How I Shop Kid’s Resale Events

How I Shop Kid’s Resale Events

+J.M.J.+ Thrift stores, consignment shops, the Facebook marketplace, and sometimes garage sales are all wonderful spots to get clothes, baby gear, and kid's shoes at deep discounts. But when I was pregnant with Philomena a friend from church introduced me to the magic that is children's resale/consignment events. I had never heard of these before, [...]

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 [...]

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

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. Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

This Embarrasses Me {But It Is Authentic}

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 [...]

My Favorite Healthy Coffee at Home {Real Food Recipe}

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 [...]

Prep for Trip with Toddler and Baby

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 [...]

Why We Chose a Cadillac Cloth Diaper Stash

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. (You can see my full stash in this post [...]

Elderberry Syrup and Tincture Day

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. [...]