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Ultimate Blog Party 2010

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Thanks for visiting me today! I am so excited about this party and all the wonderful friends I will make. (Yes, you will be my friend immediately. I’ve been like that since I was little. Ask my mom. I’d be at the playground and anyone who I played with was automatically “my friend”.)

My Family

To introduce myself I thought I would post a list of 10 things you should know about me:

1) Being a mother is the best job I have ever had and also my most challenging.

2) I am madly in love with Sinisa.

3) I try to be organized and I am a huge list maker.

4) My children need to match. Mismatched outfits are one of my biggest pet peeves. Don’t know what I’m gonna do in a few years when they want to pick out their own outfits :0

5) Caffeine is my friend… chocolate, pop, flavored coffee drinks- love them all!

6) I tend to over commit myself and take on more than I can handle.

7) I love to shop but I am super cheap (“frugal” is the new word for it I guess…)

8) I love to read but other than my Bible haven’t read an actual book in a while.

9) I love my extended family and my mommy friends and am so thankful for the support that they give me through all the hard times.

10) Perhaps most of all it’s important for you to know that I believe in God and that Jesus died for me (and you!).


What can you expect to find on my blog?

Posts about my family, stories about my Spiritual walk, my obsession with participating in memes around the blogosphere (gotta show love to my fellow blogging friends), information about Charities that I support, reviews/giveaways, and so much more!


Want to get to know me better? There are a few ways you could do so:

*Live in the Chicago, IL area? Let’s meetup!

*Do you tweet? Wow! So do I! Come say hi!

*Become a fan on facebook

*I’ll also be attending Relevant 10 and BlogHer so let me know if you’ll be there, too :)


Now to the difficult part of perusing the prize list and choosing what items I’d love to win…

Here is my list:

The Grand Prize laptop would be great for Sinisa

#1- $150 shopping spree at Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles

#11- The $100 gift eCertificate to Restaurant.com from Amy LeForge of Earnest Parenting

I’d also love (from the US continental list): #39, #17, #23, #8, #50, #6, #3, #18, #49, #19, #56, #2, #26, #32, #31, #37, #79, #55, #20, #35, #12, #28, #56, #88, #71, #87, #72, #52, #25, #76, #74, #69, #61, #41, #14, #4

(from the US/Canada list): #57, #3, #35, #13, #15, #43, #37, #8, #39, #49, #32, #21, #40, #36, #48, #33, #45, #30, #44, #11, #25, #42, #41, #19, #34

Really I would just be happy with anything :) If I can’t use it I’m sure I know a family member or friend who could!

Thank you so much to all the wonderful companies who have donated prizes to the party!


  1. Ha ha!! Missmatched outfits drive me INSANE!!! I cannot stand the idea of my kids clothes not matching!! Nice to meet you!!

  2. Joining in the party fun. Good luck with your kids “matching” in the years to come. LOL

  3. dropping by from the philippines :) i joined the blog party too! hope to see you at The Mommy Journey

  4. Wow. Awesome.
    i am still working on my prize list.
    I have 3 thus far.
    The grand prize would be SUPER Duper awesome to win!
    A toshiba laptop. Niiiice.
    nice blog. I am glad I stopped by. :)

  5. Coffee is my life line :) Stopping by for the party. This is my first year and super excited to join!

  6. Great to meet you. I’m a coffee and chocolate addict to, and I know all about overcommitting and taking on way more than I can handle. I am grappling with the idea that there is not time in the day to do all the wonderful things in life that I could do.

  7. Stopping in to say hi from the blog party! You have a beautiful family!

  8. The one thing I agree on is that Jesus did die for you and I! If it weren’t for Him taking all our sins upon Him, I am not sure mothering would be an easy job… too much guilt!

    I had to give up caffeine, but miss the stuff. The headaches after I gave it up were horrible!

    I want to invite you to join my party Opinions, Thoughts and Everyday Life

  9. Haha, so funny that they have to match.. good luck when they dress themselves!! My son everyday wears his clothes backwards!!!

    Stopping by from UBP 2010! Come visit me too:

  10. cute website! Love lists, coffee, frugal shopping and Bible reading too. Have a fun party week.

    Stop by when you can @ http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog party!

    Have a great weekend! :)

  12. So great to meet you! I stopped by from the UBP. Have a great one. Come say hi when you can.


  13. stopping by from UBP..I’m a displaced Chicagoan myself! :)

  14. I am SO GLAD we found each other from the Ultimate Blog Party. We have LOTS in common, girl! Thanks for being a blessing! Hope we can get to know one another better!

  15. Love the title of your blog! And I also love to shop “frugally!” This will be a great friendship. Can’t wait to read more!

    Stop by FTSN for a slice of peanut butter pie when you get the chance. http://www.fromthesamenest.com


  16. Clever blog title! You and I will be great friends because I am also pretty frugal!!

    Stop by FTSN for a slice of peanut butter pie when you get the chance. http://www.fromthesamenest.com


  17. Love your blog so far! I look forward to reading more! Thanks for stopping by mine. You have a precious family!

  18. Hi Alicia! Yes that prize list was so hard to do! lol. It’s good to get to know you a little more through UBP!

  19. hate mismatched outfits that is why I hang their clothes up in outfits and go through once a week. I am also a mommy and have been married for 23 years if you find time come by and visit my blog as well

  20. Hi! I’m visiting from the UBP! Nice to ‘meet’ you. My kids rarely match – but I try to make sure they do when we leave the house. Off to check out the rest of your blog! Have fun partying.

  21. Hi. Thanks for your visit to my blog. As I read your post, I started laughing – are you my twin? We seem to have everything from 1-10 in common! (with a few tweaks … ie – insert my own husband’s name, etc)
    Wow. That’s funny. Nice to meet you, twin! Stop by anytime! :D

    (Note – also have a cheap… uh, I mean FRUgal blog. It’s at http://www.frugalsteward.blogspot.com … just thought I’d put that out there :)

  22. You had me intrigued! I had a to look up Sinisa! I enjoyed stopping by your blog. I hope you are enjoying the UBP 2010!

  23. So nice to meet you!!! Happy party week and you have a beautiful family :)

  24. I think I agreed with about 8 of your list of 10, so yes, we must be friends. Especially the one about mismatched outfits and lists – I’ve even been known to put something on a list after it’s complete, just because.
    So glad I found your blog. I love it!

  25. I am a huge list maker too….

    Blog hopping and having a blast…..so many great blogs….This is a GREAT party.
    I have a Fun $100 Gift Basket to give away and all it takes a comment.
    I am number….294 and 295……


  26. I tend to over commit myself as well–maybe that’s why we need so much caffeine! Found you through the UBP!!

  27. Hi! You and I sound a lot alike – and I’m not that far from you (Green Bay). Hope you can stop by my place this week, too: http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com/2010/04/2010-ultimate-blog-party.html.

  28. Hi Alicia! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I am already following you on Twitter! Maybe we’ll meet at Relevant.

  29. Nice to meet you! Your little ones are adorable!

  30. What a fun post! I’ve been a subscriber for a long time, but it’s fun to read these random things about you!

    Happy UBP! Oh, and I’m planning to go to Relevant, so we’ll have to meet there!

  31. Alicia, you have such a beautiful family. I had to laugh at #4, I used to match my children too. I was always afraid I’d lose one and forget what they were wearing. LOL Anyway, I hope you have a blessed weekend.

  32. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I look forward to checking out more of yours!
    I also follow you on twitter now too! Hope you’ll follow back!

  33. Hi great to meet you! We have a lot in common and I can’t wait to see more from your blog! Stop by anytime and hope to chat more with you!

  34. That’s a great talent to be able to make friends easily.
    Your family is super cute, and it was fun to get to know you. I totally over commit myself way to often as well, we already have something in common :)

    Party on…
    Party With Tiff (UBP post)

  35. Lots going on here, I’ll be back to check it out soon, thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

  36. Thanks for stopping by:)
    What a beautiful family you have!! and from what Im reading we sound like we will get along just fine :) Im adding you to my reader!

  37. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Even though my oldest is 7, I still try to coordinate outfits when I can, LOL! Have a wonderful weekend!

  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Shoot me an email & I’ll send you my button for our button swap! :)
    Wonderful to meet you!

  39. Thanks for popping in to my blog and following my tweets! You have a beautiful family! Party on (:

  40. HI hun found ya at UBP . Your children are beautiful. I am also now following you on twitter and fb..

  41. Stopping by from UBP! Nice to meet you. You have a great looking family.

  42. Happy Blog Party~ I am a lover of coffee and in the Chicago area as well. I will see you soon!

  43. Being a mommy is the best job in the world :)

  44. Wow! By reading your list I would say that you and I are twins separated at birth. Can’t wait to read more!

    Happy UBP ’10!

  45. Hi there! I’m here for the party LOL.

  46. Hey! Stopping by from the UBP just to say hi..

  47. Stopping by from UBP10. I bookmarked your site and look forward to “getting to know you better” :)

  48. Nice to meet you. Happy partying!

  49. Happy UBP 2010!

  50. Hi! I’m visiting from the UBP 10! Hope to see you at mine!

    I review books on my blog.

    Party Post

  51. I like my kids to match too. Getting difficult now with three (2 girls, 1 boy) but I like them to at least coordinate. My 4 year old has caught on to this now and likes to pick outfits for the whole gang. :)

  52. Love your sweet family and blog! Love tweeting with you as well! And I take on more than I can handle all the time – we’ll have to keep each other accountable :)

  53. Hi, Stopping by from UBP 2010 – my first. I don’t have a problem with mismatched clothes, but I can’t stand it when there is a stain that didn’t come out.

  54. Hi! Nice to meet you. I’ll have to look a little more around your blog.

  55. Your family is adorable! Thanks for your comments.

  56. Thanks so much for stopping by my party, your kids are adorable and it’s so great to meet you! I will definitely be at BlogHer this summer, so we should meet up! :)

  57. Visiting from UBP and glad to meet your family. Too funny about matching outfits. Hopefully you will find more time to read one day soon.

  58. Stopping by from the UBP! :-) Have struggled with the clothes-matching thing myself, especially since my girls are identical twins :-p But, it’s starting to get to a point that I’m just happy if they’re wearing clothes :-p

    I’m kind of blog-hopping right now, but following you so I can be sure to come back later! :-D

  59. Hey, I love the name of your blog- making time for mommy! Yes! Come visit my at Knowlton Nest (www.jsknowlton.blogspot.com) -Shonda

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  61. Checking out all the UBP posts from the blogs I subscribe to… have a GREAT week!

  62. Just “party hopping!” Very, very nice to “meet you” :) So many blogs, so little time!! LOL!

    I like my boys to match but them not so much ;)


    Visit my party post at:

  63. I’ll be your friend too! LOL I’ve been the same way since I was a kid. My daughter is the same way too. It’s funny.

    Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party!! Following your blog now! Hopefully you can stop by mine and follow as well! Have a great weekend!


  64. Hi! Just came over from the UBP. Your little guys are so cute! I used to have an obsession with my kids having matching clothes too. Now, as long as they have on CLEAN clothes, I am happy:)

    Come on over and see me sometime!

  65. Great to meet you! Came by from the UBP! You have a beautiful family!

    One way to get them to match is to give them choices that already match. :D

  66. Nice meeting you! I think that matching outfits are cute. I’m an identical twin and we dressed alike until we were in junior high. It was fun until we developed our own unique tastes.

    So glad to meet you!

  67. I really wish I knew what Sinisa was… great blog! So many more to get through!

    Feel free to come by my blog and read my Ultimate Blog Party ’10 post! Become a reader & stay informed of upcoming giveaways!

  68. Nice to “meet” you! Thank you for the twitter follow.

  69. Stopping by from the UBP! Nice to meet you and your lovely family.

  70. I think I will have to look into this party! Sounds like fun

  71. Caffeine! YEAH gotta have some : )
    If you visit me then please make it on Sundays. If you come during the week you will not like what you see….kids quite possibly wearing mis-matched clothing. Yeah, they don’t call ’em trendy for NOTHIN!

    Hey, I’m trying to go FRUGAL. That’s like the new cool thing, right? I want to fit in. Maybe I should hang out with you to get my “frugal” groove on?

    Enjoy the party!!!

  72. Hey wonderful blog you have here! I am just stopping in to say hi and party with you!

  73. I would want my kids to match too, if I had more than one, LOL! Just looks better that way!
    I am Following you on Twitter now too! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  74. I’m super cheap!! err frugal! too!!

    Hope you are having fun at the UBP!

    My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog – hope you will stop by, say hi, and grab a free tutu lesson! :)and I’m hosting Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

  75. Thanks for stopping by.
    My daughter often does not match. I called it C-Style…and take pictures to remember later.
    I decided it wasn’t a battle I needed to win…there are so many other things we have to control, I figured I didn’t need to control her clothes as long as they were weather appropriate.

  76. Thanks for popping by. Not sure if my first comment worked…I don’t see it here…and I goofed cause I made a typo in my name. :-)
    I’ll try again.
    My daughter often does not match. She has her own style which I take lots of pics of to remember later. I’ve decided to only care if we are going/doing something that it really matters to me that she looks good.

  77. Terri Dell says

    Hi from NY! I’m just dropping in while party hopping on the UBP. It’s fun finding so many new blogs and reading about all the wonderful bloggers. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.

  78. I keep running into you! I found you on the Blog Party and you’re going to Relevant too :). I love memes too, although I haven’t done one in a while.

    I added you to my reader!

  79. Hi! I’m a frugal shopper as well. I love the thrill of the hunt! :-) I’m a board member at powerofmoms.com- a great site to help all moms become better. Check it out!

  80. Hi Alicia! So nice to meet you! You have a super cute family. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Hope you’ve been enjoying the UBP!

  81. JDaniel4's Mom says

    Stopping from UBP! I have really enjoyed visiting your site and getting to know more about you! I am a frugal mom too.

  82. New follow from UBP. Good luck keeping the kids matching when they start picking out their clothes. I gave up on trying to make them match when my oldest started refusing to wear anything but teal skirt, a pair of pink and white leggings, and a neon rainbow striped shirt.

  83. Caffeine is one of the best friends a girl can have. I am convinced of this. (Dropping by from the UBP!)

  84. Hi and nice to meet you! I’ve followed you on Twitter and FB. Feel free to stop by and visit ($15 GC to Babies R Us/Toys R Us Giveaway). Happy UBP10!

  85. Wow! We seem to have a lot in common! I am a crazy listmaker, think that being a mom is the best job EVER (which is why I’m gonna be a mom again in a few weeks), hate spending money (but I want to shop SO BAD), ok ok, all of 1-10 (except #2… I’d have to change that to Charles… ha ha).

    Oh, what I’ve done with my daughter (she’s 18 months) is I will pull out two or three shirts, let her pick one, and then choose the pants and socks to go with. She’s got some control, and not a mismatched outfit! :) I know that will change later, but for now it works!

    Feel free to visit my party at http://sabrinas-space.blogspot.com/2010/04/welcome-to-my-party.html

  86. Hello makingtimeformommy.com!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and sorry for the late reply! Drop by again sometime, and have a good weekend!

  87. It is so great to get a new friend. The UBP has been a great way to connect! I am the mother of 5 grown daughters and I am an avid quilter and a professional organizer helping women get rid of clutter in their homes and lives.
    I look forward to connecting with you. Visit me at http://www.marilynbohn.com

  88. Hey Winner!
    You need these numbers to complete the prize form on the prize page – http://www.5minutesformom.com/ultimate-blog-party-2010-prizes/

    11 Alicia

  89. YAY a fellow list maker!! Woot woot!
    Happy UBP!
    Musing Mommies

  90. Just stopping in from UBP 2010 (Little late, I know ;) )!!! Joined your following, can’t wait to see what you post in the months to come!! Party on ;) *G*


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