Ultimate Blog Party ’11 – Game 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? Cake pop? Chips? Dip? Please, eat something. I always feel better when people eat food at my parties. 🙂

A little about me: I’ve been blogging for a little over six 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.

I’m a professional writer, but my day job is a web designer. (Yeah, it doesn’t make sense – long story). I currently maintain eight 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 fifth Ultimate Blog Party (#UBP11) 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 is Dude, (on the right), he’s a hard-core gamer, is 18 going on 30 and will graduate from high school in about six weeks. (Commence freak out mode!!) Jazz is my youngest son. He is nuts for Mario and loves to play his saxophone. He’s 16. 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 almost 21 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, helpful parenting information, and opinions about current events. I’m an optimistic realist (how’s that for confusing) and though I have firm beliefs, I’m also fair with those beliefs. I’m one of those people who like to look at all sides of an issue and believe that too many of us remain silent when we should be vocal – nothing will change if we don’t talk about it, right?

I also participate in giveaways and contests because I love to give things away!

Speaking of which …


I’d like to give away one $25.00 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky visitor. It’s not much, but who doesn’t love Amazon, right?? 🙂 I will randomly draw a winner after 5:00 CST, April 8th. Here’s how to enter:

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).


I’d be honored if you would consider putting my blog in your RSS reader (or email!) and/or followed me on Twitter.

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


10 thoughts on “Ultimate Blog Party ’11 – Game ON”

  1. Stopping by for the UBP! In my last bit of hopping around for the party, I decided to stop randomly browsing the listings and do a search for the words “write” and “writing,” which led me here. I love connecting with other blogging writers. I write science fiction, and I finally made my first two short-story sales in the past year. I’d be interested in learning more about what you write.

    My children are much younger than yours–2.5 and due in June (eek!!!) and I tend to blog about half and half between family/life and writing related stuff.

    I hope you’ll come stop by Science Fiction Mommy sometime. And thanks for the chance to win the Amazon gift card! Hope you’re enjoying the party!


  2. Stopping by from the UBP. So nice to meet you.

    I can relate to a lot of things you wrote about in your intro. I have a son (19); work at home as a freelance writer; and dabble a bit in html coding – though you do more than dabble – lol!

    Please enter me in your giveaway.

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