Friday, April 1, 2011

Welcome...Join The Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

It's party time around blog land and I'm ready to join in!  Starting today and all next week it's the 5th Annual Ultimate Blog Party happening at 5 Minutes For Mom.  Go check it tons of new blogs and there's prizes too!

So, let's get this started...
(photo by Odd Dog Design & Photography)
Welcome to Home Matters.  I'm so glad you came by for a visit!

My name is Jennifer.  I'm married and have 2 sweet children, ages 10 and 7.  I'm an at-home mom and feel blessed that I can do that right now.  We're from North Carolina (I'm native but my hubby is originally from PA).  I love making our house a real home...not a perfect magazine-worthy home...but a real one with toys on the floor and fingerprints on the fridge.  And in the midst of all of that some nice stuff too :)

I love to cook and believe sitting down to dinner together is such an important part of the day.  I'm definitely not a gourmet chef and don't make anything fancy.  I love good food that is quick, easy and family friendly.  Sharing recipes is one of my favorite things to do with my blog. 

I also love to coupon and shop for deals.  And I like to share that with others.  That is actually why I originally started my blog.  But over time it has changed to reflect more about recipes and home stuff.  I do still add in some deal stuff too and am planning a couponing series to begin in a few weeks. 

My blog is all about real stuff, nothing fancy here.  Cooking, cleaning, deals and I'll be posting more about home stuff in the days to come.  And, once I find the right words, I will share about my son's Alopecia, which explains the cute little bald boy in my photo :)

I hope you'll come back and visit again soon.  You can keep up with what's going on here at Home Matters by becoming a "follower" through Google Friend Connect (that sounds like stalking...wish they'd change that wording), by subscribing to receive email updates or you can "Like" me on my new Facebook page

Thanks for stopping by.  I'd love it if you'd leave me a little "hello" in the comments :)
Hope to visit with you again soon!


  1. Hi Jennifer
    In from the UBP'11 but I follow already : )
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  2. Love that picture of y'all Jennifer! So cute! I'm glad you mentioned being "a follower". While I visit you often, I always forget to click that little button. DUH! Now I'm an "official" follower!

  3. Coupons?!?! Did someone say coupons?? :) Stopping by from UBP.

  4. Thanks for stopping by the Disney Go To Girl Blog on your UBP Blog Hop!!! I love your site and am happy to connect with fellow '"tar-Heelers". If I can help with your Disney vacation in ANY way, please email me!!! I LOVE spreading Pixie Dust!

  5. Thanks for stopping by! I'm following you back. I'll be back again to check out some of your recipes!


    Thrifty Jinxy
    Thrifty Recipes

  6. Stopping by from the UBP! I love meeting new bloggers....especially mom stop by and visit if you get the chance! I'm your newest follower! Looks like we have a lot in, cleaning, coupons...can't wait to follow you! :)

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yours looks great as well. I also love to use coupons... Look forward to reading more about you.

  8. We have a bunch in common! I ran a "couponing" blog for about 8 months and then it tapered off (I got pregnant with my 4th in 3 yrs). Now I run a blog about quick, easy and family friendly foods and recipes. My husband has Alopecia. Lost all his hair in high school. Tough, tough experience, but it shaped him. He wouldn't change it now. Glad to have "met" you. Look forward to more!

    Misty (from UBP)

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Nice to "meet" you, following you now!

  10. 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

  11. I couldn't find the post about the Friday Blog Hop - I know, a little late, but I am here....

    BLOG HOPping around - I am now a follower of your blog, wont you also follow me?? ~KM
    Krafty Max Originals

  12. Hi! I'm your newest follower from UBP11! I'm so glad I found you, I'm attempting to start couponing myself.

    You can check out my blog here:

  13. Hi! I'm stopping by from the UBP!
    I love fast and easy recipes and also posted some in my blog!
    Greetings from Germany!

  14. 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)

  15. Hi! Following you from
    UBP! Hope you visit me
    and return the follow!