It's A Party In The Blogosphere! - UBP 2010!

>> Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010
Welcome to The Toy Box Years!

First, I'd like to give a warm welcome to any new visitors from the Ultimate Blog Party!
Second, a big thank you 5 Minutes for Mom for hosting this great way to meet new people!
I love visiting new blogs and I love getting comments!  I also love new followers!
And I always try to return the "Blog Love" as soon as I can!

So, on to the fun!  This is my first Blog Party, so I'm pretty excited!

My name is Jennifer and I am a stay home mom of two beautiful girls and two fur-babies.  Nani is my 5-year old and Nudgie is my 20-month old.  They are my heart & soul and the reason I was born to be a mom!  Our fur-babies are two purebred German Shepherds - Mitzi (15 years) and Zoja (2 years)

I am also a military wife married for almost 15 years to my high school (and college) sweetheart.  We've been through some ups and downs during our years together, but I can honestly say that I am more in love with him today than I was the day we got married!

Hubby was a Marine for 6 years before going into the Army.  He is a Blackhawk crewchief and loves nothing more than to be flying high in the skies doing the job he loves.  While he was in the Marines he was part of an elite squadron known as HMX-1 or the Presidential Squadron.  There, he traveled all over the world with the President (and all I got was the dirty laundry!)  And even though he is no longer in the Marines and is now an Army soldier, he will always be My Marine!

My Marine is also a great dad, and while he probably won't admit it, his two little girls have got him wrapped around their finger! 

And Mommy?

Well, in my pre-mom life I had a job as a developer of continuing education programs/meeting planner.  It was a great job and allowed me many travel opportunities!  Although I haven't traveled worldwide, like My Marine, I've been to almost every state in the U.S.  But I always knew deep down that my calling was to be a wife and mom.  I'm incredibly blessed to have a husband with a career that allows me to live out my dream every single day.

I started blogging a little under a year ago at the encouragement of my dad who said that I should have been a writer.  (This coming from the dad who just about disowned me when I changed my major in college from Computer Science to Psychology!)  But I finally took the plunge and did it -- and I haven't looked back.  Through blogging, I have an outlet to share my day-to-day life with my girls, my family, and friends.  I have "met" some great folks out there and have read some inspiring stories.  I am always amazed at this little world that blogging is and how everyone has a story to tell.  And honestly - blogging is cheaper than therapy!

In my spare time - (Ha! Ha! Ha!  Don't make me laugh!) - I enjoy cross-stitching, scrapbooking, making cards, doing crafts with my girls, and other random crafty projects and dabble a little in photography.  I also love to read!!  You can find books stacked in just about every corner of my home!  I am always doing book reviews and try to host some book giveaways on a weekly basis.  And let's not forget blogging!



If you haven't had the chance to go see the great prizes you have the chance to win - you really should run right over and check them out!  Oh, to build my wish list!  I don't have much luck with winning stuff, but I can dream, right?

So, here are my top five prize picks:

US112 – $50 Amazon Gift card
Provided by: Robyn ~ Our Homeschool HomeFollow here: RobynOHSH or Visit Our Fan Page: Robyn Our Homeschool Home
US6 – Hand Stamped Personalized Necklace valued at $48 The Double Stacked A Lot Of Love
Provided by: Kristen’s Custom Creations
Follow here: KLA Customor Visit Our Fan Page: Kristen’s Custom Creations

US19 – Prize package of preschool toys! KOTA & PALS HATCHLINGS – (PLAYSKOOL/Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99), TONKA CHUCK & FRIENDS CHUCK MY TALKING TRUCK (TONKA/Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99), PLAY-DOH Coco-Nutty Monkey (Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99), PLAY-DOH MINI BUCKET (Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $4.99)
Provided by: Hasbro
Follow here: playskool or Visit Our Fan Page: Playskool

USC 14 – One lucky person will win one personalized music cd featuring a child’s name in the music and lyrics of every song on this full length cd.
The cd label can be personalized as well with a special message. We have 37 cds the choose from including 6 DISNEY cds featuring categories such as Lullaby, Playtime, Faith-Based, Holiday, Sports, Birthday and a Spanish series. It’s Music That Sing’s Your Child’s Name!
Provided by: Kids Personalized Music
Follow here: mykidsmusic or Visit Our Fan Page: Kids Personalized Music Cd’s

US50 – Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Froggy Girl Designs!
Provided by: Froggy Girl DesignsFollow here: froggygirletsy or Visit Our Fan Page: Froggy Girl Designs

US8 – Buds to Bloom Photo Tile Necklace ($95) – Features custom photo tile, hand stamped mom charm & bead cluster. The Ultimate Mommy Necklace!
Provided by: Lisa Laverty at Elemental MemoriesFollow here: emphotojewelry or Visit Our Fan Page: Elemental Memories

And if any of those prizes have already been won (and not by me!), then I'll be happy to win any of the following:

US15 – Win a $25 e-gift certificate to the Disney Store.
US20 – $50.00 in jewelry from Cookie Lee for 2 winners.
US22 – One winner will receive a fun Beach themed gift basket filled with an assortment of hair bows and clippies from ribbonrockstar hairbows. (Prize Value: $50)
US28 – A Guy and Eva Jewelry Necklace for one winner.
US31 – A $20 Amazon gift certificate.
US35 – Hobo International Clutch Bag worth $100
US45 – Nana Star Gift Wrapped Package includes, Doll, Book and CD. RV $52.95
US52 – A $25 GC to
US55 – A $20 GC to
US73 – We will give away 2 (1 for each winner) – $30 Amazon gift cards to the winner so they can buy items of their choosing.
US74 - We will give away 2 (1 for each winner) – $30 Amazon gift cards to the winner so they can buy items of their choosing.
US76 – One Sentimental Silver personalized “Silver Sweethearts” necklace. Necklace will be customized with two names or words to be selected by the winner.
US113 – $25 Walmart Gift Certificate
USC 1 – “Two Snowflakes” is the story of Phina and Bella: Identical Twin Snowflakes, who are tired of being mistaken for one another… until a chance encounter shows them just how special and unique, they really are.
USC 11 – Win a $50 gift certificate good towards any purchase in my Etsy shop or my website.
USC 25 -$25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card-online or in store, never expires!
USC 34 – Winner will receive $60.00 worth of merchandise at We carry children’s special occasion clothing from preemie to boys/girls sizes.
USC 53 – What’s New, Cupcake? A fun and easy cupcake book, full of designs for every occasion, written by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson.

Let the games begin!  I look forward to making some new blogging friends!!  Now I need to go find my party hat!


Ashley April 10, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

Just stopping by from the UBP'10! Happy partying!!

Evelyn April 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

Just partying by from UBP10 and thanking you for visiting my blog.
I also want to give you a big standing ovation for what you do-keeping the family together as your husband protects us day in and day out.

Evelyn April 10, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

PS- I posteded your button on my sponsor page. Hope it drives some readers your way!

Linda April 10, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

A huge thank you to you and your family for the sacrifice. I love your blog and your dad is right, you are a great writer.

Happy UBP!!!
Stop by my blog to enter my giveaway.
PS your daughters are beautiful.

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide April 10, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

Girls have a way of wrapping dads around their little fingers.

I'm visiting from UBP! Hope you can drop by my Party!!

Simply Mel April 10, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

You have a lovely blog! Thank you for stopping by my corner. I wanted to come over from UBP10 and check yours out too. Your daughters are so cute! Love the flower head bands! My girls also have their daddy wrapped around their fingers too (ssshhh).

Stephanie Lynn April 10, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

Hello! Visiting from UBP! So nice to meet you! You have a beautiful family. Tell your husband we appreciate all that he does to protect our country and thank you as the family who supports him! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Have fun partying! Blessings, Stephanie Lynn

Cassie April 10, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

I am already a follower of yours but I just wanted to stop by and say hey! Happy Partying!

Kelly April 10, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

Returning the favor!! I really enjoy your blog!!! I'm going to follow you! Hope you have a great weekend!! :)

Shonda April 10, 2010 at 4:05 PM  

Hello from UBP 10! I love your blog. I'm over at Knowlton Nest and I'm a BookSneezer too! -Shonda (

Jenn April 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

Love your girls pic with the big flower headbands!! Cute!!

Hope you are having fun at the BLOG PARTY!

Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by and say hi! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

JDaniel4's Mom April 10, 2010 at 7:54 PM  

Stopping by from the UBP! I enjoyed visiting your site. My dad encouraged me to write too.

jackie April 11, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

Stopping by to say hello. I love your blog and am a follower already!

Have a great week!

Chantel April 11, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

Visiting you back from the UBP. Thanks for stopping by. Your girls are adorable. I'm following you now too!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend April 11, 2010 at 9:56 PM  

What cute pictures and a great blog...This is such a FUN party.
A random prize drawing for tonight (SUN) and then a $100 Gift basket for the GRAND PRIZE. I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs and having so much fun meeting new friends...Stop by for a visit...nothing you have to do but leave a comment on either of my blogs. Happy Sunday..

Christa April 12, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

Thanks for visiting my blog during this HUGE party! I'm surprised anyone has found me at all lol.

Happy you met your husband anniversary! :)

Raising a Happy Child April 12, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

Great introduction post! I enjoy reading your blog and learned a lot of new things about you. Happy partying! April 13, 2010 at 3:04 AM  

Thanks for having us!! So fun getting to know everyone.

Would love to have you come by our way:

Raine April 13, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

Nice to meet you! Happy Partying! Enjoy the rest of the week

Katie's Nesting Spot April 14, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

I thought it was funny how you said the girls have daddy wrapped around their fingers. It's always the most macho manly men aka marine guys who are really total softies, especially for their little girls☺

jakiesmom April 15, 2010 at 7:55 AM  

stopping by from ubp, loved the comment about your dad and your major...i graduated with a ba in dad then instructed my niece when it was her turn in school not do do what i did...haha

Jackie April 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

Just stopping in for the UBP...nice to meet you! You have a beautiful family!

Terra H. April 15, 2010 at 1:59 PM  

Good afternoon! Stopping by from the UBP. You have a lovely family.

Two Kayaks April 15, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

You have a beautiful, beautiful family!! Have fun with the UBP!

Cher April 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

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