2010 Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

I’m really exciting to be participating in the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5MinutesforMom.com. It is a great way to find new blogs to spend your time reading (now if I can just find some more of that time!) It is also a great way to get your blog out there for readers to find… it could be what they’ve been looking for all along. So head on over to their website and join the fun! Did I mention there are prizes?? Yes – and you can win them! 


Now for my introduction. I’m lovelyritaann. I’m a 29 year old stay at home mom of three beautiful children. They create a world for me where there is never a dull moment. On Christmas day of 2008, I became engaged to the most wonderful man I could ever imagine, Bobby. He’s the handsome guy in the picture with me. My life consists of my family, my home and finding ways to entertain us. For me, (besides my family, of course) entertainment is at my fingertips. My two older children are in school every day, all day so, between tending to and loving our baby, my computer is my gateway to the outside world. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I admit, I need more person to person, adult interaction; however, sometimes that is just not feasible. Therefore, if social networking keeps me sane, then so be it! At some point, I would like to establish having a career while still being able to stay at home with my children.

My son, Ryan, is 14 years old. He is currently a Freshman in High School. He also plays bass in a band. Sometimes I look at him and think how did time get away from us – where did the years go? There’s something special between us. I had him young – so, in a way, we kind of grew up together.

My daughter, Briana, is six years old. She is currently in first grade and loves school! She is a Girl Scout and we just got done selling cookies… she sold almost 300 boxes! Good thing they don’t sell them all year or we’d be in trouble! I’m a sucker for those thin mints!

My son, Dominic, is a little over five months old. He is such a happy baby – he is so much fun! Fortunately, I’ve been a stay at home mom since he has been born. I love being home with him – he keeps me busy. When he sleeps, I try to do bloggy things.

Blogging is something I recently started and I’m really loving it so far. Sometimes, I find it hard to dedicate myself to consistently post. More often, I find myself sitting here on forums trying to figure out WordPress. It seems like if it isn’t one thing, it’s another. WordPress is not to blame, it is the user – me. I’ll get it right one of these days. That is actually why I’m so late posting this post… trying to figure out where my pages went from my navigation bar. Above I mentioned prizes… here are my top three picks if I happen to be chosen for a prize:

If the above prizes are no longer available if I were to be chosen, I would also love the following in the given order: US39, US101, US3, US18, USC13, INTL 8, US105, US104, USC35, USC39, INTL1, USC3, USC15, USC8, US112, uSC37, US71, US76, US23, US8, US73, US74, US87, USC25, US49, US61, USC21, INTL4, US68. If none of those are available, I love to relax as a mom, I need to get in shape and I have three children – 14 (boy), 6 (girl) & 5 months (boy). Anyway, I hope you decide to visit 5MinutesforMom.com and join the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party and have some fun! See you there!




  1. I had so much fun at the party

    I have not had enough blog time lately…So glad that I stopped by..Be sure and stop by main blog and read about a miracle.

  2. Stopping in the say HI from the UBP After party! Nice looking kiddos you have there! Stop by when you get the chance..I’d love the visit!

  3. Wow, you won 2 prizes?! Good for you. What a lucky lady. Next year I’m going to have a giveaway on mine. This was my 1st year participating. Thanks for chatting on Twitter with me this afternoon!

    ~Mimi @ Woven by Words

  4. Looks like you are a double winner. You were comment #158 and win the $100 gift card to Trade as One. Yeah for shopping and for supporting the poor at the same time. Please email me your info.

  5. Hey Winner!
    You need these numbers to complete the prize form on the prize page – http://www.5minutesformom.com/ultimate-blog-party-2010-prizes/

    1025 lovelyritaann

  6. Ack! Your kids are adorable! :)

  7. Hello! Thanks for stopping by my UBP post! Nice to ‘meet’ you. :o) Hope you can stop by again sometime.

  8. Cute blog and beautiful children! :) So nice to meet you. I actually saw you on BlogFrog on Raising Arrows – not the blog party. I participated last year in the blog party, but had a few of my own and my daughter just had one, so I guess I’m partied out. ha!

    Nice to meet you!

  9. Your kiddos are so cute! I am so coming back to see more. Good luck!

  10. Hi there, Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I know what you mean when you say it is hard to be consistent with the blog. I have the same problem. I love the pics of your kiddos. I am now a google friend, twitter friend, and blogfrog friend. Hope you have a blessed night!

  11. Hey lady! I am so far from self control with my diet it ain’t funny lol! I figure if I mess I am good and shoots I am so fat nobody believes I am dieting anyway lol!

  12. I love the nicknames for your kiddos!!! Does your daughter do pageants or modeling or something? She looks like a cutie!! You know…sometimes I almost find virtual interaction better than the ‘real kind’ lol. People aren’t (usually) as quick to judge!! 😉

  13. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my virtual party! Your kids are adorable. Your little daughter looks like a model! With all those kids – what does your car look like? You might want to enter my Dirty Minivan Competition…
    Voting starts tomorrow! Good, clean (or dirty?), fun!

  14. Nice to have you at the UBP10 party. Stop by if you get a chance http://stopdropandrelax.com/blog/ And see what we have to help you Stop Drop and Relax. Visit our store at http://www.StopDropandRelax.com and Prepare To Be Pampered.

  15. Love your kids’ nicknames and adorable pictures. Thanks for finding me, it’s my first UBP, and it’s been great meeting mommy bloggers such as yourself. I’m a non-techie chick, but ever since I moved to WP from Blogger, just know that all your hard work figuring things out in the forums, only causes your blog to be more visible, so that’s good! Look forward to staying in touch @ponnsabra

  16. So nice to know more about you! Thanks for posting on my Blog Frog Community. I will send people over for your giveaway http://theblogfrog.com/392798/forum/20068/my-first-giveaway.html
    Hope you are enjoying the Ultimate Blog Party and meeting lots of great bloggers.

  17. Hello Rita,
    Thanks so much for stopping by at my blog. I really appreciate your letting me know that my BlogFrog community wasn’t working. I’ve fixed it, and I’d love to have you join! I found yours and joined it. You have a beautiful family. So nice to meet you!

  18. Hi Rita,
    Nice to meet you. I appreciate you stopping by my blog during the party. I hope you also clicked and went over to sign up for your free ebook. Enjoy the rest of your day and party week!

  19. Love your blog! Your family is so beautiful. I am coming over through UBP10 and hope you win the prizes you want. Will be following your posts!

  20. nice to meet you! Your kids are adorable :)

    happy blog partying!

    Tara’s View of the World $150 WaySpa.com Giveaway

  21. Hi Rita!! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit lil ole me and my bunch of nuts! :) I’ve worked outside the home ever since I can remember (about age 14, I think? LOL), and am now looking to go back to school to do web designing, and work out of my home too!

    I’m following you now with both of my blogs, and would love for you to stop back over and visit me again soon! Take care and happy partying!

    Tree (aka Mother of Pearl)
    Join Us at Mommies Faves Mom Bloggers Network Today!
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  22. I’m stopping by from the UBP and following! So nice to meet you!

  23. Hope you are enjoying the party.

  24. Thanks for visiting me over at My Real Review! Hope you’re enjoying the UBP!! Following you back on GFC and NB :-)

  25. Happy Ultimate Blog Party! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments. I hope to see you back there soon:-)

  26. Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m on blogger and really find it easy to use. But I hear everyone singing the praises of wordpress…so to each his own :)

  27. Hello!! Congratulations on your engagement. We look forward to hearing more about you lil’ monkeys!! I have two myself, a 3 year old daughter and 10 month old daughter.

    We’d love to have you over, come on by if you can: http://inspiredgiftsblog.blogspot.com

  28. Hi from another Ultimate Blog Party guest :-) Have a great day!

  29. Thanks for stopping by my UBP post – Lovely to meet you. I find it hard to find time to blog as well. And I so need adult friends – want o be my neighbor?

  30. Thanks for stopping by…I totally agree with you, there’s never a dull moment as a SAHM.Have a great Monday!

  31. Hello, Rita
    Nice to read your blog and meet you. I will be back to read more on your blog and also enter the awesome giveaways too. HAVE A FAB DAY!!!

    Visit my blog at http://motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

  32. Thank you for stopping by my blog. You are off to a fine start here. Following you back!

  33. Just saying hello from UBP — have a great week!

  34. Well, looks like you’re doing a great job on blogging already! I think many of us moms who blog could use more face to face interaction. :) When I hear someone has lots of kids under 30 I think, man that’s sooo young. Then I remember, ugh, you were there. Well, kinda. When I was 30 I had my 3rd child. hahahaha It just goes so fast! It’s easy to forget.

    Hope to see you around the blogosphere!

    ~Mimi @ Woven by Words Thanks for visiting earlier.

  35. Hi, nice to meet you! Great “Party”! Hope your having fun at the UBP, I know I am! Here is my Party Post, come on over and make yourself at home!

  36. It’s nice to “meet” you, Rita. I read about your son’s EEG- I hope everything is okay!

    If it weren’t for my computer savvy husband, I would not have made it this long blogging. He does all of my behind the scenes stuff with wordpress. I have the savvyblogging tweets going on my Tweetdeck, and honestly don’t understand half of what the people are talking about.

    I look forward to getting to know you!

    Hallee the Homemaker

  37. Hope you are having fun at the UBP!

    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

  38. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
    I am following you now too!

    I hope you are enjoying UBP10 as much as I am! :)

  39. Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m following your cute blog as well! Good luck getting your giveaways up and running – I’m sure they’ll be great! :)

  40. Cute site and I love the monkey/banana theme- – – following you from UBP10 & look forward to the reviews and giveaways. I am doing my first giveaway on Thursday- – I am nervous but I think it’ll be FUN! Have a great week. http://www.breebee.com

  41. Found you in the UBP =) We have the same name: Cool! Love your blog, hope to keep in touch =) Stop by for my Giveaway!

  42. Glad to have found you through UBP! I am your newest NB follower! Would love it if you’d follow me back! If you ever have any WP questions feel free to shoot me an email. I love solving “problems” – makes my day!

  43. Hello,
    Welcome to the party! I wish I could help you out with the navigation bar. Did you install any new plugins? Sometimes plugins can do weird things. I hope you figure it out soon! Stick with it and it gets easier as it goes!

  44. Helllo from facebook & UBP10 !!


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