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Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Oh my gosh, how fun is that banner up there?!

That’s right, it’s super fun!  As it should be; the Ultimate Blog Party is quite possibly one of the most fun annual events in all the blogosphere.

I joined last year and met quite a few super-awesome bloggers {like That Odd Mom}, found some great blogs, and even won a prize!

So, despite my being fashionably late to the party, I had to join up again this year!

Who Am I?


My name is Tiffany and I’m the pizzazz-filled chick behind Sweet Phenomena.

I’m a wife, I’m a mom, I’m a homeschooler {who, by the way, does not wear dresses and does not grow my hair long and does not homeschool for religious reasons; although, my hair is long, because I like it that way…}, I’m a social media maven {no, really, that’s my job title, for real}, I’m a blogger, I’m a volunteer, and I’m a gamer.

I’m several other things, too, but those give you a good idea of who I am.  I have a stellar husband {Vince}, a sweet daughter {Babydoll}, a stupendous cat {Princess}, and a swell dog {Winston Fitzpatrick}.

You can read more about me here.

What is Sweet Phenomena?


Sweet Phenomena is a blog about life, homeschooling, domestic violence awareness, and all the super-uber stuff that makes life worth living!

You’ll find product reviews, giveaways, thoughts on homeschooling, information on domestic violence, and lots more.

An eBook is on the way next month as well, which I am so excited about!  From there I’d like to start developing resources and curriculum devoted to teaching children about domestic violence, prevention, and more.

Sweet Phenomena is also getting a face lift in the next couple of weeks!

Lots going on here!! If you’d like to read more about the blog, you can do so here.

Party On!


Hang out, check out those big pretty pink buttons to the right, and let me know you came by {so I can stop in at your place!}.

It’s nice to meet you!


The Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Methods


There are a variety of homeschooling methods out there.  I’m still learning about some…

Really, the way you homeschool is a method.  It may be strictly one style or it may be a combination of several.

Still trying to figure out which one {or ones} work for you?

Here you go, the ultimate guide to homeschool methods!

Homeschool Mosaics Homeschool Methods – This is a new site, but it’s great!  There are methods on here I’ve never heard of before.

Choosing a Homeschooling Method:  Which One is Right For You? – An extensive list of homeschooling methods.

Homeschooling and Its Many Faces – Lots of links for a variety of methods.

Homeschool Methods – Finding a Method That’s Right for You – More links for a variety of methods.

Homeschool Methods, Uniquely You – A great post with curricula/resource info, too.

The Ultimate Homeschool Blogroll – This is so cool:  homeschool blogs are linked up based on their homeschooling method.

Homeschooling Methods – Lots and lots and lots of links!

Methods and Styles Directory – Exactly what the title says.

Homeschool Approaches – A few I’ve never heard of before.

Discover the Homeschooling Method That’s Right For You – A great bulleted breakdown of several methods.

Resources for Exploring Various Homeschooling Methods – Links to not only website, but books and other resources as well.

Best Homeschool Method Blogs 2010 – The voting may be over but this is still a great list of blogs about specific methods.

8 Homeschooling Methods – Um, eight homeschooling methods…

Curriculum Methods and Reviews – I think we all love learning about new-to-us curricula.

Homeschooling Approaches and Methods – Again, self-explanatory.

Carlie is looking to feature YOU!  She’s looking for posts on a variety of homeschooling methods.

I Got a Vacuum and Chocolate Eggs…How Was Your Week?

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Jealous much?

I thought so.

No, really, I would be, too.  Vacuums totally rock, especially when they’re new and they suck as they should.

And chocolate eggs?  I mean, Cadbury chocolate eggs?  Filled with caramel?  Skip-and-squee-around-the-kitchen kind of good.

That snazzy looking piece of home cleaning goodness up there is my new vacuum.  Wanna know what makes it even sweeter?

I got it for $100.  Instead of $250.

Can you believe that?  No, no I couldn’t either.

It was the floor model and I needed a vacuum so I made the bold move of purchasing it.  I’ve already vacuumed and calmed myself to the gentle whirring…

So, it’s been one of those weeks.  Not necessarily bad, just busy.  I can’t believe I haven’t updated Sweet Phenomena in a week.

I feel completely shameful.  I apologize.

But you know, I have good excuses, like chocolate eggs and vacuums.  And a neutered dog and a Babydoll that needed to see the doctor and a homeowners’ association SNAFU and a neutered dog that needed to go back to the doctor and life.

I should really start listening to Vince.  He does, after all, have kick booty time management skills.  They’re rather intricate, but revolve around just saying “NO!”.

Wanna know what I feel like right now? - This orange juice tastes funny! Oh right....the champagne is missing...


That’s right.  I’m feeling like my OJ needs a little kick.

So, I raise my glass to you, Sweet Phenomena peeps.  I’m relaxing this evening with some lasagna, chocolate eggs, a vacuum, and some TV.

Possibly a margarita.  Or three.

And then tomorrow I shall start anew, shuttling Babydoll off to soccer, writing killer content {after all, I have my stupendous content calendar from Content Brew}, and vacuuming.

Blinds, stairs, carpets, bare floors, nothing shall be safe from my awesome appliance.

Wish me luck.