Welcome to My Blog Party - (Prize #100)


I am so excited to once again be taking part in the Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. I participated last year and found wonderful new blogs and made some great blogging friends, too.

In fact, I've been richly blessed by the whole blogging experience, moreso than I ever imagined when I started my blog in July 2006.

A little about me:

I met my husband on e-Harmony on April 5, 2003 and we were married on New Year's Eve that same year. On that day I became a step-mom to two children. A year and a half later we had our son, Adam, and we became a family of five.... and the inspiration for my writing here.

I work full-time outside the home, running the business side of an art gallery, custom frame shop and design studio in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. I spend my days surrounded by color, fabrics, frames, oil paintings and a group of wonderful artisans and designers from all over the country. We also contract on large hospitality design projects which requires lots of drinking of caffiene and eating of peanut butter M&M's.

This year I'm also giving away a Blog Party prize. (I'm #100 on the 5 Minutes for Mom prize listing.) A regular feature of my blog is Jill's Book Bag, so I thought it would be fun to give one as a prize for the Party. The bag is a roomy green/navy/white striped tote. I'll fill it with two cookbooks, a book on entertaining, a $25 Target gift card (who can't use one of those??!!) and some other goodies geared toward the winner...maybe you love coffee, maybe you're an avid scrapbooker or tennis player.

Follow the simple steps on the prize page to list those prizes you'd most like to win. I hope I get to send this off to YOU!

Thanks for stopping by. Have fun visiting all the other parties. I'm off to do some partying myself.


Comfort Joy Designs :

Love Rachel Ray...have a Michigan address for you... :)

Join me at my parties!

Win a handmade pocket place mat:

Win Chocolates:

Visit me at A Cup of Joy for Missions Month:

Annie :

Great party!
You always have the BEST prizes Jill!

wondermommy :

You have a lovely family! It was nice to meet you and find your blog...have a happy blog party!

Robin :

Well, it's been a while, but I'm back for a party visit. Me likey your prize pack; I've even looked at the prize page (before today) and I missed what you're supposed to do. Must.read.slowly!


Your love story is sweet...a nice tale of what "can" happen :).

It was great to "see" where you work, too. What a lovely environ :).

Ok...I'm blogged OUT! Glad I saw you're playing this year!

Lissete :

A bag full of my favorite things! Party book, cook book & my home away from home... Target! Great party! Thanks for having me!

Nadine :

I love coming here. You make me think, make me smile and sometimes I laugh out loud. I hope you have fun visiting the other parties. You know I'll be back again.

Cherrye :

Hey, great prize pack! If I lived in America, I'd be all over it! Actually...my MOM has a US addres...hmmm...

Well, have fun at the party and Happy Feste della Donna (International Women's Day!)


Kirstin :

Love the look of your blog. I'm sure I'll be back!

Stop by my place for a visit.

Dionna :

I enjoyed learning more about you! I'm a stepmom too. I raised my stepson from the age of 6 to 18. He's 20 now and married. :)

Queen Bee, Veronica :

Really beautiful family!

It was nice meeting you!

Stop on over to my site
Polka Dot Bumblebee - custom photo cards
and blog:

Party ON!

Rebekah :

Hi Jill! Love your blog header - it's so colorful & fun! And that's a nice prize, girlie! I have a RR cookbook - use it all the time.

My daughter has been saying since she was 5 that she wants to run an art gallery... not sure why, but she seemed to think it was the job for her! She's 8 now, but it is still on her list, along with mommy & ballet teacher :)

Party on!!

Jan :

Hi!! Stopping by for the party! I'm in the Atlanta area too. What a beatiful shop you have!!!

Sudz N Bubbles :

Win a total of 4, four ounce jars of african shea butter at my blog!

Cute blog you have here as well.


Happy bloggin,

Lisa :

Great blog. I love your header and the colors! Nice to meet you. Happy blog partying!

Tammy :

Jill, although I'm a regular I just had to wave hello from the party! :)

I'm giving away a Cary Grant DVD...come on over!


I love your happy blog! Thanks for having me to your party.

Carey :

Great party! Its so nice to meet you! Stop by my place if you get a chance.

Elizabeth :

I'm listing your prize as my number one choice! :) I'm giving away a Tigger & Pooh DVD and a home security system, so I hope you'll stop by my party!

Jody :

Sign me up.... sigh. I never win but I keep trying!

Susan :

I know you're so great with your prizes! This is a great post.



Vader's Mom :

Fun Jill!!

Happy Partying!

Melissa in Mel's World :

WOW Jill...what a great pize pack!

I had NO IDEA you were in the Buckhead area. I LOVE IT up there and would move there in a heartbeat! We are big fans of Andy Stanley and North Point Community Church (and I know they have a campus in Buckhead). Very cool!

Thanks for the great pizes and for being YOU!


it's me, Val :

Oh I think it's so neat to hear about the way you met your hubby! I'm absolutely into to art, too. :) Thanks for offering such a great prize -- it's one of my top picks! :)

Annie :

Lovely blog! I look forward to reading more and getting to know you better. Come on over and pay me a visit when you get the chance.

Sandy :

Hi Jill - caffeine and peanut M&M's! I knew you were my kinda girl. LOL. I have that RR cookbook, too!

Deborah :

I love bags and I love books. What more could I ask for?


J :

It was very nice to meet you on your party blog!! I can't wait to read more.

Gina :

Nice to meet you Jill. You have a lovely little family. I laughed so hard about what your son said at church. LOL I hope I win your prize.

Gina :

Nice to meet you Jill. You have a lovely little family. I laughed so hard about what your son said at church. LOL I hope I win your prize.

Just Mom :

You are so-o-o-o-o-o generous.

ThePearLady :

Oh, what a lovely story / family you have! It makes me so glad I came by to party here. Now, the books in a bag would be icing on the cake, thanks for offering a terrific prize. :)
Happy UBP!

Angie Seaman :

Happy partying and much blog love!
Blessings, Angie Seaman

Grace :

I enjoyed reading a little from your blog. I am hoping to win one of your book bags. I didn't notice it came with a gift card to Target too! They are currently building one in our town! One of the first in Alaska!

Come party at my place a bit!


P.S. My son thinks we women are so strange, blog-partying! Haha!

Staci :

I'm from Atlanta too!!

Fran :

hey, welcome to the party and hope you're having a blast. Do call me Ivan Girl and I'm from Manila, Philippines.

I love your blog. :) Pleased to meet you! Will definitely visit you again.

Do stop by my blog and join me for the party... :)
UBP 2008

Have Fun!

Sprittibee :

OOO OOOO! Pick me! Pick me!

I love Rachel Ray and Target. ;) The bag 'ain't too shabby, either.

Nice to meet you at the blog party! :)

Laura Baxendale :

You have a beautiful family and a great blog! This and a cup of coffee was a great way to spend my morning. Thanks!

Jenn :

Found you through another party blogger! Can I just tell you that I love your header?!? It's so cute!!!

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging :

I am totally excited to have won! And, I didn't even realize there was a giftcard attached...woo hoo Target!! Good times!

Thank you so much!!


Storm :

Still hopping from blog to blog... my goal is to post at each blog at least once. Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!

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