Ultimate Blog Party 2011

I cannot believe the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 with 5 Minutes for Mom is already here! Actually, I’m thankful. It could not have come at a better time. This gave me the perfect opportunity to sit down this weekend and recalibrate the vision for my blog for 2011.

Who is Southern Fried Gal? Hi. My name is Carmella. I’m 38. Wife. Mom. Arkansan. Business Gal. Southern-ah. Social Media Geek. Weight watcher. Quirky. Allergic to cats, penicillin and flattery. Recovering perfectionist and people pleaser. Funny girl. Storyteller. Skeptical. Practical. Loving. Creative. Obsessive. Faithful. Learning how to say NO. Philosopher. Silly. Sometimes both at the same time.

You May Call Me JILL. One label that has followed me throughout my life – Jill of All Trades. That’s why on my blog you will find yummy recipes, simply good design inspiration, DIY projects, kid friendly projects, easy entertaining ideas and any other whim that may cross my heart.

My hope is that this blog provides inspiration to help you fall in love with your home, feel comfortable entertaining others, and inspire you to follow the whims of your own heart.

You May Call Me Crazy. I’ve struggled many years with living a balanced life. In 2011 I’m taking on more than ever with the goal of doing so with greater focus on life balance. Here are a few regular features that will help bring balance to my blogging life:

  • Willow House Wednesdays – As a Director and founding Design Consultant of Willow House, I love to share ideas for our fabulous products, steals and deals, and updates on the benefits of our business opportunity.

  • Time Out Tuesdays – This is a new feature that will debut this Tuesday. I’m taking Time Out every Tuesday to allow guest bloggers to share projects. I would love to feature your project or post – pitch me your idea southernfriedgal @ gmail.com. Stop back by Tuesday for a yummy Carrot Cake Cheesecake recipe from Gina.
  • Southern Fried Sundays -I use this as a time for personal reflection and to share favorite photos, scripture, & what’s on my heart any given week.
Any other day of the week is governed by whim!

You May Call Me Friend. The main reason I love my blog is the community it provides. I’m thankful for many new bloggy friends and the laughs, loves, and tears we’ve shared. A main goal of my blog is to always connect more. I make it a goal to visit everyone who leaves a comment here. I may be slow, but I’m generally sure. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. Let me know who you are! We’ll chat. It will be fun!

To all my Southern Fried friends, thank you for sticking with me along the way! And for all you newbies, thanks for stopping over and checking me out! I hope you will consider following me on this Southern Fried journey!

Are you joining the Ultimate Blog Party?

Blessings to you!

~Southern Fried Gal

  • rita jean
    April 4, 2011

    You definately do have some inspiration floating around here! I like!!! :) I also know what you mean about learning to say no. You hate to do it, but nobody can do everything they get asked to do all the time. Nice to meet you!! :)

  • Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki
    April 4, 2011

    Hi Carmella! I’m stopping by from the UBP! I love meeting new bloggers…so stop by and visit if you get the chance. I’m your newest follower!

  • Bec@littlelucylu
    April 4, 2011

    WOW! Looks like you have an amazing blog!
    Can’t wait to read more …
    New follower,
    Bec :-)

  • Michelle
    April 4, 2011

    DIYers are amazing. I have NO SKILL.

    What a peppy gal you are, too. Love it.

    Last year it took almost 6 months to repay all my visits. LOL

    Have fun!

  • Kassandra
    April 4, 2011

    Hey! Found you through the party. I had to come when I seen the name of your site. I’m a Texas gal, so we’re neighbors :) Love the blog, looks awesome. Have a good day love! If you get a chance stop by mine?


  • Alicia
    April 4, 2011

    Stopping by from UBP! Loved the title of your blog – I live in Atlanta so anything Southern attracts my attention.

    Love your blog and I am one of your newest followers.

    Have a great week!


  • Not Just A Mommy!
    April 4, 2011

    Hi there! Boppin’ over from UBP11, and always looking for fun places to visit!

  • Shelly
    April 5, 2011

    Stopping by from UBP11. Great to meet you! There are so many fun blogs to visit! If you have time, I hope you’ll stop by:


    You can enter to win a $25 Gift cert to my eBay store to spruce up your spring/summer wardrobe (details on post) as well as other fun prizes!

  • What's in a name..
    April 6, 2011

    Gorgeous blog. Following you via blog party. Hope you will follow me too @ http://masalabowl.blogspot.com/2011/04/day-298-ultimate-blog-party.html

  • Jessica
    April 6, 2011


    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)

  • GoodnessGraces
    April 6, 2011

    Hi, I found your blog via ubp11 and I am a new follower. I am a fellow southern girl. I love Willow House. Most of my house is decorated with what was then Southern Living at Home. Love it!

  • Michelle
    April 10, 2011

    What a beautiful blog you have here,I love cheesecake and the Carrot Cake sounds delicious..Following you too

  • Anne
    April 13, 2011

    Hi! I’m belatedly stopping by from the UBP. Nice to meet you!
    I have two blogs, and I’d love for you to stop by when you get a minute. We’re giving away a $100 Visa gift card at Giveaway Corner. Thanks!

    http://giveawaycorner.blogspot.com/ (A free giveaway every weekday)
    http://anne-somekindofwonderful.blogspot.com/ (Family blog)

  • TanyasTreasureTrove
    May 2, 2011

    Hi! Following you from
    UBP! Hope you visit me
    and return the follow!

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