Get your party on.

Blog party that is.

No. Ultimate Blog Party. As in the 2012 Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom!!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

This is my third year to participate in the Ultimate Blog Party. I stumbled upon it somehow my first year blogging, and last year I made sure to join in the fun. This year? I wouldn’t miss it for anything.

If this is your first time visiting, thanks for stopping by. I’m enjoying myself a nice little margarita while watching Friday Night Lights reruns on Netflix with the hubs right now, so grab a drink & have a seat if you’d like and let me tell you a little bit about us.


I’m Heather. Wife, momma, daughter, sister, teacher, friend, blogger. There are probably a million more titles I could add to that because as any woman knows, we seem to do it all.

I’m a first-year fourth grade teacher, but have been teaching for over six years now. Which means, besides the three kids I have at home calling me mom, I have a heck of a lot more at school.

My hubs, Mike, is a foreman for a local metal framing company and the best dad to our three kids.


Tucker, our first born (which means, he’s always going to be my baby), will be five in October. It amazes me how quickly five years can pass when kids come into the picture.

Tucker is a sweet boy and a great big brother to his two sisters. He goes to school two days a week right now and absolutely loves it (obviously this makes his teacher momma’s heart swell with pride).

He loves Thomas the Train, Spiderman, and playing “pretend”. He’d eat peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if you’d let him and the only sweets he really likes is “nummy nilla” ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and m&m’s.

DSC_0460 Lilah Renee, is our strong willed baby a. She and her sister came into this world 11 weeks early, born fighters. She weighed 2 lbs 7 oz at birth and refused to walk until she was 20 months old (it’s that red hair, I tell ya!).

Lilah will also be our class clown one day, I’m sure of that. She loves to make you laugh and can smile through her most “stinkerish” moments. She’s a daddy’s girl through & through.


Lexie Cecile, our easy going baby b. She weighed 2 lbs 12 oz at birth and was the one we never had to really worry about from the start.

Lexie should really be twins with her big brother, because she follows him around like the sun rises & sets with him. Lexie loves the color pink & is a t.v. junkie with her favorite show probably being the almighty Dora.


I started this blog almost two & half years ago, a little after the girls had come home from the NICU. It really was because of them I found blogging. When they were born so early, I scoured the internet constantly for stories like ours. I wanted to know all I could about having 29 weekers & what the road ahead would be like. I found a blog, The Ark Family Blog, that had a similar story to ours & the rest is history.

Today, I blog about our life, the kids, recipes, crafts & sewing, teaching, and so much more. I host reviews & giveaways from time to time and participate in a few different weekly link ups. This blog is my outlet & the blogging community has become some of my dearest friends.

I’ve had twitter friends turn into real life friends, found more families like ours to connect with, had a piece published in a book, and have become “friends” with women I’ve never met. All because of blogging.

Thanks for stopping by, please be sure to leave a little comment letting me know you did, so I can pop on over & visit you, too! Be sure to party it up like it’s 2012 😉

P.S. Wanna win something?! I’ve got a giveaway going on right now for an Oreck Grab-it & Steam-it valued at $199!

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Heather is the founder of Life as we know it with Two Twinkies & a Tator Tot: the blog. From home DIY to weekly fashion of an everyday mom, wife, and former teacher turned marketer to stories about surviving life with three kids, you can find it here. Heather is keeping it real and telling it like it is. You can also find her on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin, Instagram, and Pinterest.

38 Responses to Get your party on.

  1. Melissa says:

    You have such a gorgeous family! So glad to have found your blog! I’ve been wanting to start watching FNL also!

  2. Juliana RW says:

    Hi…. I come for the party ^___^ I found your site from UBP 2012. Hope you come to my party post too, While you are there, feel free to enter our current giveaway (few of them in cash). Thank you.

    Juliana RW

    ps: lovely family u have…
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  3. Hi there! Stopping in from the party…I had to chuckle when you mentioned Friday Night Lights- my mister and I are obsessed and just finished season one in one week, ha! I don’t know why I never saw the show when it was actually on!

    And I’m a teacher too- we’ve got some things in common! 🙂
    Bethany @ 3SonsPlus1…and… recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2012…Hello!My Profile

    • OMG…FNL is the best show I’ve seen in a long time! Like you said, I don’t know how I missed it the first time around! Have you ever seen Las Vegas? Great show too that I watched on reruns!

      I’ll be stopping by your blog, love to meet fellow momma’s & teachers & bloggers & FNL lovers…lol Thanks for stopping by!
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  4. Besa says:

    Hi! I have been reading your blog regularly for about 2 years… feels like I know you and your family 🙂

    I have tried (and failed) the blogging thing in the past and am currently trying my hand at it again. Its a very difficult thing to open up like you do knowing so many people have access to read your words but I’m trying…It is definitely a great outlet sometimes for how you are feeling.

    I think this might be the first time I have commented on your blog. 🙂 I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy it. We went through some very tough times the last few years and you have really helped me.

    (Your kids are adorable by the way)

    Take care.
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    • Hi Besa! I am so glad you finally commented, I think this is probably the nicest comment I’ve ever recieved on my blog as well! I’m so glad you’ve been a loyal reader and that a little of what I’ve written has helped you out from time to time. That is so nice to hear. I’m glad you are trying blogging yourself, it really is a great outlet! I will be stopping by to check out your blog now!
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  5. shelly says:

    Wow, how do you find the time to do all that? I’m in awe. I taught 3rd grade for ten years; I can’t imagine running my blog while I was teaching. Busy, busy busy!

    Glad to meet you! Gonna have to come back when I have a little time to browse more.

    Hope you’ll stop by:
    shelly recently posted..Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party 2012 #UBP12My Profile

  6. You have a beautiful family.. blogging really is the best isnt it… This is my first time here I subscribed so I can come back later after all this party hopping and really check out your blog…. I hope you find the time to come visit me as well..
    pamela ponder recently posted..THE ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2012 WITH GIVEAWAYMy Profile

    • Thanks for stopping by, Pamela. I feel the same way about the #UBP…I find so many great blogs but I have to remember to subscribe or else I will forget with how many I find! Can’t wait to check your blog out!
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  7. Just dropping by from The Ultimate Blog Party I am looking forward to networking with you and getting to know you better! I hope you have the opportunity to visit our blog!
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  8. Kate says:

    Wow- Your family is beautiful! I am Kate- from Life as I know it! Found you on UBP and looking forward to getting to know you and read your blog! Feel free to stop by mine to say hi!
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  9. jeanine says:

    i’m here from UBP12! i am the mom of 5 ~ one being a 33 weeker (who’s now 6). hope you get a chance to visit my blog. party on!
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  10. Sara says:

    Hi Heather, so nice to meet you! First of all, I just have to say bless you….my oldest and my youngest both have the red hair and the personalities to match. 😉 Looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog!
    Sara recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2012 ~ Welcome!My Profile

    • I love when other momma’s of redheads know exactly what I mean when I blame it on the hair! Haha! And more like, bless you, because you had two of them! She does get all the best compliments on her gorgeous hair though, maybe one day those will rub off on her temper 😉 Can’t wait to pop on over & check out your blog!
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  11. Hello from UBP — have a blessed weekend!

  12. What a great intro of your family and blog! It’s so encouraging to hear of your success in gaining real connection through your blog – something precious we all hope to gain. My sister-in-law has fraternal twins and they are exact opposites. One like their older daughter and one like their second son. I always tease that they can only make two kind of kids 😛 So glad to meet you through UBP!
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  13. Danielle says:

    So glad to have found you at the blog hop. I am following you now and can’t wait to go through your cute blog.

    Come by and say hi!

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  14. Cassie says:

    Your kids are gorgeous! I love the red hair! I wish my youngest’s hair would have stayed red but I now have a cotton top. I can’t wait to explore your blog more.
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    • Thanks for stopping by, Cassie! I can’t wait to head on over & check out your blog right now!!! I also can’t wait to see your cotton top, it always amazes me to see how kids hair can change color, I wonder if that will ever happen to my Lilahs.
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  15. Mandi says:

    I’m a teacher too, well, former teacher. I started blogging for similar reasons you did too. You have a beautiful family!

  16. Lois says:

    Stopping in for the Ultimate Blog Party. So nice to “meet” you!

    Stop over and visit us at for a chance to win an iTunes GF.

  17. angie says:

    nice blog you have here, love meeting new bloggers. I stopped by here as I traveled through the many bloggers of the UBP I have been blogging for 4 years you can find my blog at

  18. Shanna says:

    Joining the Party #UBP12.Following along and wanna invite you to
    nice to meet you!

  19. I am here as part of the Ultimate Blog Party please come and join our FREE blogger event. We are giving away a Kate Spade Purse freebloggereventkate/… or come and win an ipad3

  20. Jessica says:

    I found you on UBP 12. I’m a former teacher and currently stay at home with my boy/girl twins. I love being able to connect with people I already have so much in common with!
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  21. Anitra says:

    Great pictures and your kids are adorable! Stopping by to keep the UBP12 party going. You can find me here
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  22. Lindsey says:

    new follower from the UBP 2012-ADORABLE kiddos!!
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