Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

 Welcome to the party!  This is my first time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party and I am super excited.  Join me for some crazy dancing, chocolate covered strawberries, lattes all around, and a GREAT music giveaway!

Who am I?  I'm a homeschooling mom of seven (ages 9-20) who's been doing this for quite a long time and hopes to share my experience with other homeschoolers.  I also review homeschool products here, as well as those of more general interest and BOOKS.  My bibliophile tendencies and my new Nook have inspired me to join lots of reading challenges this year and I'm loving it.

I'm one who never feels like I quite fit in any crowd. I admit to being weird, odd, strange, goofy, snarky, silly and strange.  I'm a homeschooler who prefers purple suede boots to denim jumpers, a pastor's wife who enjoys pop culture, a mom who loves to game and stay up late and owns several sets of dice.  I'm a "peculiar people" and that's exactly why I started The Homeschool Misfits Awards, a crazy contest for those homeschoolers who proudly admit to being misfits.  We had a great time with these last October and I look forward to their return in the fall!

latte art Pictures, Images and PhotosI dream of being an author one day and, after several first drafts during National Novel Writing Month, have finally committed to working on one and hopefully making it fit for...something.  Yet I also want to homeschool, blog, review, work with teen ministry, work with women's ministry, go to cons, read, play, and LIVE!  There are so many opportunities in life and I have so many interests that I added the More to this blog's title.  Who knows what you'll find here any given day but More pretty much covers it all!

I hope you'll hang out here for a little bit and see if it's a place you'd like to party throughout the year.  There are a few categories with a couple links each, so find one you're interested in and let me know what you think.  Be sure to leave a comment so I can come by and visit your party too, I'd love to make new friends!  Not partying?  Click on the Blog Party banner at the top of this post and see how you can participate.

WAIT, Don't Go Yet!  What's a party without great music?  I have a giveaway running right now for an autographed copy of Beautiful Tuesday's debut album!  The drummer just so happens to be a homeschool graduate (and my son!) but I'm not biased at all when I say this is a not-to-be-missed giveaway! ;-)  Click on over, watch the music video, and enter the giveaway!  It's a party favor!




Homeschooling as a Christian:

Homeschool Product Reviews: 
This blog has tons of homeschool reviews.  Here are a couple for your sampling pleasure!

I Love Books!:
Click the Reading Challenges Tab at the top of the blog to check those out and check out the sample reviews below.

Thanks for coming!  Hope to see you again soon!


TerriG said...

Hey Lori: I didn't know you got a nook and that Glenn can dance and repair airplanes. Oh the things we learn on the internet. I'm partying with you, but I promise I won't dance like him.

Mrs. White said...

You did a super job with this Lori!!!

Mrs. White

Maria and Michelle said...

My kids are just wee ones, but I'm planning to home school. I hope to read more about your experience soon!

Enjoy the UBP11!

Michelle @ FTSN

Anonymous said...

I was just so mesmerized by your gifs I almost forgot to read the post. Nice to meet you! I'm sticking you (well, your link, anyhow) in my homeschool blog bookmarks. Happy UBP11!

Sela said...

Stopping by from the party :)
You look like the woman I want to become, thanks for your real-ness and just showing that it's okay to be who you are!
My kids are young yet, but I'm looking forward to continuing my homeschooling adventure.
Following you now as well!
Stop by my party post if you get the chance:

Annabeaninc said...

Just stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party, I'm amazed you've homeschooled all of your 7 children. Now that is a WonderWoman kind of job haha. I'll be following along and reading, follow back here:

TaMara said...

Stopping by from the party. My kids are younger than yours and I only have 5, so I know I can learn much from you.

I'm your newest follower.

Lori said...

It's been a crazy day but I appreciate having partiers and I will pop in to your parties tomorrow! Loving the Blog Party idea! :-D

MissMOE said...

I LOL when I read the title of your blog. If we were all being honost we'd all admit we aren't supermoms. Thanks for the tour of your blog--glad I clicked over from the UBP.

Lori said...

I have now visited all the parties to this point, I believe! Making a note for myself here, hoping I have my more party peeps to visit later. :-D

Deb said...

Hey - came over from the UBP! Thanks for commenting at mine. This is fun! I added you to my reader - I can always use more homeschool weirdos as buddies!

MustardSeedReads said...

Hello! Love your quirky blog! I'm a misfit homeschooling mom that has tried it all over the years. Like you, I finally accepted that I'm an unschooler at heart that's a curriculum junkie.

Conni said...

It is great to find all these homeschoolers on the UBP11 circuit!

I'm Conni, homeschooling mom of three and army wife in Alaska.

It is great to "meet" you!


Erin @ Closing Time said...

Hi! Happy UBP!! It's great to see a fellow TOS Crew member participating!! Thanks so much for stopping by and entering my blog design giveaway!

Jules said...

Hey there! I was stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011!! Always great to find other christian, homeschooling moms!! Feel free to stop by my blog Have a great day! :D

Adena said...

Hello from another "misfit" homeschooling mom!! My #1 reason to homeschool was because I am NOT a morning person LOL. And it fits with my husband's crazy work schedule so we can actually have family time sometimes. Great blog.

Linda said...
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My name is Momma said...

Those strawberries looks pretty awesome! We are also a homeschooling family. Nice to meet ya : )

Sheri said...

Hey Lori-just whizzing by whilst on the party train. Have fun!

Jennifer said...

Hi, I found you on the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and now I’m a new follower of your adorable blog! Hop over and say HI if you get a chance Jennifer from Just

Anonymous said...

Hi Lori, I found you on the UBP11 last night, or should I say the wee hours of the morning. My eyes were getting weary so I knew I had to come back today feeling refreshed. I'm glad I did! I'm now one of your new followers. Can't wait to read more and I look forward to your updates :)
When you get a chance, please come on over and visit my blog and say hello...

Becky said...

I'm here from the #ubp11. We're homeschoolers, as well! I just followed you on NetworkBlogs.

Brandi said...

Hi! Just found your blog from the UBP11, and I love it! I homeschooled my oldest daughter for 3 years, got serious burn-out AND had a baby Christmas before last. So, I sent both my oldest and middle daughter to public school this year. Oldest is thriving, but the other...not so much. So back to homeschooling I go. I'll be teaching her 1st grade next year. I couldn't believe it when I read your method of teaching...sounds so much like what I want to do with my 6yr old! We just discovered lapbooking, and my girls love it!

Anyway, I would love to discuss all of this with you sometime. You can find me at:


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