Ultimate Blog Party

When I started Big Binder, it was an outgrowth of an email list that just got too big.  I would send ideas for things to do with young kids in Grand Rapids, which I kept filed neatly in a big binder.  Someone told me I should “start a website, or something” to make it easier on myself.  My friend Jill started a blog called The Diaper Diaries, so when I found out that blogs are free, easy to maintain, and required no massive e-mail lists, Big Binder was born.

My kids were 1 and 3 at the time.  My good friend 3inunder3 had moved away and I was pretty broken up about it.  My blog was a great way to feel connected, to express my love for Grand Rapids, and to share my ideas about raising kids who are active participants in their community. 

And now; Maybelle and A.P. are now almost 5 and 7.   My schedule is different because they are in school, and I work for part of the year.  I could fastidiously clean my house, but my husband has about 20 ‘construction’ projects going on (and on, and on) and I don’t see the point in dusting the baseboards in a room where half of the woodwork is scraped down, and wall has had primer on in since August.  Lipstick on a pig, I tell you.

So what am I going to do about it?



I want to meet other bloggers and grow my online communty.  I want to get and share ideas about raising culturally and civic minded kids who, for the most part, eat some healthy food and of course, pass those along to my readers.  You know what else I want to pass along? The chance to win about a bajillion prizes at this party.

These are the ones I have my eye on, and I would be equally happy to win any of them:

  • 39 -Be My Guest certificate ($250 value) for one lucky winner, (2 night stay for a family of four) at any Hilton Garden Inn.  Provided by: Hilton Garden Inn Follow here: bloggin2noggin

Because I don’t know what a Hilton Garden Inn is, but I am pretty sure we would have a lot of fun finding out.

  • 40- One winner will receive a 3 day 2 night stay from Holiday Inn Main Gate East in Kissimmee, FL (less than 2 miles from Disney World) a value of $250. Provided by: Holiday Inn Main Gate Follow here: bloggin2noggin

Because this might actually be the thing that makes Disney possible for us.

  • 65 – Three winners will win a copy of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on dvd. Provided by: Stacey Says. Follow here: Stacey_Says.

Because Stacey is a fellow Grand Rapids Blogger, and my kids would dig this!

  • 75 – $100 Gift Certificate to SummitCampingGear.com. Provided by: StomperMom. Follow here: stompermom or Visit Our Fan Page: Stompermom

Because my family actually camps really, really well together – and we need a new tent.  We’re much happier when we’re dry.

  • 84 – One $25 Gift Certificate to Shutterfly.com. Provided by: Scraps of My Geek Life. Follow here: scrappinmichele or Visit Our Fan Page: Scraps of My Geek Life

Because my children’s lives are documented soley on SanDisk at this point.

  • USC 16 – $50 gift certificate to eSpecially Simple Graphic Design & Consulting to be used toward a wide selection graphic design and consulting services. Great for giving your blog a whole new look or helping you take that next bold step with your ministry or business! Provided by: eSpecially Simple: Graphic Design & Consulting Follow here: extragrace
  • INTL 1 – Custom Background for Your Twitter Profile – $45 value, three winners will be chosen. We’ll make your Twitter profile match your blog or business site! Provided by: Techno Mom Designs. Follow here: Erica Mueller or Visit Our Fan Page: Erica Mueller.
  • INTL 2 – Win a custom WordPress blog by Uniquehorn Designs. Included: A Unique WordPress theme designed just for you, one year free hosting (100mb space/ 1gb bandwidth), wordpress installation, theme installation, 1 hour free maintenance for the year (includes upgrades, plugin installation, etc). (Over a $450 Value). Provided by: Uniquehorn Designs.Follow here: unicornbeauty or Visit Our Fan Page: Uniquehorn Designs.

Because I don’t know how to do any of these things myself, and Big Binder is in need of a makeover.

  • USC 18 – Three winners will one of these books, Fearless by Max Lucado, Rachel’s Tears by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott, The Animal Boogie (kids book) by Debra Harter and Fred Penner. Provided by: The Bookworm Blog.

Because I LOVE Max Lucado, and the other books look great too.

  • USC 60 – For one winner a $200 gift certificate for any Wall Slicks vinyl wall decal of your choice. DIY decorating made easy with Wall Slicks wall stickers. Provided by: Modern Wall Graphics, the makers of Wall Slicks. Follow here: WallSlicks or Visit Our Fan Page: Wall Slicks.

In case my husband never finishes painting, I will just cover the walls with these instead.  Just kidding; I want to use them in my kids’ rooms.

You can enter too! Just go to 5 Minutes For Mom and take a look at exactly what a bazillion prizes looks like, then follow the directions to enter.  Good luck, and thanks for reading!

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24 responses to “Ultimate Blog Party

  1. Joy

    I love your blog name! Great idea for a blog too. Found you on the #ubp10 twitter stream. Hope you have a fantastic party!

  2. Hello! So nice to meet you. I hope you’re having fun at the party.

  3. :Waving Hi:
    It’s nice to meet you!! I hope you enjoy the blog party.

  4. Hey! Found you through the #UBP10 twitter stream!

    Enjoy your party!

  5. Too bad we live so far from each other. I sure could use some help with activities for my son.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, 🙂

  6. Cindy

    Makes me want to start a blog!

  7. Nice to meet you!! Jill is a great blogger that I must say I admire 🙂 Have a Happy Party 😉

  8. I would not care for the messes everywhere, but I would really love the part about my husband wanting to fix up and work on the house. Not unless he absolutely has to, he says! 🙂 Oh well, he’s a great guy anyway and that’s just not his thing. 😦

    Hope your summer is great and you’ll be able to find even more fun things to do in Grand Rapids!

    Hope you have a great time at the party this week and meet lots of great bloggers and friends! Stop by and say hi when you get the chance.

  9. Found you through Twitter #UBP2010!

  10. Everyone should get a chance to go to DISNEY!!
    Great intro post. 🙂

  11. Stopping by from the UBP! I love the name of your site!

    I’m giving away a $25 Starbucks gift card at my party! http://myblessedlife.net/2010/04/its-ultimate-blog-party-time.html

  12. Tamara B.

    Cruising on by from the UBP to say hi 🙂

  13. jskell911

    What a great reason to start a blog! Visiting from the UBP.

  14. Jen

    Nice to meet you! Happy UBP! If you want some more ideas to add to your “binder”, stop over at Creative and Curiuos Kids! 🙂

  15. Jen

    Okay, I’m super tired right now- did I spell my blog name wrong? lol If so, it is Creative and Curious Kids!


  16. Hi! I’m Stephanie from “And Twins make 5! – A Mommy Blog”. Just making the rounds via the UBP 2010, hope to see you around my blog too!


  17. Teresa

    This is such a fun party and I have already met some of the greatest bloggers… I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs. Stop by for a visit…just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET!

  18. オッス!

    Nice to meet you! 😀 Just stopping by from the party to say howdy. Love your blog.

    Have a great weekend and happy UBP! 😀 And hope to see you stop by sometime!!


  19. Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I’m looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

    The Healthy Moms

  20. Love your food posts – I was just yesterday trying to explain to my younger daughter that, even though you can’t tell when you go to the grocery store, food has seasons just like the flowers blooming. And your post on The Heritage has me thinking I have to check the hours at our local culinary school’s restaurant!

    Wandering in from the UBP, and I’m so glad I found you!

  21. stopping in from UBP to say Hello and hope you will visit my blog as well!! Blogs are awesome :)) Loved learning how you got started.
    Chat with you later
    Beth ~Fabulous Won

  22. Hi Jen! Just stopping by to check out your party – love it! 🙂

  23. Hope you had fun at the Ultimate Blog Party! I know its over but I’m still partying and visiting some new blogs! 🙂

    Jenni (“Miss Tutu”)
    My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog – hope you will stop by, say hi, and grab a free tutu making lesson! 🙂 and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

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