Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Ultimate Blog Party 2013
I’m using this post for the Ultimate Blog Party and North East Bloggers Network: Getting to Know You link up.

Hi, I’m Jenn! Welcome to my blog!
This is my 3rd year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party and I am so excited to meet some new bloggers and get re-acquainted with my favorites. I know how these blog parties can be. You’re trying to visit and comment on as many blogs as possible so there isn’t a lot of time to read a non-sensical diatribe by a long-winded stranger. For those of you in a rush here are the bullet points:

*1 preschool girl, 1 toddler boy, 1 small dog
*Domestically Challenged Lazy = Dirty house
*Fashion = Pajamas
*Family = important, traditions = fun
*Funny, haha!

Me blog. You read.
Blog friends? Yay!
Follow? Thank you!

Comments = 🙂
Thanks for visiting!

For those of you with more time and a longer attention span, read on. Coolness, awesomeness, and hilarity will ensue. You don’t want to miss it. There will be much laughter…it will all be my laughter, but still…


I live near Pittsburgh, PA. I’m a wife to Cool Daddy and stay-at-home mom to 3.5 year old daughter, Adaline, and 14 month old son, Jonathan (my clomid vbac baby). We’re the coolest family on the block and we put the “fun” in dysFUNctional! 😉


*I hate cooking. (I consider making a sandwich “cooking”.)
*Dirty dishes make me want to hurl on my shoes (and fyi, I’d rather clean those vomit shoes than the dishes…proof of how much dirty dishes gross me out).
*I love planning parties.
*I have a serious addiction to ice cream.
*I’m a birth and breastfeeding nerd. I think placentas are rad. I’ve never eaten one but it’s on my bucket list (just kidding…sorta).
*I totally crack myself up (I apologize in advance)!



I try to keep my blog focus on creating traditions and family fun and reasons to ditch the housework and spend time with your kids. Sometimes I post about myself and the kids and which pajamas I’m wearing underneath the boogers today (I’ll tell you now…I’m probably wearing the same pajamas that I wore yesterday. And the day before that.). The truth is that the actual “spend time with your kids” part kinda keeps me from blogging as often as I’d like…and that’s okay. Occasionally the blog will go silent while I tend to things in the real world.

Glued to Mommy

Glued to Mommy

Each year in April I co-host the annual No Housework Party linky with Non-Domestic Mama. Be sure to stop by and link up any (new or old) housework or anti-housework related posts here. (Don’t forget to add a link back or a No Housework Party Button within your post.) If you don’t link up, that’s okay, I’ll just weep buckets of tears and eat snack cakes while I rock in the corner to take the pain away.



I’m prepared for the massive amounts of subscribers that I’m going to acquire any minute now begging me, “Please share your social media links with us, Cool Mama, so that I can follow you every minute in stalker-ish fashion and never miss a moment of your riveting and entertaining bloggy ways!” Well, for you, pretend random stalker-follower from the future, I will do anything. If you’ve fallen in love with me already (it happens, people…don’t fight it) and decided that you just can’t live without me another moment then I’ve made it very easy for you to stalk my every bloggy move.

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, You Tube and more. You can find follow and friend buttons, RSS, and email subscription in the header, on the top of the right sidebar, at the very bottom of the blog, and at the bottom of every post. You’ll probably want to subscribe or follow one of those ways. Or all of them…there’s no shame in being a little excessive. We applaud it around here.

I’m not desperate, I’m just thorough. Very, very thorough. Ahem.

If you do follow me please leave me your links in a comment or message where you’re following at so that I can follow back (as in an “@” on Twitter, post on my FB wall, etc.). Thanks!

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About Jenn Rian

Jenn Rian is a mom, blogger, actress, yoga instructor, and cosplayer. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. Author of jennrian.com and funanddysfunction.com (coolestfamilyontheblock.com)

Posted on April 5, 2013, in Blog Hops, Introductions, Jenn, The Ultimate Blog Party and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Hey there, I come to you from UBP13! Congratulations on the vbac! Awesome! While I never had a vbac, I did have 3 homebirths which were totally awesome.

    This looks like a really fun blog and I look forward to staying in touch.


    • Thanks, Lisa, the vbac was awesome! I’m so jealous, I always wanted a home birth but the rest of my family wasn’t keen on the idea. Hubby’s coming around, though, so if another little one comes…home it is!
      Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂


  2. I found you on UBP 2013! I’m all about not doing housework and I have the dirty house to prove it. haha


    • Hi, Jessica! Thanks for commenting 🙂
      It’s always great to meet someone else avoiding the housework. If you have any old or new housework/anti-housework related posts on your blog, I’d love to have you link up to the No Housework Party this week 🙂


  3. loved getting to know you! 🙂 looking forward to reading more !


  4. I love that you focus on creating traditions with your family. As my boys get older it makes me realize that our time with them at home is so short! I’ve loved getting to know you and I’m excited to read more. 🙂


    • Thanks, Kara 🙂
      Traditions have always been important to me. I’m not a very spontaneous person, I like to know what’s going to happen and the “we always…” part of traditions plays right into that.
      I hope I represented myself well.
      I love your blog and I know I’ll be pinning a lot of great things from there!


  5. I’m also domestically challenged. I’m wondering why we don’t have self vacuuming/washing floors yet! There were several points i connected with you one (I’m wanting a VBAC for my next birth and I encapsulated my placenta…it was well worth it!) so I’m now stalking you on Twitter and pinterest and here!


    • Welcome, my fellow non-domestic! I don’t know why technology has failed us in the housework department, I think The Jetson’s set the bar too high 😦 You should link up with the No Housework Party this week! (You can like us on Facebook here)

      I’m so glad that we have some things in common. I haven’t written about my VBAC on the blog yet, but I’m here if you want to talk about anything. You can read about my c-section here: Adaline’s Cesarean Birth Story.

      I was going to get my placenta encapsulated but was told by the hospital that I wasn’t allowed to take it with me. This will not happen if there’s a “next time”.

      I’m happy to be stalked by you! I have returned the favor 🙂


  6. i’m a sandwich ‘cooker’ too:) glad that i’m not the only domestic-challenged mom out there. fun to meet you through UBP13. this is my first year.


    • Briana, welcome to the party! This is my 3rd year, so I’m finally getting the hang of it 🙂

      Your blog is so pretty, it’s hard to imagine you identify as “domestically-challenged”, but I’m glad to hear it! We’d love to have you join us for the No Housework Party this week…you can link up any old or new housework/anti-housework posts 🙂

      I’m so glad that you stopped by!


  7. forgive me if this is comment #2, cuz i thought i just posted one, but it disappeared into the blogosphere…
    i am a sandwich ‘cooker’ too. glad to know i’m not the only domestic-challenged mom out there! cheers to us:)
    happy to have found you from UBP13. its my first year.


  8. I’m stopping by from UBP13. Nice to meet you! I love your sense of humour… 🙂 You have a cute family.


  9. Although I do like to cook, I hate dishes. to the point where I don’t cook.

    I’m counting down the days until my daughter is tall enough to reach the sink, Then they are all hers! We measure every month… for real.

    thanks for stopping by!


  10. Stopping by from the UBP! I love your shirt! oh and I’m also not too keen on cleaning..Thankfully I have a husband who is pretty awesome at helping around the house 🙂


  11. From UBP13. Nice to meet you, I really enjoyed reading your intro! Domestically challenged LOL that’s me! Also congrats on your VBAC. I had one as well Sept ’12.


  12. Hey Jenn, I have been following on facebook for awhile now and I thought I was following on twitter but I was wrong. I came in on the Mama Kat onsie in the mail post and it cracked me up! Love her, wish I had the nuts to do videos like that. down with housework, especially laundry


  13. Hi! Found you on UBP13 and your blog is awesome!! I’m a new blogger and hope you will come by and follow me at http://mybutterflyhaus.blogspot.com! Happy Blogging!


  14. OH You so made me laugh!! I look forward to more from you!


  15. I’m stopping by from the UBP13. I hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.


  16. I’m such a door knob!! You and I partied at my place Jenn!! 😉 But now Im hanging with you at your place. xoxo


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