Our Screen-Free Kids Used Screens – Here Is What Happened

Our Screen-Free Kids Used Screens – Here Is What Happened

+J.M.J.+ A year and a half ago I published one of my most viewed posts ever: My Little Kids Don't Use Screens. Ever. Here's why. (You may enjoy giving that a read then coming back here.) I explained how studies show that the more little kids' brains are hyper stimulated by screens, the more it [...]

A Day in My Life {Stay at Home Mom with Two Kids}

A Day in My Life {Stay at Home Mom with Two Kids}

+J.M.J.+ When I shared about our general daily routine and my rule of life in this post earlier this month, a lot of you wanted to know what a day in the life looked like with a bit more detail. Every day with a family has lots of variation, but the following is what a [...]

3 Ways to Communicate Better with your Spouse

3 Ways to Communicate Better with your Spouse

+J.M.J.+ I feel more than slightly under-qualified after just 5.5 years of marriage to be giving tips on the topic. However, since I was asked about it and do think that since this is one of Ethan and I's strong points, I'm presenting 3 ways you can better communicate with your spouse. Know Each Other [...]

My Daily Routine / Schedule and Rule of Life

My Daily Routine / Schedule and Rule of Life

+J.M.J.+ In confession a few months ago, the priest asked me if I knew what a mother's rule of life was. I had brought before him the sin of wasting time online and thereby neglecting some of my duties as a wife and mother. I wish I could have told him that the idea was [...]

I Love You Andrew Mary {Honoring Our Baby and an Honest Miscarriage Conversation}

I Love You Andrew Mary {Honoring Our Baby and an Honest Miscarriage Conversation}

+J.M.J.+ I will always love and miss my little baby, Andrew Mary, whom we have had to give back to the loving care of Jesus. This post will share about our loss, how we are honoring our baby, a conversation on miscarriage, and some resources for people dealing with miscarriage or stillbirth. When I started [...]

Our Pre-school Curriculum

Our Pre-school Curriculum

+J.M.J.+ Philomena is four years old, and very interested in school (or "skew" as it sounds when she says it!). Daddy used to be a teacher, and her best little friend is in school now, so she has been harping on me to start school herself. However, if you know me, you know I am [...]

$60 Capsule Wardrobe for a 4 Year Old – Spring/Summer Edition

$60 Capsule Wardrobe for a 4 Year Old – Spring/Summer Edition

+J.M.J.+ We just had a children's clothing resale last week and I was excited to check it out and buy Philomena's wardrobe for this spring and summer. (Read about how I shop resales here) She will be four in June and wears a mix of 4t and 5t clothes right now. Not pictured are a couple [...]

My Favorite Babywearing Carriers

My Favorite Babywearing Carriers

+J.M.J.+ Second only to nursing, babywearing has been the most life-changing help in parenting for me thus far. Truly, I don't know how we would be able to function without it sometimes, and that isn't hyperbole. From grocery shopping and errand running with ease, no stroller necessary - And facilitating nap time anytime, anywhere - [...]

To The Mom Belittled For Her Healthy Choices: Your Work Matters

To The Mom Belittled For Her Healthy Choices: Your Work Matters

+J.M.J.+ The crunchy mom is often teased as if we're all stuck up, holier-than-thou snobs who want to put others down for their Happy Meal habits. Sometimes it's perceived as cruel to often deny kids junk food that's so mainstream in our society. Furthering this attitude, there are multiple memes going around online right now that [...]