“You poor thing!” 25 Reasons not to pity me and “all those kids”

Lately I’ve been going on morning walks with the kids.  The “carrot” that gets them out the door quickly is a stop at the park if they’re ready to go by a certain time.  It gets me out of the house, gets the kids’ blood pumping (they usually ride bikes, scooter, or skate) and allows […]

Crop: Theme Thursday

Yeesh. Way to overload the blog this week, Micaela! 3 posts in 2 days! So, it’s February, Theme Thursday-ers.  I’m excited to switch things up this month and do some work in post-editing.  I’ll be honest and say that my procrastinating self is happy to not have a deadline of “sunset on Wednesday.” I do […]

Catholic Valentine Cards: Free Printables!

Sneaking in a very rare second post today because you might be needing these soon. Our homeschool group is having our Valentines exchange this Friday so that kids who give up candy for Lent can still enjoy all the goodies.  Plus, it’ll give you something to binge on finish up on Fat Tuesday. Last year […]

Zelie & Co Charity Auction!

I may have mentioned one time or a thousand that Instagram is my most favorite social media.  It’s just so… pretty.  I can scroll through my Insta feed and feel happily inspired and rarely does it give me any stress whatsoever. (Ahem. I’m looking at you, Facebook and Twitter during election years.) Guess what I […]

Aperture: Theme Thursday

Good morning, friends! Another installment of Theme Thursday photos, comin’ atcha.  This week we played with our aperture settings a little.  Aperture happens to be my favorite photography trick because I think it can take a blah portrait (especially a close up) and turn it into something much more dramatic. Of course, as I learned […]

Simplify: Theme Thursday

Welcome to Theme Thursday, friends! In an effort to get out and exercise with the kids every day. we’ve started taking daily walks. Since they’re not always super motivated, I’ve resorted to bribery.  If they’re fed, dressed, and ready for the day by 8:15 then we add a stop to the park on the way. […]

Talking about “the talk”: preparing for a Catholic discussion on sexuality

It’s been on my mind a lot lately.  You know, The Talk.  The one 94% of parents dread* and 89% of parents biff, big time. My sister recently accused my mom of not even giving her The Talk to which I think my mother responded, “Did it scar you that badly?” In the interest of being […]

Christmas gift wins: Top presents of 2015

It’s been a few weeks since Christmas and I thought I’d give the lowdown on our top gifts.  Somehow we managed to (mostly) stay in budget and still score some pretty great gifts for the kiddos.  I figure you can use this as a guide for all the birthday/MLK/Chinese New Year shopping you need to […]

Focal point: Theme Thursday

Hi, y’all!  Welcome to Theme Thursday. I keep forgetting to mention it so I’m going to get to it first: These Theme Thursday photography link-ups are set to stay open until the end of the month.  So don’t think you’re out of luck if you don’t get to it right away.  And there’s no rule […]

Rule of Thirds (and Rosalie photo dump): Theme Thursday

Theme Thursday is baaaaaaack! Who’s ready for a challenging and fun line-up over the next couple of months?  This week is Rule of Thirds.  I had to laugh when I looked through my photos from my parents’ house.  Um, they’re ALL Rosalie and they’re ALL outside, and they’re ALL with her in the right “third” of […]