Your “What’s Good on Netflix Lately” List #streamteam


Disclosure: I have received free Netflix streaming and a streaming device as part of my membership on the Netflix Stream Team.  All opinions expressed within this post are my own. I’ve heard rumors that there will be a Full House spin-off coming to Netflix in 2016. So until then, keep yourself busy with some of our most…

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#5Faves: Efficient Mama


Rachel has your back again, my friends. She has graciously offered to host #5Faves for me this week in the midst of sicknesses, craft show orders, nurse-a-thons, blogging classes and other Jenna-type distractions. She’s the best, ya know. Anyway, head over to see her and tell her I said hello. I’ll be stalking on the…

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After the Great Stretching

How to Love Your Body Right Now: After pregnancy many women find themselves with a new body. You don’t need to focus ALL of your energy on fitness and healthy eating. Those things are great, but learn how Nell figured out how to love her new post-baby body where it is right now - during the postpartum belly phase.

This post first appeared on Whole Parenting Family.   I wrote about loving your body after a baby after my last baby. I had to re-read it since I’ve had this one. Postpartum is this awkward transitional time when your skin tries to remember where it was before the Great Stretching, and your breasts try…

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Family Time-Line in Cross Stitch


  Hi! I’m Nancy and I blog over at I am thrilled to be stopping by here to share my Family Time-Line in Cross Stitch project with all of you while Jenna is out snuggling her new little baby.   Like Jenna, I’m a stitcher and I share all of my projects on my…

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7QT: I don’t always write hard-hitting, controversial pieces of journalism


You know, I don’t always write hard-hitting, controversial pieces of journalism. Sometimes I write straight fluff. And it gets published! Michele from My Domestic Monastery is publishing a wonderful Rosary Reflection book due out on Mother’s Day 2015. It will be available for preorder before then in ebook and print format. Keep your eyes peeled!…

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The Dignity of Your Health

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There are so many nights when I want to rush through bedtime. I’m emotionally (and sometimes physically) spent, and I still have to convince two toddlers and a baby that stopping their play and laying still until they fall asleep is going to be a good idea. The worst is when my husband feels the…

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#5Faves: Things I Use Daily


Do you ever think about how many things and products you use each day. It’s kind of insane. Every balm and potion and gadget and accessory makes me more and more aware of either how fragile we are or how needy we are – or maybe both. Anyway, I’m not here to change or challenge…

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Progress in the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2015 Reading Challenge


By now you’ve heard that Anne is doing a reading challenge, and who doesn’t want to join someone like her in something so fun? Probably just people who don’t like to read. I don’t trust those people. I shared on Instagram a draft of what I was thinking of reading for each category, and I’m…

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7QT: It’s called, uh, hair wash.


Do you have anywhere you like to look/anyone you like to talk to when you have deep spiritual questions. I feel like my questions are adding up more quickly than answers these days. And, while I think that can be a good thing and I don’t think I will ever have all the answers, I…

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Church Tour: Our Lady of Sorrows, South Orange, NJ

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Since we got married two years ago, my husband and I have been parishioners at Our Lady of Sorrows parish in South Orange, New Jersey. We’re really lucky to have such a lovely church within walking distance. I grew up in northern Virginia, where most of the parishes look like 1980s Pizza Huts, so I’m…

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#5Faves: Instagram Accounts

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It’s my social media of choice. I like how simple and stream-lined it is. I like that I see all of the posts of the people that I follow. I love that there is no guff. It is what it is. I tend to follow accounts that have a cohesive grid. I also like bright,…

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Are You Done?


Nosy Friend is ecstatic that I’m having a baby boy.  She arrives at my doorstep, flinging her cross-fit toned arms wide open to hug and congratulate me.  I grab the package of mouthwatering French macaroons straight from a Paris bakeshop off her hands, but she snatches it back. “Hang on. You get this after I get…

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7QT: Have mercy on us and on the whole world


 You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fountain of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain…

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tl;dr March + April post ideas


I’m going to try something new this month: This post includes the original tl;dr post complete with the cliff notes version of what happened in my life and on this blog during the past month. BUT WAIT. THERE’S MORE! By reading now, you will also get the added bonus of blog post ideas for the upcoming…

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#5Faves: Using Essential Oils at the Gym


Looking to enhance your workout? Try using essential oils at the gym. Just don’t do what I did and try to wash your hair with a bottle of rosemary oil and then shatter it in the shower making the entire locker room smell like an herb garden. I didn’t mind it as much as the…

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