Ultimate Blog Party – 2013

 Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Its time for the annual 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party ! We love to party, so come in and join the fun! We’re David and Cathi and this is where we write about our ‘Simple Sojourns.’ We’ve been participating in the Ultimate Blog Party for several years now.

Ultimate Blog Party 2013 - Simple Sojourns

Can you smell the banana bread? It’s fresh out of the oven. How about a glass of ice cold milk? See the bubbly glass on the right? That’s mine. I’m having almond milk. We have more if you’d like some too.

You’ll usually find grandchildren running amuck at our house and that’s the way we like it! We spend a lot of time playing games (our current favorite: Spot It), or swinging and climbing about in the backyard. We also love to travel. We’ve traveled the world a bit, but we also enjoy road trips right here in the good ole USA. We spend a lot of time at Disneyland. In fact it’s our meet-up place for our extended family and friends. We also take a whole lot of photos. We’re making memories and keeping them in print for history. *wink*

We make baby blanket, crayon aprons and note card that we sell at Simple Sojourns Boutique. We’d love to have you give it a visit too.

We’d love to connect with you! We’re on: Instagram, PinterestFacebookTwitterGoggle+ YouTube.

We’re so happy you stopped by for a visit. We hope you’ll come back again. Please leave your Blog URL, Facebook, Twitter, and all your connections so we can stop by and visit you too!

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Yummly


  1. 1

    I would SO go for a piece of that banana bread right about now – your pictures are always the best!

    Love you, Cathi!

    (Also, I never knew that almond milk was bubblier than regular. You learn something new every day! 🙂 )

    • 2

      Oh Xenia … you are so sweet! Thank you so much! Next time we’re together we are definitely going out for dessert. Dang girl … make that desserts!

  2. 3

    Stopping by from the UBP2013, nice to meet you.

    Love taking photographs too and that banana bread is calling my name. I do love almond milk as well 🙂

    Feel free to come by and say hi, anytime.

    • 4

      Hi Sandra!
      Good to meet you. Isn’t photography fabulous especially for preserving our memories. Now have a slice of banana bread and I’ll pour you some milk.
      Happy UBP!

  3. 5

    Mmm, that banana bread and milk looks so good right now! YUM!

    • 6

      I bet you could use a big slice of banana bread with a quiet place to eat it Melissa!! I can’t even imagine how busy you are with you beautiful family and precious new babies.
      Thanks for taking time to stop by and party with me!!

  4. 7


    I come for the party ^___*. I like to “meet” new bloggers friend through this party. Wow… like your photo. Looks delicious those banana bread 😀

    Pls return to see my UBP blog post too in here: http://bit.ly/14IvDly See you at my blog 😉

    • 8

      Thanks so much for stopping by Juliana. It’s good to meet you and your sweet family.

  5. 9

    Sounds like your house is full of lots of love, tiny hands, and treats galore! Just what I aspire mine to be…

    • 10

      Being a grandparent is the best! Especially with all the love, tiny hands and treats.
      Thanks so much for joining our party!

  6. 11

    We never been to Disneyland yet, just Disneyworld and that bread looks amazing!

    • 12

      Hi Cher!
      You’d love Disneyland! It’s the original Happiest Place on Earth!
      Sending Pixie dust …

  7. 13

    How fun that you blog together as a couple!

    I love banana bread… I wish I could have a piece right now.

    • 14

      I love having my NY blog with me. And we’re thrilled you stopped by to say “Hi”!
      Happy UBP Susan and thanks for all the good times we’ve had over the years partying.

  8. 15

    I would love to be able to go to Disneyland. Thanks for the bread it is my favorite and I love cold milk. I look forward to following you. Have a nice week.

  9. 17

    Mmm banana bread! It’s been so long since I had some.

    I’ve been to Disney World in Orlando when I was a teen. I’d love to someday go back there or Disneyland.

    • 18

      Even as grandparents we (my husband and I) enjoy spending the day at Disneyland. But it’s only a fraction of Walt Disney World, Stacie! Maybe we’ll both get the pixie dust and meet up at Disney Social Media Moms sometime. Wouldn’t that be magic?! I’m so happy you stopped by! I’m still slowly making the rounds. Hugs, Cathi

  10. 19

    I’m surfing on over from the UBP! Hope you’ll swing by and pay me a visit as well. Party on! ::: Tossing Confetti :::

    {Big hugs}

  11. 21

    fun! that banana bread and milk looks delish!!! thanks for stopping by my page so I could find you! I’m looking forward to following along 🙂

  12. 23

    Stopping by from UBP. I’ve been a reader of yours for a while now. Enjoy reading your posts. Someday, oh someday, I’ll visit Disneyland.

    • 24

      Hi Terra! It’s so good to have you stop by our party!! Of course I know you. I always smile when I see you’ve been at Simple Sojourns. Thank you so much for being with us for so long!! xoxo Cathi

  13. 25

    Oh, that banana bread and milk looks delicious! Looking forward to getting to know you!

    • 26

      Hi Ginny! I was at your party today!! I’m having so much fun even though I’m slow getting to everyone. Thanks so much for coming by and I’ too am looking forward to knowing you better. Hugs, Cathi

  14. 27

    Sharing the love via the #UBP13! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

    I love the streamers on the swings, talk about a magical and whimsy filled adventure! I love the idea, and cannot wait to tell a friend about it for her daughters birthday fairy party! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • 28

      Hi Jenny,
      Thanks so much for stopping by. We’ve had the ribbon streamers on the swinger for almost two years. We had to trim about 12″ off a few months back when one of the ribbon got caught on our grand daughters neck while she was on the teeter totter swing. She was fine but it scared us so tell your friend to have her child sit on the swing and to be sure to measure the ribbons above head height. Happy UBP!!

  15. 29

    Ok, so…I think that I will be making banana bread very soon. Nice to meet you!

    • 30

      It’s good to meet you too Lisa! Let me know when you’re taking your banana bread out of the oven. I’ll be right there!! Thanks for coming by! xoxo Cathi

  16. 31

    This reminds me I wanted to make banana bread this week, but my kids keep eating all the bananas. I can leave chocolate sitting out without anyone touching it, but we spend most of our grocery budget on fruit and somehow we are always out.

    It was great finding your blog through the UBP.

    • 32

      Healthy kids Jessica!! You’re a good mama! We keep the snack drawer stocked with chocolate for our grandkids and can’t the 13-year old to eat fruits. Ha! The little ones like fruit but not him. Thanks so much for stopping by to party!! Hugs, Cathi

  17. 33

    Hi, stopping by from the UBP. That banana bread looks delicious! We’re hoping to get to Disney World within the next couple years for a family vaca. I’m following you on Twitter and Pinterest now.

    • 34

      Thanks for stopping by! I too will return the follows if I haven’t already been your way. My head is spinning with all the fun parties. Your family will love Disney World. Well worth the wait! Hugs, Cathi

  18. 35

    Here from the UBP13 for some banana bread! That looks very tasty 🙂
    Your photos are lovely. I really like the ones of the swing-set streamers, that’s an awesome idea (so whimsical). We don’t have a swing-set, but if we ever get one we’ll definitely be doing that.
    I’ve never been to Disneyland, but I’ve been to Disney World many times and we love it.

    Thanks for stopping by my FB page 🙂

    Blog: http://coolestfamilyontheblock.com/2013/04/05/ultimate-blog-party-2013/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coolestfamilyontheblockblog
    Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/coolfamilyblog/
    Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109549440334908625710/about

  19. 36
    Eschelle says:

    Super nice to meet you via the party, hope you’re having fun! Following you on twitter

    Such a lucky lady getting to meet in Disneyland all the time, I am a huge disney lover 😀

    • 37

      Thanks for stopping by Eschelle! I’m totally enjoying meeting new people. I tell our grandchildren all the time how lucky we are to have Disneyland as our go to family meet up place. Disney is so easy to love. 😉

  20. 38

    Hi Cathi! Nice to “meet” you! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting for UBP! I am a SoCal blogger too and Disney has been a big part of my life. I love that you lured me over with banana bread and ice cold milk! I love my milk cold, it’s the only way to go.

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

    • 39

      Thanks so much for stopping by!! It’s good to meet another SoCal blogger. And have another slice of banana bread and ice cold milk! 🙂

  21. 40

    Hi Cathi! Thanks so much for visiting from the #UBP13 party! Your banana bread looks amazing, and I bet it tastes just as delicious! I could definitely use a slice of that. You will also find my grandbabies running amuck in our home as well. Having 5 kids of our own, we’re used to quite a bit of activity over the years, so 2 more just adds to the fun. 🙂 Great to meet you! I’m following you on all your social media sites too.

  22. 43

    Cathi! This is too funny… guess what I’m doing tonight (a little belated, but it looks like I’m not alone 😉 – swinging by some #UBP13 posts! Ha! Great minds think alike, you just stopped by my post.

    I have been a fan of your site for a long time, but it looks like it’s been too long since I’ve been here – you’ve had a makeover! Looks WONDERFUL – congrats, my friend! Thanks for the banana bread…

    • 44

      Oh my gosh Tami!! I’m so happy I’m not the only one ‘late’! Our makeover went live last week and we love it! My husband recently retired after flying the world for 38 years and hopefully he’ll be taking an active part in the blog by writing about some of his fun and interesting travel experiences. I can’t wait to meet you in real life and give you a hug!! xoxo

  23. 45

    Hello! Visiting you back. I think I’ve actually happened upon your blog before; seems familiar. Have a great day!

    • 46

      Thanks for coming by Jennifer! I love when we see someone familiar! Makes life more fun!!

  24. 47

    Hi! Visiting back from #UBP13 🙂 We are neighbors – almost. We love Disneyland and I’d like some banana bread.

    • 48

      Hi Elizabeth! It always good to meet an IRL neighbor in the blogosphere! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  25. 49

    Hi Cathy, that looks delicious! What is your secret to beautiful photos?? Love to exchange that info for any blog tips, lol 🙂 Now you’ve made me hungry 🙂

    • 50

      Hi Gina,
      Thank you so much! Sometimes it takes many shots to get one I like. Ha! There was a photographer that spoke at blogHer in 2011. She was a professional who had traveled (and still does) the world. She referred to taking a photograph as “making a photo”. Setting it up and making it happen. She also shared how she had spent an entire day watching and waiting for the moment to happen. Thank you so much for you compliment. I have so far to go but that’s what it’s all about, right? Learning and growing together!
      Thanks for coming by!

  26. 51

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your’s is absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful blessing it is to be able to travel all over. Can’t wait to read more about yours and NY’s adventures! Thanks for sharing!

    • 52

      Hi Kerry,
      Thanks so much for coming on over to visit us at Simple Sojourns. We love company! It has been a huge blessing to travel. We’re very blessed and look forward to doing much more traveling in the future. My goal is to visit all the places in the world where NY has lived. 😉

  27. 53

    Returning the visit from the UBP! Hope you had a great week partying!

    • 54

      Hi Samantha,
      Oh my! My party week is well into the second month. I’m either slow or I stay too long at all the parties. Thanks for coming by.

  28. 55

    What a great blog! You have so much to offer here. Thanks for dropping by Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and inviting me over for some banana bread! Yum!

    • 56

      Hi Jodi! Thanks so much!! I’m excited about all the changes we have going on here at Simple Sojourns. With NY retiring from his airline career, his presence will be seen more on the blog.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  29. 57

    There is nothing like warm banana bread…. yum!
    Thanks so much for inviting me over for some! Can’t wait to look around a little more…

  30. 59

    Your banana bread looks delicious! Great to meet people who love to travel as much as my family does! I’m your newest follower via Google+ and Facebook. (Was already following on Twitter.)

    • 60

      Hi Deb!
      We’re so happy you stopped by for our UBP! Can you believe I’m still making the rounds? Yup! I’m slow but having the best time.

  31. 61

    Hi Cathi!

    I’d love a slice of banana bread and a glass of milk please! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog for the UBP!

    • 62

      Hi Grace!! Gosh, it seems like forever since we talked. You little ones are getting so big. Life is busy! It’s good to ‘talk’ again!!

  32. 63

    Thanks for the visit!

  33. 64

    I’m so glad you stopped by!! Better late than never! I am your newest follower now. Ooh and I love, love, love banana bread. Mmm.

  34. 65

    Aww thanks for visiting 🙂 Love banana bread!

  35. 66

    That banana bread looks divine. The picture is beautiful too which makes it irresistible.
    Thank you for dropping by Inspirations by D, I really enjoyed your comment and hope to see you again soon. Will be checking in to read more of your posts. Happy Mother’s Day!

  36. 67

    Hi nice to meet you! And yes that banana bread looks delicious!

  37. 68

    Hi Cathi! I’m stopping by for that cold banana bread and warm milk you promised. 😀 Thanks for swinging by even if you were late! The UBP is always fun and I like exploring new blogs every year too. Nice to meet ya!

  38. 69

    Hi Cathi and David! So very nice to meet you and check out your blog! Your banana bread looks so very yummy. 🙂 Love the Calla Lilies on the table. My husband and sons bought me a Calla lily plant for my craft room and a Peace Lily for the living room. Such beautiful flowers. Can’t wait to see more from you guys! I may have to try making some of the homemade peanut butter. Yours looks so tasty and my boys LOVE peanut butter.:) Thank you again for stopping by my blog!!

    Ashley @ PapertoThread

  39. 70

    Thanks for visiting us from #UBP13! We love Disneyland as well! Can’t wait to go back again. The banana bread sure does look good! 🙂 Have a great day!

  40. 71

    Thank you so much for stopping by http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com! It is nice to meet you 🙂 Your banana bread looks fabulous and I am a huge fan of Almond Milk too 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful day darlin’! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  41. 72

    Thanks so much for stopping by, your banana bread look so good! We just got back from California Adventure and I’m hungry.

    Love the baby blankets.

  42. 73

    I have bananas just begging to be banana bread right now! Thanks so much for visiting over at Life with Moore Babies! Headed to explore your blog more now!

  43. 74

    So nice to meet you. Kind of funny, but last night we were eating banana bread and playing spot it!

  44. 75

    Thanks Cathi and NY for stopping by http://www.corbinphotography.zenfolio.com Great to have you visit.
    I love NYC!!! I lived there for about 5 months when I was a flight attendant and soaked in everything I could about the city. Haven’t been back in a long time though.
    I love meeting others who take tons of pictures. My husband laughs at me b/c I take my camera in restaurants with us (that’s to protect my camera from getting stole out of the car, but also b/c you never know when you’ll see a moment you have to capture) 🙂
    So, I’m with the others here getting hungry for banana bread; it looks mouthwatering. But, guess I’ll have to settle for oatmeal this morning. I look forward to walking through your blog and learning more about ya’ll.

    • 76

      Hi Jenn! I’m so glad you stopping by. NY, (aka David) my husband lived in London and NYC among other fabulous cities many times because of his career as a flight attendant. He just retired after 35 years and now is taking an active part writing for Simple Sojourns. Your photography is absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to get to know you better. And … enjoy your oatmeal! Hugs!!

  45. 77

    Hey Cathi! I’m stopping by for that warm banana bread, it looks so yummy. Now I’m going to have to make some soon. BTW, I’m now following your lovely blog 🙂

  46. 78

    Delicious!!!!! I’m so wanting this right now, lol!! Thank you for stopping by my place in bloggy world! 🙂 Yours is amazing!!! Showin’ some lovin’!

  47. 79

    I’m late everywhere, but Im glad you came by photobugmama!!! Loved this post and will absolutely be a new follower 🙂

  48. 80


    Thank you both for visiting and reminding me that the UBP13 party continues. I’ve brought some fresh fruit to go along with the banana bread and almond milk (that’s what we drink at home too).

    Your crayon aprons are WAAAAY too adorable!


  49. 81

    hye cathi ~ thank you so much for stopping by my blog earlier ~ following you on instagram :))

  50. 82

    Hi Cathi! You had me at banana bread….yummy!!! I love your blog and your style! I’m so excited to follow you and try your recipes. I’m wishing I could go back to Disney…I’m a huge Rock’n Rollercoaster fan, as well as Tower of Terror. Love your handmades as well!

  51. 83

    That banana bread looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by, you’re not late, you’re just having an extended party. Happy to join you!

  52. 84

    Sign me up for some banana bread and almond milk! Thanks for hopping over to see me!

  53. 85

    Thanks so much for coming past. Late is better than never. The banana bread looks and smells great :).

  54. 86

    Ohmygoodness! You have no idea how much I want that banana bread right now! It looks delicious.

  55. 87

    What a great post! I had to click around and I’m glad you set it up to open those links in another tab. lol

    Thank you for coming by! Hope to keep up with you more on the other channels too.

  56. 88

    I’m so glad you came by for a visit. I love banana bread. May I have coffee with mine? LOL… It’s so nice to meet you.

  57. 89

    Thanks for stopping by The Resourceful Gals! You have a lovely blog and it is so nice to meet you!
    Blessings, Gloria @The Resourceful Gals

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge