Friday, April 5, 2013

2013 Ultimate Blog Party + Giveaway!

The winner of my giveaway is Dee L - comment #8!
Dee - please contact me before Saturday, April 20th to claim you prize!


Today is a fun day - it is that day when, once again, 5 Minutes for Mom throws their massive Ultimate Blog Party!!  Each year they host a this "party" to introduce bloggers to other bloggers and have a grand time while doing it.  It is my third year participating and I've got my drink in hand, my feet up, and I am ready to party!!

If you are new to Musings of a Palouse Mom from the ultimate blog party, Welcome!  I am excited to get to know YOU and hope that you stick around and get to know me as well!  My name is Renee and here's a little info about me and my blog!

Carl & I have been married for almost 9 years!

We have three beautiful little girls - 
which is nothing short of a miracle
(the beginning of this story can be found here, here, and here)

What will you find on Musings? ... well, I would consider this a Mom blog that shares my journey of being a farmer's wife, a stay at home mom, a (trying to be) woman of faith, a fitness lover, and even at times a try to be cook...

Musings on country living:  I LOVE being a farmer's wife, even during the challenges of busy seasons where my husband is out the door at 5am and not home until after 9pm... I wanted this life from my childhood and never thought it possible until God brought Carl into my life!  I write about the our many adventures in our country life.

Musings on faith:  My faith and religion are EXTREMELY important to me.  I am so imperfect but am striving and struggling to raise my daughters to be servants of Christ who love Him with their whole hearts, souls, and mind.  I share my struggles and successes at keeping Him at the center of our lives.

Musings on family
:  My family is everything to me.  Being a mom of three girls 5 and under is an amazing experience, often challenging, but always entertaining. :)  Our oldest has childhood apraxia of speech and is still largely non-verbal.  I share about our journey to giving her a voice.  Our middle suffered from VUR and had multiple hospital stays with kidney infections until it was fixed, I shared about that and now just share about her antics as a typical but EXTREMELY strong-willed three year old!!  Our baby, is just, well, our first typical baby.  For the most part you get cute photos of her!

Musings on fitness: I am the mom of three kids and still struggling to get my body back.  I managed to meet my goal this fall of shedding all the baby weight and am back into pre-pregnancy clothes!! My over-arching goal is simply to get back to being comfortable in my own skin again!  Running is usually my go-to exercise, but I also have been trying to mix it up more.  I write about my journey in juggling fitness with motherhood, injuries, and house projects!

Musings on food:  I love to cook, bake, can... pretty much anything in the kitchen I enjoy.  I'm not necessarily very good at it - some things turn out great, most things turn out ok, and a few things go straight into the garbage... I have a hard time following recipes to the letter which could explain some of my kitchen escapades!  I want to share more about my adventures in the kitchen!

In honor of 5 minute for Mom's 2013 Ultimate Blog Party, I am doing a giveaway from a good friend's Etsy shop - My Sweet Potato 3.  She makes custom crochet hats and photography props.

Follow along and leave a comment on this post to be entered to win:  One item of your choice up to $30!!

Giveaway Ends at midnight April 12th and a winner will be picked via!

Click HERE to go back to the UBP13 Linky List!!!


Juliana RW said...

I come for the party ^___*. You have wonderful daughters. So cute... Nice to "meet" you.

Pls return to see my UBP blog post too in here: See you at my blog ;)

Kate said...

Stopping by from the UBP - you have a beautiful family!

Anonymous said...

Being a farmer's wife certainly sounds interesting (it is a lifestyle I know very little about...) and a little bit romantic. I never follow recipes to the letter either. :)


Shelly said...

I am so happy that I found your blog a few years ago. Finding other woman that I really feel like I connect with has made blogging worth it and so encouraging to me. Thank you for sharing through your blog.

Solarride Rivernik said...

What a gorgeous family!
And thanks for the chance!


Nicky Hudelson said...

I love the simple life! And your friend makes some adorable items! How sweet your family is!
Visiting from the UBP and taking a moment to link up and say HI!

pookielocks said...

stopping by from #ubp13! make journals! Please stop by my website at and visit my journal store!

Five Bees in the Triangle said...

Hi, there-
Stopping by from UBP because Palouse caught my eye. I went to college in Spokane and still have friends and extended family in your neck of the woods. Beautiful part of the country. So nice to "meet" you.

Dee L said...

Hopping through from the UBP13!

Your family is so cute! I never follow a recipe either. I don't think it's a bad thing... I do have to be more careful about baking recipes than I do with cooking recipes.

Take care!

Betty Taylor said...

I am visiting with the UBP#13. What a fantastic story, you have such a beautiful family and a very busy life. I can't wait to read more about all of you. Sounds like you have had a few struggles too.

A M said...

I went to UBP website and found you there! I love your blog website! You have such a beautiful miracle children! I hope to win this baby hat from your friend's Etsy store for my niece/future Goddaughter. Last month, we found out that she's hearing impaired or deaf! Please keep her and her parents in your prayers - she is going to take a few tests to see if she can have a cochlear implant. Thank you! Alisa :)