Life happens and that’s exactly what has this week’s Bloggy Brunch going up a day late. I’ll try to make a long story short for you. Yesterday, I spent the morning getting our house ready for it’s very first guests. This week, I have family visiting us for the first time since we got married. Around the time I was finishing up and sitting down to do Bloggy Brunch, the power went out and didn’t get fixed until after our visitors had arrived. At that point, my focus was entirely on our visitors. My blog is always a priority on my list though, so I decided to stay up after sending the husband to work just so that I could bring you Bloggy Brunch!

I’m not going to lie – I had a really hard time picking this week’s favorite. In fact, I’m sure you’ll see several from this week popping up in my Best of October post. Until then, I did pick a favorite and it’s a favorite because it focuses on a topic near and dear to me – staying authentic with blogging. Authenticity is something I strive for and it’s why you’ll sometimes see gaps or mistakes in the blog. I’m not perfect and I’m not going to pretend to be. I highly recommend checking out this post from Shield Sisters Initiative – Using Authenticity to Grow Your Brand.

Before you link up and I send you on your merry way, I have one brief announcement that I think you’re going to love! We’ve set the date for the next Blogger PJ Party for October 25 at 7pm EST.  The 24th is my birthday so I’m considering this my birthday PJ party. I hope you’ll attend! In order to get the invite, join here, and we’ll get you all set up! (Psst…that link will also get you into a blogging mastermind group that’s growing quickly and filled with great people!)