Daniel Thinks So Much of my First Vlog He Wants to Give You a Free Gift Just for Watching It! (hey. wait a minute.)

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My first ever vlog! I'm a little nervous, but here's my first ever video blog. It explains all about how to get a super secret gift from Daniel. I realized making it that I smile a lot when I talk (too much?!) and that my teeth are significantly bigger than I previously thought. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFF4QjTxoKI And now here's all the details about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle … [Read more...]

This Week’s Worst News and Best News

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Look at this sad blogger face.... "I'm sorry your computer bwoke, Mama. I fink I can fix it wif glue." Alas, Lucy. If only. Ye ol' laptop died this week. It's ancient in computer years, but it's the only one we had so SAD DAY. Getting it checked out this weekend for salvageability. If it's good and dead, we'll have to figure out replacing it...because I'm assuming my big brother won't let … [Read more...]

Books for Aspiring Pirates and Fairies

Books for Aspiring Pirates and Fairies

I love to make book lists and I hear tell that there's a new Disney Tinker Bell movie, The Pirate Fairy, coming out so I thought it would be fun to compile some of our favorite picture books and read alouds about pirates and fairies!Ye Ol' Pirate BooksMy oldest kids, Benjamin and Lucy, love to play pirates in the backyard. Usually there's a sizable altercation about who gets to be Captain Hook. … [Read more...]

In Defense of Fanny Price: Why You Don’t Like Mansfield Park as Much as You Should

In Defense of Fanny Price: Why You Don't Like Mansfield Park as Much as You Should

I’m re-reading Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park for the fourth time as part of an online book club. As we make our way through the book, I’m hearing all the comments I expected to hear about the book: “This is my least favorite Austen novel.” "Fanny just isn’t likable.” “Why is she so boring and prudish?” “Mary Crawford would make a much better heroine.” “Lighten up, Fanny.” And those reactions are … [Read more...]

An ABCs of Must Read Children’s Book Authors

An ABCs of Must-Read Children's Book Authors

"I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." -C.S. Lewis In solidarity with C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, I decided to compile a list of children's book authors that my children love and whose books I love reading aloud over and over. Instead of searching for new titles … [Read more...]

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Me in an Interview at Catholic Mom

  Head on over to CatholicMom.com to read all about urban homesteading, stretching the food budget, why we wrote a book, bath tub reading, the real reason I have short hair, and how I do it all (I don't!). It was so fun to be interviewed by Rhonda Ortiz! You can also find me today at The Modern Mrs Darcy where my post on advice for the Janeite who runs out of Austen novels is being … [Read more...]

Books: The New Year’s Resolution I Actually Care About

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I'm not big on New Year's resolutions. By this time of year, I've likely already forgotten them--unless they're about books. I love making a yearly list of reading goals, adding to it, and crossing off books when I finish them. This year I had so much fun seeing the reading lists everyone made to include in the Reading Goals for 2014 link up. But is anyone else already behind on their list? … [Read more...]

Preparing for a Child’s First Confession (And Giveaway)

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I don't know the first thing about how to prepare a child for the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is why I'm glad there's people like Kendra who are a few years ahead of me in the journey of motherhood and know what they're doing. And, because she's helpful like that, Kendra wrote a book about it! AND IT'S AWESOME. And she sent me one to give away! Hurrah! The crowd goes wild! My oldest child … [Read more...]

A Hobbit Birthday!

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Our sweet boy is FIVE! And after Daniel read The Hobbit to him last year, he's been requesting a Hobbit birthday party (and he loves watching the animated Hobbit movie). We don't throw large, elaborate birthday parties for our kids, but we do like to make it special. Preparations The big kids had a slumber party at grandma's house the night before the party, so Daniel and I spent the whole day … [Read more...]

How to Marry a Gilbert Blythe

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Who doesn’t love Anne-with-an-E and Gilbert? Falling in love with L.M. Montgomery’s wonderful books and the miniseries by Kevin Sullivan is a beloved memory of my childhood and I return to them every year (except for Anne the Continuing Story which was a horrifying disaster that my poor eyes can never un-see!). As Valentine's Day approaches, let's look to the Anne-girl for some recommendations for … [Read more...]