Party all the time
Party all the time

Party all the tiiiiiiimme.
Now sing that again and make it really off-key.
Perfect!
You sound just like me!
Well, folks, it is that time of year again. The sun is peeking through the clouds, birds are chirping, and – or, is it just me? – the days are getting a little bit longer! You know what that means? It’s time for a blog party! And, not just any blog party. An Ultimate Blog Party!
The blog masterminds at 5 Minutes for Mom are at it again, and this year’s UBP (Ultimate Blog Party) is set to be a hit.
Oh, excuse me…I’m soooo rude…
(insert embarrassing looks here)
I haven’t introduced myself.
Ciao, I’m Cherrye. I moved to the neck-of-the-woods in the sole-of-the-boot “Italy” almost two years ago. And, I love it.
But, it hasn’t always been easy. I’ve been here and there and back again too many times to count and learning the language is no kid’s play. I’ve dealt with Italian bureaucracy, Italian people, Italian clothes, Italian food…and so much more.
I’m a new wife, an aunt, and a great granddaughter. I’m a freelance writer, an English teacher, a Bed and Breakfast owner. I’m an expat.
And, we talk about it all here at My Bella Vita.
To come to my party, you don’t need to do your nails or buy new shoes – although if you’re like me and need an excuse – I won’t tell! Shhhh….

But, to win a cool prize…

What?!? There are prizes?
Yep! And, to win a cool prize you either need to register your blog at 5 Minutes for Mom, or comment on at least 20 blogs.
You might even win my prize!

MBV and Il Cedro B&B are giving away a FREE two-night stay for two people at Catanzaro’s favorite B&B. (Or, at least…our favorite!) Heck, it’s even transferable. We know not EVERYONE can make it to Calabria, so…we’re cool like that! Also, if you comment on at least five of my posts (new or archived) during the party, we’ll have another drawing-just for you guys!

Oops, I gotta run…we’re outta wine.
Enjoy the party!
I’ll be back!
—-
PS-My top prize choices are
INTL 2 — Nonfiction Proposal Tutorial
# 24 — Blog Design
 # 67 — Blog Makeover

Other fun prizes are numbers 36, 54, 58, 79, 21, 53, 20. All beauty “stuff,” jewelry gifts, and paper goodies are pretty cool, too! I have both a US and Italian mailing address, so… 🙂

90 Responses
  1. Well, it’s very nice to meet you – I have always dreamed of going to Italy – I really appreciate not have to do my nails and all the lovely prizes, this year. Thanks for having us and enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    Eddie Murphy is going to be happy someone remembers that classic song. 🙂

    Have a fun party!

  3. Erin

    Yay, Cherrye, great party! Mine’s a little slow what with the main site being down. But I’m having fun nonetheless. Have a great day ; )

  4. Krystal

    Hey there- I so enjoy your blog!!! I have barely started on mine…. I keep trying to find the time, so far all I have listed is the 3 recipes I am asked for all the time!!! I’ll keep you posted on when I can actually update more of my info. And I just know you’ll get a kick out of the name… mangia cake….

    http://mangia-cake.blogspot.com/

    Krystal Marra

  5. Susan (5 Minutes For Mom)

    Hey Cherrye, maybe one day I’ll come down to the boot and visit you. I go to see my inlaws in Treviso every two years. I’ve never been south of Rome, so maybe one day — when the kids are older — we’ll come to your B&B.

    I’ve gotta make some time to read more of your blog… I’d love to see photos and read about life in Southern Italy. I hear it’s very different from the North.

    Until then… party on girlfriend!

  6. Susanna

    You know what? I got so couaght up commenting on other posts that I almost forgot to comment here! Lovely P-a-R-T-Y (because I gotta!). I would love to visit Italy…..its on my list of places to go so fingers (and toes) crossed! I have a party too- please come and join me:)

  7. Geggie

    Uh, yes, that prize is MINE!!!!
    I’ll trade you for it…anything you want. Well, within reason.

    I can’t wait to travel Italy again. I was just in Rome for 5 days last Spring and really want to travel some more.

  8. Geggie

    Yes, please. I’ll take that prize!

    I traveled to Rome for the first time last spring and loved it. I really want to travel more of the country though! Maybe I’ll get to meet you sooner than you think!

  9. BrineS

    Ooooooh! Love this prize! Great party! 🙂

    I’m an expat living in Australia…and a new wife. My Aussie husband and I just celebrated our first anniversary this week! I’d love to make a trip to your part of Italy…not sure that two nights would be long enough! 🙂

    Come party with me, too!

    here:
    http://comfortjoydesigns.blogspot.com/2008/03/ultimate-blog-party-2008.html

    and here:
    http://thechocolistas.blogspot.com/2008/03/ultimate-blog-party-2008.html

    and read about my life in Australia here:
    http://acupofjoy.wordpress.com/

  10. the160acrewoods

    what a lovely blog, and I can’t believe the prize you’re giving away! too bad I didn’t live in that area!!!!

  11. Nadine

    You are such a generous hostess. I’ve been loving coming here for a long time. Hey did we meet at last year’s party?

    Cherrye I just looked at your previous post and oh boy…you are a drop dead gorgeous bride.

  12. Cherrye

    Thanks, Liz. I’m gonna go to your party, too.

    NYC – Isn’t that a fun song?? Now it is sooo stuck in my head!

    Erin – yea, I missed a lot yest, with the site issues. Glad it up working again! I met you and Nadine both at last years party!

    Stephanie – the song IS addictive.

    Krystal – I love your blog’s name! I tried to leave you a comment, but it wouldn’t let me… 🙁

    Susan – Southern Italy is a whole new world…but, a nice one. You *must* see it sometime.

    Susanna – thanks for coming. I’m on my way over now!

    Geggie – I LOL at your comments! Priceless…

    Congrats, Brines. A chocolate blog? I’m ALL over it!

    The160AcreWoods – you can still visit – or read about it, at least!!!

    Yes, Nadine, we DID meet at last year’s party! I love your blog, too. It always makes me feel “lighter.” And, THANKS for the compliments on the wedding pics. It was a good day!

  13. eastcoastlife

    Hi Cherrye,
    Nice to meet you! Greetings from sunny Singapore. Just drop in to say Hello!

    A2-night stay in an Italian B&B! Wow! I want to go to Italy!!

  14. The Friendly PA

    Gidday from Australia,
    Cherrye – I seem to be visiting blogs with owners names starting with ‘C’.

    Have a great time at the party

    aka *Jane*

  15. Stacey Moore

    sounds like you know how to host the perfect party!! sending really snowny greeting from Kentucky ~ so nice to meet you!! thanks for the invite!!

  16. JanMary

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and saying such nice things too!

    Loved reading about your wedding – a great meme.

    Enjoy the party!

  17. LuLu

    You have a great story. I think I just sold a home to a guy from Kuentze. I just read your how it started post. Love it. Party on. Someday we are going to come to that part of the world.

    Krista

  18. Natalie

    oooooohhhhh, i would love to come to your B&B, if only i had the $ for the plane ride! my husband visited italy in college and i just love looking at your pictures too! happy blog party and thanks for stopping by mine!

  19. Jenny 865-53oh9

    You are SO lucky to be in Italy! I’ve always wanted to at least visit it. Living there would be a dream.

    (Now excuse me while I try to get “Party all the time” out of my head! 🙂 )

  20. Megan

    You have the cutest “day dreamer” story straight from the movies!

    HOw fun for your blog readers to get to “live” in Italy through you! 🙂

    thanks for stopping by my party!

  21. Kimberly

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I came by to check out your blog and also looked at the B&B website. Wow! I’ve always wanted to come to Italy. Maybe one day 🙂 It looks SO gorgeous!
    We love, love, love to travel so getting there some day is not entirely out of the question. Many, many Argentines are of Italian ancestry and a lot of Italian words have made their way into Argentine Spanish 🙂 And you can get some pretty good, authentic Italian food in Argentina, too. Yum!

  22. marina

    WOW!! you fan a great fan club!!
    I am in love parties!!! and not only do I like your blog but I like you too ,you are so much fun I wish I could hang out with you on a saterday in Italy !!
    ok I am new at these so if you can let me kind of know how these party words!! have a good day!! marina
    PS. when I vist you I feel like I am in Italy!! I bet I could pick up on some of the (lingo )I speak spainsh as well.

  23. Mocha with Linda

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Wow, Italy – can’t imagine living there. It was fun to read about your wedding.

  24. Carol~i throw like a girl

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m so glad you did, because now I found yours. I will be back often to read about all your Italian experiences. I would LOVE to go to Italy. My grandparents were born there and immigrated to the U.S. way back when. So cool that you live there.

    Great party, BTW!

  25. Cherrye

    ECL – come on, girl! I wanna visit YOU, too!

    Simple Mom – Love you site! Glad you partied with us over here.

    PP – that pic is hilarious then! Ha Ha

    Friendly PA – Us “C’s” know how to blog party!

    Stacey – no no – keep the snow!!!

    JM – glad you liked the meme. You shoudl do it, too.

    Lulu – Kountze?? Wow. There are only like 2,000 of us! I prob know him/her.

    Misty – glad you did!

    Hopefully one day soon, Natalie!

    Jenny – Ha. Point taken.

    Megan – Why, thank you!! Glad you’re liking it.

    Kimberly – we have a good friend who was born in Argentina, but both of his parents are from here. They moved back when he was 17. I never knew there were so many Italians in Argentina.

    Marina – I bet you could. For the party – you can just click through the list and meet as many new blogs as you can. Link to your own blog so they can find you, too. I met a lot of my favorite bloggers at last year’s party! Enjoy.

    Thanks, Linda. That was a fun meme to write.

    Where were they from, Carol? Come check out the homeland!!

    Thank you, Karen. Nice to “meet” you, too!

  26. Melissa~

    Hi Cherrye!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my party. I’m so excited to meet you!

    I visited my aunt in Italy for the summer when I was sixteen. I loved it,but was so young I just didn’t *get* it. Now sometimes I think about it and can’t believe I wanted to *leave the catacombs early to get some lunch*!!! *UGGH*

    I cannot *wait* to sit and read your whole blog! What a cool thing you’re doing! When my hubby and I were dating we used to say we would move to France and start a vineyard after we got married. Ha! We’re lucky to have time for a glass of wine now! *LOL*

    I had a blast at your party, and I hope I don’t wear out my welcome, but I plan on hanging around here quite a bit from now on!!

    Oh, and I brought you a little hostess gift!

    See you soon!

    Melissa~
    Pink Paper Peppermints

  27. Bahama Mama

    Thanks for stopping by my party in the Bahamas Cherrye! My hubby is Italian (no duh – if you look at our last name :-)) we still visit his family home every year. It is in Northern Italy though near Parma – very far from you. I will be back.

  28. After a cup of coffee

    Thanks for visiting my blog! If we’re ever stationed in Italy I’ll be sure to look you up so we can have coffee 🙂

    Christy

  29. Pamela Kramer

    Woo Hoo and I totally sang that song off key! LOL – That was fun. Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello. What a ride it has been. I love the posting of the wedding photo, very beautiful. Happy party hopping.

  30. Deana

    Love your blog. I clicked on the part about Italian food, and it was hilarious. I grew up in a town where I was one of three people at my high school who weren’t Italian Americans. So at nearly all my friends’ houses, the parents brought out course upon course just like that. I learned two things: always come hungry, and never say you’re too full for the next course!

  31. Deana

    Sorry I double-posted and then deleted (the second was identical to the first). Blogger is all about hating me today.

  32. A Woman Who is:

    Hey I will be back. I am looking for blogs like yours to learn more about some places I want to travel to soon :]

    I have always dreamed of going to Italy and visit my roots.

  33. CC

    I’m so jealous! I REALLY want to go to Italy someday. Somehow. Does your prize provide airfare too? LOL! 😉

  34. THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY

    My party is going okay….the site was down….Blogger was down…I’ve had to be away for big blocks of time…GO FIGURE. Still, I have met some new and nice people.

    What kind of coffee do you like?

  35. Tammy

    Thanks for stopping by…so great to meet you!
    Your life sounds SO interesting! I will definitely be back!

    And by the way, your wedding picture below is SO beautiful!

    Blessings,
    ~Tammy

  36. grace

    Glad to know another blogger from Italy. I am frequent at Bleeding Espresso and have seen your comments too just didn’t get the chance to blog hop until now! Fantastic blog, will be coming back for more!

  37. Tori

    Hey how cool, I can’t remember how I found you but I’m glad I did. It’s funny, I’m a Texan (from Arlington) living in Croatia. Okay the reasons are different but still.

    Loved looking at all your photos and you were a lovely bride!

  38. Cherrye

    Oh, yea, Summer – it is a great “festa” over here!

    Oh, Melissa…thanks for the gift 😉 and thanks for visiting. You won’t wear out your welcome. I promise!

    Yea, Bahama Mama, Parma is far. Venture down farther south next time. It is nice here, too.

    Thanks, Mel.

    That would be great, Christy! I’m trying to get my cousin’s hubby to put in for Italy, too.

    Thanks for playing along, Pamela. I sing like that all of the time.

    Kelli – hope you didn’t stay up too late reading blogs…it is addictive, isn’t it?

    Deana – agreed! Two “good” lessons learned. And, btw – Blogger hated us ALL yesterday!

    Woman Who Is – GREAT! Tracing your roots is as good a reason to travel as any!

    CC – I WISH! I’m saving up for airfare to go to TX! ha ha

    BB – I prefer something called caffe baci. It is a shot of espresso with the foam from a cappuccino with chocolate on top…now, I want one!

    Thank you, Tammy. I enjoyed your place, too.

    Hey Grace! Thanks for stopping by…I’m heading over to your place now, too!

    Wow, Tammy. I am interested. Plus – Croatia is on my “must see” list. We aren’t *that* far, you know!!

  39. Kristen

    Thanks for coming by…it must be fate! I keep telling my husband that when he gets back I am going to Italy for a month to eat yummy food and learn Italian!

    Happy Party hopping!

  40. poppy fields

    Oh count me in. I sooo want to come to your bed and breakfast!

    ps I will come someday, even if I don’t win 🙂

  41. Lara

    Hi! Nice to meet you 🙂 And your prize sounds amazing! I’m about to start exploring your posts and i’ll subscribe to you in my bloglines, so I’ll be bac!

  42. Cher & Gene Klosner

    Hi Cherrye! I’m Cher 🙂 – nice to meet you!!

    I Love this Blog!! I just blogged about “OTBN – Open That Bottle Night” – a fun little wine tradition 🙂 Now I’m singing, “My blog wants to party all the time, party all the time, party all the tiiiiiiiiime!!” 🙂 You’re crackin’ me up! 🙂 And what cool prizes! I’m going to go add yours to my list!

    Come visit me at my Party – Music, Cartoons, Games and Party Favors! We’re giving away an Award-winning Stardust lullaby CD! http://stardustlullaby.blogspot.com/2008/03/welcome-gals-to-ultimate-blog-party-at.html

    Sign up on our mailing list for a chance at our monthly giveaway! http://www.StardustLullaby.com
    Happy Partying!! Cher

  43. Crunchy Domestic Goddess

    thanks so much for visiting my party. it’s nice to get to know you a bit. sounds like you have a very interesting life.

    enjoy the party hopping! 🙂

  44. Cherrye

    Heidi – Ditto, girl! And, it is CHEAP!

    Good, Meredith. I’m counting on it.

    Thanks, Lara. Welome!

    Thank you, Crazy Daisy. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Cher – I am on my way! Thanks for joining the party.

    Thank you, Monica. And, you are right. Books are our friends! he he

    Thanks, Tramster! This year’s party is great.

    CDG – You, too! (Although I am getting NO work done!)

    Not the Queen – Where did they live? Italy is a beautiful place.

    Holly – I was a lot “less” busy before this party… 🙂

  45. Laurie

    wow, busy blog!

    i LOVE your wedding pictures, wow. your dress is the kind of dress most people dream of wearing!!

  46. Melanie

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I really have enjoyed browsing through yours today and intend to come back often!

  47. Mommy Brain

    Great party! I loved looking at your wedding post. Congrats to the newlywed!

    Thanks for stopping by my party. I really love having twins and can finally understand why people want to have twins. (This was not always the case – particularly the first few weeks.) Hope you have a great time party hopping!

  48. Shauntelle@ A Beautiful Abode

    Wow, Italy… all the Italian food you want whenever you want it… I’m so jealous! Thanks for inviting me to the party… feel free to stop by my place and have a cupcake!

    xxoo

    Shauntelle

  49. Mikki

    Ok.. can we switch locations of homes.. even if it’s just for a week or so. LOL.
    I would LOVE to live in Italy and right now I live about 1 hour N. of Orlando ( I read your ‘How it all got started’). We visit Disney World all the time, so I figure that if you ever want to come back and visit.. I’d be more then happy to house swap. LOL.

    Love your blog. Hope to be back to visit.

    Happy Partying..

  50. MaryBeth

    Cherrye,
    Yours is a great story! My fingers are crossed that I win your prize… I think it’s the coolest!!

  51. Deborah

    I could definitely go to Italy. No doubt about it. I live in Germany, and what a great way to meet a blog friend – visit them from a free gift you’ve won on a blog giveaway. Woohoo!! YES!!!

    dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

  52. Kathleen Marie

    I think it would be awesome to live in Italy. My 25th anniversary is coming up and to visit Italy would be awesome, no, more than awesome! Hubby and I have been throwing ideas around and Italy is at the top of the list.

    Sending blessings your way! So nice to visit your blog.

  53. Linda

    Hey Cherrye!

    That song is making me have 80’s flashbacks. I’m sure I’m going to dream about shoulder pads and synthesizers.
    I would loooove to visit your B&B in Calabria. Maybe one day…

    Party on!

  54. My Semblance of Sanity

    Love your blog!

    Wanted to invite you to enjoy my PHOTOS ONLY A MOM WOULD TAKE week!

    A contest will be announced on my GABBIN’ MAMA video blog tomorrow!!

    Don’t miss it!
    Stay tuned and join in the fun! A great prize (hint: bling bling) waits in the wings!!

    See ya there!

  55. danetteb

    Hi Cherrye,
    It’s nice to meet you. I’d love to travel to Italy one day. When my kids are older,I plan on doing it.
    Happy Blog Partying!
    Hugs, Danette

  56. Itsabelly Baby Concierge

    I LOVE Italy and I’m so envious you live there! We spent 3 glorious weeks in Positano, Montepulciano and Florence for our honeymoon and will always have fond memories! I hope you check out my blog too. I’ll definitely refer friends over who are looking for a B&B in your neck of the woods!

  57. Jenni at talking hairdryer

    Oh, I love your party post. I’ll be back to visit once this party is over. Thanks for stopping by my place. Come on back when you get a chance and see how the office makeover turns out. It should be finished soon! Have a great week blog hopping!

  58. Trista

    Just wanted to come by and say Howdy! to my new bloggy friend! Thanks for stopping by The Pumkin Patch! Don’t be a stranger.

  59. Cherrye

    Thank you, Laurie.

    I’m counting on it, Melanie. I’ll be back at your place, too.

    Good deal, KC.

    Come on over, PP! You are entered into the drawing!

    Mommy Brain – thanks for the compliments. I *hope* (or at least I think I do) for twins…you know,m when the time comes.

    Hey Joanne! Thanks for coming out. I def hope to make it to Milan. I’ve NEVER been there!

    Yum. I’ll take you up on that, Shauntelle.

    Oh, Mikki…sounds interesting. Let’s talk about that!

    Stampin, Paige, and Maryann!! GOOD LUCK!

    Deborah – YEA! Germany IS close. That would be great.

    Kathleen – I think Italy would be perfect for a 25th anniversary trip!

    Dont you love 80s songs, Linda??

    SS – thanks for the invite. Hope I’m not too late.

    Thanks for the invite, Bongamom.

    Danette-I imagine it is harder to travel with the kiddos!!

    Thanks, Angie.

    Ha ha…thanks itsabelly. Love your name…I’ll def check out your blog.

    Yea, Jenni. I hope you come back. Good luck with the office.

    Dont worry, Trista. I wont be!

  60. Naomi

    Wow, I wish I could make it to the party in Italy! Someday…

    Most of my giveaways are US/Canada, but there will be one in the next couple of weeks open to international readers, so please come back and visit!

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