Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

The Whole30: What It Is and Why We Are Doing It

+J.M.J.+ The Whole30. It wouldn't surprise me if you've heard of it before, and you'll even see their logo on a few pre-packaged products these days. Some people think it's a radical diet for weight loss, and while many people lose weight on the Whole30, it's designed for a totally different purpose. (In fact, to… Continue reading The Whole30: What It Is and Why We Are Doing It

Family Life, Natural Living, Nursing, Parenting, Uncategorized

Weaned at 3 – A Look at Our Nursing Journey

+J.M.J.+ Philomena turned 3 this past week, and just a few days before that, she weaned. It's been sad knowing she is done, and like I figured would happen when I was musing about nursing my toddler in a wean by one world here, I can't remember our last nursing session, because I didn't know… Continue reading Weaned at 3 – A Look at Our Nursing Journey

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, 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

Birth Stories, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

Why I Am Sharing Only “Natural” Birth Stories

+J.M.J.+ There isn't a concrete definition of a natural mother. This is something I talked about in this post here when I was worrying about being good enough for the title of this blog. To some people I'm super natural and to others I miss the mark. But if we look at the actual definition… Continue reading Why I Am Sharing Only “Natural” Birth Stories

Natural Living, Nursing, Uncategorized

“Exclusive” and “Ecological” Breastfeeding Are Not the Same

+J.M.J.+ Very often online in various mommy groups or forums you'll see someone comment on their period already having returned and how shocked they are since they exclusively breastfeed their baby. Inevitably a bunch of other moms will chime in that they too experienced a return of their cycle or even conception of another baby… Continue reading “Exclusive” and “Ecological” Breastfeeding Are Not the Same

Birth Stories, Catholic Life, Family Life, Home Birth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

“Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}

+J.M.J.+ I've read more books on birth than any other topic other than Catholicism, probably having gone through at least twenty volumes on it so far, not including countless of birth stories I've read online. Truly, there is something about the miracle of pregnancy and birth that never gets old for me. When I saw… Continue reading “Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}

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

Bulletproof “Coffee” Milk Drink {Toddler Approved}

+J.M.J.+ I am a huge fan of bulletproof coffee ever since we spent our week eating only from the new Wellness Mama cookbook! The coffee blended with coconut oil and grass-fed butter is so smooth, loaded with healthy fats and just plain delicious. This process of blending the fats with the coffee also allows for… Continue reading Bulletproof “Coffee” Milk Drink {Toddler Approved}