Hi! I’m Janessa, aka Thrifty Nifty Mommy. Welcome to my blog!
I live in the great state of West Virginia (about 90 minutes from Washington DC/Baltimore) with my husband and 5 adorable children. I started Thrifty Nifty Mommy in 2010 as a place to provide quality product reviews and recommendations for moms like me.
While you can still find product reviews on my site today, with 4 small children, there’s always a story to tell, so you’ll also find a lot of posts written about our life as a (larger than normal) family.
I live for spending quality time with my family. They are my world! I don’t believe that having a couple of children means you still can’t have a fun life with lots of adventure! I’m also passionate about living life to it’s fullest, while maintaining a budget, natural childbirth (all four of my children were born at home), travel, and good food.
I won’t touch a hamburger (although I’m not a vegetarian) and I’m not a coffee drinker either (so un-American, right?!) but I do love a good cup of Chai tea and a juicy steak. In the evenings (once it’s quiet and the kids are in bed) you can find me watching reruns of my favorite shows or a good movie with my husband. I’d like to take up yoga this year…..we’ll see if that happens! I’ve been saying that for 4 years now.
It all started back in 2002 when I was just 16. I met my husband at church, we fell in love, married each other in 2005, then had our first child in March 2010 (it’s a girl!). I quit my job in banking to stay home with our sweet Maggie and started blogging as a way to stay in touch with the outside world. Since then, we’ve added three more precious children to the mix: Jacob in May 2012, Zellene in June 2014, and Gideon in February 2016. I miscarried our 5th child in June of 2017 but am happy to announce that our rainbown baby (a sweet little boy) arrived in June 2018. His name is Aram and he’s greatly loved by our family.
Oh, we also have a dog named Emmy, a freshwater puffer fish named….wait for it…..Puffy, and a hamster named SweetPea. There’s always a lot happening in our house!
Let me tell you about the rest of the family!
As this blog has grown, my husband, Orin, has taken on the role of helping me write reviews and respond to emails. He’s my go-to guy for all men’s products, gadgets, apps, and tech items, video games, tools, and other manly things. He has a great sense of humor that you’ll see coming through in his writing. He collects watches, enjoys a great action movie, and is currently restoring a ’67 Ford Mustang.
Maggie is our oldest. She’ll be 9 years old in March, going on 20. She is my big girl helper, helping me fix dinner, mop the floors, and grab the things I need. She loves Shopkins, animals, crafting and playing outside. She is homeschooled and started 3rd grade this year.
Jacob is my sensitive yet rough and wild child. He loves building with LEGOS, or playing superheros, and rough housing. He’s always eager to play fight with anyone willing to swing a foam sword at him. He says that his older sister Maggie is his best friend — I hope it always stays that way! He will turn 7 years old in May.
Zellene is 4.5 years old and is showing us every day how independent she’d like to be (slow down little girl!). She loves My Little Pony and Barbies. She is our firecracker. Never willing to let the older kids push her around. She adores being a big sister and loves to play with her younger brother.
Gideon was 3 years old in February (where does the time go?!). His ever-growing vocabulary always amazes us! He soaks up everything his older siblings do like a sponge. He’s always looking for adventure and was the first of our kids to send us on a trip to the ER. He’s currently going through a phase where he loves Bigfoot and The Grinch, along with Scooby Doo.
Aram is our baby. He will turn 1 year old in June. He’s crawling, laughing, and a big ball of energy! Like all of my other 4 babies, he was born at home.
Want to know even more about us? Check out this blog post with even more details about my family and me.
Meet the Other Writers
A few years ago I decided to add some additional writers to the Thrifty Nifty Mommy family. Miranda and Jen have been embraced by the readers of Thrifty Nifty Mommy. I love them and I know you’ll love them too!
Meet Miranda and her Family
Hello. My name is Miranda and I have been writing for Thrifty Nifty Mommy for over a year now. However, I’ve been blogging for almost six years total!
I’m a 30-something-year-old, stay-at-home mom to five great kids (currently ages 4-13) and wife to one amazing man. We actually just celebrated our 15 year anniversary in 2018!
I homeschool our children as well as help my husband around our family dairy farm when time allows. We have a couple of dogs, a ton of cats, and have even added chickens, 2 mini horses, and a big horse to the mix now. Farm life keeps us happily busy!
I enjoy spending time with my family, playing games with our children, reading (especially Karen Kingsbury novels), cooking (you’ll love my Salted Caramel Billionaire Bars recipe), and volunteering at church. I love reviewing anything useful for my family and finding new products that I’ve never heard of before. I also enjoy finding great deals but have also learned that you have to invest in high-quality products that will stand the test of time as well.
Meet Jen and Her Family
(Info to come – stay tuned!)