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Ultimate Blog Party 2011 GIVEAWAY + LINKY

Posted Mar 31 2011 7:45pm

Ultimate Blog Party 2011


Welcome!
Come on in - just stomp the snow and ice off your boots and throw your winter wear on that chair over there.
Cold? Ya. Me too. I am rather tired of snow!
Here, have a cup of coffee to warm up...
(all the food pictures are from Kraft Canada - click on the picture for the yummy recipe pictured!)
I know it is cold up here in Northwestern Ontario, Canada but don't worry... Spring DOES come eventually :).
My name is Tara and I am so glad you stopped by my little corner of the interwebs. This is me with my husband Doug and our youngest child Olivia...

Help yourself to some yummy appetizers, sit down and get comfy so we can get to know each other a little bit!




I am a married work-at-home Canadian mom who is addicted to social media... how's that for an intro?



I have been blogging since October of 2006 and I really do love it.





I work as a Virtual Assistant for @Shasherslife and Social Media Manager for a marketing company. Shash and I were online friends for a couple of years before she hired me as her right-hand woman. We worked together for almost a year before we met in-real-life for the very first time at Blissdom Canada 2010 . It was so much fun!
This is a picture of us at the Blissdom Canada Costume Party...
We will be going to Blissdom Canada again this year and I am very excited!

 
Would you like a drink? I chose bright and sunshiney drinks to help us forget that it is snowing outside.






My children are wonderful and I adore them... but we do face some challenges. 
Aiden has been diagnosed with Autism and depending on which doctor you talk to he also has ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Learning Disabilities. But basically all that is just a part of Autism
Owen has some ADHD and sensory issues which we are currently investigating but overall is doing quite well. 
Olivia is a fairly typical 4 year old princess wannabe.
All three of my children have dreadful Asthma. In fact we just finished up a round of pneumonia and bronchitis .





I think I need another drink. You?






One of the reasons I started this blog was as a stress-reliever and sanity-saver. I have blogged about my struggle with depression, my thyroid disorder that drives me crazy, my angst over parenting my kids, my inability to keep up to date with the laundry, and everything in between. I maintain that blogging is amazing free therapy.





Chocolate helps too.






We are in the midst of a fairly major transition . My husband has been the pastor of a very small church here in our town for the past two years and unfortunately they have run out of money and are no longer able to pay our salary... which means that as of the end of June my husband is out of a job. On the up side the job ending is simply a financial thing... it is not like we were fired or driven out of town by angry villagers with pitchforks.
On the down side we have to look for another job and since my husband is a pastor that means a job change will also require a location change and as of right now we have NO idea where (or when) that will be.
I am not a huge fan of the unknown. Shocker. I know.
Would you like some cake? Cake makes everything better.
(all the food pictures are from Kraft Canada - click on the picture for the yummy recipe pictured!)
 Well that is enough about me... now it is your turn to tell me about yourself!
Please enter the link to your Ultimate Blog Party post here so that we can all visit you too...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Here, take a cupcake for the trip home :)
And since no party is complete without a door prize I thought I would offer up a little SURPRISE CARE PACKAGE! In other words I am not telling you what you can win... but it will be a box full of goodies picked by me and sent to you. Just for fun! And I promise it won't suck either :).
WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A SURPRISE CARE PACKAGE? MAIN ENTRY:  *To enter this giveaway simply follow me on Google Friend Connect.*
For additional entries (not required!) you can do any of the following- be sure to LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT for each thing that you do!...
  • Become a Fan of ("like") this blog on Facebook
  • Subscribe to this blog via email (there is a handy link to do that on my sidebar - you need to verify your subscription for it to count!)
  • Subscribe to this blog via the reader of your choice  
  • Add my button to your site or add me to your blogroll and leave me a link.
  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway (up to 5 times per day) Use @Tarasview in your tweet if you would like me to retweet for you.
  • Follow this blog on Facebook Networked Blogs
  • blog this giveaway and leave me the link to your post
  • email a few friends about this giveaway
  • share, stumble, digg, tag, bookmark, vote up, thumbs up, favourite, mixx, kirtsy, buzz up or anything else you can think to do for this site or giveaway on any social networking site you like (as many as you like -there is a "share" bar at the bottom of this post to make this easier)
  • publicize this giveaway on any contesting site and let me know that you did (ex. adding it to a Mr. Linky on a giveaway site etc.)

  • This giveaway is open to readers in Canada and the USA.  I will choose a winner once the Ultimate Blog Party is over... how about on Monday, April 11th, 2011. 

    Happy Partying!
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