Put Your Hands In the Air, There’s a Virtual Party Over Here

Today marks 6 months of when I first started my blog. I was inspired to start my blog when I realized that all of the things you find on Pinterest are coming from blogs. I thought I might have a few Pinterest worthy ideas rolling around in my head that I could contribute. My blog has contained some posts that I have shared on Pinterest but much to my amazement, I actually kind of like writing. I never considered myself a writer but my blog has come to contain many personal stories. Prior to starting my blog I never really read other blogs or followed them.

But now 6 months later, I follow a lot of blogs. I am in awe of the amount of talent floating around in this world.

Through the sharing of my own blog and reading other people’s blogs I have made many “virtual friends.” Now really, anyone in my opinion who is blogging is amazing. It takes a lot of time and sometimes sacrifice…my sacrifice has been sleep!  But the following people have become very dear to me because not only are they creative or amazing writers or just plain funny; they have been following my blog from the near beginning. They have kept me inspired and encouraged.

And for that I am throwing a “virtual party.”


First of all I would invite my Mom! She doesn’t blog herself but she has been my most faithful reader. Part of her love of reading my blog comes in the form of reading my comments from other people. She gets such a bang out of it and in turn goes and reads their blogs! So everyone say “hi” to my mom! She has more than likely read your blog and loved it!

The rest are all bloggers that like I said have been around since the  beginnings of my blog. They are all wonderful people and I think you will find many people you yourself will enjoy reading and following! I am going to try to recall as much information I know about them off the top of my head…if I get some details wrong, forgive me…my memory usually deceives me!

The Embiggens Project: This girl is hysterical and has an amazing mind! I have no idea how she comes up with the stuff she writes about but it blows me away! She hails from Canada and is a high school English teacher! She has a phobia of dolls and a love for ookpiks and Barry Weiss from Storage Wars. I have actually been enlightened about a lot of different things from her! You will adore this girl!

The View From A Slightly Twisted Angle: This lady is not only funny but also has a great heart. She’ll write a funny story one day and the next post will have you tugging at your heart strings. Every Friday, she does a hilarious job of rounding up the week’s “Top News Stories” and puts her own spin on them! She is from Nebraska, is currently working as a church secretary and has four kids ranging in ages of 11 up to a college age son. She loves her family and has a way of making you want to love your own family a bit more!

the thing about joan: Joan is from Chicago and has a twin boy and girl. She is passionate about creating and does so many things. We actually found each other after I did a post about a garden I had visited in my town…she had been there too and uses a picture from there as her gravatar! This lady will give you many great ideas!

advocatemmmohan aksharaalie: This man is from India, is a lawyer and writes poetry. He has an amazing way with words and weaves them together so beautifully!

Sugar and Spice Baking: This young lady is from Sweden but recently moved to England to be with her boyfriend. She bakes up some of the tastiest looking treats that I have ever seen and even inspired me to try out her cinnamon bun recipe when I saw how good hers looked! This girl is also always doing good deeds and charitable acts! We both started blogging on the same day so today is also her 6 month blogging anniversary!

Ambling & Rambling: This is a Jersey girl with a teenage daughter. Although I don’t know if she has big hair and spray tans, I do know she fits the other stereotypes of New Jersey natives…tough and sassy! This girl says what’s on her mind and it usually has something to do with her waitressing job…and always has me in stitches! She is smart too! She knows a ton about history and can spew out very random facts! Now, normally her writing reflects this tough girl image but she has been known to write a tender piece or two confirming what I believed about her from the beginning…she’s a teddy bear at heart! I adore this lady!

Relax and Float Downstream: Joyce is a busy, working mom to two small children. She is currently living in Florida but grew up in Connecticut. I really love how Joyce writes. She is very smart and her posts really make me think. She is also an amazing cook and baker!

embracingtheinsanity: This lady and I are living parallel lives, only she’s living it in Florida! She is also a stay at home mom and all three of our kids are the same ages! We totally sympathize and understand what each other are going through! This girl is hilarious! Plus someday I hope to have an arranged marriage for her son and my daughter. Her son, on his own, is constantly coming up with different things to do for charity and has been noticed publicly for his actions.

PILLOWS-A-LA-MODE: This is one sewing, crafty lady! Her blog focuses on her different projects but it is also noteworthy to add that she used to be a 1st grade teacher and is now a children’s book author. Most of what she writes is used in schools. So it is very likely that your elementary students are reading her books at their school!

Running the Race: Alison is also a stay at home mom to two small children in Florida. Her family is Christian focused and she is very instrumental in teaching her children about the bible as well as instilling in them the virtues of patience and kindness. She is a truly wonderful mom!

memyselfandkids: This is a dad, who works as a high school teacher on the East Coast. He writes about fatherhood, work, and life in general. He has a very serious tone to his writing and sometimes he’ll throw something in that will make you laugh out loud!

The Sadder But Wiser Girl: Sarah lives in Iowa, admittedly has ADD, anxiety and is currently unemployed. She has an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. She writes about them, her husband and anything else going on around the house. You never know what to expect from Sarah but more than likely it will have you laughing and probably relating! She’s a hoot and I guarantee you will enjoy her craziness!

Shoes On The Wrong Feet: This is a stay at home mom of two boys but she is also the Room Parent for one of her son’s classrooms. Her and her husband live in the country and are having a blast creating memories and fulfilling traditions. Her writing certainly tells the tale of how much love is in their house and how much fun they are having!

Ramblings From A Mum: Jen loves to write! She lives in Australia with her husband and has two daughters in their 20’s. She has written a book called The Empty Nest A Mother’s Hidden Grief. This lady is truly a hoot! She writes poetry, short fictional stories and personal stories. You will definitely get a kick out of her and she is such an encouraging fellow blogger!

Keeping it Real: Anka is a stay at home mom to two small children living on the West Coast. Her daughter is so much like my own and we really relate to each other on so many things. Anka has a journalism degree and her writing is impeccable. She can take such small moments and really draw you in. Her posts are so relatable to so many people and this girl has a heart of gold.

littlepoppits: This lady is also a stay at home mom to three adorable children. She lives in England, raises chickens, loves crocheting, finding vintage treasures and doing creative projects around her home. I love looking at her photos and can relate to her on so many things except she drinks tea and I’m a coffee drinker!

thekovies: This is one funny Grandma! Not only are her posts funny and heartwarming but I look forward to her comments on my posts! They are always hilarious! She writes personal stories about herself growing up, raising her children when they were young and now stories of being a grandma. She’s got a lot of wisdom and insight to share and like I said…she’s funny!

now at home mom: This is a mom living in Canada who recently left the workplace to stay home and raise her 19 month old son. She is so creative and loves to cook and bake! I recently tried her recipe for Tiramisu Cake and had a total flop on my hands! This girl has skills!

Behind the Minds Ear: Meet my husband! He recently started blogging! He majored in education in college and minored in music. He is very passionate about music and will be incorporating music into all of his posts with the addition of personal stories and how they relate to the music.

Now that you have all met, I will have Behind the Minds Ear turn on some good music. Next I’ll have the thing about joan, PILLOWS-A-LA-MODE and littlepoppits decorate my house. Then I will put out all the food that I had Sugar and Spice Baking, Relax and Float Down Stream and now at home mom bring. We can then all get entertained by some stories from The Embiggens Project, The View From A Slightly Twisted Angle and Ambling & Rambling. Perhaps advocatemmmohan aksharaalie and Ramblings From A Mum will recite some poetry for us and then thekovies can take all of us moms and dads with young kids in the corner and tell us about the time her son when he was young stuck maxi pads all over the bathroom wall when the church ladies were over and the time her daughter dug up the dog that was buried in the backyard. My mom would be flitting around talking and laughing and telling everyone how much she loves their blogs. Afterwards, I will thank everyone for attending and we will bid each other adieu and a magic fairy will come and clean up the whole mess!


I continue to find more blogs I love and am meeting new and interesting people all of the time! I will introduce you to more at my next “virtual party!”

Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me!


63 responses

    • Thank you so much Mtetar! Yes, it is important to recognize those that have helped through the way! It was easy enough to start a blog but it takes others like you to keep me going both by reading it but to also get inspiration from others blogs! You certainly do both! Thank you so much for keeping me inspired! Melissa

  1. Wow! Nice job with the in-depth descriptions of your fave blogs—I pale in comparison in the description department. Still, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award, and you can check out the details at my blog.

  2. PAR-TAY!!!!!

    This is too funny-I MISSED my blog 6th month anniversary because I was driving myself crazy trying to make batman cupcakes! I just forgot (it was January 3rd-I started June 3rd). Oh well, I’ll be working it into tomorrow’s ADD Kitchen post, I’m sure.

    Thanks for loving my blog and being sweet enough to tell others about it! I see there’s some others that I need to check out!

    • Well, your ADD is really kicking in because if you started your blog June 3rd I think that would put you at 7 months!!! LOL!!! I don’t think it is ever to late to mention it though!! You are truly one of a kind…love your blog!!

  3. Looking forward to checking out your friends, Melissa-which in any other context, would be weird and creepy.
    Happy 1/2 birthday!


  4. It’s not even 8:00 a.m. here and I am soooo ready for my party hat! Tell hubby to turn on the music. I will visit his blog later today. Gotta get my cake and mingle for a while! Melissa, you are THE best. You are full of grace, creativity, and love. I am thrilled to have ‘met’ you many months ago. Looking forward to another year with you my sweet friend! 🙂

    • Awww…thank you so much Anka! I really appreciate you “welcoming” me in! Sometimes this blogging thing can feel like you are the new kid in class but we have definitely found ourselves with plenty of great friends!

  5. Good Morning Melissa I wanted to thank you for all your beautiful thoughts, ideas, your dreams, and the kids dreams. I enjoy reading your blog, but most of all you inspire me. Looking forward to reading more, good luck and God Bless you in your adventure…

  6. Happy six months of blogging! I’m right there with you. What a fun and rewarding decision that turned out to be!

    Thanks for mentioning me in your virtual party! I always look forward to reading your posts, and I would love to visit the other ones you listed. They all sound great! I guess I’d better get writing…feels like it has been a while since I’ve sat down to type. Winter break ends Tuesday for my son, so that might change things a bit!

    Have a lovely Sunday! –Alison

      • No year round school, but it’s somewhat tempting! His last day of school before break was the 21st. It was a long break, yes, but it did feel good! He went to spend a few days and nights with my parents and little A surprised me by actually sobbing for his return! Now they’re reunited and back to pushing each other’s buttons!

  7. Oh My Goodness! Thank you so much for the shout out!! And you summed me up extremely accurately!! I am honoured to be your blogging buddy and so thankful that you decided to “press your words” six months ago!! You always make me laugh and I think you are the coolest mom ever!!
    Happy Anniversary and I look forward to many, many of your blogs to come!!! HUGS!

  8. How fun! To the best of your knowledge, I am down here in “sunny” Florida (it is raining of course) in a strapless little black dress that I can wear without a coat because it’s ridiculously warm for January and I am partying like it’s 2004 (that’s the last year I got any sleep so I could still party). Happy Blogging Anniversary! 🙂

  9. Wow! Melissa, Happy Blog anniversary, 6 months 🙂 Yay! I’m so happy to have met you in this blogging world, you are an adorable person and the best mommy ever! (not kidding) 🙂 I am so glad I was invited to your virtual party 🙂 and glad a magic fairy will do the clean up after we eat a big virtual chocolate cake I made 😉 ha!ha! 🙂 I can’t believe you have been blogging for 6 months only, your blog is full of funny posts and they always make me laugh 🙂 thanks again for being a super blogging-friend 🙂 Congrats again on your 6 months! 🙂

  10. Oh my word,here I stopped by and I am in my PAJAMAS.Thank you for inviting me and know that I now consider you a friend of the best kind I love reading what you write and you make me laugh,too.I can’t stay because I have to get ready for the coal mines but know that I will think of this today at work and smile and also check out your other friends when I get home tonight.Have a wonderful mommy day.

  11. I love a good party and this one must be good since there are party hats! (That’s what my girls always say!) I have only recently discovered your blog but I look forward to more adventures with you in 2013 and checking out the blogs you’ve recommended! Oh yes and a special hello to your mom!!!

    • Party hats are key to a great party…especially when the elastic snaps, stings someones chin and you having crying on your hands!!! LOL!! I’m so glad I met you too and can’t wait to get to know you better this year!!!

  12. Well, this is the nicest thing to wake up to! Thanks you so much for your sweet words about my blog! I love this kind of party — great people, funny stories, and minimal clean-up! It’s been such a joy reading your blog and getting to know you through your stories. Congratulations on a wonderful first 6 months — here’s to years more! Best, Joan.

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  14. opps a bit of a late guest! (sorry)! thanks so much for thinking of me, and all the hard work describing all the blogs, you are amazing I have only just come down to blog after new year! my kids have had me running round in circles! which is why you will be pleased to know I am a coffe addict. Oh yeah i drink way to much of the stuff! anyway I would love to decorate your home with some gorgeous crochet garlands and bunting. xxxxx

    • What?? I didn’t know you drank coffee! Is this a new thing or is it addition to the tea?!! Well what do you know…we have everything in common now…well, I still don’t have any chickens! And I would die to have crochet garlands and bunting outfitting my abode!!!

      • I do love tea too I am English after all! but yeah I cant live without coffe! You would love chickens it’s great fun! (p.s well done for getting your hubby to blog-how cool is that!) x

  15. Happy Birthday (to you and me)! Thank you SO much for your kind words! I am truly happy that you started blogging. Your blog is always inspiring and fun. Hope to see more of it in the future and I am happy to have you in my life.

  16. Oh No!! I can’t believe I missed such a rocking virual party that I was actually invited to. Thanks for throwing such a grand shindig next time I will make sure to show up on time with a plate of homemade cookies. 🙂

    I look forward to checking out some of the other guests’ blogs, perhaps tomorrow when the boys are at school and I should be cleaning or something. I am very glad to have come across you in the great world of blogging – you make me think, laugh, and smile.

    • I’m glad you finally made it and don’t worry I can eat the plate of cookies all by myself, I don’t have a problem with that at all!!! Thanks for being such a great blogging friend and having such an awesome blog for me to read!

  17. Oh my word – I’m soooo far behind! Happy 2 days past your anniversary – am I too late to party?? I must admit that I’m pretty sure I couldn’t keep up with JavaJ and facelikeafryingpan. I’m not that quick on my feet and my mouth has no backspace bar. Thanks for the shout out and the sweet words – you are too kind. Thanks also for starting your awesome blog. I enjoy reading all you have to share and you always brighten my day. I look forward to chatting with you more and more in the next six months! 🙂

    • You’re never too late for a virtual party…the true beauty of one of those! I didn’t even put up a sweat getting this party organized! Can you imagine trying to pull off a real party with this many people from all over the world…I would be such a mess trying to figure out what to cook and trying to get this house cleaned up! Thanks for being such a great blogging buddy. I enjoy you immensely!!

  18. No I missed this! How very dare I!!! How gorgeous are you for kind and supportive words. I think this little community should do more in the way of acknowledging others that we follow and follow us. Pssst Mr S is my partner we ain’t married we’re just living in sin 😉 Woo hoo I’m a HOOT! as you are my lovely lady I love your blogs! – thank you – thank you this is so very gracious of you to post and cheers for a virtual party – running out to find a little black number 😉 Luvs ya Mel. xxx

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