Blog Challenge and Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2011


Quite a few things going on today.  First, I’m going to try to participate in a friend’s 30-day April blog challenge that she is facilitating from her private blog (Day 1 described below).  I’m also going to check out the 2011 Ultimate Blog Party that I just happened to stumble upon yesterday through a comment on another blog.  And finally, I’m also participating once again in Design It Chic’s Boost My Blog – I’ve found some fun blogs from the other links. 

So, however you got here today…WELCOME! 

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts

Here was one of my last attempts to get me in the picture.  I am either telling Andy to “just take the picture” or telling the girls to “just sit still”. 

15 Facts (not sure how interesting they will be) that I am now typing as they come to me:

  1. I got married on my 25th birthday.  So I share my b-day with my anniversary.  I thought it was only fair since my husband shares his birthday with Christmas.  So now we both deal with double present buying once a year when we decide to actually do gifts for these occasions.
  2. I am a mom of three: 3 1/2, 2, and 7-months old.  However, I work outside of the house 32 hours a week.
  3. Although I let them sleep in and I grab them back early, I often still take my kids to daycare on the 5th day of the week (like today).  For my own sanity.  And to make our weekends more kid-focused and less errand-focused.  I’d be lying if I said I felt totally guilty about this.  (I wrote about it here under #13.)
  4. Although I have a degree in Secondary Education, I work in Employee Development focusing on providing resources for others to learn about leadership, communication, relationship building, coaching, etc.  I do not like it when people think “training” will cure someone of their bad habits or weaknesses.  I am not a miracle-worker.  Sometimes I think adults are more difficult than high school students.
  5. I am addicted to Big Train Chai Tea.
  6. I LOVE peanut butter on graham crackers.  But only Jif Creamy.
  7. I hate housecleaning, but would do yard work all day and night.
  8. I have traveled to 11 countries: Canada, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, France, Belgium, the Bahamas and TAHITI.
  9. I attended Xavier University for 7 years straight…5 in Undergrad and 2 for my MBA.
  10. I eat the same breakfast every morning…1 cup cereal with 1/2 cup milk and 4 oz of OJ.
  11. I rarely listen to music in the car…NPR or AM talk radio for me.  Apparently I really like listening to the news.
  12. I thought Taylor Swift was a boy…see #11.
  13. One of my absolute favorite musical groups is Over the Rhine.
  14. I have a lava lamp in my kitchen. 
  15. I thought I stopped reading since I have a LARGE stack of unread books by my bed.  Then I realized I could tell you everything about Kelly, Sarah, Jenny, Emily, and a few others.  So apparently, I haven’t stopped reading…I’ve just stopped reading books.  Blogs are my new downfall.  Maybe instead of Book Club, I’ll start my own Blog Club.

11 Responses to Blog Challenge and Ultimate Blog Party

  1. I just told my husband last night that I do indeed read as much as he does–it just happens to be blogs instead of books.

    I’m out of town and hope to get a post written for the UBP in time.

  2. I know we’ve bonded over our mutual love of peanut butter on graham crackers before. Love it. Also, how have I never noticed the lava lamp in your kitchen…is that a new addition?

  3. Howdy!

    What beautiful kids you have!!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow…please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

    And…Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)

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