Time to join the party…#UBP12

April 13, 2012

Ultimate Blog Party 2012
This is my first time at this particular party. But then again this being my first year blogging there are a lot of firsts. I’m excited to join in the fun at 5 Minutes for Mom and meet new bloggers. πŸ™‚

As my About Me page says I’m a stay at home mom of three wonderful kids. I have a boy and two girls and they keep me on my toes.

I’m also wife to a great guy who can whip up an interesting dinner in no time. I’m so glad he likes to cook even though the clean up usually takes forever! πŸ™‚

This is us at my citizenship oath ceremony in January of this year. Yes, I’m a naturalized citizen. I was born in Germany and came to the US with my family when I was 16. I’ve embraced life in this wonderful country and particularly love living in Florida. I’m one of the people that absolutely adores living in this sunny state.

I love just sitting at the beach watching the waves. And keeping an eagle eye on my water babies.

I love blogging and connecting with all the awesome bloggers out there. It’s amazing how much my life has been enriched since I started blogging 6 months ago. I’ve been fortunate to meet two great bloggy friends in person. When I started out I was lucky enough to know one blogger who showed me the ropes and introduced me into this vast blogosphere… thanks Hilary of Feeling Beachie.

I want to expand my horizons by doing product reviews, learning all about HTML and CSS so I can really dive into the code and fiddle with things. I actually enjoy that aspect of blogging. Building a website from scratch would have taunted me 6 months ago, now I get giddy at the thought of it.

I would love it if you connected with me…either by subscribing by e-mail in the side bar or…

Twitter: BocaFrau

Instagram: BocaFrau


See you there! Enjoy the party!!!






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  • Poekitten April 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    My husband also enjoys cooking. I love it cause then I don’t have to cook all the time! I agree with the clean up though…it CAN take forever!

    Isn’t great meeting bloggy friends in person? I love making online friends real life friends:)

    Hope you enjoy the party!

    • Susi April 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you for stopping by. And yes, I’m glad he cooks so I don’t have to every day. It’s great meeting bloggy friends. S far I’ve hit it off with each of them! πŸ™‚

  • Paula @ Simply Sandwich April 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Stopping by from the UBP12! So glad you joined the fun! πŸ™‚

    • Susi April 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks Paula. I’ve been to your blog before through Beth Ann at It’s Just Life!!! Nice to see you here. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  • Hilary April 14, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Susi – you are so sweet…. I have to check out this party!

    • Susi April 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      It’s pretty amazing… so many bloggers. I don’t know who to check out first!!!

  • Jenny April 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Susie– Thanks so much for stopping by The NY Melrose Family. I’m following you back on twitter. I’d love it if you linked up your latest projects on Wednesdays! BTW just a suggestion, but I would leave your url when you leave a comment for the UBP 12. I had a tough time finding out your site when you left me such a sweet comment. If you hadn’t followed me on Twitter, I wouldn’t have been able to find your site. I look forward to reading more!

    • Susi April 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      I’ll have to keep that in mind. It’s just hard to figure out sometimes what the comment form wants!!! Thanks for stopping by and following back. πŸ™‚

  • Delia R April 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    hi!! visiting thanks to UBP12!! Congratulations on your citizenship! you have a beautiful family!!

    • Susi April 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you. On all counts. Thanks so much for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  • Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) April 15, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Thrilled to have you at the party! Congrats on your first year of blogging.

    I imagine I’d love to live near a sunny beach… sigh… I am dreaming of it now. I live near the ocean, but up in British Columbia, Canada, they are not sunny, soft sand beaches like you have.

    • Susi April 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Thanks for having me. And I’m in the middle of my first year… just hit the 6 months mark. Yes, I’m pretty partial to our sandy beaches. But I would love to see a rocky one. My hubby’s uncle by marriage is from Vancouver. It’s so pretty.

  • RoryBore April 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    enjoy your first blog party! I had a blast last year meeting so many great new bloggers.
    hopefully I have enough recovery time today that I can link up too.

    • Susi April 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

      It’s been fun so far… I’m amazed how many more blogs you find that otherwise I probably never would have seen!!!

  • Katja April 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Susi

    Das mag ich an Blogpartys – tolle neue Blogs finden! Florida klingt bei unserem Aktuellen Wetter wie das Paradies!

    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland!

    • Susi April 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Ja, ich finde das auch total toll. Vor allen weil ich erst seit 6 Monaten am blogging bin. Bin auch gerade am ueberlegen einen deutschen Blog fuer alle meine deutschen Freunde zu machen. Kann mir vorstellen das das Wetter wieder hin und her spielt…ist ja April und der weiss nicht was er will!!! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica P April 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Hi there! New follower from #UBP12, Nice to meet you! I am also in Florida near Ft Lauderdale πŸ™‚ Looking forward to your posts.


    • Susi April 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Oh, that’s wonderful another local bloggy friend. So nice to meet you, too…will follow you!!! πŸ™‚

  • Kerry April 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Susi! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚ I have subscribed to your blog now so I look forward to following along on your sunny life in Florida!!
    And yes, Rory is awesome!!
    Oh and just a little tip also if you don’t mind me saying…when I clicked on your name in my comments, it takes me to your profile and list of blogs you are following but you need to add your URL so we can all find you too!! I found your link in RoryBore’s comments section πŸ™‚
    Have a great day πŸ™‚

    • Susi April 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Thanks for the tip. I could have sworn my url was on the profile. I’ll have to check it and add it. Thanks for following along!!! πŸ™‚

      • Kerry April 19, 2012 at 6:17 am

        You’re welcome! I’ll be back to read more πŸ™‚
        Have a great day Susi!

        • Susi April 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

          I look forward to seeing more of you here!!! πŸ˜‰ Have a great day, as well.

  • Karin @Mommy's Paradise April 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Susi, I totally understand you like living in Florida. I could never imagine to move back to Central Europe and live there on a permanent basis. It’s much too cold and my feet are used to flip-flops, my toes need fresh air.
    Enjoy the party. πŸ™‚

    • Susi April 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      I guess, we feel the same way!!! πŸ˜‰ Flip flops are my footwear of choice. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Amanda @wandering April 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    My husband also is a great cook (with a lot of clean-up), but he hasn’t cooked as much lately. Maybe I will remind him of his talents. πŸ™‚

    • Susi April 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Ha ha ha, okay, hope he’ll get something simmering. Tonight, we cooked together.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell April 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I didn’t know you were going to jump into PR. You’re going to get addicted! πŸ™‚

    • Susi April 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Liz, I’m trying… not so easy. Any advice??? I’d appreciate it. πŸ™‚ Thanks.

  • Jessica April 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

    How could anyone not like to sit at the beach and watch the waves. Probably one of my favorite things to do.

    • Susi April 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      I’m sure there aren’t many people who don’t enjoy some time of reflection at a beach. My favorite is when it’s all but deserted and you feel like the only person on Earth.

  • Missy | Literal Mom April 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    This is my first UBP party too! I’m going to make some rounds tonight!

    • Susi April 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      I’ve been checking a few blogs each day. There are so many. I know, I won’t get to them all but I’m trying. It’s so great to find all these new to me blogs!!! πŸ™‚

  • Abby April 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Hi! Stopping by from UBP12! Very interesting blog! And I say – if you’re going to move to a new country and become a new citizen (which, to me, is so courageous), landing in beautiful southern Florida is a good deal! Anyway, fun to meet another Partier and – we’re all about Healthy Chocolate! (Yes, there is such a thing!). Hope you’ll get time to take a look!

    • Susi April 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by. Yes, I’m happy we landed here when we first came. I don’t ever want to leave. πŸ™‚

  • Coffee Lovin' Mom April 20, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Hi Susi! I’m glad you joined the party – the bloggy world is amazing isn’t it? PArty on!

    • Susi April 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you. And yes, the bloggy world is amazing and awesome.

  • Audrey April 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Welcome to blogland! I’ve been blogging for a decade and it is what encouraged me to learn html too. It made it easy, I think, to figure out basic stuff and made more complicated things seem less daunting. πŸ™‚ If you want to sign on with someone to do reviews you should really check out the Clever Girls Collective. I’ve just started working with them myself and they are a great group that lets YOU pick and choose who you want to review for. #UBP12

    • Susi April 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks for your encouragement. I did sign up with Clever Girls and I have applied for opps…we’ll see where it goes. I’m going to keep trying. I love blogging and yes, learning some basic html and stuff makes it easier. I love figuring all the behind the scenes stuff out.