This year has been so rich with blessings already, and every day I have something new to be thankful for.

For example… on Saturday my husband and I strolled on over to the nearest bookstore. He needed to get computer books. And I needed to buy a few of the magazines I’m featured in this month!

That’s right, bellas. I’m in at least three magazines that I know of right now at your local newsstand.

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Last December, I was flown out to San Francisco for a top secret photo shoot. Finally, the secret can be revealed! I’m in this month’s Fast Company — in a feature called The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2010. My advertising network, Glam Media is #37 on the list! Click here to read more. I’m on page 91, in a big beautiful photo alongside the bloggers of Hostess With the Mostess, Coquette (and her baby!), Stiletto Jungle, and Kristopher Dukes. The photographer — the amazing Mike McGregor, made the photo shoot so fun and engaging. SO excited about this, and thanks to Glam Media for absolutely everything. I love being part of the Glam fam!

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My SECOND bit of big news is a new and exciting direction for me. You can find me on page 103 of this month’s Essence Magazine (the one with the Obamas on the cover). I’m featured in a Creme of Nature ad, along with some truly outstanding bloggers. Renee of CutieBootyCakes, Sunshyne of HairliciousInc.com, Leila of BGLHonline.com, Nadege of relaxedhairhealth.blogspot.com and I each have a photo and a quote about our favorite Creme of Nature hair product — I’m talking about the lemongrass rosemary leave in conditioner I had a giveaway of for my birthday in 2007. And if someone had told me back then — three years from now you’re going to be a product endorser in a magazine ad, I would have laughed out loud and told them to stop trippin’. But now, it’s here, it’s happening, and IT’S ABOUT TIME.

So many cosmetics companies pay celebrities, celebrity makeup artists, and celebrity hairstylists big bucks to be on their payroll and endorse their products. Finally a beauty brand has recognized that bloggers have been speaking to their readers, and our readers are their consumers. And increasingly, their consumers are turning to the blogs for information instead of impersonal magazine editorials. This feels like the beginning of a very interesting chapter for the blogosphere, and I heartily applaud Creme of Nature’s initiative in recognizing us bloggers out here grinding every day!

The Creme of Nature ad is also in Sister 2 Sister and a few other magazines, I believe! Let me know if you see it anywhere else.

2010 is already proving to be an incredible year. All of the hard work I’ve been putting in, is proving to be so very worthwhile. And guess what? It ain’t anywhere near over yet, and the best is yet to come!

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