Best Ever Real Food Pulled Pork

Best Ever Real Food Pulled Pork

+J.M.J.+Pulled pork is often incredibly dry, relying on copious amounts of barbecue sauce in the final product to try and compensate. I have come up with a delicious recipe that is incredibly flavorful and moist. Seriously, this is the best pulled pork we have ever had. First up will be the recipe, followed by step [...]

How I Finally Printed and Organized 7 Years of Family Photos

How I Finally Printed and Organized 7 Years of Family Photos

I have long wanted to make family photo albums - not fancy scrapbooks with all sort of fun stickers and notations - just plain old photo albums. My parents used to develop all of the film from the family camera once a year and do a massive sorting of the photos, putting them into albums [...]

A Christmas Gift Guide For The Whole Family

A Christmas Gift Guide For The Whole Family

+J.M.J.+ I am all for less-is-more with gifts. I'd rather find one or two quality items or experiences that actually bring joy or function to the recipient, rather than buying a bunch of random junk so there is "stuff" to unwrap. I'm sharing some ideas below for different people in your life that may be [...]

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 [...]

My Postpartum Wardrobe

My Postpartum Wardrobe

+J.M.J.+ I am in the dreaded phase of postpartum dressing right now as Felicity is one month old. When it comes to clothes, I have four limitations: 1. Modesty matters to me because it matters greatly to Our Lady and the saints, which means I have certain standards in dress I maintain which are not [...]

Felicity’s Birth Story {Natural Birth at Free-standing Birth Center}

Felicity’s Birth Story {Natural Birth at Free-standing Birth Center}

+J.M.J.+Felicity Agnes' birth was by far my hardest birth, and was in several ways very different from my other labors. (You can read Philomena's birth story here, and Zelie's here if you want to know what theirs were like before starting on Felicity's). Felicity's birth was my first non-home birth. We've moved to a state [...]

What I Pack in My Birth Center Bag

What I Pack in My Birth Center Bag

+J.M.J.+ My first two births were wonderful homebirths in Ohio, and I had a super basic emergency bag packed for them in case we had needed to transfer during or after them. Due to a relocation to a state with non-evidence based birthing laws, we are going to be using a free-standing birth center for [...]

How I Prepare for Postpartum / the 4th Trimester

How I Prepare for Postpartum / the 4th Trimester

+J.M.J.+ There is a lot of information out there on how to prepare for birth (and I have a whole post about how I prep here!), but I feel like a huge aspect of getting ready to welcome a baby is getting ready for the incredibly beautiful and simultaneously challenging postpartum period. Here are the [...]

How I Prepare for Natural Childbirth {And Why it Matters to Me}

How I Prepare for Natural Childbirth {And Why it Matters to Me}

+J.M.J.+ I have had two completely natural childbirths, and am preparing for my third soon. (You can read my home birth stories here.) I'm going to share everything I do to prepare for birth, and at the end a list of why birthing naturally is a priority for me in the first place. Prepare Mentally [...]

No Longer Buried: How Our Family Minimized Half of Our Possessions and Reclaimed Our Home

No Longer Buried: How Our Family Minimized Half of Our Possessions and Reclaimed Our Home

+J.M.J.+ A year and a half ago, Ethan and I got rid of over half of our stuff, and we have never looked back. This is the story of our family reclaiming our home, and at the end a list of action steps if you need help starting a similar process. So. Much. Stuff. Despite [...]