Family Life, Homemaking, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

How I Shop Kid’s Resale Events

+J.M.J.+ Thrift stores, consignment shops, the Facebook marketplace, and sometimes garage sales are all wonderful spots to get clothes, baby gear, and kid's shoes at deep discounts. But when I was pregnant with Philomena a friend from church introduced me to the magic that is children's resale/consignment events. I had never heard of these before,… Continue reading How I Shop Kid’s Resale Events

Natural Living, Parenting, Uncategorized

My Little Kids Don’t Use Screens. Ever. Here’s Why.

+J.M.J.+ In this world of Baby Einsteins and Netflix for Kids, Philomena and Zelie have never watched a t.v. show or movie before. They've never played with an interactive book or game on a tablet. They don't know children's digital entertainment exists, and while screens could definitely occupy them during the day, not letting the… Continue reading My Little Kids Don’t Use Screens. Ever. Here’s Why.

Blogging, Uncategorized

One Year Anniversary! {Plus My Top 10}

+J.M.J.+ Today marks one year of blogging, and I'm quite shocked this anniversary is already here. This little venture is literally the result of a lady in a group I admin on Facebook asking if I had a blog. Ethan had mentioned before that he thought I should try writing one, and so I ran… Continue reading One Year Anniversary! {Plus My Top 10}

Healthy Eating, Real Food, Uncategorized

We Did It! Our Whole30 with a Toddler

+J.M.J.+ I can't believe it, but we did it! We did the Whole30! I went into a full explanation in this post here, but in case you're new to this, the Whole30 is a 30 day elimination of the most common inflammatory foods from your diet and then slowly adding them back in one at… Continue reading We Did It! Our Whole30 with a Toddler

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