Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Since beginning this blog way back in 2008, I've always looked forward to the big blog hop party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom, The Ultimate Blog Party.  Well the twin mamas Susan and Janice are back and ready to party again, from April 1-8th, and I'm playing along.
Ultimate Blog Party 2011
If you've never been to Katydid and Kid, greetings and salutations!  I'm Kathleen, your hostess, and here's a little about me:
I'm cook, companion, chief entertainment officer, bottom-wiper, and mother to a 3 year-old boy, Soren, and soon to be mother to another child, due in early July (ultrasound results weren't too clear, but we think it's another boy).  I like arts and crafts, having been an art teacher in my previous, pre-motherhood incarnation, and I try my best to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.  My blog title was born from a childhood nickname and also my love of "doing" (as in Katy "did" that).
My son's birthday crown, knitted, shrunk, and felted from an old sweater and wool.
I've been at this post as writer and editor of Katydid and Kid since I was pregnant with my first child, and though I've considered throwing in the towel many times, I just can't shake the addictiveness of blogging, which has become a big part of my life and one of my favorite creative outlets.  Admittedly, Katydid and Kid has had its ups and downs, depending on how I choose to spend my precious free time each week.

Because I like giving away stuff here (check out the $300 Graco Stroller you could win from me too!), I have a cute, brand-new laptop bag from Runaway Rabbit up for grabs.
I have the exact same bag, and love how much it holds and how cute it is; I get complements on it all the time.
It's perfect for computer stuff, arts and crafts, and even diapers. I take mine on short visits all the time--it holds a ton of things, and is really comfortable to carry, either cross-body or just on one shoulder.
I'm not asking for anything in return, like following my blog, subscribing, etc. like I usually do with giveaways (though I'd love it if you connected with me somehow, even on Twitter or Facebook).  Just leave a comment and introduce yourself or tell me something fun about you.  And I'll try my hardest to visit each and everyone's blog too! 

I'll pick a winner from the comments on April 9th and mail this out to the winner soon after.  Happy partying!

Oh, and as per the UBP guidelines, here are the prizes that I'd love to win:
$100 towards any purchase of stylish products from Pear Tree Greetings for 2 winners
Provided by: Pear Tree Greetings
$25 Marshall’s Gift Card for 1 winner
Provided by: Jennifer of Eighty MPH Mom
Gift basket full of knitting goodies including pair of needles, two skeins of yarn, knit pumpkin kit, copy of “Stitch ‘n Bitch: Superstar Knitting”. For 1 winner
Provided by: Pure Sugar
$50 Gift Card from either Amazon.com or Amazon.ca (winner’s choice) for 1 winner
Provided by: Toronto Teacher Mom
Maine Hand Crafted Birdhouse with top opening feature to easily poor birdseed for 1 winner
Provided by: Kreative Karing

WINNER OF THE BAG: #24, Heather @ Girl Gone Mom.


Jessica Heights said...

ATTENTION NEW VISITORS: Kathleen is engaging, fun, incredibly sweet, and has been a favorite in my reader since 2008. You will love it here! :) :)

Jessica said...

Very cool blog! I'm following you on twitter and liked you on facebook. I wish you luck in those giveaways you'd love to win! Happy blog hopping!

mommy23monkeys said...

I believe this is the first time I've visited, even though I've heard your name before. :) You have a very cute site and what a great bag giveaway. YAY! It's nice to "meet" ya!

crossmyheart said...

I think this is the first time I have dropped by, but I love your blog. The bag for your giveaway is too cute! I'm your newest follower!


JDaniel4's Mom said...

I was so excited to see that you were mingling at the party.

Shelly said...

Stopping by from UPB11. Great to meet you!

There are so many fun blogs to visit! If you have time, I hope you’ll stop by:

You can enter to win a $25 Gift cert to my eBay store to spruce up your spring/summer wardrobe (details on post)
Have a great weekend!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

Wow, your stuff is so cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Good luck in the giveaways and I hope you are feeling well. I'm following with twitter, too.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Always a pleasure to visit your blog. Your posts are always wonderfully written and the giveaways are top-notch! Partying at Brimful as well. :)

Owen's Mom said...

Just hopping along from the #UBP11! I already follow & subscribe...and of course enjoy your blog.

Hope you are having fun on the hop as well. And that bag is beautiful!

sushi_noem said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!! Your blog is one of the first I visit when I have a rare moment to browse online:)

Liza767 said...

hey great giveaway guess fun fact about me is i am a mom of 6 3 girls 22,10,8 and 3 boys 20, 16,11

Juliana RW said...


Stopping by from UBP 2011. My name is Juliana and I hope you return my visit to my Personal blog or Shopping blog. Nice to meet you.

Bite Size Chef said...

Hello! Just stopping by on the UBP11 Tour! I love your site and hope you will stop by mine!

I have followed you and would love for you to follow us, too!

I own a COOKING STORE FOR KIDS called BITE SIZE CHEF - I'd love you to stop by http://www.BiteSizeChef.com.

Our blog, Little Bites, http://www.bitesizechef.blogspot.com.

Our Facebook

Our Twitterhttp://twitter.com/bitesizechef

Nice meeting you!

Katie said...

I'm visiting from UBL and I love your blog header. I can't wait to poke around your site and see what else you have to say.


Xenia said...

Kathleen! I'm so glad that you stopped by my party to say hello, it's been forever since I had the chance to talk to you or visit over here - sometimes I just want to put my own blog on hold so that I can keep up with others'... that's not too much to ask, right?

Congratulations on possible baby boy #2, I have no doubt that Soren is going to be an awesome big brother. I can't wait to see future pictures and all of the adorable crafty things that you make for him!

Baba said...

Stopping in to PARTY! Of course I'll be back because I already follow.

blueviolet said...

Don't you ever even consider giving up this blog? I'm glad you're addicted!

And I'm hoping next year will be settled enough for you with baby that you can hit the conference trail again.

Natalie Jane said...

So, I think I have been reading you since 2008! Glad you're sticking around :)

Terra H. said...

That's a cute bag. I'm a follower of yours. I have my own blog as well and work as a 911 dispatcher. I am married with a blended family of six kids. Thanks.

Jessica Gardner said...

First time to participate in the UBP - excited about it! Love your blog - sounds so fun. And the bag is cool too. Maybe I'll get it. :) Loved checking in.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Loving this party. I have am trying to read as many blogs as I can. I have already found some jewels.
I would love to read every single one...Everyone has a story.
Hope you will stop by...I have some extra giveaways that require nothing but a comment...


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

Carol said...

Oooh! I'd love to win that bag! (And so glad I re-discovered you! I am pretty sure I originally found your blog via UBP last year, but I think during a change in RSS readers that I use I somehow lost you along the way. You've been re-added :-)

sheena@sophistishe.com said...

I'm doing my partying late this year! I absolutely LOVE your blog. When I come here, I am filled with so much inspiration to make and do, although most of the projects are bookmarked in my browser and the back of my head, lol! I'm excited to see your super cute family expanding. It's my turn, huh?

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