Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Welcome Ultimate Blog Party Readers! Not sure what the Ultimate Blog Party is? You can click on the banner above to take you to 5 Minutes for Mom blog and find over 1,000 blogs to check out. This is my second year participating and it is so much fun. Last year I found some great new blogs to read and I am looking forward to checking into as many as I can to see what I find this year.

My name is Sara and I am a happy stay-at-home mother to 4 (with one on the way). My wonderful husband works full time so that I can stay at home and take care of the family, house and finances.

I started this blog back in 2009 after my family and I did a 30 Days of Nothing Challenge. For this challenge my family tried to cut back on all our expenses, utilities, groceries, entertainment costs, you name it. We were able to save a lot of money that month and it truly changed our lives forever. We created a budget, developed new spending habits, and have found lots of new ways to save money.

Along with saving money, we are also on a quest to start eating better too. This means purchasing more locally grown foods and growing more of our own food. I love to garden. We have a large garden, fruit trees and have just became backyard chicken owners! We got our chicks at the end of March and hope to have fresh eggs by Fall.

My blog basically gives you a mixed bag of ways to save money, coupon offers, match-ups for both Hy-Vee and Fareway grocery stores as well as Target and Walgreens, recipes, gardening ideas, homestead happenings and anything else that I find interesting. Feel free to grab yourself a cup of coffee, make yourself at home and look around.

If you like what you see, you can become a fan on Facebook or feel free to sign up to get email updates at the top of my site.

Thanks for stopping by and happy blog hopping!!

Ohh and there is SO many prizes to win. My top three are as follows...

USC3 $50 Target Giftcard
USC8 $55 Amazon E-Giftcard
US32 $20 Target giftcard

And of course any of the following would be great too US27, US31, US52, US55, US87, US107 or US27.


  1. Hi, I am making my rouds on my first UBP meet & greet - so nice to meet you!

  2. Hi there.
    Stopping by via the Ultimate Blog Party to say hello.
    Have a great day!

  3. I'm hopping over from UBP and so glad I did, I'm now a new follower since I like what I'm reading/finding here on your great blog. I'd love for you to stop by and meet me and have you as a follower as well. I hope you have a great time partying at UBP.

  4. Hi there! Just popping in from UBP to be your newest Google Follower-Hooray! You have a lovely blog! Hope you can swing by mine! Have a super weekend!

    Bridgette Groschen
    The Groschen Goblins

  5. The 30 day challenge sounds like a great idea! I may have to try one of my own!

  6. Happy UBP Party!!!! What a lovely blog you have here!!!! Following you on Google Friend Connect. You can also follow me at

    Love to see you soon....have a great weekend!

  7. It's nice to learn more about you! I've enjoyed your recipes over the past few months.

  8. Hi :-)
    New follower here from the Friday Follow! You can follow me at
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Sara,
    Thanks for stopping by my party! hmmmm a 30 day of Nothing challenge huh ? I don't think I could do that because I would need a DEAL on something lol


  10. I would love to be able to grow my own vegetables!
    Unfortunately, I do not have a green thumb:(
    Nice to party with a deal finding blogger!
    Barbie & Joelle

  11. Congratulations! I saw that you are due in Nov. :)

    Thanks for stopping by Notes From the Cookie Jar! I don't have a green thumb either...we'd probably starve if I had to grow all our food, lol!

  12. Great blog! Hopefully we can exchange some "green" tips. I wish we had a garden, I just don't have the inspiration when I'm hoping we won't be staying in this house for long.

  13. Stopping by from the UBP-Have a great weekend.

  14. Stopping by from UBP. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so glad that you did. I am now a new follower of your blog. I am trying to be more frugal these days!


  15. Hey! Stopping by from UBP!
    Happy party-ing!

  16. yay, congrats on the chickens! I would love to do that but DH would kill me. I do blog about eating local food though. Hope you're enjoying the party!

  17. Stopping by from Friday Follow, on Saturday! I am your newest follower. Hope you get a chance to stop by my corner of BloggyLand!

  18. I LOVE your blog. I come every week to check out the Grocery match-ups plus have been following and enjoying reading about your chickens. Thanks for taking time to create and update this blog. I enjoy it!

  19. Stopping by for the party, I enjoy all your money saving tips and look forward to more! Happy Party!

  20. Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. You have a great site. I would love it if you visited my blog and left me a comment! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

    The Healthy Moms

  21. Hi Sara,
    Nice to meet you. Visiting from the UBP. Keep up the awesome work you're doing with your family, saving and eating better.

  22. I remember a friend of mine participating in the 30 days of Nothing! I thought about it.... :-)

    Hop on by if you've got the time!

    I'm giving away prize USC#37 on 5M4M prize page but I have a few others on my blogs too.

    $150 spa gift card from
    Another $50 gift card
    $150 gift card to CDN shop Canadian Tire

    Enjoy the last day of the party!