Ultimate Blog Party 2011 plus a #Giveaway!

Hello dear readers, and new visitors! It’s time once again for the Ultimate Blog Party! The #UBP11 is a really wonderful way to find new blogs to visit, maybe a few new friends, and get many chances to win some really awesome prizes! I do hope if you’ve come over from #UBP11 that you’ll stick around and visit. The party starts at 12:01 April 1st so get ready!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011
With the warm spring weather sure to be arriving any day {I hope!} there’s sure to be more photos of our backyard chickens. I write whatever I’m feeling so one day it might be about our favorite Ginger Dog, my current crochet project,  or a fun outings our family went on. An occasional recipe, random thoughts, and a few weekly memes are all other ways I try to share with my readers! Sometimes I talk about my Knotty Stitchers girls and tell you what we’re working on for our charity projects. And sometimes {like now} I just ramble on without direction :).

If you are a review or giveaway blogger like myself, be sure to check out Hen’s Clutch of Giveaways linky where you can link up all of your blog giveaways. You’ll usually find a couple of hundred to enter yourself too.

If you don’t mind run on sentences, bad grammar and excessive comma usage, then this dorky woman who loves her Super Genius, and is the mom of a teenager and a wanna be teenager welcomes you.

Yes, I know you want to win the $25.00 Amazon.com gift card I threw into the Prize Pool at 5minutesformom’s Ultimate Blog Party. But, as a Thank You for reading this hastily thrown together post, I think you should get something else! A giveaway, woot! Oh, if you don’t want to enter the giveaway, that’s fine too! Just let me know in the comments! I’m so glad you stopped by, I”l be visiting everyone who stops no matter how long it takes me! :)

Win It!

I have two prizes to give out (: The first name drawn will win the gift card. the second name drawn will win the books.

One lucky commenter will win a $20.00 Kroger Gift Card! I’m re-gifting it, I’m allowed to, it’s my blog {OMG how many commas did I just use?}.

kroger gift card

Another lucky winner will win a set of three great fitness/health books!


UBP11 Prize

How to Enter: (mandatory)

Tell me what your favorite Springtime activity/holiday/food/thing to do is! Oh that is SO easy!

Extra Entries: (optional)

Please leave a new comment, with links if applicable, for each extra entry to be counted.

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Follow the directions above! Giveaway open to U.S. residents, 18+ only and ends April, 12th 11:59 est. Winners will be randomly chosen via “And The Winner Is…” plugin and posted on my Winner’s List, as well as be notified via email. Winners must reply to notification email within 48 hours or I will have to redraw :(.

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About the Author

Henrietta Newman is a tech loving, video game playing, backyard chicken raising, dirt road living, pr friendly mom/gramma blogger who talks about life with a teen daughter, an adult son, a toddler granddaughter, a construction worker soulmate and all that it entails. Subscribe to A Hen's Nest for giveaways, delicious family recipes, reviews and more!


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    New follower from the party…(I am also on MomDot and see you there too! :))

    My favorite spring activity is just getting outside…it rains alot here in the NW so outdoor activities are wonderful!
    Tammy recently posted…Weekend Wrap Up March 25th – 27thMy Profile

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    My favorite spring time activity is to get out and work in my garden.
    twoofakind12 @ yahoo.com

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    I am a email subscriber.

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    I am a gfc follower.

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    My favorite thing to do in the spring is to open the windows and to let the fresh air in!! Thanks for participating in the blog party!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

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    I follow with google friend connect
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    I subscribe via email
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    My favorite Springtime thing to do is… sit outside and enjoy the nicer weather. :-)

    I’m just about to put up my UBP post; thanks for reminding me.
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      Me too, I love just BEING outside in the fresh air and sunshine! Glad to see you, I need to go catch up on your blog, I’ve been a slacker lately!

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    I love to start my garden veggies and watch them grow!
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    I follow with gfc
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    I like you on FB
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    I subscribe in a reader
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    Always love your blog and stopping by to comment from the UBP. Hope you are having fun with the hop as well.
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    Oh yea, I tweeted. I’m Petula1968.
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    I like you on FB… and I forgot to put the link to my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Petula1968/statuses/53827152491196416. LOL
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    I look forward to seeing more photos of your chickens when you get out there and take those photos.
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    Stopping in from the UBP and momdot to say hi My favorite springtime activity is just watching the kids enjoying the weather outside. :) Have a great weekend!
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      Ours are really starting to get cabin fever! It was nice enough for the trampoline one day last week and we’re hoping for warmness again this week! thanks for stopping by :)

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    Favorite springtime activity is getting outside in the garden! Thanks for the giveaway!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    I follow you publicly on GFC “crave to save”
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com
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    I like you on FB! “Crave to Save”
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    I added your button to my blog #1

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    I added your button to my blog #2

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    I am an RSS Subscriber!
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    Great to meet you! I love spring walks along the St. Lawrence. Fall is nice too.

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      That sounds just wonderful, and Fall is my favorite season. Spring is great after all the snow is gone but I do not like spring storms eek!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Happy UBP Henrietta! I don’t think you use too many commas at all! You rock.

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      Thank you Rhea! Commas really just annoy me, I throw them in wherever and hope for the best, lol! So glad you stopped by have fun UBP hoppin’ :)

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    So happy you popped by! I’m already following your lovely self!
    TerriAnn recently posted…2011 Ultimate Blog Party 4-1-4-8My Profile

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    Hello! I’m stopping by from the UBP! Nice to meet you! ;)

    This might be a bizarre question when I’m just getting to know you, but how did you get that tweet box? Is it a plug-in? It is a COOL feature, and I think I’d like to try it out on my blog!
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      Hi Mary, so glad you stopped by!

      That tweet box would be from the “Twitter @Anywhere Plus” plugin, I love it! Here’s the tutorial I followed for it: Hope that helps!

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    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
    Madame Deals recently posted…Contest FREE 8×10 Canvas PrintMy Profile

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    Visiting from the UBP11 and MomDot! My favorite Spring activity is getting outside with my boys and enjoying the warm weather. Especially after a long winter.
    Marianna recently posted…Ultimate Blog Party 2011My Profile

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    Happy UBP! Hope you enjoy your weekend. Can’t go wrong with a Kroger GC :) My favorite {newfound, at that!} Spring-ish holiday food is Hamentaschen. It’s a little triangle cookie baked for the Jewish holiday Purim. And it’s ridiculously tasty. LOL
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      Oh that sound just delicious! I’m going to have go look that tasty cookie up now :)

      I wish we a Kroger close to us but the nearest one is over 2 hours away! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    I’m now following via GFC
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    My favorite spring event is getting together with family for Easter.
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    gfc follower
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    like you on fb
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    rss subscriber
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    I, too, overuse commas! I also overuse hyphens to try to make my run-on sentences seem less offensive. :)

    My favorite springtime thing is grilling out – it’s the perfect weather, not too hot, not too cold.
    Christi recently posted…Guest Post – Saturday Play Date!My Profile

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      Oh thank goodness! Really I never knew commas and run on sentences were such a pain until I started blogging, they seem to mock me. Or, maybe it’s because I’m a rambler and don’t know when to quit talking/writing! lol :)

      We can’t wait to start grilling, so much less mess in the kitchen during the grilling months!

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    Michelle says:

    So which is it springtime activity or holiday? Just teasing. My favorite springtime holiday is St Patricks Week. Week you say? Yes, week. We celebrate all week. (Check out my blog…LOL)

    I do want to be entered to win. Thanks!

    Hope to see you around the party.
    Michelle recently posted…Ultimate Blog Party 2011My Profile

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      I think a whole WEEK of St.Patrick’s day sounds like wicked fun! Running over to check out your blog now, Thanks for stopping by!

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    Michelle says:

    Oh, two things. I love commas and periods (ellipsis) and run on sentences.

    AND I love your twitter plug in. What’s it called?
    Michelle recently posted…Ultimate Blog Party 2011My Profile

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      Yay! Run on sentences ROCK :)

      that tweet box in post would be from the “Twitter @Anywhere Plus” plugin, I love it! Here’s the tutorial I followed for it: Hope that helps!

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    new to you , can totally relate to the run on sentences and excessive coma usage it is like you just don’t know when to stop and there are so many, how do i say this, nice things to talk about it is hard to just have an end but i am excited i am not the only one and i look forward to reading your blog!

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      Oh you might be some run on sentence competition, you really know how to write one, LOVE it! :)

      Thanks for stopping by, going to go visit yours!

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    Your spaghetti cake looks awesome! Great idea!

    Thanks for visiting me at Mom and More

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    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.

    Love the chickens!

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    Kristen says:

    It’s finally warm enough to BBQ!

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    my favorite springtime activity is cycling
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com
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      Oh I can’t wait to get the bikes out this summer! have to wait until our dirt road is no longer a mud pit though or we’ll sink :) thanks for stopping by!

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    i like you on facebook (yours to win)
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    email subscriber
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    tweet http://twitter.com/#!/YoursToWin/status/54656911328559104
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    abitnerdy says:

    Ohhh I don’t know if this is much of a Spring Activity, but I recently discovered my love for visiting the Local Farmer’s Market. It’ a fun way to get some fresh air and sunshine while and buying a gorgeous bunch of flowers. I love it! I dont go in the winter because well.. i dont know if it exist in the winter? plus its too cold and dark out for me to wake up and venture out in the AM but SPRING is perfect :) <3

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      Farmer’s Markets are totally a Spring activity! I cannot wait until they start opening back up in our area!

      So glad you stopped in for a visit! Happy UBP11!

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    I like that this is so awesomely easy.

    Favorite springtime thing to do is to go for walks. I’m boring like that ;-)

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      Spring time walks are the best! As soon as it’s a little less mud and a little more solid around here we’ll be doing our daily walks! Thanks for stopping in :)

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    abitnerdy says:

    I follow via GFC <3 as abitnerdy

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    abitnerdy says:

    I tweeted

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    abitnerdy says:

    tweet tweet

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    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) as well as other fun prizes!

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    felecia says:

    I love Easter

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    Hello! New follower from blog hop. Would love for you to follow back :-)


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    Boys Baseball season is my favorite time of year!

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    GFC: Erinn Sluka

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    Jessica says:

    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 http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com

    Have a blessed Tuesday!! :0)

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    Trisha Lynn says:

    I love christmas! I love the spirit of everyone the happiness that over whelming sense of joy for the season!

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    Trisha Lynn says:

    I follow on google friend!

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    Trisha Lynn says:

    I like you on FB!

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    Trisha Lynn says:

    I subscribe by email!

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    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 décor and crafts if you are interested.

    Extreme Personal Measures

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    Raven In A Blue Room says:

    living not far from the beach makes going there one of my favorite spring activities
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

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    Raven In A Blue Room says:

    Google Friends Connect – following your blog publicly as Louis

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    Raven In A Blue Room says:

    I subscribed to your feed via google reader

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    Raven In A Blue Room says:

    I like your blog on facebook (Louis Here)

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    Raven In A Blue Room says:

    following you on twitter @left_the_stars
    I tweeted your giveaway

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    First off thank you for visiting me at Flip Flop Mama!

    Now, it may sound wierd but my favorite springtime activity or whatever is opening up the windows! Ahh that is so grand to let a little fresh air in here after so many months of stinky kids LOL

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    Following via GFC

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    Hey, I’m here from the party! I really love planting annuals and perennials every spring.
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    I enjoy exercising outdoors in the spring, especially running. I belong to a running club, and I just started running with them outdoors again. In the winter I really miss my morning jog!

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    I follow via gfc.

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    I’m a subscriber.

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    I’m a FB fan (Mari Doug)

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    katklaw777 says:

    I can’t wait for the fresh spring asparagus…it is too expensive for me to really enjoy the rest of the year, tho I do indulge in the frozen once in awhile.
    There is nothing like making to fresh and getting a good buy on it because it is in season.
    I have been into roasting it in the oven with a little evoo and s&p, heavenly!!!

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    katklaw777 says:

    New follower on GFC w/ katklaw777.

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    katklaw777 says:

    New follower on twitter w/ katklaw777 and tweeted…

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