Ultimate Blog Party 2013 #UBP13

2013 Ultimate Blog Party #UBP13

Well, hello there!  Welcome to the Annual Ultimate Blog Party 2013 (#UBP13 on Twitter), hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom…. Wooooooo Hoooooo! So exciting. Here’s a little “Celebrate Today” float, just for us:

Disney World Celebrate a Dream Parade Float

It’s my 2nd year with UBP, and this is my introductory post for any partiers who are lovely enough to swing by my blog this week.

I keep it fun and lighthearted here, a mix of anything I find interesting, helpful, or amusing.

My blog centers loosely around the themes of what I love most:  Travel, Outdoors, and Disney!


Top 5 Interesting Tidbits About My Blog (& Me):

1.  I live in the high mountain desert area of Western Colorado with my husband and 2 young kids, and we love to play outside.  I share many of my family’s outdoor adventures on my blog, and recently made the Top 25 Most Outdoorsy Moms list.

2.  I work full time as an IT Software Engineer (aka I’m a computer geek).  My dream job when I grow up would be travel writer, so I like to pretend by dabbling in travel topics on this site.   However, despite my love of travel, “Avast! Ahoy! Ay-yi! me Mateys”… I recently discovered that Yo Ho, Yo Ho ~ Cruising’s Not For Me.

3.  I’m a pixie-dusted, hopelessly obsessed Disney fan.  On a loosely related note, this has proven to be one of my all-time most popular posts –> To All The Not-Invited Disney Social Media Moms

4.  I’m a Brand Ambassador for a women’s active wear clothing company called Stonewear Designs.  It’s a fantastic, versatile line that I love and literally wear almost every day – for work, travel, gym, hiking, and that ever-important time spent lounging on my couch.

Stonewear Olympia Top

Playing on Grand Mesa, in Stonewear Designs (Olympia Top

5. Coco-Cola invited me to attend their Conversations With Coca-Cola blogging conference #CCLP in Atlanta last fall. Here’s my best from the conference ~ including how bloggers get invited, photos of the fun, and lessons learned from the impressive fellow attendees.

World of Coke Conversations With Coca-Cola

Me getting up close and personal with the Coke Bear, at Conversations With Coca-Cola Conference #CCLP


Thanks so much for stopping by! If you leave a comment, I’d love to go check out your lovely blog, as well.

Have a wonderful time at the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 this week!

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About COMtnMom

Hi, I'm Tami! Writer, Influencer, and mom of two who loves travel, the outdoors, staying active, photography, reading books, and eating desserts. We are pretty much always planning our next trip to Disney World.


  1. Stopping by from #UBP13! Starting the party early. Love the pics of your family’s adventures!

    • Lisa, I’ve caught up with you on your site now, too… thanks for swinging by, you were my Early Bird! 😉

  2. Stopping in for the party! I love that you are a Disney fan. I am one of the DisneySMMoms this year and can’t wait to surprise my girls with the trip.

    Come party with me too! http://www.mommymoment.ca/2013/04/ultimate-blog-party-2013.html

    • Holy cow, that’s exciting Jody!!! So happy for you. I will definitely come to your site, and I’ll also be a new follower watching for updates and pics from that amazing event. Have a magical time!

  3. Hi Tami, popping in from the UBP!

    We are huge disney fans too! (I’m meeting so many new disney friends through the party! Love it!)

    I loved reading about your Coke conference experience. Really interesting to hear how people are selected for those.

    So nice to “meet” you!

    ♥ Melissa~
    Pink Paper Peppermints

    PS I brought you a little hostess gift!

    • COMtnMom says:

      Aww… your gift was so clever and sweet! I’m headed to your site now, Melissa… thanks for stopping by, and for also checking out my Coke conference post. I’ve always been so curious about invites, too. Still doesn’t seem like something you can control much, but fun to hear a little of the process behind it at least.

  4. Ok, I really want to be that super outdoorsy mom… but I’m always getting distracted by hot showers and fear of camping alone with my kids. Hoping to find some good ideas and courage here!

    • COMtnMom says:

      Awww… that is so sweet, Jana. I’m very touched by your comment, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      The funny thing is… I don’t actually SLEEP outside all that much – lol! 😉 I hear you on the fear of camping alone with your kids, and I’m so sorry. For all of us women, on that account – not just you! Not being totally safe out in nature is a whole other, sad and frustrating topic – some fellow humans are unfortunately more dangerous than animals. Ugh. I struggle with the same thing wanting to take my toddler on hikes alone. Maybe some small day hikes or picnics would be a good “outdoorsy” substitute? And then you won’t have to give up that lovely, steamy shower…

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Stopping by for #UBP13. Glad to have found your blog. I love it. My dream job was and still is to be a travel writer. I am glad you are partially fulfilling that dream. And I am not a cruise person either.

    • COMtnMom says:

      Hey, hey… we already have 2 things in common! 🙂 I appreciate your kind words about my blog… headed to check yours out now. Thanks for partying by!

  6. I am a Disney fiend and I actually make OOAK Disney Autograph Books. You should check them out!! Happy #UBP13! http://www.ouata.etsy.com

    • COMtnMom says:

      Ooohh, that sounds delightful! I will definitely check them out, and thanks so much for swinging by! 🙂

  7. I may be slightly in love with Disneyland so I can relate somewhat! I even went there on my honeymoon and look for any excuse to “have” to go…it may be a small part of the reason I have so many kids because with each new one, they need to have a first trip to Disneyland!

  8. Good morning Tami! I hope you are making lots of new friends, via the #UBP13! Sending hugs your way, my Disney pal! Have a great weekend!

  9. Stopping by from UPB13. Disney is so much fun!!! Hubs and I went while I was pregnant with our first, and then was J. was almost 2. He’ll be 11 this summer and I am just dying to go back there!

    • Just swung by your site… you are so talented! Love the unique, beautiful look of your blog (and that crocheted owl hat – waaaay too cute) 🙂

  10. Stopping by from UBP. I love how your so outdoorsy, I wish I could be more like that .. but living in vegas a stray away from it..

    come see me at imust-acheyoumama.blogspot.com

    • COMtnMom says:

      Hey there! Just swung by your post, and saw you are a new blogger… you’ve got a great start, and lots of creative ideas to share – keep up the excellent “work”! 🙂

  11. This is cool. I’d like to learn more about how to get invited to a blogging conference and maybe a more in detailed look about what to expect if I went to one in my area. I’m visiting from the UBP, I hope you have a great week!

    • COMtnMom says:

      Hi Samantha!

      I think you are the first swinging through that I remember from last year’s UBP – cool! Thanks, and always nice to hear from you. 🙂 A little late, but swinging by your post now…

  12. Hello,

    I love Colorado and will be visiting Beaver Creek this summer! I’m visiting from UBP–so much fun and inspiration in your blog…Thanks for sharing! Aloha, Lori

  13. I’m stopping by from the UBP13. Love your party. Especially your link to the #DisneySMMedia post. Cheers to those of us not going!! 😉 I hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.

    • COMtnMom says:

      Aaaahhh… well, thank you for that. Yet another reminder that we un-invited are in FABULOUS company! 🙂

      Just stopped by your post, and your site makeover looks GREAT.

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