Family life, home birth, natural childbirth, Natural living, Uncategorized

Philomena’s Home Birth Story

+J.M.J+ Philomena was born exactly two years, six months, and one day ago. At home. I have been meaning to write down her story for that entire length of time, and finally have it down to share with you. Also, after her birth story, I have a section on the safety of home birth, as… Continue reading Philomena’s Home Birth Story

grocery haul, Healthy Eating, homemaking, Natural living, real food, Uncategorized, weekly menu

Grocery Haul + Menu Plan {Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017}

+J.M.J.+ Here is our grocery haul from Trader Joes this week. Lately I have been going to Aldi first to find what is on my list for cheap, and then over to Trader Joes for the rest. We just got back from Thanksgiving in Georgia, however, so this week the girls and I were so… Continue reading Grocery Haul + Menu Plan {Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017}

Healthy Eating, homemaking, Natural living, real food, Uncategorized

The Two Best Cookbooks You Will ACTUALLY Use

+J.M.J.+ Have you ever impulsively bought a cookbook you stumbled upon at the bookstore? It was full of beautiful, glossy, full-page color photos of tantalizing (and complicated) dishes that you just had to try, wasn't it? You were going to make every one of those recipes, impressing your family and friends, and broadening your culinary… Continue reading The Two Best Cookbooks You Will ACTUALLY Use

Healthy Eating, Natural living, real food, Recipes

{Real Food} 1 Minute Blender Whipped Cream

+J.M.J.+ You know those strangely addicting to watch cooking videos all over Facebook? The dessert ones very often call for Kraft Cool Whip. I used to eat it whenever I had pie as a kid, and I always knew I didn't quite like it as much as I remembered when the holidays rolled around and… Continue reading {Real Food} 1 Minute Blender Whipped Cream

Cloth Diapering, Natural living, travel, Uncategorized

Natural Finds on Vacation

+J.M.J.+ Wanna know how to get lots of stares in an airport? Look like a kangaroo with a joey in your pouch, holding the leash to a brightly colored owl backpack worn by a super active toddler. Now that we have that covered... I took the opportunity to check out a few places of interest… Continue reading Natural Finds on Vacation

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

Catholic Life, homemaking, Natural living, prayers, Uncategorized

Am I Enough + Litany of Humility

+J.M.J.+ Something that I really struggle with interiorly is worrying if I am enough to others; enough of pretty much anything. I do know I am never holy "enough". I remember a great FSSP priest at a Lenten mission years ago saying that you can never stand still spiritually. We are either becoming holier and… Continue reading Am I Enough + Litany of Humility