#5Faves: Simple Ways to Live Laudato Si’

 

With how much the Catholic Church has been in the news lately, you’d think we weren’t one of the oldest institutions on earth. But, you know.

In the wake of Pope Francis’ encyclical titled Laudato Si’, Catholics (and all humans, really) have been reminded of where the Church stands on environmental issues and what role we play in that.

So, here are my five favorite simple ways to care for our earth.

Make everyday Earth Day by incorporating into your daily life these 5 simple ways to care for the planet. The laundry tip is my favorite because it helps the earth AND saves me time in the laundry room. | environment | environmental education

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Stop Junk Mail: I read somewhere that the average adult receives 41lbs of junk mail each year. Stop the insanity by signing up with Opt Out Prescreen and Catalog Choice.

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Eat Until You’re Full: It’s no secret that many people eat way more than they should while their neighbors worry about the next meal. Vow to eat until you’re full, and keep a close eye on expiration dates. Pope Francis preaches, “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.”

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Think Before You Buy: Ask yourself can I borrow or rent this? Do I have something I could use instead or repurpose? Can I buy this used? Can I make do without it?

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Buy a Bag: I know, I just told you to stop buying stuff. But, try keeping a small reusable bag in your purse or car so you can say no to paper or plastic at every store – not just grocery shopping. If you don’t have something you can use or can’t find a used one, shop small.

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Rewear Your Clothes: Want to know a secret? I don’t wash my clothes each time I wear them – underwear and socks excluded. Not only do I hate doing extra laundry, but if something doesn’t smell or look dirty, I don’t want to waste the water, soap, electricity and time it costs to wash it.

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What are your best tips for saving the planet, captain? Tell me in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below.  .

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#5Faves: Easy Weeknight Recipes

True Story: When Mike and I first got married, we were dual income with no kids. Every night before sleep, we would pour all of our money onto our bed and just roll around in it while we laughed about our riches.

Ahem. What I mean is we would plan out elaborate meals that involved nightly trips to Whole Paycheck. We would come back and cook a late dinner that involved many steps and lots of fancy cheeses.

You might even say we enjoyed cooking.

Now with kids, I’m like, nope. nope nope nope. Now, I’m always on the hunt for the fastest, easiest, cheapest meals that I can slap together and pass off as nutritious. And here are five of my faves:

When you don’t have the time or the money to spend in the kitchen, these 5 weeknight meals are a savior to savor. All kinds of food including chicken recipes and vegetarian recipes. Make an easy dinner tonight or have your kids do it - I’m sure they could handle #5.

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Tin Foil Chicken

Place raw chicken and sliced veggies on a large piece of tin foil. Drizzle with oil and season to taste. Make a packet for each person. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes.

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Sausage and Peppers

In one big skillet, sauté onions and peppers in oil. Add in pre-cooked sausage. Heat through. Serve with buns if you wanna.

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Baked Italian Subs

I’ll link to this recipe, but the gist is that you assemble Italian subs, add a special pepper mix you can buy in the store, make sure butter is involved and bake.

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Tuna Pomodoro

Boil egg noodles. Drain. Add 3 cans of drained tuna, 3 cans of undrained diced tomatoes, heavy drizzle of evoo, salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh basil and parmesan.

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Bean Burritos

We eat meatless on Fridays, so these bean burritos are perfect. They come together in about 10 minutes and just need to bake until heated through. My kids could practically make them if I ever decided to let them make that big of a mess.

 

What is your go-to weeknight recipe that takes less than 20 minutes to make?

 

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#5 Faves: {Catholic} Blogger Books II

Due to popular demand (sidenote: look up definition of popular…and demand…), I’m back with five more Catholic blogger books you need to be checking out.

5 best ebooks for Catholic moms and women looking for some inspiration. Perfect gifts for moms and women with faith in God. Or, treat yourself to a mini retreat with these books worth reading. All books are authored by bloggers who are women just like me and you. I personally like the 28-day marriage challenge! | mom gifts | inspirational quotes | mindfulness quotes | faithful quotes |

Handbook for Adaptive Catechesis

“This handbook reflects on the needs of individuals with a wide range of disabilities and calls on catechists and religious education programs to consider special needs students for their mainstream and specialized programs.”

A Little Book About Confession for Children

A Little Book about Confession for Children explains the hows and whys of going to Confession. It includes step-by-step instructions for preparing and receiving this beautiful sacrament of healing, which draws us into the infinite mercy of God. The book even provides an examination of conscience just for kids.”

Feast!

“Feast! is a guide to observing the seasons of the Christian Year and honoring the saints through real food recipes and thoughtful reflections. It’s the perfect introduction for those who want to learn how to celebrate the liturgical year and special saints days with simple recipes and traditions.”

Joy in the Ordinary

“Joyce “Joy” Barrett thought she had her life all figured out, until one day her hopes and dreams for something extraordinary came crashing to the ground. Feeling lost without a purpose, she follows her family’s urging and takes a job hundreds of miles from home at an Irish restaurant and pub in small-town Indiana. Here, amongst new friends and new interests, she must come to terms with her wrecked dreams and choose whether to hold onto the past or learn to find joy … in the ordinary.”

Spice Up Your Marriage: A 28-Day Adventure

“Every assignment was created with the goal of deepening the sexual-love aspect of your relationship so you won’t find suggestions that demean or objectify. Contrary to what popular culture may assert, the spiciest relationships are the ones that cultivate trust, selflessness, and respect.”

Have you written a book? Or do you just have a fave blogger book? Let me know about it!

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#5Faves: Blogger Books

Just about anyone can publish a book these days, but it doesn’t always mean that they should. Ahem. Luckily, I run in a pretty rad crowd of bloggers and authors. So, check out these mindful and faith-based ebooks for mothers guaranteed to make you the best mom in your town – or at least your house.

5 best ebooks for moms looking for some inspiration. Perfect gifts for moms with faith in God. Or, treat yourself to a mini retreat with these books worth reading. All books are authored by bloggers who are moms just like me and you. I am most excited to read the work from home ideas book! | mom gifts | inspirational quotes | mindfulness quotes | faithful quotes |

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A Catholic Mom’s Guide to Working From Home: 101 Tips to Help You Make Money Without a Commute

“Society tells women that we can’t have it both ways. But I am telling you that you can. You can stay at home with your children and also make money, and I will give you 101 tips to make it happen. This guide will give you, in a Catholic context, ideas on: how to decide the job that is right for you, how to make time for an at-home job, work time vs. family life, Catholic spiritual advice and practical tips on everything from taxes to web design. If you want to start making money at home, this is the booklet for you.”

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Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting

“In Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting Laura Kelly Fanucci sees the Catholic sacraments through the smudged and sticky lens of life with little ones. From dinnertime chaos to bath-time giggles to never-ending loads of laundry, Laura stumbles into the surprising truth of what the seven sacraments really mean: that God is present always, even in the messes of motherhood. A spiritual memoir of parenting’s early years and a sacramental theology rooted in family life, Everyday Sacrament offers an honest, humorous, and hopeful look at ordinary moments as full of grace.”

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Rosaries Aren’t Just for Teething

“In this beautiful collection of reflections, written by Catholic mothers, you’ll come to better know the heart of Mary.” And, just a little FYI, I may or may not have written a reflection for this one. Ok, I can’t keep you in the dark. I did. I wrote part of this book!

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Minimize the Mess

“The reality is that Minimalism means allowing only the things that serve a purpose in your home. It’s OK to have toys and kitchen gadgets, as long as they are being used and aren’t taking over the house.  It’s when those things aren’t being used and that you find yourself stressing over the messes that keep popping up everywhere. This book will walk you through the process of going through each room of your home and identifying which items are causing the clutter. You’ll find practical suggestions for dealing with toys, books and sentimental items as well as tips and tricks to help you sell the items you no longer need.”

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Faith Beginnings: Family Nurturing from Birth Through Preschool

“Faith Beginnings helps parents form and nurture their infant, toddler, and preschool children’s development with concrete activities and suggestions.” I love this one because when I was a new mom, I always struggled with what I should do with my baby all day. Everyone told me to just relax and enjoy her, and that’s true, you should! But, I am a doer. I don’t like to just sit. I enjoy my children more when I am doing with them. This book will help you in that area.

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

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#5Faves: Products for Looking Fresh Without a Shower

A big round of applause and thank you to Rachel for taking over this gig while I reworked some scheduling around these parts. If you’re not a regular over there by now, get it.

Shall we?

There are a lot of mornings that my bright eyes and bushy tail are a bit more racoon-ish. You know the excuses: baby teething, baby eating, toddler teething, someone needed snuggles, someone peed the bed, someone’s toe hurts, someone’s sock fell off her hand, someone wants popcorn tomorrow, someone is worried she will not have a nose in heaven, and so on. (All reasons I have woken up. Really.)

And honestly, I should really stop saying I am lazy in the mornings. Look, I have kids. We have kids. There are legit reasons we are dead to the world when the sun comes up. I don’t know about you, but I like to get myself prettied up anyway. It makes me feel like I am ready to take on the day. I feel productive. I feel refreshed. I feel like a grown up! I feel like I can at least fake all of this.

You know what else I can fake? Lookin’ fresh. And you can too! So raise your face to the sun, you beautiful sunflower, you! And, here are my 5 Fave products to help:

Super cheap products I can’t live without for those times when waking up in the morning is the hardest thing you’ll do all day. These are my 5 Favorite tried and trues on days I can’t afford a shower but still want to look on point. Includes tips for hair, hairstyles, eye makeup remover, and skin care.

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Almay Smart Shade Makeup: I love this “foundation” because it is super light and moisturizing. It gives me a bit of coverage to even out my skin tone, but it isn’t cakey or heavy. Great for low-makeup days. Honestly though, I use it everyday.

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Fashion Glasses: A pair of thick frames will hide tired eyes and make you look like you put some effort and thought into your look which you totally did not and that is the way I roll, baby. If you wear real glasses, you’re so lucky! (Do you hate it when people say that?) I have the 20/20 or so I think. Mike begs to differ.

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Suave Dry Shampoo: I have blonde hair so this brand works really well for my color and budget. I’m not sure how it will work on all y’all brunettes. Anyone care to share? Anyway, just spray this miracle stuff into your hair, give it a fluff and be off with you.

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MagSoul Knot Twisted Headband: Sometimes you just have a crush on an accessory, and you wear it everyday and buy a ton of them. This would be my thing. It’s the only headband I’ve ever had the truly stays in place and is so comfy. It also covers greasy hair so perfectly.

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Kirkland Makeup Removing Wipes: I’m fully aware that there are tons of wonderful makeup removing recipes on Pinterest, but you know what is easier? These.

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What are your go-to products for looking fresh on the fly, fly girl? Leave them in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below. 

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#5Faves: Taking a Break

I am in desperate need of a little blogging vacay. Maybe it’s the weather finally breaking – wait, it snowed last week – maybe it’s dreaming of the weather breaking? Either way, Rachel will be taking care of you through May while I sit back and relax.

Isn’t she a gem? So, head over there for your #5Faves Fix. xo

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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 sidelines and back at it next week!

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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#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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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#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 people who had to clean it up. Sorry.

I’ve mentioned before that I use Doterra, but feel free to sub in your brand of choice.

And, if you’re looking for a beginner’s guide to oils, check out this one.

Use your doTerra or Young Living oils to enhance your fitness and workout while you are at the gym running, doing an ab workout, zumba or anything else. I never considered the last tip until I experienced a desperate need for it!

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Using Essential Oils at the Gym: My #5Faves Recs

Peppermint: Having a hard time getting up the energy to be up in the gym working on your fitness to make your body stay vicious? Apply peppermint to the bottoms of your feet or fill a glass spray bottle with a few drop of oil plus distilled water and mist yourself with it. Instant pick-me-up.

Deep Blue: This blend (and its lotion-like version) reminds me of Icy Hot. It’s clutch for soothing those achy muscles after you werk it. I’ve also heard lemongrass is good for this, but I can’t testify.

Slim and Sassy: I’m a pretty big believer in diet and exercise being the key to weight loss, and I don’t put much stock into weight loss supplements. But, I do know a lot of peeps who swear by this, so take that information and do with it what you will.

Breathe: This blend promotes easier breathing – something you should do while working out. It’s also a calming blend for many people, so it is perfect to use at night if you need help breathing then too.

OnGuard: I mentioned the other day that some lady was hacking a lung next to me at the gym during flu season. I also take my kids to the daycare there. You bet that we OnGuard before or after our trips to avoid nastiness.

Do you have any favorite ways for using essential oils at the gym? Lay them on me, friends. 

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