Ultimate Blog Party 2009 – Get Your Goove On!

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Welcome friends! My name is Karen and I’m the hostess with the mostess behind this little blog. Cheese ball? Fudge square? Chips? Dip? Please, eat something. I always feel better when people eat food at my parties. πŸ™‚

A little about me: I’ve been blogging for a little over four years now. This is actually my fourth blog – I started over multiple times because I simply couldn’t decide on what I wanted to blog about and what my voice was. But I think I have it ironed out now, at least, I won’t be changing homes again any time soon. In addition to this blog, I maintain a fiction writing blog called Write Anything (which is in the middle of being overhauled).

I’m a professional writer, but my day job is a web designer. (Yeah, it doesn’t make sense – long story). I currently maintain ten local school websites, along with a few small business websites, so I keep pretty busy and am always on the computer. In fact, if I’m not here, you’ll most likely find me at my Twitter account. (In addition to twittering about my stupid human tricks, I also share interesting links that is sure to provide blog fodder at the most or a little extra thought at the least).

This is my third Ultimate Blog Party (UBP) and I can’t WAIT to discover fresh meat, er, fresh blogs, to add to my Google Reader. *grin*

A little about my family:

These guys? Are my sons and are responsible for most of my blog fodder. The oldest, GD, short for Game Dude because Dude, he’s a hard-core gamer, is 16 going on 30. MK, or Mushroom King for short, is my youngest son and he is nuts for everything to do with Mario. He’ll be 14 in just five short days. Having teenage boys is a lot easier than having teenage girls (I guess), but it definitely comes with a different set of challenges.

Me and my husband, Kevin. We’ve been married for 18 years and he’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. He’s my best friend, my lover, my confidante, and my sugar daddy (don’t worry, he thinks that label is sexy). Kevin is a CPA during the day and a super sexy guitar player at night. We love hanging out together and we’re one of those annoying couples who finish each other’s sentences … I know. Sorry. *grin*

My blog is pretty straight forward – what you see is what you get. I blog about my family, mostly, though I do occasionally post my fiction along with fun videos and helpful parenting information all designed to coax a smile out of you. I’m a firm optimist and I prefer to turn those frowns upside down.

I host two weekly memes – Monday Morning Meme: four [challenging] questions to help you share your life with your readers and In My Opinion: a video meme designed to put your opinion “out there” for both your readers and your family.

I am also involved in quite a few giveaways and contests because I love to give things away!

Speaking of which …


Congratulations go to …


#7 – Susan Varney!


#27 – Wanda Flanagan!

THANK YOU to everyone who visited and commented!!!

SURPRISE! A giveaway!

I’d love to give away a beautiful glass cube (meant to display on your end table!!) full of delicious conversation cards. These cards are designed to provoke conversation and get people to talk to one another once again! I currently have the General questions and the Teen questions and we have had so much fun talking to one another – it’s amazing what you learn about one another! Here’s a one-minute video of us answering one of the questions.

conversation cards

They are perfect to use around the family dinner table, or at parties, or even just to coax your teenagers out of their moody shells. Winners will be chosen March 27th at 4:00 p.m. CST.

1. Each comment you leave in the comment section counts as one ticket. (One comment per day, please).

2. Subscribe to my feed, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if subscribed).

3. Follow me on Twitter, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if following).

Winner will get to choose one Table Topic Cube from the following categories:

Decades: 60’s Decades: 70’s Decades: 80’s Family Gathering
Right or Wrong Family Teens Couples
Girls’ Night Out Gourmet Spirit Book Club

Second place winner gets to choose from one of the following party topics (click over and look at these, really cool stuff!):

Wine Napkins Placecards Coasters

Good luck!!


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Thank you for clicking over! Have fun at the party and I’ll see you around the punch bowl!


72 thoughts on “Ultimate Blog Party 2009 – Get Your Goove On!”

  1. These look so cook and will keep the conversation going and going and going like the engergizer bunny!

  2. Wow I just recently heard about this blog and the cube thing thanks and I will look forward to stopping in now and then

  3. I have been meaning to get these conversation starters. Just when you think you know your family…you probably really don’t. πŸ™‚

  4. This is super cool! We have been playing more get-to-know you games lately and this looks like fun!

  5. I have been looking for something like this (conversation starter game) so I hope to win this πŸ™‚

    Thanks for a great giveaway.

  6. I’d never heard of this before – thanks for introducing it to me. And for the giveaway!

  7. Hi! So nice to meet you. Following on twitter and subscribed. Love the clean look of your blog! Can’t wait to read all the updates.

  8. This would be fun to do with my daughter! Trying to keep the thought that conversation is good in her head!

  9. Hi Karen,
    What a great blog. The design is so eye pleasing.
    These conversation cards are such a wonderful idea. It’s so hard to sometimes get our kids to speak up and the family one sounds really great.
    Thanks for this giveaway and please enter me.

  10. Wow those are cool. I would love to try these! I found you throught twitter and the ubp09

  11. This would be great. We have been having lots of company over and something like this might be sort of fun to do with them.

    Karen’s response: Absolutely! It’s a whole lot better than sitting around and staring at one’s drink. Or doesn’t every one do that? No? Oh, just me then. *grin*

  12. Great to meet you πŸ™‚ We are a LOT a like! I do website/graphic design and I *try* to write in my spare time. Anyway nice to meet you!

    Be sure to visit my blog for a chance to win one of 5+ prizes I will be giving away!

    Sara*s Pixel Studio


    Karen’s response: Hi Sara! Nice to meet a fellow graphic designer! I’ll be right over!

  13. Hi, found you from twitter #ubp09. (I’m now following you there)

    I LOVE your blog design and your header. It’s cute without being too “busy” like a lot of the digiscrap type backgrounds I see around.

    Love to have you visit me, I have two blogs on the party circuit!

    Karen’s response: Why thank you, Charlene! I’ll be over at your place shortly!!

  14. Wow. What a nice giveaway. I love things that promote conversation. Sometimes I feel like it is a lost art form. Are you reading I Don’t know How She Does it still? I finished a few months ago. Interesting book.

    Karen’s response: I totally agree! These cards have been so great with my teenagers. They actually ask for them at dinner time now!

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