Birth Stories, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Did you enjoy Geneva's birth story last week? (Click here if you missed it!) This week I am featuring her sister Nicole's story. ___________________ Just one month after my sister had told me she was pregnant I was very excited to discover that I was expecting as well. This would be my eighth baby and… Continue reading Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Catholic Life, Prayers, Uncategorized

The Best and Easiest Way to Pray

+J.M.J.+ I don't know about you, but mental prayer can be really hard for me. My mind wanders. It can feel dry and boring. Quiet conversation with God seems difficult and one-sided. I feel like I start well for a minute, then soon become distracted and weary. In fact, in the past I always felt… Continue reading The Best and Easiest Way to Pray

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

I’m Not Buying Easter Candy – When Treats Become Punishment

+J.M.J.+ Treats to celebrate a holiday or milestone are special and often become tasty traditions we look forward to. When it comes to various Church feasts, birthdays, and the like I usually make the desserts, but there are still a few times in the year I throw caution to the window and "splurge." Easter has… Continue reading I’m Not Buying Easter Candy – When Treats Become Punishment

Birth Stories, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

Birth Story #2 – Geneva

+J.M.J.+ I have something exciting here in our Natural Birth Story Series... two stories from sisters who gave birth a month apart in their respective homes using the same midwife! Geneva gave birth to her fourth baby, then her sister Nicole followed with her eighth a month later. These births came during a difficult time… Continue reading Birth Story #2 – Geneva

Healthy Eating, Real Food, Recipes, Uncategorized

Kombucha: Grow Your Own Scoby and Brew at Home

+J.M.J.+ Kombucha. Surely you've heard of the healthy, soda-like bubbly drink of hipsters and crunchy people alike, right? Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic tea that has amazing health benefits, plus it tastes fantastic. At $3.50+ on average for a bottle of raw, organic kombucha, it can quickly become an expensive drink to enjoy. However, it… Continue reading Kombucha: Grow Your Own Scoby and Brew at Home

Grocery Haul, Healthy Eating, Real Food, Uncategorized, Weekly Menu

One Week Eating Only From Wellness Mama

+J.M.J.+ Ethan's parents asked what I would like for my birthday last month, and without much deliberation I said I'd love to have the new Wellness Mama Cookbook by Katie Wells. I'm sure this comes as a shock, given my unwavering devotion to the 100 Days of Real Food cookbooks, but this new one from Wellness… Continue reading One Week Eating Only From Wellness Mama

Catholic Life, Uncategorized

It’s Not About The Numbers

+J.M.J.+ The first book I read this year was "Who Am I To Judge?: Responding to Relativism With Love and Logic" by Dr. Edward Sri. (You can find this fantastic book here on Amazon.) It is an interesting, easy read that addresses the problems faced by Catholics talking to moral relativists. (You know, the overwhelming… Continue reading It’s Not About The Numbers

Catholic Life, Uncategorized

It’s My Birthday {And It Is Always Sad}

+J.M.J.+ Today is my birthday; I'm 28 years old. And I won't lie, despite my husband's sweet gestures, and well wishes from my friends and family... today is always sad for me. I shared my birthday with the greatest grandpa to ever live. I wish I had some photos of our joint celebrations to share… Continue reading It’s My Birthday {And It Is Always Sad}

Family Life, Homemaking, Uncategorized

Organizing Kid’s Clothes

+J.M.J.+ This past weekend I finally tackled a project I have been dreading and avoiding for months: organizing the girls' clothes. Before Philomena was born I sorted out all of her clothing loose into big totes, but I learned this didn't work well for us. As she changed sizes so quickly I was having multiple… Continue reading Organizing Kid’s Clothes