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Everyone Loves A Party!

It's time for the year's most anticipated blogging event. 5 Minutes for Mom is hosting their annual Ultimate Blog Party this week! It's a virtual party for bloggers and has become a tradition in the “momosphere.”

I can't wait to get started! I'm looking forward to some serious blogging fun. And I don't have to buy a new outfit, shoes, or get my hair done!!

But first, I'd like my visitors to know a bit about me.

I'm a happily married, stay at home mom. My wonderful husband Henry provides me with the opportunity to stay home and focus on our children. I'm so grateful for his hard work and dedication to our family. Our daughter Emma is six years old and in first grade, and Harper is three years old and will enter preschool in the fall. I started blogging as a way to keep faraway family and friends in touch with our daily adventures. But soon I realized that it was an enormous creative outlet for me, something I very much needed as a stay-at-home mom. I was able to showcase my writing and photography skills in a way that was previously impossible. From blogging, I've gained a greater appreciation for all things creative. There are so many incredibly talented people in the blogosphere, and I've become inspired by so many of them.

My blog does not follow a single theme but is rather a collection of all things important to me including but certainly not limited to my family and friends (especially my adorable daughters), my creative endeavors including photography and crafting, my trials and tribulations as a mother and a wife, my successes and the many fabulous finds that I've encountered.

My goal as a parent is to raise my children in a environment filled with love and appreciation. I want to give my children the opportunity to experience life in all it's glory. I want to raise global children who are aware of the world around them and who are aware of all the opportunities and experiences that await them.

As part of this phenomenal blogging event, there are giveaways galore! Here are my top picks:

#19 $50 gift card to Target from Shoot-Me-Now
#89 $100 gift card to HomeGoods
#50 $50 gift certificate to Paperlicious

I'd love to win these too!
#21 $50 gift card to Target from Agoosa
#71 Flip flops for Mom & Daughter from Top It Off
INTL 11 $50 gift bundle to YouCanMakeThis.com

All of the prizes are fabulous, and I'd love to have any one of them!

I hope you'll browse around and like what you see! Thanks for stopping by!

27 comments

Muthering Heights said...

Hi there! I'm stopping in from the UBP. It's nice yo meet you!

Dr. Faith said...

Welcome to the party! Those are some lofty goals for your kids, I hope that you succeed. I just came from writing a blog post about a kid whose parents (I don't think) had those goals, so I'm glad to see there are parents out there who are trying to raise their children well. Good work! =D

Paige said...

Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party! Nice to meet you.

I too have read Eat, Pray, Love. Hope you enjoy it!

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Blogging truely is a great creative outlet!

Welcome to the party and stop by and say hello if you get the chance!

melodyofamom said...

Well hello! I am blog partying. I love your intro...I'd say my blog is about the same...a hodgepodge mixture of the things that make me tick! Well, I'm off to explore your blog!

janetfaye said...

Stopping by to say hello from the UBP!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints said...

Hi, I know the thrill of a new follower. I decided to follow along with you. Your kids are just too cute.

Victoria Arya said...

Dropping by from the UBP to say hello and have a great week. Love the name Harper btw.

Rona's Home Page said...

I would say the same about my blogging habits. It's a catch-all for what's of interest to me.
We love Target!
I enjoyed reading your introduction.
Glad that you joined the party. I hope that you're having a terrific time.

Kara said...

Thanks for visiting my party post! It was nice to learn about you :)

MB said...

Nice intro! Just doing a little blog party hopping. I like your tagline too...I can relate. Happy blog partying!

Funny Pictures said...

That is so great, you get to be a stay at home mom! I have a
glitter graphic text site,
but I am trying to start up a blog - it is SO FUN... my dream is to stay at home
one day myself! Nice to meet you!

Household Tips said...

Those cupcakes look YUMMY!! Happy UBP 09!

Isabella said...

My little one has a low grade temperature, leaning against my arm as I look at blogs - very comfy... but I would rather she was feeling good and bouncing off the walls! Just taking advantage of this little quiet snuggle time by searching the UBP.

Susie said...

Joining the party and wanted to say hi!

Beth in NC said...

Just coming over to meet another party guest! It is nice to meet you!

Come visit sometime!
Beth

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just dropping by to meet you. Love your blog.

Hope you will stop
my blog for a visit. Though I am new to blogging, I am loving all my new friends.

I am giving away my first EVER BLOG PRIZE.
I have a gift basket business and it is the most requested gift over the last 15 years.
From the comments I have already received, appears to be something a little different and something anyone could use.
I have been so touched by the comments that I have decided to give 2 boxes . They will be the $100 deluxe size.
I really do want to bless people!!! I want my blog to encourage others. I have decided that giving is life at its BEST. The drawing will be Saturday!

stacey @ tree, root, and twig said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my UBP post! I love the feeling you have here on your blog - you seem to have a real love of life and appreciation for your family. :) I can identify with what you said about there being a variety of "themes" on your blog - I've been asked to "identify" the focus of my blog before, and I'm always at a loss for how to describe it in exact ways. All I know is that is that I love to blog, and like you, it's been a great creative outlet for me. Again, thanks for leading me to your site, it's lovely here!

Anne said...

Hi there, I’m stopping by from the UBP. It’s nice to meet you!
I’m giving away a beautiful necklace on my blog- if you want to check it out! annejensenfamily.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

~Sandy~ said...

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by my party :O) Happy UPB '09!!!!

Katie said...

I thought I'd comment on your UBP post to, just to say I played along too. Good luck winning! I hope you win something fun.

Baba said...

Hi! Party hopping. Stop in for a visit.

Sheila said...

It's so nice to meet all of you. Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek at Pieces Of Me. I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Marina said...

The UBP party is over but I'm just visiting all the blogs...isnt this cool?

I've just started blogging and can be found at http://energizerbunnysmommyreports.blogspot.com/...do come and visit/subscribe/follow....c ya!!

Marina said...

The UBP party is over but I'm just visiting all the blogs...isnt this cool?

I've just started blogging and can be found at http://energizerbunnysmommyreports.blogspot.com/...do come and visit/subscribe/follow....c ya!!

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

I'm giving away Pink Champagne Shower Syrup from Jaqua Beauty...stop on over and enter! Ends April 8. Open to USA.

Ta!

I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.