#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 sidelines and back at it next week!



After The Great Stretching


This post first appeared on Whole Parenting Family.

12 week baby postpartum

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 to gauge how much milk to make for this baby, and your belly jiggles and your face has lost its color, and you’re just plain in the middle of it all.

As I write this, our little baby is almost three months old. I’m still so postpartum. I haven’t lost much weight since I had him. My body feels that heavy jiggle jiggle never-wear-a-bathing-suit-again feeling. My hair has clumped out on the side of my head, leaving the look of a bad side side bang job. I still occasionally slip into a hot bath when everyone is done with a day of needing to be held, loved, sternly glared at, fed, diapered, read to, praised, censured, hair patted out of their faces. The hot water like a deep breath for my skin, my motherly parts all tuckered out.

My girlfriend Blythe just wrote this beautiful post on her blog, The Fike Life, about loving the nursing mom who had to dash after her toddler, displaying her soft tumtum to the world inadvertently. And how it gave her permission to not be perfect, not worry about being beautifully put together. We need that permission.

But one day I watched a veteran mother of many pop up from her shady spot under a tree to chase a wandering toddler away from the street. I watched her run with a newborn at her breast, soft, postpartum belly exposed, underwear bunched up above the waistline of her jeans… yelling, running, towards the 2 year old on the sidewalk. And I loved her for it.”

We live during a time when sexy (not motherly) is celebrated, and even the rare times a celebrity sort celebrates their motherhood, they do so in a sexy in shape way. Way to go, Olivia Wilde (whoever you are) for nursing your son in Glamour’s September issue. Do you also show your stretch marks or wrinkled belly skin that longs to dive into your belly button like a deep sea diving adventure but can’t? I don’t think so. That’s okay. You probably have a personal trainer and dietician and chef. Go you. The rest of us aren’t hating on you; we just probably don’t look like you.

Projects like the Fourth Trimester Bodies one are so important for me, personally. The project is crowd funded so check out sponsoring them if you feel moved to. I look at these awesome women who grew babies that are proud of their post baby bodies and think okay, if they’re proud, I should be too. Not that the pride means I shouldn’t eat healthfully and work out to maintain muscle tone and health. Not that the pride means I shouldn’t curb my insatiable desire for ice cream and dessert. Sugar addicts need to be kept in check, people.

But the pride means it’s okay that I will never look 21 again (oh! the difference a decade makes–haha) insofar as my skin is older, my face is wrinklier, and my tumtum has pushed out three times with a baby. Even if I get back in stellar shape (hopeful on this one), my body never won’t be scarred and changed. Double negative.

This sounds trite: “love your postpartum body!” But for me it’s not. It means accepting my changes, accepting imperfect older me. Accepting the physical external changes of being a mama that mirror internal changes, too.

I didn’t feel this strongly after my first, or even my second, but with my third, the body changes are more permanent, more real. I’m thinking about how I tore, and that I’ll probably tear along that scar tissue again. I’m thinking about how nursing three takes a toll on what was an upright upper chest. I’m thinking about how three kids’ worth of poor sleep has wrecked my face and puffed out my eyes for infinity. I’m thinking that, once again, I have to believe I’m beautiful and feel confident in order to embrace my new body // new reality. My perception of myself is really in my own hands.

So go hug yourself. And your kids. And mostly feel peace at your changes. Know me & others out there are working towards that too.

And find something to do for you as an outlet–a real break.

Nell and Jenna like to work in the fiber arts. For Nell, it’s sewing and knitting for her organic mama & babe goods shop Whole Parenting Goods on Etsy. For Jenna, it’s embroidering necklaces and custom hoops in her Etsy shop, Call Her Happy.

What is your outlet?

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Family Time-Line in Cross Stitch



Hi! I’m Nancy and I blog over at www.dosmallthingswithlove.com. 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 blog. See that header? That’s me, stitching. I actually have 3 kids now, I need a new header, but I’m still stitching. In fact, I would say that stitching is a life-style for me. It’s how I relax. It’s how I express things. Sometimes it’s even how I teach my kids to pray the rosary. Seriously I stitch all of the time and I love it. The project I’m sharing here today is one of my absolute all-time favorites because it showcases my little family and how it has grown and changed in just a few short years.

But first, a few words about cross stitch. Cross stitch was the first type of embroidery I every tried–and it is the simplest. It’s basically pixel art! There are tons of cross stitch patterns out there, and it is easy to make your own patterns–which is what you do for this project. If you are new to cross stitch, head HERE for all the details.

All of the family portraits included in my family timeline I planned out on this BLANK CROSS STITCH GRID.

Onto the timeline! I got married back in 2010, so the first piece of my timeline is a cross stitch portrait of me and my husband on our wedding day. Aren’t we cute in cross stitch?



If you’d like to stitch up a portrait of you and your hubby from your wedding day (and why shouldn’t you?) head HERE for a free pattern, and lots of other ideas of for different styles of dresses, bouquets and veils.

After that it was full speed ahead for our little family. We added a baby in 2011, 2012 and another just this last June. It was a lot of fun to work up a pattern for each of these years and play around with my hairdos and outfits.

Here’s us in 2013 when my daughter was just 1 and my son was 2 and a half (I know you love my shoes).



Speaking of kids, figuring out how tall to make them can be the trickiest part of planning out a family cross stitch portrait. I’ve played around with this a lot. HERE I graphed out and shared the pattern I used for my daughter in the 2013 portrait–a sort of pre-walker aged kid.

And here is the final (for now) family portrait in the timeline: 2014. Like I said, I had a baby this summer, our little Dominic, so I had to include him. It took a lot of trial and error, but I FINALLY figured out how to stitch up a little baby held in a momma’s arms. The eyes aren’t great (hey, this is cross stitch after all), but I think he turned out pretty good. Head HERE for the pattern for a baby bundle.



And there you have it. Who knew cross stitch could be so cute? And really, this is totally a doable project for ANYONE, even a person that has never cross stitched before. In fact, I recently got my 6-year-old niece into cross stitch, and she is working on a few family portraits right now.

Give it a try, and if you have any questions I would totally love to help. Just stop by the blog and drop me a line!

If you could stitch up any person in the whole world, living or dead, who would it be? Let us know!

All the best–and thanks for having me, Jenna!

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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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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Progress in the MMD Reading Challenge

#5Faves: Things I Use Daily

The Dignity of Your Health

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lookers, we are.


smurfs for dinner.


did not want to hold it.


Sea Life with Iris from The Starving Inspired


twinsies on the carousel


Ellen had to take a pic of her @madrebeads for her blog…


our friendly neighborhood dino has laid eggs!


putting on a “show” on their “stage”


Ellen’s first bouquet of the year

working hard

working hard



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I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

Petting Starfish

#5Faves: Vignettes 

My Thoughts on Free Range Parenting


with Joyful Life

Reading: The Lamb’s Supper

Eating: King’s Hawaiian Rolls

Listening: Queen

Wearing: Nell’s leggings

Praying: that I can focus on what is important and let the rest go



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The Dignity of Your Health

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 same way as I do. That totals two exhausted parents lacking patience and vigilance against one small army of headstrong and curious children. A few months ago we had one of those nights. I was picking up toys while my husband was manning the bathtub. Sam, now 23 months, was finished with his bath and was watching his sister get a scrub down. Their splashing and giggling was stunted by a deep cry from Sam and my husband’s call for me to, “Get in here now!” I imagine every mother whispers a silent prayer when she knows she is heading into what might be trouble, and that is what I did. And when I arrived, and I will spare you the details, Sam had stepped on a rusty razor blade. We all have one of those lying around, right? A pink razor blade that has spent too long in the humid shower? Now turned rusty, I kept forgetting to take it out, and my husband decided to remove it. He had placed it on the floor so he would remember to toss it, but Sam saw it first and crawled right over the top of it. Wrapping Sam’s foot in a towel, we rushed over to the ER, which thankfully is across the street from our house. And, once there and waiting to see a doctor, all of the emotions and questions started running through my mind: Why didn’t I pay more attention? I put my child in danger. Will he need stitches? This is all my fault. Is he up on his vaccinations? What can I do to make him feel better right this moment? What are these doctors and nurses going to think about my parenting? Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset During our talks with the health professionals, they were nothing but kind. They reassured us that Sam would be fine with just a bandage and no stitches. They confirmed he was up on his vaccinations. And they calmed our family down and assured us that accidents happen. They not only took care of our Sammy boy, they took care of our emotional well-being too. You see, when your child is in the ER, it’s not just the child; it’s the whole family who is affected and is being treated. Communication, empathy and kindness can be the difference between a good and bad experience—even when all outcomes are equal. Leaving the ER, I couldn’t help think how wonderful it is that there are people in the world who are gifted enough to take care of others when they are at their worst. Even more amazing is being treated by a professional who takes the entire person into consideration. So, thank you to all of the health professionals who we have come in contact with throughout the years. And thank you to all of those we have not. Your jobs are not easy. I know this. But, thank you for having patience and kindness for your patients each and every day. We are all someone’s mother or father or child or loved one. And remembering that in times of distress can be incredibly comforting.

Thank you to Dignity Health for inspiring this post. Please visit their website here.


#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 that today. Today, it’s all about that faves bout that faves. No sha-ame. These are my five favorite things that I have been using every day as of late.



Lady Leggings: I finally got a chance to try out Nell’s lady leggings from her Etsy shop. I already found out she makes the best and most adorable bebe leggings. But, her lady leggings are on point. Methinks she is sold out at the moment, but I bet if you wait a hot minute, she will restock.


Rock ‘n’ Play: Would you believe that we own three of these? Believe it. We have one for each floor of the house, and we call it The Taco because, well, it looks like a baby taco shell. And, it’s not that I don’t love you, Theo. It’s just that I need a place to toss you while I scrub paint out of your brother’s mouth.


Kindle Paperwhite: I’ve been asked how I manage to read so many books with three littles. This is the reason I can do it. First of all, I can easily download any book I want from Amazon or my local library. It’s super portable which means I can read wherever I am schlepping people that day. And, it has a backlight and e-ink. The backlight allows me to read at night without turning on a light, and the e-ink is super easy on your eyes. I love this powerhouse.


Toyota Sienna: Ha. No affiliate link for this one. Darn. But, let’s talk about minivans for a minute, shall we? You laugh (or maybe you’re smart and you don’t), but this lady is a lifesaver. I can pretty much sum up her awesomeness in two words: sliding doors. Moms, you know how wonderful those can be. Oh. And, if you’re wondering how to work it with three kids: put the two biggest in the back row, remove a pilot seat and stick the youngest in the other pilot seat. Makes life super plush.


Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons: Ellen asked me if I could teach her how to read, and I was like, um, no, I can’t. BUT, this book might help. And it does. It makes me feel like I know what I’m doing, and it only takes about 15-20 minutes each day. Boom.


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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 here today to set it in stone. And by that I mean I will do really whatever I want at my own discretion because it’s my life. Stop telling me what to do.

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Without further tapping:


A Book I’ve Been Meaning to Read


The Expats: I’m not quite sure where I heard of this book, but the idea of a new stay-at-home-mom moving to a small European country and having to confront the various secrets lives of herself and those around her – well, that just sounded interesting and exciting.

Update: And it was. Definitely some small, graphic parts, but nothing this wimp couldn’t handle. Even though I’ve finished this, I find myself thinking, “Ooh, I can’t wait until bedtime so I can pick it back up again.” And then I remember I finished it, and a little wave of disappointment washes over me.

A Book Published This Year


Formerly Fingerman: This is one of those categories subject to change. It is only April after all. But, this book fits my requirements for what seems to be an enjoyable book: a fresh plot line that isn’t about coming of age, sisters becoming friends, children dying/being hurt, or illness. I feel like I have read all of those stories over and over.

Update: So, I changed my mind on this one and decided to read Almost Famous Women. I read about half of it and returned it. Not my kind of book. It’s a book of short stories about real women who have brushes with fame but their stories remain untold. So, the author decided to fill in the blanks with her own rendition of what their lives may have been like – historical fiction, if you will. Sounds fun, right? Each story left me sad and empty much like the lives of each story’s subject. Not only were the stories hopeless and often lewd, they were also written in such a fashion that grasped at poetic and came up sounding like an art student was trying too hard. Gosh, can you tell I didn’t like this one?

A Book in a Genre I Don’t Typically Read


Hands Free Mama: I tend to shy away from self-improvement type books. I find them to be overwhelming, and often I finish feeling bad about myself – thinking I should be more. But, I challenged myself to read this one since it is so light and easy.

Update: I went into it remembering to be kind to myself, and I came out of it with an overall desire to spend more time enjoying the quiet moments with my family. Not a bad outcome. There were also a lot of instances where I had to disagree with the author, but often they were differences in opinion over specific situations and not overarching ideas. So, keep in mind that she is writing about her journey, and take her wisdom and apply it to your life as you see fit.

A Book from My Childhood


Anne of Green Gables: I’ve never actually read this before. I have tried many times and been sidetracked by something newer and flashier. So, I suppose this is not really one from MY childhood. But, I am not a person to reread books – never have, never will be. So, I decided to make this the year I read it. More than likely I will read this chapter by chapter with Ellen at night – after we finish The Children of Noisy Village.

Update: Ok, this book was adorable. I am actually upset that I was never introduced to it when I was younger. I’m sure I would have loved it. Charming. I’ve tried reading a few books lately that I’ve surprisingly never read before (P&P, Lord of the Flies), but this was the most pleasant experience of them all!

A Book My Mom Loves


The Secret Life of Bees: My mom and I couldn’t have more different taste in books (or anything else for that matter). So, this is a hard one for me. Her favorite books include this one, The Kite Runner, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Red Tent. Honestly, I have specifically avoided all of these books even knowing full well that they are extremely popular and well-received. I thought about picking one of my dad’s favorites, but I’ve read all of those already. Sorry, mom.

A Book Originally Written in Another Language


The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared: Mandi from Life Your Way has this book in this category. This was the hardest for me to pick because it’s not normally a factor I pay attention to. I know of some heavy classics that fit, but that’s not my style. This one seems quirky enough to work.

A Book “Everyone” Has Read but Me


The Rosie Project: You’ve probably heard of this because everyone has read it. I’m looking forward to it, and I might just be delving into this one next. A did hear that the sequel left much to be desired, so I imagine I will stop with this first book.

Update: This was the perfect book to read when I found myself drained. I had just finished a few books that were on the heavier side, and I was feeling unmotivated to pick up a new book. This was light and fairly predictable, but the characters are so wonderful that you are pulled all the way through. Think Sheldon Cooper and When Harry Met Sally.

A Book I Chose Because of the Cover


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: This got mixed reviews, but I have been looking for a mystery that isn’t gory or too slow moving. And, I liked the cover for some reason. Also, if I’m going to be really honest with you, I ONLY ever pick books based on the cover. It’s my M.O.

Update: I’m not sure why this got mixed reviews. After reading it and talking about it with people, this series seems to have a pretty steady cult following. I loved the mystery aspect of it without being overly gory or gratuitous. I actually found myself laughing in a few parts, and I was able to stay up late with it just to see what happens – and it didn’t even spook me to do so, baby that I am. And, having littles, I usually end up reading books that have a more contemporary language feel to them so I can plow through easily. The writing in this book definitely had literary merit, but I felt I was still able to read through it with kids underfoot.

A Book by a Favorite Author


The Undomestic Goddess: You got me. I loved the The Shopaholic Series. I blew through it one summer in about a month. And, there is a new short story out in the series that I am itching to read. I’ve read others of Kinsella’s (as well as some of her Wickham books), and they are always the entertaining fluff I need when I am in a reading slump. I will probably save this one for summer.

A Book Recommended by Someone with Great Taste


Unbroken: This is the last book left on Anne’s book rec list she made up just for me. Everything else she told me to read was knock-out-of-the-park wonderful, so I am imagining this one will be as well. It’s been getting a lot of buzz lately because of the movie. I was told that the book focuses more on human strength and resilience while the movie picks out the suffering and struggles (perhaps because that makes for better drama?).

A Book I Should Have Read in High School


Lord of the Flies: This was never on any of the reading lists for my classes in high school. Again, I’ve read those and don’t really want to reread. But, I know this is a popular book in a lot of English classes – one that I never taught either (I used to be a high school English teacher). So, it will be brand new to me. Plus I have it sitting in the basement already.

A Book That’s Currently on the Bestseller List


Station Eleven: Post apocalyptic, Great Lakes and Shakespeare? Sign me up. This again hits my marks for a readable book. Is it just me or do people get sick of reading books about a character coming of age, a terminal disease or a heartbreaking event?

Update: Turns out this one does hit on a lot of my triggers mentioned above. And actually pretty hard. I thought it would be a little less challenging in that department, but there are a lot of moments from the book that have stuck with me, haunted me even. But, despite some of the more heartbreaking moments, this was so well-written (and compelling enough) that I had to read to the end. Maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world if a book makes you question things long after you’ve read it…

Are you doing the challenge? What’s on your list? If not, what are you reading anyway?

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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 still find myself with nagging questions that I need an answer to.

What is your protocol for these types of things? What do you like to do when you feel like your faith is shaky and you need a jolt?


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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:


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

#5Faves: Instagram Accounts

Are You Done?

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unedited for my pleasure.

Sam getting the hang of things

Sam getting the hang of things



the boys before the big loss

the boys before the big loss – good run, Spartans. #gogreen

I'm dead.

I’m dead.

the loot

the loot

we only play sleep. never actually sleep.

we only play sleep. never actually sleep.

"We're, um, just, um, playing a game. It's called, uh, hair wash."

“We’re, um, just, um, playing a game. It’s called, uh, hair wash.”



If you’re looking to grow your Instagram following, you need to read this article. It is the most helpful one I have found yet: A Guide to Crafting a Beautiful Instagram Feed




I’m not the only bard in this neck of the Internet. Check out some gems that I didn’t Mark as Read before even getting to. In fact, I saved them to savor later. So, are they good? I don’t know. Let’s find out together:

My Summer Goal Extravaganza

Project Everyday Motherhood



with Joyful Life

Reading: Three Wishes (stilllll reading. still on sale!)

Eating: the kids’ Easter candy, obviously.

Listening: to the sweet, sweet sounds of the kids play-fighting downstairs where I can pretend to ignore it.

Wearing: What’s the longest you’ve ever worn an outfit? Most consecutive days? Just, uh, curious.

Praying: praying for a renewed passion in my faith



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

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 always excited to find more traditional church styles. This parish is packed with beautiful symbolic details inside and out.


The church was built in 1931, designed in the French Gothic style by Boston architects McGinnis and Walsh. The copper steeple is visible from far away, and is similar to the one on the nearby Newark cathedral.


The exterior doorways feature images of Mary’s presence at her Son’s death. I especially like how the iron hinges on the doors are in a heavy medieval style. As with many older churches, the narthex here isn’t very big. On the left side is a room that was originally a baptistery, but is now used for vestment storage. The doorway carving here depicts Christ’s baptism in the Jordan.

There are many delicately carved wood elements throughout the church, like this screen separating the narthex from the nave.


Inside the nave, there are two votive shrines to the Sacred Heart and St. Therese. The octagonal baptismal font sits in the middle of the rows of pews; the eight sides symbolize Jesus’ resurrection as the 8th day of creation.


The nave is full of columns, pointed arches, and vaulted ceilings.


The ceiling appeals to my architectural history nerd tendencies because of its zigzag tilework. This resembles the work of Rafael Guastavino, who designed vaulted ceilings for many famous spaces in New York City, like the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the oyster bar at Grand Central Terminal.


Renovation work was done on the church in the 1980s, but fortunately not too many traditional features were removed. You can tell that the current altar replaced the marble one further back where priests used to say Mass ad orientem, but it matches the building’s overall look nicely.


The oak pieces in the sanctuary are some of my favorite parts of the whole church. The pulpit features carvings of the twelve Apostles plus painted portraits of some Doctors of the Church: St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Ambrose, Pope St. Gregory the Great, St. Augustine, and St. Jerome.


I also love getting a close look at the baldachin, or altar canopy, when Iím sitting in the sanctuary as a lector. The center medallion depicts the Trinity with Jesus as the Lamb of God. St. Peter and St. Paul sit on the corners, and the angels across the top look like they’re going to zoom up into the heavens.


So many different saints appear in the stained glass windows, from Mary Magdalene to Thomas Aquinas to Joan of Arc. Since he went to a Jesuit high school, my husbandís favorite is the one in the left transept depicting the North American martyr missionaries.


Weíre both fans of the unique artwork around the church. The Marian shrine has a painting of Mary being presented in the Temple along with the usual statues. I’ve never seen brass Stations of the Cross like this before. Did you know that all church Stations must have a small wooden cross attached? It’s a symbolic connection to pilgrimages in the Holy Land.


Thanks for visiting along with me. Stop by if you’re ever in north Jersey; our choirs sing beautifully!


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#5Faves: Instagram Accounts

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, uncluttered detail shots. I like when grammers interact and share with followers. And I like accounts that inspire me in my creativity.

And, of course, I have a few favorite accounts. Not in any particular order, and not all-inclusive. Just some favies this week.

clockwise: flora.forager, leftylex, magsoulsista, knottydickens, lacystroess

clockwise: flora.forager, leftylex, magsoulsista, knottydickens, lacystroess


flora.forager is intensely beautiful. This account makes me all heart-eyed emoji every.single.time. You won’t get a lot of engagement from her, but it’s only because she has a bajillion followers and such. There isn’t any question why either.


knottydickens is an embroidery artist whose floral pieces have me super jelly. She definitely falls into the “inspires me” category. I don’t know if I want to channel her when I am stitching or just buy everything in her shop because she’s nailed it.


leftylex is another embroidery artist who inspired me to start my own shop. She is super friendly uplifting. She’s kinda crunchy and has a great eye for beauty. She is also an adoptive mom and shares so many interesting posts on the topic.


lacystroess is a new instafriend as of late. I love how real she is and how she captures normal daily life. She also just opened an Etsy shop with it’s own gram account. Check out madrebeads.


magsoulsista makes the comfiest headbands…ever. I got one to review (coming soon!), and I immediately purchased another. So pretty, so comfortable, so affordable. And, she is incredibly genuine and friendly.


Do you have any accounts I should be following? Which are your faves this week? Find me @callherhappy.


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