Ultimate Blog Party 2011! - Toronto Teacher Mom

Ultimate Blog Party 2011!

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Welcome to all Ultimate Blog Party visitors! This is going to be a very fun week and there will be lots of prizes up for grabs. Plus, it's the perfect opportunity to discover new blogs and grow your social network. I first participated last year and had so much fun, I knew I had to participate again. Only this year, I have decided to sponsor a UBP11 giveaway consisting of a $50 Amazon gift certificate. So be sure to head over to the official Ultimate Blog Party post on 5MinutesforMom.com for more details on how you can win and to discover some new and fabulous blogs.

About Toronto Teacher Mom

When I first decided to start a blog, I never really put much thought into my blog title. A lot of clever names had already been chosen by some pretty talented mom bloggers and I myself wasn't feeling very creative. I chose instead a title that reflected who I was - a teacher and a mom living in Toronto. While I am no longer so fond of my blog title, I am still incredibly grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities that have come about and totally love knowing that I have met some pretty amazing people and fellow bloggers who share the same love of social media. It has been through blogging that I have found a community where I feel like I belong. And having left my hometown, family and friends to move to a new city with my husband and take on a new job, it became very important for me. It hasn't always been easy over the years but there is consolation in knowing that there is someone somewhere out there in the online world who is ready to lend a listening ear, share advice or simply empathize.

What do I do when I'm not busy blogging or tweeting? Well, play with the kids, of course! I have a beautiful 5 year old girl and an almost 3 year old handsome little boy. This is such a nice time because I am able to witness such significant changes in their personalities; it really is exciting. Not so exciting is when those personalities clash, but that's an entirely different blog post. And in case you're wondering, I teach in the elementary panel as a Core French teacher. C'est vrai! I have loved French since I was first introduced to it and remember writing a note in a Christmas card to my grade 7 French teacher that she was such an inspiration and that some day I would be a French teacher like her. And now here I am. Last year, in my UPB blog post, I invited readers to inquire about how many languages I can speak. This year, I invite any questions you may have about me, my blog or anything that tickles your fancy. Like, oh... I don't know... what my hobbies are. Or why I'm a Twitter addict. Or who took the bop from the bop shoo bop shoo bop. Ask away!

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87 COMMENTS

  1. Hi!
    I'm hopping over on the UBP!!It is nice to meet you. Stop by if you get a chance http://themommaven.com/2011/03/its-party-time-ubp11-is-here/

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  2. Great to meet you and visit your blog. I decided to donate to the prizes this year, as well. This is such an amazing opportunity that I look forward to, big time!

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  3. Great to meet you, too, Lindsay! And you're right, this is such an amazing party! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of UBP!

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  4. Wow kudos to you, I never could learn French let alone teach it. It sounds like we blog for a lot of the same reasons. How lucky were you to end up with one boy and one girl. Wonderful to meet you!

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  5. Hi Kathleen. So nice to meet you too! Yes, I love having one of each! ;)

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  6. Great to party with you! I like the name of your blog! Hope you will come party with me to!
    I have cheesecake LOL!

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  7. Yay! Great to party with you, too! That's twice in one night.

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  8. I like simple and true names for blogs! Glad to have found yours. Have a great UBP11!

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  9. Great to meet you & hope you will come party at my place too!

    grettajohns.blogspot.com

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  10. Hello Diane. This is Lynda with Lets Talk Pink, stopping over via the UBP. This is my first year, as I have just recently started blogging. Glad to see so many who come back year after year to the UBP. Take care and nice to meet you! :)

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  11. Hello Diane, Lovely Blog!! It is very nice to meet you and I'm very excited to be part of this party for the first Time...

    Karina
    http://karinaschallenge.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-party.html

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  12. It's really nice to meet you. I enjoyed your post.

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  13. So nice to meet you all and thanks for coming out to join in the fun that is #UBP11! Can't wait to check out your blogs, too!

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  14. Hi Diana,

    Blog hop 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 and see you around.

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  15. Fellow teacher & momma here! Can't wait to look around your blog a bit more!

    Let's get the party started :) I had a ton of fun last year as well and am sure this year will be no different (maybe only better! Haha!)

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  16. Over from UBP2011-fellow teacher--we all need to stick together. Great to meet you and can't wait to look around! Visit us over @ LightningBug Literacy

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  17. Hello! Nice to meet you -- have fun at UBP11!

    Jen

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  18. Hi! Which subject did you teach?

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  19. Stopping by from the UPB11. I didn't realize that you were a French teacher. How neat! I'm going to have to sign up for that Amazon gift card. Thanks for the awesome prize!

    I hope you’ll drop by my blog:

    http://atticgirl.blogspot.com/2011/04/welcome-to-ultimate-blog-party-2011.html

    You can find out how to win a $25 gift certificate to my eBay store to spruce up your spring/summer wardrobe (details on my post)!

    Have a great weekend!

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  20. Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011!

    I think your name suits you, but I completely understand about changing your blog name. I just changed mine last month (after over 2 years) from Mama's Money Savers to Mom and More.

    Also, I am your newest google friend follower!

    Hope you’ll visit my party: http://momandmore.com/2011/04/2011-ultimate-blog-party-welcome-to-mom-and-more.html

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  21. Great party hope we all win some cool prizes.

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  22. 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

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  23. Nice to meet you! It is my first year participating in the UBP and I look forward to it! I haven't checked out the prizes, yet. I guess that could be an added bonus but I'm just looking for some great blogs to follow!

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  24. I took french for 5 years but sadly I remember very little. I admire all that you do! Party on!

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  25. I am a new follower from the Ultimate Blog Party!!! Nice to meet you!!

    Sarah

    www.sarahsblogoffun.com
    www.twitter.com/SarahsBlogOfFun
    www.facebook.com/sarahsblogoffun

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  26. Well I like your blog name. It fits you perfectly.

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  27. I am blog hopping today and I am happy to stop by your blog!!

    Please stop by either or both of my blogs (and become a follower if you aren't one already):

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at http://sostylilized.blogspot.com

    Jessicas Lil Corner is where I blog about family and life at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com

    Have a Happy Friday and a blessed weekend! :0)

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  28. Hopping around! I love your blog title!

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  29. Always love to hear a teacher's thoughts!! LOL.

    Hope to see you around UBP11.

    If you or your friends and family have iPhones and want to find some great apps, check out my blog.

    http://apphipmom.com

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  30. This account is for my personal blog, but since I'm visiting for the UBP and that post is on my book blog 5 Minutes for Books, I'll ask you a book question:

    Do you find time to read! If so, what do you enjoy most?

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  31. I have a 3 year old son too (also have 7 and 8 year old boys) and he is so much fun

    Stopping by from UBP11. Hope you'll stop by mine when you get a chance. Looking forward to read more from you in the future.

    http://www.ohboyohboyohboy.com

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  32. I've been by before and already following. Had to say hi while party hoppin though! :)

    ~Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery~
    www.darcyandbrian.com

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  33. Blog Hopping from the UBP and wanted to say hi :)
    Kas

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  34. Hi! I see you feature Reviews and Giveaways. I would like to invite you to add your blog to my “Review and Giveaway Blog Directory” if you haven’t already . Hope you’re having a Sweet Week!

    April
    A Mommy’s Sweet Blog Design
    Custom Blog Design, Free Blog Tutorials, Buttons, & Template

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  35. Hi there! Stopping in (and following) from my first UBP! Nice to meet you :)

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  36. Hello, amazing post! It's great to meet new moms through ubp11. You can view our blog at www.wishesfortheheart.com

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  37. Hi! I am already a follower but stopped in from UBP to say hi! :)

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  38. I have a five year old son, and I really love this age. It's so interesting to watch their personalities develop. My son is the perpetual wild-child, and the things he comes up with shows such imagination, it's awesome.

    I'm a new follower from the UBP. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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  39. Stopping by from the party! Would you like to do a blog roll link exchange? If so, add me to your blog roll & then leave a comment on (any) post on my blog along with your link & i'll add yours in ASAP as well! :)

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  40. I loved French in jr hi. They don't teach it in our small school district and just phased out German for next year. So all we have left is Spanish. Why are YOU a twitter addict? I love it for the parties and chatting with amazing people I never would've met otherwise. You can find me as @bigguysmama *grin*

    ~Mimi #115
    http://wovenbywords.blogspot.com/2011/03/2011-ultimate-blog-party.html

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  41. I am a teacher too and happen to also be bilingual. I teach waaaay down in south Texas.

    And I do happen to have a question for you:

    When you had your little girl, did you find your perspective on teaching changed?

    Just curious!
    Yours is the first blog I've visited from UBP and I am happy I chose you!

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  42. hope i did this right i have never entered these before , i follow you everyway already and i put you on the prize form stacey dempsey
    staceyx at telus dot net

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  43. visiting from the ultimate blog party I am a new follower and look forward to reading more great post I am sure that you will have many to share as your children are at ages that are so fun

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  44. Hello from a fellow Canadian transplanted to Chicago! Just dropping by from the UBP11!

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  45. Hi from a fellow mom in Canada. I live in Calgary and have a 3 yr old little boy. I'm originally from the US but I've been here for 6 years.

    I've never taken French and I keep wondering if I should try to learn. Happy UBP! Oh & BTW....I'm now following you on Twitter (@Merry120).

    Merry from www.merrywithchildren.com

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  46. I was number 450! Woohoo! Stopping by from the party to party! Stop by and say hi...I love meeting new friends. :)

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  47. Heyo! Stopping by from the party :D

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  48. Wow! Thank you all for taking the time to say hi. Can't wait to visit all your blogs and Facebook pages! I got me some reading to do...

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  49. I'm one of your newest followers! Visiting from the UBP11! Hopefully you can stop by our blog and follow back! Party on!

    Krissy @ Mommy Misc

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  50. Another Can blogger! Hooray! Stopping by from UBP11, glad to have found you!

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  51. Hi Krissy! Thanks for the follow!

    Jodi - Here's a high five! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of UBP11!

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  52. Cute blog! Nice to meet you! It's impressive that you can speak so many languages! I've never taken a language class but am told I can pick up the accent naturally. :)
    Anyways, Have an awesome week and I hope you have time to visit my parenting blog - KreativeKaring :)
    I'm following you via Twitter! :D
    -Samantha

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  53. My blog name says just what I am too. Stopping from the UBP!

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  54. Stopping by from the party, and am now following you. I love, love, love, that you can teach French. Wow!!!

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  55. Loved visiting your blog as part of the UBP! My husband has been in education all our married life, so I love and value teachers! Blessings!

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  56. Stopping by via UBP! :) I have enjoyed looking around your blog! Very neat that you speak French - I've always wanted to learn! So far, I've only dabbled in Spanish and Chinese... Enjoy the rest of the party!

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  57. Hello! I'm stopping by from the Party! I'm having a blast and I hope you are too! www.midgetmomma.com

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  58. Stopping by from UBP11. Nice to meet you!

    Lisa
    www.LisaBlogs.com

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  59. Stopping over from UBP '11!!! Come visit me at www.sunflowerdoula.blogspot.com.

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  60. Visiting from UBP'11! I hope you get a chance to stop by at www.momondealz.com

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  61. It is so great to discover your blog and learn a little more about you. I have blogging to thank for giving me a place where I felt like I fit in. Now sometimes I still feel like I don't belong, but I know that's all in my head and it will pass and if it doesn't, well, I can blog about it! It is truly a catharctic thing.

    I think a lot of people start to really dislike the name of their blogs, or in my case, I very frequently dislike the way my blog looks and I obsess over it to the point where I'm up for a day straight tweaking here and there or creating an entirely new website--and then realizing I hate that new look and go back to the way it was before. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I look at my blog every day, so naturally, I get to the point where I can't stand to look at it anymore!

    I am now following you on Twitter. I hope to continue connecting with you long after the Ultimate Blog Party is over!

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  62. I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop party, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
    thank you :)

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  63. Hello... here to partay ; )
    I'm Melissa from Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's it meet you! Look forward to your post!
    http://www.mnmrheinlander.blogspot.com
    http://www.twitter.com/MSRheinlander
    http://www.facebook.com/KUWTR

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  64. Happy UBP11! It's my first one and love finding all these gem blog sites!

    I'm a long-time educator, with 2 kids, a hubby, and a live-in mother-in-law.

    Good and chaotic times!

    Come party with us too!
    http://www.itsafullnest.com/?p=3033

    -Kanesha

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  65. It's always nice to meet a fellow canadian mom! I love your blog title.

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  66. Hi, I'm an educator from the US midwest, dropping by from the party! Enjoy your little ones, those are fun ages.

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  67. Just dropping in from the UBP11! Nice to "meet you." Stop by my blog when you have a chance Making Our Family Complete. I blog about my family's journey to adopt an infant domestically.

    Lois
    P.S. We are giving away a Dunkin Donut GC as added incentive to visit :)

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  68. Visiting from UBP, its great to meet you! Im now following you via GFC and look forward to reading many more great posts from you! Feel free to stop by at www.flipflopmama.com to see what we're all about!

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  69. Hi! Just stopping in from the UBP! Looking forward to seeing you around the web!

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  70. Just hopping by from the party...

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  71. It's so hard to come up with a blog title that you still enjoy year after year. I love that your title describes who you are.

    Love to have you stop by our party - http://busymommymedia.com/2011/03/ultimate-blog-party-2011/

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  72. Hi we're new fans from the ultimate blog party. we have our 1st giveaway . hope you can stop by!

    http://www.boyzruleourworld.blogspot.com

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  73. Following you via blog party. Hope you will follow me too @ http://masalabowl.blogspot.com/2011/04/day-298-ultimate-blog-party.html

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  74. Stopping by to see the site - love it! So glad to be part of the UBP11!!!

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  75. Love the blog! We are your newest followers.. Come check us out at
    trulie-scrumptious.blogspot.com!

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  76. Hello! So nice to "meet" you! I am stopping by from the UBP11. I sincerely believe it takes a special kind of patience to be a teacher...you are wonderful!

    I blog over at http://ahappygirl.com and I hope my story can inspire you to believe in the impossible!

    Thanks so much and have a fabulous day!

    xoxo.

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  77. Hello again, everyone! Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm overwhelmed with your kind words and truly appreciate you taking the time to stop by. If I haven't been to your blogs yet, please know I will be sure to stop by soon to have a look around. Hope you all enjoy the rest of UBP11!

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  78. 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 areinterested.

    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  79. Stopping by to follow you from the UBP11! Come visit/follow me at Ordinary Inspirations? I look forward to connecting with u more. Please stay in touch. If you like what you see, please add me to your blog roll.

    Love,
    Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

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  80. Hi! Heading over from the UBP. It's nice to meet you! I'm a new follower : )
    I changed my blog name and address about a year ago, and I'm glad I did!
    I have two blogs I'd love for you to visit when you have the time:
    http://giveawaycorner.blogspot.com/ (Daily Giveaways)
    http://anne-somekindofwonderful.blogspot.com/ (Family Blog)

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  81. I just found your blog and became a follower! :) Love your blog! :) Erin

    www.healthybranscoms.com

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  82. Following you from Ultimate Blog Party!! Great to join your blog. Would love for you to stop by at my home: http://dinosaurs-and-dandelions.com

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  83. Fellow Canadian swinging in to say hello from the UBP. It's been a whirlwind, it's amazing to see how many blogs there are out there and how many people you have something in common with :) Feel free to swing by my UBP for an Amazon giveaway (worldwide).

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  84. Halo! Je parles un peu de francais aussi. I'm just starting to work my way through the UBP list. I'm a new follower. I hope you will stop by my blog as well and take a look: www.centsationalsaver.com
    Thanks,Dena

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