A Day in the Life (3rd Trimester Weekday)

A Day in the Life (3rd Trimester Weekday)

It's been years since I did a day in the life post on here, even though its something always requested when I ask for blog post ideas over on my Instagram. I decided to finally remember to take pictures throughout a day. This day was during my 37th week of pregnancy with this baby, alongside [...]

My Home Birth Emergency Transfer Plan Template and Transfer Bag

My Home Birth Emergency Transfer Plan Template and Transfer Bag

There is something almost taboo about emergency birth plans or packing a simple transfer bag among many homebirthers. Oftentimes people cite a fear that if they "plan" for an emergency it is more likely to happen. I don't mentally find preparing for an emergency any different than wearing a seat belt when I am in [...]

Returning to Normal Routines Postpartum

Returning to Normal Routines Postpartum

I feel like i have gone through the same few waves of recovery after each full-term birth, that eventually culminates in us finally returning to more normal routines postpartum. Here is what that has generally looked like for me, personally. I will come and update this after this next baby when things are fresher in [...]

Tips to Make Easy, Inexpensive All Saints Day Costumes

Tips to Make Easy, Inexpensive All Saints Day Costumes

Every year now, my girls and I look forward to them choosing a saint to dress up as for All Saints Day. Our parish has a party, as does our homeschool co-op. Even if we didn't have those events, I still think dressing up as saints for the feast is a wonderful way to get [...]

Our Catholic Homeschool 2nd Grade Curriculum

Our Catholic Homeschool 2nd Grade Curriculum

Here we are, beginning another school year. Philomena is in second grade, and we are so excited to dive in. I primarily use the classical Catholic curriculum Mother of Divine Grace School (MODG). It is a very beautiful, gentle curriculum with incredibly age-appropriate expectations. The entire program is wonderfully suited to growing families as well, [...]

Ideas to Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas (And Beyond)

Ideas to Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas (And Beyond)

+J.M.J.+ After a long Advent full of anticipation and preparation, our family is so ready for Christmas come December 25th! In trying to make our home and domestic church mirror our actual church, we celebrate the Christmas season with full force, trying to make each day special. I find it helpful to map out Christmas [...]

Taking Kids to Midnight Mass – Why We Do it and 9 Tips to Make it Easier

Taking Kids to Midnight Mass – Why We Do it and 9 Tips to Make it Easier

+J.M.J.+ I had never been to a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass until just a few years ago; neither had Ethan. It had never been a part of either of our family's traditions growing up. When Ethan was no longer a teacher with a great Christmas break schedule and we were far from family living in [...]

Our Catholic Homeschool First Grade Curriculum

Our Catholic Homeschool First Grade Curriculum

+J.M.J.+ We use Mother of Divine Grace as the base of our homeschool, with just a few swaps. I discuss Mother of Divine Grace and classical education in this post found here if you are interested in reading more. Here is a roundup of what we are using for First Grade with Philomena this year. [...]

Our Most Memorable Summer Getaway for Less than $115

Our Most Memorable Summer Getaway for Less than $115

+J.M.J.+ Incredible memories don't have to come with exorbitant price tags. I think Instagram posts showing families headed off to a beach vacation a few states away, or some big Disney Cruise can make us feel like a really memorable summer vacation has to be long, far away, and expensive. While these trips may make [...]

Why We Chose Mother of Divine Grace for Our Homeschool

Why We Chose Mother of Divine Grace for Our Homeschool

+J.M.J.+ When you talk homeschooling, the first question usually asked is "What curriculum are you using?"Seton Home Study School is probably the most popular programs in the United States amongst Catholic homeschoolers. My mother used it for my entire education growing up, so when someone asks me the curriculum question now they are surprised I [...]