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}

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

New Parents: Research What Matters

+J.M.J.+ This week my mother-in-law sent me a tragic news story about a baby suffocating inside a baby carrier. When she messaged me the link she commented that this must not be the same type of stretchy wrap I use, but it was the same thing, just a different brand. I am not scared my… Continue reading New Parents: Research What Matters

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

Birth Story #4 – Mary

+J.M.J.+ Today's birth story comes from Mary. I know her personally and her husband's words of wisdom really helped and encourage Ethan to be open to home birth for us. They have such a beautiful family, and she is sharing with us the birth of her fifth baby. Enjoy! ____________________ Our oldest son had been… Continue reading Birth Story #4 – Mary

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

Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Did you enjoy Geneva's birth story last week? (Click here if you missed it!) This week I am featuring her sister Nicole's story. ___________________ Just one month after my sister had told me she was pregnant I was very excited to discover that I was expecting as well. This would be my eighth baby and… Continue reading Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

I’m Not Buying Easter Candy – When Treats Become Punishment

+J.M.J.+ Treats to celebrate a holiday or milestone are special and often become tasty traditions we look forward to. When it comes to various Church feasts, birthdays, and the like I usually make the desserts, but there are still a few times in the year I throw caution to the window and "splurge." Easter has… Continue reading I’m Not Buying Easter Candy – When Treats Become Punishment

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

Birth Story #2 – Geneva

+J.M.J.+ I have something exciting here in our Natural Birth Story Series... two stories from sisters who gave birth a month apart in their respective homes using the same midwife! Geneva gave birth to her fourth baby, then her sister Nicole followed with her eighth a month later. These births came during a difficult time… Continue reading Birth Story #2 – Geneva

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