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28 September 2011

Meet Julie Arduini and Renee Chaw

*guest post by Michelle Massaro

Today it is my pleasure to shine the spotlight on two more amazing women who are both members of the COTT Blog Alliance.

Julie Arduini was born on Good Friday with tornado warnings. A description that she says could not be more accurate!

She lives in NE Ohio with her husband and two children. She's also a step-mom to two adult children who live in out of state. Her writing is featured in ten books (learn more on her site!) She also blogs monthly for the marriage counter at the Internet Café. She loves serving in children’s and women’s ministries through her local church and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) chapter.

Julie says: "I love my strong coffee, lilacs, NCIS, and Beth Moore Bible studies (not in that order!)"

Her site has been up since December 31, 2006 and was her first act of surrendering fear of what others would think about her. That fear had kept her from doing what she loved since childhood but her baby step into blogging quickly led to many other writing opportunities—a true testament to listening to the whisperings of the Lord.

Julie's warm, transparent personality is woven throughout her blog posts. "I’m not a scholar, just a wife and mom trying to help anyone willing to read know that Jesus is close and intimate with arms open to receive, not turn away." Her focus is to encourage readers, mostly adult women, to find "freedom through surrender."

An avid reader, Julie provides book ideas on her site based on what she's reading. On Sundays you can take a peek at her amateur nature pictures with a few thoughts about God’s love. She posts 5-7 days per week so there's always something new! If you're looking for a blog-hostess gift, I hear she really really loves chocolate!

Surrendering the good, the bad, and---maybe one day---the chocolate


Say hello to Renee Chaw (and her 3 year old dog, Coco.) Renee's blog features reviews of Christian fiction, romance and young adult fiction as well as posts about some of her favorite movies, TV shows, and Steelers football. Woot!

Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot is a fun place to gather. Renee is always looking for a way to make you chuckle or at least inform you about some great books and movies. She also sometimes posts about her other interests like vintage jewelry, TV, antiques, sports, pets etc. She always makes you feel welcome!

Another great reason to add her to your blog roll: she loves doing giveaways and hosting authors.

Renee says she's an avid reader of just about anything from the back of the cereal box to the back of a book. ^-^

"I love to blog. I've met so many great people through the blogging world and have had the opportunity to read so many wonderful books that I might not have otherwise had the chance to. I love being a member of FIRST Wild Card and this Blog Alliance, two other great groups that I wouldn't have had the chance to join if it wasn't for blogging. I'm loyal to the local sports teams, especially my Pittsburgh Steelers (LOVE those Black 'n Gold guys ;-)) and I'm a crazy car girl LOL! Take me to a car show over the mall any day of the week!"

She tries to post everyday but sometimes 'real life' limits her blogging to 3 times per week. If you want to bring her a blog-hostess gift, make sure you get a big box with holes in it. Renee loves big, furry dogs! =) Of course, it might be easier to just bring a treat for Coco.

Be sure to check out these two blogs and make a couple new friends!
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April Gardner said... Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Julie--"freedom through surrender" Wow. What a powerful statement. With God, things are usually backwards from the way we think they should be. But isn't it true? when we surrender to Him, we live in freedom. Thank you for being with us!! Oh. One word of advice--NEVER surrender the chocolate. LOL!
Renee--Coco is beautiful! So, "crazy car girl", are you into vintage cars? I could use someone "in the know" for research for my next book. LOL. I never would have imagined it would be so difficult to find someone who knows about vintage cars!

Good to have you as part of our Blog Alliances, ladies!

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said... Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Oh I would so love a gift that requires a box with air holes--unless it's a snake or something slimy! On second thought just stick with the doggie treats oh and like Julie I like a little chocolate too. LOL. Thanks for featuring me today!


Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said... Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Hi April! It does so happen that I do like vintage cars but I have to admit that Mustangs are my specialty LOL.


April Gardner said... Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Renee, every day at the same intersection coming home from dropping the kiddos off at school, I pass the same lime green mustang. I don't usually go for bright colors in cars, but this was is gorgeous. There IS something alluring about Mustangs! If you know of any great online (or other) resources where I can get detailed info on a Stutz Bearcat, I'd be forever grateful if you passed it along. :-)

Anonymous said... Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Such interesting blog partners we have here at COTT! Both of these ladies sound like people I'd love to know better. :) Thanks for partnering with us, Julie and Renee! (By the way, Renee, my Google alert yesterday brought up my name from your post. First time that's happened to be from one of the COTT posts. I'm so excited! lol)

Margaret Metz said... Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Never surrender the chocolate, Julie. lol

Always love to hear more about you, Renee. :o)

Great interviews. I'm a huge fan of Renee already. I'll have to check out Julie's blog. :o)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said... Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Hi Renee! Hi Coco!! I love hanging out at Renee's blog :)

Suko said... Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Renee has a terrific, upbeat blog! I need to stop by Julie's site.

Julie J. said... Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Hi Julie! It's nice to meet you! I enjoyed reading your story!

Hi again Renee! I love your blog and how it is so open and inviting! :) Catch you on Twitter again soon!

Julie Arduini said... Thursday, 29 September, 2011

Hi ladies! Thanks for all the sweet comments, I love meeting new friends this way. Renee, my sister has a Mustang and my dad was a real car guy. I need to check your blog out right now!

Don't worry, although our family changed eating habits and I haven't had M&M's for breakfast in a loooong time, I haven't completely surrendered the chocolate. :)

Thanks for featuring me with this post, I LOVE being part of the COTT blog alliance.

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said... Thursday, 29 September, 2011

OOo April that's a little bit too vintage for me so I'm not sure I'd be able to help you!

Delia- I'm so glad that you got that first Google Alert! Cool!

Margaret- Thank you for your kind words, I'm a fan of you and your blog too! ;-)

Carrie! I love hanging out with you too! If you ever are looking for cool vintage clothes I suggest visiting Carrie's In the Hammock Vintage Style blog!

Suko- I't always nice to see your comments. Thank you!

Julie J- We def have to catch up, maybe tonight so we can discuss TVD. ;-)

Julie- Glad to know your sister is a smart lady. ;-) I'm going to check out your blog too!


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