2012 Ultimate Blog Party + Cookies & Clogs


Welcome to Cookies & Clogs – coming to you from the San Francisco Bay Area in sunny California!

My name is TerriAnn and I am the primary writer here. I share my ‘not so humble’ opinion of what to buy, places to go, and things to do. My posts reflect life with my husband of 12 years, my 11-year-old daughter whom I homeschool, and my adorable 57-lb lap dog.

Here are a few posts to get you started as you look around:

Thanks for coming by and getting to know us a bit. We hope to get you know you too so leave a comment if you feel so inclined or connect with us via the media channels above. Enjoy your stay and feel free to enter a giveaway or two while you’re here!

About TerriAnn van Gosliga

TerriAnn van Gosliga is the main writer at Cookies & Clogs and Driving Mamas. Born & raised in the SF Bay Area but loves to travel. She's been married to her best friend for almost 14 years, homeschools her 13-year-old daughter, and has an accident-prone lab mix dog.

Comments

  1. ashley picco (mamawee) says:

    Thanks for partying with the UBP! You can find me over at http://www.talesofmommyhood.com/2012/04/ubp-12.html

  2. Thanks for stopping in earlier, TerriAnn. I am very interested in one day Homeschooling my daughter so I am so glad I stopped in! Can’t wait to read more.

    Take care and see you during the UBP12!

    Krystal

    • You’re welcome. With the bigger class sizes, bullying, and shrinking educational funds many are thinking about homeschooling. If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask and hopefully I can at least point you in the right direction :)

  3. What a fun blog you have here! I can’t wait for the party dust to settle and I can have time to read more into your blog! Hope you enjoy the rest of the #UBP12!!!

  4. I love that you share your ‘not so humble’ opinion, TerriAnn, that’s what makes your site so great to read! :)

    Thanks for stopping by our party, have a great weekend and rest of the UBP12!

  5. Thanks for stopping by OneSmileymonkey! Your site is lovely and I am bookmarking it for the future!

    Happy UBP12!

    http://www.onesmileymonkey.com/2012/04/ultimate-blog-party-2012-win-over-9400-in-prizes/

  6. Hi TerriAnn! I enjoyed reading your insight on homeschooling. Thanks for visiting The Domestic Life Stylist. Following you on twitter also.

  7. Venturing by to stop and say hi via the UBP! That’s awesome that you homeschool. My kids attend public school but we try to incorporate our own homeschooling along the way to supplement their education and broaden their minds.

    • I don’t think it’s necessary home vs public school. It all depends on the parent’s involvement in their children’s education and that’s fantastic that you are being so active. I’m sure your kids are thriving :)

  8. Stopping by from the UBP! I so admire that you homeschool!

  9. Hi! Popping over from the UBP12! :)
    I’m a homeschooling mom too – enjoyed reading your Homeschooling 101 !
    Adding you to my blog bookmarks to read more!
    Have a great day.

    • Nice to meet you! It’s funny when you realize that so many STILL have wrongly preconceived ideas about homeschooling. Still, it is tough to keep going sometimes so I’m glad to make the acquaintance of another homeschooling mom so we can support each other :)

  10. Wow 57 pounds! That hand truck looks interesting, checking it out next!

    Nice to meet you!

    Thanks for visiting me at Mom and More for the Ultimate Blog Party 2012!

    • Yep, and she’s lost weight – she used to be 65 lbs! We love the hand truck and use it several times a week. Others are always impressed with it’s portability, versatility, and stability.

  11. Hello TerriAnn,
    Dropping in from UBP. It is great to meet you. What kind of dog do you have? We have a sweet 65 lb choc lab, Love. I’m a new twitter and pinterest follower. You can find me at http://www.redtagmama.com
    Gena

  12. Hi TerriAnn! So nice to meet you. The photos you took while out skipping rocks are beautiful. Looking forward to learning more about your family. And seriously, your dog is 57 pounds?

    Diana
    Toronto Teacher Mom – UBP

    • Thanks – that was an amazing spot we just stumbled upon while at Lake Tahoe. The water was so amazingly clear! Yes, our little doggie is not so little but she still likes to be cuddled and held like a baby on your lap :P

  13. Hi TerriAnn, I connected with you at the UBP12 parties last night and was excited to come by today and check out your blog! I’m hooked up with you now on twitter, fb, google+ and pinterest! Love it! BTW, my lapdog is 150 lbs. :)

    Kim
    http://kimperfection.com

  14. Hi TerriAnn, I am returning a visit from the UBP12. I appreciate you stopping by my blog. Please let me know if you need any FREE coups to start saving again. :)

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am a new follower too!

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You’ve got a cute one. Can’t imagine your lapdog. I have 3 but they don’t weigh over 8 lbs. lol

    • Thank you. I know, she thinks she’s a little pup though she takes up all three of our laps when we sit to watch a movie on the sofa. We were with a friend who had a silkie. Speckles’ paw was the same size as the dog’s whole head so when she tried to wrestle with her the dog shrieked for deal life. Speckles was clueless though and couldn’t understand why it didn’t want to play. What kind of dogs do you have?

    • I have 2 chihuhua’s and 1 chiwiennie. The chiwiennie is my lap dog. Every time I sit somewhere, she’s right there ready to plop into my lap. Even when I’m on my laptop, she has to be in my lap. I’ve learned to type around here. But I wouldn’t change it for a minute. We love our dogs. They are family!

      • I know what you mean! Before this we liked dogs in general but, now that we have Speckles, we are really ‘dog people’. Too bad she’s WAY too big for me to type with her on my lap though :P

  17. Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog for the UBP2012! It’s nice to “meet” you!
    I love that you have a 57lb lap dog. :) If I had a big dog…no doubt it would be a lap dog as well. :)
    Enjoy the party!

    • Do you have a small dog then? We didn’t know she’d be so big but that’s what you get when you adopt a rescue dog and the they don’t really know what each of the parents were.

  18. Hi there! Stopping by from Teach Your Tot and the UBP12!!!! We are beginning our homeschool journey in August and I”m so excited! Sounds like you are already an experienced homeschoooling mom! I will be stopping by! :-)

    • Well, every year is a new experience. I wish you the best on your first upcoming homeschool year. Let me know if you ever hit a wall and need some help or if you have great ideas to share :)

  19. BernettaStyle says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the look of yours! Great to meet you!

  20. Thanks for coming by! Looking forward to browsing your blog:)

  21. We used to live in the Bay Area, but moved away almost 9 years ago. I miss it sometimes.
    Nice to meet you at the UBP!

    • It really is a nice area here but sometimes I wish it was not as ‘squished’. Are you happy where you are now? Have any tips or hidden gems of the SF Bay you’d like to share?

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