Ultimate Blog Party Twenty Ten

Ultimate Blog Party 2010
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Hello Ultimate Blog Party attendees! Welcome to Sophistishe! If you’ve been here before, hello again! Before I start rambling about myself,

first let me say…

Susan and Janice, you rock. I remember wandering on to your blog 4 years ago. I wasn’t even a mom, but I kept coming back. It has since flourished into a huge venture and growing community. I never would have imagined that I’d be meeting you two 3 years after making my first blog visit! Job well done ladies and thanks for continuing to inspire and encourage bloggers and non bloggers in this community!


I’m Sheena, you may know me from Mommy Daddy Blog.

I went through a whole episode of blogger burnout and an identity crisis. See here and here.

I am now feeling free. I’m so happy that I can just scream. I would, but I don’t want to scare the neighbors.

Sophistishe isn’t new, I just abandoned it to explore parent blogging when I found out I was pregnant.

It is my personal space. I talk a lot about parenting, but I no longer feel restricted to the topic. If I wanna talk about gardening, home decor, natural hair, or my love for nail polish and Reese’s peanut butter cups, I can do just that.

I am the mother of a charismatic, sometimes drama king of a toddler, Jayden. He’ll be 2 on April 26th!

I am the fiancée to my Junior High sweetheart, Greg. He gives me lots of smooches and back rubs.

I have a passion for photography.

I’m on this better living kick. Anything that makes life more fulfilling is worth a try.

I’m in love with all things tropical.

I feel a little weird talking about myself, so to avoid sounding like the overachiever in High School (which I certainly am not) I will now direct you to my About page. I do a little something in this space.

Follow me on Twitter and Facebook if you want to keep up with my random rambles.

There are loads of prizes to be won during UBP. I’d love to win a $50.00 gift certificate to Amazon, Target, or Priddy Creations. In the event that my top choices are taken, I’d like to add prizes 83, 66, and 1.

I know you all are itching to hop to the next party, so thanks for stopping by! Link up your party posts below and party on!

Pssst…enter my giveaways here.

To support my blogging efforts and site expenses, I do share relevant affiliate links in my posts. Thank you for your support.

Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Jennifer Sikora May 8, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    I don’t think I will ever get through this long list of wonderful bloggers! Stopping by to visit from the UBP. Maybe one day I will get through this list. Hope to chat with you soon! I love your website!


    Come visit me at jennifersikora.com

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  • Steph April 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Just stopping in from UBP 2010 (Little late, I know 😉 )!!! Joined your following, can’t wait to see what you post in the months to come!! Party on 😉 *G*


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  • Pamela M. Kramer April 17, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Hey Winner!
    You need these numbers to complete the prize form on the prize page – http://www.5minutesformom.com/ultimate-blog-party-2010-prizes/

    5 Sheena @ Sophistishe

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  • Marilyn Bohn April 17, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    It is so great to get a new friend. The UBP has been a great way to connect! I am the mother of 5 grown daughters and I am an avid quilter and a professional organizer helping women get rid of clutter in their homes and lives.
    I look forward to connecting with you. Visit me at http://www.marilynbohn.com

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  • Heather April 15, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Hey Just stopping by from the UBP! I am already a follower! I love your blog. When you have a chance please check out my blog http://gigglingkids.blogspot.com/2010/04/ultimate-blog-party-2010.html
    .-= Heather´s last blog .."Letters to God" By Patrick Doughtie =-.

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  • rebecca April 15, 2010 at 3:05 AM

    Hi Sheena! Nice to meet you! I enjoyed reading your blog and I will be back for another visit! I totally love your energy on your blog!!

    I hope you can stop by our blog: http://inspiredgiftsblog.blogspot.com
    Inspiredgifts.com is a mom owned newly launched site.

    Have a beautiful day

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  • laura April 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    nice blog! another UBPartier here!

    good luck winning some prizes and happy early bday jayden –same day as my dad!


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  • Brea's Mommy April 14, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Stopping in from UBP! Great to meet you. Hope you can a chance to stop by my place!
    .-= Brea’s Mommy´s last blog ..It’s Party Time! The Ultimate Blog Party 2010 =-.

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  • Lucy April 12, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Nice to meet you. I love everything tropical too. My reason for leaving the cold Northeast.

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  • Karen April 12, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    I’m visiting from the UBP and having a great time. Your little guy is precious! I hope you enjoy the party.

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  • jenni April 12, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Following on Twitter! Hope you are having fun at the UBP!

    Jenni (“Miss Tutu”)
    My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog – hope you will stop by and say hi! 🙂 and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest
    .-= jenni´s last blog ..Hey Ultimate Blog Partiers! 😀 Nice to Meet You! =-.

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  • Terri Dell April 12, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Hi Sheena, just dropping in from the UBP to say hello. It’s fun!

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  • lovelyritaann April 11, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Love your blog! For some reason, it’s giving me problems joining on Google Friend connect… anyway, thanks for sharing!

    Feel free to come by my blog and read my Ultimate Blog Party ’10 post! Become a reader & stay informed of upcoming giveaways!
    .-= lovelyritaann´s last blog ..2010 Ultimate Blog Party =-.

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  • Lois April 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Just “party hopping!” So many blogs, so little time!! LOL!

    Sheena, good to “see” you again!


    Visit my party post at:

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  • Nanette ~ AMomBlog April 11, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Stopped by via the UBP and just realized I am following you on twitter. I checked out your photostream and your little one is just adorable. I love black and white photography and some of my favs in your photostream are your black and white shots.

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  • Karrine April 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Just stopping in from the party 🙂
    .-= Karrine´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party – Blog tips and the Blog Pr Wire =-.

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  • TwinHappyJen April 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Stopping by from the UBP! 🙂 I am kind of blog-hopping right now, but following you so I can be sure to come back later! 😀

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  • Janeen April 10, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Nice pictures! Happy Blog Party and here’s my party post if you get a chance: http://christianfrugalmama.blogspot.com/2010/04/ultimate-blog-party-2010.html

    I’d love your input on my new meme Mom Monday! Since it’s new, I’m trying to get it all worked out and let others know about it. 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend!

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  • Laura April 10, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Hi, Stopping by from UBP 2010 – my first. My daughter also loves photography. She is in college now taking courses, so she is constanting snapping pictures.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..2010 ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY =-.

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  • Fruitfulvine2 April 10, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Hi Sheena,
    Nice to meet you. Happy partying!

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  • Tamara B. April 10, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Blowing in from the UBP to say hi 🙂

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  • Angie April 10, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    I know you but I wanted to come say hi for the UBP! Have fun!
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 – Welcome to A Simple Kinda Life! =-.

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  • Deborah April 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Happy UBP 2010!
    .-= Deborah´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 =-.

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  • Susan margaret April 10, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    I’m really glad I found your blog! I don’t blog personally but I appreciate reading the blogs of others and I think I am already a HUGE fan! I read your other posts about your other blog and what brought you here and I appreciate the fact that you are candid and honest! I’m going to sign up to follow your posts!

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  • Rana April 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    You have a beautiful baby and I love the look of your blog. I’m following you now. Just wanted to say hello from the Party.
    .-= Rana´s last blog ..Post it Note Tuesday =-.

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  • Sarah B April 10, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Stopping by from UBP. Cute site! Good luck winning your fave prizes. I’d love for you to stop by my site when you get the chance 🙂

    .-= Sarah B´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 =-.

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  • Yoly @ YNR Live April 10, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    I am stopping by from UBP! Nice blog :)You son is adorable.
    .-= Yoly @ YNR Live´s last blog ..Our first – Ultimate Blog Party 2010! =-.

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  • Caroline @ SmartyPantsMama April 10, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    Beautiful site and layout! You have a great eye for photography!
    UBP10 Visitor
    .-= Caroline @ SmartyPantsMama´s last blog ..Party, Popcorn Party! The Ultimate Blog Party 2010 hits Miami! =-.

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  • @Dayngr April 9, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Hello again! Surfing over this time from UBP though I’ve been here before.

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  • Tiffany April 9, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Stopping by from UBP. Can’t wait to read more! Have a great weekend.

    Stop by and see me when you have the chance.


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  • Kristen April 9, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    I love the photos! Your little boy is adorable! I can’t imagine what blogging for that long must be like…and while I’m sorry you experienced burnout I’m glad you’re back–and it’s nice to ‘meet’ you! Stopping in from the UBP of course!
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party? I’m so there! =-.

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  • teresa April 9, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Great blog and am a new follower

    Blog hopping and having a blast…..so many great blogs….This is a GREAT party.
    I have a Fun $100 Gift Basket to give away and all it takes a comment.
    I am number….294 and 295……

    .-= teresa´s last blog ..THE ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY and a GREAT PRIZE =-.

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  • Tina H. April 9, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Hi, from another UBP participant (and one not so far away from you – in Green Bay!). Hope you can stop by my place, too: http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com/2010/04/2010-ultimate-blog-party.html.
    .-= Tina H.´s last blog ..2010 Ultimate Blog Party! =-.

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  • Nicole April 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Hi, Sheena it’s nice to meet you. YOur little boy is a cutie. Thanks for inviting me to your party.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Welcome Mommy To Two Boys =-.

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  • Shop with Me Mama April 9, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Nice to meet you Sheena 🙂 Happy party week!!!!

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  • Stacie April 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Hello and good to see you again. Just stopping by to say hi and Happy Friday to you!
    .-= Stacie´s last blog ..Free Beverage At Punch Pizza =-.

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  • sutton April 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    one hand typing as i hold my son, hawke, who will be 3 months old on sunday. i stopped in with the party crowd and love what im seeing. here’s a post from my blog, that i think youll enjoy:

    ill be back again!

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  • Michelle & Maria April 9, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    I’m party hopping with UBP! Your blog is very intriguing to me. I love how open you seem to be… can’t wait to read more!

    Stop by FTSN for a slice of peanut butter pie when you get the chance. http://www.fromthesamenest.com


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  • Melanie B April 9, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Hi Sheena, I’ve seen you on mommy and daddy blog but, not here. I like your personal space and your little one is growing like a weed. Happy blog hopping!

    .-= Melanie B´s last blog ..Spring Is In The Air! =-.

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  • kristen April 9, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Stopping by from the party and loved your intro!
    .-= kristen´s last blog ..Swag Bucks – Amazon Gift Card Price Lowered =-.

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  • Sky April 9, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Hey, hey Miss Sheena! I love your new space….it’s you. 😉
    .-= Sky´s last blog ..A Child Writes =-.

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  • Janet F April 9, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    I am stopping by from the UBP to say hello!

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  • Valencia @ Buildeth her House April 9, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Welcome to the party!

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  • Tiffany April 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    I can tell you love photography, you have some beautiful shots. Love your blog! Party on.

    Party With Tiff (UBP post)

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  • Deana Birks April 9, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Hi Sheena! I’m Deana (it rhymes). Nice to meet you. I hear you on blogging burnout and identity crisis. I recently “gave up” blogging, only to end up creating a brand-new blog…hmmm. Have a great time at the UBP (isn’t it awesome?).

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  • Terin April 9, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Hey Sheena! Just stopping by for the party. I’m always reading your blog…hardly ever comment, but I do read. That counts for something right? See you around the party.
    .-= Terin´s last blog ..Busy Busy =-.

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  • Blessing April 9, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    Visiting you from UBP!!! Have a great party yourself!!!!!I am now following your blog, you can follow mine at http://www.safehomehappymom.com

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  • 1stopmom April 9, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Hey Sheena!!! I love the pictures you chose for this post. I love this blog as much as Mommy Daddy Blog. I was just telling my husband how I remember winning my first giveaway from you at the Ultimate Blog Party back in 2008, lol. btw, I still want to be like you when I grow up 🙂 *hugs*
    .-= 1stopmom´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 =-.

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  • Kris Cain April 8, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    You ARE an overachiever… your post is early. LOL!! I’m glad to know a little more about you though. 😀

    And now.. I’m off to write my own post!
    .-= Kris Cain´s last blog ..Great Deals on Samsung Netbooks =-.

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  • Cat April 8, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Sheena, I’m so happy you found your happy place with your blog. That’s really important and can be seen in your writing!
    .-= Cat´s last blog ..Boudreaux’s Rash Protector Review =-.

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  • FutureMama April 8, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Oh, I was like “where do I comment?!” lol! You are so cute Sheena! I did this blog party thing last year and I’m not sure i have the energy this time, to stay up! aaah! lol.

    I know you… we are pals, but it was fun reading your story again 🙂
    .-= FutureMama´s last blog ..Preggo Brain: My Excuse to be Stupid =-.

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  • Mrs. Cox April 8, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    While I never seem to stop by as often as I hope to, I do love your new blog home. It’s a breath of fresh air 🙂

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