Natural Living, Parenting, Uncategorized

My Little Kids Don’t Use Screens. Ever. Here’s Why.

+J.M.J.+ In this world of Baby Einsteins and Netflix for Kids, Philomena and Zelie have never watched a t.v. show or movie before. They've never played with an interactive book or game on a tablet. They don't know children's digital entertainment exists, and while screens could definitely occupy them during the day, not letting the… Continue reading My Little Kids Don’t Use Screens. Ever. Here’s Why.

Catholic Life, Family Life, Parenting, Uncategorized

Instant T.V. and Movie Editing – Why We Use Vidangel

+J.M.J.+ Vidangel is not the latest news, yet I know there are still a lot of people who haven't heard of it or used it before. This is an awesome streaming service that allows you to filter out any content you find objectionable in one of their available t.v. shows or movies. This includes everything… Continue reading Instant T.V. and Movie Editing – Why We Use Vidangel

Parenting, Uncategorized

Tips For Dining Out With Kids

+J.M.J.+ One of the biggest things that I have gathered from reading Janet Lansbury's books (find them here on my parenting resources page), is that we should always try to set our kids up for success. Eating out is one of those activities that can be really hard with (and for) children. I also believe… Continue reading Tips For Dining Out With Kids

Parenting, Uncategorized

We Didn’t Potty Train Our Toddler {Undies at 3}

+J.M.J.+ Philomena is three and just now using the potty and always wearing underwear outside of sleeping at night. (And she actually wakes up dry every morning and goes potty first thing, but I still use the diaper in case). In the world of potty training she is "behind" the average 18 to 24 months… Continue reading We Didn’t Potty Train Our Toddler {Undies at 3}

Catholic Life, Family Life, Parenting, Uncategorized

I Missed My Chance

+J.M.J.+ A few weeks ago my husband's small private school held their high school graduation at a fancy event center. I was all dressed up, Philomena was home with our babysitter, and Zelie who was with us was all ready to nurse down in the carrier for her evening nap when we arrived. Everything was… Continue reading I Missed My Chance

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

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When Did Everything but Happy Become Off-Limits?

+J.M.J.+ Last week I read an article that Janet Lansbury shared called, "The Tyranny of Relentless Positivity" (Read it here). It piqued my interest and reminded me of the importance of not avoiding what is hard to feel. Difficult emotions make people uncomfortable, both those experiencing them or those around them. That's why they are… Continue reading When Did Everything but Happy Become Off-Limits?

Family Life, Marriage, Parenting, Uncategorized

My Husband Saw I Needed Help

+J.M.J.+ A great quote by a priest I used to know was, "A good husband gives his wife what is good for her, not just what she thinks will make her happy." Ethan is one of those good husbands who recently insisted on something he knew would be best for me, even though I didn't… Continue reading My Husband Saw I Needed Help

Family Life, Homemaking, Organization, Parenting, Uncategorized

I Got Rid Of Most Of Our Toys {And What I Set Up Instead}

+J.M.J.+ Want to know what my kids play with? Not the millions of toys around here. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, my daughters spend about 99% of their time reading books and playing with random things from around the house. Recently Philomena spent an entire week in this pantry organizer and was… Continue reading I Got Rid Of Most Of Our Toys {And What I Set Up Instead}

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I Am So Impatient

+J.M.J.+ I remember Fr. Chad Ripperger once saying that if you don't know what your primary fault is, just pray to know and God will quickly show you. He is right, and I have experienced this myself! Another method to discover this is to have children. They seem to bring things out of you that… Continue reading I Am So Impatient