Friday, March 20, 2009

The Ultimate Blog Party 2009 Has Begun!

I almost forgot this party was going on! There are already tons of links over at Five Minutes For Mom which I'm dying to visit! So much so, that I'm finding it hard to discipline myself to get my own post done! lol!

If you haven't come from there, you might want to head over (after you visit with me, of course) and meet some new friends! That's what this party is all about!

In a nutshell, I'm a former teacher turned SAHM. We do Soccer and Basket Ball, and often have a yard full of neighborhood kids.

I'm married to a wonderful Christian man who grew up farming, became an engineer, and as a result, can fix almost anything! That's a good thing, because with 3 boys (11, 9, and 4), lots of things get broken!

Living on one income forces us to be frugal and creative. If I find something that works, or saves us money, I like to share it!
Like how to make Wind-Proof Umbrella Stands!


Or how to make a multi-purpose Soccer Wall!

Or how to make a Bird Feeder on the CHEEP!


On second thought, maybe you should skip the feeder. I've had a couple of weeks that are For the Birds...literally!!!

Some days, I share stories about our family, like my Sad, Happy Day.

Or my nine-year-old's Creative Costume Idea (which I wouldn't dream of adding a picture for), or his Tip for Taking Tests! (equally un-picture worthy!)

I'm not a born cook. But if I find an easy family-friendly recipe, I like to pass it along. Like my Honey Ginger Pork, or Peanut Butter Cookie Pops!

My oldest is just beginning his adventures in Orthodontics. I'll be chronicling the good, the bad and the ugly as he gets his Herbst in a few weeks. I would love to provide helpful information to other moms since there is just not enough out there on this appliance right now.

These are the types of things you'll find here. Keep in mind, I love to laugh, often at myself, and there is never a dull moment when you're raising boys!

I'm so glad you stopped by and hope I can return the visit! If you have the Google Friends Widget, add yourself as a follower to the right so others can find you from here. (This is new to me and I have precious few friends! LOL! Have pity on my self-esteem!) Or you can subscribe in a reader, which I thankfully have many more. My button for that is on the right, also.

Ultimate Blog Party 2009
There are lots of great prizes, too! It's hard to pick, but here are my favorites:
$50 gift certificate to Target StoresProvided by: Shoot-Me-Now
$50 gift certificate to Target StoresProvided by: Agoosa - Funny Name, Sound Advice
And if my top three are chosen, I would be tickled with one of these (in order of preference):
22, 15, 68, 1, 103, 56, 134, 121, 114, or 72!

51 comments:

Storm said...

Nice to meet you. Thanks for sharing all of your tips, frugal ideas, and recipes. Welcome to the party.

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Happy UBP! Isn't it so much fun?!

Keetha said...

Hi! You dropped by my blog, thanks!!! How did you find me btw??? I see on your profile that you are also in Indiana, so I guess we are neighbors.

Niki said...

You have been on my blog reader for some time now. I look forward to reading what you and your family are up to. Have fun partying

Michele @ Frugal Granola said...

I'm looking forward to reading through your blog more! :) I'm visiting from the UBP today.

Blessings,
Michele :)

jodifur said...

I'm party hopping! Hope to see you at my party!

samismom22 said...

You are too funny! :)
I had to stop over and say Hi! I must admit I need one of those umbrella stands! Ok, how did you make the hole in the log to put the umbrella in? We have a woods behind our house and that would be so cool. :)

Tracey said...

I'm stopping by from the blog party; glad I found your site! I'll be looking around a little more. Have a great night!

It Feels Like Chaos said...

I clicked through to your post about your youngest being done with the crib and just cried! I'll be there soon, and it is so sad. There has been a crib set up in my house for over 6 years now. My 3rd child is not yet even 2 and he already is asking to "seep" in the big bed, so I don't think I'll be able to keep him in there until he's 4!

Vera said...

Thanks for stopping by - it is SO nice to meet you! I love the name of your blog!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am new to the blog world. So glad that I found your blog. Hope you will come by and visit me. This is such a fun party.

Teresa

Shannon said...

I LOVE the umbrella stand! We've had some major storms here in KY so good wood for a project like this would be easy to come by! Thanks and nice to meet you at the Blog Party!

Mike said...

Hello there. Knocking on your door from the blog party. Hope you don’t mind.


Mike
http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com

a Tonggu Momma said...

My husband spent his early years on a farm... and is now an engineer! I think we must both have great taste in men. :)

Christi said...

It is wonderful having a handy husband isn't it! I love that I don't have to call a repairman to fix stuff, I just wait until my husband gets home.

Boys are . . . a challange. I dearly love mine, but I just don't think the way he does.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you had a great weekend.

Ruby said...

Stoppping by via the UBP. Very lovely blog and great ideas.
Ruby

Cindy said...

Stopping by for the party! Nice to meet you.

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

MoodyMommy said...

We also operate in stealth mode...It is the safe way!!
I love the pictures of your yard!! Snow, ahhh Snow...It is currently 89 degrees in my town...YUCK!!

Have a happy UBP week, cant wait to read more!!

Debbie said...

What great pics! I love the birdfeeder - and the tea table setting - beautiful!!! What a great blog you have here. Happy UBP!

~*Michelle*~ said...

OH I have visited before.....I just love that bird feeder!!!

SO happy to find you again!

Blessings~
Michelle

KylieM said...

awesome blog, so many wonderful ideas and photos! definitely going on my blog feeder!

Carole said...

Hi, thanks for the visit!

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

Ta!

I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.

jotter said...

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My home of 5 said...

Stopping by from the UBP to say hi! Sure is nice to meet you and your family!

Jennifer

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

Hi - I like your blog - just out party hopping - lovely to meet your blog

Baba said...

Hi! So nice to meet you! Loving your blog! Party hopping and participating too so stop in for a visit.

Allison said...

I'm stopping by from the UBP. It's great to "meet" you! I really like your blog ~ I'll be back! It's nice to find new blogs by other Christian moms! Have a great day!

DarcyLee said...

I'm visiting your blog from UBP. I'll be looking around your blog some more because I'm always looking for more ways to save money. Happy partying!

Maxine said...

I, too am visiting from the blog party, and I'm impressed by your photos. You seem to be quite talented folks there! Love that bird feeder!! Visit me at my business blog when you can to learn about our business which loves children! God bless.

Missy said...

Hello from the UBP. Lovely ideas and tips. The cookies look devine.

Kara said...

Visiting from the UBP...good luck with the orthodontia adventures. I'm glad those days are behind me! :)

Super Fun Mama said...

Stopping by from UBP. It is very nice to meet you and your blog. I myself have a toddler learning/activity blog at www.superfunmama.blogspot.com. I would love for you to stop by sometime. I'm having fun visiting all the blogs. Have a magical day!

Eleana said...

Such a great blog, I'm glad I found you a the UBP.

Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

I'm stopping by from the UBP. Thanks for inviting me in and introducing yourself!

We'd love for you to stop by and see what's going on at our blog.

Find out how we've received over $175 in FREE Amazon gift cards in just 2 months. (No Surveys or Emails!) You can,too. (top left sidebar)

Happy Partying,
Allyson
www.a-heart4home.blogspot.com

Mommiedaze said...

Just stopping in from the UBP to say hi. Nice to meet you!

StacieinAtlanta said...

Hey-

I am just stopping in from The Ultimate Blog Party to say hello. Come by my place to enter to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System and some books by pledging to read to your child everyday. You can also enter to win a pair of Girl's Crocs - Size 8/9. :)

Stacie
The Divine Miss Mommy
http://www.thedivinemissmommy.com
http://www.twitter.com/stacieinatlanta

Carolee said...

Stopping in on my UBP rounds.

The cookie pops look delish!

Stop by my blog and say Hi

ashley:) said...

Ha...! looks like you have been enjoying the party, thats awesome.

Glad I could stop by, only one day left!

Hop on over to my blog when you have time, I am a month old to this blogging thing, enjoy the rest of the party.

Karen ~Georgia Angel said...

Hey, nice to meet you. I’m just blog hopping through the UBP. Hope you have a great weekend!

Jessica@life at the Zoo said...

Love your blog and your idea's. Thanks for sharing. Check out my blog sometime.

Karen@faithfamilyfibro.com said...

Hi, I am a brand new blogger completely enjoying the blog party I found literally days ago. You had me with the baby picture. Oh, the days when my babies were really babies. It brings tears to my eyes because they are so precious........not that they are precious now but any little baby that fits in your arms is one of my weaknesses. My precious babies are now my princess 7yo and my superhero 3yo. I enjoyed visiting and plan to visit again. Thanks

Linda said...

Nice to meet you! I found your blog in the list for the UBP! :) Your blog is great!

BecauseImTheMommy said...

I am so excited to meet you! I had a blast reading this post, and clicking the links of some of your other posts. I must say, I was intrigued by the costume you couldn't take a picture of! LOL The Herbst scared me! I called my Hubby into the room to show him. Oh, and the Sad, Happy Day is coming to my home soon with my 4 year old. I'm so very happy I found you through the UBP! Happy Blogging!

Becky :) said...

Just stopping by to check out your blog. I really like the UBP! Fun stuff!

ahappyhippy mom said...

I know I am very late but I am doing some blog hopping from the UBP and saw your link on the list! I just wanted to wish you good luck in the prize drawing!

The peanut butter cookie pops look so fun! My daughter would love these.

If you get a chance stop by my blog and say hello!

Julie said...

I really like your blog! It's nice to "meet" you!

Beth@Not a Bow in Sight said...

I have three boys too! I enjoyed meeting you! I will be back for sure :)

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Visiting from the UBP & enjoyed reading your blog!

My buffet table is set ~ stop by & stay awhile!

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