Did Someone Say Party?

I’ve always been one who loved parties. Any cause for celebration and I’m there. If I could afford to be Martha, we’d have some big shindig every week, complete with engraved somethingorothers and matching whatchamacallits.

My husband, on the other hand, prefers things a little more low key. (Lucky for him that we’re not rich, eh?)

The idea of a party just makes me smile. I’ve always been like that. Just ask my mom.

Here I am (bottom right) at my seventh birthday party. My imagination must have gone wild, and my mother indulged it all, right down to sewing a dress for each guest and making tissue paper flower hairpieces! We even had a roast pig cooked in a pit in the backyard.

(Not really, but I wanted one.)

So, when I heard about the Ultimate Blog Party, I thought, I wanna go! So, here’s my little post to say, “Hey!”

My name is Jessica. My parents call me Jessica Ann. My kids call me Mama. My husband, sweet man, calls me Super-Ultra-Lightening Babe. (Really, it’s programmed into his cell phone that way. Well, abbreviated, anyway.)

And I’ve been known to go by FishMama as well.

This blog, my little home away from home, is my effort to bring encouragement and inspiration to other moms. It’s a tough job, being a mom, but it’s a great one.

But, no one wants a crabby mom. So, it’s important — for all of us — to have a good attitude. And so that’s my overall theme here, how can we find JOY on this journey?

I write about a variety of topics here at LifeasMOM.

** I love food and talk a lot about it. My readers and I swap recipes every week.

** My husband and I have been on a journey to get out of debt. We paid off a chunk of change over the last two years, about $18,000. We are now in the black, thanks to a great God and a lot of coupons.

** I am the new hostess of Frugal Fridays, having the baton passed to me recently from my friend Crystal. It’s been awesome to have so many wise people come visit and share their creative ideas for saving money.

** I pride myself in that I can make a birthday cake in any theme – even sausages and scrambled eggs. I even wrote a book about it.

** I’m also the mother of six children under twelve, so I write about life with a big crew and all the management “opportunities” that come with that. Life is never boring!

** I also know the secret to losing 20 pounds in 2 minutes.

If you think you might want to join me on this road to joyful motherhood, don’t forget to Subscribe. You can also follow me on twitter.

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  1. Juliana RW says:

    lovely birthday’s photo…

    I participate in UBP 09 as well, my personal‘s blog, photo‘s blog, travel‘s blog. Hope you visit mine as well . Thanks

  2. Amanda from Faith, Food and Family says:

    Isn’t this such a neat thing!? I’m partying over at my blog too. This is my first year participating. It’s really a fun idea!
    God bless,

  3. Lynnette Kraft says:

    Hello Super-Ultra-Lightening Babe! That IS funny!!!

    I’m over for your party! I’m usually not that into partying, but this one is indeed fun!

    So you’re the new Frugal Fridays hostess. I know Crystal, well, actually I know her momma and I’ve only met her once – I live near her family and we used to go to church together. They are such a nice family.

    Pop over and say hi! I’d love to have you for a visit!
    Have a beautiful day.

  4. oh amanda says:

    Love love love the cakes! I’m kind of a kids’ birthday party junkie anyway. Now I want to have a Fancy Nancy party! 😉

  5. Love the birthday picture! Come visit the party over at my blog

  6. It looks like your 7th birthday party was the place to be. How fun!

  7. Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but I just had to comment on the party picture. What a mom you have – matching dresses for everyone at the party! That is too cute!

  8. Parties are the best! Party On! From an old hippie grandma.

  9. The Happy Housewife says:

    Can’t remember how I initially found your blog, but I am so glad I did. Your cake book is awesome! The Star Wars cake was such a big hit. I have until May to rest up for our next party… so many choices!

  10. StacieinAtlanta says:

    I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out. What a great week we are in for!

    Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. 🙂

    The Divine Miss Mommy

  11. Just going from party to party to see how others are doing this blogging thing.

    I can’t believe that you mom sewed all those dresses for your birthday…how FUN!

    My prize is #115 check it out!
    Have a good weekend blog partyn’!

  12. love this post. You look adorable! Kid sisters weren’t allowed?

  13. Amanda H. says:

    Love your blog! I have seen the Frugal Fridays messages on other blogs and didn’t realize you were the new host…congrats!

    Thanks for hosting the party!

  14. UnfinishedMom says:

    Just wanted to let you know, I’ve been visiting you on Frugal Friday for a few weeks and off and on before that. I recently decided to be not so “off” and more “on” I’ve become a follwer. I love your blog.

  15. valerie2350 says:

    Happy UBP! 🙂
    Hope you have a fabulous day!


  16. Michele @ Frugal Granola says:

    That photo is priceless! 🙂 I love it.
    I’m stopping by from the UBP today.

    Michele 🙂

  17. Super Fun Mama says:

    Hi, coming over from UBP. I’m trying to visit all the blogs. Right now, if I visit 149 per day in the next 7 days I’ll make it. I’m hoping for long nap times for the next 7 days! Anyway, it is really nice to meet you and your blog. I have a toddler learning blog myself where we do a lot of learning activities and have fun. Blogs are my favorite way to spend time. They’ve totally replaced magazines for me. So nice to meet you! Have a magical day!

  18. The World's Dresser says:

    Hi there, stopping by to say hello from the UBP and wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  19. Hi, I am new to blogging, this is my first blog party.
    I am working on becoming a coupon diva. I am excited for the Sunday paper tomorrow. I am really good at frugal shopping, and love a bargain. I am lucky that the 6 kiddos really will eat about anything I cook. I cook a hot meal usually every day for lunch for them.
    Oops left a part out the kiddos are my Daycare kids.
    I love the blogs that I have visited during the Party as I have found, giveaways, coupons, money saving tips, recipes, and lots of great people.
    I also believe if you can’t pay cash for it, you don’t need it. It is a wonderful way to live.
    Thanks for inviting us to stop by and visit. It has been great fun.

  20. cute party pictue
    Happy UBP!!!

  21. Comfort Joy Designs says:

    Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.


  22. Brea's Mommy says:

    Love your losing 20 pounds in 2 minutes post! Nice to meet you. Hope you are having fun at the party! I would also like to invite you to link to Show off your blog Saturday! I would love to read your favorite post!

  23. Just stopping by for a visit! Hope you’re having a blast partying!

  24. robinsbluenest says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and got a kick out of you (fish?)cakes. 🙂
    Oh and BTW…..I have been saving up for a complete set of engraved somethingorothers and their matching whatchamacallits.

  25. Christian Frugal Mama says:

    Hey! I already follow and read your blog, but just wanted to stop by during the party and tell you how much I love and appreciate your blog! What an inspiration! Blessings!

  26. Hi! I am hopping over from the UBP!! Nice to meet you!

  27. JamericanSpice says:

    Nice to meet you!

    Talk about a party!

    I’m quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

    Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

  28. Graceful Mom says:

    When you said you like to party, I can already pinpoint you in that picture even before you said that you’re the one below right. 🙂

    I enjoyed your party, stop by at mine, in Dubai if you have time!

  29. FishMama says:

    Thanks for stopping by, all!

  30. Erin @ Closing Time says:

    I’m a new blogger, and this is my first visit to your blog. I love your theme. Happy UBP09!

  31. Lindsay Ernst says:

    So glad I happened upon your blog at UBP 09! I’m anxious to follow your great blog! Stop on by our little world!

    Blessings to you!

  32. Hi Jessica! So nice to meet you. I subscribed because, man, it would be nice to learn how to avoid the whole crabby mom thing.

    Just blog hopping in through the party link list.
    Stop in on my party if you’ve got a minute!

  33. I like your blog. Glad to find you

  34. Tiaras and Tantrums says:

    Hello – here on the party route – still trying to meet up with all the blogs – have been to 250+ so far – last day! Lovely to meet your blog!!

  35. Money Savin' Momma says:

    Love your blog and your frugal friday posts! 🙂

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