Giveaway, Healthy Eating, Homemaking, Natural Living, Real Food, Recipes, Uncategorized

100 Days of Real Food: On A Budget {New Recipe Included!}

+J.M.J.+ It's here! Lisa Leake has done it again; developing a mouthwatering collection of real food recipes for us to enjoy, this time focusing on clean eating with a budget in mind. She is making real food meals stupid easy and beyond delicious in 100 Days of Real Food On A Budget. (Find it here… Continue reading 100 Days of Real Food: On A Budget {New Recipe Included!}

Catholic Life, Family Life, Parenting, Uncategorized

Instant T.V. and Movie Editing – Why We Use Vidangel

+J.M.J.+ Vidangel is not the latest news, yet I know there are still a lot of people who haven't heard of it or used it before. This is an awesome streaming service that allows you to filter out any content you find objectionable in one of their available t.v. shows or movies. This includes everything… Continue reading Instant T.V. and Movie Editing – Why We Use Vidangel

Parenting, Uncategorized

Tips For Dining Out With Kids

+J.M.J.+ One of the biggest things that I have gathered from reading Janet Lansbury's books (find them here on my parenting resources page), is that we should always try to set our kids up for success. Eating out is one of those activities that can be really hard with (and for) children. I also believe… Continue reading Tips For Dining Out With Kids

Blogging, Catholic Life, Uncategorized

Mean Girls {And Guys} – How Internet Anonymity Makes Us Crazy

+J.M.J.+ People online are crazy. Seriously, sometimes I feel like they've lost their minds, and I fear I myself have been that person more than once. But still, it never fails to amaze me how people on the internet can be so mean.  And I'm not talking about simply disagreeing with someone and having a civil… Continue reading Mean Girls {And Guys} – How Internet Anonymity Makes Us Crazy

Parenting, Uncategorized

We Didn’t Potty Train Our Toddler {Undies at 3}

+J.M.J.+ Philomena is three and just now using the potty and always wearing underwear outside of sleeping at night. (And she actually wakes up dry every morning and goes potty first thing, but I still use the diaper in case). In the world of potty training she is "behind" the average 18 to 24 months… Continue reading We Didn’t Potty Train Our Toddler {Undies at 3}

Marriage, Uncategorized

Our Special Anniversary Tradition

+J.M.J.+ Ethan was being sneaky the weekend we met in person. When he paid for our parking to walk to the Seattle Art Museum he quietly saved the little ticket reciept in his wallet. When we went to the Seattle Japanese Gardens, he grabbed a leaf from the tree we picnicked under. He said he… Continue reading Our Special Anniversary Tradition

Family Life, Homemaking, Organization, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

The House Is Organized + How I Am Maintaining It

+J.M.J.+ I used to be obsessed with decluttering and organization Youtube videos, and a couple years ago had our house down to a really manageable level of organization - everything we owned had a home. Cliche as it sounds, a place for everything and everything in its place is actually a big part of keeping… Continue reading The House Is Organized + How I Am Maintaining It

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

The Whole30: What It Is and Why We Are Doing It

+J.M.J.+ The Whole30. It wouldn't surprise me if you've heard of it before, and you'll even see their logo on a few pre-packaged products these days. Some people think it's a radical diet for weight loss, and while many people lose weight on the Whole30, it's designed for a totally different purpose. (In fact, to… Continue reading The Whole30: What It Is and Why We Are Doing It

Family Life, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

Easy and Budget-Friendly Birthday Party {Zelie Turns One!}

+J.M.J.+ Zelie Maria is one today! We had a simple little party for her at the park yesterday with some church friends. I made the cupcakes on Saturday using the chocolate cake recipe from 100 Days of Real Food, found here. (I used all white whole wheat flour and a little extra cocoa powder. They… Continue reading Easy and Budget-Friendly Birthday Party {Zelie Turns One!}