#5Faves: Catholic Jewelry

In honor of Papa being in the States this week, I thought I’d get real.deep. on your and talk about my favorite pieces of Catholic jewelry. I mean, if you can’t be at the party in Philly with him, you can celebrate by looking fancy at home.

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Sacred Heart Leather Wrap Bracelet from Tartan Haus

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Cameo-style Ring by In the Lavender Haze

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Pope Francis Earrings by Please Buy My Art

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Mary Locket by Chloe’s Vintage Jewelry

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Miraculous Medal Brooch by Bad Chihuahua Designs
(No one buy this unless you’re buying it for me, then have at it. I want it hard.)

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What are your pieces of Catholic jewelry? Tell me in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below.  .

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Planning a Family Movie Night with Toddlers + Giveaway

You know that awful moment when you realize you accidentally let your kid sleep until 6:30 and his bedtime is at 7? There’s basically no choice but to declare a family movie night, and let those kids rock the evening out with you.

That may have happened to us the other night.

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So, we did the following:

  • popped some popcorn and rustled up some dry cereal with M&Ms
  • poured chocolate milk
  • made a blanket fort
  • opened some hard ciders for the grownies
  • picked out a movie on Netflix (favorites listed below)

Photo Evidence (or it didn’t happen):

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Our Favorite Family Movie Night Picks on Netflix

  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
  • Stuart Little (not on stream)
  • Puffin Rock (show)

Family Movie Night Giveaway

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You’re probably not a Johnson, so the one you’ll get will say “Family Movie Night.” You’re welcome, unless you’re a Johnson, then, well, sorry.

Personal Creations generously donated a family movie night popcorn bowl along with a bunch of snacks that I generously did not eat. Enter below to win. U.S. only.

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7QT: We’re going to Konmari our house

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I am just so incredibly thrilled and elated by all of you. You stormed Heaven with your prayers, you shared my Kickstarter campaign, you donated your money. And, guess what? We made it! I can finally get this journal published!

I talked to my publisher yesterday, and he should have it formatted for print by next week. Then it’s go time!

The Kickstarter will still be live and accepting donations until Oct. 3. Every dollar made after the goal amount will go toward printing more copies to help more people.

So, please, keep praying, keep sharing, keep donating. You’re not just making my day, you might be helping dozens of people too! Muah!

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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:

#5Faves: Kickstarter Campaigns

My Current Workout Playlist…Needs Halp

 

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Making a bird's nest because I am so good at homeschooling...

Making a bird’s nest because I am so good at homeschooling…

Mr. Mustachio

Mr. Mustachio

getting our hair did for the nuptials

getting our hair did for the nuptials

Also Mr. Fancy

Also Mr. Fancy

relegated to baking duties while we whooped it up

relegated to baking duties while we whooped it up

bachelor party catchings

bachelor party catchings

When the Bride is a 31 consultant ;)

When the bride is a 31 consultant ;)

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Visit Jenna @ Call Her Happy’s profile on Pinterest.

 

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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:

You Can’t Out-Exercise a Bad Diet

The Secret to Teaching Kids to Read Is…

5 Oils to Help Release Anger

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Reading:  We’re going to Konmari our house. Eep.

Eating: Bringing these with me on busy mornings.

Listening: Sam’s words of wisdom. Kid has been talking enough for his own post lately.

Wearing: not a bra, that’s for sure.

Praying: for direction in a recent offer

 

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#5Faves: Kickstarter Campaigns

My very first experience with crowdfunding was with the site DonorsChoose.org. It’s an easy-to-use site where you can donate money to teachers and their classrooms.

My first year teaching high school English, I didn’t even have an overhead projector. So, I applied for a campaign on the site, and wouldn’t you know? Enough people backed that small potatoes drive, and I had me the newest out-of-date technology on the block.

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It seems people do want to be philanthropic, but they are also concerned about what their money is being used for. They also want to see their dollars making an actual, tangible, immediate difference. Sites like Donors Choose or, what I’m here fave-ing today, Kickstarter, enable people to have that power.

Here are five of my favorite recent (9.15.15) Kickstarter campaigns:

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PhotoPop! Box: A one-time box with all of the tools you need to create drool-worthy images for your brand or shop. Images are the best way to show off your product, and this box makes sure you have the best.

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Preserve History: “We have the unique opportunity to be able to tell children what it was like to live without all this tech straight from the mouths of those that lived it.  This is a generation of children who play outside less than 1 hour / day, compared to the 3+ hours of our elders.  I believe the narratives of our elders are a critical step in ensuring an understanding of where we’ve been.”

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GoBox: “GoBox is a fun and easy way to learn programming through a build-your-own robot kit with monthly robotics missions that are delivered right to your door!”

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The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls Board Book: “The A to Z Guide to Jobs For Girls is an adorably illustrated ABC Board Book for children featuring young women in different career roles such as Firefighter, Heavy Metal Guitarist, Librarian, and Quarterback!”

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30 Days to Calm: You knew this was coming, right? Well, I wrote a book, and I need to raise $700 by October 3rd in order to have it published. Wontcha consider donating or sharing my campaign all over social media?

What are your crowdfunding campaigns? Tell me in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below.  .

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My Current Workout Playlist…Needs Halp.

The dawn of Theo’s sixth earthside month brought back my most beloved activity: dropping the kids off at the gym daycare of sweating/showering all.by.myself.

And, while I only get there a couple of times a week and eek out the measliest of sad workouts, I still think it’s allllllll worth it. The two hours alone? I may have cried the first time I took a shower there realizing it was hot and uninterrupted. Just the way I like it.

But you know what is standing in the way from a devastatingly awesome experience at el gimnasio?  Ye olde playlist. It’s so tired.

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So, right now, give me your best fit hit (mental note: coin that phrase). Clearly I prefer gangster rap and low brow musical productions. So, keep that criteria in mind. Muah!

 

p.s. If you haven’t had a chance to read about my book or view the Kickstarter, check it out here.

7QT: practicing flower distribution mechanics

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Mike, Ellen and I are standing up in a wedding on Saturday. Ellen is pretty stoked to wear her flower girl dress. She has been practicing flower distribution mechanics and her step-step-toss strategy. She is also excited to meet the lucky young gentleman who will be walking with her aka “the ringmaster.”

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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:

I wrote a book.

#5Faves: Posts About Anxiety

My BIS devo is live today (Sept. 11)

Hear my interview on Little House Mothering

 

 

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can’t figure out why his straw isn’t working

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aprox 15 degrees

selfie game on fleek

selfie game on fleek

shielding him from the fun he could be having

shielding him from the fun he could be having

making a bird's nest, obviously

making a bird’s nest, obviously

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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:

Kelly’s Curriculum

I love the Whole 30 but I’m never doing it again.

Janssen and Baby Led Weaning

How Not to Handle Bedwetting

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Reading: Fangirl

Eating: Mike bought Pop Tarts!!! Praise him!

Listening: Paw Patrol theme song…

Wearing: every day

Praying: for Lisa and Jason as they get hitched this weekend

 

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#5Faves: Posts About Anxiety

 

You may have heard (ha!) that I am publishing a journal this Fall. It’s all about anxiety and the best methods for coping. So, Imma make this week’s 5 Faves all about the struggle. Here are my favorite articles on anxiety and other mental illnesses.

And, consider helping the final stages of this project by funding (or sharing!) the Kickstarter.

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Do Catholics Have Crisis Pregnancies?

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Understanding Panic Attacks

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What It Feels Like When You’re Having an Anxiety Attack

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7 Tips to Tame Mental Clutter

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Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Blog Hop

What are your favorite blog posts about mental health? Tell me in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below.  

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I wrote a book.

Ok, it’s more of a journal, really. But if I titled this, “I wrote a journal,” you’d be like, “Oh, LiveJournal is still a thing?” and then you’d be all sorts of confused…as if you’re not already.

Moving on.

So, I wrote this journal called 30 Days to Calm: Create Your Own Anxiety Toolbox, and I hope to have it ready for purchase before Christmas.

30 Days to Calm: Create Your Own Anxiety Toolbox

What is it about?

Here’s a little excerpt from the journal:

This journal is designed for use over the course of one month. Take it more slowly if need be. Just don’t try to rush through it. Instead, each day read the tip or tool. Then use the space provided to answer the journal prompt. The prompts are designed to help you practice your new skills, reflect on your current beliefs, and ignite new ideas to help yourself.

Each tip builds upon the next, meaning it is designed to be carried forward and practiced the next day. I encourage you to try to think of each tool as a new habit. Then, incorporate the ones that work; forget the ones that don’t. Just be consistent in your practice of the ones you keep.

By the end of thirty days, you will have a whole new set of skills on hand during times of anxiety and stress. Save this book as a reminder of what you have learned along the way. Reference it when needed. It is your toolbox.

Who is it for?

This journal is for anyone who has chronic stress, suffers from generalized anxiety, has panic attacks, or has any combination of those maladies. While I wrote it from my perspective (a woman, a mother, a Catholic), I truly believe that the tips and prompts are valuable for people of all walks of life.

I say things like “walks of life” now.

Three Ways You Can Help

The next step is actually printing these babies o’ mine. And, that is where you can help:

  • I need prayers that this project will be successful and fruitful for all who are in contact with it
  • I’d love you to share this idea with your social media circles
  • Fund the Kickstarter campaign: any amount (even a dollar!) is so incredibly helpful!

As soon as I hit the $700 funding goal, I can start taking orders and getting this journal out to those who might need it.

Thank you to everyone who has already supported me in these ways. You’re not just helping me – you’re helping anyone that is dealing with anxiety and panic in their lives. Muah!

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7QT: A little sneaky peaky

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A little sneaky peaky. More details coming soon, but check out the Kickstarter today! And ta daaaa:

30 Days to Calm: Create Your Own Anxiety Toolbox

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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:

How I Read a Fiction Book

#5Faves: Homeschool Preschool

 

 

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somebody rained on our parade

somebody rained on our parade

eyeing the loot

eyeing dat loot tho

family movie night

family movie night

cousin art lessons

cousin art lessons

el normal

el normal

bird feeder pride

bird feeder pride

advanced

advanced

so advanced

so advanced

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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.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Enjoy Cooking When You’re on Vacation

On Praying in Churches

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Reading: Fangirl

Eating: parade candy. oof.

Listening: Be Still

Wearing: lavender oil

Praying: for patience with the ever-lasting whining

 

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#5Faves: Homeschool Preschool

What is preschool really? I mean, I don’t remember that being a thing when I was growing up. Now it’s like, 2yo preschool, 3yo preschool, 4yo preschool, pre-K, then kindergarten? Do they get some kind of tiny degree in potty mechanics after that?

Peer pressure yadda yadda, we jumped off that bridge with everyone else. But we’re doing it homeschool style this year, and here are some of our faves that we’re using.

 A few of my favorite resources to add to your homeschool room. Some see how we are doing a nature based homeschool preschool program along with some other simple additions. | homeschool inspiration | homeschool organization | preschool activities | preschool ideas

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A Child’s World: I decided that if I’m really going to do this, I’m going to need a curriculum for el primero rodeo. Could not love this one more. It’s all nature based, meaning the only materials we really need are things we can find outside (plus a few odds and ends that we have in house – I’ve never needed to make a special trip). Ipso Facto: I don’t need to plan ahead all that much.

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Preschool Math at Home: While there is math involved in the curriculum in each theme unit, Ellen wanted a bit more math, and who am I to deny that weird, weird child? This book has super simple lessons that you do each day. Each activity requires little to no prep and only takes about five minutes.

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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons: Ellen also wants to learn to read. We’ve done a good chunk of this book so far. I don’t think she is *quite* ready for it, but I bet in about three or four months, it will be perfect-town.

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Spot It: We have the numbers and letters versions of this game. It worked wonders for letter and number recognition, and even though she knows them all now, Ellen still wants to play this daily.

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Wipe Clean First Pen Control: Follow the dotted lines with a dry erase marker. Wipe clean when done. Keep marker away from 2yo and his mustachio-prone scribbles. Bingo Bango.

 

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What are your fave homeschool resources? Tell me in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below.  .

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