Party With Me at the Ultimate Blog Party 2013! #UBP13

ultimate blog party 2013

For the forth year in a row I am taking part in 5MinutesforMom’s Ultimate Blog Party 2013!  If you haven’t seen this before, it is a online party where a bunch of bloggers link together to find new blogs and hopefully make a few new friends!  It is amazing to see how many blogs link up each year all from different niches!  Its great because there is no pressure or timeline, just a bunch of blogs posted to browse through and visit!

In case this is your first time here, here is a little ABOUT ME:

My name is Cherise, but I go by Cher since people always seem to butcher Cherise when saying or spelling it.  I am married to Doug, whom I met at a bar in college and we have been married for almost seven years.  We have three kids:  Aidan (6), Gavin (4) and Olivia (19 months).  We live in a western suburb of Chicago and are never moving again!


Here are a few things you may not know about me:

  • I have four tattoos, although they are all hidden most of the time!  A butterfly on my stomach (yeah let me tell you how big that is after 3 kids!), a shooting star on my other hip, a dragonfly on my shoulder blade and a tribe heart on my lower back.
  • I love to read, especially vampire books.  Yes I read the Twilight series when the movie came out and have been hooked ever since!  I read all sorts of genres though and am always looking for suggestions!
  • I could live off pizza and Mexican food.  I know not really healthy, but I love it!
  • I’d rather take my kids to Disney World than lay on a beach.  I am a big fan of amusement parks and Disney is just so magical.
  • I am addicted to mail, actual physical mail!  Ever since I can remember, I have always been excited about getting mail that I used to send away for freebies and even penpals, just to get mail back!  As a stay at home mom, my big highlight of the day sometimes is walking out to the mailbox!
  • Oh and if you hadn’t noticed I always love to use exclamation points, probably way too much! :)

Oh and a little big about MOM AND MORE (or check out my About Me page):

My blog “Mom and More” (originally “Mama’s Money Savers” but since I veered away from coupons/deals I changed my name) is a site where I post daily product reviews and almost daily giveaways!  I also post the occasional deal, recipes, activities, book reviews, movie reviews and personal posts.

Some of my Favorite Posts:

Here are my links:

So I hope you stick around and leave a comment here to say Hi!

Hopefully you’ll also check out all MY GIVEAWAYS that are listed on the right side of my blog at all times!

Don’t forget to keep on Blog Hopping at all the other great blogs participating in the Ultimate Blog Hop!  Oh and did I mention there will be prizes, the Ultimate Blog Party is famous for its HUGE prize pool!  Check out the prizes HERE!  So grab a comfy chair, some chips and salsa, and get clicking!

Speak Your Mind



  1. Nice to “meet” you! Stopping by from UBP (finally, I know–was on vacation!). Have a great day!

  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog Cher through UBP13. I see we have a lot in common. I do not have four tattoos, but everything else sounds exactly like me. I have one very big (naturally expanded) symbolical loppy-eared rabbit on my hip bone of all places that most people do not know about because I hardly ever put on a bathing suit. After having Alyssa, I noticed it doubled in size. LOL. I love the movie Twilight and begged my hubby to buy me the set of books. Unfortunately, I haven’t had any time to read them. I could (but don’t) eat Mexican food and pizza several times a week even though I know how bad it is for me as well except that I believe chocolate is at the top of my list. I eat that every single day. Yep – horrible! I love mail as well because it is usually a homeschool curricula or product for me to review. My daughter and I love trying new things. I use many (. . . and !) when writing. I think it is because I am always trying to show my excitement. Stop by A Learning Journey any time you get a chance – would love to hear from you again. Have a blessed day.

  3. Hi Cher, Stopping by from #UBP13. Thanks for stopping by my site. Your kids are adorable and I am definitely going to check out your recipes. The brown sugar and garlic chicken is something I would love!

  4. Thank you for joining the party again! We really appreciate it.

    I can join you for pizza but Mexican food is usually too spicy for me. LOL

    And, yay for Disney!

    • Thanks for hosting the party! I’m a wuss for Mexican food and always get mild while my husband gets extra hot!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! We are readers at our house too. And pizza is my secret snack food that is so unhealthy!

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

  7. Hi Cher! Thanks for coming over to my blog! I also abuse the exclamation mark, but I’m just so enthusiastic in my writing, I can’t help it! {wink} Happy UBP!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

  8. Thanks for stopping by my place 🙂 I am now following you everywhere! Nice to “meet” you!

  9. Oh I love pizza and Mexican food too. Yum! Nice to find another blogger who isn’t too too far away (I’m in the Milwaukee area). I don’t know how you keep up with almost daily giveaways!

  10. Hi Cher! So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by! You have adorable children. And, isn’t it funny that something as simple as getting mail can make your day. 🙂 And, yes, we love Disney too. Have a great day!

  11. Thank you for the visit on My Kind Of Introduction!
    Since I didn’t do anything like this for my Ultimate Blog party post I decided I would tell you alittle about myself down here 🙂 I’m a BIG Twilight fan myself. The movies are awesome as well but not as good as the books 🙂 I have 2 tattoos, one on each wrist with each of my daughters names – They kind of look like bracelets. I also LOVE mail! Not email…. To much junk bur real mail is awesome! I LOVE freebie mail 🙂 I’m not a fan of Mexican food but I do enjoy some pizza. Chicken is my favorite food!
    I also use exclamation marks WAY to much but I LOVE it!!!
    You seem like a really cool lady and I’m glad you found me on the Blog Party so I could find you aswell! Nice to meet you! I’m a new follower on Facebook… Looks like I was already following you on twitter!

  12. Thanks for stopping by, Darling! Love this family picture of all of you cuties!

  13. Hi Cher!
    I too love physical mail! As a sahm that’s my excitement for the day sometimes! LOL Thanks for coming by my site! You have a lovely site!!

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Cher 🙂 It was really nice reading about you and in some way “meet” you 🙂 {I do the exclamation marks a tad to much too} !!

  15. It’s so nice to meet you Cher! And I love your name, by the way, what a beautiful name! You have a beautiful family too! 🙂

  16. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog for the UBP! That’s a great family photo- love all the smiles. I was already following you on Twitter and Facebook, and now following on Pinterest also.

  17. coming by from UBP!
    lover of tattoos myself 🙂

  18. stopping by from thanks for visiting my blog. I will be entering some of your contests

  19. Hi Cher! Thanks for visiting #UBP13 🙂

    We have a lot in common – minus the tattoos haha.

  20. Hi Cher! Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my lil ole blog. I am also OBSESSED with Disneyland, but haven’t taken my kiddos yet. I’m dying to! But I want to wait until they are a little older and can truly enjoy it.

  21. Hi Cher! Thanks for stopping by Mom Always Finds Out on your UBP13 rounds! I love to read too and get on a vampire streak every now and then. So my latest find is called A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest. It was on Kindle’s deal of the day this past week, so I couldn’t resist checking it out. It’s YA lit and so far so good, I’m about 5 chapters in.

    Have a great week! Nicole

  22. Hi Cher!
    What a sweet family!

    I feel the same way about the mail…although lately I’d rather stay in the house than venture to the mailbox in the rain 🙁

    I use exclaimation points way too much too! 😉 I’m trying my best to scale it back a bit, though 🙂

    It’s been nice ‘meeting’ you!! 🙂

  23. I hope you could have more giveaways open worldwide so I could join often. Your favorite posts are informative. Thanks for sharing them !

  24. Thanks for stopping by, I love Twilight too, and I think it’s great you added you met your husband at a bar in College-so real life 🙂 Love the blog, I’m definitely going to have to follow you 🙂

  25. Thanks for stopping by Our Journey! Love your place you have here and I love to read Vampire books too 😉 LOL Can’t wait to hear more!!!

  26. Hi!!! Thanks so much for visiting thesmellyarmpit! 🙂 LOL Ok, I love getting snail mail too! I am the official mail checker each day and my husband could care less about it which is handy. 🙂 Have you thought about getting or sending MailArt? It’s lots of fun.

  27. Stopping by to say hello via UBP13!

  28. Thanks so much for stopping by my site. Love your website and your little ones are SO adorable! Happy UBP13!

  29. Wow, I could stay on your blog forever. You have so many good and interesting things to learn and read. Oh, thanks for stopping by my little spot “It’s a woman’s world!” I’m glad you did.

    I fell in love with you when you said vampire books. LOL… I’m syfy all the way with some action adventure mystery and a tiny sprinkle of love. 🙂

    I’m so glad to have met you and look forward to seeing you around.

  30. I have the same relationship with the mail! In fact you will see my wrath if my husband beats me to the mailbox! lol Pizza and Mexican–we’d get along! 🙂

  31. Hey! Just stopping by to say hi back! I also love to use exclamation points!!! lol But that’s only because I talk with a lot of excitement so in typing/writing that’s the only way to express that excitement. It’s nice to meet someone else that’s the same!

    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog- I love reading thoughtful and personalized notes. (just like mail too, although I’m HORRIBLE when it comes to actually mailing things) I’d offer to be a penpal, but then I’d be tormented with the guilt of my slackerness of not making it to the post office like I should.

    We should totally email though! Have you ever gone to a bloggers conference? I really want to go to one!
    Anyhow, great blog, nice to meet you, talk to you later!

    • I gone to BlogHer 4 times (I think) now and even though its totally overwhelming I have met some of my best friends there!

  32. thanks for stopping by my blog for the party!! I hope you are having a fantastic week 🙂

  33. I would love to take my kids to Disney World! Or Disneyland!! (Although it’s a bit of a long flight for us!) Definitely on the to-do list though!!

    Thanks for stopping by The Active Mum 🙂
    If you followed along anywhere let me know and I’llbe sure to return the favour!

    Hope you have a wonderful day! (I am slightly addicted to exclamation marks too- no matter how hard I try they just keep finding their way in)

    Aanie x

  34. Oh my gosh DUDE we have so much in common. We already knew the mail thing but I may have a slight obsession with vampire books. Okay okay so it’s not slight. Mexican food is my fav and I seriously miss it since leaving Cali. It’s one food I always make sure to eat when I visit lol

  35. I LOVE TWILIGHT!!! The books and the movies and I am so sad that the saga is done; I think Stephanie Meyer should write Jacob and Reneesme’s love story next! My mailman now calls me “The Package Lady” needless to say I love mail too! And don’t even get me started on exclamation points; my favorite punctuation as you can see! Happy UBP13!!!

  36. I am a mail addict my self. And I think I have passed on the addiction to my children haha. Not to mention the ups man my kids are jumping up and down every time they see his truck. Mexican food is on the top of my list. I put cayanne pepper on everything I eat. The hot speeds up your metabolism and is proven to put you in a better mood. Sadly though my hubby is not a big fan of Mexican so I only get to eat it once in awhile.

  37. Hey *waves* thanks for stopping by my place. It’s really nice to meet you.

  38. Motherhood Moment says:

    Thanks for visiting!!

  39. Hi Cherise! <– I promise that I can pronounce it, lol! What a cool blog you have, thanks so much for stopping by mine too. I am glad you did! I really enjoyed reading your post, looking forward to visiting more often 😉 Have fun partying!

  40. Hi Cherise .. I love that name. One of my very best childhood friends was of the same name.. even spelled the same. We have alot in common.. I use WAY too many exclamation points too!! And even though I work outside the home, that’s the first thing I do when I get home.. check the mail. Always thinking I may miss a Publisher’s Clearing House win or something. 🙂 Nice to connect with you.. enjoy the rest of the party!

    • Wow that is crazy, I have never met anyone with the same name as me, I’ve heard it before but never known anyone to have it!

  41. Thanks for welcoming me to UBP2013. Looking forward to learning much more about the PR side of blogging. You have a great site.

  42. Hello and thanks for stopping by you have a nice looking family and I am glad I visited. I also could live on Mexican Food. I would love to go to either Disney or the beach.

  43. Hi there, visiting from the UBP2013!

    What an adorable family you have 🙂

  44. I’m a Twilight fan too. I read the books 4 years ago and they still are among my all-time favourite books.

    You have a beautiful family! My daughter is named Olivia too.

  45. Great to meet you and I’ll keep an eye out for some of your future giveaways =)

  46. I use exclamation points way too much, too! I think every other sentence (if not every sentence) I write seems to always be justified for one in my head, haha! (see?!?!)

  47. You have such a cute family! We absolutely love Disney too – I’d take that vacation over anything!

  48. Oh Pizza and Mexican! Yes please!
    Stopping by the UBP13 to say Hello!! Hope you have a fabulous week 🙂

  49. I love participating in the UBP every year as it is a great way to connect and meet new people. We are also hooked on vampires over in this house. We were at the first showing of Breaking Dawn part 2. We are also addicted to True Blood.

  50. I could totally live off of Mexican food too. Pizza is a close second though. i already follow you but wanted to say hi during the UBP 13!

  51. Hi Cher, stopping by from #UBP13. Looking forward to getting to know you better!