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Ultimate Blog Party ’11 – Game ON

Are you ready to par-tay?!

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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. πŸ™‚

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?

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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 …

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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?? πŸ™‚ 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).

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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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Click to follow 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!

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Giveaway: The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set

(Sorry for the delay, everyone! Time totally got away from me!)

CONGRATULATIONS TO NUMBER #84 … BETTY C!!

THANKS FOR PLAYING EVERYONE!! I appreciate your time!

(Betty, if you don’t hear from me before you read this, please contact me).


SURPRISE!! IT’S ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!

How would you like to give that special someone the Hunger Games Trilogy as a Christmas gift? (Or keep it for yourself!)

Well, if you win this giveaway, you CAN!

Have you read The Hunger Games trilogy? I haven’t … yet. But it’s next in my to be read queue, (my oldest son snatched it up before I could get my hands on it. ha!). Tell me what you liked about the series (without giving anything away, please!)

Interested in winning The Hunger Games trilogy?

Here’s what you do:

Leave a comment!

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’ll draw a winner via random.org at 11:00 a.m. CST November 26th. THANKS FOR VISITING AND GOOD LUCK!!

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Giveaway: 2011 Zits Desk Calendar

AND THE WINNER IS ….

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CONGRATULATIONS SUSAN!!

Thanks for playing everyone!!!

(Susan, if you read this before before I’ve had a chance to contact you, please contact me).


SURPRISE! IT’S A GIVEAWAY!

I have just discovered the Zits comic. (I know, WHERE have I been?? Good question!) And if you have teens, you MUST have this calendar because it will have you rolling every day – it’s like the artists behind this comic live with you, THAT’S how much you can relate to their humor.

Want to win your very own 2011 Zits Desk Calendar?

Here’s what you do:

Leave a comment!

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’ll draw a winner via random.org at 11:00 a.m. CST November 19th. THANKS FOR VISITING AND GOOD LUCK!!

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Coffee Chat: September 2010

AND THE WINNER OF THE $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE IS: #96 GRANDGIVEAWAYS!!!

THE WINNER OF THE $10.00 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD IS: #73 BETH SHEPHERD!!

Thank you to everyone who visited and played!! I really enjoyed reading your answers! We’ll do this again in December!

(Grandgiveaways and Beth, if you read this before I’ve contacted you, please email me!)


Coffee Chat is ALL about YOU! Here’s what you do: Answer the daily question. That’s it! (Beware! The questions get more challenging as the days go by!)

1. Each answer 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).

On September 17th, at 4:00 p.m. CST, I’ll draw two winners – first place winner gets to choose a $25.00 gift certificate to an online retailer of his/her choice (see this page for store listings) AND, the second place winner will receive a $10.00 Starbucks gift card (U.S. residents only for the Starbucks gift card, please).

Confused? Contact Karen.

Ready for the questions?

Question 1. What’s something you intended to do today, but didn’t. Why not?

Question 2. What’s something about yourself that you hope will change, but that probably never will?

Question 3. Which do you prefer: the hustle and bustle of city life or the quiet and serenity of country life? Why?

Question 4. What photos do you cherish from the past? Where do you keep them now?

Question 5. Was there ever a time when it turned out you were right, in spite of many others who thought otherwise? Explain the situation.

Question 6. If you could go back in time, what year would you visit? Why?

Question 7: Are people trustworthy? Explain your answer.

LAST QUESTION: How are you different now than you were before September 11, 2001?

My answer: I’m more aware of what is happening in our country. Before 9/11, I never paid much attention to politics or policies or where our country was going. Afterward, I started paying attention, becoming more involved and voicing my opinions and concerns. It also gave me a much deeper appreciation for our great country and a renewed sense of pride – we truly live in the greatest country on the earth – we have earned that title and should not be ashamed of that fact. Ever.


Thank you for playing along! I truly enjoyed reading your answers!

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Spring 2010 Photo Contest!

UPDATE: I’ve had a family emergency so I’m afraid I’m going to have to postpone the photo contest. I’m so sorry.

Winter Photo Contest by Write From Karen
Ready? Set. Shoot!

This photo contest theme is: SPRING / FLOWERS / EASTER / BASKET / GARDEN / MOTHERS / BABY / CHICKS / BUNNIES

Post your picture beginning NOW to 4:00 central time April 23rd.

Show us your favorite spring photograph! But wait, it doesn’t HAVE to be a spring photograph. It can something that represents spring to you in your part of the world. Be creative, be fun – the more original the photo, the better chance you’ll have of winning!

(ADDED: You don’t have to have a blog to play! Do you post your pictures to a photo host like Flickr? Then leave us a link to one your favorite winter photos on your photo host! Everyone is invited to play!)

FACEBOOK USERS: Unless you make your profile available to the public, we won’t be able to see your photos without “friending” you. Linking to a photo on your Facebook account probably won’t work.

Here are the rules. When you have your entry posted, please insert the direct link into the Mr. Linky below. Bloggers/readers are the judges. Please vote for your favorite entry (a voting poll will appear in this post) beginning at 5:00 p.m. U.S. central time April 23rd to 11:00 a.m. U.S. central time April 28th.

The winner will be announced here (as well as emailed) shortly after 11:00 a.m. U.S. central time April 28th and will get to choose one $25 gift certificate to any of the following (winner’s choice!)

Old Navy
JcPenney
Kohl’s
iTunes – (will need mailing address – U.S. addresses only)
Target
Land’s End
Amazon.com
Busy Bodies
Life is Good
Tiny Prints Stationery
You Can Make This
SWAK Embroidery
Pottery Barn for Kids
Pottery Barn
Marshalls (will need mailing address – U.S. addresses only)
TJ Maxx (will need mailing address – U.S. addresses only)
Wal-Mart

If you have questions, please contact Karen.

As always, many thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for permission to borrow this great idea.

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(If Mr. Linky is not cooperating, please leave your link in the comment section; I’ll add it later. Thank you!)
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Ultimate Blog Party ’10 – Game ON

Are you ready to par-tay?!

Skip to giveaway.

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 five 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 collaborative fiction writing blog called Write Anything, I also have a fiction blog (but I don’t post to that one very often).

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 fourth 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 is Dude, he’s a hard-core gamer, is 17 going on 30. Jazz is my youngest son. He is nuts for Mario and loves to play his saxophone. He’s 15. 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 20 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. You can watch an “about me” video, if you’re so inclined.

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

Speaking of which …

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I’d like to give away one book from my Amazon book store. There are currently 374 books in my inventory so there’s a lot to choose from! πŸ™‚

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).

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

Click to put in RSS reader
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Click to follow me on Twitter!
Click to follow me on Twitter!

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

karen1

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Coffee Chat: March 2010

(Sorry for the delay, folks. Life called).

AND THE WINNER OF THE $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE IS: #193 PAMELA S.!!!

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THE WINNER OF THE $10.00 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD IS: #108 HJ!!

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Thank you to everyone who visited and played!! I really enjoyed reading your answers! We’ll do this again in June!

(Pamela and HJ, if you read this before I’ve contacted you, please email me!)


Coffee Chat is ALL about YOU! Here’s what you do: Answer the daily question. That’s it! (Beware! The questions get more challenging as the days go by!)

1. Each answer 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).

On March 12th, at 4:00 p.m. CST, I’ll draw two winners – first place winner gets to choose a $25.00 gift certificate to an online retailer of his/her choice (see this page for store listings) AND, the second place winner will receive a $10.00 Starbucks gift card (U.S. residents only for the Starbucks gift card, please).

Confused? Contact Karen.

Ready for the questions?

Question #1:What’s something your parents used to say to you as a child that you promised yourself you’d never say — but now catch yourself saying all the time?

Question #2: What was the most recent compliment you received and savored?

Question #3 When you need to confront someone, would you rather communicate in person, on the phone, by email, or by letter? Why?

Question #4: As a kid, what did you want to grow up to be?

Question #5: If you were able to retrieve only one item on the way out of your burning home, what would it be? Explain. (Please assume that all humans and pets are safe).

Question #6: How important is it to set personal goals?

Question #7: What’s the most serious illness or injury you have ever faced?

LAST Question: What’s your most prized or sentimental possession? Explain.

My answer: I can’t say my husband – I don’t own him. I can’t say my children – I don’t own them. And I try not to get attached to material things, but I have to say, I’m pretty attached to my wedding ring. And it’s not just the monetary value, it’s a physical reminder of my married life. It’s been a GOOD married life, and it’s not over yet.

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Winter 2010 Photo Contest!

WHO HAS THE BEST WINTER PHOTO?

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2010 Winter Winner!

CLICK ON CONTESTANTS TO VIEW THEIR PHOTOS

Photo Contest Participants

1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot
2. Patty Reiser
3. Sarah Bell
4. Windowasher
5. Cheryl
6. Emily
7. Carolsue
8. Kat Robinson
9. Jodi Cleghorn
10. Kim@The Misplaced Midwesterner
11. Thea @ I’m a Drama Mama
12. Annie
13. Dear Peeps
14. Zee @ Photos from the North
15. Eloise Whritenour
16. Sheila @ Ladybugs and Tonka Trucks

Powered by… Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets.

PLEASE VOTE HERE (This poll is set up to recognize cookies, so you should only be able to vote once – please choose wisely!)

RESULTS:
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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AND WHO VOTED!!

Mark your calendars! The spring photo contest will be April 9, 2010!


Photo Contest Mailing List:
If you wish a Photo Contest reminder for the April photo contest please email:


with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

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Coffee Chat: December 2009

AND THE WINNER OF THE $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE IS: #195 LILY KWAN!!

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THE WINNER OF THE $10.00 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD IS: #10 CHELSEY BURKE!!

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Thank you to everyone who visited and played!! I really enjoyed reading your answers! We’ll do this again in March!

(Lily and Chelsey, if you read this before I’ve contacted you, please email me!)


Coffee Chat is ALL about YOU! Here’s what you do: Answer the daily question. That’s it! (Beware! The questions get more challenging as the days go by!)

1. Each answer 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).

On December 11th, at 4:00 p.m. CST, I’ll draw two winners – first place winner gets to choose a $25.00 gift certificate to an online retailer of his/her choice (see this page for store listings) AND, the second place winner will receive a $10.00 Starbucks gift card (U.S. residents only for the Starbucks gift card, please).

Confused? Contact Karen.

Ready for the questions?

Question #1: Do you prefer being around men or women? Do your closest friends tend to be men or women?

Question #2: Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage in it head on? Why?

Question #3: What’s your dream job?

Question #4: What was your first job? How much did you get paid?

Question #5: If could switch job responsibilities with your boss (or your last boss, if unemployed), would you do it? Why or why not?

Questions #6: Which is the greater tragedy: an innocent person imprisoned or a guilty person set free? Explain.

Question #7: How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?

LAST Question: What makes you stand to your feet and cheer?

My answer: I’d have to say people who overcome obstacles, or injustices, and persevere against all odds. I’m the sort of person who cheers for the underdog because not only do I feel sorry for them, but I admire the strength and determination required to come back from behind and win, or conquer, the situation. It’s not easy, and I think that alone requires a standing ovation.

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Giveaway: Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook

CONGRATULATIONS #13 CYNTHYA P!!!

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THANK YOU to everyone who visited and played along! Stick around! I’ve got a photo contest and a book swap coming next month!

(Cynthya, if you don’t hear from me before you read this, please contact me).


Merry Christmas from Write From Karen!

Want to win your very own Pioneer Woman Cookbook?

Here’s what you do:

Tell me (or link to) your favorite recipe (not in this book, though that’s fine, too, but your favorite recipes, overall).

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’ll draw a winner via random.org at 11:00 a.m. CST December 4th.

(This giveaway is open to US residents/addresses only. Thank you).

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