Taking Kids to Midnight Mass – Why We Do it and 9 Tips to Make it Easier

Taking Kids to Midnight Mass – Why We Do it and 9 Tips to Make it Easier

+J.M.J.+ I had never been to a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass until just a few years ago; neither had Ethan. It had never been a part of either of our family's traditions growing up. When Ethan was no longer a teacher with a great Christmas break schedule and we were far from family living in [...]

How We Handle Kids at Holy Mass

How We Handle Kids at Holy Mass

+J.M.J.+ How to handle taking children to Holy Mass is often a challenge for parents to navigate, as well as a polarizing topic amongst Catholics. Obligatory disclaimer: I am not writing this judging other parents and how they handle their children at Mass, or trying to say this is the best way to handle taking [...]

Comparing My Home Birth and Birth Center Experiences

Comparing My Home Birth and Birth Center Experiences

+J.M.J.+ Now that I have experienced both home birth and birth center birth since Felicity's arrival, (you can read her birth story here,) I wanted to write up a comparison of both experiences in case it might help other mamas who are debating between the two models of care. My experiences are just that, only [...]

My Best Tips for Traveling With Kids

My Best Tips for Traveling With Kids

+J.M.J.+We travel quite frequently thanks to grandparents on opposite ends of the country and a love of weekend getaways. (I have boarded well over 100 planes with my kids in tow and taken more little weekend car trips than I can count!) This post is going to tackle all of our best tips and tricks [...]

How I Entertain My Little Kids

How I Entertain My Little Kids

+J.M.J.+ I am frequently asked about how I entertain my kids, and there has been a huge surge in these questions since I announced our most recent pregnancy. How do I handle morning sickness with other kids? How am I entertaining them? This title is a bit of a trick because the answer really is [...]

Baby #4 – Pregnancy after Miscarriage

Baby #4 – Pregnancy after Miscarriage

+J.M.J.+ God has blessed Ethan and I with our fourth child. It is actually quite surreal just 7 weeks since losing baby Andrew Mary to be expecting again. I had no warning something was wrong during Andrew's pregnancy until he was gone, so I wanted to make sure that I didn't have some sort of [...]

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 [...]