Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Ultimate Blog Party 2013My online friends Susan and Janice throw the Ultimate Blog Party every year and it’s been a while since I have participated.  This post is where you’re going to learn a bit more about me.

I welcome all of you dropping by from the blog party.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, you don’t want to miss all the fun.  Go now and make new friends AND win cool prizes!


A big hello from Chicagoland where we can’t wait for Spring. The weather is up and down lately so hopefully it won’t be long until we are enjoying dinners on the back deck.  I’m also hoping to do some vegetable gardening this year.

I’m Angie, 41, and in fact, I just celebrated my birthday this past Monday, April 1st.  I’m a wife, step mom of two and grandma.  We have a Blue and Gold Macaw, turtle, 2 cats and my stepson’s cockatiel lives here.

I have been working from home since 2001. I started out in direct sales doing home parties then moved on to working only online.  I am a blogger, virtual assistant and we have local clients plus other websites as well.  Keeps us busy that is for sure.

We love to travel.  Our favorite places to travel are Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, Florida and of course we always love to go to Oklahoma to visit family there.  Our granddaughter is growing up so quickly!  We have a family travel blog and would love for you to check that out as well.  And you can keep up with our travels on our Newton’s Travels Facebook page.

I’m into weight loss and fitness and am working on losing 100+ pounds.  I love spinning (cycling) and any type of boxing.  I’m also a proud ambassador for Polar USA and FitFluential.

Here’s a quick little video with a few other things about me:


This blog started out as my personal weight loss journey and has grown into much more. Losing It and Loving It turned 5 this past February and I’m excited to see we are still going strong.  I’m so thankful for everyone who has been here supporting me all this time and I look forward to getting to know many more of you.

You’ll find weight loss and fitness tips, healthy recipes, product reviews, favorite workouts, guest posts and much more here on the blog.  Feel free to sign up for my mailing list (fill out the box in the upper right hand side of the blog) to be notified of blog posts, get free recipes, motivation and inspiration.

I want us all to live the best life possible.  To those who struggle with your weight, I get it and I’m here to help support  you in your journey to living a healthier lifestyle.  Doing it together is much more fun than going at it alone.


You can connect with me in many ways!  I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and if you are on Instagram, follow me! I’m working on stepping out of my comfort zone and doing more video so you can also find me on You Tube.

I look forward to getting to know many of you over at the Ultimate Blog Party.

Party on!



  1. I am a first-time participant in the UBP13 and glad to meet ya! I will be checking out your family travel blog also as we love to travel but have 3 kids (middle schooler, elementary schooler and preschooler) which makes traveling somewhere they all 3 will enjoy a challenge. Here’s my Ultimate Blog Party post and I hope you will stop by!

  2. I am a first time UBP13 participant and this is so fun meeting other bloggers. I really need to maintain more of a healthy lifestyle, while I don’t have weight loss issues, I have rheumatoid arthritis which is a chronic illness impacting my joints. Exercise and good diet certainly help alleviate my symptoms. I will also be checking out your travel blog, we have 3 kids and at different stages (middle schooler, elementary schooler and preschooler), it makes finding places to go a challenge! Hope you’ll pay me a visit as well, glad to have found you!
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  3. Hi Angie , popping in from the UBP!

    Love your cute video! (that’s the next thing I wanna try -maybe- ha!) Excited to find your blog, because I can always use new fitness tips! I just started working out everyday this year (and so far so good) but I love to hear/read what is working for others and just get that extra boost of encouragement, cause some days it is *hard*! :P

    Checkin’ the subscribe box so looking forward to reading more and getting to know you!

    So nice to “meet” you!

    ♥ Melissa~
    Pink Paper Peppermints

    PS I brought you a little hostess gift!

    • Thanks Melissa! So new to video and took on a challenge to do one every day in April. I’m not editing yet so that should be interesting since I’m so not techy.

      Way to go on working out every day! I know what you mean about getting that extra boost of encouragement. It’s definitely necessary for me.

  4. I learned some things I didn’t know about you here Angie. Thanks for coming to my blog.
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  5. Hi Angie, So fun to run into you for the Ultimate Blog Party 2013. Your site looks grand! Have a lovely week! :)
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  6. Hi Angie! I’m Amy, also from Chicagoland – actually NWI to be more precise, I used to work downtown. I love that you did an intro video, I hope to learn more about you and your fitness adventures. I also met my husband and moved back to Illinois in three short months.
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  7. Love your blog, it’s cute! Stopping by from the UBP13! Happy belated birthday!! I’m from southern Maine and can’t wait for Spring either!! brrrrr
    Hope you have a great week!
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    • Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words about my blog and birthday wishes. I’m loving the UBP13.

      My dad loves Maine, would love to travel with hubby there sometime.

  8. Wonderful idea. We also love to travel so will be keeping up with that too.
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  9. Hi Angie! Thanks for visiting me at Real Food Real Deals. Congratulations on your weight loss success so far. It’s such a nice feeling to know you’re treating your body right. I look forward to exploring the site more and checking out your family travel site as well.

  10. Just swinging by from UBP ’13! Great site you have here! Have an awesome weekend!
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  11. Angie,

    Hi! Visiting from #UBP13. Congratulations on your weight loss. Look forward to checking out more of your site as well as your travel site.


  12. Hi! New follower here! I found you on UBP13 and I love your blog!! :D I’m a new blogger and hope you will come by and follow me on my blog at mybutterflyhaus.blogspot.com! I look forward to cruising through your posts! Have a blessed day!

  13. I want to stop by and thank you for stopping by my blog. Weightloss I think has been one of my toughest journey’s and I am a single mom that served full time in the military while tackling 2 degrees full time (so needless to say weightloss has thrown me for a loop). I will definitely be checking out your FB page because I need all the accountability I can get.
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    • You’re quite welcome, Danielle. And thank you for your service. Can’t wait to get to know you more and we’ll see you over on Facebook for accountability.

  14. This is my first UBP and I have been enjoying it. I love Jamaica as well and lived in Miami for a few years. I’m going to head on over to your travel blog right after here. Great to meet you
    Maggie recently posted…A Wagging Ultimate Blog PartyMy Profile

    • Great to hear you’re enjoying the UBP. So fun! Jamaica is awesome, we were just talking about trying to get back to Negril soon. And I have always loved Miami, great place.

  15. Stopping by to check out your site Angie – it looks GREAT! Can’t wait to share healthy tips.
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    • Thanks for stopping by Pam! We would love for you to share your tips here anytime. I accept guest posts..just a thought. Happy Monday!

  16. Hi, just returning the hello from UBP13. I was interested to see the content of your blog, and I’m so glad I did. I can’t wait to read more!
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  17. I’m also on a journey to lose about 100 (or more!) pounds. I’m down 30 so far. I added you to my Bloglovin list!
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  18. That is really trippy :) You just visited my blog MompreneurMogul and my daughter Matilda was born April 1st ;) Happy B-lated birthday. And I can always use some weight loss and health tips for sure.

    Have a great day!
    Lisa Cash Hanson recently posted…Ultimate Blog Party 2013 – Welcome To Mompreneur MogulMy Profile

    • *wink* How fun that I get to celebrate a special day with Matilda (best name ever!). Thanks for the b-day wishes and for stopping by.

  19. Swinging by (late) from UBP 2013! Great blog here!!! It’s great to meet you!
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  20. I’m stopping by from the UBP13. A healthy weight is always an everyday challenge. I hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.
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