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 [...]

How I Finally Printed and Organized 7 Years of Family Photos

How I Finally Printed and Organized 7 Years of Family Photos

I have long wanted to make family photo albums - not fancy scrapbooks with all sort of fun stickers and notations - just plain old photo albums. My parents used to develop all of the film from the family camera once a year and do a massive sorting of the photos, putting them into albums [...]

A Christmas Gift Guide For The Whole Family

A Christmas Gift Guide For The Whole Family

+J.M.J.+ I am all for less-is-more with gifts. I'd rather find one or two quality items or experiences that actually bring joy or function to the recipient, rather than buying a bunch of random junk so there is "stuff" to unwrap. I'm sharing some ideas below for different people in your life that may be [...]

How We Handle Kids at Holy Mass

How We Handle Kids at Holy Mass

+J.M.J.+ How to handle taking children to Holy Mass is often a challenge for parents to navigate, as well as a polarizing topic amongst Catholics. Obligatory disclaimer: I am not writing this judging other parents and how they handle their children at Mass, or trying to say this is the best way to handle taking [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]