Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Ultimate Blog Party #UBP10

Ultimate Blog Party 2010
Hello, everyone.  It's time to party!  5 Minutes for Mom is hosting the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party.  It's a not a party in the traditional sense.  There are no fattening appetizers or dirty martinis (unless you make them at home-and while you're at it, make some for me!).  This is a blog party, and it's a wonderful way to meet new friends out in the blogosphere, and you might even be lucky enough to win a wonderful prize!  Click on over to 5 Minutes for Mom for more information.

About me.  I'm a married mom in her 30's.  I have a 15-month old daughter named Emma, who I blog about often, and I annoy my husband to no end with my blogging addiction.  Seriously, it's like crack.  And I'll never give it up - I'll blog until my fingers fall off!

It all began when I created a blog to support my vintage Etsy shop.  I had just had my daughter and made the decision to stay at home with her, and selling on Etsy was quite empowering.  Going from a pretty successful career to bringing in zero income sure did give me a case of the doldrums.  Even though I wasn't making millions on Etsy, it was nice to be earning something.

The idea for this here blog came to me after a few months of regularly visiting great coupon blogs and freebie sites.   The free products I received in the mail really rocked my world.  Especially since my husband was laid off just weeks after we found out we were expecting.  (While a free sample of toothpaste may only make a small difference, it's still helpful.)  I've always been pretty good at finding deals and coupons on things, and friends and family always looked to me for help.  So I figured I'd share what I know with a wider audience, and "The Penny-Pinching Mama" was born. But I was no match for some of the wonderful coupon sites out there.

Then I started seeing cool giveaways everywhere.  I won a few small prizes here and there, and I became hooked.  But I wanted to be more involved in the process, and so I began featuring stories on great brands that had agreed to offer giveaways to my readers.  It gives me such a wonderful feeling to know that I've made someone's day by awarding a great prize.

Blogging gives me a creative outlet.  I so enjoy the writing, and I think my blogging "voice" has a little bit of everything.  I love to blog about my personal life, LOST (the best television series of all time), in addition to offering great product reviews and giveaways almost daily.  Most of all I'm enjoying the people I meet, whether in-person at PR events, or getting to know people through the virtual process.

I think I've rambled on long enough.  Go on and check out the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party, mingle with some of the other bloggers, and look through the amazing prizes to be won.

I especially love these (in order):  The Grand Prize Toshiba Satellite L505D-ES5025, US39, USC17, US101, US104, USC8, USC39, or any gift certificates, toys or other items my toddler could use.

34 comments:

  1. Hi! Following you from the UBP:-)
    Andrea
    http://andrea-newblog.blogspot.com/

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  2. Holy geez! Not only a picture of you, but of the whole family! Plus, I forgot that you had an Etsy shop, that's cool.

    Glad you joined the party, Mama!

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  3. Love your blog and really enjoyed my visit.
    I was late too but fashionable late.

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  4. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. I am absolutely loving my 1st UBP... so much fun!! :)

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  5. Thanks for stopping by! It's nice to *meet* you especially after reading that you are a LOST fan! My husband is an addict and I've been a blogging addict for several months now! :)

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  6. blog party timeee! :) so glad i came to your site! and you crack me up about the blog addiction. i know what you are saying.. it's so fun! and my husband has had to text me to come upstairs to bed a few times..hehe..but now i got him blogging with his new business he started and he's hooked too. so. ha.. i win. hehe.

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  7. I enjoy your blog too! I'm also in the ultimate blog party so stop by if you get a chance.

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  8. Wheee! Have you visited as many blogs as I have this weekend? It's all becoming a blur to me! Been reading you for a while now. Keep up the good work!

    I'm at http://getalonghome.com if you have a few minutes sometime! Happy partying!

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  9. Great Blog! Found you on #UBP10

    Hope you all can visit mine too, although it is not so much of a blog, more of a vlog kind of thing. Well check it out and you let me know where I fit on. hehe
    http://www.babytobe.tv

    Thanks a ton!

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  10. blogging is super fun, isn't it? Hope you're enjoying the UBP!

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  11. Stopping by to say hello. I love your blog and already follow you. I also annoy my husband with my blog addiction.

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  12. Finally, you gave me license to call my love for blogging what it really is - a crack addiction, LOL. I'm here for the UBP and I'm glad I stopped by. I hope to return soon. In the meantime, check out my blog where I ramble about my blended family and ridiculous quest to be balanced.

    D. Rene.
    www.grownupforeal.wordpress.com

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  13. Stopping by to say hi! Enjoy the party!

    I already follow your blog.

    http://grandgiveaways.wordpress.com

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  14. Hi! Thank you for visiting from UBP:-)

    I have been following you forever!

    Jessica
    http://all-about-the-savings.blogspot.com/

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  15. Stopping in from the UBP to say HI! :)

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  16. You might be late to the party, but it's not a party until YOU arrive!

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  17. Coming from the UBP -- I have met so many new bloggers out there! Hi there and you have a wonderful blog here, I am having tons of fun surfing through it! I am #986 Blog, #734 Twitter & #462 Facebook

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  18. You have such a cute family!
    I'm just stopping by to say hello!
    Hope you are enjoying UBP10 as much as I am! :)

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  19. I just wanted to stop by and chat with you at the party! I already subscribe to your blog and I love it! How funny, "a crack addiction." I think that applies to me also with my addiction to reading blogs and entering giveaways. I dominate the computer and only let others use the Laptop. Have a Happy UBP!

    Shawna
    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

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  20. Visiting from UBP, I already follow your site:)

    My post is @ http://lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com/2010/04/ultimate-blog-party-5-minutes-for-moms.html

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  21. Found you via the UBP. Your site is great and I can't wait to look around even more.

    I'm the DebtPrincess and I can be found at: http://DebtPrincess.blogspot.com

    Jessica

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  22. Hi there! Nice to meet you! I loved reading your blog. You have a great sense of humor and I hope you do blog until your fingers fall off :) keep it up we love to read it!

    I hope you can stop by our blog: http://inspiredgiftsblog.blogspot.com
    Inspiredgifts.com is a mom owned newly launched site.

    Have a beautiful day
    Rebecca

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  23. So nice to meet you. I found you through another UBP party goer. I'm going to find you on Twitter. I am @proverbswife on twitter and aproverbswife.com is my site. I'm looking forward to your future posts.

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  24. Oh! Emma is absolutely adorable. I have a 3-year-old and a 10-month-old. Both girls!!

    We'd love to have you come by our place:

    http://inspiredgiftsblog.blogspot.com

    With Aloha

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  25. Hi, I just stopped in from the UBP. Thanks for sharing your savings finds.

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  26. Hi there, I am Niki from Free 2 Be Frugal and I am stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 10.

    I just wanted to say hi, nice to "meet" you, and tell you how much I am enjoying your blog so far.

    Be sure to stop over and visit me and enter my latest giveaway:
    http://free2befrugal.blogspot.com/2010/04/ultimate-blog-party-10.html

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  27. Hey just found you through UBP. I love your site. I have a giveaway going on at my site in honor of this party check it out. https://sites.google.com/site/sisterssaving/giveaways

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  28. You have an adorable family! I agree blogging is definitely like crack! I love it!

    Lauren @ MidgetMomma1200budget.blogspot.com

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  29. Popping over from UBP, I love your site and getting free things are addictive too.

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  30. stopping by from the ubp, i already follow your great blog!

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  31. Hello...stopping in for the UBP..nice to meet you! I enjoyed visiting your blog and am now an email subscriber! Looking forward to reading more. Have a great weekend!

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  32. Hi! I'm popping by via the UBP. I know, I'm late, but I just can't top partying! Nice site!

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