Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 2009
Hi and welcome to anyone visiting from UBP 2009! I'm MemeGRL and this is my site.

Why MemeGRL? Because when I started this blog, I wanted in on the fun, but inspiration was short. I have kiddos, but was antsy about putting them at the center of the blog, because, you know, they have lives, and besides, this was for me. So I started doing memes to get the hang of it. It's evolved in to more of a food blog than I ever meant it to be but who knows where it will go next?

My most common memes are the fabulous Works for Me Wednesday, late of Shannon's blog, now hosted by Erin; Four Foods on Friday by the inexhaustable VALMG, and Menu Planning Monday by I'm an Organizing Junkie. They've all been tremendously helpful (or fun) in one way or another but the MPM has been a real game-changer around here.

If you were to come to my house for a party, I would start by introducing you to my friends, and so I'll do the same here. I started blogging because of my IRL friends at She Started It, Dream Kitchen, My Life as a SAHM and But Wait, There's More! using bits and pieces of inspiration from all of them. Since then, more moms from my Mothers & More chapter have started blogs at The Accidental Hausfrau, The Life You Choose, Motherhood 101 A+, trying to figure it out, and Uncommon Threads.

And I've gotten to know or re-know people from blogging too. Bossy and her mother staged our house for us after our first baby was born. (True!) Well Read Hostess and I worked at the same swim club during summers in high school. Lemonade and Kidneys and I went to high school together and now live a few blocks apart. My kids are some of the ones driving The Domestic Goddess crazy. Philly Expatriate was the blog of someone I knew in high school whom I rediscovered on Facebook. And after realizing that Emily at Mothers of Brothers was leading my parallel life, we met at Starbucks to discover that we'd actually known each other as freshmen in the same dorm when we went to college.

I hate to leave anyone out--the wonderwoman referred to as The Best Babysitter in the World around here blogs; if you are interested in the inner workings of the Catholic church, you can't miss Rocco's blog; and if you enjoy Brain Child magazine as much as I do, you must check out Jennifer's blog. My newest blogfriends are the Tipsy Baker, whom I've met in person because our husbands are friends; and Mom24, who's just a like-minded mama, giving me hints as to what's coming down the pike for me. And there's Write-Sizing, who is one of my husband's best friends, who has lost over 1/3 of her weight in the past 18 months. Or just keep clicking over on the side; if you have questions about anyone, I'll answer as best as I can.

So, welcome! Look around. There are some good party-ready recipes here (check out the pizza dip, for example). Click on the banner to join the party at your blog! There are prizes too...eventually I'll get around to looking at them all and picking some, just in case! Meanwhile, welcome to my blog...and don't miss my friends. They rock!


Sab said...

Welcome to the Party! It's my first year and I have to say, what a brilliant idea! Sounds like you have a lot of bloggy friends! That is awesome!!! Oh, and that pizza dip looks good... I'll have to try that one friday night!

Julie D said...

Nice to meet you. Stop by my party when you can!

Shannon said...

Thanks for the great links to other blogs and I love what you said about blogging for you and being antsy about putting your kids at the center. Good point! This is my first blog party, it's been great meeting new people!

Angie Vinez said...

Welcome to the party!!

Hope you'll stop by sometime!

brandy101 said...

I have found some great meal ideas here so THANKS for sharing all that info!

My blog has sort of taken a backseat to facebook because virtually all of the bloggers I have come to know over the years (I am talking since 2004 or so) - we all joined FB and now know each other by our real names, and play word games, send virtual gifts, etc. I even met one woman - a fellow blogger and also facebook *friend* - from South Africa while she was in Chicago for business. We had a really fun night out on the town and I was thrilled to play tour guide!

One thing that makes me a bit bummed is that the people I have really connected with through blogging, emails, even cards & letters over the years - none live anywhere near me. In fact, most of my dear IRL friends also are spread all over the country (actually all over the WORLD) these days.

Shannon said...

Just popping in to say hi from UBP! Nice to meet you!

Domestic Goddess said...

Hey! I told you before, YOUR kids don't bother me. It's MINE That bother me!

Anonymous said...

Pleasure to meet you! I haven't done memes yet, but I'd like to get started.

You're welcome to come check out my blog at I write about living green, faith, and family.

Enjoy the rest of the party!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Party hopping and participating too so stop in for a visit.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

I'm giving away Pink Champagne Shower Syrup from Jaqua Beauty...stop on over and enter! Ends April 8. Open to USA.


I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.

Marina said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from the UMP 2009 party...isn't it cool? Hope we all win some goodies ;>

Its so cool you have added all your friends blogs too.I'm going to check them out too.

Am new to the blogging scene so hope it all falls into place soon :> Do come over to visit/subscribe/ follow my blog at