Friday, April 9, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party '10 - Getting In On the Fun!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

I first read about #ubp10 about a week or so ago and I thought "I want to do that!".  But then we got all busy getting ready for AND GOING on vacation!  (we've spent the last week in Colorado...loved it!)  And now, as I get everything ready to head back up North and head back to reality, I remember...tomorrow (TODAY!) is the launch of #ubp10!!

Welcome to Making Over Me!!!

This is me (and one of my munchkins...):

If you've never been here before, you also need to get to know me!  Here's are 25 tidbits to get you started:
  • I'm a middle child
  • I call the Twin Cities home
  • Three kiddos (ages 12, 10 and 5) call me Mom
  • I'm working on being able to run a 5K by Mother's Day this far about half-way there!
  • PS - I am not and never have been nor never will truly be a runner
  • PSS - I actually kinda like running...even though I'm dreadfully slow!
  • I recently fell in love with cooking all-natural
  • See some of my fave recipes:  Brunch Treats (Blueberry Coffeecake, Chix Salad, etc.), Apple Pie Oatmeal, "Healthified" Chicken Nuggets, Cheesy Turkey Burgers w/Cauliflower SmashTurkey Stew, and MORE!
  • I was deported once.  From Ireland of all places.  No, I did nothing illegal.  A misunderstanding.  Read about it HERE. (see #4)
  • The only bone I've ever broken in my life has been my tailbone.
  • It happened during a freak sledding accident in high school (aka - many moons ago....)
  • Yes, it still hurts sometimes.  No, they can't cast a broken bone like that.
  • I homeschool my children.
  • Yes, I love it most days.  No, I'm not (too) weird.
  • I can speak Spanish nearly fluently.
  • I've been fishing four times in my life (despite living in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes") and I have NEVER caught a fish.
  • I was, however, once 'caught' while fishing (girl running with fishing pole + 3-pronged fishhook flying wildly in the air + unsuspecting me = fishhook embedded deep within my lip).  
  • My husband and I will celebrate 5 years of marriage this year.  (love you honey!)
  • I did synchronized swimming for a year in 6th grade.  I loved it!  Except for the nose plugs.
  • I have been blogging since 2005...but Making Over Me just started in January 2010!
  • I hope to lose 100 pounds this year.  So far roughly 20 pounds gone!
  • I am a Twitter newbie...and I'd LOVE for you to follow me (I'm @bloggymama)
  • The only continents I haven't travelled to yet are Asia and Antartica.  Don't care so much about getting to Antartica...
  • One of my (many) guilty pleasures?  Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch.  Seriously.
  • I'm a total night owl (as you can tell by the time I posted this post!!)
What's that?  You want to know EVEN MORE about me?  Here are some fun links:

History of Holly: Weeks 1-3 (my story...childhood til now) 
My Homeschool Blog
My "Weight-Loss Bucket List"
Fighting Child art project at a time...

Let me know you stopped by...whether you are an oldie and a goodie or a brand spankin' new reader!  Leave a comment telling me you stopped by and anything else you wanna share...and come April 17th I'll use to generate a giveaway winner!  

What am I giving away you ask?  TOP SECRET!  I will say nearly all of my readers are adult women my it definitely IS something a woman my age would enjoy!  Not a woman?!  Never you worry!  Chances are you have a friend (or perhaps, a wife...) who is a woman!  Still leave a could win for her!  (Prize value: roughly $25)

PS - You can enter up to 3 times!  Stop by one time to say HI.  Easy!

2nd & 3rd entries can be yours if you become a follower of mine on Twitter and if you follow this blog (see sidebar for link).  If you already follow this blog or me on Twitter, leave me a comment and say so...both regular readers and newbies can enter!!

Speaking of giveaways, #ubp10 has a SLEW of giveaways going on!  If I were to win one, I'd love it to be one of these particular descending order of desire for me...

1st Choice:  The Toshiba Satellite laptop L505D-ES5025

2nd Choice: USC-60 $200 GC to Wall Slicks (we've been planning to do something like this for our home decor for quite some time...this would be perfect!)

3rd Choice:  Any custom Blogger or Wordpress design, preferably with coordinating Twitter page design.  Such as:  INTL-14, INTL-11, INTL-10, INTL-8, INTL-5

4th Choice:  Any gift cards to locations where a wide variety of items can be selected (such as Target, Amazon, Visa GC's, etc.).  Any of these, in other words:  USC-44, USC-41, USC-40, USC-39, USC-37, USC-36, USC-35, USC-32, USC-25, USC-15, USC-8, USC-3

5th Choice:  #upb10 picks!


  1. Wow! We have some stuff in common! I'm following you :-) Stopped by frm the Blog Party...

  2. Nice to meet you! You look fun. :)

  3. Hi from UBP 2010! So nice to "meet" you! Congrats on the 20 pounds you've lost so far and hope you do well in the 5K! I'll be following along on Twitter!

  4. Like what I'm reading and will be back for more... stopping by from UBP 10... happy
    party day!

  5. I'm here:) and I'm a follower! Hi.

  6. I'm a brand spankin' new reader! Can't wait to read more!

  7. Hi there.
    Stopping by via the Ultimate Blog Party to say hello.
    Have a great day!

  8. Good stuff! I will be checking back in often. I found you through UBP '10.

  9. I'm so glad to have found you through the UBP. I'm a mid-west girl too. Northern Iowa! Crazy. Now I live further south and love it here. We have lots in common. and I'll be back to visit soon. Blessings, SusanD

  10. Stopping by from UBP. Happy blog party!

  11. What a great introduction. Reading all these great intros makes me wish I would have waited to do mine so I could have gotten more ideas. LOL

    This is my first time visiting. I surfed over from 5 Minutes for Mom. Looking forward to getting to reading more as we go. My party post can be found at "Ultimate Blog Party 2010 at Dayngrous Discourse.

  12. Congrats on your weight loss so far! What an inspiring goal!

    Stopping in from the party. :)

  13. Stopping by from the UBP!! Would love to win your giveaway...I love surprises!!

  14. Nice to meet you! happy party week!!!

  15. Nice to meet you via UBP. I hope you'll get to Asia one day. Happy partying and feel free to stop by at

  16. I am always up for a fun giveaway.

  17. I have been following you since we met at the Prior Fat Girl/Future Prior Fat girl meet up.

  18. I follow you on twitter @andreaberg

  19. Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. You have a great site. I would love it if you visited my blog and left me a comment! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

    The Healthy Moms

  20. Hey Winner!
    You need these numbers to complete the prize form on the prize page -

    INTL 14
    146 Holly

  21. I just had to go read your March post. Which I found quite interesting.

    Congrats on your win from the Ultimate Blog Party.
    What did you win?

    Hope to see you at my place sometime.