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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How We Paid Off $23K + A Catholic Perspective on Dave Ramsay

How We Paid Off $23K + A Catholic Perspective on Dave Ramsay

+J.M.J.+ We have paid off $23,031.00 of student loan debt in two years on an income less than the national average. It was our only debt and it is a relief like no other to have this gone. Ethan graduated with his bachelors degree debt free - this was from a post graduate program. We [...]

How I Entertain My Little Kids

How I Entertain My Little Kids

+J.M.J.+ I am frequently asked about how I entertain my kids, and there has been a huge surge in these questions since I announced our most recent pregnancy. How do I handle morning sickness with other kids? How am I entertaining them? This title is a bit of a trick because the answer really is [...]