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Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

It’s that time of year again!   Ultimate Blog Party is back and this is my 4th year participating.  I always “meet” some great new blogs every year and can’t wait to do the same this year!

I am a Catholic wife and mother to two little girls ages 5 & 2 with another little baby on the way.  We don’t find out what we are having though I suspect its another little girl.   We are slightly crunch — we breastfeed & co-sleep our babies and are (VERY) slowly working at living a more healthy lifestyle — cleaning up our beauty, cleaning, cooking, and health (with herbs and essential oils).  It’s a super slow journey so you will find both real food/clean recipes using things like coconut oil, as well as more mainstream family favorites.  We own a family business and I work about 6-8 hours a week doing marketing/writing and social media.

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I’ve also recently signed up to be a Young Living Essential Oil Distributor, so if you are in the market for essential oils or have always wanted to try it, there is an essential oil of the month group on Facebook for our customers.   If you purchase the oils from me, I can add you to the group — just ask!    Here is the schedule for the remainder of the year:

  • April-Lavender
  • May-Slique
  • June-Valor
  • July-Purification
  • August-Stress Away
  • September- Peppermint
  • October-Balsam Fir 5ml
  • November-PanAway 5ml
  • December- Sacred Frankincense 5ml or Regular Frankincense 15 ml

Here on Happy Little Homemaker, I write about the top 5 priorities in a Christian woman’s life – God/Catholicism, taking care of yourself, marriage, parenting & homeschooling and everything else a woman does to manage her household — clothes, cooking, cleaning, organizing, etc.  I write about 2-4 times a week and while I try to balance it, it tends to be very intensive about taking care of yourself, your home & homeschooling.

To get an example of what you will find at Happy Little Homemaker, here are the top 10 Posts since I moved to our new server a few years ago:

  1. Making Your Own Fabric-Covered Binder – No-Sew Version!
  2. 100 Things to Do In Summer
  3. Mother’s Rule of Life Household Notebook Series
  4. Homemade Pina Coladas {Recipe}
  5. Homemade Happy Birthday Banner
  6. Free House Rules Subway Art Printable
  7. Pop-Up Camper Storage Hack {WFMW}
  8. “A Mother’s Rule of Life” Book Study Schedule
  9. Building a Household Notebook – Building Schedules
  10. Ribbon Jello

So sit down with your beverage of choice — mine would be a ice cold tart & sweet lemonade (stay tuned next week for that recipe :D) and feel free to browse around.    Let me know what you think about the navigation and blog design.  I just installed a new theme/menu structure last week.

If you like what you see and would like to guest post, I would love some posts for June, July and August so I can take an extended baby vacation.   Email me at jen (at) happylittlehomemaker (dot) com, if you are interested.

God Bless!








Ultimate Blog Party 2012

I’m so excited for my 3rd year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party @ 5 Minutes for Mom!   If you are new here, my name is Jen and I’m a Catholic wife and mother of two little girls, ages 4 & 1.    My passion is to help and encourage women with the heart of a Christian, wife and mother.    I share practical information to help women with being more effective at all their jobs, ideally in proper order – God, Self, Spouse, Parent & Provider.

…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellent and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things…    Philippians 4:8 (NAB)

I am a book lover and learn by reading.   As such, I love to share book reviews for both adults and children.  I also share my faith, recipes, housekeeping tips, holiday celebration ideas, and homeschool fun for tots and preschoolers.

My most popular posts are in the sidebar, but I will list them here too so you don’t have to go looking for them:

You can find me at CatholicMom.com and CatholicMothersOnline.com on a regular basis, too.   And this year, I’m completely stoked to be going to #allume Social (formerly Relevent) in Harrisburg, PA.   My daughter will be turning 2 the day my family drives over and I’m excited to be attending my first blog conference.  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me!   If you are a business lady and are looking for some Allume-related advertising, I do have several sponsorship packages available ;).

If you are interested in fun Catholic stuff, I have a giveaway open until 4.20 for a Sterling Silver St. Christopher Car Visor Clip.  And it uses rafflecopter so it’s super easy to enter!

So pull up your drink of choice (mine is a Coke from McDonald’s — I SWEAR they have paid extra for the optimal syrup to water ratio) and browse around.   Leave me a comment and I will return the visit!

Happy Partying!

UBP 2011 (and New Series Announcement)!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Woohoo!  I look forward to the Ultimate Blog Party every year!   My name is Jen and I am first and foremost, a Catholic Daughter, Wife & Mother of two little girls (3 years & 5 mos).  I write about my journey and the ways that I serve God & my family & bring beauty to my home.  Hopefully you will find resources to help you do the same in your life.

I write a LOT of book reviews (usually one or two a week) of both Catholic and general Christian fiction and non-fiction and sometimes even children’s books.   I also share recipes, tips and will be starting a new series called “Simplify Your House to Simply Live” where I will share tips and secrets to keeping your house & housework simple so that you can live your life with the people who matter most.   This series will start the Wednesday after Easter so be sure to subscribe (via RSS or Email) so you don’t miss it!

I also have a review and giveaway of Mind Organization for Moms.   Be sure to go enter!

My most popular posts of all time are in the right side bar, but I’ll list them here, too:

Pull up a chair, have some shrimp cocktail (it IS Lent, you know :) ) and look around.  I wouldn’t be opposed to some comment love either!    Leave me your link, and I’ll be sure to visit — promise!

Have a great time and go mingle!!

This post is linked to the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 at 5 Minutes for Mom.

UBP 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Hello & thanks for visiting Happy Little Homemaker!   Last year when I participated I was scattered among 4 different blogs and participated at my old blog Simplicity, Small & Cheap.  Since then, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am NOT a frugal blogger.  After a year of consolidation and discernment, I’ve decided that my blog will be dedicated to any & all aspects of my blessed vocation of love especially including aspects of my Catholic faith.

These days, things seem to primarily revolve around books.  I adore reading and Lil’ Bit (my 2 y.0.) does too.   For that matter, the whole family does :).  I like Catholic spiritual reading as well as all sorts of Christian and otherwise clean-ish fiction.   I just can’t get into traditional chick lit much.   Have a book recommendation or do lots of book reviews?   Let me know in the comments!

Here are some of my most popular or favorite posts to give you a quick taste of my site:

These are just a small sample of the types of things you can expect to find here.   Hope to see you again soon!   Leave a comment and I’ll come visit you too!

Also, I’m giving away two of my favorite prayer resources during #UBP10.   Hurry!  Contest ends 4/20/2010.

Oh, I’m also supposed to include my favorite prizes!  The laptop is a no-brainer right?  Would anyone NOT want that?  BESIDES that, my #1 pick would be an Amazon.com gift card (in the highest amount available, of course), followed by a Target gift card.  I would be thrilled to win anything but the following caught my eye:  US Only – 7, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, 27, 31, 32, 33, 39, 40, 41, 48, 52, 55, 60, 69, 73, 74, 79, 83, 87, 88, 96, 100, 105, 106, 107, 108, 112.  US/Canada – 3, 4, 8, 12, 15, 32, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 43, 44, 53, 56  & International – 6, 9.

Ultimate Blog Party 09

This was originally posted on another blog of mine (Simplicity —  Small & Cheap).   I consolidated all blogs to simplify my life.   – Jen 6/19/09

Welcome to Simplicity–Small and Cheap.    I’m Jen and this blog was originally started in December when we decided to pack ourselves into a small pop-up camper and open a branch of my husband’s business in The Keys.   We returned about a month ago (we felt bad confining our 12 month old to such a small space when she is so active) but have decided that after living in a camper, Living SIMPLY is really what we want to do.   I’m continuing the blog as I journey through my stuff.

We are selling our 2200 square foot home (mansion?) and paring down to what we really love/use thanks to CraigsList.  Our ultimate goal is to buy a trailer for our camping stuff and be able to fit everything we own in it so we can move at will.   We have always loved to travel and it’s not practical to do a lot of that with our daughter.   Moving every so often?   That seems like something we would like to do.

So welcome to my site.   I don’t have a hard schedule, but I try to have a post up every other day if not daily.

Monday – Menu Plan Monday – what I’m cooking this week.   With a recipe, if there is one.

Tuesday – Grocery Trip

Wednesday – whatever come to mind – right now it’s all about the purging & selling saga.

Thursday – Coupon Craziness – Walgreens & Meijer’s are my big deals right now.   Boy do I miss not being in CVS country!

Friday – Frugal Friday — not all Friday’s.  I think I ran out of ideas in February :).    I hope to be starting a series about Your Money or Your Life soon.    Stay tuned!

So hang out, browse around and join the Ultimate Blog Party 09 hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom.

There are tons of awesome prizes for hanging out too!

My personal preferences?   19 (offered by Shoot-Me-Now), 21(offered by Agoosa), 22 (offered by Beginner Baby Blog), 91, 118, 123, 26, USC56, INTL3, INTL61 and USC 15 –I love gift cards!.   I also really liked 119, 28, 58, 103 and 127.   Well, what are you waiting for?   Check them out!