Friday, April 4, 2014

The Ultimate Blog Party from 5 Minutes for Mom

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

I am excited to be participating in the Ultimate Blog Party this year hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. If you're visiting from the party, thanks for stopping by! 

If you are not here about the blog party, the idea is for bloggers to get to know each other and network through blog-hopping. If you're a fellow blogger, head on over to join the party! 

About Me
I am a proud stay-at-home Mom to my adorable 16 month old, Carl. I have been blessed to have a wonderful husband that has made it possible for me to stay home with our son. There is no better job in the world! Aside from running after my toddler, I love spending hours creating things on Photoshop, finding inspiration for my home and family on Pinterest, and baking/cooking. Before staying home, I was a Special Education teacher. I am certified in Special Education (birth-adult) and Elementary Education. I have taught ages 3-years to adults at a local community college. Most recently, I was teaching Special Education at the elementary school level. 

I started my blog back in September of 2012 when I was a little over 5 months pregnant. Unfortunately, I was put on bed rest until I had my son at 35 weeks 6 days. As a teacher, I was used to being kept very busy and decided to use my time on the couch wisely. At the time, I thought I would be returning to teaching so I decided to share free printables and ideas for teachers and parents (which is still want I blog about with a little addition of ideas for younger children). 

Once I had my son, I decided to take time off blogging to learn how to be a Mom. My son had feeding difficulties and would BF for at least 1-2 hours at every sitting round the clock until he was 6 months old so I found little time to do much else. At 6 months he finally started to cut his time down and I began to have time again to do things. 

During the winter of 2013/14, my blog took off on Pinterest. One of my blog posts has had over 14k repins. At that point, I decided I wanted to get back into blogging. But of course, just because I have repins, doesn't mean I have followers. So I am hoping through parties like this one, I can learn more about building a steady audience. 

I am looking into being a part of Giveaways, Reviews, and even Guest Posting. I will be part of a giveaway starting next week, and I just received my first reading program to review. I am excited to learn more about the world of blogging from the many experience bloggers in this party. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read about me! 

20 comments:

  1. Hi Laura! Stopping by thanks for UBP14. I also work as a special education teacher specifically with children with autism. I look forward to reading your blog

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    1. Hi Renee! Thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to check out your blog!

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  2. Hi! so glad I found you from UBP14. I am so sorry about your bed rest. I was also a teacher and LOVE staying at home. My first also breastfed FOREVER. I even started watching "People's Court"... AND enjoying it! *gasp*! What else are you going to do when you're just stuck there with a tiny baby for hours?! :) Glad I found you! Georgia

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Georgia! TV was definitely my best friend while breast feeding, too! The only problem was when there was nothing on for the middle of the night feeds lol

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  3. Hello Laura.

    Great to meet you thanks to UBP14. My job is all about working with breastfeeding moms. You have my utmost admiration for all the hard work you did in your son's first 6 months of life. I'd love to hear your story and find out what kept you hanging in!

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    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks so much!! It was definitely hard work (as I am sure you know!) but thankfully I had a supportive husband and family who encouraged me to keep going. I was also lucky to learn a lot through other Mom's and LC's on the internet. We made it to just under 15 months with BF and it was definitely well worth it!

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  4. Hi Laura,

    Stopping by from the UBP14 party! It is awesome that you are a first time mom as well. It is hard work but a lot of fun to get to stay home with the little one. Im lucky enough to as well. Cute blog. I hope to stop by often and learn more about you.

    Angela @ First Time Mommy Adventures

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  5. Hi Laura! Love your blog design and excited to read more and see some printables...I have an 18 month old, so we are right there with you in the running after a toddler! :) Happy UBP party!

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    1. Thanks Heidi! Thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to check out your blog!

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  6. Hi Laura, thank you for stopping by my blog! I just love UBP14 and finding new blogs to follow! I think my 4 year old would love making the paper plate chick on your latest post! Great activities and ideas! I can't wait to read more and try some out with my kiddo.

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  7. Stopping by from UBP. I was a certified teacher before my kids were born. Now, I've been a WAHM & SAHM for 26 yrs. I love sharing educational activities on my blog.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Looking forward to checking our your blog!

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  8. Hello Laura! So nice to meet you at UBP14. We look forward to following your blog. Follow us on Pinterest for Recipes, Food & romance! http://bit.ly/1fXbopm

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Looking forward to checking out your blog!

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  9. Your site looks like it is filled with awesome ideas! It's great to meet you - Special Education Teachers always have a special place in my heart :) I'm looking forward to visiting again!

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  10. UBP14 participant played with all your social media icons and liked, followed, joined and posted all that was available to me. Thanks for sharing some of your wonderful
    educational advice, printable and welcome you back to the block world of growing. I also joined this second blog party to increase my knowledge and audience. I have really enjoyed the new cyber friends i have meet through this UBP14 hope your have fun too. ~ Dawn of Overboard Creations

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    1. Thanks so much Dawn! Can't wait to check out your site!

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