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

Real Food Weight Loss – Month 1 Results

+J.M.J.+ When I posted about needing accountability last month, I meant it. That late night sugary snacking lead me to gain 20 pounds and has affected my health. I'm more tired. I feel sluggish. My knees hurt. I get out of breath way too easily. Despite a good, real food diet all day, those huge… Continue reading Real Food Weight Loss – Month 1 Results

Catholic Life, Family Life, Uncategorized

My Favorite Movie – {I Bet You Haven’t Seen It}

+J.M.J.+ The other night Ethan asked me to find something on VidAngel to watch as a weekend treat, and nothing was jumping out at me. Then it suddenly dawned on me that I have never before shared with him my favorite movie; I Am David. This was a wonderful film released in 2003, based on a… Continue reading My Favorite Movie – {I Bet You Haven’t Seen It}

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Recipes, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

My Favorite Healthy Coffee at Home {Real Food Recipe}

+J.M.J.+ I have a confession to make. I used to have a REALLY bad Dunkin Donuts coffee habit. This was just in the last couple years. Even with a very clean diet overall, those sugary sweet coffees were an indulgence that I knew was terrible for me, but I kept drinking as a treat because… Continue reading My Favorite Healthy Coffee at Home {Real Food Recipe}

Catholic Life, Family Life, Parenting, Uncategorized

Telling My Toddler the Truth

+J.M.J.+ Saying "no" to a toddler doesn't always go over so well. Sometimes there is a meltdown or tantrum; crying and ear-piercing expressions of displeasure. It is *really* uncomfortable to deal with a child flailing around who is mad about the bad news you delivered about leaving the library or not being able to have… Continue reading Telling My Toddler the Truth

Catholic Life, Uncategorized

Was I Supposed to be a Nun? – My Vocation Story

+J.M.J.+ I am very happily married, but just a few short years ago I was in turmoil. I was wrestling with what God’s will for me was. Out of the blue, at 21 years old, I felt like I might be called to religious life. I Only Wanted Marriage Anyone who knows me knows that… Continue reading Was I Supposed to be a Nun? – My Vocation Story

Family Life, Natural Living, Nursing, Uncategorized

Night Weaning and Toddler Beds – How We {Gently} Transitioned from Cosleeping

+J.M.J.+ Sleeping arrangements for families with small children are incredibly varied. I know people who use separate nurseries with baby in the crib from the start, to friends that have family beds with parents and kids all piled in together. For us, co-sleeping with just our babies has been a sanity-saver. Co-sleeping Safe co-sleeping has allowed… Continue reading Night Weaning and Toddler Beds – How We {Gently} Transitioned from Cosleeping

Catholic Life, Family Life, Marriage, Uncategorized

Our Love Story – A Catholic Match Connection

+J.M.J.+ I met the love of my life in person on July 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. and exactly one year later on July 19th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. I walked down the aisle to become his wife. This is the start of Ethan and I's love story. You Have A Message From Ethan In… Continue reading Our Love Story – A Catholic Match Connection

Family Life, Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Nursing, Uncategorized

Nursing My Toddler In A Wean By One World

+J.M.J.+ Philomena is two and a half years old, and she still nurses. American culture is funny. I could say my way of bonding with her at night is to snuggle in front of a t.v. screen together eating a packet of sugary fruit snacks and most wouldn't give that ritual a second thought. But… Continue reading Nursing My Toddler In A Wean By One World

Natural Living, Nursing, Uncategorized

My Favorite Nursing Dresses, Shirts, and Bra

+J.M.J.+ Despite nursing for the last 2.5 years, actual nursing clothing was something that I never really looked into for a long time. I came up with a system of lifting my tank top up to just above baby's mouth, wearing a cardigan that covered my side, and pulling the waistband of my skirt up… Continue reading My Favorite Nursing Dresses, Shirts, and Bra