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I’m Joining The Ultimate Blogging Party! #UBP13

Posted by on April 4, 2013

Hey Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  Last year I heard about the Ultimate Blogging Party, but I had no idea what that meant.

This year I saw it floating around again not entirely sure what it all entails, but when I found one last post about it I decided, “what the heck.”  I’ll give this whirl.

I’m hoping this will introduce me to other bloggers I may not have met before, and others will be introduced to my blog, so welcome!
Ultimate Blog Party 2013

I first want to say “thanks” to 5 Minutes From Mom for doing this fun party every year, and I look forward to getting around and meeting some other awesome bloggers.

Now, a little bit about me.

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Hi, I’m Jamie.  I’m a Minnesota Girl at heart, born and raised until 2 1/2 years ago when I moved myself to LA, all for a guy.  Yes, we’re still together, happily engaged, with our two adorable cats.

I tend to blog about photography, adventures around LA, and do product reviews and giveaways from time to time.  Every year I attend ExpoWest, the biggest natural product expo there is, and love finding those healthy snack options.

Anyways, I want to welcome you to my little page, and lets go rock this party ;0


80 Responses to I’m Joining The Ultimate Blogging Party! #UBP13

  1. Nichole @ Yeung Mother Hubbard

    Found you at the UBP! How are you liking CA?
    Nichole @ Yeung Mother Hubbard recently posted..Getting to Know Me

    • Jamie

      Yay, welcome to the party. You know it’s so funny I thought I’d hate LA, but instead I completely ended up falling in love with it =)

  2. Arlene @FlourOnMyFace

    Hi Jamie

    This is my first year partying with the UBP I can’t wait to check out some of your posts.
    Arlene @FlourOnMyFace recently posted..The Ultimate Blog Party 2013 #UBP13

    • Jamie

      This is also my first year. =0 but so far it’s been fun. It’s off to bed now, but look forward to continuing the party through the weekend 😉

  3. Melissa

    Cali! How cool! I bet you like the warm weather or do you miss those winters?

    • Jamie

      The winters were the reason I moved. I just couldn’t handle them anymore, so yes, love these winters out here 😉 They’ve become my favorite season of CA ;0

  4. Wendy Wright (@ChoosingLoveAZ)

    So glad you decided to join this year! This is my third year and is definitely a fun party and great way to meet other bloggers. Enjoy the party and LA!
    Wendy Wright (@ChoosingLoveAZ) recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2013 with 5 Minutes for Mom | #UBP13

    • Jamie

      Thanks Wendy! Gosh, I’m so glad I went into my spam folder to peek if I missed anything. Found your comments there. yes, I agree, great seeing a familiar face =)

  5. Wendy Wright (@ChoosingLoveAZ)

    So nice to see a familiar face. Thanks for stopping by my blog to celebrate UBP! Have not heard of the expo before but it sounds like a great place to find healthy snacks.
    Wendy Wright (@ChoosingLoveAZ) recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2013 with 5 Minutes for Mom | #UBP13

  6. 1stopmom

    Nice to meet you Jamie and welcome to the party. I think you will have a good time at the party. I always meet lots of cool people and discover some great blogs.
    1stopmom recently posted..Time To Party: Ultimate Blog Party 2013 #UBP13

    • Jamie

      I’ve been having a blast thus far. Met so many blogs I hadn’t heard of before. I needed this to get out of my blogging funk =)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Susie B. Homemaker

    Visiting from the UBP, thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad to hear the move to LA worked out. I’ve never actually been to CA, but I do have an aunt that lives there. The farthest west I’ve been is Texas.
    Susie B. Homemaker recently posted..Meet New Blogs and Win Prizes with the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 #UBP13

    • Jamie

      But I bet you’ve visited a bit on the East Coast. I haven’t been to too many places out there, but have some destinations on my mind. Thanks for stopping by and definitely loving the weather out this way =)

  8. Ann Harrison

    Hi Jamie! I’m so glad that we’re connecting from Susan and Janice at 5 Minutes for Mom. They host an amazing party! Happy UBP :->

  9. Shop with Me Mama

    Nice to meet you, Jamie! Thanks for stopping by my place 🙂 Hope you have a fun time at this party 😉

  10. Erin Howard

    Hi Jamie,
    Loving your blog…hope to connect more… Moving from the cold to the hot had to be an adjustment. #UBP13 This is my first year attending UBP as well… 🙂
    Erin Howard recently posted..The Ultimate Blog Party Post 2013 – WELCOME!!!

    • Jamie

      Thanks for stopping by Erin. By the time i got out here i was ready for the adjustment. Just couldn’t do the cold anymore =) and enjoyed that warmer weather, but what’s nice about LA is that it really does stay at even cool 70 degree weather. A few hot weeks during the summer, but not bad at all.

  11. Ginny Marie

    My sister moved out to LA over 15 years ago, and I don’t think I’m ever going to get her to move back to the Midwest! I’m glad you and your guy are still together. 😀 Thanks for stopping by Lemon Drop Pie!
    Ginny Marie recently posted..NOT What You Think About in Spring

    • Jamie

      Thanks for your sweet comment Ginny. Every time I visit back home I get the questions, “when you coming home.” But I just can’t bare myself to leave.

  12. Sandra

    Hi, I’m here through UBP2013 🙂

    Congratulations on your engagement! The expo sounds like a lot of fun, definitely something I would enjoy 🙂

    Have a great weekend, and if you wish, feel free to come by my blog and say hi 🙂
    Sandra recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2013

  13. 5 Minutes For Mom

    YAY… it took a lot of convincing, but we got you to the party!!!! LOL

    Thank you so much for joining. Sweet that you moved to LA for your guy. As far as Minnesota, it looks fantastic from the air… you sure have got a lot of LAKES.
    5 Minutes For Mom recently posted..The Ultimate Blog Party 2013 #UBP13

    • Jamie

      yes, 10000 lakes and counting. Very beautiful during the spring, summer, and fall, but the winter’s are far too brutal =) Hope you get to visit it one day!

  14. Kathleen Jaeger

    Hi! Found you through the blog party. I had to click on the link because I am a MN girl in TN. I have written that on my profile but haven’t actually written about it much. I guess it is just the MN in me that lives on even though I love living in TN.

    • Jamie

      Love, the Minnesota never leaves us, right? I think that’s why I really wanted the Minnesota part of me some place in my blog.. I did it proud =) Thanks for stopping by Kathleen!

  15. April

    Hey Jamie!

    Thanks for stopping by our neck of the interverse 😀 Looks like you’ve got a great blog here and we’re looking forward to reading more about your adventures!
    April recently posted..Homemade Window Cleaner | Spring Cleaning

    • Jamie

      Hi April,

      Thanks so much for stopping by =) I will definitely be stopping by your blog to check it out. Hope you’ve been enjoying the party and making some great connections.

  16. Lisa- The Domestic Life Stylist

    Hi Jamie! Finally getting a chance to stop by and I like what I see! Be Blessed!
    Lisa- The Domestic Life Stylist recently posted..The Domestic Life Stylist: The Ultimate Blog Party 2013

  17. Cristi

    I’m stoping by from UBP13, and I have to say that I’m very, very jealous that you got to go to ExpoWest. I like natural products, but more importantly for me is finding new allergy-friendly foods.
    Cristi recently posted..Random 5 on Friday and the Ultimate Blog Party

    • Jamie

      It was definitely fun time and I do try to share my findings… Thanks for taking the time to stop by during the party~

  18. Glenda Cates

    I am so ready to rock it. Have a nice week and congrats on the engagement.

    • Jamie

      LOL. =) Glad to hear that… it’s been a fun couple of days… amazing to see how many blogs there are!

  19. Jennifer H

    Hi Jamie, thank you for stopping by my site! So glad to meet you through #UBP13!
    Jennifer H recently posted..Comment on Places You Can Eat Free on Your Birthday by md kennedy

    • Jamie

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by my site. I love the name of your blog, btw =)

  20. Michael @

    Hi. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Interesting combo, MN & CA. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in both between my old IBM job and visiting family (in N&S CA). Just added you on Google+, and sent myself an email to add your friday linky to my calendar. Have a super day, Jamie!
    Michael @ recently posted..Ban Daylight Saving Time! Who’s With Me?

    • Jamie

      Thanks for stopping by and connecting with me via my social media spots =) Will definitely be stopping by your blog again.

  21. Margaret

    Found you over at UBP and wanted to say hello *waves*
    Margaret recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party #UBP13

  22. Jessie

    This party has been such a hoot! So glad to have found your blog!
    Jessie recently posted..Blog Party Time!

    • Jamie

      It has =) Lots of bloggers out there, and been so much fun learning about everyone.

  23. Jessica

    This is my second year partying. It’s a great way to find new blogs and friends all over the world. 🙂
    Jessica recently posted..Blog Party 2013!

  24. Krista

    Yay for natural! And photography! 🙂 I’ve been to LA a few times, but I am NOT a big city girl. I lived in Seattle for a year and that was too much for me! 😛
    Krista recently posted..Welcome to my Blog!

    • Jamie

      I love being in the city, lots of opportunity =) But admire those that prefer the country living too. Wide open spaces!

  25. WeeMason's Mom

    As a born and raised Wisconsin girl who hates this weather, I’m very jealous of your new locale!
    WeeMason’s Mom recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2013

    • Jamie

      Awww… no need to be jealous… but totally get the frustration… and those harsh winters… pretty brutal indeed. I hope it’s finally starting to warm up over there though in the frozen tundra!

  26. Alisha Jaybird

    Woo hoo!!! Happy UBP!!!! So glad you’re partying with us this year! It’s fun. 😀

    And I just have to say, you are awesome to move from MN to LA for a dude. He must be some man. 🙂 And definitely a lucky one to have someone move across the country for him. And blending the topics of UBP and MN, cuz I’m good like that….. I met one of my BFFs at the 09 UBP and she’s from MN! I have brainwashed her… I mean, CONVINCED her to move here to TX. Well… it wasn’t me so much as the sun and lack of snow. But I like to take credit too. 🙂 Happy partying!!!!
    Alisha Jaybird recently posted..UBP13!!!! Look out, World…. I’m BACK!!!!

    • Jamie

      Us Minnesota people rock 😉 Just saying… kidding.

      Awesome that she’s going to move to Texas. I honestly think taking a big move is good for anybody. Definitely brings out the adventurous side in people!

  27. MultiTestingMom

    Nice to “meet” you! My cousin just moved to LA too!
    MultiTestingMom recently posted..How To Make Homemade GAK or Slime {Printable}

  28. Kaela

    Just subscribed! Welcome to the UBPartay!
    I am also a transplant, from Idaho to Kansas.
    Looking forward to reading more!

  29. Becky

    Hi, visiting from #UBP13. I moved for a guy too, once. Only half a state, and it was 6 years ago. Yes we’re still together, no not married. (Yet) I hope maybe someday.
    Becky recently posted..The Ultimate Blog Party, 2013 Edition

    • Jamie

      I’m glad to hear you guys are still together =) But sound happy so always a good thing and hope the engagement will come for you!

  30. Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery

    I live in Wisconsin, hate winter, but hate traffic more. I visited LA once on a press trip oh and went to a convention in Anaheim once too. Not sure if I could live there, but it’s fun to visit!
    Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery recently posted..Because Prompts are Fun #12 – Procrastination

    • Jamie

      it’s funny. I never saw myself living in LA. Honest. When I finally moved out here I had it in my head I was going to hate it… however, the complete opposite ended up happening =)

  31. Nikki

    Wow, was moving from Minnesota to LA a huge culture shock? I am on the East Coast and have a friend who move to Minnesota. She lived there for about 12 years, then recently moved to Oregon. It looks beautiful there!
    Nikki recently posted..Get Your Butt Out of that Chair! Tips to Get Up and Get Moving During Work

    • Jamie

      Nah, I grew up in the Twin Cities area so not too big of a shock. The biggest transition was in learning to drive the freeways out here just because there are so many more cars =)

  32. Dawn Lopez

    Oh cool, I didn’t realize your story about moving to LA! So cool, happy to hear you are living happy out there! That must have been quite a culture shock? Thanks again for stopping by my blog too 😉
    Dawn Lopez recently posted..Insomnia Cake Recipe

    • Jamie

      Thanks for your comments Dawn =) Wasn’t too bad of a culture shock because I grew up in the cities area. =) The layout is pretty familiar to the Twin Cities…

  33. Mel {MamaBuzz}

    It’s so nice to “meet” you, Jamie! This is my first year participating in UBP too. So excited to party with you!
    Mel {MamaBuzz} recently posted..An Interview with My Birthday Boy

  34. Esther Irish (@LaughWithUsBlog)

    Wow you moved for a guy!!! I’m so glad it’s working out great.
    Esther Irish (@LaughWithUsBlog) recently posted..How do you show thanks? Kings Hawaiian #ProjectMahalo

  35. Ferly

    Hi Jamie,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! i hope that you enjoy UBP this year. It looks like you’ve got lots of comments, so it must be going well for you! I a SoCal blogger too and I remember seeing your blog a while back. Anyway, congratulations on your engagement!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}
    Ferly recently posted..Take Control of Technology {Death by Push Notification}

    • Jamie

      Thanks Ferly! It has been so fun and I’ve been meeting a ton of great blogs and bloggers along the way. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  36. Cafe Pasadena

    What’s the Ultimate Blogger Party and its purpose??
    Cafe Pasadena recently posted..HEADLINES!

    • Jamie

      The Ultimate Blog Party is put on my 5 Minutes for Mom and is a giant blog hop. You meet other bloggers, hop around, find new blogs to read, and interact =) it’s been a lot of fun!

  37. Stacie

    Yay! I’m glad you decided to join the party this year! What do you think so far?

    I’ve never been to Minnesota but I believe the weather there is similar to what we get here in Canada. I’ve been to LA once and it was huge! I enjoyed it though, but it was so hot! I’m not used to the heat I guess LOL.
    Stacie recently posted..Getting Ready for Easter with Easy-Off #EOSpringCleaning

    • Jamie

      Yes, Minnesota is very much like the Canadian weather that you guys get, although I have a feeling you guys get even more cold =) And it’s pretty brutal as well.

      I’m glad you posted about the party one last time in the group, that’s what finally persuaded me to do it 😉 it’s been fun, and omg, there’s so many new blogs I’ve discovered through this. Some days I have more time to hop, the last few days not so much. But thanks for stopping by =)

  38. Candy @Candypolooza

    Hi Jaime!
    GF your pictures are so beautiful! Congrats on your engagement and hope you have the wedding of your dreams!

    Candy @Candypolooza recently posted..Month of the Military Child T Shirt Giveaway!

    • Jamie

      Thank you so much Candy! I definitely enjoy taking them and carry my camera with me wherever I happen to go =)

  39. Cher

    Well its better than moving from LA to Minnesota!
    Cher recently posted..O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner {Review} (& Giveaway Ends 4/26)

  40. OneMommy

    What a beautiful picture!
    What a move! The things we do for love! 🙂

    Happy partying!

  41. McKinney Mommas

    Hey Girl, thanks for stopping by my page, McKinney Mommas for #UBP13! Just wanted to let you know that the link in your google/blogger profile doesn’t work…it leads to what maybe was your old website? So, you might want to update so people can find you. I found you in a google search after I saw the name of your website. Happy week to ya!
    McKinney Mommas recently posted..Raising Young Humanitarians With Mightee Kids

  42. Elizabeth

    Hi!! New follower here, I found you on the UBP13! Your blog is absolutely amazing! I am a new blogger and hope you can come by and follow me at!
    Elizabeth recently posted..My Gratitude…

    • Jamie

      Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth and thanks for your comment =) if you ever have any questions feel free to send them my way. I’m going to stop by and say hi now!

  43. Cathi

    Just stopping by from the UBP13. We hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.

  44. Tracey M.

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog. We have been so busy packing . . . I haven’t had much time to respond. I look forward to hearing about all the healthy snack options. What is the ExpoWest? We are way off track and need to start choosing healthier eating options. Happy to hear the move to LA went well and that you are engaged. What great news. Congrats! Do you have a date picked out yet? Well, I better get back to packing or to bed. Thank you again for visiting A Learning Journey.
    Tracey M. recently posted..I HAVE A BLOG BUTTON NOW!

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