It’s the Ultimate Blog Party 2014!

What does April mean in the blogosphere?

It’s time to party at the Ultimate Blog Party 2014!!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

I had a ton of fun partying in 2012 and 2013.  Last year, I met Janice at the Connecting Bloggers and Brands Conference in Vancouver and had the chance to work with Susan as a social media trainee at 5 Minutes for Mom, so I’m super excited for the Ultimate Blog Party 2014!  Plus I’ve got giveaways this year (keep reading)!!!

I also have another reason to party this week.  I’M FINISHED MY DEGREE!!!  Thursday was my last day of classes and I just have two assignments to finish up by next Friday and then I am ready for convocation in June.  I am so excited to be finished.  It feels like it’s been a long four years.  When I started this degree, Sunshine was two and Lily was only four months old… now Sunshine is in Kindergarten, Lily is four and Jade just turned one.

What am I going to do now that I’m done school?  Keep blogging for starters.  I started blogging in 2006 as a way to encourage myself to write.  Since then, I’ve learned and grown a lot as a blogger!  Two years ago I bought my own domain name and this January I finally switched from Blogger to WordPress.  I’ve been doing a lot in the back end to update posts and make my site more searchable and shareable.  I have a ton of ideas to write about and lots of great brands I’d like to work this, so I’m excited to have more time to put into my blog.

Bonnie Way and her mascot Koala Bear

I’m also a writer, as my blog title suggests, and just before Jade was born I started on a novel I’ve been wanting to write since Sunshine was little.  I’ve had some good feedback on it from my instructors and fellow writers here, and I would like to keep working on it this year.  I realize it’s a huge project and will probably take me a while, but I need to make sure it doesn’t end up on the back burner as it has in the past.  So my challenge to myself this summer is to keep researching and writing!

Besides blogging and writing, I’m looking forward to having more time to spend with my girls.  Being a student with three kids under six has been tough.  This year, Sunshine started Kindergarten full-time and I finally put Lily into daycare.  She enjoyed “preschool,” since she’s seen Mommy and Daddy and her older sister go to school for years, but she has also been happy to stay at home with me given any excuse.  Her last day of daycare was Monday, because I’m done classes, and I’m planning to take advantage of the free preschool programs around Victoria with her.  And plan lots of playdates around the city with our friends!

So that’s me!  Mom and reader and writer.  Feel free to take a look around my blog and leave me a comment so I can return the visit and get to know you! I also like hanging out on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Thanks for dropping by!  Have fun at the Ultimate Blog Party 2014!

Comments

  1. Holly says

    Congratulations! What a big accomplishment with kids. Wow very impressed! Great job! Also my brother loved koala bears. They were his favorite. Thank you so much for you blog.

    • says

      Holly – thanks for dropping by! :) That’s fun your brother is a fellow koala fan. I think they’re so cute. I have a small collection… someday I might feature the others! :)

  2. says

    Hi Bonnie. Like you, I’m getting bloggy with it during the UBP14. I like the nice, crisp, organized design and navigability of your blog. HA…I’m a little OCD that way. However once hooked by the aesthetics, I’ll always hang around and look into the content. Hope you’re enjoying the party. I’d love for you to give me a look at Where Everyone Knows…It’s Wendy (http://n2tching.blogspot.com) and let me know what you think.

    • says

      Thanks for the feedback! This is a “temporary” look – I’m hoping to get a custom design done sometime soon – but lots of people like it so I’m trying to learn from that. :) You have a great site too. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Jane Squires says

    I am glad to be here because of author. I am glad to meet you. I review books but on sites not blogs. Love it. Count me in constest.

  4. says

    Congratulations, Bonnie! Graduation is a big enough achievement even for a single person. For a wife and mom of young kids, all I can say is WOW!! Good for you, enjoy your party and graduation, and I’m looking forward to reading your novel about Catherine Small when it’s ready. (And thanks for including Heaven’s Prey in your giveaway!)

  5. says

    I always love running into familiar faces during the UBP! Congrats on finishing your degree – what a wonderful feeling I am sure. Good luck with the novel. Enjoy the rest of the party

    • Bonnie Way says

      Ashley – yes, it’s so much fun to see bloggers I know and get to know more about them! Thanks for dropping by. :)

    • Bonnie Way says

      Jessica – hi! Thanks for dropping by! You have a gorgeous blog… thanks for sharing your blog tips. :)

  6. says

    HI, Bonnie! I stopped by from UBP14 & when I saw your review of Susan May Warren’s It Had to Be You, I love her books! I knew we’d have lots in common. I’m a member of Susan May Warren’s group for writers who are striving to be published. Your name looks so familiar—have I seen you at her online chats? . . . Anyway great blog. I’m following via Twitter & FB. Blessings!

    • Bonnie Way says

      Renee – hi! Thanks for dropping by. I love Susan’s books too. I think we’re probably in her Fiction Launch group on Facebook together this year. :) Thanks for following!

  7. says

    Nice to meet you…funny thing I helped plan the conference where you met Susan and Janice. :) I used to work for Donna Marie..Congrats on finishing school, that is big!

    • Bonnie Way says

      Hollie Pollard – oh, ‘that’s cool! We might have met then but there were so many bloggers there I only remember a few! It was fun. Are you planning another one??? :) Thanks for dropping by! :)

  8. says

    Hi, coming over from #UBP14. Congratulations on your degree such a great accomplishment. I don’t know how you managed with raising children and blogging ! Congrats again!

    Kim ~ This Ole Mom

    • Bonnie Way says

      Kim – hey, thanks for dropping by! It was fun to tweet with you while we were waiting to link up. :) I don’t know how I managed the last four years either… one day at a time!!! Some days were crazy. :)

  9. says

    Congratulations on finishing your degree! What an accomplishment! And all while growing your family. I don’t know how you do it girlie! Glad to see you are part of the party. I am looking forward to connecting with more like minded people!

    • says

      Mommy Jenna – thanks! :) Seems like I always know someone who is busier than me… but yeah, life has been a bit hectic for the past four years and I’m hoping it will slow down a bit now that school is out of the way. :)

  10. says

    Hi! I had to stop and let you know that I also just recently got my degree in visual communications in December. We have a lot of things in common including our passion for writing. blogging kids and everything in between. Oh and reading too! I will definitely be back!

    • says

      Love your blog name!!! Great play on your name. :) Thanks for dropping by! I’m definitely coming over to check out your blog hop. Blog hops are so much fun! :)

  11. says

    Yay, you’re the start of my party journey with #ubp14!

    Another awesome bit of random info, we share a blog theme – because we are ‘Pros’ :)

    Glad to make it here,
    I blog about healthy, organic living through easy frugal savings at alittlesaverinthe253.com, if you or any of your readers would like to ‘hop’ over.

    Party ON!!

    • says

      Jaime – yay!!! Party on! :) That’s fun we share a blog theme… but another reason I want a custom theme soon. :) I like being unique and I want my koala back somewhere in my design. Thanks for dropping by!

  12. says

    Congrats on finishing your degree! I did mine right out of high school but my husband is working on his now and I can see how different it is for him, with a full time job and a wife and kiddo. I can’t imagine trying to do it with three little ones…you rock mama! I’m looking forward to getting to know you more:)

    Coming by from the UBP (and had lots of fun tweeting with you last night!)

  13. says

    Hi Bonnie – this is my first party, and you’re my first stop! So lovely to meet you, and congratulations on finishing your degree. I finished my studies a few years back and I cannot imagine trying to study and raise children so I take my hat off to you!
    I’m off to follow you on social media so we can keep in touch.
    Clare

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