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

  Head on over to 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...]

Preventing Morning Sickness and Easing Back Into Life

A few weeks ago when I shared my "one word" for 2014, I mentioned that some of my health goals had to do with preventing morning sickness in future pregnancies with B vitamins and Magnesium since I've struggled with severe pregnancy sickness in the past. So many of you emailed or commented wanting to hear more about preventing morning sickness that I wrote a whole post on the topic and my friend … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 82

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My "I haven't had any sugar in three days" withdrawal headache is telling me that Lent is really here! This has been QUITE a week. Not because earth-shattering things have happened at our house (although I DID deep clean our entire  kitchen which isn't exactly a frequent occurrence) and not because Baby Gwen is blessing us with waking at 4:45am perky and ready for the day: Lookin' good. For … [Read more...]

Bury the Alleluia and Other Last Minute Lent Resources

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It's here. Lent. Ash Wednesday. After a rip-roaring Mardi Gras, Baby Gwen made it her special task to mortify my flesh by getting up at 4:45am...Pretty typical wake time. But it hurt a little more after eating too many cookies and staying up too late. So here I am gulping coffee while she chomps on banana and we wait in the dark for the rest of the family to wake up so we can go to Mass. Lent … [Read more...]

Two Parenting Epiphanies I Wish I’d Realized Sooner


I've had a couple of valuable epiphanies since Baby Gwen (our third) arrived. After an easy-going season for four-year-old Benjamin, the addition of a new baby seemed to throw him for a loop. His frustration wasn't ever directed at her, his "sweetheart", but at me. We just weren't clicking. It felt like he was a black hole of needs and I was in the throws of postpartum sleep deprivation with … [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...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 81

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All of the sudden, our Gwen Stellamaris is displaying so much personality. It's so strange when the baby who wakes up in the morning seems like a completely different baby from the one I knew last week. She's changing so quickly that I don't feel like I can keep up. And she's just.....gah! The most adorable thing ever! See what I mean? Can you even?! She's still waking up at the crack of dawn, … [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...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: March


I’m always trying to figure out how to make it easier for families to observe the Christian Year because we felt so overwhelmed when we first started that journey (which is why we wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope … [Read more...]

Short Stories Giveaway!

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So I've talked about the unimpressive nature of modern Christian art/music, but there ARE some bright spots in the Catholic literary movement like the Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction. And....TA DA! I have a copy of the prize-winning short stories to give away to a lucky reader. Hurrah! And it's signed by one of the authors: Christie of Everything to Someone, so enter with the handy dandy … [Read more...]