County has to offer. Sure, we could hand out awards to all of our favorites, but really, where's the fun in that? So, we are asking that you nominate YOUR absolute favorites. There are plenty of ways to make sure YOUR favorite blogs & websites make our list: email us (justspotted@gmail.com), send us a message via twitter (@justspottedOC, @xoxoC, or @according2kelly), leave a comment on our Facebook page HERE, or simply leave a comment on THIS very post. All we want & need to know is the blog or website's web address & which category you'd like to nominate them for. What?! We haven't told you the categories yet? Silly us! Well here they are... we are looking for most fantastic, fun-to-read, inspiring, eye-catching & humorous sites in the following categories: Be Creative (you know, the best crafty-ish & creative inspired site), Food & Cooking (yum! my mouth is watering just thinking about these sites), Lifestyle & Design (amazing people, with impeccable taste), Shopping & Style (my hubby hates it when I browse these sites, because he knows I'll be spending $ soon!), Eye Candy (pretty, pretty pictures), Kid & Family, and then, your all-time Favorite Local Blog (which site do you absolutely have to read every day?) & Local Micro-Blogger (this one's for all our twitter & yelp! friends).

So, your probably asking yourself, "How exactly is this going to work?" Well, let us explain...

Step 1:
YOU nominate your favorite blogs & websites (preferably written by an Orange County local, although we might me willing to make an exception or two), via any of the previously mentioned ways. Simply tell us which site, & the category you are nominating it for. Feel free to nominate as many sites as you wish (heck! You could even nominate your own site!) & tell your friends to do the same (you know what they say, "the more the merrier"), although each site will only be allowed placement in one category. Not only will this be a fantastic way to "reward" the best sites in the OC, but we're hoping to be introduced to some new ones we might not have otherwise found. All we ask, is that you get your nominations in by Tuesday, August 4th at 11:59 pm. That way we have plenty of time for step number 2.

Step 2: We will gather up all the nominees & compile them into one big list, which we will then "open up to the public" (that means you!) for voting.

Step 3: The sites that receive the most votes, as well as an "editor's choice" winner (chosen by Coleen & Kelly of course!) for each category, will then be announced & honored at a super fabulous, fun-filled evening. An evening totally dedicated to celebrating our winners & how wonderful they (& their sites) are. (Think paparazzi everywhere, flowing drinks, delectable treats & a plush orange carpet. Okay, okay, that might just be what we imagine in our heads, but trust us, this is one party you don't want to miss!)

So here we go... start sending us links to your favorite OC websites. If you want your submission to make "the list," be sure to contact us before Tuesday, August 4th at 11:59 pm. Oh! & Don't forget to pick your category: Be Creative, Food & Cooking, Lifestyle & Design, Shopping & Style, Eye Candy, Kid & Family, Favorite Local Blog, Favorite Local Micro-Blogger.

After we announce our BI
G list of nominees, we'll be sharing more information about our "not to be missed" awards & ceremony, & how you can get invited!

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Let's get this contest started! Now it's up to you! Have you nominated your favorite OC sites yet?

xoxo, C & K

123 comments:

Aracely--Daytrippingmom said...

I love this idea! I have a couple of fun little blogs/websites I have found that I can't wait to nominate. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

www.nadaguides.com

Anonymous said...

Any nominations yet for the fast food maven? I read that one religiously! http://fastfood.freedomblogging.com/

The Romero-Schroeder said...

I want to nominate :
http://www.doubletheadventure.com/ , she is form OC and her Blog is one of mt favorites, Sharlene is a Mom of Boy and Girl twins who takes the risk to travel with them everywhere, she is kid and nature oriented, please have a read you will love her. Kids and Family friendly cathegorie

Heather said...

I nominate http://www.doubletheadventure.com in the kid & family friendly category. Sharlene's always on the move with her twins. I love finding out about hiking local trails!

Alison said...

sounds fun! I want to come!

Lizunia said...

Love picky-palate.com for scrumptious recipes.

Anonymous said...

Definitely Fast Food Maven.

Cupcake Activist said...

I nominate thismamamakesstuff.blogspot.com (Be Creative category). She can make anything! I'm slightly jealous.

Dawn (dandy) said...

I can't wait to see the sites that come up! I haven't come across that many OC blogs but I know they are out there!

Kristi said...

http://www.LandofGraciousLiving.com for community blog!

Julie Nuno said...

I have GOT to recommend Daytrippingmom.com....funny to see her here to nominate other people,.....but that is how on - top of every thing going on in the so. cal. region is! I was turned on to her via Facebook by a friend, and have had several 'antsy pants' solutions for my three children under 7. When they have gotten too stir crazy staying home to avoid the heat (and expense of things), I can go to Daytrippingmom.com and find just the right place to take them.....I can't remember how I came up with ideas before her!

Anonymous said...

I must nominate daytrippingmom.com. Such a great site for fun activities for the kids! I've learned so much! And she's saved me money, which is always a plus!

Anonymous said...

I nominate http://www.jennerrose.com/blog/

This lady takes beautiful pictures and is a true professional!

Sharon - Pixie Bows said...

http://www.jennerrose.com/blog/ is amazing, so I nominate her, such an amazing and talented photographer.

The Walker Family said...

http://www.jennerrose.com/blog/ Such an amazing photographer and will also post tips on how to capture an great photo yourself!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love http://www.jennerrose.com/blog/

She captures beautiful, true moments.

Anonymous said...

I nominate www.according-to-kelly for the creative one. I just found out she lives in Orange County.

Anonymous said...

Tara Whitney for Photography, please.

Essay Experts said...

I love www.picky-palate.com. The author, Jenny Lewis has run the blog for awhile and just relocated to Orange County from AZ. Her recipes are creative, fun, and easy. For example, she included an Oatmeal Raisin cookie awhile back, using Raisinets instead of boring plain raisins. She also makes this adorable cookie cup topped with rice crispy treat and drizzled with chocolate. I make one of her recipes at least once a week. Check it out, I'm sure you'll get hooked too.

Anonymous said...

Definitely http://www.respectthestache.com/ for Be Creative!

and

http://myabsentblog.blogspot.com/ for
Food and Cooking!

Anonymous said...

creative:
according-to-kelly.com
& thismamamakesstuff.blogspot.com

food:
picky-palate.com
fast food maven

eye candy:

tarawhitney.com/justbeblogged/
www.traceyclark.com/blog/

shopping:
boutiquing.com

family:
www.just-spotted.com, of course!

local blog:
www.just-spotted.com

Momfluential said...

You are genius!

I nominate www.tiffanyportraits.com for eye candy.

I'd nominate my own blogs for something but I'm all self promoted out. So someone, please, toss me a bone? Popshopology? Car and Caboodle? Anyone? Twitter @momfluential?

Oh well, I can't wait to see the list of local blogs - it's the best part of these contests!

C

Burgin Construction said...

www.burginconstructioninc.com

Kathleen said...

A nomination in your Creative Blog Category for sure is http://www.thehapppyhooker.blogspot.com

OCMomActivities said...

Great idea! We're so lucky to be living here in OC... such a diverse group of people and equally diverse blogs. Love it and love all the ideas!

I haven't seen TinyOranges.com nominated yet, so I'd like to!

I'll second the nomination I saw for Daytrippingmom.com :)

BellaKarma said...

The Best Local Blog I must start my day with is Alive in Wonderland:
http://emphasisallmine.typepad.com/

Whimsical Bunch said...

If you live in OC and are a parent you need to know about the blog I am nominating! ocmomactivities.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

http://ocfoodblogs.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

http://oc.metblogs.com/

Anonymous said...

http://ocmexfood.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

ocmamma.com

Nik said...

www.coronadelmartoday.com for the Favorite Local Blog category. This "must read" daily news blog covers local issues for the Corona del Mar community.

Anonymous said...

http://themomblog.freedomblogging.com/

Anonymous said...

http://ocdeals.freedomblogging.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.ocezine.com/

Anonymous said...

http://blog.drewbphotography.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.momtog.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.littlemissmya.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.navysouphotography.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.orangecountyparent.com/

Anonymous said...

www.according-to-kelly.com

Anonymous said...

http://www.parentingoc.com/

Anonymous said...

ocfamily.com

Anonymous said...

http://i-think-im-an-artist.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Clothing
http://www.rascalstorebels.net/
Photo
http://www.tarawhitney.com/
Craft
http://suzyplantamura.typepad.com/
Family
http://annieadams.typepad.com/
http://www.noragriffin.typepad.com/
Adventure in the oc
http://www.daytrippingmom.com/

Anonymous said...

Clothing
http://www.rascalstorebels.net/
Photo
http://www.tarawhitney.com/
Craft
http://suzyplantamura.typepad.com/
Family
http://annieadams.typepad.com/
http://www.noragriffin.typepad.com/
Adventure in the oc
http://www.daytrippingmom.com/

Anonymous said...

http://thislifeisworthliving.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.twentyfouratheart.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.palosstudioblog.com/

Anonymous said...

for family friendly, i would like to nominate Babes in Disneyland

http://babesindisneyland.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

@Hazel_YelpOC

Anonymous said...

www.sipperphotography.com

Anonymous said...

http://peaceloveandmomminess.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.fififlowers.com/

Anonymous said...

http://blondiensc.typepad.com/blondie_n_san_clemente/

Anonymous said...

Best local blog: http://www.coronadelmartoday.com/

Peace Love and Momminess said...

So many to choose! Here's just a few I'll start with here... the fab, fun Popshopology for Shopping & Style, Alive In Wonderland for Local blog, MomCrush for Kid an Family, of course Just Spotted for Local & Kid, The Glamourous Life for local blog, my Peace Love and Momminess for lifestyle (shameless and thx for the anon nom!), Hip Moms Who Work for Shopping and Style, ok I must stop for now. But more soon I'm sure. Great contest C & K!

Erin and James said...

http://www.cupcakeactivist.com/

Anonymous said...

singlemomsanctuary.com for kid and family friendly

Anonymous said...

Alive in Wonderland

Chris said...

www.suzannebroughton.com is the best!

Bakerslove said...

LOVE Alive in Wonderland for best local blog!!

Anonymous said...

http://talesfromanoccottage.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

http://moderncrush.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I love to read the blog "Alive In Wonderland" - Suzanne's writing is very clever and funny.

Anonymous said...

http://www.dana-made-it.com/

Anonymous said...

http://meringuebakeshop.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

http://modincorporated.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

According to Kelly

Anonymous said...

Favorite local blog: Alive in Wonderland!

Anonymous said...

My fav local blog is by Suzanne Broughton, called Alive in Wonderland!

Anonymous said...

Fav Local Blog: Alive in Wonderland -- great local pictures, humor, & things to do

Anonymous said...

I want to nominate: accordingtokelly.com
she is from the OC & covers pretty much everything. Totally crafty, tons of recipes (everything I've made has been wonderful), one of my all-time favorite blogs.

Anonymous said...

My favorite blog is "Alive In Wonderland". She makes me laugh!

Anonymous said...

twitter nomination goes to:

http://twitter.com/mckayslife

Anonymous said...

I nominate "Alive in Wonderland"

Anonymous said...

http://www.greersoc.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.topmomblog.com/TopMomBlog/HOME.html

Anonymous said...

http://www.mysparrowblog.com/

Anonymous said...

http://linnysvault.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

http://babybluecollar.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

http://circlesareforever.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

http://tolduso.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

http://lamialarkin.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

http://joyunexplained.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.theblahblahblahger.com/

Anonymous said...

http://wrightcreativity.com/blog/

Anonymous said...

http://ocartsandculture.com/

Anonymous said...

http://www.laurabloom.typepad.com/

Anonymous said...

http://bonnindesigns.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

http://oc.metblogs.com/

Peace Love and Momminess said...

How about Sugar Mama, love her! http://www.sugarmamablog.com/

Anonymous said...

Shopping- www.my-sparrow.com
Lifestyle blog www.mysparrowblog.com

Reb said...

Your list is huge. But it is missing MY FAVORITE blog,

http://kameejune.com/theblog/ If you haven't seen her photography, you are missing out on some serious CREATIVITY, style, and art. Her pictures look better than real life. Please add

http://kameejune.com/theblog/ to your list under EYE CANDY.

Shaw Stafford said...

http://www.jennerrose.com/blog/
Love this blog plus amazing and cute pics.

Tara said...

Oh this is fun..what a great list!! I would love to nominate http://www.sadieolive.com/theblog!!She is an amazing photographer and her home is GORGEOUS! thanks coleen! can't wait to see who wins...how did I miss this? :)

Hazel Q said...

Okay, I've got a couple of nominations.

For food blogs: Food Frenzy! http://foodfrenzy.freedomblogging.com/
and Fast Food Maven http://fastfood.freedomblogging.com/
Oh, and Stick a Fork in It http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit

For lifestyle/ all-around local stuff:
Greer's OC http://greersoc.com/
and (shameless self promotion) The Weekly Yelp http://www.yelp.com/weekly/orange-county

A few of my fave yelpers:
Holly W in Irvine hollysarah.yelp.com
Monica D in Mission Viejo mondoggie.yelp.com
...and sure, myself Hazel Q hazel.yelp.com and @yelpoc

Local Twitter noms:
@miachambers
@HandmadeBrigade

Oh, and prettiest:
Wiley Valentine out of Irvine: http://www.wileyvalentine.com/blog/

Whew. Too many!

Hazel said...

oops. Proper link for the Weekly Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/weekly?edition_id=O0nmI3IrPyK_jhDK6spZUQ

Anonymous said...

www.portolacoffee.com

Anonymous said...

Furey and the Feast! http://www.fureyandthefeast.com

kateco said...

Local blogs: OCBeachblog is a must -- Laylan Connelly is awesome. (http://beach.freedomblogging.com/) Also at the Register: Sciencedude ( http://sciencedude.freedomblogging.com/ ) and -- in food -- the already nominated Fast Food Maven.

Lifestyle: Hazel's weekly yelp is always juicy. http://www.yelp.com/weekly?edition_id=O0nmI3IrPyK_jhDK6spZUQ

Also in Food: HmmGoodFood http://hmmfoodgood.blogspot.com/ has been rocking lately.

Shamelessly (but honestly!) - My favorite hyper-local is the one I work on day and night: Seal Beach Daily http://www.sealbeachdaily.com

Hey, Just Spotted -- thanks for the fun look at OC blogging!

Simply Me Art said...

I love stopping into Tara from Blondie"N"SC blog. She has such Style and Wit with every post. She is a Doll and her blog is pure Eye Candy. Jamie

Anonymous said...

have to give a big nomination to fellow Titans for best microblogger/tweeters - @vitaminoc and I guess you can put them in the local blog category, vitaminOC.com.

Anonymous said...

SHOPPING & STYLE - hands down, boutiquing.com!!!!! <3

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

for lifestyle and design, the best are - Sadie Olive and Blondie 'N SC

Anonymous said...

I nominate www.theLiberalOC.com - the best lefty blog in OC - best political blog & news in OC!

Anonymous said...

I nominate www.theLiberalOC.com - the best lefty blog in OC - best political blog & news in OC!

Allegra said...

Favorite Local Blog: http://blondiensc.typepad.com/blondie_n_san_clemente/
Hands down most witty, honest, humorous blog you'll find that celebrates So Cal and living IN it!

Jen R. said...

I vote for http://blondiensc.typepad.com/blondie_n_san_clemente/ and http://www.sadieolive.com/theblog/

Sara Duckett said...

I also nominate Miss Tara:

http://blondiensc.typepad.com/blondie_n_san_clemente/

She is super sweet, takes amazing photos and has impeccable taste!

Kasey said...

i love these:
blondie n sc.
sadie olive.
and my fav is laura at a piece of cake.
xo

Jackie said...

I love Blondie 'N' SC and Sadie Olive - two of the most beautiful and inspiring blogs ever!!

Anonymous said...

I nominate www.sealbeachdaily.com , my favorite local blog, because it tells me everything I need to know about my hometown, plus always great photos and giveaways, too.

Thompson Tales said...

My favorite blog of all time is BlondieNSC...I love Tara, her personality and wit come through in all of her posts. There needs to be a category of best all around!!! She deserves it, hand down!!!!

Anonymous said...

I recently stumbled upon localhipster.com. Its a search engine for OC bar happy hours. It looks like its just getting started but it still has some great info.

Anonymous said...

I love these husband and wife photographers:

www.kymberliq.blogspot.com

and

www.albertquackenbush.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

be creative catagory.
http://www.markbeam.com

Anonymous said...

Www.Anabrandt.com

Julie said...

Love Blondie 'N' SC. She always brightens my day. :)

Angry Julie Monday said...

Most Creative

JJ from http://www.theblahblahblahger.com/

Angry Julie Monday said...

Micro-Blogger

@RockdaMullet

Angry Julie Monday said...

Eye Candy

http://www.popshopology.com/

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