Thursday, March 31, 2011

5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

It might be April Fool's Day, but this is no joke. It really IS a party with about 2,000 bloggers linking up at 5 Minutes for Mom. So glad you've joined me.

Come on in! Take a look around. And by all means, make yourself at home. Kick your shoes off if you want to--I always do. Here in this little corner of the cyber world it's all about being yourself, being real, and chilling together for a few minutes.

What do I write about? Faith, family, and food, mostly. With a bit of travel thrown in for good measure.

Faith. First and foremost I hope you'll see that I'm all about Jesus. I hope He shines through the pages of this blog, whether He's mentioned in name or not . . . He's here. A couple of my favorite faith posts are Generosity and In Which I Apologize to my Dad.

Family. The title of my blog is a play on our last name, but it also has come to symbolize what we're about. Yes, it's a crazy, wild life with three teenage girls, but it's an adventure full of fun. I write about parenting quite a bit because I'm passionate about doing this better. A couple of my favorite parenting posts are Dabbling? and a series I did last year called Intentional Parenting. Oh, and last week I wrote a post titled How Your Daughter Dresses Matters that got quite the reaction. Yea!

Food. I love food! I love to cook it and I love to eat it. I'm passionate about making great meals that are simple yet delicious, so every Friday I'll give you one of our family's favorite recipes in my Fabulous Friday Food post. A couple of the most popular Fabulous Friday Food posts have been my Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Honey Whole Wheat Bread.

Travel. This is where I have FUN!! I love to explore new parts of the world and I've had lots of adventures over the years. I'm grateful for an understanding husband who puts up with my wanderlust. Over the past few years I've written about taking two of my daughters to England on separate occasions and about a family missions trip to Switzerland. But we stay in the States as well. Tuesday is usually my travel day to write about travel.

I have had so much fun meeting new blogging friends over the past three years, but there is always room for more. Please FOLLOW me and join in on my everyday adventures!

Now for the good stuff. Because I'm greedy and because I'm lonely over here and because I really want you to follow me, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Anthropologie (one of my favorite places!) to one lucky commenter . . . BUT ONLY IF I REACH 150 FOLLOWERS! So here's where you come in. If you don't already follow me, DO IT (and leave a comment letting me know)! I think you'll be glad you did. If you DO already follow me (and I thank you for that!), Tweet my challenge, or put in on Facebook, or pass the word around however you do it. Then come back and leave me a comment letting me know you did that. (One comment per person, please.)

I'll announce the winner of a random drawing from the comments on Thursday, April 7.

Thanks for playing--and for following!

54 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm DaenelT and I found your blog through UBP2011. I look forward to looking around your blog and reading a couple of your posts.

    I'm following you via Google Friend Connect.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

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  2. Blowing my party horn for your $25 gift card! Following from UBP11 - please stop by when you have some time! Enjoy the party!
    www.coffeelovinmom.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi! I'm your newest follower! Do you have an RSS feed I can subscribe to? I'm over at www.morethanmundane.com if you want to come by.

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  4. Now it's official. I was looking for you, now I am a follower. Julie Clemens

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  5. I am one of your newest followers, found your blog while doing the UBP 2011, I really like your blog:)

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  6. Shelly, I've been reading your posts and following you via blogger for the past couple of weeks--I love your views on parenting!

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  7. Hey Shelly!! Happy UBP'11 week!! Have TONS of fun this week!! :)

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  8. Thanks for popping over with your comment today. I should have gotten a 'no more waity katie' for you and the girls. You could have painted your nails during the wedding!

    What is UBP?

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  9. Hi there!! Not only I love the fcat that you ar a believer, that your blog is quite great and that you are also partying with the UBP11 but your are giving a gift card from my all time favorite spot Anthro! Thank you, oh thank you!! :) hope you come visit me at www.ohbabyboy.wordpress.com and be part of my giveaway as well. Following you on google connect ~ Clemens

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  10. I am a new follower from the Ultimate Blog Party!!! Have a Great Day!!

    Sarah

    www.sarahsblogoffun.com
    www.twitter.com/SarahsBlogOfFun
    www.facebook.com/sarahsblogoffun

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  11. I am glad I stopped by. :) I love finding other christian mom bloggers! I am now following you via gfc. I am from www.livingonloveandcents.com Please stop by some time! I have a car seat giveaway on my blog party post! I look forward to reading more from you! ~Heather
    www.facebook.com/livingonloveandcents
    www.twitter.com/loveandcents

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  12. Hi! I see you feature Reviews and/or Giveaways. I would like to invite you to add your blog to my “Review and Giveaway Blog Directory” if you haven’t already. Hope you’re having a Sweet Week!

    April
    Review and Giveaway Blog Directory
    A Mommy’s Sweet Blog Design
    Join us every Friday for our Blog Hop!

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  13. Stopping by from UPB11. Great to meet you! I'm a Shelly too. :)

    There are so many fun blogs to visit! If you have time, I hope you’ll stop by:

    http://atticgirl.blogspot.com/2011/04/welcome-to-ultimate-blog-party-2011.html

    You can enter to win a $25 Gift cert to my eBay store to spruce up your spring/summer wardrobe (details on post)
    Have a great weekend!

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  14. Stopping by from the UBP. So nice to meet you.

    Having hree teenage daughters!?! That is quite an adventure! :)

    Cheers,
    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

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  15. I just Tweeted it! Hope you reach your goal today.

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  16. Hey Shelly! I have been following you on twitter, but just found your blog thru the party. I think we have quite a bit in common, except that I really don't care for cooking, but I love food!
    I subscribed via email, but would've loved an RSS option!
    Come visit! http://livingthebalancedlife.com/the-ultimate-blog-party-2011/
    Bernice

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  17. Hi there...thank you for your visit and kind words today. Enjoy the party!

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  18. I have been following your blog for the past several months and you are my cyber-twin! The way you write is exactly how I think and talk. It is really funny - sometimes I read your posts to my husband and kids. (You are reaching more than just me in our household). I really do enjoy your posts and you have inspired me to start dabbling in blogs. I found you through Teri Lyn Underwood's post. Keep up the blogs coming...

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  19. Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party! It is so nice to "meet" you. I hope you're having a great day. I'm following now so I'll see you around! I hope you get to 150. You are so close!

    www.CraftyHippoDesigns.com
    http://AHippoWithAHeadband.blogspot.com/

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  20. Really like your blog! Found it through the UBP - party time!! :) I am REALLY new to the blogging world, so come check me out if you have a chance.

    http://apalousemom.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-first-blog-hop.html

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  21. Found you thru the UBP blog hop... I'm your newest follower! As a mom of 3 girls myself (ages 5 and under) I'll be keeping up on your 'Daughter' posts.

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  22. Just making the round of the UBP11.

    Best,

    Stephanie
    And Twins make 5!
    andtwinsmake5.com

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  23. I am your newest fan from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011. I would really appreciate it if you follow me back through Google Connect Friend. I have a lot of contest going on Madame Deals. $25 amazon gift card, Vera Bradley purse, $100 in jewelry, 200 cut coupons, bare minerals gift pack, $30 for an organic outfit, $75 P&G products, and the chance to win $1000. Thank you Amee

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  24. I can't wait to pop around your blog and get to read more of what you've written. I'm especially interested in the daughter posts! We mamas need all the help we can get, yes?

    It's so great to read another blog by a fellow believer. Blessings to your day!

    Became a follower and hopin' for that gift card! ;)

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  25. I'm Here from the UBP11 Party! I'm adding you to my blog

    roll page on diabetic snacker.
    Thanks for the chance at a great prize. I'm having a party

    too! Let's swap buttons sometime.
    barb g.
    directorylanesuperstore(at)gmail.com

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  26. Happy UBP! Hope you enjoy your weekend. Can't go wrong with Anthro ;) - I'm now following via GFC
    mrscoxblog{at}gmail{dot}com

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  27. Ok. I followed.
    Sounds like an interesting blog. I am anxious to read more. It is nice to meet you.

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  28. new follower! Hope you get to 150 - I've never shopped at Anthropologie but see they have some awesome stuff :-)

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  29. Following you now. And you are almost there!!!

    I'm going to have two teenagers soon...and a few years later, do it again with a teenage son thrown in. LOL

    Hope to see you around the party.

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  30. Woohoo- just 10 more to go to 150!

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  31. New google friend!

    Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011!
    Hope you’ll visit my party: http://momandmore.com/2011/04/2011-ultimate-blog-party-welcome-to-mom-and-more.html

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  32. New google friend!

    Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011!
    Hope you’ll visit my party: http://momandmore.com/2011/04/2011-ultimate-blog-party-welcome-to-mom-and-more.html

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  33. Me thinks you'd best be buying that Anthropologie gift card . . . you are almost there. Go, Shelly.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  34. Hi Shelly!

    I'm visiting from UBP2011!
    It's nice meeting you.
    I'm your newest follower.

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  35. Stopping by to say Hi! Hope you are having fun at this year's UBP 2011! I know I am!

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  36. following you all ready and partying with the UBP as well come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  37. I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop party, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
    thank you :)

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  39. Wow, a mom to 3 teen girls? Amazing! My oldest are girls (20 and 18). I'm going to read about how your daughter's dress because that's always been an important topic to me! I hope my faith comes through on my blog too whether the name of Jesus is mentioned or not.

    Nice to find you! I saw your tweet this morning. =)

    I'm your newest follower

    ~Mimi @bigguysmama #115
    http://wovenbywords.blogspot.com/2011/03/2011-ultimate-blog-party.html

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  40. New follower via UBP. Hope you will follow me too @ http://masalabowl.blogspot.com/2011/04/day-298-ultimate-blog-party.html

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  41. I follow on google friend! I was #148 so almost there!!!
    haydensmommy05@hotmail.com

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  42. Hiya I'm stopping by from the UBP'11. Now following you and would love it if you stop by A Little of This and a Little of That and follow back. I hope you enjoy yourself at the UBP. Have a fab week.
    http://alittleoftheother.com

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  43. I'm follower #150 (at least when I started this comment! Ha!) Love your blog--will be coming back to read more!

    Lisa Stone

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  44. Stopping by to say ‘Hi’ from my 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2011 link-up! What a great blog you have and I will be following! Stop by and say ‘Hi’ back! I have blog parties on Tuesday and Wednesday’s that may interest you. Tuesday is Tutorial & Thrifty Treasures Tuesday. Wednesday is What’s Cookin’ Wednesday. I am also looking for guest posts on home décor and crafts if you are interested.

    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  45. Hiya I'm visiting from the UBP'11. Following you now and would love it if you would drop by A Little of This and a Little of That and follow back. I hope you enjoy yourself at the UBP. Have a fab week.
    http://alittleoftheother.com

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  46. Here from UBP...can't wait to checkout the rest of your blog!!

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  47. Cool, I can be a follower of Jesus and Shelly, too! Count me in.
    colette

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  48. I know I'm a little late and thats ok, I just wanted to stop by and say hi anyway! Im now following via GFC and look forward to hearing more from you! Feel free to stop by for a visit! http://www.flipflopmama.com/2011/03/ultimate-blog-party-2011.html

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  49. HI Shelly! I'm a little late to the party, and love the blog and love anthro. I just became your GFC follower #154 hehehe congrats on reaching 150 and beyonds! cheers! xoxo


    http://www.agentnerdy.com

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  50. Faith, family and food what more do we need out of life. I love to make great food too. There is nothing more satisfying than a good meal. Nice to meet you.

    http://postpartumillness.com/?q=node/455

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