Family Life, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Parenting, Uncategorized

There’s A New Kid In Town: How I Prepared My Toddler For Baby

+J.M.J.+ Philomena was almost 17 months old on the wonderful day I found out that she was a big sister. I was excited to tell her, although at that age she didn't quite understand. As the months went on though, she knew exactly what was going on as we took the following steps to prepare her… Continue reading There’s A New Kid In Town: How I Prepared My Toddler For Baby

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Recipes, Uncategorized

My Favorite Smoothie {Toddler Approved Real-Food Recipe}

+J.M.J.+ Most afternoons I workout, and Philomena can't wait for me to finish, because she knows it will be "moothie time!" This smoothie is our favorite afternoon pick-me-up, a great way to get in a bunch of greens without even realizing it, (seriously, you don't taste them!) and it has an amazing fruity flavor. I… Continue reading My Favorite Smoothie {Toddler Approved Real-Food Recipe}

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

My Body Isn’t That Great and Neither is Yours

+J.M.J.+ It may be hard to believe this, but for years I lived off of frozen diet dinners, fat-free everything, disgusting loaves of 45 calorie bread, and I cringe at the thought of the calorie-free salad dressing I used to consume. I wanted to deny reality and believe I could eat sweets and drink soda… Continue reading My Body Isn’t That Great and Neither is Yours

Catholic Life, Family Life, Natural Living, Parenting, Uncategorized

Dear First-Time Mom: It’s Okay To Plan

+J.M.J.+ Dear First-Time Mom: Whenever you have gone on a trip in the past I'm sure you researched your destination and thought ahead. Sure, not everything happened as you expected. Planes were delayed, a tourist attraction closed, a fun destination worth spending more time at bumped another item off your agenda... all kinds of things… Continue reading Dear First-Time Mom: It’s Okay To Plan

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

Real Food Weight Loss – Month 1 Results

+J.M.J.+ When I posted about needing accountability last month, I meant it. That late night sugary snacking lead me to gain 20 pounds and has affected my health. I'm more tired. I feel sluggish. My knees hurt. I get out of breath way too easily. Despite a good, real food diet all day, those huge… Continue reading Real Food Weight Loss – Month 1 Results

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}

Family Life, Natural Living, Nursing, Uncategorized

Night Weaning and Toddler Beds – How We {Gently} Transitioned from Cosleeping

+J.M.J.+ Sleeping arrangements for families with small children are incredibly varied. I know people who use separate nurseries with baby in the crib from the start, to friends that have family beds with parents and kids all piled in together. For us, co-sleeping with just our babies has been a sanity-saver. Co-sleeping Safe co-sleeping has allowed… Continue reading Night Weaning and Toddler Beds – How We {Gently} Transitioned from Cosleeping