Friday, April 5, 2013


Ultimate Blog Party 2013
It's that time of year again. I've been mulling over my decision to start blogging again and trying to decide what that would look like. When I checked my email this morning, I found my 5 minutes for mom newsletter announcing that the Ultimate Blog Party starts today! What better way to kick off a new blog than with new friends??

Since most of the people reading this will be totally new and know nothing about me, I'm going to make my UBP post an "About Me" list. In no particular order....

1. My name is Jeanine.
2. I accepted Christ as my Savior in 2004 and my life hasn't been the same since!
3. I have 5 children. (3 boys and 2 girls)
4. I'm a stay at home mom.
5. I homeschool my kids. (currently in 9th, 1st, K and pre-k). We are finishing up our 6th year.
6. I have been married to my best friend since July 2004.
7. We make homemade wine.
8. I enjoy learning about survival skills and self-sustaining practices.
9. I love to read. I'll read anything. Magazines, non-fiction, fantasy, do it yourself, cookbooks, cereal boxes, etc......
10. I want to be a scrapbooker. I collect things to do it, but I just don't have the time.
11. I like chefville on facebook.
12. The bachelor/bachelorette is my reality tv guilty pleasure.
13. I enjoy playing board games. All kinds. Kids games with the family or "grown up" games with friends.
14. My favorite subject to teach my kids is history. Real history. Particularly American history.
15. The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie.
16. I am following the book "Trim Healthy Mama" (THM) eating plan.
17. I've lost 43 lbs since this time last year (20 in 12 weeks on THM).
18. I love coffee. With stevia and 1/2 and 1/2 or a swirl of heavy cream. Simple indulgences.
19. Dark chocolate is my favorite candy.
20. I enter a lot of online sweepstakes and I've won some pretty cool stuff (including the $97 diaper bag that I've used for 3 of my 4 little ones.)
21. When DH and I get to go out, we enjoy going to dinner and the gun range.
22. I moved so much when I was growing up that I went to 9 different schools. Now I live in the house that my husband grew up in! (he's lived in the same place since he was 2!)
23. I like to cook. It's relaxing to me.
24. I hate to clean. It's a necessary evil in my opinion. One of the perks of having lots of hands around the house.....I have lots of help!
25. My dream vacation would be to go to Israel and walk where Jesus did.
26. I've never been farther west than Illinois.
27. My favorite number is 27 :)

Please leave a comment so I can be sure to check out your blog too! Then hop over to the UBP to find more bloggy friends.

Ultimate Blog Party 2013


  1. I'm so excited to have found you through the UBP! We have a lot in common. I also have 5 children (although mine are 1 boy and 4 girls) and I homeschool with history being my fave subject to teach. Can't wait to get to know you better.

    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

  2. Hi Jeanine! I'm a homeschool mom of 15 years, with just 2 boys left at home now (1 son & 3 daughters all grown & gone). We love to go out to dinner but dinner and the gun range sounds like a lot of fun! lol I gave up on scrapbooking because it was costing me a lot of money and I just didn't have enough time to keep working on pages... so I went digital. Now when I leave a layout unfinished, I can't lose the pieces! LOL Nice to "meet" you-- great way to kick off a new blog! Your comment form doesn't have a URL option, so you can find me at Happy UBP!

  3. I love reading facts about people! ;-) I'd love to homeschool my son but don't know if I could do it. Way to go on the 43 pounds!!!

  4. Hi Jeanine! Wow, you are definitely a busy mom and we have ALOT in common! I also have a new blog and I found you from the UBP13!! Please come by my blog at and follow me! I can't wait to get to know you more in the blogging world! Have a very blessed day!

  5. Wow! I have two girls and three boys too. We have a lot in common! I also stay at home with my kids, but I do not home school. Congratulations on your new blog!

    Just dropping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2013.
    So nice to meet you! I hope you find the time to stop by my site.

  6. Hi, I found you through UBP13. I'm kind of a newb to blogging, but I'm loving it so far. I'm an educator, former foster parent (for kids with emotional, physical, and mental disabilities) and adoptive dad of two kiddos with special needs. It's been great reaching out, talking to, and hopefully helping other families! My whole blog is all about learning to learn and helping families succeed using brain-based practices. Come check it out. I think you will like it!

  7. I’m late! I’m late! I’m stopping by from the UBP13. I hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.