7QT: Come at me, bro.

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I’m such a complete neurotic, so when Mike told me he had to go out of town for TWO WEEKS this month, I was 1. a big baby about having to watch the threesome by my lonesome and 2. scared to tell anyone lest a creeper find out I was home alone and steal my children in the night.

Well, jokes on you, creepers. Mike is back home now and he owns a LARGE pocket knife. Come at me, bro.

Also, we made it. We freaking survived.

Tell me doc and military wives, how do you do it? SERIOUSLY.

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How to Plan a Mother-Daughter Sleepover

#5Faves: Easy Weeknight Recipes

 

 

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tappin' on their "puters"

tappin’ on their “puters”

natural

natural

tentative

hesitant

one of them gets it

one of them gets it

cuatro meses

cuatro meses

trying on my First Communion dress

trying on my First Communion dress

family reunion

family reunion

how kids should look end of day in summer

how kids should look end of day in summer

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Summer of Psalms

What My Kids Think About Their Daddy 

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Reading: lots of tutorials on how to format a book…help!

Eating: I had the most amazing seafood salad this weekend. Will update with recipe once I hunt it down.

Listening: thunderstorms – big ones <3

Wearing: chambray shorts

Praying: for my grandma who broke her femur this weekend

 

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7QT: a lot of hassle trying to scrounge up mason jars

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I got to go to one of those super adorable Pinterest weddings this past weekend. My beautiful cuz married the nicest dude, and they had the most charming rustic wedding.

Pinterest wasn’t around when Mike and I got married, so that probably saved me a lot of hassle trying to scrounge up mason jars, but part of me wishes that I could have curated a bunch of awesome boards filled with darling ideas.

And, obviously, the most important part of the day was that Mike and I got married and received a beautiful Sacrament, but who wouldn’t love a wedding day do-over? With everything you know now, wouldn’t that be just…fun?

I’m thinking about writing a Wedding Do-Over post soon just so I can plan all of the fun little party details.

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Put Baskets in These Three Places

#5 Faves: {Catholic} Blogger Books II

 

 

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This girl needs human contact 24/7.

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Experimenting with mini weaving necklaces. If you want one, check out @wildflower_weavings on Instagram.                 They are under $15! xo

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“Uh chef. Uh hat!”

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wedding snaps

"Let's sit here until someone takes a picture of how cute we are." -Mike

“Let’s sit here until someone takes a picture of how cute we are.” -Mike

 

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Summer of Psalms

The 2015 Summer Reading Guide

Why I Am Giving $10 for Children in Iraq

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Reading: just bought The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (on sale)

Eating: I really want to make sno-cones at home.

Listening: Mike had us on a classical kick this weekend

Wearing: on the hunt for some flowy/tunic type tops

Praying: for safe travels for members of my family

 

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7QT: Don’t. You. Worry.

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Sam made another trip to the ER this weekend. This time it wasn’t anything injury related – just a nasty fever. But don’t worry. He made up for that fact by flipping over his bed rail and splitting his lip the next day. Don’t. You. Worry.

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Ellen Chatter

#5Faves: Blogger Books

 

 

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Best of the Web

12 Free Father’s Day Printables

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly for Baking

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Reading: Small Steps for Catholic Moms

Eating: Anna made PW Sloppy Joes for us and I could have just died from the tasty.

Listening: right this minute? eavesdropping on my mom’s work phone call…

Wearing: a few ThredUp gems

Praying: for more conviction of faith

 

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7QT: the back of the pantry stuff

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I mentioned earlier this week that I have 20/20 vision but Mike doesn’t think so. I suppose there is no way to ever tell who is right. Nope. No way.

Unless I make an appointment at the eye doctor.

BUT, back me up on this: I really shouldn’t because I am only 3ish months postpartum. My eyes are still doing crazy ish, right? So, I should wait to get them checked.

Right?

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Cinnamon Puppy Chow

#5Faves: Products for Looking Fresh Without a Shower

 

 

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One day it was warm enough for water play...

One day it was warm enough for water play…

The next day we wore our winter coats for our walk.

The next day we wore our winter coats for our walk.

And umbrellas

And umbrellas

my *beautiful* children...

my *beautiful* children…

 

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What’s In My Bed?

Coffee Clicks

7 Pinterest-Free Ways to Enjoy Summer with Kids

5 Saints Every Nursing Mom Should Know

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Reading: Excited to start The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Eating: the back of the pantry stuff you eat when there are slim pickins

Listening: Earl Scruggs Pandora station

Wearing: just bought myself a fluffy fleece for these cold July days…

Praying: that my children will be lifelong friends

 

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7QT: Did you dance as much as I did?

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This week was all about family. My cousin got married and every cousin but one (who got sick. boo.) was there. And then a BBQ with them the next day. And my bro came in from Cali. And it was just lots of family and food and dancing and booze and fun. Another wedding in June with that gaggle.

What were your Memorial Day activities? Did you dance as much as I did?

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Bacon Popcorn

Gilmore Girls Netflix Workout

What I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding

Treating Maternal Anxiety

 

 

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Uncle Alex!

Uncle Alex!

All of her people look like this and I love it.

All of her people look like this and I love it.

Pfaendtner Family After-Wedding Picnic

Pfaendtner Family After-Wedding Picnic

Green-Lunn Wedding Fun

Green-Lunn Wedding Fun

"Ellen, usually people only wear one pattern and skip the socks with a skirt." "It's my fashion, mom."

“Ellen, usually people only wear one pattern and skip the socks with a skirt.”
“It’s my fashion, mom.”

"A beer. I daddy."

“A beer. I daddy.”

Backyard Chillin'

Backyard Chillin’

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The Ten Item Wardrobe

My New Favorite Accessory

Princess Saints Picture Book

currently

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Reading: Mary’s Story

Eating: BBQ leftovers, obviously

Listening: Geranimo

Wearing: my new thredup duds

Praying: for all women dealing with pregnancy related depression and anxiety

 

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7QT: I want to know why I should love you even more

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I’m loving this working on Mondays thing. I am still a lot behind where I wish I could be right now, but I think in a few weeks I will have this on auto. And by a few weeks I mean when the kids are old and grown. But.

Anyway, tell me what you are proud of this week. I want to know why I should love you even more. xo

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Bacon Popcorn Recipe

Gilmore Girls Netflix Workout

 

 

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cousin wuv

cousin wuv

a Paw Patrol party for Sammy J

a Paw Patrol party for Sammy J

we're outdoorsy in that we like to sit on patios

we’re outdoorsy in that we like to sit on patios

mourning the loss of his youth

mourning the loss of his youth

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Kalama-crazies

When It’s Time to Switch Up Priorities

Use PicMonkey with Kendra!

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Reading: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Eating: cinnamon puppy chow

Listening: The Boy Least Likely Radio on Pandora

Wearing: jorts.

Praying: for continued direction with this ol’ blog

 

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7QT: one day a week to work on this little passion project

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I waffle all the time about if I want to start taking blogging more seriously. Really it’s me wondering if blogging is taking away from being with my kids.

I stay at home with them, so they see me an awful lot. And, my new goal is to use the time my mom is here on Mondays to lock myself in my room and get all of my blogging work done for the week.

So, I mean, there are plenty of moms who work out of the home (and in the home) each day, and they are able to make it work with families. I don’t see why picking one day a week to work on this little passion project is any different.

Am I convincing you or me? Or does convincing even need to be done? I don’t know. What are your thoughts on this?

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Support Bees WITHOUT Being a Beekeeper

Minimize the Mess + Giveaway

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Letting our butterflies go. Hatched them from caterpillars proving that I can keep more than just kids alive...usually.

Letting our butterflies go. Hatched them from caterpillars proving that I can keep more than just kids alive…usually.

Took this girl for a mani/pedi. Not surprisingly, she refused to put her feet in the "hot, blue water."

Took this girl for a mani/pedi. Not surprisingly, she refused to put her feet in the “hot, blue water.”

Thankfully our yard is full of dandelions, so Ellen picks me a fresh bouquet every day.

Thankfully our yard is full of dandelions, so Ellen picks me a fresh bouquet every day.

"I king. Treasure."

“I king. Treasure.”

Facetiming with Uncle Alex

Facetiming with Uncle Alex

"Bubbles of galore!"

“Bubbles of galore!”

 

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Liturgical Lifestyle: May Day

Opting Out of Mommy Angst in 3 Easy Steps

I Homeschool, but Sometimes…

 

currently

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Reading: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Eating: I made pancakes on our sandwich maker, and…

Listening: The Boy Least Likely station on Pandora

Wearing: Really wanting to get this lady.

Praying: for direction in this blog

 

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

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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!

front cover final

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Progress in the MMD Reading Challenge

#5Faves: Things I Use Daily

The Dignity of Your Health

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lookers, we are.

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smurfs for dinner.

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did not want to hold it.

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Sea Life with Iris from The Starving Inspired

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twinsies on the carousel

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

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our friendly neighborhood dino has laid eggs!

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putting on a “show” on their “stage”

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Ellen’s first bouquet of the year

working hard

working hard

 

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Petting Starfish

#5Faves: Vignettes 

My Thoughts on Free Range Parenting

currently

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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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7QT: It’s called, uh, hair wash.

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

#5Faves: Instagram Accounts

Are You Done?

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Sam getting the hang of things

Sam getting the hang of things

science?

science?

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.”

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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

 

 

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My Summer Goal Extravaganza

Project Everyday Motherhood

Yep.

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

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 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 of mercy for us,
I trust in You.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy on us and on the whole world. (3 times)

JESUS, King of mercy, I trust in You!

Amen

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Chocolate Green Smoothie

#5Faves: Using Essential Oils at the Gym

tl;dr March + April Post Ideas

 

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birthday party

basement playing

basement playing

pizza making

pizza making

bunny petting

bunny petting

easter crafting

easter crafting

 

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Celebrate Like a Catholic: Easter Tridiuum

Holy Week Declutter and Donate 

20 Chores for a Preschooler

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Reading: Three Wishes (still on sale for $2.99)

Eating: Jimmy John’s triple chocolate chunk cookie

Listening: my witching hour playlist – I should tap that out for you

Wearing: Theo busted into his 3 monthies this week…sniff

Praying: Thanksgiving for His ultimate sacrifice

 

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