Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Dear Me,

For moms like me out there, it's time for us to party again! :)

Here comes the
Ultimate Blog Party 2009, hosted by the fabulous 5 Minutes For Mom.

It's time to party and jiggle those bodies for one week of pure fun. The party actually commenced last March 20th and will culminate on the 27th.

My name is
Frances (although I used to sport the name Ivan Girl) and I first joined the Ultimate Blog Party just last year. I bumped into it when I was carrying my firstborn. With a lot of time in my hands (since I already resigned from work), I was searching the virtual world for new mommy info that could help me appreciate the new life I was about to have.

Miguel was then 5 months old when I partied with other mommies. Now, he's already 1 year & 5 months old. Obviously, he's a year older and it's another fantastic mom blogging event of the year.

In between making our house a tidy home and changing soiled nappies, I try to sort Miguel's photos in my blog, engage in my long-time vice of reading, collecting & buying books, keeping tabs with both sides of the family as well as attending family-friendly blog events.

The Ultimate Blog Party is about
building online friendships.

It's a week long party of meeting new bloggers, reading interesting blogs and a chance to snag fabulous prizes and giveaways! So what are you waiting for? *winks*

PS1. For my top picks for the prizes, I think winning any prizes sponsored internationally will be good enough for me and very much appreciated!

PS2. I'm hosting prizes but I'm still waiting for the green light from the party prize coordinator since I'm kinda late in participating. :)


  1. happy blog party to you! I love your family picture- so cute :)

  2. Cute family and have fun blog hopping!!

  3. Hi Frances! I'm popping in via the UBP. It's nice to meet you! Take care :O)

  4. Hi! So nice to meet you. I am participating too so stop in for a visit.

  5. Thanks for the hospitality! Looking forward to hosting you at my place.

  6. Hi Fran,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog...love the family picture!

  7. I've seen that picture before! :)
    have fun at UBP!
    My Post Party

  8. Great to meet you!
    Beautiful picture :)
    Happy UBP!!

  9. Happy Ultimate Blog Party! I enjoyed reading about you. This is my first time to participate in the party event!

  10. Hi, you have a beautiful family.
    Come on over to my blog and have a look. Happy UBP!

  11. I'm blog hopping via the Ultimate Blog Party. Nice to meet you.

  12. Dear Me,
    It's great to "meet" you! Thanks for stopping by my party blog.

  13. Hi and thanks for stopping by! Your little man is so adorable. Hope you are having a great time being home with him. I stayed home with my boys for a very long time, and they are growing up so fast. Love every minute of it. Even the crazy times. Stop by again real soon.

  14. Hi Fran! It's great to meet you too, thanks for stopping by my book blog on your UBP hopping. Enjoy being home with your son, it is so special! Come on by my other blog too...


  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog. This party hopping is a lot of fun.

  16. Hi Fran! I think we've bumped into each other before (and in Friendster too). Thanks for stopping by my party!

  17. Hello! I happened over here via the UBP and your visit to my blog. Wow, your 2nd year participating with them. I hope you win something!

    I love reading as well, but you have to tell me, how do you find time with little ones?

  18. Hi Fran! Thanks so much for stopping by! You have a beautiful family!

  19. Happy blogging party to you! Your little boy is adorable.

    Thanks for dropping by my party!

  20. Hi Fran...thanks for the visit and the Twitter follow! I love your blog! I'm so glad I decided to take part in the UBP! :-)

  21. Good morning (or at least it is here :)
    Thank you so much for coming by my blog! This is my first blog party, and it is turning out to be pretty interesting. The best is though, I am getting to look into the lives/worlds of alot of ppl I would have not come across otherwise, so it's all good with me :)

    Thanks again!


  22. Hi Fran,
    Thank you for visiting my site, it is great to have company. Your family is adorable, such a sweet little one! I hope to get to know you better. Have a good UBP
    The Stylish House

  23. Thanks for stopping by my blog, it is nice to meet you.

  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your fam is sooo cute! Party on!

  25. Stopping by from the party blog! Thanks for visiting with me.

    I hope you are enjoying meeting other wonderful families.

  26. hello, Fran, thanks for stopping by my blog! I thought I'd come your way and check it out! Cute family!

    Have fun partying!

  27. Hi Fran so nice too meet you, thanks for stopping by!!

  28. Hello! It is so nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by and dropping me a note. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  29. Hola, Frances. Mucho gusto en conocerle. Su bebito es muy guapo.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  30. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I enjoyed looking at yours. Enjoy the rest of the party!

  31. You have a beautiful family. Your little boy has so much hair! I have two boys who are growing up fast. :)

  32. thanks for visiting my blog, and glad to meet you through UBP! And there is no way I am jiggling anything out in public, that is what spandex is for ;-)

    Happy party week!


  33. Hi and thanks for visiting my blog! Its so nice to meet new people here in blogland!

  34. Thanks so much for stoppy by my blog. Your son is so cute. My littlest is just turning one. Really treasuring these moments cause I know how fast they go by now!

  35. Hi Fran! Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. SO you live in the Philippines? That is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL! My Dad is half Filipino and half white. And my Mom is fully white. So that makes us kids in the family 1/4!! And we're all proud to be. (I wish I was full) My Lola lives in America now, but she lived practically her whole life in the Philippines! We lovvve going over to her house for some yummy Filipino food!1 MMMM. Thanks for dropping by!!~Lissie
    PS. Two of my siblings are the only ones who actually look like they have a 1/2 Filipino dad. All the rest of us ended up with red hair and blue eyes. (Except for me and my sister, we have brown eyes :)

  36. Cruising through from UBP to say hi :)

  37. So glad to meet you! You posted on my site and now I'm returning the favor! Now that I've been "around the world" in bloggy land I hope to hear from you again

  38. Awwwwww, your son is ADORABLE! Thanks for stopping by my site and saying hello. It's so great to meet new people via UBP.

  39. Hi Fran,
    Nice to meet ya. Thanks for dropping by my blog- http://theprincessthefrog3tadpoles.blogspot.com/
    The picture of your family is really sweet. I look forward to reading more on your blog.

  40. Nice meeting you! You have such a beautiful family! Too cute! I seriously just want to squeeze your little boy's cheeks!! awwww!! I am a little late to the blog party but I like your blog! I’m still having a little "after party" at my place too!

    I'm not a mom yet myself but I'm thinking that may change one day soon! I'm trying to get the DL from moms on "the stuff they don't tell you beforehand!" haha.

    Can't wait to pick your brain! And please feel free to share your advice or secrets anytime!

  41. Glad to meet you! Stop by when you can! I love collecting books too! Espcially now that we are starting to homeschool!
    Do you give a lot of book reveiws?
    A sister in Christ,

  42. 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.

  43. Stopping in from the UBP! Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)



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