Our Catholic Homeschool First Grade Curriculum

Our Catholic Homeschool First Grade Curriculum

+J.M.J.+ We use Mother of Divine Grace as the base of our homeschool, with just a few swaps. I discuss Mother of Divine Grace and classical education in this post found here if you are interested in reading more. Here is a roundup of what we are using for First Grade with Philomena this year. [...]

Our Most Memorable Summer Getaway for Less than $115

Our Most Memorable Summer Getaway for Less than $115

+J.M.J.+ Incredible memories don't have to come with exorbitant price tags. I think Instagram posts showing families headed off to a beach vacation a few states away, or some big Disney Cruise can make us feel like a really memorable summer vacation has to be long, far away, and expensive. While these trips may make [...]

Why We Chose Mother of Divine Grace for Our Homeschool

Why We Chose Mother of Divine Grace for Our Homeschool

+J.M.J.+ When you talk homeschooling, the first question usually asked is "What curriculum are you using?"Seton Home Study School is probably the most popular programs in the United States amongst Catholic homeschoolers. My mother used it for my entire education growing up, so when someone asks me the curriculum question now they are surprised I [...]

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. With inflation and instability rampant right now, remember that "things" may not be what [...]

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 [...]