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5M4M’s Ultimate Blog Party!

For the past few years I have been joining in on the lovely ladies Ultimate Blog Party. In fact I was one of the design finalists back in 2008. (Yeah I don’t know what I was thinking with that design). I have loved 5 Minutes For Mom since the first time I came to their site (4 years ago). The “Twins” as they are referred to a lot have inspired me in so many ways.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am Amanda and I live in Southern California. I have been blogging since 2004 and publicly blogging since the fall of 2006.


I met my Husband when I was 17 and a Junior in High School. We instantly became friends and spent as much time together as we could. We would go out in the evenings and get coffee and just talk. Some nights we would stay up to 3AM with my Aunt looking at photo albums and chatting away. We had been friends for about 6 months or so when I told him at the “doubled arrow sign” that I was falling in love with him. See, that “double arrow sign”? To us it meant that our paths could go either way, but that night (Dec. 15th) we wanted our paths to go together. It wasn’t even a year later when we stopped at the same sign. I myself was completely confused as he got out of the car and stood in front of it. Me motioned for me to follow him and I did. Once I was with him he looked at me and said “This is where you game me your heart, and this is where I give you mine” and sad those words ever girl can’t wait to hear “Will you marry me?”

Since that day we have had many ups and downs, but our paths are strong and we know it goes side by side. He is my everything.  “I believe we can be extraordinary together rather than ordinary apart” Can you guess where that line came from?

My oldest daughter was born January 10th, 2003 and the moment I saw her tiny little face I was in love and knew that this was the path God had in store for me… motherhood…. the most most amazing gift God could ever give a woman, being a mother.  Samantha is a very charming and bright 7 year old. She is not afraid to tell you how she sees it nor to speak her mind. Although it does get her into trouble. She is a smart little girl who loves school, as long as she can do it at her own pace. She would rather socialize then do math, but put a book in front of her and she read…read…read…  Sam is so strong willed she refuses to wait for anyone. If she wants to learn something she’d rather figure it out on her own. Like riding a bike. She saw her 9 year old cousin’s bike and she jumped on it and took off. Leaving me and Grandma with our jaws dropping. We like to call her our Sassy Sam or Spitfire Sam. She currently takes ballet, Jazz, Piano and is in Girl Scouts. 

SarahB was born November 30th, 2005. Sarah is my calm, cuddling child. She would rather sit and play with her dolls then get dirty (unlike Sam). Sarah starts kindergarten this fall and she is so excited to go to school. Unlike her sister she is more laid back and doesn’t feel like she needs to know everything NOW! She takes it one step at a time and enjoys smelling the roses. When you first meet her she comes off very shy but watch out she will soon talk your ear off. She loves school and art is her favorite subject. She loves to color, draw pictures, cut and glue. She is very creative and will make “masterpieces” for you.  (Sam is opposite and wants everything to be perfect). Sarah is not afraid if her art isn’t perfect, but art can never be perfect. It’s our own interpretation. and that is how Sarah sees life. She currently takes Ballet and loves every minute of it!

Through it all the Lord is there with me. He is my light, my savior, my everything. 

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I run dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart  and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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Oh and I love Country Music and I am get to see Tim McGraw in concert in June!!!

and the prizes I love are: 39, 17, 47, 1, 15, 18, 37, 52, 74, USC 8, USC 15 and of course the grand prize!

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.


  1. I honestly loved your design there–I can’t remember, did you win?

    I actually met you at BlogHer last year with Naomi of superdumb supervillain, but just thought I’d come over and say hello. You have a great blog, along with your sister!

    happy partying!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..i’m late i’m late to the ultimate blog party! =-.

  2. Hey, hope you guys are doing great! Your girls are so pretty, hope to get to see you again soon.

    .-= Liz´s last blog ..It’s Time to Party!! =-.

  3. Saying Hi from the Ultimate Blog Party!
    Visit my party post
    I also have a whole bunch of giveaways going on if you wanted to check them out!
    My Current Giveaways

  4. Hi there! Nice to meet you! I’m stopping by via UBP. I enjoyed reading your blog and will be visiting again soon! We became a fan of yours on fb!!! -inspired gifts

    I hope you can stop by our blog: is a mom owned newly launched site.

    Have a beautiful day

  5. Cute, cute blog…This is such a fun party and I have already met some of the greatest bloggers… I am sad it is about to end. I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs. Stop by for a visit…just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET! I am going to draw Friday night…..
    .-= Teresa´s last blog ..FULL OF RANDOM and ANOTHER WINNER =-.

  6. 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.

  7. How do the UBP’s work? Is it just a group of bloggers getting together, or are there special giveaways? i’m new to all of this, and don’t really understand the blog parties. i like the introduction, the picture of your little one are beautiful. Nice to ‘meet’ you. 🙂
    .-= tree´s last blog ..Dragonfly’s Hollow Artist Feature =-.

  8. Believe it or not, I’m visiting from the UBP! I was blog hopping looking for ideas for my UBP 2011 post! I love your blog and wanted to say hello!! I have 2 girls too! One that is 17 months and another due in 10 days!!

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