Friday, April 01, 2011

Party Like It's 1999 - Or, Just Hit Up The Ultimate Blog Party Instead

Come join me in all the fun at 5 Minutes For Moms.....The Ultimate Blog Party 2011!

If you're new to my blog, let me share a bit about myself with you - I'm a stay at home mom of six children (yep, that says 6!), Amanda is 18, Anthony is 17, the twins Sarah and Zachary are 13, Nicholas is 9 and Nathan is 5.  You would think being a mother of six was enough to keep me busy, but I also work part time as a certified nursing assistant in a nursing care facility.  My husband, Rich and I have been married for 18+ years and live in a small southwestern Pennsylvania town....and yes, all those kids are both of our's together (you'd be surprised how often we get asked that question).

What is my blog all about - My life....really.  Life with six children calls for a lot of venting, sharing, laughing and dirty laundry (tons of laundry, wanna help fold some?).  We have loads of fun, family time at our house.  We love doing crafts and art projects.  Most of the kids love drawing or painting or cooking together.  I just got a sewing machine this last year and have had so much fun "playing" with it.  Among the crafts and sewing, I also love to cook, bake, "treasure hunt" (aka thrift store shopping) and garden.  Last year, was my first year canning and I felt like Suzy Homemaker - it was alot of hard work, but totally fun.  I guess I'm weird, because my heart is totally at home....being home. 

I love discovering new blogs and meeting moms that love their families and blogging as much as I do...hence the Moms That Blog Series that I started.   If you'd like to be interviewed, I'd love to hear more about you - shoot me an email.  You can check out some of my Cool Blogging Friends by clicking on the link on the sidebar ----->

You can also see some of the fun crafts I made with my kids.  We love doing arts and crafts and incorporating books with some of our projects.  I do like to do occasional reviews and the rare giveaway.  It's alot of fun finding new products to share (like cupcake liners - Oh, we love our cupcakes in this house) or awesome books that my kids love reading.  And of course, I share some of our family's favorite recipes, along with some kid friendly recipes as well - such as sidewalk paint, and edible peanut butter playdough, etc.

Here are some Fun and Super Cute projects that we have made......

Here's a look at some projects we did using books for our inspiration.....

A few of our family's favorite desserts....

And here are a few stories I share about my life as a wife and's a struggle, it's not easy, and Darnit these kids just keep getting bigger and older and I can't stop them from leaving me.  Seriously, enjoy all those precious moments with your kids while you WILL miss them, even all the hard, crappy stuff - Trust me!

Did I mention, I'm a Twitter and Facebook Junkie??  I'd love the support of having you follow me there as well - all my little clickies are on my sidebar  right over there  ------->

Hope you have fun on your journey through bloggy land.......Don't be a stranger - Stop back and visit me again some time, I always keep fresh homemade cookies in the cookie jar!


Unknown said...

Wow - life sounds pretty crazy for you! I love that you've chosen to put your family first - focusing on what's really important in life!

Stopping by from the UBP... would love to feature your blog on mine sometime!

Dacia said...

Thanks for the follow. I'm loving this UBParty! You must have your hands full with 6. Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

Kathleen said...

Here I thought I was a busy mommy. You sure do have your work cut out for you. I love your blog header by the way. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog from the UBP. I look forward to reading more from you soon!

sharonbfuentes said...

Just jumped over from the UBP and so glad I did. are one busy mama! I have two and that is enough to keep me going. Of course Jay has autism so that does bring its own challenges. That is what my blog is about. It is all about how my son is teaching me to be happy. Would love if you stopped by and checked it out. I am new to this blogging stuff so any advise you can lend would be great.

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Hi. I'm just stopping in from the blog party! It's nice to meet you!

ICStarzz said...

Hi! just stopping by from the UBP11!
I followed you via twitter!
I hope you have time to follow me back, visit my blog at and enter in my giveaway!
Have a great day!

Unknown said...

I love 5MFM, too! I'm going to need to find a night when I have nothing else to do and look back in some of your archives. I'm an elementary special ed teacher and am always looking for new, cute art ideas!

April is Autism Awareness Month. I'm dedicating my blog to Autism all month long.

Lena B said...

Hello! Love your blog and just hit "Follow" button. Find me at
P.S. Also if you can find a minute and vote for me as elenka29 here
(it's a competition to get into fitness bootcamp for moms. There is no registration - just click and submit). Looking forward to reading more of your posts

WildIrishRose33 said...

Hi! Found you at the UBP post. Cute Cherry Blossom craft up there!
New follower!

Come visit me at Sweeping Doody!!

Lindsey Stipes said...

loving your blog-love the tree/popcorn craft!!

Lindsey Stipes said...

oops...forgot to tell you I found you through UBP!!

Anonymous said...

Visiting from UBP! Great blog! Your life does sound crazy, but what a wonderful, beautiful family. :) I only have 3 and they keep me busy. My daughter is 11, so just getting into those teen years - I'm so not ready! Looking forward to reading more.

Cher said...

I love your Spring banner above - your ceiling may be dirty but no one is looking at because the banner is so pretty!

Nice to ‘meet’ you!
Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011!
Hope you’ll visit my party:

Brandi said...

I love your header pic soo cute! Stoppin by to say hi from UBP 11! It's great to meet you, now following.

Please stop by and say hi if you get a chance!

Jackie Higgins said...

I've been following for a while now but saw your party post so I thought I'd comment anyway. I always love your crafts... my favorite thing on your blog :)
Hope you had a happy UBP and got lots of new followers.