Friday, April 9, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Five Minutes for Mom is hosting their 4th annual ultimate blog party, and I'm very excited to be joining in the fun this year! I've participated in other years on an old blog, but this is my first time participating from this one!

For those of you stopping by my blog for the first time, grab a drink and a snack, sit down, relax, and get ready to enjoy some super yummy recipes while I tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Amy. I've been married to my husband for two years now and we have two beautiful children. Our children were both born premature due to preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome, and truly are our miracles in life. I work a full time job. I love to cook, spend time with my children, go hiking, and of course, I love to blog!

Around Thanksgiving of 2009, our family decided to make some big changes. My husband and I have both gained quite a bit of weight since our marriage back in 2005, and we decided that it was time to lose the weight and get healthy. We joined weight watchers and the weight started falling off. However, after a point we hit a plateau. We realized that a lot of what we were eating was processed foods - when we checked the labels, there were times where we didn't even know what some of the ingredients in our food were. A good friend of mine had recently begun a journey to cut out processed foods, so we decided to join the bandwagon. We were able to cut out canned soups, packaged pasta/rice mixes, and even things like crackers and breads. I started this blog as a way to keep track of our recipes and our journey to getting healthy.

I hope you enjoyed your stay, and I hope you will come back to visit and enjoy some delicious recipes with us! Be sure to head back to 5 Minutes for Mom and visit lots of other fun and exciting blogs that are participating in the Ultimate Blog Party 2010!

Almost forgot! Here are the prizes I'd LOVE to win if I'm lucky! :)

The Grand Prize of course, who wouldn't love a new laptop?
US7 – Tupperware Prize Pack – the winner will receive a box filled with fun Tupperware goodies
US8 – Buds to Bloom Photo Tile Necklace ($95) – Features custom photo tile, hand stamped mom charm & bead cluster. The Ultimate Mommy Necklace!
US16 – A custom-made tutu for a baby or little girl. This can be made in any color combination you like (classic pink or your favorite team colors). Tutus made by Sweet Patootie’s are the fluffiest little girl tutus you’ll find – like a REAL ballerina’s tutu! Great for costumes OR everyday play!
US27 – One lucky winner will receive a Collected Recipes Cookbook binder, coordinating 8.5″ x 11 stationery, full page plastic protector sheets, and a pack of coordinating recipe cards.
US32 – $25 Target Gift Card!
US39 -Be My Guest certificate ($250 value) for one lucky winner, (2 night stay for a family of four) at any Hilton Garden Inn.
US42 – One winner will receive a copy of American Food Writing: An Anthology With Classic Recipes valued at $40!
US43 – A copy of Get Out!: 150 Ways For Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future and The Frugal Foodie Cookbook will be shipped to one lucky winner.
US47 – Muffintop Mama, a site dedicated to mamas and fitness, is giving away Muffintop Mama attire to one winner: Simple tanks to help you sweat!
US51 – Two winners will receive a lillebaby EveryWear carrier – the carrier you can wear every way, every where. Choose from Style, Sport or Organic.
US83 – Disney Mickey 5-in-1 Tasty Baker by Pop Art. An all in one table top appliance that bakes pancakes, cakes, quickbreads, biscuits and donuts and more into 6 bite sized shapes (Mickey mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto) in about one-third the time. It can even cook eggs.
US96 – A laundry prize pack from Mrs. Meyer’s! 64-oz laundry detergent (HE compatible), 80-ct dryer sheets and freshener. One winner will pick their choice of scent!
US105 – Get Fit Pack: One “lucky” winner will get a triple threat of Jillian Michaels. Pack contains 30 Day Shred, Yoga Meltdown, The Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout. Pack also includes an aluminum water bottle to help stay on track and stay hydrated!
US110 – A body butter sampler set with three of our most intoxicating scents to pamper your body from head to toe with skin indulgent mango, cocoa, and shea butter for two winners.
US112 – $50 Amazon Gift card
USC 37 – One winner will receive a $50 gift card to on here but that’s not it! There will be many other giveaways listed on my party post that you’ll want to check out!!!
USC 39 – A $50 paypal cash prize for one winner.


donna_m_webb said...

Hi Amy! I see some wonderful recipes to try soon. I am getting a new stove and look forward to some serious food cooking and baking!

I am Harriet said...

Hi there.
Stopping by via the Ultimate Blog Party to say hello.
Have a great day!

joeandbridge said...

Hi there! Just popping in from UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Looking forward to see how you're progressing in your weight loss journey. Hope you can come follow my blog too! Have a super weekend!

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblins

Suzanne Jeanette said...

Hi there! I'm stopping by from the blog party to say hi! I love your site design, so colorful and cheerful! I'm a foodie myself, but blog about all things in motherhood. Would love for you to stop by and visit me as well!

PS. I'm another new follower!

S Club Mama said...

love your blog design!

Christine said...

Hi there! I'm stopping by from UPB and I'm very interested in your journey. My family is also on a quest to remove process foods and make the majority of what we eat from scratch. Looking forward ot swapping ideas with you!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Hi Amy, I am a fellow Amy as well. Your blog is cute cute cute, love the layout! Happy Blog Party - hope to see you soon!

Angie said...

Hi Amy!
Just stopping to say hi! I added you to my blog role as one of my favorite blogs to read! Hope your having a great blog party day!

Cupcake Mommie (Jessica) said...

Hi Amy! Stopping in from UBP! I am ALL about staying out of the middle supermarket aisles! Cooking with real ingredients makes such a difference. I'm glad I found you!

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

Awesome!! We're on the same journey, cutting out the pre-packaged foods! Glad I found your place.

Julia said...

thanks for stopping by! your blog is so cute!! happy partying!!


Mama Bird said...

I love your blog! The design is great and I am so with you on the recipes & cutting out the junk!! Think we will be great friends!! I am following and oh yea- popping by from UBP!!

Tammy-Lee said...

everything looks so yummy on here. Come over and have a look at my blog.

Cindy said...

Okay, so the breakfast cookies look great!! I will have to try that being that I have a hard time liking breakfast!

Check out our Adventure! said...

Hi there! I'm popping in from the UBP! Your site looks chalked full with helpful tips and recipes. I'll have to come back when I have some more time to explore.
Party on!
Rachymommy -

Tree said...

Hi there!! Stopping by to party with you from UBP! How awesome about your weight loss and changing your ways of eating! My hubby and I need to both do that, so I will be back to check out your wonderful recipes!

I'm following you with both of my blogs, and would love to have you visit them when you get a chance!

One is my personal blog, Mother of Pearl It Is, and the other is my blog that features the best Top Sites and Blogs on the web through two Voting Topsites. Mommies Faves Top Sites and Blogs.

I would also love to invite you to join us at our new Mommies Faves Mom Bloggers Network as well! :)

Now back to the party, have fun!!

Anonymous said...

I, too, try to eat as little processed food as possible. Good luck on your weight loss journey. Hope you're enjoying the party!

Susieqtpies said...

Toot Tootin' the #UBP10 Party Horn!!!

I'm your newest blog follower! I'd love for you to be featured as Guest Chef with one of your healthy recipes! Stop in and LMK if you would like to do that!!! Very cool!

Stop in and toot your horn!!!

at Scraps of Life

Stacey says... said...

Stopping by to say HI from the UBP! Looking forward to reading more from your site!

Chicagolandia said...

Popping by from UBP - read your recipe for Breakfast cookies and I'm hooked. Anyone that eats cookies for breakfast is a friend I haven't met yet - I'm your newest follower!

Susie B. Homemaker said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. I am having so much fun at the UBP 2010!! :)

couponcookin said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you are enjoying the party. Visit again and enter in my giveaway. I just need a Comment.

Leslie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog from UBP! It's great meeting such wonderful new people! Don't be offended, but I can't spend too much time on your blog. It makes me hungry! :o)

Shamrocks and Shenanigans said...

Popping in for the party..sorry I am late!
Shamrocks and Shenanigans

JamericanSpice said...

Hi Amy,

I'm glad your little miracles are safe with you and good luck on your health journey!

I'm visiting from the UBParty. It's nice to meet you :)

Have a great week and enjoy the party hopping!


Cascia said...

Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. You have a great site. I would love it if you visited my blog and left me a comment! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

The Healthy Moms

Becky said...

I'm stopping by from the UBP. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm always looking for new recipes so I'll be back often!

Anonymous said...

Stopping by from the UBP.
You have a lovely blog.
Stop by my blog party sometime.
Lisa's Gluten-Free Advice and Healthy Living.

busylilgal said...

Love all of your recipes! They all look delicious. Hope you're enjoying the UBP. :)


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