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Details! Update on our gathering

I think we have a plan!

Our little New England gathering of Hearts & Voices will take place in Portsmouth, NH, at 1pm on Saturday March 13th. We’re planning lunch, and then if we’re up for it we can stroll downtown for some lattes and cupcakes.

If you’re interested please email me {at crnnoel at gmail dot com}, or leave a ┬ácomment and I will get in touch with you about further details {like the name of the restaurant…} and how to find us. Although it should be fairly easy… we’ll be the group sitting with our cameras taking photos of each other and our food ­čśë

Please spread the word! The more the merrier. I’m so looking forward to sitting down with a few women who understand why I take pictures like this:

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and why I share them. Women who I know get me before we meet in the flesh.

So… ┬áif you’ll be somewhere remotely close to Portsmouth on the 13th of March, I so hope you can join us!

That’s right, you.


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Cupcakes, New England Style

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I’ve had cupcakes on the brain. The kind that go with big cups of hot tea or lattes, eaten with friends who don’t mind if you talk with icing stuck on the corners of your mouth. The kind that’s as sweet as the women around you, as yummy as the conversation at hand.

The kind of cupcakes you share with fellow bloggers.

That’s right. Like at Cupcake ’10.

I’m thinking New England bloggers need some of that love.


So what do you say? I know there are several New England bloggers, looking to connect with each other outside of this whole online thing. How do I know? I keep┬ágetting emails asking if I know other bloggers in the area, and when I say yes, it’s almost always followed up with we should get together!


It doesn’t have to be anything formal, at all. Depending on how many people are interested, we could either do a lunch, a coffee date, or find someplace where we can spread out in comfy chairs – or even the floor – and sit with yummy treats and warm drinks and talk. Get to know each other, and dive into why we do this crazy thing that we spend hours on. Why we blog.

And I’m thinking the sooner the better. Yes, I’m attending BlogHer in August {I’ll be the one double fisting Diet Coke’s as to not be tempted by all the booze NYC has to offer…} but I think we all deserve a little treat to get us through until Spring. Plus, something smaller and not so overwhelming! So before our calendars get crazy with the chaos that comes with spring and summer, let’s have our cupcakes. How about March 2oth or 27th? ** Editing to add that March 13th is also on the table…**


Let’s move forward with this! If you’re interested, either leave a comment or send me an email (crnnoel at gmail dot com) and let me know where you’d be coming from, and what date you’d prefer, March 20th or 27th.

Once I have numbers, I can look into finding a venu that’s fairly central. I’d love to find something similar to what the ladies did at┬áCupcake ’10 {take a look at their site if you’re interested, looks like they had a fabulous time!}┬áI’m hopeful that if there’s enough of us we could do something very similar fairly inexpensively, though I’m thinking more of a full day than an overnight. But I’m completely open to suggestions.

Even if it ends up being just a few of us, I think it’ll be worth our time. The connections we’ve all made through blogging are so real, so much a part of {at least my} life. Let’s take some time to honor our hard work and dive into a cupcake or two!

Spread the love, and spread the word ­čÖé A gathering of hearts and voices is on the horizon… {what do you all think of Hearts&Voices as a get together name? I’ve been struggling trying to come up with a title of our own… I kind of like it…}


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For you, we blog

Recently I’ve been thinking about blogging. I keep getting the question from friends and family (who do not blog…) “why?” Normally I say it’s a hobby, keeps my mind active, etc. But aside from the whole closet introvert being able to get heard thing, it’s really about community. If you’re even remotely dedicated to blogging you’re accepted into this crazy, unique, inspiring, caring, and heartwarming community. It’s sort of like how you see motorcyclist wave to one another (or put their hand down, I’m not really sure what they do…) Bloggers nod to each other in acknowledgement. In┬áthis one way, we’re all the same. We rally behind one another, support each other, applaud and smile with one another. We are one.

Up until last night, I hadn’t heard of Anissa Mayhew (how I hadn’t, I have NO idea, after looking at her site she seems like the perfect combination of real, funny, and human that make me cry and laugh all at once, which you all know I adore in a blogger) But all of a sudden last night Twitter lit up with the hashtag #prayersforanissa and any fool would know something was up. Turns out Anissa is laying in a hospital ICU after suffering a stroke.

Now, I’m not going to pretend to know her. I’m not going to go on and on about her situation, because it’s not mine to talk about. What I do know is that she has touched many people (some of my bloggy friends even… six degrees of separation and all that!). And I know that she doesn’t deserve this.

So please, if you believe in prayer send up a few prayers for Anissa and her family. If you believe in hope, send a few wishes for hope for her. Anissa – know that we are all rallying behind you, and you are deeply loved. In real life, we’d all give hugs and bring your family┬ácasseroles. But for most of us, we will blog for you.

And seriously, this blogging thing, it’s incredible. Don’t┬áunderestimate┬áthe power of blogs.

Below are a few places you can help, and learn about Anissa.

Free Anissa (her site)

Aiming Low, Hope for Anissa


The Spohrs Are Multiplying


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Blogs blogs and more blogs

You all know I love blogs. Seriously, I could spend all day reading them.

I think I just found the coolest thing (and by I, I mean a few of my favorite bloggers linked up today so I’m following the trend…) It’s called The Saturday Evening Blog Post, and it’s where bloggers can submit their favorite post of the month to share with readers. What a great idea ­čÖé

Check out Elizabeth Esther’s blog, and don’t hold me responsible for how much time you end up reading through the┬áincredible┬áposts…

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