Because You All Are Awesome

This blog has turned into far more than I ever thought it would. When I started it over 4 years ago, I figured I would update once in a great while so that family back home (New England), and any other stray readers, would know what was going on with our little family in the midwest. Instead, nearly 2,500 unique people check in on my little piece of the web on a monthly basis and I’ve now blogged well over 1,000 posts. Wow.

Never seems to fail that just when I’m at a low point in my day, I log on and find one of you has left a sweet comment on one of my posts or on the Facebook page. I appreciate you all each so much!

In honor of your awesomeness, I’m going to run a simple little giveaway. The prizes are small, but I used my hard earned SwagBucks to buy them for you so that ups their value, right?

Up for grabs:

$10 Starbucks card

$15 iTunes card

How to enter:

Just comment on this post! One comment per person please.

2 winners will be chosen, so double the chances to win!

Winners will be drawn using and will be announced on the blog on Monday, June 20th. SwagBucks, Starbucks and iTunes don’t know who I am, but I wish they did. Prizes are being provided by me.

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  • Awesome!!! Got to love Swagbucks…and you for sharing your awesome swag with us 🙂 Fingers crossed!


  • Alisha

    Love you, girl!! I’m on here every day reading about the cute things your kids are doing or the fun things you do for them … you inspire me to be a better mom!ReplyCancel

  • Do those of us who read via Google Reader count in the stats or is it even more? Your blog is consistently one of my favorites. And love that you publish the WHOLE posts to the feed instead of just the title or the top. I don’t click through typically, so I would miss all the awesome shot!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Basner

    Itunes all the way!!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Weissman

    I love reading about the boys and Lily both here and in WW world.


  • Sara

    I found you from the WW forums years ago and read your posts and check out your pictures at work. I also found Go Fish! from your blog, the Veggie Tales were wearing on me 🙂 but my girls and I all love Go Fish now, so if I were to win the iTunes card, I’d probably buy another Go Fish album!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    I absolutely LOVE reading your blog….you are a fantastic mom and you amaze me at how you balance four children so well….I agree with Alisha – you are very inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Ally

    ohhhh… starbucks… 🙂
    I always love checking in on pictures and often share them with my roommates and they oooh and ahhh over the boys and Lily and I’m always proud to call them my cousins!! 🙂
    miss you, Helen, and I know that someday I will get to meet Lily… even if it isn’t until she is walking… :/ReplyCancel

  • …and I always love seeing your awesome pictures and hearing about your adventures! Thanks for the opportunity, Helen! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Helen- I’ve loved watching the boys grow up and you can tell their little sister just loves them to pieces.ReplyCancel

  • Kari

    Your family is SO adorable, and I love looking at your wonderful pics! It is fun to be able to keep up with your family via your blog- wish I had the writing skills to do the same. I also enjoy trying to figure out which boy is which… 😀 P.S. Swag Bucks are hard work to earn! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I truly look forward to reading your blogs. There are many new adventures with 4 children and new recipes and shopping tips. I love all your pictures (with or with out) your beautiful children. You are a wonderful photographer. I can say I knew you when you were very young, and wish I knew you better now. Thank good ness for Face book & your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    I love reading your blog and definitely visit most days! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your memories with us!ReplyCancel

  • Torona Reynolds

    I love your blog!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elise LaFlamme

    Hi Helen! I love your blog too! I’m so glad you did this so that I can watch your adorable kids grow even though we are so far apart. 🙂

    Love, EliseReplyCancel

  • Matthew Moore

    Dude! You’re like – a celeb! I love reading about the kids. And you have turned full-time mom-ness into a cool thing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen

    Hi Helen, I’m a mom of triplets as well and I enjoy feeling a bit “normal” when I read about folks who are in on this crazy adventure as well. Thanks for using your Swagbucks for a contest!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    YOU are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Love your blog Helen!!! Love seeing pics & hearing stories of your beautiful family! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Oooh fun! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    I probably check your blog every day. I love watching the boys grow and seeing chubby Lily. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog myself especially after your post about why others should blog.ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    Thank you for sharing your boys with us! It makes me feel so good to have another mom going through such similar things as out family 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kacia

    You are awesome, Helen, thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • How awesome! Plus we could all use a little more Starbucks or tunes in our life!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I love checking in on the boys and now Lily! They always manage to bring a smile to my face even on the worst days!!ReplyCancel

  • Yours is one of my favorite blogs! So glad we’re following each other on Twitter now too. It’s fun to have bloggy friends!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for letting us read your blog about your kids and your life. Often I find that your blog posts help lift my spirits during the day! Thanks for letting me be a part of lifting your spirits from time to time too. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    i came across your blog off multiples and more and right from the first sentence i have to say i am hooked, your boys are adorable and your daughter is precious… i am thinking about starting a blog myself as i have family all over Canada. thank you again for sharing your daily adventures with your children 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Miller

    I love reading your blog! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaways.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing your life with all of us. Your kids are delightfully adorable and I always enjoy reading about your family. You don’t have to enter me in your contest as I live in Canada but I just wanted to comment anyway!ReplyCancel

    • Does Canada have Starbucks and i-Tunes? I assume they do and I will happily mail you a prize if you win!ReplyCancel

      • Alisha

        You bet we do!!!!!!! LOL Though we have to take out the dogsled to get our java fix. 😛ReplyCancel

  • Lori

    Your posts are awesome! Thanks for all that you do!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    Aww Helen! You are so sweet for your giveaway! I love how he is holding the cards too!! LOL Your boys’ pictures just crack me up!!!ReplyCancel

  • That is so nice of you. Cute photo. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mardi

    Pick me Pick me! I love your blog and your cute kids. I have to say the triplets in their tuxes and aviator glasses made my day.ReplyCancel

    • Woo hoo! We love giveaways! Maya would very much like the iTunes card to put some stuff on her iPad and I would love the Starbucks card because I live for coffee 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Do I get extra credit since I’ve been with you since day one of the blogging experience (or very shortly afterward anyway)?ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Glad you blog! I enjoy reading about your boys and miss Lily. Oh, and your photography skills make me jealous.ReplyCancel

  • Nellie Bragg

    It is such a treat to follow you and the family. The years pass very quickly, that much is certain, although there may be a few days that seem endless.:-)

    Blessings and love to all,

  • Stephanie

    I love Swagbucks! That is so awesome that you are using your hard earned swagbucks on some lucky person!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lucie

    You and your family make me smile-thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sara D

    Love the blog! Your kids are adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa H.

    Thanks so much for your blogging. It make me want to make my kids little again. I did the boot camp also. After 6 workouts I had to quit. My knees were so swollen that I could not even walk. I did lose 3lbs and will start doing water aerobics instead. thanksReplyCancel

  • How cool! I love reading your blog!ReplyCancel

  • You’re a fantastic mom! And Nick seems to be doing a great job to be a father to the children. I love waking up in the morning and reading your blog to see the pictures of the kids. It makes me excited because I realize that one day, that might be my future. I also adore blue eyes! And a Christian family just makes it so much better! I have been raised in a Christian home all my life and loving God has been one of the most important things to my daily life and seeing the boys’ childlike faith is awesome! Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Thanks for sharing!!! What a treat Starbucks would be! Thanks for always being so open and honest about the ups and downs of mommyhood.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Schnitzler

    Hello! Love your blog and wouldn’t dream of missing a post. Thanks for being so generous with us, your readers!


  • Heather

    I love your blog. I’ve been following your story since you were pregnant. I was pregnant with my son at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    Love your blog. Love gift cards!ReplyCancel

  • Zoie

    Just checking in. I love to see what the boys are up to and I have to re-read your potty training posts. We are working on that will a hard headed almost 3 year old boy.ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Thanks for such a thoughful giveaway. Love your blog and you have given me some good parenting tips for my 18 mo son!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t comment very often, as I have no kids and have absolutely zero experience with 3 kids, but I do enjoy reading about your cutie pies 🙂 Oh – and the three of them dressed up for your sister’s wedding, ::::CUUUUUTE::::ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing your swagbucks with us! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog over the past years. If it wasn’t for inquiring about the diaper coupons on a weight watchers message board (at least 3 years ago), I never would have found this blog. I’ve loved watching your children grow!ReplyCancel


    Cammy wants to win.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Grabrian

    Thanks Helen!!! Love your site, your kids and you 🙂 You’re a brave woman to let us follow your life !!ReplyCancel

  • I like watching your boys grow up and go through similar things as mine.ReplyCancel

  • Auntie Laura

    ooo I love give aways! 🙂 and I love my sister and her family 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for offering this giveaway. I found your blog just recently, but I greatly enjoy reading your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Awesome giveaways!! I can’t wait to schedule a photo session! Best of luck with the new business!ReplyCancel

  • April Sloan

    You have helped me a lot. Everytime my boys are doing something and I don’t know what I am going to do. Then you will post on your blog, and it will be what I am need to hear. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Oh April, THAT is why I blog! Well, that and so the kids have a neat record of their lives. Thank you for sharing that 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kathie

    Nick’s mom and I kind of grew up together and when she told me about the boys I checked it out. I have watched them grow and now Lily. I know she is a proud grandma and wishes she could see you all more often.ReplyCancel

  • RoseAnne

    so grateful for your blog – I can’t imagine living so far away with out it.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Yelin

    This is so generous of you, thanks so much! I love your blog (I actually found it somewhat recently), and I must say, your children are adorable! (Though I’m sure they’re also a handful at times, lol.)ReplyCancel

  • Regina

    I love your blog, Helen! Thanks for offering these giveaways.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Johnson

    Congratulations on your new venture!!! You will do great, I can’t wait to see your business grow! Very excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • Mollie

    Thank you for sharing your swagness! I really appreciate it! I started following your blog after finding you on the bump. I have a set of multiples as well!ReplyCancel

  • How lucky I would feel to be the winner 🙂 thanks for thinking of all us!ReplyCancel

  • Can’t wait to hear who wins 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    Wow Helen! Just looking at all these responses is amazing! You have a huge following and that is largely due to your humorous ways of communicating your life. I know I love hearing your antics. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Good luck with the photo session! That’s so neat. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I love reading your blog! I have 2 boys–although not multiples they’re 4 years apart, and I love hearing what your boys are doing. Let’s me know that I am not alone. Plus, I love your pictures–always so pretty!!!

    Starbuck’s…yummy!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lisa R.

    Thanks for doing this, Helen! Hope you and the fam are having a great Sunday!ReplyCancel