“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 […]

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 […]

Christmas card tips {five favorites}

I’m getting ready to write and mail my last few cards of the year, and I realized today that I’ve finally nailed down a method to this madness. Thought I’d share a few tips and tricks. ~1~ I prefer to send 4×6 snapshots of our family, rather than a photo card.  I love getting photo cards, but they […]

7 Housekeeping Tips for Distracted Moms

If you came looking for a housekeeping guru, you’re in the wrong place.  I am not even close to being naturally inclined in that particular domestic art.  But I’ve been a mom for 10 years (whut?) and a stay-at-home-mom for the last 6, so I do have a wee bit of experience under my belt. […]

Nourished, vol. 1

I’m always a little turned off by the put-your-own-oxygen-mask-on-first type theories. Apologies if you’re a proponent, honestly, it’s nothing personal.  I just don’t know how to “do” oxygen mask without becoming a lazy slob. Moderation, you are my enemy. Last week I  broke down a little. My body isn’t working the way it should. I […]

Rosalie at 8 months

Whenever I publish an emotional post like the last one (The People NFP Made) I usually a) go dark for a week to recover, and b) like to keep the next one light.  So here’s a photo-heavy post about a completely non-controversial topic: my adorable baby.  Hey!  There’s even a little video because I be […]

5 Favorite Gifts for Catholics

Do you know and love a Catholic?  Birthdays coming up?  Planning ahead for Christmas? Check out some great swag, recently snagged by moi. ~1~ For men and women: Catholic jewelry And no, I’m not talking about the pink plastic rosary your toddler wears at Mass. Check out what Kevin and I got from On This […]

5 Truths, 2 Lies {An SQT Game}

Do you know how to play 2 truths and 1 lie? Someone makes three statements about him/herself and the other player needs to figure which two are true and which is a lie.  Let’s play that, times 2ish, because Friday = 7 Quick Takes and it’s been a very odd week. Here’s how we play: I’m […]

Books, blogging breaks, chit chat, Charleston

Sometimes, when you take an extended break from blogging, it behooves a blogger to make some sort of explanation or excuse. And sometimes, you just jump right in. The Sleep Away Camp I Always Dreamed Of When I was a little girl, I dreamed of going to camp.  I have a feeling this dream was […]

Laundry lessons

Because I have an incredible husband. I’ve hardly folded any laundry in the past year.  Each night after the kids are in bed, he grabs the basket of clean laundry and folds while I melt into the couch and scroll Facebook, or read a book, or write a blog post.  We chat about our days […]