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Inspiration Corner: Blogs that inspire me Made In Brooklyn and Dispatch from LA

     Made in Brooklyn  This is one of my favorite blogs simply because it's an everyday person sharing
her creative journey and parenting kids with special needs .  A subject that is close to my heart since I am raising
two kids with special needs as well.  I like the fact that while she is sharing her life she includes pictures of something she's baking (not a tutorial just pictures of the process). It's almost like you were a neighbor who stopped by while you catch up with her life.  The other thing I find refreshing is the fact that there are no Facebook, Twitter  icons and that's almost not heard of these days on most blogs.  There isn't a push to sell anything . Just a mom who is being herself.
   
     Dispatch from LA  I love the art journal pages, the photography and the travel stories to places like Istanbul,Turkey.  Sometimes we get to see her students work, too.  It's one of those blogs you have to see
so you can enjoy the pure undiluted beauty of it.  I hope you get a chance to visit the links and check them out.

 

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