Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

A few years back, I participated in the Ultimate Blog Party on 5 Minutes for Mom. And being the deeply organized person that I am, promptly forgot to do it again. This year, however, I saw the link on several friends' blogs, so I made a note (literally, I have a post-it on my desk) to do it too.

Anyhow, up there, that's me, and F&B, my 8 year old princess and 5 year old superhero (my husband was taking the picture, it's rare to have pics of the 4 of us). The picture was taken in Canada, on the Lake Erie shoreline, a few blocks from my parents' house. We actually live in Dallas, Texas.

Random things you may (or may not) want to know about me:

1. Once upon a time, before F&B, I used to be a middle school teacher.

2. Now I homeschool them instead. F did two years at a university model school (half school/half homeschool), this is our second full year all-out homeschooling.

3. I'm obsessed with all things bento, and have been making/blogging bento lunches for almost 4 years now! You can visit me there at http://BentoLunch.net

4. Lots of cool things happened from that blog, including an opportunity to create bento lunches for Disney and a family trip to McDonald's headquarters with several other bloggers to learn more about McD!

5. Non-blog related, one of the coolest things I've done is hiking into the Pyramids in Egypt with baby Ben on my back in his MeiTai.

6. I really love to travel. Really really love to travel.

7. I want to live in Europe someday, just for a year or two, to really experience it. France would be my first pick, but I'm flexible! ;o)

8. I love to read and most years opt for a 50-book challenge with my friends. You can find me on GoodReads, even though I'm way behind this year.

So, that's me, sort of, kind of, in a nutshell (OK, the nutshell isn't too far a stretch, really). Leave a comment with your link, I'd love to find new blogs to read!


  1. Nice to "meet" you Shannon!!! I can only imagine how awesome climbing that pyramid in Egypt was!!! I've never heard of Bento before, I'll have to check it out!

  2. Stopping from the UBP! I do muffin tin meals with my son! I admire the bento meals I come across on the web! They are truly amazing!

  3. Nice to meet you! Thanks for the invite to your party! I, too, used to be a middle school teacher-math! Now, as a mom, I debate whether or not to homeschool. I still have a few years to decide, thankfully, though. I was curious about the Bento lunches! Looks interesting! I'm having my first ever giveaway over at my party! Would love for you to join! (www.TrinketsOfThought.com)

  4. Nice to meet you! That so cool that you've traveled to Egypt! I would love to travel when my daughter (and future kids get older! Happy UBP!

  5. I used to teach middle school too:) I enjoy that age even if people think I'm crazy!

    I came by from UBP:)

  6. I would love to live in France, too, though I'd settle for just a visit. So nice to meet you through the UBP!

  7. I love the pictures of your kiddos. They're beautiful! And pyramid climbing in Egypt?! That's amazing! :)
    It's nice to "meet" you. I'm looking forward to perusing your blog!
    Happy Tuesday!


  8. I actually found you from the What My Child is Reading list, which I love.

    I am participating in UBP '11 too and I am now following your blog.

  9. Howdy!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at http://sostylilized.blogspot.com/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party.html

    And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party.html

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)

  10. I'm having fun at the UBP!! Nice to meet you! I consider myself deeply organized too, however, my desk looks like a mess. There is a method to my madness and no one better touch my stuff!

  11. I am now following your from the UBP 2011. I hope you will take the time to like me back. If you could also head to my site and enter to win my contest I would appreciate it ! http://madamedeals.com/blog/2011/04/01/contest-quick-link/

  12. Coming by from ubp to congratulate you =0)

  13. I super LIKE your blog. I look forward to reading more.


  14. Hi! I'm stopping by from the UBP...a little late, but it is taking me a while to go through all of the links! I love meeting new bloggers! I'm your newest follower! Come over to my blog to see how I am creating a healthy home for my family if you get the chance!


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