$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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tips For Dining Out With Kids

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 [...]

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

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

+J.M.J.+ In the world of potty training our girls were way "behind" the average 18 to 24 months when most people start, but the more I think of it... but we didn't potty train.Much like we didn't train our girls to use a fork or put on a shirt before they were developmentally ready to [...]

I Missed My Chance

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 [...]

Weaned at 3 – A Look at Our Nursing Journey

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 [...]

When Did Everything but Happy Become Off-Limits?

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 [...]