What I Pack in My Birth Center Bag

What I Pack in My Birth Center Bag

+J.M.J.+ My first two births were wonderful homebirths in Ohio, and I had a super basic emergency bag packed for them in case we had needed to transfer during or after them. Due to a relocation to a state with non-evidence based birthing laws, we are going to be using a free-standing birth center for [...]

How I Prepare for Postpartum / the 4th Trimester

How I Prepare for Postpartum / the 4th Trimester

+J.M.J.+ There is a lot of information out there on how to prepare for birth (and I have a whole post about how I prep here!), but I feel like a huge aspect of getting ready to welcome a baby is getting ready for the incredibly beautiful and simultaneously challenging postpartum period. Here are the [...]

How I Prepare for Natural Childbirth {And Why it Matters to Me}

How I Prepare for Natural Childbirth {And Why it Matters to Me}

+J.M.J.+ I have had two completely natural childbirths, and am preparing for my third soon. (You can read my home birth stories here.) I'm going to share everything I do to prepare for birth, and at the end a list of why birthing naturally is a priority for me in the first place. Prepare Mentally [...]

No Longer Buried: How Our Family Minimized Half of Our Possessions and Reclaimed Our Home

No Longer Buried: How Our Family Minimized Half of Our Possessions and Reclaimed Our Home

+J.M.J.+ A year and a half ago, Ethan and I got rid of over half of our stuff, and we have never looked back. This is the story of our family reclaiming our home, and at the end a list of action steps if you need help starting a similar process. So. Much. Stuff. Despite [...]

What We Eat: Dinner Edition

What We Eat: Dinner Edition

+J.M.J.+ I shared our favorite breakfasts here, and lunches over here. Now let's get to some of our most beloved dinners to hopefully give you some inspiration for your own menu plans! Chicken Piccata This is the *best* grain/gluten free chicken piccata on page 139 of the Wellness Mama cookbook. I served it here with [...]

Our Catholic Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum

Our Catholic Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum

+J.M.J.+My former-school-teacher-husband has been wanting for us to choose an official curriculum for this fall, and Philomena has had such eagerness to get to work after so enjoying preschool. In this post about preschool from last year, I shared what books we used, as well my thoughts on play being the most important work she [...]

My Simple Laundry Routine

My Simple Laundry Routine

+J.M.J.+Laundry is a chore I actually don't dread. The following routine is how I have eliminated endless piles of dirty or clean laundry around my home for the last couple years.This system may or may not work for you, but I hope you find at least a couple tips or ideas to help you with [...]

My Best Tips for Weekend Getaways on a Small Budget

My Best Tips for Weekend Getaways on a Small Budget

+J.M.J.+Last week I shared my best tips for traveling with kids in this post here, and today I wanted to share how we plan little weekend getaways on a small budget. Consider the Location We tend to make trips in a 2 - 3.5 hour range away for weekends. This is close enough that Ethan [...]

My Best Tips for Traveling With Kids

My Best Tips for Traveling With Kids

+J.M.J.+We travel quite frequently thanks to grandparents on opposite ends of the country and a love of weekend getaways. (I have boarded well over 100 planes with my kids in tow and taken more little weekend car trips than I can count!) This post is going to tackle all of our best tips and tricks [...]

What We Eat: Lunch Edition

What We Eat: Lunch Edition

+J.M.J.+ We talked all about breakfast in this last post found here - let's move on to lunch! A lot of people like to make enough of dinner for lunch the following day, but I would rather come up with simple lunches I can throw together and save those precious dinner leftovers for another night [...]