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Friday, April 1, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party!!

Hello Everyone!
I’m Amy and I’m a mom of two very young boys!  My oldest is two years old, and my youngest is just 5 months!  I love my boys and couldn’t' imagine life with another girl in the house :) Andrew and Kianna 045Our 2 year old Andrew is our kind-hearted train fanatic that hates getting dirty.  Ethan is our happy little chatterbox and I imagine he’ll be talking our heads off sooner than later.November 2010 112By trade I am a Dental Hygienist, although I have been mostly staying at home since Andrew was born.  I have been blessed enough to go to Ukraine a few times with my Dental Hygiene skills and work on kids at an orphanage.  I hope that I’ll continue to be blessed with this opportunity (having my husband stay home with two kids for 11 days…)IMG_1716Andrews Stocking 002I love to do all kinds of crafts. I was a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator until I learned that I was pregnant with Andrew and realized that my craft room in our tiny condo would need to become a baby room. I also have been learning to sew and loving the idea of quilting. I have many quilts made in my head; but only a few tops and some Christmas stockings made IRL.  Now that we have moved into a house with an extra bedroom; I am anxiously awaiting the day where I can have my ‘craft room’ back so I can start my projects again.  IMG_4836I love cooking fun things; although I *loathe* the dishes afterwards, which often keeps me from cooking in the first place.  I have a terrible phobia of Spiders and used to make my husband check the entire bed before getting in, and several times in the night I would request a re-check.
DSC01486My husband and I are a little more on the home-body side at home; but we both love to take a drive just because we want to try to get lost somewhere.  We love checking things out: for example, we will chase a smoke cloud or those moving sky lights for miles to find out where they’re coming from! We’re explorers at heart; and love to travel.  We also very much enjoy camping and hiking – but more in places where we can get lost in the woods vs. being right next door to other campers.  We would travel every day if we could!
I once met a family through my work who has inspired me to dream of a vacation much like they did. They took an entire year off from Texas 047work/school and drove in an RV from state to state; homeschooling – but learning so much about the history and culture in the US. I would absolutely love to do this when my kids are a bit older; although I realize the costs involved are much more than a years salary for our family (not to mention the years salary that we’d be missing) – and unless we win a lottery of some sort (that we’re not purchasing) – we would never be able to do this. One can dream, right?
Well that’s probably more than you needed to know about my family, but now about my blog.  Grinning Cheek to Cheek is a blog about my family life and crazy stories that I have to tell about it.  I also love to review and talk about products that have helped our family to make life a little easier.  I love working with companies and helping them get the word out on their new products and innovations: and I love hosting giveaways for those products as well – so that’s what you’ll see most of on this website.March 2011 102Thanks for stopping by to come ‘party’ with me! I love to talk (especially to adults, haha!!) Take a look at the rest of my site and I really hope that you enjoy enough to bookmark me and come back again soon! Don’t forget to head over to the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party site to check out the rest of the party!
I am also hosting a $25 Amazon Gift card giveaway at the UBP! Don't Forget to fill out your entry forms!!
Also, If you’re a blogger – please leave your website along with your comment and I’ll come check your site out as well :)


  1. What an amazing opportunity that must be to be able to work with orphaned kids like that. Way to go! :)

  2. Oops. I forgot to leave you my site. :) Here's my party post: http://betterinbulk.net/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party-2011.html/

  3. Christina - xristya@rock.com - Happy Ultimate Blog Party 2011! What lovely photos! And you know what? my parents grew up in Ukraine and I was born just this side of America! I'm a poet/artist, did a local TV program for many years, and now am doing book, music, and movie reviews on the net! Good luck and blessings to your and yours!

  4. I'm a fellow mom of boys! Mine are 6, 4, and 2. It was a little crazy having them all close together, but now, they are great friends!

    Stopping by from the UBP!

  5. Stopping by from the BLOG PARTY! :-)
    Love your blog's name ... looking forward to reading more!

  6. I just found you on the UBP!!! I love your blog and you and your boys are too cute!!!
    come party at my blog too!

  7. Following you through the UBP - please stop by to visit our blog - http://yoursfaithfully.ca/blog/?p=203. Lovely to meet you.

  8. Stopping by to visit from UBP. Love your blog :) Drop in for a visit!

  9. Hello! Visiting you from UBP! I am now following your blog. Can't wait to start reading through all your posts! If you have time please visit my new blog @ http://survivingsahm.blogspot.com Have a wonderful week!

  10. Wow, what an amazing experience to go to the Ukraine like that! What a great thing to do. Your kids are adorable!

    Visiting from UBP, http://justanothermomof2.com!

  11. Howdy!

    Beautiful kids!!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at http://sostylilized.blogspot.com

    And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)

  12. That's a dream of mine too, to travel state to state in an RV, and then my husbands is to sail the seas from country to country homeschooling. (sigh) with we were rich. I'm a homeschooling mom, pastors wife, a pro athlete that hates to workout LOL.. I also write a fitness blog, but I LOVE fried fatty foods. You can read more about us in my party post
    Stop by and say hi!

  13. Stopping by from UBP 2011! You have a nice site, and I like what you wrote about liking to take a drive somewhere once in a while. Same here! Best of luck!

  14. We LOVE your blog! we are Thrilled to say we are your newest followers and {blog} friends! my sister and I just created a blog and would LOVE for you to come take a peek and let us know what you think. Don't forget to follow us and become our newest {blog} friends as well;)
    mitchandroz.blogspot.com (family blog)

  15. Hello! I am stopping by from the UBP11! I am your newest follower!I cannot wait to read more. I hope you will stop by and follow me back :)


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