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}

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}

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Recipes, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

My Favorite Healthy Coffee at Home {Real Food Recipe}

+J.M.J.+ I have a confession to make. I used to have a REALLY bad Dunkin Donuts coffee habit. This was just in the last couple years. Even with a very clean diet overall, those sugary sweet coffees were an indulgence that I knew was terrible for me, but I kept drinking as a treat because… Continue reading My Favorite Healthy Coffee at Home {Real Food Recipe}

Thrifty Living, Travel, Uncategorized

Prep for Trip with Toddler and Baby

+J.M.J.+ I am flying to Montana with Philomena and Zelie this week to visit my parents. I have traveled a lot by myself with Philomena. (She has been on over 30 airplanes so far and she is just 2!) This, however, will be my first solo trip with both girls. (Ethan has to stay home… Continue reading Prep for Trip with Toddler and Baby

Cloth Diapering, Natural Living, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

Why We Chose a Cadillac Cloth Diaper Stash

+J.M.J.+ When we decided to cloth diaper, I knew I wanted to invest in what I have come to call a "Cadillac stash." When I say Cadillac stash, I mean a set of really nice, top of the line cloth diapers and a LOT of them. Now, it is true, I could have gone a… Continue reading Why We Chose a Cadillac Cloth Diaper Stash

Homemaking, Natural Living, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

Elderberry Syrup and Tincture Day

+J.M.J.+ Since fall is here, I decided on Tuesday to prepare our elderberries that I ordered a few weeks ago for cold and flu season. (I get my organic elderberries from Frontier, here on Amazon.) Elderberries are high in vitamin C, and also contain vitamins A and B-6, making them great immune system boosters. Dr.… Continue reading Elderberry Syrup and Tincture Day

Cloth Diapering, Natural Living, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

No-Strip Cloth Diaper Laundry Routine

+J.M.J.+ The internet is full of confusing and conflicting information on how to wash cloth diapers. You will read about pre-washes, real washes, double and even triple rinses, and warnings that your diapers will spontaneously combust if you don't use the right soap. (Okay... that's an exaggeration but still...) Then comes the topic of "stripping… Continue reading No-Strip Cloth Diaper Laundry Routine