Thursday, March 31, 2011

Welcome ~ Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Welcome and thanks for stopping by!  The 2011 Ultimate Blog Party is about to begin and I'm so excited because this is my first time participating! 

The Ultimate Blog Party is hosted by 5 Minutes For Mom.  Hundreds of blogs will be linking up and there will be tons of great prizes given away!  So click the link and join the fun!

But before you go, let me tell you a little about myself, my family, my blog, and my giveaways!

My name is Christine, owner of Our Homeschool Reviews.  I'm a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to one wonderful, nature loving, animal caretaking, story writing, book reading daughter.  She is 7 1/2 and finishing up 2nd grade. 

I've been married to my husband for almost 11 years.  He's supportive of our homeschooling and we are very thankful for that!!

We have one dog, Maisy, a 6-year old Miniature Schnauzer.  She and our daughter are best buddies and she is most definitely part of the family!!

I started this blog back in May of 2010 as a way to post curriculum reviews for the TOS Homeschool Crew.  Now, almost 11 months later, I still love to review homeschool curriculum, but also enjoy reviewing anything family-friendly, hosting giveaways, or just talking about things homeschool related, fitness, photography, couponing, and our daily lives

If you are looking for some GIVEAWAYS, I am running the following (all end 4/8):

Purex Complete with Zout
The Pirate Daughter's Promise
See the Light: The Crossmaker DVD

If you like what you see, please leave a comment and follow via GFC if you would like.  I also have a Facebook page that I would love for you to visit.  If you have a blog or Facebook page, let me know and I'll stop by as well. 

Thanks again for visiting and enjoy the blog party!!



Anything Place

Party! Party for the blog party :D

Layton Family Joy

ok -the photo makes me want a puppy!



Nice to meet you. I love the photo with the puppy, so cute! I have to give you major props for being a homeschooling mommy. Sometimes I think I should go back to doing it again too.

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot!

Let's get the party started :) I had a ton of fun last year as well and am sure this year will be no different (maybe only better! Haha!)

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging

I'll have to stop by and poke around a bit as we are just in the beginning phases of homeschooling and can definitely use any advice we can get!

Stop by and say hi when you get a chance and have fun "partying" this week!


Stopping by from UPB11. Great to meet you!

There are so many fun blogs to visit! If you have time, I hope you'll stop by:

You can enter to win a $25 Gift cert to my eBay store to spruce up your spring/summer wardrobe (details on post)

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer, Snapshot

You have a beautiful blog -- great pictures.

My party post is at my books blog.

Since your daughter loves books, you'll definitely want to stop by!


Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011!

Love the pic of your daughter and dog!

I am also your newest google friend follower!

Hope you’ll visit my party:

Theresa Thomas

Hi Christine-
I just followed you on Twitter (I'm @Catholicmomof9)and did a post on the Stories for the Homeschool Heart blog here about your blog:

Feel free to grab our Homeschool Heart button and link back to that review of your blog :) You may also add "MY BLOG HAS A HOMESCHOOL HEART" by our logo.

I especially enjoyed your couponing section- I'm such a coupon wannabe-er. :) Have a great day- and please join us on Facebook if you can-

I'll mention your blog there too! God bless, Theresa

Diabetic Snacker Giveaways

I'm #546 on your gfc box good luck to all of us. barb g. directorylanesuperstore(at)


I am your newest fan from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011. I would really appreciate it if you follow me back through Google Connect Friend. I have a lot of contest going on Madame Deals. $25 amazon gift card, Vera Bradley purse, $100 in jewelry, 200 cut coupons, bare minerals gift pack, $30 for an organic outfit, $75 P&G products, and the chance to win $1000. Thank you Amee


Hopping over for #UBP11. I'm a veteran homeschooler, we are in our 15th year!

Sarah Lynne

I am already a follower, stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party!!!


Lisa V Fitness

My son isn't old enough to attend school yet, but I'm really considering homeschooling him, so it's great to meet you! We should definately keep in touch!

If you get a moment, stop by my blog

Owen's Mom

Love your blog. Doesn't it seem like blogs grow and take us in directions we never expected? We love schnauzers in this family, too.

Stop by my little blog if you have the time.

Karina Wetzel

Hello! Lovely Blog!! It is very nice to meet you and I'm very excited to be part of the UBP11 for the first Time...


JDaniel4's Mom

I love tku blog layout!
Stopping from the Utimate Blog Party!

Juliana RW


Stopping by from UBP 2011. My name is Juliana and I hope you return my visit to my Personal blog or Shopping blog. Nice to meet you, feel free to follow my personal blog. Let me know and I follow your blog too.

Lisa Noel

I have an 8 year old super reader too. He reviews books on my blog occassionally

Stopping by from UBP11. Hope you'll stop by mine when you get a chance. Looking forward to read more from you in the future.


Just want to say hello, I'm so excited about all the wonderful blogs I am coming across via UBP11! Tis is my 1st one and I'm still trying to get the hang of it this blog awesome info!


I have crazy respect for home schoolers. No idea how you guys do it.


Hi! I see you feature Reviews and Giveaways. I would like to invite you to add your blog to my “Review and Giveaway Blog Directory” if you haven’t already . Hope you’re having a Sweet Week!

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Just stopping in for the party!

Have a great weekend :)


Hi! I'm a homeschooling mama to 2 little ones, and we haven't even gotten to curriculum yet. I'm so glad to have found you!

Stopping by from UBP and now following you!


Brimful Curiosities

Hi Christine,
I enjoyed reading about you and your family. Stopping by via the UBP post. Isn't it fun to meet so many other moms and bloggers?


Hello from the UBP! I homeschool, too. It's amazing how many people I find that do, it's really cool. I hope you have a great week!

Jen @

Joining the party for UBP11. I'd love for you to try out and review ListPlanIt's Home Education ePlanner for your homeschooling. If you are interested, you can send me an email at


Stopping in from the UBP to say hi :) Have a great weekend!


HI, I'm a fellow homeschooler too. I have a 20 year old that I graduated from our homeschool and I have a 7 year that I'm homeschooling now, too! Always looking for more homeschoolers!


Hey, there! Stopping by for the party! Glad to "meet" you here! We are a fellow home-school family! We are in our first year with our girls, Ruthie(6) and Gigi (4.5). We are loving every minute of it! I'll be back to click around and learn more about you and your adventures with your precious girl! :)


Ashley ✯✯

Stopping by from the party! Would you like to do a blog roll link exchange? If so, add me to your blog roll & then leave a comment on (any) post on my blog along with your link & i'll add yours in ASAP as well! :)

Carolynn @

We have a schnauzer too! I grew up with them!


sweet photo of your daughter and pup! Party on!


Hurray for being your first year! How wonderful that your husband is so supportive of homeschooling! Love that photo of your daughter and doggie!

~Mimi #115


I am following you now! I'm checking you out from the ultimate blog party! Check my blog out at: and follow me too!
Have fun!-Kristine

I can carry all the shopping bags and the babies too.

Nice to meet you! I followed you on network blogs, follwers, and a like on facebook! Love for the same

Like at


Also, would you be interested in having free advertising on my site??

email me at

or facebook book me at


I am partying with you at the Ultimate Blog Hop and loved reading your post your blog looks super cute I am following you and would love to have you come see me at

Bite Size Chef

Hi! Just stopping by from UBP11! Love your blog and hope you will check out my blog as well as my online store

We do a lot of business with homeschool moms - cooking is a wonderful educational experience for kids and a fun a different way of learning ... and the tasty benefits at the end make everyone happy!

We are also on facebook and twitter if you'd like to meet us there!

Nice meeting you,


Already a follower but stopping by for the party!

~Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery~


I am your newest follower on GFC! :) Stopping by from the party to say hi. I would love for you to stop and say hi. I love making new friends...and have made some fantastic new ones already today! :)

Happy partying!

Brandy @Brandy's Brood

Dropping in from UBP!

Our oldest is also 7 1/2 and just finished 2nd grade! :-D

Tina Hollenbeck

Hi! I'm stopping by from the UBP - I'm #73 (Being Made New - on the Christian list. From one homeschooling momma of girls to another, I'm very glad to read a bit about you...and hope you might be able to stop in at my place, too. :^)

Maria and Michelle

So excited to have found your blog! My oldest is almost 4 and we're going to begin our homeschool journey soon! I bet this blog will be a great resource :)

Come by when you have a chance to visit!

Michelle @ FTSN


Heyo! Stopping in from the blog party.


Stopping by from the UBP! It's nice to meet a fellow homeschooler!


I stopping by from UBP11! You have a nice layout and it's nice to meet you.

Please feel free to stop by my blog

Leah C

Hi! Stopping by from the UBP. I enjoy reading reviews, so I'm sure I'll be back. :-)

Cindy Swanson

What a great blog you have...and what a wonderful investment you're making in your daughter's life!

I enjoyed my visit...hope you'll stop by and visit me!


I'm stopping by from the party! Love your site - super cute! We are homeschooling {again} next year after a few years of public/private schools... Looking forward to starting it up again! Blessings! :)


Hello! I'm stopping by from the Party! I'm having a blast and I hope you are too!


Found you from the UBP. Love learning about homeschooling. Cute family.
God Bless,


Hopped over from the UBP. So nice to meet you. You have such a lovely family---of course the dog is included!


It is so great to discover your blog! You have a beautiful family and the picture of your daughter and dog together is seriously, seriously cute!

Have a great time partying this week!


Stopping by from UBP2011. I am also a homeschooling mom (graduated one already, one this year, and 3 more at home to go). I always love to find good hs blogs.

Making Our Family Complete

Just dropping in from the UBP11! Nice to "meet you." Stop by my blog when you have a chance Making Our Family Complete. I blog about my family's journey to adopt an infant domestically.

P.S. We are giving away a Dunkin Donut GC as added incentive to visit :)

Jennifer Sikora

Stopping by to visit from the UBP!

Isn't homeschooling great?

For Such a Time as This


Visiting you from UBP! Thank you for the wonderful resources on Lent for children - looking forward to reading them, Mama MOE (


Dropping in from UBP!
I home school my 7 1/2 year-old daughter as well, but her developmental delays still have us doing Kindergarten work. It is the most challenging and REWARDING thing I've ever done.

I now follow through Networked Blogs and look forward to your reviews.



Brandi @ Flip FLop Mama

You have a beautiful family! We homeschooled for a few years and it was the most challenging but rewarding thing. Im now following you via GFC and liked you on FB. If you'd like to learn more about me or my family please stop by and "visit" us, we'd love to have you! or on facebook at!/pages/Flip-Flop-Mama/143584272352882.

Becky @ From Ministry to Motherhood

Just stopping by from the UBP. We have an 18 month old and are beginning to wonder if we should homeschool. Glad I found the site so I could get a little more information as we work our way through this decision.



Hi! Just stopping by for my first UBP! Looking forward to meeting new people. Please stop by my little blog and say hello!


Hi Christine,
Lovely to meet you and your blog through UPB. This is my first year and I am finding many wonderful blogs, like yours.


Gg - Notes on the Journey # 269


I'm a new follower from UBP11. I was also a homeschool mom. My younger daughter has just finished with high school.


The Edin Family

Oh my gracious! I am so so so thankful for your blog! I am popping in from UBP. Thank you for blogging. I am so excited to read more! My son is almost 2 and I would like to start now! :) hope you have a blessed week!

life...just saying

Oh my, just discovered the UBP and I can't seem to tear myself away to go to bed! Just one more blog...Love it!


I love to meet new blogs! Hopping over from the UBP2011.

I just started to homeschool my daughter in Jan - and I can't believe I waited so long! Next year I will HS all 3 of my kids!


hi we're new fans from the UBP11. Hope you can visit us!


What a great site! I cant wait to follow! :-)


Visiting from UBP! I love finding good, solid homeschool resource blogs. My littles are not school-aged yet, but I plan to homeschool preschool and possibly kindergarten (our public school gives an HOUR or MORE of homework every night in KINDERGARTEN!!). I will certainly be back!


Hi there!

I'm visiting from the UBP11 and love everything you have to offer here! I look forward to reading more.

I blog over at about my life with my miracle baby who is 1 of about 5 in the world, how being a momma with a chronic disease can be rough, and how we practice gratitude and celebrate the impossible!

Have a fabulous day!


Stopping by to say ‘Hi’ from my 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2011 link-up! What a great blog you have and I will be following! Stop by and say ‘Hi’ back! I have blog parties on Tuesday and Wednesday’s that may interest you. Tuesday is Tutorial & Thrifty Treasures Tuesday. Wednesday is What’s Cookin’ Wednesday. I am also looking for guest posts on home d├ęcor and crafts if you are interested.

Extreme Personal Measures


Your blog isn't just nice to look at, there is practical and helpful information here, too. It is a blog I can recommend to my readers who are interested in home schooling (I am a former home school teacher and now a grandmother looking forward to participating in home school lessons for the grandkids). I would enjoy having you as a visitor to my blog -- I found you by way of the UBP and having fun with that.

Susan at

Traci Michele

Stopping by to follow you from the UBP11! Come visit/follow me at Ordinary Inspirations? I look forward to connecting with u more. Please stay in touch. If you like what you see, please add me to your blog roll.

Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations


Hi Christine! Heading over from the UBP. It's nice to meet you! I'm a new follower : )
I have two blogs I'd love for you to visit when you have the time: (Daily Giveaways) (Family Blog)


I just found your blog and became a follower! :) Love your blog! :) Erin

I am looking for people to do giveaways for me on my blog! Let me know if you are interested! :) Erin

La'Tonya Richardson

Stopping by from UBP, this has been a great party! I'm following you now!

You might want to check out my media blog, we're hosting a What's For Dinner Twitter Party, and Petit Jean Meats has sponsored some GREAT prizes including a HUGE spiral sliced ham, a complete turkey dinner, and a ham gift box. Check out the details


Following you from Ultimate Blog Party!! Great to join your blog. Would love for you to stop by at my home:


Found you via UBP! I'm a Christian,Army wife of 14 years, and blessed homeschooling mom, stationed in Germany. God's blessed us with 5 children, and he holds our oldest in his arms after her brave fight against AML leukemia.
Look forward to getting to know you better! Feel free to stop by my blog:

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling

Oh, we're starting our homeschooling journey this year with prek :)
Swinging in to say hello from the UBP. It's been a whirlwind, it's amazing to see how many blogs there are out there and how many people you have something in common with :) Feel free to swing by my UBP for an Amazon giveaway (worldwide) or if dresses are your thing, the Shabby Apple Giveaway (RV $92) (US only) is pretty awesome!

Centsational Saver

I find myself surprised at how many homeschooling blogs I'm finding. Really impressive. I can't imagine how you find the time to blog too! I'm a SAHM to two of our six children. I still can't find enough hours in the day to blog and end up til 12 or 1 in the morning. Kudos to you.

I'm just starting to work my way through the UBP list. I'm a new follower. I hope you will stop by my blog as well and take a look:

Susan (5 Minutes For Mom)

Thank you for partying with us. Sorry I'm so late getting here.


Hi! I found you from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and I wanted to invite you to join my Directory for Review and Giveaway Blogs (if you haven’t already). It’s an easy way to increase exposure to your blog and it’s Free.

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