Family Life, Marriage, Parenting, Uncategorized

My Husband Saw I Needed Help

+J.M.J.+ A great quote by a priest I used to know was, "A good husband gives his wife what is good for her, not just what she thinks will make her happy." Ethan is one of those good husbands who recently insisted on something he knew would be best for me, even though I didn't… Continue reading My Husband Saw I Needed Help

Family Life, Homemaking, Organization, Parenting, Uncategorized

I Got Rid Of Most Of Our Toys {And What I Set Up Instead}

+J.M.J.+ Want to know what my kids play with? Not the millions of toys around here. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, my daughters spend about 99% of their time reading books and playing with random things from around the house. Recently Philomena spent an entire week in this pantry organizer and was… Continue reading I Got Rid Of Most Of Our Toys {And What I Set Up Instead}

Homemaking, Natural Living, Uncategorized

Composting Without A Garden

+J.M.J.+ Composting food scraps is a wonderful way to reduce waste, and help create nutrient rich soil for gardening. Food waste like your random scraps, peels, items gone bad etc. won't properly rot and do any good in a landfill because there isn't enough oxygen for them to decompose. When they end up in the… Continue reading Composting Without A Garden

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

I Spend A Lot On Groceries

+J.M.J.+ Lately I have had several people ask me to write about ways to save money on groceries or more on budgeting for food. This is something I want to do, because there are some legitimate ways to save money on healthy food that works for my family, but it did get me thinking about… Continue reading I Spend A Lot On Groceries

Birth Stories, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

Why I Am Sharing Only “Natural” Birth Stories

+J.M.J.+ There isn't a concrete definition of a natural mother. This is something I talked about in this post here when I was worrying about being good enough for the title of this blog. To some people I'm super natural and to others I miss the mark. But if we look at the actual definition… Continue reading Why I Am Sharing Only “Natural” Birth Stories

Natural Living, Nursing, Uncategorized

“Exclusive” and “Ecological” Breastfeeding Are Not the Same

+J.M.J.+ Very often online in various mommy groups or forums you'll see someone comment on their period already having returned and how shocked they are since they exclusively breastfeed their baby. Inevitably a bunch of other moms will chime in that they too experienced a return of their cycle or even conception of another baby… Continue reading “Exclusive” and “Ecological” Breastfeeding Are Not the Same

Birth Stories, Catholic Life, Family Life, Home Birth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

“Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}

+J.M.J.+ I've read more books on birth than any other topic other than Catholicism, probably having gone through at least twenty volumes on it so far, not including countless of birth stories I've read online. Truly, there is something about the miracle of pregnancy and birth that never gets old for me. When I saw… Continue reading “Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}