Thursday, March 31, 2011

This is my second year to
attend the
Ultimate Blog Party!

Ultimate blog Party
I LOVE IT and love meeting new friends….it is not too late for you to join in.  This year I am giving one of my famous CARD BOXES and to make it more FUN, I am going to give another one away to a lucky visitor on either of my blogs.
All you have to do is leave a comment.  I promise I will try and visit every blog…
My name is Teresa. I am a wife of 37 years to Jack, a Mom to Greg and Amanda, a Mother-in LOVE to Micah and Dana, and best of all a GRAMMY to Parker, Jack, Austin and Grayson. If you like family stories this blog might be for you.  I try and document everything, as we do this thing called LIFE together. My family blog is Grammy Girlfriend.
Grammy Girlfriend
This is a blog about the life of a tree decorator. I have been a business owner for 20 years. This year we did 80 trees.  Most people have never even heard of this kind of business. The Christmas/Holiday decorating service is booming.   I am known as the “tree lady” in my town and I arrive to each house with elves! 
A BABY CHANGES EVERYTHING…has more than one meaning.
a Baby
The title is taken from our life story and from the wonderful song that Faith Hill sings. This blog gives me a chance to pay it forward and help others with tree decorating tips.
I have blogged for 2 years, If you had told me two years ago that I would have written 375 posts and have 1400 followers, I would have said you must have me mixed up with someone else.  I thought my first post would be my last….I have met the nicest people ever.  We had a medical crisis in our family this past year and bloggers came out of the wood work to see if I was OK.  Calls, texts, comments…totally blew me away. 
I love little’s (especially mine), ALL THINGS DISNEY…(I am a good friend of THE MOUSE), coffee, football, American Idol, massages, travel with all the family.  I love a good book, love to sleep late, love diet coke, love Christmas, Tim McGraw, Brett Favre (sorry), mystic tans, great hotels and great sheets,my Keurig, TiVo (how did we ever live with out it), magazines, Beth Moore Bible studies, hot baths, rainy days, pajama days (today was one),the smell of lavender, fresh flowers, a good movie.  SO SURELY we have something in common. 
These are they people I party with the MOST…..
Austin and Grayson
amanda and Jack
So happy that you stopped by.  Please come back often.  Besides some funny stories, I have lots of giveaways. For the next month on my holiday blog, I am going to put the spotlight on other blogs.  If you would like yours featured, leave me a note in the comments. 
Have fun at the party!


Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

Hi Teresa, We have plenty in common including GRANDKIDS (YAY), Loving Beth Moore and her wonderful verse by verse Bible studies, holiday party celebrations - on and off the blog, and diet coke. :) So fun to "see" you at your "other online address." Have a fun night.

Anonymous said...

Hi there – just stopping by to say hi as part of the party route. Feel free to visit our blog – Enjoy the party and keep up the blogging.

Susie said...

Love your blog and always check in to see what neat things you are creating for the Christmas season.

Paula said...

Hi, visiting from the party! Thanks for stopping by my blog and being so complimentary.

I am so glad you did... because now I've found a new blog to follow!!

(do you ever think it's too hard to write sometimes--because you want to be reading everyone else's blogs?!?! I do!!)

Have a good Friday!!

Maria and Michelle said...

I'm here from UBP! It looks like you've had a great couple of years :) And you've got darling grandbabies to party with it seems! I hope you have a great week!

Michelle @ FTSN

Michelle G said...

Oh hey! I'm up for a party :)
I love what you do for a living :) It's fabulous and I'm sure someone out there has to keep those elves in line :)
I love hot bubble baths (but forget what they're like ;0) I live in the Fabulous Florida Keys.
I have a black thumb (all things green DIE when I even dare to look their way...doesn't mean I stop trying though lol)
I have 6 kids and 2 grand babies (who I have part time)
We are a BUSY BUSY household!
Thanks for inviting me to the party - it's been awhile since I got to celebrate with friends :)

Linda said...

Hi Teresa. This is fun that you are having another Blog Party! That would be fun to win your big box of pretty cards!

I hope Hubby is feeling well....and that everything is going ok.

I think it is fun that you are such a Disney Fan. Mickey Mouse loves you I'm sure!!!!

I love you too! These two years of being your blog friend has been fun. I love it that all of your blog friends sent up all of those prayers for Jack. My hubby and I were among those praying for him. God is soooo Good!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Stopping from the UBP '11! What cuties! I would be super proud of them too.

Darcy said...

Stopped by here too :)
~Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery~

gayle said...

Always love to stop by to see what you are up to!


Thanks for inviting me to the party. I think I will write a party post, too.


Bite Size Chef said...

Hi! Just stopping by on the UBP11 Tour! Nice to meet you and I love your site.

I have signed up to follow you and hope you'll do the same for me!

I own an online COOKING STORE FOR KIDS called BITE SIZE CHEF and would love for you to stop by!

We also have a blog called Little Bites

And, of course you can find us on FACEBOOK AND TWITTER @BiteSizeChef.

So nice to meet you and hope to chat with you soon!

Chris ... also H-U-G-E Tim McGraw fan!!!!!!

Carmen said...

We have so much in common! Thank you for stopping by on my blog. I will be adding you to my list. This party is so much fun :)

Barbara said...

I am following GFC both of your blogs.

mmbear said...

After I GFC'd your other blog I came and did the same on this one. I am so blown away at the colors of your blogs (they looke like Christmas colors) and after reading a little I see why. You are into Christmas. So am I! I have tubs & tubs of stuff in the basement. It usually takes me a week to get everything up and put out. This past Christmas was not one of them. I had to have both knees replaced so I don't know how much lugging I will be doing anymore. We will see. As I said on the other blog, you had stopped by my blog first so I returned the favor. I too am a grandmother to one granddaughter and one grandson. Since I live off disability these contests on the bloggers sites have provided me with gifts to give everyone at Christmas & birthdays so I think all bloggers are awesome. I am not sure I could handle reviews & contests as I also have RA and Fibromyalgia so my energy level is pretty low. But I do try to list them on my blog so I try to help the bloggers who do have contests from time to time. I already bookmarked your other site. Do I need to bookmark this one also? Which one does the contests? I tried to figure it out but you mentioned both so I was not sure. Thanks for being part of the Blogmania 2011!


SusanD said...

Greetings Dear Friend, It's hard to believe it's been two years since you first started posting. I am in your first 20 followers! Amazing. It's been wonderful to watch your blogs grow. So happy for you. Enjoy the UBP! Blessings, SusanD

Anna said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I love your story about your daughter. I think you handled everything with grace and love. I am sure she felt so much peace during such a life-changing time.

Tina Hollenbeck said...

Hi! I'm stopping by from the UBP - I'm #73 (Being Made New - on the Christian list. Very glad to read a bit about you...and hope you might be able to stop in at my place, too. :^)

M's Mama said...

hey! stopping by from the party :)

your family is so beautiful! you sound very down to Earth like I can relate to you. I like that in blogs :)

MadameDeals said...

I am your newest fan from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011. I would really appreciate it if you follow me back through Google Connect Friend. I have a lot of contest going on Madame Deals. $25 amazon gift card, Vera Bradley purse, $100 in jewelry, 200 cut coupons, bare minerals gift pack, $30 for an organic outfit, $75 P&G products, and the chance to win $1000. Thank you Amee

Lena said...

Hello! Love your blog. Find me at
P.S. Also if you can find a minute and vote for me as elenka29 here
(it's a competition to get into fitness bootcamp. There is no registration - just click and submit). Looking forward to reading more of your posts
THX, Lena

MageeBaby said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and following! I'm following back. :) Wahooo! Love the giveaways too! :)

OH, and I'd love my blog to be featured!!! Please let me know what to do. Most of my posts are about our family and daily joys and struggles in being parents. Hope I can be encouraging to others. :)

cindyloumagee at yahoo dot com

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Very nice to "meet" you. I had not heard of a tree decorator either :)

Thank you for stopping by my blog. You are welcome anytime. And, I think it is exciting that after two years, this many people are following your blog!!! That is very cool.

Many blessings this UBP11 hop.

yul said... are one fun lady =)) thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.. your business sounds interesting..and know what?? I'm in love with Disney too :D I bet we're gonna be a good friend in the future *winks* Lovely and beautiful people you got there to party .. now I'm off to your other blog to read more interesting post =))

Happy UBP ~

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Hi Theresa! Glad you're enjoying the party. Thanks for coming to my party & hope to connect with you more. Ttyl

Jennifer said...

Visiting with the party. Cool job! I have a cousin who does that,too. Are you a Siesta sister with Beth Moore?

1stopmom said...

Stopping by from UBP!!

Diabetic Snacker Giveaways said...

I'm Here from the UBP11 Party! I'm adding you to my blog

roll2 page.
Thanks for the chance at a prize pack I'm having a party

too. Let's swap buttons sometime.
barb g.

carma said...

I bet that job is tons of fun, assuming you don't have to string lights UGH.

Hope you are enjoying the party!

Paige's Petals said...

Hi sweet friend! I got your second card day! You are such a sweetheart and you bless me!


I Love this song most favorite Christmas son!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

It's very nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog on the UBP. I hope you'll come again soon!

Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker said...

Happy UBP! Have a great week!

Adelina Priddis said...

Stopping by from UBP. You've got some cute family! Tree decorating, very cool!

Ria said...

Hi. Visiting via the UBP11. I love the Keurig too! Isn't it just one of the best inventions?! I have 2 little kids - 3-1/2 and 11 months.

PEA said...

Omigosh, I didn't know this blog party was going on...that'll teach me from not visiting blogs in a few days! lol I would so love to win your giveaway, dear Teresa. Please count me in. xoxo

Susanmeep said...

I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop party, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back?
thank you :)

Jessica said...

I am dropping by from the Ultimate Blog Party. Please stop by and follow either or both of my blogs:

So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

Jessicas Lil Corner is where I blog about family and life at

Have a blessed Tuesday!! :0)

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

This is such a sweet post! Im glad I found you on UBP!
It is nice to meet you!
I hope you can stop by my place at

Annette said...

Just wanted to show some love on this blog too!

Thanks for swinging by my blog!

Debra @ A Frugal Friend said...

HI and thanks for stopping by! So nice to meet new blogger friends! I'm a huge Disney fan too and I look forward to getting to know you and your blog! :-)

Denise said...

Stopping by to say ‘Hi’ from my 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2011 link-up! What a great blog you have and I will be following! Stop by and say ‘Hi’ back! I have blog parties on Tuesday and Wednesday’s that may interest you. Tuesday is Tutorial & Thrifty Treasures Tuesday. Wednesday is What’s Cookin’ Wednesday. I am also looking for guest posts on home dĂ©cor and crafts if you are interested.

Extreme Personal Measures

Gram said...

I love seeing all the decorations you do - I am so not talented in that way.

Lisa said...

I’m a new follower from UBP11. Hello from another Louisiana lady.


Sarah Lynne said...

I am a new follower from UBP!!! Nice to meet you!! Have a great day!!


P.s. I am holding a giveaway on my blog for a great relaxation kit!!

pam black said...

hoppin from the ubp2011 from and luv your blogs visit both of them, god bless you. leavin some luv pam b. from ohio

Katrina @ They All Call Me Mom said...

HI again...
I'm following this one, too. How do you keep up with two blogs? I'm starting another one, too, that documents our homeschooling days, events, lesson plans, memories...and I'm a bit nervous that I won't be able to give both blogs my full attention! Last thing I want to do is neglect one of them. Sounds a bit like children, LOL...when you are trying to decide if you should have that #2 child :)


Anonymous said...

Hiya just dropping by from the UBP'11. I'm having a blast! I hope you are too. I'm following you and would love it if you could stop by A Little of This and a Little of That and follow back. Have a fab rest of the week.

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

Swinging in to say hello from the UBP. It's been a whirlwind, it's amazing to see how many blogs there are out there and how many people you have something in common with :) Feel free to swing by my UBP for an Amazon giveaway (worldwide) or if dresses are your thing, the Shabby Apple Giveaway (RV $92) (US only) is pretty awesome!
Happy Partying!

Boho Kids said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog in the UBP. I hope I win one of your card boxes, because I can't wait to see what that is!? : )


A Little R&R said...

Thanks for stopping by during the UBP!! I am following your blog - I love that song!!! Hope you've had fun hopping around. I can tell you our baby changed everything - he is a miracle, when we wondered if we'd ever have the blessing of being parents - and now our second miracle is on the way. You can read my story about my Journey to Motherhood here:

KD { Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

Thanks for stopping by Mom of 3 Dolls! Have fun this last day :) I'm already following both blog.

Mom of 3 Dolls's FB page
and Twitter

KD { Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

Thanks for stoppin' by Mom of 3 Dolls! I'm already following both blog. Enjoy the last day.

Congrats to Parker!

Mom of 3 Dolls' FB page and Twitter

Ludicrous Mama said...

I love how you said it - "Mother-in-Love!" That's so great! I think I'll use "in-Love" to refer to my stepmother-in-law (and her sons, and their wives) who are no longer technically family, due to divorce, but are absolutely family in our hearts!
Thank you for visiting my blog, and if you wanted to feature mine, that'd be cool, but there are some other great ones who do bento and muffin tin meals too!

Candice said...

Hi! I love your blog! Just stopping by from UBP! I'm new to blogging and UBP. Please stop by and visit my blog. When I reach 100 followers, I will be giving away 1 Lavender Essential Oil to 1 lucky winner!

shopannies said...

stopping by from the UBP and so glad I found you I have shared the past 24 years married to my hubby and I think it is great that you all have been together so long. I am now following you come see me at

Kristina said...

I'd love to win :-)

Leila- All Meant To Shine said...

Hi! Wow! I love what you do! This song might be my favorite Cmas song and listening to it makes me sad that Cmas is so far away!!! I hope you have a great week! Oh and i found your blog from the UBP!