Family Life, Homemaking, Organization, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

The House Is Organized + How I Am Maintaining It

+J.M.J.+ I used to be obsessed with decluttering and organization Youtube videos, and a couple years ago had our house down to a really manageable level of organization - everything we owned had a home. Cliche as it sounds, a place for everything and everything in its place is actually a big part of keeping… Continue reading The House Is Organized + How I Am Maintaining It

Family Life, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

Easy and Budget-Friendly Birthday Party {Zelie Turns One!}

+J.M.J.+ Zelie Maria is one today! We had a simple little party for her at the park yesterday with some church friends. I made the cupcakes on Saturday using the chocolate cake recipe from 100 Days of Real Food, found here. (I used all white whole wheat flour and a little extra cocoa powder. They… Continue reading Easy and Budget-Friendly Birthday Party {Zelie Turns One!}

Cloth Diapering, Homemaking, Natural Living, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

My Reusable Household Favorites – {Save Money / Reduce Toxins}

+J.M.J.+ Aside from eliminating toxins and harmful chemicals from my home... I like saving money. Conveniently, lots of the glass and cloth things I use around the house help me achieve both of these end goals. Thanks to so many naturally minded consumers and the zero-waste community, a lot of these options are becoming more… Continue reading My Reusable Household Favorites – {Save Money / Reduce Toxins}

Family Life, Homemaking, Organization, Parenting, Uncategorized

I Got Rid Of Most Of Our Toys {And What I Set Up Instead}

+J.M.J.+ Want to know what my kids play with? Not the millions of toys around here. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, my daughters spend about 99% of their time reading books and playing with random things from around the house. Recently Philomena spent an entire week in this pantry organizer and was… Continue reading I Got Rid Of Most Of Our Toys {And What I Set Up Instead}

Homemaking, Natural Living, Uncategorized

Composting Without A Garden

+J.M.J.+ Composting food scraps is a wonderful way to reduce waste, and help create nutrient rich soil for gardening. Food waste like your random scraps, peels, items gone bad etc. won't properly rot and do any good in a landfill because there isn't enough oxygen for them to decompose. When they end up in the… Continue reading Composting Without A Garden

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

I Spend A Lot On Groceries

+J.M.J.+ Lately I have had several people ask me to write about ways to save money on groceries or more on budgeting for food. This is something I want to do, because there are some legitimate ways to save money on healthy food that works for my family, but it did get me thinking about… Continue reading I Spend A Lot On Groceries

Family Life, Homemaking, Uncategorized

Organizing Kid’s Clothes

+J.M.J.+ This past weekend I finally tackled a project I have been dreading and avoiding for months: organizing the girls' clothes. Before Philomena was born I sorted out all of her clothing loose into big totes, but I learned this didn't work well for us. As she changed sizes so quickly I was having multiple… Continue reading Organizing Kid’s Clothes

Homemaking, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

How to {Quickly} Remove Ink from Furniture

+J.M.J.+ My toddler Philomena has brought today's post to you courtesy of a frenzied streak down the very visible back of our couch with a pen as I was coming across the room to take it from her. I knew just how to handle it... because this wasn't our first rodeo with a pen. It's… Continue reading How to {Quickly} Remove Ink from Furniture

Catholic Life, Family Life, Homemaking, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

This Embarrasses Me {But It Is Authentic}

+J.M.J.+ Want to see something I love? It's this. It's such a pretty memory - my handsome groom and I surrounded my friends, in a lovely hotel, enjoying a toast during our reception. I've always thought this photo is so classy and elegant. It was a beautiful reality! You want to see something the embarrasses… Continue reading This Embarrasses Me {But It Is Authentic}