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Get to know our finalists: Dandelion Wishes

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Meet the "Mamarazzi." She got her name because she's always snapping photos. So who is she and what is her blog about?
I started this blog as a place to Journal about my family and the many adventures we go on. It grew into something bigger and more fun than I ever could have imagined. I love the 'blog sphere' and feel like I am a part of a truly fabulous community of blogging moms and women. So. Much. Fun. I am a mom, a wife, a sister, an Auntie, a daughter, a niece, a grand daughter, a friend...I am more than I ever imagined I could be. I am a crusader for all things right and good, a seeker of good company and an enjoyer of a good laugh, good times with people I love and opportunities to grow as a person.

She's really got some fun features on her blog. A few of our favorites to check out:
• Her Happy List
Cooking With Jordan
Queen for the Day
Friday Confessional

The last one is especially enjoyable. Here are a few from her recent "Confessional:"

I Confess...
while my nephews were here I would let my dog, Coco, "clean" the floor around the table for me so I wouldn't have to sweep 400 times a day. Yep, I am lazy like that.

I Confess...
When I am feeling dumpy and unattractive I go to the local Wal Mart and walk around feeling so so so so so much better about myself. It ain't right, but it is true.

I Confess...
I have been trying to keep cool about this whole Top Blog 2010 nomination. But inside I am jumping up and down hoping that will actually make it at least to the Top 5.


89 comments:

  1. I love following Dandelion Wishes. It is one of the best blogs out there. If you haven't checked her out - do - otherwise you won't know what your missing.

    Dandelion Wishes - You have my VOTE!

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  3. I love Holleeann! I don't blog anymore, really, but I do stalk her and she what she is up to. She is definitely a cute, fun girl and I love reading her blog!

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  4. Mamarazzi is such a GENUINE person and blogger...I feel so blessed that I found her and have gotten to know her! Her blog is so honest and refreshing and I LOVE THAT! There is no pretense...what you see is what you get...and that is the AWESOMENESS that is Mamarazzi!

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  5. I love Mamarazzi! She is totally awesome and deserves a million votes and totally should win! I totally consider her a true friend! We met through our blogs a few years ago. We might not always comment but know if it comes down to it we really care how life is going. She is rad. Vote for her. Follow her. Plus she comments back. Love that!

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  6. Mamarazzi has had my votes in all the rounds so far! She is an awesome blogger, I love her features and she is great swap host! You can tell how much she cares for her readers by the amount of giveaways she hosts and that no matter how many comments you leave, you'll always get a response back! I hope she wins!!!

    xoxo

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  7. I love that you got to do a little Q & A. I soooo sooo soooooo hope you make it to top 5!!!

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  8. I love HolleeAnn's blog. She's serious about fostering a healthy, supportive blogging community (and she's a hoot!). She's intentional about commenting back and cyber-conversing with her followers. I love her honesty, her swaps, her humor, and her Q&A features.

    Here's to hoping she wins this whole thing!

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  9. I love Mamarazzi! And don't forget to mention that she hosts some really great swaps. Her swaps are the best because she lays out all the rules and guidelines right from the beginning.

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  10. I was so impressed with Mamarazzi's Queen for a Day feature. Way to pay it forward! Paying it forward seems to be what she is all about. She is a firm believer in "good mail", making genuine comments, and giving credit where credit is due. She also hosts AWESOME swaps! She is a fantastic blogger!

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  11. I could not be more stoked to see that Mamarazzi has made it this far! I LOVE LOVE LOVE her blog. I have made recipes from Cooking with Jordan. It is Mamarazzi who has inspired me most to blog (although I need to be more frequent;-).
    And...I don't think I knew how she got the name "Mamarazzi", but it totally makes sense.
    If you have not peeked at her blog yet, GO OVER NOW! She is a pleasure to read!!!

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  12. I so love this girl!!! She is an amazing person who just makes you feel better by reading her posts! I love all the different things she has going on and it's great to have such an awesome bloggy buddy!

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  13. Fantastic Blog!!! Thanks for all your wonderful-ness Mamarazzi!!! :)

    ~Betsy Farmer

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  14. Love Mammarazzi and her entertaining blog posts!

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  15. Creative and entertaining blog! she makes me laugh!

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  16. I love Dandelion Wishes so fun to read and so entertaining. I love Hollee and have known her since a baby. So fun to keep up with her and her family and adventerous life. Good Luck Hollee you deserve to win! Love Ya!

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  17. Hey...my comment disappeared. Thanks for the nomination and the feature. and WOWZER these comments are so sweet and touching. Thanks friends!

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  18. HolleeAnn does a wonderful job of spreading bloggy goodness everywhere she goes. I always feel happier after reading her posts and comments she leaves for others!

    I love Dandelion Wishes for the fun, the funny and the REAL that it offers!

    I'm happy she's in the Top 5!

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  19. LOVE Dandelion Wishes! She's got a lot of followers and STILL replies to all comments and comes and visits your blog.
    She's all about making a real community with her blog and she is the best, sweetest blogger I know!

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  20. I've been reading Mamarazzi since before she became Mamarazzi and made the big-time! It hasn't changed her. She is one of the sweetest bloggers, and I love her features and her swaps. She's also quite funny, and definitely a great amateur photographer.

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  21. I'm a new follower of Dandelion Wishes. I have really enjoyed reading her. She has over 700 followers and still manages to find time to visit my little ol' blog!

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  22. I am not a blogger but just a reader of blogs. She is on my favorite list. She is always positive and seems to have a very genuine and generous soul.

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  23. Dandelion Wishes is fantastic. Its not all about her all the time, she really cares about the people who read her blog and recognizes them too.
    Mamarazzi is really quite lovely.

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  24. I cannot say enough good things about this Blog. Not only does Mamarazzi crack me up, she make's me wish she was my mom, and I'm 36.
    I love the cooking with Jordan, all the meals are delicious and easy to follow. My fave is the candy sushi.
    If you don't follow, you will after cheching it out.
    Kim

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  25. Ok, so I know HolleeAnn is my sister and everything, so I know I'm a little (totally) biased. But whatev. She's the best. I live 2,000 miles away from her, but when I read her blog, I feel like she's around. She makes me laugh. She is a good example to me in loving and being grateful for my chilren and getting involved in their lives. She is an excellent gift giver...which is one reason I think she puts swaps together...to help people learn how to gift appropriate, thoughtful gifts, and find the joy in giving generously. She really truly honestly loves her husband, and never speaks ill of him--which is like a breath of fresh air when blogging because it is pretty easy to find nothing but complainers and passive aggressiveness out in the blogosphere. She encourages people to love the skin they're in and focus on what they're good at. She loves comments (ok, who doesn't?) and faithfully goes to check out any blog that leaves her a comment, AND she returns the love.

    Love you, HolleeAnn!

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  26. Just met Mamarazzi through Fishful Thinking and I think she is a sweetheart..I love reading her blog and interacting with her through FB as well. She definitely has my vote and I hope she wins!!

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  27. loving all of these awesome comments, thanks y'all you KNOW i love my readers!! MWAH!

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  28. The best thing I can say about Mamarazzi is that she's just as fabulous and genuine in person as she is on her blog. That's something I always kind of wonder about when I'm reading a blog--is she really this way or is it just an online persona? In this case, she's the real deal. Here's to the top five my friend!!

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  29. I "met" Mamarazzi a few years back and feel like I really do know her. She's always quick to make me smile and is simply wonderful. Her blog is fun, cute, hilarious and real. I love that she is straight up and honest. There's no fluff and I like that about her. I love her swaps and have participated in a lot of them and have never been disappointed. They are a lot of work, yet she ensures nobody is left in the dark. I love how genuine she is. I can honestly say that I know if I ever were to need anything, she'd be there for me at the drop of a hat. No questions asked. Ya, that's pretty darn amazing for someone I met in bloggy land, but it's the complete truth. She is someone to be admired. She is a fantastic mother and wife and this shows through her postings. She's also quick to thank and acknowledge people that comment or do other things for her. I love that about her. She's quick to say thank you! Mamarazzi, you deserve to win this and so much more!!

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  30. My favorite thing about Mamarazzi's blog is her swaps!! I've participated in a couple of them and have really enjoyed swapping gifts with other bloggers! Thanks to Mamarazzi for coordinating those!

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  31. i love mammarazi's blog!@!! her posts always leave me smiling and her contests are so much fun.!!!

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  32. I love Mammarazi! I've been following her blog for over a year and half. It started because of a swap she was doing. I'e done a few more since then, but I always read her blogs. She's a wonderful person, and a great writer! Good luck Mamarazzi!

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  33. I have been a fan of Mamarazzi for several years now and I love how she always puts her family first. She has humour, honesty and a whole lot of LOVE in each of her posts and she truly cares about each of her readers.

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  34. I grew up with HolleeAnn but by visiting her blog almost daily feel like I know her so much better now. She is a very loving, giving woman and I hope her most desired wishes come true. It's no wonder to me why she was nominated and I think she deserves this recognition! Love ya sister!

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  35. I totally adore Mamarazzi! When I first happened apon this wonderful thing we called blogland - Mama was one of my first blogable addictions. Her swaps were amazing and I was instantly addicted in her beautiful family and stories and wonderfulness! She is all that and a bag of chips!

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  36. LOVE Mamarazzi! I don't remember how exactly I "found" her blog, but I'm so happy I did. I enjoy all of her days and especially enjoy her "Queen of the Day" posts because they introduce me to new blogs I might not have otherwise found. And her famous swaps are AWESOME!! Most importantly, she takes the time to respond to her readers and you can tell she values each and every one of her readers.

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  37. I love reading Hollee's blog. Mamarazzi makes me smile each and every time. Seriously. So. Funny.

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  38. Mamarazzi was one of my first bog addictions. I love reading her posts. She's so kind & genuine. Any time she visits or comments, it puts a smile on my face.

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  39. I LOVE Dandelion Wishes! Mamerazzi is pretty much the coolest chick EVER! I also love how she boosts self esteem in women as well as promotes it! Women need a blog like that, and that's why I love it!

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  40. Mamarazzi rocks!!! She is such an awesome person too. I've had the pleasure of working with HolleeAnn as part of the Fishful Thinking faculty and admire her positive outlook on life despite the challenges that are sometimes thrown our way. Definitely one of my favorite bloggers!!!

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  41. Mamarazzi is the best! I found her near the beggining of her blog journey and have found a true friend in the process. She's genuine and real. Says it like it is. I have never met her in real life, but if I had (and I hope to someday!) I think we would be great friends! I love her and her blog!!! She deserves all the votes! She is a great mom, wife, and person. I am blessed to know her.

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  42. I love me some Mamarazzi! She is one of the bloggers that can always put a smile on my face and her swaps are so much fun!

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  43. I really value HONESTY and HUMOR in blogs that I read. Mamarazzi strikes the perfect balance between keeping it real and staying positive. My recent favorite feature is the HAPPY LIST. We all have our struggles, but we all have a LOT to be happy about, too. I love that her glass is always "half full" and that she is willing to share it.

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  44. Mamarazzi provides such a happy positive outlook, as well as a realistic touch. Thanks for all the fun and for staying on top of it so well.

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  45. Dandelion Wishes is one of my favorite blogs! Mamarazzi always puts a smile on my face!

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  46. I love Dandelion Wishes and I love Mamarazzi! Trust me, she is just as wonderful/funny/happy in real life as she is in her blog! Can't say enough good things about her! Love ya!

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  47. I love reading Dandelion Wishes...and especially love the confessional friday. This blog is pretty comical.

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  48. Started reading Dandelion Wishes over a year ago and still enjoy it today. Love the Friday Confessionals!

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  49. Love Dandilion wishes.. she is so kind smart and funny !!! Swaos are pretty awsome too!

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  50. I love me some Mamarazzi :) She is so fun to keep up with. Her and her awesome swaps are so fun.

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  51. Mamarazzi and her Dandelion Wishes blog is the definitely the BEST blog out there! Holleeann inspires me, makes me laugh, gives great idea and tips and it just plain amazing! She deserves this award - it's totally earned! Good luck~

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  52. I love Mammarazi! She is amazing. best of luck to her :)

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  53. Mammarazi's spunky personality always makes me laugh. She blogs for all the right reasons, to connect with others and grow and share with them.

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  54. Mamarazzi is funny, because it's all so true - to her life and ours :) it is refreshing to see you're not alone!

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  55. I love this blog. Its real and varied and just awesome :)

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  56. I have been following Mamarazzi for about a year now. I love to read everything she posts. She is just so real. I am still praying that they will get to add on to their family one day soon!

    oh and I also follow her over on Facebook also!

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  57. I love dandelion wishes and mamarazzi her blog is so creative and original I did a swap this year and it was GREAT!!

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  58. Mamarazzi is such an awesome person - am so glad I found her blog a couple years ago. Love reading it and love participating in her awesome swaps, even when they don't go as planned she swoops in to save the day!

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  59. I love this blog! There is always something on it that I can totally relate to and can share a laugh about. Thanks Mamarazzi for sharing yourself with all of us!

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  60. I love Mamarazzi! Her blog is fun and genuine, and she is a great person on and off her blog!

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  61. I love Mamarazzi! She's very down-to-earth and friendly, and she hosts great blog swaps. She definitely has my vote (and my visits to her blog, daily)! :D

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  62. Yay for Mammarazzi! I LOVE YOU!

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  63. HolleeAnn, you're my blogging hero! You never give up. NEVER. Even when you're sick, down, feeling dumpy, whatever. Your irrepressible good spirits always make me feel good! I hope you win, girlie. You deserve it!

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  64. Mamarazzi is fantastic about replying to comments. since I've been out of blogging commission for the past few weeks with a super sick Daddy, her blog has been one that I make sure to read and always enjoy!

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  65. Voting for Dandelion Wishes. Love following her adventures and thoughts.

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  66. How can you not love Mamarazzi! She is an amazing person and that comes through in her posts! Love everything about her!!! Plus isn't she darling!!!

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  67. I L.O.V.E. Mamarazzi!! she makes you feel like she is your best friend when you stop over to her blog, and when she leaves comments on your blog. I vote Mamarazzi!!

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  68. I LOVE Mamarazzi! She is so sweet and kind. Her blog is honest and fun, exactly what I like to read about. I know she puts in a lot of work into her swaps that so many people enjoy. We can all thank her for all the good mail being sent out. She deserves to win this more than most!

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  69. I love Dandelion Wishes! I've been following it for a while now and Hollee Ann always make me smile! I vote for her!

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  70. I vote Dandelion wishes all the way!!

    Jamie :)

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  71. Give me a D, give me a A, give me a N, give me a D, give we an E, give me a L, give me a I, give me a O, give me a N, give me a W, give me an I, give me a S, give me a H, give me an E, give me a S... that does it spell DANDELION WISHES! Go Dandelion!

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  72. My favorite thing about Mamarazzi is her optimism. She always looks for the bright side in everything she does.

    Thanks for sharing the sunshine with the world!

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  73. Mamarazzi is a breath of fresh air to the blogging community. Her swap ideas bring so many strangers together and create so many lasting friendships. She is awesome!

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  74. I ♥ Mamarazzi!! She is so freaking Awesome. Always responds to comments, always comments on your posts to her Happy List Meme... she just rocks!!!

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  75. I hear she is awesome and on my way to find out.. if all these bloggers like she has to be great

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  76. Please forgive me girl for being so busy I didn't even know you won!!! I'm so proud of you. You are an amazing and inspiring woman! Congrats!

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  77. I.Love.Holleanne. She's the most genuine person I have met in the blog world and an awesome friend to ALL her followers! :0)

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  78. I just found her blog and love it! Definitely adding to my Reader asap!

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  79. I HEART Mammarazzi!! She is funny, and nice and a good read and just...fabulous. I love how honest and true she is to her beliefs and her sense of humor.

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  80. I just found her blog but I'm looking forward to reading more. So, she's got my vote.

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  81. I'm kind of new to Mamarazzi's Dandelion Wishes blog, but have become a follower. I don't follow many blogs on a subscription basis, but this is one I'll make time for. Her cheery attitudue and zest for life comes through.

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  82. I love reading Mamarazzi! I have participated in a couple of her swaps. I love how she somehow gets us all matched with the perfect partners! I can't wait to see what swaps she comes up with for 2011!

    She should DEFINITELY be your winner!

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  83. I loved her Friday Confessions so much that I just HAD to come over here & tell again how wonderful, amazing & truly special Mamarazzi is!!!

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  84. Dandelion Wishes always seems to put a smile on my face:) Her Happy List post on Saturdays, had me really thinking about all the little things i DO have in my life that make me smile each day, thanks H!! ♥

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