Hi! I’m Janessa, aka Thrifty Nifty Mommy. Welcome to my blog!
I live in Martinsburg, WV (about 90 minutes from Washington DC/Baltimore) with my husband and 4 adorable children. If you’re looking for product reviews and recommendations, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve been reviewing family-friendly products since 2010. I’m passionate about helping families find the right products for their needs and budgets by writing complete and thorough reviews on this site.
With 4 small children, there’s always a story to tell, so you’ll also find a lot of posts written about our life, plus crafts, recipes, and DIY projects!
I live for spending quality time with my family. They are my world and greatest accomplishment in life. I’m also passionate about natural childbirth (all four of my children were born at home), living a greener, healthier lifestyle & traveling.
I’m not a coffee drinker (so un-American, right?!) but I do love a good cup of Chai tea. In the evenings (once it’s quiet and the kids are in bed) you can find me watching The Big Bang Theory, Shark Tank, NFL football, reruns of The Office 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 3 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.
Oh, we also have a dog named Emmy and a (mostly unfriendly) cat named Abby. 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’s 7 years old 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, My Little Pony, crafting and playing outside. She is homeschooled and started 1st grade this year.
Jacob is my sensitive yet rough and wild child. He loves playing cars, superheros, and rough housing. He’s always eager to play fight with anyone willing to swing a foam sword at him. He’s a Mickey Mouse and superheros fanatic. He says that his older sister Maggie is his best friend — I hope it always stays that way! He just turned 5 years old.
Zellene is approaching 3 years old and is showing us every day how independent she’d like to be (slow down little girl!). She loves Mickey Mouse like her older brother but is also a Winnie the Pooh fanatic like her mother always was. She is our adventurous eater, always willing to try something new. She says something new and hilarious every day! She adores being a big sister and I catch her hugging her baby brother every day.
Gideon is the baby of the family. He turned a year old in February (where does the time go?!) and is now on the move and into everything! He’s always looking for adventure and was the first of our kids to send us on a trip to the ER.
Want to know even more about us? Check out this blog post with even more details about my family and me.