The 2013 Ultimate Blog Party is Live #UBP13

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

 WELCOME to Mother of Pearl It Is! I’m a little late to the party this year! Things have been crazy busy for me, and I wasn’t sure that I would have time to participate in the 2013 Ultimate Blog Party this year. I’ve been partying with the great gals at 5 Minutes for Mom since 2009, and  this is also my 4th year as a blogger. For those of you that don’t already know me, I’m Tree (short for Teresa) … aka Mother of Pearl. Be sure to read my Mother of Pearl, You Say? post to see how I chose that name for my blog. It’s a sweet story, and should explain the rather unusual name.


I’m married to Kevin, the love of my life, for the past 25 years. Together, we have 5 children ranging in age from 10 to 24, plus 1 daughter-in-law to be. We’re also the proud grandparents of 2 beautiful little girls.  You may notice, my tagline reads “Working Girl by Day, Blogger by Night.” That’s because I work outside the home as an appointment scheduler for a State Veterans retirement home. When I’m done with my 9 to 5, I come home to my hubby and kids, take care of household duties, and then start to tackle my email, social media, and blogging duties. Did I forget to mention that I am also the owner and sole designer for Pearl Tree Designs? My plate is full, and sometimes things get a little hairy, but I love my busy days.

A little about me … my family is my world, so you will often hear me talking about them. As a family, we enjoy amusement / water parks, cookouts, swimming, going to the park, the movie theater, and board games. Besides learning and writing about beauty, fashion, cooking, healthy living, and such – my other passions include being pampered, traveling, napping, enjoying a glass or two of my sweet red wine, and indulging in my favorite dark chocolate!

Being that the hubby was a chef/cook since we met 25 years ago, he fattened me up pretty well. Over 100 lbs. in fact. Just couldn’t resist his delicious cooking. After going from being a gymnast and a dance team member in high school, I struggled for many years to lose that over 100 lbs. I tried diet after diet, battling my morbid obesity (yes, that is the category I fell under), and would lose a little here and there.

before after1

Finally, at age 48, and after being diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea, I decided (with my family’s blessing) to undertake Gastric Sleeve surgery. Not an “easy way out” as some may believe. In fact, it’s been tough as hell! But, definitely the best decision I’ve ever made. After an 81 lb. weight loss, I no longer have diabetes, OR high blood pressure, OR sleep apnea! I look and feel so much better and healthier, and most importantly, I have a better chance of being here much longer for my family. Still working on the last 40 lbs, but I’ve learned so much about eating and fitness, and I try to pass some of that along to my readers in hopes that I can help even one person going through the same or similar struggles.

Well, enough about me! I guess you can also see that I have a tendency to ramble on forever and ever! :) Now, I want to meet all of you! So, please… leave me a comment and let me know where you’re from. And don’t forget to leave your link, so I can hop over and get to know you as well! Have fun and Happy Partying!!

I love to network, so if you have some time, please connect with me at the social media sites listed below.

>> Facebook

>> Twitter

>> Instagram

>> Google+

>> Pinterest

>> BlogLovin


  1. Hi,

    I come for the party ^___*. I like to “meet” new blogger friends. Lovely collage photos of yours.

    Pls return to see my UBP blog post too in here: See you at my blog 😉

  2. Hi! Visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party and A Dish of Daily Life. Happy to connect! Love your collage…your family is beautiful!! And your story is inspiring! Heading over to check out the rest of your blog!

  3. You are a rockstar! That’s so awesome about the weight loss! I know how tough it is to lose weight. You look fantastic!

    • Stacie – you already know I think you’re a rock star. Thanks so much for your kind words.. it is a tough road, but I have no doubt I will make my goal in 2013. :)

  4. Hi there *waves* Found you via Twitter and wanted to say hi. I’m also following you on Twitter, Pinterest and G+

  5. Good for you with your weight loss!

    Nice to ‘meet’ you!

  6. You look awesome! Glad you have made great strides in improving your health, I am eyeballing your recipes over there at the same calories right? Enjoy the party

    • Thanks so much! And.. well, I do have quite a few healthy recipes too! lol But, no.. not all of them are no calorie.. don’t I wish! :)

  7. I’m so happy I came across your blog from UBP13! I can relate to a lot you are talking about. Beautiful family!!! And yes you are one busy lady how do you get it all done! I hope we connect and CONGRATS on all the health issues- had my own last year but feel like a million bucks these days.

  8. Congrats on the amazing weight loss! Stick with the proper diet and exercise and you will get to your goal. I am sure you feel better already. I used to be a personal trainer so I know what you went through!


    • Thanks Phil! :) I do feel SO much better.. and no doubt in my mind that I will make my goal. Just have to push a little harder and keep at it. Didn’t know you used to be a personal trainer! That’s awesome!

  9. I’m stopping by from the UBP13. You look fabulous and oh what a lovely family your have!! I hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.

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  11. You look great after the weight loss and good luck with your goals
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