Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! We’ve had such an incredible response to our second annual “You’ve Just Been Spotted” Orange County Blog Awards. We received so many comments, emails, & tweets – it was amazing! We loved seeing some of our favorite sites nominated, but we were thrilled to be introduced to so many amazing, new-to-us sites. So, without further ado…. here is the GIANT list of nominees. Now that we’ve compiled all the nominees, the REAL fun is about to begin. Take a moment to the peruse the list. & While we realize that in the end you’ll be voting for HERE your favorite nominee in each category, be sure to check out some of the other sites – you never know, you just might stumble onto something new & fabulous, that will become your new “daily read.” & Before we announce the nominees, I’m just warning you – this list is ginormous! So please, please, please (with a cherry on top) don’t forget to vote HERE, if you don’t vote for your favorite, they might not win! & We definitely want to know, No! We NEED to know who truly is the best of the best. (Be sure to vote HERE before Sunday, September 12th at 11:59 pm, because after that, the “polls” will be closed.) Without further ado, the nominees are…

* Personal & Family Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST personal/ family style blog in all of OC. And when I say personal/ family style blog, I mean the blogs that are on-line diaries, originally meant to be read by people’s personal family & friends)

* Kid & Family Sites (The winner of this category will represent the BEST kid & family-oriented sites in OC. You know, the site most geared to life for you & your little ones here in Orange County.)

* Creative Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST crafty-ish & creatively inspired sites in OC. These are the sites that feature crafts, DIY, tutorials & more)

Cooking & Baking Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST cooking & baking sites in OC. You know, the sites that are filled with recipes & more, and just make you hungry looking at them.)

Food & Restaurant Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST food & restaurant sites in OC. And when I say food & restaurant blogs, I mean the ones that feature restaurant reviews & more.)

Shopping & Beauty Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST shopping & beauty sites in OC. These sites are full of shopping, fashion, & beauty inspiration.)

* Lifestyle & Design Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST lifestyle & design sites in OC. You know, the sites featuring impeccable taste & style.)

Photography Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST photography sites in OC. We’re talking eye candy here… pretty, pretty pictures.)

Business Oriented Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST blogs about business in OC.)

* Local Business Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST local business that blogs in OC.)

Humor Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST, funniest blog in OC. And when I say funny, I mean… as in sites that make you laugh – whether on purpose or not.)

Disneyland Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST Disneyland Blog. You know, the site that provide the best tips, tricks & other Disneyland related news.)

Sports & Fitness Blogs (The winner of this category will represent the BEST blog about sports and/ or fitness. As in, sites about biking, running, swimming, exercising & more)

Best Handmade in OC (The winner of this category will represent the BEST Etsy-ish, handmade shops locally owned & operated right here in the OC)

Best OC Food Truck (Pretty self-explanatory, the winner of this category will represent the BEST food truck operating in Orange County)

Local Micro-Blogger (The winner of this category will represent the BEST local micro-blogger. In plain English, that means you favorite friend twitteryelp! or Facebook. These are the people that make can make you laugh, think, or promote good conversation, usually in 140 characters or less.)

Favorite Local Blog (The winner of this category will represent the BEST overall of  all Orange County’s local blogs & sites)

xoxo, C & K