Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

I Need Some Accountability

+J.M.J.+ Is anyone one else just craving a change and a new start as we approach the new year? Ethan and I always say that we are going to enjoy the two big meals at my parents' house at Christmas and then not endlessly eat carb-heavy leftovers and the millions of sweets around the house… Continue reading I Need Some Accountability

Family Life, Natural Living, Nursing, Uncategorized

My Favorite Nursing Accessories

+J.M.J.+ I nurse. A lot. In fact, I have nursed every single day since Philomena was born two and a half years ago. (And yes, my toddler does still have a quick nurse before nap and bedtime. This is kind of culturally taboo in America, and something I'm going to chat about in another post… Continue reading My Favorite Nursing Accessories

Catholic Life, Family Life, Marriage, Uncategorized

Give Them the Grace You Give Yourself + A Prayer for Patience

+J.M.J.+ Why can't I give others the grace I give myself? Me When I make a mess, say I spill some milk when pouring a glass, I'll lightly say, "whoops," wipe it up, and move on. Others When my toddler accidentally makes a mess, it is really easy for me to get annoyed. I try to… Continue reading Give Them the Grace You Give Yourself + A Prayer for Patience

Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

Zelie’s Home Birth Story

+J.M.J.+ Twenty-five months after I had what felt like a never ending birth with Philomena, things were very different with my second baby. (You can read that birth story and some great information on the safety of homebirth by clicking here) My goal this time around was to take relaxing during contractions to a new… Continue reading Zelie’s Home Birth Story

Travel, Uncategorized

To Grandmother’s House We {Comfortably} Go

+J.M.J.+ So this isn't a Catholic or natural topic like I usually write about, but I am so excited about a recent find for our upcoming Christmas travels, that I wanted to share a little comparison and review with you. If you are flying or driving any considerable distance, this could be helpful! Disclosure: We… Continue reading To Grandmother’s House We {Comfortably} Go

Catholic Life, Family Life, Uncategorized

A New Year, A Holier Us

+J.M.J.+ A new year is coming up, and instead of my usual "lets write down some resolutions at 10:30 p.m. on December 31st!" routine, Ethan and I are putting some thought into our family's hopes and dreams for 2018 now. Last year one of my resolutions was to try and celebrate special feast days in… Continue reading A New Year, A Holier Us

Family Life, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

Philomena’s Home Birth Story

+J.M.J+ Philomena was born exactly two years, six months, and one day ago. At home. I have been meaning to write down her story for that entire length of time, and finally have it down to share with you. Also, after her birth story, I have a section on the safety of home birth, as… Continue reading Philomena’s Home Birth Story

Catholic Life, Giveaway, Uncategorized

Childrens Bible Stories Giveaway {Closed}

+J.M.J.+ Congratulations Milissa K.! I have one more giveaway for you this week, and I really think a lot of you are going to want this book by Mediatrix Press for your family. Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for… Continue reading Childrens Bible Stories Giveaway {Closed}

Catholic Life, Giveaway, Uncategorized

Immaculate Conception Rosary Giveaway! {Closed}

+J.M.J.+ Congratulations Lisa W.! Hey friends! I'm so excited to have a giveaway for you this morning, in honor of the coming Feast of the Immaculate Conception. There is sometimes confusion about this feast. Since it comes near Christmas, people often associate it with the Incarnation - Christ becoming God made man in Mary's womb.… Continue reading Immaculate Conception Rosary Giveaway! {Closed}