Friday, April 1, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Welcome to my 2011 Ultimate Blog Party post!

How do I describe Brimful Curiosities? Here's an acrostic:

Informative Posts
Making Memories
Full to the Brim Giveaways
Unique Kids' Crafts
Life and Family

By the way, I'm Janelle, your hostess here at Brimful Curiosities. I'm a stay-at-home mom to two small kids. And, in case you didn't guess by the subtitle, I like to read children's books with my kids and blog about our reading experiences. We also spend time crafting, exploring the outdoors and doing all the normal things families do together like building huge block towers, conducting strange Santa experiments, and turning bananas into ghosts.

One of the regular features here is my Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List, published each Friday. If you like children's books and entering giveaways, you'll probably want to take a look at my lists. Additionally, my kids and I often post a fun, book-related craft each week, and I try post a photo for Wordless Wednesday each week. Sometimes I post our favorite reads on the weekends. Other than that, my posts vary ranging from reviews to personal observations.

Today my family is watching the live stream video of the Decorah Eagles ( The eggs should hatch anytime! (Update 3/4: A couple of the eggs have now hatched. The eaglets are adorable!) Now that's something to party about.

Video clips at Ustream

This is my third year participating in the party, and I've been blogging since 2008. If you want to know more about me you can read my previous party posts 2010 and 2009. Want to correspond via twitter? Find me here: @iambrimful

The Ultimate Blog Party is hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. Swing by the 5MFM site for more details and to join the party. Thanks for visiting!


Anonymous said...

Happy Friday!!! New follower from UBP'11. My name is Naomi and I have a beauty blog, Miso Glamorous Beauty Blog, please check it out when you get a chance. Also I'm hosting a Vedette Shapewear giveaway and would love for you to enter
Thanks Naomi

Tammy said...

Thanks for stopping by from the party. I love making new friends and loved popping over here to see your blog! It looks like so much fun over here!

Happy Friday! :)

(This is my first year joining the party...and I am your newest follower)

Liz Mays said...

You're right that we're not really new to each other, but that's ok. We know how to party really well since we've been through this a few times! Happy UBP!!!

Nancy said...

Hi Janelle, I look forward to exploring around your site some more! Especially when it comes to books! I'm raising a little bookworm. Thanks for coming by! I'm a noon to the hop! It's very exciting!

Annie said...

Cute blog! I will be back looking forward to more craft ideas. It has been rainy here and I need more than the TV to keep them entertained :)

Have a wonderful Friday!

Bitterroot Mama said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. New follower from UBP! I'm so excited about your site and the neat book-related projects.

Unknown said...

Fun! I love your acrostic.

Thanks for your kind words at 5 Minutes for Books.

Party on!

Kas said...

Stopping in from the UBP to say hi :) Have a great weekend!

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Thanks for stopping by from the UBP11! I love your blog. We have been watching the Eagle too. :) I'm following using gfc.

silly eagle books said...

hey janelle! I saw your poetry post before this one! love that idea. Juliet is not yet in the stage of drawing things that look like anything, so not sure if we'll post anything--maybe next year. :)

I'm looking at these eagles--how fascinating!

Colette S said...

Ahh it's good to party with you Janelle!

That is so cool about watching the Eagles! Wow.

You'll have to post when they do hatch!

Enjoy your weekend!

my3littlebirds said...

Thanks for visiting my3littlebirds earlier...and my 7 year old is currently OBSESSED with an "eagle cam" introduced to him by his teacher. : )

ChildTalk said...

Love the name of your blog! So creative. I'm your newest follower...looking forward to the book giveaways!! :)

Chelsey said...

How fun -- I love kids books and related crafts!

Thanks for visiting my blog and happy UBP to you!!!

Terra Heck said...

I'm already a follower of your blog. I'm just stopping by to say hi and to let you know that I love your Full to the Brim giveaway list.

Unknown said...

Thanks SO much for stopping by Twenty 6!! Excited to check out your blog!! Have a wonderful rest of your UBP week!! :)

Kat said...

Thank you for the UBP follow at Kats Adventures! I love all of the great books I see just skimming your blog. Can't wait to read more.

Nikki said...

Thank you for stopping by Pretty Opinionated! I love the idea of crafts based on books. My son and I read a lot of books together, so I'll definitely be back to check out your reviews and crafts!

Candice said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am now following you, I love your blog! :) I am new to UBP 2011, so I am enjoying all of this! If you get a chance, please follow me. I will be giving away Lavender Essential oil when I hit 100 followers!

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

Thanks so much for stopping by The Little Birdie! UBP is SO fun!! :) New follower of your blog!

Marina@EBMR said...

I LOVE your blog mainly because its all about books, books and MORE books. Have been following you for over a year :)

I wish you years filled with many more books and awesome book-alicious features(LOOOOVE the way you broke up BRIMFUL)

shawnacy said...

So glad to have found your super cool blog! we are readers (understatement) and love doing book related activities. From one christian mama to another, keep up the good work!
visit us over at
and now i have to see what this kids poetry challenge (on your sidebar) is all about.
great to meet you!

tiarastantrums said...

I need to get blog hopping more often! Nice to see you on this UBP11 (I'm mostly on twitter these days)

Kathleen W. said...

I've been a follower of your blog for some time, and enjoy your dedication to books and reading with kids. You always have great suggestions!

Happy partying!

Country Fun said...

Saw your link at Handprint & Footprint under the 2011 party post. I'm not doing the party as such, but so love coming across a new and different blogs. I have a blog ( my child care program and love how you do the books and activities here. You've been added to my reader.

Hello Jessica Lynn said...


Love the kids crafts idea!!

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)

Nichole said...

Thanks for the visit Janelle! Looking forward to being bloggy friends now! :)

MadameDeals said...

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Eileen Rhoadarmer said...

Thanks for stopping by at Science Fiction Mommy! Kids books interest me too (they have to, considering I have a two-year-old.) In addition to Sci Fi, hubby and I co-wrote a children's Christmas book that I'm finally starting to get polished enough for submission. I'm hoping it'll find a home sometime this year.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the party!


Susan said...

I am following you from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? Susan's Family
thank you :)

Anne said...

Stopping by from the UBP (late as usual). Thanks for visiting me. I love children's books and will be checking out your kids book giveaway list.

Anne @ Upstate Ramblings

Unknown said...

Hope you had a happy UBParty and got lots of great new followers!