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Friday, April 1, 2011

2011 Ultimate Blog Party


Thank you to Janice and Susan at 5 Minutes for Mom for hosting this annual event.  It’s a great way to meet some great bloggers, and even have a chance at some great prizes.

And welcome to anyone visiting from the blog party, thank you for coming.  It’s good to see you!

Homeschooling Hearts & Minds started as a personal journal and a way to keep our (at the time) far-flung family up-to-date on kid-happenings. 


Things have changed a bit since 2008.  We are not geographically distant from our loved ones, so my focus has changed.  I’m more about interacting with my fellow homeschoolers, including sharing tips and free resources I find on the web.  I’ve added some reviews (of mostly homeschool curricula).



But I think you’ll find that my primary focus is sharing some of our real-life struggles as a homeschooling family with 4 kiddos, ages 2 on up to 11, including one child with some unusual special needs.




If you’re interested in reviews, take a look at the tabs at the top of this page.  If you are more interested in the personal side of this blog, you’ll want to check out happenings, kid pics, and reflections and some of the other labels in my sidebar.


  1. Hi Susan ~

    Stopping by from the UBP ... I am also a homeschool mom and love reading other homeschoolers blogs.

    Great blog! Have a good weekend!


  2. Everything is very well organized!

    (My UBP blog post is at my book blog 5 Minutes for Books).

  3. Beautiful children! Beautiful blog! Would love if you'd stop by our place too: Stories for the Homeschool Heart Here:

  4. Hi! Visiting you today from the UBP! It is great to get to meet you! You blog sounds like a lot of fun!!

  5. Stopping by to mingle a bit. It's nice to find more homeschooling blogs to read. :)

  6. I'm already a follower, but I wanted to stop by and say hello. :)

  7. Hopped over from the UBP. I'm a new follower. really enjoyed reading your blog and learning a bit about your family.

  8. Excited to find another homeschooling mom blog! Looks like this will be a great one :)

    Just came by from UBP11 ~ Stop by our blog when you have a moment!

    Michelle @ FTSN

  9. Hello from a fellow homeschool reviewer! Nice to meet you and see your cool blog. I'm visiting from the UBP.

  10. Hi. We homeschool too, but I blog about food. :-) I'm stopping by from UBP11. Come by my blog and enter my giveaway. I also host recipes on Mondays and Thursdays.

  11. Hi nice to meet you fellow homeschooler! I am now a follower of your blog! I invite you to come visit my homeschool blog! Nice to meet you! :)

  12. Following you from UBP!

  13. Hey darling-stopping by while on the UBP tour. Have fun!
    Sheriff Sheri

  14. Stopping by from the UBP11 hop. I really like your chalkboard header. Very nice.

    I am a Christian wife and mother to one. I am doing PreK homeschool right now. She loves it. I love finding great homeschool resources for her.

    Stop by and say hi anytime. I love having visitors and comments.
    Long Wait For Isabella

  15. 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

  16. Hi, I found your adorable blog on the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and I'm a new
    follower. Hop over and say Hi if you get a chance, Jennifer from Just

    I'm a homeschool mom too!

  17. Hi! I'm stopping by from #ubp11. We are homeschoolers, too. I have added your blog to my RSS reader and "liked" your Fan page. Sure would appreciate it if you would stop by our corner, too.
    Thank you!

  18. Hi! Popped over from the party and now following you! My husband has severe psoriasis on his hands (that he's horrible at taking care of!), so I'd love to hear of your favorite non-prescription products!

  19. Howdy!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

    And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)


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