Friday, April 9, 2010

Joining The Ultimate Blog Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010
Thanks for stopping by to join me for this blogging party hosted by 5 minutes for moms!

I am brand new to blogging, and just started a couple months ago. I kind of jumped in with 2 feet as I tend to do with any project I am excited about. I am not new to the web world as I have been building a website called, Cottage Home Decorating , where I share hundreds of decorating ideas every day to viewers all over the world. The website was born out of a need to make an income after quitting work to stay home with my kids.

After 2 years of web building I have decide to plunge into the blogger world, with a desire to become more personal and talk about a range of topics beyond decorating.

Now here I am joining a blog party that I just learned about only days ago! I figured I have nothing to lose.... right? I want to meet more blogger moms, and women who are on this fabulous journey with me.

So Who Am I? Since my blog is rather new, these simple facts might give you a peek view into my life and an idea of what this blog is going to be all about. I hope we can become friends!

20 Quick Facts About Me...
1. I have 3 busy boys, and a wonderful husband.

2. I love all shades of pinks and whites.

3. I love my homemade vanilla lattes more than Starbuck's. ( but I settle when neccessary! )

4. I homeschool not because its easy, but because I feel its the best choice for my boys.

5. I have 2 babies in heaven, one of which I carried to 7 months. I lost the first to a rare chromosome disorder and was devastated.

6.I went through divorce after losing 2 babies.

7. I thought I would never have more children after my first son and losing 2 babies.

8.Today I have twin boys who are 3 years old! A true miracle...(story to follow)

9.I have seen God redeem, restore and renew our family.

10.I don't have an interior decorating degree, but just go by natural instinct and love color and design.

11.I live in a 100 year old farmhouse that is going to be getting a major remodel this year. Are you ready for the ride? (soon to be documented here!)

12.I grew up as a P.K. (preacher's kid) and a M.K. (missionary kid).

13.I was homeschooled as a child when no one homeschooled except MK's. There were 2 curriculums available!

14. I lived in Africa and Lebanon.

15. I hate to move now and like to stay in one place, since I moved all my childhood.

16. I never meet a stranger. I love meeting new and interesting people.

17. I have many acquaintances but very few close friends that I can bear my heart to.

18. I am getting ready to publish my first ebook on decorating and have plans for more in the future.

19. I hope to someday guest blog for other sites.

20. I feel my calling in life is to bring hope and inspiration to others from the tragedies, hurts, and struggles God has brought me through.

You can join me on Facebook.... Cottage Home Decorating
And you can follow me on Twitter .... @TheCottageChick
Be sure to Subscribe here so you won't miss out on my blog posts. Lots coming your way!

I look forward to meeting you, come join the party and let's be friends!


  1. Toot Tootin' the #UBP10 Party Horn!!!

    I love meeting new bloggers! I'm your newest fan on twitter and Facebook!!!

    Love your 20 things! You are a rock and a blessing to your family! We also homeschool and I have twin girls! (TEENS who are DRIVING!) ack!

    Have a great party! Stop in and visit!

    @Susieqtpies at Scraps of Life

  2. Oh yeah I was your 1st comment! oh yeah toot toot my party horn!

  3. WAHOO!!! I am the first one to comment!!!
    All right!
    nice place you got here!
    I look forward to talking or tweeting at you soon!
    Awesome. I am 180 on the linky list if you wanna see my PART-TAY post!!!
    I'll tweet this post OUT! Loved it!

  4. okay second or third. Ahh well!!!

    You still ROCK!

  5. Hi! I hope you are having as much fun as I am! What an adorable blog!

  6. You have such a cute blog! And such an inspirational story!! I am a new follower and look forward to reading more!!

  7. Thanks for sharing the 20 things about you. I am excited to see your remodeled farm house! So exciting!

  8. YAY!! Another new blogger. I don't feel alone anymore. It is so nice meeting you. Your blog is so cute!!

  9. I'm here for the party! I can't wait to see your remodel!

  10. Great to meet you!! The blog party is really a lot of fun and I love to meet new people:-) Happy Partying!

  11. I'm visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party! Whoo Hooo! I love helping busy mom's tap into their creativity! Ohh 100 year old farmhouse. Can't wait to see the transformation!

  12. Great to know more about you! Enjoy the party!

  13. Hi, I just popped over from the Ultimate Blog Party! As a grandmother of twins I enjoyed reading about your whole family. And as a blogger who writes about the Sandwich Generation at SandwichINK along with real estate and design info for the Sandwich Generation at SandwichINKrealEstateInfo, I will definitely be following you on Twitter. Have a blessed week ;)

  14. Love finding new homeschool bloggers. I also homeschool my kiddos. It was great coming across your blog from the UBP Party.. Looking forward to looking through it more..

  15. I love all shades of pink too : )
    Wow, a remodel....How exciting and stressful. I would love to read through the process.

    -homeschooling momma over here too!

    Enjoy the party.

  16. WOW!!!

    That is quite the list... I am sooooo sorry for your losses. I honestly can't imagine.

    Thank you for joining the party.

    Talk more soon,

  17. Hey, you are one AMAZING gal- so glad to meet you through the UBP. I actually work for Better Homes & Gardens as a Regional Editor in addition (separate) to editing the new online blogazine, Having too much fun, but You are exactly the person who inspires us to write about in our articles. Love that you home school, in retrospect, wish I had! By the way, I am really sorry for your losses. We lost my sister's baby at birth and she is still with our daily thoughts 23 years later!

  18. Happy UBP Party!!! I love your blog honey.....I am now following on Google Friend Connect. Feel free to stop by mine as well at

    This is way fun than I thought, meeting new blogs I didnt even know exist! I will be reading up on archives all night long.

  19. Stopping by UBP 2010 to say hi!

    I love all the shades of Pink too.

  20. Mmmm, homemade latte's! Nice to "meet" you, I think I'll look around. Hope you're enjoying the party!

  21. Stopping by from UBP - and so glad I found you! Sounds like a full and happy life now after all your pain.

    I'm going to follow on Google Friends - I love finding blogs I know I'll enjoy. If you get a minute stop by and enter to win the Party Gift at the UBP at Blackberry Jam Cafe ($125 value).

  22. I'm so glad you joined in! And by the way, how do you make your own vanilla latte? :)

  23. Stopping by from the UBP! I enjoyed visiting your site. You have a great story! What a blessing the twins must be.

  24. you sound so sweet!!! came to you through the blog party.. can't wait to look around some more!

  25. Stopping by to mingle a bit. I am a major fan of pink myself. Hope you're having fun!!

  26. Love your blog and really enjoyed my visit. I loved your list of things about me. That's a great idea.
    I think this is my 3rd year. Not sure but really enjoy meeting new bloggers.
    Great prizes this year! I hope you win one..or two.
    I was late too but fashionable late for the UBP 2010.

  27. Wow, you have inspired me already with your 20 things! Yes, I totally agree with you that God redeems, restores and renews!

  28. Hello! Love the look of your blog. I'm another lover of pink and white. Life must be exciting with twins! Enjoy the party!

  29. Wonderful post Denise! You're such an encouragement to me and I know you will be to others as well. Keep up the excellent work!

  30. I can't wait to read about your farmhouse remodel! We added on to our Cape last year, so I know how stressful it can be. I just subscribed to your feed so I can keep in touch. I hope you'll visit my blog when you have a chance!

  31. I'm so thrilled to be here at your party. I'm looking forward to more inspiration from you!

    Party on! :)

  32. So great to know more about you! You have the cutest blog and are doing AWESOME for having just started! Thanks for your visit as well :)

  33. Love your 20 things list :)
    Great looking blog, gonna go look around now...
    Homeschooling pioneer too, eh? We didn't use a curriculum growing up because my mom isn't a believer and the only one available was Christian. I'm so glad there's more choices now for my kiddos!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog too ;)

  34. Great introduction!! You are a true blessing and have recieved a true miracle from God!! I lOVE LOVE pink as well... I'm looking forward to reading more !! Thanks!


  35. What a great idea to do the 20 things!! I love your site! I'm working on several e-books!! LOL Can't wait to see yours!

    Happy UBP10!!

  36. I am so sorry about your babies in heaven - I lost a daughter at 16 weeks last November. April 15th (this week) was my due date!

    I'm so thankful for a God who heals!! =) Blessings!

  37. I love pink and white too!! Stopped by from UBP10. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. Hope you had a great weekend!

  38. Hello! Nice to meet you!! What age did you start homeschooling? We're getting the ball rolling, but my daughter's only three so it's not "official"... I think. :) Have a great day!

  39. Welcome to the blogoshpere... So nice to meet you!!

    Thank you for visiting me at :) Did you notice how much we have in common? I was also homeschooled as a child, but was neither an MK nor a PK; I now homeschool my kiddos, five of whom are boys (aren't boys great?); AND I have twin boys who are now 9 (boy, time flies!).


    P.S. You can guest post for me any time!

  40. Hi! Just visiting for UBP! What a lovely blog! I am new to blogging as well~ and I love it! Blessings on your day~

  41. So nice to read all about you, that gives me inspiration to do something similar on my blog...I'm trying to add more personal stuff in there, now's a great time =)

  42. Just saw you on the twitter party for UBP...we have something in common, all boys! Great to meet you and can't wait to check out the rest of your blog.

  43. I can't wait to meet you at Relevant! I love your list. You sound lke so much fun. I am excited to read more of your blog!

  44. I saw your UBP post linked on Twitter. Good to meet you. I'll be back. :)

  45. Happy Party Week! I just joined up with the UBP. Your blog is lovely...your list of 20 lets us get to know you so very well. I think I may want to home school...I never thought I would say that, but it may be the best choice for my son. Well, I love it here. I am a new follower!

    504 Main

  46. Hey! I'm here! Party, party!!! {hugs}

  47. Hope to meet you soon. Just started following you on Twitter and found you here. Come see me at Here's My Cup Lord and we can talk a little about homeschooling and share one of those latte's.

  48. Hey! I'm going to Relevant, too! (I noticed in your sidebar.) Can't wait to meet you in real life!

    We're pals on Twitter.

    Pop on over if you get a chance, I'm having a $50 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. It ends April 16th.

  49. Hi Denise! Nice to meet you through UBP! How exciting to do an e-book, I think that is so marvelous! Well, just saying hello!

    If you want to stop by my frugal blog and enter my goodie box giveaway...Tons of goodies worth over $50!

  50. It's nice to meet you, Denise! I am hopping over from the UBP. I love Cottage style decorating!

    We have a precious little one waiting for us in Heaven as well. How fun to be blessed with twins, I always wanted twins. I'll bet they keep you busy.

    My husband is a pastor so my kids get called PK's fairly often! Have a wonderful weekend!

  51. Hi! I'm still poking around the UBP links. You have a nice blog and a beautiful family!