Post Number 1,000!!

Guess what? I have some very EXCITING news to share!
After three years of blogging, this is officially my 1,000th post here on Frugal Family Fun Blog!!! What an amazing adventure this has been!

What started off as a little online project to share some of the silly things I do with the kids, has turned into something really special, and I owe it all to you! Yes, YOU!!

Awhile back a series of unfortunate events led me to spend 13 days unable to get off the couch – the only time I have ever taken a break from this blog. I learned a lot from that. Namely, the only way out of it was to cultivate a love of simple pleasures. I learned that real frugality is only achieved when we are thankful for the things we already have. This blog has become such a source of JOY, and without having been through that rough patch, it would not be what it is today.

Want to see something that really makes me smile?? Over one million people from around the world have visited our little bloggy blog with more than 2.5 million page views, and we’ve helped to inspire lots and LOTS of beautiful windows…..

….and SO MANY super-fun owl families have been popping up all over the world….

…and SO much FUN has spread around the globe! Seeing these photos makes me SO HAPPY!!!!

Many times, especially when I read your comments or emails, I feel as though I have so many wonderful friends whom I haven’t even met yet!

I feel incredibly fortunate to have so many highlights from this past year — all because of my blog!!

Some of my favorites include:

– A sweetheart deal on a family trip to Disney World for the Social Media Mom Celebration.

– 3 national and several local television appearances. ((Thanks to The Daily Buzz, The 10! Show, and 69 News at Sunrise for having me!))

– Contributing crafts for Highlights High Five magazine.

– A family four pack of tickets to Sesame Place for opening day.

– An art studio re-do ((Thanks to my awesome hubby!)).

– Invitations to speak at several moms club events and teacher/educator conferences – thank you!!

– Hosted several Twitter parties and giveaways on my blog.

And a BIG THANK  YOU to my wonderful sponsors who help to make this little bloggy blog possible, and allow me to be home with my kiddos!! A few years ago, the money I made from blogging helped pay for some of our groceries, and that was about it. But you know what? Now it pays our mortgage and several other household bills every month!!!

So from me and my family, to all of you, a very heart-felt, sincere, GINORMOUS………


  1. Congratulations, Valerie! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog from the very beginning =)

  2. Dear Valerie,

    I truly enjoy seeing all of those hooters from around the world. It brings a smile to my face.


    Seriously, though, congratulations!

    Love Ya,

  3. Congrats on 1,000 posts!

  4. Thanks right back at you for the 1000 fun filled posts!!!

  5. Congratulations! Enjoy checking your blog each day. Get great ideas! (random question…what brand are your sparkly tennis shoes? “:)

  6. Thank you! and thanks for the inspiration both in the crafty way and the bloggy way!


  7. Happy 1000, and I wish you many thousands more! :>) As I’ve been updating my pinterest boards, I’m reminded of how much I love your stuff. xoxo!

  8. Congrats – it couldn’t have happened to a nicer blog! Keep up the great work.

  9. Wow! Congrats!!! What an inspiration as I am where you were 3 years ago! I love your philosophy and feel the same – happy with what I have; THANKS!!!

  10. Congratulations! Keep it up! You are doing great work!

  11. Congratulations on your 1000th post. All your success is well deserved.

  12. Congratulations – I have really enjoyed your blog and will continue too. What a great milestone!! The crafty ideas have saved my sanity more times than I can remember…

  13. Congratulations!

  14. Congratulation, Valerie! You are an inspiration in so many ways!! I can tell even with all the success, it’s your girls smiling faces that keep you the most motivated.

    To 1,000 more posts!! Cheers!

  15. Congrats — yours is one of my favorite places to visit! Thanks for all of your hard work — your passion is evident. I love that!

  16. Congratulations on 1000 posts! That is really fantastic!

    I only found your blog a few weeks ago and I have to tell you, I love absolutely everything about it. Yours has seriously become my favorite blog ever! I love seeing new posts. Keep it up, you inspire me and though my daughters don’t know where some of my new ideas have come from, they very much appreciate you!
    Thank you so much!!!

  17. Hope to see a few more thousand posts on this blog! Congrats!!!

  18. Wow! When my blog grows up, I hope it looks like yours. haha! Congratulations, Valerie- You deserve all the recognition and love you get- This blog and your ideas are just awesome!

  19. Jamie's Jumble says

    CONGRATS!!! How exciting… Thank YOU for working so hard to share your ideas!!!

  20. Good on you!! I have to say that your blog turned me from a crafty Mum “wanna-be” to a “can do”. My girls are having a better childhood because I was inspired by your blog – thanks for making the crafts EASY for people who aren’t naturally creative. You deserve all the success you have received plus much more, thank you so much Valerie 🙂

  21. Congratulations! Your blog is amazing, thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration.

  22. Congratulations, on #1000!!!!!

  23. A huge congrats on #1000! You give me so many ideas of what I can do with my little ones. My boys love crafts and doing projects and they are only 3 and 19months! I can’t wait to do so many more of your projects with them as they grow. Thanks for all the inspiration and congrats again 🙂

  24. Joe Mama's Papa says

    Congratulatiions on your 1000 post. Your hard work, creativity, and originality are amazing. Keep up the awesome work

    Joe Mama’s Papa

  25. WOW! Congratulations both on your 1000th post and on all the sponsors!

    Your blog totally ROCKS!

  26. Congratulations Valerie! Your blog has inspired me in so many ways! Here’s to many, many more inspiring posts!!!

  27. Congratulations!!! Reminds me of the fact that I should send you pictures of oue owl from Germany.

    You’re a huge inspiration even here!

    Thanks for beeing inspiring and inspired.

    Lots of kind regards from Germany


  28. Have loved your blog for a long time so thank you and congratulations on 1000!!